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Archive for: August, 2009

Lion team tennis roasts Red Oak Hawks, 19-0

Perfection is an elusive feat in sports, but Lion team tennis was pretty impressive on Tuesday afternoon. In a 19-0 team tennis win over Red Oak, Ennis only dropped a single set as a team. The Lions moved to 2-1 on the season before they get set to start district play. “We thought if everybody […]

Parents make a big difference

With school back in full swing and the hiccups of that first week back already cropping up, we can’t help but remember our vital position and responsibility in our children’s education. One of the resounding pleas from educators in today’s society has been the need for a strong foundation of learning, love and discipline in […]

Recovering from a storm

That was quite a light show Friday. Still not used to the peculiarities of Texas’ weather, one of my cats was climbing the walls at 4 a.m., screaming bloody murder and clawing at the front door as if she was trying to get out Friday. In a half-asleep state, the lightning outside wasn’t enough by […]

Superintendent wants to add the extra degree to Ennis ISD

Ennis ISD Superintendent Barbara Qualls wants to take the school district up to 212 degrees, and she spoke to the Ennis Rotary Club Tuesday about how Rotarians can help EISD get there. At 211 degrees, water is just very hot, but with one extra degree, it turns into steam, Qualls said. Steam is an energy […]

Board OKs tax increase

After listening to public opinion in a public hearing Tuesday evening, the Ennis ISD Board of Trustees voted to adopt the district’s 2009-10 proposed budget and tax rate. The budget comes in at about $53 million, and includes the district’s general fund, food service, childcare, debt service and capital projects. About $26 million of the […]

Ennis man booked for indecency

Ennis police arrested a 67-year-old man on a charge of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Receiving information that a friend’s grandfather had allegedly touched the girl, Ennis police recently investigated and executed an arrest warrant for Albert James Valek, of Ennis, on Tuesday. Valek was charged with indecency with a child following claims from the […]

Road funding needs a look

Ellis County’s method of funding road maintenance projects seems to leave something to be desired. Any casual observer can confirm the need for a measured and careful approach to backing up the county’s transportation infrastructure needs, and it might be time to take a look at one of the irksome details of the way the […]

St. John’s Bazaar around the corner

St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church’s annual bazaar is coming Sept. 19-20, and organizers have some new attractions in store. The bazaar, an Ennis tradition with roots back to the 1930s, is an annual fundraising event that helps support the church’s activities throughout the year. It always features food and games, but this year, organizers have […]

County OKs new budget

After holding a public hearing to discuss the 2009-10 budget, the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court voted to adopt the proposed budget at their Monday meeting. During the public hearing, the court received only positive feedback. Dan Davis, vice chair of the Ellis County Conservatives, expressed his approval of the budget to the court. “Thank you […]

1 down, 176 more to go

Students fill the halls for first day of school Ennis ISD students, teachers and administrators reported a smooth first day of school Monday. Superintendent Barbara Qualls said there were 79 more students in attendance Monday than there were on the first day of school last year, bringing the total number of students to 5,589. She […]

EHS volleyball concludes ’09 tourney action

Going forward, Ennis can focus on one foe at a time. Lady Lion volleyball (4-11) wrapped up play in the Prosper Tournament on Saturday, which was the team’s second and final tournament of the season. On Day One, the Lady Lions were able to top Pilot Point and Melissa in three games apiece before losing […]

City votes down Corps’ Bardwell proposal

Negotiations continue on Lake Bardwell funding problems tied to federal stimulus that would boost the city’s required contributions to unmanageable levels. The Ennis City Commission, under the recommendation of City Manager Steve Howerton, rejected a proposal at their last meeting from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that included unexplained overall cost reductions and interest […]

Area districts analyze ratings

Ferris ISD’s highest state-rated school, McDonald Elementary, has missed federal adequate yearly progress standards. McDonald Elementary was classified as Exemplary by the state, but was also the only school in FISD to miss AYP. This is due to the passing rate of students taking modified TAKS tests, which is not figured into the state’s rating […]

Precinct 2 gets lowest funds per mile

Ellis County’s proposed budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year includes nearly $2 million for the improvement of roads in Road and Bridge Precinct 2. Precinct 2 receives more funds than any of the other three precincts, because it has the largest population. Precinct 2 also has the most road mileage, with 344 miles of roads […]

Drug discovery lends credibility to air patrol

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office made a surprising discovery this week when the weeks-old air patrol spotted marijuana plants being cultivated in a large wooded area on this side of the county. There is always the tendency to have an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to issues like drugs when the news we […]

The United Way needs your help

At a time when many people are cutting back, it’s more important than ever to donate to the Greater Ennis United Way. While many of us are eliminating unnecessary expenses such as going out to eat and taking vacations, some people in our community are struggling just to provide for their families. Even though the […]

Mother allegedly attacks father of child with knife

Reacting to a slap across her face, Ennis resident Jasamine Willis, 19, was arrested for allegedly stabbing the father of her 4-month-old child, Det. Sgt. Dorinda Clark said. At 5:02 p.m. Wednesday, Ennis police and ambulance responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of Martin Luther King Drive regarding a fight involving a subject […]

Water heater suspected in N. Faulkner Street fire

In the midst of power outages, hailstorms and high winds this morning, the Ennis Fire Department responded to a home on fire in the 1400 block of North Faulkner Street. Fire Chief David Hopkins said although there is no official cause for the start of the flames yet, the department believes a busted water heater […]

Blackout lifts in downtown

Line crews return power after storm blows through Several lightning strikes from a storm this morning tripped a power outage that crippled downtown Ennis for hours. City workers and power company line crews worked to restore power as downtown business owners opened their doors and gathered on street corners to wait out the blackout. TO […]

Ennis tops Kaufman in battle of Lion tennis

The first victory of the year for any team is always crucial to get some positive momentum rolling. After opening the season against a strong Dumas squad on the road, Lion tennis was able to move to 1-1 Thursday with an 11-8 victory in Kaufman. Coach Keith Howard would’ve liked to see his crew win […]

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