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EISD weighing Ag building plans

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Mark Warde [email protected] Two architecture firms visited Tuesday’s EISD meeting to make presentations for being being considered for a new Agriculture Building project on the Ennis High School campus. Stantec, who has a long-standing relationship with the school district, sent Terry Hoyle and project manager Kenneth Smith to illustrate the strengths of their abilities. Similarly, […]

County could partner with DEA

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The Drug Enforcement Agency brought a proposal to the Ellis County Commissioners Court Tuesday that would include one of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office deputies working in coordination with the federal law enforcement agency. Special Agent Bill Matthews gave a presentation about pill mills and doctors and prescription registrants who use recruiters […]

Woman arrested for animal cruelty


  Justin Tubbs [email protected] A warrant was served Tuesday morning for 30-year-old Lawanna Bailey after animal control found one dog dead and one dog in extremely poor conditions at her residence, according to Ennis police. The arrest warrant affidavit for Bailey states that the dogs were pit bulls. The dead dog appeared to have been […]

Billion dollar dreaming

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  Danny Ali, owner of the Kwik Pick convenience store in Ennis, knows what lengths people will go to just to purchase a Powerball ticket. He says that in a normal day he will make $100 to $200 in sales with Powerball tickets, but for the past couple of weeks that has changed. “Now I […]

Vintage Cross Expands

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Mark Warde [email protected] Vintage Cross, just eight months old, continues to expand both its menu and its services. Standing at the corner of West Ennis Avenue and South Dallas Street inside the iconic Emporium building, is part of what is becoming a downtown destination. The restaurant, now eight months old, is making their identity clear. […]

Second graders using tech in classroom; Teachers talk benefits of research with computers

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Technology is taking over peoples’ everyday lives as we know them, and sometimes people find themselves trying to keep up in an ever-evolving world of new gadgets and software. At Austin Elementary, a group of second grade teachers have taken it upon themselves to help their students to properly use technology, […]

Starbucks has opening date


Justin Tubbs [email protected] A Starbucks manager said Monday that the new store at next to Chipotle at 905 E. Ennis Ave. is set to open on Jan. 29. Harry Smith, the acting manager at the local store, said one of the differences is the drive-thru, which will be located on the east side of the […]

Ennis architect left legacy of taste, practicality

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Ennis has been called “the town that Hix built.” That may be an exaggeration but there’s no denying the influence of architect Hix McCanless (1868-1938) on the history of the city he called home for most of his life. Until the advent of former City Manager Steve Howerton, no other resident had a greater visual […]

Public high speed rail meeting in Ennis on Jan. 12

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Plans for America’s bullet train is portrayed to the public as inevitable by the news media. There remains, however, a voiceless opponent that refuses to be intimidated. Media coverage of the high speed railway, estimated to cost between $11 and $13 billion, connecting Dallas and Houston with one stop in between (College Station), has offered […]

County to provide unaccompanied minor update

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  It was reported that campers were all gone from Lakeview Camp on New Years Eve, but the County Commissioners Court will provide an update on the situation on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Historic Ellis County Courthouse. A total of about 700 unaccompanied minors from Central America were transported to the camp between […]

Appraisal district says it will adjust property values for holiday storm damage

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The Ellis Appraisal District issued a press release Friday, stating it will consider adjustments to property values for those that were damaged in the Christmas holiday storms. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!</a>

2 killed when police chase ends in head-on crash near Dallas

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A police chase ended in a head-on collision between the pursued van and a pickup truck that left both drivers dead Friday afternoon in Ellis County. The Midlothian Police Department said in a press release that officers were pursuing a van stolen Friday from a Waxahachie construction site when it veered across a median on […]

Soon-to-be city manager talks first impressions

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After the announcement Friday that Ennis commissioners selected Scott Dixon as the new Ennis city manager, The Ennis Daily News caught up with Dixon, the current Flatonia city manager Friday afternoon to get his first impressions of Ennis. Dixon said he senses Ennis is community where he feels comfortable having his family. “As much as […]

Livery Marketplace part of tourist destination

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Mark Warde [email protected] Passersby have witnessed the progress, often obscured by scaffolding along West Ennis Avenue, of the facing the Livery Building has experienced in its restoration since the tornado of May 17, 2013. Repairs to the roof and the interior have been a challenge at 213 and 215 W. Ennis Ave., but nothing as […]

Ennis selects new city manager

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] After a Thursday full of interviews and deliberation, Mayor Russell Thomas said Friday morning that Ennis has a new city manager. The city commission interviewed five candidates, narrowed the field down to two and arrived at the decision of Randall Scott Dixon, who was most recently employed as city manager of Flatonia, […]

Opposition to high speed rail continues

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Mark Warde [email protected] A public meeting has been announced by the Ellis County Sub-Regional Planning Commission for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Ennis City Hall. The City Hall is located at 115 W. Brown St., a block south of W. Ennis Ave. Marty Hiles, SRPC governing board member, has stated the main […]

Lions Club celebrating 100 years; Local chapter in 95th year

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] One of the most active service organizations in Ennis, the local Lions Club chapter is celebrating will be celebrating its 95th year this year, while Lions Club International is turning 100. “It feels great [to be a part of Lions Club],” longtime Lion Bob Taylor said on Wednesday, the day the local […]

Chipotle set for Feb opening

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] A regional manager with Chipotle, Sara Wilhite, said the new local store, which is located in Ennis’ main retail district, is set to open on Feb. 10. According to Wilhite, the building, which will become the home for the Chipotle restaurant as well as a Starbucks next door, has finished the construction […]

Commission: Strong set of city manager candidates


This week, some of the people in charge of selecting a new city manager spoke out with their opinions about some of the new city manager candidates. The overarching thought is that this time around the candidates are more qualified than they were during the last search two years ago. “We have a strong group […]

County hopefuls vie in forum

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  Voters in Ellis County will have plenty of interest in the March 1 Republican primaries if Tuesday’s attendance at a candidates forum held at the county seat is any indication. Sponsored by the Ellis County Republican Women and held at the Waxahachie Civic Center, the public heard 13 candidates speak before a packed crowd […]

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