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2015 PRIDE of ENNIS Distinguished Service Award: C.T. ‘Tom’ Abram

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Accolades of PRIDE of ENNIS 2015 Distinguished Service Award winner, C.T. “Tom” Abram, are as long as they are impressive. The 82-year old is a longtime resident with a penchant for serving the city wherever there is a need. A nominator described him as an advocate for Ennis. “Tom is quick to jump in and […]

2015 PRIDE of ENNIS Youth of the Year Award: Alex Johnson

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Few 17-year-olds are tasked with as much as Alex Johnson, this year’s PRIDE of ENNIS Youth of the Year Award winner. This next year at school, he will make it to his junior-level classes, participate in AVID, a college prep program, and he will work his normal job at Pizza Hut. All the while, though, […]

2015 PRIDE of ENNIS Student of the Year Award: Madison Low

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Of the students in Ennis, Madison Low is one who stands out. It’s not because she is the loudest or the class clown; rather, Low sticks out as a model student for the way she excels in the classroom and the way she interacts with peers and teachers. “She was just a student that when […]

2015 PRIDE of ENNIS Partner: Dr. Sullivan focusing on patients, community

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By day, Dr. John Sullivan, M.D., of Ennis, is a surgeon, operating on people with a wide range of health problems, from faulty gall bladders to problematic hemorrhoids, and lots of things in between. After hours, Dr. Sullivan is working to make the community a better place through community and economic development. The pair, as […]

2015 PRIDE of ENNIS Partner: J.E. Keever Mortuary has helped families for 97 years

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Families are important to the Keever family. The lineage in the Ennis-based family’s business dates 97 years, when James Edwin Keever, Sr., purchased J.W. Neal Undertakers and Embalmers in May 1918. He soon changed the name of the business to J.E. Keever Undertakers and Embalmers and began his newly-acquired business with two other employees. Today, […]

Lake Bardwell, two boat ramps, now open

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After being shut down due to record spring flooding, Lake Bardwell has been cleared for fishing and swimming by lake manager Mike Stegall. Two boat ramps have been officially reopened to the public. Twenty-feet above normal six weeks ago, the lake was closed by the Army Corps of Engineers through July if not longer. July […]

County budget, salary increase public hearing Monday

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Public hearings for budgets are the main item on the Ellis County Commissioners Court agenda for Monday. At 10 a.m., the court will hear public comment on a 3-percent increase in salary for many positions in the county, including constables, commissioners and justices of the peace. The 3-percent proposed increase in salary for the positions […]

QuikTrip coming to Ennis

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QuikTrip, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based chain of convenience stores and gasoline, has revealed its plans to build a new station in Ennis. It will be located at the site of the current Valero station on East Ennis Avenue at I-45. The Valero facility and gas tanks will be removed. Jake Petras, QuikTrip Dallas Division real estate […]

Comiskey daughter reflects on family, celebrates family reunion

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Before Mary Ludwig’s mother, Christina Comiskey, died in 1977, she had one request of her 10 children. “She told us ‘always stay in touch no matter what happens,” Ludwig said in an interview with the Ennis Daily News Thursday. So all of the Comiskey children, then adults, did stay in touch. In fact, they stay […]

Game on: Tye Chandler recalls days covering Ennis sports

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It’s been three years since he reported on local school athletics, but former Ennis Daily News Sports Editor Tye Chandler still has happy memories of the Bluebonnet City. “I remember Ennis as the place I spent eight and a half years,” he said in a recent EDN interview in which he discussed his days covering […]

Ennis ISD board will set budget meeting date

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Ennis ISD board members will conduct their regular business meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the administration building at 303 W. Knox St. The agenda includes setting a date for a public meeting on the 2015 tax rate and budget. The session begins at 6 p.m. with a closed-to-the-public session on a “boardbook” training webinar. The […]

County to discuss retiree benefits

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One of the hot topics within city and county governments statewide has been concern with health insurance. Monday at 8:30 a.m., the Ellis County Commissioners Court will hold a workshop prior to its regularly scheduled meeting to discuss retiree health benefits. According to the workshop agenda, an option to the current plan will be made […]

Missions trip to Kenya impacts Ennis student

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Ennis native Jesse Roberts, a 2010 graduate of EHS, recently returned from his third international missions trip. He was in Kenya at the same time as president Barack Obama, though Roberts came for a much higher cause than Obama’s preaching politics to a soft audience. The 6’4 Roberts, who is entering his senior year at […]

Residents urged to register storm shelters

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Despite the peak of the season passing in May, the threat of sudden tornadoes touching down remains alive, prompting the Ellis County Emergency Management office to issue a reminder related to safe rooms. Stephanie Parker, the emergency management coordinator, has urged individuals to install storm shelters or safe rooms to protect their families. This week […]

Beats and Eats: Saturday concert at Sunset Market

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The final summer concert at the Sunset Market is set for downtown this Saturday on the corner of Knox and North Dallas streets. James Gilliland and his band, James G & The Sidestreet Cryers, will perform between 6-9 p.m. See the report in the Friday, Aug. 7, Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up […]

Lee Foundation ride set for Saturday

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On Saturday at 1 p.m. bikers will meet to ride from Ennis to Dallas in an effort to raise awareness of motorcycles on the road. The ride will begin at 5075 W. Highway 34 in Ennis, just past the Lake Bardwell bridge, at the location where Lee Fincher’s life was tragically taken in a motorcycle […]

IOOF reopens, ready for residents

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One of Ennis’ oldest pillars, the IOOF Retirement Center, has returned after a brief 10 month hiatus. Now 105 years old, the Home for the Aged closed its doors towards the end of 2014, the same year area residents voted it the Best of the Best in The Ennis Daily News. During that interlude the […]

GAKAC seeks Sunday volunteers

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Give-A-Kid-A-Chance is in need of volunteers this Sunday afternoon at Ennis High School. In preparation for the community-wide GAKAC service project, director Marty Nelson says help is needed in filling 1,400 backpacks. They will be distributed during the Aug. 15 event. Over 100 volunteers were on hand in 2014 and Nelson says “a few more […]

Quilters provide children aid in a bag

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When Child Protective Services has to remove a child from his or her home, the action is often swift, without much time to collect the kid’s necessities. Ellis County CPS investigative supervisor Katherine Jones explained that when children are accompanied from the scene with a toothbrush, a couple changes of clothes, and some pajamas, those […]

FEMA to meet with Ennis residents

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Stephanie Parker, the Ellis County Emergency Management director, announced on Wednesday that FEMA is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center office in Ennis during Aug. 10-12. “They will be in Ennis from Monday through Wednesday,” she said, “then in Waxahachie from Thursday through Saturday.” “This is a great opportunity for our residents to sit down […]

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