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Local pastor heads to Uganda mission

Uganda story Pastor Darrell Nelson

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 […]

Pet of the Week

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Lola is a 2-3 year old female shepherd/rottie mix. She is a great dog and good with just about anybody and everything. She loves to play with toys and fetch, is great with kids, and other dogs. Lola is already spayed, current on all her vaccinations, micro-chipped, and heartworm negative. She is a perfect addition […]

Book on Ennis history still popular

Ennis - Images of America by Laurie Wilson and Peggy    Rankin is still a popular history title seven years after   publication.

By Randy Bigham All roads lead to history. At least that was the idea behind a book project that writer Laurie Wilson took on seven years ago, together with fellow local historian Peggy Rankin. Ennis: Images of America, the first full-scale pictorial history of the Bluebonnet City, was released in 2009 by Arcadia Publishing, which […]

EPT presents the ‘Tale as Old as Time’

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By J Niswonger Ennis Public Theatre’s successful K.I.D.S. program continues with the upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Directed by James Pritchett (who also directed the popular Shrek The Musical), Beauty and the Beast Jr. promises Ennis audiences eight entertaining shows. Set in a lovely French provincial town, the story follows the beautiful […]

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 […]

Pet of the Week

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Archie is a one- year- old neutered male Border Collie mix. Friendly and fun loving, he has had all his vaccinations, and is micro-chipped and heartworm negative. Archie likes to play with other dogs and would be great in a home with kids. Come see Archie and all his friends available for adoption at the […]

Living through loss

Ellis County HEALS, recently established as a support  group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide, meets twice monthly in  Waxahachie.

By Randy Bigham In a social media world that can seem impersonal, traditional human interaction is still key to addressing life’s toughest issues. Few experiences can be as difficult as losing a loved one to suicide, and making available a supportive forum for survivors to discuss their concerns is what Kerry Donaldson and Felecia Criss […]

Local nurse garners Mercy Award recognition at ERMC


Brandy Ray, RN, Clinical Coordinator of the Emergency Department has been recognized with the 2016 Mercy Award at Ennis Regional Medical Center. The annual award was established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, founding Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Health®. Ennis Regional Medical Center is one of LifePoint Health’s hospitals providing healthcare […]

Cabin Fever caps Theatre Rocks season

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By Rebecca Perry Mark Dunn’s “Cabin Fever,” directed by Bill Rhoten, offers a devilishly entertaining way to kick off the summer season of family vacationing. It’s the final production in Theatre Rocks current season. They may have saved their best for last. Dunn premiered this play in 1998, though current viewers should be rewarded with […]

Pet of the Week

Fozzie is looking for a forever home.

Fozzie is an 8 month old Shepherd mix available for adoption through the Ellis County SPCA. He is playful and does well with other dogs. Fozzie has also had all his vaccinations, been neutered and microchipped, and is heart worm negative. His adoption fee is $100. If you would like to give Fozzie a loving […]

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 […]

Girl gives locks and lots of love

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By Mark Warde Motivated by an empathetic heart, a young Ennis resident is donating nine-inches of her hair to Locks of Love, a charity that creates custom hairpieces for children. Haylie Schlottman, 11, who is going into the sixth grade at Jack Lummus Intermediate School, said she decided to give it for several reasons. “I […]

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 […]

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