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Archive for: November, 2015

Francisca Z. “Tia Pancha” Hernandez

Francisca Z. Hernandez, age 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Legend Oaks in Ennis.  She was born January 29, 1941, to Manuel and Herminia (Vargas) Zapata in Robstown, Texas. She was loved by many and loved her family, always putting them first. Francisca was a faithful servant of the Lord. She […]


The fourth annual Miller Hunger Games was a huge success. As a campus, 3,794 canned and non-perishable food items were brought in that will be donated to our local Helping Hands of Ennis. The overall effort by all students and staff was tremendous. Congratulations to District 5 (5th grade) for bringing in the most with […]

Fruitful memories

A tree grows in Ennis and in the heart of Ann Juricek Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor An exotic tree yields more than fruit for an Ennis resident. It reminds her of times past. “Jujube trees have a lot of memories for me,” said lifelong Ennisite Ann Haskovec Juricek. “When we were very young, my bother […]

Having a say

Elected officials often forget that, for some citizens, attending a government meeting or actually speaking at a government meeting can be intimidating. It’s not that the elected officials are necessarily intimidating, it’s that the venue is generally unfamiliar. Most people don’t like public speaking, don’t commonly stand before of a group of people elevated above […]

Are non-customers always right?

Are non-customers always right? What people want, they want. For instance, earlier this week, we received a telephone call from a nice lady who wanted us to give her the Black Friday ads that were published in the Ennis Daily News. That would have been fine – if it hadn’t been Tuesday. The ads had […]

Do you grant or deny verbal gifts? Everyone expresses thanksgiving and gratitude differently; some do it a plenty, others – not so often. How old you are can affect the ways you declare it. When children show they honor you, they hug your leg. Teenagers do it by toilet-papering your home. Adults send a gift […]

Lions snubbed in All-District picks

  Mark Warde editor@ennisdailynews.com After winning the 2014 district championship with a 7-0 league record, Ennis football was rewarded with the most players chosen All-District first or second team or listed for honorable mention. An apt reason was the old adage, “to the victor go the spoils.” This fall the 2015 Lions finished third in […]

UIL working on H.S. realignments

editor@ennisdailynews.com After high schools across the state filed updated enrollment figures this fall, the University Interscholastic League has announced cutoff numbers for the upcoming 2016-2018 school years. Reclassifying schools in six conferences will preceed possible district realignments for football and basketball, which will be unveiled on February 1. District alignments for other activities will be […]

Shop Small this Saturday

OK. So you’ve gone out and had your Black Friday fun. You were bumped into, beaten to the gift, left standing in line, waited forever for brunch, and burned your fingers on your credit card. Time for some sanity. Go “Shop Small” on Saturday.   See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click […]

Reminders to faithful about who they are

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, on Park Street, is a church that marks time with a calendar. Who doesn’t, right? Our “sacred” calendar marks time similar with the “profane,” or secular, calendar but also deviates from it. What do I mean? The first day of the sacred calendar is the first Sunday of Advent, right about […]

Lights of Ennis set for Dec. 3

Mark Warde editor@ennisdailynew.com Nearing 20 years of chasing the Bah-Humbug from town, the Lights of Ennis is just days away from officially kicking off the holiday season. Slated for the downtown historic district from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, the Christmas Parade of Lights and block party will take place. The corner of North […]

Sheriff Johnny Brown announcement for re-election

My name is Johnny Brown and I am your Ellis County Sheriff. During the past eight years, your Sheriff’s Office has accomplished much and I’m asking for your support for a third term so we can continue providing you with the best possible law enforcement. I believe my record as your Sheriff stands as testament […]


  by Rev. Bob Uzzel I recently participated in the Homegoing Services for Weldon Judd Walton, a friend and colleague for the past 29 years. Dr. Walton was born on January 12, 1943 in Bryan, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Prairie View A&M University, with concentrations in […]

North Texas’ bout with wild weather swings

EDN Staff Report editor@ennisdailynews.com North Texas’ bout with wild weather swings continues this long Thanksgiving weekend, with the area continuing under a Flash Flood Watch through early Sunday. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said north central Texas counties, including Ellis and surrounding counties, can expect the potential for rains that could lead to […]

Ennis hosts girls hoops tourney

  Mark Warde editor@ennisdailynews.com Ennis will again host a 32-game holiday girls basketball tournament next week, Dec. 3-5, when 14 teams join the Lady Lions varsity and junior varsity teams. The first game of the venue, which is in its 8th year, is at 9 a.m. on Thursday when Ennis meets Arlington Sam Houston. Win […]

County recognizes K-9 vest donor

Justin Tubbs justin@ennisdailynews.com For her 10th birthday, Camryn Samuels made an unusual decision for a young girl, and Tuesday, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office recognized her in front of the Commissioners Court. The decision was to forego spending birthday money so she could buy ballistic vests for canine officers.   See the report in the […]

City manager search down to 8

Justin Tubbs justin@ennisdailynews.com The search for a new city manager, which has gone on for the past two-and-a-half months is down to eight candidates now, according to Mayor Russell Thomas. “At the last meeting, we met and narrowed the search down to eight,” he said. “The next step is video interviews, so we can look […]


By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint […]

Happy Thanksgiving from the Ennis Daily News

Ellie May to make Perot Museum debut

Justin Tubbs justin@ennisdailynews.com Ellie May, the intact mammoth skeleton found outside Italy, Texas in 2014, made her debut at the Perot Museum in Dallas on Saturday. The “homecoming” featured mammoth-themed activities and demos including a Q&A with Perot Museum paleontologist Dr. Ron Tykoski.   See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here […]

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