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Archive for: March, 2010

Textbooks aren’t only way to teach

Young children are quite impressionable. They tend to take what they hear and embrace it as fact — especially if it comes from their parents, teachers or a textbook. Unfortunately, what is represented in textbooks is not always the whole truth. Earlier this month, the Texas Board of Education approved a social studies curriculum that […]

EHS students set example with charity

Ennis High School’s students continue to impress with their desire to come to the aid of the less fortunate in our community. Just this week, EHS students have reached out in multiple ways to support Ennis. A blood drive held Wednesday at the school generated a level of blood above and beyond the expectations of […]

Ennis Art Club looks for more

Carol Mraz can take one look at a painting done by a local artist and know whose signature is on it, even if the painting is on the other side of the room. It’s not because of super eyesight, either. It’s because of the second-nature familiarity she has gained with the techniques and styles of most artists […]

Chamber to host financial expert

The Ennis Chamber of Commerce will hold their First Quarterly Membership Luncheon for 2010 at noon Monday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  New members for the first quarter of 2010 will be recognized as well as those joining the last quarter of 2009. The guest speaker for the occasion will be Dee Cullum, managing […]

‘Mission: Ennis’ finds new niche

The group behind 2009’s Feed the Children campaign in Ennis has evolved, expanding its plans to include quarterly projects to benefit the community. Bridge Builders “Mission: Ennis,” an organization comprised of the church, civic and community leaders behind last fall’s project, introduced its plan for a summer benefit this year called “Give a Kid a […]

County joblessness down

Ellis County’s unemployment rate fell slightly from January to February, while the unemployment level for the state as a whole remained unchanged. The county reported 8.7 percent unemployment in January and 8.5 percent unemployment in February, according to unadjusted numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 8.2 percent, […]

Pair of Lions bound for bowling state tourney

In its two years of existence, the Ennis High bowling team has sent Lions to state each season. Last year, Wes Patak advanced to the state championship of the Texas High School Bowling Club (THSBC) in Plano as a sophomore. This weekend, Patak will return to state along with fellow Lion junior Zach Hahn. Understanding […]

County’s look at debt savings is a good move

Saving taxpayer money is just a no-brainer. There’s a lot of rhetoric out there in the land of politics that is centered around money and the effort that taxpayers put toward funding government structure and programs. We have tempered a strict expectation that our elected officials will work to make our money go as far […]

Fabulous ’40s Fling swings this weekend

To end the month-long “March for Meals” celebration, Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties is hosting its annual benefit, “Remember When … A Fabulous ’40s Fling,” on Saturday.  It will be held at the National Guard Armory located at 618 N. Grand in Waxahachie. A happy hour and reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by […]

County examines new GIS options

Ellis County’s use of Geographic Information Systems has allowed the county’s engineering department to work smarter, and now the Ellis County Commissioners are looking at ways to implement GIS in other departments. GIS takes real-world features such as addresses, roads and lakes and presents them through informational maps on a computer. Departments can also add […]

EHS blood drive beats expectations

Donor turnout at Wednesday’s student council-sponsored blood drive at Ennis High School exceeded the expectations of its organizers, even just a few hours after it began. This was the third drive held by the Student Council this year. The previous two averaged 70 donors per drive, but at this drive — held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 […]

Lions grind out district victory over Corsicana

One thing’s for sure, Lion baseball doesn’t flinch in the face of a close ballgame. Ennis (10-4-1, 4-0) won its third straight district game by a single run on Tuesday against the visiting Corsicana Tigers, 3-2. The two strongest foes in 16-4A are next up on the slate, but the Lions are riding high right […]

Considering our responsibility

Members of the media have a tremendous responsibility. The Founding Fathers viewed the press’ job as so vital they protected the press, along with the rights to assembly, speech and religion, in the First Amendment. They did so because they, detractors of English oppression, knew how vital it was to mass distribute information to the […]

Get involved with Relay For Life of Ennis

As we edge closer and closer to Tax Day (a mere 23 days hence as of this publication), you might think hard about using that refund check to support your friends and family in Ennis who have battled cancer. One by one, teams are updating their information and posting fundraisers for the upcoming Relay for […]

County looks at debt options

An analysis of Ellis County’s outstanding debt shows the county could save money in the long run by bidding for a lower interest rate. During a regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, Jim Sabonis of First Southwest Company presented an analysis of potential savings relating to the county’s outstanding general […]

Surgery Center offers alternative

Within the last 40 years, laparoscopic procedures have become a widespread method of surgery because of smaller incisions and faster recovery periods. Laparoscopic surgery, also referred to as minimally invasive surgery, has also led to a rise in the number of surgery centers. A little over a year ago, the Southwestern Surgery Center opened in […]

JV Maroon Lions edge Corsicana in extra innings

Early on it looked as if the JV Maroon Lions might run away with Monday’s game, but Corsicana had other ideas. Ennis (7-5, 3-1) held a 5-2 advantage through five innings only to see Corsicana score the next five for a 7-5 lead going to the bottom of the seventh. The Lions tied the game […]

Overhaul bill leaves citizens confused, angry

President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have put forward a new plan for American health care — like it or not. For the politicians, the outcome is still largely undecided and there are some volatile months ahead. For taxpayers there is a different picture. A majority of us, even the well-to-do among us, understood that […]

Local docs apprehensive

Local physicians are still uncertain as to exactly what the massive health care legislation that cleared Congress on Sunday will mean for their practices. Although many doctors and other medical professionals have been following the healthcare bill as it made its way through the Senate and House, it is hard to know exactly what the […]

Lady Lions win wild rollercoaster ride over Tigers

Friday night’s district game had it all — great plays, terrible execution and clutch performances. Lady Lion softball (18-7, 3-1) went up 7-1 on Corsicana, fell behind 8-7 and then rose to the occasion in its last at bat for a thrilling 9-8 victory. The importance of the win in the district picture can’t be […]

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