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Pet of the Week: Shasta

Shasta is a 1 year old spayed female short haired Tortoiseshell cat. She was surrendered when her owner could no longer care for her. She has since been spayed, micro-chipped, and has gotten all her vaccinations and is now looking for another loving home. For more information on Shasta or any of the other dogs […]

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 […]

Pet of the Week: Skittles

Skittles is a 6 month old female heeler mix. She is already spayed, micro-chipped, and current on all her vaccinations. Skittles had a rough start and is looking for a home where she will be loved and well fed. Skittles does great with dogs and cats, and is very playful. For more information on Eleanor […]

‘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) […]

Pet of the Week: Eleanor

Eleanor is an adult Australian Shepherd mix with stunning blue eyes. She has been spayed and has had all her vaccinations. She is friendly and sweet and looking for a good home. For more information on Eleanor or any of the other dogs and cats available for adoption, please contact the Ellis County SPCA. Come […]

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 […]

Pet of the Week: Stallone

Stallone is a handsome 3 month old male kitten. He is so fun loving and playful, but he needs a special home. Stallone has Feline Leukemia. He can still live a happy, long, healthy life but because other kitties can get it from him, he needs to be the only kitty, or live in a […]

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 […]

Travel musical comedy opens at EPT

Ennis Public Theatre continues to stage popular plays with its latest offering of the Off-Broadway smash hit, “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know.” This musical comedy revue, which opens this weekend in downtown Ennis, debited in 1997, and ran for 953 performances. There will be fewer performances here in Ennis, so smart theatre-goers will reserve […]

Pet of the Week: Woody

Meet our Pet of the Week Woody; he’s a 2.5-year-old Schnauzer mix. Woody is current on all his vaccinations, neutered and micro-chipped. He is playful, active and good with kids. Come see Woody and all his dog and cat friends available for adoption at the Ellis County SPCA. The shelter is located at 2570 FM […]

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 […]

Pet of the Week: Frannie

Frannie is our pet of the week. She is a 5-6 month old pit bull terrier mix. Frannie is full of love and energy and really enjoys playing with other dogs. Frannie is already spayed, current on all her vaccinations and her $100 adoption fee includes all that plus a microchip. Come see Frannie and […]

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. […]

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 […]

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