Another day passed as Beverly’s life on earth ended. I hope her family realizes how much Beverly was admired by many colleagues. They must give her due credit for what she added to this world in such a short time.
Thursday evening at 6:30 PM, Santa Claus, many cute little elves, reindeer, and snowmen could be seen and heard singing their hearts out about Christmas.
Central Baptist Church, 113 S. Ward Street in Italy has several Christmas services planned this season and extends a special invitation to the community to share in these special worship times.
Saturday was the day in Italy. Locals lined the street as vendors sold their wares and a big parade marched through downtown and all around the city. There hasn’t been a parade or festival in many years but from the looks of things, this won’t be the last.
If you walked down the street down town Italy, Saturday morning, you would have seen this little town bustling with activities and fun. The street was filled with vendors selling their wares such as jewelry, crosses, home baked goodies, Christmas ornaments, and lots more. You could just feel the excitement of Christmas in the air.
It has always been told that Santa Claus rides into town on a sleigh. Well, I am here to tell you that is not his only mode of transportation. I have pictures to prove it!
The Italy 7th Grade and High School Band will perform their Christmas concert on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 6:30 in the dome. The community is cordially invited to share this special time with our award winning band.
Thursday, the 11th of December the Milford ISD gymnasium was filled with Christmas music, excited students ready to sing and proud parents waiting anxiously for the Christmas concert to begin.
On Friday morning, Rev. Beverly Hamilton, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Italy and mother of Italy High School senior, Mike Vlk and friend to many, went home to be with our Lord at the age of 46.
Sharan Farmer, Italy ISD librarian, was named Employee of the Month by Jimmie Malone, superintendent, at the Italy School Board of Trustees regular meeting held Monday evening.
The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will meet in their regular meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. The agenda includes a draft update to the TASB board policy, certification of board member training, approval of gifted/talented guidelines, and request to get bids for energy efficient lighting. The school board meets in the administration offices at the high school. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
All adoptions for the month of December will be $20.00. Just in time for Christmas. So if you know anyone that would love to have a new pet for Christmas, do we have pets for you!
First Baptist Church of Avalon is putting on their annual Christmas play on the 14th of December at 6:00 PM. The play this year is “Coming Home”.
As you walk in the front door of David’s Supermarket and turn to your right you will see the world’s largest Christmas stocking. This stocking is filled with color books, crayons, books and lots and lots of candy and toys.
Keith Davis, not to be confused with Dallas Cowboy Keith Davis, has been seen on ESPN, ABC, and written about in USA Today and Sports Illustrated. And on December 10th, he was at Milford ISD.
Italy’s 4th Annual Basketball Tournament was successfully held December 4-6, 2008.
The Italy Ministerial Alliance met on Sunday with nine members representing six local churches, including the newest pastor of Mt. Zion A.M.E., Mittie Muse. President Beverly Hamilton presided over the meeting.
Titus Women’s Club of Milford worked with Milford ISD and the Milford Angel Tree to determine who might be in need of a coat in the community. They got busy and called those on the list and got coat sizes. They set up the Milford Senior Center as the site to pick up the coats.
The Lions Club Delivers! This Saturday, December 13th, the Italy Lions Club will host its 3rd Annul Breakfast with Santa. If you are unable to get out Saturday morning they will be happy to deliver to your door!
There are still lots of activities around our area to fill your holiday time. If you just stay in Italy on Saturday your whole day will be busy. Is travel on your mind? That’s ok too. Just take a look at the different events and you can plan many family activities.
The 1A Italy Gladiators competed against the 5A Trinity Christian Cedar Hill (TCCH) Tigers this past Saturday to decide the winner of the Italy Invitational Tournament. The game featured fast paced offenses, dramatic lead changes and a the winner wasn’t determined until the last seconds.
In the 2nd round of the Italy Invitational Tournament, the Italy Gladiators prove their worthy by defeating an athletic All Saints squad. This victory propells Italy into the Championship game, but the win didn’t come easy.
Who would have ever thought that I would open a restaurant? This was Juana Martinez’s (owner of Mamma’s Place) thoughts when her Pastor suggested she open a Mexican restaurant. “I had never even worked in a restaurant before,” stated Juana.
The trees are trimmed, the stockings are hung and the mistletoe proudly suspends from the ceiling in the hallway. The students of Italy High School have adorned the walls with various decorations and it is wonderful to walk around the school just to enjoy the scenery.
Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM the city of Italy will have it’s first annual Christmas Festival and Christmas parade. Santa Claus, his elves and even Frosty the Snowman will be on hand. They have also just added more fun to this festival. They will have cash prizes and other great giveaways!
Christmas songs could be heard as you entered the front door of Trinity Mission Tuesday morning. The beautiful singing was coming from the Stafford Elementary Kindergarten classes that came to entertain the residents.
Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church will host a benefit for Edwin & Lyndsey Wallace on Sunday, Dec 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm. The church is located at 117 Harris Street in Italy. Everyone is invited to participate.
Family and friends gathered at the Uptown Cafe as the ESD #3, Italy Fire Chief, Don Chambers and Captain Jackie Cate honored the local firemen at an appreciation dinner Monday night. Each volunteer was given an award for years of service.
Milford High School band was on a mission Monday, December 8th to spread Christmas cheer through their music.
The Italy Gladiator’s Varsity Boys would have to beat the Mildred Eagles in overtime to advance to the 2nd round of the Italy Invitational Tournament. However, a well coached Mildred squad was determined to pull off the upset.
The Italy City Council adopted and updated four ordinances at its monthly meeting held Monday evening in council chambers. The ordinances ranged from water deposit rates, to grease traps, police reserves and garage sales
The Italy Varsity Lady Gladiators win their second game of the season in dramatic fassion defeating the Mildred Lady Eagles in the 2nd round of the Italy Invitational Tournament. Italy Head Coach Stacy McDonald cried tears of joy after Italy’s second comeback win in two nights of competition.
The Varsity Lady Gladiators sporting their black uniforms were pumped up to battle the Waxahachie JV Lady Indians in the Italy Invitational Tournament Championship. The Lady Gladiators were forced to ‘circle the chariots’ since the Lady Indians were shooting jumpers and layups like precision arrows in this game.
In the first round of the Italy Invitational Tournament, the Italy Varsity Lady Gladiators would have to come from behind to beat the Venus Lady Bulldogs if they were to make it into the second round.
The Italy City Council will consider action on the city water rates and deposits during tonight’s regular city council meeting. The agenda is light on what they are considering doing to the rates, just that they plan to discuss it. Other agenda items include:
The fourth annual Reading Marathon will be in full swing Dec 8-12 at the Italy High School Library! Students, faculty and staff will be participating in a week-long event that will have someone constantly reading in the “Reading Parlor” in the library from 8 a.m. Monday morning until school dismisses at 3:20 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.
Alyssa is a beautiful two year old Domestic Short Hair calico cat. She has a good personality and likes to be loved on.
Italy Varsity Girls & Boys will be playing in the Italy Invitational Tournament Championship Saturday, Dec 6th. The Varsity Lady Gladiators play Saturday, at 6:00 p.m. for the championship. Italy’s Varsity Boys play in their championship game at 7:30 p.m. Everybody make it to the Coliseum and cheer loud for our Italy basketball squads and let’s get the Dome Rocking!
This week names were released for the District 13A All-District Honors for volleyball. Five Italy students received honors, as well as five from Avalon, four from Milford and four from Frost. The list reads as follows:
The Coliseum – Italy’s 7th grade boys make strong showing against a talented Hampton squad featuring one of the top Junior High prospects in the state. Also, Italy’s 8th grade boys show improvement as they leave it all on the court against the Hampton Phoenix.
Tis the season to be jolly and spread the joy of giving to others! There are several “Angel” trees in Italy and Milford with many “Angels” waiting to be adopted.
The holidays are here! There are so many activities that can fill your upcoming days and we list a few here for you. You and your family can have many opportunities to celebrate the upcoming season in style.
How about some basketball? If you are interested in some high school action, Italy High School is the place for you to be December 4-6 at the dome. Play begins at 9:00 am on Thursday.
The Coliseum – The Italy Junior High girls basketball squads competed with the upstart Hampton Preparatory School which is in it’s first year of operation. However, the Hampton Phoenix didn’t lack confidence as they gave it their all against Italy.
Otha G. “Butch” Eddlemon passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in Arlington after battling lung cancer.
The Junior High level UIL One Act Play competition was held November 22nd at Frost ISD. Milford ISD took second place. Khristy Strange (co-director) said, “ I have enjoyed working with this group. We worked hard and it paid off. All of the kids were fantastic."
The First Baptist Church youth group is taking orders for Poinsettias. This fundraiser will be raising money for the youth to go to camp. The camp is held at Three Mountains Retreat in Clifton, TX.
Italy High School Honor Rolls for the second six-weeks of the 2008-2009 school year:
The IYAA will be having its end of the season football/cheerleading banquet on Saturday, December 6, 2008. The festivities will start at 12:00 p.m. and end around 2:00 p.m. at the Stafford Elementary School gymnasium in Italy, Texas. Hotdogs and beverages will be provided before the trophy ceremonies.
The Italy Band Boosters will meet in the band hall at 7:00 on Tuesday, December 2nd. They will be covering the fundraising success, band trip and the spring calendar. All are invited to attend.