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Beverly Jean Stauch, 71, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Beverly was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on December 11, 1944, to Valoris and Wilma (Canfield) Darling. Beverly had a good life. She lived in the Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1963. She, her husband […]

Mayoral candidates face off

Mark Warde, the moderator for Tuesday evening’s Ennis mayoral forum pointed out the elephant in the room. This mayoral forum is the first of its kind in 18 years. “This is the first open mayoral race in 16 – or 18 – years,” he said gesturing to the new mayoral candidates sitting atop the stage. […]

Family not sheepish when it comes to lamb

For one Ennis family, raising a lamb for the Ellis County Youth Expo has been a group effort. Sandra Slovak, who was born and raised in Ennis, remembers participating in the County Expo as a teenager. Her junior year in 1996, she remembers, was the year she took Reserve Grand Champion for her own lamb, […]

A king and his court

Over the past 15 years a roar has come from Ennis, Texas, and it originates on the gridiron. The Lions have truly been the kings of the jungle in football, wearing the state crown four times in that time period. But they are not alone in E-Town. While the bruisers, throwers and sprinters wearing maroon […]

Lady Lions roar past Red Oak, 16-1

Jayda Emerson tossed a complete game, two-hitter and Cadie Gillespie drove in four runs to power Ennis to a 16-1 rout of Red Oak on Tuesday night. The game was called in the bottom of the third inning on the 15-run mercy rule. Jayda Emerson tossed a complete game, two-hitter and Cadie Gillespie drove in […]

Ennis rules district tennis tournament

Like bowlers setting them up and knocking them down, a focused Ennis tennis team – both the boys and girls squads, won first place at the two-day District 14-5A tournament. Nine players punched their ticket to advance to the regional tourney in Rockwall in two weeks. There were five divisions, boys and girls singles, boys […]

Alma convenience store robbed

A suspect is in custody in connection with an armed robbery at the Alma One Stop convenience store in Alma. According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was a white male, wearing a hoodie sweatshirt and with his face covered. The suspect displayed a gun and demanded money but fled the scene before […]

Newspaper carriers seriously injured in accident

An Ennis married couple was airlifted to a Dallas hospital Wednesday afternoon after their single-cab pickup went off the road and into a ditch. The couple, Harvey and Glenda Dixon, are newspaper carriers for The Ennis Daily News and were finishing a route when the crash occurred in the 3700 block of Ensign Road. According […]

Residents, business owners sound off for, against specific use permits

Monday’s city commission meeting illustrated the challenges elected leaders can face. The subject was special use permits for establishments who seek to serve alcoholic mixed beverages. Thirty seats weren’t enough for the more than 100 people who gathered to express their support or opposition to the possibility of bars within the seven-block downtown district. Pros […]


Joseph Roger Gagnon, 85, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016, at Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Ennis, Texas after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Visitation will be Friday, April 8, 2016, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis. Mass of the Christian Burial will take […]


Henry L. Vrana, 78, passed away in Ennis, Texas, on Monday, April 4, 2016. Henry was born in Ennis, Texas, on December 22, 1937, to Mr. and Mrs. John Vrana. He grew up in Ennis and attended St. John Catholic Schools. He has lived in Ennis all his life. He worked for over 25 years […]


Wanda Oneta Prestidge Ray, 82, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus on Friday, March 25, 2016. Wanda was born in Ennis, Texas, on March 12, 1934, to McCoye Price and Mattie Ann (Farquhar) Prestidge. She grew up in Ennis and graduated from Ennis High School in 1953. On May 21, 1954, […]


David Ray Morgan of Wilmer, Texas, was called home to Heaven by our Lord and Savior on April 1, 2016. He was known for his infectious laugh, sense of humor, and generous heart. He would give the shirt off of his back if he thought someone needed it. He was perceived as a tough guy […]


James E. Stovall, 58, passed away in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, April 2, 2016. He was born in Corsicana, Texas, to Dennis D. and Carolyn (Reed) Stovall on September 7, 1957. He grew up in Ennis, Texas and attended Ennis High School. On July 26, 2008, he married Elizabeth B. Reel and they made their […]


Dora E. Toal, 79, passed away in Ennis, Texas, on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Dora was born in Ennis, Texas, on September 4, 1936, to Paul Malcolm and Reba (Glaspy) Toal. She grew up in Ennis and graduated from Ennis High School in 1954. She went on to attend Business College in Dallas, Texas. Dora […]


Rev. G.G. Melton, Sr., 91, went home to meet his Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, from Dallas, Texas. G.G. was born in Daylight, Tennessee, on September 14, 1924, to Alex and Ann (Deabury) Melton. He grew up in Woodbury, Tennessee. On October 23, 1948, he married Martha Elizabeth Rogers. He served his […]


John Glover, of Ennis, passed away on March 28, 2016. He was born October 19, 1931. Wake service will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 801 W. Brown St., Ennis, TX 75119. Funeral service will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016, at 11 […]


Shandrea Myers, age 50, passed away on March 27, 2016. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Ennis, 215 N. Dallas St., Ennis, 972- 875-2393.


Ernest L. McDonald, 67, passed on Saturday, March 26, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Hopewell Baptist Church, Rice, Texas, at 11:00 a.m.


Denise Howell, age 62, passed away on March 28, 2016. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Ennis, 215 N. Dallas St., Ennis, 972- 875-2393.

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