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Archive for: November, 2008

Griffin’s select softball team takes third in Waco

Ennis eighth grader Sara Griffin’s ‘96 Lady Texans softball team emerged with third place in the 14-team Thanks-4-Giving 12U select softball tournament in Waco last weekend. The Lady Texans are based out of Navarro County. Team members pictured with Sara (fifth from left on top row) include (bottom, from left) Morgan Skipper, Bailey Chitty, (middle […]

Doing a little can go a long way

We have recently learned that the joint program between Helping Hands of Ennis and the students of Ennis ISD that provides toys to kids who might not otherwise receive Christmas gifts is not going to happen this year. What’s more, the Ellis County Salvation Army has no "Angel Trees" located in Ennis this year. The […]

Black Friday begins today

Stores prepare for possible rush of holiday shoppers Today is what is known as Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year and many stores are preparing for big crowds. Employees at several stores have been through extensive training to prepare for the shopping season. Loretta Embry, an employee at Cato, said […]

Officer’s termination status altered

As a result of appealing a decision that saw Ennis Patrol Officer Isidro "Sid" Lopez terminated from the police department, Lopez was granted a 30-day suspension without pay after a nearly four-hour hearing with the Ennis City Commissioners on Nov. 25. City Manager Steve Howerton said the commission voted unanimously regarding that decision. "The city […]

Gift-giving program suspended in Ennis

For some families in the community this year, Christmas might be something they are unfortunately left out of. Due to a restructuring of the program that is jointly organized by Helping Hands of Ennis and Jeannie Spaniel with the Tots for Tots students at Ennis ISD, children that normally received toys through that program will […]

Heath brings several high-profile players into Ennis matchup

Hawks love to run the ball and stop opposing rushers There won’t be any shortage of offensive firepower or intense defensive players when the Ennis Lions (11-1) and Rockwall-Heath Hawks (12-0) lock up in Texas Stadium on Friday at noon for their Region II semifinal. Lion coach Sam Harrell knows the undefeated foe brings a […]

Put the ‘thanks’ in this time of year

Every year when classes wind down toward the Thanksgiving holiday, students – especially the little tots – are taught about the importance of giving thanks for what they have and sharing with those not as fortunate. But how many adults are reminded of the reason for the season when it comes to Turkey Day? We […]

On target and on time

Working for a community newspaper I have received all sorts of complaints. Some criticism has been in the way people feel I report the news, which is sometimes amusing because I get complaints from both sides of a news story that I was biased against them. At times grievances are made against the subject matter […]

Lock car doors

Burglars target unattended cars during holiday This holiday season, auto burglars will shop the easy way – by stealing gifts, purses, wallets, packages, electronics or other valuables left in plain sight inside vehicles. Every two minutes, a vehicle is burglarized in Texas and the contents stolen. These crimes escalate during the holiday season when people […]

IOOF residents reflect on holiday

With the arrival of Thanksgiving Day and the start of the holiday season, many people are grateful for countless things. The residents of Odd Fellow and Rebekah Retirement Center are no exception. Some residents are venturing to relatives houses for the holidays and some will stay at the I.O.O.F. Retirement Center for a Thanksgiving feast, […]

What Thanksgiving means to kids

Discover what children truly think of the holiday With very distinct and different visions of what Thanksgiving will be like at their homes and how they will spend the day, a group of 5 and 6-year-olds at Little Best Friends Christian Childcare Center pondered the meaning of the holiday and what they will do with […]

Lions gear up to face Rockwall-Heath in Texas Stadium

Hawks quite capable of lighting up the scoreboard It’s been several weeks since the Lions had to go all-out in the second half considering they’ve enjoyed large leads recently, but Ennis will likely need to keep the pedal to the metal in week 13. Ennis (11-1) is set to face the Rockwall-Heath Hawks (12-0) in […]

New group is sure to have an impact

We are excited to hear that a new group will be working in Ennis to prevent drug and alcohol abuse among local youths. Impact Ennis is the city’s first drug prevention coalition and the board of directors for the organization held their first meeting last week. Under the direction of coordinator Jane Mize, an outstanding […]

Impact Ennis addresses local drug problem

The initial meeting of the board for Impact Ennis, the city’s first drug prevention coalition, took place Thursday at Ennis Regional Medical Center. Coordinator Jane Mize, former marketing director for the facility, said she gathered a group of community representatives to address educational and legal issues concerning the local rise of juvenile alcohol and drug […]

Bond projects moving forward

With safety fences up and earthmovers already in action at the corner of Main and Jackson streets just a few days after the formal groundbreaking ceremony was held, County Commissioners gave their approval to several items related to the facilities bond. Four agreements were approved in Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ […]

Providing food from the heavens

For parents coping with the ever changing economy and the struggle of trying to feed a family, help may be as close as a neighborhood church. For parents coping with the ever changing economy and the struggle of trying to feed a family, help may be as close as a neighborhood church. Gilmer Baldridge Church […]

Lions get on serious roll to sting visiting Hornets, 88-64

Ennis explodes for 32-point third quarter against Athens After opening the season against a series of much tougher foes, the Ennis Lions were able to jump all over the Athens Hornets on Monday night. The Lions (1-4) faced a first-quarter deficit, but handily won each quarter from there to secure an 88-64 victory. In a […]

Let’s keep local registers ringing

We seem to be bombarded with bad financial news recently and the doom and gloom is making tough for some folks to look forward to the holidays with a happy attitude. One way we can all keep our stress down during this time of year is by avoiding the traffic and crowds off the Metroplex […]

Holiday shopping gets tougher

I realized this past weekend as much as I like to think I am in tune with the ways of the world and what kids like, I have sadly missed the mark when it comes to knowing what my nephews and nieces want for Christmas this year. As I engaged in the annual ritual of […]

Duo throwing bottles charged with assault

Man suffers minor injuries defending sister at local bar Alerted to a fight in progress at All Star Bowl Sunday morning, Ennis police took two men into custody after discovering they attacked a man with beer bottles, according to Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson. Hopson said at 1:19 a.m. Officer Justyn Wilder was dispatched to the […]

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