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.

Charlotte Morgan Knock Out winner

Image: Charlotte Morgan — Charlotte Morgan, the winner of Knock Out.

When you walked into Stafford Elementary, Thursday, October 30 lots of laughter and cheering was heard through out the gymnasium. Stafford Elementary teachers were playing “Knock Out” (a basketball game) for a prize, as all the students cheered on their teachers.

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Lil’ Dab Embroidery

Image: Sandy Dabney — Sandy Dabney, owner of Lil’ Dab Embroidery.

A business of my own, what a scary idea! What if no one would really want to have items embroidered? We have a lot of bills, what if we can’t pay them? Then what?

Pumpkin contest at Stafford Elementary

Image: First place winner — The “world” pumpkin, won first place.

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins. But these were not just any ordinary pumpkins — oh no! These were pretty pumpkins, scary pumpkins and all kinds of decorated pumpkins. There were spider pumpkins, witches and pirate pumpkins, just to name a few.

Little red calf added to auction

Image: Little Red — This little guy has been added to the list of auction items.  The auction begins at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 124 Harpold in Italy.

On November 1, there will be an auction. The likes of which you haven’t seen in a long time. Not only will there be gift certificates and themed baskets to bid on, but collectables and antiques as well. And, of course, no auction is complete without a calf. Read on, to see the list…

IYAA celebrates Homecoming

Image: Annie and Grace — IYAA hosted Rice Bulldogs on Saturday for Homecoming. Annie Perry and Graice Haight get introduced at Homecoming.

The Italy Youth Athletic Association hosts Homecoming every year around the same time as Italy High School’s Homecoming. This year was no different. On Saturday, October 25, after a wonderful day in the parade, the football teams — A, B, and C — played football against the Rice Bulldogs.

Italy Ministerial Alliance food pantry update

The Italy Ministerial Alliance (IMA) food pantry is open every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Italy First United Methodist Church at 124 Harpold. Serving over 40 families this year, the food pantry is gearing up for the holiday season and needs your help.

Cooking for a Cure available again

Image: Cooking for a Cure — “It is a wonderful cookbook and the proceeds go to Relay For Life Central Ellis County.”

Cooking for a Cure cookbooks are back for a limited time. They are available at the Plaid Donkey in Waxahachie and the Magic Mirror in Italy. The price is $20 and proceeds will benefit Relay For Life Central Ellis County.

Lady Gladiators host Kopperl in season finale

Image: Lady Gladiators — The Lady Gladiators line up for the start.

On Tuesday night, the Lady Gladiators played their last game for the season against Kopperl. They gave a good fight but could not push past the competitors. They lost the match in 3 sets. The score: Kopperl def. Italy 25-20, 25-19 and 26-24. The Lady Eagles add another win to their belt.

Fundraiser for Donovan Lusk

Image: Uptown Cafe — This was the place to be Saturday night.

The hearts of the citizens of Italy are compassionate, loving and selfless. This was certainly proven on Saturday night, October 25 at the Donovan Lusk fundraiser. Uptown Italy was bustling with hungry folks enjoying a wonderful dinner at the Up Town Cafe. Then they were seen at Wayne Boze’s community center bidding on terrific items in the Silent Auction in order to raise money for Donovan and his family.

Flying Dollar Ranch’s Halloween Horse Show

Image: Best Overall costume — Brooke Lewis of Ennis and her horse Ms Cool Fleet won “Best Overall” in the costume contest for their depiction of Princess Fiona and a dragon from the movie Shrek.

Local equestrians suited up in spooktacular costumes for the Flying Dollar Ranch’s Halloween Horse Show and Play Day on October 25 in Italy. Brooke Lewis of Ennis and her horse Ms Cool Fleet won “Best Overall” in the costume contest for their depiction of Princess Fiona and a dragon from the movie Shrek.

Thanks for your prayers and calls

We would like to express our thanks to everyone for their prayers and calls during Bob Mack’s recent hospital stay. He is at home now and we still need everyone’s prayers. We are thankful for our Italy family.

George Scott legacy aids local students

Image: Scholarship recipients — (L-R) Cameron Owens, Barbara Barnhart, Jenna Bankhead, Kalin Davis, Danielle Cotter and Chelsea Spraberry

George Scott always had a vision that students from Italy High School that desired to attend college would be able to do so. He also realized that in reality, some students could not afford to do so. Had he not passed away in 1991, he could see today that his dream has become a reality due to the hard work of several people and the generosity of many others.

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Todd Gray called to Central Baptist Church of Italy

Image: Todd and Tammy Gray — Todd Gray is the new pastor for Central Baptist Church of Italy. Todd and his wife have two children, Isaac and Autumn.

Sunday, October 26, 2008, was exciting for Central Baptist Church of Italy, as the Church called Todd Gray to be its new pastor. Todd and his wife, Tammy, are coming to CBC from San Antonio, where for the last two years he was the pastor of Larkspur Christian Fellowship and also taught senior adult Sunday School for Churchill Baptist.

Red Ribbon week

Image: Red Ribbon week — There are better things to do than drugs.

Monday morning at 9 a.m. students at Stafford Elementary began Red Ribbon week activities. Accompanied by Mrs. Bedard, school counselor, and Rita Garza, school nurse, children put their hand prints on a huge red banner signifying their desire to live a drug free life.

IHS mock election registration

The government class at Italy High School is sponsoring a Presidential “Mock Election”, on election day Tuesday, November 4 during A & B lunch. We are going to be registering students Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday — October 29-31 during A & B Lunch. Students, forgetting to register is giving up your right to vote. Protect that right, register.

Chloe Evan’s fundraiser

Image: Chloe and her dad — Ty Evans and his daughter Chloe.

Saturday afternoon Milford ISD was filled with compassionate, loving and caring citizens of Milford, Texas. Everyone came out in support of little Chloe Evan’s need of a hearing aid. The response to her need was heartwarming and heartfelt.

Adopt Me – Bingo, Dingo and Scruffy

Image: Bingo — Bingo would love to go home with you.

Scruffy is a male Terrier mix. He is one year old. He is a little shy at first but once he gets to know you he is wonderful. He is a very sweet dog. He will need a soft hand in training. He wants to have a permanent home.

Time to quit

Sometimes people work much longer than they should because of their age or health concerns. I know it must be hard to make that decision. I have done some soul searching the past few weeks and have had to make a very hard decision that I will share with everyone.


Italy Band Boosters meeting

The Italy Band Boosters will meet on Tuesday, October 28 in the high school library at 7 p.m. We will be discussing final arrangements for our spaghetti dinner fund raiser on November 8 at the Uptown Cafe and upcoming events.

Old traditional bonfire brought back

Image: Homecoming bonfire — The Senior class gathers together for reflection and fun at the Homecoming bonfire.

In the past, Italy High School was able to celebrate Homecoming with a bonfire. Then for many years, because of the burn ban or other inabilities to organize, the Seniors did not have one. This year, though not a school sponsored event, they have come full circle and achieved the bonfire once more!

Clyde Farrell entertains residents with song

Image: Clyde Farrell — Clyde Farrell delighting the residents with song.

On Thursday afternoon, Trinity Mission was rocking and rolling with Clyde Farrell and his guitar. Tunes such as; “I Love Texas”, “Angelina”, “Whiskey Drinking”, “Western Tale”, “Gate Post”, “Outlaw Billy”, “Old Cowhand” and many more could be heard everywhere you went.

Colors today, Spirit tomorrow

Image: IHS Principal, Scott Herald — Friendly smile and colorful tie, Mr. Herald welcomes everyone to Color Day during Homecoming Week.  Also, if you check, all of the colors of the classes are represented in his neckwear.

At Italy High School, you can see colors running everywhere. The contest is to see how many students dress in the color assigned to their class. Mrs. Ann Hyles, freshman sponsor, said, “This is TAKS retesting week, as well as Homecoming. The main objective is to teach. But we are still wanting to have some fun, but we keep it low key.”

Italy shuts out Wortham

Image: Honored Veterans — The FFA take time to smile with our honored veterans, Karen Mathiowetz and Joe “Spit” Knott. Mathiowetz graduated from IHS in 1968 and served in the US Air Force. Knott graduated in 1949 and served in the Marines.

ITALY — The Italy Gladiators steam rolled over the Wortham Bulldogs 39-0 on Friday night for their homecoming game. Italy hit the field ready for the contest and never let up until the final buzzer.

Box top time again at Stafford

Image: Jennifer Dickerson  — Jennifer Dickerson, Pre-school teacher, said, " We receive 10 cents for each box top. Stafford has collected over $2,200.00 in the past few years with this program."

It is time for box top collecting again! The children at Stafford Elementary are being asked to collect box tops. The box tops will be counted once every six weeks. They will be collected by each grade (Pre-school through 6th grade) and every six weeks the grade that collects the most box tops will win a “Box Top Party” sponsored by one of the local businesses.

The George E. Scott Memorial Scholarship dinner

Image: George E. Scott dinner — Enjoy a barbecue dinner and give back to future graduates of IHS.

In 1986, George E. Scott started a scholarship fund to help deserving Italy High School graduates with money to attend college. The George E. Scott Memorial Scholarship Committee continues that vision. They are hosting a barbecue dinner fundraiser Friday, October 24 in the High School Cafeteria from 5-7 p.m. for $6 per person. Bubba’s of Ennis will cater the dinner. Come share the spirit of Homecoming, the vision of George Scott and some great barbecue.