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Red Oak man detained after leading police on chase

A Red Oak resident was taken into custody after leading police on a chase to Plano during the early morning hours on March 17. James Tyler Fisher, 23, has been charged with evading arrest and detention with a vehicle. Ellis County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald stated the Lancaster Police Department requested assistance […]

Recent Advocacy Center departure should not sway mission

There have been some recent shakeups at the Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center after the departure of Executive Director John Wyckoff.In a press release, the board cited “unreasonable” financial demands as the reasoning behind the termination. The executive board of the advocacy center voted March 16 to remove Wyckoff from his post. But after 17 […]

Candidates vye for votes in forum

Thursday night’s forum of EISD school board candidates left attendees with the idea that all four could well fit the bill. A pair of incumbents, Candido Casillas and Alan Linson, responded to a series of six questions with their challengers, John Erisman and Bill Chapman. Their answers all had their share of merits, each making […]

Vape shop owner requests city amend ordinance

Hindsight is 20/20 for the Ennis City Commission, especially when penning a new ordinance. The commission briefly revisited the city’s no smoking ordinance after the public comment portion of their meeting on Tuesday. Henry Cherry, who co-owns Top Shelf Vaping with locations in Kaufman, Gun Barrel City and now Ennis, said he is two weeks […]

Kachina Prairie controlled burn first since 2013

Officials with Texas Parks& Wildlife conduct a controlled burn of more than 20-acres at Kachina Prairie on Wednesday. Kachina Prairie experienced a controlled burn along the 22-acre hillside adjacent to Lake Clark on Wednesday. Officials from Ennis Fire Department were on the scene, including Fire Chief Jeff Aycock, Fire Marshall Chad Wester and seven fire […]

Lady Lions roast Dragons, 14-0

Senior Kaelee Hortman at bat Tuesday against Nacogdoches. Powered by seven players who combined for 11 hits, Ennis rolled to a 14-0 victory over Nacogdoches in the district softball opener for both teams. The Lady Lions, now 9-3, used a 10-run fourth inning to put away the fireless Dragons on Tuesday. Monica Monreal allowed just […]

Daily Horoscope 03/26/2018

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Do your best to relax and strive for peace of mind. You need time to think and plan. Refuse to let temptation lead to unnecessary personal changes. Don’t make rash decisions this year, unless you feel you can do so without repercussions. Timing is everything. Put responsibilities you took on behind […]

Miss Bluebonnet

Decades ago the Bluebonnet Fest had a mascot in the form of an annual “Miss Bluebonnet.” In 1961 Ennis’s Miss Bluebonnet was Barbara Anne Wray. A picture of her sticking a bluebonnet in her hair after the won the beauty contest that year ran in newspapers across the country. Read stories like this and more […]

Gloria Dean Dover

Gloria Dean Dover, 72, passed away in Mansfield, Texas on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Gloria was born in Ennis, Texas to Willie Dee and Sarah Alice (Bailey) Vyers on April 28, 1945. She grew up in Emhouse and graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1963. She went on to attend Navarro College to receive […]

An Ennis hero

Roland Rider, a 17 year old EHS student who volunteered to help Ennis firefighters battle the worst residential blaze in the city’s history, was electrocuted when he accidentally stepped on a live wire. Roland was the son of W. B. Rider, president of Ennis State Bank. Read stories like this and more in your latest […]

Tax Time Tips for Small Business Owners

Thinking about your taxes all year does not seem to be a way to avoid stress but in reality, tax planning is a year-round activity when you run a small business. If you keep up with documentation and recording requirements throughout the year, you are more likely to arrive at tax time with the right […]

Lions 8-3 after weekend sweep at home

Southpaw Kade Bragg fired six innings of no-hit ball in Friday’s 2-1 home win over Keller Central. He remains undefeated and opponents have yet to score an earned run against the junior hurler. Running their season record to 8-3, Ennis baseball earned two home victories over the weekend, 2-1 over Keller Central, and a 13-1 […]

Ennis Public Theatre debuts ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’

A funny and poignant comedy premiered at the Ennis Public Theatre last Thursday and continues through this weekend, March 23-25. Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, the Tony Award winning production that first wowed Broadway in the 1980s — and some may also recall the film based on it that starred Blythe Danner — is an […]

Am I white?

Am I a white person? I checked in the mirror before I started this column and decided I am tan but Caucasian. My dad has always said (possibly in fun) that we had a black ancestor somewhere in his more distant past, and in truth, we are not as white as some others who claim […]

Area school board elections set for May 5

Area school districts will make it official on May 5 several who will serve as a board of trustees for the next two years. Set for a Saturday, both city and school positions will be decided, though some have only incumbents running, which negates the need for an election. Six weeks remain before May 5, […]

Daily Horoscope 03/23/2018

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Trust in what you know, not in what others tell you. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses, and refuse to let anyone take advantage of your vulnerabilities. Take time to figure out what’s important, and don’t lose sight of reality. The only one you must compete with is you. Be aware of […]

Why thousands flock to this Texas town known for rattlesnakes

This was the 60th year the west Texas town held the event that draws people from across the country. Each year, for one weekend, the west Texas town of Sweetwater swells. Thirty-thousand people from all corners of the country make their way here in search of one thing: rattlesnakes. “Right now you’re in the heart […]

Bluebonnet Relays set for Friday

Top, right: Paige Lemonia, a sophomore, receives the baton from L’Derria Meyers in a track meet earlier this season. Ennis is once again hosting the annual Bluebonnet Relays track and field event, which dates back to the 1960’s. Its sponsor, the Ennis Noon Lions Club, are part of the event organizers who are known for […]

Musings of an annual garage sale tradition

We as a family generally target mid March or early April to hold an annual garage sale. After a long winter of storing stuff and throwing virtually everything in our garage it’s refreshing to get and out and purge things we don’t use, want or need. Those items generally make into a pile destined to […]

County commission approves laundry list of items

The Ellis County Commissioners Court considered several items for its development, purchasing, and administrative departments at its latest meeting. The next time the court will meet is at 10 a.m. March 27 in the historic Ellis County Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie. During the meeting, commissioners: •Approved move a request to amend the county rules, regulations, […]

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