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DMP, CCPD budget change passed


For the first hour-and-a-half of the 6 p.m. city commission meeting Monday night at City Hall, downtown supporters were forced to hold in their applause, but come 7:30 p.m., handshakes and kudos were given out all around. That’s because the much anticipated Downtown Master Plan, which was conceived months ago, has finally come to the […]

Chapman: vision, leadership propels EISD

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Two years in and a third is underway. Dr. John Chapman III, superintendent of the Ennis Independent School District, has enjoyed the progress on all 11 campuses as much as he has been a catalyst for the same. Arriving on January 24 of 2014, he has helped spur the direction within the EISD by leading […]

EISD board handling personnel items, calendar Tuesday

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Reports, the next school year calendar, and personnel items are on the agenda for Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Ennis ISD Board of Directors. The session begins at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building at 303 W. Knox in Ennis. There is a closed session regarding personnel items, according to the agenda. The public portion […]

Chief reader at Houston

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The students in second grade at Sam Houston Elementary in Ennis participated in National Read Across America Day. They listened to Ennis Chief of Police John Erisman read aloud a Dr. Seuss book. This day just so happened to be Dr. Seuss’ birthday! The students enjoyed listening to the story and talking about it afterward. […]

Dr. Seuss lives at Bowie

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Crew Trojacek and Neveah Macon dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters at Bowie Elementary School in Ennis. Bowie students and faculty honored Dr. Seuss on his birthday by dressing up to illustrate various books. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties join March for Meals

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Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties announced that it will be participating in the 14th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net. Meals-on-Wheels’ March for Meals celebration will include participating in Community Champions Week by inviting […]

Mason Bailey overcame heart defect, is inspiration to others

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A local couple who faced tremendous crises when their son was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) almost 16 years ago is grateful today for the extraordinary progress he has made. Mason Bailey, son of Lance and Pam Bailey, is also proud that the intense journey he’s been on has unfolded so successfully. The […]

Marina, Lake Bardwell welcome fishermen

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The 2015 season at nearby Lake Bardwell began with news of a record-setting catch and ended with tales of high-water and closures. Misty Mitchell, 34, who along with her husband Chad, 37, operate High View Marina, says they are anticipating a much-better year, their third at the lake. “We’re still a work in progress,” she […]

Polyguard takes expansion project to Corsicana

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Polyguard Products Inc. announced Thursday it would expand to include a 380,000 square-foot facility in Corsicana. According to a Polyguard press release, the protective coating manufacturer plans to increase production capabilities and believes the expansion “is in line with Polyguard’s long-term plans.” Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of […]

Lions outfit students with glasses

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Each semester, students at Ennis schools can see a little better thanks to the Ennis Noon Lions Club. This semester was no different, as a little more than 40 students were shuffled through stations where they had their eyes checked and were fitted for brand new eyeglasses. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

Candidate Forum


The Ennis Chamber of Commerce has scheduled forums to help the public learn more about the candidates for local offices prior to the Saturday, May 7, local elections. The first of the forums is Tuesday, March 29, featuring candidates for city commissioner. A separate forum will be held Tuesday, April 5, featuring the candidates for […]

A look at Eastern Ellis County voting figures

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Eastern Ellis County performed about the same as the rest of the county, as far as voting numbers from Super Tuesday’s primary elections go. Of Ennis voters, the ones in the western portion were more likely to show up at their respective polling places, according to the unofficial results posted by the Ellis County Elections […]

Make it at the Market

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The Ennis Farmers Market’s “Make it at the Market” program is looking for individuals, businesses and organizations to assist with its weekly series of free, fun, and family friendly programs that take place from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday, from April 2 to Oct. 29. Assistance can take many forms. In 2015, the Ennis […]

Miller students do well at UIL

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Dorie Miller Intermediate School competed in the area UIL competition in Waxahachie on Saturday, February 13. “We want to congratulate all of our students and coaches on a job well done. Congratulations to our 5th grade team. They earned 2nd place out of all 5th grade schools competing,” said principal Bobby White. “DMI’s 6th grade […]

Farmers Market seeking new vendors

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Entering its third season, the Ennis Farmers Market is quickly becoming a staple in the life of the city. Set to open in a month, Saturday, April 2, the weekly outdoor venue will operate through October. Director Becky McCarty witnessed the impact that record-setting rains had upon local farmers in 2015. The diligence of growers […]

CCPD adds tax funds, could give PD programs soon


The CCPD, funded by a city sales tax of 0.25 percent, was projected this year to generate roughly $725,000, and according to city officials, that number could have been a little higher. Due to a state statute with exemptions on certain telecommunication services, the city’s Crime Control and Prevention District was pulling in about $50,000 […]

Girl Scouts collecting food, clothes

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  Girl Scout Troop 1811 is holding a food and clothing drive to benefit Helping Hands of Ennis. The drive is Monday, Feb. 29, through Friday, March 11. drop-off locations are The Ennis Daily News, Ennis High School, Ennis Junior High, and Miller and Lummus intermediate schools. Specific items being sought are macaroni and cheese, […]

Primed for the primaries

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Nearly a third of registered voters turn out; Johnny Brown captures Republican nom; Run-off for Precinct 1 Republican Justin Tubbs [email protected] As early voting results were released shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday night, the election picture was as clear as it was going to get. Nearly a third of the registered Ellis County voters, 31,201, […]

Ennis ISD recognizes National Read Across America Day

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Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, among other notable guests, visited the Ennis ISD board room Wednesday morning before heading out to local schools in honor of National Read Across America Day. Wednesday also marks Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and Karen Barnes, Ennis ISD administrator, said volunteers came to show students how important literacy is. She noted a significant […]

Hospitality reigns in Ennis

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With over 40,000 visitors coming to Ennis in April alone, just to tour the trails of bluebonnets, and tens of thousands due for the Farmers Market and Polka Festivals, no wonder there is a need for cordiality in the city. Nearly 50 people, most of them doing business with the public, took advantage of the […]

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