9th annual Ennis Czech Music Festival


Come out to the Sokol Activity Center located at 2622 E Hwy 34 just east of Ennis, February 7, 2015 1:00 PM – 10:30PM. Listen and dance to 5 polka bands! Jodie Mikula Orchestra 1pm, Czech and Then Some 3pm, Moravians 5pm, Ennis Czech Boys 7pm, Czech Harvesters 9pm. Only $7 per person – Ages 13 and under free. Great raffle prizes! The kitchen will be open. Dress casual. Czech costumes encouraged. Doors open at 12PM. No reservations please.

30th Anniversary of Relay For Life

Image: Jessica Gentry and Donna Daniell proudly are the Event Co-Chairs for the 2015 Relay For Life of Central Ellis County.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will be held on May 30, 2015 at the Waxahachie Sports Complex from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. All Ellis County residents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Special Invitation for a Christmas Concert at First United Methodist, Hillsboro

Image: Healing Hearts Chorus

You are invited to a Christmas Concert hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Hillsboro, Texas. We are welcoming the Healing Heart Chorus on December 5th at 7:30. We are very excited for this special event and would like to share this evening with our neighbor communities. Please help us spread the word. For more Information please contact the church office at 254-582-2342.

George Scott Scholarship fundraiser

Image: Nelda Doyle Commons is a graduate of Italy High School.

The 22nd Annual George E. Scott Memorial Scholarship Dinner was held last Friday night before the Homecoming football game in the school cafeteria. The catered meal by Bubba’s Barbecue of Ennis featured brisket, sausage, potato salad, beans, bread and tea.

TxDOT Notice of Public Meeting

Image: TxDot Public Meeting Notice

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed widening of I-35E from 2.17 miles south of FM 566 (Hill/Ellis County Line) to US 77 south of Waxahachie. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Italy High School Cafeteria, 300 College Street, Italy, Texas 76651. The meeting will be held in an open house format from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Italy Main Street Market (Community Wide Garage Sale) 2014

Requests are coming in for spots at the Italy Pavilion for this weekend’s Italy Main Street Market (Community Wide Garage Sale). So far we have 9 families that will be set up and ready for customers by 8:00am Saturday morning, August 16. If you, or someone you know, is wanting to come and have a spot please have them complete the [[Italy Main Street Market Sign-Up Form]] ASAP.

Italy Main Street Market (Community Wide Garage Sale)—Saturday, August 16, 2014

Italy will have a community wide garage sale this Saturday, August 16, 2014. The focal point of this event will be an opportunity for community members in and around Italy to set up mini-garage sale booths in Italy’s downtown Pavilion. Citizens are welcome to have garage sales at their home as well. It will be a great opportunity for some back to school clothes shopping as well as finding your next piece for that DIY Pinterest project you have been wanting to do.

Good Morning Texas, Channel 8 visiting Italy June 27th


Page McCoy Smith with WFAA Channel 8 Good Morning Texas will be here fearing the morning hours of June 27th. They are doing a series on Texas Cities with European names and Italy was chosen to participate. Page was out here on June 2nd and took some shots of City Hall, the Fire Station, Corley Bell Tower, the Blacksmith shop behind City Hall and also Uptown Café. Everyone come out to the Cargill Gallman Pavilion on the 27th @ 8:00 am and show your support for Italy, The Biggest Little Town in Texas.

Guns & Hoses Softball Tournament Vendor Application


The third annual Guns & Hoses Softball Tournament is just around the corner! This family-fun, community event has something for everyone and benefits Italy’s Shop With A Hero program. Vendor applications are being accepted now. Join in on the fun by setting up a booth during the event.

Cemetery clean up day planned

The Italy Cemetery Association is asking for the community to help clean up the cemetery. A work day is planned for Saturday, June 7th. Volunteers are needed with chain saws and weed eaters.

Summer Art Camp planned in June


The Flying Dollar Ranch located in Italy, Texas, is proud to offer an exciting new opportunity of summer art camp! Students will learn to draw and paint from life around the ranch: animals, landscape scenery and still life.

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.