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Sales tax revenue jumps 25 percent for Ennis

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The City of Ennis reported a sales tax revenue increase in excess of 25 percent for year-to-date August 2016, according to a report by the Texas Comptroller of Public Account’s office, numbers prompting City Manager Scott Dixon to say, “These look fantastic.” According to the report, Ennis jumped from $3,204,435.74 in August 2015 to 4,030,269.28 […]

Hometown Living magazine to commemorate EDN’s 125 years

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The Ennis Daily News’ bi-monthly magazine Hometown Living, now well into its second year, will feature a themed special issue next month. The September-October edition is set to pay tribute to the longevity of the EDN, which turns 125 this summer. Get the full story in the Sunday edition of The Ennis Daily News. Subscribe […]

Confidentiality pact irks opposition to rail plan

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An agreement between Texas Central Railway and TxDOT to protect information related to the proposed high-speed rail is viewed as covert by Texans Against High-Speed Rail (TAHSR). The former says the agreement protects secrets about the trade, while the opposition believes the reasons for the secrecy are far more nefarious. The rest of this story […]

Tax-free weekend kicks off back to school season

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Families across Texas will take advantage of the sales tax holiday this weekend, Aug. 5-7. The annual event gives parents an opportunity to make back-to-school shopping more affordable. Find details on this report and much more in the Friday edition of The Ennis Daily News…

High-speed rail meeting slated for Thursday

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An invitation to a hastily called listening session about the proposed Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project has been announced for Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Ennis Housing Authority Community Center. It is located at 200 Arnold St. Get the full story in the Tuesday edition of The Ennis Daily News… Subscribe […]

City seeks downtown Serenity

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Fueled by beautiful images of a city that could one day be reality, implementing the City of Ennis’ comprehensive and downtown master plans requires a lot of legwork from city officials. While many of the projects in the plans seem daunting for a city that hopes to see significant economic growth, Marty Nelson and the […]

Verizon emerges as winner in bidding for Yahoo

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NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon has agreed to buy online portal Yahoo Inc. for roughly $5 billion, according to multiple media reports, each citing a single unnamed source. The deal is expected to be announced formally on Monday before markets open, the reports said. Verizon had emerged in recent days as the front-runner for the […]

Making grants work for Ennis

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To date, the City of Ennis has invested more than $2.1 million into historic downtown buildings. Economic Development Director Marty Nelson said that’s a small number when you look at the nearly $9 million private sector dollars that have come as a result of the public investment. Get the full story in The Ennis Daily […]

New Eatery and Tea Room opens downtown

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Downtown Ennis has a new restaurant to celebrate, and while its menu says small plates, there is nothing little about the flavor in the hand-crafted items at the Tea Room & Eatery. Pick up Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News for more on this story… It pays to be a subscriber!

UFC sold for $4 billion, White stays on to run promotion

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The UFC has been sold for approximately $4 billion to a group led by Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG. UFC President Dana White confirmed the sale of the mixed martial arts promotional company in text messages to The Associated Press on Sunday night. WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel also announced the sale early […]

Lindauers breathing life into downtown structures

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One two-story building wasn’t enough to satiate the hunger Dave and Joyce Lindauer have for seeing downtown Ennis return to an active, vibrant place for business. Waiting for one project to be completed before starting a second didn’t deter their efforts either. Get the whole story and more in Sunday’s edition of The Ennis Daily […]

Downtown coffee shop cuts ribbon

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The Ennis Chamber of Commerce and Pop Top Coffee Shop came together Thursday morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the business’s new location at the corner of Knox and Dallas downtown. Your life. Your time. Your news… Become a subscriber today!

Ennis business growth still dogged by retail leakage

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A report from City of Ennis consultant, Retail Coach, shows a continuing loss of spending to other area cities despite the progress in growth of local businesses over the past year. Cotton Patch, Starbucks and Chipotle are three examples of positive trends developing for the Bluebonnet City. The report (posted below) indicates data revealing “we […]

State Rep. John Wray talks next legislative session

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State Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) addressed an audience at the quarterly Ennis Chamber of Commerce luncheon at K.C. Hall Monday, where he reviewed his first legislative season in Austin. He also covered a handful of subjects of interest to Ellis County residents as well as fielding questions after his message. For more on this story, […]

Capturing Ennis’ window in time

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By Mark Warde When history repeats itself, Dennis Zembala is a happy man. Throughout the downtown district there are multiple restoration projects currently experiencing rebirth. The momentum is somewhat like a wave, cresting just before it reaches land. “I’m very happy to see what’s going on,” said Zembala, who serves on the Ennis Historical Society. […]

Local family helmed EDN for 80 years

Charles and Mary Helen Gentry were owners and publishers  of the Ennis Daily News between 1951 and 1997, and Mary Helen wrote for the  paper until recent years.

By Randy Bigham This year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of The Ennis Daily News, and as readers and advertisers reflect on the importance of the local newspaper to the life of the Bluebonnet City, many are recalling the Gentry-Nowlin families, who have been associated with the publication for almost its entire history. […]

Sterilite opening bends to late summer

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By Justin Tubbs Thursday afternoon, construction workers began laying brick at the new 400,000 square-foot expansion project on Sterilite Drive. A holdup due to weather has the Ennis Sterilite Corporation expansion a bit behind schedule but a summer opening is imminent. “Weather was difficult, putting a screeching halt to everything for a little bit,” Steve […]

Markets reel as world absorbs shock of UK vote for Brexit

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LONDON (AP) — Britain has jumped. Now it is wildly searching for the parachute. The U.K.’s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through the country and around the world Friday, rocking financial markets, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron and even threatening the ties that bind the United Kingdom. Britons absorbed the overwhelming […]

MacCool’s pub slates Aug. 1 opener

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By Mark Warde Finn MacCool’s pub in downtown Ennis is moving toward an Aug. 1 opening. Located between El Mexicano Grill and the Emporium at 207 W. Ennis Ave., the bar will occupy space in the two-story building that once housed Salon 207. The structure has sat idle since the 2013 tornado, which did serious […]

High Speed Rail tactics termed nefarious

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By Mark Warde Marty Hiles shared an update on what he termed the nefarious actions of Texas Central Railway in their bid to take property from area landowners to pave the way for a high-speed train he referred to as a monstrosity. The ex-Marine, whose career has been spent as an advocate and lobbyist for […]

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