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Archive for: December, 2013

James “Bobby” Branson

James “Bobby” Branson, 19, passed away in Palmer, Texas on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Bobby was born in Ennis, Texas on December 24, 1993 to James L. and Sarah (Cheshire) Branson. He grew up in Palmer and graduated from Palmer High School in 2013. He worked for the City of Palmer as a Firefighter. He […]

Cristian Hefner

Cristian Hefner, age 19, passed away on December 17, 2013 in Temple, Texas. He was born in Waxahachie, Texas on April 25, 1994 to James Hefner and Cristina Garcia. He graduated from Ennis High School and loved working on Hondas. He is survived by his girlfriend, Sydnee Melkovitz; his father, James Hefner; mother, Cristina Garcia; […]

Daniel “Danny” Espedal

  Daniel “Danny” Espedal, 67, passed away in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Danny was born on July 17, 1946 to Leonard J. and Edy (Stanberry) Espedal in Eugene, Oregon. He grew up in Los Altos, California and in Ennis, Texas. He graduated from Ennis High School in 1964. He served his country […]

Lion basketball suffers rough start in district play

This week marked the beginning of district play for the Ennis Lions (5-8, 0-2).

Emmert, Howard exchange vows

Hannah Howard and Hugh Emmert III were united in holy matrimony Nov. 23, 2013 at The Victorian House in Kaufman. The ceremony was officiated by Michael Howard. The bride was given in marriage by brothers Kyle Beck and Adam Beck. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Rice Key Club does it again for seniors

Students with the Rice Key Club partnered with the Ennis Kiwanis Club on Thursday to help distribute food and holiday cheer to residents of the Ennis Senior Living Apartments.

See you around, Mr. Howerton


KIDS put the cute in ‘Christmas’

“Hey, unto you a child is born!”

Unemployment slips again

The Ellis County unemployment rate slid again into November, with a 5.5-percent marker following October’s 5.6 percent joblessness figure.

The light show is under way

The Lights of Ennis home-lighting contest has its winners.

Garrett OKs $525,000 block grant application

The Garrett City Council approved the city’s application for a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant to extend water infrastructure out to a new business site.

Community circles wagons around family of volunteer

Palmer first responders are coming together to support the family of a young volunteer firefighter who died Tuesday night.

See the show this Christmas

Take the time this weekend to indulge yourself and your loved ones in a time-honored tradition in this community.

Charity can do only so much

The Ennis Daily News opinion page has touched on the concept of “giving fatigue” before; the idea that with so many charitable organizations in Ennis, even the most philanthropic souls can feel overtaxed, even during the season during which we’re urged to think most about our fellow man.

County considers tax zone

The Ellis County Commissioners Court will open the floor to public comment on the possible creation of a new county energy transportation reinvestment zone at today’s 3 p.m. meeting.

Theater students produce medley program

Students in Ennis High School’s theater program are putting on a medley of Christmas vignettes for this year’s Coffee House fundraiser.

Ennis poised at new future

Mayor Russell Thomas has lofty goals for the search to replace outgoing City Manager Steve Howerton.

City pares manager list to 10

The list of candidates for the next city manager in Ennis is narrowing. Of 40 applicants for the city’s top job, search firm leader Chris Hartung sent formal questionnaires to 20 that helped him narrow the field to 10 candidates.

Santa Cops program nears goal

The Ennis Police Officer Association’s annual Santa Cops toy drive is set to fulfill the needs of over 300 families this year, despite drawbacks caused by inclement weather.

Ennis Care Center honors retiree

The staff and residents of Ennis Care Center came together Tuesday to honor a retiring nurse aid after 46 years of loyal service.

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