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Archive for: May, 2016

TCR defends suing to get land access

By Mark Warde Texas Central Railway, the private Texas-based company that is developing high-speed rail service between Dallas and Houston, defended its decision to seek court approval to force a local resident to yield access to the company’s land surveyors. David Risinger, whose family has owned property 10 miles north of Ennis since 1892, was […]

It’s Polka time!

By Justin Tubbs The National Polka Festival is rolling in yet again, and some people have the question, “Just how valuable is the festival to Ennis?” According to Ennis Economic Development Director Marty Nelson, the impact can be very big. “From an economic impact perspective, any event or festival that runs multiple days has a […]

Harlin J. Dauphin

Mr. Harlin J. Dauphin, beloved Educator, Coach, Principal and former Superintendent of Ennis ISD, passed away in Ennis, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Mr. Dauphin was born in Atlanta, Texas, September 22, 1926, to Odie D. and Lillie Alma (Moore) Dauphin.  From Atlanta, his family, which included an older brother, Estel Aubushon Dauphin and two sisters, […]

Helen Fae Garrett Monroe

Helen Fae Garrett Monroe, 88, left this world for a better place on Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Ennis, Texas. Helen was born August 21, 1927, to Riley Allen and Mable (Richardson) Garrett. Helen’s life revolved around her family. Never thinking of herself, Helen’s only goal in life was the health, happiness and welfare of […]

Randolph Rashleigh Rankin

Randolph Rashleigh Rankin, 71, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016, in Ennis, Texas. Services are pending with J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc. www.jekeevermortuary.com

Ramon M. Rodriguez

Ramon M. Rodriguez, age 82, passed away in Ennis on May 22, 2016.  He was born in Coleman, Texas, on October 21, 1933, to Antonio and Andrea (Munoz) Rodriguez.  He was employed for more than 20 years by the City of Ennis where he was known as “cry baby.”  He was as member of Saint […]

Ennis spring football: Lions learning to roar

By Mark Warde Monday’s spring football scrimmage at Lion Memorial Stadium was as much about the next two years as it was about the 2016 Ennis varsity. Rather than one exhibition of returning players, head coach Jack Alvarez and his staff first held a scrimmage between this year’s freshmen and sophomores, who appear to be […]

Stinson, Davis win run-offs

By Justin Tubbs In a runoff Tuesday, Precinct 1 County Commissioner’s Court candidate Randy Stinson narrowly edged Bobby Crittenden in the Republican primary, grabbing 50.72 percent of the vote. Stinson received 350 votes while Crittenden received 340. Stinson will now face Democratic candidate Ronald Levingston for the Commissioner’s Court seat to replace current Precinct 1 […]

Ranch caretaker: Shooting happened on my property

By Justin Tubbs A horse training facility northwest of Bardwell was the location of an alleged Saturday shooting incident that took the life of a 36-year-old man, according to the facility’s caretaker. He said there was a group of three black men and a black woman who were at the facility Saturday to watch horse […]

Man killed in Saturday shooting

By Justin Tubbs A man was killed Saturday in a shooting just northwest of Bardwell. The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at around 4:48 p.m. to the vicinity of Walker Road and Farm-to-Market 984. The 36-year-old shooting victim was transported by people at the scene to Getzendander Road, where he was picked up by […]

Questions on railway’s promise of money, jobs

By Mark Warde Unfazed by the rosy picture being painted in ads deployed by Texas Central Railway, that millions of dollars will benefit communities thanks to the train, area land owners claim a fifth grader could do better math. “TCR expects the community to believe that it will pay millions of dollars in taxes to […]

Banquet caps Ennis softball season

By Mark Warde Softball players, their families and fans met Monday night at First United Methodist Church to summarize the Ennis Lady Lions season. Lezley Norris customized a DVD that captured another successful campaign. It was filled with music, photos, highlights and honors and ended much like the season. Right when it was getting good, […]

Runoff election today

Some Ennis residents can vote today in a run-off for the Republican candidate for Road & Bridge Precinct 1 county commissioner. The two candidates on ballots for some voters are Bobby Crittenden and Randy Stinson. Crittenden and Stinson narrowly took the most votes out of five candidates in the March primary election. The Republican nominee […]

A funny thing happened on the scales

By Mark Warde Did you hear the one about the guy who stepped one of those talking scales? Yep, it actually announces your weight, audibly. So, the guy steps on and waits a moment, only to have the speaker say, “One at a time, please.” I have spent time at both ends of the spectrum […]

Polka Parade champs prep for a repeat

By Justin Tubbs For Aline and Jimmy Whatley winning has become a tradition in the National Polka Festival Parade. For the past eight years, the Firehouse Grill owners have built award-winning floats that entertain. For seven of those years, the couple has walked away with the first place crown in the parade. “We like doing […]

HSR rebuffs claims

By Mark Warde Debate for and against the proposed high speed rail continued this week with back and forth volleys between Texas Central Railway and Texans Against High Speed Rail. A week ago The Ennis Daily News reported the start of a sub-regional planning committee in Eastern Ellis County that opposes the bullet train and […]

Boys & Girls Club celebrates masquerade style

By Justin Tubbs For members of the Boys & Girls Club of Ennis, Friday was a chance to dance the night away. With numerous sponsors supporting the event, including Atmos Energy and Ennis State Bank, the kids got to experience their very first masquerade ball. Complete with a prince and princess, a king and queen, […]

Clarence “Baby J” Cook

Clarence “Baby J” Cook, born September 30, 1937, passed away on May 16, 2016. Viewing will be held Friday, May 20, 2016, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Golden Gate Funeral Home, 4155 So. R.L. Thornton Frwy., Dallas, TX 75224. Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Independent Baptist […]

Harlin J. Dauphin

Mr. Harlin J. Dauphin, beloved Educator and former Superintendent of Ennis ISD, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Ennis. Visitation will be Monday, May 23, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at J. E. Keever Mortuary Ennis location. Burial will be at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, with […]

Stuckly soars to No. 2 in state

By Mark Warde In her first two seasons at Ennis High School, Katherine Stuckly has taken full advantage of her physical advantages on her way to becoming a standout performer in track and field. At 5-foot-10, the sophomore has excelled in blocking shots on the volleyball court, clearing hurdles on the track and especially at […]

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