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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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

Interim manager tapped for transition

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Ennis contracted for an interim city manager with First Texas Group on Monday night, an interim management and replacement services firm.

Incentives earn praise, criticism

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

Most residents present at Monday’s Ennis City Commission public hearing on downtown revitalization incentives spoke in support of the proposal, but a few had criticisms.

Downtown proposals up for public hearing Monday

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Ennis has officially scheduled a public hearing on the possibility of downtown redevelopment incentives at its regular 7 p.m. meeting Monday.

Bardwell stays low after rains

Ennis Daily News file photo / Precipitation has helped recharge Lake Bardwell to more than 417 feet elevation, but it is still low.

Rainfall that has come to the area since September has improved the water level of the city’s main source, but Lake Bardwell still remains far below its target elevation. Resting at 416.68 feet Thursday afternoon, the manmade, Corps of Engineers-managed reservoir was about 4.3 feet below the 421-foot level used as a normal resting elevation.

City shares data on downtown situation

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A city-led analysis of downtown casts revitalization work for historic structures as vital to the future of the area

Team looks at city needs

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A group of concerned citizens brought together by Faith Assembly of God pastor Darrell Nelson met Tuesday afternoon to discuss pressing needs in the community.

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