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Archive for: April, 2016

Frank Ellis Swan

Frank Ellis Swan, 66, of Corsicana, passed away April 17, 2016, in Waco, Texas. He was born May 3, 1949, in Ennis, Texas, to Frank Edward Swan and Gladys Willie Vick Swan. Frank was a member of Emhouse Baptist Church where he also served as a Deacon. He was also a member of the American […]

Yvonne Gray Wood

Yvonne Gray Wood, 83, passed away in Ennis, Texas, on Friday, April 15, 2016. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis. A Celebration of her life will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the J.E. […]

Mary Nell Swearengin

Mary Nell Swearengin, 85, passed away in Ennis, Texas, on Friday, April 15, 2016. Mary Nell was born in Bonham, Texas, on May 14, 1930, to Walter Robert and Zena Mae (Essary) Farris. She grew up in Bonham and graduated from N.R. Crozier Tech High School of Dallas in 1947. On April 25, 1953, she […]

Stanley Anton Liska

Stanley Anton Liska, “Gran Stan,” a life-long resident of Ellis County passed away peacefully at home on April 14, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Cecilia Nekuza Liska and Stanley Liska on November 17, 1936, in Boyce, Texas and graduated from St. John Catholic School in May of 1955. His first […]

Dial 9 for long distance!

Pitching in District 14-5A has been the distinguishing strength between the haves and the have nots this spring. There have been 17 shutouts thrown so far this district season, all but one by the top four teams in the nine-team league. Go up against the opponents’ ace and your bats are threatened with an involuntary […]

Woman gets 8 years for third-strike DWI

An Ellis County jury Wednesday sentenced Waxahachie woman Kristi Dawn Barrett, 35, to eight years in prison for her third DWI offense. According to a release from the Ellis County & District Attorney’s office, Barrett was driving erratically at 8:40 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2014 in the 600 block of Farley Street before she crashed […]

Family raising funds for man killed in bus crash

Friends and family recently started an online fundraising account for Alejandro Camacho, the man killed in last week’s foggy crash involving an Ennis ISD school bus. The money will go toward the Dallas man’s family and funeral. The page is called “Alejandro Camacho Funeral & Family” and can be found on gofundme.com According to the […]

Tour bus hits RR underpass, passengers injured

A tour bus with 31 people on board was westbound on Baylor Street Thursday morning when the driver attempted to make it under the train trestle underpass. The top of the bus struck the steel bridge support girder causing significant damage to the bus and injuring a number of passengers. None of the injuries were […]

New drug dog sniffs out weed

Ennis’ new drug-sniffing dog, Snitch, snuffed out a little more than two ounces of marijuana at a suspected drug dealer’s house on National Weed Day, according to Ennis police.

One dead, four injured in bus crash

Dense fog in the area early Friday morning will likely be determined to be a contributing factor in the collision of an Ennis school bus and a pickup truck on State Highway 34 at Lone Oak Road. According to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson at the scene, the male pickup driver sustained severe […]

Up in the polls

Ennis pole vaulter Natalie Tims cleared 8′ during Wednesday’s opening day at the District 14-5A track and Lancaster High School. Her fourth place finish propels her to the area round on April 21. She is not alone, as others on both the girls and boys team advanced. Running events take center stage on Thursday. More […]

31 students with perfect attendance seek new car

It’s not easy being omnipresent, but the rewards can make getting up in the morning seem like a drive in the park. The second year of the Ennis Ford Perfect Drive Initiative enters the final stretch towards one student receiving a brand new car, complete with tax, title and license all donated. Should it come […]

Bluebonnet Festival kicks off Friday

Happy trails may have been a hit song for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in 1952, but in Ennis the Bluebonnet Trails have been creating smiles for just as long. The month of the blooming state flower reaches its peak this weekend with the annual Bluebonnet Festival. A perennial in downtown, it begins Friday and […]


Lupe Garcia, of Garland, Texas, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2016, with close friends and family by her side. Lupe was born on Christmas day, 1941, in Lubbock, Texas, the daughter of Jose and  Francis Garcia of Ennis, Texas. She is preceded in death by her brother, Joe A. Garcia; sisters: Margaret Coronado Garcia, […]


Mary Edna Isom Newman, 80, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Ennis, Texas. Edna was born in Ennis, Texas, on December 19, 1935, to Moley D. and Zula E. (Matthews) Isom. She grew up in Ennis and graduated from Ennis High School. On October 12, 1956, […]


Geraldine “Deanie” Hart Muirhead, 89, of Denton, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Denton. She was born September 30, 1926, in Garrett, Texas, to Jack Harmon and Leda Lucretia Jackson Hart. She married Charles Lee Muirhead, Jr., on November 23, 1946, in Ennis, Texas. He was a USAF pilot, president of the board of […]


Opal LaRue McCollum Merritt, 105, of Cookville, Texas, passed away on April 9, 2016.  She was born on November 24, 1910, in Ellis County, Texas, to Oscar and Lela (Harrell) McCollum. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A graveside service will […]


Catherine Lillie Smolka, age 78, passed away on April 5, 2016, at 10:10 p.m. at Regent Nursing Home in The Woodlands, Texas, from recent illness. Funeral Liturgy Outside Mass will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis with Father Henry Drozd officiating. Interment will follow […]


Earline Pszybylowski, age 66, passed away on April 7, 2016. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Ennis, 215 N. Dallas St., Ennis, 972- 875-2393.

Weight of the world

Dytaveion Hill brought his A-game to the 2016 State Powerlifting competition this past week in Abilene. He did not place, though the senior, competing in the 148-pound class, did produce personal bests. Against a field of 32, including Class 6A, Hill, who also played for the football Lions, finished at No. 17. His precision and […]

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