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Ennis, Motorplex team for July 4 fireworks

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The City of Ennis will be hosting a free fireworks show for the public on Saturday, July 4th at Texas Motorplex. It will be the first time a major fireworks display has been set off at the historic facility in several years and the first time the City of Ennis is producing a large-scale holiday […]

High-speed rail meeting here Thursday

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The Dallas-Houston high-speed rail has been a controversial topic among Ennis residents, farmers and property owners since the project’s inception. Two of the possible lines cut through Ennis, while one passes outside the city. Some people in Ennis don’t understand why, as the railway would only pass through Ennis, with no stops near the city […]

Farmer opposes high-speed train

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Expressing a dogged determination to stand up to what many feel is the inevitable high speed rail, Ennis farmer Bob Beakley pulls no punches. Stating the proposed location for the train will tear his property apart, the mild-mannered Beakley gets his dander up at the thought of being railroaded by the Texas Central Railway. As […]

Ennis Public Theatre K.I.D.S. Auditions set

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Ennis Public Theatre K.I.D.S. is proud to announce auditions for JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and the teen production of THE YELLOW BOAT. Auditions are scheduled for this weekend, April 18-19. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Wray hits hot topics in town hall meeting

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A buzzing, crowded City Hall was the place to be for State Rep. John Wray’s first-ever town hall meeting as a House representative. Sitting before him were a group of citizens whom, after a 30-minute presentation, which included local news of his District Office opening in Waxahachie and news from the State Capitol in Austin, […]

Ennis author’s Christian novels are redefining the genre

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A local pastor’s wife has started her own ministry of a kind, a literary one that complements her husband’s work, yet charts her own Christian course. Tammy L. Gray, wife of Tabernacle Baptist Church’s Pastor Todd Gray, and mother of three young children, has found her creative destiny as a writer, incorporating traditional morals and […]

Ennis Main Street picks MESA Design Group

EDN file photo / The hard-hit building at 213 W. Ennis Ave. remains in limbo.

After live interviews with prospective businesses who specialize in revitalizing historic downtowns, the Ennis Main Street board voted unanimously in favor of MESA Design Group of Dallas. The international firm is a leader in landscape architecture, planning and urban design with 35 years in downtown restoration. They will come alongside Ennis is developing conceptual and […]

Disc golf course sponsors sought

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Efforts to install a municipal disc golf course in Ennis are in need of help from local businesses. Former City Commissioner Jess Haupt said Monday that businesses can get their name posted on baskets or at the beginning of the course by donating to the course’s construction. The construction for the course, which will be […]

Milam fire damage estimate at $80,000, family getting assistance

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A fire that occurred in the 300 block of West Milam last Friday appeared in the Sunday edition of The Ennis Daily News. Fire marshal Chad Wester says the damage is estimated at nearly $80,000 in total. “Contents of the house, about 15 to 20,000 (dollars), and the house, you’re probably looking at $50,000 to […]

Farmers Market has new coordinator

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Saturday’s second season debut of the Ennis Farmers Market was the first for Jeremy Simmons, who was recently hired as the new coordinator of the event. An Ennis resident, EHS graduate and current student at Dallas Baptist University will assist Becky McCarty, Main Street manager. The Farmers Market is listed under the MS umbrella. See […]

Home for the Brave Gala draws 300

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A crowd of nearly 300 packed the Champions Club at the Texas Motorplex on Saturday for an “Evening with American Heroes.” The event, hosted by Home For The Brave, was a fundraiser for the organization’s project – building an Ennis home for Marine Cpl. Cody Jones, his wife Alexis and their family. See the report in the […]

Farmers Market off to sell-out start

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Saturday’s much-anticipated Farmers Market debut was as well received as the sunny day in the low 70s. Starting a month early with a limited amount of produce did little to dampen the enthusiasm of both vendors and shoppers. According to Tommy Copeland of Oak Grove Farms, it will only get better. His booth sold out […]

Fundraising effort hits $19,000

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The Mulkey-Loggins house fund-raising efforts led by Angie Juenemann and a group of Ennisites has surpassed $19,000, according to Juenemann. “We’re going to get there,” she said. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Commission looks at sidewalk construction application


The city is considering building new sidewalks, and will submit an application for a grant to do so. On Monday, city commissioners passed a resolution in support of nominating the city for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) through the Texas Department of Transportation. Also accomplished at the meeting was the adoption of a downtown façade […]

Ennis native ‘Red’ Duke honored

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A famous Ennis native has been recognized by his alma mater, Texas A&M University, for his service in the Korean War. Physician, educator and television personality Dr. James “Red” Duke was a 1950 A&M grad whose subsequent stint as an Army tank commander in Germany led to his recent decoration with the Order of St. […]

United Way adds Give-A-Kid-A-Chance

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Fresh from capping a record-setting fundraising campaign, the board of the Ennis United Way has approved Give-A-Kid-A-Chance as an affiliated agency. GAKAC, licensed as a non-profit organization as an outreach and service project of Bridge Builders, is a community-wide event in August to provide support to families preparing children for the start of a new […]

Bullet train proponents set Ennis open house

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Proponents of the high-speed rail service between Dallas and Houston have planned an open house informational meeting in Ennis on Thursday, April 16. Texas Central Partners have invited the public to the informational meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. at Madison Hall, located at 906 S. Kaufman St. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign […]

Bischof to lead United Way


The local chapter of the United Way has announced Tre Bischof as the 2015 president and that he will share the campaign chairman role with Adam Fuentes. The United Way also announced other new directors. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

Matching funds pledged to save oldest house

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The group making an effort to save the Mulkey-Loggins house, the oldest standing house in Ennis, just got a bit of good news. Someone or a group has pledged matching funds. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Sidewalks, more on city commission agenda

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The public packed a hearing on downtown revitalization incentives at the Ennis City Commission’s Monday meeting.

On Monday, city commissioners are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall to discuss and take action on a resolution supporting the TAP 2015 project nomination, which would request grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation for sidewalks to be constructed. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to […]

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