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Trustees adopt new EISD budget

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Members of the board of trustees adopted a balanced budget proposal by the Ennis Independent School District. General fund expenditures were planned to increase by approximately 6 percent over last year. That represents a three percent increase in property values and another three percent coming in enrollment growth. The latter, the district’s average daily attendance […]

Palmer’s Adam Pennings revives one-room schoolhouse

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Some people go down in history. Adam Pennings, however, can travel back in time before telephones and then return the same day in time to play World of Warcraft with people around the globe. The 15-year old from Palmer is one of 30 to 40 area young people who are fulfilling a pivotal role at […]

McCabe among top world archers

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In Kayla McCabe’s high school career, she has proven she is good at more than just a few things. The recent Ennis High graduate has taken blue ribbons in livestock showing, woodwork and has managed to pull off good grades all the while. Her most recent venture into archery has proven just as successful. See […]

Serving others a unified purpose


Serving the needs of fellow Ennis residents, the ninth year of Give a Kid a Chance was considered the best ever as nearly 500 families were apportioned tangible support from a large team of volunteers. Organized by churches and involving hundreds of volunteers and a number of civic groups and businesses, GAKAC supplied 1,335 young […]

Building at Bowie

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The start of the 2015-16 school year is around the corner and teachers are getting prepared. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Palmer band boosts Friday night vibe

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Football games on Friday nights in Palmer have changed.  Last year saw a new coaching staff make a change on the field, but there was also another transformation. It could be found in the bleachers with the band under the direction of Jeremy McKissack. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

NWLA begins classes Aug. 20

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Ennis, with a storied past that has included public and parochial options for education, added a new member in 2014 when it was announced New Way Leadership Academy was beginning on the northside of town. Accredited by the National Association of Private Schools, curriculum allows for students to progress at an accelerated level. That means […]

EISD welcomes first-time teachers

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Eighteen teachers were welcomed to the Ennis Independent School District this week, each of them beginning their teaching careers. Cotton Patch Cafe served as the setting for Dr. John Chapman, EISD administrators and other officials to share pleasantries and a meal. It was also an opportunity to present each new educator with a “New Teacher […]

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 […]

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