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Archive for: May, 2008

Ennis Czechs out

Polka parade a big hit despite blazingly hot weather. The 42nd Annual National Polka Festival was a high-stepping, tasty hit last weekend at participating Czech entertainment venues while the downtown Ennis parade was one of the largest in terms of float entries as well as spectators.

Their majesties

King and queen of polka Winners of the Polka King and Queen Contest at Sokol Hall, kicking off the 42nd annual National Polka Festival last night, were Richard and Joyce Brinker.

Off and running

Rotary sponsors Polka Fest run Participants in the 10th Annual Ennis Polka Fest Run, presented by the Ennis Rotary Club, started hoofing it at 7 a.m. yesterday along Yorkstown Dr. The event benefits local Rotary projects, particularly the Children’s Reading Program at the Ennis Public Library. Other sponsors include Sunbelt Brick Inc., Sherwin Wiliams, Ennis […]

Sell out

Preston Street garage sale in its sixth year Popular event unites community, shows off neighborhood Bargain hunters are expected to turn out in droves June 6- 7 for the sixth annual Preston Street Garage Sale. Event organizers Jim and Judy Ferguson have already begun fielding calls from residents in other neighborhoods who would like to […]

Country Thunder has some explaining to do

What does the future hold for Country Thunder in Texas? Will there be any sort of statement released that resembles an apology to country music fans from the Country Thunder camp for canceling the concert a week before it was to begin? What happens to the folks who bought advance tickets? These are some questions […]

Kiwanians give $2,000 in scholarships

With rising gas prices, the higher cost of merchandise due to inflation and the unavoidable increase in college tuition, it’s nice to see the Ennis Kiwanis Club helping out in one of those areas. Members came together for their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at the I.O.O.F. Center, where the group gave out $2,000 in scholarships […]

Polka Fest ready to roll today

Safety measures are focus of city as fest gets underway The city of Ennis is taking measures to ensure a safe as well as fun Polka Festival this year with expanded police presence and traffic advisories. Beginning today through Sunday the Ennis Police Department’s patrol presence will be heightened, including double patrol duty during anticipated […]

Parents air concerns at St. John meeting last night

Enrollment plan of action set, renewed support pledged Emotions ran high last night at a meeting at St. John Catholic School where concerned parents and other community members gathered to determine the fate of the facility after confusion over a presentation given during Sunday’s mass. That presentation by St. John pastor Father Edison Vela implored […]

Select baseball Ennis Lions ascend into North Texas’ elite group

The Ennis Lions 12U-AA select baseball team hasn’t been together very long, but the players are performing at an extremely high level and garnering more respect by the day. In early May, the Lions went 6-0 to take first in Irving’s Mayfest Tournament. At the time, it was the biggest accomplishment in the team’s history. […]

Strong finish helps Southwest Funding avoid first loss, 10-7

Down 5-0 before it ever sent a batter to the plate, Southwest Funding (SF) was in for an uphill climb Wednesday against Price Distributing (PD) in junior baseball league play. SF (4-0-1) responded well, however, with a four-run first inning and later rolled up six runs in the third inning to rally past PD (1-5) […]

Prayers for future of St. John School

The situation facing St. John Catholic School is one we hope isn’t as dire as some seem to fear. The school has been a mainstay of local educational and cultural life since 1911; even now the facility offers the only high school classes of any Catholic school in the region. That alone should stand the […]

17 things a grown man should never have (according to somebody else)

Getting inspiration from all over helps with a weekly column, such as this week’s little gem. I was yet again surfing around on the Internet and came across an article on MSN listing 17 things a man should have left behind in his adolescent days. I thought the article was somewhat humorous considering I found […]

Archers subject at Lions Club

Champion EJHS archery team head speaks to members In just three years, the Outdoor Education Program has a state championship trophy for team competition to its credit, a first-and second place archer in individual shooting at the state level, and is now ranked 20th in the nation. Ennis Junior High School’s Outdoor Education Teacher Kyle […]

Concern over future of St. John Catholic School

Meeting tonight to address enrollment figures, possibility of closure St. John Catholic School is facing another dilemma in a year that started out with a money crisis that had apparently turned around, thanks to private donations and a series of fundraisers. But in a presentation given by Father Edison Vela during regular services last weekend, […]

Country blunder

Mega-concert Country Thunder USA backs out Any rolling thunder to be heard in connection with the mega-concert Country Thunder USA (CTUSA), scheduled to take place near Ennis for the second year, will be that of unhappy audience hopefuls, sponsors, potential employees and media outlets. Citing low advance ticket sales, organizers of the event announced yesterday […]

Country blunder

Mega-concert Country Thunder backs out Any rolling thunder to be heard next week in connection to the mega-concert Country Thunder USA, scheduled to take place near Bardwell for the second year, will be that of unhappy audience hopefuls. This afternoon organizers cancelled the event, startling ticket-holders and other supporters of the first Texas affiliate of […]

Local efforts help to fight crime

We were pleased to hear about two recent efforts to crack down on crime in our area and the cooperation of our business community in making that happen. The first was reported in Sunday’s edition of this newspaper. Local State Farm Insurance agent Jenny Vidrine joined with members of the Texas Automotive Burglary and Theft […]

Well-rounded performance brings big victory for RP Electrical

In a battle of two teams who’ve found plenty of success in freshman league play so far this softball season, RP Electrical (RP) set the tone early with strong pitching and added some timely hitting for a 12-2 win over Leggett & Platt (LP). RP (4-1) out-hit LP (4-2) 5-2 as each team committed one […]

34 surplus items had bids Mon.

Commission approves sale, local residents vie in bidding In bid awards, the Ennis City Commission approved the sale of surplus equipment Monday. There were a total of 26 bidders vying for 34 items. Bidders included: • Stephanie Easley for two 1993 Chevrolet 4-Door Sedans for $600 each, a 1993 Chevrolet C1500 Truck for $600, a […]

Polka fest strides into Memorial weekend

42nd annual festival kicks off Friday with King & Queen contest The 42nd annual National Polka Festival kicks off Friday night and runs all Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25), to the delight of thousands of visitors who will take part in the traditional Czech entertainment. The festival, featuring a King and Queen contest, a parade […]

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