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Ennis Farmers Market set

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The community’s new farmers market initiative is gathering steam for an April 5 opening in downtown.

Coordinator job is first priority

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Downtown development advocates want the Ennis City Commission’s backing in further work on the city’s heart, including hiring a new person to oversee the effort.

GEDA pushing commission


The Ennis City Commission and Greater Ennis Development Alliance will share ideas at tonight’s regularly scheduled commission meeting.

Barricades come down after eight months

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Crews worked this morning to tear down barricades along Ennis Avenue that have been a fixture since the days after the May 16 tornado.

EEDC: Activity buzzing in Ennis


New Economic Development Director Marty Nelson shared his first multi-point update on the local economy Tuesday with the members of the Ennis Economic Development Corporation, including ongoing commercial construction activity in town.

UW keeps trying

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro  / The United Way’s fundraising sign isn’t a true reflection of the health of the campaign:?The total funds pledged has topped 75 percent in recent days, but is still short of the $325,000 goal as the deadline comes closer.

The Greater Ennis United Way is winding down its annual campaign as the Feb. 1 deadline looms.

Sales tax revenue droops


Ennis saw monthly sales tax revenue dip sharply in December, and this month’s payment from the state comptroller’s office is nearly 12 percent off last year’s allocation.

Alliance preparing pitch

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Members of the Greater Ennis Downtown Alliance will lobby the Ennis City Commission this month for a comprehensive development plan for the downtown.

Hatchel leads city in transition

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John Hatchel is confident Ennis is poised for a period of strong growth.

Ennis narrows manager choices


Ennis is edging closer to the decision point in its search for a new city manager.

City discussing its top job


The first Ennis City Commission meeting of 2014 is focused on a closed-door session at 7 p.m. Monday in the search for the new city manager.

Flu hitting hard in Texas, Ennis included

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Bardwell’s rising

Ennis Daily News file photo / Precipitation has helped recharge Lake Bardwell to more than 417 feet elevation, but it is still low.

Nearly five inches of rain over the last six weeks has helped boost the elevation of Lake Bardwell further away from conservation stage levels, though the city’s conservation plan remains in effect at the time being.

Investors to tap city incentives

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George Wartsbaugh and Ross Massengill, the co-owners of the MW Emporium building at the corner of Ennis Avenue and Dallas Street, are going to be among the first filing for support from Ennis for rejuvenation work on their downtown property.

See you around, Mr. Howerton

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Friends, family, city employees and guests joined outgoing City Manager Steve Howerton (center)?during his last public appearance in that capacity Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ennis for a reception in his honor. Howerton was presented with a plaque from the city and Ennis Chamber of Commerce in honor of his service, as well as a recognition from the American Legion Post No. 361 in Ennis and a resolution from State Rep. Jim Pitts. Howerton has received several state-level recognitions during his tenure as manager of the city, for years of service, outstanding achievement, civic involvement and other accomplishments.


The light show is under way

Submitted photos / The Castillo family at 907 E. Crockett are among the winners of this year’s Lights of Ennis residential lighting awards.

The Lights of Ennis home-lighting contest has its winners.

City pares manager list to 10


The list of candidates for the next city manager in Ennis is narrowing. Of 40 applicants for the city’s top job, search firm leader Chris Hartung sent formal questionnaires to 20 that helped him narrow the field to 10 candidates.

Downtown incentives open


Downtown development incentives are now in effect, and property owners can gather paperwork and apply starting today.

Incentives package up for final OK


The Ennis City Commission will hold its second and final vote on the city’s historic preservation incentives for downtown Monday.

District boosts United Way

Submitted photo / Ennis ISD raised $32,313.75 for their contribution to this year’s Greater Ennis United Way campaign. Pictured are EHS Principal David Averett, EISD Director of Communications Henry Martinez, Julie Casas, United Way Executive Director Eliza Fulton, Dr. Bill Kinsey, Jack Lummus Intermediate Principal Lori Redning, and Michelle Beard.

Ennis ISD completed its annual United Way campaign on Thursday, passing last year’s donation record and delivering much needed help to the campaign.

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