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It’s Just Lunch

My mother never watched soap operas. She was more likely to turn the television set off, than to turn it on. She hummed while she ironed in the afternoon heat, or read a little bit when she finished, but she didn’t rely on a television set for daytime drama. When I began noticing “Days of […]

Lessons from “what momma said” inspires new book

Charlotte Watson treaded carefully writing her first book, “Breaking Free,” with its inspiration being her mother and the differences between what mother’s say and what God says about living. Explaining the 75-page paperback as “helping individuals live on purpose and with purpose,” she addresses beliefs “that have become embedded in our lives and how they […]

Danny Lee Cook

Danny Lee Cook passed away on August 9, 2018, at Country Meadows Nursing Home in Corsicana. He was born in Ennis, Texas, on august 26, 1952. He is preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Minnie Cook, and brother Morris Cook, of Ennis. He is survived by his brother, Dale Cook; sister, Mary Cook […]

Where there is smoke there is fire

Ennis firefighters use a retardant to douse hot spots along the train tracks and trestle near Knox Street and Baylor Street on Wednesday. The public was not at risk and what may have caused the grass and tracks to ignite is unknown. Crews quickly extinguished at least three spots on or near the tracks. Read […]

Gov. Abbott proposing Texas teachers make six figures

Governor Greg Abbott is on a roundtable tour around the state, talking to educators about the idea of putting the best teachers on the path to earning more than $100,000 a year. The idea is to keep talented teachers in the classroom by giving them more money. Abbott says the plan would allow districts flexibility […]

Daily Horoscope 08/28/2018

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) It’s up to you to bring about change. If you sit back and wait for someone else to pick up the slack, you will not reach your full potential. Make this a year to remember and do things that will improve and stabilize your home environment. Don’t give up on your […]

Going Car Crazy

“Oh look,” I said, “there’s a new store where that messy vacant lot used to be.” To which everyone else in the car said, “Keep your eyes on the road, would you?” They all act as if I’m a bad driver. All I hear when they’re in the car now is, “Watch it, the train […]

Gridiron comrades find football fix

The Ferris Yellowjackets scrimmaged the Palmer Bulldogs last weekend at Yellowjacket Stadium, where Palmer Head Coach Don Waddle and Ferris Head Coach Brandon Layne saw plenty to like in their squad’s first performance of the new season. Palmer edged Ferris, 14-0. Neighbors can be rivals or good friends, or in the case of Ferris and […]

Ennisites remember tales of lore, legend

In her childhood, another famous personality briefly lived in Ennis. But Ginger Rogers, the glamorous Hollywood star, didn’t come here willingly. In 1913, when she was only two years old, her father abducted her from Kansas City. Embroiled in a custody battle with his wife, Lela, William Eddins McMath struck out by rail with his […]

Ronald (Ron) Hammonds

Ronald (Ron) Hammonds, 46, was born on February 6, 1972 to Margie (Dlabaj) and Robert Hammonds. He passed away in Tyler on August 15, 2018. Ron was a kind caring man who thoroughly enjoyed music, and he loved to fish and hunt. He loved his wife and family dearly. Ron is survived by his wife, […]

Tax rate, city budget discussions under way in Red Oak

RED OAK— The Red Oak City Council unanimously approved holding public hearings on Aug. 27 and Sept. 10 for the fiscal year 2018-19 budget and tax rate during its regularly scheduled meeting last week.. Sept. 10 would be the final vote on the budget, while Sept. 17 would be the final vote on the tax […]

Crime prevention video solves second case

Surveillance cameras from a store and crime prevention videos are proving to be a useful tool in not only solving crime for the Ennis Police Department, but also deterring individuals from committing future acts. It’s still summer, and it’s still hot outside and for the second time this year, a video posted by Crime Prevention […]

Daily Horoscope 08/27/2018

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Take pride in what you do, and set an example. The world is your oyster if you put in the effort. Positive change will bring benefits that far exceed your expectations. Home and personal improvements will encourage you to live life to its fullest. Network, make financial and contractual changes and […]

Ellis County reviews infrastructure

ELLIS COUNTY—The rapid growth of the county has Ellis County Commissioners looking at its impact on the county’s infrastructure, resources, materials and personnel ahead of the first draft of next year’s budget. The more than $62 million budget goes into effect Oct. 1. Layne Grayson, Precinct 2, stated he would like for the county continue […]

Robin Leach, ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ host, dies at 76

Robin Leach, the celebrity journalist who made a career of ogling lavish living on TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died early Friday in Las Vegas, where he had been working for the Las Vegas Review Journal. He was 76. His death was reported by the Review-Journal Friday. The Review-Journal quoted a family statement […]

Area school districts are charging fees for cellphone confiscations

SUGAR LAND, Texas — This year many school districts in Texas have adopted some sort of cellphone policy that involves taking the phone away if rules aren’t followed. Sometimes, it’s after a second or third violation. It might just be right away, and parents will have to shell out money to get it back. “I […]

John McCain ending treatment for brain cancer, family says

WASHINGTON — John McCain, the six-term Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for his brain cancer, his family said Friday. In a statement, the family said McCain has surpassed expectations for survival, but “the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.” The family […]

Thankful to have good neighbors

I am lucky to have wonderful neighbors. It’s especially nice I get along with everyone because I spend so much time at home, sitting at my desk, looking out my window and pretending to write. Pretending to write requires a lot of time looking out the window and the neighbors I see most directly when […]

EISD roll call down slightly this year

Ennis started the new school year with 5,581 students in class, according to head-counters at the 10 campuses that comprise the EISD. The number is down marginally from the last day of school in the spring (5,690), though the anticipated projections will likely rise. Some families wait until Monday of the second week, with a […]

Daily Horoscope 08/26/2018

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Work on your relationships and bringing about positive change to your personal life. Making a move, getting into meditation, traveling to places you’ve never been before and restructuring your life to suit your current needs are all strong possibilities. Be open to suggestions and trying new things to gain personal satisfaction. […]

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