Meals-on-Wheels Celebrates the “Greatest Generation”

Image: Martha Eves of Forreston —  Martha talks about her husband’s captivity during World War II.

All month long, in celebration of “March for Meals,” Meals-on-Wheels is honoring the clients they serve, many who are part of the “greatest generation.” Martha Eves of Forreston is just one of many clients Meals-on-Wheels serves who is part of this group that sacrificed so much.

Keng Wok Chinese Comes to Italy

Image: Keng Wok Chinese Food — Wednesday was the grand opening of Keng Wok Chinese Restaurant, and the place was packed.

Wednesday was the grand opening of Italy’s new Chinese restaurant, Keng Wok Chinese. It opened at 10:30 am and it was hopping. So many customers it was over whelming. The parking lot was filled with cars and the restaurant had a line out the door and all the tables were full.

Prescription Discount Program Available

The Ellis County/Coast2Coast prescription discount card offers significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured residents of Ellis County. Even residents with prescription coverage can use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their health plan – such as medications for family pets, for instance.

Jitterbuggin’ at Avalon ISD

Image: It Looks Like This — Aaron Polacios, Blake Faber and Nick Brazal take instruction from senior Sheldon Kennison about how to build the Jitterbug.

Thursday afternoon around 1:00 p.m. Avalon ISD’s Physics department was bustling with fourth graders learning how to build a Jitter Bug. Avalon ISD has a new program called Eagle Science which involves elementary students learning from the upper class students.

Letter from Dan Gus for District Judge campaign

Image: Dan Gus candidate for District Judge

Chances are you have seen the name Dan Gus around town in recent weeks. If you come into town from I-35, you see his name. If you come into town on Highway 34 from Avalon, you see his name out in front of Mr. Morgan’s home. And if you stop in at the Uptown Café, his name is there in the window.

IYAA basketball Week 7 – Making swishes come true!

Image: Michael takes aim — Michael Gonzalez(13) feels lucky.

The IYAA’s week 7 of basketball was packed with thrilling shots, expert ball handling, precision passing and plenty of smiling faces. The players have been working hard in their practices resulting in big moments during the games. Good luck to the players and coaches as the season comes to an end….Finish Strong!

Composer with local ties honored in Denmark

Image: Travels — Carey and Michele Smith enjoy their trip to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Carey Smith is the Composer-in-Residence with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra in Meridian, Mississippi. He was invited to present “Second Suite for Jazz Quintet and Orchestra”, an original composition, at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark in January. The composition was chosen for recognition in the New Music section of the Annual Conductors Guild Conference.

Roger Dale Hall, 1951 – 2010

Image: Roger Dale Hall, 1951 – 2010

Roger Dale Hall, age 58, of Italy, went to be with our Heavenly Father February 25, 2010. He was born Sept. 1, 1951 in Goodwater, Alabama to Jim W. and Alma Lee (Creel) Hall. He proudly served in the U. S. Army in Vietnam and in the U. S. Navy on the USS John F. Kennedy, receiving honorable discharges from both branches of service.

Obituary: Floyd Mitchell Yarbrough, 1947 – 2010

Image: Floyd Mitchell Yarbrough, 1947-2010

Floyd Mitchell Yarbrough, age 62, a long time resident of Waxahachie, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center of Waxahachie. He was born May 15, 1947 to G. W. and Francis (McCain) Yarbrough in Waxahachie, Texas. Floyd graduated from Italy High School in 1965 and attended Navarro College.

Sample ballots for March 2nd elections

Image: Democratic Ballot

Tuesday, March 2 is election day. This election includes races on the county, state, and federal levels. The governor’s race highlights the contested statewide races while several U. S. Representatives races are on the ballot. Locally there are several county positions on the ballots. Sample ballots are provided for your convenience.

Red Oak to hold local option election

As required under the law, Ellis County Commissioners authorized a local option election to consider the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only in the City of Red Oak, pursuant to certification of a petition containing the required number of signatures.

Prescription Discount Program Launched

Under an agreement with Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc. (FMC) approved by the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court last month, a new prescription discount program has been launched in Ellis County.

Severe storm program scheduled for March 2nd

The 2010 severe weather season is fast approaching. Five tornadoes were confirmed in Northeast Texas on January 20th, so in many ways, storm season is already here. Are you ready for whatever this year has in store? Do you have a severe weather plan at your home and your workplace? Can you recognize the clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding, or a tornado is possible? Do you want to become part of the severe weather warning system in your county?

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meeting, February 22, 2010

Image: Agenda, page 2

On Monday, February 22nd the Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the Band Hall of the Italy High School campus and will begin at 7:00pm. Agenda items include monthly financial reports and a budget amendment as well as reviews and contract considerations for the Director of Special Programs, the Principals, and the Athletic Director.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting , February 22, 2010

Image: Agenda

There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, February 22 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Slated on the agenda is a report that will be presented by board member Joyce Hobbs regarding a TEDC Seminar that she attended.

Obituary: Maulene Cummings Frazier, 1933 – 2010

Image: Maulene Cummings Frazier, 1933 – 2010

Maulene Cummings Frazier was born on March 6, 1933 in Fayette County, Texas to Mose Cummings and Frances Leonard Cummings. She received her formal education at Stafford School in Italy and graduated from Oaklawn High School in Waxahachie.

Little River Bees squeak by Italy in 3rd overtime

Grandview – The Italy Gladiators played the Little River Academy Bees Saturday morning to prepare for their upcoming Area game next week. Italy struggled in the 1st period against the larger Academy players. The Bees dominated the boards on both ends of the court. Italy trailed at the end of the 1st period 16-4.