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Image: Halloween happiness — The Great Pumpkin smiles at the passersby on the I-35 and also welcomes everyone to stop and say “hi”.

One dome, two domes, three domes, four. The National Monolithic Dome Tour is slated for Saturday, October 24 from 10am-4pm. There are a host of Monolithic Domes open across the United States and the ones in Italy are included as well.

Gladiators cage the Jaguars 51-12

Image: Grrrr — The Gladiator knows what it takes on the battlefield.

The Italy Gladiators (4-2 overall) battled the Hubbard Jaguars (1-6 overall) Friday night at Willis Field in Italy. Early in the first quarter, the Gladiators gave the Jaguars a taste of what the rest of the game had in store for the spotted cats.

IHS Holds Mock Election

Image: Election workers tabulate — Coach Coleman and the senior government class takes care of the vote count.  Each was tabulated and carefully watched.

How important is politics to students at the local high school? According to the senior government class in Italy, elections are a priority and according to teacher, Coach Steven Coleman, life lessons are to be learned as well.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meetings, October 19, 2009

Image: Agenda, October 19, 2009

On Monday, October 19, 2009 the Board of Trustees of the Italy ISD will have a Board workshop followed by a regular monthly meeting. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the superintendents office. The regular meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be conducted in the band hall of the Italy High School Campus. Both meeting locations can be found at the Italy High School campus at 300 South College.

Junior High KO’s Hubbard in 4 rounds, 26-6

Image: Trevon Robertson — He’s got his gloves and his mouthpiece, Trevon’s ready to enter the turf ring and go four rounds with Hubbard.

Reminiscent of Rocky III, when Rocky Balboa was pitted against Mr. T’s Clubber Lang character, the Italy Junior High whipped the Hubbard Jaguars in four rounds of football. Hubbard, with only a tie on their record coming into the game, now have a loss to go with that tie thanks to a surging Italy Junior High team that improved their record to 2-1.

November election


The November 3rd Election day is fast approaching. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 19th. The Italy City Council Chamber (105 W. Main Street) will be the local polling place for the early voting. Please note that early voting in Italy will take place only on October 19 through October 23. If you wish to vote early on October 24, or October 26 through October 30 you will need to travel to do so.

Obituary: Sara Tovar, 1951 – 2009

Image: Sara Tovar, 1951 – 2009

Sara Tovar, age 57, of Italy, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. She was born October 30, 1951 in Italy to Eugenio and Cipriana (Tabarez) Tovar. She was a member of the Epiphany Mission Catholic Church in Italy.

Italy’s National Night Out

Image: Too Much Fun! — Sally the Clown and John Droll enjoying the night.

Italy’s National Night out was held Tuesday night at the George Scott gymnasium at the Italy High School. It was postponed from last Tuesday because of rain. There still was rain but it didn’t stop the fun.

Byers proclaimed IYAA Volunteer of the Year

Image: Byers and the Mayor — Barry Byers was announced as Volunteer of the Year for Italy Youth Athletic Association (IYAA) by Mayor Jackson this week.

October 14, 2009 has been declared by the mayor of Italy to be Italy Youth Athletic Association (IYAA) Day. Mayor Frank Jackson also presented the first Volunteer of Year Award for IYAA to local parent, Barry Byers, on Monday night in a special session before the regular council meeting.

Obituary: Zack W. McConnell, 1921 – 2009

Image: Zack W. McConnell, 1921 – 2009

Zack W. McConnell, age 88, of Italy, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at his home. He was born January 25, 1921 in Gunter, Texas to Gilbert and Ada (Forbes) McConnell. Zack was a dedicated family man, Christian and a well respected business owner of McConnell Furniture in Italy, Texas for over 50 years

Obituary: Dorothy Jo Carter McConnell, 1922 – 2009

Image: Dorothy Jo Carter McConnell, 1922 – 2009

Dorothy Jo Carter McConnell, 87, a long time resident of Italy, Texas, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, October 11, 2009. She was born to the late Luin Alexander Carter and Martha Grace McSpadden Carter, on August 18, 1922 in Van Buren, Missouri.

Is this supposed to do that?

Image: “Old Addition” River

Over the past four years I have listened to my sister complain about the drainage ditch by her house. Then recently I saw someones post on Facebook about how the street where they lived (Milan Street) was a river. At lunch today I decided I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Gladiators Stampede the Longhorns 13-0

Image: Modern-day Gladiator — Gladiator quarterback, Jasenio Anderson, shows what it is like being chased by 11 Longhorns for 48-minutes.

The Italy Gladiators charged into Longhorn country with quarterback Jasenio Anderson at the reins. It wasn’t exactly a shootout at the O.K. Corral as both sides relied on their running games. With pass attempts ricocheting off the mud-slicked surface, Italy did manage to post a shutout in their low-scoring win over Axtell, and that’s O.K. with Gladiator fans.

Obituary: Billy Ray Bradley, 1930 – 2009

Billy Ray Bradley, age 79, of Milford, passed away Friday, October 9, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. Billy Ray was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Milford where he served as a Deacon. He was a member of the Milford Cemetery Association and an active member of the Senior Citizens Center of Milford. He retired from TXU in 1987 after 35 years. Billy Ray was a longtime Funeral Attendant for Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home.

Agenda: City Council Meetings October 12, 2009

Image: Agenda: 6:00pm meeting

The Italy City Council will have two meetings on Monday, October 12. The regular meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall beginning at 6:30. In addition to their monthly meeting the Council will have a short Proclamation Reception at 6:00 pm. During this reception the Council will honor the IYAA Volunteer of the Year.

Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting October 13

On Tuesday, October 13, immediately following the Italy High School/Jr High Parent meeting, the Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet. Coach Craig Bales, Italy ISD Athletic Director will speak at the meeting. Parents/Guardians who have interest in Italy ISD athletic programs are asked to attend.

IYAA schedule change for Saturday, October 10

IYAA President, Jason Escamilla wishes to inform the IYAA players, cheerleaders and parents that the football games originally scheduled to be played Italy this Saturday have been moved to Ferris. All IYAA football games will be played in Ferris this weekend.

Milford’s National Night Out

Image: How Fast Can You Run? — Dylynn and Aiden having a blast on the bungee pull.

Even predictions of rain could not stop the citizens of Milford from coming out and supporting the Milford Police Department and the City of Milford on Tuesday night – National Night Out. They even set a record, approximately three hundred fifty Milford folks showed up to be a part of the festivities and show their support.

Parent Nominations for Gifted/Talented

Italy ISD offers services to gifted and talented students in a variety of formats. If your 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).

IYAA Gladiators Whomp The Wildcats

Image: Coach Wood’s C-Team — Coach Wood congratulates the C-Team on being 2-0.

The IYAA Gladiators traveled to Scurry-Rosser Saturday to take on the Wildcats. The Wildcats knocked the IYAA C-Team and B-Team out of the playoffs last season setting the stage for some fun yet dramatic football.

Reward offered in vandalism case

If anyone knows who vandalized 320 Dale Evans, Italy, Texas (home of Tina Haight) on Saturday, October 3, please contact the Italy Police Department. There is a $10,000 reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

Agenda: Italy Park Board Meeting, October 5, 2009

Image: Agenda

The six member City of Italy Park Board will meet on Monday, October 5, 2009. The lone agenda item for this month’s meeting is regarding planning for the Christmas Parade to be held on December 5. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at Italy City Hall, is scheduled to begin at 6:30 and is open to the public.

Lions Club and Glasses

Image: Kierra Wilson and Dr. Haas — Kierra said, “I am getting my eyes checked and I hope I get to get a new pair of glasses.” Kierra is in the seventh grade.

Recently at Stafford Elementary the Lions Club pulled up in their big bus to give eye exams and glasses to the students who needed them. Dr. Donna Haas has her practice, ‘Trinity Vision’ located in the Addison area, but travels to Italy in the bus to help children in need.

Grand Opening of Miss Millie’s

Image: A Full House — It was a “full house” for Miss Millie’s grand opening.

When I walked into Miss Millie’s Restaurant and Music Hall Saturday evening I was met with wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen and familiar tunes from the band, Final Showdown. Everywhere you looked the tables were full with customers and delicious dishes of Mexican and American cuisine.