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Archive for: May, 2007

St. John’s Bragg named TAPPS 1A Female Athlete of the Year

To be one of the state’s best in a particular sport, an athlete must possess considerable dedication and talent. Athletes among the state’s best in four sports don’t come around very often. On Thursday, St. John sophomore Carli Bragg was named TAPPS 1A Female Athlete of the Year. While it would be a tremendous honor […]

The City is ready for the weekend, but are we?

There is so much going on this weekend, it is difficult for us to keep up with it. Not only is this the weekend of the National Polka Festival, but Ennis will, along with our neighbors to the east, play host to the expected hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to be here to participate […]

County unemployment numbers released

The unemployment rate in Ellis County and the state has dropped with plenty of future jobs being added for the growth of our area, according to a just-released Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) report. The report shows an unemployment rate as low as 4.2 percent for the state and at 3.8 in Ellis County for the […]

Rolling Thunder

Finally strumming its way into town, the “Woodstock of country music” will make Ennis its home for four days – beginning today. Inaugurating the Texas version of the national festival, the first wave of top performing artists hits the stage near Ennis this afternoon. There are eight in the initial stellar lineup –– Gretchen Wilson, […]

Polka movie available during festival

After recently winning Best Documentary at the Oxford International Film Festival and Bluegrass Independent Film Festival, Director Craig DiBiase and Producer Timm Gable of Stun Produc-tions are set to bring “It’s Happi-ness: A Polka Documentary” to Ennis for the National Polka Festival this weekend. Promoters say “It’s Happiness” approaches the genre and dancing community with […]

Ennis students earn scholarships

Navarro County Electric Cooperative, Inc., has announced that two Ennis students are among the five students chosen to receive scholarships from the company. Recipients for the scholarships are Mindy Michelle Scott, Brooke Randle, Robert Daniel Orr, Micah Backus and Benjamin Tolar Baumgartner. Mindy Scott attends Navarro College, and is from Ennis. Her goal is to […]

Sports briefs

Ennis Little League scores Ennis Little League scores for May 22 *T-Ball League IOOF Home 12 Suez Energy 21 Scoring for IOOF – K. Odlozil (1), D. Deluna (2), C. Gonzalez (2), J. Garza (2), J. Mraz (2), D. Aguinaga (1), C. Moore (1), Z. Diaz (1) / Scoring for SE – C. Askew (1), […]

ELK rolls to victory with all-around performance, 11-2

Some teams win with pitching and defense, while others slug it out offensively. ELK Corporation (ELK) was clicking on all cylinders in Wednesday’s 14U contest as it improved to 2-1 on the young season with an 11-2 victory over Allen Samuels (AS), which now sits at 1-2. With 11 runs on 10 hits and no […]

Award winner

Tribute to Polka pioneer wins EHS senior ascholarship The winner of the Czech Heritage Society of Texas’ Victor Peter Memorial Scholarship was announced Monday. Colby Pechal of Ennis won the $500 award for her historical essay on Raymond Zapletal, one of the founders of the National Polka Festival. The memorial scholarship is presented annually to […]

Banding together

Three local groups join artists from across the state at Polka Festival There’s a lot of out-of-town talent being tapped as entertainers for the 41st annual National Polka Festival, but organizers have not forgotten to include three of the most popular local bands –– Jak Se Do, the Jodi Mikula Orchestra and Czech & Then […]

Crime Briefs

Officer thwarts escape attempt A 38-year-old man is facing charges in reference to a burglary at Ennis Steel Industries Inc. Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said Officer Jason York was on routine patrol in the 900 block of W. Madison St. when he observed a vehicle pass that contained a passenger he knew had a warrant […]

Police look for shooter

Officers and SWAT team members were on the lookout Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the area of N. Kaufman St. and Washington St. after a report of shots being fired in the area. The Ennis police dispatcher alerted officers the call was valid after hearing shots being fired in the background as the person […]

Sports briefs

Ennis Little League and Ennis Girls League scores Little League scores for May 21 *T-Ball League Meier Auctioneers 23 First Baptist Church 10 Scoring for MA – S. Alexander Jr. (3), C. Barker (2), G. Howell (2), C. Mathes (1), A. Zmolik (3), J. Bomer (2), J. Herrera (1), A. King (2), E. Knight (1), […]

Mighty Clean swings away for impressive victory, 20-11

As one might expect in jr. midget-league action, offense came early and often in Tuesday night’s opening ballgame. Mighty Clean (MC) continued its offensive surge by opening with a six-run first inning on the way to a 20-11 victory over Prosperity Bank (PB). MC moved to 3-1-1 with the victory while PB stands at 0-4-1. […]

Your vote does count!

With the election now behind us, we think it’s worth noting that only around 1,700 Ennis voters took the time to cast ballots last weekend. That’s out of 8,900 people registered to vote in Ennis. In an effort to be optimistic, we can point out that the 1,700 votes cast on May 12 is nearly […]

DPL varsity Crusader baseball conquers visiting Panthers, 7-0

Every team wants to be playing its best ball when the playoffs arrive. The Dallas Parochial League (DPL) varsity Crusader baseball team is still working toward its peak performance, but St. John (7-2) had more than enough to handily dispose of the visiting St. Patrick Panthers on Friday, 7-0. The Crusaders are set to wrap […]

D’Amato: too much heart to be denied gridiron return

You just can’t keep a good Lion down. Nico D’Amato’s football career and, more importantly, his life hung in the balance last fall when doctors discovered the Ennis High junior had an anomaly of the right ascending coronary artery. Nico knows exactly what was done to turn his life around. “Both of my heart arteries […]

Rotary goes ‘beddy-bye’ at Polka Fest

Bed race set to follow parade May 26 If you think the action’s over when this year’s National Polka Festival Parade concludes, think again. Immediately following the parade on Saturday, Ennis Rotary Club leaders are planning a “knee-slapping, belly-laughing good time” that promises to entertain onlookers with the organization’s first Bed Race – a race […]

Stepping lively

Polka Fest welcomes Ukrainian dance troupe to Ennis There’s no doubt about the entertainment lineup for the upcoming National Polka Festival. It’s all high caliber. Performing during the annual Czechoslovakian celebration that takes place in Ennis this Memorial Day Weekend are budding country recording artists Wade Bowen and Ryan Turner, as well as popular local […]

City ready for Polka Festival

In preparation for Polka Festival, which starts this Friday, Ennis City officials have been working to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend. To facilitate safe parade watching and to maximize viewers’ enjoyment, no parking will be allowed on West Ennis Avenue, from Main to Clay streets, on Saturday, May 26. City officials have […]

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