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Archive for: August, 2018

Miracle League receives donation

The Miracle League of Ellis County received another sizable donation Tuesday afternoon and is closing in on its goal of inclusion on the baseball diamond. Dave McFadden, president of the Miracle League of Ellis County, said the $35,000 donation by The United Way of Western Ellis County coupled with sizable contributions from Walgreens, Citizens National […]

WISD, others facing bus driver shortage

WAXAHACHIE—It was not until a school bus driver returned back to the Waxahachie ISD Transportation Department that a six-year-old student was found still on board Thursday afternoon. A second student, 7, was dropped off nearly a mile from home after the driver missed his stop. The unfortunate incidents both resulted in police response and an […]

Lion Nation is getting stirred up

Signs are everywhere… this town has gone crazy.I know what you’re thinking: The line at the KFC drive-thru is always busy, but at least it moves fast. Has business at HEB really increased as much as it seems from their parking lot? They haven’t started building it yet, but I can conjure up the taste […]

Jackets power rests in both lines

Head Coach Brandon Layne knows what aces his Ferris team holds, but he wasn’t sure of what he had up front in the offensive and defensive lines. Weeks later he now believes he has a winning hand. “Our fronts have shown to be strong on both sides of the ball,” he said this week. “Our […]

DPS refutes reports of mass office closures

AUSTIN — Officials wih the The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a response this week to clarify reports that it has plans to close 87 driver’s license facillites that are low performing. The Texas Department of Public Safety is not implementing any plan for mass closures of driver license offices across Texas, the statement […]

Pop Top Coffee unveils new owners

The former owners of Pop Top Coffee Shop have unveiled the store’s new owners. “We are overjoyed to finally be able to share with y’all Pop Top’s proud new owners, the Martinez family,” said Mandi Tartaglia on Pop Top’s Facebook page. “Beginning September 1st, this amazing couple and their beautiful children will carry on our […]

Red Oak officers recognized after life saving efforts

RED OAK – The Red Oak Police Department isn’t just about taking calls that turn out bad. In fact, in some cases police officers are called to save lives. That lifesaving part of the job was put to the test last week in Red Oak on several occasions. Thanks to the quick action taken by […]

Daily Horoscope 08/31/2018

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – The stars are aligned, so don’t wait on the sidelines when you should be taking charge and making things happen. Getting together with progressive people who share your goals will help you build lifelong alliances and find success. A trip, conference or event will lead to new interests, proposals or […]

Ovilla may approve winery slated for downtown historical district

OVILLA – Preliminary discussions were held recently at an Ovilla City Council meeting regarding a winery which just might be opening soon in the city’s historical district. Ovilla resident John Matthews contacted city staff regarding the purchase of 704 W. Main Street and his plans to convert the existing house on the property into a […]


Following three years of circus-like drama, the atmosphere when Ennis entertains Waxahachie on Friday at Lion Memorial Stadium, should return to a simple football game played by traditional rivals. Gone is Jon Kitna (his Brophy Prep team is already 1-1 in Phoenix), the Indians lightning rod of a head coach. While he led his Bloody […]

EPD’s drug sniffing dog dies

On Saturday the Ennis Police Department announced the death of “Snitch,” the narcotics detecting dog who had aided in local crime fighting for over two years. “It is with heavy hearts that we let everyone know Ennis PD K-9 Snitch died today after succumbing to injuries he sustained from being hit by a car,” the […]

Showing his softer side

A DPS trooper assists an infant and mother back to his vehicle after a rollover off of Bobs Run Road near Palmer in rural Ellis county on Tuesday morning. The mother and infant were not injured. First responders included the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department, Wilmer Fire Department and Ferris Fire Department. Officials believe the mother […]

Friday Night Lights is near, and we can’t wait for kickoff

The kickoff to the 2018 high school football is upon us and with that comes marching bands blasting the fight song, cheerleaders imploring fans to get louder, pads popping as a player makes a tackle — it all returns next Friday night as several of our local teams kickoff the new season with dreams and […]

Mosquito control efforts begin

The City’s Department of Health Services began testing for the presence of the West Nile Virus and other mosquito related diseases back in May. So far this year, over 150 random mosquitoes sample pools have been collected. To date all of the city’s mosquito sample pools have tested negative for West Nile and any other […]

Bulldogs sailing with full force air game

Black and Gold are in vogue this fall in the blue-collar town of Palmer. They may have only one district championship in the school’s history, but it came in 2014 during Don Waddle’s inaugural season, and he just might double that total by November. The strong arm of quarterback Ty Mitchell along with a host […]

Ann Richardson

Truella Ann Richardson, 79, passed into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from Ennis, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis. A Celebration of her life will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 2 […]

Horn works to restore ‘Glad’ to Gladiators

Italy ISD Superintendent Lee Joffre reeled in Craig Horn as the Gladiators new head coach, and with a stellar career resume of 101-28 (.783), including a 28-2 combined mark in 2016 and 2017 at Class 2A Tenaha, it could go down as a coup on the part of the bearded Supt. Italy, who went 5-6 […]

Daily Horoscope 08/30/2018

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Indulge in something that excites you this year. Whether you plan a trip or sign up to learn something new, it will enrich your life and motivate you to bring about healthy changes that promote friendships with people who have something to offer. Engage in life and make memories. Rearrange your […]

Lions win streak on the line against Corsicana

Rare as Sahara rain, the Ennis varsity tennis team has begun the fall season with back-to-back losses, though both came against state-ranked opposition. Aledo, No. 8 ranked in Class 5A, topped Ennis, 12-7, in the opener. A week later it was Kaufman, who finished last season at No. 8 in Class 4A. They handed No. […]

Katie Daffan was also famous local figure

She might not have been world celebrated but one Ennis resident was famous in Texas and throughout the South, and might well have been included in the article that accompanies today’s column. Katie Daffan is a name that’s known to my readers, as I have often included her on this page. Also, some years ago […]

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