Special and regular meetings for Italy city council

Image: Special council meeting — The Italy city council will recognize the Italy’s Youth Athletic Association.

Tonight the city council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. to recognize Italy’s Youth Athletic Association. At 6:30 p.m. the council will hold its regular meeting. Approval of recent bills and council meeting minutes start the business of the evening. The city secretary and court clerk positions and other personnel status will be discussed. A presentation by P.J. Libel, the consideration of adopting various fees, department reports and council comments finish the agenda. Meetings will be in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal building at 105 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.

Kidnapping: Was it real or hoax?

Image: What happened to the Mascot — The Gladiator Mascot was dragged kicking and screaming from the sidelines.  They only left a ransom note.

Do you remember the game from your childhood when friends asked you a question and before your response, you had to choose between truth or dare? Or, sitting around the fire at night and telling ghost stories? Listening to eery noises or those things that go bump in the night. These are times to be watchful and to take care. You never know what is lurking around the corner and what is real…

Adopt me – Carla and Cloe

Image: Carla — Carla would love to go home with you!

Carla and Cloe are two of the cutest little kittens you have ever seen. They reside at the Corsicana Animal Shelter and are looking for a permanent home. They are about four months old. They both have great personalities and love to play. They are typical kittens, they like to climb, play, pounce and tumble.

The Circus is coming to Italy

Image: Come to the Circus — Come to the circus and have family time.

What are you and your family doing on Tuesday, October 14? I know where you could be going — to the Circus! That’s right, the Circus will be here at the Italy Wayne Boze Chapel. The shows are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Gladiator effort falls short

Image: Jacob Simon — Jacob Simon stands at attention as the flag is raised. Simon graduated in 2005 from IHS and has served seven months in Iraq.  He still serves our country today.

ITALY – The Gladiators looked like a different team than the one that smothered Frost two weeks ago. This week’s team added a loss in their district column when the Axtell Longhorns came to Willis Field and took home the 18-13 win on Friday night. Italy was inactive last week which could have been a factor in the contest.

IHS 9th grade has fundraiser

Image: Autographed NFL Cowboys football — 2008 Cowboys’ football will be given away during halftime at Homecoming.

Homecoming in Italy is October 24 and not only is it a time for tradition, alumni, crowns and bragging rights, it is a time for fundraising — and is this a good one. Think Christmas gift.

Halloween Horse Show

Get your horse’s costume ready! The Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy, Texas, is hosting a Halloween Horse Show on Saturday, October 25, with events beginning at 9 a.m.

Ellis County softball team takes tourney

Image: Taking home the trophy — The Travelers, Ellis County 12-and-under softball team pose with the Garland Fall Invitational trophy. Competing against 16 other teams from around the state of Texas — mainly around the Metroplex — these young ladies won first place.

The 12-and-under team, “The Travelers”, have won the Garland Fall Invitational. They played seven games and won them all. Some of these girls are future Lady Gladiators. Congratulations, Travelers!

Out and about in the State of Texas this week

Your time is important and checking a lot of different resources to create your plans might waste some. Please feel free to check out our calendar to see what is happening around the State of Texas for this week.

Italy ISD targets children’s education/safety-Not wallets, Mr Perry!

My name is Mark Stiles and I have chosen to support the education of the children of the Italy Independent School District by voting “yes” on Saturday October 11, 2008 in the tax rollback election. I take issue with many things in Paul Perry’s remarks concerning school rollback elections that were printed in Wednesday’s paper [Waxahachie Daily Light — Mr. Perry’s letter was published earlier today in the Neotribune]. Unlike Mr. Perry, I choose to send my children to school in Italy. Perhaps if he chose to do the same, Mr. Perry would “clearly see a need” to vote ‘YES’ in this election. I find it disappointing that Mr. Perry is so uninformed of the facts of this election. Reasonably, had he attended either of the two public forums sponsored by the Italy ISD, he would be more knowledgeable of the actual facts; thus, understanding the benefits and need of a successful election to better the education of our children — present and future.

Here we go again

Image: Election sign in question — These signs were also posted along Highway 34.

Yesterday morning as I left the Uptown Cafe in Italy, I noticed several signs nailed to posts along Highway 34 and adjoining streets. These signs encouraged the reader to vote “NO” on the school tax rollback.

On Saturday’s election

Just in time for the coming recession, your school board wants more of your money. The state legislature has already sent more money to your local school district than ever before. In exchange for providing increased state funding, your local school district is supposed to give you a substantial property tax rate decrease. In an attempt at financial and political judo, many local school districts want to partially restore the old property tax rates, hence the term “rollback,” while keeping increased state funding.

Local scholarship fundraiser

The George Scott Memorial Scholarship Dinner will be held on Friday, October 24, 2008 from 5-7 p.m. The dinner will be held in the high school cafeteria at 300 S. College Street prior to the Homecoming game against Wortham.

Vote yes

Our kids and this community need you to vote yes on the Italy ISD tax rollback. Yes, I said rollback, that may be confusing to some, and the school district has tried to explain it but, some people still find it confusing. I will try to explain it in simple terms.

Second Annual Benefit for Donovan Lusk

Image: Donovan Lusk — Donovan was diagnosed with Batten disease over a year ago. He has been fighting this aggressive disease and he and his family need your help.

Help us find a cure for Batten disease. Saturday, October 25 at 6 p.m. in Italy’s Wayne Boze Communtity Center a silent auction and dinner will be served to benefit Donovan Lusk.

Titus Women’s Club of Milford

Image: Jeannie Richadson — Jeannie Richardson, Titus Women’s Club of Milford founder, is conducting the meeting.

Last Thursday evening, October 2, the Titus Women’s Club of Milford had its monthly meeting. The club’s goal is to form a unity among the women of Milford to take pride in their community and make good, productive changes in order to be the best town they can be.

Milford National Night Out

Image: Milford Night Out music — Singers from Mt. Moriah Church lead the singing.

Back in August of 1984, a community-police partnership was formed entitled National Night Out. The event still exists and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. The purpose of this program is to increase awareness of police programs in communities, such as town watch, drug prevention and other anti-crime efforts. At first communities held lights-on vigils, but now, communities host festivals, block parties or other events to help bring neighbors together.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. A reminder that each woman needs to self-examine or take a trip to the doctor for a yearly checkup. “Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98% (compare to 74% in 1982).” These are a few facts about breast cancer from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website.

Halloween pumpkins decorate Italy Daycare Center

Image: Italy Daycare class - This is the three and four-year-old class at Italy Daycare Center having a great time painting pumpkins.

As you enter Italy Daycare Center you are greeted by some of the most amazing painted pumpkins. The teachers all painted a pumpkin to get prepared for Halloween. But, they are not the only ones with talent for painting pumpkins! The three- and four-year-old classes were having a great time painting their pumpkins for Halloween.

Corsicana Animal Shelter’s featured animals – Milly and Stanley

Image: Milly — This cute little Boxer really wants to go home with you.

Milly will be two years old on October 29. She is a beautiful female Boxer. Her owner could not care for her any longer. She is in need of a loving, permanent home. She is a sweet dog, very shy at first, but once she gets to know you she is your number one supporter. She is nervous around men but she is fine with kids and other pets.

Identity theft the topic of Prime Timers luncheon

Central Baptist Prime Timers will meet Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 113 S. Ward in Italy at noon. Church will furnish the brisket and sausage and everyone attending may bring a dish. Italy Police Chief, C.V. Johns will share information on ways to protect from identity theft. Anyone 55+ is encouraged to attend.

Stiles leads meeting for community leaders

The Italy City Council, the School Board of Trustees, Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Italy Fire District held a joint meeting Monday evening, Oct. 6. Mark Stiles, president of the EDC, said all the entities in the community needed to work together to better the community. He said the city and school were lucky to have those on the council and school board. “You are doing a job nobody else wanted,” he pointed out.

Agenda: City secretary interviews

Image: Called meeting agenda 10/07/2008 — In a called meeting, Italy’s city council will interview Connie Mondragon, Joe Gambill, Jocelyn Cofer, Angela Cleversy and Susan Harris for the city secretary position.

Interviews for city secretary will be conducted in tonight’s called meeting of Italy’s city council. Connie Mondragon, Joe Gambill, Jocelyn Cofer, Angela Cleversy and Susan Harris are the candidates listed. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, located at 101 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.

Parent nominations for gifted and talented students

Italy ISD offers services to gifted and talented students in a variety of formats. If you student is not currently identified as gifted and talented, and you believe that your child shows these tendencies, then you may nominate him/her for the screening process which is divided into three elements: standardized test of mental ability, teacher judgment based on observation and characteristics, and standardized achievement test scores (if available).

Jan Libal new administrator for Trinity Mission

Image: Jan Libal — Jan Libal is the new administrator for Trinity Mission. “I love it here, this is a very unique little home. Italy is very fortunate to have it.”

Jan Libal was born in Carthage, Texas and was raised in Louisiana, right on the bank of Cado Lake in a little town named Moorings Port. The town was named after a river boat captain named Mooring. Her father moved his family to Texas when he was transferred by his company.

The power of a simple gift

Image: Samaritan’s Purse — The First United Methodist Church is one of three churches in town that is hosting “Operation Christmas Child”.

You might think it is a little early to talk about Christmas and when you go shopping for Halloween candy, the store’s plans of early decorating or seasonal music might even irritate you. However, you might consider as of October 6, it is 80 days (or 11 and a half weeks) before December 25. Samaritan’s Purse is an organization that can help you get on the right track.

Necroplex Haunted House

Image: What kind of monster? — This eerie character welcomes you to his home.

Last Saturday night, September 27 there is darkness everywhere. Far off in the night you can hear loud, frightening music. As you get closer to the music you begin to see some filmy light which exposes some very ghoulish looking characters. All of sudden you see children and adults running out the back of a haunted house, and you begin to realize there is a lot of screaming coming from inside the house.

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.