Adopt me – Shaggy and Savannah

Image: Shaggy — Shaggy is a lovable dog in need of a home.

Shaggy is a three-year-old male Briard mix. He weighs 60 pounds and is the best dog. He is good with a crowd, good with other animals and good with kids. He is house trained, walks on a leash — just a great dog.

Italy ISD to review FIRST rating and TRE results

Image: FIRST Public hearing agenda — The Italy ISD board of directors will review Italy’s FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating and take public comment on the state report.
Tonight, the board of directors will conduct a public hearing to review and take comments on Italy ISD’s rating from FIRST — Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. In a regular meeting the directors will recognize Melissa Bedard as Employee of the Month; review academic, financial and enrollment reports; and look at the Tax Rollback Election (TRE) results. Personnel considerations will include the appointment of Athletic Director and Business Manager. The board will also consider changing the meeting place for board meetings. The public hearing will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the regular board meeting at 7 p.m. in the Italy Administration building at 300 South College. All are welcome to attend.

Belk to have a charity sale

Image: Jan Parker has tickets — Jan Parker, Coordinator of the Lord’s Acre Sale, has tickets enough for everyone. They are $5 and every penny goes to First United Methodist of Italy Lord’s Acre, plus you get a little something too.

Do you shop at Belk’s Department Store? If you don’t now, you might change your mind when you read about the charity event they are hosting. The closest store is located on Hwy 77 near the Target in Waxahachie. On Saturday, November 15, Belk is hosting a sale to benefit First United Methodist Church of Italy and other local charities.

Gladiators bring home another district win

Image: The Gladiators win — The Gladiators bursting out of the tunnel, bearing their banner high and ready to play.

HUBBARD — Trying new plays paid off for the Italy Gladiators Friday night with a 28-8 win over the Hubbard Jaguars. Quarterback Jasenio Anderson led the Gladiators with 109 yards rushing and 163 yards passing. He hit his receivers 10 of 13 for 141 yards in the first half alone.

October 18 is Sweetest Day

Now here is a day dedicated just for your sweetie! It is an opportunity for you to so something special for that sweet and special someone in your life. It doesn’t matter who that person is, or what their relationship is to you. They just have to be “sweet” in order to get a little special attention.

Italy JV hands Life Charter 32-22 loss

Image: IHS JV team — The IHS Junior High Cheerleaders form the victory line for JV.

Life Charter found it difficult to contain Justin Buchanan Thursday night at Willis field. Buchanan racked up 76 yards rushing and 192 yards passing. With only 12 players, Italy had their work cut out for them and would have to play both ways with little or no relief. They handled the challenge and proved they would do whatever it takes to bring home the victory.

A fun thing to do with the kids

Image: James made a hat — James Youngblood has created his fun hat with a cookie, frosting and an ice cream cone.

“Sundaes for Sunday” is held once a month at the First United Methodist Church in Italy and everyone is invited. Here is a fun craft to do with the kids.

Mum is the word

Image: Mums to be decorated — These beautiful mums are justing waiting for charms and glitz.

The Italy Gladiator’s Homecoming game is Friday, October 24. We all know what that means — football, queens, kings, a dance, a parade, mums and garters!

Events around the state

Whether it’s Waxahachie or Waco, you can check this calendar for things to do around the state of Texas this weekend.

Let’s help Chloe Evans hear

Image: Chloe Evans — Chloe needs hearing aids. Lets all help her get some by enjoying a spaghetti lunch and silent auction.

Chloe Evans is the beautiful, 22 month old daughter of Ty and Kim Evans. This little girl is full of personality, you can just see it in her expressions and hear it in her laughter.

Michelle Kathleen Medlin-Hodges, 1974-2008

Image: Michelle Kathleen Medlin-Hodges — December 26, 1974-October 13, 2008.

Michelle was devoted to her faith, family and friends. She loved being outdoors. Give her a fishing pole and she was as happy as she could be. She always had a smile to share with anyone who needed one. Michelle loved to be surrounded by family and friends.

Donovan Lusk’s continuing story

Image: The Lusk family — Amanda, Donovan, Darrin and April Lusk, a family picture.

Darrin and Amanda Lusk have a beautiful little boy, Donovan. Donovan has been fighting against Batten disease for well over a year now. He has been quite the courageous little champion.

Food, fun and Guitar Hero

Image: 5th Quarter — IHS students have fun at the Cornerstone.

Calling all seventh-twelfth grade students to participate in 5th Quarter. What is 5th Quarter, you ask? Activities designed for the teenager to have fun and fellowship at a safe place after the home football game.

Stafford Elementary Awards ceremony

Image: 2nd Grade All B’s

Friday morning in the Stafford Elementary gym, the bleachers were packed with proud parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. And proud they should be! Miss Maevers said there were more awards given out this time then any other time she can remember.

Eyeglass donation locations

Lions Club International is a worldwide organization that helps citizens of all ages with glasses and vision problems. Some vision problems may be corrected by a pair of glasses. Others may require a surgical procedure.

Bake sale and food drive

On behalf of the Italy Lions Club we want to say thank you to one and all who helped us to raise over $200 for our scholarship fund. We would also like to express gratitude for everything donated to the food drive for The Italy Ministerial Alliance.

Special and regular meetings for Italy city council

Image: Special council meeting — The Italy city council will recognize the Italy’s Youth Athletic Association.

Tonight the city council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. to recognize Italy’s Youth Athletic Association. At 6:30 p.m. the council will hold its regular meeting. Approval of recent bills and council meeting minutes start the business of the evening. The city secretary and court clerk positions and other personnel status will be discussed. A presentation by P.J. Libel, the consideration of adopting various fees, department reports and council comments finish the agenda. Meetings will be in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal building at 105 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.

Kidnapping: Was it real or hoax?

Image: What happened to the Mascot — The Gladiator Mascot was dragged kicking and screaming from the sidelines.  They only left a ransom note.

Do you remember the game from your childhood when friends asked you a question and before your response, you had to choose between truth or dare? Or, sitting around the fire at night and telling ghost stories? Listening to eery noises or those things that go bump in the night. These are times to be watchful and to take care. You never know what is lurking around the corner and what is real…

Adopt me – Carla and Cloe

Image: Carla — Carla would love to go home with you!

Carla and Cloe are two of the cutest little kittens you have ever seen. They reside at the Corsicana Animal Shelter and are looking for a permanent home. They are about four months old. They both have great personalities and love to play. They are typical kittens, they like to climb, play, pounce and tumble.

The Circus is coming to Italy

Image: Come to the Circus — Come to the circus and have family time.

What are you and your family doing on Tuesday, October 14? I know where you could be going — to the Circus! That’s right, the Circus will be here at the Italy Wayne Boze Chapel. The shows are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Gladiator effort falls short

Image: Jacob Simon — Jacob Simon stands at attention as the flag is raised. Simon graduated in 2005 from IHS and has served seven months in Iraq.  He still serves our country today.

ITALY – The Gladiators looked like a different team than the one that smothered Frost two weeks ago. This week’s team added a loss in their district column when the Axtell Longhorns came to Willis Field and took home the 18-13 win on Friday night. Italy was inactive last week which could have been a factor in the contest.

IHS 9th grade has fundraiser

Image: Autographed NFL Cowboys football — 2008 Cowboys’ football will be given away during halftime at Homecoming.

Homecoming in Italy is October 24 and not only is it a time for tradition, alumni, crowns and bragging rights, it is a time for fundraising — and is this a good one. Think Christmas gift.

Halloween Horse Show

Get your horse’s costume ready! The Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy, Texas, is hosting a Halloween Horse Show on Saturday, October 25, with events beginning at 9 a.m.

Ellis County softball team takes tourney

Image: Taking home the trophy — The Travelers, Ellis County 12-and-under softball team pose with the Garland Fall Invitational trophy. Competing against 16 other teams from around the state of Texas — mainly around the Metroplex — these young ladies won first place.

The 12-and-under team, “The Travelers”, have won the Garland Fall Invitational. They played seven games and won them all. Some of these girls are future Lady Gladiators. Congratulations, Travelers!

Out and about in the State of Texas this week

Your time is important and checking a lot of different resources to create your plans might waste some. Please feel free to check out our calendar to see what is happening around the State of Texas for this week.

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.