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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.

Sales tax up 7.5 percent for the year


The last sales tax allocation of 2013 is in, and Ennis is ending the year above 2012’s total revenue by more than 7.5 percent overall.

Backpack program need rises

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Local charity organizer and Ennis Economic Development Coordinator Marty Nelson says the Lion Cubs food backpack program needs some help getting through the holiday season.

TeleTech is hiring again


TeleTech has announced it needs to fill more than 200 new customer support representative positions by Jan. 1, 2014 in its Ennis contact center.

Ice hardens

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Scenes like this were not uncommon as the weekend started — ice accumulation on trees and power lines has caused a number of power outages overnight. Roads were largely passable as the weekend began, however.

Ennis was largely spared the icy road conditions that plagued areas north in the DFW Metroplex on Friday, but power outage problems were still persistent in areas around town as the weekend settled in and the freeze hardened.

Parade still set to roll

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The annual Ennis Christmas Parade of Lights must roll on Monday.

GAKAC Christmas event forging ahead

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Give a Kid a Chance head Marty Nelson said today’s second Christmas celebration is still on today at San Jacinto Auditorium.

More than 1,000 without power

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Power outages this morning have blackened traffic lights along Ennis Avenue east of the downtown railroad tracks.

Power is out in eastern Ennis as ice accumulations have downed trees and lines in the area.

Freeze settling


Conditions in Ennis were not yet too treacherous for workers to make their way around town this morning, but temperatures are forecast to dip into the teens and the high Saturday is not expected to crack 30 degrees.

Deep freeze feared

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A winter storm warning is in effect overnight tonight for Ellis County and areas north, with concerns about temperatures below freezing persisting for several days and driving conditions becoming treacherous and staying that way.

Lake: We aren’t out yet


As Ennis City Commission members prepared to give their OK to historic preservation tax breaks and grants, Jim Lake and Amanda Moreno spoke to assure the community they are still interested in working on development in downtown.

Commission to vote on incentives program


The ordinances under consideration since October to provide incentives for downtown redevelopment are up for their first official vote after a public hearing by the Ennis City Commission on Monday.

Ceremony includes Santa’s No. 1 elf

Ennis Daily News file photo / With Santa always busy preparing for his ride in the annual Christmas Parade of Lights, the downtown lighting ceremony will include one of his helpers, Elf Uno, making an appearance this year.

Before the parade rolls Thursday, it’ll be time for the long-awaited Lights of Ennis to shine in downtown.

Parade of Lights poised on Thursday

Ennis Daily News file photo / The SPJST was just one of the organizations that participated in the 2012 Ennis Christmas Parade of Lights.

Participation in the Ennis Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade of Lights on Dec. 5 almost doubled last week as participants rushed to submit their applications.

City aims to reopen Ennis Avenue today after leak shutters road

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / The leak at Ennis Avenue and NE. Main Street closed the crossing for about four hours, but the road is expected to be clear tonight.

Ennis Avenue will remain shut down at the downtown railroad crossing around Main Street as city crews work on repairing a leak that undermined the road earlier today, with reopening expected this evening.

City incentive package may not be rich enough for deal

EDN file photo / The hard-hit building at 213 W. Ennis Ave. remains in limbo.

The Jim Lake Group may not be doing any development in Ennis after all.

City’s grant plans change


City commissioners have tweaked proposals for tax abatements and grants for downtown historic redevelopment, reaching out to a group of property owners who were overlooked in initial drafts of the incentives program.

City sets incentives workshop

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The public packed a hearing on downtown revitalization incentives at the Ennis City Commission’s Monday meeting.

After a Nov. 18 public hearing on proposed ordinances to award grants and tax breaks to downtown developers, the Ennis City Commission is meeting again for more discussion.

Parade deadline nears

Ennis Daily News file photo / The deadline for parade signups has been pushed back from Friday to Wednesday. The map of the parade route will publish in the Ennis Daily News on Dec. 1 and 4.

The Ennis Chamber of Commerce is looking for more entries to fill out this year’s Christmas Parade of Lights on Dec. 5. Chamber President Jeannette Patak said applications will be accepted until Wednesday.

‘Loans’ proposal reworked to ‘grants’


In response to developers’ concerns, Ennis reworked part of its planned downtown historic rehabilitation project incentives package.

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