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McCarty asks Ennis to see Main Street vision

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Becky McCarty painted a word picture. The Ennis Main Street coordinator asked people to envision westbound travelers crossing the crest at the railroad tracks on Ennis Avenue, and being greeted with “Welcome to Historic Downtown Ennis.” She offered that, and more, during a 20-minute presentation about the Main Street program during Monday’s Ennis Chamber of […]

Safe and Sound

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While many have forgotten that Ennis was once part of the Old West, history shows it has its place in the legends of cowboys and Indians, marshals and outlaws. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Home for the Brave effort gets to the dirt

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The Home for the Brave, honoring the disabled Marine veteran Cody Jones, broke ground during a ceremony on Friday morning with citizens, members of the local VFW post and elected officials from the city and county present. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read […]

Sales tax increase starting in Ennis

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Two one-fourth-of-a-percent sales tax increases will go into effect in Ennis on April 1, as voted on in the November 2014 general election. Effective at midnight, April 1, the two taxes combined will push the sales tax rate in Ennis from 7.75 percent to 8.25 percent, the maximum rate allowed by the state. See the […]

Ennis firefighters receive recognition

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Invaluable and often under-appreciated, firefighters help to make up the lifeblood of any community, doing the jobs that citizens can’t. On Friday, some local firefighters were recognized at the Ennis Fire Department’s annual banquet Ennis National Bank Event Center in downtown Ennis. See Justin Tubbs’ report in the March 26 Ennis Daily News! Click here […]

Volunteers needed for Bluebonnet month

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The irresistible attraction of people outside of Ennis towards the state flower, is also drawing volunteers to the soon coming bluebonnet season. Ennis, the “Official Bluebonnet City,” will begin the month of April with an influx of visitors, thousands of who will drop by the Convention and Visitors Bureau. It is located next to the […]

Citizens start fundraising for Mulkey-Loggins house

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A little more than a month remains before the Mulkey-Loggins house is beyond saving. In an effort to get the house moved off the property at 110 N. Elm, which is set to be turned into a car wash, Angie Juenemann and a group of Ennis citizens have taken to building a crowd-funding site to […]

City opens two new web sites

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During the past month the City Ennis has taken the wrappers off of two new internet web sites, both chocked full of great visuals and information for newcomers and seasoned veterans. While the city has had a site for a number of years, the new one is as different as seeing a sports car on […]

Main Street gets encouraging review

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A week of touring downtown buildings and meeting city leaders as well as dialogues with business-people led the Texas Historic Commission to give Ennis a positive grade during Friday’s summary. It was accompanied with a list of suggested directives for future consideration. “We’ve been in a relationship with Ennis for about a year,” said Debra […]

Volunteers drive United Way success

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Over its 45 year history, the local affiliate of the United Way has steadily met – and often surpassed – its dollar goal for filling the needs of Ennis charities that range from Candy Cane Corner to the Golden Circle. “We are a 90 percent volunteer-driven nonprofit, and those who donate their time to raising […]

Bluebonnets preparing for grand exhibition in April

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Ennis, which will soon host the annual Bluebonnet Trails Festival, is gearing up for what many expect to be a commanding performance when the state flowers show up in force. Plans for hosting thousands of area and outside guests, several organizations in town will collaborate to reveal bluebonnets in what observers believe will be a […]

Downtown rebound being appraised

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After several days of being evaluated, downtown Ennis will receive its analysis from the Texas Historic Commission’s Main Street Program during a 10 a.m. Thursday presentation at the Ennis National Bank Event Center. “This week a resource team from the THC have been here strolling our streets,” said Becky McCarty, who was chosen Ennis’ Main […]

Commission has positive financial review

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The city received high ratings on its annual financial report, according to Greer Yeldell of Yeldell, Wilson and Co., an independent accounting firm tasked with completing a yearly audit of city finances. On Monday night at the City Commission Chambers in City Hall, Commissioners Ken Hackney, Jeremie Salik, Mayor Pro Tem Matt Walker and Mayor […]

What does Dodson do after public service?

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Having been known as a fixer upper for most of his life, Bill Dodson will never become a fixture. The retired 71-year old recently ended two four-year terms as an Ellis County Commissioner. Just don’t expect him to wear out the recliner in his home. The seat in his maroon pickup truck has a better […]

City commission has high speed rail on agenda

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The city’s comprehensive financial report for the 2013-2014 fiscal year is scheduled to be released with a full report on Monday at 7 p.m. at the City Commissioners Chambers in City Hall. Along with accepting the report, city commissioners are scheduled to consider another resolutions to help oppose the Dallas-Houston high-speed rail, annexing land for […]

High Speed Rail meeting in Ennis March 17

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A public meeting about the proposed Dallas-to-Houston high speed train rail that is planned to cut through Ellis County has been called for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. The event, which is open to the community, is slated for the Ensign Cafeteria on the campus of Ennis High School, located at 2301 Ensign Road. […]

Sign dresses up downtown Ennis

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A new sign was installed on the north-facing corner of the Emporium building in downtown Ennis Wednesday, giving the building a new look and the downtown another aesthetic improvement. See Justin Tubbs’ report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Downtown keystone purchased by EDC


Laying the groundwork in its Downtown Master Plan, the Economic Development Corporation has purchased the property formerly known as the Old Safeway at 302 North Dallas. The commercial property, located two blocks north of Ennis Avenue, is part of the EDC’s strategy to restore life to downtown Ennis. The city suffered a downbeat nearly two […]

Oldest Ennis residence needs moved or faces demo

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The oldest standing residence in Ennis could be demolished soon if the house isn’t moved. Built in 1872, the Mulkey-Loggins house, as historians call it, is more than 140 years old, and the land it sits on is under a contract that will likely close within weeks. See Justin Tubbs’ report in the Ennis Daily […]

Emporium Open House March 19

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March 19 is the date for an Open House at an Ennis landmark, the Emporium on the corner of Ennis Avenue and North Dallas Street. It includes the law offices of Ross Massengill (upper left) and Marcie Schanfish (left), Mark McMullen (center back) of Farmers Insurance, CPA Mike Williamson (right) and Evan Newell (middle front), […]

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