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Archive for: December, 2010

Hit your closets to find warmth for the needy

While there is absolutely no shortage of outreach groups looking for the support of generous community members this time of year, there’s no reason why taking a moment to look through your closets for what could be a vital gift should be too much trouble.

Lady Lions crush Forney

Just as Texas weather changes often, so does the Freshman Lady Lion basketball roster.
A couple of the team’s primary players moved up to the JV level on Tuesday, but Ennis (4-3) was still absolutely dominant in a 55-33 victory over the visiting Forney Jackrabbits.

Bring us your toys for Christmas

We’ve done quite a bit of promotion for numerous charitable efforts that have been ongoing at various outlets throughout the community for months. There haven’t been a lot of toy drives that have been established in the city, however, with the exception of Angel Trees, traditional at many churches in Ennis, and the Ennis Santa […]

Local MOW enters grant funds contest

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties has won a grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America/Subaru “Share the Love” grant program. The winning essay describes how clients are impacted by caring volunteers that deliver meals. With daily contact, volunteers help clients deal with the loneliness that many feel, especially during the holidays. In […]

Ennis man faces charges of indecency

An Ellis County grand jury has indicted an Ennis man for indecency with a juvenile. Juan Antonio Manzano-Mendiola, 25, was arrested Sept. 27 after a Sept. 24 report from the family of the 9-year-old female victim. Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson, spokesman for the Ennis Police Department, said the victim and a witness made an outcry […]

Singers lift spirits Thursday

The Ennis Choir Program, made up of junior high and high school students, performed their winter concert Thursday under the direction of Lisa Heupel. CLICK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO ACCESS THE ENNIS DAILY NEWS E-EDITION.

Wilson chosen to fill DA’s office

Ellis County Commissioners approved the appointment of Assistant District Attorney Patrick Wilson to fill the unexpired term of outgoing District Attorney Joe Grubbs. Visit us later in the day for more information about the appointment, and look for a follow-up story in the Sunday edition of the Ennis Daily News.

EDN toy drive underway

The Ennis Daily News is accepting toys to deliver to the Boys and Girls Club of Ennis right before Christmas. Come by our office at 213 N. Dallas St. in downtown Ennis and drop off your wrapped or unwrapped present under our tree.

8-year-old Bell bags her first deer

Earlier this month, eight-year-old Sarah Bell climbed into the family deer stand near Ballinger with her parents James and Crystal. Several hours later, four does emerged into a clearing. Grasping her 243 rifle, Sarah took a deep breath and pulled the trigger to discover that her summer target practice had paid off with her first […]

Ladies’ dedication remarkable

There are few people in town that work harder to promote Ennis than Gina Rokas and Jeannette Patak. The two ladies are committed to expanding awareness about all the great things the city of Ennis has to offer and the city is lucky to have them both. Although I frequently get the chance to work […]

Meals on Wheels is a good outlet for holidays

We’re days away from one of the most exciting times of year for the students of the Ennis Independent School District — especially the particularly young ones. Santa’s coming to town, right? We’ll have a bevy of students out of school for two weeks after Friday’s early release day, and the excitement of the time […]

Don’t miss Santa Claus’ visits

Santa Claus has several stops in store for area children in the next few days, starting with his annual visit to the Ennis Public Library tonight. The jolly old elf will be available for photographs and will share time with the community’s children starting at 6:30 p..m. in a free program sponsored by the Friends […]

Shooting draws out concerns on safety

A shooting at a Florida school board meeting is getting national attention and causing many to reflect on what would happen if the same scenario played out in their own district. At least for Ennis ISD, measures are in place to prevent a similar occurrence, said EISD Police Chief Ross Jones. Tuesday, 56-year-old Clay A. Duke […]

Food drive is ready

What organizers called phenomenal community support Wednesday helped the BridgeBuilders’ big box-packing effort wrap two days early. That means the community’s biggest food drive this year is ready for its Saturday distribution date. Volunteers from around the community, including students from the local district, flowed into First United Methodist Church’s gymnasium throughout the day Wednesday […]

Merry musical Christmas at EISD

A couple of weeks ago, I urged readers to enjoy some of the performances of EISD musicians and I’m happy to report that attendance has been great at the Christmas programs that have already occurred. There are still some opportunities left for this week, though, and I urge you to take advantage of excellent free entertainment as well as the ‘feel good’ that comes when you support the effort of a kid.

Teachers striving to stay up-to-date

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EPD: Suspect tried to walk out with TVs

Ennis police are still hunting for a suspect who allegedly tried to walk out of Wal-Mart with two TVs on Sunday. Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson, public information officer for the Ennis Police Department, said the incident was called in by loss prevention officials with the Ennis store around 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. “The subject apparently […]

Teachers striving to stay up-to-date

Teachers of Ennis ISD are working hard to keep up with the constantly changing technology in the classrooms. EISD teachers are working to complete the Texas Teacher Technology Competency Certification and many have already done so. Kathy Cikanek, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said of the 255 teachers who were not already TTTCC compliant […]

Ennis theater sets Saturday tryouts

The Ennis Public Theatre is already looking toward its next play, and auditions this weekend will offer community women a chance to show their skills. The Dixie Swim Club, a play by Jessie Jones Nicholas and Hope Jamie Wooten, highlights the lives of a group of southern women who become friends on their college swim […]

Volunteers come to aid of BridgeBuilders

Volunteers began this morning digging in for the long haul packing 1,000 boxes of food for area needy at First United Methodist Church. Groups of Ennis High School students assembled the 1,000 boxes necessary over several hours Tuesday afternoon, and community volunteers were lined up and scheduled for box-packing through Friday, some for multiple shifts. […]

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