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Picture perfect: Local author hosts portrait unveiling

Sandra Wakefield, local actress and motivational speaker whose new book The Esther Effect is up for a Christian Literary Award, welcomed friends and family last week to a private exhibition at David Stiff Photography. Two portraits of herself in costume from her Women of the Bible series were unveiled by Stiff in a presentation hosted […]

Christmas ‘Round the World

New Hope Church is presenting a multi-lingual holiday musical, “Christmas Around the World,” at 7 p.m. downtown Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. While this will be its eighth year, this time will be outdoors, on a stage on SW Main Street. Find this story and more in Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. Subscribe […]

Church to mark 136th anniversary

At 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 6, members and friends of Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1013 West Ennis Avenue, will celebrate the 136th Church Anniversary. Wayman Chapel was organized in 1880 and named after Bishop Alexander Washington Wayman. The original location of Wayman Chapel was Caesar Street, known then as Biggins Hill. This site […]

Church volunteers at Gingerbread House

Members of The Avenue Church joined in for a day of service at the Gingerbread House Sept. 25.

Ennis group provides water for Ugandans

In a world where more is said than what is actually done, a group of Ennis residents identified a need in East Africa, then responded by traveling over 7,000 miles to lend a hand. Get the details on this story and more in Tuesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. Stay informed, subscribe today!

In remembrance of Fred Douglas Eldridge, Jr.

By Dr. Bob Uzzel Pastor, Wayman Chapel AME Church, Ennis, Texas Saturday September 24, 2016, I attended a memorial service for my long-time friend Fred Douglas Eldridge, Jr. at North Park Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in Dallas.   During my pastorate at Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Kaufman (1979-87), Fred and his wife […]

New vision for historic church

Some of Rev. Booker T. Washington’s fondest memories are of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. It’s where he met and married the love of his life, Shandra, now wed nearly 32 years. It was where he said he accepted Christ as his savior, right before shipping off to the Navy in 1981… The full details of […]

In remembrance of Mike Contreras, Jr.

By Dr. Bob Uzzel On Monday August 15, 2016, my wife Debra and I came to Waco for a very sad occasion—the funeral of Mike Contreras, Jr., my Baylor University roommate during the 1973-74 academic year and a close friend since that time. Mike was born on June 1, 1954 in Waco. He grew up […]

Happy 90th birthday to Lucion Jessie

By Dr. Bob Uzzel Pastor, Wayman Chapel AME Church, Ennis, Texas On Saturday August 13, 2016, family and friends gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of long-time Corsicana resident Lucion Jessie.  This joyous occasion was held at the Bears Den in Corsicana. Lucion Jessie, Jr. was born on August 14, 2016 in Embouse, Texas, the […]

‘The Lord has called me to preach’

Eleven-year-old Keewan Williams describes his attitude toward life with one word: positive. It’s not just his attitude that’s always on an upward trend, however. Williams’ actions are a reflection of his upbeat attitude. He believes there is good in people and that bringing that good out in others is something he wants to do with […]

In remembrance of Dr. Robert T. Miller: 20 years later

By Rev. Bob Uzzel July 2, 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Dr. Robert T. Miller, a man who devoted his life to Baylor University and to the teaching of Political Science. Robert Thomas Miller was born in Texas in 1920 and received Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) […]

Happy 90th birthday to Dr. Lyle C. Brown

By Rev. Bob Uzzel Sunday August 7, 2016 marked the 90th birthday of my long-time friend and teacher Dr. Lyle C. Brown, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Baylor University. Lyle Clarence Brown was born on August 7, 1926 in upstate New York.  After service in the United States Navy, he enrolled at the University […]

In remembrance of Rev. W. E. Carter: 30 years later

By Rev. Bob Uzzel July 15, 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the death of Rev. W. E. Carter, a man who played a major role in the early years of my ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Wallace Edgar Carter was born in Elgin, Travis County, Texas on January 31, 1910.  His […]

Revisiting the events that shaped the year 1986

Rev. Bob Uzzel Thirty years have passed since 1986.  Here are some of the highlights of this historic year, which was designated as the International Year of Peace by the United Nations.  On January 1, Spain and Portugal entered the European Community, which later became the European Union.  On January 28, the space shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after […]

In remembrance of Dr. Glenn O. Hilburn

By Rev. Bob Uzzel On November 20, 2015, I went to Waco for the funeral of my Paul Quinn College colleague Dr. Weldon J. Walton.  Before returning to Ennis, I visited with two of my former professors from the Religion Department at Baylor University:  Dr. Glenn O. Hilburn, at Hewitt Senior Care Center; and Dr. […]

Death of Muhammad Ali brings back memories of 1974 lecture

By Rev. Bob Uzzel The June 3, 2016 death of boxer Muhammad Ali brought back memories of a lecture delivered on Nov. 20, 1974 at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas by Charles Morgan, Jr. (1930-2009), a civil rights attorney who represented Ali in his draft resistance case.  At the time, I was working on my […]

Juneteenth at Comanche Crossing

By Rev. Bob Uzzel On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to read the Emancipation Proclamation and, thus, inform Texas slaves that they were now free. On the same day, the Emancipation Proclamation was read on the Stroud Plantation, home to Limestone County’s largest population of slaves.   The Limestone County city […]

Local pastor heads to Uganda mission

Darrell Nelson, senior pastor at Faith Assembly of God in Ennis, is about to become a gospel globetrotter. He is headed for Uganda, one of 53 nations in Africa. Often seen wearing a white cowboy hat, he is one of five on the team, the others from Damascus Road Fellowship; Paul Penfold, Cooper and Phyllis […]

Kendra Denise Prox, a very special graduate

By  Rev.Bob Uzzel Today I wish to pay tribute to our granddaughter Kendra, a very special young lady who just graduated from two educational institutions. Kendra Denise Prox was born on October 9, 1997 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.  She is the daughter of our oldest child Ericha Bass Prox and her husband […]

In remembrance: Rev. Paul Young 40 years later

By Rev. Bob Uzzel On Sunday May 29, 2015, I attended the 115th Church Anniversary of the Mount Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in Waco.  This was my first time to attend a service at this church in 40 years.  I was invited by Rev. Ben Reese, the current pastor.  This church is special […]

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