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Local jailed in sex case

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Ennis police a 51-year-old Ennis man Wednesday morning pending charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Sheriff K-9 retiring

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The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is wishing one of its four-legged deputies farewell this week after six years of faithful service to law enforcement.

City preparing Main Street application


The Ennis City Commission has put its application for the Texas Main Street Program into the hands of local resident Dennis Zembala.

Market grows to bursting

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The Ennis Farmer’s Market may fill its available space on its first weekend.

Polka Fest schedule set

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Preparations are well underway for the 2014 National Polka Festival scheduled for May 23-25.

Trustees plan for bequest

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The Ennis Independent School District Board of Trustees appointed outgoing member Miles Strunc to head up a committee aimed at overseeing a large bequest from an anonymous donor to fund scholarships.

Spaghetti Supper coming Saturday

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A group of stuffed bears will serve as silent auction items and “Bear Walk” prizes at the Saturday school fundraiser at Bowie Elementary.

Bowie Elementary Principal Chad Corbett is willing to go out of his way to get students enthusiastic about this Saturday’s Spaghetti Supper fundraiser. As far out of his way as on top of the school building itself.

Ellis County included in high wind advisory


The National Weather Service issued a short-term forecast Tuesday afternoon placing Ellis County under a high wind advisory for the rest of the evening.

EHS stylists get hands-on training

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Students in Ennis High School’s Cosmetology program hone their skills on a daily basis in a salon staffed entirely by themselves.

Ewings starts as city manager

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The Ennis City Commission welcomed new City Manager Chuck Ewings at their Monday night meeting, while saying goodbye to interim City Manager John Hatchel.

‘Pink Power Walk’ planning begins

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The organizers behind the annual Pink Power Breast Cancer Walk are beginning preparations for this year’s event earlier than previous years.

Movie star promotes next project

Photo by Brooke Brown Ruffin / Ron Lester, who played Billy Bob in Varsity Blues, was on hand Friday night at Galaxy Drive-in Theatre promoting his newest project.

A bit of Hollywood came to Ennis on Friday night, when Ron Lester, better known as “Billy Bob” from the 1999 hit movie Varsity Blues, held a meet-and-greet event at the Galaxy Drive-in Theatre.

Tax revenue stays in black


Ennis again posted gains in its sales tax revenue totals for the month of February.

Final OK set for 2 grants

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Final historic grant approvals are set Monday for the two tornado-damaged structures under redevelopment by Ross Massengill and George Wartsbaugh.

Mitchell’s commitment driven by community

Submitted photo / Debbi Mitchell, center, is one of the Relay For Life’s most prolific fundraisers year after year, and has been an active participant since 1998.

Debbi Mitchell got started in Relay For Life in 1998, when a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.

County gathers hazmat info

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Ellis County Emergency Management is working with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute to find out exactly what’s heading down local roads, rails and pipes.

Group aids disabled vets

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A disabled U.S. Armed Forces veteran will soon call Ennis home, thanks to an organization made up of local citizens anxious to lend a hero a helping hand.

Expo preparations underway

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The Ennis Economic Development Corporation approved putting up more than $16,000 to improve electrical systems in the downtown festival zones ahead of this year’s spring festival activity.

Palmer OKs school plans

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Palmer ISD Superintendent Kevin Noack said Tuesday the district is moving forward with plans to replace the aging Palmer Elementary School as well as install security upgrades at the middle and high schools.

Movie star visiting Galaxy

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Fans of the 1990s hit movie Varsity Blues have a chance to meet one of the most beloved actors from that film Friday at Galaxy Drive-In Theatre.

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