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Cotton Patch makes grand opening

Photo by Justin Tubbs / City Manager Chuck Ewings (right) speaks to a crowd outside Ennis' new Cotton Patch Cafe on Monday during the store's grand opening ribbon cutting.

Cotton Patch Cafe made its much anticipated grand opening Monday.

Farmers Market opens in April

EDN photo by Mark Warde / Nancy and Mayor Russel Thomas were regular shoppers at the Farmers Market in 2014. They also took part in several cooking demonstrations at Minnie McDowell Park in downtown Ennis.

After a successful first season, the Ennis Farmers Market is planning to build on its accomplishments heading into the 2015 season.

New officials taking office

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A public gathering will take place at the Ellis County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St. in Waxahachie at noon on Jan. 1 for the swearing-in of officials.

Galaxy shows ‘The Interview’

EDN photo by Kevin Becker / Galaxy Drive-In Theatre was one of 262 theaters in the United States to premier The Interview on Thursday.

Highly controversial film The Interview opened at Galaxy Drive-In Theatre in Ennis Thursday.

Burglars strike on Christmas


One Ennis family’s misfortune is turning around after a Christmas day burglary.

United Way nearing goal

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United Way’s large campaign is almost at an end.

Cotton Patch opening set for the new year

Photo by Justin Tubbs / Cotton Patch Cafe announced in June it would bring a restaurant to Ennis. Less than five months later, the location is set to open.

The long-awaited Cotton Patch Cafe is set to open Jan. 6.

Tree adds “E” for Lions crown

Photo by Justin Tubbs / The 30-foot tall mega-tree is on the corner of N. Dallas and W. Knox streets on the small parcel of land known as Minnie McDowell Park. Since winning the state title on Friday, a floating "E" in maroon and white rises between timed sequences on the tree.

In honor of the football state championship won by Ennis High School on Friday, the illuminated, 30-foot mega-tree on the corner of N. Dallas and W. Knox streets has added a floating maroon and white “E” to its array of moving designs.

Man arrested after hiding in trunk


Two Palmer residents were arrested by Ennis Police after one was found hiding in the trunk of a car.

Final five minutes reveal jungle kings

Photo by Oladipo B. Awowale / Donta Thompson lines up against Javelin Guidry. The senior caught seven passes for 99 yards and two TDs. During the playoffs he totaled 29 receptions, six of them for touchdowns.

Revealing the true heart of their team as well as their grit and smart, the Ennis Lions football team also showed they had plenty left in their tank at the end of a grueling 16-game season. It resulted in an epic victory to reap a fifth state championship.

Lions celebrate championship

Photo by Justin Tubbs / James Lockhart runs between rows of cheerleaders and Lionettes to the voice of Keith Howard, Sr. Lockhart played his final game as a Lion and will continue his football career at Texas A&M.

After celebrating at AT&T Stadium Friday night, Ennis players and fans hadn’t had enough.

Getaway vehicle found

Photo by Justin Tubbs / Ennis police found the getaway vehicle used in the Dec. 16 robbery of BBVA Compass shortly after the robbery took place.

The getaway vehicle used in the Dec. 16 robbery of BBVA Compass Bank has been found.

Civic groups meet holiday needs

The spirit of giving, shown at last year's Christmas version of Give-A-Kid-A-Chance, needs donors in support of Ennis area civic groups who are actively seeking to meet needs.

While many have needs throughout the year, meeting them is often highlighted during the holidays. Such is the case with the Bridge Builders and Give-A-Kid-A-Chance, who collaborate in the form of Angel Tree projects that benefit five groups of people and families.

County opposes speed rail

Photo by Mark Warde / Commissioner of Precinct 4, Ron Brown, is flanked by County Judge Carol Bush (left) and Cindy Polley, County Clerk. He retired after 24 years of service to Ellis County

Ellis County Commissioners voiced their opposition to plans of a proposed high-speed railroad

Lions fans make their picks

Photo by Oladipo Awowale / Senior running back Taylor Thompson (3) speeds behind Grant Cervantes (78), who paved the way for Thompson and the other running backs all season. The two look to continue their success in the ground game in Friday's season finale at AT&T Stadium.

Local fans predicting the outcome of Friday’s state championship football game between Ennis (13-2) and Cedar Park (12-3) have one thing in common — a belief the Lions will prevail.

Kaufman County ex-official sentenced to death

Photo courtesy of AP / Eric Williams was convicted of the murder of Cynthia McLelland, who was slain in a revenge plot against her husband, the former Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. He was sentenced to death Wednesday.

A former justice of the peace in North Texas was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a district attorney’s wi

Lions seek state championship

Oladipo B. Awowale / Senior Issac Montemayor (6) prepares to lead the Pride of Ennis, the Lions football team, onto the field of battle. The Lionbackers Tunnel Crew, led by the likes of Rel Lipscomb, transports and sets up the symbol of Ennis at every game.

Friday night’s Class 5A football state championship between Ennis and Cedar Park has captured the attention and hearts of area fans.

Commissioners to consider opposition of high-speed rail

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County Commissioner Dennis Robinson will bring before the ourt a resolution opposing a proposed high-speed rail that would travel through Ellis County. \

Burglar caught in the act, arrested


An Ennis resident was arrested Tuesday after being caught burglarizing a home.

Ennis welcomes new state rep.

EDN photo by Justin Tubbs / State Rep.-elect John Wray speaks with Ennis City Manager Chuck Ewings at the Ennis Public Library Tuesday during Ennis' come-and-go event.

Ennis hosted an informal reception for State Representative-elect John Wray from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The come-and-go event was hosted by the Ennis Public Library, and snacks were provided by local businesses.

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