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Bennett recounts progress at ENCC fundraiser

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett recounted the progress made in the judicial branch by African-Americans during a speech to the Ennis Negro Chamber of Commerce Saturday night. Judge Bennett, a native of Ennis, was the keynote speaker at the chamber’s Black History Month program and fundraiser. He was nominated on […]

Rollover victim recovering, family hopes to offset med costs

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Alixx Santos, the lone victim in a rollover accident late Jan. 28 who wasn’t found until the next morning, is still in the hospital, according to family members. Her sister, Sarina Doblado-Dominguez, says she is on and off dialysis now as doctors attempt to help her kidneys function. Doblado-Dominguez also says it could be months […]

What Project Retail is funding

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The chance at landing new retailers gets Ennisites excited. Monday, the city commission unanimously approved Project Retail, which sets aside $25,000 for retail recruitment and marketing. Ennis Economic Development Coordinator Marty Nelson spoke Friday to shed a little more light on what that means. “Right now, what we are looking at is the recruiting contract,” […]

Meixner headlines Mardis Gras at KJT

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Mardis Gras is coming to Ennis this Friday at the KJT Hall, and it’s going to be Ennis style. Grammy-nominated artist Alex Meixner, who rocks out on the accordion, will play the show Friday, and KJT President Joe Block says it will be a fun time for all. “There will be a […]

Busy first meeting with new city manager


Justin Tubbs [email protected] After his first city commission meeting Monday night as city manager, Scott Dixon said he is transitioning smoothly into his new role thanks to help from former interim city manager John Hatchell. “It’s been good. John Hatchell is a real professional, and he’s the type of guy that makes me proud to […]

Zoning board of adjustments and appeals meets Tuesday

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Ennis’ city Board of Adjustments and Appeals will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m., at the city commission chambers. The agenda includes a public hearing and consideration as may be appropriate regarding a proposed variance for 604 E. Milam, St., which would allow a new home to be built 10 […]

A sign of the times: Local woman created first tourism slogan for Ennis in 1930

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“Where railroads and cotton fields meet.” Synonymous with Ennis for nearly 40 years, the motto is remembered today only by older residents. But the once famous catchphrase for the city, now better known for its bluebonnets, still resonates, capturing a nostalgia for Ennis’ bustling past in the golden age of railroad travel and agricultural production. […]

Caldwell announces Ward 1 run


Local small business owner Weldon Caldwell is the first to announce his candidacy for the Ward 1 city commissioner seat in the May 7 general election. “I am not running on any specific platform except to say that I would like to see Ennis flourish and prosper with the continued quest to bring industry, retail […]

The Path to Downtown: Ennis Avenue

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Downtown planners have described Ennis Avenue as the concept that ties the whole downtown master plan together. Thriving is Ennis’ Interstate 45 corridor market, which, according to Mesa Planning Project Manager Ashley Shook, generates $328 million annually in sales, much higher than the projected potential for the area – $122.8 million. The question she and […]

City to look at tax increment financing; first meeting with new city manager in town

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Monday, the Ennis City Commission will get a chance to look at tax increment financing as an option for the downtown district. A project that has long been in the works, the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone would allot certain future property taxes in downtown to special uses such as infrastructure like water and sewer. A […]

Mall planned for Main Street in DMP

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] No downtown would be complete without a Main Street, and Ennis’ proposed downtown master plan wouldn’t be complete without a Main Street Mall. One of the largest attractions in the proposed plan, Mesa Planning’s project manager, Ashley Shook, says the idea for the Main Street Mall is to have a gathering space […]

Library looking to better utilize space

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The Ennis Public Library is looking to make a change to its Learning Center to free up some space. According to Children’s Librarian Kayti Kennedy, the decision comes after she was forced to turn away some kids during the library’s Summer Reading Program. The other reason for the space change, Kennedy says […]

Dallas Street is a focus point in DMP

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] This is the fourth of six articles in a series detailing aspects of the city’s proposed downtown master plan. The next two days, The Ennis Daily News will reveal two more pieces. Once home to the city’s sprawling interurban railway, the downtown master planners have a few ideas about what to do […]

South Plaza: DMP’s second anchor

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In the Ennis of the future, planners envision a north and south anchor for the historic downtown. In Tuesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News, we revealed the north anchor, which Mesa Planning calls the North Plaza. The south anchor, according to Mesa Project Manager Ashley Shook would then logically be called the South Plaza. […]

Caldwell making run at Ward 5

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Longtime Ennisite and local real estate agent Raymond Caldwell is the latest to publicly announce his intent to run in the city’s May 7 general election after filing his application Monday. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!</a>

Obstetrics services at Ennis Regional Medical Center to end

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Ennis Regional Medical Center today announced that it will soon discontinue obstetrics services. In a press release, ERMC said the change will be effective Thursday, Feb. 18. “Our hospital has always taken pride in providing mothers and their newborns with quality medical and nursing care,” said Alan Daugherty, CEO of Ennis Regional Medical Center. “However, […]

Local finance advisor making run at mayor

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Local Edward Jones Financial Advisor Angie Juenemann announced her decision to run for mayor Monday. “I’m running for mayor at this time because Ennis is at a critical point and needs a proven leader with unquestioned values, strong leadership qualities and a vision for the future,” she said Monday. “We must be […]

Ward 5 race has candidate

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ennis ISD Education Foundation President Bill Honza announced Monday that he will be running for Ward 5 commissioner. “I feel it is of the utmost importance to listen to the constituents of my ward and not just act on my own,” Honza said of the platform he is running on. “Far […]

Hejny running for Ward 3

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Ennis resident and Dallas lawyer Scott Hejny announced Monday that he is running for Ward 3 city commissioner. “The future of the city of Ennis is bright, especially with the hiring of Scott Dixon as city manager,” Hejny said in a release. “The downtown master plan has been unveiled, corporations are […]

North Plaza big idea in downtown master plan

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] In the coming days, The Ennis Daily News will reveal more parts of the downtown master plan. This article features one of the many projects the plan lays out. As more articles are printed, more of the plan – and its goals for implementation – will be revealed. Mesa Planning Project […]

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