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Archive for: July, 2009

Team Jenkins rising within racing scene in ‘09

Ennis’ own Travis Jenkins is an up-and-coming dirt bike rider in the Texas Cross Country Racing Association (TCCRA), but his sister Micayla didn’t want her older brother to have all of the fun. A sixth-grade student at Ennis Intermediate School, Travis races as a Peewee 65cc Amateur and is currently enjoying the summer break in […]

Need for a policy addressed quickly

The Ennis ISD policy that covers interdistrict student transfers seems to be a fair approach to handling an issue brought up by flattering requests for a formal policy. Previously, EISD had only a standing rule that employees of the district had the opportunity to enroll their children in local schools if they were from out […]

Kudos to the donors for their charity

Wednesday afternoon, I went out to the Knights of Columbus Hall to cover the blood drive held by the Knights. I was amazed at the turnout – I went to KC Hall at 5 p.m., and during the 25 minutes I was there, I saw at least 15 people either waiting to give blood, giving […]

City’s property tax values grow

Administration backs off predictions for business, franchise tax revenue The city of Ennis’ expected property tax revenue for the coming year has outpaced its initial predictions. The Ellis Appraisal District’s certified taxable value for 2009-10 for Ennis, which helps drive the city’s budget planning, is more than $30 million higher than initial estimates. TO READ […]

Nursing homes look for helpers

The North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging Ombudsman Program is looking for volunteers to immediately fill vacancies. NCTCOG Area Agency on Aging Volunteer Recruit-ment Consultant Pat Borgfeldt said warm-hearted volunteers are needed to help elderly and disabled residents of nursing and assisted living facilities in Ennis. Ombudsmen advocate for residents’ rights […]

Girl Scouts spread joy of reading

Girl Scout Troop 2688 is starting a book drive at Prosperity Bank today and donations can be made until Aug. 15. They will be accepting new and used children’s books aimed at children in sixth grade and younger. “This is our first time doing a book drive,” Troop Leader Kim Wall said. “The girls are […]

Car crushed by train

Injured driver rushed to Ennis Regional An unidentified woman was taken to Ennis Regional Medical Center this morning after colliding with a train at Tyler and NW. Main streets. Ennis police, fire and ambulance personnel responded to the accident scene at approximately 8:55 a.m. TO READ THE FULL STORY, SUBSCRIBE TO THE ENNIS DAILY NEWS […]

Firefighters take Battle of Ennis at state, 11-9

Whether the games took place in Ennis, Maypearl or Brownwood, the Ennis Firefighters and Southwest Funding always seemed to cross paths during the 2009 postseason. On Tuesday night, the two ballclubs collided for a TTAB junior state tournament elimination game. In what was a very competitive contest throughout, the Firefighters were able to score three […]

Volunteers can make an impact

Volunteering to be a part of a service organization like the Ennis Noon Lions, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Ennis High School Band Boosters or others is a good way to spend time. Being a part of those organizations as an adult gives us the hindsight we often wish we had as children. We come to […]

Could this have been avoided?

When a murder takes place anywhere in the United States, it is a tragic thing, but when it is happens in Ennis, Texas, it becomes something more. Being just a short drive from downtown Dallas and not much further from the enjoyments of Arlington and Fort Worth, Ennis enjoys much of the pleasures of big […]

Theatre season starting with one-man show

The Ennis Public Theatre is opening its 2009-2010 season with a one-man, one-act musical comedy. The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet! opens Friday and runs weekends through Aug. 23. The season-opening show stars R.J. Vandygriff as Joe Texas, who sets out to dispel the rumor that the cowboy is a dying breed. Vandygriff’s stage and screen […]

Palmer teacher gets top honors

Sandra Dodson, a kindergarten teacher at Palmer Elementary, has been chosen as the Elementary teacher of the Year for the district. Dodson will represent Palmer in the Texas State Teacher of the Year program. Texas State Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the state of Texas can bestow upon a teacher. Facilitated […]

EISD’s transfer policy unique

$2,900 tuition cost also highest among district neighbors with policy in place Ennis ISD is now one of only a handful of school districts in the area to accept interdistrict transfer students. Previously, only students whose parents were full-time EISD employees could transfer into the district. The EISD School Board decided to make the change […]

Giving the gift of life

On Wednesday evening, people came out to do their part to save lives. Since 2003, the Knights of Columbus has partnered with Carter Blood Care to hold a blood drive four times a year. The Knights organized a drive at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Wednesday. Usually, each drive averages 30 units of blood, […]

Teague rallies past CVS at state tourney

The record will show 0-2 for CVS Pharmacy at the TTAB freshman state tournament, but both of the team’s opponents realize they were fortunate to get those victories. In Monday’s loss to Valley Mills, CVS led 16-11 at one point. Facing the Teague Lions on Tuesday at Bluebonnet Park, CVS led 8-2 before Teague found […]

Giving blood is a vital service

We have the chance to save a life every day. Often, though, we find a reason not to. Giving blood is not a pleasant proposition for some, but medical professionals will tell you that it is absolutely vital for the future of patients of all shapes and sizes that a healthy blood supply is readily […]

We’re not here to stop the fun

People who know me well from back home might smirk if they knew what I’m up to these days. Joining a community coalition fighting teenage drug and alcohol abuse doesn’t seem much like a Nick thing to do. Oh well — IMPACT Ennis has been a rich exercise in getting to know this community. As […]

Boosters’ work often unseen

At every home football game, the Ennis Band Boosters are hard at work in the concession stand, serving up refreshments to hungry football fans. As members of the Ennis Band program, students work together to play music and support the football team. While they are practicing their instruments and learning complex drill moves, the Ennis […]

Pawnshop owner aids in BMV arrest

Travis Short, 18, and Krystal Strickland, 17, both of Ennis, were arrested Monday afternoon on burglary of a motor vehicle charges after allegedly attempting to sell a stolen vehicle diagnostic code reader. Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said Officer Curtis Farmer spoke with an employee at Action Pawn, who claimed Short and Strickland allegedly tried to […]

Lions Club gets ready ­­for a new year of service

Although officers change every year, the one thing that remains constant for the Ennis Noon Lions Club is their desire to fulfill the service group’s motto: We serve. Hayden said the group, which meets Wednesdays at noon at First United Methodist Church, is going strong in membership. “One of our strengths is our membership,” newly […]

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