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Bluebonnet Festival kicks off Friday

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Happy trails may have been a hit song for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in 1952, but in Ennis the Bluebonnet Trails have been creating smiles for just as long. The month of the blooming state flower reaches its peak this weekend with the annual Bluebonnet Festival. A perennial in downtown, it begins Friday and […]

First-time photographer takes tops

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When Eric Smith picked up a camera, he swears he didn’t really know what he was doing. The Ennis High School junior, however, decided to submit a group of photos to the Creative Arts portion of the Ellis County Youth Expo this week. The results shocked him. “I didn’t expect it at all,” he said […]

Ennis blooms Sunday on NBC

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The Bluebonnet Festival, April 15-17, and the magnetic appeal of the state flower makes Ennis the epicenter in Texas this month. Sunday, April 10, the NBC channel 5 episode of Talk Street airs at 11:30 a.m. Host Kristi Nelson (above left) will feature Ennis’ own, Sandy Anderson and Gina Rokas, right  on the air. See […]

French bistro visits Farmers Market

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Descriptive words often overheard at the Ennis Farmers Market, fresh and organic, will add a cultural twist on Saturday when Big & Rich BBQ is out of town. The popular vendor, booked in advance for a car show, will have their location ably filled by a French bistro on wheels. From 8 a.m. until 1 […]

Mayoral candidates face off

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Mark Warde, the moderator for Tuesday evening’s Ennis mayoral forum pointed out the elephant in the room. This mayoral forum is the first of its kind in 18 years. “This is the first open mayoral race in 16 – or 18 – years,” he said gesturing to the new mayoral candidates sitting atop the stage. […]

Family not sheepish when it comes to lamb

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For one Ennis family, raising a lamb for the Ellis County Youth Expo has been a group effort. Sandra Slovak, who was born and raised in Ennis, remembers participating in the County Expo as a teenager. Her junior year in 1996, she remembers, was the year she took Reserve Grand Champion for her own lamb, […]

Alma convenience store robbed

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A suspect is in custody in connection with an armed robbery at the Alma One Stop convenience store in Alma. According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was a white male, wearing a hoodie sweatshirt and with his face covered. The suspect displayed a gun and demanded money but fled the scene before […]

Newspaper carriers seriously injured in accident

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An Ennis married couple was airlifted to a Dallas hospital Wednesday afternoon after their single-cab pickup went off the road and into a ditch. The couple, Harvey and Glenda Dixon, are newspaper carriers for The Ennis Daily News and were finishing a route when the crash occurred in the 3700 block of Ensign Road. According […]

Residents, business owners sound off for, against specific use permits

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Monday’s city commission meeting illustrated the challenges elected leaders can face. The subject was special use permits for establishments who seek to serve alcoholic mixed beverages. Thirty seats weren’t enough for the more than 100 people who gathered to express their support or opposition to the possibility of bars within the seven-block downtown district. Pros […]

Youth Expo is a time to shine

Ennis student Ariel Burden shows her pig at the Houston Stock Show. She will do the same thing at the Ellis County Youth Expo this coming week.

By Justin [email protected] The Ellis County Youth Expo is nearly back, and Ennis FFA Director Meredith DeBorde believes Ennis students will provide some stiff competition for the rest of Ellis County. With contests ranging from heifer shows to photography, DeBorde said the Expo is an experience that helps kids grow as leaders. “It really teaches […]

Farmers Market kicks off Saturday

The Farmers Market kicks off another season Saturday downtown.

By Mark [email protected] Opening Day at the Ennis Farmers Market is a day away and anticipation is mounting. Cooperating weather, the heralded arrival of bluebonnets and a two-hour downtown concert by the Acoustic Sound Hounds should make for a very good crowd. A group of 20-30 vendors will be on hand… Click here to subscribe […]

Car slams utility pole, bursts into flames

A car burns in the 200 block of Sycamore Street on Thursday after a Rankin man drove it into a utility pole.

By Justin [email protected] Bardwell residents came out of their homes to watch as a vehicle burned in the middle of town on Thursday. According to Ennis firefighters who responded with mutual aid, the fire was sparked when a Rankin resident failed to negotiate a left turn onto State Highway 34, or Sycamore Street. Click here […]

One injured in weekend crash

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One person was injured in the two-vehicle accident near the Texas Motorplex on U.S. Hwy 287 over the weekend. According to the crash report, Jose Monsivais, 42, the driver of a blue Dodge pickup with its bed smashed in, was at fault in the accident. According to the report, Monsivais pulled out onto the northbound […]

Candidates on display

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City commission hopefuls took the stage at San Jacinto Auditorium Tuesday night for a question-and- answer style forum. Ennis Daily News managing editor Mark Warde served as the moderator for the Chamber of Commerce event, and he aimed questions at candidates based on up-to-date topics surrounding City Hall. With three commission wards up for election […]

Driver falls asleep in I-45 lane

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A man was arrested early Sunday morning after he parked his truck in the inside lane of Interstate 45 near the U.S. Hwy 287 intersection. Police received a call at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday about a pickup truck with a trailer parked on the highway. According to police, 38-year-old Palmer resident Alfredo Ramirez was the […]

Deadline approaches for youth baseball, softball

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Fifty years of competitive fun for boys and girls is nearing the start of the 2016 season at Bluebonnet Park. Registration continues until the deadline, Saturday, April 2. “Our main goal right now is to make sure every child that wants to play Ennis Little League has that chance,” said Kaleb Lozoya, of the Ennis […]

An Easter miracle

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When the Iuliuccis got home Sunday night from the Easter church service at J Bar C Cowboy Church in Palmer, one of their family dogs was missing. Little did they know, Molly the blue heeler was on her way to Houston in the back of a car unable to walk after she wandered to far […]

New Farmers Market hire knows her greens

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With the start of the 2016 Farmers Market season just a week away, news of the addition of Mary Davis as the coordinator of the seven-months-a-year project is viewed as something like a veggies cheerleader. “We are so excited to have her join our team,” said Becky McCarty, the Main Street coordinator of Ennis. “Mary […]

Police investigating shooting death

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Police are investigating a shooting death in the Ennis Housing Authority neighborhood near the 200 block of Arnold Street Thursday. As of Friday morning, Ennis police were handling the investigation as an accidental discharge of a handgun. According to Ennis PD spokesman Lt. Mike Hopson, Justice of the Peace Bill Woody identified the victim as […]

Out with the old, in with the new

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Part of the Ennis’ fledgling downtown master plan implementation includes dressing the sidewalks to give them a new look. The city at least took the first step to doing that this week, when city workers took chainsaws to four diseased trees at the corners of Ennis Avenue and Dallas Street. The plan […]

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