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Downtown cafe driving sidewalk ordinance proposal

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The Vintage Cross Cafe, located in the downtown Emporium building, has been a welcome addition to the city, offering another appealing dining option. On Monday, the Ennis city commission heard the first reading of an ordinance that would allow downtown restaurants to offer a sidewalk seating option. This “sidewalk cafe” ordinance, as its being called, […]

Ennis Relay for Life tops $100,000 mark


A recent donation of $7,234 is being added to the Ennis Relay for Life 2015 fundraising totals, pushing the total farther past the goal and the $100,000 mark. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Two wrecks block I-45, seriously injure Ennisite


Ellis County highway patrol was notified of two major wrecks on Interstate 45 mile marker 264, just south of Ferris, last Friday. The wrecks left an Ennis man seriously injured and slowed traffic in the area. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the […]

Ennis Freedom Fest doubles the parade, adds fireworks

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It was a blast. That’s the assessment around Ennis following Freedom Fest over the Fourth of July weekend. “I head more than one spectator comment, ‘This makes be proud to live in Ennis.’ We are already reviewing things that went well and things that we need to do a little differently next year. I hope […]

City passes B&B ordinance

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The Ennis city commission passed an ordinance Monday evening permitting residential buildings to house bed and breakfasts in Ennis on a case-by-case basis. Commissioners also heard two new ordinances, which they will make a decision on in their next meeting in two weeks. Sam and Joanne Ventura were present Monday. The two are the ones […]

Body recovered in Navarro County lake

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The body found in Richland Chamber Reservoir, a Navarro County lake, was identified Tuesday morning. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Jones is advocate for dirt track racing

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Dirt track racers like the brawny Doug Jones are people who are comfortable on the ground. You know the type of tough guys. When their own son gets hurt they tell him, “Aw, just rub some dirt on it and get back in the game.” In fact, they usually come from people who describe a […]

Ennis ISD board has full agenda Tuesday evening

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Ennis Independent School District board members will hold a budget workshop as part of their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 7. Other items to be covered in a school improvement plan, handbook reviews, and reports on academic testing. The session starts at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. See the FULL report in […]

Hands across the sea: A German teen and an Ennis couple say goodbye

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A local couple just closed a rewarding chapter in their lives – hosting a foreign exchange student who’s now returned to her native land. “I miss her so much,” admitted Cheryl Morales Maulden who, with her husband Jason, has provided a home away from home for German teenager Miriam Piechottka since last August. “I still […]

Mo betta beats! Goodwin, Ennis band march on

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Like a mighty river, some things just keep rolling. So it is with director Gary Goodwin and the Ennis High School marching band. The students who comprise this unit have racked up superior ratings in 48 consecutive years, and have achieved that First Division superior rating 58 out of 59 years. That’s no accident. They […]

City eyes bond sale, sidewalk cafe space at meeting


Ennis City Commission on Monday will consider the first reading of two proposed ordinances that will impact the downtown area, and a $10 million bond for street, sidewalk and utility improvements. The commissioners meet at City Hall for their regular meeting at 7 p.m. They will hold a workshop at 6 p.m., during which they […]

County talking ambulance service Monday


The Ellis County Commissioner’s Court will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, an hour earlier than its usual time of 10 a.m. at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie. With only two items on the agenda, the meeting looks to be a short one. First on the list is an update of the county’s […]

Freedom Fest Red, White & Bike Parade Overall Winner

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Luke Odom was the overall winner in the Red, White & Bike Parade held Saturday morning, July 4, in downtown Ennis. Check out the Tuesday, July 7, 2015, edition of The Ennis Daily News for photos of all the winners, other parade entrants, and more July 4 fun!

Lions host exchange students

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The Ennis Host Lions Club received some visitors from afar Wednesday during its last meeting before a summer hiatus. Four teens from various European countries, who are participating in the Julien C. Hyer Lions Youth Camp, visited Ennis this past week. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for […]

Flag service program grows town patriotism

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Driving through town during a patriotic holiday, it is clear Ennis is patriotic. Sidewalks along Ennis Avenue are lined with American flags, neighborhoods are decorated red, white and blue, and it is all thanks to a group of folks dedicated to the community and to the country. The Ennis Rotary Club began a flag subscription […]

FEMA Adds Ellis County

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The federal disaster declaration for Texas has been expanded to include Individual Assistance for five additional counties, including Ellis, as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred between May 4 and June 19, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS Citizen of the Year: Bramlet Beard


Bramlet Beard may bear no resemblance to Little Jack Horner of the English nursery rhyme of 1725, though he has placed his thumb in many a plum pie by serving the denizens of this town by volunteering for many community roles. Beard was nominated by readers and selected as The Ennis Daily News 2015 PRIDE […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS Educator of the Year: Gary Goodwin


Ask people about band directors with long tenure and names such as Doc Severinsen and Paul Shaffer may come to mind. In Ennis there is only one name – Goodwin. And it’s a good one. The late Ivan Goodwin led the way with a wand for 22 years, along with his wife Judie. Then their […]


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Mandie Tartaglia talks about downtown Ennis the way a developer would. She sees the seven-block historic district for what it once was and what it could one day again be. Included in that district is the home to her humble business, Pop Top Coffee Shop, as her customers or “fans,” as she calls them, have […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS Business of the Year: Polyguard

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PRIDE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Polyguard It seems everywhere you look in the past year, whether it be a fundraiser, a festival or an open city meeting, Polyguard Products has had its footprint there. That’s one reason the firm was named a PRIDE of ENNIS Award winner as Business of the Year, by The Ennis […]

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