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Saying goodbye is hard to do

I put this last column off long enough I guess. I can’t shake this feeling that I’m leaving something special behind. That’s because this newspaper is home to some of the hardest working people I know in the industry. They are like family, because in all honesty over the last year I have spent more […]

Modern day vigilantes

I enjoyed quite a number of popular western TV series in my younger days. It was common to see mobs of townspeople depicted, gathered at the sheriff’s office, demanding he release some presumed guilty prisoner to be hung without delay. The sheriff would invariably face down the leader, and send the disgruntled group away. Whether […]

Eight money-saving travel tips

If there’s one thing I know, it’s travel. I’ve acquired some great money-saving tips over the years, and decided I can’t keep them to myself any longer. So here are Jim’s Tips on How to Save Money While Traveling. You’re welcome in advance! 1. Just stay home. If you still feel the urge to travel, […]

Saturday weather didn’t slow these folks

As Saturdays go, cartoons and digital devices satisfy many children and young people, while catching up on some always needed Z’s is common for the adult crowd. But not last Saturday. Athens may have canceled their Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival due to the weather, but there were several area events that wouldn’t slow down because […]

Eating crow is an acquired taste

Being wrong about others is seldom easy to admit, especially for men. The trouble is, the refusal to yield to the truth often is followed by lies and excuses and blame. There are very few food items that I turn up my nose and resist. Rocky Mountain oysters, lamb, sushi, fruitcake, kale and white chocolate… […]

Trustees searching for superintendent

Fall is bringing the Ennis Independent School District its share of anticipatory excitement. The Wade Bishop era as the new high school principal comes after a decade of exemplary leadership under David Averett. Bishop was highly regarded during his tenure at the reins of Ennis Junior High. As for Averett, he accepted a move to […]

Fading Memories

Though the farm of my youth was only ten miles from town, we depended upon our nearest neighbors for association, help as needed, and a sense of community. Unlike most families in the more mobile generations, we seldom made trips to town more than two or three times per month, and then only for groceries […]

Forget-me-nots: Love and remembrance

Not long ago the subject of forget-me-nots came up. And that enticed me to learn more about this very famous but modest flower. I think we mostly associate the forget-me-not with love as that’s such a part of the legend around it. Yet there’s much more to these shy little blue flowers. There’s a lot […]

Ennis shows it can rock

It just takes reaching out to make a difference. A word, a smile, a laugh can mean so much. One new Ennis resident has proven that this month when her desire to fan fun with her family led to a fad that’s become a mainstay for locals of all ages. The trend for “rock groups,” […]

Scarlet Fever Scare

Worry over the spread of Scarlet Fever was gripping Ennis a year later in November 1923. According to the city’s health officer, Dr. W.P. McCall, there were four cases of the sickness and one known death resulting from it. McCall issued a warning, telling parents to “keep their children off the streets and out of […]

I still want to be Miss America

When I was little, I wanted to be Miss America. Every year, my mom and I would turn on the pageant, and I’d watch in awe of the contestants’ beauty, how other-worldly their looks seemed to me. I was obsessed with anything and everything as feminine as possible, so a contest with a sole premise […]

EISD board swims like the swan it is

Do you the know the members of the current Board of Trustees? You should. You elected all seven of them, including two new ones this spring. The Ennis Independent School District, the largest employer in the City, has begun a new school year with responsibility for nearly 6,000 of our children. Funded by taxpayers, their […]

The Tri-County Fair

I grew up near a small town in Western Oklahoma, with a population of around 1200. It was one of the holdouts from the inevitable change taking over our nation’s agrarian past. Each and every shop and business depended wholly on the area farmers, either directly or indirectly supporting their livelihood. Naturally, many locally sponsored […]

Rekindling the spirit that brought us together after 9/11

While we reflect on the tragedy and loses this country endured after the September 11 attacks, it’s clear time this country gets back to being the supportive, caring souls we are. It’s hard to believe it has been 17 years since that fateful day. But like everything over time things tend to fade into memory […]

Gripes of wrath need action

Roaring like surf breaking on rocks has been the endless sound of Americans griping vociferously about everything from outlawing plastic straws to speeding cars to remembering PIN numbers to the media’s daily drama. Since TV’s talking heads collectively showed their hands about who would win the 2016 presidential election, and they missed embarrassingly, they have […]

Letter to the Editor

To the editor: Kudos to staff at ERMC for my care. I was a recent patient at Ennis Regional Medical Center (ERMC) for a total knee replacement. I would have to say that the care I received from the surgical department to Med/Surg to Ennis Care Center and ultimately back to ERMC Rehab department has […]

Civil service reform is needed now more than ever

Labor Day, like every year, presents a pivotal opportunity for members of Congress. As members of the House return from recess and just eight weeks before midterms, representatives can show their support for American workers by passing bipartisan civil service reform. In the first year of this Congress, passing bipartisan Veterans Affairs legislation did not […]

A hard one to swallow but it’s still early yet

As young children in the grocery line are prone to squawk for treats within feet of the cash register, the truth of the matter is shopping should have ceased prior to steering the buggy to the finish line. Of course, when those with the money continue to peruse the candies, magazines, a range of toys […]

McCain tribute crosses both sides of the political aisle

The passing of John McCain, 81, to brain cancer, left both sides of the political aisle praising the Republican known as a conservative maverick. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1981, and as a Senator from Arizona from 1987 until 2018. His latter years witnessed him move to more moderate positions, with many expecting […]

Gazing Into My Crystal Ball

After Donald Trump was elected president, I spent some time gazing into my crystal ball, looking into the future of our political scene over the next few years. It didn’t display any agenda, only showing what might happen. It is up to the viewer to distinguish between a stronger or weaker possibility of any outcome. […]

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