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Archive for: January, 2011

Lions focus on player development in tourney

Lion soccer coach Brent Stapleton is focused on getting his team ready for the district slate and results at this point in the season are secondary. The coach proved that on Thursday at the Skeeter Cup Tournament in Mesquite when he went with a mixture of varsity subs and JV players in the first halves […]

History is brought alive in Ennis

Ever since I started working at the paper, I have seen a whole new side of Ennis. A couple of weeks ago, I went to an Ennis Heritage Society meeting. For those of you that were in the dark like I was, the Ennis Heritage Society is an organization that, according to the mission statement […]

Involvement in Super Bowl good for area

Local creative group Inspiration Inc. Arts in the Community has distinguished itself by getting its foot in the door for Super Bowl XLV. The group’s upcoming production of Regina Taylor’s “Crowns” at Bob Knight’s Field House in Duncanville on Feb. 5 will put local talent and the Ennis name out there into the general fray […]

Fire brings forward meter concerns

An apartment fire at 801 N. Sherman St. on Thursday morning was quickly contained, subdued and extinguished by the Ennis Fire Department, but the event still worried the city’s fire chief. Thursday’s fire reminded David Hopkins of creeping concerns he’s had about the safety of residents and his department’s firefighters during fire incidents. Oncor, the […]

Deputy stops suspects cold

An Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy managed to stop a theft in progress Wednesday outside Ferris. Lt. James Saulter, public information officer for the ECSO, said Deputy Joseph Maddox was ending his shift driving on Batchler Road when he happened upon three suspects in the process of stealing scrap metal from a resident’s property. “Essentially, he […]

Students bring home the gold

Students from Ennis High School came to play recently as they participated in the 115th Annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Kayla Threet, Hunter Nava and Matt Allen all brought home honors in their respective categories. Amber Huckabee, agriculture, food and natural resources instructor at EHS, said the students are broken into classes and […]

Hodges takes vault career to Big 12

Lauren Hodges enjoyed competing as a pole vaulter at Ennis High so much that she wasn’t quite ready to leave the sport behind. Now a sophomore at Texas A&M, the Jacksonville native joined the Aggie track and field team as a walk-on last year and is currently competing during the NCAA indoor season. “I didn’t […]

A shout out to the youth of EISD

With all of the trash on television and the bad behavior glorified by national headlines it seems to me it’s a tough time to be a teenager. That being said, it’s nice to know that there are hard-working kids with a clear perspective of their futures right here in Ennis working to shed a positive […]

Trying to move America forward again

Much has changed since our union’s last presidential update in the winter of 2010, and President Barack Obama’s remarks — over an hour in length — on Tuesday night highlighted that reality. The need for more jobs, however, is no different. Public opinion may fall on the line of cuts without remorse, but just as […]

Chamber plans trip to Austin

The Ennis Chamber of Commerce and their Leadership Ennis Group will travel to Austin on Feb. 17 to meet with state representatives, tour the capitol and visit with agency representatives. The group last visited Austin two years ago when the legislature was in session. “Usually we combine it, doing it as Ellis County Day, going […]

Arts group going ‘Bowl’ing

Inspiration Inc. Arts in the Community will celebrate Super Bowl XLV coming to the Metroplex with a special production at multiple locations. The group, led by Director Fran Jeffery Anderson, will debut Crowns adapted for the stage by Regina Taylor from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. “It is a play about church […]

No. 8 Lions topple Tigers at buzzer, 62-60

If it wasn’t already, the 15-4A boys’ basketball race is certainly now Ennis’ for the taking. On Tuesday night, a Jamar’s Goodwin putback in the final second enabled No. 8 Ennis (22-4, 11-0) to sweep second-place Lancaster with a thrilling 62-60 road victory. The Lions now lead the entire district by three games. “What happened […]

Guns not needed on campus

As a former boss of mine said several years ago in print while Louisiana deliberated legislation to allow concealed carry on college campuses: Let’s holster the handguns. I own a gun. I did when I was in college. I didn’t carry it on campus. Didn’t need to, and I knew it. While there is no […]

Getting behind the new coach with support

The dust has settled, and Ennis has a new head football coach. Months of uncertainty lay behind us. The same can be said for the months and years that stretch before us in the Ennis career of former Kirbyville ISD head coach Jack Alvarez. Some may dismiss the moment of Alvarez’s anointing as the new […]

Noche de Información slated

Latinos Unidos Para Educación, in conjunction with Navarro College and Ennis High School, will present Noche de Información, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb 17, at the Ensign Commons of Ennis High School located at 2301 Ensign Road in Ennis. This special bilingual presentation is free and invites the Hispanic community to gain information on banking, […]

County sets cleanup week event

Ellis County will host a week-long cleanup event in March in hopes of rallying support for a cleaner county year-round. The event, slated to begin March 26, will run through April 2. Ellis County residents will be able to dispose of household trash, furniture, mattresses, yard debris and other similar items — as well as […]

Birdwell backs concealed carry bill

Freshman Sen. Brian Birdwell has thrown his name behind a bill for concealed carry reform on public university and college campuses in this round of the Legislature. The legislation, Senate Bill 354, was authored by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, with Birdwell signing on as co-author for the Jan. 13 filing. Birdwell’s view on the issue centers […]

Alvarez gets the job

On Tuesday night, the Ennis Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Jack Alvarez as the new head coach of Lion football. After board members met for roughly 10 minutes, David Estes announced the board’s recommendation to hire Alvarez. Board president Mack Boyd thanked the six-person group in charge of the coach […]

Lions respond to remain unbeaten in 2011

Lion soccer is becoming quite adept at digging itself a hole and then climbing right out. On Saturday, Ennis (3-0-3) hosted 3A Prosper and responded from an early deficit to emerge with a 1-1 tie. One thing is clear — this group of Lions handles adversity well. “Prosper is a very good team and they […]

Transportation issues will only persist

State government is setting itself up for a whole host of issues if transportation problems currently facing areas across the state can’t be addressed. While we believe there is significant reason to back the U.S. 287 expansion project still on the table after current construction on the bypass is complete, that’s only one example of […]

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