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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 […]

Polka 50th, good as gold

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By Mark Warde Even in a city known for pulling in crowds for community events, this year’s National Polka Festival likely topped its record for attendance according to the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. Cooperating weather and a near record number of vendors had downtown swelling with locals and out of town visitors. “It was a […]

It’s Polka time!

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By Justin Tubbs The National Polka Festival is rolling in yet again, and some people have the question, “Just how valuable is the festival to Ennis?” According to Ennis Economic Development Director Marty Nelson, the impact can be very big. “From an economic impact perspective, any event or festival that runs multiple days has a […]

Questions on railway’s promise of money, jobs

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By Mark Warde Unfazed by the rosy picture being painted in ads deployed by Texas Central Railway, that millions of dollars will benefit communities thanks to the train, area land owners claim a fifth grader could do better math. “TCR expects the community to believe that it will pay millions of dollars in taxes to […]

HSR rebuffs claims

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By Mark Warde Debate for and against the proposed high speed rail continued this week with back and forth volleys between Texas Central Railway and Texans Against High Speed Rail. A week ago The Ennis Daily News reported the start of a sub-regional planning committee in Eastern Ellis County that opposes the bullet train and […]

Venturas open B&B for an evening Chamber event

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By Justin Tubbs Sam and Joanne Ventura opened their home to Ennis Thursday evening when they hosted a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. That’s because their home, for the past several months has also served as a bed and breakfast. The owners of the home located at 400 W. Denton have had guests […]

Discount retailer preps to open Ennis store

Dirt Cheap is slated to open in the former Super 1 Foods location in Westgate Center before the end of May.

A retail operation that specializes in buying liquidations, closeouts, overstocks, and out of season goods from other retailers, distributors and manufacturers is preparing to open a location in Ennis before the end of May. Based in Hattiesburg, MS, Dirt Cheap has about 65 stores primarily in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and now Texas with several […]

Historic B&B to host chamber event

The Moore-Ventura house, located at 400 W. Denton St., will serve as the backdrop for a Business After Hours event May 19.

One of Ennis’ oldest homes, and now the town’s only bed and breakfast, is opening its doors to the public May 19. The bed and breakfast has been open for the last few months, and the owners, Sam and Joanne Ventura, say they have had somewhere around 40 guests. Built in 1905, the home has […]

Farmers Market kicks off Saturday

The Farmers Market kicks off another season Saturday downtown.

By Mark [email protected] Opening Day at the Ennis Farmers Market is a day away and anticipation is mounting. Cooperating weather, the heralded arrival of bluebonnets and a two-hour downtown concert by the Acoustic Sound Hounds should make for a very good crowd. A group of 20-30 vendors will be on hand… Click here to subscribe […]

Native Texan to lead EDN operations

Keven Todd has joined The Ennis Daily News as its new publisher.

Keven Todd, a veteran of the publishing business and leader with more than 38 years of experience, has been named publisher of Ennis Daily News and affiliated publications effective March 21. “I am humbled and energized to be selected for this great opportunity,” Todd said. “There’s a great team of professionals already in place and […]

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