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City preps for big election day


By Justin Tubbs With less than a day away until the city has a new mayor-elect, the city is prepping for its biggest Election Day in recent history. Saturday, Ennis residents will not only decide who the city’s new mayor will be, but they will also decide who sits in three positions alongside the mayor […]

Mayoral candidates Q&A

Mayor collage

By Mark Warde Brian Holley and Angie Juenemann head into Saturday’s election with both similarities and sharp contrasts in their personalities and patterns as well as the paths they’ve taken as hopefuls to fill the void left by Russell Thomas. It’s been 18 years since Ennis has sought a new mayor. Each has strong support […]

Day of Prayer event set for Thursday

The shelter at Lion's Park will house the National Day of Prayer event in Ennis Thursday evening.

By Mark Warde In conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, citizens and churches from Ennis will meet to pray at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lions Park. The public is invited to attend. “We welcome the public,” said Darrell Nelson, who helps coordinate the event. “Residents are encouraged to attend and to participate.” The large, […]

Get ready, set, go!

050516 polka run CMYK

By Mark Warde Area runners of all ages planning to enter the 18th annual Polka Fest Run can continue to register in advance of the May 28 event. Three lengths are scheduled, starting with a 5K (3.1 miles) and increase to a 10K (6.2 mi.). In between is the One Mile Fun Run. The first […]

Early voting turnout numbers up

I voted sticker

By Justin Tubbs The early voting polls in Ennis saw 1,195 people vote in the early election Those numbers are up significantly compared to just a year ago, when Ennis voters re-elected John Erisman as the city marshal. In that election, only 808 people went to the polls to vote. Those numbers may be slightly […]

Man dies in Ennis police custody

Joshua Krajca was found dead in Ennis Police Department jail Tuesday morning.

Updated at 3:10 p.m. Corrected to show Krajca was arrested Monday. An Ennis man died while locked up in jail at the Ennis Police Department some time Monday night or Tuesday morning. No cause of death has been determined, but Krajca’s body was taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Officer. Police confirmed Krajca was […]

Last day for early voting Tuesday

Early voting ends Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Justin Tubbs [email protected] The last day to vote early in the general city and Ennis ISD school board elections is Tuesday. Polls will be open at the Ennis Public Library from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. There are four positions to be decided on the City Commission, the biggest of which is the mayor’s […]

Mayor to be recognized

City of Ennis

Mayor Russell Thomas will be recognized along with two city retirees during Monday night’s City Commission meeting at City Hall. Thomas has served as mayor for the past 18 years, having been elected to the position nine times. This year, though, the mayor is hanging up his hat. Ahead of the May 7 election, Monday’s […]

Officer Snitch on the job

K-9 Snitch is Officer Donnie Trull's partner in crime  fighting. The narcotics detecting canine is already a popular local  figure.

“Snitch,” a narcotics detecting canine, has already demonstrated his value to the Ennis Police Department (EPD), and Chief John Erisman couldn’t be prouder of the work the German Jagdterrier is accomplishing to fight crime in the Bluebonnet City. “Narcotics detecting canines are an amazing tool for our department,” Erisman said. “Their ability to find illegal narcotics […]

Man with cerebral palsy makes it by with horse

EDN Photo / Justin Tubbs

Josh Kirkpatrick has developed a relationship with Bobby Wilson, right, centered around riding horses at Campfire Creek outside Waxahachie.

For 30-year-old Josh Kirkpatrick and his parents, life has never been easy. Kirkpatrick was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth after his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. For the past 30 year, Josh has been confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk or even move without some struggle. With Josh’s condition, which affects […]

Glenn Heights kidnapping phony

Keidra Kirby -- courtesy Glenn Heights PD

The so called kidnapping of a Glenn Heights girl has been ruled a hoax by Glenn Heights police. Keidra Kirby, 17, the girl who had allegedly been kidnapped, was charged Thursday for giving a false report to police. Investgators have been working on the kidnapping case since April 23, when Glenn Heights Police Department received […]

Cops bust father, daughter in weed sting operation


A father and adult daughter were arrested Tuesday in connection to a marijuana-dealing operation out of the father’s home. Ennis police Det. Sgt. Jason York said investigators obtained an arrest warrant Tuesday after executing a controlled buy in which the father, 43-year-old Tyrone Washington, sold an officer less than a quarter-ounce of marijuana. Police also […]

From trash to treasure… Couple finds renewal in recycling

Jimmie and Betty Oates

If the best things in life are free, Jimmie Oates is a very gracious man. Along with his wife, Betty, they have turned free into profit and profit into free. The couple is from Ennis; Jimmie, 82, and Betty, 39, or least when she stopped counting. He was a printer for 30 years on an […]

County green lights new police pursuit policy

Motorcycle riders from across the county attended Ellis County Commissioners Court Tuesday for recognition of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. The recognition came during the same meeting when a county law enforcement pursuit policy was the main topic of conversation.

The Ellis County Commissioners Court officially recognized May as Motorcycle Awareness Month Tuesday. The approval came just moments before commissioners tackled an issue that’s been in question since May 5, 2013, when two men fleeing police on motorcycles got into a wreck involving Constable Terry Nay and his personal Ford F-350 pickup truck. A month […]

Ennis clinches tie for 2nd in district, tie-breaker game set for Saturday

Senior Mason Hopkins closes out the win over Waxahachie on Tuesday in Ennis.

Combined with solid pitching by Emiliano Gomez, clutch-hitting and a masterful piece of base-running by Jacob Honza, Ennis defeated arch-rival Waxahachie, 2-1, to end the regular season at 19-7. The Lions and Legacy, tied for second in the district with 13-3 records, will have a single-game playoff this week. The second place tie-breaker game between […]

Taking it to the streets

Rhea Marshall and daughter Caroline sing “Abide” in downtown Ennis.

Rhea Marshall and a team of singers, along with a live band, performed an outdoor gospel concert at Pierce Park in downtown Ennis on Saturday. The venue served as a release for a new CD by Marshall. The concert was also videotaped.

Cycle safety awareness shifts into high gear

Holding fast to both the need for awareness of bikers on roadways and a few of the new Share The Road signs are local motorcyclists.

On a crystal clear spring day this past Saturday, noticing men and women who travel with one headlight and two wheels in Ennis was the point. Seeing them and sharing the road with them. That does not happen enough on Texas roadways, a state trailing only Florida in the number of accidents and deaths due […]

Early voting begins as Ennis polls open

A ward map for Ennis shows the dividing lines for precincts.

Voters can now begin heading to the polls to decide four seats on the Ennis City Commission and two on the Ennis ISD School Board. Voting day for both elections is officially May 7, but from now, through May 3, registered voters can cast their ballots at the Ennis Public Library, with the exception of […]

Ennis Little League 2016 Schedule

Ennis Little League has announced the full schedule for games in the 2016 season.

Ennis Little League 2016 Schedule Date Home Away Field Time Age Monday, May 2 Red Sox v Rangers field #3 6:00PM 10u Monday, May 2 Bluejays v Braves field #3 8:00PM 10u Monday, May 2 Royals v Rockies field #4 6:00 PM 12u Monday, May 2 Angels v Pirates field #4 8:00 PM 12u Monday, […]

Woman gets 8 years for third-strike DWI

Barrett drew an 8-year sentence for a 3rd time DWI offense.

An Ellis County jury Wednesday sentenced Waxahachie woman Kristi Dawn Barrett, 35, to eight years in prison for her third DWI offense. According to a release from the Ellis County & District Attorney’s office, Barrett was driving erratically at 8:40 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2014 in the 600 block of Farley Street before she crashed […]

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