Out and about in the State of Texas this week

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Italy ISD targets children’s education/safety-Not wallets, Mr Perry!

My name is Mark Stiles and I have chosen to support the education of the children of the Italy Independent School District by voting “yes” on Saturday October 11, 2008 in the tax rollback election. I take issue with many things in Paul Perry’s remarks concerning school rollback elections that were printed in Wednesday’s paper [Waxahachie Daily Light — Mr. Perry’s letter was published earlier today in the Neotribune]. Unlike Mr. Perry, I choose to send my children to school in Italy. Perhaps if he chose to do the same, Mr. Perry would “clearly see a need” to vote ‘YES’ in this election. I find it disappointing that Mr. Perry is so uninformed of the facts of this election. Reasonably, had he attended either of the two public forums sponsored by the Italy ISD, he would be more knowledgeable of the actual facts; thus, understanding the benefits and need of a successful election to better the education of our children — present and future.

Here we go again

Image: Election sign in question — These signs were also posted along Highway 34.

Yesterday morning as I left the Uptown Cafe in Italy, I noticed several signs nailed to posts along Highway 34 and adjoining streets. These signs encouraged the reader to vote “NO” on the school tax rollback.

On Saturday’s election

Just in time for the coming recession, your school board wants more of your money. The state legislature has already sent more money to your local school district than ever before. In exchange for providing increased state funding, your local school district is supposed to give you a substantial property tax rate decrease. In an attempt at financial and political judo, many local school districts want to partially restore the old property tax rates, hence the term “rollback,” while keeping increased state funding.

Local scholarship fundraiser

The George Scott Memorial Scholarship Dinner will be held on Friday, October 24, 2008 from 5-7 p.m. The dinner will be held in the high school cafeteria at 300 S. College Street prior to the Homecoming game against Wortham.

Vote yes

Our kids and this community need you to vote yes on the Italy ISD tax rollback. Yes, I said rollback, that may be confusing to some, and the school district has tried to explain it but, some people still find it confusing. I will try to explain it in simple terms.

Second Annual Benefit for Donovan Lusk

Image: Donovan Lusk — Donovan was diagnosed with Batten disease over a year ago. He has been fighting this aggressive disease and he and his family need your help.

Help us find a cure for Batten disease. Saturday, October 25 at 6 p.m. in Italy’s Wayne Boze Communtity Center a silent auction and dinner will be served to benefit Donovan Lusk.

Titus Women’s Club of Milford

Image: Jeannie Richadson — Jeannie Richardson, Titus Women’s Club of Milford founder, is conducting the meeting.

Last Thursday evening, October 2, the Titus Women’s Club of Milford had its monthly meeting. The club’s goal is to form a unity among the women of Milford to take pride in their community and make good, productive changes in order to be the best town they can be.

Milford National Night Out

Image: Milford Night Out music — Singers from Mt. Moriah Church lead the singing.

Back in August of 1984, a community-police partnership was formed entitled National Night Out. The event still exists and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. The purpose of this program is to increase awareness of police programs in communities, such as town watch, drug prevention and other anti-crime efforts. At first communities held lights-on vigils, but now, communities host festivals, block parties or other events to help bring neighbors together.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. A reminder that each woman needs to self-examine or take a trip to the doctor for a yearly checkup. “Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98% (compare to 74% in 1982).” These are a few facts about breast cancer from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website.

Halloween pumpkins decorate Italy Daycare Center

Image: Italy Daycare class - This is the three and four-year-old class at Italy Daycare Center having a great time painting pumpkins.

As you enter Italy Daycare Center you are greeted by some of the most amazing painted pumpkins. The teachers all painted a pumpkin to get prepared for Halloween. But, they are not the only ones with talent for painting pumpkins! The three- and four-year-old classes were having a great time painting their pumpkins for Halloween.

Corsicana Animal Shelter’s featured animals – Milly and Stanley

Image: Milly — This cute little Boxer really wants to go home with you.

Milly will be two years old on October 29. She is a beautiful female Boxer. Her owner could not care for her any longer. She is in need of a loving, permanent home. She is a sweet dog, very shy at first, but once she gets to know you she is your number one supporter. She is nervous around men but she is fine with kids and other pets.

Identity theft the topic of Prime Timers luncheon

Central Baptist Prime Timers will meet Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 113 S. Ward in Italy at noon. Church will furnish the brisket and sausage and everyone attending may bring a dish. Italy Police Chief, C.V. Johns will share information on ways to protect from identity theft. Anyone 55+ is encouraged to attend.

Stiles leads meeting for community leaders

The Italy City Council, the School Board of Trustees, Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Italy Fire District held a joint meeting Monday evening, Oct. 6. Mark Stiles, president of the EDC, said all the entities in the community needed to work together to better the community. He said the city and school were lucky to have those on the council and school board. “You are doing a job nobody else wanted,” he pointed out.

Agenda: City secretary interviews

Image: Called meeting agenda 10/07/2008 — In a called meeting, Italy’s city council will interview Connie Mondragon, Joe Gambill, Jocelyn Cofer, Angela Cleversy and Susan Harris for the city secretary position.

Interviews for city secretary will be conducted in tonight’s called meeting of Italy’s city council. Connie Mondragon, Joe Gambill, Jocelyn Cofer, Angela Cleversy and Susan Harris are the candidates listed. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, located at 101 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.

Parent nominations for gifted and talented students

Italy ISD offers services to gifted and talented students in a variety of formats. If you student is not currently identified as gifted and talented, and you believe that your child shows these tendencies, then you may nominate him/her for the screening process which is divided into three elements: standardized test of mental ability, teacher judgment based on observation and characteristics, and standardized achievement test scores (if available).

Jan Libal new administrator for Trinity Mission

Image: Jan Libal — Jan Libal is the new administrator for Trinity Mission. “I love it here, this is a very unique little home. Italy is very fortunate to have it.”

Jan Libal was born in Carthage, Texas and was raised in Louisiana, right on the bank of Cado Lake in a little town named Moorings Port. The town was named after a river boat captain named Mooring. Her father moved his family to Texas when he was transferred by his company.

The power of a simple gift

Image: Samaritan’s Purse — The First United Methodist Church is one of three churches in town that is hosting “Operation Christmas Child”.

You might think it is a little early to talk about Christmas and when you go shopping for Halloween candy, the store’s plans of early decorating or seasonal music might even irritate you. However, you might consider as of October 6, it is 80 days (or 11 and a half weeks) before December 25. Samaritan’s Purse is an organization that can help you get on the right track.

Necroplex Haunted House

Image: What kind of monster? — This eerie character welcomes you to his home.

Last Saturday night, September 27 there is darkness everywhere. Far off in the night you can hear loud, frightening music. As you get closer to the music you begin to see some filmy light which exposes some very ghoulish looking characters. All of sudden you see children and adults running out the back of a haunted house, and you begin to realize there is a lot of screaming coming from inside the house.

Check out your weekend at a glance

Have you thought about doing something fun this weekend? Before you make your plans, look at the following schedule for things to do around the state of Texas.

Agenda: EDC will meet with Italy ISD

Image: EDC joint meeting agenda — Italy’s Economic Develepment Corporation will hold a joint meeting with Italy’s Independent School District board Monday, October 6.

Monday, October 6, Italy’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will be meeting with Italy’s Independent School District board. An EDC presentation will be given by Mark Stiles, followed by a question and answer period for all attendees. This portion of the joint meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building at 101 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.

Monolithic Pumpkin lights up the night

Image: Monolithic Pumpkin — Monolithic Pumpkin and Cindy Sutherland welcoming in Fall.

When you are driving down highway I-35 in Italy, Texas, don’t be afraid! Don’t let your imagination run wild. You really do see something. There really is something there, but nothing that will hurt you. The huge bright orange ball you see is just the Monolithic Pumpkin, welcoming in the fall season.

IYAA worked their Gladiator magic in Scurry

Image: Catch that Wildcat — Gladiator defense held the Wildcats back.

The three teams of IYAA lined up once again and fought hard, this time against the Scurry Wildcats on Saturday. Italy “C” team, consisting of K, 1st and 2nd graders, lead 20-0 at halftime. The young Gladiators changed the team around and changed things in the course in the second half. The final score was 31-19 with Italy putting another notch in their belt. Their overall record is 3-0.

Agenda: Italy city council meeting cancelled

Image: City meeting agenda 10/02/2008 — Thursday, October 2 Italy’s city council will meet concerning the Public Works director position. This meeting has been cancelled.

Thursday’s called meeting of the city council has been cancelled. Thursday, October 2, Italy’s city council will hold a called meeting concerning the Public Works director position. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, located at 101 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.

An open invitation

The children of Freddie and Josephine Ivy cordially invite you to join them for a 50th wedding anniversary celebration in honor of their parents on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Center of Central Baptist Church, 113 South Ward Street in Italy. Your friendship and attendance is a treasured gift — we request no other.

Jungle Safari for books at Stafford Elementary Book Fair

Image: Clifford gives hugs — Gary Clark, Sidney Lowenthal and Clifford the Big Red Dog all having a good time at the book fair.

Every year Stafford Elementary puts on a book fair to encourage students to read. This year’s book fair was a Jungle Book Safari theme. Everywhere you went you could hear wonderful music and everywhere you looked you saw children with their parents picking out lots of books. Not only does this encourage reading but it also provides family time.

Lions Club helps local students with glasses

Image: Arval Gowin — Arval Gowin is president of the Italy chapter of the Lions Club.

Wednesday, September 24, Italy Lions Club members along with some members from the Dallas Lions Club were giving free eye exams and free glasses to children that needed them. They were set up at Stafford Elementary and were serving children from Milford, Italy and Avalon.

Whatever it takes

Image: Josh Trees, JK owner — “Whatever it takes, some days we work twelve hour days, sometimes we work twenty four hour days, we do whatever it takes,” explained Trees.

Josh Trees graduated from Italy High school at 17, went to Hill College and received his associates degree. At the ripe old age of 19 he purchased his grandfather’s business, Best Disposal, when his grandfather decided he did not want it anymore.