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Archive for: August, 2014

County to maintain tax rate

The proposed budget for the county was outlined on Monday in preparation for what is expected to be its adoption on Sept. 8.

Farmers Market Spotlight: Brewing Coffee

Dominique and Mandy Tartaglia have a part-time job that some might consider a dream. They sell coffee.

Polyguard steps up as top auction sponsor

Chamber President Jeannette Patak said Polyguard has stepped up as the 31st Annual Chamber Auction’s platinum-level sponsor for the year.

Weather man returns to EDN

Ron Vestal, an avid local weather observer for decades, will once again provide Ennis Daily News readers with detailed reports about atmospheric conditions in Ennis.

Kids are meant to fly

Perhaps the biggest of challenges for school administrators is the balance between creating an atmosphere where students can achieve their best while at the same time trying to meet the expectations of parents. In the end, they usually succeed.

Sheriff congratulates Italy ISD

An unfortunate part of today’s society seems to include the sadistic acts of individuals going into our local centers of education and trying to “etch their place in history” by preying upon defenseless school kids.

Recycling plant coming to Ennis

The Ennis City Commission on Monday night approved a binding economic development agreement with Tellus Technology to build a $30 million to $40 million facility in the Ennis Industrial Park, bringing in a projected 20 to 30 jobs with it.

Civic group seeks center completion

The Ennis Negro Chamber of Commerce has revived the drive to complete a community center that came to a halt when the man who spearheaded the project passed away over 15 years ago.

Burglary suspect arrested

The Ennis Police Department arrested a man Wednesday morning in connection to several attempted car burglaries.

McKibbin family shown icy support

On the same day it was announced in Washington, D.C. that the Ice Bucket Challenge, a fund-raising campaign for Lou Gehrig’s Disease has received $31.5 million in donations over the past month, a local group followed suit in Ennis.

Driving alert in school zones

The advent of a new school year is upon us and with it comes the annual reminder for motorists to drive a tad slowly and to be much more alert.

EISD presents literacy initiative

Ennis ISD Superintendent John Chapman and the district’s new director of elementary curriculum instruction spoke Tuesday at the Ennis Rotary Club on their new approach to teaching literacy to EISD students.

Tourism director has vivacious spirit

People are drawn to her personality like moths to a flame. Gina Rokas, the 12-year director of tourism in Ennis, it could be argued, has the appeal of bluebonnets, the cultural allure of Polka Fest and the energy of the NHRA Fall Nationals.

Auditions scheduled for Sleepy Hollow

It’s toasty outside now, but there will be a chill in the air this fall – in more ways than one. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is coming to Ennis, and teens from across the county are invited to audition on Thursday.

Sheriff issues thanks to Explorer Post

I want to say a big Thank You to the Commissioners Court for publicly recognizing the Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post during their Aug. 11 meeting.

City reduces budget spending

City Manager Chuck Ewings presented a slightly lower budget at Monday night’s meeting of the Ennis City Commission, cutting several non-reoccuring expenses by postponing or scaling back several projects.

GAKAC welcomes more kids than ever

More families and students than ever came out to Ennis High School on Saturday for what organizer Marty Nelson called the largest Give-a-Kid-a-Chance event yet.

Meet the Lions tonight at stadium

Citizens and fans of Ennis High School are invited to “Meet the Lions” tonight, promptly at 7:00 p.m. at Lions Memorial Stadium.

Cotton Patch breaks ground in Ennis

Construction plans for a new Cotton Patch restaurant in Ennis are underway.

Ennis ISD meets state standards

All Ennis ISD campuses met state standards for accountability this year, with several campuses winning distinctions according to EISD Director of Assessment Keith Larson.

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