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Polka Parade champs prep for a repeat

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By Justin Tubbs For Aline and Jimmy Whatley winning has become a tradition in the National Polka Festival Parade. For the past eight years, the Firehouse Grill owners have built award-winning floats that entertain. For seven of those years, the couple has walked away with the first place crown in the parade. “We like doing […]

Day of Prayer event set for Thursday

The shelter at Lion's Park will house the National Day of Prayer event in Ennis Thursday evening.

By Mark Warde In conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, citizens and churches from Ennis will meet to pray at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lions Park. The public is invited to attend. “We welcome the public,” said Darrell Nelson, who helps coordinate the event. “Residents are encouraged to attend and to participate.” The large, […]

Man with cerebral palsy makes it by with horse

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Josh Kirkpatrick has developed a relationship with Bobby Wilson, right, centered around riding horses at Campfire Creek outside Waxahachie.

For 30-year-old Josh Kirkpatrick and his parents, life has never been easy. Kirkpatrick was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth after his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. For the past 30 year, Josh has been confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk or even move without some struggle. With Josh’s condition, which affects […]

From trash to treasure… Couple finds renewal in recycling

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If the best things in life are free, Jimmie Oates is a very gracious man. Along with his wife, Betty, they have turned free into profit and profit into free. The couple is from Ennis; Jimmie, 82, and Betty, 39, or least when she stopped counting. He was a printer for 30 years on an […]

Local author has book signing Saturday


Ennis resident and author Sandra Wakefield will be on hand for two hours, starting at 10 a.m., to sign copies of her latest book, The Esther Effect, on Saturday at the Wildflower Cafe on West Knox Street. Light refreshments will be available. About a young Jewish woman named Esther, who faced a terrifying, life-threatening crisis, […]

Rosewood rancher visits Rotary

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Kenneth Braddock paid a special guest visit to the Rotary Club of Ennis Tuesday. Braddock is the ranch manager at Rosewood Ranches’ Ennis ranch, located just east of town. The Ennis ranch has cattle, crawfish, gravel and grass among other things. The ranch also serves as a tourist attraction for photographers and hunters. Click here […]

Tailoring her musical skills, a family tradition

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Ennis High School alumnus, Taylor Goodwin, is up to good things. Currently a graduate assistant for the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University, Goodwin is nearing completion of her Masters degree in French Horn performance this May. As the grad assistant for the band department, she works with the 400-member Lumberjack Marching […]

Caring Hands of Bristol promotes community

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The Caring Hands of Bristol organization recently installed new officers. They are Judy MacDonald Pharr, vice president; Kim Morgan, secretary; Jennifer Scully Keathly, president; and Joyce Hart, treasurer. Caring Hands of Bristol looks for ways to help the Bristol community. It is a not for profit organization, open to all, dedicated to the betterment of […]

Ennis Development planning presented at NARFE

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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1191 held its monthly meeting at the Grand Ennis Buffet in Ennis on Tuesday, March 8. The guest speaker was Marty Nelson, Economic Development coordinator for Ennis, who was accompanied by Becky McCarty, Main Street program coordinator for Ennis.   See the report in the Ennis […]

Ellis County Cinderella Winners Crowned

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A large and enthusiastic crowd filled Jack Lummus Intermediate School Saturday to watch many Cinderella contestants compete. The contestants were vying for the privilege of representing Ellis County at the 2016 Texas State Cinderella finals to be held in Houston in June. The winners will compete for scholarships in several different age divisions. See the […]

The Battle is the Lord’s!

Consider the people throughout history who have been victorious, in spite of being outnumbered. Noah was in the minority during the time he was building the ark, but he was victorious. When Joseph was sold into Egypt by his brothers, he was outnumbered, but he was able to overcome the obstacles. When Gideon and his […]

Master gardeners hosting lawn and garden expo

The Ellis County Master Gardeners will be hosting their 16th Annual Lawn & Garden Expo on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Waxahachie Civic Center located at 2000 Civic Center Lane, Waxahachie. The keynote speaker will be Neil Sperry. Starting at 11:00, Sperry will be signing his new book, Neil […]

Lions bowl for top prize

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The Ennis Noon Lions Club held its annual Bowling Extravaganza tournament Saturday. Eight teams competed. The all-star team composed of Tice Hopkins, Leslie Ann Brackney, April Hopkins and Paul Berry took the coveted blue ribbon with team Polyguard coming in second. Team Rice took third place and was made up of Harold Rice, Bill Blackmon, […]

Gingerbread Man visits Rotary

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The Gingerbread House Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center executive director John Wyckoff visited the Rotary Club of Ennis Tuesday. He shared information about the Gingerbread House and what it does in assisting law enforcement all over the county in child abuse cases. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of […]

Explorers present colors

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During a recent Friends of Scouting dinner at the Omni in Dallas, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorers were on hand for the presentation of national colors. Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Dvorak chosen Ennis Czech Slovak queen candidate

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The Ennis Chapter of the Ellis County Czech Heritage Society met Sunday, Feb. 28, at the KJZT dining room to select this year’s candidate for 2016 Czech Slovak Queen of Texas. All 23 members voted to sponsor April Dvorak, daughter of Jennifer and David Dvorak, as their candidate, along with her Little Sister Isabella “Bella” […]

New members, officers presented at Century Club meeting

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Century Club met Feb. 10 at the home and bed and breakfast of Joanne and Sam Ventura. The meeting was called to order by Jodi Chapman. Hostesses were Joanne Ventura, Patsy Belk, program; Jodi Chapman, Jo Ann Cody and Janet Ward. The minutes and treasurer’s report of the January meeting were read and accepted. New […]


by Rev. Bob Uzzel On Saturday February 27, I attended the Celebration of Life for my friend Jim Templin at J. E. Keever Mortuary Chapel in Ennis. James Charles “Jim” Templin was born in Ennis on March 15, 1939 to Lee and Mabel Keith Templin. He graduated from Ennis High School and the University of […]

A glimpse of Easter to come

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of our Lenten Season, following the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. There are a total of five Sundays of Lent followed by Palm/Passion Sunday which begins Holy Week and Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, with the people singing Hosanna and waving palm branches. This Fourth Sunday of Lent […]

Bowling Extravaganza Saturday

Bowling Extravaganza will ensue Saturday at Ennis All Star Bowling Center. The tournament and fundraiser is one of two of the Ennis Noon Lions Club biggest events of the year, alongside the Lions’ Golf Tournament in April. Lions Club member Gary Hayden has spearheaded the bowling and golf efforts and is currently working to spread […]

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