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Video Extra: Istanbul Airport attack death toll rises to 41, scores injured

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ISTANBUL (AP) — Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 41 people and wounded scores of others at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport in an attack the government blamed on Islamic State extremists. Funerals were expected Wednesday for some of the victims — who included at least 23 Turkish citizens and 13 foreign nationals — […]

Freedom Fest 2016

Becky McCarty June 2016

Freedom Fest, the last major city event until the Fall Festival in October, is scheduled for Saturday, July 2. Activities are downtown the majority of the day until moving to the Texas Motorplex in the afternoon. Get the latest on all things Ennis… Become a subscriber today!

Local pastor heads to Uganda mission

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Darrell Nelson, senior pastor at Faith Assembly of God in Ennis, is about to become a gospel globetrotter. He is headed for Uganda, one of 53 nations in Africa. Often seen wearing a white cowboy hat, he is one of five on the team, the others from Damascus Road Fellowship; Paul Penfold, Cooper and Phyllis […]

State Rep. John Wray talks next legislative session

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State Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) addressed an audience at the quarterly Ennis Chamber of Commerce luncheon at K.C. Hall Monday, where he reviewed his first legislative season in Austin. He also covered a handful of subjects of interest to Ellis County residents as well as fielding questions after his message. For more on this story, […]

No leads in arson case

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An arson investigation into a house fire on West Baldridge Street hasn’t turned up any new information, according to Ennis Fire Marshal Chad Wester. Wester acknowledged the fact a witness spotted a suspicious vehicle in the area of the home last Wednesday. Want to get the rest of this story?  Subscribe now!

Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations

The front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Completed in 1935, the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, is the first to have been built specifically for the purpose, inspiring Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes to remark, ÒThe Republic endures and this is the symbol of its faith.Ó

The Court was established in 1789 and initially met in New York City. When the national capital moved to Philadelphia, the Court moved with it, before moving to the permanent capital of Washington, DC, in 1800. Congress lent the Court space in the new Capitol building, and it was to change its meeting place several more times over the next century, even convening for a short period in a private house after the British set fire to the Capitol during the War of 1812.

The classical Corinthian architectural style was chosen to harmonize with nearby congressional buildings, and the scale of the massive marble building reflects the significance and dignity of the judiciary as a co-equal, independent branch of government.

The main entrance is on the west side, facing the Capitol. On either side of the main steps are figures sculpted by James Earle Fraser. On the left is the female Contemplation of Justice. On the right is the male Guardian or Authority of Law. On the architrave above the pediment is the motto ÒEqual Justice under Law.Ó Capping the entrance is a group representing Liberty Enthroned, guarded by Order and Authority, sculpted by Robert Aitken.

At the east entrance are marble figures sculpted by Hermon A. MacNeil. They represent great law givers Moses, Confucius, and Solon, flanked by Means of Enforcing the Law, Tempering Justice with Mercy, Settlement of Disputes between States, and Maritime and other functions of the Supreme Court. The architrave carries the motto ÒJustice the Guardian of Liberty.Ó

The interior of the building is equally filled with symbolic ornamentation. The main corridor is known as the Great Hall and contains double rows of marble columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down Texas’ widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics Monday in the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were only a veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get abortions […]

Capturing Ennis’ window in time

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By Mark Warde When history repeats itself, Dennis Zembala is a happy man. Throughout the downtown district there are multiple restoration projects currently experiencing rebirth. The momentum is somewhat like a wave, cresting just before it reaches land. “I’m very happy to see what’s going on,” said Zembala, who serves on the Ennis Historical Society. […]

Local family helmed EDN for 80 years

Charles and Mary Helen Gentry were owners and publishers  of the Ennis Daily News between 1951 and 1997, and Mary Helen wrote for the  paper until recent years.

By Randy Bigham This year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of The Ennis Daily News, and as readers and advertisers reflect on the importance of the local newspaper to the life of the Bluebonnet City, many are recalling the Gentry-Nowlin families, who have been associated with the publication for almost its entire history. […]

Stolen motorcycle chase ends on foot

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By Justin Tubbs A Thursday night chase involving a stolen motorcycle began in the 100 block of West Ennis Avenue and ended when police caught the suspect on foot in a downtown alley. Lt. Mike Hopson, spokesperson for the Ennis Police Department, said a patrol officer noticed the motorcycle revving its engine, accelerating then slowing […]

Athletes of the Week

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Representing Ennis during a recent baseball tournament were battery mates Rowdie Guthrie, the pitcher, and catcher Jamie Barr. The duo took their considerable talents to compete in the event, which was played at Bluebonnet Park. It was for boys ages 10-and-Under. Photos: team, individual and action shots, can still be purchased from Bruce Lattimer at […]

Settlement sum remains undisclosed

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By Justin Tubbs A few questions remain in the now-settled civil suit of Cassandra Ortiz v. Ennis Independent School District. One question that’s yet to be answered is, “What amount did the former Lionettes instructor settle for?” School board members have declined to comment on the settlement, and Ennis ISD officials and Ortiz’s lawyer have […]

Sterilite opening bends to late summer

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By Justin Tubbs Thursday afternoon, construction workers began laying brick at the new 400,000 square-foot expansion project on Sterilite Drive. A holdup due to weather has the Ennis Sterilite Corporation expansion a bit behind schedule but a summer opening is imminent. “Weather was difficult, putting a screeching halt to everything for a little bit,” Steve […]

Markets reel as world absorbs shock of UK vote for Brexit

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LONDON (AP) — Britain has jumped. Now it is wildly searching for the parachute. The U.K.’s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through the country and around the world Friday, rocking financial markets, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron and even threatening the ties that bind the United Kingdom. Britons absorbed the overwhelming […]

MacCool’s pub slates Aug. 1 opener

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By Mark Warde Finn MacCool’s pub in downtown Ennis is moving toward an Aug. 1 opening. Located between El Mexicano Grill and the Emporium at 207 W. Ennis Ave., the bar will occupy space in the two-story building that once housed Salon 207. The structure has sat idle since the 2013 tornado, which did serious […]

Lionettes, colleagues react to Ortiz’s exit

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By Justin Tubbs When Ennisites think of drill team, they think of the Lionettes. For close to six years, colleagues and students agreed Cassie Ortiz, the former drill team instructor, was the heart of the  regionally-known, award-winning group of performers. When people in the niche drill team community heard Cassie Ortiz would not return as […]

Pet of the Week

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Lola is a 2-3 year old female shepherd/rottie mix. She is a great dog and good with just about anybody and everything. She loves to play with toys and fetch, is great with kids, and other dogs. Lola is already spayed, current on all her vaccinations, micro-chipped, and heartworm negative. She is a perfect addition […]

Fire sparks investigation

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By Justin Tubbs A vacant house fire at 600 W. Baldridge St. is under investigation for arson, according to Ennis Fire Marshal Chad Wester. “The house was abandoned. There was no electricity to the residence. No furrniture in the house, so as of now the fire is under investigation,” he said. Wester says the fire […]

Three arrested in gift card thefts

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By Justin Tubbs Three were arrested in Ennis Monday for charges related to stealing Visa gift cards. Jason York, the detective working the case with the Ennis Police Department said three suspects, all from Fort Worth, used stolen gift cards to purchase cigarettes. “They had about 60 gift cards, and the numbers used on the […]

High Speed Rail tactics termed nefarious

Hiles, Marty May 2016

By Mark Warde Marty Hiles shared an update on what he termed the nefarious actions of Texas Central Railway in their bid to take property from area landowners to pave the way for a high-speed train he referred to as a monstrosity. The ex-Marine, whose career has been spent as an advocate and lobbyist for […]

Infrastructure plan sparks concern among downtown merchants

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By Justin Tubbs When it comes to downtown infrastructure replacement, city officials and the Ennis City Commission agree the project is long overdue. Economic Development Director Marty Nelson said Tuesday the aggressive timeline for the project is there to help downtown business owners. “We think it can be done in that time frame. We are […]

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