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Archive for: December, 2006

Freedom is never free

Let’s not forget the sacrifice our loved ones make for ours. Much of our nation’s attention was focused last week on Crawford, Texas, where President Bush met with advisors to discuss a “new direction” in the war in Iraq. If they had looked a little farther north, they would have seen an example of the […]

Ennis sports in 2006: My Top 10

Having just wrapped up my third year covering all things Ennis when it comes to athletics, it most certainly was another 365 days filled with excitement and achievement. Thanks to the combined efforts of Lion football and Lady Crusader softball, I’ve had the privilege of covering a state championship victory each year. Let me tell […]

Cambridge sharpshooters top Crusader basketball, 58-51

With just five players available and no size to speak of, the 3A Dallas Cambridge Academy Lions didn’t look very imposing. Looks had nothing to do with the 11 three pointers the team drilled, however, as it rode long-range shooting to a hard-fought 58-51 win over the Crusaders. St. John was never outscored by more […]

JV Lady Lions edge Lady Crusaders, 49-44

Although Thursday afternoon’s contest between the Lady Crusaders and JV Lady Lions didn’t technically count in the standings of the St. John Christmas Classic, it was an intense and competitive matchup nevertheless as the maroon team won by five. Earlier in the day, St. John won its key matchup up with the Ferris JV by […]

Services set for fallen soldier

Kyle Nolen will be laid to rest Tuesday at Myrtle Cemetery Kyle A. Nolen, 21, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006 in the Anbar province in Iraq while serving his country with the U.S. Navy. He was born July 2, 1985 in Ennis, the son of Michael and Frances Moreno Nolen. He was reared in Ennis, […]

AAA Texas offers free Tipsy Tow Service for New Year’s eve

In an effort to curb drinking and driving during the holidays, AAA Texas is offering its statewide anti-drinking and driving campaign: Tipsy Tow service. The Tipsy Tow service is available from now until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. The Tipsy Tow program, now in its 20th year, is designed to provide drivers with a […]

Badge of courage

Dale Holt retires after serving citizens of Ennis for 23 years The year Dale Holt was first elected by the citizens of Ennis to serve as their City Marshal, “Dynasty” and “Hill Street Blues” were the number-one TV shows of the year. “Chariots of Fire” was the top movie with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” […]

Local librarian honored by Catholic Foundation

Denise Wessels, St. John Catholic School librarian, was recently named one of the recipients of The Catholic Foundation’s “Work of Heart” Award. The “Work of Heart” Award, established by an anonymous Dallas family through the Catholic Foundation, is offered to teachers, administrators and staff of Catholic lower, middle and high schools in the Diocese of […]

Healing heritage

ERMC facility latest in municipal hospital’s 80-year history With progress comes betterment but it leaves nostalgia in its wake. The new Ennis Regional Medical Center, now under construction, promises advanced technology and improved service capabilities. Yet locals may miss the site of the current hospital, situated in the medical compound that’s sprung up around it […]

Crime briefs

Police chase, capture wanted man Ennis police were contacted Wednesday in reference to a criminal trespass violation at Wal-Mart. Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said at 2:12 p.m. Officer Julia Pillow was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a subject violating a criminal trespass warning. The manager told Pillow the subject was at the customer service […]

Rep. Jim Pitts says he’s running for Speaker of the House

Republican Rep. Jim Pitts, whose district includes Ennis, threw his name into the race to unseat Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick on Thursday, heightening intrigue in the already heated speaker’s race just two weeks before the legislative session convenes. Pitts is the second Republican to announce his candidacy for speaker of the 150-member chamber. Republican […]

Lady Crusaders dominate in tourney opener

Second-half shutouts are normally reserved for football, but don’t tell that to the Lady Crusaders. St. John (7-6) absolutely owned Wednesday night’s game with the Waxahachie Faith Family Lady Eagles as they only gave up two points in the final three quarters to win 67-7 in the team’s opening round game of the Christmas Classic. […]

Host Crusaders cruise in opening tournament round, 68-30

In a lopsided win, the development of young players often jumps to the forefront. St. John (9-6) was able to empty the bench and still roll past the Waxahachie Faith Family Eagles on Wednesday night, 68-30. Everybody chipped in for the winning cause as St. John moved into the winners’ bracket of its Christmas Classic. […]

Barton backs motor vehicle legislation

New bill expected to give car owners more power Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, is taking to the road with new legislation –– the Motor Vehicle Owner’s Right to Repair Act. As newer cars are fitted out with diagnostic computer systems, in keeping with the Clean Air Act, dealerships’ propriety codes in many cases prevent deciphering […]

Acting it out

Theatre to hold auditions for upcoming show The Ennis Public Theatre is hosting public auditions Saturday for its forthcoming production of the comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” the Tony-nominated 1963 play by Neil Simon. Men between the ages of 21 and 60 and women ages 18 to 60 will be tested for parts in the […]

Ennis Inc makes Forbes list for 5th year in row

Ennis Inc, formerly Ennis Business Forms, is still riding the crest of the corporate success wave. For the fifth consecutive year, the company has made Forbes Magazine’s coveted list of the country’s top small businesses. Its recent entry in Forbes’ “200 Best Small Businesses” ranks the Ellis County manufacturer of business products and related items […]

Sokol hosting benefit New Year’s Eve event

Czech and Then Some (CATS) will be featured entertainers for the evening For a great New Year’s Eve Dance, make plans to go to the Sokol Hall in Ennis. Czech and Then Some will play to benefit the statewide Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center (TCHCC) located in La Grange, Texas. The evening promises to […]

Essay contest for scholarship announced

Ellis County Judge Chad Adams has announced that an essay contest is underway for the purpose of awarding $5,000 in scholarship money. The scholarship was made available as a result of Ellis County receiving the National Association of Counties County Courthouse Award in August. “The award recognized Judge Bob Carroll’s leadership and the community-wide dedication […]

A new you in the New Year

Who can believe another year has come and almost gone. New Year’s Day is just six days away and already the talk around the newsroom and community is what everyone is planning to do differently in the New Year. For most of us, this is the time of year to take stock and decide to […]

Grants offered for cleaner air

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has approximately $5 million in grant money to fund air quality projects aimed at reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides (Nox) from internal combustion engines in the North Central region. The North Texas Emissions Reduction Grant Program Call for Projects will fund the incremental cost of eligible engine retrofit, […]

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