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Ortiz details info about mediation, how EISD built case

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This is the third and concluding installment in a series concerning Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis Independent School District. For Cassie Ortiz, the decision to sue Ennis Independent School District was something she believes she had to do. Her feelings of frustration toward school administrators had festered until she could no longer sit around, which is […]

Give a Kid a Chance preps for Aug. 13 event


Give a Kid a Chance is set for its ninth year of service to kids and families in Ennis. Slated for Saturday, August 13 at Ennis High School, more than 1,400 youth will experience what it means to live in a community that cares for its own. “It’s right around the corner,” said coordinator Marty […]

Ortiz recounts how relationship with EISD began to sour


This is the second in a series about Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis ISD. Ennis Independent School District emails between administrators and former Lionettes drill instructor Cassie Ortiz illustrate there was more than one issue with Ortiz leading up to Oct. 1, 2015, when she received a message instructing her not to come back to work […]

Ortiz opens up about lawsuit

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This is the first of a series about Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis ISD. Part one focuses on Ortiz’s relationship with the Lionettes and Ennis ISD and the differing stories of the two sides. Ennis ISD emails and documents obtained by The Ennis Daily News paint a clearer picture as to what soured the relationship between […]

Athlete of the Week: Jose Loera

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Entering his junior campaign at Ennis High School is junior Jose Loera. As a member of the Lions cross country team, he has been training by covering 30 or more miles per week for the last six weeks, all on his own while preparing for the upcoming cross-country season. The boys team, under head coach […]

Summer reading program wraps up at library

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The Ennis Public Library’s Summer Reading Program celebrated its final program of the summer Thursday… See more on this in today’s print or e-edition online.

Lions FB schedule includes shift to Region III

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When the University Interscholastic League announced reclassification and district alignments in early February, Ennis already knew they would remain in the middle of Class 5A. Their league opposition would change very little, though it is now called District 17 rather than 16. Get the season preview exclusively in The Ennis Daily News… Football fans click […]

Del Barrio takes post in Pasadena

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Art Del Barrio, the communication officer at Ennis Independent School District has accepted a similar position within the Pasadena (Texas) ISD, effective Aug. 1. To get the rest of this story and more, become a subscriber today!

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


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 […]

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