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Looking through rose-colored glasses

Here in North Texas, and really almost anywhere in the state, gardeners can grow roses successfully. Provided you follow directions for soil preparation and use the care instructions, planting and growing roses in any of the six growing regions of Texas should be easy and a pleasure. You can’t beat roses when it comes to […]

Adventure is out there

Sitting atop a sedimentary rock of clay-rich soils, the North Dakota wind winding its way through each strand of hair, Brooke Betik feels at peace, despite the name of the national park: Badlands. Betik, 16-year-old EHS student and adventurer, is no stranger to living outside her comfort zone. “I love doing interesting things and making […]

My tomatoes are cracking up!

Cheer up, tomato gardeners, there is hope.  A fairly common problem, especially for those who grow heirloom tomatoes, is the advent of cracking or splitting along the top or sides. Far different from side-splitting laughter, they do have a way of getting your attention, not to mention they can be very annoying. Read the full […]

Celebrating 95 years, Birdie Mae Brown cherishes family

Birdie Mae Brown has a wealth of memories. She lived through the Great Depression. She saw the Jim Crow laws abolished, and remembers the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy. Since Brown was born, there have been 17 presidents of the United States, televisions were invented, and sliced bread was popularized. […]

A sampling of yesteryear

Can you hear me now?  C.W. Duke of Ennis would have answered “yes” in 1930 when a plane ride reportedly restored his hearing.  According to an Associated Press release, Duke allowed a stunt pilot to go into a nose dive during a flight recommended to benefit – if not cure – the deafness in his […]

What to know before putting your child in the pool this summer

A video has recently gone viral showing the superb swimming skills of a young child, leaving people speechless and questioning everything they know about babies. It has been said that babies are born with the ability to stand and swim, but environmental factors prohibit them from being successful in these operations. Numerous parenting and childcare […]

Healthy Mom, Healthy Family

Calling all Moms! We all make sure to take care of everyone else first. As a Mom of three myself, I get it. But, I’ll ask you the same question that was asked of me from a previous personal trainer, “If you’re not making time to take care of yourself, to make sure you’re healthy […]

The Talk of the Town

“Gossip is just news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress.” New York Post gossip writer Liz Smith said that, and she ought to know. Known as the Grande Dame of Dish, the 94-year-old columnist has thrashed out scoops aplenty in her 60 years of journalism –– like her exclusive interviews with Ivana […]

First-time family farmers

Zac and Laura Murtha’s home farm, Seven Apples Farm, is much like their young family – large and colorful. And like the Murtha bunch, comprised of husband Zac, Laura and their five kids, Olivia, Cameron, Natalie, Jayden and Marley, the rows of the farm are overflowing. Watermelon vines wildly wind their way through snaking arms […]

Tomatoes: Always your best bet

You really can’t go wrong planting tomatoes in Texas. They’re an excellent source of vitamin A and a pretty good source of vitamin C. I’m not crazy for fresh tomatoes. I’m weird, I guess; I never eat them sliced up in a salad or on a sandwich, but I love them stewed or roasted and […]

A building that still moves people

Over 70 years of history is wrapped up in a building at 906 S. Kaufman St. that is still in use today. Back in the 1940s the 7,800 square foot structure was built and opened as a Studebaker dealership, where it remains, though completely transformed. It is hardly recognizable inside and out compared to its […]

Why farmers kill sunflowers

A reader sent in a question that is often asked about the death of sunflowers in the summer. The Ennis News went to the source, a pair of Ellis County farmers who grow hundreds of acres of the popular plant. The top of the letter read: “I read your article on Tommy Copeland in The […]

Harnessing Success

Local musician David Harness has grown up with a musical state-of mind, and does not plan to slow down anytime soon. Harness, Bardwell born and raised, gets his talent from his mother. “My mom used to sing at the Opry’s around this area, and I would watch her sing with live bands,” Harness said, “She […]

Keeping your heart healthy

The most important muscle we have, has many pseudonyms and responsibilities; it should be taken care of accordingly. The AHA (American Heart Association) states, “Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s number one and number five killers,” in a July 2016 report. On average, the human heart beats 72 […]

Local trainer offers tips on staying fit during vacation season

We work all winter to achieve the perfect summer body, only to see the fruits of our labor dissolve away as we spend days lounging on the beach, or packed into a car traveling with no fitness options available. According to local personal trainer Barbara Lankford, you don’t need a fully-stocked gym to ensure your […]

Town Topics – A sampling of yesteryear

Thanks to readers for the feedback to my history story last week about baseball star Jay Justin Clarke. Special thanks to former Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton who informed me of the 2015 Texas Historical Commission marker erected to Clarke at Minnie McDowal Park, which is now under construction in downtown.. I apologize for not […]

A July checklist It’s time to plant fall tomatoes

I wrote the last few weeks about wisteria. I wonder if someone told my garden. Ours was blooming until recently; it only stopped a few weeks ago, and we were sad to say good-bye. But the day my last garden column came out, it was in bloom again. It’s such a show off ! I […]

Florist uproots, plants nearby

After doing business in downtown for 20 years, Apple Annie’s Garden Gate Floral shop uprooted and moved four blocks away to a new location. Last week witnessed Jimmy and Nancy Swindell shut down the operations that previous owner Carol Rejcek began at 112 W. Knox St. Their new digs are at 402 W. Ennis Ave., […]

Patriotic crafting

The Ennis Public Library hosted a do-it-yourself craft event on Saturday, July 24, where about 30 participants made American flags. The library is hosting a series of craft events throughout the summer as part of their adult summer reading challenge, but the craft sessions are open to anyone. Jessica Diaz, the librarian driving these events, […]

Town Topics

Last week’s “Town Topics” appeared in Wednesday’s edition but from now on it will run on Sundays with my regular history feature. I don’t have any old news tidbits this week but I will have some more ready soon. Those are fun, aren’t they? And thanks for the feedback from Ken about the railroad man […]

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