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Kin to the West: Famed gunfighter’s family settled in Ennis

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Details are sketchy about the Old West outlaws believed to have plied their trade in Ennis’ early days but the family of one famous gunslinger was among this city’s pioneer residents. John Wesley Hardin, the legendary gunfighter, never set his spurs –– or waved his .44-caliber –– in Ennis but some of his uncles, aunts […]

Walker addresses questions at town hall meeting

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While Mayor Pro-Tem Matt Walker anticipated his town hall meeting Thursday might have been a difficult one in the wake of city manager Chuck Ewings’ resignation, which became official Friday, the question-and-answer session turned more into a scatter shoot as he took on topics one at a time. Other topics included streets, the city’s comprehensive […]

Still Ticking: Frank’s Towne historic clock sent for repair, brings back memories

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When Henrietta Novotny’s husband, Frank, died of cancer in 1998, one of his last wishes was to close their iconic downtown jewelry store Frank’s Towne. While the Novotnys’ aim was to always provide a reliable shopping experience and to develop a relationship with the community, they would never have imagined their legacy would still be […]

Progress continues but donations still needed


Construction is ongoing at the site of the custom home being built for a disabled veteran and his family but monetary contributions as well as donations of supplies and labor are needed to help complete the worthy cause. Originally from Grandview, Marine Cpl. Cody Jones will be an Ennisite once the mortgage-free brick abode is […]

Fan Fest returns to downtown Ennis

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Ennis and the Texas Motorplex welcome the National Hot Rod Association’s Fall Nationals during Oct. 15-18. It also coincides with the 30th Anniversary celebration for the world class drag strip. Plus, for the second year in a row locals can get revved up when the Pre-Stage Fan Fest returns to downtown Ennis on Wednesday, Oct. […]

Taste of Ennis gets the support of Ennis

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What was described as a bigger crowd than a year ago, the Taste of Ennis fed hundreds of local citizens on Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. “We don’t have the numbers in yet, but tonight was very well supported,” said Judi Hejny, executive director of Helping Hands of Ennis. “It sure appears to […]

The house that Joe built: Pioneer Czech merchant’s home is a fitting heritage

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A stone’s throw from progress lies history. Ennis ISD’s expansion of facilities on the site of the old Lions Stadium and gymnasium seven years ago originally threatened the nearby Novy House but its owner Mary Ann Lamkin stood firm. Although in time she sold sections of her land to accommodate the current site of Jack […]

EDC budget, debt issuance, sewer rates top commission agenda Monday


The only budget that went unapproved at the last city commission meeting, where many citizens showed up to speak in support of soon to be ex-city manager Chuck Ewings, was the Economic Development Corporation budget, which was worked by city commissioners to reach a compromise. It will be addressed at Monday’s regular commission meeting. See […]

Security installed against Texas twisters

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Michael and Kristi Russelburg just made a rare investment in security. The couple, however, hopes to never take advantage of their new purchase. This past weekend they had a storm shelter installed inside their garage. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

Taste of Ennis a week away


All the best Ennis chefs in one place sounds like a dream, but for the past 23 years, it’s turned into an Ennis tradition. Sept. 24 at Knights of Columbus Hall will mark the 23rd annual Taste of Ennis event to benefit Helping Hands of Ennis. Judi Hejny, Helping Hands executive director, knows just how […]

Boys & Girls Club expansion has people excited

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Recognized throughout the world for helping young people, the Boys & Girls Club is a program with a recognizable name and is often associated with good feelings. It’s no different here in Ennis, where the local Boys & Girls Club is recognized as a useful resource for students and parents alike. See the report in […]

Lights of Ennis to feature bigger, newer tree lighting

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With seasons changing, Ennis is already gearing up for the holiday season. One of the biggest traditions in Ennis is the Lights of Ennis, which people can view throughout the entire holiday season. This year, there will be a few changes to the lights, according to Economic Development Coordinator Marty Nelson, and he thinks those […]

City commissioners unanimously OK budget


The Ennis commissioners were presented two versions of a finalized city budget by city staff, the first of which appropriated $682,488 from the city’s fund balance. City commissioners originally asked the staff to find places to make cuts so the budget would have a smaller negative fund balance for the new fiscal year. Ultimately, though, […]

Three budgets pass


The Ennis City Commission passed three budgets Tuesday at City Hall. The city budget, the Crime Control and Prevention District budget, and the Economic Development Corporation budget were all up for approval. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Business 287 expansion in preliminary phase

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Possible expansion plans for W. Ennis Avenue are in preliminary stages, according to Texas Department of Transportation engineer John Kaiser. Although he couldn’t get into specifics for the proposed project, Kaiser said the street, also known as Business 287, would be widened from N. Clay Street to N. McKinney Street to include a middle turn […]

City to hire interim manager

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Citizens of Ennis didn’t get what they wanted Tuesday evening – at least, not the ones who showed up at City Hall in support of city manager Chuck Ewings, who recently tendered his resignation. Ennis City Commission members took no action to reconsider Ewings’ resignation. They did vote to hire an interim city manager. See […]

Ennis doing water system maintenance; could cause problems for medical devices, aquariums

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If your household or business water use is beyond the basics, you may want to take note of maintenance in the Ennis water system starting this week. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

3 budgets up for approval Tuesday


Tuesday marks the date for multiple important city meetings. At 4 p.m., the Ennis Economic Development Corporation board of directors is scheduled to meet, according to a city official. Following the EDC meeting will be a Crime Control and Prevention District Meeting at 5 p.m. A City Commission workshop will take place at 6 p.m., […]

Amber Perez brings love to the art of cooking

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A former Sokol cooking instructor hasn’t forsaken her culinary finesse or her teaching ability, and local kids are glad of it. Amber Perez combines her preference for down-home kitchen favorites with a passion for encouraging young cooks in the classes she will now host in her own home, starting the second week of this month. […]

First Lady of Texas to visit Ennis

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Cecilia Abbott, the First Lady of Texas, will be in town on Oct. 20 to recognize the city for being designated into the Texas Historical Commission’s Main Street program. The wife of governor Gregg Abbott will speak at 11 a.m. near Minnie McDowal Park, at 119 N. Dallas St. It will include a ceremony and […]

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