Frost Hosts Basketball Camp

Image: Harlem Globetrotters — After 82 years of exciting basketball exhibitions, a new generation of players are still thrilling audiences of all ages.  The Globetrotters have played more than 25,000 games, entertaining everyone from Presidents to Popes.

On Saturday, November 22, Frost High School will host a basketball camp for kids 3rd grade through 8th grade 9:00 am to approximately noon. This is no ordinary basketball camp. Ty “Hollywood” Brown of Harlem Globetrotter fame will be in charge.

Adopt Me – Mandy and Star

Image: Mandy — Mandy is a 8 year old Cocker Spaniel looking for a home.

Mandy is a female Cocker Spaniel who is about 8 years old. Mandy was picked up by Animal Control and brought to the Corsicana Animal Shelter. She has cataracts in both eyes and may be a little hard of hearing. She would make someone a wonderful pet. She really needs a good home.

The IYAA competes in Conference Championship games

Image: Fighting For Yards — 80 – Isaac Salcido tries to fight his way through the Wildcat defensive line during the B Division’s Conference Championship game against Scurry Rosser this past Saturday in, an extremely cold, Hubbard, Texas.

The IYAA C-Team Gladiators had to endure a bitterly cold 9:00 a.m. game start to compete for the Conference Championship against the Scurry Rosser Wildcats. Scurry’s previous loss to the Gladiators and the frigid weather didn’t detour them as the Wildcats jumped out to a 19-6 halftime lead.

Council reviews city ordinances

The Italy City Council met for a called meeting Tuesday evening to discuss various ordinances. These include the water ordinance, grease trap for restaurants ordinance, the vicious animal ordinance, the peddlers and street vendor ordinance, alarm system ordinance, and others.

Louder, I Can’t Hear You

Image: Family eating breakfast — Rachel Strange – Mom, Jaquay Brown-Junior, Megan Price – Ann and Eric Evans – Oscar, all eating breakfast.

Yesterday evening at 7:00 PM Milford’s Junior High presented their one act play, “Louder, I Can’t Hear You”. Along with the play you could bid on delicious baked goods and also enjoy some ice cream while watching a great performance.

Obituary: Bobby M. Hugghins, 1947-2008

Image: Bobby M. Hugghins — Born to Jessie and Bobbie Jean Hugghins of Italy, Texas on September 25, 1947
Departed on November 17, 2008 and resided in Italy, Texas.

Bobby Mack Hugghins, life-long resident of Italy, Texas, died on November 17, 2008. Services will be held at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Italy on Thursday, November 20, at 10AM with Reverend Jim Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Waxahachie City Cemetery.

Class donates football to school district

Image: Prized Possession — The CBI class donated a Dallas Cowboy autographed football to the school district.

The Community Based Instruction (CBI) Class at Italy High School displayed their unselfishness at the Italy School Board of Trustee’s monthly meeting held Monday night. The CBI class, taught by Kelly Vernon, won the football signed by more than two dozen Dallas Cowboys at Italy’s Homecoming in October. The class donated the football to the school district at the meeting.

Italy Fire Department Shows Up Quick

Image: Fire At Monolithic Property — The burn ban is off in Ellis County but there is a red flag warning in affect at this time.

Monolithic Constructors sometimes burns green waste. Their property is located outside of the city limits. Monday was no exception except the choice to burn that day was probably not a good idea.

Agenda: Italy ISD business manager vacancy

Image: Italy ISD Agenda — Italy ISD Agenda for a regular school board meeting on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 7 p.m.

Kelly Vernon and students plan to give a special presentation at the Italy ISD regular school board meeting tonight. The board will also discuss what to do with the additional funds from the recent tax changes approved by the voters. Other business includes the standard reports. The planned executive session includes discussing the Business Manager vacancy and school property at 500 College Street. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the administration offices at the high school. Everyone is invited to attend.

Five Christmas dinners

Image: Milford Police Chief Phoenix — Chief Phoenix is the man to contact to donate food for the five Christmas dinners.

The City of Milford has come up with a new way to help folks at Christmas time. They are going to provide dinners for five families.

Cupboards Are Bare-Your Help Is Needed

The plea has been issued. The Italy Ministerial Alliance is searching for more food. With serving over 40 families in the Italy and Milford area, the food pantry is depleted. Families are in need and the Food Pantry wants to help them.

A shoebox of Christmas joy

Image: Operation Christmas Child — It is time to submit shoeboxes filled with goodies for children around the world.  Samaritan’s Purse will distribute these boxes by Christmas.

If you are interested in participating in Operation Christmas Child, please submit your filled shoeboxes to Italy’s First United Methodist, Central Baptist or First Baptist by Sunday, November 16. It is time to turn in the gift boxes.

Last 5th Quarter For The Year

Image: Talleri and Barnard — Central Baptist youth minister, Chris Talleri, and special guest, John Barnard of Middleman Skateboards, befriended the students with skateboarding talents.  Skateboarding Ministry is a specialty of John’s.

Friday night was the last night for 5th Quarter at Cornerstone on Main Street in Italy. Kids from 7th-12th grade were invited to participate in food and fun, that included a special guest.

Adventures In Texas

There are many fun things to do in this great state of ours. Here are some ideas for this week.

Thank You

We want to thank “everyone” but most especially the Italy Fire Department for their valiant efforts and time spent trying to save our house Saturday night.

Lady Gladiators tip-off basketball season

Image: Lady Gladiators Begin Their Season — The Varsity Gladiators hosted the Lady Bulldogs from Dawson Tuesday night.  Their season has begun.

The Italy Lady Gladiators JV and Varsity squads tipped-off their 2008-2009 basketball seasons Thursday night at the Italy Gladiators Coliseum. The Varsity girls were outfitted in brand new uniforms as they competed against the Dawson Lady Bulldogs in a very physical ball game.

Veterans Remembered and Honored

Image: The Stars and Stripes — Italy High School students, faculty and staff honored Veterans on Tuesday

On Tuesday, Pablo Jacinto was honored as well as other Veterans in Italy. The community assembled and took a few minutes to honor the ones who gave everything to help keep us free.

Stafford Elementary honors the Veterans

Image: Honored Veterans — Veterans standing tall and being recognized.

The gymnasium at Stafford Elementary at 9:00AM on Tuesday was packed. It was packed with proud veterans, proud parents and proud grandchildren. Everyone was gathered there to honor the men and women that served our country in various branches of the military.

House lost in fire

Image: Front view

Saturday evening the Italy, Milford and Forreston fire departments were called out to a house fire at the corner of Harpold and Park St. in Italy, Texas.

IYAA football ends regular season hungry for more!

Image: The Stare Down — The C-Team Defense was trained on the Palmer Bulldogs offense looking determined to keep them from scoring at the last IYAA home game in Italy on Saturday.

The IYAA football teams wrap up their regular season and prepare for playoffs! In the playoffs this Saturday, November 15, B division’s third ranked Italy B-Team (6-2) will play Scurry Rosser. Undefeated C Divison Champions the Italy C-Team (8-0) will play Scurry Rosser as well. Let’s all make it to the games and support our young players in Hubbard!

Corsicana Animal Shelter Update and Adoption Plea

Image: Even Mallory got adopted. — Mallory was going to be featured in “Adopt Me” article but now she is busy enjoying a new home.

Saturday, November 8th, College Park Mall in Corsicana held their annual arts and craft show. Corsicana Animal Shelter had a booth set up there hoping to adopt out some of their animals. It was a great success for the homeless animals. Fifteen adult dogs were adopted and found new homes. There were six cats that were up for adoption and all six got adopted.

Veteran’s Day

Image: How proud it waves — The flag of the United States of America, the symbol of our freedom and the banner of our veterans.

Freedom, wonderful freedom. I have never fought in a war. I have never lost a child to war. Yet, I am allowed to live in a land that is free due to great sacrifice of others. I take for granted that I can go home each night to a warm, safe house and sleep in a warm bed. I have no worries of bombs going off where I lay trying to sleep. I don’t worry about trudging through foreign lands and foreign terrain praying I don’t step on a land mine or turn a corner and run into the enemy staring down his gun.

Milford Angel Tree

Image: Angel Tree — This Angel tree already has seven angels on it.

The Milford Police department is sponsoring their fifth annual Angel Tree. Today, Monday, November 10th is the first day Milford Police department is taking names of children that are going to need your help with Christmas this year. They already have seven angels on the tree.

Visit Bethlehem-You’ll Be Glad You Did

Image: The Marketplace — The Marketplace in Bethlehem is very busy.  Peddlers selling their wares to customers as they pass by.

The month of December is quickly approaching. It will be busy but you can take time out and have fun activities planned with your family. Pencil this on your calendar. Bethlehem Revisited in an intriguing view of the past. Walking among characters from 2000 years ago keeps you looking to see what is around the next corner.

Garcia and Trees to address council / EDC discussion planned

Image: City Council Agenda — Page 1 of the Italy City Council meeting agenda for November 10, 2008.

A straightforward Italy City Council meeting is expected for tonight. The city council’s regular meeting will include a presentation by Albert Garcia and Josh Trees, a request by Javier Gonzalez to abandon a street going through his property, action on water line grant project, action regarding the economic development board, purchase orders, and an ordinance workshop.

IHS Seniors Take Last Walk At Willis Field

Image: Coach Sollers Consoles — Coach Sollers consoled Curtis Cole after a difficult loss against Itasca.  Curtis will also graduate this year from Italy High School.

The Italy Gladiators played football Friday night but they also finished another chapter in their high school books. Senior football players made their last tackle, cheerleaders yelled their last football chant and the band marched for their last halftime performance. And, yes, there were tears…

Christmas Wish

Image: ’Tis the season — Soon the season will be upon us. Let us help others at Christmas time.

Do you know of a family who won’t have Christmas this year? Or, do you know a family that just needs a little help at Christmas this year?

Frosty and friend

Image: Monolithic snowmen — You will see these friendly snowmen bobbing hello to all those who pass by on Highway 35, in Italy, Texas.

You know it is getting close to Christmas when you drive down Highway 35 in Italy, Texas and you see two large friendly snowmen bobbing back and forth as if they are welcoming in the Christmas season.

November Meals on Wheels update

Image: Meals on Wheels

The “Volunteer Spotlight” this month is focused on Gary Pickerill of Red Oak, Texas. After 45 years of driving a truck for Central Freight Lines, Gary retired and put his driving skills to good use delivering meals to the elderly, disabled and homebound.