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MSB acquainted with downtown planners

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Ennis Main Street’s board of directors met with downtown planners to begin planning for the first time Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce. Mesa Planning, the firm constructing the plan, mainly looked to gather ideas by getting to know what the board likes about Ennis’ downtown and also asking which other downtowns they should gather […]

Freedom Fest all set for Saturday

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Saturday in Ennis will be chocked full of activities for people of all ages, starting with the Farmers Market, the Red, White & Bike Parade, a BBQ cookoff, a concert with the Pontiax at the Texas Motorplex, followed by the grand finale – a patriotic fireworks show that is set to music. See the report […]

County clerk’s office deals with transition to allow same-sex marriage

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One of the biggest questions that arose last week after the U.S. Supreme Court’s monumental decision to legalize same-sex marriage was when same-sex couples could get married locally. Cindy Polley, the Ellis County Clerk, said Wednesday the transition had one or two hitches, but all-in-all it was pretty smooth. See the report in the Ennis […]

History revised in Calhoun project

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The renaissance taking place in historic downtown Ennis added another wave of momentum when Dave and Joyce Lindauer announced plans to renovate the old J.M. Calhoun Building. Built in 1896 on the corner of West Knox and North Dallas streets, the two-story brick building is being transformed into offices downstairs and lofts on the second […]

Rotary Club presents awards, elects officers

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The Ennis Rotary Club celebrated its annual banquet on Tuesday at the Ennis National Bank Event Center in downtown Ennis. There was a changing of the guard, with a new president, treasurer and secretary announced, and two distinguished awards were given out to special, dedicated Rotarians from the past year. See the report in the […]

Police station celebrates 100 years

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Much can happen in 100 years. In the past 100 years, Ennis has witnessed 49 Polka Festivals. It’s witnessed the opening of several schools – and the closing of some – all around town. In those 100 years, though, Ennis has known only one building to house its police station. On Tuesday, the Ennis Police […]

First Christian Church served Ennis since 1878 before ceasing operations last Sunday.

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Prior to locking their doors for the final time on Sunday, First Christian Church decided to serve Ennis one more time. With attenders dwindling in numbers they chose to give their remaining funds to several area groups. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read […]

Sheriff warns of scammer requesting money

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Three new Chevrolet Tahoes await customization at the city vehicle shop on Lake Bardwell Drive in February 2012. More Tahoe purchases are planned in the 2013-2014 budget.

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a scam that is primarily targeting elderly residents in this county. This week, several reports have been filed detailing how the unidentified suspect is calling people and trying to scare them into sending him money. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to […]

MSB talking façade grants, DMP Wednesday

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Ennis’ Main Street Board, which has been at the center of attention for weeks as it lobbied with the City Commission for funding for a downtown master plan, will meet again on Wednesday at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce at 5 p.m. On the agenda are a resolution in support of Ennis’ Christmas celebration and […]

Bardwell closed until water recedes

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Still twenty feet above normal, Lake Bardwell has been closed by the Army Corps of Engineers through July if not longer. A representative of the Corps, Mike Stegall, is the Bardwell Lake Manager. His knowledge of the lake and its conditions is a great aid in making such a decisions, according to Stephanie Parker, Ellis […]

Dakota digs in deep

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Dakota Utility Contractors, one of the largest directional drilling businesses in Texas, broke ground on their future home in Ennis on Monday during a special ceremony held at 2501 Oak Grove Rd. Aaron Graff, president, praised the Ennis Economic Development Corporation for making it possible for the company to sink their roots deeper into the […]

A-CROSS scoots to $29K

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A Christian Response of Shelter and Service (A-CROSS) got a big boost on Friday evening, as some of Ennis’ movers and shakers met at the Ennis National Bank Event Center for Boot Scootin’ With A-CROSS, an annual fundraiser. Jesse DeLeon, board president for A-CROSS, said the money raised far exceeded his expectations. “With all the […]

Gossip writer’s parents wed in Ennis in 1914

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“Gossip is just news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress.” Columnist Liz Snith said that, and she ought to know. Known as the Grand Dame of Dish, the 92 year old gossip hound has thrashed out scoops aplenty in her 58 years of journalism – like her exclusive interviews with Ivana Trump […]

WFAA-TV visit backs Ennis Freedom Fest

Photo by photosbylezley.com / Fireworks lit up the sky at the end of the Parade of Champions on Saturday, with one fan flashing the 'L' for Lions to onlookers. In much the same way, the team capped its state championship season with an explosive finish to edge Cedar Park, 38-35, at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 17.

Daybreak, the WFAA-TV morning show on Channel 8, will be live in downtown Ennis on Friday to promote the Freedom Fest event scheduled for July 4 at the Texas Motorplex. Brian Glenn, the host of the sunrise show, will be on location at 5 a.m. to talk about the concert and fireworks that are on tap between 7-10 p.m. […]

Suspected prayer garden thief nabbed

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Investigators say they’ve caught the man they believe is responsible for stealing a bench and birdbath from the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church prayer garden last week. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Award winners demonstrated PRIDE in the community

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Sunday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News carries the first of our four PRIDE of ENNIS sections. The other pieces will follow in July and August. In today’s edition, we feature four of the 17 people who are being recognized with PRIDE of ENNIS Awards for their special contributions to the community in a particular […]

CTR in Ennis part of new business venture

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Freestone Resources, Inc. and Dynamis Energy, LLC today announced a joint venture intended to vertically integrate the Petrozene product line. The transaction includes the purchase of the Texas-based company, C.C. Crawford Retreading Company, Inc. (CTR). CTR is located in Ennis and has been in the tire disposal and repair business since 1987. See the report […]

Pharmacy broken into second time

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On Sunday, June 21, for the second time in less than a month, Hometown Drug, a local pharmacy on W. Lampasas, was the victim of a burglary. Diana Coile, the owner of Hometown Drug, believes – based on surveillance footage – two perpetrators are responsible for Sunday’s burglary as well as the one that took […]

Fresh and flying off the shelf

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The vegetables and fruit from Home Grown Farm & Ranch are selling like hotcakes. A new vendor at the Ennis Farmers Market, Dot Chambers reports they are fresh out of most of their best items. But she has good news, however. Like the Doritos commercial jingle, “Crunch all you want, we’ll make more,” Chambers says […]

Dakota Utility breaking ground Monday

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Dakota Utility Contractors will officially break ground on construction of their new facility during a 10:30 a.m. ceremony Monday. Their future home at 2501 Oak Grove Rd. is located across the street from the IOOF Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our […]

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