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.
The Avalon ISD tax ratification election is Saturday, October 11, 2008 at the Avalon ISD library. Voting runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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.
The Lady Gladiators were on fire Tuesday night as they hosted the Lady Eagles in volleyball. Italy stepped up and won 3 sets — another mark in the win column. The final scores were 25-13, 25-14 and 25-16.
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.
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.
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.
Monday night at 6:30 p.m. Stafford Elementary was full of beautiful artwork, fun, laughter, and students with their parents. Stafford Elementary hosted their first art show of the year.
Monday afternoon, September 29 many Milford Volunteer firefighters were gathered at the Milford Fire Department in anticipation of receiving a grant for bunker gear.
Monday, October 6 the board of Italy ISD will conduct a joint meeting with Italy’s Economic Development Corporation. The specially called meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building at 101 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.
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.
Join us today at Applebee’s! Eat at your local Applebee’s, and 15% of your purchase will benefit Meals-on-Wheels!
If you want to have a little fun this week, come to Italy’s football field and watch the Junior or Senior girls win the title of Powder Puff Champions 2008.
Aaron, Adam and Angel are brothers and sister. They are beautiful kittens, three months old and full of energy with great personalities. They currently reside at the the Corsicana Animal Shelter.
The Lady Gladiators traveled to Covington on Saturday. The JV won their match against the Lady Owls but the Varsity was defeated in 4 sets.
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.
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.
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.
On behalf of Lions Club International, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all who helped in making this year’s vision clinic a great success.
The Italy City Council named John Droll to the city council at a called meeting Saturday morning in council chambers. He will replace the seat recently vacated by Jimmy Hyles.
Italy’s 7th and 8th grade Gladiator teams defeated the Hawks from Red Oak and the Frost Polar Bears to add a win to each of their records.
All three teams from IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) performed this past Saturday against Blooming Grove Lions. These kids are Kindergarden to 6th grade, divided into three teams. They are our future Italy Gladiators and the on the field training proves to be a good thing.
FROST — The Italy Gladiators came away with their second win of the season Friday night with a 40-7 win over the Frost Polar Bears. Clay Major led the Gladiators with 79 yards on five carries and three of them for touchdowns.
Lowell Hamilton (L.H.) Baker, 82, of Waxahachie, Texas passed away on September 25, 2008. He was the only child born to the late James Edward and Maggie Lucille Baker of Italy, Texas.
Editor’s note 27 September 2008, 9:30 a.m. Corrections and the addition of where to donate in lieu of flowers.
Saturday, Sept. 27 the city council of Italy will hold a called meeting. The agenda includes the appointment of two people to the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the consideration of someone to fill the vacancy on the city council. Action to select a city secretary is also on the agenda. The meeting is at 8 a.m. in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building at 101 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.
The Italy High School Regiment Band is performing at halftime at the Varsity football games and everyone needs to see them. They are awesome!
The undefeated Milford Lady Bulldogs scored another win against the Waxahachie Advantage Academy Eagles on Tuesday night. The Lady Bulldogs’ success has been attributed to hard work and a family atmosphere.
If you have attended any Gladiator football game this year, you probably noticed a group of young men that stand out among the crowd. They are young; however, that does not stop acts of pride and loyalty to their school from shining through. The young men are none other than “ITALY PRIDE”, freshman from Italy High School with an idea they would like to convey.
The Italy Lady Gladiators hosted the Blum Lady Cats in the dome Tuesday night. In three sets the Lady Cats added another notch to their district belt.
The Milford Bulldogs ran their record to 4 and 0 on the year with a 46 to zero Homecoming victory Friday night.
As a part of this year’s Johnson County United Way “Day of Caring,” we are in need of personal items.
Spirits were high Friday night, September 19 at Milford ISD’s Homecoming game. Everyone was excited and ready to win and the hometown did, Milford 46 and Jonesboro 0.
If you look in the sky towards McDonald’s, you might see smoke. Not to worry. It is a controlled burn.
Coaches Andi Windham and Jennifer Reeves are sporting a big smile today, because both Italy JV and Varsity won their volleyball matches against the Lady Bears from Frost this past weekend.
Most small towns all over the country are full of history and Italy is no exception. They have something else in common, too — folklore. Italy is rich with it. As all the old timers will tell you, Italy has had her share of strange tales throughout the years. The folklore seems to surface around the time of harvest or Halloween every year.
Savannah is a female Terrier Mix, she is five months old. She is an adorable little dog with lots of energy. She was born at the Corsicana Animal Shelter and was adopted when she was about eight weeks old. Tearfully, the family that adopted her had to bring her back to the shelter when they could no longer care for her. Savannah would be a wonderful pet for someone who is looking to have lots of love and excitement rolled up in one cute puppy.
Have you met Jessica Simon yet? A cheerful young woman of 20 years. A woman with a purpose. She is headed to Reynosa, Mexico for two months on a mission and she could use your help.
As I entered the cafeteria on Monday evening, September 15 at Milford ISD, I was overcome with the most wonderful aroma of lasagna filtering through the air.
Todd Graham lived in College Station, Texas about ten years ago where he owned a business that made extruded concrete landscape edging. He decided to try the “corporate America” scene. He sold his business and moved to Midlothian, Texas where he went to work for “big box” store Target. He was the manager over the distribution warehouse. He worked for Target for about four and a half years and decided he really liked working for himself better than working for someone else.
Larry Mayberry was named the Italy School District’s first Employee of the Month at the monthly school board meeting held Monday, Sept. 22.
In a called meeting Monday night, the Italy City Council held a public hearing to discuss a Community Development Fund Grant for water system improvements. No citizens were present at the meeting. The council unanimously approved a resolution for the submission of an application for a Texas Community Development Block Grant to the Office of Rural Community Affairs.
The EDC regularly scheduled meeting has been cancelled, but Italy’s city council has scheduled a called meeting for tonight. A public hearing will be held to discuss a Community Development Fund Grant for water system improvements. The council will then decide whether or not to submit a CDFG application for the improvements introduced in the hearing. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, located at 101 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.
I have had the privilege to serve in the Italy Lions Club for the past three years. My first year I served as the Tail twister then, as the Vice President and, currently I serve as President. It has been one of my best experiences serving under Mark Souder during this time. Our guiding Lions Club of Waxahachie has been most helpful in getting this club reestablished.
Thursday evening was quiet until the fire department and sheriff’s department was called to the domes on Morgan Road. Dome renter, Jimmy Watt, was coming home from work when he heard an alarm from inside his home. He opened the door to see things in the kitchen melted, cabinets burned and soot on everything from a fire that had extinguished itself. “I thought my radio alarm was beeping when I walked up to my door,” Watt said, “but it was the smoke alarm.”
Central Baptist Church is hosting a Praise and Worship service every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone on Main Street in Italy. Young and young at heart are encouraged to attend and worship with the praise band. Anyone in the community is invited and encouraged to attend.
Berlin R. Compton, 93, of Corsicana, passed away on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 in Corsicana.
The Italy Gladiators gave their hometown fans their money’s worth and more on Friday night when they beat the Malakoff Tigers 33-8. Italy played as a team and dominated their opponent on both sides of the ball which made the game of football look easy.
With the hiring of the new technology director, Kevin Witte, Italy ISD boasts a new website. If you take a quick peek, you might think it’s kind of fancy and easily readable. "We are now using a Content Management System which allows us to easily input and control a variety of information and school news by multiple authors, managers and publishers.
Monday, September 22, the Italy ISD board will hold a called meeting. A public forum will be followed by administrative and financial reports. Two surplus vehicles will be discussed and insurance through the TASB will be up for approval. The last item of business on the agenda is personnel considerations. The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in High School Band Hall at 300 South College Street. All are welcome to attend.
Carroll Grimes is another wonderful addition to Avalon ISD. She graduated from Texas A&M Commerce and landed her first teaching job at Corsicana ISD where she taught Kindergarten and second grade.