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HFTB nears completion, lack $20,000

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Nearing the finish line in their patriotic project, Home For The Brave is within $20,000 of completing the construction of a home for Marine Corporal Cody Jones and his family of three. During a Tuesday meeting of the HFTB board the shortfall was chief among items on a short list. An increase in concrete costs […]

FEMA delivers aid, Lake Bardwell at normal level

Oklahoma City, OK, June 13, 2013 -- FEMA Public Information Officer Nate Custer speaks in a radio interview at the Cumulus Group which represents seven different stations.  FEMA is here to provide information helpful to survivors of the May 20 and 30-31 tornadoes and flooding. George Armstrong/FEMA

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to bring financial relief to area residents, businesses and farms for damages from the heavy rains in May and June, others could use some relief after July ended without a single raindrop falling. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our […]

Palmer cuts ribbon on new elementary school

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Under a blazing sun, Palmer superintendent Kevin Noack welcomed an estimated 1,000 guests to the ribbon cutting and open house of the new Palmer Elementary School Monday evening. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

City handles complaint, resignation, tax rate


The city commission faced a number of important issues Monday night at its regularly scheduled meeting. Included among them were replacing a city staffer, a citizen and property owner who aired complaints about a tenant, sending out a notice of intention to issue bonds and setting an ad valorem tax rate and declaring hearing dates […]

Tails rediscover their wag – 72 seized animals now recovering; some reunited

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Surfacing in the sad story of the seizure of 72 animals from a home in Waxahachie last week is the serendipitous tale of 12 tails who rediscovered their wag. Judge Jackie Miller, Jr., a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2, made several decisions in a Wednesday hearing following the arrest of 69-year old Gayle […]

New principal has heart for Ennis, football


Ennis Independent School District has introduced a home-grown, new principal at Ennis Junior High School in Wade Bishop. Having recently celebrated two decades since graduating from Ennis, the 39-year old follows Ryan McCabe, who served at EJH for one year before accepting an administrative position within the EISD. “As a product of this district,” Bishop […]

Color, technology, turtles await open house visitors

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Colorful hallways, bright lights, adjustable basketball hoops, technology around every corner, and even some turtles swimming on the ceiling will greet Palmer ISD Elementary students when they return to school later this month. A first look at the project will be given to the public at an open house on Monday, Aug. 3, starting at […]

B&B permit, EDC budget for commission Monday; siren tests set


When the city commission meets Monday, it will be to discuss some important issues in Ennis ranging from a budget for the Ennis Economic Development Corporation to a possible bed and breakfast permit to the city secretary’s position. Also: Fire marshall Chad E. Wester has announced the City of Ennis will test the weather sirens […]

Ellis County commissioners enacts burn ban

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Fire was the topic of Friday’s special County Commissioners Court meeting. “Out of 254 counties, we may have been the first – unless there were others that met today – to enact burn ban,” said County Judge Carol Bush. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

The Color of Money: Aptly-named railroad millionaire put Ennis on right track

wCol. E.H.R. Green, son of New York miser Hetty Green,   owned the Texas Midland Railroad that ran from Ennis to Paris between 1892   and 1942

He may have been the wealthiest man to ever set foot in Ennis. Born in London, Col. E.H.R. “Ned” Green was educated in New York and Chicago before heading south in 1892 to take control of the Texas Midland Railroad, a soon-to-be lucrative family investment. And what a family – his banker father Edward was […]

FEMA deadlines approach in Ellis County

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Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance continues to aid those recovering from the May 4 through June 22 storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and floods to the tune of $306 million in federal grants, U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans, and National Flood Insurance Program in approved claims. While 47 counties have been declared eligible for […]

Splashdown planned Saturday at Market


A cure for the summertime blues may be just around the corner at Saturday’s Farmers Market according to Becky McCarty. The director has announced a mini-Tricycle and Bicycle Wash, accompanied by the rider, will take place on Knox Street between 10 a.m. and noon. Approximately 20-feet long, the gauntlet, framed with PCV pipe, is equipped […]

Taste of Ennis set for Sept. 24

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Helping Hands of Ennis has announced its annual fundraiser, the 23rd annual Taste of Ennis, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Located at 850 Interstate 45 alongside Frontage Rd in Ennis, the event is a major project for an organization known for its benevolence to thousands of people […]

Meet the Ennis Lions

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Fans of fall sports teams at Ennis High School will get their first look at the players and coaches on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Lions Memorial Stadium. The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. Freshman, junior varsity and varsity football teams, girls and boys cross country teams, tennis teams, and the Ennis volleyball teams will […]

Home Sweet Home

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Under the direction of David Maliska and his home construction team, the future home for Marine Cpl. Cody Jones and his family is beginning to take shape. Located east of I-45 and adjacent to Comfort Suites, the custom-built abode for a wounded soldier in Promontory Point is having its walls go up. See the report […]

Maypearl residents gather for prayer


For Maypearl, the past week has been about healing from accusations made against its former police chief, Kevin Coffey. On Tuesday, for the second time in four days, some of the residents of Maypearl gathered at Maypearl City Hall to begin that healing process with prayer. “I think for a lot of us it’s a […]

Three new Eagle Scouts in Ennis

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From left to right Brendan Hufnagel, Austin Spaniel, and Jacob Sullivan just received their Eagle Scout award on Sunday afternoon. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Wray hosting town hall meeting in Ennis Aug. 13

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John Wray, state representative for District 10, has announced two local town hall meetings, including one in Ennis on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Ennis Public Library. His second town hall is set for Friday, Aug. 15, and will be hosted at the Midlothian City Hall Council Chambers. Both public sessions are legislative updates and […]

GAKAC nearing goals

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One of most popular community service events, Give A Kid A Chance, is about three weeks away and organizers still have a few needs yet to be met. Slated for Saturday, Aug. 15, at Ennis High School, the event begins at 8 a.m. and concludes by 4 p.m. Hundreds of volunteers and a long list […]

County fire marshal resigning

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County Judge Carol Bush announced publicly Monday the county fire marshal, Joe Stewart, would be resigning, putting the county in a transition phase. Although the resignation is not official until next month, due to Stewart taking vacation days leading up to the resignation, Monday, the county judge and commissioners discussed in length the situation moving […]

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