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Local back to school program gears up for 2015

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Classes may be out for the summer but helping underprivileged students is a year round objective for Give-A-Kid-A-Chance (GAKAC), the faith-based, back-to-school initiative that celebrates its 10th year in operation this fall. The non-profit charitable entity that functions under Mission Ennis Bridge Builders provides school uniforms and supplies, backpacks, haircuts and health screenings to area […]

HFTB accepts gifts from area firms

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Two area businesses made contributions to Ennis’ Home For The Brave on Monday during a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. Their gifts help move the fundraising efforts within $10,000 of completing the project of building a home for an injured soldier. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for […]

Fresh peaches – and dinner, too

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Peach cobbler topped with peach ice cream is the kind of dessert made for a Texas summer – and it’s a dessert that’s homemade from – and now served in – the orchard at the Peachy Page Farm, just outside Scurry. It was a cold January morning in 2007 when Robert and Cindy Page planted […]

Future plans for Ennis to be released Thursday

J.R. Phillips (standing) speaks to a small group of Ennis residents and business owners at Ennis High School Tuesday evening, sharing his opinion about the future of Ennis. This break-out group session was part of a three-hour public meeting that began at 5:30 p.m.

Unveiling months of creative input, the City of Ennis will reveal the comprehensive plan for downtown and surrounding areas at a visionary open house on Thursday, June 25. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. inside the Ennis National Bank Events Center, located at 116 W. Ennis Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged […]

Chamber holds quarterly luncheon

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More than 80 people, representing nearly 30 businesses in the city of Ennis, gathered at KC Hall Friday for the Ennis Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon. The Chamber announced exciting events coming up in the near future, and Alan Daugherty, the CEO of Ennis Regional Medical Center, shared a little about what’s going on with […]

Ellis crop tour includes farm stops, speakers on June 30

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Ellis County AgriLife Extension Service is offering the 2015 Ellis County Crop Tour on Tuesday, June 30. You need to RSVP to 972-825-5175 before Friday, June 26. Registration upon arrival starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Avalon Gin, 123 Main St., Avalon. Lunch and the program will be at the SPJST Hall, 1901 E. Ennis […]

Downtown plans moving forward


Monday night at City Hall was officially Carolyn Frazier’s last meeting as city commissioner. In the meeting, she and the rest of the city commission passed important items for the future of downtown Ennis, including an ordinance regarding the distance of alcohol-selling establishments from schools, churches and hospitals, and a resolution allowing for the city […]

Boys and Girls Club plans to expand in Ennis

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The Boys and Girls Club of Ennis served more than 480 youths last year, and it is only planning to expand even further, as announced Thursday night at Tabernacle Church at the organization’s 16th Annual Steak and Burger fundraiser. During the ceremony, Kristina Jones, regional vice president for organizational and executive development services, served as […]

Watson shares plans for Unity in the Community

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With the popularity of this weekend’s Unity One Summer Music Festival at the Ennis Farmers Market, the larger success of the organization behind it, Unity in the Community, has been brought into focus. Educator Charlotte Watson, co-founder of the group with her mother Shirley Watson and aunt Patricia Wilborn, said she’s proud the program has […]

Commission visiting downtown plans Monday


Monday, the Ennis City Commission will make two important decisions regarding downtown Ennis. On the agenda for its regularly scheduled meeting are an ordinance approving the establishment of alcohol-selling businesses within 300 feet of schools, churches and hospitals in the downtown area and a possible resolution authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with […]

Waxahachie ambulance decision may affect Ennis


Fire Chief Jeff Aycock said Waxahachie Fire Chief Ricky Boyd has sought fire department based ambulance services for years, so Aycock wasn’t that surprised when he heard the Waxahachie City Council approved fire based ambulance services last week. Starting Jan. 2 of next year, the city of Waxahachie will forego services with private entity, CareFlite, […]

EDC says Ok to TIRZ study, land sales


One of the topics of discussion among city staff and committees recently has revolved around the possibility of tax increment financing in the downtown area. Wednesday afternoon, at City Hall, the Ennis Economic Development Corporation entertained the idea a bit more, when it approved funding to do a feasibility study for a tax increment reinvestment […]

Blazek wins ‘Perfect’ car from Ennis Ford

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Nathan Blazek watched his chances increase a little more every time someone put the key into the lock and tried to turn it, only to find that they weren’t the winners. Friday night at Lion Memorial Stadium, just before graduation, the sophomore Ennis High School student won a brand new car, and at 16 years […]

‘The Traveling Lady’ at Theatre Rocks

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Another voyaging soul set in motion by Horton Foote will reappear on the stage of Theatre Rocks! In Ennis. Just as Mrs. Carrie Watts, the dauntless heroine of “The Trip to Bountiful” is preparing to board her last bus, along comes Mrs. Georgette Thomas (Samantha Green), a younger but likewise indomitable woman, seeking to put […]

P&Z, city pushing for ‘bed and breakfast’ ordinance

When Sam and JoAnne Ventura decided about six months ago they wanted to turn their home into a bed and breakfast inn, they approached the city about it. What the city found was that there is currently no specific ordinance for zoning a bed and breakfast, so Monday night, Ennis’ planning and zoning board met […]

Nepal native continues to seek local help

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There was little to think about when Krish Lamichhane heard of the devastating earthquake that shook the place he still calls home. He knew immediately it was his job to help. Along with other members of the Nepalese Society of Texas, based in Dallas, the local owner of the convenience store, Charlie’s Grocery, took a […]

Perfect Attendance = Perfect Drive from Ennis Ford

Ennis Ford, which offered one Ennis student with perfect attendance a free car upon graduation, will have to break the tie after as many as 32 may finish the year without missing a day. To be eligible, students have to own a valid driver’s license while maintaining perfect presence during roll call at Ennis High […]

New Hope Church finds home downtown

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Much has been made of city ordinances regarding establishments who serve alcohol near a church, school or hospital. New Hope Church, who begin holding services downtown this month, have a different point of view. “We’re not here to keep something out,” said senior pastor Buck Marshall, “but rather, to bring something, or someone in,” in […]

Public hearing to give people a say in downtown alcohol distance issue


As downtown Ennis continues to develop and new businesses move in, concerns regarding alcohol sales have arisen as a result of a church moving in. On Monday, the city commission will hold a public hearing regarding this issue during its regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click […]

Planners say Kaufman Street, Lake Bardwell are big ideas

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Francois de Kock thinks all great plans should have one or two big ideas that go outside the box and prompt drastic changes. The project director with Halff Associates Inc. said as much Thursday night when he and his associate, Jay Narayana, went before the city’s Comprehensive Plan Action Committee to provide an update on […]

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