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O.J. Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star. Simpson, 70, could be a free man as early as Oct. 1. By […]

Protect insurance for retired teachers

During the 85th Legislative Session, TRS-Care faced dire circumstances that resulted in painful cost increases for Texas public education retirees.  As the Executive Director of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA), I have heard from thousands of retired school personnel about how the new health insurance plans, which go into effect in January 2018, will […]

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 […]

Doctor in alleged fraud ring won’t see trial until 2018

Local doctor Kevin Williams, who was allegedly involved in a large-scale prescription medication scam, has had his trial reset to July 9, 2018, after a U.S. District judge filed the order in May.  Both the prosecution and the defendants requested the motion due to a large number of evidence. According to the court order, the […]

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 […]

Johnnie I. lived, loved polka

Johnnie I. Krajca, the personality and voice of Ennis for nearly a half century, passed away at his farm on Saturday, July 15. Known throughout the area and as far as KBEC 1390 AM airwaves would carry, he was an icon for polka music, Czech culture and the Ennis community for decades. Calling him a […]

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 […]

Woman killed was wearing Pilot Point t-shirt

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday afternoon that the remains discovered south of Ennis near Section House Road were of a black female between the ages of 16 and 22. In addition, detectives said the deceased was wearing a Pilot Point “Bearcat Pride” high school t-shirt when found by a hog hunter. The University […]

Remains near Ennis treated as homicide

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is treating a hog hunter’s discovery of human remains just south of Ennis as a homicide. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the skeletal remains were scattered across a tract of agricultural land and a small wooded area. The property doesn’t have an address, the Sheriff’s Office said. Read the full […]

Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid without rival..yet

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott launched his reelection bid Friday with no clear rival in sight, the money to likely outspend any eventual challenger and a new immigration crackdown that could test in 2018 support among Hispanic voters he aggressively courted four years ago. Supporters cheered as Abbott lauded a new […]

Constable’s office turns page with appointment

For Cpl. Michael McCorkle, moving into the political realm of law enforcement is a step up, even if that means the job duties will be a little different. Currently a canine handler with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, McCorkle will soon take over as Ellis County’s Precinct 3 constable, replacing Tyron Davis, who served less […]

Youth group tackles home project for ‘mini mission

The First United Methodist Church youth group took on their annual Mission Ennis project this week. Christen Vick, the youth leader, said the youth program has been participating in Mission Ennis for about four years.  “We call it a mini mission,” Vick said, “We stay the night at the church, worship in the evenings and […]

City safe from sagging state economy

For the first time in nearly 15 years, the state of Texas does not rank as the most business friendly in the country.  According to an annual CNBC study, Texas ranked 4th out of 50 states in the “Top States for Business” study, earning 1,602 out of a potential 2,500 points.  Washington finished number one, […]

EISD approves sale of building

Sale of a piece of property next to the EISD downtown central offices was approved at the Tuesday board of regents meeting. Following a unanimous 7-0 vote, Superintendent John Chapman announced the sale of the building and property at 107 Sherman St. to Central City Partners. The purchase price was listed at $181,500. Read the […]

Business owner by day, doctorate student by night

Jenny Vidrine not only runs a small business in Ennis, but is also taking the academic world by storm.  Vidrine is an independent contractor and captive agent that sells State Farm and affiliating products pertaining to insurance and financial services, while also attending the University of Liverpool online and teaching business classes at Paul Quinn […]

Ennis News Coloring Contest winners for June

Dylan Brossette, GM of The Ennis News, presents donated prizes to the winners of the June Color Contest, sponsored by Chili’s. From left to right are: Dylan Brossette; Shamira Sandoval, 7,winner of 5-8 age group; Hailey Johnson, 9, winner of 9-12 age group.  Not pictured is Madison Holland, 9, overall winner. Read the full story […]

Pedestrian killed in wreck identified as Richmond man

This week police identified a Richmond man as the person killed in an early morning Tuesday wreck. According to the Ennis Police Department crash report, an 18-wheeler struck 37-year-old Amos Chibuikem Iweajunwa, who stopped past the scene of a separate accident to assist the people involved in the wreck. Read the full story and more […]

Waxahachie school board approves raises

The Waxahachie ISD school board approved $1,000 pay increases for all district teachers, auxiliary staff and administrators this week, a move Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Jeremy Glenn said would keep its educators “near the top in Ellis County.” Previously, first year teachers coming into Waxahachie ISD could expect compensation amounting to $44,500 for 10 months, with […]

Ellis County to hold disaster prep seminar

Stephanie Parker, the Ellis County emergency management coordinator, has announced plans to hold the second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair in downtown Ennis on Saturday, Sept. 30. The free, four hour event begins at 10 a.m. Details will be posted on a Facebook page of the same name. The intention of the seminar is to help […]

DPS seizes Colorado cannabis en route to Houston

Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than 10 pounds of marijuana, along with pure THC oil during a July 5 traffic stop A DPS Highway Patrol trooper reportedly observed a 2016 silver Toyota Camry driving southbound on U.S. 287, just south of Ensign Road. The trooper, suspicious of the two people in the car […]

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