Letter to the Editor: Valid Italy City Council issues

I would encourage everyone that is interested to watch the video from the last council meeting. You will see that the City Council stated that Department Heads have operational control of their departments. In the case of the Police Department, the Chief has operational control which includes determining who is on the wrecker rotation. The only business discussed was wrecker service for the Police Department when they needed a vehicle towed.

Italy Food Pantry is in need of a storm door

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The Italy Food Pantry serves people in our communities of Italy, Avalon, Milford and Forreston by helping families to extend their food dollars. Most of our 80 clients are retired, single-parent, disabled, unemployed, and also includes those wonderful people assisting relatives by taking in their children to live with them.

Read It Forward: Pass It On

Italy High School is getting ready to start its fifth annual Read It Forward: Pass It On literacy project which will begin April 21st and will end May 23rd. The goal is to see how many 7-12 grade students, teachers and staff members can read the chosen book Girl, Stolen, by April Henry.

IHS principal advertises for Prom

Image: Principal Joffre is dressed up in a tuxedo from Lone Star Western & Casual of Waxahachie

Italy high school principal, Mr. Lee Joffre, is dressed to promote a special night — the Italy High School 2014 Prom. He is wearing a camo-vested tuxedo from Lone Star Western & Casual to advertise for the upcoming event.

A Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses begins tonight

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An extraordinary series of lunar eclipses is about to begin. The action starts on April 15th when the full Moon passes through the amber shadow of Earth, producing a midnight eclipse visible across North America. So begins a lunar eclipse tetrad—a series of 4 consecutive total eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals.

Italy and Milford students compete in Tae Kwon Do tournament

Image: Pictured top row:  Mario Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Amy Tinney-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Isamar Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Michael Russell-Italy.  Bottom Row;  Rocklin Ginnett-Italy and Nick Sam-Italy.  Two students were not pictured Javier and Michael Gonzalez.

On March 1st, 2014, 68 students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas traveled to Giddings to compete in an invitational Tae Kwon Do tournament. These students competed in sparring as well as patterns. Seven of these students were from Italy or Milford area.

Calling ALL Lady Gladiator Softball Alumni

Tuesday, April 15th at 5:30pm the presence of all Lady Gladiator Softball alumni is requested at the Italy HS softball field. In addition to the final home game of the 2014 season, the Lady Gladiators will be celebrating a “Throw Back Night” and have extended a special invitation to all alumni.

Italy City Council 2014 Candidate Questionnaire: John Droll

Kate and I have lived in Italy since 1992 when I retired from the U.S. Army. We have 3 sons; Harvey and his wife Jenny reside in Pearland; Joshua and Amber reside in Italy with Reagan, Tatum and Mia; Jordon and Jennifer reside in Waxahachie with Maddox and Liam. I have been a Special Education teacher since 1996 in the Desoto and Itasca school districts. I am currently the DAEP teacher for Itasca ISD.

IHS Dual Credit information for 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th grade students

On Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m., Italy High School will host a parent information night with the Navarro College Dual Credit Coordinator. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend to get information about the registration process, entrance requirements, costs and scholarship opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions at the high school without having to drive to Navarro.

City Council candidates answer questions from citizens

On Monday night approximately 30 citizens of the Italy community met at the Italy Community Center to ask questions of council candidates. Paul Cockerham, John Droll, Steven Farmer and Pete Hinohosa were given an opportunity to let the citizens know why they were running for the council and give their views on city issues. Incumbents Frank Jackson and Dennis Perkins, Jr. are running for reelection but did not attend.

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Italy ISD School Board 2014 Candidate Questionnaire: Tessa C. South

My name is Tessa C. South, and I am seeking a seat on the Italy ISD School Board. I am a stay at home mom to 4 beautiful children, that currently attend both Italy Jr. High and Stafford Elementary. We are involved in the PTO and IYAA, here in Italy, Texas. I am a former graduate of Italy High School. I am 33 years old, and have been a resident of Italy for 28 years. If elected, I will serve the school with an open ear and an honest mind.

Prayer time continues for City of Italy

Italy resident and Pastor James Johnson is urging all residents to join him Sunday evening, April 6, as he “Prays for the City of Italy.” Johnson said the city needs to find unity, not diversity.

Italy City Council 2014 Candidate Questionnaire: Steven Farmer

Our community has been hurting for some time now and I think we need new leadership to help bring this town back to what it once was. I personally am running because I want to be a voice for the community. If elected I promise there will be no personal agendas and there will be more transparency.

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Randy Compton is in the fight of his life

Image: Randy and Vicki Compton

When Randy Compton graduated from Italy High School in 1972, he had many plans and dreams. He loved to hunt and fish and hang out with his friends. He never dreamed that life’s road would take him where it has brought him to today, fighting cancer for the third time.

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Before I filed to seek a seat on the Italy City Council, I had prayed about it, thought about it and talked to several people I respect and trust including my husband, Brian.

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