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City to discuss withheld report on Thursday

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] A source within the Ennis City Commission has confirmed that the withheld attorney report regarding Ennis Economic Development Corporation procedures will openly be discussed Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. The event is formally labeled as a “City Tax Seminar.” The report was first drafted in the summer […]

United Way donations rolling in


Justin Tubbs [email protected] So far in its fundraising campaign, the Greater Ennis United Way is up $15,000 from where it was in its efforts a year ago. With a goal of $340,000, which will go to non-profits and charity agencies in and around Ennis, the campaign has raised a total of $156,000 to this point. […]

Wounded veteran Cody Jones and family now proud Ennisites

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor Retired Marine Cpl. Cody Jones, his wife and children will soon settle into their new custom-built, mortgage-free home in the Promontory Point addition of Ennis. The $250,000 house, completed through donations of funds and labor by local citizens and businesses, was formally dedicated and the keys to the residence presented to […]

Local Operation Christmas Child efforts begin

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] When Marcey and Jerry Norman started brought Operation Christmas Child to their church, First United Methodist, 10 years ago, they hoped it would get to where it is today. The international charity organization aims to give Christmas to children who wouldn’t have it otherwise. Marcey says the idea is to fill a […]

Old buildings validated by restoration: West Knox, North Dallas streets revived by preservation

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Mark Warde [email protected] Momentum of rebuilding downtown Ennis gains with each edifice that is preserved or restored for modern-day use. David Lindauer has caught the vision of reviving history. The retired insurance executive is converting the 100-year old, two-story Calhoun building, located at 200 W. Knox St. at the corner of North Dallas. Formerly Calhoun’s […]

City passes ordinance to move forward with Sterilite project


Justin Tubbs [email protected] On Monday the Ennis City Commission unanimously approved the Economic Development Corporation budget amendment of $250,000 to allow for an economic development agreement with Sterilite Corporation. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Beyond the Cole: Family Remembers Hometown Hero

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By Shawn L. Lane Special to The EDN While James Gauna was being given an exclusive tour of the renovated USS Cole’s corridors and upper decks it became a surreal moment for him. As he walked through the galleys he could feel a sense of reality settling in and a young spirit almost talking to […]

EAC disperses funds to art groups


Mark Warde [email protected] Gina Rokas, in explaining the purpose of the Ennis Arts Commission’s distribution of funds for local arts and cultural venues, said the process includes events that are open to the public. “It’s why we allow organizations an opportunity to apply for funding,” said Rokas, tourism director for the City of Ennis. See […]

Portal to History Opening at Library

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / It’s been four years since an anonymous donation put nearly $640,000 down for a project to expand the Ennis Public Library, but no formal plans have been developed for the expansion.

Ana Krahmer, supervisor of UNT’s Digital Newspaper Unit, will conduct a presentation at the Ennis Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, regarding using The Portal to Texas History in historical and genealogical research, with an emphasis on working with newspapers on the Portal. This presentation is open to the public, and attendees […]

Tour through the past: Myrtle Meander teaching history second straight year

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Whether you’re a history buff or an enthusiast for live theater, the Myrtle Cemetery is the place to be Thursday. For the second straight year, the Ennis Historical Society, in collaboration with Ennis Public Theatre, will present Myrtle Meander, a tour of some of the better-known gravesites in Myrtle Cemetery. See the […]

A spirited history: Harriett Adams loves Ennis, her home and its ghosts

wIn 2003 on the front steps of her home, the  happily-haunted Raphael House, Harriett Adams poses with her late canine  pal, Jospehine, dressed in her Czech best

Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor A house without a heart is not a home, so the saying goes. A house without a ghost isn’t either, adds Harriett Adams of Ennis. The successful interior designer whose clients, hailing from New York to Houston, have come to rely on her elegant yet practical taste, has lived in Ennis […]

A love that lasts: Margie Norum shares advice to families facing Alzheimer’s

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor For locals, Palmer resident Margie Norum’s name and face are synonymous with the caring grace she’s imparted for 13 years to the public as volunteer coordinator for Family First Hospice. Recently retired from that career, she remains as active as ever, volunteering herself now for the company she says “still holds […]

Another brick in the wall: Ennis native collects them by the thousands

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When 70-year old Milton Booher speaks of his affection for his brick barn, it has nothing to do with the Commodores’ 1977 hit song, “Brick House.” “But I remember that song,” he says with a laugh. Instead, the lifelong resident of Ennis has a 30-foot by 20-foot garage he refers to as his brick barn, […]

Leggett & Platt could add 60 jobs


A swift city commission meeting Monday evening at City Hall included an update on an industrial project, revealing the Economic Development Corporation could be closer to closing a deal that would add at least 60 new jobs in Ennis. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

Honoring a Giant: Jack Lummus to be inducted into New York’s Ring of Honor

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World War II hero and one of Ennis’ greatest sons, Jack Lummus, will be inducted into the New York Giants’ Ring of Honor alongside three other Giants greats. The inducation will occur Sunday at halftime of the New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers game in New Jersey. Lummus is famous locally and beyond for his efforts […]

KJZT donates to Helping Hands

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Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas-KJZT Society #16 held a fundraiser benefiting Helping Hands of Ennis. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Kin to the West: Famed gunfighter’s family settled in Ennis

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Details are sketchy about the Old West outlaws believed to have plied their trade in Ennis’ early days but the family of one famous gunslinger was among this city’s pioneer residents. John Wesley Hardin, the legendary gunfighter, never set his spurs –– or waved his .44-caliber –– in Ennis but some of his uncles, aunts […]

Walker addresses questions at town hall meeting

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While Mayor Pro-Tem Matt Walker anticipated his town hall meeting Thursday might have been a difficult one in the wake of city manager Chuck Ewings’ resignation, which became official Friday, the question-and-answer session turned more into a scatter shoot as he took on topics one at a time. Other topics included streets, the city’s comprehensive […]

Still Ticking: Frank’s Towne historic clock sent for repair, brings back memories

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When Henrietta Novotny’s husband, Frank, died of cancer in 1998, one of his last wishes was to close their iconic downtown jewelry store Frank’s Towne. While the Novotnys’ aim was to always provide a reliable shopping experience and to develop a relationship with the community, they would never have imagined their legacy would still be […]

Progress continues but donations still needed


Construction is ongoing at the site of the custom home being built for a disabled veteran and his family but monetary contributions as well as donations of supplies and labor are needed to help complete the worthy cause. Originally from Grandview, Marine Cpl. Cody Jones will be an Ennisite once the mortgage-free brick abode is […]

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