Milford One Act Play brings home the awards

Image: Rachel Strange — Rachel Strange won Best actress in the UIL competition.

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."

Poinsettias for Sale

Image: Poinsettias for Sale — The sale of these Poinsettias will send a youth to camp.

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.

IYAA Sports banquet and Basketball sign-ups

Image: I.Y.A.A. Sports Banquet — The IYAA Sports banquet honoring local youth will be Saturday, December 6, 2008 starting at 12:00 p.m. and ending around 2:00 p.m. at the Stafford Elementary gymnasium in Italy, Texas. “The winning tradition starts here.”

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.

Adopt Me – Alyssa and Sasha

Image: Alyssa  — Alyssa is looking for a loving family.

Alyssa is a female cat about 2 years old. She is a dilute calico in color. She is a friendly, lovable cat that is ready to find a “fur-ever “home.

Thanksgiving Day

Image: Happy Thanksgiving Day! — A beautiful fall picture for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Those of us that are fortunate enough to live in the United States of America have so much to be thankful for.

Italy folks and what makes them unique-Jesus Perez

Image: Jesus Perez — Italy High School has the honor of having Jesus Perez as the band director.  He is in his third year at Italy.

Jesus Perez has loved music since he was a small child. He was raised in a musically inclined family so music surrounded him as far back as he can remember. While growing up, his father played and sang in a gospel band. His brother. Luis, plays bass, sax and guitar. He has a one year old nephew that has already shown signs of becoming a drummer one day much to his delight.

$200 Reward for lost dog

Image: Dirk — Dirk, a brown, white chested dog with black spots was lost. The Garcia family is offering a $200 return for their family pet. If you see him, please call 214-364-8558, or 469-474-1313.

Dirk, a brown, white chested dog with black spots was lost. The Garcia family is offering a $200 return for their family pet. If you see him, please call 214-364-8558, or 469-474-1313.

Party held to honor Josh Milligan

Image: Essay Winner — Josh Milligan and Navarro College Professor Jodi Price pose for a picture during the party honoring Josh’s Essay Contest win.

Josh was honored on Monday morning at Italy High School with a breakfast party during the class. Dr. Harold Nolte, President of Navarro College in Waxahachie, paid for all the refreshments to celebrate Josh’s win.

The Brothers Garcia book review

We will have, from time to time, guest reviewers of popular new books at the Library. I’d like to introduce our first book reviewers, the Brothers Garcia (also know as Eli and Isacc). They are the sons of Albert and Davee Garcia and the brothers of Adela Jean. These lads simply tore through the book collection this summer and it was a wonderful thing to see, indeed!

Agenda: Busy meeting planned for Italy EDC

Image: Italy EDC Agenda — Italy Economic Development Corporation meeting agenda, page 1.

The Italy Economic Development Corporation plans to meet Monday night. On the agenda for consideration: EDC charter, EDC website, resignation of Kinze, seven member limit, by-laws, administration, delinquent franchise tax notice, future joint meetings. It sounds like a busy meeting. The Italy EDC will meet in the city council chambers behind the police station, next to city hall. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Who’s your favorite high school mascot?

Image: Italy Gladiators’ Mascot — The uniquely named, Italy Gladiators’ Mascot, needs Italy fans to vote in order to be crowned the best mascot in Texas (poll ends at midnight Sunday).

The Italy Gladiators mascot has made the final Daily Ticket selection of best and most unique team names. It’s time to show some spirit for our school mascot and cast your vote in this fun & exciting poll before Monday!

Letters from Santa

Image: Santa Claus — Surprise your child with a letter from Santa!

Wouldn’t it be great to surprise your child with a letter from Santa Claus from the North Pole? If you would like to do that, then the Italy Post Office is at your service.

Uptown Cafe makes top forty in Texas Monthly

Image: Doris Mitchell — Doris Mitchell holding the coveted Texas Monthly declaring her restaurant to be one of the top forty cafes in Texas.

Uptown Cafe was rated as one of the top forty Texas cafes by the Texas Monthly magazine. The “secret restaurant shoppers” from Texas Monthly had visited over three hundred cafes in the state of Texas and selected our own Uptown Cafe.

Are You Going Somewhere This Week?

Events are everywhere this week. Would you like to visit the theater? How about an orchestra? Check out the following activities to see something wonderful.

Canned Food Drive At Italy High School

National Honor Society and Student Council are sponsoring their annual canned food drive at Italy High School. The food will be donated to the local food pantry. From Nov. 4-Dec 12, students are able to bring non-perishable items to their homeroom teacher.

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.