Suspects in Custody

I wanted to inform the City of Italy that progress had been made in the motor vehicle thefts which had occurred in November and up to this past week. There were a total of three stolen vehicles that were recovered in the City of Lancaster last week. I personally want to thank some of the citizens for their assistance in this matter.

Gladiators Hit High Note at Region Band Concert

Image: The 2015-16 ATSSB Region 8 East Zone Middle School Band performs on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Groesbeck HS

There were nine Gladiators (counting directors Jesus Perez and David Graves) at this past Saturday’s 2015-16 ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands) all-region band clinic and concert at Groesbeck High School. However, there were far more smiles and accolades, as the students performed a wide variety of band literature for an auditorium filled to capacity with proud band directors, parents, and appreciative community members.

Continuous thefts in Italy

Please lock all doors and bring valuables inside. If any of you see anyone suspicious in your neighborhood please call 972-937-6060 and have an Officer dispatched to your location.

The Act Of Giving

Today was a big payoff. For many years now, we have collected wheelchairs and other types of medical equipment. We do this in order to donate to people that may need it, or are not able to afford it. I invite others that are not in need of their old wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, nebulizers, oxygen machines, etc to bring it to us here at Monolithic, or we will pick it up from you.

Italy High School’s First Annual Fall Sport Banquet

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We would like to issue a final reminder of tonight’s first annual fall sports banquet. We will be honoring our Volleyball Teams, Cross Country participants, Cheerleaders, and Football Teams TONIGHT at 6:30 in the Dome. Bar-B-Q is on the menu and the tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for kids, can be purchased at the gate. Come join us as we celebrate the Gladiators’ success in the fall of 2015.

Obituary: Alice Riddle, 1922 — 2016

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Alice Dora (Morgan) Riddle passed away January 4, 2016. She was born August 19, 1922 to Will and Abbie (Russell) Morgan in Bosque, Texas near Iredell. She departed this life at the young age of 93 leaving son Bill Tarpley of Waco and daughter Joy Moneyhon of Italy. She is survived by her loving “little” brother Corky Morgan and his wife Margaret of Italy. She is preceded in death by brothers G.P., Thomas and Roy, and by sisters Geneva Patterson, Wilma “Bill” McClelland and Paula Harris.

Shop with A Hero 2015

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Stafford Elementary would like to thank the Italy Police Department and the Italy Fire Department for another successful “Shop with A Hero.” We appreciate all you do for the students at Stafford Elementary.

Turtle Cadet program returns

Image: Pictured below are 5 Turtle Cadets and Travis Tinney 2nd Degree Black Belt and Turtle Cadet instructor.   Students below are Harmony McKnight-Whitney, Triston Klanika-Waco,  Dominick Benitez-Hillsboro, Christian McKnight-Whitney and Noah Hayes-Italy.

The Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas is proud to announce that the Turtle Cadet Program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds has returned. This is a wonderful program to assist the little ones to learn balance, coordination, follow instructions and build self-confidence while having a great time.

Stafford Elementary 2015 UIL Competition success

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UIL Competition: 27 students placed in various activities, but here are a few of the Stafford Elementary UIL Academic Competition winners being recognized at the Monthly Board Meeting held on December 14th. Thanks to parents, students, and coaching staff for our 3rd place finish and all students placing in the numerous events.

Obituary: Patrick Alan Porterfield, 1953 — 2015

Patrick Alan “Pat” Porterfield, age 62, of Mansfield, passed away December 11, 2015 at his home. He was born October 15, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas to Thomas Franklin and Mary Rose (Wilson) Porterfield. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He had worked in the oil fields of west Texas and Elk Manufacturing in Ennis. Pat loved the Cowboys and Rangers, barbequing and being outdoors.

Obituary: William Cecil Windham, 1924 — 2015

William Cecil Windham, age 91, of May, Texas and formerly of Italy, Texas, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the Comanche County Medical Center. He was born February 24, 1924 in Italy, Texas to William Hardy and Katie Irene (Hogan) Windham. He married Mary Beth Hutchins on April 28, 1950 and she preceded him in death on September 18, 2012. William served in the U. S. Army. He was employed with USDA as a soil conservation inspector.

Dodgeball Tournament hosted By IHS Junior Class

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The Italy High School junior class will be holding a dodge ball tournament at the high school’s old gym on Friday, December 18 starting at 9:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $2. There will also be a concession stand and all items will be $1. We are inviting the community to come join in on the fun! Please come to support our junior class!

Become a Santa for senior!

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Trinity Nursing & Rehab would like to invite any and everyone who would like to become Santa for a senior. Stop by our location at 220 Davenport Street, Italy and grab an angel off our angel tree! The Angel tree is located in the left corner of lobby as you walk in the door.

2015-2016 IYAA Basketball Signups Tomorrow, Saturday, December 5

Image: The Final day for 2015-2016 IYAA Basketball Signups will be held tomorrow, Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon inside the building located next to Citizens National Bank in downtown Italy.

The Final day for 2015-2016 IYAA Basketball Signups will be held tomorrow, Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon inside the building located next to Citizens National Bank in downtown Italy. Registration fee is $65.00. Forms Will Not be accepted without payment. First come first serve so reserve your roster spot quickly.

Obituary: Donnie E. Weaver, 1929 — 2015

Image: Donnie E. Weaver, 1929 — 2015

Donnie E. Weaver, age 85, of Italy, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab. He was born December 5, 1929 in Boz, Texas to Jim and Lottie (Wade) Weaver. Donnie married Virginia Tole on August 26, 1949.

Obituary: John F. Davis, 1923 — 2015

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Johnnie was born in Reagor Springs, Texas on April 12, 1923 and passed away in Waxahachie, Texas on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015 at the age of 92. He was a hard working, fair and honest man, and was proud to be a farmer and rancher. He loved his family, the land, the US Marines where he served on Guam during World War II, and his many friends.

Lady Gladiator Volleyball Honors for the 2015 season

Attached are the District honors for the Lady Gladiator 2015 Volleyball season. These honors are not just for the sport but also for academics, I’m so proud of each and everyone of these young ladies. Please feel free to share the girls achievements with all. They worked hard and we appreciate all their hard work and dedication.

Obituary: Allen Ray Ballard, 1953 — 2015

Image: Allen Ray Ballard, 1853 — 2015

Allen left this life on November 17, 2015, he was born in Athens to Carl and Lola Ballard. He spent his growing years in Athens and Forreston. He retired from Owens Corning Fiberglass in which he dedicated 35 years. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Ballard.