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Archive for: February, 2010

Young distance runner shines from the start

Carrie Hopkins has loved running for most of her life, but only recently did she discover it was a fantastic way to strengthen her relationship with her daughter. Morgan Hopkins, a fifth-grader at Ennis Intermediate, decided back in January that she wanted to go running with her mom. "I was a former sprinter in high […]

Making more than we spend is a plus

“Jobs” is a magic word, one that makes or breaks individuals, communities and whole regions. It can boost or dash political aspirations and the words that surround the word “jobs” in any given report — whether positive or negative — on a region can decide its health and fate. It’s just as important of a […]

Drug discounts worth the work

The county’s effort to get involved in the Coast2Coast prescription program is something that the uninsured and underinsured need to know about. Counties across the nation take part in the National Association of Counties’ prescription program, and the Coast2Coast initiative mirrors with greater savings passed on to the individual. Residents can pick up a card […]

Good scenery, few issues

Widespread snow across a wide belt of the Texas midsection Tuesday prompted schools and government offices to close early and airlines to cancel flights. Ennis and Ellis County operated as usual, with schools and government services remaining open, as snow accumulated on vehicles and rights-of-way. Road temperatures mostly prevented sticking and travel issues. Overall, Ennis […]

Best-selling author to visit Ennis Kiwanis Club

Jim Gatewood, a best-selling author from Dallas, is going to be the guest speaker for the Ennis Kiwanis Club once again, and club president Ellen Miller, is excited. “He is very entertaining and very knowledgeable, it’s fun to listen to his stories,” Miller said. Miller said Gatewood presents at least once a year for the […]

EJHS preps for testing

Ever since the Texas Education Agency rated Ennis Junior High School Academically Unaccept-able at the end of the 2008-09 school year, administrators and teachers at the school have been focused on corrective action. When the bulk of TAKS testing — on which TEA ratings are based in part — comes in April, the school will […]

Hutchison spurs voters

Tuesday is Texas Independence Day as well as Election Day, and at an Ellis County campaign stop, Texas gubernatorial candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison urged voters to let their voices be heard. She encouraged voters in attendance Tuesday to declare their independence from what she called cronyism taking place in Austin under Gov. Rick Perry. Hutchison’s […]

Noche de informacion postponed

Hispanic Information Night, slated for 6 p.m. tonight at Ennis High School, at the Ensign Road entrance, has been postponed until March 11. For more information, call 972-872-3500.

Schools staying open

In order to provide a safe and monitored environment for all students, all Ennis ISD campuses will remain open for the remainder of the school day today and bus routes will run at the normal times. District administration will continue to monitor the weather and the road conditions. Parents who wish to pick their children […]

Lion tennis competes in stout McKinney Tourney

Playing weak competition isn’t an ideal way for athletes to improve, which is a concept coach Keith Howard surely considered when he entered Lion tennis in the McKinney Tournament. Ennis came in ninth among the 16-team field over the weekend, finishing behind McKinney Boyd, Allen, Plano West, Flower Mound, Coppell, Plano, Frisco Wakeland and McKinney […]

Fine increase is a problematic necessity for us

Since the city finds itself in a situation where wastewater infractions could become an expensive problem, we understand the need to pass that cost on to the individuals behind them. Especially in a community like ours, fed by a man-made reservoir for its drinking water needs, protecting the quality of our water by penalizing those […]

Student off to regional spelling bee

Miller Intermediate student Luis Valles has won the Dallas Morning News Ellis County Spelling Bee, and next month, he heads to the regional competition. Students in the fourth through eighth grades are eligible to participate, and when Luis, a fifth-grader, made it to the top five in the Ellis County bee, he was competing against […]

Clerks get pay boost

Election matters were high on the agenda of Monday’s meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court. The commissioners approved the raising of election clerks’ salary from $8 an hour to $8.50 an hour. Elections Administrator Jane Anderson told the court that increasing the rate by 50 cents will match the state rate of pay for […]

Drug program takes off

Under an agreement with Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc. approved by the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court, a new prescription discount program has been launched in Ellis County. “We are always exploring programs that are of benefit to our citizens,” said County Judge Carol Bush. “We are proud to be able to provide our residents with additional […]

Flurries sweep through area

Ennis and Ellis County are seeing more snow today, less than two weeks after a heavy storm dumped nearly a foot of snow in the area. Flurries moved into western areas of north Texas and spread across the rest of the region by late morning. Snow accumulation was expected to be light, according to reports […]

Lady Lion soccer tramples Lancaster Tigers, 9-1

Lady Lion soccer expects good results when it tangles with the Lancaster Tigers, and for good reason. Ennis (4-7, 1-3) has dominated the matchup historically and that was the case on Friday in a 9-1 road win for the maroon team. Even so, coach Kim Vernor was looking for more than just a victory and […]

Kids do say the darndest things

Bill Cosby would love my kids. His popular television show Kids Say the Darndest Things was one I liked to watch years ago, but not having children, I really didn’t appreciate its beauty. The uninhibited statements. The random comments. The truth. It was all so great. Watching old clips of it now makes me truly […]

Rebidding work is a wise move in the long run

The city is doing the right thing by reopening bids for part of its required utility relocation work for the U.S. 287 bypass project. Too many mitigating factors played into a result that left the city holding only two bid proposals for the majority of the work it must do, and those two bids were […]

EISD special ed director stepping down

The director of special education for Ennis ISD has announced her resignation, but she will still serve the district in a consulting capacity. Rhonda Simpson has served as director of special education for the district for two years. In order to spend more time with her family, she has decided to step down from the […]

Ennis plans for fine hike

Wastewater violations could be much more pricey for program participants in Ennis if the city passes an ordinance up for consideration next month. The city is working on updating its ordinance regulating wastewater as it applies for a renewal of its wastewater treatment permit, changing the measure to be more consistent with the standards set […]

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