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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 […]

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 […]

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