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Gala celebrates, paints a vision

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Brad Hicks [email protected] Supporters of the fledgling Ennis Independent School District Education Foundation celebrated a start and promoted a 20-year goal at Saturday night’s second annual gala and silent auction. “In two years, we have gone from an idea that took off, to an entity with a vision to support a legacy,” said Art Del […]

Miss Maroon & White; Ladies participate in pageant over weekend

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The lights were on some of Ennis’ most elegant young ladies on Saturday at the Ennis High School Auditorium. The EHS Drama Club hosted its first ever Miss Maroon and White Pageant, where young women of Ennis High School received the opportunity to express their talents and stand atop the stage in […]

Law firm adds Ennis’ Thomas

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Mark Warde [email protected] With apologies to Judy Garland, who, as Dorothy famously said, “There’s no place like home,” Ennis native Rebecca Thomas, after seven years preparing to be a lawyer, has returned home to begin her practice. “It’s great to be back home,” she said, “even though its a different dynamic returning as a working […]

United Way donations rolling in


Justin Tubbs [email protected] So far in its fundraising campaign, the Greater Ennis United Way is up $15,000 from where it was in its efforts a year ago. With a goal of $340,000, which will go to non-profits and charity agencies in and around Ennis, the campaign has raised a total of $156,000 to this point. […]

Wounded veteran Cody Jones and family now proud Ennisites

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor Retired Marine Cpl. Cody Jones, his wife and children will soon settle into their new custom-built, mortgage-free home in the Promontory Point addition of Ennis. The $250,000 house, completed through donations of funds and labor by local citizens and businesses, was formally dedicated and the keys to the residence presented to […]

Sadler announces for commissioner seat

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Tim Sadler, of Palmer, today announced he will seek election as Ellis County commissioner in Precinct 1. Sadler will be in the Republican Primary, which is Tuesday, March 1.   See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!</a>

Local Operation Christmas Child efforts begin

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] When Marcey and Jerry Norman started brought Operation Christmas Child to their church, First United Methodist, 10 years ago, they hoped it would get to where it is today. The international charity organization aims to give Christmas to children who wouldn’t have it otherwise. Marcey says the idea is to fill a […]

Ennis man sentenced to 75 years

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Daniel Hinojosa, a 36-year-old Ennis man, was sentenced by an Ellis County jury Monday to serve 75 years in prison for continuously sexually abusing a child.

Junior high’s decorated door needs your votes

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Ms. Fincher’s fourth period photography class at Ennis Junior High School had its Red Ribbon Week door accepted as an entry in a national contest. The National Family Partnership said the decorated door is part of the Red Ribbon Campaign contest. People can now go to redribbon.org/vote to cast a ballot for the decorated door. […]

Old buildings validated by restoration: West Knox, North Dallas streets revived by preservation

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Mark Warde [email protected] Momentum of rebuilding downtown Ennis gains with each edifice that is preserved or restored for modern-day use. David Lindauer has caught the vision of reviving history. The retired insurance executive is converting the 100-year old, two-story Calhoun building, located at 200 W. Knox St. at the corner of North Dallas. Formerly Calhoun’s […]

City passes ordinance to move forward with Sterilite project


Justin Tubbs [email protected] On Monday the Ennis City Commission unanimously approved the Economic Development Corporation budget amendment of $250,000 to allow for an economic development agreement with Sterilite Corporation. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Beyond the Cole: Family Remembers Hometown Hero

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By Shawn L. Lane Special to The EDN While James Gauna was being given an exclusive tour of the renovated USS Cole’s corridors and upper decks it became a surreal moment for him. As he walked through the galleys he could feel a sense of reality settling in and a young spirit almost talking to […]

Eye of the Beholder

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor Ennis photographer Jina Armstrong loves her hometown and the exciting occasions she records, from weddings to birthdays to large group portraits of friends and families. “I love the memories connected to photography,” Armstrong admitted. “It’s a blessing to be part of a memory that might be hanging on a wall in […]

Maypearl hires new chief


EDN Staff Report [email protected] Maypearl announced Friday it has hired a new chief of police, ending a two-month search after former Chief Kevin Coffey was arrested on child sex charges. The new chief is Marlin Suell, who most recently served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as a chief deputy. Before that, he was chief […]

Woman sentenced to 10 years for identity theft


EDN News Service [email protected] On Wednesday, an Ellis County jury sentenced Sophia Martinez Castillo, 44, of Dallas, to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 after she was convicted of felony fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, a charge commonly referred to as identify theft. She was specifically charged with possessing the […]

EAC disperses funds to art groups


Mark Warde [email protected] Gina Rokas, in explaining the purpose of the Ennis Arts Commission’s distribution of funds for local arts and cultural venues, said the process includes events that are open to the public. “It’s why we allow organizations an opportunity to apply for funding,” said Rokas, tourism director for the City of Ennis. See […]

Portal to History Opening at Library

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / It’s been four years since an anonymous donation put nearly $640,000 down for a project to expand the Ennis Public Library, but no formal plans have been developed for the expansion.

Ana Krahmer, supervisor of UNT’s Digital Newspaper Unit, will conduct a presentation at the Ennis Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, regarding using The Portal to Texas History in historical and genealogical research, with an emphasis on working with newspapers on the Portal. This presentation is open to the public, and attendees […]

Weekend rains douse burn ban


Justin Tubbs [email protected] Many parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area received well over eight inches of rain over the weekend. The best estimates for Ellis County were around that same figure. A benefit of those rains is that the Ellis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to rescind the burn ban, which had been in effect […]

Speed bumps for county’s armored car service

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] It’s been a month-and-a-half since the county worked an agreement with Dunbar’s armored car service, and according to County Judge Carol Bush, the county has actually had the service for only two to three weeks. That is apparently long enough to run into issues, as County Treasurer Cheryl Chambers and Precinct 3 […]

Drone falls on D.A.’s property

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UPDATE: Man claims drone The drone that fell into the Ellis County & District Attorney’s yard has been claimed, and there will be no charges against the man who claimed it. According to the DA, Patrick Wilson, he and the owner of the drone even had a laugh over it. Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ellis County […]

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