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Archive for: May, 2009

Unbeaten Keever crew maintains momentum

Midget division hosts good matchup between Keever and GAF-ELK For any team at Bluebonnet Park to be undefeated in late May is quite an accomplishment. In the midget division, that’s the current case for Keever softball (6-0) as it bested GAF-ELK (4-3) on Thursday by a 6-4 margin. GAF-ELK gave Keever arguably its toughest test […]

Alcohol’s lure strong during graduation

The recent arrest of a manager at a convenience store in town for the sale of alcohol to minors highlights the need to bring alcohol consumption to the forefront. Teens will be teens. It’s our duty as their elders, parents and caregivers to keep them from making mistakes through poor judgment that can have disastrous […]

Feeling welcome in this community

I have just begun my eighth month of working for the Ennis Daily News, and the time has gone by extremely fast. Of course, when you are working hard, you don’t really have the opportunity to think about time, so it just kind of slips by. Also, I feel like the community, from service club […]

Kiwanis awards scholarships

More than 30 years ago, founding member of the Ennis Kiwanis Club Wesley Knize began a scholarship program that is still giving back to students today. Knize, who is the father of 40th Judicial District Judge Gene Knize, helped found the club in the 1940s. He was an integral part of the club and the […]

School times to change

To accommodate a new bus schedule, start and dismissal times at schools in Ennis ISD will be changed, said Ennis ISD spokesman Henry Martinez. The adjustments in start and dismissal times are required because of changes to the district’s school bus operations. The district has changed the school bus system from a parade system to […]

WAG reaches out to local students

Bruce Carter spoke about the growing popularity and need of We Are Graduating in the Ennis community Wednesday at the Ennis Noon Lions Club meeting. “Our goal is to make you the best you can be,” Carter said of the fifth- to eighth-grade students in the group. We Are Graduating, possibly better known by its […]

Deputies bust theft ring

Thousands of dollars in property recovered This month, investigators with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office shut down what they believe to be a theft ring. Investigators executed searches at two locations — one in Ellis County and the other in Hill County — resulting in the recovery of several trailers believed stolen from the Ellis […]

Firefighters blaze out of gate for 9-4 win

Firefighters remain one of the premier freshman league squads Just as a strong finish can put a team over the top, a ballclub can seize a game by the throat in the opening moments. In Wednesday night’s freshman contest, the Ennis Firefighters (6-1-1) smacked several early hits and took advantage of some free passes to […]

Education workers must balance work, personal needs

Steve Knagg had some wise words for the faculty and staff of the Ennis ISD as he spoke to the educators about the need to be human. The world of primary and secondary education is a preoccupation for this country. We expect a lot out of our young students, who hold the future of our […]

Adventures in home ownership

Home ownership has been something of a surprise to me since purchasing my first house in February. I knew there were going to be the bumps in the road when it came to keeping a house together — such as the normal required maintenance and getting used to a cohesive existence with my new bride […]

Quick Pantry boss booked in booze sales

Law enforcement arrested the manager of Quick Pantry, located at 2201 W. Ennis Ave., on Friday on four counts of selling alcohol to minors. Iqbale E. Lasi, 48, of Ennis, was arrested in the case. His bond was set at $1,000 on each charge, totaling $4,000. After receiving information last week from a concerned mother […]

EISD names superintendent pick

After deliberating in a closed session for 30 minutes Wednesday, the Ennis ISD School Board chose Barbara Qualls as the lone finalist for the superintendent’s position. She is likely the first woman ever selected for the job. The selection ends a months-long process of replacing outgoing EISD Superintendent Eddie Dunn, who told the board in […]

St. John graduates school’s last senior

Bishop Dunne honors Bell’s high standing Being last is not necessarily the worst thing sometimes, as Leslie Bell can attest to. Bell, a senior at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas, is officially the last graduate of St. John Catholic School in Ennis — even though the school closed in 2008. At the time of […]

EHS softball’s premier players honored

Five Lady Lions receive 16-4A honors for 2009 season All things considered, 2009 was a fine season for Lady Lion softball. Ennis got back to the playoffs for the first time in three years, losing to Forney in the bi-district round. That doesn’t look like a bad defeat these days, with Forney set to meet Mesquite […]

Treats for Troops makes an impact

Times are not easy for citizens of this country, and that much is clear to most anyone who has friends or family hunting for work or otherwise struggling to make ends meet. However, we have the freedom we hold dear — freedom bought for us with the devoted service of the members of our armed […]

Memorial Day’s meaning hits home

When I was a student in elementary, junior high and high school, my teachers never taught me about the meaning behind Memorial Day, simply because our school district’s schedule was set up so that we were already out for summer vacation by that point. Since the holiday was never topical at the end of the […]

Zoning change to go before commission

Ennis’ Planning and Zoning Commission has given Adan Castillo their blessing to change his business to a private club. The commission voted 5-1 on Tuesday to approve a special use permit for the zoning change. Next, the issue heads to the city commission for its consideration Monday. If approved, the zoning change will allow The […]

Police hunt for sword, wallet thief

Ennis police are investigating a reported home invasion robbery where the alleged suspect stole a man’s wallet that contained approximately $600, as well as a sword. Lt. Ron Roark said that around 10 a.m. Monday, Officer Jon Knapp was dispatched to 215 S. Dallas St. to meet with the victim. The man told Knapp that […]

Prisoners to pay for medical service

In an effort to cover medical costs and curb excess doctor visits by inmates at Wayne McCollum Detention Center, the Ellis County Commissioners approved an item calling for inmates to be charged for medical services at the jail. “We’re not going to refuse anyone medical care if they need it, but we need to recover […]

Speaker: Teachers, staff must care for themselves

The school year is wrapping up, and to honor teachers and other staff for their work, Ennis ISD held its second annual Education Celebration. District teachers and staff were treated to a motivational speech from Steve Knagg, who spent 30 years working for Garland ISD and retired in 2007 as director of communications. Knagg spoke […]

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