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Sterilite opening bends to late summer

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By Justin Tubbs Thursday afternoon, construction workers began laying brick at the new 400,000 square-foot expansion project on Sterilite Drive. A holdup due to weather has the Ennis Sterilite Corporation expansion a bit behind schedule but a summer opening is imminent. “Weather was difficult, putting a screeching halt to everything for a little bit,” Steve […]

Markets reel as world absorbs shock of UK vote for Brexit

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LONDON (AP) — Britain has jumped. Now it is wildly searching for the parachute. The U.K.’s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through the country and around the world Friday, rocking financial markets, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron and even threatening the ties that bind the United Kingdom. Britons absorbed the overwhelming […]

MacCool’s pub slates Aug. 1 opener

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By Mark Warde Finn MacCool’s pub in downtown Ennis is moving toward an Aug. 1 opening. Located between El Mexicano Grill and the Emporium at 207 W. Ennis Ave., the bar will occupy space in the two-story building that once housed Salon 207. The structure has sat idle since the 2013 tornado, which did serious […]

Lionettes, colleagues react to Ortiz’s exit


By Justin Tubbs When Ennisites think of drill team, they think of the Lionettes. For close to six years, colleagues and students agreed Cassie Ortiz, the former drill team instructor, was the heart of the  regionally-known, award-winning group of performers. When people in the niche drill team community heard Cassie Ortiz would not return as […]

Pet of the Week

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Lola is a 2-3 year old female shepherd/rottie mix. She is a great dog and good with just about anybody and everything. She loves to play with toys and fetch, is great with kids, and other dogs. Lola is already spayed, current on all her vaccinations, micro-chipped, and heartworm negative. She is a perfect addition […]

Fire sparks investigation

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By Justin Tubbs A vacant house fire at 600 W. Baldridge St. is under investigation for arson, according to Ennis Fire Marshal Chad Wester. “The house was abandoned. There was no electricity to the residence. No furrniture in the house, so as of now the fire is under investigation,” he said. Wester says the fire […]

Three arrested in gift card thefts

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By Justin Tubbs Three were arrested in Ennis Monday for charges related to stealing Visa gift cards. Jason York, the detective working the case with the Ennis Police Department said three suspects, all from Fort Worth, used stolen gift cards to purchase cigarettes. “They had about 60 gift cards, and the numbers used on the […]

High Speed Rail tactics termed nefarious

Hiles, Marty May 2016

By Mark Warde Marty Hiles shared an update on what he termed the nefarious actions of Texas Central Railway in their bid to take property from area landowners to pave the way for a high-speed train he referred to as a monstrosity. The ex-Marine, whose career has been spent as an advocate and lobbyist for […]

Infrastructure plan sparks concern among downtown merchants

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By Justin Tubbs When it comes to downtown infrastructure replacement, city officials and the Ennis City Commission agree the project is long overdue. Economic Development Director Marty Nelson said Tuesday the aggressive timeline for the project is there to help downtown business owners. “We think it can be done in that time frame. We are […]

EISD, former drill team instructor settle lawsuit

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Ennis Independent School District and former Lionettes drill instructor Cassie Ortiz have settled a discrimination lawsuit. Ortiz told The Ennis Daily News Tuesday that she and EISD came to terms for the settlement Monday and that the details in the settlement will soon be made available to the public. She couldn’t give a timeframe as […]

Book on Ennis history still popular

Ennis - Images of America by Laurie Wilson and Peggy    Rankin is still a popular history title seven years after   publication.

By Randy Bigham All roads lead to history. At least that was the idea behind a book project that writer Laurie Wilson took on seven years ago, together with fellow local historian Peggy Rankin. Ennis: Images of America, the first full-scale pictorial history of the Bluebonnet City, was released in 2009 by Arcadia Publishing, which […]

EPT presents the ‘Tale as Old as Time’

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By J Niswonger Ennis Public Theatre’s successful K.I.D.S. program continues with the upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Directed by James Pritchett (who also directed the popular Shrek The Musical), Beauty and the Beast Jr. promises Ennis audiences eight entertaining shows. Set in a lovely French provincial town, the story follows the beautiful […]

‘Pivotal’ vote for downtown future

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By Justin Tubbs Economic Development Director Marty Nelson said Monday night was “one of those rare moments when decisions are taken that will change the course of an entire city.” “Three years of planning and preparation was transformed into tangible actions that will bear fruit for the citizens for decades,” he said. Monday night, the […]

Their swing made Lions king

Ennis Tennis - Ashley Slovacek

By Mark Warde Like a mighty river the varsity tennis teams at Ennis High School continue to roll, having won 14 district championships. While the state championship has eluded them, they remain a constant force in the league, area and region in Class 5A. This kind of domination was rare prior to the arrival of […]

Give a Kid a Chance needs school supplies

GAKAC Nelson, Marty

By Mark Warde Individuals and groups across Ennis are doing together what they could never do alone. The cooperative effort, Give-A-Kid-A-Chance, is two-months away from providing a host of needs for children and young people prior to the start of the school year. Set for Saturday, Aug. 13, hundreds of volunteers will unite in an […]

Ennis has seen the works of Art

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By Mark Warde Detroit rapper Eminem dons a scarf under a cap turned sideways with a knit cap on top. The rest of us often have difficulty wearing a lot of hats. Then there’s Art Del Barrio. Having arrived in Ennis more than two years ago as the communications officer for the Ennis Independent School […]

Mosquito spraying begins


The City’s Department of Health Services began its city wide mosquito surveillance efforts of trapping mosquitoes for testing for the presence of the West Nile Virus (WNV) and other mosquito related diseases on May 3. Typically, the City’s mosquito surveillance efforts begin in late April and ends in November. So far this year, more than […]

Londoner turns into homespun Texan

Payne, Katie Ceramics

By Mark Warde Little did she know while taking a ceramics class in high school that the class was molding her for a career. What appeared to be fun and creative would soon shape her young life into a vessel that would do the same for others. Born in London, England but sounding nothing like […]

City manager talks muni court changes

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By Justin Tubbs Ennis City Manager Scott Dixon said Thursday that the city has been working to clean up municipal court procedures since he arrived in February. The court, until Dixon’s arrival in Ennis, was under the authority of the Ennis Police Department, which Dixon said was unorthodox. That has changed, and Dixon says the […]

Pet of the Week

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Archie is a one- year- old neutered male Border Collie mix. Friendly and fun loving, he has had all his vaccinations, and is micro-chipped and heartworm negative. Archie likes to play with other dogs and would be great in a home with kids. Come see Archie and all his friends available for adoption at the […]

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