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Ellis County Sheriff’s chaplain brings comfort to cops and inmates

By Randy Bigham The recent tragedy in Dallas, where five police officers were assassinated by a sniper during a downtown demonstration, was a call to arms to Ennis resident Steph Brewer. Senior chaplain for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office’s Wayne McCollum Detention Center, Brewer knows well the dedication of men and women in law enforcement […]

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 […]

Pet of the Week: Lucinda

Lucinda is a very laid back short-haired kitty. She is looking for a good home. Lucinda is already spayed, current on all her vaccinations, micro-chipped, and tested negative for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids. Her adoption fee is $75 and she is available at the Petsmart Waxahachie location. Come see Lucinda and all her dog […]

Pet of the Week: Moby

Moby is a 2-3 year old spaniel mix. He’s a little guy at only 20 lbs but his hair will require some regular brushing. He is current on all his vaccinations, neutered, heartworm negative, and micro-chipped. He is looking for a loving home where he can play and snuggle and have a soft bed. Could […]

Pet of the Week: Dallas

Dallas is currently located at the Waxahachie Petsmart Adoption Center. He is already neutered, has all his shots but his rabies (still too young) and has a microchip. He is such a fun loving guy; go see him and all his other kitty friends at Petsmart and at the shelter. June is adopt a shelter […]

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 […]

Pet of the Week

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

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’

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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, […]

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