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2015 PRIDE of ENNIS Youth of the Year Award: Alex Johnson

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Few 17-year-olds are tasked with as much as Alex Johnson, this year’s PRIDE of ENNIS Youth of the Year Award winner. This next year at school, he will make it to his junior-level classes, participate in AVID, a college prep program, and he will work his normal job at Pizza Hut. All the while, though, […]

2015 PRIDE of ENNIS Student of the Year Award: Madison Low

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Of the students in Ennis, Madison Low is one who stands out. It’s not because she is the loudest or the class clown; rather, Low sticks out as a model student for the way she excels in the classroom and the way she interacts with peers and teachers. “She was just a student that when […]

Ennis ISD board will set budget meeting date

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Ennis ISD board members will conduct their regular business meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the administration building at 303 W. Knox St. The agenda includes setting a date for a public meeting on the 2015 tax rate and budget. The session begins at 6 p.m. with a closed-to-the-public session on a “boardbook” training webinar. The […]

GAKAC seeks Sunday volunteers


Give-A-Kid-A-Chance is in need of volunteers this Sunday afternoon at Ennis High School. In preparation for the community-wide GAKAC service project, director Marty Nelson says help is needed in filling 1,400 backpacks. They will be distributed during the Aug. 15 event. Over 100 volunteers were on hand in 2014 and Nelson says “a few more […]

Palmer cuts ribbon on new elementary school

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Under a blazing sun, Palmer superintendent Kevin Noack welcomed an estimated 1,000 guests to the ribbon cutting and open house of the new Palmer Elementary School Monday evening. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

New principal has heart for Ennis, football


Ennis Independent School District has introduced a home-grown, new principal at Ennis Junior High School in Wade Bishop. Having recently celebrated two decades since graduating from Ennis, the 39-year old follows Ryan McCabe, who served at EJH for one year before accepting an administrative position within the EISD. “As a product of this district,” Bishop […]

Color, technology, turtles await open house visitors

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Colorful hallways, bright lights, adjustable basketball hoops, technology around every corner, and even some turtles swimming on the ceiling will greet Palmer ISD Elementary students when they return to school later this month. A first look at the project will be given to the public at an open house on Monday, Aug. 3, starting at […]

Meet the Ennis Lions

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Fans of fall sports teams at Ennis High School will get their first look at the players and coaches on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Lions Memorial Stadium. The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. Freshman, junior varsity and varsity football teams, girls and boys cross country teams, tennis teams, and the Ennis volleyball teams will […]

GAKAC nearing goals

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One of most popular community service events, Give A Kid A Chance, is about three weeks away and organizers still have a few needs yet to be met. Slated for Saturday, Aug. 15, at Ennis High School, the event begins at 8 a.m. and concludes by 4 p.m. Hundreds of volunteers and a long list […]

New Palmer campus set for Open House

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Going from vision to pencil and finally to ink, the plans for the new Palmer Elementary School have materialized to the point where superintendent Kevin Noack is preparing for an Aug. 3 ribbon-cutting ceremony and Open House. “We’re feeling very good about our progress and starting school this fall,” he said, “especially considering all of […]

Ennis ranked No. 1 in Region II

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Despite graduating all but six starters, the defending state champion Ennis Lions were ranked the No. 1 team in Region II of Class 5A according to the Texas High School Coaches Association coaches poll released on Monday. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read […]

Chapman cites progress, areas needing growth


Eighteen months in as the superintendent of EISD’s 11 campuses, Dr. John Chapman III, has seen his share improvements and highlights. He has issued a list of accomplishments within the district by students, teachers and administrators. His first response to a line of questions from The Ennis Daily News was to credit a move by […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Male Athlete of the Year Award: Devin L. Smith

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After earning All-State status at quarterback as a junior, Ennis’ Devin L. Smith trumped the honor by winning the state championship in his senior season. That played mightily in the minds of many area citizens who nominated him enough times to earn the Male Athlete of the Year award. There were plenty of reasons behind […]

PRIDE OF ENNIS Female Athlete of the Year Award: Isela Sandoval

This year’s Female Athlete of the Year, Isela Sandoval, has been on quite a run of success. After an accomplished career at Ennis, she kicked it up another notch during her first two years of college. At an even 5-feet and 110-lbs, she has very good speed and agility in cross country and as a […]

PRIDE of ENNIS Public Servant of the Year Award: Kevin Taylor


The list of nominees and reasons given by scores of people, including many junior high students, speaks volumes of the way they feel about Officer Kevin Taylor, the 2015 Public Servant of the Year. “Always ready to help others” is just the tip of the iceberg of compliments sent with nominations. Others described him as […]

Cassie Ortiz lives for the Lionettes

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Describing the passion Cassie Ortiz has as director of the Lionettes drill team is like the happiness of a butterfly in a garden full of sunshine and flowers. She’s that consumed. Having celebrated 5 years in her position in February, she has seen the team grow from 18 back then to over 50 this fall. […]

Ennis junior a science delegate in Boston

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Brianna McKee, a junior at Ennis High School, recently served as a delegate at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston at the University of Massachusetts. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Ennis ISD board has full agenda Tuesday evening

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Ennis Independent School District board members will hold a budget workshop as part of their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 7. Other items to be covered in a school improvement plan, handbook reviews, and reports on academic testing. The session starts at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. See the FULL report in […]

Hands across the sea: A German teen and an Ennis couple say goodbye

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A local couple just closed a rewarding chapter in their lives – hosting a foreign exchange student who’s now returned to her native land. “I miss her so much,” admitted Cheryl Morales Maulden who, with her husband Jason, has provided a home away from home for German teenager Miriam Piechottka since last August. “I still […]

Mo betta beats! Goodwin, Ennis band march on

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Like a mighty river, some things just keep rolling. So it is with director Gary Goodwin and the Ennis High School marching band. The students who comprise this unit have racked up superior ratings in 48 consecutive years, and have achieved that First Division superior rating 58 out of 59 years. That’s no accident. They […]

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