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Archive for: December, 2010

Our voices should be heard

If you’re not the get-involved type, preferring instead to live quietly outside of the hustle and bustle of the public spotlight, there’s a way you can help the city that we hope will make an impact. In the coming weeks, as area officials prepare for a tough sell to the Texas Legislature, we as individual […]

Time for some tuba

Music lovers have an opportunity to be a part of a years-long national tradition by heading to Dallas to see Tuba Christmas on Friday. The event, coordinated in Dallas by Ennis High School assistant band director Steve Shoop, has been the Ennis resident’s baby since 1986. It’s 25 years for Shoop in the driver’s seat […]

Letters worth a good read

Goodness — were we ever swamped this year with letters to Santa Claus. Maybe it’s the ever-quickening steps of Father Time, but the memories of writing letters to Santa Claus have disappeared into the rabbit hole that is my foggy memory. The act itself doesn’t register with any specific detail, although my family was not […]

Thank you, TxDOT, for letting us pay

The Texas Department of Transportation had, admittedly, fallen on the same hard times as other government agencies in the state as the economy has turned upside down. The response that TxDOT gave to Ennis when we as a city formally requested that the state finish what they started with improvements to U.S. 287 was appalling, […]

Adoption a powerful gift

With Christmas arriving in just days, adding a four-legged friend to the family is a popular idea. When considering a pet for the family the Ellis County SPCA wants to encourage everyone to think of adoption. “You’re providing a home for a soul that wouldn’t otherwise have a home, it’s a feel-good thing,” said ECSPCA […]

‘Meals’ spreading cheer

The holidays are here, and for Meals-on-Wheels, like everyone else, it is a busy and critical time of the year. With school being out and people going on vacation, Meals-on-Wheels needs caring volunteers and supporters to share holiday cheer. Residents may be involved by helping to deliver meals during the holidays, or give back a […]

Falling short doesn’t mean stop giving

By this time last year, the Greater Ennis United Way had managed to meet its funding goal for the year, a stout sum indeed that the community came together to support for the good of area nonprofits. Thus far, we are short of the goals for fundraising that had been set months back during the […]

Food, good will shared

BridgeBuilders’ Saturday food distribution event at First United Methodist Church saw hundreds of locals stream in and out under a light of good will and charity. Dozens of lay ministers, church officials and volunteers packed in to the church early to prepare for the influx of needy individuals coming to pick up food boxes packed […]

Commission floored after TxDOT letter

The Texas Department of Transportation is suggesting Ennis pay for improvements to the three miles of state highway U.S. 287 left unimproved between I-45 and SH 34 at a cost of $70 million or more. City Commissioners balked at TxDOT area engineer Bill Pierce’s suggestion for “pass-through” funding at their regular meeting Monday. In order […]

United Way short of goal

The Greater Ennis United Way is wrapping up their fall campaign a little short of goal this year. Executive Director Eliza Fulton said even with record-setting contributions from several area businesses the organization is still about 30 percent shy of the original target of $325,000. “It really looks like we’re going to be short this […]

Giving the perfect gift of certainty

OK, so maybe you’re one of those folks who feel sure they will never need the services provided by Air Evac. In other words, you’re sure and certain that nothing is ever going to happen to you, either injury or illness, that would require that you be flown to a trauma center, most likely in […]

United Way wraps tough season

This year has been tough for a lot of people running businesses, meaning fund-raising often takes a back seat in many people’s minds. With the self-correction of our economy, fundraisers have often been told “wait until next year.” What’s happening is many businesses are adjusting from the near-meltdown of two years ago and the relative […]

Still hunting some gifts? Shop local

There are less than a week left of opportunities to squeeze in Christmas shopping for the season before the day is upon us, and we know many around town still have some gifts to buy. We’re going to stress here that, especially now, it’s important for us to flex our local buying options and use […]

Harrell’s impact won’t soon be forgotten

While Sam Harrell formally concluded his football coaching career earlier this month, the legacy he left at Ennis High will remain at the forefront of the minds of Lion fans for many years to come. The Brownwood native began his head-coaching career at Reagan County from 1990-93, and then manned the sideline at Ennis from […]

Students rejoice at break

Steps were lighter and the excitement couldn’t be ignored as the students of EISD were let out for their first early release day of the school year Friday. Campuses let out early to kick off Christmas break and the jubilation among students getting their first taste of freedom this year was doubled — likely by […]

Palmer woman missing for more than two weeks

Palmer resident Marian P. Parsons has been missing for more than two weeks, and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is looking to residents of the county for clues on her whereabouts. Parsons, 54, was last seen at about 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1, and her last known contact with anyone local was around 4 p.m., when […]

Spotlight on …

Between business obligations and family responsibilities, Bob Woods stays busy and stays optimistic. Although he grew up and graduated from high school in a town just west of here, he now calls Ennis home and is devoted to his work and his adopted community. He and wife Kim, a native of Ennis, own and manage […]

Wilson eager for new role

Ellis County has a new district and county attorney in Patrick M. Wilson. Wilson was appointed by the commissioners’ court in a special meeting Friday morning to fill the unexpired term of Joe Grubbs effective Jan. 1, 2011. Grubbs will be sworn in on the same day to the bench of the 378th District Court […]

Sheltered Workshop Party – The True Christmas Spirit

In our society today, it is hard to find true wonderment and joyful excitement for the Christmas Season that is not associated with Malls, last minute shopping, hustle and bustle, and the like. True wonderment and a true spirit-filled joy of the season comes far too rarely to many in these troubling times.

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