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Archive for: May, 2016

Janis Norwood

Janis Norwood, age 73, passed away on May 16, 2016. Wake service was held Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Eternal Rest Funeral Home Chapel in Desoto, Texas. Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. at First Assembly of God, on Noble Street in Maypearl, […]

Mary Catherine Wilson

Mary Catherine Wilson, 86, passed away in Allen, Texas, on Monday, May 23, 2016. Mary was born in Ennis, Texas, on May 27, 1929, to Turner and Mary (Smith) Dobbs. She grew up in Ennis and attended Ennis High School. In the late 1940’s she married Clyde Wilson and they made their home in Ennis. […]

Mary Alice Doyle

Mary Alice Doyle, 95, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from Ennis, Texas. Mary was born in Sherman, Texas, on January 28, 1921, to L.W. and Hassie (Pressley) Greenwood. She grew up in Sherman and graduated from Sherman High School. Upon graduation, she married Erwin M. Doyle September 28, 1939, […]

Monte L. Cheek

Monte L.Cheek, age 54, passed away with his family by his side on Monday, May 23, 2016, at his home in Rice. He was born in Ennis on November 3, 1961, to Kermit Archibald and Bobbie Nell (Shelton) Cheek.  He married Emilia Natalie Haberman on May 8, 1982, in Ennis. Monte worked for OK Garage […]

It’s Destiny: SAGU wins first national title

By Mark Warde Destiny Garza, distance runner for Waxahachie’s Southwestern Assemblies of God University captured the school’s first-ever national championship in athletics when she took first place in the marathon at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship over the weekend at Gulf Shores, Ala. A junior from Aldine, Texas, the former MacArthur High […]

Kolache eating champions chosen

By Justin Tubbs The best part of Polka Fest, many will agree, is the food. Whether it’s the klobase and sauerkraut, or the warm kolaches fresh out the oven, many people from Ennis and those who visit here each year love Czech food. A perennial favorite, the SPJST holds a kolache eating contest right in […]

Polka 50th, good as gold

By Mark Warde Even in a city known for pulling in crowds for community events, this year’s National Polka Festival likely topped its record for attendance according to the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. Cooperating weather and a near record number of vendors had downtown swelling with locals and out of town visitors. “It was a […]

Flash Flood Watch in effect for Ellis County

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of North Central Texas and South Central Texas, including the following areas, in North Central Texas, Bell, Bosque, Collin, Comanche, Cooke. Coryell, Dallas, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, falls. Grayson, Hamilton, Hill, hood, Jack, Johnson. Lampasas. Mclennan, mills, Montague, Palo Pinto. […]

People, music create lasting event for Ennis

By Justin Tubbs People filled the KJT Hall Friday night to dance to good music, drink good beer and see a new King and Queen crowned. Some people at the hall were newcomers to the National Polka Festival. Some have been coming to Ennis for the past 50 years. The Ennis Daily News spoke with […]

Polka Fest King & Queen crowned

Couples twirled and hopped around the dance floor Friday evening to kick off the 2016 National Polka Festival at KJT Hall. As is the tradition every Memorial Day weekend, Friday started off the three-day festival with a bang. During a normal Polka Festival weekend, Friday would serve as the King and Queen Dance to decide […]

Our View: A solemn tribute on Memorial Day

This intangible thing we call freedom is interpreted differently by just about every individual, but one aspect that’s not open for debate is that we enjoy freedom because of the sacrifices made by countless men and women of our armed forces. We must never question that freedom is worth fighting for, and dying for. That […]

Did you hear the one about the accordion

By Mark Warde So I’m swiggin’ on a sweet tea in the office last week when the dialogue in the newsroom goes to polka. Where else in America does that dynamic take place besides Ennis? Polka? My mind immediately shifted into a mode that pulls random thoughts, word pictures, movie lines, one liners and crazy […]

Prachyl earns All-Region softball honors

By Mark Warde The National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) tabbed Bailey Terry and Kayla Prachyl to the 2016 All-Region 2nd Team on Wednesday. The two Lady Rams were among 172 student-athletes from 71 NAIA programs to receive an all-region nod. Terry and Prachyl were recognized in spite of competing with a stacked Southwest Region […]

A centennial of memories

By Justin Tubbs Thursday, Ennis Independent School District hosted an event to celebrate 100 years of an historic Ennis building. For today’s students, the building comes with an official name, “The Alamo Education Center.” However, to most Ennisites, the building is simply “the old high school.” Almost like a generic label, the words “HIGH SCHOOL” […]

Shooting victim identified

By Justin Tubbs The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that the shooting incident at the Rancho 3 RRR horse ranch on Saturday is being investigated as a homicide. The victim was identified by the Dallas Medical Examiner’s Office as 36-year-old Miguel Angel Guerrero, a Fort Worth man. Monday, the Sheriff’s Office had not yet […]

Polka dance-off Friday night

By Mark Warde Every Memorial Day weekend for nearly three decades, like the Swallows returning from Argentina to Capistrano, so do the past winners of the National Polka King and Queen dance competition. Friday, May 27, on the 30th anniversary of the start of the dance-off, Ennis anticipates more than half of the previous winners […]

Police to remain vigilant during long holiday weekend

The Ennis Police Department personnel will be working extended shifts for the Memorial Day Weekend and during the peak hours of the Polka Festival weekend.  In addition to the Ennis Police force, members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and undercover officers will be on duty during this weekend. Law enforcement […]

How dare you disagree with us

By Mark Warde One thing about the leaners-to-the-left, they are the only ones on the planet who have a valid opinion. So right are they in their views, that if you disagree, you are the bigot. You are intolerant. You should be forced by law to yield to their way of seeing things or lose […]

Lions recognize players at baseball bash

By Mark Warde Following one of the best seasons in a decade, Ennis baseball players shared in the memories, honors, awards and a few good laughs at Tuesday’s post-season bash at the Ensign Commons. The Lions varsity assembled a 22-9 season that included a second place finish in District 14-5A with a 14-3 mark. The […]

Fallen tree branch imperils woman’s new home

By Justin Tubbs Martha Stewart lives a simple life, but she says it’s been a good one. The 84-year-old is happy to still have her health, her family and her home. The latter hasn’t always been there, though. Seven years ago, Stewart’s home of 44 years in the 800 block of East Latimer burned down, […]

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