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Bluebonnets in bloom

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Ennis Bluebonnets have begun blooming in select parts of the community, with some significant coverage beginning in areas around I-45. This photo was taken off Biloxi Drive.

Bluebonnets are blooming in Ennis.

Last barricades are down

EDN Photo by Nick Todaro / Work crews cleared the last barricades standing in downtown Ennis on Friday, just a bit more than 10 months after they went up in the aftermath of the EF-1 tornado on May 17, 2013.

Ennis residents saw their downtown on Friday shed the last scraps of wood that stood sentry over damage caused by last May’s tornado.

Retail Coach focusing on Ennis


Ennis has partnered with a company that specializes in retail recruitment for communities like ours.

More barricades coming down

Ennis Daily News photo by Nick Todaro / Ten months after the tornado in downtown, another set of barricades along Ennis Avenue came down this morning.

Ten months after the tornado in downtown, another set of barricades along Ennis Avenue came down this morning.

City preparing Main Street application


The Ennis City Commission has put its application for the Texas Main Street Program into the hands of local resident Dennis Zembala.

Market grows to bursting

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The Ennis Farmer’s Market may fill its available space on its first weekend.

Ewings starts as city manager

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The Ennis City Commission welcomed new City Manager Chuck Ewings at their Monday night meeting, while saying goodbye to interim City Manager John Hatchel.

Tax revenue stays in black

Ennis again posted gains in its sales tax revenue totals for the month of February.

Expo preparations underway

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The Ennis Economic Development Corporation approved putting up more than $16,000 to improve electrical systems in the downtown festival zones ahead of this year’s spring festival activity.

Family Dollar seeking plan OK

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The Ennis Planning and Zoning Commission is the first stop for a new location for Family Dollar near the intersection of Clay Street and Lake Bardwell Drive.

Market’s steam continues building

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The Ennis Farmer’s Market has continued to see its vendor base grow ahead of its April 26 opening, with about 25 on the roster this week.

287 in ‘punch list’ phase

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Traffic has flowed freely along the Phase I section of the U.S. 287 Bypass, with work listed at 95 percent complete.

The drawn-out first phase of construction on the U.S. 287 Bypass began construction four years ago and faced a number of delays, but it has reached the “punch list” segment of the project that signifies it’s near the official completion mark.

Church answers call for aid in ice

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The city of Ennis worked together with the First United Methodist Church on Sunday night to offer shelter to travelers stranded on Interstate 45 by icy weather.

Ennis sells $6 million road bonds


Bond sales for the city’s 2014 street improvement program were approved Monday at a lower interest rate than planned, producing potential savings over the course of the 20-year obligation.

Streets clearing, school start up in the air


While roads throughout Ennis continue to clear, further freezing weather threatens to bring on another deep freeze tonight. Interim City Manager John Hatchel said while some residential streets remain icy, most of the city’s main thoroughfares are clear enough for traffic. “Right now, the major streets are pretty dry,” Hatchel said. However, he said freezing […]

ERCOT: Consumers asked to conserve electricity this morning

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AUSTIN – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers to limit their electric use as much as possible this morning.

City set for one May race


Filing for citywide elections ended Friday, with all but one race — Ward 3 commissioner — decided outright by a lack of opponents to face incumbents.

Market hits 20 vendors

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The city’s Farmers Market, preparing for an April 26 opening, has 20 vendors ready to participate, said Economic Development Director Marty Nelson.

Vendors jump in market

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The Ennis Farmers Market needs a few more vendors, but enthusiasm has been good and a number of sellers have signed on for the April 26 opening, said Ennis Economic Development Director Marty Nelson.

City courting industries


Ennis Economic Development Coordinator Marty Nelson reported the city is in talks with five different industrial players who could bring more than 2,300 jobs to the community.

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