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Garden Club donates toward Kachina Prairie

EDN Photo by Justin Tubbs / Anne Anderson (left) presents Dan Hellstern and the Indian Trail Master Naturalist Chapter with a $1,000 check at the Ennis Public Library for Kachina Prairie preservation on Thursday.

The Ennis Garden Club donated $1,000 to the Indian Trail Texas Master Naturalist Chapter Thursday evening at the Ennis Public Library. The $1,000 check presentation was part of a Kachina Prairie Symposium, sponsored by the Master Naturalist Chapter, the EGC, the City of Ennis and Texas Land Conservancy.

Polyguard boasts new facility

EDN Photo by Justin Tubbs / Polyguard Human Resources Director Jesse De Leon (right) speaks with Rep. Joe Barton about the company's progress Thursday in the new $500,000 facility Polyguard renovated.

Polyguard Products Inc. celebrated a $500,000 renovation to a previously vacant office complex at an after-hours business event Thursday evening, put together by Polyguard at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce.

Madison Hall has happy history

EDN photo by Mark Warde / Melinda Henry handles much of the calendar of events for Madison Hall, 906 S. Kaufman St.

Nearing 75 years old, the social life of Madison Hall remains vibrant and young.

Help sought for holiday lights event

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Becky McCarty, Lights of Ennis coordinator, is calling for those who can’t get enough of decorating the family Christmas tree. Sunday afternoon, with help from a host of volunteers, downtown timbers will get wrapped and strung-up in preparation for the Dec. 4 Lights of Ennis.

Tellus Tech moving forward


Tellus Technology Inc. got the nod from the City Commission Monday to begin selling bonds to fund their $40 million project in the industrial park next to Sterilite on Sterilite Drive.

City approves water audit


Ennis City commissioners passed a resolution at Monday’s City Commission meeting with a 5 to 1 vote, authorizing City Manager Chuck Ewings to enter into an agreement with Ameresco, Inc. to conduct an audit on water meters in the city of Ennis.

Ovilla drama wins at state

Ovilla Christian School's drama troupe displays the state championship trophy.

Ovilla Christian School produced a one-act play that recently won both a district and a state championship in drama for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

Aguilar still driven to serve

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Tommy Aguilar did not fare well in his county commissioner campaign to represent precinct 2. He did, however, collect enough votes to encourage him to stay involved.

Emergency text service expanded

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Ellis county residents under any of the four major cell phone providers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless – now have the ability to send emergency text messages to 9-1-1 at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, according to an ECSO press release.

Education Foundation raises $150K


Formed in late January of 2014, the Ennis ISD Education Foundation is ready to put into practice their mission of improving academic skills and character development in students within the Ennis ISD.

Mayor, Commission differ over CCPD


Ennis City commissioners appointed themselves as the permanent board of directors for the Ennis Crime Control and Prevention District at Monday’s City Commission meeting with a 4 to 2 vote.

Palmer’s season comes to close

Rudy Ramos (21), senior running back for Palmer High, played his final game in black and gold on Saturday in the first round of the state playoffs.

Palmer’s season came to an end Saturday in Glen Rose with a 44-35 upset loss to the Clifton Cubs in the first round of the state playoffs. The Bulldogs held the lead for most of the game and were up 29-28 going into the fourth quarter, but the team was outscored 15-6 in the fourth.
Head coach Don Waddle said the key factor that put Clifton ahead was a couple of momentum swinging turnovers.

Pitts thanks supporters at retirement

Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas and his wife, Nancy, along with County Judge Carol Bush (right) congratulate State Rep. Jim Pitts (second from right) at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

After serving Ellis County for 22 years as a state representative, Jim Pitts has called it a career.

Smith leads Lions into the playoffs

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Soft-spoken and unassuming is not the typical, modern day football player. Devin Smith, the starting quarterback for No. 7 ranked Ennis couldn’t care less.

Survey results in high interest


At Thursday night’s joint city commission/planning-and-zoning meeting, Pavlick and Associates reported above average feedback from a survey sent out in September to gain feedback from residents about the state of Ennis currently and how it can improve going forward.

Parkinson’s group seeks relief through music

Pictured (from left) Jeff Gray, Pam Gray and Phil Boyd, three of the four members of the Acoustic Sound Hounds hold a jam session for a Parkinson's support group led by Ennis residents Lisa Laza and David Trojacek, whom have both been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

People with Parkinson’s disease in Ennis have somewhere they can go to talk about their illness with others.

None injured in house fire

Firefighters race to this Palmer structure fire that the Ellis County Fire Marshal's Office said was caused by a faulty electrical outlet.

Residents at 315 Willow Creek Rd. in Palmer safely fled their home when the structure caught fire early Monday morning.

High speed chase ends with injured suspect


An Arkansas woman was taken by Care Flight to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas in serious condition after fleeing from a highway patrol trooper and crashing her car into a semi-truck on I-45 northbound near Corsicana.

Nelson shares growth strategies

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Future economic growth in Ennis has begun to move from an idea to strategy in recent months.

New school in Palmer underway


Construction of the new Palmer Elementary School is proceeding on schedule towards its June 16 target.

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