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Archive for: April, 2010

Relay to go on as scheduled

Despite concerns about potential inclement weather moving through the area, Relay for Life officials confirmed this afternoon that Relay for Life activities will go on as scheduled. The Relay begins at 6 p.m. at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis and will conclude at 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Luminaries are available for purchase at the Relay, […]

Movement underway to resurrect youth football

If Ennis is a football town, shouldn’t it boast a youth league in the sport that everyone can be proud of? That question seems to have an obvious answer, which is why a couple of local men are so motivated to make it a reality. The Ennis Youth Football League (EYFL) is no more. The […]

A farewell to the EDN

“The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” -Jerold Panas Dear Readers, Seeing with new eyes — I believe I am. I was fresh out of college when I was hired at the Ennis Daily News in October 2008. Previously, I had written for my college […]

Relay For Life excitement crescendos

Twelve hours can make an impact on a person, depending on how they’re spent. Particularly in the case of the Relay For Life, 12 hours are really all that are necessary to help people connect around the concept that we as a society have the power to stand against cancer. According to the American Cancer […]

‘Joe’ to lead honor guard riders in veterans celebration

A group of more than 100 American Legion and Patriot Guard riders will escort the Vietnam Wall and American Veterans Traveling Tribute from Tyler to Ennis on Wednesday, and a special guest will lead the procession once it reaches Sokol Hall. The Veteran’s Tribute Motorcycle, with rider Gary Towers of Granbury, will join the procession […]

‘Voice of Motorplex’ to participate

Lynn Nickerson stuttered as a child. He’s not alone, many children do. But how many of those children grow up to be a nationally known PA announcer? Nickerson, a Fort Worth resident, is the voice of Division 4 NHRA drag racing. He cleared a lot of hurdles that included speech therapy and loads of patience […]

Relay For Life at the Motorplex

The big day that 51 teams, 657 participants, and 147 survivors have been waiting for is finally here, and with just mere hours left until Relayers start the first lap, everyone is watching the weather forecast, which has predicted rain. But rest assured, Relay chair Angela Jones and the committee have a plan. “By 4 […]

Flores hits ground running on stellar career

In terms of freshman athletes finding success at the varsity level, Omar Flores has put together a run few Lions can compete with in recent Ennis history. After finishing eighth at the district cross-country meet in the fall and advancing to regionals, Flores took third in the 1,600-meter run at the district track meet earlier […]

Beta Sigma Phi mark Founder’s Day

This week the privilege was all mine when my attendance was requested at the Beta Sigma Phi Founder’s Day celebration. First of all, talk about having a hostess with the mostest. These women are the definition of southern hospitality. Each one greeted me warmly during my entrance through the door, and invited me to join […]

Interest rate sheds light on Bardwell

The city has seen a hard proposal from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on its part of the Lake Bardwell stimulus work under negotiation for months. Stretching back to last summer, the negotiations have been marked up to this point with waiting and questions. Now, the Corps proposes a plan that would allow the […]

Pirates hosting school dance to raise funds

In an effort to raise money for their tournaments and give back to the community at the same time, the Ennis Pirates baseball team is holding a school dance next weekend for fifth and sixth graders. The Pirates, an under-12 select baseball team, attends between five and six tournaments every season. The cost for entering […]

Corps shares interest rate for Bardwell

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives have confirmed Ennis can amortize its portion of a cost increase for maintenance and operation at the Lake Bardwell reservoir fueled by 2009 stimulus funds. The news Ennis can amortize its approximately $470,000 share of the cost is a better situation than the originally proposed boost of $1.7 million […]

Relay’s top fundraiser shares determination

Joanna Dlabaj didn’t stop after she reached her Relay For Life fundraiser goal, instead, she set new ones, which were even higher. She continues to raise money now, just a day away from the big event. But, this determined second year Relayer is modest when it comes to being the top participant in Ennis with […]

Nichols elevates back to regional track meet

For Morgan Nichols, this track and field season has been all about trying to make strides and she definitely has some unfinished business. As a sophomore in 2008, the rookie pole vaulter won the JV division at the district meet. In 2009, she finished second in the varsity pole vault at district and went on […]

Cline would probably like this

It has to be difficult to do Patsy Cline well, especially in a place like Texas, where there is little to no margin for error. Even my neighbor, a man beyond my years with taste more modern than my own, knows Patsy Cline. Cline’s music has a spirit that reverberates along the spine of the […]

Governor’s race should include debate

Voters appreciate televised debates, and in the race for the governorship of Texas this fall, we think our incumbent governor ought to debate his Democratic opponent. Gov. Rick Perry has, at least for the time being, put the brakes on an effort being organized out of Dallas to set up a televised fall debate with […]

District, hospital help student-athletes meet need

Next week, Ennis ISD, in coordination with Ennis Regional Medical Center, will offer free physicals to student athletes. In order to participate in Ennis ISD athletic programs, students are required to undergo a physical exam every two years. In accordance with UIL policies, students entering the seventh, ninth or 11th grades must get a physical. […]

Vitovsky runs for Ward 1 chair

W.J. Vitovsky has announced his candidacy for Ward 1 Commissioner on the Ennis City Commission. Vitovsky has been a 36-year resident of Ward 1 and is experienced with government policies. He is a current member of the City of Ennis building standards commission. He is a retired U.S. Postal Service employee with 43 years of […]

Banner year for bluebonnets

By the estimation of the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau, this year has been one of the most successful bluebonnet tourism seasons in recent memory. Bluebonnet Trails is coming to an end Friday, with the official end of the month-long celebration of the Texas flower. The 8,500 people with bluebonnet fever who have come through […]

Larson signs to play for Hardin-Simmons tennis

He just wrapped up his senior season competing at the regional tournament, but Patrick Larson has plenty of tennis left to play. On Friday, the Lion signed his letter of intent to play for Hardin-Simmons University. Larson’s Leland Scholarship is based on academics, but the university’s tennis coach thinks enough of his game to have […]

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