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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 […]

Fewer voters reported in June 13 special election

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With only a few days remaining for eligible voters to decide whether they want Marco Hernandez or Carolyn Frazier in the Place 2 seat on the Ennis City Commission, there have been many fewer votes cast to this point than in the previous election. The original election, which announced its results on May 9, ended […]

Nepal native continues to seek local help

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There was little to think about when Krish Lamichhane heard of the devastating earthquake that shook the place he still calls home. He knew immediately it was his job to help. Along with other members of the Nepalese Society of Texas, based in Dallas, the local owner of the convenience store, Charlie’s Grocery, took a […]

City: Protect yourself from mosquitos

The Ennis Department of Health Services is urging Ennis residents to protect themselves from mosquitos. A release obtained by The Ennis Daily News Wednesday asks residents to eliminate any standing water on their property. This could include birdbaths, pet water dishes, clogged rain gutters, tire piles, ditches and buckets. Mosquitos only need one or two […]

New Hope Church finds home downtown

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Much has been made of city ordinances regarding establishments who serve alcohol near a church, school or hospital. New Hope Church, who begin holding services downtown this month, have a different point of view. “We’re not here to keep something out,” said senior pastor Buck Marshall, “but rather, to bring something, or someone in,” in […]

May wettest month in Ennis in at least 42 years

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May brought an end to a month of weather only a duck would appreciate. According to Ennis’ own weather tracker, Ron Vestal, it was the wettest month in his 42 years of recording the local climate. From his station on North Kaufman Street, his instruments measured 13.18 inches of precipitation in May, the most in […]

City takes public comment on alcohol distance, passes final budget ordinance

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If anyone questioned the city’s concern for the future of downtown Ennis before Monday, they don’t anymore. Continuing debate among the public and the City Commission over the distance of alcohol-selling establishments from the a church, school or hospital in downtown Ennis continued on Monday with a public hearing at City Hall, where the majority […]

Teen Summer Reading Program offers fun, cash

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Students entering grades 7-12 have a great opportunity for fun this summer. The Ennis Public Library is gearing up for another outstanding Teen Summer Read Program. This program, funded by the Friends of the Ennis Public Library (a Greater Ennis United Way Agency), is free and open to area teenagers. The library will host a […]

Swarm of honey bees rescued from tree in downtown Ennis

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After attracting the attention of downtown shoppers on Thursday, a swarm of honey bees were gathered and safely escorted to a new home on the outskirts of Ennis and Bardwell. Cody Atchley, 36, a lifelong resident and Ennis High School graduate, was summoned by Farmers Market director Becky McCarty to intervene. Owner of Outlaw Honey […]

Public hearing to give people a say in downtown alcohol distance issue

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As downtown Ennis continues to develop and new businesses move in, concerns regarding alcohol sales have arisen as a result of a church moving in. On Monday, the city commission will hold a public hearing regarding this issue during its regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click […]

Planners say Kaufman Street, Lake Bardwell are big ideas

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Francois de Kock thinks all great plans should have one or two big ideas that go outside the box and prompt drastic changes. The project director with Halff Associates Inc. said as much Thursday night when he and his associate, Jay Narayana, went before the city’s Comprehensive Plan Action Committee to provide an update on […]

Wet weather a bummer for Little League

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This spring season has been bleak, to say the least. A season normally known for baseball and softball has seen only about half the Ennis Little League games it normally does to this point, and a field with newly laid grass has yet to be used, causing some players and parents to wonder: “When are […]

Ennis Comprehensive Plan meeting tonight

Photo by Justin Tubbs / Main Street Coordinator Becky McCarty (left, in gray) shares her thoughts with Ennis Comprehensive Plan project manager Francois de Kock (back, in white) and the rest of the people in attendance at the three-hour visioning session Wednesday at Comfort Suites.

The city’s Comprehensive Plan Action Committee will meet with Halff Associates Inc. Thursday at 6 p.m. for the unveiling of thoughts behind the comprehensive plan. In January, Halff led a three-day public visioning session, which included input from the public, as well as stakeholders and city committees. The aim was for Halff to take that […]

Superheroes invade Ennis Library

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The super hero party to kick off the library’s summer reading program was a huge success Saturday, May 16. Spiderman, Batman and even the Hulk listened attentively as Ms. “Super Aimee” talked about what a great super power it is to be a reader. All were entertained with songs, balloon animals, and goody bags to […]

Polka fest covered in culture, rain

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The 49th National Polka Festival has come gone, leaving the city covered in both rain and culture for another year. Despite a deluge on Saturday afternoon that put a premature end to outdoor activities, canceling them on Sunday for the first time ever, the annual event was considered a big hit by those who should know. See the report in […]

City moving forward after elections

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Monday night was a big one for the city of Ennis and for its elected officials, as those re-elected in this month’s city election were sworn in at the City Commission Chamber in front of their peers and some people from the general public. After the swearing-in, the commission got to work, canvassing the election, […]

When 99=100 in an Election…

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The election for the City Commission position between candidate Marco Hernandez and incumbent Carolyn Frazier was announced as a 50-vote-to-50-vote tie on Saturday. However, after looking at the voter roster for Ward 2, Hernandez discovered something was a little bit off. “When I counted the names on the voter roster, I only counted 99 votes,” […]

Moncrief cancer mobile survivorship clinic comes to Ennis

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Check out what just rolled into Ennis. With a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Ennis Regional Medical Center on Tuesday with members of the Chamber of Commerce present, the hometown hospital and a group of Ennis locals welcomed Moncrief Cancer Institute’s new Mobile Survivorship Clinic to town. The cancer institute, based in Fort Worth, recently started […]

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