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Archive for: December, 2010

Lady Lions compete in holiday tournament

One sure thing about the schedule for Lady Lion basketball each year is that the team will face its most difficult tournament challenges at the Mansfield Rotary Invitational. “We were on the waiting list to get in this tournament the first two years I was (at Ennis High), because I knew we were going to […]

Lights show city’s bright side this year

With the next few days of area schoolchildren’s winter break, we recommend parents gather up the family for a holiday tour of the city’s beautiful Christmas light displays before they’re taken down for the year. Every year, like so many other towns and cities of all sizes in the United States, Ennis puts forward an […]

Ani-Meals gets community support

Staff and partners of Petmate collected more than 3,600 pounds of food and additional items to help the animals served through the Ani-Meals program.  Ani-Meals is just one of the special services provided by Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties to homebound seniors and disabled people in local communities. Volunteers deliver donated dog and cat […]

EISD taking gifted program signups

EISD is accepting nominations for students interested in the Gifted and Talented program through mid-January. The Gifted and Talented Ennis program is committed to meeting the needs of students who demonstrate above average potential or achievement. According to an EISD release, the district operates under the belief that each child is unique and all children […]

Suspect jailed for choking ex-wife

Ennis police said Christmas was relatively quiet this year with the exception of an arrest for family violence spurred by an alleged attack during a woman’s efforts to sell tamales. Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson, public information officer for the Ennis Police Department, said Roland Munoz-Sanchez, 36, was arrested Dec. 23 for assault family violence impeding […]

Light displays blanket city

The Lights of Ennis Committee has compiled a list of the most impressive light displays in the city and is encouraging those who’ve decorated their homes to keep those displays going just a little longer. “As hard as some of these people have worked to create an overall Christmas spirit for the community, it’s a […]

EDN’s top 10 defensive performances in 2010

Certainly one could argue defense is more important than offense in football or most other sports, so let’s not overlook some of the better defensive efforts the Lions put forth this year. In addition to my top 10, I’ve got a few candidates that deserve an honorable mention for their efforts. It was more difficult […]

EDN’s top 10 offensive performances in 2010

Every year around the time Santa comes to town, I like to recall the best showings I saw during the Lion football season. I’ve got my top 10 put together, and while it heavily features a familiar trio, there are a couple of fresh faces mixed in as well. Without further ado, let’s see who […]

Stand up for Ennis

Christmas is over. As much as I enjoy all aspects of it, most of all watching my little girls open up presents that Santa brought the night before, the end of the season brings a little relief. But it’s time for a new start. For most of us, that new start should begin at home. […]

We wish you all the best this season

Today being the day after Christmas, it’s a good opportunity to bask in the afterglow of the year, so to speak. We want to extend the merriest possible feelings of good will and cheer to our readers as we wind down this pivotal year and prepare ourselves to begin the adventures that 2011 almost certainly […]

Chicken Express teams up with MOW

Chicken Express restaurants throughout Johnson and Ellis counties helped the homebound by partnering with Meals-on-Wheels for a second year in a row to put a hot meal in the hands of every needy person in the two-county area. Overall, 660 noontime meals were prepared and served Thursday. This amounted in a savings of nearly $5,000 […]

Helping Hands prospers with Ennis’ backing

With the holidays and winter in full swing, Helping Hands of Ennis has been able to impact the lives of many as a result of community donations. “We have been blessed beyond measure and we are just so thankful to the entire community for their continued support,” said Director Judi Hejny. “It’s awesome, it’s just […]

County bans open burns

Ellis County is back under fire restriction after commissioners approved a 90-day burn ban Thursday. Jim Pharr, inspector for the fire marshal’s office, said although the Keetch-Byram Drought Index is currently below the normal threshold for a ban, a recent increase in grass fires throughout the county was a motivating factor. Contiguous counties including Navarro, […]

Spotlight On …

If you ask Nancy Swindell she’ll tell you she’s known as the cat lady. Even if that’s true, she’s likely better known for her insistence on quality and customer service in business. Swindell is the owner of Apple Annie’s Garden Gate Floral and Gift Shoppe and works hard with former owner Carol Rejcek and others […]

JV Lions pull off impressive win at Poteet

The JV Lion basketball team had six players available on Tuesday night while host Mesquite Poteet had enough bodies to field two teams, but none of that mattered by game’s end. Ennis used a strong second quarter to go in front and then got the better of things in the final quarter to secure its […]

This year, open your home to pet adoption

Pet ownership is a beautiful reminder of the feeling of unconditional love. Particularly when the animal you own is brought into your family from a life of hardship or need — it may take a while for a new pet to get used to a new environment and new owners, but the connection will be […]

No questioning their spirit

For the folks that live on Inverrary Drive in Ennis, Christmas is serious business. Several of the homes on the street go all out for the holidays, including those of C.W. and Rhonda Woodard, Kirk, Jackie, Jerad and Kaleigh Wright, and Harold and Jeanie Blake. The families have for many years decorated their homes and […]

Christmas expected to be clear, bright day

Don’t hang on to hopes for snow this season, as Texas’ persistent drought has locked down most of the state in predictions for the Christmas weekend. Ennis is no exception, with National Weather Service forecasts calling for the slight chance of rain expected today to dissipate by late evening. Children will wake up Saturday to […]

Drug raid suspects indicted

A pair of Ennis residents have been indicted on drug and child endangerment charges after police allegedly discovered children in a raid on a suspected drug house in July. Therion Bluitt, 22, and Raymond Charles Smith, 45, have been formally charged by an Ellis County grand jury in the case, which began with an investigation […]

Letting go of the Grinch in you

Bah humbug. You’re not supposed to feel that way this close to Christmas but I did resemble the Grinch a little on Tuesday until a handful of people on Inverrary Drive gave me the dose of Christmas spirit I was needing. Upon driving down that street you can’t help but feel the Christmas season in […]

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