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Archive for: May, 2010

Counties need to be repaid for road damage

The complaint posed by Ellis County Commissioner Bill Dodson in discussing road conditions in Precinct 2 raises a good point about corporate liability for infrastructure damage. The precinct’s shortage of road funds is stretched even more thinly by commercial trucking traffic that is literally scraping the surface off of the roadways that crisscross the area. […]

Kwik Kar drives to win with pitching and defense

Kwik Kar has been the dominant EGSA team in the junior division for years, and coach Emmett Emerson isn’t ready to give up the top spot just yet. Emerson is new as coach and half of his team is new, but that didn’t stop Kwik Kar from clinching a spot in the district tournament after […]

Country Concert aimed at young crowd

When Steve Holy played during Polka Festival in 2001, as the first big country act among the always all-Czech lineup, Danny Zapletal, executive director of the Polka Festival, knew they were onto something. “We added the Country Concert to increase our attendance, and keep the younger crowd involved with the festival,” Zapletal said. After Steve […]

Bomb plotter pleads guilty

DALLAS — The Jordian national and Italy resident accused of planning to bomb the iconic Fountain Place building in downtown Dallas in 2009 pleaded guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction Wednesday. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, faces a sentence of 30 years in prison, if the court accepts the plea. District […]

18-wheeler, pickup snarl U.S. 287

Three men were injured Wednesday morning when they were thrown from the bed of a pickup during a collision with an 18-wheeler on U.S. 287 near Ennis Regional Medical Center. Their condition Thursday was unknown at press time. One victim, who suffered head injuries when thrown, was taken from the scene via medical helicopter to […]

Truck, 18-wheeler collide on U.S. 287

At least two men were seriously injured Wednesday morning when they were thrown from the bed of a pickup during a collision with an 18-wheeler on U.S. 287 near Ennis Regional Medical Center. One was taken from the scene via medical helicopter, the other by ambulance. Preliminary investigation by the Ennis Police Department indicates both […]

Harrell signs contract in Green Bay

Since his career ended at Texas Tech, all Graham Harrell has wanted is a fighting chance to prove himself in the NFL. On Wednesday, Harrell received his best opportunity to date when the Green Bay Packers signed him to a free agent contract. This came on the heels of Harrell’s workout for the Packers during […]

Keep politics out of school curriculum

The gravity of changes to the social studies curriculum in Texas is not lost on many people who have followed the progress of the state’s Board of Education as it heads into a likely vote on Friday. Today, the board was set to deal with amendments to the proposed policy for social studies instruction, with […]

Corsicana Y fights childhood obesity

orsicana’s YMCA will add a Healthy Kids Camp program this summer aimed at combating one of the nation’s fastest growing epidemics – childhood obesity. Thomas Burns, sports director for the Corsicana Y, spoke to members of the Ennis Noon Lions Club Wednesday about the importance of being active at all ages. “They learn about leading […]

Baylor Pre-K ends 40-year run in Ennis

After 40 years of ministry to the Ennis community, the Pre-Kindergarten of Baylor Baptist Church will dismiss class for the final time today. A “Day of Tribute” has been planned for Sunday, with a potluck luncheon following the morning service and a reception for the entire community from 2-4 p.m. in the fellowship hall. For […]

‘I was a Boys and Girls Club kid’

The Ennis Boys and Girls Club has a new director of athletics and fitness, and he’s aimed at getting club members into shape this summer with a pair of athletics camps. DeMarques Jones, who was a member of the Boys and Girls Club in Lufkin when it was getting off the ground, began working for […]

Super Chevy Show rides into Motorplex

The Texas Motorplex will play host to the Super Chevy Show this weekend. There will be an eye-pleasing car show, the sound of outlaw nitro drag racing, a 1957 Chevy truck that runs on jet engines, a Texas barbecue, live music, a professionally designed autocross and more. Just call it a Texas-style block party. “This […]

Homers propel Sulphur Springs past Lion baseball

Ennis was the better team out of the gate on Thursday night in Forney, but a trio of homers in the span of two innings allowed the Sulphur Springs Wildcats to power past the maroon team 10-4. Lion baseball (19-10-1) led 2-0 in the bottom of the third before the Wildcats hit a three-run shot […]

EISD treating Harrell with consideration

With the announcement that Ennis’ beloved Coach Sam Harrell was disclosing a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis last year, it was expected that he’d, at some point, need to step away from football and the Ennis Lions. The program, which he helped build and led to 13 postseasons in the last 16 years — including three […]

Ennis logs ‘up’ month for sales and use tax

Ennis’ sales tax receipts showed year-over-year growth in reports released this week that cover March activity. May disbursements for Ennis will near $363,000, up from just above $347,000 for the same period last year. That represents a 4.5 percent change — the city is still down overall for the year to date around 4.9 percent. […]

Exports pay for Polyguard

A local company is doing its part to offset the dependence Americans have on foreign products by taking the lead in the export business. Polyguard Products accepted the Presidential “E” Award for U.S. exports Thursday in Washington. Nate Muncaster and Shawn Eastham, vice president of corrosion products, were planned to be in the group to […]

Hobbs enjoying great success as a Lion senior

Tyler Hobbs has known nothing but the varsity level in his career with Lion baseball, and the senior second baseman isn’t ready for his fourth maroon-and-white season to conclude just yet. Hobbs was a sophomore second baseman who went on to earn second team all-district honors when Lion baseball made its memorable 2008 postseason run. […]

Tech, health awareness are no-brainers

The local school district’s move to keep health and technology in its high school curriculum requirements is easily understood. While the state Legislature may not think those kinds of courses are instrumental in a student’s future success, a bevy of districts around Texas, parents and even students know better. The state has its reasons, especially […]

Ennis High state UIL team brings home hardware

One trip to state competition is not going to be enough for the award-winning UIL academic team at Ennis High School. Nine Ennis students attended, with a handful coming back from this month’s 4A championship in Austin with gold, silver and bronze medals in hand in events ranging from poetry interpretation to current events and […]

Polka parade deadline nears

The 44th Annual National Polka Festival is fast approaching May 28-30, but approaching faster still is the deadline to sign up for a spot in this year’s parade. The theme for this year’s parade will be “Czech Life.” Entries are being accepted at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce until May 19. The Polka Festival Parade […]

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