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Archive for: August, 2009

Charting Lion football’s path to 10-0 in 2009

Could we be looking at an undefeated Ennis Lion team entering the playoffs this November? With the 2009 season just around the corner, I couldn’t help but check out Ennis’ schedule and wonder how the 10 regular-season ballgames will play out. Now I will admit even if I thought the Lions were going to lose […]

County, city tax decisions are understandable

Critical to the future of planned development is the wise use of resources. And resources are tight now for the coming year in the Ellis County and Ennis City Commissions’ budget outlook. Ellis County’s outlook for 2009-10 shows a decrease of 20 percent or more in the county’s overall budget, much of that coming from […]

Marijuana find shows progress

The recent bust of 5,000 marijuana plants in the county is like something out of a James Bond movie. Actually, there is a scene in Live and Let Die that involves endless acres of opium fields being discovered by the secret agent and subsequently being blown to kingdom come. I guess where the real world […]

Harrell to club: Lions football looking sharp

It has become Ennis Noon Lions Club tradition to have Lions Football Head Coach Sam Harrell provide some insight into the upcoming football season every year. “Our senior class is a really good group of men,” Harrell said Wednesday of his 2009-10 roster. Focusing on the practice routine the players have gone through to prepare […]

Barton focuses on health care

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton was greeted with a much smaller crowd here than at other town hall meetings he’s held this week to discuss health care. Among a crowd of about 50 people in the San Jacinto Auditorium on Tuesday, Barton went over a complex flow chart that outlined the proposed mandates and regulations of […]

EISD proposes property tax hike

Ennis ISD has proposed raising its tax rate 3 cents per $100 of property in order to pay off debt incurred from 2008 bond construction. The proposed tax rate for 2009 is $1.51 per $100 of property. This includes a maintenance tax of $1.04, which covers salaries, equipment, supplies, utilities and maintenance costs. This is […]

Shoppers, get ready to save

The annual three-day sales tax holiday begins Friday, and this year, school supplies have been added to the list. “Most families are on tight budgets and it can be a real challenge to buy kids the clothes and supplies they need for a new school year,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs in a press release. […]

U.S. 287 project means progress

Sometimes, when you work hard enough, you see progress. U.S. 287’s expansion and streamlining in Ellis County will begin in Ennis, at a cost of $40 million to update the road between the Business 287 exit and just east of Hwy. 34. It is a main artery for our area, a significant roadway that carries […]

Meet the Team event unites players and fans

The Ennis Lions hope great things await them in the 2009 season, but the young men in maroon are having a great time along the way. At Thursday night’s second annual Open House and Meet the Team event at Lion Memorial Stadium, Ennis fans of all ages got the chance to come out and interact […]

District shows its adaptability

Not everyone has the relative luxury of a stable high school career. The Ennis Independent School District recognizes that the old archetype of summer jobs for spending money while Mom and Dad pay the bills is far from universal. One of the many hurdles students today face in their educational career — in addition to […]

We know the district’s strength

It is frustrating to see the school district receive less than desirable marks from the federal government, especially when we, as a community, can clearly see the quality of education going on in Ennis ISD. Ratings systems based on standardized tests are, in my opinion, flawed by design, because there is no such thing as […]

Music performer looking to add to fan base

Singer-songwriter Brandon Rhyder and his band rely on grassroots support to add to their fan base, and that is exactly what Rhyder hopes to do when his band performs at the Red Moon Café on Saturday. “We have a really phenomenal fan base that continues to grow,” Rhyder said. The band isn’t signed to a […]

Commission to discuss tax issues Monday

The city is set to talk taxes at its next meeting Monday. The tax rate proposed for the coming year is the same as in 2008-09, a point that City Manager Steve Howerton has stressed is vital in maintaining forward momentum in the local economy during a down period. Amid that work, a seven-year, 67-percent […]

Ennis supports Africa well effort

The Ennis Rotary Club gave a donation of $3,000 to the Global Clean Safe Water project to be used to build wells and provide access to clean water for people in Malawi and Zambia. Global Clean Safe Water was founded by Pat Johns as a Rotary International initiative to support water projects around the world. […]

BoardBook lets district go digital

In an effort to increase transparency and move toward paperless meetings, the Ennis ISD School Board has implemented an online tool to keep the public informed. BoardBook, which can be accessed through the district’s website, hosts the school board’s agenda and all relevant documents. During school board meetings, board members can access the documents on […]

Century Club crucial to Lionbacker success

What better way for someone to spend some extra cash than to make a difference in a local athlete’s ability to succeed? Ennis sports fans have a great chance to give their favorite Lion athletic programs a much-needed boost. Everyone knows the Lionbacker Booster Club provides tremendous help to teams at Ennis High, but maybe […]

Be prepared for EISD’s changes

School is less than two weeks away, so getting to know what changes have been made that will affect your student’s daily routines is imperative. Ennis ISD announced changes to its busing system for the coming school year several months ago, and information about the exact bus routes that will criss-cross the district should be […]

Kudos on a successful auction

It’s no secret that the ladies at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce are some of my favorite people in Ennis. They are kind and giving toward those in town, knowledgeable of what our city has to offer and — possibly the most important reason — their kitchen is always open to me. Like the last […]

Latino organization hunts for support

Louisa DeLos Santos is disappointed that Latino youth are slowly disconnecting with their heritage. DeLos Santos is an officer in the newly formed Latino Cultural Education Council and has reached out to community members and is looking for support from businesses — stopping the loss of culture will be a community effort, she said. “A […]

Suspect’s flight turns out fruitless

Thinking he could dodge police, Ennis resident Raymond Jackson allegedly fled Ennis officers by bike and on foot, forcing them out of their cars to catch him. According to the police report, on Tuesday at 10:58 p.m. Officer Curtis Farmer approached a group at the corner of North Daffan and Washington streets in regard to […]

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