UPDATE!…Italy’s First Annual Christmas Festival and Parade

Image: Italy Christmas Festival Poster — Italy’s First Annual Christmas Festival will bring the community of Italy together to celebrate the Christmas holidays.

Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM the city of Italy will have it’s first annual Christmas Festival and Christmas parade. Santa Claus, his elves and even Frosty the Snowman will be on hand. They have also just added more fun to this festival. They will have cash prizes and other great giveaways!

Church will host benefit for local family

Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church will host a benefit for Edwin & Lyndsey Wallace on Sunday, Dec 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm. The church is located at 117 Harris Street in Italy. Everyone is invited to participate.

Local firemen honored at annual banquet

Image: Italy firemen honored — Our local volunteer fire department was honored Monday night at the Uptown Cafe.  Each man was given an award for service.

Family and friends gathered at the Uptown Cafe as the ESD #3, Italy Fire Chief, Don Chambers and Captain Jackie Cate honored the local firemen at an appreciation dinner Monday night. Each volunteer was given an award for years of service.

IHS Varsity Girls unable to hold-off Indian attack

Image: Tournament Champions — The Waxahachie JV Lady Indians won the Italy Invitational Tournament with a decisive victory over the Italy Lady Gladiators by a score of 53-39 in the Championship game.

The Varsity Lady Gladiators sporting their black uniforms were pumped up to battle the Waxahachie JV Lady Indians in the Italy Invitational Tournament Championship. The Lady Gladiators were forced to ‘circle the chariots’ since the Lady Indians were shooting jumpers and layups like precision arrows in this game.

IHS hosts read-a-thon

Image: IHS host reading marathon — Everything is prepared. The easy chair and quiet corner are awaiting the students, faculty and staff to begin the Reading Marathon scheduled Dec 8-12. Popcorn and a drink are other perks to reading in the week-long event.

The fourth annual Reading Marathon will be in full swing Dec 8-12 at the Italy High School Library! Students, faculty and staff will be participating in a week-long event that will have someone constantly reading in the “Reading Parlor” in the library from 8 a.m. Monday morning until school dismisses at 3:20 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.

Italy Varsity Girls & Boys play for the Tournament Championships

Image: Head Basketball Coach Kyle Holley — Head Basketball Coach Kyle Holley was active during the Italy game against All Saints in the second round of the Italy Invitational Tournament. Italy won the game 68-56 and will play for the championship Saturday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Italy Varsity Girls & Boys will be playing in the Italy Invitational Tournament Championship Saturday, Dec 6th. The Varsity Lady Gladiators play Saturday, at 6:00 p.m. for the championship. Italy’s Varsity Boys play in their championship game at 7:30 p.m. Everybody make it to the Coliseum and cheer loud for our Italy basketball squads and let’s get the Dome Rocking!

Angel Trees

Image: Independent Bank Angel Tree — As you can see the tree is still full of little “Angels” waiting to be adopted for Christmas.

Tis the season to be jolly and spread the joy of giving to others! There are several “Angel” trees in Italy and Milford with many “Angels” waiting to be adopted.

Plan your holidays with our calendar

Image: Bethlehem Revisited — Make your plans to see Bethlehem Revisited the first two weekends in December.  It is a treat for the whole family.

The holidays are here! There are so many activities that can fill your upcoming days and we list a few here for you. You and your family can have many opportunities to celebrate the upcoming season in style.

Milford One Act Play brings home the awards

Image: Rachel Strange — Rachel Strange won Best actress in the UIL competition.

The Junior High level UIL One Act Play competition was held November 22nd at Frost ISD. Milford ISD took second place. Khristy Strange (co-director) said, “ I have enjoyed working with this group. We worked hard and it paid off. All of the kids were fantastic."

Poinsettias for Sale

Image: Poinsettias for Sale — The sale of these Poinsettias will send a youth to camp.

The First Baptist Church youth group is taking orders for Poinsettias. This fundraiser will be raising money for the youth to go to camp. The camp is held at Three Mountains Retreat in Clifton, TX.

IYAA Sports banquet and Basketball sign-ups

Image: I.Y.A.A. Sports Banquet — The IYAA Sports banquet honoring local youth will be Saturday, December 6, 2008 starting at 12:00 p.m. and ending around 2:00 p.m. at the Stafford Elementary gymnasium in Italy, Texas. “The winning tradition starts here.”

The IYAA will be having its end of the season football/cheerleading banquet on Saturday, December 6, 2008. The festivities will start at 12:00 p.m. and end around 2:00 p.m. at the Stafford Elementary School gymnasium in Italy, Texas. Hotdogs and beverages will be provided before the trophy ceremonies.

Adopt Me – Alyssa and Sasha

Image: Alyssa  — Alyssa is looking for a loving family.

Alyssa is a female cat about 2 years old. She is a dilute calico in color. She is a friendly, lovable cat that is ready to find a “fur-ever “home.

Thanksgiving Day

Image: Happy Thanksgiving Day! — A beautiful fall picture for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Those of us that are fortunate enough to live in the United States of America have so much to be thankful for.

Italy folks and what makes them unique-Jesus Perez

Image: Jesus Perez — Italy High School has the honor of having Jesus Perez as the band director.  He is in his third year at Italy.

Jesus Perez has loved music since he was a small child. He was raised in a musically inclined family so music surrounded him as far back as he can remember. While growing up, his father played and sang in a gospel band. His brother. Luis, plays bass, sax and guitar. He has a one year old nephew that has already shown signs of becoming a drummer one day much to his delight.

$200 Reward for lost dog

Image: Dirk — Dirk, a brown, white chested dog with black spots was lost. The Garcia family is offering a $200 return for their family pet. If you see him, please call 214-364-8558, or 469-474-1313.

Dirk, a brown, white chested dog with black spots was lost. The Garcia family is offering a $200 return for their family pet. If you see him, please call 214-364-8558, or 469-474-1313.

Party held to honor Josh Milligan

Image: Essay Winner — Josh Milligan and Navarro College Professor Jodi Price pose for a picture during the party honoring Josh’s Essay Contest win.

Josh was honored on Monday morning at Italy High School with a breakfast party during the class. Dr. Harold Nolte, President of Navarro College in Waxahachie, paid for all the refreshments to celebrate Josh’s win.

The Brothers Garcia book review

We will have, from time to time, guest reviewers of popular new books at the Library. I’d like to introduce our first book reviewers, the Brothers Garcia (also know as Eli and Isacc). They are the sons of Albert and Davee Garcia and the brothers of Adela Jean. These lads simply tore through the book collection this summer and it was a wonderful thing to see, indeed!

Agenda: Busy meeting planned for Italy EDC

Image: Italy EDC Agenda — Italy Economic Development Corporation meeting agenda, page 1.

The Italy Economic Development Corporation plans to meet Monday night. On the agenda for consideration: EDC charter, EDC website, resignation of Kinze, seven member limit, by-laws, administration, delinquent franchise tax notice, future joint meetings. It sounds like a busy meeting. The Italy EDC will meet in the city council chambers behind the police station, next to city hall. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Who’s your favorite high school mascot?

Image: Italy Gladiators’ Mascot — The uniquely named, Italy Gladiators’ Mascot, needs Italy fans to vote in order to be crowned the best mascot in Texas (poll ends at midnight Sunday).

The Italy Gladiators mascot has made the final Daily Ticket selection of best and most unique team names. It’s time to show some spirit for our school mascot and cast your vote in this fun & exciting poll before Monday!

Letters from Santa

Image: Santa Claus — Surprise your child with a letter from Santa!

Wouldn’t it be great to surprise your child with a letter from Santa Claus from the North Pole? If you would like to do that, then the Italy Post Office is at your service.

Uptown Cafe makes top forty in Texas Monthly

Image: Doris Mitchell — Doris Mitchell holding the coveted Texas Monthly declaring her restaurant to be one of the top forty cafes in Texas.

Uptown Cafe was rated as one of the top forty Texas cafes by the Texas Monthly magazine. The “secret restaurant shoppers” from Texas Monthly had visited over three hundred cafes in the state of Texas and selected our own Uptown Cafe.

Are You Going Somewhere This Week?

Events are everywhere this week. Would you like to visit the theater? How about an orchestra? Check out the following activities to see something wonderful.