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EAC disperses funds to art groups


Mark Warde [email protected] Gina Rokas, in explaining the purpose of the Ennis Arts Commission’s distribution of funds for local arts and cultural venues, said the process includes events that are open to the public. “It’s why we allow organizations an opportunity to apply for funding,” said Rokas, tourism director for the City of Ennis. See […]

Portal to History Opening at Library

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / It’s been four years since an anonymous donation put nearly $640,000 down for a project to expand the Ennis Public Library, but no formal plans have been developed for the expansion.

Ana Krahmer, supervisor of UNT’s Digital Newspaper Unit, will conduct a presentation at the Ennis Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, regarding using The Portal to Texas History in historical and genealogical research, with an emphasis on working with newspapers on the Portal. This presentation is open to the public, and attendees […]

Weekend rains douse burn ban


Justin Tubbs [email protected] Many parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area received well over eight inches of rain over the weekend. The best estimates for Ellis County were around that same figure. A benefit of those rains is that the Ellis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to rescind the burn ban, which had been in effect […]

Speed bumps for county’s armored car service

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] It’s been a month-and-a-half since the county worked an agreement with Dunbar’s armored car service, and according to County Judge Carol Bush, the county has actually had the service for only two to three weeks. That is apparently long enough to run into issues, as County Treasurer Cheryl Chambers and Precinct 3 […]

Drone falls on D.A.’s property

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UPDATE: Man claims drone The drone that fell into the Ellis County & District Attorney’s yard has been claimed, and there will be no charges against the man who claimed it. According to the DA, Patrick Wilson, he and the owner of the drone even had a laugh over it. Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ellis County […]

Tour through the past: Myrtle Meander teaching history second straight year

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Whether you’re a history buff or an enthusiast for live theater, the Myrtle Cemetery is the place to be Thursday. For the second straight year, the Ennis Historical Society, in collaboration with Ennis Public Theatre, will present Myrtle Meander, a tour of some of the better-known gravesites in Myrtle Cemetery. See the […]

First Precinct 1 Candidate announces

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] David G. Pagan of Ennis recently announced he will seek election as Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 1. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

A spirited history: Harriett Adams loves Ennis, her home and its ghosts

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor A house without a heart is not a home, so the saying goes. A house without a ghost isn’t either, adds Harriett Adams of Ennis. The successful interior designer whose clients, hailing from New York to Houston, have come to rely on her elegant yet practical taste, has lived in Ennis […]

EHS Ag Mechanics team wins at State Fair

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Ennis High School Agricultural Mechanics team competed on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the State Fair of Texas. The group had a very rewarding day, earning two class wins, one division win, and a group showmanship honor. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the […]

Macabre Madness at Midnight

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By J Nicewanger Just in time for Halloween, Ennis Public Theatre brings to stage the comedy thriller I’ll Be Back Before Midnight. In a rustic farmhouse near the middle of nowhere, spooky goings on hint at hauntings by ghosts of victims from a grizzly murder. Eerie sound effects and lighting complete the creepy character of […]

Halloween invades downtown Ennis this week

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Mark Warde [email protected] October comes to a close in historic downtown with a big lineup of community events according to Ennis energizers Becky McCarty and Gina Rokas. “Next Saturday has something for young and old, and it all starts in the morning,” said McCarty, the city’s Main Street coordinator. “October 31st is generally known for […]

Arrest made in assault of teen

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] A suspect was arrested Wednesday in connection to an assault on an Enis High School junior who later became the victim of a potential school shooting rumor. According to police, Lacorian Jones, 19, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor. See the report in the Ennis Daily […]

Vote early for Texas Constitution amendments


EDN Staff Report [email protected] Early voting began on Oct. 19 and will end on Oct. 30 for the Nov. 3 Constitutional amendment election. There are seven propositions on the ballot. Proposition 1 increases the homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000. The homestead exemption reduces the amount of property tax a homeowner has to pay. Someone […]

Texas schools to count minutes, not days

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Texas students may no longer be counting down the days until summer. A new state law has changed the Texas Education Code’s definition of a school year from 180 days to 75,600 minutes of instruction. One day is defined as 420 minutes. “The rationale was to give districts more flexibility for making […]

A love that lasts: Margie Norum shares advice to families facing Alzheimer’s

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor For locals, Palmer resident Margie Norum’s name and face are synonymous with the caring grace she’s imparted for 13 years to the public as volunteer coordinator for Family First Hospice. Recently retired from that career, she remains as active as ever, volunteering herself now for the company she says “still holds […]

Motorcyclist dies in crash on Hwy 287 near Motorplex


Justin Tubbs [email protected] One man is dead after a collision on Thursday involving a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 287 near the Texas Motorplex. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Every time that flag’s unfurled: The story behind the Ennis football black flag

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Mark Warde [email protected] Inspiration can spring from a myriad of sources. During a speech to the football team by longtime Ennis assistant coach Steve Marrow, an idea was fostered in the heart of one of those players. It led to the creation of the black flag that leads the team onto the gridiron on Fridays. […]

Constable Facebook posts spark social media conversation

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] A social media post made by Ellis County Constable Mike Jones has sparked a conversation among the county about how it should respond to questionable use of social media by county officials. In a roughly 3 minute, 30 second statement made by County Judge Carol Bush during the Tuesday Commissioners Court meeting […]

Veterans Day set for HFTB home

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Mark Warde [email protected] Veterans Day, Nov. 11, was announced as the day the Home For The Brave will dedicate the new abode for Marine Cpl. Cody Jones and his family. Transferring the home to Jones, his wife Alexis and their one-year old son, Corey, will take place after the dedication ceremony, which is slated for […]

New rule places liability with county law enforcement

By Justin Tubbs [email protected] Despite pushback from Precinct 2 Constable Terry Nay and Commissioner Paul Perry, the county passed a new rule, which will limit Ellis County law enforcement’s use of a privately owned vehicle. The rule, which passed by a vote of 4-1 at the Ellis County Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday states the […]

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