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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 […]

GAKAC, partners with a purpose

A decade of serving the needs of the Ennis community over the weekend witnessed Give A Kid A Chance help close to 1,400 students and families. The annual back-to-school project collaborates with a host of organizations, athletic teams, cheerleaders, businesses, churches and the EISD. According to organizer Marty Nelson, 20-25 local service providers were at […]

Ennis Avenue receives work

Workers with Durable Specialties Inc., of Waxahachie install new wiring, street lights and poles at the intersection of W. Ennis Ave., and N. Clay on Tuesday morning. Read the full story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Want to prevent gridlock? Get off the sidelines.

It’s easy to sit at home and complain about civic affairs. With the advent of Facebook and other forms of social media, the spectrum has shifted from private bashing, to a more public venue, but with the same end result – no cause of action from the individual with the grievance. Last week, the city […]

City tax rate set to increase

The city commission established a new maximum tax rate for the 2017-2018 fiscal year at Tuesday’s meeting, although the actual tax rate is not likely to be approved until next month. The commission adopted to set the price ceiling at $0.736 per $100 valuation, with the finalized value not to exceed the rollback rate value […]

Blooming Grove hires Ennis ISD officer Taylor

For the second time this year, a member of the Ennis Independent School District police department has departed for a head position at a nearby public school system. Kevin L. Taylor, 47, resigned from the EISD to become the new police chief at Blooming Grove ISD. His position will provide coverage at three campuses with […]

City releases timeline for projects

The City of Ennis released a five-year plan for 10 upcoming projects this week, all of which are slated to be completed by 2022, and which will carry a total price tag of $144,300,000 collectively. “This is a great snapshot of all the amazing projects happening in our city over the next five years,” said […]

City manager keeps Rotary informed

Rotarian and City Manager Scott Dixon informed the Rotary Club of Ennis of the city’s community improvement plan, which will take place through 2021. Rotary President and local attorney Marcie Schanfish stands to his right. Read the full story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Farmers Market preparing for final months

Entering their final three months of the 2017 season, Ennis Farmers Market appears to be saving their best for last. Five special events are on tap, starting with the grand opening of the new Minnie McDowal Park on Sat., Sept. 16. The long-awaited finish of the downtown park will include live music, though the name […]

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