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Main Street app develops

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Dennis Zembala, the consultant leading the city’s effort to file an application for the Texas Main Street Program, said he should have a draft ready in the next few weeks.

Water concerns drive conservation messages

EDN photo by Phil Banker / Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agent Mark Arnold spoke to the Ennis Lions Club on Wednesday on how to best conserve water during lawn care.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agent Mark Arnold told members of the Ennis Lions Club on Wednesday it’s up to individual home and business owners to conserve water as drought conditions persist across the state.

Blooms proliferating

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Mach Road is providing a healthy display of April bluebonnets for locals and tourists alike. The peak of the season is coming in the next 10 days, according to bluebonnet experts.

The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates this year’s bluebonnet peak will happen in the coming days.

Film Commission scopes out Ennis

EDN Photo by Phil Banker / Senior Production Consultant Lindsey Ashley with the Texas Film Commission took photos at Ennis High School on Friday.

Officials with the Texas Film Commission visited Ennis on Friday at the behest of local actor Mike Hall.

Ennis honors its first Bluebonnet queen

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Mayor Russell Thomas reads a proclamation in honor of 1956 Bluebonnet Queen Linda Lucas (center) as Sandy Anderson of the Ennis Garden Club looks on.

Linda Lucas returned to Ennis over the weekend, and the 1956 Bluebonnet Queen earned recognition from the city of Ennis with an official proclamation in her honor.

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A snap hailstorm in Ennis early Monday left widespread minor car and roof damage around town. Some pieces of hail measured at more than an inch in diameter. From a municipal operations perspective, the storm damage didn’t cause any significant losses, but assessments are still in the works.

Group proposes $1.7M project

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A group of residents lobbied the Ennis Economic Development Corporation last week to put up to $1.7 million in tax dollars behind establishing a facility in downtown centered around arts and culture.

Home of the Brave to sell bricks for project

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The Home of the Brave Foundation is taking a page from the fundraising playbook of the Ennis Veterans Memorial.

Festival offering range of options

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The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival is providing a full slate of entertainment options for festival-goers this year.

Public works head hire on agenda

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New City Manager Chuck Ewings wants the city’s public works director position filled, and he’s gotten the Ennis City Commission’s OK.

Ewings: Master plan needed

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City Manager Chuck Ewings brought his first project to the Ennis City Commission on Monday — a comprehensive master plan for city development that hinges on public input.

Mayor: Hire is a must

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Mayor Russell Thomas told the Greater Ennis Development Alliance the city is committed to hiring a downtown development coordinator once the right candidate crops up.

Ewings sets eyes on Ennis

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Chuck Ewings has spent a few weeks in Ennis now, buying a house and preparing to move his wife and two daughters to the community he now calls home.

GEDA: Downtown leader a key hire

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Greater Ennis Development Alliance members plan an appearance at Monday’s meeting of the Ennis City Commission to again lobby for the hiring of a downtown development coordinator.

It’s a new Avenue

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Many, if not most, drivers adhered to the new markings on the 100 and 200 blocks of W. Ennis Avenue in downtown, but some struggled to keep up with the changes Tuesday.

Traffic on the 100 and 200 blocks of W. Ennis Avenue flows completely differently after re-striping Tuesday by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Re-striping under way

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The Texas Department of Transportation is re-striping the 100 block and 200 block of W. Ennis Avenue today, if the weather stays good.

Avenue re-striping set

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Two-wide traffic on Ennis Avenue in downtown should end in the coming week as TxDOT re-stripes the roadway to make a center turn lane.

The Texas Department of Transportation is re-striping the 100 block and 200 block of W. Ennis Avenue on Tuesday to include a fixed center turn lane.

BBQ cooks to vie for cash prizes

Competitors from all over turn out to be a part of the Annual Bluebonnet Barbecue Cook-off.

Organizers behind this year’s Bluebonnet BBQ Cookoff say they need 20 to 30 judges for the April 12 event.

Broken pole cuts power for hours

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An 18-wheeler hauling equipment knocked power out in some areas of western Ennis for more than four hours Thursday after downing utility lines in the 1200 block of W. Ennis Avenue.

Company’s tax appeal is denied

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National Envelope, which sold its Ennis envelope facility to Cenveo in the fall, protested its 2013 tax value to try and reduce its overall tax bill.

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