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Blue Bounty

With the arrival of April, the days become longer, temperatures get warmer and the cold sting of winter begins to fade. It’s during this time of year that Ennis morphs into a bounty of beautiful blue thanks to Texas’ state flower — the bluebonnet. Each year, Ennis welcomes over 100,000 visitors during bluebonnet season, […]

Steely Determination

Perched comfortably atop a high chair at the American Legion hall in Ennis, Joe Zhanel is in his element. With his wife, Samantha, beside him and near the felt-topped tables he loves, Joe chatted about playing pool since he was 5, winning a trip to Las Vegas with his cue stick and life in […]

A Vision for the Future

The first thing a visitor to Art Del Barrio’s office sees is a large Ennis Lions football poster that reads, “We don’t hang it up after five rings.” Art proudly designed the poster, and beyond it, in an overstuffed office, he spins multiple plates — first kneeling at a low, secondary computer tapping out […]

Creating Outside the Box

Jillian Arreazola moved to Ennis from Allen, Texas, with her family when she was in the fourth grade. Her journey in the vast world of art began as a sophomore at Ennis High School. Her ability to work with glass has matured over the years to include pieces that are one of a kind […]

Have Dress Will Travel

Almost everyone thinks about traveling through time, but in reality none actually do so. From its vintage beginning, a very special, filmy, beauty of a dress actually did travel through time and space, finally stopping in Ellis County as part of the Traveling Dress Project. The journey began mid-century, and the gown journeyed until […]

A Well-known Voice

Royann Farmer retired from Ennis ISD at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, after 25 years of consecutive service. Her career in the field of education began at Travis Elementary in the special education department. After three years there, she moved to Bowie Elementary, but her time at Bowie was short lived. “Don […]

Stop, Drop and Roll

Mike has seen so many changes in the department since hiring on. “The fire pole was gone before I got here, and Martin Luther King Boulevard had yet to be named. The pavement stopped at the fire station’s parking lot driveway and continued to the Interstate service road,” he explained. “More streets just mean […]

Classic Moments

Philip Wade remembers Galena, Kansas, the small town where he grew up. “The town only had one stop light,” he said with a smile. “I played hardball baseball from the time I was 8 until the age of 21.” Baseball was Philip’s sport of choice. “When I turned 8, I was anxious to try […]

Recipe for Success

Back to school means Friday night lights, dedicated fans and high school football at its finest. In Ennis, it means the next season for the 2014 State Champions begins as they take to the field under the leadership of Head Football Coach Jack Alvarez. The successful strategy for Coach Alvarez will remain the same. […]