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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, […]

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 […]

Ennis teen killed in wreck

An Ennis teen was killed in a Friday accident along I-45 near Ferris, according to a close family friend. Juan Arriaga, 19, was on his way home from his job at a Dallas feed store near Interstate 20, when he wrecked near Malloy Bridge Road near Ferris. According to Ferris Police, the wreck occurred on […]

Farmers Market preparing for final months

Entering their final three months of the 2017 season, Ennis Farmers Market appears to be saving their best for last. Five special events are on tap, starting with the grand opening of the new Minnie McDowal Park on Sat., Sept. 16. The long-awaited finish of the downtown park will include live music, though the name […]

Brothers stand out at Angus show

Brayden DeBorde, an incoming freshman at New Way Leadership Academy in Ennis, competed and placed well at the National Junior Angus Show. He had two first place awards at the event which was held last week at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. But it was his brother, seven-year old Brigham, who stole the show. Too young […]

ERMC names Mercy Award winner

Onely Hunter, whose inspirational life is an exemplary tale, was recognized as the 2017 Mercy Award winner at Ennis Regional Medical Center.  The honor is for one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s approximately 76 hospitals, a member who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the […]

Sheriff addresses prima facie speed limit questions

If you’re driving your normal commute, chances are you have the speed limits memorized by heart, but what if you find yourself in an unfamiliar situation, where speed limit signs aren’t posted? These are the times our drivers education should kick in, and remind us of a law called “prima facie” speed limits. Ellis County […]

Security truck rolls

Fire and ambulance personnel worked to treat two men at the site of an accident after they refused to leave their wrecked truck unattended. That’s because it was a Brinks security truck, likely with valuables in the back, according to Ennis Fire Chief Jeff Aycock, who was at the scene. Read the full story and […]

Steak & Shake to open next to Exxon

Exxon and Tiger Mart, located at 2200 W. Lake Bardwell Dr., along with a vacant connecting restaurant, have been purchased and are set for a complete interior remodel near U.S. 287. Replacing what was once a Denny’s restaurant will be a new Steak & Shake. It will feature sit-down, front-window and drive-through service. The style […]

The mystery of a forgotten family bible

The history feature this week, about the Sam Bass gang of robbers coming to Ennis, was requested by a few readers who enjoy Old West stories involving Ennis. Not long ago I did a story about John Wesley Hardin’s ties to Ennis through his family, and I’m happy that amused readers. I’ve written about Hardin […]

Library rewards young readers

The Ennis Public Library held their summer reading program awards ceremony Thursday evening. The ceremony awarded kids in grades kindergarten through sixth that completed the summer reading program. Mayor Angie Juenemann assisted in the ceremony by giving a brief speech and handing each participant their award. “It’s such an honor to be here celebrating the […]

Ennis bank missed hit from Wild West bandits in 1878

While many have forgotten that Ennis was once part of the Old West, history shows it has its place in the legends of cowboys and Indians, marshals and outlaws. Links to the latter contingent are sometimes tenuous but nonetheless fascinating. The Cole Younger gang tested their racket in Ennis’ early days, though specifics of their […]

Ennis choir lauded by State Rep. John Wray

State Representative John Wray recently honored the Ennis High School Choral Department for their accomplishments during the past school year. Wray, who hails from District 10 and Waxahachie, sent a letter to Lauren Trojacek, who directs the EHS choir. It opened with congratulatory words about last year, and then said, “your program continues to play […]

Western market a challenge for retail: EDC director

This week, Brookshire’s grocery store turned off its lights and closed the doors, bringing about uncertainty for the future of Ennis’ western retail market. Although the circumstances are vastly different, with the grocery store industry now rapidly changing due to pressure from online services, the closing of Brookshire’s marks the second notable closing of a […]

New bakery coming to Ennis

Christopher and Gretchen Ort are turning dreams into reality by opening a storefront bakery this August in historic downtown Ennis. The Ort family has been supplying delicacies and sweets since 2011, when they first operated a baking business from inside their home in Richardson. “Our whole focus is family owned and operated,” Gretchen said, “We […]

Ennis police make ‘significant’ drug raid

Ennis police raided a home Friday afternoon, ending a month-and-a-half long investigation into the suspected drug-dealing location. Inside the home, in the 1500 block of Pittsfield, investigators seized 167 grams of crack-cocaine, some marijuana and pills, according to Lt. Mike Hopson, head of the Ennis criminal investigation division. One suspect was arrested, 32-year old Jonathan […]

West Nile found in Ennis

The city’s health department learned this week of two mosquito sample pools that tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to Department of Health Services Director Chauncy Williams. According to a statement from the city, officials learned of the positive test on Tuesday from the Texas Department of Health Services. One of the West […]

WWII veteran recognized at NARFE meeting

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) No. 1191 held their monthly meeting on Tuesday July 11.  In addition to the regular meeting procedures, NARFE member and WWII veteran Charles Atchley was recognized for his service. A resolution was submitted by Texas State Representative John Wray, which stated that Atchley was from Allen, where […]

City commissioner speaks at weekly Rotary meeting, new member inducted

Shirley Watson (center), city commissioner for ward four, spoke about Unity in the Community and her involvement with the city at Tuesday’s Rotary meeting.  Marcie Schanfish presenting Brad Zhanel with his new member packet and plaque at her first meeting as president. Read the full story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis […]

Boys & Girls Club of Ennis host fundraiser

The Boys & Girls Club of Ennis hosted a hotdog fundraiser on Saturday in the parking lot of H-E-B on Ennis Avenue. Despite the wet weather, patrons of the store stopped by the tent for some cold drink and tasty snacks. Unit Director Carlos Wright said the club holds the fundraisier monthly and that it […]

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