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Wray gives update on Capitol activities

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State Rep. John Wray fielded questions from a small crowd Thursday evening at the Ennis Public Library. A light showing, only 12 citizens showed up, with Wray’s staff nearly matching the number of Ennis folks. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

Texas News for Saturday, August 8, 2015

Wrong-way driver triggers Texas wreck that kills 4 GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Four people have died, including three teenagers from northern Virginia, when a wrong-way driver triggered a collision on a North Texas interstate. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford says a vehicle driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 in […]

Texas college football player shot by police was unarmed

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A police officer in suburban Dallas shot and killed a college football player during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the dead man as Christian Taylor, of Arlington. Taylor was a […]

Wray hosting town hall meeting in Ennis Aug. 13

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John Wray, state representative for District 10, has announced two local town hall meetings, including one in Ennis on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Ennis Public Library. His second town hall is set for Friday, Aug. 15, and will be hosted at the Midlothian City Hall Council Chambers. Both public sessions are legislative updates and […]

Birdwell announces for re-election

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State Sen. Brian Birdwell has announced he will be campaigning again for the Texas Senate District 22, which covers nine counties including Ellis, Johnson and Navarro. Birdwell has served in three legislative sessions since initially being elected in 2010. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

Whataburger takes stand against Texas’ new open carry law

SETH ROBBINS, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places. Whataburger — with some 780 locations in […]

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 […]

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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