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Athletes of the Week: Aley Nichols and Breona Benavidez

Aley Nichols and Breona Benavidez

Powering the first place Grasshoppers T-ball team to a big win on Friday night at Bluebonnet Park were Aley Nichols and Breona Benavidez. Playing in socks adorned with exploding fireworks, the pair lit up the sky with extra-base hits to far regions of the field. Aley plays first base. Sporting a rainbow headband, she had […]

Escamilla accepts McMurry scholarship

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Taylor Escamilla, who served Ennis athletic teams as a student athletic trainer, was accepted to McMurry University, an NCAA Division III college of 1,372 in Abilene. She was an active participant in University Athletic League debate and was a member of the National Honor Society. At McMurry, she plans to major in psychology. “I want […]

Boys & Girls Club honors Youth of the Year

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By Mark Warde Ennis chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America celebrated their 17th annual Steak and Burger Dinner before a crowd numbering in the hundreds by introducing Cayla Gates as the first recipient of the Youth of the Year award. Inspiring other kids at the club, Gates has become a respected leader […]

Minister charged with stalking ex-girlfriend

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By Justin Tubbs An Ennis minister wanted for allegedly stalking and assaulting an ex-girlfriend last September was found and arrested Wednesday. According to police, the ex-girlfriend reported that Irron Searcy, 52, a minister and founder of Break Every Chain Ministries sent her threatening text messages, left threatening voicemails and even threw a brick at her […]

Unity One Fest aims to bring people together

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By Justin Tubbs Charlotte Watson has seen Unity One Summer Music Fest change and flourish over the past six years. The event started with a few artists in a park. It has since turned into an all-day event right in the heart of downtown Ennis. She hopes Saturday will show that the event continues to […]

Pet of the Week

Fozzie is looking for a forever home.

Fozzie is an 8 month old Shepherd mix available for adoption through the Ellis County SPCA. He is playful and does well with other dogs. Fozzie has also had all his vaccinations, been neutered and microchipped, and is heart worm negative. His adoption fee is $100. If you would like to give Fozzie a loving […]

YMCA Game of the Week shines on ‘Bugs

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By Mark Warde Of the hundreds of players and a host of girls softball teams playing at Bluebonnet Park, two will be featured in the game of the week on Wednesday, June 8. The Grasshoppers will take on the Lady Bugs at 6 p.m. on field No. 7. Sporting coral shirts, the Grasshoppers have a […]

Truck crash east of Ennis injures one

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By Justin Tubbs The driver of an 18-wheeler was sent to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas with serious injuries after being ejected from his truck in a head-on collision involving two rock haulers Tuesday morning. According to investigators, the wreck happened when an eastbound car slowed down to pull into Sokol Hall, causing Ennis truck […]

City ramps up timeline for downtown projects

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By Justin Tubbs City Manager Scott Dixon said Monday officials are putting together an “aggressive” timeline on some major downtown projects. After the adoption of the City’s downtown master plan in March, it was estimated that implementation of the plan would likely take at least 10 years; but some initial parts of the plan could […]

Officers give support to detective on her third bout with Leukemia

Det. Sgt. Dorinda Clark has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Officers hope to raise money for the veteran officer.

Det. Sgt. Dorinda Clark has been diagnosed with cancer for a third time. Her third bout with cancer won’t likely be easy, but the support around her certainly won’t hurt. “She is in a time of need, and if we can help her out, we should,” said officer Brad Sherrard, head of the Ennis Police […]

Unity Celebrations set for Saturday

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By Mark Warde For a second straight year the Unity1 Summer Music Festival will take place at Pierce Park in downtown Ennis. The free event runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. along NW Main Street. According to event organizer Charlotte Watson, who helped co-found Unity in the Community in 2001, more than 10 musicians […]

Airport study takes wing


By Justin Tubbs For as long as some Ennisites can remember, there have been talks about moving the city’s municipal airport to a location that would allow construction of a bigger or better one. The City now hopes to see if those aspirations will ever come to fruition. At Monday’s City Commission meeting in downtown […]

Ennis PD makes arrest in BB shooting


By Justin Tubbs An Ennis man was arrested Sunday in connection with a BB gun shooting that sent a boy to the hospital last week. Jose Ibarra-Chavez, 20, was charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. Police say he is the uncle of the boy who was shot in his right arm with a […]

Ready for some football? Lions 2016 schedule is set

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2016 Ennis Lions Varsity Football Schedule Date                Opponent                                Location / Time Aug. 19            Lake Dallas (scrimmage)           Home, 7 p.m. Aug. 26            South Oak Cliff                        Kincaide, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2             John Tyler                                 Home, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9             Waxahachie                              Home, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16           Dallas Kimball              Sprague, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24           Del Valle (Senior Day)  Home 2 […]

Junior wins new car

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When Sydnie Martinez tried to turn her key Friday night before graduation, she didn’t think it was going to turn. “I didn’t think it was going to go into the lock, so I was just about to say ‘I didn’t get it,’” she said. “But then it turned, and I was just so excited.” This […]

Grads turn the tassel

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Nearly 350 high school seniors completed their final task, keeping their tassel on the right side of their mortarboard. At the end of the 2016 commencement, when Principal David Averett gave the word, they moved it to the left. The turning of the tassel indicates one’s transition from candidate to graduate. Having enough of the […]

Students, community react to big graduation decision

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Story edited from original: Facebook comments made by students on the District’s page have since been taken down. Some appeared in the original version of this article.  Ennis High School graduation will be held indoors this year, temporarily breaking the tradition of holding the ceremony at Lion Memorial Stadium. Instead of walking along the high […]

Multiple accidents keep first responders busy

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By Justin Tubbs Police were called to at least four accidents during the day Thursday, some of which happened during inclement weather in Ennis. None of the accidents with completed crash reports had rain or weather listed as a contributing factor. The first in the rash of accidents came Thursday morning near the corner of […]

Retreat breaks barriers

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By Mark Warde A new regime. A new day. Planned months before the May elections, a cast of 22 city leaders, including the new mayor and three freshly elected commissioners, did something perhaps for the first time in city history. They spent three days together, in one location, in a retreat setting. It wasn’t so […]

Thomas honored as exemplary Eagle Scout

Thomas. Russell recognized by Angie Juenemann

By Mark Warde Former mayor Russell Thomas was recognized for his leadership example as a former Eagle Scout by the Ennis Friends of Scouting last week. The venue, held at the Wildflower Cafe during their annual campaign to raise funds, was hosted by scout master Robby Keever. Ennis is part of the national Boy Scouts, […]

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