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New drug dog sniffs out weed

Ennis’ new drug-sniffing dog, Snitch, snuffed out a little more than two ounces of marijuana at a suspected drug dealer’s house on National Weed Day, according to Ennis police.

Up in the polls

Ennis pole vaulter Natalie Tims cleared 8′ during Wednesday’s opening day at the District 14-5A track and Lancaster High School. Her fourth place finish propels her to the area round on April 21. She is not alone, as others on both the girls and boys team advanced. Running events take center stage on Thursday. More […]

31 students with perfect attendance seek new car

It’s not easy being omnipresent, but the rewards can make getting up in the morning seem like a drive in the park. The second year of the Ennis Ford Perfect Drive Initiative enters the final stretch towards one student receiving a brand new car, complete with tax, title and license all donated. Should it come […]

Bluebonnet Festival kicks off Friday

Happy trails may have been a hit song for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in 1952, but in Ennis the Bluebonnet Trails have been creating smiles for just as long. The month of the blooming state flower reaches its peak this weekend with the annual Bluebonnet Festival. A perennial in downtown, it begins Friday and […]


Lupe Garcia, of Garland, Texas, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2016, with close friends and family by her side. Lupe was born on Christmas day, 1941, in Lubbock, Texas, the daughter of Jose and  Francis Garcia of Ennis, Texas. She is preceded in death by her brother, Joe A. Garcia; sisters: Margaret Coronado Garcia, […]


Mary Edna Isom Newman, 80, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Ennis, Texas. Edna was born in Ennis, Texas, on December 19, 1935, to Moley D. and Zula E. (Matthews) Isom. She grew up in Ennis and graduated from Ennis High School. On October 12, 1956, […]


Geraldine “Deanie” Hart Muirhead, 89, of Denton, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Denton. She was born September 30, 1926, in Garrett, Texas, to Jack Harmon and Leda Lucretia Jackson Hart. She married Charles Lee Muirhead, Jr., on November 23, 1946, in Ennis, Texas. He was a USAF pilot, president of the board of […]


Opal LaRue McCollum Merritt, 105, of Cookville, Texas, passed away on April 9, 2016.  She was born on November 24, 1910, in Ellis County, Texas, to Oscar and Lela (Harrell) McCollum. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A graveside service will […]


Catherine Lillie Smolka, age 78, passed away on April 5, 2016, at 10:10 p.m. at Regent Nursing Home in The Woodlands, Texas, from recent illness. Funeral Liturgy Outside Mass will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis with Father Henry Drozd officiating. Interment will follow […]


Earline Pszybylowski, age 66, passed away on April 7, 2016. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Ennis, 215 N. Dallas St., Ennis, 972- 875-2393.

Weight of the world

Dytaveion Hill brought his A-game to the 2016 State Powerlifting competition this past week in Abilene. He did not place, though the senior, competing in the 148-pound class, did produce personal bests. Against a field of 32, including Class 6A, Hill, who also played for the football Lions, finished at No. 17. His precision and […]

Lady Bulldogs roll to 9-0 district start

Palmer took on Sunnyvale last week in its second round of district play and defeated the Raiders, 8-0. Teryn Pritchett was in the circle for the Lady Bulldogs and pitched all seven innings, giving up six hits, one walk and striking out 10. Senior Madison Bateman led the team in batting, going three-for-three including a […]

Bulldogs baseball hot in district

The Palmer Bulldog baseball team is off to a 4-0 start in district behind good pitching and hitting. In their first district game versus Maypearl, Brock Figueroa started the game and pitched five and two- thirds innings, giving up no runs with 10 strikeouts. Shawn Medina came in and pitched the final one and one-third […]

Final road test for Lady Lions

Playing their last road game of the regular season, Ennis meets Mansfield Summit at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Lady Lions are 13-10 in all games, and 9-2 against District 14-5A teams. Both defeats were administered by Legacy, who remains unbeaten in the league. Summit, 9-10 and 4-6, are one of six teams in the […]

First-time photographer takes tops

When Eric Smith picked up a camera, he swears he didn’t really know what he was doing. The Ennis High School junior, however, decided to submit a group of photos to the Creative Arts portion of the Ellis County Youth Expo this week. The results shocked him. “I didn’t expect it at all,” he said […]

Ennis blooms Sunday on NBC

The Bluebonnet Festival, April 15-17, and the magnetic appeal of the state flower makes Ennis the epicenter in Texas this month. Sunday, April 10, the NBC channel 5 episode of Talk Street airs at 11:30 a.m. Host Kristi Nelson (above left) will feature Ennis’ own, Sandy Anderson and Gina Rokas, right  on the air. See […]

Local author has book signing Saturday

Ennis resident and author Sandra Wakefield will be on hand for two hours, starting at 10 a.m., to sign copies of her latest book, The Esther Effect, on Saturday at the Wildflower Cafe on West Knox Street. Light refreshments will be available. About a young Jewish woman named Esther, who faced a terrifying, life-threatening crisis, […]

French bistro visits Farmers Market

Descriptive words often overheard at the Ennis Farmers Market, fresh and organic, will add a cultural twist on Saturday when Big & Rich BBQ is out of town. The popular vendor, booked in advance for a car show, will have their location ably filled by a French bistro on wheels. From 8 a.m. until 1 […]


Billie Valigura, age 89, of Ennis, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at her home. She was born April 1, 1927, in Ennis to George William and Mary Barbara (Dvorak) Toth. Billie married Joe Valigura on August 12, 1947, in Ennis. She was a lifetime member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church. She was a […]


Brenda Lassetter, 75, passed away in Mineola, Texas, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Brenda was born in Paris, Texas, on February 14, 1941, to Steve and Belle (Christian) Ottmo. She grew up in Palmer and Paris. In 1957, she married C.W. Lassetter. She worked for Crawford and Company for over 15 years as an office […]

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