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Ennis girls cross
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to benefit from
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Tuesday, October 16,2012 www.ennisdailynews.com
EISENWINE, Glenim Carol
DLARAJ, Viola Christine Jaresh
JORDAN, Mildred Novy
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The Czech Heritage
Celebration is sched-
uled for 7-11 p.m., Oct.
19 at the Sokol Activity
Center at 2622 E.
Highway 34. October is
Czech Heritage Month
and 2012 also marks
the 150th Anniversary
of the Sokol organiza-
tion. There is no cover
charge. Doors open at
5:30 p.m., bring a cov-
ered dish if you like.
For more information,
Friends and family of
Lori Lopez Strunc will
hold a community
fundraising event from 9
a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20. Money
raised will help support
Strunc, who was recent-
ly diagnosed with inva-
sive ductal carcinoma
Stage 3 breast cancer.
For more information,
cah 469-337-0508 or 214-
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Angela Jeffries celebrates her win in the Ennis Public Theatre’s Got Talent 2.0
competition that wrapped Saturday.
Jeffries takes the win
Talent show wraps; Hinson earns second
Ennis native Angela Jeffries
triumphed Saturday as she
claimed first place and $1,000 in
the Ennis Public Theatre’s Got
Talent 2.0 competition.
Stage regular Debra Hinson,
herself an Ennie Award winner,
picked up second place in the
competition Saturday. Second
place earned Hinson a $500
Jeffries, whose powerful voice
wowed audience members and
fellow competitors, has plans for
a future on Broadway and a
move to New York in 2013.
“It feels awesome,” she said
after her win. “Broadway is the
ultimate dream — next sum-
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Debra Hinson embraces Rich Raymond as she
receives her second place prize.
Jail cell bed
set on fire
A woman arrested for alleged
check fraud on Monday is facing
additional charges after reports
from police that she set her jail cell
mattress on fire.
Lt. Ron Roark of the Ennis
Police Department said officers
arrested 28-year-old Veronica
Leaks shortly before 5 p.m.
Monday pending charges of for-
gery of a financial instrument.
Roark said Leaks allegedly went
into a check cashing store on E.
Ennis Avenue near Walmart and
attempted to cash a check for
$1,400. Roark said store employees
called their corporate office to con-
firm the validity of the check.
Employees soon learned the
check was not valid, originating
from a business that closed 10
years ago, Roark said.
They called the police, and offi-
cers arrested Leaks at the scene of
Shortly after arriving in jail,
Leaks allegedly set fire to the mat-
tress in the jail cell in which she
Roark said he did not know
how Leaks managed to set the
mattress alight, but suspects the
woman was able to hide some-
thing on her person during the
“It was a female, it was a male
officer, he couldn’t physically
search her like he would a male,”
He said the Ennis Fire
Department dragged the mattress
outside and extinguished the
No damage was done to the jail
itself by the fire.
Radio upgrades set for completion in November
Ellis County is nearing the end
of its narrow banding project,
much to the delight of county offi-
Special Projects Coordinator
Kathy Eriksen said the county’s
radio upgrades should be finished
by Nov. 2.
“Once we get everything done,
I’ll dance a little jig,” she said dur-
ing last week’s meeting.
The Federal Communications
Commission mandated that all
public safety and business indus-
trial land mobile radio systems
must upgrade to “narrow band”
technology by Jan. 1, 2013, or face
possible fines and loss of licens-
ing. Both Ellis County and the city
of Ennis are included in the man-
“Narrow banding,” according
to the FCC website, is upgrading
radio systems to operate on a
smaller part of the electromagnet-
ic spectrum. As technology
advances and more radio opera-
tors emerge, the current frequen-
cy bands are becoming congested.
The county is also repairing
gaps and deficiencies in its radio
system at the same time they
make required upgrades.
“It’s critical to the safety and
welfare of the people of Ellis
County that the sheriffs and dis-
patchers can talk to each other in
all parts of the county” Eriksen
She said the new radio system
allows for more clarity, though
some trouble spots remain.
“There’s some areas that have
some coverage problems, but we
knew that would happen,” she said.
During the upgrade process,
Eriksen said technicians found
other problems to fix with the
county’s radio tower, but those
problems were accounted for in
the project budget.
“We’re still on budget,” she
Precinct 2 Commissioner Bill
Dodson commended Eriksen for
“We owe Kathy a big thanks,”
Dodson said. “She has put tremen-
dous amount of time and effort
into this, and she’s done an excel-
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