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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 […]

Livery Marketplace part of tourist destination

Mark Warde [email protected] Passersby have witnessed the progress, often obscured by scaffolding along West Ennis Avenue, of the facing the Livery Building has experienced in its restoration since the tornado of May 17, 2013. Repairs to the roof and the interior have been a challenge at 213 and 215 W. Ennis Ave., but nothing as […]

Chipotle set for Feb opening

Justin Tubbs [email protected] A regional manager with Chipotle, Sara Wilhite, said the new local store, which is located in Ennis’ main retail district, is set to open on Feb. 10. According to Wilhite, the building, which will become the home for the Chipotle restaurant as well as a Starbucks next door, has finished the construction […]

Mother-daughter duo bring flair to LOE

Mark Warde [email protected] There is something about Christmas that brings out the giving spirit in people. For Linda Calvert and her daughter Breanna, it moves them to community service and beyond. Owner of a new business downtown, Bohemian Railway, which specializes in antiques and gifts, Linda has also developed a flair for the dramatic. Breanna, […]

Theatre Rocks! ‘A Christmas Story’

PJ Searsy Special to the EDN Let me say this right up front. “A Christmas Story,” written by Philip Grecian, as directed by Bill Rhoten may be the funniest Christmas play you’ll ever see in live performance. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=””>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and […]

A New Entry

Cutting through concrete and bricks to pave the way for a new entry is Jon Zmolik, of Ennis. DRD Custom Construction is doing the work on the old Calhoun Building at Knox and North Dallas.   See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=””>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read […]

Papa Johns serves up the works

Mark Warde [email protected] Listening to Frank Sarfani describing the hottest-selling pizza at the new Papa Johns in Ennis can toss a craving on the listener. The manager of the newest pizzeria, located behind Chili’s at 1012 E. Ennis Ave., has an energetic personality and story to boot. Together with Asif (AH-sif), his India-born brother, they […]

Law firm adds Ennis’ Thomas

Mark Warde [email protected] With apologies to Judy Garland, who, as Dorothy famously said, “There’s no place like home,” Ennis native Rebecca Thomas, after seven years preparing to be a lawyer, has returned home to begin her practice. “It’s great to be back home,” she said, “even though its a different dynamic returning as a working […]

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