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Archive for: December, 2009

Lion subvarsity hoops compete in Mabank Tournament

While the Ennis varsity was busy in Cedar Hill, the Lion JV and Freshman teams headed to Mabank on Saturday for their own tournament action. Ennis JV 41 Corsicana 45 “The more chances these guys get to play, the better they’ll be,” said coach Rodney Ross. “We faced a district team in Corsicana that was […]

Lions swat 5A Alvin Yellowjackets in Cedar Hill tourney

Considering Ennis was one of just three 4A teams to compete in the Cedar Hill Tournament this past week, a 2-2 showing wasn’t half bad. Lion basketball (6-9) got rolling offensively on Saturday to down the 5A Alvin Yellowjackets 73-54. Ennis won every single quarter to pull away. “This was a really good tournament,” said […]

Lady Lions roar to win Fairfield Tournament

What better way to enter district play than coming off a four-game tournament sweep? After victories on Thursday and Friday in the Fairfield Tournament — including a win over 3A defending champ Waco Robinson, Lady Lion basketball (11-4) kept going strong on Saturday to beat China Spring and then host Fairfield for the tourney title. […]

What if there are ties to extremists?

Tre Bischof, the publisher of the Ennis Daily News, wrote an opinion piece on Dec,. 6 regarding the continued agitation of the slaughterhouse issue.  I agree with the position articulated which basically states the county commissioners have every right to deny the permitting of a business if their constituency does not want the business around, […]

Retail woes highlight need to be diverse

The numbers that have come out regarding the levels of sales tax generation in our city, county and state in recent months continue to illustrate the difficulties that the economy has presented for the commercial sector. Those of us who are out there trying to do our best, making ends meet with small business enterprise […]

Morning traffic gets sticky

Traffic stopped in the westbound lanes of Ennis Avenue just outside of downtown Ennis off of Sherman Street during the morning rush today when a silver Oldsmobile Alero and red Ford pickup collided. There were no injuries, but multiple police officers and ambulance personnel responded to the scene for traffic control and to assess the […]

County OKs abatement

Citing benefit to the county, the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court approved the assignment of a tax abatement to Direct Energy. The abatement was previously held by Alliance Data systems, and was transferred to Direct Energy. Direct Energy occupies the facility once held by Alliance Data, on the U.S. 287 Bypass in Ennis. Holly Davis, special […]

Candidate makes stop in Ennis

The Texas gubernatorial campaign tour for Debra Medina is in full swing. On Saturday, one of her whistle stops occurred right here in Ennis, where she spent almost two hours explaining her conservative positions on a variety of topics and answering questions at a gathering sponsored by the Common Sense Conservative Coalition of Ellis County. […]

Here comes Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town, and with several appearances this week, every child will have a chance to see him before he heads back to the North Pole to ready his reindeer for the big night. While Santa is staying in Ennis, he plans to help many organizations throughout the city. Tonight, Santa will […]

Fielder’s buzzer beater downs No. 5 Robinson hoops

Day two at the Fairfield Tournament went a little better for Ennis in 2009. Last season’s day two at the tourney saw the Lady Lions suffer a disappointing 48-35 loss to the host team. Ennis (9-4) scored a point less on Friday, but brought much better defense to the table for a 34-32 victory over […]

Lion basketball splits pair of tournament games

On Friday, Lion basketball took a couple of 5A teams down to the wire at the Cedar Hill Tournament. Ennis (5-9) pulled out a thriller at the buzzer against League City Clear Springs by a 66-64 margin, and then had a couple of shots at overtime in a 51-46 loss to El Paso Franklin. With […]

Tabernacle program is unique

Everybody thinks their child is the cutest in the world. As anyone who’s read the Ennis Daily News over the past week knows, I sure think a lot of mine. After all, we had both of my children’s photos with Santa Claus on Page 1 of the Tuesday edition — we snuck that by no […]

Strong finish needed for United Way

With less than two weeks left in the mad dash before the Christmas holiday arrives, the United Way is still in a position of great need going into the new year. The Friday article highlighting the Gingerbread House focused a spotlight on perhaps one of the most integral organizations in the county for children who […]

Man booked in Austin set for court

The Ennis man arrested and charged with soliciting minors online by Austin police is due for his day in court Monday. Stanley Brazier’s case, originally set for an initial hearing in late October and reset for Nov. 9, was reset again to Monday in November, according to officials with the district clerk’s office in Austin. […]

Accused killer set for January hearing

Accused murderer Michael Wayne Johnson will be back in court in January for the first pretrial hearing in his prosecution for allegedly killing a woman here in July. Johnson was indicted in September on the charges. He is accused of killing Julia Delossantos Jaquez, 62, of Ennis on July 22. Witnesses allegedly placed Johnson, 29, […]

Snicker Pie takes first

Boys and Girls Club worker Christina Rushin’s Snicker Bar Pie took home the gold at the IMPACT Ennis Christmas Party dessert contest Dec. 5. Rushin, who has worked with the Ennis Boys and Girls Club for more than a year, and has long been a fan of quick-and-easy dessert recipes that allow her to spend […]

Oratorical contest to mark MLK

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day every year, Unity in the Community and The Ennis Arts Commission sponsor a MLK Community Fest and Health Fair. The weekend event will feature a health fair, a memorial celebration and a youth event, but will kick off the Thursday prior with a Youth Oratorical Contest, said Shirley […]

Two die in wreck

Police have released the identities of two women killed in a head-on collision on U.S. 287 on Thursday. Ennis Police Det. Mike Hopson reported that at about 7 p.m. Thursday, two vehicles wrecked south of Oak Grove Road on U.S. 287. Hopson said witnesses reported seeing a silver Dodge car headed southbound on the highway […]

Ennis man faces charge of indecency

A 67-year-old Ennis man has been indicted for allegedly engaging in indecent behavior with an 8-year-old. Ennis police arrested Albert James Valek in August after a report that a friend’s grandfather had touched the girl. Valek was charged following claims from the victim and a witness. The incident was reported earlier in the month and […]

United Way down to wire

With just weeks left in the Greater Ennis United Way fundraising campaign, about $75,000 still needs to be raised before the goal is met. “It’s going to be close, but it looks like we are on track,” said Eliza Fulton, executive director of the Greater Ennis United Way. Among the latest contributions was $11,000 from […]

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