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Archive for: March, 2009

Family gets funding for trip

For Richard and Betty Latimer, the past week has been a roller coaster of emotions, capped by the joy of knowing they will be able to help honor their son’s memory thanks to the generosity of this community. The couple, who lost their son Aaron in the war in Iraq, was notified of a special […]

Helping Hands plans garden

With their latest project Helping Hands of Ennis hopes to plant the seeds of opportunity and nurture them until they grow, both literally and figuratively. Plans for the "Giving Garden" were finalized this week and the agency is gearing up for what will be a multi-functional garden that will yield organic fruits and vegetables to […]

County lifts burn ban

The Ellis County Commissioners’ Court lifted the countywide burn ban Friday morning during a special meeting. “The KBDI was 248 this morning – well below 500,” said Fire Marshal Investigator Jim Pharr, referring to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index used to gauge the likelihood of wildfires. “The National Forest Service says it will be a dry […]

It’s time to plant a garden

When it comes to providing for our neighbors in need, feeding the hungry is as basic and important as it gets. Most of the time, it’s hard for needy families to get fresh fruits and vegetables from food pantries. Usually, only non-perishable food items are available by donation. But beginning in June, clients of Helping […]

Navarro College expects growth

Ellis County is growing, and so is the need for higher education in the county, Dr. Harold Nolte told the Ennis Lions Club members at their meeting Wednesday. Nolte is President of Navarro College Ellis County Campuses. With Ennis located along both the Interstate Highway 45 and the U.S. Highway 287 corridors, this community is […]

Chamber visits Austin

Members of the Ennis Chamber of Commerce have been on the road lately traveling to the state capitol in Austin on two separate trips. Near the end of February, eight members of Leadership Ennis traveled to Austin for Local and State Government month. They were recognized by Senator Kip Averitt in the Senate chambers and […]

Relay teams plan sale

With the rising price of everyday items, most people are looking for a bargain whether it’s in the form of collecting coupons or shopping a garage sale. Local teams with the Ennis Relay for Life are ready to help all of the bargain hunters find the items they need at prices that everyone can afford. […]

‘Pinks’ films at Motorplex

In September 2006, Speed network came to the Texas Motorplex to film a television special called “Pinks All Out.” The special aired Thanksgiving night that year, and had two million viewers prompting the network to develop the idea into a series. The show has grown in popularity, and is currently filming its third season and […]

Three-car wreck on Hwy 287

Police and firefighters responding to a three-vehicle accident Thursday on Ensign Road and US Highway 287 had their hands full caring for the injured, while fighting off swarms of honey bees at the same time. Emergency workers met a chaotic scene, but none of the drivers or passengers involved in the accident faced life-threatening injuries. […]

Treasure hunting for a cause

The story of the Ennis Relay for Life garage sale on today’s front page is an outstanding example of the new ideas and events the Relay committee puts effort into each year to help meet the financial goals of the American Cancer Society. Not only are the committee members involved in the project, but because […]

County sets agenda for special meeting

The Ellis County Commissioners’ Court will face a short agenda when they convene for a special meeting at 8:30 a.m., Friday, March 20. The Commissioners will recess from the regular session to convene into an executive session to deliberate the appointment of a new county judge to fill the unexpired term of County Judge Chad […]

Seniors find friends, fun at Golden Circle

For local senior citizens, living on a fixed income can be a struggle, especially with the cost of living rising more and more each day. However, one place in town that still offers services like entertainment and a hot meal for a nominal fee has been doing so for many years with no plans to […]

Sting Leads to one arrest

For students thinking spring break is the perfect opportunity to push limits and do things they don’t normally do, the Ennis Police Department would like them to know they are on the lookout for illegal activity. A recent sting operation involving 13 businesses that sell alcohol throughout the community resulted in charges against Lahn Thi […]

Treats for Troops seeks donations

Easter is on its way, and Treats for Troops wants to make the holiday special for soldiers in harm’s way. Members of First Christian Church will be putting together boxes for soldiers serving in combat zones overseas and they’re reaching out to the community for help. In order for the boxes to arrive by Easter […]

Hope Clinic receives grant

Ellis County’s Hope Clinic has been seeking federal funding since its inception in 1999. Now, 10 years later, the facility has received a $1.3 million grant thanks to the recently passed economic stimulus package. “We are now a Federally Qualified Health Center, and we are pumped about that,” said Kelly Echard, project coordinator for Hope […]

Family, Police seek new leads in murder

On the first anniversary of the murder of Bobby Howell, his family is still looking for answers about who killed him and why. Their hope is that someone will remember the event and come forward with a lead that will bring the Ennis Police Department closer to finding the person who fatally shot Howell. Howell’s […]

Let’s show soldiers we care

The local Treats for Troops group has devotedly worked for the past three years to support our soldiers serving overseas and it’s our hope that this community will continue to help with that effort. The group’s Easter campaign is currently underway with the goal of sending as many care packages as possible in time for […]

Congratulations EISD teachers

Ennis has outstanding schools and an exceptional group of teachers, there is no doubt about that. On the weekend of March 7, three educators from Ennis were given awards from Region 10 of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) for their hard work and dedication to the students of the Ennis Independent School District. […]

Lady Lions squash Yellowjackets in home finale

Ennis ladies headed for first-ever playoff game It was cold and rainy to be sure on Friday night, but Lady Lion soccer certainly heated up on the field. In its regular-season finale, Ennis (6-16, 4-6) scored a season-high six goals and only allowed the Ferris Yellowjackets a goal in the closing moments of a 6-1 […]

Family needs assistance

When a family suffers the loss of a loved one it is traumatic no matter what the circumstances. But that loss is made even more intense when it involves the death of a young person who served in the military. Army Specialist Aaron Latimer’s death in 2006 was marked by friends and family all over […]

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