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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

A centennial of memories

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By Justin Tubbs Thursday, Ennis Independent School District hosted an event to celebrate 100 years of an historic Ennis building. For today’s students, the building comes with an official name, “The Alamo Education Center.” However, to most Ennisites, the building is simply “the old high school.” Almost like a generic label, the words “HIGH SCHOOL” […]

Shooting victim identified

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By Justin Tubbs The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that the shooting incident at the Rancho 3 RRR horse ranch on Saturday is being investigated as a homicide. The victim was identified by the Dallas Medical Examiner’s Office as 36-year-old Miguel Angel Guerrero, a Fort Worth man. Monday, the Sheriff’s Office had not yet […]

Polka dance-off Friday night

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By Mark Warde Every Memorial Day weekend for nearly three decades, like the Swallows returning from Argentina to Capistrano, so do the past winners of the National Polka King and Queen dance competition. Friday, May 27, on the 30th anniversary of the start of the dance-off, Ennis anticipates more than half of the previous winners […]

Police to remain vigilant during long holiday weekend

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The Ennis Police Department personnel will be working extended shifts for the Memorial Day Weekend and during the peak hours of the Polka Festival weekend.  In addition to the Ennis Police force, members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and undercover officers will be on duty during this weekend. Law enforcement […]

Fallen tree branch imperils woman’s new home

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By Justin Tubbs Martha Stewart lives a simple life, but she says it’s been a good one. The 84-year-old is happy to still have her health, her family and her home. The latter hasn’t always been there, though. Seven years ago, Stewart’s home of 44 years in the 800 block of East Latimer burned down, […]

TCR defends suing to get land access

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By Mark Warde Texas Central Railway, the private Texas-based company that is developing high-speed rail service between Dallas and Houston, defended its decision to seek court approval to force a local resident to yield access to the company’s land surveyors. David Risinger, whose family has owned property 10 miles north of Ennis since 1892, was […]

It’s Polka time!

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By Justin Tubbs The National Polka Festival is rolling in yet again, and some people have the question, “Just how valuable is the festival to Ennis?” According to Ennis Economic Development Director Marty Nelson, the impact can be very big. “From an economic impact perspective, any event or festival that runs multiple days has a […]

Ennis spring football: Lions learning to roar

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By Mark Warde Monday’s spring football scrimmage at Lion Memorial Stadium was as much about the next two years as it was about the 2016 Ennis varsity. Rather than one exhibition of returning players, head coach Jack Alvarez and his staff first held a scrimmage between this year’s freshmen and sophomores, who appear to be […]

Stinson, Davis win run-offs

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By Justin Tubbs In a runoff Tuesday, Precinct 1 County Commissioner’s Court candidate Randy Stinson narrowly edged Bobby Crittenden in the Republican primary, grabbing 50.72 percent of the vote. Stinson received 350 votes while Crittenden received 340. Stinson will now face Democratic candidate Ronald Levingston for the Commissioner’s Court seat to replace current Precinct 1 […]

Ranch caretaker: Shooting happened on my property

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By Justin Tubbs A horse training facility northwest of Bardwell was the location of an alleged Saturday shooting incident that took the life of a 36-year-old man, according to the facility’s caretaker. He said there was a group of three black men and a black woman who were at the facility Saturday to watch horse […]

Man killed in Saturday shooting

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By Justin Tubbs A man was killed Saturday in a shooting just northwest of Bardwell. The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at around 4:48 p.m. to the vicinity of Walker Road and Farm-to-Market 984. The 36-year-old shooting victim was transported by people at the scene to Getzendander Road, where he was picked up by […]

Questions on railway’s promise of money, jobs

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By Mark Warde Unfazed by the rosy picture being painted in ads deployed by Texas Central Railway, that millions of dollars will benefit communities thanks to the train, area land owners claim a fifth grader could do better math. “TCR expects the community to believe that it will pay millions of dollars in taxes to […]

Banquet caps Ennis softball season

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By Mark Warde Softball players, their families and fans met Monday night at First United Methodist Church to summarize the Ennis Lady Lions season. Lezley Norris customized a DVD that captured another successful campaign. It was filled with music, photos, highlights and honors and ended much like the season. Right when it was getting good, […]

Runoff election today

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Some Ennis residents can vote today in a run-off for the Republican candidate for Road & Bridge Precinct 1 county commissioner. The two candidates on ballots for some voters are Bobby Crittenden and Randy Stinson. Crittenden and Stinson narrowly took the most votes out of five candidates in the March primary election. The Republican nominee […]

Polka Parade champs prep for a repeat

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By Justin Tubbs For Aline and Jimmy Whatley winning has become a tradition in the National Polka Festival Parade. For the past eight years, the Firehouse Grill owners have built award-winning floats that entertain. For seven of those years, the couple has walked away with the first place crown in the parade. “We like doing […]

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