Check out your weekend at a glance

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.

Agenda: EDC will meet with Italy ISD

Image: EDC joint meeting agenda — Italy’s Economic Develepment Corporation will hold a joint meeting with Italy’s Independent School District board Monday, October 6.

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.

Monolithic Pumpkin lights up the night

Image: Monolithic Pumpkin — Monolithic Pumpkin and Cindy Sutherland welcoming in Fall.

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.

IYAA worked their Gladiator magic in Scurry

Image: Catch that Wildcat — Gladiator defense held the Wildcats back.

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.

Agenda: Italy city council meeting cancelled

Image: City meeting agenda 10/02/2008 — Thursday, October 2 Italy’s city council will meet concerning the Public Works director position. This meeting has been cancelled.

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.

An open invitation

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.

Jungle Safari for books at Stafford Elementary Book Fair

Image: Clifford gives hugs — Gary Clark, Sidney Lowenthal and Clifford the Big Red Dog all having a good time at the book fair.

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.

Lions Club helps local students with glasses

Image: Arval Gowin — Arval Gowin is president of the Italy chapter of the Lions Club.

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.

Whatever it takes

Image: Josh Trees, JK owner — “Whatever it takes, some days we work twelve hour days, sometimes we work twenty four hour days, we do whatever it takes,” explained Trees.

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.

IYAA Gladiators play hard at Blooming Grove

Image: Snapping into action — Italy “C” team playing Blooming Grove Lions last Saturday.

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.

Italy wins district opener 40-7

Image: Mascots — The Frost Polar Bear welcomes The Gladiator.

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.

Obituary: Lowell Hamilton (L.H.) Baker

Image: Lowell Hamilton (L.H.) Baker

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.

Agenda: Openings in EDC, city council and at city secretary

Image: City council agenda 09/27/2008 — Agenda for Italy city council called meeting concerning openings on the EDC, city council and at city secretary.

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.

Spirit soars among IHS students

Image: ITALY PRIDE  — ITALY PRIDE shines through these freshmen.  This is the original group.

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.

Local fact or folklore?

Image: Jenny Linn Kilemol — Jenny Linn Kilemol lived in the warehouse with her family until that fateful night in 1972. It is rumored she has returned to reek havoc with the Italy community.

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.

Corsicana Animal Shelter’s featured animal – Savannah

Image: Savannah — Savannah is a cute little terrier puppy looking for a permanent home. She would be a wonderful pet for someone that would love to be loved.

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.

Decorative Concrete – the name says it all

Image: Todd Graham — Todd Graham standing on the beautiful decorative concrete porch he recently did for Monolithic Constructors. Lots of hard work went into this but as you can see it is worth it.

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.

Italy city council approves application for $350,000 Block Grant

Image: Grant application budget — Breakdown of total project costs for water improvement project. If CDBG grant is approved, City of Italy must match 10 percent of the $350,000 grant.

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.

Agenda: City council calls for meeting tonight

Image: City council agenda 09/22/2008 — The council for the City of Italy has called a meeting to hold a public hearing concerning a Community Development Fund Grant for water system improvements.

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.

The Lion’s Club – worldwide local service

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.

Only the kitchen was burned by fire

Image: Fire damaged the kitchen — The kitchen fire did not damage the building, on Morgan Road. Construction materials used in the dome home make it fire resistant.

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.”

Sunday night Praise

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.

Italy wins over Malakoff

Image: Gladiators #1 — Diamond Rodgers thinks the Gladiators are #1.

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.

Italy ISD has a new website and a new Technology Director

Image: Kevin Witte — Kevin Witte, the new Italy ISD Technology Director.

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.

Agenda: Italy ISD called meeting addresses surplus property

Image: Italy ISD agenda — Agenda for September 22, 2008 called meeting of the Italy Independent School Board.

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.