Italy Citizen of the Month for June

Image: James and Joyce Hobbs — The Hobbs’ are a welcomed addition to the city of Italy.

James and Joyce Hobbs have only been living in Italy for a little over five and a half months but have made quite an impact on the city of Italy. So much so they were awarded Citizen of the Month for June.

South Ellis County Water Supply Company releases report

Image: CCR: Page 1

The South Ellis County Water Supply Company has released their 2009 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. If you have any questions about this report or any other issues concerning your water utility, please contact Ray Loveless, Box 348, Italy, Texas 76651 at 972/483-6885.

The Beekeeper

Bees are necessary to our Eco system and human survival. says, “According to the Great Plains Nature Center, honey bees perform an estimated ten billion dollars worth of work for humans by pollinating one-fourth of the plants that produce fruit for humans to eat.” says “Agriculture depends greatly on the honeybee for pollination. Honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination.

Tour d’ Italia circles the countryside

Image: Can you say recumbent? — A small handful of recumbent cyclists traveled through the countryside in a prone position.

Approximately 1300 bicyclists, young and old, converged upon Italy High School and rode the 25th Annual Tour d’ Italia bicycle event on Saturday. This cycling event happens every year in Italy and the cyclists enjoy the countryside and the warm welcome from Italy residents.

Living Memorial dedication for IHS graduate planned for May 24th

On Monday, May 24th a tree will be dedicated to the memory of Shelley Nance, a 2007 IHS graduate. Due to her untimely death in the fall of 2009, Shelley’s classmates, college friends, and family will come together on May 24th at 11:00 am to dedicate a tree at the IHS campus. The public is encouraged to attend.

Vaccination Clinic on Saturday

From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 24, the Brookside Veterinarian Clinic will host the annual vaccinations for area animals at the local water barn located at 413 Clark. Also, the city will register all cats and dogs at $12 each.

Italy exits Ellis County Youth Expo with a trough full of ribbons

Image: Show us your buckle! — Grand Champion winner Jaclynn Lewis receives a new belt buckle.

Members of the Italy FFA, the Ellis County 4-H and the FCCLA entered their lambs, goats, heifers, steers, hogs, desserts, shirts, photos and drawings into the Ellis County Youth Expo Show & Sale with high expectations. By the end of the week long event, expectations were met as Italy’s hard working students left with a trough full off ribbons and even a Grand Champion Buckle to boot!

Beautiful is the snow covered land

Image: How much did we get? — Local Mike South measured the snowfall on Friday morning.  It came to just less than 5".

The snow has really changed things around here. When you turn a corner, Italy appears to be a picture postcard or a living Christmas card. The white snow makes our city take on a new ambiance and a new, clean atmosphere. The snowfall is rare in this area but certainly most welcomed.

Local restaurant announces new DWI education program in Avalon

The, JUST! Alcohol and Drug Education Program, is a new state approved and mandated DWI Program here in Ellis County, that will provide DWI classes certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This class is a requirement in Texas for any person convicted of a first offense DWI.

Santa Claus Comes to Town by Fire Engine

Image: Santa Claus Waves to All — Santa Claus came to town by way of the Milford Fire Engine.

Around 7:30 Thursday evening Santa Claus could be seen coming into Milford riding on a fire engine. There were lots and lots of children waving and yelling hello to Santa Claus. They couldn’t wait to sit on his lap and tell them what they wanted for Christmas.

Red, White and BUS-ted

Image: Checking for drugs — State Troopers did a complete search for packages of marijuana.

The Italy Police Department served as backup to the Texas DPS Highway Patrol during an undercover drug bust when a commercial bus was pulled over near the Tiger Mart off of Hwy. 35 in Italy on Friday, October 30.

Couch Street Bridge closed 3-6 months

Image: Sorry for the delays — What commuters driving into Italy have met with as they exit Hwy. 77 onto Couch Street. A bit of a hassle now, but a smoother safer bridge will be worth the wait.

Couch Street Bridge is being upgraded for the better but estimated completion of the project may take 3 to 6 months. Foul weather and hard rock have slowed the demolition project but a smoother driving surface and a wider bridge will prove it to be worth the wait.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You Are Invited

Image: Halloween happiness — The Great Pumpkin smiles at the passersby on the I-35 and also welcomes everyone to stop and say “hi”.

One dome, two domes, three domes, four. The National Monolithic Dome Tour is slated for Saturday, October 24 from 10am-4pm. There are a host of Monolithic Domes open across the United States and the ones in Italy are included as well.

Italy’s National Night Out

Image: Too Much Fun! — Sally the Clown and John Droll enjoying the night.

Italy’s National Night out was held Tuesday night at the George Scott gymnasium at the Italy High School. It was postponed from last Tuesday because of rain. There still was rain but it didn’t stop the fun.

Milford’s National Night Out

Image: How Fast Can You Run? — Dylynn and Aiden having a blast on the bungee pull.

Even predictions of rain could not stop the citizens of Milford from coming out and supporting the Milford Police Department and the City of Milford on Tuesday night – National Night Out. They even set a record, approximately three hundred fifty Milford folks showed up to be a part of the festivities and show their support.

Reward offered in vandalism case

If anyone knows who vandalized 320 Dale Evans, Italy, Texas (home of Tina Haight) on Saturday, October 3, please contact the Italy Police Department. There is a $10,000 reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

Grand Opening of Miss Millie’s

Image: A Full House — It was a “full house” for Miss Millie’s grand opening.

When I walked into Miss Millie’s Restaurant and Music Hall Saturday evening I was met with wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen and familiar tunes from the band, Final Showdown. Everywhere you looked the tables were full with customers and delicious dishes of Mexican and American cuisine.

Italy Man Arrested For Terrorism

Image: Lots of publicity — News trucks from Channels 33, 8 and 11 traveled the distance to create a news story in Italy on Thursday night.

Thursday afternoon, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19 year old Jordanian, living and working in Italy, was arrested by the FBI for allegedly attempting to bomb The Fountain Place, a glass skyscraper with 60 floors, one of the tallest buildings in downtown Dallas.

Karson Holley – Italy’s Citizen of the Month

Image: Karson Holley — Karson Holley was selected for Citizen of the Month for her dedication to helping the elderly by delivering Meals on Wheels.

Eight year old Karson Holley had a great summer. Part of what made her summer great was the opportunity she had to deliver Meals on Wheels on Wednesdays with her grandmother, Francis Holley (Gran). Because of her dedication to helping the elderly, Karson was selected as this month’s Citizen of the Month.

Remember the day

Image: Walker rings the bell — Shedric Walker (Munchie) rings the bell 5 times in three sequences.

On September 11, the local firefighters, city employees, police, Murrie Wainscott and Mayor Jackson gathered and remembered the fallen of the twin towers. This is the 8th anniversary of the tragedy.

‘Big Rig’ stuck in the mud

Image: Big Rig Stuck — This semi took the turn too wide.

Last evening during the blinding rain storm Logistics Inc.’s big rig took the turn too wide on exit 386 and went off into the muddy ground. Consequently being stuck in the mud all evening. At approximately 10:00 a.m. this morning a wrecking company out of Fort Worth came and began to pull the semi out of the mud.

Milford’s Music Festival – A Success!

Image: Dalahachie Boys — The Dalahachie Boys were a hit. Many people young and old were screaming for these boys!

Around 12:15 in the afternoon I arrived at Miss Millie’s Restaurant and Music Hall and was delighted with what I saw. There was a huge stage all lit up with wonderful music wafting through the air as one of the bands were warming up for a performance.

Italy PD makes another bust

Yesterday, July 28, 2009 at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers of the Italy Police Department, Ellis County Narcotics Task Force and Ellis County Sheriff’s Office served a narcotics search warrant at 209 Couch Avenue, Italy, Texas.

George Scott Memorial Park Grand Opening

Image: A “Swinging Good Time” — The swings were a great success.

The George Scott Memorial Park was really “swinging” Monday evening. It was the grand opening of the new city park. Children were seen everywhere swinging on swings, jumping on spring toys and sliding down bright yellow slides. The park is a wonderful addition to our town and everyone was having a good time.

Milford Music Festival Booths – Still Available

Image: Carlene Hunt — Carlene says, “We still have booth space available so give me a call and reserve your space.”

The Greater Milford 1st Annual Texas Music Festival is August 22, 2009. All kinds of fun will be had on this day. There will be lots of good music to be heard by Billy Joe Shaver, Dallahachie Boys, Tucker Peterson, the Shane Howard Band, Ryan Roberts, the Gordon Collier Band, Whiskey Hill, Spivey Crossing and Billy Ewing.

KBEC Italy Listeners Appreciation Day

Image: KBEC Radio Representatives — Lori Mosely, Cookie and Gary Bishop at a live remote at the Italy DQ.

Dairy Queen had a full house Friday morning. It was KBEC Italy Listeners Appreciation Day. KBEC radio was there with their representatives, Lori Mosely, Cookie and Gary Bishop with a live remote.

A Sea of Orange

Image: New Slides — The new slides are up and ready.

When I drove up to the park today all I saw was a sea of orange! Twenty employees from the Waxahachie Home Depot, all dressed in orange t-shirts, were putting together equipment, digging holes, spreading gravel, and doing everything possible to get the park ready for it’s grand opening on Monday, July 20th.

The new park equipment is being installed

Image: Cemented Poles — The poles were being cemented in today at the park.

On Monday the George E. Scott Memorial Park was a very busy place. Many people were there preparing for the new park equipment that will be installed on Thursday, July 16. The grand opening of the park is scheduled for Monday, July 20th. Mark your calendar

Eighteen Wheeler Flipped on I-35E

Image: Truck Split in Half — This truck looks to be split in half after being flipped.

Around 4:00 AM this morning an eighteen wheeler carrying produce flipped over on I-35E north bound near Chambers Creek. The driver, Amelio Rivas said," I got a little distracted and ran off the road, couldn’t get the truck back on the road and flipped the truck. I am fine, I did not get hurt."

A Navy/Air Force prop plane crashes on local ranch

Image: A restored Navy/Air Force prop plane crashes and leaves a lasting mark — A restored Navy/Air Force prop plane crashed on it’s way to perform in an air show. Thanks to quick actions by the pilot, the crash marks the second time the pilot has survived a plane crash.

Bob Davis, who helps work the land and livestock for the Harper Cattle Company, LLC Ranch in Waxahachie, had his 4th of July start unexpectantly while standing on his front porch. Davis saw what seemed to be an airplane loosing altitude and crashing down into a pasture full of cattle across from his house.

850 Mile Pilgrimage Against Alcohol, Drugs and Abuse

Image: Mauro Avila — He is walking to spread the word of hope and Christ.

You might have seen him today on Highway 35 E heading toward Italy. I am talking about a young man wearing a cape and pulling a wagon tied around his waist running down the highway. You were probably thinking, what in the world is he doing? Well, let me tell you what he is doing.

New marquee welcomes visitors to Italy

Image: New Marquee Installed — Russell Brown Signs installed a Texas themed marquee that will be used to inform travelers of current events, welcome visitors into the City of Italy and welcome local citizens home.

“Welcome To Italy,” is the headline across the top of the new marquee sign installed this morning at the corner of Hwy. 77 and Hwy. 34. Travelers from all four directions will be able to view the sign that will highlight current events within the City of Italy.

Bicyclists Come ’Round Again

Image: 24th Annual Tour d’Italia — Over 1300 riders came from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas to ride the streets of Italy.  Even former IHS principal, Scott Herald, was at the front of the line, hailing from Temple/Salado.

With the help of the Lone Star Cyclists of Grand Prairie, the 24th Annual Tour d’Italia was a success. The cyclists started arriving on Friday night to register for the bike rally held every third Saturday in June. Some of the riders camped on the lawn in front of the Italy High School and in the parking lot, as well.