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Family grieving victim of suspected homicide

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Jo Ann Doherty visited with her father, Lester Bentle, daily before Friday, when his life was tragically taken in a car fire that police are now treating as a homicide investigation. She said oftentimes she would sit with her 89-year-old father for a couple hours a day, unaware of how much time […]

Ennis Library welcomes endowment gifts

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Mark Warde [email protected] Friends of the Ennis Public Library endowment are inviting area residents to consider supporting the trust fund that benefits the library and its many patrons. Mary Helen Smith, the group’s temporary chairman, says the EPL endowment, which began in 1990, “allows the purchase of new books, new materials and new technology, all […]

Ennis firefighters still hope to restore old truck


Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor The catchphrase “what’s old is new again” is one the Ennis Firefighters Association is counting on Local firefighters believe in saving history as well as lives, and a project that’s been put on hold (but has never left their hearts) is the restoration of a 1927 fire engine they hope can […]

460 Ennis industrial acres on market

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] A 460-acre industrial park in Ennis is on the market, according to a Dallas Business Journal article. A Phoenix-based investment group who owns the park hired major marketing firm Colliers International to market the property, now being rebranded as the Southgate Industrial Park. According to Economic Development Coordinator Marty Nelson, the […]

Large crowd takes in LOE


Mark Warde [email protected] A large and enthusiastic crowd lined the streets for the annual Lights of Ennis parade on Thursday. They would not be disappointed. Chocked full of activities going on simultaneously, thousands came early. Some came late. Santa and Mrs. Claus, as per their usual, were right on time. Taking a break from their […]

Broadway-style musical on streets of Ennis

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Mark Warde [email protected] New Hope Church is presenting three-nightly outdoor productions of the holiday musical, “Christmas Celebration,” this weekend. Scheduled for two 45-minute acts, the downtown event will start at 7 p.m. during Dec. 4-6. Think – Broadway meets Gospel, during a musical filled with traditional Christmas themes, observers of the free venue will see […]

Downtown deal differs from past ones


Justin Tubbs [email protected] A review of some major projects shows the City and Ennis Economic Development Corporation used proper procedures in the past when it comes to land acquisition deals. With attorney Jeff Moore’s report recently saying that the EDC’s acquisition of the old Safeway property at 302 N. Dallas St. violated Local Government Code, […]

Update: School officials: Sinkhole result of busted pipe

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UPDATE: 12/6/15: An unusual sight for Ennisites, the sinkhole at William B. Travis Elementary School has been uncovered as the result of a broken pipe, according to school officials.   Justin Tubbs [email protected] The sinkhole found last week behind the Travis Elementary School campus will be excavated Wednesday to determine what caused it, according to […]

Attorney opinion: Multiple violations made in Old Safeway purchase

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] According to an attorney’s opinion obtained by The Ennis Daily News, the Ennis Economic Development Corporation committed multiple violations in the purchase of 302 N. Dallas Street, commonly referred to as the Old Safeway building, a property currently being discussed by city officials as a potential catalyst project to boost the downtown […]

Looking like Christmas

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Mark Warde [email protected] Thursday evening lights up and tunes up the city for the advent of the Christmas season. Annual, though always adding plenty of new twists, the Lights of Ennis brings its parade at 7 p.m., and a plethora of attractions before and after to appeal to children, youth and adults of all ages. […]

Christmas Play Setup

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Valentine Ramirez adjusts lighting before they rise in preparation of the Dec. 4-6 holiday musical, “Christmas Celebration.” It will be outdoors, on the corner of Ennis Ave. and SW Main Street at 7 p.m. nightly. Admission is free to the public.   See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here to sign […]

Lights of Ennis set for Dec. 3

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Mark Warde [email protected] Nearing 20 years of chasing the Bah-Humbug from town, the Lights of Ennis is just days away from officially kicking off the holiday season. Slated for the downtown historic district from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, the Christmas Parade of Lights and block party will take place. The corner of North […]

City manager search down to 8


Justin Tubbs [email protected] The search for a new city manager, which has gone on for the past two-and-a-half months is down to eight candidates now, according to Mayor Russell Thomas. “At the last meeting, we met and narrowed the search down to eight,” he said. “The next step is video interviews, so we can look […]

Ennis Public Theatre will close their 2015 Season

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Ennis Public Theatre will close their 2015 Season with the popular, Tony Award-winning SHREK THE MUSICAL, presented by Ennis Public Theatre K.I.D.S., directed by James Pritchett, choreographed by Glenda Quinn, with vocal direction by Shelly Aubrey. Running December 5, 6, 12, & 13 at 2:30pm and December 5, 10, 11, & 12 at 7:00pm at […]

Going against the flow; Area veterans counter national passivity

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Mark Warde editor @ennisdailynews.com There is nothing like personal experience to heighten the insights of people. So when five former military veterans from Ennis came together to discuss current events as they relate to the United States, they felt qualified to share their views. Paul Richter, who served during World War II, three Vietnam vets […]

Monkey business; Recalling Ennis’ own Simian wonder

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor Local photographer Henry (H.A.) Maresh made his mark with a popular W. Ennis Ave. studio that served this city for nearly 50 years, from 1916 to 1963. But he also provided unexpected entertainment for hundreds of townspeople who crowded around the backyard fence of his home at the corner of E. […]

Otto Carroll, a sentimental journey

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Mark Warde [email protected] When Otto Carroll was born, movies were black-and-white and a ticket to see one cost 10 to 15 cents if you were a kid. The peanut butter industry just began and a loaf of bread was seven cents. The journal Motor Age indicated the sticker price on a typical car was $2,005. […]

City seminar: tax law not black and white


Justin Tubbs [email protected] A city tax seminar Thursday afternoon revealed the Ennis Economic Development Corporation may have overstepped its bounds more than once, but one point expressed by city-contracted attorney Jeff Moore, who led the seminar, was that laws relating to the Type B sales tax which funds the EDC are not always clear; and […]

Ennis Main Street says celebrate Small Business

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Becky McCarty, Ennis Main Street manager announced its participation in the sixth annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 to support small businesses in Downtown Ennis. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the […]

Citizens bring complaints, concerns to Commission


Justin Tubbs [email protected] The Ennis City Commission heard public comment on a number of perceived issues Monday night at City Hall. The Ennis Soccer Association took the greater part of the beginning of the meeting to express its displeasure with the quality of the soccer fields at Veterans Memorial Park, and another citizen asked the […]

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