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Lions coach speaks at Lions Club

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Jack Alvarez, athletic director and head football coach at Ennis High School, told a crowd on Wednesday his 2014 edition of the Lions already have a bullseye stamped on their backs. Wreaking of confidence, he said the advance printing of playoff tickets might not be a bad idea.

Police step up DWI enforcement

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Shortly after conducting a similar initiative for the July 4 holiday, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to “step” up its enforcement of drunk driving laws for Labor Day weekend.

Theatre Rocks opens 2014-15 season Friday


Over the River and Through the Woods opens Friday night at 7:30 pm at Theatre Rocks, located at 505 NW Main St. in Ennis.

EISD to present balanced budget

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Lisa Fincher, Ennis ISD Superintendent of Finance, said Tuesday night the district will present a balanced budget on Aug. 26, averting a million-dollar budget deficit first feared back in June.

Realtors serve-up BBQ to firefighters

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The office staff at RE/MAX Realtors treated the Ennis Fire Department to a hearty barbecue lunch on Tuesday at the firehouse on Martin Luther King Dr.

‘Be Church’ in need of support

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Pastor Todd Gray of Tabernacle Baptist Church spoke before the Ennis Rotary Club on Tuesday in an effort to drum up support for the annual “Be Church” event slated for Sept. 28.

Local Masons install leaders

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The Masonic Lodge of Ennis installed officers for the 2014-2015 year and recognized those who completed requirements for advanced titles.

Officials turn down pay increase

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After recognizing the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorers for their being honored as the Best in Texas, the Ellis County Commissioners voted down a two percent cost of living raise in favor of an increase of $952 across the board for elected officials.

Burn ban now in effect

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Ellis County is now under a burn ban for the first time this year.

Junior High open house Monday

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New principal Ryan McCabe has announced an open house for students entering the seventh and eighth grades, along with their parents, on Monday, Aug. 18.

Feds review 287 dangers

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U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis/Arlington) held a meeting Tuesday with local and state leaders that led to an agreement by the Texas Department of Transportation to accelerate actions intended to improve safety along a critical stretch of US 287 in Ennis.

Sheriff, commissioners spar over jail staffing

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Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown went back to the Ellis County Commissioners court once again to ask for additional jail staff, though County Judge Carol Bush and several commissioners asserted the real problem was in recruitment and retention of personnel.

Tommy and Kristi Copeland of Oak Grove Organic Farms

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The 1930 iconic painting, “American Gothic,” by Grant Wood, depicted a daughter wearing a colonial print apron and her grim-faced father in overalls clutching a three-pronged pitchfork.

Netters add new coach; scrimmage today

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Mark Warde, edi…@ennisdailynews.com Ennis High School signed Lydia Metcalfe as the head coach of the Junior Varsity volleyball team this week according to assistant athletic director David Kilpatrick. She completes the coaching staff after Jonathan Newton stepped up from the JV squad to the varsity post when Rachel Wolf accepted a position elsewhere. Click here […]

TeleTech hiring continues

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TeleTech, an Ennis outsourcing company, just hired between 300-400 new employees according to Executive Director Dion Raymond.

EPT portrays zany girls of Bingo

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A lively cast treats audiences to a fete of song, romance, Bingo and conflict in the Ennis Public Theatre production of Bingo! The Winning Musical.

Police chief: City needs new facility

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Police Chief John Erisman made his case for a new law enforcement facility Wednesday during a tour of the Ennis Police Department.

Sheriff to talk jail staffing

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The staff of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office plans to go before the Ellis County Commissioners Court on Thursday to update them on the current staffing situation at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center.

Chamber accepting pet food donations

Meals on Wheels is always looking for volunteers and donations. Read the full story and find out how you can help.

The Ennis Chamber of Commerce is now accepting pet food donations for some of the most vulnerable Ellis County residents.

Trucker escapes crash

EDN Photo by Phil Banker / An 18-wheeler carrying industrial byproduct crashed through a guardrail and off an overpass Tuesday afternoon on Spur 469 north of Kaufman Street. Ennis Fire Chief Jeff Aycock said the front of the truck fell approximately 30 feet to the ground below and caught fire, trapping the driver inside. 
Aycock said firefighters were able to rescue the man from the truck and extinguish the fire. He said there is no ongoing environmental threat from the materials spilled from the truck. Spur 469 was closed for several hours following the crash.

EDN Photo by Phil Banker / An 18-wheeler carrying industrial byproduct crashed through a guardrail and off an overpass Tuesday afternoon on Spur 469 north of Kaufman Street.

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