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Lights of Ennis set for Dec. 3

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Mark Warde [email protected] Nearing 20 years of chasing the Bah-Humbug from town, the Lights of Ennis is just days away from officially kicking off the holiday season. Slated for the downtown historic district from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, the Christmas Parade of Lights and block party will take place. The corner of North […]

City manager search down to 8


Justin Tubbs [email protected] The search for a new city manager, which has gone on for the past two-and-a-half months is down to eight candidates now, according to Mayor Russell Thomas. “At the last meeting, we met and narrowed the search down to eight,” he said. “The next step is video interviews, so we can look […]

Ennis Public Theatre will close their 2015 Season

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Ennis Public Theatre will close their 2015 Season with the popular, Tony Award-winning SHREK THE MUSICAL, presented by Ennis Public Theatre K.I.D.S., directed by James Pritchett, choreographed by Glenda Quinn, with vocal direction by Shelly Aubrey. Running December 5, 6, 12, & 13 at 2:30pm and December 5, 10, 11, & 12 at 7:00pm at […]

Going against the flow; Area veterans counter national passivity

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Mark Warde editor @ennisdailynews.com There is nothing like personal experience to heighten the insights of people. So when five former military veterans from Ennis came together to discuss current events as they relate to the United States, they felt qualified to share their views. Paul Richter, who served during World War II, three Vietnam vets […]

Monkey business; Recalling Ennis’ own Simian wonder

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor Local photographer Henry (H.A.) Maresh made his mark with a popular W. Ennis Ave. studio that served this city for nearly 50 years, from 1916 to 1963. But he also provided unexpected entertainment for hundreds of townspeople who crowded around the backyard fence of his home at the corner of E. […]

Otto Carroll, a sentimental journey

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Mark Warde [email protected] When Otto Carroll was born, movies were black-and-white and a ticket to see one cost 10 to 15 cents if you were a kid. The peanut butter industry just began and a loaf of bread was seven cents. The journal Motor Age indicated the sticker price on a typical car was $2,005. […]

City seminar: tax law not black and white


Justin Tubbs [email protected] A city tax seminar Thursday afternoon revealed the Ennis Economic Development Corporation may have overstepped its bounds more than once, but one point expressed by city-contracted attorney Jeff Moore, who led the seminar, was that laws relating to the Type B sales tax which funds the EDC are not always clear; and […]

Ennis Main Street says celebrate Small Business

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Becky McCarty, Ennis Main Street manager announced its participation in the sixth annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 to support small businesses in Downtown Ennis. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the […]

Citizens bring complaints, concerns to Commission


Justin Tubbs [email protected] The Ennis City Commission heard public comment on a number of perceived issues Monday night at City Hall. The Ennis Soccer Association took the greater part of the beginning of the meeting to express its displeasure with the quality of the soccer fields at Veterans Memorial Park, and another citizen asked the […]

City to discuss withheld report on Thursday

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] A source within the Ennis City Commission has confirmed that the withheld attorney report regarding Ennis Economic Development Corporation procedures will openly be discussed Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. The event is formally labeled as a “City Tax Seminar.” The report was first drafted in the summer […]

United Way donations rolling in


Justin Tubbs [email protected] So far in its fundraising campaign, the Greater Ennis United Way is up $15,000 from where it was in its efforts a year ago. With a goal of $340,000, which will go to non-profits and charity agencies in and around Ennis, the campaign has raised a total of $156,000 to this point. […]

Wounded veteran Cody Jones and family now proud Ennisites

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor Retired Marine Cpl. Cody Jones, his wife and children will soon settle into their new custom-built, mortgage-free home in the Promontory Point addition of Ennis. The $250,000 house, completed through donations of funds and labor by local citizens and businesses, was formally dedicated and the keys to the residence presented to […]

Local Operation Christmas Child efforts begin

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] When Marcey and Jerry Norman started brought Operation Christmas Child to their church, First United Methodist, 10 years ago, they hoped it would get to where it is today. The international charity organization aims to give Christmas to children who wouldn’t have it otherwise. Marcey says the idea is to fill a […]

Old buildings validated by restoration: West Knox, North Dallas streets revived by preservation

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Mark Warde [email protected] Momentum of rebuilding downtown Ennis gains with each edifice that is preserved or restored for modern-day use. David Lindauer has caught the vision of reviving history. The retired insurance executive is converting the 100-year old, two-story Calhoun building, located at 200 W. Knox St. at the corner of North Dallas. Formerly Calhoun’s […]

City passes ordinance to move forward with Sterilite project


Justin Tubbs [email protected] On Monday the Ennis City Commission unanimously approved the Economic Development Corporation budget amendment of $250,000 to allow for an economic development agreement with Sterilite Corporation. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Beyond the Cole: Family Remembers Hometown Hero

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By Shawn L. Lane Special to The EDN While James Gauna was being given an exclusive tour of the renovated USS Cole’s corridors and upper decks it became a surreal moment for him. As he walked through the galleys he could feel a sense of reality settling in and a young spirit almost talking to […]

EAC disperses funds to art groups


Mark Warde [email protected] Gina Rokas, in explaining the purpose of the Ennis Arts Commission’s distribution of funds for local arts and cultural venues, said the process includes events that are open to the public. “It’s why we allow organizations an opportunity to apply for funding,” said Rokas, tourism director for the City of Ennis. See […]

Portal to History Opening at Library

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / It’s been four years since an anonymous donation put nearly $640,000 down for a project to expand the Ennis Public Library, but no formal plans have been developed for the expansion.

Ana Krahmer, supervisor of UNT’s Digital Newspaper Unit, will conduct a presentation at the Ennis Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, regarding using The Portal to Texas History in historical and genealogical research, with an emphasis on working with newspapers on the Portal. This presentation is open to the public, and attendees […]

Tour through the past: Myrtle Meander teaching history second straight year

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Whether you’re a history buff or an enthusiast for live theater, the Myrtle Cemetery is the place to be Thursday. For the second straight year, the Ennis Historical Society, in collaboration with Ennis Public Theatre, will present Myrtle Meander, a tour of some of the better-known gravesites in Myrtle Cemetery. See the […]

A spirited history: Harriett Adams loves Ennis, her home and its ghosts

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor A house without a heart is not a home, so the saying goes. A house without a ghost isn’t either, adds Harriett Adams of Ennis. The successful interior designer whose clients, hailing from New York to Houston, have come to rely on her elegant yet practical taste, has lived in Ennis […]

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