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WFAA-TV visit backs Ennis Freedom Fest

Photo by photosbylezley.com / Fireworks lit up the sky at the end of the Parade of Champions on Saturday, with one fan flashing the 'L' for Lions to onlookers. In much the same way, the team capped its state championship season with an explosive finish to edge Cedar Park, 38-35, at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 17.

Daybreak, the WFAA-TV morning show on Channel 8, will be live in downtown Ennis on Friday to promote the Freedom Fest event scheduled for July 4 at the Texas Motorplex. Brian Glenn, the host of the sunrise show, will be on location at 5 a.m. to talk about the concert and fireworks that are on tap between 7-10 p.m. […]

3 Big Ideas for Ennis

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Three big ideas about the future of Ennis were points of discussion Thursday night during a comprehensive master plan unveiling at the Ennis National Bank Event Center. Halff Associates, a planning firm based out of the metroplex, has been working on a city comprehensive plan for months, and Thursday evening was a chance for the […]

Ennis spraying for mosquitoes

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Ground spraying for mosquitoes is planned to take place north of Ennis Avenue on Tuesday, June 30, and south of Ennis Avenue on Thursday, July 2, beginning at 9:30 p.m. both nights.

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 […]

Hernandez takes oath of office

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As of Monday evening, the Ennis city commission looks a little different with the departure of a familiar and the arrival of a new one. After a 20-vote victory in June 13’s special city election to defeat longtime Ennis City Commissioner Carolyn Frazier, the newcomer to the city commission, Marco Hernandez, officially took the oath […]

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 […]

Downtown plans moving forward

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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 […]

Hernandez beats Frazier in Ward 2 election

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The results from the the Ward 2 Ennis City Commission special runoff election that ended Saturday, June 13, were: Marco Hernandez 49 Carolyn Frazier 29 (incumbent) Results are unofficial until canvassed. See a story in Tuesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News.

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 […]

Ennis water deemed safe

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Ennis’ drinking water is safe to drink, according to Robert Bolen, city utility director. In a recent detailed drinking water quality report, sent by mail to Ennis citizens who use the city’s water, there was nothing that stood out on the list as dangerous by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. “They have a maximum content […]

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

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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 […]

Unity One Summer Music Fest Saturday

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In celebration of music, Unity In The Community will bring an array of live music and entertainment to downtown Ennis on Saturday. In its fifth year, and to commemorate this milestone, Unity In the Community, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has partnered with Ennis Main Street to bring to the city the Unity One Summer Music Festival. […]

Waxahachie ambulance decision may affect Ennis

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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

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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 […]

Library summer reading program kicks off

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Summer has officially arrived, and that means fun for some at the Ennis Public Library Tuesday kicked off the library’s summer reading program for kids grades K-6 with a special visit from a wild life expert, who shared his love and experience for animals with more than 250 students. His show on Tuesday, though, is […]

Summer recreation classes for kids, teens in Ennis

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Andy Wolfe, director of Ennis parks and recreation, released a line-up of summer programs for young people, from cheerleading and dance to an array of sports. Some start this week, others in June and July, though tennis has a second session offered the first week of August. To register, children and teens will need a […]

‘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 […]

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