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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

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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 […]

Infrastructure plan sparks concern among downtown merchants

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By Justin Tubbs When it comes to downtown infrastructure replacement, city officials and the Ennis City Commission agree the project is long overdue. Economic Development Director Marty Nelson said Tuesday the aggressive timeline for the project is there to help downtown business owners. “We think it can be done in that time frame. We are […]

‘Pivotal’ vote for downtown future

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By Justin Tubbs Economic Development Director Marty Nelson said Monday night was “one of those rare moments when decisions are taken that will change the course of an entire city.” “Three years of planning and preparation was transformed into tangible actions that will bear fruit for the citizens for decades,” he said. Monday night, the […]

Londoner turns into homespun Texan

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By Mark Warde Little did she know while taking a ceramics class in high school that the class was molding her for a career. What appeared to be fun and creative would soon shape her young life into a vessel that would do the same for others. Born in London, England but sounding nothing like […]

Local nurse garners Mercy Award recognition at ERMC

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Brandy Ray, RN, Clinical Coordinator of the Emergency Department has been recognized with the 2016 Mercy Award at Ennis Regional Medical Center. The annual award was established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, founding Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Health®. Ennis Regional Medical Center is one of LifePoint Health’s hospitals providing healthcare […]

Microsoft to buy networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

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NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying professional networking service site LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion. It is by far Microsoft’s largest acquisition — much larger than Skype, which the company bought for $8.5 billion in 2011. LinkedIn, based in Mountain View, California, has more than 430 […]

Ennis sees $46M in developments so far this year

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By Justin Tubbs Ennis Economic Development Director Marty Nelson regularly refers to the present as “good times for Ennis.” A recent economic development report shows $46 million in building development either currently in the works or soon to be underway. The $46 million is being expended across more than 30 projects. Some of those projects […]

City ramps up timeline for downtown projects

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By Justin Tubbs City Manager Scott Dixon said Monday officials are putting together an “aggressive” timeline on some major downtown projects. After the adoption of the City’s downtown master plan in March, it was estimated that implementation of the plan would likely take at least 10 years; but some initial parts of the plan could […]

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