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County clerk’s office deals with transition to allow same-sex marriage

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One of the biggest questions that arose last week after the U.S. Supreme Court’s monumental decision to legalize same-sex marriage was when same-sex couples could get married locally. Cindy Polley, the Ellis County Clerk, said Wednesday the transition had one or two hitches, but all-in-all it was pretty smooth. See the report in the Ennis […]

Supreme Court says gay marriage legal nationwide

The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. When Ellis County might start issuing same-sex marriage licenses was still unknown as of Friday. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining […]

Representative John Wray Announces Campaign for Re-Election

After one of the most successful legislative sessions in recent history, State Representative John Wray (R–Waxahachie) today announced that he will seek re-election. Wray currently serves House District 10, which covers Ellis County and part of Henderson County. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and […]

Wray resolute against bullet train

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Plans for the proposed bullet train connecting Dallas and Houston cleared a recent hurdle in Austin, though John Wray, Republican State Representative, still has doubts it will come to fruition. “Nothing has passed in legislation to approve High Speed Rail,” he said on Thursday from his office in Waxahachie. While that is true, the people […]

See those motorcyclists

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Mayor Russell Thomas, right, recognized May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month on Monday during the city commission’s workshop. From left are Johnny “Jukebox” Pitts, Ricky “Badger” Wilson and Jimmy “Suds” Vaughn to accept a proclamation from the mayor.

Wray hits hot topics in town hall meeting

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A buzzing, crowded City Hall was the place to be for State Rep. John Wray’s first-ever town hall meeting as a House representative. Sitting before him were a group of citizens whom, after a 30-minute presentation, which included local news of his District Office opening in Waxahachie and news from the State Capitol in Austin, […]

Ferris man executed for killing cop in 2002

Texas prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted in the slaying of a Dallas-area police officer during a 2002 shootout that followed the killing of a customer outside a convenience store. Kent Sprouse, 42, became the fifth convicted killer put to death this year in Texas, the nation’s most active death penalty state. Before his execution, […]

Ennis Day at the Capitol Thursday


A trip to the State Capitol for Ennis Chamber of Commerce Day was an overall good experience, said members of the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. “Getting to sit down and talk with John Wray was real neat,” said Bob Taylor, a long-time Ennis resident and Ennis Host Lions Club leader. “That was probably the […]

Hill County Sheriff, deputies accused

HILLSBORO, Texas (AP) — A Hill County sheriff, his chief deputy and two other deputies are accused of tampering with records and computers after a state investigation of alleged licensing irregularities. Hill County Sheriff Michael Cox, Chief Deputy Mark Wilson, Sheriff’s Capt. Leroy Rodriguez and jailer Bryan Winget were named in arrest warrants sworn out by the Texas Commission […]

Farmer plants seeds at Avalon Junior High

The Avalon ISD Junior High Science Department has received a $2,500 donation from the Monsanto Fund, which supports the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Ellis County farmer Steve Beakley nominated Avalon ISD for consideration. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of […]

Lion Kings recognized in Austin


Senator Birdwell (R-Granbury) and State Representative John Wray (R-Waxahachie), pictured on the front row, left to right, honored the state champion Ennis Lions at the capitol building in Austin on Thursday. 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 Day at State Capitol

Next Thursday, citizens of Ennis will climb the steps of the State Capitol in Austin to leave their mark and  April 2 has been declared Ennis Chamber of Commerce Day at the Capitol, and that means the people of Ennis will get a chance to meet with dignitaries from various state offices and departments. See […]

Czech wines make it to Texas

An adult beverage has recently arrived in Texas and it may already be popular with some residents in the Lone State State. According to the 2000 census, nearly 200,000 people living in Texas have Czech ancestry. Czech Your Bag, LLC, and Slovacek’s are now making many South Moravian wines available to Czech and non-Czech wine […]

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