Milford’s National Night Out

Image: Sitting Pretty! — This is what Milford Police Chief Carlos Phoenix looked like before he got dunked.

Tuesday Night in Milford was buzzing with excitement. Once again, the City of Milford went all out for National Night Out. Just about everyone in town was there and having a great time.

Ellis County Equine Association Presents Awards

Image: Jake Escamilla — ECEA Vice President Becky Hansen presents Jake Escamilla with the Champion Mares at Halter buckle.

There were many happy faces and shiny cowboy boots on October 2, as competitors in the Ellis County Equine Association gathered for their year-end banquet at Lakeview Camp and Conference Center in Waxahachie to receive a menagerie of custom made awards in honor of their hard work to win championships throughout the 2010 ECEA horse show season.

Court Approves Construction Changes

First matter on the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court agenda was to approve a change order for a contract with Prime, Inc., who constructed the Sub-Courthouse in Ennis. The change order is for an additional $6000 needed to cover unplanned costs involving an electrical entrance.

David Del Bosque speaks out about school funding

Image: David Del Bosque — David Del Bosque truly cares of his students and all students. He would like to see fair funding for all students.

David Del Bosque (Avalon ISD Superintendent) is a member of Texas Association of Rural Schools. Last week Del Bosque was in Lubbock, Texas attending one of the conferences the Association puts on throughout the state. He did a presentation called Texas Public School Funding, The Target Revenue System and the Effect on a small District-Avalon ISD. He expressed his concern for the rural schools and he talked about how legislators need to make education a priority. His presentation focused on school funding and why it needs to be changed.

IYAA players and cheerleaders take on the Bulldogs in their backyard

Image: Bryce DeBorde loses a shoe but the IYAA Bantams win first game — Bryce DeBorde raises the football in triumph after going the distance to help his Bantam teammates win their first game of the season 25-7 over the Palmer Bulldogs.

In Week 4, IYAA football players and cheerleaders traveled to Palmer to take on the Bulldogs in their own back yard. There were plenty of big plays and even bigger smiles, and by days end, it’s the experiences gained and the camaraderie shared that coaches and mentors hope will benefit our local youth in their future endeavors.

Voting: Your Right, Your Privilege

The General Election for the whole nation is November 2, 2010. Are you registered and ready to make an informed decision? The deadline for registration is looming down fast upon us. October 4 is the last day and your application must either be postmarked the 4th or in the registrar’s office by that date. Of course, you can register anytime before that.

Something fun happening here for the whole community!

The First United Methodist Church of Italy, Texas, would like to invite everyone out for the 2010 Lord’s Acre on Saturday, October 9! Festivities begin at 2pm with a Children’s Carnival and bounce house at the Methodist Church at 124 Harpold. The fun continues with a FREE concert on the lawn provided by JRIDE ( and The Followthrough (, from 2-5pm. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit under the trees and enjoy the music.

The Milford Bulldogs win Homecoming 52-6 over Walnut Springs

Image: No hard feelings — Although, the 52-6 loss to Milford still stings a bit if your a Hornet fan. The Walnut Springs mascot and Milford’s Dez Buckaloo honor the spirit of 6-man football.

After falling in their season opener to Richland Springs, the No. 3 ranked in 6M DII Milford Bulldogs (5-1) have posted three consecutive shutouts and outscored the last four opponents 236-14. Milford’s latest victim, the No. 20 ranked in 6M DI Walnut Springs Hornets, were 4-1 coming into Friday nights game but are now 4-2 after Milford defeated the Hornets 52-6 to cap off a week long Homecoming celebration for the Bulldogs.

County Declares “Pink Out” Day, Honors Explorer Post 106

Image: Explorer Post 106

Ellis County Commissioners approved two proclamations during Monday’s regularly-scheduled meeting. The first declared Friday, October 1, 2010 as “Pink Out Day” in support of breast cancer awareness, while the second recognized the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 106 in celebration of its one-year anniversary.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Called Meeting, October 5, 2010

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There will be a called meeting of the Italy ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. The meeting will be held in the Italy ISD administration office at 300 S. College Street. Meeting time is 7:00pm. The lone agenda item reads: “Consultation with Board’s attorney regarding Superintendent’s Voluntary Separation Agreement and Release.”

Obituary: James Marvin Helms, 1957 – 2010

Image: James Marvin Helms, 1957-2010

James Marvin Helms, age 53, of Italy, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2010 in Waxahachie. He was born March 14, 1957 in Waxahachie to James Wendell Helms and Norma Sue Cates. James Marvin was formerly employed with H & H Oil in Waxahachie as a construction superintendant and Estes Electric as a master electrician. He loved building and racing dragsters. James Marvin was a loving son, father, grandfather and brother.

Avalon ISD urges legislators to make education a priority

Lawmakers must make education a priority this legislative session if they are to find a solution to the broken public school funding system in Texas. Avalon Independent School District adopted a resolution on September 23, 2010 in an effort to raise awareness of the growing financial crisis public school districts are facing. The resolution adoption encourages state legislators to work with local school board members and other stakeholders with an attitude of the highest priority.

70 Years of Wedded Bliss

Image: What a handsome couple — Cute picture of the wedded couple.

Seventy years ago two young teenagers decided to run away and get married. Of course they didn’t tell their parents until the deed was done. Seventy years later Henry and Alice Muenster are still happily married.

Back to School Blast

Image: Big Yellow Welcome Sign — All were welcome.

Even though it was raining cats and dogs it did not dampen the spirits at the Family Fellowship Church where they were hosting an outdoor Back to School Blast Saturday afternoon.

Gladiator Regiment Band Booster Meeting Wednesday, September 29

On Wednesday, September 29, 2010 the Gladiator Regiment Band Boosters will meet at 5:00pm in the Band Hall. With the new rules and regulations for booster clubs in place for the Gladiator Booster organization there will be a detailed report from the treasurer as well as detailed discussions regarding goal setting for the year. Mr. Perez will be on hand to address the parents regarding the upcoming marching contests. All band parents are urged to attend.

Obituary: Elaine “Lanie” Norcross, 1942 – 2010

Elaine “Lanie” Norcross, age 68, of Ennis, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. She was born May 28, 1942 in Houston, Texas to Samuel P. and Iva Lee (Wright) Norcross. Lanie was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. She loved to read and spend time with her grandsons, travel with her sister and was always caring for others. Lanie was a devoted Christian who is now sleeping in the arms of Jesus.

George Scott Scholarship Dinner helps graduates

Image: It’s for the kids — Sue Herrin knows how to help raise money….one bite at a time.

The community showed up in full expectations to have a great meal and of course, help out Italy graduates with the desire to attend college or technical school. The 18th Annual George Scott Memorial Scholarship Dinner was attended on Friday night before the Italy High School Homecoming game by many ex-students, community members and friends of scholarship recipients-well over 200 people.

Bethlehem Revisited sends out the call

It was the time when Mary and Joseph rode into a small town on the back of a donkey to pay their taxes. The streets were filled with people, vendors at the marketplace, the tabernacle, camels, the candle maker, the tanner and so much more.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Called Meeting, September 27, 2010

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There will be a called meeting of the Italy ISD Board of Trustees on Monday, September 27, 2010. The meeting will be held in the IISD administration office at 300 S. College Street. Meeting time is 7:00pm. The lone agenda item reads: “Consider resignation and release of professional contract under Board Policy DFE (Local): Rebecca Murphy.”

A single tear

I know one of the ways I can tell that God loves me is by the people He has placed in my life. I have been blessed to have loved and been loved by so many quality people. I think part of it is because I was born and raised in Italy. We have truly good people here that care about each other and you see it more during adversity than you do at any other time.

Obituary: Bernyce Ewing Crownover, 1926 – 2010

Image: Bernyce Ewing Crownover, 1926-2010

Bernyce Ewing Crownover, 83 of Waxahachie, formerly of Italy, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2010 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born on November 28, 1926 in Proctor, Texas to the late Richard B. and Allie Morgan Ewing.

Italy’s 2010 Homecoming Parade; Gladiators on the march!

Image: Partner’s in pride — Gladiator Mascot Sa’Kendra Norwood and her partner in pride, Bailey Bumpus, get ready to ride in the Homecoming parade.

The Italy High School’s 2010 Homecoming Parade, lead by the Gladiator Regiment Band & Flag Corp, also featured the Italy Gladiators Football team, head coach Craig Bales and his staff, IHS Cheerleaders, the Homecoming King Nominees, the Homecoming Queen Nominees and Gladiator Mascot Sa’Kendra Norwood, with Bailey Bumpus by her side helping to lead the cheers!

Gladiators celebrate homecoming with a 48-0 win over Jaguars

Image: Sky’s the limit — IHS Cheerleaders Cassi Jeffords, Destani Anderson and Mary Tate hoist Morgan Cockerham into the evening air before the Homecoming game kickoff.

After the freshly painted football field had dried, and after the town’s participation in the Italy High School Homecoming Parade, and after the pre-game pep rally and the 18th Annual George Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund Dinner, and after honoring past players and alumni, there was just two things left, to announce the 2010 Homecoming Queen and to play the Homecoming game!

Attendance Recognition at Stafford

Image: April Mathers & Tammy Wallis — April appreciates the Attendance Incentive Program, especially the Almond Snickers candy bar she received for winning this week.

Principal Tammy Wallis has started a “teacher incentive” program to promote more consistent attendance. The “teacher incentive” is a weekly drawing for the teachers that have been at work all day and all week. Every week their name will be entered in a drawing and the teacher whose name has been picked out of the “hat” will receive special recognition and a “free” hour coupon to be used as needed.

Trinity Mission’s September birthdays

Image: Clara Roberts — Clara’s birthday was September 11th.

Trinity Mission loves when birthday’s are celebrated for the residents. It is just another celebration of life and that is what it is all about. There were five birthdays for the month of September and spirits were high.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Called Meeting, September 21, 2010

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The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have a called meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Per the agenda this meeting will be used as a boarding training session with a presentation titled “The Road to Exemplary” by Mabank ISD Superintendent, Dr. Russell Marshall. The meeting will be held in the administration office at 300 S. College Street. Meeting time is 5:00pm.

Letter to the Editor: County Budget

First I want to say that these thoughts have no political undertone. I am not addressing the Commissioners Court in any way. I am sure there are plenty of justified complaints with the way the county spends our money. The one thing I will say is that employee expense ranks one of the highest expenses on any budget and is always the first to be examine and reduced. That is true in any company or should be true with government.