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Archive for: July, 2016

Park under renovation is haven of memories

Due to a production error in the print edition of Sunday’s paper, the continuation of this story on page 10 was inadvertently omitted. The full story can be read below. By Randy Bigham Minnie McDowal Park, at the corner of Dallas and Knox streets in downtown Ennis, is still under reconstruction, and the update to […]

Former Teacher of the Year killed in head-on crash

Kelly Boston, a beloved Ennis High School teacher, husband and father of two was killed Friday night in a car accident while on a family vacation in Colorado. The 47-year-old teacher was driving on Colorado State Highway 9 near Fairplay when the GMC Acadia he was driving collided head-on with a Chevrolet 1500, according to […]

Athlete of the Week: Kyle Keever

Sporting a .402 batting average and a team-best 14 extra-base hits, Kyle Keever was one of the top producers on an Ennis team that prospered in the spring. In anticipation of playing at the next level, Keever added strength and weight during off-season training. This week the 5-foot 11, 180-lb. outfielder signed a scholarship deal […]

Former church youth director charged with child porn and possession of illegal weapons

Note: This story has been updated to include formal charges filed in this case. A Corsicana man described as a genius and who served as a church youth director has been formally charged in a bizarre case that began to unfold in an Ennis drug store. Harvey Alec Strain has now been charged with 10 […]

Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading Zika in U.S.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday in a long-feared turn in the epidemic sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean. Four recently infected people in the Miami area — one woman and three men — are believed […]

Initial findings: Copter crash caused by main rotor problems

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Wednesday the Bell Helicopter 525 Relentless that crashed near Italy earlier this month actually broke up in midair. Get the rest of this story in the Friday edition of The Ennis Daily News. Your life. Your time. Your news. Subscribe today!

City gets third positive West Nile sample

Another mosquito sample pool has tested positive for West Nile Virus marking the third one in less than a month, according to a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services this week. Get the details on this latest health alert in the Friday edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Travel musical comedy opens at EPT

Ennis Public Theatre continues to stage popular plays with its latest offering of the Off-Broadway smash hit, “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know.” This musical comedy revue, which opens this weekend in downtown Ennis, debited in 1997, and ran for 953 performances. There will be fewer performances here in Ennis, so smart theatre-goers will reserve […]

City seeks downtown Serenity

Fueled by beautiful images of a city that could one day be reality, implementing the City of Ennis’ comprehensive and downtown master plans requires a lot of legwork from city officials. While many of the projects in the plans seem daunting for a city that hopes to see significant economic growth, Marty Nelson and the […]

Good stories abound at Ennis Public Library

The Ennis Public Library has been busy the past couple of months encouraging children to read throughout the summer. Tuesday afternoon the EPL hosted an End-of-Summer water party on the back lawn. Giant inflatable bounce houses, the kind made for water, welcomed 160 kids and parents who earned an invitation for meeting the goals of […]

Working out with Old Glory

Two Ennis police officers garnered attention from passersby Wednesday afternoon as they made their way on foot down Country Club Road. Get the whole story in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. Become a subscriber and gain full 24/7 access.

Drug-fueled crime spree thwarted

Navarro County and Ennis authorities have a man in custody they say is responsible for a string of consecutive burglaries and auto thefts that took place Wednesday. Get the details in the Thursday edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe today!

Pet of the Week: Woody

Meet our Pet of the Week Woody; he’s a 2.5-year-old Schnauzer mix. Woody is current on all his vaccinations, neutered and micro-chipped. He is playful, active and good with kids. Come see Woody and all his dog and cat friends available for adoption at the Ellis County SPCA. The shelter is located at 2570 FM […]

Revisiting the events that shaped the year 1986

Rev. Bob Uzzel Thirty years have passed since 1986.  Here are some of the highlights of this historic year, which was designated as the International Year of Peace by the United Nations.  On January 1, Spain and Portugal entered the European Community, which later became the European Union.  On January 28, the space shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after […]

Busted pot farm yields 2,400 lbs.

Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner says the marijuana-growing operation found near the Navarro, Ellis, Henderson tri-county line Saturday is the largest his office has seen in 40 years. The Sheriff’s Office received a tip about the grow operation after someone saw suspicious activity just off State Highway 85 south of the Trinity River. Get all […]

Ennis girl plans trip to inauguration

April Dvorak wants to be president of the United States. First, though, she plans to see the next president sworn in at the inauguration in January 2017. For more on this story, pick up Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe today and get both print and digital for one low price!

Tips on how to beat the Texas heat

“This heat wave is brutal,” says Maxine, popular Hallmark cartoon character. “Not only is it hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, but you can use your mailbox for a toaster oven.” Four straight months in Dallas, from June through September, average 90 to 96 degrees. Temperatures in excess of 100 are common […]

Marlyn C. Rooker

Marlyn C. Rooker died on Monday, July 25, 2016 at the age of 90. He was born in Ennis, Texas on June 16, 1926, to J. C. and Margaret Rooker.  He graduated from Ennis High School in 1944, and continued his education at the University of Texas until he was called into service with the […]

Antonie “Toni” Vrana Kubin

Antonie “Toni” Vrana Kubin, age 96, passed away in Ennis on July 26, 2016.  She was born in Ennis on November 4, 1919 to  John Louis  and Josephine (Kolarik) Vrana.     She was  a devout Catholic, member of Saint John Nepomucene Catholic Church and the KJZT; she attended Saint John School as one of […]

Jimmy Roe Couch

Jimmy Roe Couch, 75, of Hurst, Texas, died Wednesday, July 13, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Maxine; daughter, Dianna Cooper; sons: Jeff Couch, Jim McClendon and Jeff McClendon. Jimmy is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Graveside services will be held […]

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