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Ellis is champion

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Kendrick Ellis was the champion of the top age group, 6th-8th grade, at the Unity in the Community Martin Luther King Memorial Oratory Contest on Jan. 14. For more photos and awards, see the Ennis Daily News.  

61,000 square-foot flea market opening in February

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Seven years ago, Jimmy and Lanette Stephens wouldn’t have imagined their hobby would transform into their livelihood, but on Feb. 26, they plan to hold the grand opening for one of the largest flea markets in North Texas right here in Ennis. At first, the local couple began selling odds and ends […]

‘Blithe Spirit’ opens EPT 2016 season

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The over-the-top cult crackpot Madame Arcati (Jennifer Valdez) unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ (Kevin Roberts) dead wife Elvira (Brianna Roberts) while the cast (Nikki Crosland, Kathryn Ivey and Kent Lloyd) look on in wonder in the first production of Ennis Public Theatre’s 2016 season. Noel Coward’s unworldy comedy “Blithe Spirit” is fast-paced and witty! […]

Downtown church buys bank building

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Mark Warde [email protected] Damascus Road Fellowship Church recently purchased the building on the corner of North Dallas Street and West Ennis Avenue known as the Ennis National Bank Event Center. Built in 1918, it has stood as a historical icon for nearly a century. Bramlet Beard, who had personally owned the approximately 12,000 square foot […]

City officially fills positions; industrial agreement passed


Tuesday night, city commissioners made it official. The city will have a new city manager and a new city secretary. Scott Dixon, who commissioners decided on less than a month ago, will officially begin his work as city manager on Feb. 1, and his official salary is the same as his predecessor’s: $145,000 per year. […]

Hackney will seek re-election

  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Wednesday is the first day for candidates to file in the upcoming city election, and Commissioner Ken Hackney announced he would be running to keep his Ward 3 seat. In a statement, Hackney said why he would be running again. “While the past 21 months have not come without controversy and […]

Business 287 set for spring expansion

Mark Warde [email protected] Widening a short stretch of Business 287 could begin this spring according to Texas Department of Transportation. “The plan is to reconstruct the road from Clay Street to McKinney Street,” said mayor Russell Thomas. “We will also be adding a center turn lane.” The targeted area, which is part of the recently […]

Commissioner to be arraigned for 2015 assault


Hernandez mugshot Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ward 2 Commissioner Marco Hernandez is scheduled for arraignment in court Thursday for an assault charge that stems back to May 2015. According to court records, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hernandez on May 29. The court records say the assault was family violence, a misdemeanor. The complaint filed […]

EISD board nominating period begins

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] Individuals interested in serving on the Ennis Independent School District Board of Trustees will be able to file an application for a place on the general election ballot starting Wednesday Seat 6 and Seat 7 on the board will be on the May 7 election ballot. The seats are currently held […]

Levingston seeking democratic nod

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] Ronald Levingston, lifetime Waxahachie resident is seeking the democratic nomination for the Precinct 1 county commissioner position in the upcoming March primary. Levingston, according to a release, currently serves as a school administrator in the Dallas Independent School District and has been a Dallas assistant principal for 20 years. He also […]

Farmers Market plans fresh start

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Mark Warde [email protected] Planting for the harvest has begun as have plans for the April 2nd start of the third season of the downtown Ennis Farmers Market. “Things are fast approaching for April,” said Becky McCarty, who coordinates the market. It runs for seven months. “We are actively looking for local growers and excellent artisans […]

Commissioner Salik not running for reelection

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Three two-year terms was plenty for Ennis City Commissioner Jeremy Salik. Stating he made his decision in light of changes he is facing in his life and business, the 38-year-old contacted The Ennis Daily News to make it public. “I will not be running for re-election,” he said. “There are other opportunities that have arisen […]

Palmer residents react to news of Walmart closing

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Less than a year after it opened, the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Palmer is scheduled to permanently close on Jan. 28, alongside 153 other Walmart stores across the United States. Also set to close are two Walmart Express stores in the area, one in Italy and the other in Kemp. The decision, which the retail […]

FEMA asks storm survivors to stay in touch

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Texas homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraged by recovery officials to stay in touch, even after the Jan. 25 application deadline. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of […]

Annual MLK Day events invite community out

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Charlotte Watson, organizer for Unity in the Community, wants to stay true to the spirit of Martin Luther King. On Saturday and Sunday, following Thursday night’s youth Essay, Oratorical and Art Contest, Unity in the Community will hold its annual health fair and MLK memorial service. The health fair on Saturday is […]

Grayson to hold town hall meetings

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Mark Warde [email protected] Ellis County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lane Grayson, has announced a town hall meeting, his first in 2016, on Monday, Jan. 25. It will be held at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. According to precinct spokesperson Melanie Wickliffe, the meeting will allow time for residents to visit, as it is scheduled for 10 […]

City election wide open


Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ennis’ city leadership could look much different in a few months, thanks to a new city manager and the upcoming mayor and commissioner elections on May 7. At this point, there are three commission seats and a mayor’s seat that are wide open. As of Wednesday afternoon, no current commissioners announced they […]

County gauges damages, relieves storm victims


Mark Warde [email protected] Damages from the recent storm, which brought tornadoes and flooding to North Texas, including parts of Ellis County, are now being assessed in order to receive federal assistance. “We are working with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA to see if we are going to qualify to receive federal aid,” […]

North Texas food bank receives large gift

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Mark Warde [email protected] Dallas Theater Center collected more than $138,000 for the North Texas Food Bank during the run of A Christmas Carol, Nov. 25-Dec. 26, 2015. Patrons donated dry goods and more than $80,000 to support NTFB. An additional $57,000 from an anonymous donor means more than 414,000 meals will be provided across North […]

Meals-on-Wheels exec appears before Congress

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Vinsen Faris, executive director of Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties and immediate past board chair of Meals on Wheels America, gave testimony Tuesday before a Congressional subcommittee urging lawmakers to support and recognize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as a critical pillar to reducing senior hunger. Faris spoke at the hearing of the […]

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