Jackie D. Cate (JD): candidate for Mayor of Italy


My name is Jackie D. Cate (JD). I am 48 years old and I have lived in Italy my entire life. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Amy, for 25 years. We have 2 children who attend Stafford Elementary School; Austin is 10 and Alysa is 6. We have been homeowners and taxpayers in the City of Italy for 24 years.

Italy High School FCCLA Students Advance to State

Image: Front Row: Arely Salazar, Jennifer Ramirez, Noeli Garcia
Back Row: Joe Celis, Christy Murray, Vanessa Cantu, Jennifer Eaglen, Marlen Hernandez, Lorena Rodriguez, Annie Perry, Brooke DeBorde

On February 2, 2017, eleven members of the Italy High School FCCLA group traveled to Waco for two days of competition in the Region III STAR events. The students started preparing for this competition back in November, and their hard work certainly paid off!

The Czech polka bands of Ennis—11th annual Ennis Czech Music Festival

Come out to the Sokol Activity Center located at 2622 E Hwy 34 just east of Ennis, February 11, 2017 1:00 PM – 10:30PM. Listen and dance to 5 polka bands! Ennis Czech Boys 1pm, Czech Harvesters 3pm, Jodie Mikula Orchestra 5pm, Czech and Then Some 7pm, Moravians 9pm. Only $8 per person – Ages 13 and under free. Great raffle prizes! Dress casual. Czech costumes encouraged. The kitchen will be open. Cash bar. ATM available. Doors open at 12PM. No reservations please.

Enjoy BBQ sandwiches during the games Friday, January 27


Italy Track and field will be selling BBQ sandwiches this Friday January 27th from 4:00 – 8:30pm in the high school Dome. The cost is $5.00 per plate which includes sandwich, chips, and drink. Any donations are welcome and appreciated. Please come out and support Italy Gladiators Track and Field while enjoying our JV and Varsity basketball games against Itasca.

Obituary: Bill Ray Compton, 1936 — 2017

Billy Ray Compton, age 80, of Granbury, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at his home. He was born March 4, 1936 in Italy, Texas to James Estelle Compton and Mary Lou Wilkins Compton. Billy Ray married June Katherine Drennan on December 16, 2003 in Dublin, Texas.

City of Italy Official Statement: Firing Police Chief

At the regular meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017, Italy’s City Council announced the termination of Police Chief Cameron Beckham and the appointment of new Police Chief Jason Cherry. The decision to make this transition was not taken lightly. In the course of investigating a separate matter, I formed the opinion that Chief Beckham had not acted in the City’s best interest on multiple occasions. I felt that his actions were negatively impacting not only his subordinates, but also staff in other departments and ultimately the citizens of Italy. I do not wish to comment further except to say that I sincerely wish Chief Beckham the best of luck on future endeavors.

Italy City Council terminates police chief

On the agenda for the regular meeting of the Italy City Council Monday night, there were two items listed to be discussed during closed session. The first was “Deliberate legal and personnel matters relating to a grievance filed by Tina Long.” The second was “Deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of any employees and all matters incident and related thereto” with no specific employee noted.

Obituary: L.W. Holt, 1924 — 2017


Lewis Westel Holt, age 92, of Italy, went home to be with the Lord January 6, 2017 in Waxahachie surrounded by his family. He was born July 7, 1924 in Italy, to Samuel Tilden Holt and Mattie May Bell Holt. L.W. was a longtime resident of the Italy Community and a member of the Church of Christ for many years.

Shop with a Hero Shopping

Image: Stafford Students are ready to go shopping with fire fighters and police officers.

Shop With a Hero is a local organization that raises money so that Italy ISD students that are chosen by their teachers can go shopping for Christmas gifts for themselves and their family members. Each student may spend up to $300 each at WalMart.

Italy Superintendent Update: December 19, 2016


The Italy ISD School Board approved a resolution outlining their top legislative priorities entering the 2017 Texas Legislative Session. The passing of this measure is the latest in a collective effort by the superintendents and school boards of Region 10 to communicate the top areas of interest that stand to impact the students they collectively serve.