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Recognition of racism

The last half of 2014 and the first half of 2015 may go down in history as the time when America’s discussion of race escalated to a post-Civil Rights Era high. See the editorial in the Daily News. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Fireworks are fun – but know the laws

It’s not the Fourth of July without fireworks and there’ll be more than a few people who will also want to shoot off their own fireworks. What we’re asking is that you do so in a safe, responsible and courteous manner. And, legally… See Sheriff Johnny Brown’s column in the Ennis Daily News! Click here […]

Contrary to popular belief

Recently I got together in Las Colinas with a few Christian couples, all strong conservatives. All were from the South and all tend to vote Republican. We ate and talked for hours while something amazing happened. Despite a dialogue that ranged from family to business to culture and politics, there was an amazing absence of […]

Words with friends

I feel like Barbara Kelly every time somebody stops me and says, “There was a word in your column last week that I didn’t know.” Really. Was there? “Yeah, what did that mean?” they often ask, and I ponder the question appropriately even though I often have no idea which word, or even which column, […]

My life was spared by a hero

I have gone public with the acts of heroism played by my stepson, Ryan Thomson, who has spared my life on more than one occasion. While I am a huge backer of America’s need for the world’s strongest military, there are other defenders we must have to ensure law and order in our nation; local […]

Study closely cost of EMS

When people need an ambulance service, they want it to perform in two ways – a quick response to the scene, and an effective treatment en route to a trauma or medical center. Few folks stop to consider the cost when they summon that type of help. CareFlite currently provides emergency medical services to Ennis. […]

Well, whose fault is that?

So, I walked into the room. The television was tuned to CNN, which was airing a speech by Hillary Clinton, who was making comments in the wake of the heinous murder of nine people in a South Carolina church last week. I heard a few of the words and phrases while I was busy doing […]

Baltimore should pay for its own

On June 12, the administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, W. Craig Fugate, rejected the requests of both Maryland and the City of Baltimore for repayment for the cleanup costs related to rioting earlier this year. Good call. Baltimore citizens made the decision to trash their own town. Why should taxpayers across the nation […]

‘Look before you lock’

With all of the rain we’ve had this spring, everyone should know “Turn Around Don’t Drown” by now. Here’s another saying you need to put to good use: “Look Before You Lock.” We’re already into the hot weather and your doing a “Look Before You Lock” every time you get out of your car will […]

I scream for Blue Bell

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Yes, I know they did the right thing by voluntarily recalling their products. Their website says it is because they had the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly […]

Take an hour, learn to save a life

Ever been thrown into something and decide just to run with it? That’s what happened to me on Tuesday when I visited the Ennis Care Center for local school nurse, Lindsey Barak’s CPR class. I originally showed up to take some photos, interview the instructor of the class and write up a nice story about […]

Postal service is vital – to future

You probably didn’t notice, but last week, the United States Postal Service raised a whole bunch of rates. Since the basic stamp cost of 49 cents didn’t change, there wasn’t much publicity about it. That’s unfortunate because your expense in mailing a letter is only a fraction of what it costs you for postage. For […]

A grim reminder of what can go wrong

The late-Tuesday-night and early-Wednesday-morning events that began in Italy, and ended with two Dallas men dead following a chase and standoff, is a grim reminder of the dangers that face our law enforcement officers all too often. What began as a traffic stop and arrest, escalated into an officer being assaulted, other officers involved in […]

What’s not to like?

Graduations draw people like a lofty oak tree attracts lightning. But a drawing for a free car at 6:45 p.m. on Friday night? That’s must-see TV. While it’s human nature to be jealous of someone else’s good fortune, so is wanting to witness the sun shining on someone’s parade! It reminds of the classic Disney […]

Keep motorcycle gangs out of Ellis County

All of us in law enforcement know that part of our job involves dealing with motorcycle gangs and the criminal activity they generate. Notice that I’ve used the word “gang” and that’s because I’m talking about the motorcycle groups that operate as a criminal gang and are up to no good. I’m not referring to […]

PRIDE backs community improvements

Big business? Small business? Organization or church? Club? Friend? Family? Any can nominate individuals for the PRIDE of ENNIS Awards to be presented this summer by The Ennis Daily News. The EDN annually publishes its four PRIDE special sections in late June, July and early August. PRIDE features progress made in the community and by […]

Sheriff issues warnings about barricades

This rainy, stormy weather has pretty much wreaked havoc over our county these past several weeks. We’ve experienced flooded roads, downed trees and power lines, at least one bridge out and numerous road repairs. Just this week, we’ve also had serious concerns raised over a couple of our local lakes. Your Ellis County Sheriff’s Office […]

Nominate people for Ennis PRIDE Awards

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Two weeks remain for you to nominate people for The Ennis Daily News’ PRIDE of Ennis Awards. The EDN is taking nominations in the following categories: Entrepreneur of the Year Citizen of the Year Youth of the Year Senior Citizen of the Year Educator of the Year Employee of the Year Public Servant of the […]

Night life critical to future of downtown

The Ennis Main Street Board recently voted unanimously to seek an amendment to the city’s code of ordinances that would change the distance a business that serves alcohol in downtown has to be from a church. This should not be an issue. Ennis is beginning to invest heavily in downtown development. The businesses and potential […]

Have a cry with me, Rangers fans

I’m a big baseball fan. Really a big sports fan in general, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my team – the Rangers, what happened to them and how they seemingly went from being the most stacked team in the MLB to the worst team in the MLB. See the Justin Tubbs’ column […]

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