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.

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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