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Main Street app develops


Dennis Zembala, the consultant leading the city’s effort to file an application for the Texas Main Street Program, said he should have a draft ready in the next few weeks.

Water concerns drive conservation messages

EDN photo by Phil Banker / Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agent Mark Arnold spoke to the Ennis Lions Club on Wednesday on how to best conserve water during lawn care.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agent Mark Arnold told members of the Ennis Lions Club on Wednesday it’s up to individual home and business owners to conserve water as drought conditions persist across the state.

Cancer benefit set for Saturday

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Several local musicians will fill Bella Italia Restaurant and Bar this Saturday to help raise money for cancer research.

Blooms proliferating

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Mach Road is providing a healthy display of April bluebonnets for locals and tourists alike. The peak of the season is coming in the next 10 days, according to bluebonnet experts.

The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates this year’s bluebonnet peak will happen in the coming days.

Business flourishing thanks to bluebonnets

Ennis Daily News photo by Phil Banker / Joyce Wilder, the self-styled “kolache queen,” prepares more of the treats for sale Wednesday at the Kolache Depot Bakery inside Doc's Beverage. Imran Meer, owner of Doc's Beverage, said he's had to hire more help after a recent uptick in business from bluebonnet watchers.

Roughly 11 months ago, Imran Meer was busy rebuilding his business in the wake of the May 16 tornado that raked down Ennis Avenue.

Plano woman blamed in death

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Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper James Colunga confirmed Wednesday that the woman involved in a fatal Saturday night crash is in jail on charges of intoxication manslaughter and her second offense for driving under the influence.

Lions in fourth place after 11-2 loss to Jaguars

File photo /  catcher Emiliano Gomez took over catching duties during the sixth inning and entered the lineup. He hit a single in the bottom of the sixth inning and knocked in Ennis' only two runs with a double to right field late in the seventh.Lion catcher Emiliano Gomez took over catching duties during the sixth inning and entered the lineup. He hit a single in the bottom of the sixth inning and knocked in Ennis' only two runs with a double to right field late in the seventh.

The Ennis Lions (14-11, 6-5) faced a different Mansfield Summit Jaguar (17-8-2, 9-2) team Tuesday night than the squad they faced in March.

Job fair returning to EHS

EDN file photo / The 2013 job fair was a quickly organized affair, but still saw significant student participation. This year's event, planned further in advance, is expected to be even more highly attended.

The Ennis High School job fair which began in 2013 did well enough to come back for another go, according to school officials.

“I Do! I Do!” opens April 24


I Do! I Do! is coming to Ennis.

Film Commission scopes out Ennis

EDN Photo by Phil Banker / Senior Production Consultant Lindsey Ashley with the Texas Film Commission took photos at Ennis High School on Friday.

Officials with the Texas Film Commission visited Ennis on Friday at the behest of local actor Mike Hall.

Lady Lions finish perfect district season

Photo by EnnisFootball.com / Short stop Michaela Cochran helped keep the Mansfield Summit Lady Jaguars scoreless for three innings Tuesday night, and hit the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 7th inning.

The Ennis Lady Lions (25-4, 14-0 district) trailed for the first time this year in district play during Tuesday night’s game against the Mansfield Summit Lady Jaguars, but came back in the final two innings to win the game 5-4 and seal the Lions’ 50th consecutive district win.

Ennis honors its first Bluebonnet queen

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Mayor Russell Thomas reads a proclamation in honor of 1956 Bluebonnet Queen Linda Lucas (center) as Sandy Anderson of the Ennis Garden Club looks on.

Linda Lucas returned to Ennis over the weekend, and the 1956 Bluebonnet Queen earned recognition from the city of Ennis with an official proclamation in her honor.

Crash kills Ennis man

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Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are still investigating the circumstances behind a Saturday night crash involving a motorcycle and a SUV that killed one man and sent a woman to the hospital.

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A snap hailstorm in Ennis early Monday left widespread minor car and roof damage around town. Some pieces of hail measured at more than an inch in diameter. From a municipal operations perspective, the storm damage didn’t cause any significant losses, but assessments are still in the works.

Rockin’ for Rick fundraiser a success

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The second annual Rockin’ for Rick Sparkman fundraiser for the National Brain Cancer Society was held Saturday evening at the Sokol.

Group proposes $1.7M project


A group of residents lobbied the Ennis Economic Development Corporation last week to put up to $1.7 million in tax dollars behind establishing a facility in downtown centered around arts and culture.

Home of the Brave to sell bricks for project

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The Home of the Brave Foundation is taking a page from the fundraising playbook of the Ennis Veterans Memorial.

Civil judgment calls for $568,000 in damages

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Former school board candidate Karen Weaver and husband Steven face a judgment ordering them to pay more than $568,000 in Ellis County civil court after a suit over allegations of undue influence and manipulation of an elderly widow.

Fest shuts streets today

EDN File Photo / Festival central is located at NW. Main Street and Knox Street this year, with children’s activities, vendors and food offerings organized along Knox, NW. Main and Dallas streets.

Street closures begin at 5 p.m. in downtown Ennis today during setup for the weekend’s Bluebonnet Festival happenings.

Tabernacle offering unique Easter program

Ennis Daily News photo  by Phil Banker / The Rev. Todd Gray will, as in years past, build a cross on stage during the Eastern weekend service at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

The Rev. Todd Gray of Tabernacle Baptist Church hopes to bring the story of Christ’s death and resurrection to Ennis through an unconventional Easter weekend sermon.

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