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Archive for: December, 2015

Collection sites for tornado debris forthcoming

Mark Warde editor@ennisdailynews.com News of recovery efforts in Ellis County continue to provide direction and hope for citizens impacted by last week’s tornadoes. Stephanie Parker, the emergency management coordinator for the county, announced two days, Jan. 6 and 9, when debris from the storm can be dropped off by residents affected by the storm. “This […]

Sylvia Fira Rodriguez

Sylvia Fira Rodriguez, age 53, passed away in Waxahachie on December 30, 2015. She was born in Sinton to Victor and Delia (Fira) Rodriguez on August 21, 1962. She always volunteered with the Fira family functions. She managed soccer teams for many years, and did fund raising for soccer. She was an Animal Rescue Advocate. […]

Verna Alice Danielson

Verna Alice Danielson, 97, passed away in Ennis, Texas, on Monday, December 28, 2015. Alice was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on August 10, 1918, to Fredrick and Frances (Arnold) Forsey. She moved to the United States in 1949, and made her home in South Bend, Indiana. There she raised her two children. She moved […]

Annes Yeaman

Annes Yeaman, 69, passed away on December 26, 2015. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Ennis, 215 N. Dallas St., Ennis, 972-875-2393.

Verna Alice Danielson

Verna Alice Danielson, 97, passed away in Ennis, Texas, on Monday, December 28, 2015. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2016, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 4, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Restland Cemetery with Rev. Steve […]

Earlene Lockhart

Funeral services for Earlene Lockhart will be held Thursday, December 31, 2015, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 31, 2015, at St. Paul Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be held at Ennis Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements and services are entrusted to Ray-Thomas Funeral […]

Bobby Rex Benner

Bobby Rex “PaPo” Benner, Sr., 68, passed away in Ennis, Texas, on Saturday, December 26, 2015. Bobby was born in Ennis, Texas, on December 25, 1947, to Cefus Pascal and Josie (Featherston) Benner, Sr. He grew up in Ennis and attended Ennis High School. He went on to Navarro College to receive his degree in […]

Anthony Ralph Alvarez

Anthony Ralph Alvarez, 51, passed away in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, December 24, 2015. Visitation were held on Monday, December 28, 2015, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis with Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial took place on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at 11 […]

Rio S. Pierce

Rio Sam Pierce, 92, passed away in Ennis, Texas on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Rio was born in Turkey, Texas on July 26, 1923, to Robert F. and Ita Blanch (Cruse) Pierce. He grew up in Littlefield, Texas and attended school in Littlefield. On December 20, 1940, he married Dorothy Gorden and they made their […]

Jacqueline “Jackie” Evans

Jacqueline “Jackie” Evans, 51, of Corsicana, Texas, passed away on December 17, 2015. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Ennis, 215 N. Dallas St., Ennis, 972-875-2393.

Joanel Terry Clark

Joanel Terry Clark left this life December 21, 2015 and was reunited with her husband David Lowell Clark to joyfully live in the presence of Jesus, their Savior. Joanel and David were married April 1, 1961. They were blessed with two surviving children, daughter Gayln Von Perry and husband Emmett of Overland Park, Kansas; son, […]

James Oscar Haynes

James Oscar Haynes died on Sunday, December 13, of natural causes, in Ennis. Known to his family as Jim, he was born on December 17, 1923, in Shongaloo, Louisiana. He earned his civil engineering degree from Louisiana Tech and his petroleum engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma. Jim and his wife, Evelyn (“Evie”) moved […]

Year of windowful weather

Mark Warde editor@ennisdailynews.com “On cable TV they have a weather channel — 24 hours of weather. We had something like that where I grew up. We called it a window.” – Dan Spencer, writer The creative words of Spencer, if summarizing the weather of 2015, would have been a windowful. An Ennis witness would have […]

Mayor: 5 strong city manager candidates

Justin Tubbs justin@ennisdailynews.com By Jan. 9, Mayor Russell Thomas expects Ennis to have a new city manager. The city is now down to five possible candidates. The mayor said those name will most likely be made public on Jan. 7, next Thursday. “We are bringing all of those in on Thursday, and we will cut […]

Crittenden running for county seat

EDN Staff Report editor@ennisdailynews.com Bobby Crittenden announced in a press release recently that he will be running for the Precinct 1 county commissioner seat for Ellis County. “I think as realize that it is extremely important for someone in the position of commissioner to be able to be [a leader as well as a servant], […]

Building on tradition with a new slate

Mark Warde editor@ennisdailynews.com It is said that Texas has only two sports; football and spring football. While that may be true, in Ennis there are plenty of fans of both baseball and girls softball. In fact, the Lady Lions have developed quite a following in recent years. Two years ago the team won over 35 […]

Ellis County DA investigator dies suddenly

EDN Staff Report editor@ennisdailynews.com Philip Martin, the Ellis County District Attorney’s Office’s chief investigator, died Thursday, according to his obituary. People who knew him say his death was sudden. The South Korean native who most recently lived in Waxahachie was an investigator with the DA’s officer for 25 years, where he made significant contributions in […]

Let there be light

  Before venturing to our community’s Downtown Christmas Celebration, I halfway decorated the Christmas tree in our family room. We are among the purists who, for as long as we’re able, will enjoy the smell of a fresh evergreen tree. I can see—in the distance—a year when that will no longer be possible, but this […]

Oversight comes at a cost

  A reality in our world is that as technology expands, so do the costs to keep things secure. For example, it was reported this week that Iranian computer hackers accessed the control system of small dam outside of New York City two years ago. It alarmed the government that foreign threats could get into […]

CCPD spending still a question

Justin Tubbs justin@ennisdailynews.com Even if more commissioners had been present at Monday’s City Commission meeting, it’s likely a proposed $150,000 grant from the Economic Development Corporation to the Crime Control and Prevention District still would have failed. Commissioner Ken Hackney, who serves as the CCPD board president, said Tuesday he would have voted against the […]

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