A special wish for one of my kids

Image: Ryan Ashcraft — Happy 16th Birthday, Ryan.

For the life of me I cannot understand why some young people become so special to me, but it just happens. Out of the blue, a kid will come along that just gets to me. Several years ago Rodney Shaw was that kid. We bonded from the first time we met — he ended up being like a son to me. Since he passed away in 1990, there is an empty spot in my heart.

Yes, there will be a bonfire

If you were wondering about Italy Homecoming and if you were able to be a part of the hoopla, festivities and fun. The answer is yes. Here’s how…

Italy spirit and excitement growing

Image: Artist Barry Byers — Original drawings by Barry Byers promote Homecoming spirit.

Gladiator fever has hit and is definitely evident around town. You know when you drive down Main Street that it is Homecoming week because of the displays on the merchant’s windows. Shiny gold bows also have been tied around posts to boost spirit.

City hires new administrator/secretary

In a called meeting Monday night, the Italy City Council met in executive session for over an hour to discuss employee pay raises, interview a candidate for the City Administrator/Secretary position and discuss filling the position.

Early voting starts today

Today begins early voting for November 4 elections. In Texas, a registered voter may vote early for any reason, and Ellis county voters can vote early at any early polling location within their comissioner district. Go to Finding my Polling Place on the Texas Secretary of State web page or Ellis county voters can go to the Voter Registration Office located at 106 S. Monroe Street in Waxahachie.

City administrator/secretary and employee pay raises

Image: City called meeting agenda — The Italy city council is holding a called meeting to address the city administrator/secretary position and employee pay raises.

Tonight Italy’s city council will hold a called meeting to review résumés, interview candidates and possibly take “necessary action” regarding the position of city administrator/secretary. The council also plans to act on employee pay raises. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal building at 105 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.

Adopt me – Shaggy and Savannah

Image: Shaggy — Shaggy is a lovable dog in need of a home.

Shaggy is a three-year-old male Briard mix. He weighs 60 pounds and is the best dog. He is good with a crowd, good with other animals and good with kids. He is house trained, walks on a leash — just a great dog.

Italy ISD to review FIRST rating and TRE results

Image: FIRST Public hearing agenda — The Italy ISD board of directors will review Italy’s FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating and take public comment on the state report.
Tonight, the board of directors will conduct a public hearing to review and take comments on Italy ISD’s rating from FIRST — Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. In a regular meeting the directors will recognize Melissa Bedard as Employee of the Month; review academic, financial and enrollment reports; and look at the Tax Rollback Election (TRE) results. Personnel considerations will include the appointment of Athletic Director and Business Manager. The board will also consider changing the meeting place for board meetings. The public hearing will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the regular board meeting at 7 p.m. in the Italy Administration building at 300 South College. All are welcome to attend.

Belk to have a charity sale

Image: Jan Parker has tickets — Jan Parker, Coordinator of the Lord’s Acre Sale, has tickets enough for everyone. They are $5 and every penny goes to First United Methodist of Italy Lord’s Acre, plus you get a little something too.

Do you shop at Belk’s Department Store? If you don’t now, you might change your mind when you read about the charity event they are hosting. The closest store is located on Hwy 77 near the Target in Waxahachie. On Saturday, November 15, Belk is hosting a sale to benefit First United Methodist Church of Italy and other local charities.

Gladiators bring home another district win

Image: The Gladiators win — The Gladiators bursting out of the tunnel, bearing their banner high and ready to play.

HUBBARD — Trying new plays paid off for the Italy Gladiators Friday night with a 28-8 win over the Hubbard Jaguars. Quarterback Jasenio Anderson led the Gladiators with 109 yards rushing and 163 yards passing. He hit his receivers 10 of 13 for 141 yards in the first half alone.

October 18 is Sweetest Day

Now here is a day dedicated just for your sweetie! It is an opportunity for you to so something special for that sweet and special someone in your life. It doesn’t matter who that person is, or what their relationship is to you. They just have to be “sweet” in order to get a little special attention.

Italy JV hands Life Charter 32-22 loss

Image: IHS JV team — The IHS Junior High Cheerleaders form the victory line for JV.

Life Charter found it difficult to contain Justin Buchanan Thursday night at Willis field. Buchanan racked up 76 yards rushing and 192 yards passing. With only 12 players, Italy had their work cut out for them and would have to play both ways with little or no relief. They handled the challenge and proved they would do whatever it takes to bring home the victory.

A fun thing to do with the kids

Image: James made a hat — James Youngblood has created his fun hat with a cookie, frosting and an ice cream cone.

“Sundaes for Sunday” is held once a month at the First United Methodist Church in Italy and everyone is invited. Here is a fun craft to do with the kids.

Mum is the word

Image: Mums to be decorated — These beautiful mums are justing waiting for charms and glitz.

The Italy Gladiator’s Homecoming game is Friday, October 24. We all know what that means — football, queens, kings, a dance, a parade, mums and garters!

Events around the state

Whether it’s Waxahachie or Waco, you can check this calendar for things to do around the state of Texas this weekend.

Let’s help Chloe Evans hear

Image: Chloe Evans — Chloe needs hearing aids. Lets all help her get some by enjoying a spaghetti lunch and silent auction.

Chloe Evans is the beautiful, 22 month old daughter of Ty and Kim Evans. This little girl is full of personality, you can just see it in her expressions and hear it in her laughter.

Michelle Kathleen Medlin-Hodges, 1974-2008

Image: Michelle Kathleen Medlin-Hodges — December 26, 1974-October 13, 2008.

Michelle was devoted to her faith, family and friends. She loved being outdoors. Give her a fishing pole and she was as happy as she could be. She always had a smile to share with anyone who needed one. Michelle loved to be surrounded by family and friends.

Donovan Lusk’s continuing story

Image: The Lusk family — Amanda, Donovan, Darrin and April Lusk, a family picture.

Darrin and Amanda Lusk have a beautiful little boy, Donovan. Donovan has been fighting against Batten disease for well over a year now. He has been quite the courageous little champion.

Food, fun and Guitar Hero

Image: 5th Quarter — IHS students have fun at the Cornerstone.

Calling all seventh-twelfth grade students to participate in 5th Quarter. What is 5th Quarter, you ask? Activities designed for the teenager to have fun and fellowship at a safe place after the home football game.

Stafford Elementary Awards ceremony

Image: 2nd Grade All B’s

Friday morning in the Stafford Elementary gym, the bleachers were packed with proud parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. And proud they should be! Miss Maevers said there were more awards given out this time then any other time she can remember.

Eyeglass donation locations

Lions Club International is a worldwide organization that helps citizens of all ages with glasses and vision problems. Some vision problems may be corrected by a pair of glasses. Others may require a surgical procedure.

Bake sale and food drive

On behalf of the Italy Lions Club we want to say thank you to one and all who helped us to raise over $200 for our scholarship fund. We would also like to express gratitude for everything donated to the food drive for The Italy Ministerial Alliance.

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.