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Archive for: September, 2010

Hospital’s role all the larger with baby boom

It likely comes as no shock that with the loss of Baylor Waxahachie’s obstetrics division in the summer, Ennis Regional Medical Center is left to pick up the slack. By all accounts, as was referenced in a Tuesday story on a boom in recent births at the facility, they’re doing a bang-up job of keeping […]

Benefit slated for family with community ties

A fundraiser benefit is in the works to offset medical expenses of Cali Willingham. Cali is the daughter-in-law of Ennis High School coach Paul Willingham and recently underwent a 23-hour major brain surgery to remove a cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM) — several small blood vessels and arteries in her brain were tangled and the small […]

Koffy keynotes luncheon

The Ennis Chamber of Commerce will host well known area radio personality Paul Koffy at its annual awards luncheon Monday. The event, slated for noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, will recognize retiring members of the Chamber of Commerce board, and will also feature the presentation of a number of awards. Those honors include […]

Ennis eyes bond sale

The city has set itself up for a bond sale that is planned to end up saving it money on existing bonded indebtedness. The process is one the city has undertaken before as recently as 2007. Issuing refunding bonds, said City Manager Steve Howerton, helps reduce the cost of interest payments on original bond debt […]

Autumn Days approach

Ennis is preparing for the ninth annual Autumn Days in Ennis Fall Festival. Downtown will light up in fall color on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free annual event will primarily be held on NW Main Street, W. Knox Street and N. Dallas Street. Residents and visitors are invited to come […]

7th Maroon Lions throttle DeSoto McCowan

Last year all four of DeSoto McCowan’s junior high teams went undefeated, and McCowan swept Red Oak a week ago. That success came to a screeching halt on Monday, however, as the seventh grade Maroon Lions (1-1) steamrolled McCowan 32-7 in Lion Memorial Stadium. “That was a huge win,” coach J.T. Brown said. “I’d never […]

Federal aid disagreement causes squeeze

The potential loss of $830 million in federal aid from Texas’ education purse looms large over a state where school districts are heading to voters with Tax Ratification Elections and a huge budget shortfall threatens the state’s appropriations for education funding. We’re in agreement with local administrators and education leaders from around the state that […]

Hospital reports baby boom

Ennis Regional Medical Center has been experiencing a local baby boom recently. Births at the hospital are up and the new facility available to soon-to-be parents is likely a factor in the increase. Sherri Emerson, chief nursing officer for Ennis Regional Medical Center, said the hospital is currently seeing an increase of about 10 more […]

City OKs same tax rate

Taxpayers in Ennis will pay $0.695 per $100 of property value to the city when taxes come due this year. The Ennis City Commission approved both the city’s $23.8 million budget and its tax rate at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, bringing to an end months worth of budget discussions and continuing an effort […]

EHS student rolls car

A 16-year-old student at Ennis High School was hurt when her car hit a culvert off of Country Club Road and flipped onto its hood at about 8:15 a.m. today. The unidentified girl pulled herself out of the car and was sitting beside it when emergency crews were called to the scene. Police believe the […]

Forney stages huge comeback to edge Lions

A couple of weeks ago, Forney led South Oak Cliff 24-0 and ended up losing the ballgame. On Friday, the Jackrabbits (2-2, 1-1) trailed Ennis (1-3, 0-2) 27-2 and scored the only 26 points in the last quarter and a half of play for a shocking 28-27 victory. Each team turned the ball over four […]

Faux conservatives wrangle

A lot will be made over the next few months over the definition of a conservative. As our freelance correspondent and the Ennis Daily News’ connection to true conservatism Mike Williamson aptly pointed out the other day, there’s a big difference between a Republican and a conservative. That is, in fact, the reason why the […]

FM 1722 work necessary, as is more funding

With work set to start this week on safety improvements to Farm-to-Market 1722 on the north edge of Ennis, we find another opportunity to stress the importance of infrastructure maintenance and are happy to see the state working to make bad conditions better. Driving FM 1722 makes the problems with that stretch of road between […]

Spotlight On …

Around the Ennis community, the Texas Motorplex and the O’Reilly Auto Parts and Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals are an event folks look forward to all year long. This year, as the facility celebrates its 25th birthday with events Sept. 23-26, patrons and race fans will have even more to cheer about. Built in […]

Teacher of the Year honor goes to Jackson

Educator Nancy Jackson has earned the honor of being a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year and received a number of awards to help her continue her work. Jackson is an English as a second language teacher at Jack Lummus Intermediate School but was recognized for work from last year when she served as a third […]

City set to pass budget

Ennis’ City Commission is set up to sign off on its 2010-11 budget and tax rate at its meeting Monday. The tax rate itself remains unchanged from the 2009-10 rate and should lead to a small savings for property owners because of depressed values around the county. The budget has been called the tightest in […]

Lion tennis blanks another 15-4A opponent

When the district realignment came out last winter, it appeared to be a great thing for Lion tennis. That’s certainly how things are playing out this far in district play. On Tuesday, Ennis (11-1, 3-0) walloped West Mesquite 10-0. Through three district matches, the Lions have seen Lancaster forfeit while they’ve beaten Terrell and West […]

Friends of the EPL kick off book sale

The Friends of the Ennis Public Library kicks off their annual book sale today and it seems to be one of the most worthwhile events around. In addition to encouraging community members to come into the library during the event’s three-day run, it’s motivating people to read more and to socialize and bond with others […]

Road funds need to be examined

The news that today’s Ellis County Commissioner’s Court budget meeting would likely not go far in addressing the inadequacy of the current system of apportioning road work funds is somewhat frustrating, but we’ve been given a bit of hope in the promise that discussion and action on the need for change is not over. We […]

St. Jude benefit rocks tonight

The Chili’s of Ennis has found an additional way to contribute to a chain-wide effort to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with help from one of their regular customers. The restaurant will host a concert featuring a variety of famous musician-impersonators from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight in their front parking lot. […]

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