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Archive for: August, 2010

Lion tennis dominates Saturday doubleheader

The Lion tennis team is no stranger to winning this year, but Ennis rode a wave of success on Saturday at home. A day after downing Mansfield Legacy, the Lions moved to 8-1 on the season with 17-2 victories against Alvarado and Groesbeck. While the team has played far stronger opponents this year, the margin […]

EISD budget hearing set for tonight

With tonight’s hearing on the Ennis Independent School District’s 2010 budget representing the public’s opportunity to make the administration of the district aware of their thoughts, we’d encourage people to make efforts to be present and speak their minds. This is, of course, a yearly event in the operation of the local district. Its taxing […]

MOW volunteerism becomes family affair

Meals on Wheels has provided meant hot meals and a smiling face for years locally, and in the case of Doug Norton and his granddaughter Layne Guthrie, it has also been a source of family time. Norton has volunteered in Ennis with Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties for more than two years […]

District setting budget tonight

The Ennis Independent School District’s public hearing on its proposed budget and tax rate for 2010-11 is tonight. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the EISD Administration Building at 303 W. Knox St. The meeting will offer members of the public the opportunity to air their opinions about the year’s proposed financial plan. Included in […]

Police haul in dope

Ennis police are probing leads and conducting air surveillance after finding more than 800 marijuana plants growing in a cultivated field behind Legend Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Sunday. Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said the plants have a net street value of around $400,000 all tolled and equipment found on the scene tends to […]

Dismissal leaves behind sour taste

While a confession is not a conviction, it is extremely disheartening and frustrating for all of us to see an accused criminal confess to having committed a crime and still walk free at the end of the day. Thursday, Calvin Poe, who stood accused of molesting a 3-year-old family member at a local home, walked […]

Cougars power past Lions with rush attack

Facing a more experienced team on its home turf, Lion football needed to be sharp as a tack on Friday night. Unfortunately, Ennis miscues combined with an explosive Arlington Seguin rushing attack to enable the Cougars to cruise to a 40-7 victory in the season opener for both teams. Seguin had 10 rushes of 10 […]

Abatements a piece of puzzle

I gave it a rest for a couple of weeks, but the topic of the city’s tax abatement structure continues to be called into question. And rightfully so. Short of an unhealthy obsession with city politics, doubting your public officials is a habit that made the United States what it is. This sounds sick, but […]

EHS Class of ’75 stays connected

The Ennis High School class of 1975 — which has gathered together every five years since graduation — is making plans for a 35th reunion festivities in October. The group has two days of events planned in order to get reacquainted with each other and catch up on what fellow classmates have been up to. Cathie […]

Budget hearing on tap Tuesday

Ennis ISD is looking to a public hearing Aug. 31 to discuss this fiscal year’s proposed tax rate and budget before its adoption, and a 2-percent average raise is a part of the equation. The proposed budget can be found at the district website at www.ennis.k12.tx.us under the “district” and then “business financial services” tabs. […]

Spotlight on …

Ennis native Judge Bill Woody has roots in public service that run 48 years long, and no plans of slowing down on civic responsibility anytime soon. Woody serves as justice of the peace for Ellis County Precinct One but his dedication to civil service is deeply rooted with a long history of dedication to Ennis […]

Cougars top JV Lions behind huge first half

Ennis won the second half of Thursday night’s JV football opener, but the final result was never in doubt because of a very difficult first two quarters. The JV Lions (0-1) found themselves down 28-6 at the half thanks to poor tackling and a costly special teams fumble, among other things. Ennis managed to reboot […]

Don’t miss out on the chamber’s annual auction

If you haven’t gotten your tickets to go to what is possibly the biggest local community event of the summer, time is running out. The annual Ennis Chamber of Commerce fundraising auction — this year, themed “Shanghai Nights” — is set Saturday, and offers residents food, fellowship and the opportunity to support a vital community […]

Chamber auction on tap Saturday

The planning and arrangements for the Ennis Chamber of Commerce fundraiser auction are set and with the festivities fast approaching, it’s not too late to get a ticket and join in on the celebration. The 27th annual auction, set for Aug. 28, has an eastern theme of “Shanghai Nights” with Asian-inspired decorations to cover the […]

Barton shares deficit concerns

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton has a good feeling about Republicans’ chances of winning seats in mid-term elections. In his opinion, a crushing budget deficit, health care reform, a drilling moratorium and a cap-and-trade bill he calls disastrous are all ammunition for the Republican electoral effort moving into the fall. “The administration we have in Washington […]

GAME TIME: Lions open year tonight in Arlington

The Ennis Lions will hit the road tonight for their 2010 season opener to face a familiar foe. While the Arlington Seguin Cougars aren’t a team Lion fans count on seeing every year, Ennis did encounter them during district play in 2006 and 2007. The Cougars went 4-7 last year and lost to Ft. Worth […]

Confessed molester goes free

The 25-year-old man who police said confessed to molesting a now-4-year-old relative this year is walking free today after the county dismissed the case against him Thursday. Prosecutor Lindy Tober, assistant Ellis County District Attorney, moved to dismiss the case after the defense put the child witness on the stand for a competency hearing in […]

Freshman Lady Lions stay busy Saturday

It seems when the Freshman Lady Lions enter a volleyball tournament, it’s serious business. Ennis (4-2) headed to Kaufman for tourney action on Saturday and battled one foe after another until it secured second place among a field of five teams. “The competition was pretty tough, so the girls did well,” said coach Chris Pitts. […]

EISD tax rate boost needed

Nobody likes a tax hike. We especially don’t want to suffer higher expenses considering the volatile state of our economy. However, technically, what the Ennis Independent School District proposed last week is not your typical tax hike. In years past, when it was foolish to think property values would decline, no one imagined that our […]

CertainTeed abatement on track for approval

Commissioners are making moves to award CertainTeed Corp. an industrial tax abatement as part of $600,000 in incentives aimed at cementing a deal to reopen the local plant. The company, which shuttered its Ennis plant in February 2007, came to the city with news it was planning to reverse that move in June. Gradual recovery […]

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