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Third fire station taking shape

Earlier this year the city of Ennis named the land site for Fire Station No. 3. At Tuesday’s commission meeting ,commissioners approved a bid to a local contractor to give the go-ahead to start groundwork and the engineering for connecting water and sewer lines to the future station, situated on a 2.3- acre plot of […]

NHRA Finals, Fan Fest essential to city’s downtown vision

According to the city’s economic development corporation, this weekend’s NHRA Finals at the Ennis Motorplex and events like Fan Fest are essential to the city’s long term branding initiative and are key components to driving people to the downtown sector. “Festivals are one of the key ‘entry points’ for visitors and guests.” said Marty Nelson, […]

Commission approves IOOF Park pavillion

In a narrow 4-3 vote, the Ennis City Commission approved an additional $50,000 for IOOF Park at Fairview for the construction of a pavilion. The city had already approved $125,000 for park improvements, but commissioner Marco Hernandez said additional monies are needed to install a pavillion. “I originally asked for $175,000 for this project but […]

Fighting Alzheimer’s

Walkers take off from the starting line of Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in downtown Ennis. Read the full story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

City commission set to approve amenities at Jaycee, IOOF parks

The Ennis City Commission is moving ahead with its master parks plan, where it was expected to approve $81,477.94 in equipment and improvements for IOOF at Fairview Park and a grant award from Fitness America for Jaycee Park for the construction of an outdoor fitness facility Tuesday night. Read the full story and more in […]

City receives feedback on rebranding initiative

The Ennis City Commission got a first hand report from staff regarding its branding efforts after a small pool of people were surveyed about what they like and dislike about the city during it’s last scheduled meeting. The results are the ongoing developments of the “Ennis Is Awesome” branding campaign the city implemented. Read the […]

City seeks new airport location

Optimistic discussion about a replacement Ennis airport filled the air during a public meeting on Wednesday at the public library. Mayor pro-tem Matt Walker opened the dialogue, which would include city manager Scott Dixon and representatives from regional airport builders, KSA Engineers. “We are excited about the possibilities we’re entertaining,” he said, “and we will […]

Ennis, Waxahachie firefighters kick off pink t-shirt campaign

Firefighters are gearing up to assist in the fight against cancer with the Ennis Fire Department’s annual pink t-shirt campaign. Sales started on Friday. “We have ben participating for the past six or seven years now,” said Ennis firefighter Blake Butler. “But it really has become a nationwide effort by fire departments all across the […]

City amends smoking ordinance to include vaping

During last week’s Ennis city commission meeting, commissioner’s unanimously approved amending its smoking ordinance to include vaping. City Manager Scott Dixon said the city has fielded several complaints over the summer where residents said that vapor from patrons at city parks has become an issue, particularly from patrons at ball fields. Read the full story […]

New park is downtown shining attraction

Long awaited, the new Minnie McDowal Park was dedicated in downtown Ennis last weekend. No mere upgrade or facelift, the completely redesigned park was very well received during a dedication ceremony that included past and present leaders, officials, business people, even a little girl who had the honors of cutting the ribbon. Leaders from Ennis […]

City Commission Establishes Sex Offender Ordinance

The Ennis City Commission unanimously approved an ordinance that addresses where registered sex offenders can and cannot live within city limits. Until Tuesday night’s Ennis City Commission meeting, the city had nothing on the books in regards to where registered offenders could reside in the city. Under state law, all offenders either on probation or […]

Bark in the Park

Local kennel clubs are uniting for a free city-wide event for dog owners, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, at Jaycee Park in Ennis. Bark in the Park Fun Day is dog and family friendly, according to one of the event organizers, Carlton Myers. Read the full story and more in your Weekday edition of The […]

Miguel’s Tex-Mex Ready For Re-Grand Opening

It’s been six long months and Miguel Nuño is ready to see some smiling, familiar faces. Nuño, who owns Miguel’s Tex-Mex, will reopen at 1108 Lake Bardwell, directly across from Ennis High School this Friday. Nuño has been diligently rebuilding his eatery after a tornado ripped through that part of the city destroying the restaurant […]

Minnie McDowal Park Dedication Slated For Saturday

Construction is nearing completion on the revamped Minnie McDowal Park, which is slated for a dedication ceremony on Sept. 16 at 10 am. The park is the city’s first stepping stone in a series of park related project series a part of a master parks plans that will address adding amenities to existing parks, while […]

Remembrance 9/11 Ceremony slated for Monday

A 9/11-remembrance ceremony will take place on Monday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. outside the American Legion, 706 Rumbo Road. The ceremony will take place around the legion’s flagpole. It will be a short time to remember the tragic day in our country’s history. The ceremony will include lowering an American flag to half-mast, short […]

City approves tax increase

The Ennis City Commission approved its FY 2017-2018 annual operating budget on Tuesday night, and made a few tweaks. It also approved and ratified a property tax increase. The approval also appropriated resources for municipal operations and to sinking funds to pay interest and principal on the city’s debt. As part of a budget amendment […]

Chamber Auction deserves Ennis’ support

An economically thriving Ennis is a good Ennis. When it comes to business, there are few organizations as important as the Ennis Chamber of Commerce, and Saturday evening is a good time to support them, when it will hold a fundraiser auction night at Sokol Hall. For the past 34 years, the Chamber has relied […]

Chamber hosts Auctionopoly on Sept. 9

Ennis Chamber of Commerce will host its 34th annual auction on Saturday night, Sept. 9, at Sokol Hall. The event, which opens with a catered ribeye dinner, is set to an Auctionopoly theme. In previous years the auction lasted until 11 p.m. A year ago a strategic plan divided the bidding into three different auctions: […]

City Commission approves master parks plan

The Ennis City Commission approved a master park plans during a regularly scheduled meeting last week. Ennis City Manager Scott Dixon said the master plan, an outline used to explore strategies for all current and future parks, focuses on not only maintaining, but also adding amenities. Some of the future projects on the master plan […]

Ennis Ave. project eyes Dec. finish

The Texas Department of Transportation projects a completion date of Dec. 30 for the Ennis Avenue/Business 287 widening that will add a center turn lane from Clay Street to McKinney Street. According to Ellis and Navarro County area engineer Darwin Meyers, the project is on schedule at this point after some early delays. Read the […]

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