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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 […]

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 […]

EISD, former drill team instructor settle lawsuit

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Ennis Independent School District and former Lionettes drill instructor Cassie Ortiz have settled a discrimination lawsuit. Ortiz told The Ennis Daily News Tuesday that she and EISD came to terms for the settlement Monday and that the details in the settlement will soon be made available to the public. She couldn’t give a timeframe as […]

Their swing made Lions king

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By Mark Warde Like a mighty river the varsity tennis teams at Ennis High School continue to roll, having won 14 district championships. While the state championship has eluded them, they remain a constant force in the league, area and region in Class 5A. This kind of domination was rare prior to the arrival of […]

Give a Kid a Chance needs school supplies

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By Mark Warde Individuals and groups across Ennis are doing together what they could never do alone. The cooperative effort, Give-A-Kid-A-Chance, is two-months away from providing a host of needs for children and young people prior to the start of the school year. Set for Saturday, Aug. 13, hundreds of volunteers will unite in an […]

Ennis has seen the works of Art

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By Mark Warde Detroit rapper Eminem dons a scarf under a cap turned sideways with a knit cap on top. The rest of us often have difficulty wearing a lot of hats. Then there’s Art Del Barrio. Having arrived in Ennis more than two years ago as the communications officer for the Ennis Independent School […]

Escamilla accepts McMurry scholarship

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Taylor Escamilla, who served Ennis athletic teams as a student athletic trainer, was accepted to McMurry University, an NCAA Division III college of 1,372 in Abilene. She was an active participant in University Athletic League debate and was a member of the National Honor Society. At McMurry, she plans to major in psychology. “I want […]

Boys & Girls Club honors Youth of the Year

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By Mark Warde Ennis chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America celebrated their 17th annual Steak and Burger Dinner before a crowd numbering in the hundreds by introducing Cayla Gates as the first recipient of the Youth of the Year award. Inspiring other kids at the club, Gates has become a respected leader […]

Junior wins new car

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When Sydnie Martinez tried to turn her key Friday night before graduation, she didn’t think it was going to turn. “I didn’t think it was going to go into the lock, so I was just about to say ‘I didn’t get it,’” she said. “But then it turned, and I was just so excited.” This […]

Grads turn the tassel

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Nearly 350 high school seniors completed their final task, keeping their tassel on the right side of their mortarboard. At the end of the 2016 commencement, when Principal David Averett gave the word, they moved it to the left. The turning of the tassel indicates one’s transition from candidate to graduate. Having enough of the […]

Students, community react to big graduation decision

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Story edited from original: Facebook comments made by students on the District’s page have since been taken down. Some appeared in the original version of this article.  Ennis High School graduation will be held indoors this year, temporarily breaking the tradition of holding the ceremony at Lion Memorial Stadium. Instead of walking along the high […]

Grad ceremony to be live-streamed

The Ennis High School valedictorian from 2015, Rene Avila walks across the stage in 2015.

By Mark Warde Friday’s Class of 2016 commencement exercises at Ennis High School will be live-streamed for the first time. Considering this week’s weather patterns, the decision could prove timely. Currently the venue is set for the 10,000 seat Lion Memorial Stadium, though contingency plans are in place. “This will be a first,” said communications […]

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” […]

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 […]

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, […]

Give a Kid a Chance enters 9th year of giving

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Give A Kid A Chance has begun its three-month countdown towards the Aug. 13 main event day. Held at Ennis High School, the project, entering its ninth year of serving community needs, is seeking key contributions to complete what it will be offering area families. In a recent meeting of frontline leaders it was determined the […]

Former drill team instructor sues EISD

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Former Ennis High School Lionettes drill team director Cassandra Ortiz is suing Ennis Independent School District for violation of overtime requirements, medical leave discrimination and discrimination because of disability. The formal complaint filed by her lawyer on April 1 states Ortiz is owed $36,731.24 in unpaid overtime for 1,403.95 hours accumulated over a 2 1/2-year […]

EISD confirms election results

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After votes from May 7 were canvassed and announced by EISD communications director Art Del Barrio, judge Bill Woody officially swore in and seated the re-elected victors, Bramlet Beard and Julie Pierce. Both would be renamed to their previous post as president and vice-president before the end of the evening. Bramlet ran unopposed, while Pierce […]

Pierce rolls to victory in EISD school board race

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The race for school board vice president is lopsided after all the votes are counted. Julie Pierce defeated challenger Tommy Aguilar, 1,376-298 votes. Pierce is the incumbent in the race. Bramlett Beard, who is running unopposed for school board president, has drawn in 1,510 votes. Results were posted by Ellis County Elections shortly after 8 […]

Ennis clinches tie for 2nd in district, tie-breaker game set for Saturday

Senior Mason Hopkins closes out the win over Waxahachie on Tuesday in Ennis.

Combined with solid pitching by Emiliano Gomez, clutch-hitting and a masterful piece of base-running by Jacob Honza, Ennis defeated arch-rival Waxahachie, 2-1, to end the regular season at 19-7. The Lions and Legacy, tied for second in the district with 13-3 records, will have a single-game playoff this week. The second place tie-breaker game between […]

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