School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Curtis Riddle

My name is Curtis Riddle. I was raised here in Italy and attended Italy schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I graduated from Italy Isd in 1990. I attended Tarleton State University as an Ag-business major. I am currently self-employed in the field of agriculture and investment properties.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting , May 3, 2010

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There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, May 3 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The lone agenda item is stated as discussion and consideration of necessary action(s) regarding Real Property. (Texas Government Code, Section 551.072.) This item is noted as a closed session item.

School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Larry Eubank

I have been employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the past 23 years. I serve as the County Executive Director of the Ellis County Farm Service Agency, working with all agricultural producers across Ellis County. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston.

School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Danny Day

Image: Danny Day and son Peyton

I grew up in DeSoto, where I was a member of the graduating class of 1984. During the time I was in high school my family owned property between Italy and Frost, which we would come to on weekends. I moved to Italy in 1992. We built the Italy Daycare in 1986 and my mother was the owner/operator until 1996. I currently live between Italy and Frost.

Agenda: Italy City Council Called Meeting-April 26, 2010


There will be a called meeting of the Italy City Council on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Interviews of candidates for public works position is the lone agenda item for the meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Jon Mathers

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I have lived in Italy since 1971. My family and I live out in the country towards Frost. I attended both Italy ISD campuses, and walked the same halls that my children now walk. I own and operate a successful CDL Truck rental business that serves all of DFW

Commissioners approve return to work policies

Ellis County Commissioners this morning approved revised personnel policies in keeping with a new push by County Judge Carol Bush to establish a return to work program that meets the needs of all elected officials and departments, which has already resulted in a significant reduction in the county’s 2010 Workers’ Compensation premiums.

Agenda: Italy Park Board Meeting, April 6, 2010


The Italy Park Board will meet Tuesday, April 6, 2010. The meeting will begin at 6:30 in the council chambers at Italy City Hall, 105 W. Main Street. The agenda includes discussion and necessary action regarding the recent easter egg hunt and a course in Bastrop, Texas called “Developing Successful Festivals and Special Events.”

Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

This April, Texans can receive rebates on qualifying appliances purchased between April 16 and April 25. Texas received more than $23 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, and will administer the rebates through the Comptroller’s State Energy Conservation Office.

Savings to be realized on County debt

During a regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, March 22, 2010, Jim Sabonis of First Southwest Company presented an analysis of potential savings relating to the county’s outstanding general obligation bonds.

Passport Day in the USA Passport Fair

The Ellis County District Clerk’s office is hosting a Passport Fair in Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.

City Council write-in candidate deadline

The deadline for inclusion on the Italy City Council election ballot has passed as of yesterday, March 8 at 5:00pm. With three places up for election there were two incumbents that completed their application leaving one seat vacant. Those wishing to have their name as a write-in candidate for the Italy City Council can sign up at Italy City Hall through March 15, 5:00pm.

Deadline looms for City Council seat applications

Today, 5:00 p.m., marks the deadline for candidates to apply for a place on the ballot for the Italy City Council election to be held in May. There are three seats up for election, only two potential candidates have picked up packets as of 11:30 a.m. Friday morning. Packets are available at City Hall at 101 West Main Street, Italy and must be returned by 5:00 p.m. today, Monday, March 8, 2010.

“Week-Long” Clean-Up Event coming in May

In our continuing effort to curtail Illegal Dumping in Ellis County, this year we will be offering a free “week-long” clean-up event. Starting Saturday, May 1st and running thru Saturday May 8th, Ellis County residents will be able to dispose of trash, furniture, mattresses, yard debris, and other similar items. We will also be accepting tires and e-waste. Details are still being finalized, so check the Ellis County Official Website for more information as we get closer to the date!

Letter from Dan Gus for District Judge campaign

Image: Dan Gus candidate for District Judge

Chances are you have seen the name Dan Gus around town in recent weeks. If you come into town from I-35, you see his name. If you come into town on Highway 34 from Avalon, you see his name out in front of Mr. Morgan’s home. And if you stop in at the Uptown Café, his name is there in the window.

Sample ballots for March 2nd elections

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Tuesday, March 2 is election day. This election includes races on the county, state, and federal levels. The governor’s race highlights the contested statewide races while several U. S. Representatives races are on the ballot. Locally there are several county positions on the ballots. Sample ballots are provided for your convenience.

Red Oak to hold local option election

As required under the law, Ellis County Commissioners authorized a local option election to consider the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only in the City of Red Oak, pursuant to certification of a petition containing the required number of signatures.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting , February 22, 2010

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There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, February 22 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Slated on the agenda is a report that will be presented by board member Joyce Hobbs regarding a TEDC Seminar that she attended.

Easter egg fun for everyone

The Park Board of Italy met on Tuesday night and discussed the upcoming Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt. As a quorum of board members was not met this meeting was just discussion only. The egg hunt is slated for Saturday, April 3 and the Park Board is calling for volunteers and donations.

Proclamation honors Judge Jackie Miller, Jr.

Image: Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller, Jr. receives proclamation from County Judge Carol Bush and precinct 1 Commissioner Dennis Robinson, precinct 2 Commissioner Bill Dodson, precinct 3 Commissioner Heath Sims and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ron Brown.

During a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday January 25, Ellis County Commissioners Court issued a proclamation in support of Ellis County Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller, Jr. and his nomination for the Texas Association of Counties 2010-2011 Leadership Class. Judge Miller was recognized for his continued service to the people of the county and Precinct 2.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting , January 25, 2010

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There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, January 25th at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Agenda items include several presentations by David Miracle of Miracle Consulting. May Frank Jackson is also slated to address the board.