National Night Out hosted by Italy Police Department is a night to remember

Image: Former IHS classmates Charles Hyles and Flossie Gowin help the Lions Club serve hotdogs during National Night Out.

Former IHS classmates Charles Hyles and Flossie Gowin help the Lions Club serve hotdogs during National Night Out. (Barry Byers)

Italy — Hosted by the Italy Police Department at the George E. Scott Memorial Park on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, National Night Out was another success for the department providing a great opportunity for local law enforcement to meet the public while guests enjoyed face painting, a bounce house, patrolled by Officer Michael Thompson, a volleyball area and all the amenities the park itself had to offer, such as swings, slides and the tennis courts.

Lions Club members Flossie Gowin and Meg Lyons, with the help of Economic Development Corporation (EDC) member Charles Hyles, prepared free hot dogs for the event as well. IPD Administrator Sue Lauhoff popped free popcorn and EDC vice-president Elmerine Bell kept the snow cones coming.

The IYAA pee-wee and junior high cheerleaders performed cheers for guests and many donated prizes were handed out to drawing winners. The event also gave locals a chance to visit with one another and to run and play without concern. After all, there was no safer or more secure place in town to be than the park on Tuesday night while everyone gathered under the watchful eye of Italy’s finest.

The Fox Country Band, who also performs on Sunday afternoons in front of Italy’s Texas Best Smokehouse and Shell Station, kept visitors entertained as Italy Police Chief Diron Hill, his officers and reserve officers passed out information, stickers, key chains and more in an effort to inform and promote the nation’s emergency number 911 and to help the citizens of Italy to not be victims of crime. Always dial 911 in any emergency!

Chief Hill and his fellow officers, along with the CIty of Italy, wish to thank the following businesses for their support and donations:

  • Texas Best Smokehouse/Shell Station – One $50.00 gift card, two packages of beef jerky, two $25.00 gift cards
  • Italy Gladiators — Coupon Assortment
  • Italy Dry Cleaners — Blackboard shaped like a chicken, with stand
  • Ellis Couny BBQ — $50.00 Gift Card
    700 Silken Crossing, Midlothian
    Donated by Denis Deweerd
  • Montes — Three Gift Cards and a Breakfast For Two
    Hillsboro 116 N. Waco Street, Hillsboro
  • Maurice’s — $10.00 Gift Card and Water Bottle
  • Sonic — 29 Free Breakfast Burrito Certificates
    Hillsboro or Waxahachie
  • El Conquistador Restaurant — Two Free One Enchilada Dinner Gift Certificates
    1-35 – Box 765, Hillsboro
    Johnny & Raul Gonzalez
  • Starbucks — Five 1-lb. packages of Individuals Blend whole bean coffee
  • Dairy Queen — About 50 free 5 oz dipped cone certificates
  • Braum’s — $5.00 gift certificate
    219 NW I-35, Hillsboro
  • Anytime Fitness — 7 day Guest Pass
  • Luxury Nails — $20.00 Gift Certificate
    1449 North Highway 77,
    Suite 2, Waxahachie
  • Cotton Patch Café #31 — One Dinner for 1 certificate
    793 N. Hwy. 77, Waxahachie
  • Applebees — 6 – $5.00 award certificates
    601 N. Hwy. 77, Waxahachie
  • Braum’s — $10.00 gift certificate
    412 N. Hwy. 77, Waxahachie
  • Dairy Queen — About 200 free cone certificates
    1226 Hwy. 287, Bypass West, Waxahachie
  • Rue 21 — About 100 coupons – Dollars off purchases

Dial 911 in an Emergency!