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Archive for: November, 2006

Peewee Wildcats are champs

The Wildcats are the 2006 B-division Peewee Football Super Bowl Champs. The team finished 11-0 thanks to its Super Bowl victory in Red Oak on Nov. 18 over the Corsicana Blue by a 32-18 margin. Team members pictured include (front row, from left) Brandon Hines, Michael Vasquez, Tyrone Washington, Treyvionne Edwards, (second row, from left) […]

Soccer coach proud of team’s development

As a coach, it’s always key to remember that the players are the heart of any team. Dean Roberts is the coach of the U12 Ennis I.O.O.F. Hornets in the Best Southwest League that won their recent Ellis County Super Bowl matchup with the Waxahachie Tigers by a 2-0 margin. He moved to E-town from […]

Humor gilds Rotary talk by Dallas journalist

Holiday cheer was ushered in Tuesday by a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Ennis. As jolly and rotund as St. Nick himself, Dallas journalist Larry Powell, known as much for his wit as his writing, informed local Rotarians that his message for the day was obviously physical fitness. Powell’s well-timed humor punctuated his […]

Fund set up for accident victim’s children

A fund has been established for the children of Dana Hoffman, an Ennis resident who lost her life in a tragic automobile accident on Nov. 6. While on her way to work at the CVS Distribution Center, Hoffman, 37, was struck by a piece of metal that bounced off another vehicle and smashed through her […]

New business tax discussed at Lions Club

Lions Club members and CPAs Lana Lawrence and Tanja Barnebee spoke to their organization Wednesday about changes made for business taxes in Texas and tips to make tax season a little simpler. “At the end of the year, the best thing to do is talk to your CPA,” said Barnebee. “It’s easier to deal with […]

Right on track

Railroad museum hosts open house The docents of the Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum hosted a free open-house program in conjunction with Tuesday’s Lights of Ennis Christmas Parade. Called “Coffee in the Caboose,” the program kicked off at 6:30 p.m., with an unveiling of a new model train set soon to be on display. […]

A passion for giving

Sometimes, in our business, it is hard not to develop a general outlook that is colored by cynicism. For all the stories you read within these pages, there are volumes of off-the-record, behind-the-scenes facts that we can never print for one reason or another. The things we learn about people and situations often leave us […]

Lions rally to beat Poteet

Chris Ballard (pictured) scored eight points for the Lions as they beat Mesquite Poteet on the road Tuesday night, 47-43. The Lions, which received a team-high 14 points from Barry Hughes, held Poteet to just five points in the fourth quarter for the comeback victory.

Visiting Ferris Yellowjackets top Lady Crusader basketball

Playing bigger schools sometimes means a tough loss, but adversity often brings about improvement. The Lady Crusader basketball team (3-1) was dealt its first loss of the season at home on Tuesday night against the 3A Ferris Yellowjackets by a 57-29 margin. Most of Ferris’ lead was built in the first and third quarters as […]

Saying goodbye to a great leader

Community leaders, well-wishers attend reception honoring retiring EISD Superintendent Mike Harper For the last nine years, Mike Harper has been the navigator of the Ennis Independent School District (EISD) ship. During his tenure, as many of his coworkers and friends pointed out at a reception in his honor yesterday, he is leaving the district a […]

Holiday hit

Annual Christmas Parade floats by in style The Lights of Ennis Christmas Parade glittered down Ennis Avenue last night to the joy of crowds that stretched from the parking lots of Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy to Pierce Park on N.W. Main St. The mildly cool weather brought spectators out in a mix of dress and […]

County to contribute $11.9 million to Mansfield project

Representatives from the City of Mansfield approached the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court during a regular meeting on Monday, November 27 to discuss a proposed Tax Increment Finance Reinvestment Zone designed to spur quality development. “We have named this area The Reserve at Mansfield,” said Felix Wong, Director of Planning for the City of Mansfield. “It […]

Police apprehend possible gun smuggler

Ennis police have arrested an Ennis resident on assault charges, but have contacted federal authorities in regards to the possibility that the prisoner is a gun smuggler for Mexico, according to Det. Lt. Ron Roark. Officer Rodney Rickman was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Crockett St. in reference to a woman’s concern about […]

Holiday recipe for fire retardant Christmas tree

Holiday recipe for fire retardant Christmas tree: Ingredients • 2 gallons of hot water • 2 cups clear karo syrup • 2 ounces liquid chlorine bleach • 2 pinches of Epsom salts • one half-teaspoon borax • one teaspoon Chelated Iron (Can be purchased from a garden shop) Instructions 1. Place water in bucket and […]

Czech Heritage Society of Texas calling for essay entries

The Czech Heritage Society of Texas is sponsoring an essay contest promoting Czech Heritage among the intermediate (grades 7-9) and high school students (grades 10-12) in each of its 15 chapter areas in Texas. This year’s essay topics are: Category I – Grades 10-12 – “Czechs in America, Some Became Famous For Their Contributions,” Category […]

‘Tis the season for fire and burn safety

Ellis County Fire Marshal Investigator Jim Pharr wants to ensure Ellis County residents enjoy a safe and happy holiday season and offers these fire safety tips from the Burn Institute (www.burninstitute.org). The holiday season is just around the corner and for most people this is a festive and joyous time of year. However, with all […]

Handy hand-me-downs

Candy Cane Kids Candy Cane Corner children enjoy donations of used firemen shirts while painting in the art center. The shirts provide great “cover-ups” to keep clothing clean.

Treats for Troops

Local church sponsors gifts for soldiers As Thanksgiving yields to Christmas, festive lights are being strung and shopping centers are crowding. But not everyone is home to enjoy the holiday season. Many young servicemen and women will be spending their Christmas in Iraqi mess halls or, worse, in remote outposts where enjoying the comforts civilians […]

Ellis County Courthouse among state’s most ornate, expensive

A new book spotlighting the state’s courthouses puts Ellis County on the map as one of the most ornate and expensive ever constructed. The book, “Texas Historic Courthouses,” claims the county’s leadership in the cotton industry during the late 19th and early 20th centuries is reflected in the size and expense of its courthouse, built […]

Wanted: Young ladies of Czech and Slovak descent

The Czech Heritage Society of Texas is seeking young ladies of Czech, Moravian, Silesian or Slovak descent to serve as chapter queens and to compete for the title of Miss Czech-Slovak Texas. The purpose of the queen is to encourage youth involvement and represent The Czech Heritage Society of Texas at various events within the […]

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