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Pet Parade premiers at Ennis library

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The Ennis Public Library hosted its first-ever Pet Parade on Saturday. According to Jessica Diaz, the library director, close to 60 people attended to walk their pets or watch as pets made the block on leashes. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

Superheroes theme for Ennis Library summer reading program

EDN photo by Phil Banker / Local artist Elsa Parks works on a quick sketch for the kids of the Ennis Public Library's Summer Reading Program on Tuesday afternoon. The Summer Reading Program is held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays. All local children and their families are invited to attend.

The Ennis Public Library is a great place for families to spend time together, learn, and be inspired this summer thanks to the 2015 National Summer Reading Programs “Every Hero Has a Story!” and “Unmask.” Reading programs are a free, efficient, fun way to incorporate reading and related activities into summer family time. Having access […]

Ennis Commission holds off on amendment

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Two weeks after city staff asked the City Commission for a roughly $420,000 budget amendment for the current fiscal year, commissioners still couldn’t reach a decision Monday evening, putting the city’s downtown master plan and funding for the scheduled Fourth of July fireworks show on hold. Part of the reason some of the commissioners chose […]

Care Flight team introduced at Lions

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During Wednesday’s program at the Lions Club, Chief Executive Officer James Swartz introduced the luncheon audience to local representatives and staffers from Care Flight, who recently began providing emergency services to 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!

Facade improvement program started in Ennis

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Add another reason to the list as to why so many building owners are fixing up downtown Ennis. At last Monday’s City Commission meeting, the city approved a façade improvement program for historic downtown. Basically, if you’re a building owner downtown and you want to improve the exterior of your building, the city will pay […]

Progress on saving Ennis’ oldest house

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Saving a piece of history isn’t easy, but it’s important. As demolition of the Loggins-Mulkey house approaches, take a second to read about the history of this historic home, which sits on a plot of land at 110 N. Elm St. The Loggins-Mulkey house of Ennis, Texas is deeply rooted in the early history of […]

Theatre Rocks! offering Godspell

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“Godspell,” the Old Saxson word for the modern English word “gospel,” is the title to the upcoming production at Theatre Rocks! Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Opening Friday April 25, and running three weekends, “Godspell,” which was created by John-Michael Tebelak […]

City growth prompts re-signing retail contract

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As the city continues to grow, businesses are showing more and more interest in Ennis. The Ennis Economic Development Corporation (EDC) signed a 12-month contract with Retail Coach, a business that specializes in gathering data and helping Ennis recruit new retailers, on Tuesday. Recently, Retail Coach has helped to recruit new businesses that Aaron Farmer, […]

Bluebonnets, visitors reaching peak

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This weekend’s Bluebonnet Trails Festival, which usually coincides with San Jacinto Day, is right on schedule with followers of state flower. “We are looking forward to a great festival this weekend,” said Sandy Anderson, chairperson of the BTF. “All trails will be ready to travel for the best views of Ennis bluebonnets. Anderson said the […]

Ennis, Motorplex team for July 4 fireworks

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The City of Ennis will be hosting a free fireworks show for the public on Saturday, July 4th at Texas Motorplex. It will be the first time a major fireworks display has been set off at the historic facility in several years and the first time the City of Ennis is producing a large-scale holiday […]

High-speed rail meeting here Thursday

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The Dallas-Houston high-speed rail has been a controversial topic among Ennis residents, farmers and property owners since the project’s inception. Two of the possible lines cut through Ennis, while one passes outside the city. Some people in Ennis don’t understand why, as the railway would only pass through Ennis, with no stops near the city […]

Farmer opposes high-speed train

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Expressing a dogged determination to stand up to what many feel is the inevitable high speed rail, Ennis farmer Bob Beakley pulls no punches. Stating the proposed location for the train will tear his property apart, the mild-mannered Beakley gets his dander up at the thought of being railroaded by the Texas Central Railway. As […]

Ennis Public Theatre K.I.D.S. Auditions set

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Ennis Public Theatre K.I.D.S. is proud to announce auditions for JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and the teen production of THE YELLOW BOAT. Auditions are scheduled for this weekend, April 18-19. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Wray hits hot topics in town hall meeting

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A buzzing, crowded City Hall was the place to be for State Rep. John Wray’s first-ever town hall meeting as a House representative. Sitting before him were a group of citizens whom, after a 30-minute presentation, which included local news of his District Office opening in Waxahachie and news from the State Capitol in Austin, […]

Ennis author’s Christian novels are redefining the genre

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A local pastor’s wife has started her own ministry of a kind, a literary one that complements her husband’s work, yet charts her own Christian course. Tammy L. Gray, wife of Tabernacle Baptist Church’s Pastor Todd Gray, and mother of three young children, has found her creative destiny as a writer, incorporating traditional morals and […]

Ennis Main Street picks MESA Design Group

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

After live interviews with prospective businesses who specialize in revitalizing historic downtowns, the Ennis Main Street board voted unanimously in favor of MESA Design Group of Dallas. The international firm is a leader in landscape architecture, planning and urban design with 35 years in downtown restoration. They will come alongside Ennis is developing conceptual and […]

Disc golf course sponsors sought

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Efforts to install a municipal disc golf course in Ennis are in need of help from local businesses. Former City Commissioner Jess Haupt said Monday that businesses can get their name posted on baskets or at the beginning of the course by donating to the course’s construction. The construction for the course, which will be […]

Milam fire damage estimate at $80,000, family getting assistance

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A fire that occurred in the 300 block of West Milam last Friday appeared in the Sunday edition of The Ennis Daily News. Fire marshal Chad Wester says the damage is estimated at nearly $80,000 in total. “Contents of the house, about 15 to 20,000 (dollars), and the house, you’re probably looking at $50,000 to […]

Farmers Market has new coordinator

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Saturday’s second season debut of the Ennis Farmers Market was the first for Jeremy Simmons, who was recently hired as the new coordinator of the event. An Ennis resident, EHS graduate and current student at Dallas Baptist University will assist Becky McCarty, Main Street manager. The Farmers Market is listed under the MS umbrella. See […]

Home for the Brave Gala draws 300

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A crowd of nearly 300 packed the Champions Club at the Texas Motorplex on Saturday for an “Evening with American Heroes.” The event, hosted by Home For The Brave, was a fundraiser for the organization’s project – building an Ennis home for Marine Cpl. Cody Jones, his wife Alexis and their family. See the report in the […]

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