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Archive for: December, 2008

Tax abatements OK’d

In a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Ellis County Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a tax abatement for Austin Bridge and Road. The abatement of 35 percent for a period of three years applies only to the company’s real property. A further tax abatement for personal property may be sought in the future. According […]

Islamic doll on local shelves?

Questionable doll has some parents asking for a recall A campaign to remove a popular doll from store shelves has been started by some concerned mothers who claim the toy is proselytizing for Islam. The doll is the Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n Coo doll, made by Mattel and Fisher Price. The doll reportedly says, “Islam […]

TCU ready to battle Broncos in Poinsettia Bowl

(AP) – Boise State used trick plays to upset Oklahoma in a BCS bowl two years ago. Though they were left out of a big-money game this season, the Broncos may be in need of some extra offensive ingenuity again. The ninth-ranked Broncos, whose undefeated record wasn’t good enough for a BCS spot, look to […]

Local teens show a lot of character

Just because St. John’s school closed down, it doesn’t mean there still aren’t some great kids coming out of the St. John system. On today’s front page, there is a story about the St. John Life Teens, a high school youth program, hosting a winter wonderland breakfast to raise money to send individuals to a […]

A joyous Christmas because of you

Being in the newspaper business, and I guess life in general, can leave a person a little jaded and I don’t mind admitting that I have been known to have a healthy bit of skepticism every now and then. However, I have been shown, time and time again since moving to Ennis that not all […]

Warning to parents about noisy toys

Innocent-looking toys can be a potential hazard to children’s ears, according to Sears Hearing Aid Service Center of Waxahachie. Toys that make noise aren’t as safe as you think, according to Ron Ensweiler, owner of Sears Hearing Aid Service Center of Waxahachie. Ensweiler encourages residents to visit the Sight & Hearing Association’s Web site – […]

Deceased man identified

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man shot by one of their officers last week. He is Jerry Thomas Hunter, 49, of Oklahoma. While attempting to serve a felony warrant on Dec. 16, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on Oak Branch Road at the intersection of Old Maypearl Road, located to the […]

Local photographer, church combine forces

Breakfast raises money to help send local kids to camp The cafeteria at St. John Catholic Church was transformed into a winter wonderland this month, for a breakfast fund-raiser hosted by St. John’s high school youth program, Life Teen. With white paper on the walls and over 300 snowflakes, children could pretend they were really […]

Lady Lions turn lights out on Waco University, 79-58

Polk produces epic performance in district road win The Lady Lions might not ever need to play in a primary gym again after their performance this week. On Tuesday, Ennis (13-3, 2-0) dominated Midlothian at home (60-29) in its secondary gym after a scoreboard malfunction on the main court. During JV action on Friday night, […]

Don’t miss the Christmas spirit

For many of us the holiday season means extra stress. We rush to buy gifts and worry about how to pay for them, we stay up late planning get-togethers and we burn the candle at both ends trying to get all of our work done in the midst of everything else we’ve got to do. […]

County to consider tax abatements, contracts at meeting

The Ellis County Commissioners’ Court will hear a presentation of general information regarding the 2010 census at its regular meeting Monday. Other items on the Commissioners’ Court agenda include: • Consideration and action to approve Interlocal Cooperation Contracts between Ellis County and Palmer ISD, the city of Palmer and the city of Ferris for the […]

Nominations sought for gifted, talented

Nominations will be accepcted beginning next month for Ennis Independent School District’s Gifted and Talented Program for the 2009-2010 school year. According to district officials, the Gifted and Talented Program is committed to meeting the needs of students who demonstrate above average potential or achievement. Any student is eligible to be nominated by a teacher, […]

Crash sends one to hospital

Drakas Bailey of Bardwell was flown to a hospital after possibly breaking his leg in an accident Friday afternoon on Lake Bardwell Drive near the Hwy. 287 Bypass. According to patrol officer Curtis Farmer, at about 3 p.m. Bailey 30, was driving a gold Chevy Cavalier westbound on Lake Bardwell Drive when a green Camaro […]

Lion cross-country’s best honored at 2008 banquet

Redning reflects on 2008 season and looks toward ‘09 On Thursday night at the Sixth Grade Center, coach Lonnie Redning took the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of his Lion cross-country runners during the 2008 season. Participation is definitely on the rise within the program, which was evident when the coach said it was easily […]

Ennis homes shining bright

You might have opened this newspaper and because of the center photo on the front page thought you were sent the wrong day’s paper, but we assure you that is not the case. No, in the spirit of Christmas and to support the Holiday of Lights here in Ennis, the Ennis Daily News will be […]

Remembering my wish list

I can’t believe Christmas is so close! At the Ennis Daily News, we have been getting in the spirit by typing letters to Santa from the boys and girls of Ennis. These letters will run in a special section in the Christmas Eve edition of the Ennis Daily News. Reading and typing these letters has […]

Spirit of Christmas takes over Kiwanians

Kiwanis Club, along with Super 1 Foods and Sam Houston Elementary, were able to deliver boxes of food Thursday to senior citizens and needy families in the community. The Ennis Kiwanis Club has conducted the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive for about 30 years, said the club’s president, Tommy Copeland. The club collected food to […]

Head Start gets gifts

Ennis school receives visit from Region 10 ESC Representatives from the Region 10 Education Service Center (ESC) visited Austin Elementary School on Dec. 16 as part of Region 10’s annual distribution of holiday gifts to children in the Head Start program. Each year, Region 10 ESC, which is based in Richardson, picks a county within […]

Ennis man recalls war experiences

Local author and Ennis native Ray Jackson said writing is easy when you write about what you know and he should know. Jackson’s first book Military Police Protection in Southeast Asia recounts the stories of his time in Vietnam while his upcoming books will focus on his family and their struggles. His book on Vietnam […]

Lion football brilliance emerged within Texas Stadium

Ennis played 19 games and won two titles in home of Cowboys The era of Ennis Lion football at Texas Stadium may have ended last month, but the memories remain. The facility opened in 1971 and it will host its last high school football game on Friday. Along the way, the Lions have produced more […]

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