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Actors witnessed raid on restaurateur’s ranch

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A representative with the film company shooting a movie on Gustavo Jimenez’s 104.6-acre Ennis horse ranch said actors were present when federal, state and local authorities raided the property Friday. According to Alex Hernandez, a spokesperson for Producciones Cinematograficas, the actors were frightened for their safety when authorities stormed onto the property, wielding body armor […]

City seeks help with park project

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The City of Ennis’ downtown revitalization plan kicks off with revamping Minnie McDowal Park, located at the corner of Dallas and Knox streets. The project, already underway, seeks to utilize the land where the city’s last indoor theater, the Plaza Theatre, stood for over 60 years. A new historical plaque will be struck for the […]

Athlete of the Week: Katherine Stuckly


Competing in the national track championships at the AAU meet in Houston, Katherine Stuckly took third in the high jump by clearing 5-feet 5-inches. It put her in a three-way tie for first, though she had more tries to get there, allowing the other two jumpers to take gold and silver. The bronze in an event […]

Ranch raid reveals drugs, guns, money


“A freak coincidence” is how law enforcement officials describe the timing of Gustavo Jimenez’s arrest. Jimenez, an Ennis man and the owner of Don Jose’s Mexican restaurant chain, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance Friday morning in Navarro County around the same time his horse ranch in Ennis was raided by federal, state […]

Restaurant owner’s home raided


Story corrected to show the property searched was 345 Cody Road. BREAKING, Exclusive to the EDN The Ennis Daily News received word of police activity in the 300 block of Cody Road at about 8 a.m. Friday morning. Upon further investigation, it was confirmed exclusively by the newspaper that local, state and federal law enforcement […]

Inmate jail death still under investigation

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The May 3 death of 30-year-old Joshua Krajca while he was being held at the Ennis jail remains under investigation after more than three months, according to Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sgt. Sara Warren. Get the full report in Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe now!

Tax-free weekend kicks off back to school season

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Families across Texas will take advantage of the sales tax holiday this weekend, Aug. 5-7. The annual event gives parents an opportunity to make back-to-school shopping more affordable. Find details on this report and much more in the Friday edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Ennis official had ties to one balloon crash victim


City of Ennis Tourism Director Gina Rokas scanned over her Marlin High School yearbook, reminiscing on her days in the small town roughly an hour and a half south of Ennis. It was there Rokas grew up with Sandra Chalk, one of victims of the July 30 hot air balloon crash in Lockhart that killed […]

HSR tactics rile crowd at meeting

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Billed curiously as a neighborhood listening session by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), a crowd of approximately 80 people expressed their frustration with the process Thursday evening. Get the rest of this story in Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe now and get it all!

Pet of the Week: Stallone

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Stallone is a handsome 3 month old male kitten. He is so fun loving and playful, but he needs a special home. Stallone has Feline Leukemia. He can still live a happy, long, healthy life but because other kitties can get it from him, he needs to be the only kitty, or live in a […]

Memorial pavers honor veterans

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Veterans Memorial Park, whose cost of maintenance is covered by the twice-annual sale of engraved brick pavers, has announced orders for the commemorative bricks are now being received by the Ennis Veterans Memorial Committee. Get the full details in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. Don’t miss a day, become a subscriber!

Beating the BITE


With cases of Zika virus now popping up around Texas, state health officials are on alert for the chance that the disease may be locally transmitted. Get the details on this report in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Alleged manhunt shooter had federal warrants

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The third suspect in a six-hour manhunt near the Navarro-Ellis County line last month was wanted for more than shooting random bullets into an Ennis home and firing a gun at an Ennis officer during a chase, according to Ennis police. Get more on this story in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe […]

Ellis deputies push for step-pay program

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Ellis County deputies want a more competitive pay rate that incentivizes years of experience within the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. Get the details on this story and more in the Wednesday edition of The Ennis Daily News…


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The third and final suspect in the July 12 incident where shots were fired into a home in the 400 block of Avenue C and subsequent six-hour manhunt was taken into custody after a routine traffic stop in Texarkana earlier this week. Pick up Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News for the full story, […]

Ennis officials eye property tax hike

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Ennis’ property tax rate could soon go up by about two-and-a-half cents per $100 property valuation. At Monday night’s meeting, the City Commission agreed to look at the possibility of raising the tax rate to $0.699, what Dixon called Ennis’s “historic tax rate.” Get the full story in Tuesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News.

High-speed rail meeting slated for Thursday


An invitation to a hastily called listening session about the proposed Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project has been announced for Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Ennis Housing Authority Community Center. It is located at 200 Arnold St. Get the full story in the Tuesday edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe […]

Ennis responds to Boston’s passing


Response to the tragic accident on July 29 in Colorado that took the life of Ennis High School herbology teacher, Kelly Boston, one of the city’s most respected people, continues to have a ripple effect. Students and friends created a memorial in Kelly’s honor outside the greenhouse where Kelly spent much of his time while […]

Park under renovation is haven of memories

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Due to a production error in the print edition of Sunday’s paper, the continuation of this story on page 10 was inadvertently omitted. The full story can be read below. By Randy Bigham Minnie McDowal Park, at the corner of Dallas and Knox streets in downtown Ennis, is still under reconstruction, and the update to […]

Former Teacher of the Year killed in head-on crash

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Kelly Boston, a beloved Ennis High School teacher, husband and father of two was killed Friday night in a car accident while on a family vacation in Colorado. The 47-year-old teacher was driving on Colorado State Highway 9 near Fairplay when the GMC Acadia he was driving collided head-on with a Chevrolet 1500, according to […]

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