The Shawnee Cattle Trail Historical Marker Dedication

Image: The Shawnee Cattle Trail Historical Marker was dedicated on October 15, 2016

The dedication of the Texas Historical Marker for the Shawnee Cattle Trail was held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Pecan Springs Ranch. The ranch is located on L.R. Campbell Road outside of Italy and is owned by Ted and Nancy Paup, sixth generation Texans.

Italy PD is taking back unwanted prescription drugs

On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the ITALY POLICE DEPARTMENT, in association with IMPACT COMMUNITIES, which is an initiative of DRUG PREVENTION RESOURCES ( and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Obituary: Carla Yvette Lambert, 1968 — 2016


Carla Yvette Lambert was born on October 22, 1968 to Mr. Eddie and Mrs. Edna Struggs in Ennis, Texas. She excelled academically at Ennis High School, where she exceled in track and field. She graduated in 1987. Carla attended Navarro College in Corsicana where she graduated with her Associate’s Degree in 1989.

Local Law Enforcement to Collect Unused Prescription Drugs


Waxahachie, Texas – Local law enforcement will host a Prescription Drug Take Back on October 22, 2016. Officers will be collecting unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for appropriate disposal between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This program is a partnership of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Waxahachie Police Department, Waxahachie ISD and IMPACT Waxahachie, an initiative of Drug Prevention Resources, Inc.

From Chief Beckham regarding alleged kidnapping in Italy

On 10/18/16 around 730am, a 911 call was made from a store clerk in reference to a possible aggravated kid-napping. The Exxon store clerk had told dispatchers that a female had made an outcry indicating that there was a man holding her a gunpoint against her will.

IHS Senior Packet orders—Wednesday, November 16th


Josten’s will be at the High School Cafeteria on Wednesday November 16th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm to take order’s for Senior Packets (this includes cap and gown). Your student will have a senior packet sent home with them on Tuesday November 8th with the order forms.

Italy ISD 2016 Accountability Reports


Attached are the 2016 Accountability Reports for Italy Independent School District. Both of the campuses Met Standard as measured by The Texas Education Agency. Congratulations to Italy High School for earning 4 Distinction Designations as measured by the Texas Education Agency.

Hinz Wins State NRA Challenge

Image: Texas State YHEC Champion

Hunter Hinz, freshman at Italy High School, was named the Texas State Champion at the National Rifle Association’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge. This event could be called the decathlon for outdoorsmen as it includes proficiency in archery, shotgun, muzzle loading, rifle, wildlife identification, hunting safety trail, orienteering and a hunter’s responsibility exam.

National Night Out 2016

The Italy Police Department sponsored National Night Out (NNO) on October 4th at Upchurch Field. Many from the Italy community and Ellis County attended. The night was full with music, food, door prize drawings, games and fun.

Italy FFA member Alex Jones has a successful run at the State Fair of Texas

Image: (L-R) Ms. Threet, Dustie Jones, Alex Jones, Ty Sparks, Reagan Cockerham.  Center – the one and only Stewy!

On Tuesday, October 4th, Italy High School freshman and Italy FFA member, Alex Jones, showed her heavy weight Dark Cross Barrow, Stewy, at the State Fair of Texas Livestock Show in Dallas. After 5 months of feeding twice a day, exercising once a day, spending weekends at camps and jackpot shows Alex had Stewy ready to compete with other hogs across the state.

Bookaneer’s Book Fair


Stafford Elementary Library is hosting its annual Scholastic Book Fair this week: October 10-14. The fair will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Friday from 7:45-12 p.m. in Stafford’s gymnasium.

Rocklin Ginnett earns Black Belt

Image: Rocklin Ginnett with Master Charles Kight, Luis and Grand Master BuKwon Park, co founder of Unified Tae Kwon Do.

On September 13, 2013 Rocklin along with his dad and mom came to visit the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro. After participating in a few free classes Rocklin decided martial arts was for him.

Italy High School Senior Spotlight: Eli Garcia


Howdy! If you’ve ever had an opportunity to spend time with Italy High school senior Eli Garcia, then you already know he bleeds maroon. He has always aspired to be a Texas Aggie. With his goal in mind, Eli has worked and strived each year to prepare himself for this journey, and it paid off.

Texas Baptist Men volunteers help local church

Image: The Wagon Wheel depicts the ministries of Texas Baptist Men.

Central Baptist Church is building a new Family Life Center on the corner of South Ward Street and Travis Street in Italy. The Texas Baptist Men (TBM) Retiree Builders came to town and stayed two weeks to help with the project. An army of men and their wives in 19 campers rolled into town to begin the work. Some of the volunteers commuted daily to help. There were at least 25 builders not including their wives here each day. Several Central members worked along side the volunteers each day.

Waxahachie Community Theatre Fall Production: Fiddler on the Roof


Waxahachie Community Theatre announces performances of the Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof” starring Jerry Ellis as Tevye and Terri Roberts as Golde. The 50-member cast of local talent also features Haley Stanford as Tzeitel, Karli Bouck as Hodel, and Riley Kemp as Chava. “Fiddler on the Roof,” under the direction of Kasi Jones with musical direction by Don Jones, is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Parent Nomination for Gifted/Talented at Stafford Elementary is underway


Italy ISD offers services to gifted and talented students in a variety of formats. If your student is not currently identified as gifted and talented, and you believe that your child shows these tendencies, then you may nominate him/her for the screening process which is divided into three elements: standardized test of mental ability, teacher judgment based on observation and characteristics, and standardized achievement test scores (if available).

Italy City Council restructures permit fees for Italy ISD

During their meeting on September 1, 2016 the Italy City Council voted to waive the .06 cent per square foot permit fees for the construction of the Italy ISD facilities. In a called meeting on Tuesday night, the Council voted to rescind that and restructure the construction permit fees. Lee Joffre, Superintendent of Italy ISD addressed the council with the following comments.

Epiphany Catholic Church Annual Fall Festival — October 16, 2016


You are cordially invited to attend this year’s annual Fall Festival which is scheduled for Sunday October 16, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the church grounds at 434 South Ward Street in Italy, Texas. There will be a variety of food, games, rides and music; as well as other activities for the whole family.

Italy FFA Meat and Cookie sales are underway


Students who are enrolled in an agricultural science course or FFA at the high school are selling meat and dessert until October 5th. These items are a huge hit because of the holidays coming up! The orders will be back to you by Thanksgiving if you place an order. An order form will be outside of the high school front office if you would like to place an order.

Italy’s new medical provider


The Italy Community is very fortunate to be welcoming a new medical provider. KelMed Health and Wellness Clinic opened on September 19, 2016 at 204 E. Main in Italy. Eunice Asah is a Board Certified Nurse Practioner that will be treating patients in the clinic. Tia Cochran is from Italy and is the Medical Assistant.

Italy EDC approves receiving deed to historic cemetery

In their regular monthly meeting Monday night, the Italy Economic Development Corporation unanimously voted to receive the deed to the Historic Texas Hardeman Cemetery at 473 Kinfolk Lane with the stipulation that the cost to receive the deed not exceed $5,000 and the current land owner allow access to the cemetery. The Hardeman Cemetery is located on land adjacent to the 67.273 acres of land the EDC purchased earlier in the year.