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Archive for: August, 2009

Lions crush Crosby in season opener

Ennis had to hang tight until Saturday night to start the ‘09 season, and their performance made it well worth the wait. The Lions (1-0) were unbelievable in the opening half, piling up 56 points thanks to a 42-point second quarter against the Crosby Cougars. The offensive starters didn’t even take the field in the […]

Community must protect the young from predators

The arrest of yet another local for alleged sex crimes involving juveniles — bringing the tally for August to three — shows even the safest small towns are unable to shake this particular brand of villainy. It’s outrageous. Sex crimes against children are gut-wrenching, sickening examples of the depth of depravity to which aberrant humans […]

Encouraging signs so far at Austin

So far, so good. Aside from one stomach bug, Emma did miraculously well during her first full week of school. On Day One, Kellie, Emma, her little sister, Addie, and I walked into Austin Elementary along with dozens of other families looking to drop our kids off. Everyone was excited. The school was spotless and […]

H1N1 flu fight begins at home

With students back in school and the flu season fast approaching, Ellis County and Ennis ISD officials are encouraging the public to practice prevention techniques to avoid contracting the H1N1 flu. During the peak of last spring’s outbreak of H1N1, more commonly known as swine flu, Ellis County had eight confirmed cases of the virus. […]

Claim a spot, help a child

Chili’s fundraiser supports St. Jude Chili’s in Ennis has teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help the fight against cancer by opening up its windows for advertising space. For as low as $275, local businesses can have their names put on the windows with a professionally made vinyl decal until Sept. 30. […]

Cold case boils 15 years later

Pair charged in notorious ’94 slayings of grandmother, grandson Two men face capital murder charges in the 1994 deaths of a grandmother, who was found beaten and shot in a ditch along FM 66, and her grandson, who was found in her abandoned vehicle. The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said Friday they had arrested longtime […]

Two arrested in 15-year-old slayings

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said Friday they had arrested Larry W. Samples, 61, of Arlington and Galen M. Boyd, 48, of Katy, Texas, on charges of capital murder in two killings from March 1994. The two men are accused of killing Robbie Jean Biggar, 53, and her grandson Kasey Wyatt Roberts, 2. Samples and […]

JV Lion football pounds Panthers for 1-0 start

It’s amazing what a productive offseason can do for a team. Making up the vast majority of this year’s JV Lion football squad, the 2008 Freshman Lions endured a 0-10 campaign that saw them lose to Midlothian 27-8 and 16-0. On Thursday, those same Lions welcomed the Panthers to Ennis and took a 22-0 lead […]

Lend a hand to our neighbors

One of the great things about a community like Ennis is the sense we live in a city woven tightly together with friends, family and neighbors. It creates an environment where education is high on the list of priorities, where community is an everyday word and where family is an important and appreciated concept. We […]

Don’t let your voice be missed

Barely old enough to vote, 18-year-old Kevin Crouch was standing near U.S. Rep. Joe Barton’s Ennis office earlier this month protesting the proposed healthcare legislation. The U.S. Congress is currently considering HR 3200, otherwise known as the healthcare bill. Although the House is out for the August recess, representatives are travelling their home districts gathering […]

State beefs up drunk driving enforcement

Ennis drivers should be warned, TxDOT officials have come up with a plan to remind everyone that the state’s “Drink, Drive, Go to Jail” campaign will be in full effect over the Labor Day holiday weekend. At a press event in Austin, state officials unveiled their newest public education tool: a unique “half and half” […]

Ennis earns financial recognition

The Government Finance Officers Association has given the city of Ennis a stamp of approval. The national group, covering the United States and Canada, gave the city its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its most recent annual financial report. That certificate is a high level of achievement in the area of […]

Palmer keeps tax rate level

Homeowners in Palmer have received some good news regarding the city’s tax rate for the new year. A public hearing to allow for the discussion of changing the 2009 tax rate was deemed unnecessary and tabled at the last meeting of the Palmer City Council due to the rollback rate being equal to the 2008 […]

Dietician: Control key for diabetics

Being on a diabetic diet doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself of foods you love if they are eaten in moderation, said Alison Wright, Ennis Regional Medical Center dietician. Wright spoke to members of the Ennis community Thursday evening at the hospital’s cafeteria as part of ERMC’s community seminar series. Thursday’s topic was diabetic eating. […]

Palmer Bulldogs fired up for season opener

On Monday, the Palmer Bulldogs began preparations for their first football game of the year by selecting team captains to lead them for the 2009 season. The captains were selected by a secret vote of the players. “We have been preaching all year that this is (the players’) team and they have to take ownership […]

We knew taxes would increase

Of all of the public hearings on government budgetary matters that have sprung up this month in our immediate area, the Ennis Independent School District’s public hearing of Tuesday night was easily the most attended. People had complaints. They did when the bond project passed that funded the millions of dollars in construction work done […]

Memories of the first day

I passed a Midlothian elementary campus the other day and saw a banner on the street reminding drivers’ school was back in session. It helped me realize I wanted to talk about the first day of school for a child. However, I was thwarted in my effort to find EISD Superintendent Barbara Qualls had already […]

Eighth-grader gets backup in fight against leukemia

When Carolyn Schlebach found an opportunity to help a young girl in need, she jumped at the chance. As a regular at the Ennis Waffle House, Schlebach got to know Irene Cardona, a waitress at the restaurant. Cardona had waited on Schlebach and her husband for about three years when Cardona got the news her […]

New law bars cell phone use in school zones

Drivers should keep their eyes on the road and fingers off their phone as a new state law requires drivers to communicate hands-free while passing through school zones. Ennis Police Chief John Erisman said local police are on the lookout for violators of the law — House Bill No. 55 in the recent session of […]

Take a swing at cancer

Family golf tournament set Sept. 19-20 The Boon family is keeping up its tradition of holding a charity golf tournament to raise money for cancer research with the 11th Annual Cancer Benefit Golf Tournament. The yearly event was started as a tribute to Ernest Kyle “E.K” Boon, brother of Ennis’ Jimmy Boon, Hazel Boon Tidwell […]

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