Italy Food Pantry is in need of a storm door

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The Italy Food Pantry serves people in our communities of Italy, Avalon, Milford and Forreston by helping families to extend their food dollars. Most of our 80 clients are retired, single-parent, disabled, unemployed, and also includes those wonderful people assisting relatives by taking in their children to live with them.

Randy Compton is in the fight of his life

Image: Randy and Vicki Compton

When Randy Compton graduated from Italy High School in 1972, he had many plans and dreams. He loved to hunt and fish and hang out with his friends. He never dreamed that life’s road would take him where it has brought him to today, fighting cancer for the third time.

Waxahachie Fun Run to benefit West ISD

The Waxahachie Running Club, in conjunction with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, are hosting a charity run on Saturday, April 12, 2014 to benefit the West ISD Special Education Department.

WANTED: 22" standard wheel chair

For those of you in the city of Italy and surrounding areas, I am trying to help people in need of crutches and wheel chairs. I keep a surplus of this type of equipment for people who cannot afford to purchase it. There is never a charge. Right now, I am down to small supply in need of repair. That is why I am appealing to the public. If you have a wheelchair or crutches taking up space in your house and you are willing to donate them, let me know and I can find someone in need.

The little ‘Angels’ in Milford need your help at Christmas

Image: Titus Women, Willa Wheatley, Angie Knott and Maxine Morris all want everyone to have a Merry Christmas!

I don’t know a child that is not excited about Christmas and all that goes with it.They can’t wait to get up Christmas morning and see what Santa has left under the tree. But not all children are lucky enough to have something waiting for them under the tree. The Milford Titus Women’s Club are trying to make sure that every child in Milford will wake up Christmas morning and find a present.

Milford Titus Women’s Club honors first responders

Image: Jeannie Richardson presents Mayor Perryman with his plaque.

Titus Women’s Club of Milford members are so very grateful for the great job the first responders did in helping the community when the Chevron pipeline exploded in Milford. So, they decided to show their appreciation by handing out plaques to Bruce Perryman (Mayor of Milford), Mark Jackson (Fire Chief of Milford) and Chief of Police Carlos Phoenix at this month’s City Council Meeting.

Toys for Tots for local children

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The VFW Toys for Tots will be available again this year for local children. The deadline to apply is December 16, 2013. If a child is on another list such as the Salvation Army or Toy Run, they are not eligible for this program. Information will be verified.

Local family in need

As a result of a recent automobile accident, the family of Kenneth and Sherrie Wilsford, long time Italy residents, is in need of assistance. During Kenneth’s recovery, Sherrie is having to stay home from work to provide the round-the-clock care that Kenneth is needing. Kenneth and Sherrie have a young daughter, Kelsey. First State Bank of Italy has set up an account and is accepting donations on the family’s behalf.

George Scott Scholarship fundraiser a success

Image: Reid Jacinto and Amber Mitchell visit with Wanda Scott at the meal.

The George Scott Scholarship fundraiser was held at Italy High School Friday night. Family members of George Scott and several scholarship recipients welcomed members of the community and Italy High School ex-students when they arrived at the cafeteria. Everyone enjoyed a delicious barbecue meal catered by Bubba’s in Ennis.

Italy Lions Club vision screening at Stafford Elementary

Image: Lions Club bus is where the kids go to get their glasses.

Friday morning the Italy Lions Club had a large vision bus parked at Stafford Elementary ready to supply students with glasses. This bus has an eye doctor, vision equipment, glasses and helpful Italy Lions Club members ready to make sure every student that needs glasses receives glasses. It is like an eye doctors office on wheels. Italy Lions Club has been doing this for five years now.

Smokin’ at the Ranch Barbecue Cook Off Results

Image: Cook off winners top left: Howard Hobbs (holding trophy for Daryl Hobbs), Dee Richie Holveck
Bottom left: JD Wilker (holding trophy for Daryl Hobbs), Payton Day, Daryl Hobbs, Dennis Deward, Waylon Bowers.

The Rockett Ranch Café and Club in Milford held its first annual barbeque cook off last Saturday, Oct. 5. The turnout was less than expected. Speculation suggested the rain prediction could have been the reason or the 60% payout for prize money. It was decided next year would deliver an 80% payout and pray for better weather.

Italy Food Pantry update

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The Italy Food Pantry thanks the community for their continued support. There is a need for canned vegetables. Can you help?

A letter of thanks

The 2nd Annual Guns vs. Hoses softball game was an amazing success this year. On behalf of the Italy Police Department and Italy Fire Department, we would like to thank everyone that attended and supported us this year. We raised over $2,500 for the Italy Shop With a Cop and had so much fun doing it.

Tour d’Italia is a win-win all around

Image: Over 1,000 cyclists rode the countryside around Italy on Saturday as they participated in the Tour d’Italia.

On Saturday, June 15th, over 1,000 cyclists converged on our sleepy hamlet for the 28th Annual Tour d’Italia. Lone Star Cyclists hosted the event benefitting Italy High School, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving and other North Texas charities. The weather was as good as it gets and the Lone Star Cyclists once again enjoyed their ride through the countryside.

Pies in the face means money in the bank

Image: Ms. Erica Miller enjoyed a couple of pies today.

The last day of school rolls around and what do you do? You throw pies at your principal, of course. Naturally, the event was planned and Erica Miller, Lee Joffre and Casey Holden lived up to their part of deal. The class that brought in the most donations for West ISD was allowed to throw pies at the trembling trio. Mr. Joffre took a few in the ol’ mug for a good cause.

Car wash at AutoZone in Waxahachie Saturday to help send Azlin Itson to pageants

Image: Italy 5-year old, Azlin Itson, was recently crowned the 2013 Ellis County Cinderella Tot and is asking for donations to help her represent Italy, Ellis County and Texas in the Miss Texas Cinderella Tot pageant to be held in Houston and later in the National American Miss Pageant where her quest will begin in Dallas.

Now holding the title of 2013 Ellis County Cinderella Tot, Italy’s own, Azlin Itson, age 5, and her parents, Amanda and Aaron Itson, will be hosting a fundraising Car Wash tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, on the AutoZone parking lot in Waxhahchie from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from the Car Wash will be used to send Azlin to two upcoming major pageants.

Benefit planed for West EMS at the Oscar Store near Temple

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Saturday, May 11th the Oscar Store in Oscar, Texas, near Temple, will have a benefit for the West EMS. Oscar Store is located at 8133 Oscar Spur Road, Temple, Texas 76501. The event will begin at 9:00am, with live music from 1:00pm until 1:00am. All proceeds will be donated to West Emergency Medical Services.

SWB Youth Foundation plans 1K and 5K runs

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SWB Youth Foundation of Fairfield, Texas is having a benefit 5K and 1K run. The event will be held on Saturday, May 25 at the Fairfield XC Course at 6515 Post Oak Street in beautiful Fairfield, Texas.

Italy High School NHS/NJHS collecting donations for West

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The Italy High School NHS and Junior High School NJHS will be hosting a fundraiser for the city of West, Texas. Over the course of 4 weeks they will be collecting monetary donations of any size, including change. The NHS/NJHS members will be bringing donation buckets to the elementary school and local businesses in order to bring our whole community together to help the residents of West.

Italy First Baptist Church coordinating efforts to help West’s displaced elderly

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There are 15 residents of the nursing home in West that have been moved to Hillsboro and they need our help. They are in need of clothes and shoes. They need things such as sleeping clothes, sweats, house shoes and any other types of clothing that would be warm and comforting to these people. You can drop off these items at First Baptist Church anytime before 7pm tonight at which time the items will then be taken to Hillsboro.

Walk For Wishes

Image: Holly Simon Bradley holds baby James who was born healthy and happy.  Holly will be walking for the Make A Wish Foundation on April 6 in Irving.

Holly Bradley, IHS graduate and current Italy ISD employee, is taking part in the Make A Wish Foundation Walk on April 6, 2013 and asks the community for help with this cause.

REACH Council – a prevention service for Ellis and Johnson Counties

Image: Tom Kowatch is a youth prevention specialist and an employee of REACH Council of Midlothian.

When is a better time than when children are young to help shape their minds and teach them about making good life choices that affect them for the rest of their lives? Decisions on whether to take drugs, use alcohol or use tobacco can, depending on your choice, either help you live a better life or destroy a life.

Titus Women of Milford — 4th year to host an Angel Tree

Image: Titus Women Angie Knott, Arveal Wimbish and Maxine Morris standing by the Angel Tree.

Christmas is the time for joy, happiness, thankfulness and sharing. Sharing with those that are not as fortune as ourselves. Titus Women are at it again! This is their fourth year to host the Angel Tree located at Milford City Hall. Once again they want to give to others and invite others to do the same thing. What else is Christmas spirit about?

Italy Ministerial Alliance hosts community feast

Image: Kathryn Dabney, age 5, enjoys climbing a nearby tree during the Thanksgiving feast.

The holidays have arrived in Italy. The kick off was a community wide Thanksgiving feast held at the Italy High School dome. The whole city was invited to participate in a non-denominational church service, BBQ and all the fixins, activities for the children and fellowship.

George Scott had a dream!

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His dream was that any student at Italy High School who worked hard and had a desire to go to college could do so.  He was also a dreamer and a planner and as such, he knew that this would require a lot of money and would need many people involved. This was not to be a one time scholarship, but a perpetual fund where only the interest on the principal was used, so that it would outlive us all.

Blood drive this Saturday at Italy High School dome

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It’s time to celebrate the gifts of life ~ especially the gifts we have in our own city of Italy, namely Andrea Hooker’s successful heart transplant. To celebrate this miracle, the Italy High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive this Saturday, September 22, from 10:00—3:00 at the IHS Dome.

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