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.
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.
Bees are necessary to our Eco system and human survival. Ehow.com 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.” Backyardbeekeepers.com says “Agriculture depends greatly on the honeybee for pollination. Honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination.
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.
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.
Milford’s Titus Women are hosting the Milford Arts & Craft Fair in the Milford park on Saturday, May 8th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Bel Branch: The Bel Branch community would like to thank the commissioner’s office Precinct 3 for the wonderful job they are doing in regards to improving the roadway that winds through the Bel Branch area located between Italy and Waxahachie.
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.
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!
Years of hard work and commitment paid off for 16-year-old Jacqualyn Cawley of Italy during the San Antonio Livestock Show in February when she won a $10,000 scholarship with her heifer Jewls. There were over 160 Beefmasters in her division.
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.
Gregory Pope of Italy is doing his part to help the community this holiday season.
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.
Wednesday night, inside the Italy High School Library, Jenny and Craig Bales along with their three wonderful children, Kaytlyn, Kelton, Kaci and soon to be a fourth, Kix, were treated to a baby shower hosted by the Italy High School Faculty.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES — Rap artist and entrepreneur Won-G has formed a partnership to create “One Dome at a Time,” a charity providing housing to people around the world.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteer firefighters from the Forreston, Italy and Milford departments gathered together Saturday morning to accept a $1,000 donation from Atmos Energy. This donation is to be divided among the three departments.
Samantha Michelle (Shelley) Nance, age 20, graduate of Italy High School class of 2007 was found murdered on September 11th, 2009 in her Dallas Apartment.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t forget Milford’s First Annual Texas Music Festival is this Saturday at Miss Millie’s Restaurant and Music Hall in Milford – of course!
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.
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.
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.
The North Texas Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society stopped at the Milford Depot in Milford on Saturday as they followed the Texas Interurban Railway route from South Dallas to Waco.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
A driver for the TXI Transportation Company out of Dallas was traveling to a job site between Waxahachie and Forreston when his 18-wheeler took a turn for the worst.
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.
When you travel down Main Street downtown Italy you will see a beautiful new bank front on the now First State Bank of Italy. But that is not the only thing new about this bank.
“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.
The South Ellis County Water Supply Corporation has released its 2008 Annual Drinking Water quality Report. This is their annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).
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.