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Archive for: September, 2009

Pair arrested for drugs in warrant stop

A man and a woman were arrested in Wal-Mart’s parking lot Wednesday after police exercising a warrant on the man for allegedly stealing gas say they found drugs. Det. Paul Asby said Ronald Parrish, 44, and Tina Murray, 49, both of Ennis, were driving in the Wal-Mart parking lot Wednesday afternoon when officers spotted Parrish’s […]

Engines roar at Motorplex

A little rain was not enough to shut down the National Hot Rod Association’s first day of qualifying action in the Fall Nationals event at the Texas Motorplex. Racers and their supporters flocked to the track Thursday morning, bringing their more modern hot rods, dragsters and souped-up classics to the all-concrete strip. Food vendors, commercial […]

Ellis Co. resident jailed in bomb plot

An Italy resident was arrested on an FBI complaint for allegedly rolling a car bomb inside a Ford Explorer to the Fountain Place building in Dallas on Thursday. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian citizen living in Italy in Ellis County, had been communicating with federal investigators involved in the case since late March, […]

Who’s king of the jungle?

With non-district play out of the way, the Ennis Lions are chomping at the bit to make some early progress in the 16-4A race. Tonight in Waco ISD Stadium at 7:30 p.m., Ennis (2-1) will match up with the Waco High Lions (0-3). Waco may prove to be much better than its winless record indicates, […]

Eustace matchup looks pretty familiar to Ferris

The Ferris Yellowjackets (2-2) travel to Eustace to face the Bulldogs (1-3) Friday night at 7:30 p.m., and the Ellis County team probably won’t be surprised by much when the game begins. The Bulldogs run a triple-option offense, which is a mirror image of Ferris’ attack. So the Yellowjacket defense has practiced against a lot […]

Palmer expects physical challenge from Kemp

On Friday night, the Palmer Bulldogs (0-2) travel to Kemp to face the Yellowjackets (1-2). Coach Ryan Roecker expects Kemp to bring the beef. “Offensively, they are big up front,” said Roecker. “Their guards are a little bit smaller, but that enables them to get outside and block on the sweeps.” According to Roecker, Kemp’s […]

Battle of 16-4A Lions set for Friday in Waco

The season starts now for Lion football, as far as the crucial contests are concerned. Ennis (2-1) hits the road on Friday to begin 16-4A play against the Waco High Lions (0-3). The maroon Lions — the 12th-ranked team in 4A — will play the remainder of the season without the receiving duo of Kyle […]

Phone laws are the right move

School zones are sacred. We delineate them as a means of protecting what should be most important to us in the world — our own children. We have set up laws that levy harsh penalties against the people who show negligence or a devil-may-care attitude while in school zones because we appreciate our children, from […]

Interact Club touts growth

Since the Ennis High School Interact Club was founded in 2006, it has grown from just a handful of members to nearly 30 this year, Katelyn Scott told the Ennis Rotary Club on Tuesday. Scott, who serves as the treasurer of Interact, came to Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting along with the other Interact officers and […]

Pastor plans to broadcast Obama speech

For students and parents who did not see President Obama’s speech to schoolchildren when it aired earlier this month, one Ennis resident is giving them another opportunity to view the address. Local pastor Booker Washington said he found Obama’s speech inspiring, and wanted the opportunity to air it at a venue accessible to children, their […]

Deputies probe into pot field cases

Ellis County sheriff’s narcotics investigators believe the marijuana growing operations discovered in Ellis and Navarro counties in recent weeks could be the work of five to 10 individuals working as a domestic operation. An undercover investigator told the Ennis Daily News there are suspects — he declined to name them and asked for his name […]

9th Lady Lions serve up victory in Corsicana

After a tough start to district play against Midlothian, the Freshman Lady Lion volleyball team is putting wins together and showing great promise for the future of the Ennis program. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions notched their third straight district win with a 25-15 and 25-22 result in Corsicana. “Since our loss to Midlothian a […]

Palmer 2009 defensive line prides itself on discipline

This week, the Palmer Bulldogs (0-2) travel to Kemp to take on the Yellowjackets (1-2). The Jackets are a team that likes to run counter plays, which require defensive linemen be disciplined and maintain their position so that when the play comes back in their direction these Bulldogs will be there to make the tackle. […]

Injuries force Lion football to regroup for district

Lion football has been dealt a tough hand as it gears up for 16-4A play beginning on Friday, but Ennis (2-1) isn’t about to throw in the towel or change any of its season goals in the least. In last week’s overtime loss to Mesquite Horn, starting receivers Kyle Guinyard and Jyavon King both sustained […]

Newness is gone, but it’s still good

­­I recently found myself wondering what would happen if salmonella got in my eye. But to really explain how that came about, we have to go back a bit. As my wife and I have settled in to this community, we went through what could easily be categorized as a kind of “mover’s honeymoon.” The […]

Ennis has good financial footing for new year

It truly could have been a much tighter year for us. It could be worse than it will be next year based on its projections Listening to National Public Radio, perusing the Dallas Morning News or looking elsewhere for information outside of Ennis will show you the depth to which many local and state governments […]

Stabbing suspect indicted

The man who admitted to killing Julia Jaquez has been indicted. Michael Wayne Johnson, 29, was arrested in the July 22 stabbing death of Jaquez. He was indicted on a charge of murder as well as a charge of assaulting a detention officer while in custody Aug. 1. Hours after finding the body of 62-year-old […]

EISD phones go digital

With Ennis ISD’s adoption of a Voice Over IP phone system, many EISD phone numbers have changed in the past few weeks with the rest will change by Oct. 1. The VOIP system operates on the same network as the district’s computers, but still places and receives calls through the phone company, said Scott Short, […]

Alcohol advertising rules raise concerns

City Commissioner Red Sanders agrees with resident Sam Tenpenny’s opinion that a regulation governing the way businesses advertise alcohol sales has no place in an ordinance the commission considered Monday. As part of its regularly scheduled meeting, the city held its first reading on a new version of a zoning ordinance governing applications for private club […]

Nationals rev up

Energy is building fast at the Texas Motorplex as the National Hot Rod Association Fall Nationals ramp up this week. “The excitement level jumps every hour,” said Motorplex President Glenn Menard. “It starts when the trucks start coming through town — when you see those rigs coming down the road, even the natives have that […]

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