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Archive for: April, 2009

Swine flu scare affects Ennis athletics

Coaches and athletes try to roll with punches late in the season The athletic seasons for a trio of Ennis High sports will continue, but the coaches and players will have plenty of time to test the theory that practice makes perfect. On the recommendation of Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of […]

Always think of our troops

When Kenneth Wayne “Bo” Hackney III heard the horrible news that his friend was killed in Iraq only five days into his mission, he did something that would likely be the complete opposite of most of us. He enlisted in the Air Force. Not having been in active duty, fighting an enemy thousands of miles […]

EJH assistant principal goes to Travis

When EJHS Assistant Principal Ryan McCabe becomes principal at Travis Elementary this fall, his priorities will remain the same: doing what is best for the students and helping them succeed. Although the students at Travis are younger and may need a different type of encouragement, McCabe said he would still be able to apply the […]

Local soldier gets ‘wake up call’ to enlist

Selfless dedication to one’s country and fellow soldiers is something that Ennis native Bo Hackney (Kenneth Wayne Hackney III) takes very seriously. His dedication to both is something he speaks of with pride, as he should. It takes a special kind of person to do what he does, although to hear him speak of his […]

Ennis Express becomes runaway train

Local squad takes top spot in 13U-AA select baseball Ennis is officially a fixture on the select baseball map. On Sunday, the Ennis Express 13U-AA select baseball team pulled out all the stops to win the Legends Classic Tournament, which was a 14-team affair in Fort Worth. Out of 107 AA teams in the area, […]

Hygiene key to avoid swine flu

With three cases of swine flu suspected in Dallas County, it is important that Ennis residents remain informed about the disease and how to prevent it. In today’s edition of the Ennis Daily News, we talk with a spokesperson from Ennis Regional Medical Center about the threat of the swine flu. This strain of the […]

A guiding light in the darkness

This past weekend the Ennis Relay for Life held it’s annual event at the Texas Motorplex and what a night it was! The evening started off with a survivor’s lap, which saw a large group of people wearing purple t-shirts and carrying purple balloons holding their heads up high and making their way around the […]

Band continues success at UIL

It seems during every school year, no matter what season or which month it is, the junior high and high school bands are announcing their accomplishments at one competition or another. Year in and year out it is the same old song and dance – or at least the same old song – when it […]

Incident leads to son’s arrest

A 28-year-old man was brought up on three charges ranging from assault and drug possession to evading arrest. According to the police report, on Thursday at 1:40 a.m. officers received a call in reference to a disturbance at 1006 N. Sherman St. The complainant said his son had broken into the home and threatened him. […]

Swine flu threat raised to Phase 4

Despite crossing oceans and national borders, the swine flu has not yet made its way to Ennis, but concern about the virus has Ennis Regional Medical Center working to increase awareness about prevention of this strain of influenza. The swine flu is a combination of human, swine and bird flu viruses, said Sherrie Watkins, chief […]

Ennis Relay considered a success

As the teams that took part in the Ennis Relay for Life are hanging up their walking shoes for this year and finally getting some sleep, event organizers are busy counting the money and getting a final total on the amount raised from the event. The relay, which kicked off Friday night at 6 p.m. […]

Ennis Symphonic Band sweeps UIL competition

Although the Symphonic 1 Band at Ennis Junior High School earned a sweepstakes award at the UIL Concert and Sight-reading competition with their outstanding performance, Director Steven Bunch hopes the group’s best performance is ahead of them. In order for a band to win the sweepstakes award, the band must earn a first division superior […]

Golden Circle aims for green

Despite a change in venue, the Ennis Golden Circle’s annual golf tournament will still be held to help raise money to support the many programs the organization hosts. The tourney is the only organized fund-raising effort for the center, located at 1700 N. Floyd St., and has long been a source of pride and entertainment […]

Lady Lion steps up down home stretch

Zhanel helps Ennis get back to softball playoffs The final games of Brittani Zhanel’s Lady Lion career mean more to her than most people will ever know. For many standout high school athletes, their senior year is a precursor to a sporting journey at the collegiate level. With Brittani, she’s approaching the end of something […]

Double down for a good cause

In a year of changes that have forced the St. John Catholic Church community to rally and become stronger from the troubles of the past, comes the news that the tradition of the annual Las Vegas Night fund-raiser will still take place as planned. The youth program at the church that has been going strong […]

Support Relay for Life tonight

Tonight is the night. It’s been steadily approaching. The planning committees have done everything they can to make things run smoothly. The team captains have made sure their groups have everything in place to raise the most money. It’s now time to get your walking shoes on and “Relay Up!” The 12-hour Ennis Relay for […]

Hospital food, made delicious

Last week, I wrote a story about hospital chef Monique Bustamante and the hospital cuisine. What I couldn’t mention in the article is what a pleasure it was to interview Monique. I’m not sure how she felt about it, but to me interviewing her was like having a conversation with a friend. As someone who […]

AVID offers opportunities

Not knowing a whole lot about the AVID program in the Ennis Independent School District, we were happy to hear the Lions Club program from yesterday that had not just the curriculum’s director and teacher speak on the program, but also students currently enrolled. The AVID program focuses on providing access to four-year colleges for […]

Hoping for Relay success

A lot of preparation, publicity and organization have been put into this year’s Relay for Life event, which begins tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Texas Motorplex. Our publication alone has invested countless advertising dollars and story space to this important event that helps raise a huge amount of money for cancer research. One of […]

Taking life one day at a time

For Regina and Wes Mach, the motto of taking life one day at a time has never seemed more prophetic. Since their 13-year old daughter, Chandler, was diagnosed with leukemia, life has been passing them by day by day as they struggle to come to terms with the news and the new roles each of […]

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