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Archive for: November, 2009

Lampasas to flow over U.S. 287

With rights-of-way already available and the large amount of work planned for the Lampasas Street-U.S. 287 junction, TxDOT anticipates the highway expansion project work on the Ennis bypass will start in that area. Scott Morrow, TxDOT district engineer, said more than 1 million cubic yards of excavation will have to be done throughout the bypass […]

Games, fun, company

For members of the Ennis Golden Circle Senior Citizens Center, each day at the center brings fellowship and a variety of activities. The Golden Circle is open five days a week from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Mondays, the group visits local nursing homes. On Tuesdays, Rae Warchime leads singing, and Darrell Nelson leads […]

Wranglers rally past Lions on OT buzzer beater

The host West Mesquite Wranglers didn’t have a lead after 9-8 until they went up 61-60 in overtime against the Ennis Lions on Tuesday night, but they did just enough to complete an improbable comeback. After Ennis (0-1) led 38-23 late in the first half, West Mesquite staged a 14-0 run extending into the third […]

Good at giving, just not things

We are firmly on the other side of Veteran’s Day, now, and as happens every year, the barrage has begun. Just look at the inserts in the Ennis Daily News this week and you will see the woe of every humbug and bad gift-giver. The bane of the self-absorbed has come around again. The holiday […]

Planning could save the city more than $1M

Kudos to Engineering Concepts and Design for the initial work on planning Ennis’ work on utility relocation for the U.S. 287 bypass project. As work on that project speeds toward us in the coming weeks, the city will be held accountable for a number of projects to move utility lines that would or will be […]

Hope Clinic holds fundraiser banquet

Mackie Owens, CEO of Hope Clinic, speaks at Hope Clinic’s Seeds of Hope banquet Tuesday night. The banquet was held to raise money for the clinic, which serves the uninsured and underinsured residents of Ellis County.

Kiwanis, Super One join for drive

The Ennis Kiwanis Club is partnering with Super 1 Foods to deliver boxes of food to senior citizens for Christmas. As part of the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive organized by Super 1 Foods’ parent company, Brookshire Grocery Company, the Kiwanis Club will fill 75-80 boxes with nonperishable food items and deliver them to residents […]

Ellis County has first H1N1 death

The Texas Department of State Health Services has reported that Ellis County has had its first H1N1-associated death – a woman between the ages of 25 and 49. The death was reported last month, said Carrie Williams, assistant press officer for the Texas DSHS. Due to privacy concerns, the DSHS could not release any details […]

TxDOT: Kaufman work will continue into 2010

Federal stimulus-funded roadwork on Kaufman Street will continue into July 2010, according to the latest reports from the Texas Department of Transportation Office in Waxahachie. The district office is overseeing the work, which began in September after bidding this July to a firm named Austin Bridge and Road, said TxDOT’s Scott Morrow. Total project cost […]

Keep an eye on Ennis High hoops

Ennis might not be known as a basketball town, but the next couple of months could open some eyes in that regard. As local sports fans know, November and December in Ennis will be all about the action on the hardwood. No complaints here, as the idea of covering athletic competition in the biting wind […]

Abatement awards help jobs expand

It might seem strange to grant industries large tax breaks when times are tough. It’s been an Ennis strategy for years to use those breaks as a way to both lure new industry and ensure existing industries dig in and become more entrenched in our community. Offering abatements to industries as a way to make […]

Irving man jailed in kidnapping

An Irving man was arrested in Ennis on Saturday for allegedly kidnapping his estranged wife. Javier Flores, 36, was booked for kidnapping after a report came in from a woman hiding at a gas station. Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson, police spokesman, said officers responded to a call for help from the Shell gas station on […]

VFW names winners in essay contests

The Jack Lummus Memorial VFW Post’s recently announced the winners of its Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests. Conducted nationwide, the VFW-sponsored Patriot Pen youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning U.S. savings bonds. Nationally, first place winners get a […]

Another arrested in supply thefts

Police arrested two more men Sunday in connection with an ongoing investigation into property stolen from building supply stores in several cities. Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said one of the men arrested, Garcia Caceras, 35, of Garland, was later released. The other, Garland resident Teolifo Contreras, 35, is still in custody on a charge of […]

City could pay $300,000+

The city’s obligation for utility relocation work connected to the U.S. 287 bypass expansion sits somewhere around $320,000 by the best guesses of the engineer hired to plan the work. Todd Wintters, hired early this month to start work on the city’s portion of the relocation work, presented his findings from two weeks of investigation […]

Annual Christmas parade gears up

The Christmas Parade of Lights rolls next month, but the deadline to participate in the parade is Nov. 23. There is no charge to enter the parade, but an application must be submitted to the Ennis Chamber of Commerce before the deadline, said Jeannette Patak, president and CEO of the Chamber. The floats should be […]

Lion hoops shooting for lofty goals in 2009-10

Ennis hasn’t been known for its boys’ basketball this decade, but Lion coach Jerry Mason is doing everything in his power to bring about change. Whether it’s trying to win the 16-4A race or make some noise in the playoffs, the coach and his players are starting fresh and aiming high. “Ennis basketball hasn’t been […]

Your attention and vote matter

Early in the week of Nov. 6, a plea went out from Minnesota Republican House Representative Michele Bachman for conservatives to gather on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., to let the Democratic Party know we are not in favor of the healthcare plan they are trying to shove down our throats. I am very fortunate […]

Police protection key for city

The quality of the local school district was my biggest draw and No. 1 recruitment tool for this company in convincing me to come here. I’ve said that time and time again in this forum, and thus far the move to Ennis has certainly paid off. We loved the rural atmosphere with the attraction of […]

Support the United Way

Halfway through the last month of the Greater Ennis United Way funding drive, the organization is still short its goal. Last week, the organization, which funds and supports nonprofits that serve Ennis and the greater Ellis County area, was about 50 percent through. Thousands of dollars still stand between UW and the fulfillment of its […]

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