Rescheduled Horse Show

Halloween is over, but not at the Flying Dollar Ranch! Due to a rain cancellation last weekend, the Halloween Schooling Horse Show and Playday was postponed to Saturday, November 7 at the Flying Dollar Ranch on 230 Chambers Drive in Italy. So, get your horse’s costume ready!

Serious Gladiator fan recognized

	Gladiator Fan — Bobby Itson has been declared #1 Gladiator Fan of all time.  His presence is always around the games.  Here you can see Bobby at an IHS Baseball game against Avalon.

Friday night was an eventful night with seniors being presented, a district football game and generally, excitement all around. A special tribute was given to local #1 Gladiator fan, Bobby Itson. Besides being a big fan of the Italy Gladiators, Itson is also a veteran. He served in the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Bobby was a Staff Sargent when he was honorably discharged. He was honored before the game as the American flag was raised by the FFA.

Goblins, Witches and Monsters – Oh No!

Image: Here Comes the Parade — We have an angel, Santa’s helper and a really cute clown heading the parade.

Lots of smiles and lots of laughter could be seen and heard on Friday in the halls of Stafford Elementary. The reason for this? – It was the Stafford Elementary’s annual parade of costumes. Some of the cutest little monsters, aliens, witches, goblins, ballerinas, and even a little baker man could be seen parading the halls.

Wisdom is Freedom

No matter how much we argue, disagree or interrogate each other we still live in the greatest God Blessed nation in the world. If we want it to stay this way we must be willing to ask questions and voice individual opinions without fear of repercussion. We can find answers and, in most cases, compromise together on solutions. We must stand for the Constitution, Liberty and the freedoms that are God given and we are not being selfish but, on the contrary, we are being wise, thinking of the future generations and not our own wants. Notice I said wants not needs.

November 3rd election ballot

Tomorrow’s election day voting for Precinct 130 and 131 will be held in the City of Italy Council Chambers, 105 W. Main Street, Italy from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Another Concerned Citizen

In Response to two previous letters written by unknown sources, isn’t it wonderful that we live in a country where we can express our first amendment rights (even when spewing venom) and not fear the Gestapo beating your door down. I am going to use my first amendment right by playing the devil’s advocate.

Burk’s Kinder College open house

Image: The “Ball Room” — Maegen Fullen, her children Addison, Emerson and Alexia, were already having fun in the “ball room” as Patrica Burk (owner) watches their fun.

Saturday, October 31st Burk’s Kinder College held their open house leading up to their opening on November 2nd. There were teachers and owner Patricia Burk present to help you take a walk through their beautiful pre-school/day care and give you an enrollment packet.

Italy Donut Shop Closed

Image: Italy Donuts — Italy Donuts closed October 31st.

Saturday October 31st was the last day of business for the Italy Donut Shop. Owner Jae Chang Bae will be renting this building to Keng Chen who will be opening a donut shop and a chinese buffet.

The Italy High School pep rally was fun for all

Image: Davis delivers again

The Friday pep rally inside the old gym at Italy High School was a fun time for students, cheerleaders, players, faculty and the community. A speech from NFL great and Italy alum Keith Davis highlighted the event along with the IHS cheerleaders as they performed a dance routine to the song, “Thriller.”

Letter to the Editor: Beer and wine sales

I had not heard much about the upcoming election regarding beer and wine sales in Italy until a couple of weeks ago. Now, that is just about all I am hearing. After much soul searching and some research, I knew how I wanted to vote on all the issues, not just the local beer and wine sales issue. I exercised my right to vote when I voted early.

Lightning strikes cause power outage at Stafford Elementary

Image: Italy Fire Department — The Italy fire department responded to ensure that there was no immediate danger.

During today’s storms, a bolt of lighting struck one of the electrical transformers that supplies power to the elementary school in Italy. The Italy Fire Department responded to make sure that there was no immediate danger. Oncor responded quickly and the power was back on within a couple of hours.

Gladiators blast into Wortham, Bulldogs self-destruct

Image: One cold night — Lexie Miller consoles Ivan while he ices his injury.

The Italy Gladiators blasted into Wortham’s Bulldog Stadium and pounded “Big Blue” into submission. Italy’s high powered offense didn’t rely on it’s air attack in this one, instead the Gladiators defeated the Bulldogs at their own running game. The win puts Italy at 4-0 in District with the Dawson Bulldogs coming to town on Friday.

Burke’s Kinder College Open House

Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Burke’s Kinder College will be having their Open House. If you are looking for a place to care for your children during the day this will give you the opportunity to chat with Patricia Burke (owner), a few teachers, tour the school and pick up an enrollment packet.

Commissioners invite public testimony

Ellis County Commissioners called on the public to provide input Monday night during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Court. The topic was 9-1-1 address display format standards as described in House Bill 2665, passed in the 81st Texas Legislative Session. The bill amends the Transportation Code by authorizing the Commissioners’ Court to adopt and impose standards for design and installation of address number signs to identify properties located in unincorporated areas of the county.

Tina Haight – Citizen of the Month

Image: Tina Haight — Tina is holding up a Thank You card made by the Stafford Elementary students. They are thanking her for her donation to the book fair.

“My husband and I love Italy, our kids love Italy, it is a very homey small town atmosphere and we just love it here. So, I am excited and honored to be the Citizen of the Month for October,” Tina Haight smilingly said.

IYAA posts 3 shutouts against Dawson

Image: Tyvon Gates — Tyvon gets loose at halftime.

Three games against the Dawson Bulldogs on Saturday resulted in three shutout wins for the IYAA Gladiator football teams and their cheerleaders. In the three games combined, Italy totalled 80-points to Dawson’s 0-points. “Ouch!”

7th & 8th try to win in the mud

Image: Kyle and Hank — Kyle Fortenberry(58) and Hank Seabolt(60) come off the field.

ITALY – The undefeated Wortham Bulldogs showed their might against Italy’s Junior High team on Thursday at Willis Field. Amazingly, with less than a minute to go and Wortham in control of the ball, a scoreless Italy team avoided being shutout by the Bulldogs in dramatic fashion.

Gladiator fan needs your prayers

Bobby Itson was careflighted to Parkland Hospital this afternoon around 1:00 p.m. His family and friends would greatly appreciate your prayers. Doctors confirmed that he has suffered a stroke. The doctors are evaluating him now. Bobby is best known as the ultimate Gladiator fan and would in Wortham tonight if he could. Thank you.

Birth Announcement: Taylon Grace Farmer

Image: Taylon Grace Farmer

Gary and Corina Farmer would like to announce the arrival of their new baby Taylon Grace Farmer. Taylon was born on Wednesday, October 21 at 8:33a.m. She weighed 6lb. 10oz. and measured 17.5 inches.

Law regarding mandatory address signs

Image: House Bill 2665 – page 1

There is a new law that has recently been passed by the Texas Legislature. (See the images.) This law is set up to allow any county that wishes to subscribe to it, to force all the home owners in the county to put a regulation size sign on their homes identifying the home.

What’cha Gonna Do This Weekend

Image: Charca Casa open for a visit — This is just one of five homes open on Oct. 24 for a free tour.  There are others across the US open as well.

October is flying by and the holidays are around the corner. However, if you would like to plan this weekend, take a look at what Neotrib has for you. Events far and wide. Go ahead and take a look, it will be fun for you to see what Texas has to offer.

IYAA Picture Day was a snap

Image: IYAA Picture Day ’09

The IYAA football teams and cheerleaders enjoyed IYAA Picture Day on Tuesday. And even though picture day turned into picture night after the camera crew was delayed in the traffic, the kids were all smiles when it was time to say, “Cheese!”

Tailgating at Trinity Mission

Image: Lined Up For Races — The wheel chair races were a hit.

Tuesday morning around 10:00 o’clock wonderful aromas could be detected outside Trinity Mission. They were having their annual tailgating party which included an awesome barbeque. Lots of the residents were outside wearing corsages that all the staff of Trinity Mission made for them.

Park Board Meets

On Monday night, the Italy Park Board met at 6:30 in the Council Chambers and discussed the Italy Christmas Festival slated for December 5.

Central Baptist Church Annual Roundup

On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Central Baptist Church, 113 South Ward in Italy, will kick off their Annual Roundup at 10:45 a.m. The activities wll begin with morning worship at 10:45. Immediately following the service, everyone is invited to stay and enjoy a brisket lunch with all the trimmings.

Obituary: Flavia Tovar Gonzales, 1931-2009

Image: Flavia Tovar Gonzales, 1931-2009

Flavia Tovar Gonzales, age 78, of Waxahachie, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2009 at her home. She was born October 5, 1931 in Italy, Texas to Eugene Tovar and Paulina Ramos. Flavia was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and also the Altar Society.