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Ready for some football? Lions 2016 schedule is set

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2016 Ennis Lions Varsity Football Schedule Date                Opponent                                Location / Time Aug. 19            Lake Dallas (scrimmage)           Home, 7 p.m. Aug. 26            South Oak Cliff                        Kincaide, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2             John Tyler                                 Home, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9             Waxahachie                              Home, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16           Dallas Kimball              Sprague, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24           Del Valle (Senior Day)  Home 2 […]

Junior wins new car

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When Sydnie Martinez tried to turn her key Friday night before graduation, she didn’t think it was going to turn. “I didn’t think it was going to go into the lock, so I was just about to say ‘I didn’t get it,’” she said. “But then it turned, and I was just so excited.” This […]

Grads turn the tassel

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Nearly 350 high school seniors completed their final task, keeping their tassel on the right side of their mortarboard. At the end of the 2016 commencement, when Principal David Averett gave the word, they moved it to the left. The turning of the tassel indicates one’s transition from candidate to graduate. Having enough of the […]

Students, community react to big graduation decision

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Story edited from original: Facebook comments made by students on the District’s page have since been taken down. Some appeared in the original version of this article.  Ennis High School graduation will be held indoors this year, temporarily breaking the tradition of holding the ceremony at Lion Memorial Stadium. Instead of walking along the high […]

Multiple accidents keep first responders busy

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By Justin Tubbs Police were called to at least four accidents during the day Thursday, some of which happened during inclement weather in Ennis. None of the accidents with completed crash reports had rain or weather listed as a contributing factor. The first in the rash of accidents came Thursday morning near the corner of […]

Retreat breaks barriers

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By Mark Warde A new regime. A new day. Planned months before the May elections, a cast of 22 city leaders, including the new mayor and three freshly elected commissioners, did something perhaps for the first time in city history. They spent three days together, in one location, in a retreat setting. It wasn’t so […]

Thomas honored as exemplary Eagle Scout

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By Mark Warde Former mayor Russell Thomas was recognized for his leadership example as a former Eagle Scout by the Ennis Friends of Scouting last week. The venue, held at the Wildflower Cafe during their annual campaign to raise funds, was hosted by scout master Robby Keever. Ennis is part of the national Boy Scouts, […]

Power out in Ennis neighborhood

Photo courtesy Chad Wester / Ennis Fire

A power pole was downed in a car accident at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Fire Marshal Chad Wester. According to Wester, a vehicle crashed into the pole near the corner of South Hall and West Milam Street, causing a power outage in the area. The power is expected to be out until some […]

Police: shot came from BB gun

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A group of witnesses speaks with Ennis police Wednesday afternoon shortly after a reported shooting.

A gunshot reported Wednesday afternoon that sent a boy to Ennis Regional Medical Center came from BB gun, according to Ennis police. The report of a gunshot initially came at around 3:30 p.m., and police were still trying to figure out whether a gun was actually fired. Ennis police spokesperson Lt. Mike Hopson said Wednesday […]

Report of gunshots in Ennis

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A boy is carried away on a stretcher Wednesday afternoon after a report of a gunshot.

A boy was taken by ambulance to Ennis Regional Medical Center Wednesday afternoon after a report of a gunshot. First responders didn’t immediately have answers as to whether anyone was shot, but a boy taken away in an ambulance had blood visibly running down one of his arms and was crying. Police spoke with witnesses […]

Lions baseball enjoys much improved season

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By Mark Warde What a difference a year makes. In 2015 the season couldn’t end quickly enough for an Ennis baseball team beset by injuries and close losses. This spring witnessed a reinvigorated Lions squad that never wanted the games to end. The 2015 team went 6-14 and batted .205 while the most recent edition, […]

Girl gives locks and lots of love

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By Mark Warde Motivated by an empathetic heart, a young Ennis resident is donating nine-inches of her hair to Locks of Love, a charity that creates custom hairpieces for children. Haylie Schlottman, 11, who is going into the sixth grade at Jack Lummus Intermediate School, said she decided to give it for several reasons. “I […]

Flood Watch continues, Lake Bardwell remains open

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By Mark Warde In weather more suitable for ducks, residents of Eastern Ellis County endured heavy rains over the weekend, though little compared to the 18.07 inches that drenched Corsicana. The forecast for the rest of the week is calling for more of the same, with daily thunderstorms likely. By comparison, the National Weather Service […]

Grad ceremony to be live-streamed

The Ennis High School valedictorian from 2015, Rene Avila walks across the stage in 2015.

By Mark Warde Friday’s Class of 2016 commencement exercises at Ennis High School will be live-streamed for the first time. Considering this week’s weather patterns, the decision could prove timely. Currently the venue is set for the 10,000 seat Lion Memorial Stadium, though contingency plans are in place. “This will be a first,” said communications […]

Kolache eating champions chosen

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By Justin Tubbs The best part of Polka Fest, many will agree, is the food. Whether it’s the klobase and sauerkraut, or the warm kolaches fresh out the oven, many people from Ennis and those who visit here each year love Czech food. A perennial favorite, the SPJST holds a kolache eating contest right in […]

Polka 50th, good as gold

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By Mark Warde Even in a city known for pulling in crowds for community events, this year’s National Polka Festival likely topped its record for attendance according to the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. Cooperating weather and a near record number of vendors had downtown swelling with locals and out of town visitors. “It was a […]

Flash Flood Watch in effect for Ellis County


The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of North Central Texas and South Central Texas, including the following areas, in North Central Texas, Bell, Bosque, Collin, Comanche, Cooke. Coryell, Dallas, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, falls. Grayson, Hamilton, Hill, hood, Jack, Johnson. Lampasas. Mclennan, mills, Montague, Palo Pinto. […]

People, music create lasting event for Ennis


By Justin Tubbs People filled the KJT Hall Friday night to dance to good music, drink good beer and see a new King and Queen crowned. Some people at the hall were newcomers to the National Polka Festival. Some have been coming to Ennis for the past 50 years. The Ennis Daily News spoke with […]

Polka Fest King & Queen crowned


Couples twirled and hopped around the dance floor Friday evening to kick off the 2016 National Polka Festival at KJT Hall. As is the tradition every Memorial Day weekend, Friday started off the three-day festival with a bang. During a normal Polka Festival weekend, Friday would serve as the King and Queen Dance to decide […]

Prachyl earns All-Region softball honors

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By Mark Warde The National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) tabbed Bailey Terry and Kayla Prachyl to the 2016 All-Region 2nd Team on Wednesday. The two Lady Rams were among 172 student-athletes from 71 NAIA programs to receive an all-region nod. Terry and Prachyl were recognized in spite of competing with a stacked Southwest Region […]

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