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Archive for: August, 2008

McKiernan doing well

Ennis soldier back on track after battle with nerve disease When she signed up to be a soldier she didn’t think her first battle would come so quickly, but Rachelle McKiernan has recovered from a rare disease and is back to basics trying to enter the military. Rachelle was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a condition […]

Lost & Found

Owner reunited with photos missing for almost a decade Chalk it up to tired movers or a case of not knowing what was actually in the box, but Ray Call is very happy that some family photos and awards have made their way home. Last week, Tisha Brown of Helping Hands of Ennis opened a […]

Lady Lions pounce on Panthers during debut in new gym

Ennis’ stellar start continues with 6-0 record Lady Lion volleyball coach Kim Vernor expected her team to be very successful in the early stages of the ’08 season and the players are making it happen thus far. Ennis moved to 6-0 on the season Friday with a three-game sweep of the Maypearl Panthers: 25-14, 25-18 […]

Make plans to attend St. John’s bazaar

Every year St. John Catholic Church invites the public out for a day of family fun during their annual bazaar. Committee members are working furiously this year to make sure the event is a huge success and we’re confident all their hard work will pay off. A huge group of volunteers are donating their time […]

New school year means fresh start

With the beginning of the school year for Ennis ISD students comes the end of a carefree summer schedule. Tomorrow is the beginning of the rigors of getting settled into a new routine while still clinging to the old one just a bit. There will still be a sea of sleepy heads as the bus […]

Ennis schools earn high marks from state coalition

The Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) has announced that three Ennis schools are among the 298 public schools it will recognize for outstanding academic achievement this year. Austin Elementary, Bowie Elementary and Houston Elementary were each named among the nearly 300 public campuses as academically superior. The TBEC will acknowledge these exceptional schools at […]

St. John plans bazaar

It’s business as usual for the St. John Bazaar committee as they prepare for the annual fundraiser that is now less than a month away. Business as usual means busy. Committee Chairperson Larry Deagen says volunteers are busy organizing an event he hopes will help the community gather together and focus on having a good […]

County revisits CareFlite contract

Despite approval at a previous meeting earlier this month, the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court will take a second look at the contract with CareFlite that places one ambulance each in Palmer and Italy to cover rural areas of the county. The commissioners will look at two items on Monday’s agenda regarding which emergency services company […]

EISD plans for back-to-school traffic

New Junior High means more cars on streets in area around EHS With the beginning of school on Monday and the opening of brand new facilities within the Ennis ISD, an area of concern for the quickly approaching opening day is the increase in traffic. With the new junior high facility opening behind the existing […]

The house that Joe built

Pioneer Czech merchant’s home is fitting heritage A stone’s throw from progress lies history. As Ennis ISD’s expansion of facilities begins on the site of the old Lions Stadium and gymnasium, the owners of the nearby Novy House watch the work with interest. “I think we need to update our schools to better serve students’ […]

Lion tennis enters new district in underdog role

Ennis ready to pull off some 16-4A upsets Lion tennis won’t be considered one of the district heavyweights for the first time in a long time as it enters 16-4A, but that certainly doesn’t mean Ennis can’t find team tennis success. In the fall of 2007, Ennis finished third in district behind Corsicana and Midlothian. […]

Golf tournaments are a popular fundraiser

They are fighting for different causes but they both have a similar idea. Two articles in today’s Ennis Daily News relate to golf tournament fundraisers. The Boon family is hosting one tournament and the money raised goes toward cancer research while the other tournament – a Meals on Wheels driven event – is the organization’s […]

Annual benefit set for Sept. 11

Meals on Wheels hits the links to raise money Players interested in the Meals on Wheels golf tournament Sept. 11 should quickly find some teammates and get their registration in because spots are going quick. Today is the last day to register online and at a discount for the 21st Annual Golf Benefit at Hidden […]

Lions invited to golf tourney

Jimmy Boon and his sisters are turning a family tragedy into a positive mission to fight cancer. Boon and sister Hazel Tidwell visited the Ennis Noon Lions Club to inform the group of avid golfers about an annual golf tournament that raises money for cancer research. “The family would like to thank the Lions Club […]

Forgotten Past

Helping Hands looks for owners of photos found in box at thrift store A box of family photos and mementos have caused a stir at the thrift store at Helping Hands of Ennis. A box donated a few years ago has been sitting on a shelf collecting dust until it was opened this week as […]

Motorplex makes safety upgrades for 2008 NHRA Fall Nationals

ENNIS – Maybe it’s because Billy Meyer will forever be, first and foremost, a racer. Maybe it’s because he knows he can do more. Maybe it’s simply because he cares about the racers more than the bottom line. The reason isn’t important. What matters is that Meyer – owner and president of the all-concrete quarter-mile […]

Parents should decide discipline

The issue of corporal punishment in schools is controversial and there are strong opinions on both sides of the argument. We suspect the article on today’s front page will raise some eyebrows. Many may be surprised to learn corporal punishment is allowed in public schools. After all, many of us have heard that teachers and […]

Bias is often in the eye of the beholder

Sometimes there are misconceptions about local news media, what we do and why we do it. I’d like to try to clear up some of that. I am not going to speak on behalf of everyone in Ellis County journalism – whether it’s print, television, radio or even online (which sometimes stretches the definition of […]

Barton makes case for bill

Prior to appearing at an Arlington forum this morning to discuss the effects of high energy prices, U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis) was in Ennis Tuesday making his case for the passage of a comprehensive energy bill that includes drilling for oil in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. Barton said Democrats’ stalling on a […]

Groups oppose school spanking

To spank or not to spank – that is the question on the minds of the Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union. In a joint press release both organizations have called for the end of corporal punishment in the state of Texas, saying that in the 2006-2007 school year 49,197 public school […]

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