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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

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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 […]

Family raising funds for man killed in bus crash

An early morning bus crash sent five people to area hospitals.

Friends and family recently started an online fundraising account for Alejandro Camacho, the man killed in last week’s foggy crash involving an Ennis ISD school bus. The money will go toward the Dallas man’s family and funeral. The page is called “Alejandro Camacho Funeral & Family” and can be found on gofundme.com According to the […]

Tour bus hits RR underpass, passengers injured

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A tour bus with 31 people on board was westbound on Baylor Street Thursday morning when the driver attempted to make it under the train trestle underpass. The top of the bus struck the steel bridge support girder causing significant damage to the bus and injuring a number of passengers. None of the injuries were […]

New drug dog sniffs out weed

Snitch, the drug-sniffing dog, and K-9 officer Donnie Trull.

Ennis’ new drug-sniffing dog, Snitch, snuffed out a little more than two ounces of marijuana at a suspected drug dealer’s house on National Weed Day, according to Ennis police.

One dead, four injured in bus crash

An early morning bus crash sent five people to area hospitals.

Dense fog in the area early Friday morning will likely be determined to be a contributing factor in the collision of an Ennis school bus and a pickup truck on State Highway 34 at Lone Oak Road. According to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson at the scene, the male pickup driver sustained severe […]

31 students with perfect attendance seek new car

Ennis Principal David Averett head shot

It’s not easy being omnipresent, but the rewards can make getting up in the morning seem like a drive in the park. The second year of the Ennis Ford Perfect Drive Initiative enters the final stretch towards one student receiving a brand new car, complete with tax, title and license all donated. Should it come […]

Bluebonnet Festival kicks off Friday

Acoustic Sound Hounds

Happy trails may have been a hit song for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in 1952, but in Ennis the Bluebonnet Trails have been creating smiles for just as long. The month of the blooming state flower reaches its peak this weekend with the annual Bluebonnet Festival. A perennial in downtown, it begins Friday and […]

First-time photographer takes tops

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When Eric Smith picked up a camera, he swears he didn’t really know what he was doing. The Ennis High School junior, however, decided to submit a group of photos to the Creative Arts portion of the Ellis County Youth Expo this week. The results shocked him. “I didn’t expect it at all,” he said […]

Ennis blooms Sunday on NBC

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The Bluebonnet Festival, April 15-17, and the magnetic appeal of the state flower makes Ennis the epicenter in Texas this month. Sunday, April 10, the NBC channel 5 episode of Talk Street airs at 11:30 a.m. Host Kristi Nelson (above left) will feature Ennis’ own, Sandy Anderson and Gina Rokas, right  on the air. See […]

French bistro visits Farmers Market

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Descriptive words often overheard at the Ennis Farmers Market, fresh and organic, will add a cultural twist on Saturday when Big & Rich BBQ is out of town. The popular vendor, booked in advance for a car show, will have their location ably filled by a French bistro on wheels. From 8 a.m. until 1 […]

Mayoral candidates face off

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Mark Warde, the moderator for Tuesday evening’s Ennis mayoral forum pointed out the elephant in the room. This mayoral forum is the first of its kind in 18 years. “This is the first open mayoral race in 16 – or 18 – years,” he said gesturing to the new mayoral candidates sitting atop the stage. […]

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