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Abbott seeks federal disaster help for Ellis County

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Gov. Greg Abbott has requested a federal disaster declaration for some Texas counties after deadly late-December blizzards and tornadoes. Abbott on Tuesday announced the request for individual assistance for people in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Franklin, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties. The winter weather pushed into West Texas on Christmas Day. By Dec. 26 twisters and other violent weather reached […]

Book shopping at Sam Houston Elementary

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Students from Mrs. Stapleton’s first grade class at Sam Houston get to go “book shopping” every Friday afternoon. Sam Houston is equipped with an “I-pick” library that has a wide variety of reading levels. The students are able to choose books that are at their independent reading level to keep in their own personal book […]

Local finance advisor making run at mayor

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Local Edward Jones Financial Advisor Angie Juenemann announced her decision to run for mayor Monday. “I’m running for mayor at this time because Ennis is at a critical point and needs a proven leader with unquestioned values, strong leadership qualities and a vision for the future,” she said Monday. “We must be […]

Ward 5 race has candidate

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ennis ISD Education Foundation President Bill Honza announced Monday that he will be running for Ward 5 commissioner. “I feel it is of the utmost importance to listen to the constituents of my ward and not just act on my own,” Honza said of the platform he is running on. “Far […]

Resuscitating residences

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Mark Warde [email protected] Former Ennis High School graduate, Leslie Henry, has a hankering for restoring things after first examining their bones. The result, however, is far from macabre. They are a work of beauty. “I detest our “tear it down” mentality society,” she said of those who raze old buildings and homes. “I am such […]

Hejny running for Ward 3

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ennis resident and Dallas lawyer Scott Hejny announced Monday that he is running for Ward 3 city commissioner. “The future of the city of Ennis is bright, especially with the hiring of Scott Dixon as city manager,” Hejny said in a release. “The downtown master plan has been unveiled, corporations are […]

North Plaza big idea in downtown master plan

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] In the coming days, The Ennis Daily News will reveal more parts of the downtown master plan. This article features one of the many projects the plan lays out. As more articles are printed, more of the plan – and its goals for implementation – will be revealed. Mesa Planning Project […]

Petitions started to save 2 Walmarts

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] With less than a week until 154 U.S. Walmart stores close, Precinct 3 County Commissioner Paul Perry has begun urging Italy citizens to do what they can to save their small-town Walmart Neighborhood Market. Meanwhile, a smaller social media effort has taken over certain corners of Facebook to try to save the […]

Wylie honored for community service


Mark Warde [email protected] Veteran Ennis real estate agent Marylyn Wylie was recognized for her community service when the Ellis and Hill County Association of Realtors (EHAR) awarded her with the annual Shirley Caldwell award. The honor was given at the yearly EHAR luncheon which was held at the Achieve Civic Center. After the installation of […]

Local trainer motivates a community

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  With the new year comes determination to make those resolutions a reality, and one man has words of motivation to share with those who are trying to meet their goal of weight loss, always a priority after the holiday round of parties and dinners. Trainer extraordinaire Shane Wigley, director of Camp Gladiator of Ennis, […]

Lions gear up for Relay

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The Ennis Host Lions Club had fellow Lion and Ennis ISD Superintendent John Chapman deliver a program about Relay For Life pf Ennis. Chapman said more than $100,000 was raised last year for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society within the community of Ennis. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a […]

Downtown Master Plan shapes a tourist attraction and economic engine

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Monday at 7 p.m., the city’s pending downtown master plan will go before the public’s eyes for the second time, when the Ennis Planning and Zoning board gets to take a peek. According to the city’s economic development coordinator, Marty Nelson, there is nothing small about plan. Sketches and other artwork of what downtown Ennis […]

Ennis grad, Federal Judge Bennett, speaks Feb. 6

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  Federal Judge and Class of 1983 Ennis High School graduate, Alfred H. (Shane) Bennett, returns as the keynote speaker on Feb. 6 at the invitation of the Negro Chamber of Commerce. The event, which will include area leaders, is set for 6 p.m. at the Mount Zion Baptist Church at 800 E. Freeman St., […]

Next county GOP forum set for Feb. 9


Voters will have the chance to get to know their Republican primary candidates soon. The next county Republican candidate forum is slated for Feb. 9, and Ellis County Republican Party chairperson Denise DeLara said the format will be different from the last one that took place in January. See the report in the Ennis Daily […]

Palmer band member is all-region

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John Mabry, a freshman tuba player in the Palmer High School Bulldog Band, has made the All-Region Band for 2016. “John is clearly on his way to a good chance at going to state before he graduates,” Palmer band director Jeremy McKissack said of Mabry. “This kid loves music and is already beginning to compose […]

Grayson to hold town hall meetings


Ellis County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lane Grayson, has announced a town hall meeting, his first in 2016, on Monday, Jan. 25. It will be held at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. According to precinct spokesperson Melanie Wickliffe, the meeting will allow time for residents to visit, as it is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 6 […]

Rice VFD receives a $12,900 grant for new rescue equipment

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Rice Volunteer Fire Department received a $12,900 grant from Texas A&M Forest Service through the Rural VFD Assistance Program to purchase new rescue equipment. The tools include a power unit, spreader, cutter and ram. “We are trying to keep up-to-date equipment to better serve as mutual aid to the bigger fire departments in the area,” […]

Downtown pub to open in March

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Three area business partners, including two from Ennis, have announced plans to open a pub, Finn MacCools, in downtown. They plan its opening for March. Robert and Patti Holt own the original MacCools, which is located on the south side of Fort Worth. They will also manage a second European pub at the 2,500 square […]

Holley runs for mayor

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Ward 5 Commissioner Brian Holley today announced his candidacy for mayor of Ennis. Holley is officially the first to toss his hat in the ring for the May 7 mayoral race. According to Holley, his decision comes after receiving support from friends and family. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here […]

Armed robbery suspect in custody

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The suspected perpetrator of an armed robbery of the Ennis Holiday Inn Express is in police custody. According to police, 22-year-old Andy Andrade Jr. took a gun to the hotel late Sunday night and robbed the clerk of the hotel’s money as well as her own personal money. See the report in the Ennis Daily […]

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