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City growth prompts re-signing retail contract

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As the city continues to grow, businesses are showing more and more interest in Ennis. The Ennis Economic Development Corporation (EDC) signed a 12-month contract with Retail Coach, a business that specializes in gathering data and helping Ennis recruit new retailers, on Tuesday. Recently, Retail Coach has helped to recruit new businesses that Aaron Farmer, […]

County hires for two positions

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After months of searching for a new emergency management coordinator for the county, the Commissioners Court approved the hire of Stephanie Johnson for the position on Monday at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse. Johnson has several years experience, and her most impressive resume item is that she worked the 2013 Granbury tornado that devastated much […]

School board forum Thursday evening

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Ennis’ Chamber of Commerce will host its third annual EISD School Board of Trustees public forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chamber. “The purpose of the event is to allow the local businessmen and women, and all residents to visit with those individuals who are campaigning for seats on the Ennis ISD Board,” Chamber […]

Bluebonnets, visitors reaching peak

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This weekend’s Bluebonnet Trails Festival, which usually coincides with San Jacinto Day, is right on schedule with followers of state flower. “We are looking forward to a great festival this weekend,” said Sandy Anderson, chairperson of the BTF. “All trails will be ready to travel for the best views of Ennis bluebonnets. Anderson said the […]

Ennis, Motorplex team for July 4 fireworks

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The City of Ennis will be hosting a free fireworks show for the public on Saturday, July 4th at Texas Motorplex. It will be the first time a major fireworks display has been set off at the historic facility in several years and the first time the City of Ennis is producing a large-scale holiday […]

Emergency services district names interim chief

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An interim fire chief was appointed to serve Emergency Service District No. 6 Volunteer Fire Department at a regularly scheduled board meeting Monday night at the ESD No. 6 fire station. The ESD No. 6 board decided Wes Curry, the current chief of Forreston Volunteer Fire Department, will now serve as chief over the ESD […]

High-speed rail meeting here Thursday

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The Dallas-Houston high-speed rail has been a controversial topic among Ennis residents, farmers and property owners since the project’s inception. Two of the possible lines cut through Ennis, while one passes outside the city. Some people in Ennis don’t understand why, as the railway would only pass through Ennis, with no stops near the city […]

Farmer opposes high-speed train

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Expressing a dogged determination to stand up to what many feel is the inevitable high speed rail, Ennis farmer Bob Beakley pulls no punches. Stating the proposed location for the train will tear his property apart, the mild-mannered Beakley gets his dander up at the thought of being railroaded by the Texas Central Railway. As […]

Ennis Public Theatre K.I.D.S. Auditions set

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Ennis Public Theatre K.I.D.S. is proud to announce auditions for JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and the teen production of THE YELLOW BOAT. Auditions are scheduled for this weekend, April 18-19. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Sam Houston students learn value of pets

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Third graders at Sam Houston Elementary in Mrs. Cecelia Bowles’ reading class recently studied how pets can be useful. Students wrote questions to ask Principal Linda Southard about the campus therapy dog, Houston. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the […]

Travis Chicks Hatch

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Travis Elementary students observed 41 eggs in the science lab throughout the month of March. On April 1, fifteen of the eggs hatched. Each class visited the science lab observing the new chicks and adopting one for their classroom. They named and created a birth certificate for their chick. See the report in the Ennis […]

Wray hits hot topics in town hall meeting

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A buzzing, crowded City Hall was the place to be for State Rep. John Wray’s first-ever town hall meeting as a House representative. Sitting before him were a group of citizens whom, after a 30-minute presentation, which included local news of his District Office opening in Waxahachie and news from the State Capitol in Austin, […]

Talking with the judge

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Anna Arnold of the Ennis 4-H speaks with the judge during the Market Steer Show at the Ellis County Youth Expo Friday night. The expo wrapped up with the annual sale of champions Saturday afternoon at the expo center at Waxahachie. The livestock shows concluded Friday night with the crowning of the grand champion market […]

Full agenda for county commissioners

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FULL STORY: The Ellis County Commissioners Court has a packed agenda for Monday’s meeting at 10 a.m. at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse. County Judge Carol Bush, according to the Court agenda, is slated to introduce the county’s new emergency management coordinator and veterans services officer. The county has been actively searching for the emergency […]

Ennis author’s Christian novels are redefining the genre

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A local pastor’s wife has started her own ministry of a kind, a literary one that complements her husband’s work, yet charts her own Christian course. Tammy L. Gray, wife of Tabernacle Baptist Church’s Pastor Todd Gray, and mother of three young children, has found her creative destiny as a writer, incorporating traditional morals and […]

School assessment plans change

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The new USDA recommendations are aimed at helping students make better choices.

Amidst grievances from teachers and school officials from all across the state that the grades 3-8 mathematics STAAR assessments were too difficult for their students, Texas Education Agency announced Wednesday that those assessments would be excluded from the state accountability system in 2015. “The teachers I have spoken with have confidence that Texas students will, […]

Ennis winners at Youth Expo

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Hundreds of youth made their way back to the Ellis County Expo Center on Thursday for the Ellis County Youth Expo. At the beginning of the day, talk among Ennis folks focused mainly around Jayden Phillips’ Grand Champion pig, but as the day went on, there was more to celebrate for Ennis. See the report […]

Chiefs arrested for alleged tampering

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The fire chief and assistant fire chief of the Ellis County Emergency Services District No. 6 Volunteer Fire Department have been arrested as a part of the ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a firefighter, involving five other volunteer firefighters and a woman who allegedly filmed the incident. Fire Chief Gavin Lawrence Satterfield, […]

Bohemian Railway Antiques and Gifts opens downtown

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Located in the heart of historic downtown, Bohemian Railway Antiques and Gifts – which opened on April 1, looks to bridge yesteryear with modern-day Ennis. Owner Linda Calvert, whose maiden surname is Blazek, is of full-blooded Czech decent. She chose the name Bohemian (boh-hee-mee-uh n) due to its gypsy-like connection to the language of Bohemia […]

Ferris man executed for killing cop in 2002

Texas prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted in the slaying of a Dallas-area police officer during a 2002 shootout that followed the killing of a customer outside a convenience store. Kent Sprouse, 42, became the fifth convicted killer put to death this year in Texas, the nation’s most active death penalty state. Before his execution, […]

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