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Hospitality reigns in Ennis

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With over 40,000 visitors coming to Ennis in April alone, just to tour the trails of bluebonnets, and tens of thousands due for the Farmers Market and Polka Festivals, no wonder there is a need for cordiality in the city. Nearly 50 people, most of them doing business with the public, took advantage of the […]

Hope Clinic opening March 9

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Faith-based Hope Clinic, which began in 1999 in Waxahachie, will open its newest location in Ennis on Wednesday, March 9. Under the auspices of the Ellis County Coalition for Health Options the clinic will operate at 805 W. Lampasas St. at Anthony Drive. Hope Clinic will provide comprehensive health care services including adult and pediatric […]

Your credit card is headed for compromise

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Brian Sanders works for the Secret Service’s Electronic Crime Task Force. He made a promise to those at a cyber security luncheon in Ennis last Thursday. “I hate to tell you, as far as your credit cards are concerned, it’s not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when.’ You will be compromised. It’s just a matter […]

Polyguard sponsors EHS STEM Ten-80

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Polyguard Products, Inc. has made a $5,000 donation to the Ennis High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students to help the group with the funding necessary to operate their club.

Chipotle opens with fresh answers

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Timing for the opening of a new Chipotle Mexican Grill couldn’t have been better. Located at 905 E. Ennis Ave., a half mile west of I-45, the restaurant is attached to a brand-new Starbucks, this one with a drive-through lane. Two quick points about the franchise described as fast casual; it is one of approximately […]

What Project Retail is funding

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The chance at landing new retailers gets Ennisites excited. Monday, the city commission unanimously approved Project Retail, which sets aside $25,000 for retail recruitment and marketing. Ennis Economic Development Coordinator Marty Nelson spoke Friday to shed a little more light on what that means. “Right now, what we are looking at is the recruiting contract,” […]

Still here for hair

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Former Ennis Chief of Police, James “Red” Sanders, who previously occupied a storefront on North Dallas Street, has relocated less than a block away to 115 W. Knox St. The moved was induced by the sale of the Calhoun Building. The space Red, a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, occupied had been the home of barber […]

The Path to Downtown: Ennis Avenue

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Downtown planners have described Ennis Avenue as the concept that ties the whole downtown master plan together. Thriving is Ennis’ Interstate 45 corridor market, which, according to Mesa Planning Project Manager Ashley Shook, generates $328 million annually in sales, much higher than the projected potential for the area – $122.8 million. The question she and […]

Mall planned for Main Street in DMP

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] No downtown would be complete without a Main Street, and Ennis’ proposed downtown master plan wouldn’t be complete without a Main Street Mall. One of the largest attractions in the proposed plan, Mesa Planning’s project manager, Ashley Shook, says the idea for the Main Street Mall is to have a gathering space […]

Dallas Street is a focus point in DMP

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] This is the fourth of six articles in a series detailing aspects of the city’s proposed downtown master plan. The next two days, The Ennis Daily News will reveal two more pieces. Once home to the city’s sprawling interurban railway, the downtown master planners have a few ideas about what to do […]

South Plaza: DMP’s second anchor

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In the Ennis of the future, planners envision a north and south anchor for the historic downtown. In Tuesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News, we revealed the north anchor, which Mesa Planning calls the North Plaza. The south anchor, according to Mesa Project Manager Ashley Shook would then logically be called the South Plaza. […]

Obstetrics services at Ennis Regional Medical Center to end

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Ennis Regional Medical Center today announced that it will soon discontinue obstetrics services. In a press release, ERMC said the change will be effective Thursday, Feb. 18. “Our hospital has always taken pride in providing mothers and their newborns with quality medical and nursing care,” said Alan Daugherty, CEO of Ennis Regional Medical Center. “However, […]

Resuscitating residences

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Mark Warde [email protected] Former Ennis High School graduate, Leslie Henry, has a hankering for restoring things after first examining their bones. The result, however, is far from macabre. They are a work of beauty. “I detest our “tear it down” mentality society,” she said of those who raze old buildings and homes. “I am such […]

Petitions started to save 2 Walmarts

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] With less than a week until 154 U.S. Walmart stores close, Precinct 3 County Commissioner Paul Perry has begun urging Italy citizens to do what they can to save their small-town Walmart Neighborhood Market. Meanwhile, a smaller social media effort has taken over certain corners of Facebook to try to save the […]

Wylie honored for community service

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Mark Warde [email protected] Veteran Ennis real estate agent Marylyn Wylie was recognized for her community service when the Ellis and Hill County Association of Realtors (EHAR) awarded her with the annual Shirley Caldwell award. The honor was given at the yearly EHAR luncheon which was held at the Achieve Civic Center. After the installation of […]

Downtown pub to open in March

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Three area business partners, including two from Ennis, have announced plans to open a pub, Finn MacCools, in downtown. They plan its opening for March. Robert and Patti Holt own the original MacCools, which is located on the south side of Fort Worth. They will also manage a second European pub at the 2,500 square […]

61,000 square-foot flea market opening in February

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Seven years ago, Jimmy and Lanette Stephens wouldn’t have imagined their hobby would transform into their livelihood, but on Feb. 26, they plan to hold the grand opening for one of the largest flea markets in North Texas right here in Ennis. At first, the local couple began selling odds and ends […]

‘Blithe Spirit’ opens EPT 2016 season

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The over-the-top cult crackpot Madame Arcati (Jennifer Valdez) unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ (Kevin Roberts) dead wife Elvira (Brianna Roberts) while the cast (Nikki Crosland, Kathryn Ivey and Kent Lloyd) look on in wonder in the first production of Ennis Public Theatre’s 2016 season. Noel Coward’s unworldy comedy “Blithe Spirit” is fast-paced and witty! […]

Downtown church buys bank building

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Mark Warde [email protected] Damascus Road Fellowship Church recently purchased the building on the corner of North Dallas Street and West Ennis Avenue known as the Ennis National Bank Event Center. Built in 1918, it has stood as a historical icon for nearly a century. Bramlet Beard, who had personally owned the approximately 12,000 square foot […]

Farmers Market plans fresh start

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Mark Warde [email protected] Planting for the harvest has begun as have plans for the April 2nd start of the third season of the downtown Ennis Farmers Market. “Things are fast approaching for April,” said Becky McCarty, who coordinates the market. It runs for seven months. “We are actively looking for local growers and excellent artisans […]

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