Thursday evening at 6:30 PM at Milford ISD, the cafeteria was buzzing with excitement. It was Milford ISD’s annual International Dinner night.
The City Council will be meeting Monday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m. with a full agenda. They will be covering building permits, bids for sanitation services, updating the building codes, leasing the water tower to Skybeam, action on the pet ordinance, application for the Cops Grant for the police department, review the audit report, review of the Substandard Building Ordinance, evaluation of the city secretary, and the Mayor’s salary.
The city of DeSoto is hosting the “Cost of Freedom” American Veterans Traveling Tribute from April 15-20 at Grimes Park, 500 E. Centre Park Blvd., DeSoto, Texas 75115. AVTT is open for viewing 24 hours a day, Thursday, April 16, 12:00 p.m. through Monday, April 20, 7:00 a.m.
Around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, a grass fire was reported between Avalon and Italy just off Lufkin Road. The Italy Fire Department answered the bell and leveled the blazing fast opponent in the first hour.
Mark your calendars for April 11 to be in downtown Italy at the Wayne Boze building at 6:00 PM. There will be a concert starring recording artists Mark Henderson and the legendary – Lance Williams.
There are lots of events happening around this wonderful state of ours. Take a peek at the goings on near and far.
Wednesday, April 8th two school buses with lots of Stafford Elementary students pulled up to the Haight’s residence for a magnificent Easter Egg Hunt. Along with the Stafford students there were many parents that also came for this event.
Twelve students from Milford high school competed in the UIL academic meet on March 27 and 28 at Navarro College. Tapley Strange, sophomore, advanced to the regional competition in prose.
The Italy Ministerial Alliance is hosting an Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Gilead Church, 117 Harris Street in Italy at 7:00 am on Easter morning (April 12). Everyone is invited to participate in this event. Pastor Todd Gray from Central Baptist Church will provide the message. Mt. Gilead will provide special music and a breakfast brunch afterwards.
The Park Board Committee met Tuesday evening April 7th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Italy City Hall. Members present were: Stephanie Wilson, Susan Harris, Bruce Utley, Jason Escamilla and Janet Campbell.
The Italy Band Boosters will meet Monday, April 13th at
7:00 6:00 in the band hall. All parents in attendance will be entered in a drawing for a $25.00 credit toward the Band’s trip to Arbuckle in May. We will be discussing Spring events, the band trip to Arbuckle, fundraiser results, scholarships, and end-of-the year business. We hope to see you there!
Milford is the place to be at on Saturday, April 11th! There will be eggs galore for children of all ages to find. Everyone is invited to meet at the First Baptist Church in Milford located at 101 Pecan Street at 11:00 a.m. and then head over to the park for the big Easter Egg hunt.
Due to necessary changes to the schedule, the Lady Gladiators will be on the road for the rest of the season. With that said, Tuesday was Senior Night for the Lady Gladiators. Seniors Angelica Garza and Blanca Figueroa were escorted onto the field by their teammates and presented flowers. After a few snapshots were taken it was all business the rest of the night.
Calling all kids ten years old and younger! You are invited to The Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt on April 11th, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Dunlap Library downtown Italy, Texas. There will be over forty eight hundred eggs for everyone to find. Which are being donated by the Park Board Committee, local businesses and citizens of Italy.
The smell of hay, mud and water filled the Expo building off of Hwy 287 this weekend. For some it became the smell of success. Italy FFA and Ellis County 4H students of all ages (9-19 years old) were taking care of business.
The youth group of Central Baptist Church of Italy and the youth group of First Baptist Church of Milford joined together and participated in the “Discipleship Now” program (this program teaches youth how to grow in Christ) and had quite an adventure over this past weekend.
Italy Athletic Booster Club President, Becky Milligan, has been enthused about IHS Baseball for many years. After all, son, Josh who is a junior, has been playing Varsity since his 9th grade year. However, she has seen the need for financial support for the team by local residents and merchants for some time and last year implemented the sale of fence signs for the club.
On Monday, April 13 at 7:00 pm the Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet in the IHS library. The meeting is to discuss the upcoming athletic banquet which is scheduled for May 21 and to seek volunteers who are interested in helping. Everyone may attend.
Italy and Hubbard were two undefeated teams with one game to decide who stays undefeated. It was brutal and scary…but we’ll discuss Dana Hamby’s and Rita Garza’s concession stand abilities at a later time.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents of all the Junior High kids who participated in Track this year. It was a great pleasure working with your children, and I am very proud of their success this season.
Ronald Lane Cohagan, age 52, of Irving passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Baylor Health Center in Irving, Texas. He was born on January 3, 1957 in Waxahachie, to Donald L. and Marie (Herrin) Cohagan. Ronnie was raised in Italy, Texas where he attended High School. After graduation he attended Navarro Junior College, and the University of North Texas. He married Julie Chalfant December 14, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Never challenged by Grand Prairie AA, the Gladiators coasted most of the way. The guys were all smiles in the dugout and enjoying being back in the win column as the “run rule” went into effect after the 5th inning, giving Italy the 12-2 victory.
The Italy Junior High Track teams finished their season at the District track meet in Hubbard. Fighting the bitter cold and an undersized rosters, the 7th grade girls and boys along with the 8th grade girls and boys teams ran circles around the competition.
The seven member City of Italy Park Board will meet on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Agenda items include drawing for terms of office, discuss and consider action regarding planning for the Easter Egg Hunt and discussion of plans for new park equipment. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at Italy City Hall. This meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 and is open to the public.
It is that time of year again. It is Round-Up time! Italy ISD will have early childhood, pre kindergarten and kindergarten round-up to enroll children who will be eligible for classes for the 2009 – 2010 school year. The roundup will be by appointment only.
Despite blustering winds and cooler temperatures, revelers came out in record numbers to support Meals-on-Wheels “Night Under the Stars” Kickoff Celebration for the non-profit organization’s Kitchen Campaign, Saturday, March 28 at the TXI Railport in Midlothian. The event was held in at the site where the new multi-use facility will be built, centrally located in the heart of Johnson and Ellis Counties.
Arthritis is a serious and sometimes deadly disease. Today, 1 in 5 people suffer from the pain of arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects that by the year 2030, 67 million people in the U.S. or 1 in 4 adults, will live with arthritis.
The Italy Tennis Team hosted a scrimmage at the newly refurbished Italy tennis courts on Wednesday. The teams were looking good as they played both doubles and singles matches as under the watchful eye of Coach Dana Hamby.
Terri Murdock loves her job as city administrator for the City of Italy, “I love the city, I love the old downtown area, there are some beautiful old houses here. All of the people that I have met have been extremely nice, warm and welcoming and that is great, really great.”
The Milford Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a Rabies Vaccination Clinic Saturday, April 4 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Milford Fire Station.
On Tuesday night Italy hosted Avalon in a district game at Davidson Field. Both teams were ready to play until the end. They never gave up. With the ending score of 13-3 at the top of the 5th, however, the Gladiators were able to put another mark in the win column.
Saturday April 11th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Italy First Baptist Church is presenting their Easter program, All Heaven and Earth. “You will walk the streets of Bethlehem, visit a family in Nazareth and witness the greatest gift of love ever bestowed on Mankind.”
Friday, April 3, the spectators at the next Gladiator ball game at Davidson Field are in for a treat! If you love prizes, hotdogs and baseball, you can get a wonderful snack for $1, along with a box of Crackerjacks. Why not?
Irma Gonzales will never forget May 11, 2006. It was the day that changed her life forever. It was the day the doctor told her she had Stage II cancer. She did not feel bad nor did she have any symptoms other than a small lump on the right side of her neck. A CT scan confirmed what the doctor suspected. Irma had cancer of the tongue that had spread to her lymph nodes.
The Lady Gladiators rolled past the Avalon Eagles this past Tuesday beating them 17-1 in three innings. Game highlights include a triple by 2nd baseman Cori Jeffords and pitcher Megan Richards striking out 9 of the 11 batters that she faced during the contest.
Italy High School competed in the 2009 TESEI Relays at Ferris High School. Italy finished in 3rd place in the coed team totals with 146.5 points behind Ferris and Palmer but ahead of Dallas Spruce who totaled 91 points.
John Abbott is the owner of Abbott Metal Craft located in Forreston, Texas. He began his business in Erie, Michigan in 1978. Abbott’s business consists of making metal products in his welding and machine shop. In 1980 due to the bad economy he closed his business and reopened it in 2006 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In January of 2009 Abbott moved his business to Forreston.
Kelly Vernon, the CBI teacher at Italy High School, was recently honored by the Region 10 Education Center. Kelly was nominated by Italy ISD Special Programs Director Pam Luttrell and was one of 17 ladies being honored with a “Shero” award.
First Baptist Church of Italy is holding a Pampered Chef fundraiser. The monies raised will be used to send the youth to camp. This fundraiser will be on April 4th at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Italy located at 200 Clark Street, Italy, Texas.
On Tuesday, March 24, our little dog escaped the house and left us. Our family misses her very much. She is a small dog with a few copper spots, no tail and copper colored ears. She has a pink plaid collar with rhinestones. She is very sweet and answers to BEA.
Tonight is Relay Night at CiCi’s in Waxahachie. In fact, Relay Night at CiCi’s will not only be tonight, it will also be every Tuesday in April. If you put your receipt in the jar when you pay then Central Ellis County Relay gets 10% of those receipts.
Area students from the local 4H club and FFA chapter will converge on the Ellis County Youth Expo in Waxahachie off of 287 today and will show prize winning animals, award winning projects and creative arts through Saturday. Everyone is invited to come see the students and their wonderful projects. Support these students and enjoy the BBQ and the auction on Saturday.
Tonight at approximately 8:30 p.m., emergency personnel from around the county responded to a chemical fire at the Phillip Service Corporation (PSC) plant located in Avalon. Homes had to be evacuated with a couple of Avalon residents taking shelter at the Italy Fire Department. The fire was quickly contained around 9:00 p.m.
From the past and present seasons of victories in sports, Italy’s academics was out to prove its point, and on March 23 that is exactly what it did. The Gladiators headed to Mexia to compete in the UIL Competitions last Monday and came home with plenty of awards.
CiCi’s pizza boxes lined the front foyer of Italy’s old gym Saturday afternoon. Italy Youth Athletic Association hosted the end-of-the-year basketball bash for all the participants in this year’s season. With pizza, drinks, cookies and, of course, basketball time, the season just wouldn’t be over without the announcements, trophies and honors.
The Gladiators took on the Frost Polar Bears Friday night, both coming to the competition undefeated. After 8 frosty innings, the winner left standing was Frost 4, Italy 2.
Lots of really great books this month. Here’s some of them! If you see anything you want, email the library and they will save the book (or put it on reserve), for you.
The Lady Gladiators played the Itasca Wampus Cats on Friday evening. The game, scheduled to be played in Itasca, had to be played in Italy. Recent rains caused the Itasca softball field to be unplayable. Regardless of the location the Lady Gladiators took to the field ready to play.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for April 2009. These meals are subject to change.
Coach Jennifer Reeves is taking 2009 Softball T-shirt orders between now and Monday so don’t delay! Email Coach Reeves at email@example.com or contact Italy High School at 972-483-7411.