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Facade improvement program started in Ennis

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Add another reason to the list as to why so many building owners are fixing up downtown Ennis. At last Monday’s City Commission meeting, the city approved a façade improvement program for historic downtown. Basically, if you’re a building owner downtown and you want to improve the exterior of your building, the city will pay […]

City growth prompts re-signing retail contract

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As the city continues to grow, businesses are showing more and more interest in Ennis. The Ennis Economic Development Corporation (EDC) signed a 12-month contract with Retail Coach, a business that specializes in gathering data and helping Ennis recruit new retailers, on Tuesday. Recently, Retail Coach has helped to recruit new businesses that Aaron Farmer, […]

School board forum Thursday evening

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Ennis’ Chamber of Commerce will host its third annual EISD School Board of Trustees public forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chamber. “The purpose of the event is to allow the local businessmen and women, and all residents to visit with those individuals who are campaigning for seats on the Ennis ISD Board,” Chamber […]

High-speed rail meeting here Thursday

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The Dallas-Houston high-speed rail has been a controversial topic among Ennis residents, farmers and property owners since the project’s inception. Two of the possible lines cut through Ennis, while one passes outside the city. Some people in Ennis don’t understand why, as the railway would only pass through Ennis, with no stops near the city […]

Wray hits hot topics in town hall meeting

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A buzzing, crowded City Hall was the place to be for State Rep. John Wray’s first-ever town hall meeting as a House representative. Sitting before him were a group of citizens whom, after a 30-minute presentation, which included local news of his District Office opening in Waxahachie and news from the State Capitol in Austin, […]

Bohemian Railway Antiques and Gifts opens downtown

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Located in the heart of historic downtown, Bohemian Railway Antiques and Gifts – which opened on April 1, looks to bridge yesteryear with modern-day Ennis. Owner Linda Calvert, whose maiden surname is Blazek, is of full-blooded Czech decent. She chose the name Bohemian (boh-hee-mee-uh n) due to its gypsy-like connection to the language of Bohemia […]

Ennis Main Street picks MESA Design Group

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After live interviews with prospective businesses who specialize in revitalizing historic downtowns, the Ennis Main Street board voted unanimously in favor of MESA Design Group of Dallas. The international firm is a leader in landscape architecture, planning and urban design with 35 years in downtown restoration. They will come alongside Ennis is developing conceptual and […]

Disc golf course sponsors sought

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Efforts to install a municipal disc golf course in Ennis are in need of help from local businesses. Former City Commissioner Jess Haupt said Monday that businesses can get their name posted on baskets or at the beginning of the course by donating to the course’s construction. The construction for the course, which will be […]

CrossFit has special workout Saturday

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As a celebration of the Easter season, members of one local fitness group will be doing something other than stuffing their faces with deviled egg this Saturday. At 10 a.m., Saturday, at Refiners Fire Ministries, CrossFit Ellis, a group that meets in Ennis, will be partaking in a special Workout of the Day, or WOD […]

Farmers Market has new coordinator

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Saturday’s second season debut of the Ennis Farmers Market was the first for Jeremy Simmons, who was recently hired as the new coordinator of the event. An Ennis resident, EHS graduate and current student at Dallas Baptist University will assist Becky McCarty, Main Street manager. The Farmers Market is listed under the MS umbrella. See […]

United Way adds Give-A-Kid-A-Chance

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Fresh from capping a record-setting fundraising campaign, the board of the Ennis United Way has approved Give-A-Kid-A-Chance as an affiliated agency. GAKAC, licensed as a non-profit organization as an outreach and service project of Bridge Builders, is a community-wide event in August to provide support to families preparing children for the start of a new […]

Bischof to lead United Way

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The local chapter of the United Way has announced Tre Bischof as the 2015 president and that he will share the campaign chairman role with Adam Fuentes. The United Way also announced other new directors. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

Ennis Day at the Capitol Thursday

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A trip to the State Capitol for Ennis Chamber of Commerce Day was an overall good experience, said members of the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. “Getting to sit down and talk with John Wray was real neat,” said Bob Taylor, a long-time Ennis resident and Ennis Host Lions Club leader. “That was probably the […]

New business opportunities loom for Ennis

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Presenting the foundation that new franchise businesses in Ennis can expect, the Economic Development Corporation held an informative meeting on Tuesday at the public library. The purpose of the hour-long session was to discuss the dynamics and advantages of becoming a franchisee as well as defining a list of retailers and restaurants who have expressed […]

Brookdale gets a facelift

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Brookdale Senior Living, formerly the Sterling House, recently got a $400,000 makeover, and staff and residents invited the public to come see at a Business After Hours event on Tuesday. With hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live music, residents tapped their feet and sung along while others chatted with guests. See the report in the Ennis […]

McCarty asks Ennis to see Main Street vision

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Becky McCarty painted a word picture. The Ennis Main Street coordinator asked people to envision westbound travelers crossing the crest at the railroad tracks on Ennis Avenue, and being greeted with “Welcome to Historic Downtown Ennis.” She offered that, and more, during a 20-minute presentation about the Main Street program during Monday’s Ennis Chamber of […]

Farmers Market seeking volunteers

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Improving for an encore year of the Ennis Farmers Market begins with enlisting a staff of friendly volunteers for the Saturday event that begins on April 4. The FM’s Make it at the Market program is looking for a few fantastic volunteers to provide assistance, direction, and exemplary customer service with art-making projects and other […]

Celebration at the Emporium

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Providing living proof of the life force of downtown Ennis, the newly-renovated Emporium held an open house to the city on Thursday. Several hundred people made their way to the corner of West Ennis Avenue and North Dallas Street to celebrate the official debut. See Mark Warde’s report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here […]

Bluebonnets preparing for grand exhibition in April

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Ennis, which will soon host the annual Bluebonnet Trails Festival, is gearing up for what many expect to be a commanding performance when the state flowers show up in force. Plans for hosting thousands of area and outside guests, several organizations in town will collaborate to reveal bluebonnets in what observers believe will be a […]

Downtown rebound being appraised

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After several days of being evaluated, downtown Ennis will receive its analysis from the Texas Historic Commission’s Main Street Program during a 10 a.m. Thursday presentation at the Ennis National Bank Event Center. “This week a resource team from the THC have been here strolling our streets,” said Becky McCarty, who was chosen Ennis’ Main […]

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