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Curry makes announcement for Precinct 3 constable race


Henry Curry publicly announced this week his candidacy for Precinct 3 Ellis County constable. “I am thankful to God for allowing me to be a candidate for Ellis County Constable Precinct 3,” Curry said in a release. Curry is currently employed as a deputy constable in Dallas’ Precinct 4 under Constable Roy Williams. He has […]

Pruitt running for Ward 1 seat


Ennis resident Rowdy Pruitt officially announced Friday his candidacy for the Ward 1 City Commission seat. Pruitt is a lifelong resident of Ennis and a resident in Ward 1 for the past 20 years. A 10-year member of the Ennis Building Standards Commission, Pruitt believes he has the public office experience to represent his ward. […]

Commission may approve upcoming events Monday


The Ennis City Commission will meet Monday at 7 p.m., and one item on the agenda is the city’s Fourth of July fireworks show, which debuted last year at the Texas Motorplex as part of the city’s Freedom Festival. The fireworks show would cost the city $30,000 and would need a budget amendment approved by […]

Library seeks what online survey says

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Mark Warde [email protected] Continuing their recent campaign, which spotlighted the remodeling of the learning center, the Ennis Public Library has launched their first online survey. The purpose is to assess the needs and input from the community. Leadership at the library have wanted to do a survey for some time. The intended results will keep […]

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The Sweetheart Banquet, as Lions Club knows it, is a time for Lions young and old to gather to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s also known as the club’s yearly award ceremony, where the coveted “Lion of the Year” award is unveiled. And Monday evening, at this year’s banquet, Lions Secretary Bob Taylor […]

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

City of Ennis

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

City of Ennis

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>

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