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Czech band celebrates 50-year anniversary

One of the most-beloved Polka bands in Ennis, the Jodie Mikula Orchestra, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an event on Aug. 26 at the KJT Auditorium. The band that was founded in 1967 by Jodie Mikula, began as a small family Czech band that included mom and dad and their three sons – Ken, […]

NWLA first day without tears

New Way Leadership Academy began its fourth year of existence on Monday. It was, however, their initial first day at their new downtown facilities.  “It was a good day,” said principal Matilda Williams. “We had returning students, new students and not one a single one cried. Yea! It poured down raining in the morning but […]

Man walking on I-45 killed after being struck multiple times by cars

Garrett Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian on Interstate 45 Wednesday night around 9:30 p.m. Garrett PD Chief Chad Nelson said the man killed didn’t have an ID on him, and investigators believed him to be homeless, although they later identified him as Sean Alan Dancer of Nebraska. According to Nelson, the man […]

Remains identified, suspect named

Authorities have arrested a man they believe is responsible for murdering a 21-year-old woman and dumping her body south of Ennis, near Alma. Through the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies, investigators discovered the identity of the remains, which were described as “skeletal,” and also found corroborating evidence linking Guy Wayne Lynch to Tia Marie […]

EISD touts new student support program

During a recent visit to the Lions Club, Ennis ISD Superintendent John Chapman touted the school district’s involvement in various programs outside the classroom. One of those programs, Kids Hope USA, is a mentoring program that works exclusively through local churches, teaching them to engage their members in one-to-one relationships with at-risk public elementary school […]

One dead, one injured after shooting in Waxahachie

WAXAHACHIE – A weekend shooting in Waxahachie left a 26-year old man dead and another injured after an apparent argument at a residence. According to Ellis County Sheriff ’s PIO Joe Fitzgerald, deputies were dispatched at 5:27 p.m. to the 1000 block of Waterford Crossing in Waxahachie on Aug. 12 to a reported shooting. Fitzgerald […]

GAKAC, partners with a purpose

A decade of serving the needs of the Ennis community over the weekend witnessed Give A Kid A Chance help close to 1,400 students and families. The annual back-to-school project collaborates with a host of organizations, athletic teams, cheerleaders, businesses, churches and the EISD. According to organizer Marty Nelson, 20-25 local service providers were at […]

Suspect arrested in human remains case

Authorities have arrested a Little Elm man they believe is responsible for murdering a 21-year-old woman and dumping her body south of Ennis. Through the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies, investigators discovered the identity of the remains, which were described as “skeletal,” and also found corroborating evidence linking Guy Wayne Lynch to her death. […]

Ennis counters scary state trend

Texas leads the nation in a number that it should not be proud of, according to a recent study by noheatstroke.org. The state is number one with seven children’s hot-car deaths so far this year, matching the state’s total in all of 2016.  Ennis Police Lt. Mike Hopson said although it has been some time […]

EISD raises lunch prices

Students from preschool through high school will experience a dime rate hike in lunch prices, starting with the new school year. Sodexo, who prepares and serves all meals at Ennis Independent School District campuses, had the price increase approved by the school board. Early Childhood, elementary and intermediate schools, now $2.35, previously charged $2.25 for […]

Commissioners court to hold public hearing regarding tax rate

WAXAHACHIE — The Ellis County Commissioners Court have set a time, date and location for a public hearing where they will potentially approve a fiscal budget. The public hearing on the new tax rate, proposed at $0.393221, which is down from $0.413599 in FY 2016-17, is anticipated to take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. […]

Locals meet HOF’er, Rangers’ idol ‘Pudge’ in Waxahachie

Rangers fans of all ages turned out to the H-E-B in Waxahachie on Wednesday for a chance to meet former Rangers’ catcher and MLB Hall-of-Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez ahead of his famed No. 7 jersey being retired in Arlington this weekend. Rodriguez signed copies of his book “They Call me Pudge, My Life Playing the […]

Ennis fullback charged with shoplifting

Two people were arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of shoplifting from Walmart, one being the starting fullback for the Ennis High School varsity football team. According to police, 17-year-old Kyre Holloway was involved in a scam in which he and a woman, 39-year-old Shenequa Jackson, went through the checkout line but didn’t have all their […]

Ennis Police raid two homes Friday

Police raided two homes Friday afternoon, one of which was being used to distribute crack/cocaine, according to Ennis police. One of the homes was located on Milam, although Police didn’t release details about that raid. The second home was on the corner of West Latimer and Northwest Main Street, where at least one person was […]

Commissioners approve $38,000 for Ellis County Sheriff equipment

Monies garnered for deputy protective equipment in the amount of $38,000 were approved during a regularly scheduled Ellis County Commissioner’s Court meeting on Tuesday. Ellis County Sheriff Charles Edge said more specifically, the money will be used to acquire ballistic helmets and ballistic shields, among other much needed equipment. Read the full story and more […]

Longer lines expected at DMV

If you suffer from macrophobia, the fear of long waits, you may want to avoid the Waxahachie driver license office between Aug. 11 and Aug. 21. The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Corsicana driver license office announced Tuesday it would close for the 10-day period for renovations that will “enhance customer flow and efficiency.” Read […]

Ennis Avenue receives work

Workers with Durable Specialties Inc., of Waxahachie install new wiring, street lights and poles at the intersection of W. Ennis Ave., and N. Clay on Tuesday morning. Read the full story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Ex deputies plead guilty to stealing guns from evidence room

DALLAS–Two former North Texas deputies face up to 10-year prison terms after pleading guilty on Monday to stealing confiscated guns and pawning the weapons or selling them online. Federal prosecutors in Dallas said about 40 guns were stolen from an Ellis County Sheriff ’s Office evidence room that were meant to be destroyed. Former Lt. […]

Want to prevent gridlock? Get off the sidelines.

It’s easy to sit at home and complain about civic affairs. With the advent of Facebook and other forms of social media, the spectrum has shifted from private bashing, to a more public venue, but with the same end result – no cause of action from the individual with the grievance. Last week, the city […]

Sanchez in Ennis for Meet & Greet

Jana Lynne Sanchez, who is campaigning for the 6th Congressional District in Texas in 2018, is hosting a 6-8 p.m. meet and greet on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Ennis Public Library. The public is invited to attend part or all of the two-hour session. She told The Ennis News in June that she aims […]

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