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Archive for: January, 2016

What is that caucus deal?

The campaigns for president have been in full swing for more than a year. The folks in Iowa have been fielded robotic telephone calls for months – from candidates, and their family, and friends in Congress. Pollsters have dialed them up to get opinions. The airwaves have been inundated with television and radio commercials, and […]

Dogs help find victim of rollover; sister gives update on condition

The woman who found 19-year-old Alexandria Santos Wednesday morning after a rollover accident the night before says it was thanks to her dogs that she was able to find her. Margaret Wade, a resident near the wreck in the 6600 block of Farm-to-Market Road 879, said she woke up at about 5 a.m. to let […]

A sign of the times: Local woman created first tourism slogan for Ennis in 1930

“Where railroads and cotton fields meet.” Synonymous with Ennis for nearly 40 years, the motto is remembered today only by older residents. But the once famous catchphrase for the city, now better known for its bluebonnets, still resonates, capturing a nostalgia for Ennis’ bustling past in the golden age of railroad travel and agricultural production. […]

Ennis, Palmer, Ferris to learn district fate on Monday

  High schools across the state will learn on Monday morning which district they are assigned to by the University Interscholastic League. The alignments will last for the next two seasons. Classification numbers, based on enrollment figures, were released by the UIL in December. As a result a number of schools have moved up or […]

Fifty Shades of Black’ shows why spoof films have hit limit

.5 Tubbs out of 4 It should have been a slam-dunk. The jokes are ripe for the picking, and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the film that “Fifty Shades of Black” unsuccessfully parodies, is pretty much a joke in itself. However, raunchy sexual jokes, as were to be expected, fall on an audience that finds itself […]

Vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas to speak at Lincoln Dinner Amy Clark, vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, will be the keynote speaker at the Ellis County Republican Women’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner celebration. The event is Saturday, Feb. 23, 2016 at 6 pm. at Farley Street Baptist Church, 1116 […]

Caldwell announces Ward 1 run

Local small business owner Weldon Caldwell is the first to announce his candidacy for the Ward 1 city commissioner seat in the May 7 general election. “I am not running on any specific platform except to say that I would like to see Ennis flourish and prosper with the continued quest to bring industry, retail […]

Migrating crows; swarmus fast-foodicus

What’s with all of these migrating blackbirds? Drive along East Ennis Avenue near I-45 and you’ll swear you’re reliving Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror film, “The Birds.” And, no, it’s not limited to our town. Waxahachie has an enormous invasion going on along Main Street near Hwy 287. Go west and the exit at Walnut Creek […]

Doubles teams shine at Polar Bear

Two weeks into the 2016 spring tennis season and all elements of Ennis tennis are off to a great start. Singles and doubles competition has brought out the best in both the boys and girls players, which was clearly evident in Friday’s Polar Bear event in Ennis. Numerous players and duos experienced winning efforts, including […]

Lady Lions enjoy home sweet win

It was a long time coming, but the first win at home this season, for either the Ennis girls or boys basketball teams was one to savor. Fending off a feverish comeback by Red Oak in which they knotted the score at 43, the Lady Lions scored the next seven points and held on for […]

The Path to Downtown: Ennis Avenue

Downtown planners have described Ennis Avenue as the concept that ties the whole downtown master plan together. Thriving is Ennis’ Interstate 45 corridor market, which, according to Mesa Planning Project Manager Ashley Shook, generates $328 million annually in sales, much higher than the projected potential for the area – $122.8 million. The question she and […]

Coaching the can’t miss kid

I tried the whistle and clipboard. It was fun, creative and invigorating – at times. Communicating and building camaraderie came easily. But it didn’t take long to see that when I had good players, we won. When we didn’t, we didn’t. Trouble is, many an adult believe they could do better. Add to that, a […]

Suicide support group starts in Ellis County

  A tragic loss of an active military veteran to suicide, a 28-year old who was serving in the U.S. Air Force, has made a huge impact on his family. Two years later his passing is bringing help and hope to others who have endured a similar fate. Daniel Shoemaker made a fateful decision (January […]

City to look at tax increment financing; first meeting with new city manager in town

Monday, the Ennis City Commission will get a chance to look at tax increment financing as an option for the downtown district. A project that has long been in the works, the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone would allot certain future property taxes in downtown to special uses such as infrastructure like water and sewer. A […]

Hawks fly past Ennis, 83-56

A mix of three-pointers and dunks propelled Red Oak to a convincing 83-56 win over Ennis on Friday at the Ensign Gym. The Lions couldn’t overcome both their defensive liabilities combined with turnovers as the visitors improved to 13-11 overall and 6-6 in District 14-5A. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click […]

Texas Motorplex voted NHRA Divison 4 Track of the Year

Texas Motorplex was named the NHRA Division 4 Track of the Year over the weekend at the South Central’s annual awards banquet. The honor is given to the facility based on voting by racers. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a href=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

Rollover pins victim under truck all night

Cameron Rayburn, one of the first responders with the Garrett Area Rural Fire Department, said the victim, whose name has yet to be confirmed by authorities, was alert when he arrived but was pinned underneath the truck. “As soon as the call was dispatched over the radio, we immediately called for air ambulance to be […]

From Outside My Window

Dr. Clancy P. Hayes As I walked through the hall on the lower floor of my office complex, the ceramic tiles that I was walking on caught my attention. I noticed the way that they had been laid. They were not in a straight line, but staggered. I also noticed that the tiles were not […]


1966 REVISITED by Rev. Bob Uzzel It has been 50 years since 1966. Here are some of the highlights of that year. On January 10, the Georgia House of Representatives refused to seat civil rights activist Julian Bond. On January 11, a conference on Rhodesia began in Lagos, Nigeria. On January 13, Robert C. Weaver […]

Palmer Lady Bulldogs

The Palmer Lady Bulldogs picked up a much needed win over Scurry-Rosser on Tuesday of this week. The Lady Bulldogs trailed at the half 18-13. In the second half, they picked up the energy on both ends of the floor by outscoring the Lady Wildcats 28-12, and winning the game 41-30. Palmer was led by […]

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