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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 […]

GAKAC taking clothes donations

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A steadfast servant of the community and its children is requesting a little bit of help to assist with operations. Give-A-Kid-A-Chance (GAKAC), a United Way non-profit agency that seeks to provide families and children with school supplies and other school necessities, is getting ready for its big event in August. To prepare, GAKAC is asking […]

Local back to school program gears up for 2015

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Classes may be out for the summer but helping underprivileged students is a year round objective for Give-A-Kid-A-Chance (GAKAC), the faith-based, back-to-school initiative that celebrates its 10th year in operation this fall. The non-profit charitable entity that functions under Mission Ennis Bridge Builders provides school uniforms and supplies, backpacks, haircuts and health screenings to area […]

Future plans for Ennis to be released Thursday

J.R. Phillips (standing) speaks to a small group of Ennis residents and business owners at Ennis High School Tuesday evening, sharing his opinion about the future of Ennis. This break-out group session was part of a three-hour public meeting that began at 5:30 p.m.

Unveiling months of creative input, the City of Ennis will reveal the comprehensive plan for downtown and surrounding areas at a visionary open house on Thursday, June 25. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. inside the Ennis National Bank Events Center, located at 116 W. Ennis Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged […]

Noon Lions recognize students

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The Ennis Noon Lions Club met Wednesday at Tabernacle Church, where a number of students were recognized for academic achievements this past school year. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Four years of perfection: Alston, Blazek, Cathey-Johnson didn’t miss a day

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A week has passed since thousands of people, curious to see which of 30 students with perfect attendance this year would win a free Ford Fiesta, witnessed sophomore Nathan Blazek draw the key that made the car donated by Ennis Ford his own. The contest’s message put a premium on making roll call a daily […]

GAKAC picking up steam for August 15


Seeking to offer more than a hand-out, Give A Kid A Chance is preparing for their annual expression of community service on Saturday, August 15. Having received eight years of open arms and open hearts, this year’s project looks to meet some of the tangible needs of around 500 families and between 1,300 and 1,400 […]

EISD approves raise for teachers and non-faculty

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After what EISD superintendent Dr. John Chapman described as one of the better years in recent school history, the board of trustees met to discuss business, including a raise for the faculty. “It has been a very good year,” Chapman said prior to the regularly scheduled meeting. “We’ve seen many good things accomplished this school […]

Blazek wins ‘Perfect’ car from Ennis Ford

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Nathan Blazek watched his chances increase a little more every time someone put the key into the lock and tried to turn it, only to find that they weren’t the winners. Friday night at Lion Memorial Stadium, just before graduation, the sophomore Ennis High School student won a brand new car, and at 16 years […]

Ennis grad overcomes hardship to attend West Point

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In most instances, if you heard someone turned down a $194,000 scholarship to attend Notre Dame University, you’d think they were crazy, but Chauncey Buckley, a graduate of Ennis High School as of Friday, had to do exactly that on Thursday when he was visited by two Army ROTC representatives. Buckley, instead, made his decision […]

Ennis opera singer tours Czechoslovakia

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Ennis has a storied history of settlers from the Czech Republic coming to escape war-torn central Europe. Here they began new lives in a town where the railroad and cotton fields met. This weekend one of Ennis’ own, Lauren Trojacek, travels to the capital of Czechoslovakia on a month long operatic tour. Trojacek, 22, whose […]

EHS graduates 372 seniors

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Ready or not, world, Ennis High School has introduced its 372 member senior class of 2015 for acceptance. In front of a festive crowd estimated at over 6,000 inside Lions Memorial Stadium, EHS principal David Averett called them personally by name, each receiving their diploma and a handshake from EISD School Board president Bramlet Beard. […]

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