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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 […]

Farmers Market 3.0 opens in two weeks

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  Starting its third season, the Ennis Farmers Market plans a fresh take for the April 2 beginning in historic downtown. Well over 30 vendors, a third of them new, attended a Tuesday night meeting for what speaker Marty Nelson, the city’s economic development coordinator, is calling “Farmers Market 3.0.” “It is going to be […]

It Would Be a Crime Not to See Crimes of the Heart

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Ennis Public Theatre brings another award winning Broadway play to the stage with the Southern gothic comedy Crimes of the Heart. At their grandfather’s house in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, three sisters reunite to deal with a family crisis. Hilarious and heartwarming, Crimes of the Heart will have audiences empathizing with authentic characters that laugh through tears […]

Hope Clinic opens in Ennis

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A new clinic opened in Ennis last week, and it’s bringing hope to plenty of Ennisites. Until now, the sole location for the clinic has been in Waxahachie, but last year Hope Clinic decided to Ennis to provide health care to families who can’t afford it. The clinic operates on a sliding scale based on […]

Downtown merchants unite at meeting

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Following what Main Street coordinator Becky McCarty called a very successful meeting of midtown merchants on Thursday, the group unanimously voted to move forward by forming the Ennis Downtown Merchant Association. The morning gathering was held at the M&W Emporium. An exploratory committee volunteered to meet to help determine the group’s formative steps. They will […]

Local trainers build strength of mind and body

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  New businesses are thriving across Ennis, none more so perhaps than fitness groups. One of the latest successes in the field is Blue Arrow Fitness, founded by Shannon Cox and Kellie Bischof. Recently relocated from the Ennis National Bank Event Center to the Honza Building at 211 Northwest Main Street, Blue Arrow is drawing […]

Cheese and wine at Brookdale

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Frances Maliska, Joann Fluker and Joy Wood, residents at Brookdale Senior Living, attended Brookdale’s wine and cheese tasting party Thursday evening. People from the Ennis community and beyond gathered to try tasty wines and cheeses. Brookdale is located at 2500 Yorkstown Dr., next door to Brookshire’s. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and […]

Downtown merchants to meet Thursday morning

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Business people and shopkeepers are invited to a Conversation for Downtown Merchants at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 10. The event will be hosted at the Emporium Building on the corner of West Ennis Avenue and North Dallas Street. There will be coffee service and pastries in the third floor conference room. Sponsored by the […]

Polyguard decision came down to $6 million

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Ennis Economic Development Coordinator Marty Nelson said Friday the expansion announcement made by Polyguard Products Inc. came as a surprise to him earlier this week. He said he found out only after someone sent him a link to a news story online, but had kind words for the company. Click here to sign up for […]

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties join March for Meals

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Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties announced that it will be participating in the 14th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net. Meals-on-Wheels’ March for Meals celebration will include participating in Community Champions Week by inviting […]

Polyguard takes expansion project to Corsicana

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Polyguard Products Inc. announced Thursday it would expand to include a 380,000 square-foot facility in Corsicana. According to a Polyguard press release, the protective coating manufacturer plans to increase production capabilities and believes the expansion “is in line with Polyguard’s long-term plans.” Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of […]

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