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Polyguard sponsors EHS STEM Ten-80

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Palmer residents react to news of Walmart closing

Less than a year after it opened, the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Palmer is scheduled to permanently close on Jan. 28, alongside 153 other Walmart stores across the United States. Also set to close are two Walmart Express stores in the area, one in Italy and the other in Kemp. The decision, which the retail […]

Vintage Cross Expands

Mark Warde [email protected] Vintage Cross, just eight months old, continues to expand both its menu and its services. Standing at the corner of West Ennis Avenue and South Dallas Street inside the iconic Emporium building, is part of what is becoming a downtown destination. The restaurant, now eight months old, is making their identity clear. […]

Starbucks has opening date

Justin Tubbs [email protected] A Starbucks manager said Monday that the new store at next to Chipotle at 905 E. Ennis Ave. is set to open on Jan. 29. Harry Smith, the acting manager at the local store, said one of the differences is the drive-thru, which will be located on the east side of the […]

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