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.

Selected Events Around Texas

If you are out and about this weekend, you might want to travel a little and look at the different sights Texas has to offer. Just look at this…

Days in November

Image: Trevor could be yours — This is Trevor and he will be at Days in November at College Park Mall in Corsicana on Saturday. He is just one of many animals that will be there for adoption.

Saturday at College Park Mall in Corsicana, the city of Corsicana will be holding their “Days in November” annual arts and crafts show. Along with the craft show, Corsicana Animal Shelter will be there with many animals to be adopted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be about six cats and 10 or more small dogs for adoption.

Italy High School to honor local veterans

On Tuesday November 11, 2008, Italy High School will honor local veterans for their service and sacrifices made for our country and our freedom. All veterans and their families are invited to meet at 10 a.m. in the high school library for a meet and greet. Refreshments will be served at that time. At 10:30, there will be a program in the dome to commemorate Veterans Day. David Henderson, an IHS graduate who died in the line of duty in Viet Nam in 1968 will be honored this year.

Lord’s Acre sale

Image: Carter and Jan Parker — The First United Methodist Church of Italy hosted a carnival, an auction called by Pee Wee Carter and a barbecue dinner Saturday night.

On Saturday, the First United Methodist Church of Italy hosted a Lord’s Acre sale. There were carnival games and prizes, Sponge Bob bounce house, hot dogs and fresh popcorn, a BBQ dinner and an auction.

IHS Band Hosts Second Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Image: Italy High School Band — You are invited to the 2nd Annual IHS Band Spaghetti Supper at the Uptown Café this Saturday, November 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Italy High School Regiment Band and their Boosters are hosting the band’s Second Annual Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, November 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be door prizes and raffle tickets. This is a major fundraiser for the kid’s camp, equipment and other needs.

Election results

Though the Presidential race took center stage, many other candidates and options were voted on during the elections. Here are the results.

Come to the last IYAA home football games

We cordially invite all of our fans to come and enjoy the final IYAA home football games of the 2008 season. On Saturday, November 8, the C-Team will start at 9 a.m., the B-Team will start at 10:30 a.m. and the A-Team will start at 12 p.m. “Get your popcorn ready!”

National Alzheimer’s Awareness month

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. It is a time designated for reflection, receiving information and the importance of finding breakthroughs. This national awareness month was appointed 25 years ago and research has come far since then but still has a mountain to climb.

Free Healthy Hooves clinic

Ellis County Equine Association is hosting a free clinic on “Healthy Hooves” with local farrier Scott Inmon on Saturday, November 8 at 10 a.m., at the Flying Dollar Ranch on 230 Chambers Drive in Italy. For more information contact Julie Hinz at 972-483-7774.

The Pre-Christmas Craft Fair is back

Image: Cute lawn snowmen — Lots of cute items like this will be for sale at the craft fair.

Where are you going on Saturday, November 8? I know where you could be going. You could be attending the Pre-Christmas craft fair at Waxahachie High School in Waxahachie, Texas.

Sample ballot for elections

Image: Sample ballot, page 1 — November 4 is election day, vote and have your choices be counted.

Tuesday, November 4 is election day. Unless you’ve mailed it in or voted early, this is your chance to cast a ballot for the candidates and issues. The polls for Italy are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Wayne Boze Chapel at 161 W. Main Street. For more information read "Early voting starts today" from October 20 on the Italy Neotribune.

Adopt Me – Martin and Molly

Image: Martin — You can call this one your own!

Martin is a beautiful four-month-old male kitten and really needs a permanent home. He is always ready to play and wants to be loved. He needs to be adopted soon.

Fall Festival fun

Image: Fishing fun

Friday evening, October 31 at 6:30 p.m., all the fun began at First Baptist Church of Italy with their Fall Festival.

Fall Carnival fun

Image: Jump house fun — How high can Bailey Eubank jump?

Friday, October 31 was Halloween and Stafford Elementary did it up right for their students. Throughout the day the students were invited to play games, jump in a jump house and get their faces painted.