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Engineer explains profession to Palmer students

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  Nikole Wadddle Contributor Ms. Elizabeth Borstad, Corsicana’s city engineer, visited Palmer High School’s algebra students last week. She gave students a brief overview of the profession, including the various types of engineers and for what they are responsible, the education involved, as well as an explanation of various types of support staff associated with […]

Classifieds for Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Classifieds for February 2, 2016

What to do when the zombies come

They’re coming! Yes, they are! No, not the British. Not the aliens either. They supposedly built the pyramids and everything else we need an answer for. Nope, not even the coming water shortage. Did you hear about T. Boone Pickens and the other hoarders. What are they gonna do, purchase the clouds and own the […]

District opposition revealed to coaches

Dallas-area football coaches and athletic directors gathered to view the new UIL realignment that was announced at Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex in North Richland Hills, on Monday, February 1, 2016. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

Mark Warde [email protected] Months of speculation unfolded in front of high school athletic directors and coaches on Friday morning when the University Interscholastic League announced the classification and district alignment for hundreds of schools across the state. Enrollment and attendance figures altered the landscape for some, which led to adjusting the districts each team will […]


Earnest Alonzo Lewis, 96, passed away February 1, 2016, in Dallas. Earnest was born January 12, 1920, to Alonzo and Lottie Wylie Lewis in Bethal Community, Texas. He attended Langview and Ennis High School. He grew up and worked on his parent’s farm. He also drove a gravel truck and bulldozer for Ellis County. While […]

Billie “Dana” Somers

Billie “Dana” Somers, 51, of Dallas, Texas, went to her eternal home with our Lord in Heaven on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. She was born October 17, 1964, in Texarkana, Texas. She was a bright light in any room, with her beautiful smile and caring heart, with so much love for everyone. She was loved […]

Johnny Maliska, Jr.

Johnny Maliska, Jr., age 84, passed away on January 30, 2016. He was born on January 7, 1932, in Ennis, to John and Frances (Vrana) Maliska. He married the love of his life, Emeleen Novy, on April 27, 1957. Johnny retired from Larkin Manufacturing Plant in Waxahachie after 40 years; was a part-time farmer all […]

Football Awards Banquet


Mark Warde [email protected] Reliving the fourth straight post-season berth by Ennis helped make Thursday’s end-of- season banquet a festive event for the Lions and their fans. Hosted by the Tabernacle Church, around 300 took part in a catered barbecue dinner and a program of highlights, honors and awards. Head coach Jack Alvarez was the emcee, […]

Establishment crashing down

The talking heads spent most of Monday night reviewing the results of the first-in-the-nation caucuses up in Iowa and most of them came up with the same conclusion. People are mad. As in angry. This epiphany for the mainstreamers was almost shocking in that it really didn’t take much investigation to discover that’s the case […]

Will Corbett signs with Wayland Baptist University

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William Corbett signed last week to play baseball as a Pioneer at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview Texas. Wayland Baptist is in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, or NAIA, division I. The Pioneers finished last season with a 34-23 overall record, including 14-8 in the SAC, and just missed an at-large bid to the […]

Busy first meeting with new city manager


Justin Tubbs [email protected] After his first city commission meeting Monday night as city manager, Scott Dixon said he is transitioning smoothly into his new role thanks to help from former interim city manager John Hatchell. “It’s been good. John Hatchell is a real professional, and he’s the type of guy that makes me proud to […]

Two-year old killed in backing up accident

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] A two-year old boy was killed Tuesday after his 53-year-old uncle ran over him in a pickup truck. Lt. Mike Hopson with the Ennis Police Department called the incident a “tragic accident” and said that he doesn’t anticipate any charges will be filed. According to police, the uncle was backing up in […]

Ennis track prepares for spring season

Mark Warde [email protected] Winter still owns the next 35 days in North Texas, but it isn’t preventing high school athletes from getting a jump on preparations for the approaching spring season. In Ennis, the girls softball team and both the girls and boys track teams have completed a week of conditioning with baseball cracking bats […]

Still here for hair

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Former Ennis Chief of Police, James “Red” Sanders, who previously occupied a storefront on North Dallas Street, has relocated less than a block away to 115 W. Knox St. The moved was induced by the sale of the Calhoun Building. The space Red, a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, occupied had been the home of barber […]

Zoning board of adjustments and appeals meets Tuesday

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Ennis’ city Board of Adjustments and Appeals will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m., at the city commission chambers. The agenda includes a public hearing and consideration as may be appropriate regarding a proposed variance for 604 E. Milam, St., which would allow a new home to be built 10 […]

What is that caucus deal?

The campaigns for president have been in full swing for more than a year. The folks in Iowa have been fielded robotic telephone calls for months – from candidates, and their family, and friends in Congress. Pollsters have dialed them up to get opinions. The airwaves have been inundated with television and radio commercials, and […]

Dogs help find victim of rollover; sister gives update on condition

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The woman who found 19-year-old Alexandria Santos Wednesday morning after a rollover accident the night before says it was thanks to her dogs that she was able to find her. Margaret Wade, a resident near the wreck in the 6600 block of Farm-to-Market Road 879, said she woke up at about 5 a.m. to let […]

A sign of the times: Local woman created first tourism slogan for Ennis in 1930

w-Scenes like this were once commonplace in and around Ennis  whose old time promotional catchphrase was 'Where Railroads and Cotton  Fields Meet.' Photo  courtesy of David Kozlowski.

“Where railroads and cotton fields meet.” Synonymous with Ennis for nearly 40 years, the motto is remembered today only by older residents. But the once famous catchphrase for the city, now better known for its bluebonnets, still resonates, capturing a nostalgia for Ennis’ bustling past in the golden age of railroad travel and agricultural production. […]

Ennis, Palmer, Ferris to learn district fate on Monday

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  High schools across the state will learn on Monday morning which district they are assigned to by the University Interscholastic League. The alignments will last for the next two seasons. Classification numbers, based on enrollment figures, were released by the UIL in December. As a result a number of schools have moved up or […]

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