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Archive for: March, 2010

Lady Lions trample Trojan softball with late tear

Through three innings, Lady Lion softball wasn’t where it wanted to be on Tuesday night in Waco, but by game’s end everything had fallen into place for the maroon team. Ennis (20-8, 5-2) trailed 4-1 through three innings against the Waco University Trojans, but exploded on a 10-0 spurt from there for an 11-4 victory. […]

Coverage requirement wrangles

America is in a confused uproar over health care, and most of it puts Republicans in the perfect position to capitalize on midterm elections in November. The comments from Joe Barton on Monday at the Common Sense Conservative Coalition’s meeting showed that — the turnout and attitude of the crowd, by all accounts, were strongly […]

City’s offer for land puts ball in EISD’s court

We were intrigued to see the city offering the school district a sweet deal on a piece of property that has stood unused for a long time. The proposed purpose for the purchase is also a good thing for the city. Adding a soccer complex would expand on an already growing athletics base in Ennis […]

Officials pass out meals to elderly

Mayor Russell Thomas and Ellis County Commissioner Bill Dodson delivered meals with Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties as part of their annual “March for Meals” campaign. Thirty-nine area individuals participated in the nationwide event beginning on March 24, delivering alongside 1,000 others throughout the country. “We were excited that so many participated in our […]

Foundation’s efforts benefit Ennis men hunting for help

Steve Betik and Sam Harrell have more in common than long years spent living in Ennis. Betik has spent his life here, and Harrell has lived here for 15 years. Betik formerly ran a construction business with his father, and Harrell serves as the head football coach for Ennis High School’s proud Lions. Each also […]

Service in Mongolia spurs volunteer on

The blood of Genghis Khan may not be pumping through the veins of Cassandra Casillas, but as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, she’s assimilating into the culture in her own way. Casillas, a 2000 graduate of Ennis High School, traveled to Mongolia in June 2009 to begin her Peace Corps service as a business […]

Lion tennis swings away in Midway tournament

On Friday, Lion tennis hit the road to compete in the Mike Nesbit Invitational — a tournament put on by Hewitt Midway. With Midway being a quality team year in and year out, not surprisingly its tournament had a strong competitive field. “This was right up there behind the McKinney Tournament as one of the […]

Top 20 edition should be a point of pride

We’re truly excited to bring you our first Top 20 Under 40 special edition this week. As you’re reading this, the editions will be rolling off of our press here at the Ennis Daily News, and you can rest assured that the work that has been done to highlight the young and upcoming members of […]

Polka Run needs participants

Last year’s National Polka Festival brought a host of people to Ennis for the weekend — and 355 of them were runners. It was a record-breaking level of participation for the Ennis Rotary Club’s Polka Fest Run, said the event’s organizer, Michael Prince. But this year, they hope to have even more runners. “We’re going […]

Barton puts onus on Obama

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton made it clear that he is against the new health care law during the town hall meeting held Monday in Waxahachie. “We got beat last week on the floor with the health care bill,” Barton, R-Ennis, said, “and the American people got beat. Overall, this is a bad bill. If it’s not socialism, it’s […]

City offers $376,000 for parcel

The city of Ennis has announced plans to buy a piece of property from Ennis ISD to build a soccer complex, pending approval of the sale from the EISD School Board. At Monday’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas made the announcement of the city’s intentions to chamber members. The site, located on […]

Lions topple Midway to separate from district pack

With each game it plays, Lion baseball is raising expectations in the 2010 season. On Friday, Ennis (11-4-1, 5-0) hit the road to face its closest foe in the district standings — the Midway Panthers. Seven innings of pitcher’s duel later, Ennis earned a 2-1 victory — its fourth-straight one-run district win — to pull […]

Political win or what’s best?

Hypocrisy is an odious character trait, and it’s one too many of our politicians exhibit daily. We’ve once again seen with the recent passing of the health care reform act — though that term is relative to your position on the legislation. President Barack Obama equated the coverage that would likely take place following the […]

New mission puts need in public eye

It was almost a foregone conclusion that the group of big-hearted residents behind last fall’s Feed the Children charity food effort were not going to just fade away. For them, the idea is not to organize a charity and walk away. The group of church community, civic and business leaders behind the effort want to […]

EPD stops burglary at Ennis business

Ennis Police caught an alleged burglar in the act Friday at Leggett and Platt. Department spokesman Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said officials with the business called in a burglary in progress and officers rushed to the scene. When they arrived, responding officers Hopson, Officer Brian Clark, Chief John Erisman and Det. Paul Asby entered the […]

Barton to discuss issues Monday

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, wasn’t happy when House Democrats steamrolled the new health insurance reform law through Congress. “They passed a fatally flawed bill,” he said last week. “One based on the belief that one party, acting unilaterally, can dictate the entire will of the American people on one-sixth of the economy. “All the federal mandates, […]

CEO shares view on law

The local hospital’s CEO sees both good and bad things about the new health insurance law, but still has some unanswered questions. Ennis Regional Medical Center CEO Dave Anderson said one good thing about the bill is that it will expand access to health insurance coverage to more people. “There are some potential positives (in […]

Spotlight on …

Before Shelby Lytle, 22, and Brianna Mikula, 23, even met, they already had something in common. Not necessarily something that was a conversation starter, but something that would end up being a big part of both of their lives, especially their lives together — the war in Iraq. Seven years ago, on March 20, 2003, […]

JV Lion tennis gets tune-up before 16-4A tourney

On Thursday, members of JV Lion tennis headed down the highway to get some final match action in before their big season finale. Ennis competed in the Corsicana JV Spring Tournament and battled through less than ideal conditions. “We had some good competition in this tournament with Corsicana and Texas High, but the smaller schools […]

Census in the middle of nowhere

A thin, plastic bag hung on the fence in front of my house. Slowly pulling into the driveway, off the dirt road, it looked out of place. My house is completely surrounded by land; grass and trees everywhere, we even have a horse and a donkey. My brow creased when squinting to read the small […]

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