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Linda Gail Underwood
Linda Gail Underwood, 69, passed away Friday, Au-
gust 3,2012 at her home in Bardwell, Texas, surrounded
by her family
Linda was born July 26, 1943 in Sulphur Springs,
Texas, the daughter of John and Susie Peugh.
She graduated at Saltillo High school in 1961. Linda
has worked and lived in Waxahachie,
Ennis and Bardwell. She has been the
loving wife of Joe Bob Underwood for
the past 32 years. She started playing
the piano at Greenwood Baptist Church
at the age of 13, then Ferris Avenue
Baptist Church, and was currently the
pianist at First Methodist Church in
Bardwell. She was a long-time secre-
tary with the Ellis County Sheriffs De-
partment and Court systems. After leaving the County,
she was a well known and loved waitress in the Ennis
area at BJs Cafe, Wood Creek Cafe, and Brown Street
Cafe. She also painted the mural on the Three Dog Tav-
ern. When she “semi”- retired, she focused on her love
of art, painting and being a grandparent. Linda has
been a wonderful mother to her five children and a
spectacular “Mimi” to her grandchildren and great-
Linda is survived by her husband, Joe Bob Under-
wood; her Mother, Susie Peugh; one Brother, Jimmy
Peugh; Children: Lisa Hobbs, Charice Hankins, Shawn
McNeely, Brooke Forner; Grandchildren: Derick Pena,
Garrett Hobbs, Alyssa McNeely, Eve, Emily, Ella, Eliza-
beth Forner; and Great Grandchildren: Victoria and
She is preceded in death by her Father, John Edward
Peugh; Son, Bobby Scott Hankins.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 7,
2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the J. E. Keever Mortuary,
Inc., 408 N. Dallas Street, Ennis, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday,
August 8,2012 in the J. E. Keever Mortuary Chapel with
Dr. Larry Jinks officiating. Interment will be in the
Elm Branch Cemetery, under the direction of J. E.
Keever Mortuary, Inc.
Mandela Davila De Silos
Manuela Davila de Silos, 70, passed away Saturday,
Aug. 4,2012 in Hillsboro, Texas. She was born in Mex-
ico on June 6,1942. Services will be held Wed., Aug 8,
2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Eternal Rest Funeral
Home of Ennis, Texas.
James Youngblood, 66, of Ennis passed away Mon-
day morning at the V. A. Hospital in Dallas.
Services are pending with J. E. Keever Mortuary in
Volunteer models needed for show
Come to Sterling House Ennis on Aug. 10 for a look
at the latest wacky fashions—from absurd to zany
and everything in between—as our residents, fami-
lies and friends strut down the catwalk, all in the
name of good fun. A special emcee will add an extra
dose of exuberance and humor to the event to keep
you smiling all afternoon. For more information or
to make reservations, call Marian Monday at 972-875-
6900. Reservations must be made by Aug. 7.
sumed at the Boys and Girls Club of Ennis. Only
lunches will be served, from noon to 1 p.m., Monday
through Friday. The program will conclude on Aug.
The program is open to children ages 1 to 18 and
available free of charge. There are no income re-
quirements or registration required to participate in
this program. Meals were served during the month
of June at Crockett Early Childhood Center.
For more information, call the Child Nutrition Of-
fice at 972-872-7030.
Church slates Bash on Aug. 11
Rock Bible Church Pastor E.L. Gilmore is an-
nouncing a Back to School Bash at 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at
the church. School supplies and haircut vouchers will
be given away. Food, fun and fellowship and a free
gospel concert are planned, as well as a drawing for a
Ennis Opry set this Saturday
VFW Post 7106 in Ennis will host the next Ennis
Opry on Saturday, Aug. 11. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and
music is set from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The event is open to
the public, and families are encouraged to attend.
The Opry will be held on the second Saturday of
Door prizes will be offered, as well as a 50/50 raffle
and snack bar. Admission is $5 per person. Children
16 and under are admitted free. To perform at the
Opry, call Jim Gatlin at 972-846-2211.
The hall is located at 3100 North 1-45 in Ennis.
KJT Society meets Aug. 12
KJT Society No. 35 in Ennis will host its next meet-
ing at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 in the meeting room at
the KJT. All members are encouraged to attend.
Anniversary celebration set
Anthony Drive Baptist Church is celebrating its
57th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 12. New Day, a trio
musical group, will be on hand to provide a Gospel
music concert during services that morning. Lunch
will follow in the fellowship hall. Morning worship
begins at 10 a.m. For more information or a ride to
services, call Leroy Moore at 972-878-3202.
Back-to-school open houses set
Annual auction coming Aug. 25
The Ennis Chamber of Commerce’s annual auc-
tion is slated Aug. 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall
in Ennis. Doors open at 5 p.m. A silent auction will
run from 5 to 9 p.m., with live auction starting at 7:30
p.m. Dinner and an open bar will be served from 5:30
to 7 p.m. and a cash bar will be open from 7 to 11 p.m.
For more information, call 972-878-2625.
United Way kickoff on tap
The Greater Ennis United Way’s annual campaign
kick-off luncheon is set at noon Thursday, Aug. 30 at
Tabernacle Baptist Church’s Family Life Center, lo-
cated at 1200 Country Club Road in Ennis.
Cost is $10 per plate at the door. Reservations are
requested by Aug. 23 at 972-351-2060.
Early childhood signups continue
The Ennis Independent School District’s early
childhood programs are registering now.
For pre-kindergarten, children must be age 4 on or
before Sept. 1 and meet eligibility requirements.
Kindergarten students should register if they are
new to the district and must be age 5 on or before
Parents can register their students at either early
childhood campus — Carver Early Childhood Center,
located at 600 E. Martin Luther King Drive, or Crock-
ett Early Childhood Center, located at 1701 W. Lam-
pasas. Registration for the Head Start program is
located at Carver.
Registration hours run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon-
For more information and to learn what docu-
ments are necessary for enrollment, contact Carver
Early Childhood Center at 972-872-3730 or Crockett
Early Childhood Center at 972-872-7131.
Ennis ISD has released its schedule of campus
open house events offering parents a chance to meet
teachers, bring school supplies and check out class-
• Ennis Junior High — 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.
Hot dogs, chips and drinks served.
• Carver and Crockett Early Childhood Centers —
5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.
• Bowie, Austin, Houston and Travis Elementary
Schools — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.
• Dorie Miller and Jack Lummus Intermediate
Schools — 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.
Czech Boys to play at Sokol
The Sokol Activity Center will host its Midsummer
Party from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 17. Join in Friday night at
the clubroom for The Ennis Czech Boys. Entrance
and parking are located in the back of the building,
and doors open at 5:30 p.m. No cover, but bring a cov-
ered dish if you like. The Sokol is located at 2622 E.
Hwy 34 west of Ennis. For more information, visit
www.sokolennis.com or call 972-875-7959.
E1SD nutrition program continues
The Ennis ISD Summer Nutrition Program has re-
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Telico VFD selling raffle tickets
The Telico Volunteer Fire Department volunteers
are now selling raffle tickets for their barn dance on
Saturday, Sept. 29 at the SPJST. For more information
on tickets or the barn dance, contact Chief Van
Fowlet at 972-878-2083.
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WACO (AP) — A sheriffs candidate in Central
Texas has been charged with misdemeanor assault in
an alleged road-rage case.
The Waco Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/TcshPE )
reported Tuesday that witness cellphone photos and
a license plate number led to Edward Leon Rhoudes
of Aquilla (uh-KWIL'-uh).
Rhoudes is the Democratic candidate for Hill
County sheriff. He faces Republican Michael Cox in
the Nov. 6 election.
Affidavits indicate two vehicles nearly collided
June 8 on Interstate 35 in Waco. The car driver pulled
off and later reported a man in a pickup followed,
punched him and tried to choke him.
Rhoudes was arrested Friday on a charge of as-
sault causing bodily injury. He's free on $2,500 bond.
No publicly listed phone number was found Tues-
day for Rhoudes. Democratic Party officials did not
immediately returned messages for comment.
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The rate is a linchpin in the budget considerations
for the upcoming fiscal year. The new budget follows
the lean model of previous years, but includes a 2-per-
cent employee raise, a handful of equipment pur-
chases and an increased fund balance.
The $25.2-million budget plan keeps service and
employment levels from the current fiscal year un-
Revenues in the budget’s general fund are expected
to crest $16.7 million, as opposed to the 2011-2012 bud-
geted revenue of $16.2 million.
The city’s fund balance is also up to $1.23 million
for the current fiscal year, giving the city $255,000
more capital starting the new budget cycle than it had
at the same time last year.
Howerton said departments were charged with the
task of providing for employee raises in the range of
2 percent for the year and covering costs while keep-
ing overall spending increases under 4 percent.
Spending plans include a trio of patrol vehicles for
the Ennis Police Department, the continuation of a
lease-purchase agreement for the city’s 911 system,
continuation of a lease-purchase for a new pumper
for the Ennis Fire Department and its new aerial ap-
paratus replacing the truck lost in the Magnablend
fire in Waxahachie in October 2011. Other spending
items are a new animal transport truck for the ani-
mal control department, a new zero-turn mower for
the parks and recreation department, a new diesel
garbage truck on a lease-purchase plan, a motor
grader for the street department, a new pickup, a new
tractor and a rotary mower.
One of the biggest increases in the budget is em-
ployee health care costs. Budgeting for a 12 percent
increase in last year’s budget has actually helped to
cover a 14 percent increase this year because the an-
ticipated boost last year never materialized.
“We already have 12 percent of that in the budget,
so we’re going to see roughly a 2 percent increase in
the budgetary effect of health care costs,” Howerton
said. “Health care is becoming a huge part of every-
one’s budget. I’m sure at some time the city will be
limiting the amount of the benefit we can provide our
The city currently covers 91 percent of the pre-
mium costs for employees.
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