Movie Night at the Cornerstone April 26th

Image: Movie Night @ the Cornerstone Downtown Italy April 26th 8:30pm

There is a Movie Night planned at the Cornerstone Downtown for April 26th. The movie, Creature From The Black Lagoon (in 3D) will begin at 8:30pm. Bring a lawn chair and your favorite movie snack and enjoy the outdoor cinema set up in the parking lot.

Movie Night at the George Scott Gym Saturday, December 21


The Italy High School and Junior High School cheerleaders are sponsoring a Christmas movie night at the old gym this Saturday, December 21st. Movies, chili dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate and a bounce house will all be a part of the fun that will begin at 5:30pm.

Christmas service cancelled

The Ministerial Alliance Christmas service that was scheduled for Sunday night, December 8, at Mt. Gilead has been cancelled due to icy roads and bad weather.

Annual Community Christmas Service planned this Sunday


The Italy Ministerial Alliance invites everyone to the annual Community Christmas service this coming Sunday night, December 8th. The service begins at 6:30 pm at Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church. There will be a Festival of Choirs from six of the area churches and Pastor Preston Dixon will bring the Christmas message.

Seeking talent for Italy’s Christmas Festival and Parade

We are interested in having all performing groups from Italy participate in the entertainment for the Italy Christmas Festival and Parade. We are looking for bands, singers, cheerleading groups, dance groups, MIME groups, choirs, and others who have a talent for and desire to entertain the community at our wonderful festival on December 7th.

IHS Class of 1968 reunion set

The Italy High School Class of 1968 will hold their 45th class reunion on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The members will meet at Italy High School at 4:00 p.m. to tour the facility. Getting reacquainted hour will begin at 5:30 at Rockett Ranch Cafe in Milford at 5:30 and meal to follow at 7:00. For more information contact Ranae Harrison at 972-875-6407.

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.

Community fun at Italy’s National Night Out

Image: Manuela Martin (court clerk) and Teri Murdock (city administrator) are having fun supporting Italy’s National Night Out.

National Night Out downtown Italy at the Pavilion Tuesday night was quite the success! There were over 200 people there eating hotdogs, line dancing, visiting and just having a great time. Mayor Hobbs was even spotted dancing in the line dance!

Italy Police Department invites all to National Night Out

Image: The Italy Police Department invites the community to join them in celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the downtown Italy Pavilion from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Italy PD is also asking for donations from businesses, individuals and or organizations to be used as free giveaways.

The Italy Police Department would like to invite the community in participating in “National Night Out.” The Italy Police Department will host a family friendly event at the downtown Italy Pavilion. There will be face painting, bounce houses, music, free food, drawings and more! Ronald McDonald will be there too!

Tuesday, October 1 — 6pm-9pm — Downtown Italy Pavilion

Barry Byers Appreciation Dinner Friday, September 27th


Save the date for the Barry Byers Appreciation Dinner on Friday, September 27th (a bye week for the Gladiators) at the famed Uptown Cafe in downtown Italy, Texas. Baked potatoes, baked potatoes stuffed with BBQ or just a plain ole’ BBQ sandwich will be served from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. To-go plates will be available!

Annual Milford Arts & Craft Fair planned

Image: Information Flyer

It is that time again! Time for the Annual Milford Arts & Craft Fair on Saturday, October 12, 2013. This year the Fair will be held at the Rocket Ranch Café & Music Hall. Located at 900 W. Water Street in Milford, Texas. We will have live music, hand made crafts, food and fun for all. If you are interested in being a vendor contact Jeannie Richardson at 972-493-2151.

Music camps planned at Central Baptist Church, Italy


The Music Minister of Central Baptist Church has planned a Children’s and Youth Music Camp. Camps will last three days and will conclude with a presentation of what they learned. The camps are free! Register by calling (254) 723- 0840.

Purchase your Guns vs Hoses T-shirt and wear it to the game on July 6th!

Image: These Guns vs Hoses T shirts are now for sale for $15.00 each.

Is everybody ready for the big game on Saturday, July 6th? What game you may ask, well, Italy’s 2nd annual Guns vs Hoses softball game of course! The Italy Police Department will try to make it two in a row against the Italy Fire Department who are determined to tie the series. Remember, all the proceeds go to benefit the Italy Shop with a Cop program.

Avalon Homecoming Set for June 8, 2013

AVALON – June 8, 2013 is the date for Avalon’s Biennial Homecoming at the beautifully renovated J. P. Griffith Gymnasium located on Hemphill Street in Avalon. The event is sponsored by the Avalon Ex-Students Association.

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.

5th annual Italy Christmas Festival planning is underway


Mark your calendars! December 1, 2012 is the day that Italy will have a fun hometown event for everyone! The 5th annual Christmas Festival will have a few new twists this year. In addition to the event being centered around the soon to be completed Italy City Pavilion, the Italy Park board has added a Christmas dessert contest as well as a homemade tamale contest—both with cash prizes!

Waxahachie Farmers Market


If you have ventured into Waxahachie on Saturday mornings, you might have come across the Farmers Market two blocks away from the courthouse (410 S. Rogers Street). Vendors from Ellis County offer fruits and vegetables, quilts, handmade crafts, jewelry, fresh baked bread, spices, photos, knives/swords and jewelry. In other words, a great assortment of holiday gift items.

Community Wide Thanksgiving BBQ planned


The Italy Ministerial Alliance is planning a community wide Thanksgiving Bar-b-que on Sunday, November 18th. The event will be held at the Italy High School Dome and will begin at 12:30. Come one, come all and join in this community fellowship event.

Junior High Halloween Dance planned


The Italy High School freshman class will be sponsoring a Halloween Dance for 6th through 8th grade students of Italy Junior High and Stafford Elementary. The dance will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the old gym at the Italy High School campus.

It’s Tour Time Again!!


Tour d’Italia that is.  Over 900 cyclist are expected to converge on our town on Saturday, June 16th to not only participate in this annual tradition but also to help raise money.  Proceeds from this ride will fund a scholarship for Italy High School as well as support the North Texas Food Bank, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and other charitable organizations. 

2012 Hope for Batten Cure: Run/Walk Event


On Saturday, May 12 the Batten Disease Support & Research Association is putting on a 5K run, 2 mile walk, and a 1K fun run event in order to raise funds for the ongoing research to find a cure for the Batten disease. This event will take place at the Reverchon Park located at 3505 Maple Avenue in Dallas and is in memory of Italy’s own Donovan Lusk and in honor of Eric and McKenna Lowden.

Community Easter Sunrise Service


The Italy Ministerial Alliance would like to invite everyone to the Community Easter Sunrise Service. This year it will be held at the Italy Downtown Plaza on April 8th at 7:00 a.m.

Candy needed for Easter egg hunt


Italy Mayor Frank Jackson said the annual Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 7. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at Upchurch Field for children throughout the city.

Dianne Jaynes Fundraiser—a success

Image: The show must go on. 
(L-R) David Harness, Jason Herrin

It was very, very cold the night of Dianne Jaynes fundraiser. But the citizens of the small community of Italy, Texas was not going to let a little bad weather bother them and as usual came out in full to support one of their own, Dianne Jaynes and her family.

Valentine’s Dance this Saturday


The junior class is hosting a Valentine’s Dance on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 9:00 – 12:00 for the 7th, 8th and 9th grade students of Italy ISD.  The dance will be held in the George Scott Gym.  The cost is $3.00 per person.  Concession stand will be open. 

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