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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 […]

Texas Monthly rates ‘Hachie BBQ joint among state’s best

Harris Bar-B-Que has been opened since 2013, the brainchild of 50-year-old Kelvin Harris. It wasn’t until 2017 that Harris and his hickory and oak-smoked barbecue were recognized by Texas Monthly. On a scale of 1-5, Monthly rates Harris’ barbecue a 4. The publication writes “Harris spent his downtime as a maintenance worker in an aircraft […]

Fugitive robbery suspect turns self in

A second suspect connected to the armed robbery of a Red Oak mobile phone retailer turned himself in, according to Red Oak Police Department. Kelvin Dewayne Williams, a 23-year-old man who police believed brandished a weapon at employees in Bright Star Wireless on March 21 while an accomplice took around 39 Apple iPhones and an […]

Father receives life-saving kidney from son who passed away

Symon Castillo died like he lived – giving. It was a night like any other for 22-year-old Symon Castillo and his sister Timpestt. The Ennis residents had just finished watching a friend play on the big stage at Billy Bob’s Texas, a honky tonk in Fort Worth. After the show, they caught an Uber ride […]


The Ellis County SPCA has reported an influx of lost or homeless dogs over the past week, a majorityof which are believed to have left home due to the noise and lights associated with fireworks. Right now, the SPCA is “pretty full,” according to SPCA Assistant Manager Mary Scianna, and hopes to find the owners, […]

Man makes cool donation

Harrell Wilson, donning a vest and leaning on the ice machine he donated to ERMC, is flanked by Brandy Ray, RN, (far left), executive assistant Angela Jones and Edwina Miner, chief nursing officer. Read the full story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Perry named to County Investment Academy

Paul D. Perry, Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 3, was recognized as a member of the County Investment Academy at an awards luncheon last month, a press release from his office said. The academy is a partnership between the Texas Association of Counties and the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University to work […]

Cowboys’ LB Damien Wilson arrested on assault with weapon charges

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson has been arrested on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he was accused of backing his truck into a woman and threatening a man with a rifle during a dispute with some tailgaters. Frisco police said Wilson was arrested Tuesday outside of Toyota Stadium during the […]

TxDOT to discuss I-35E, U.S. 77 progress on July 13 in Waxahachie

Texas Department of Transportation has announced a special meeting for 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at the Waxahachie Civic Center ballroom at 1950 S. I-35E. The agenda will focus on the proposed Phase II improvements to I-35E, which has project limits extending from US 77 south and north of Waxahachie. During an informal, open […]

One year later local chief talks about the effects of the Dallas PD shooting

Emotions ran high for local officers upon hearing the news that shots had been fired at Dallas police officers a year ago Friday. Flashing across the screen at first were mixed reports. Police took one rifle-wielding Black Lives Matter protestor into custody, thinking he may have been the perpetrator. At first, there was no count […]

EISD expands post high school prep

Ennis Independent School District has announced several directives open for high school students for the 2017-2018 school year. Hanging their hat on preparing their 1,600 students for post-graduation, the district has launched Career Academy. Pupils in grades 9-12 can enter a dual credit program, advanced placement, the Career and Tech Ed program and the Ag […]

Ride for fallen police to pass through Ennis

With Friday marking the one-year anniversary of the Dallas shooting that left five officers dead and nine wounded, a regional organization has planned a bicycle ride, which will pass through Ennis, to commemorate the fallen officers. This is the first year the ride will take place in Texas, according to Javier Clemente, a Texas Brotherhood […]

City plans for better handicapped access as new buildings ascend in downtown Ennis

As Ennis welcomes new buildings and construction to downtown over the next 12 months, it will be with the handicapped in mind, according to Mayor Angie Juenemann. To this point, many of the city’s buildings in downtown have been less than accommodating for people with physical handicaps. Many of the buildings haven’t been updated or […]

The turmoil that AHCA could create

Our country’s healthcare system is in the midst of a massive upheaval. Never before have we witnessed such challenges that will impact both the type of care our community receives and the ability of our local hospital to continue providing the high quality care that we know each of you have come to expect from […]

Former sheriff’s deputies, accused of stealing guns, take plea deals

Two former Ellis County Sheriff’s deputies accused of stealing multiple firearms from the Sheriff’s Office while working in the evidence room in 2015, then pawning them at Ennis pawn shops, among other Ellis County dealers, entered guilty pleas with the U.S. Northern District Court. Under the plea deal reached with U.S. prosecutors, Philip Gary Slaughter […]

Freedom, sacrifice and fireworks

About an hour and a half ’s drive from the White House, a cloistered nun tells me, from behind the grille that separates her physically from the world, about the freedom of her life. Outside, St. Dominic’s Monastery is nestled in fog overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, as I talk to her downstairs in a meeting […]

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