Citizens of the Month Brian and Karen Mathiowetz

Image: Karen and Brian Mathiowetz are very proud to be selected as Citizens of the Month

I think everyone knows Brian and Karen Mathiowetz. Karen has lived in Italy for most of her life and Brian has lived here for seventeen years. They are both very active members in this small town community of Italy. They can be spotted at the Uptown cafe, seen at most of the high school ball games and at the nursing home visiting the residents to make them smile and to catch a hug or two. It is no wonder that they were selected as Citizens of the Month.

Obituary: Leon Byron Dollens, Jr., 1924 – 2012


Leon Byron Dollens, Jr. of Hewitt, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012.  Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Ramsdell officiating. Visitation will be 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 30, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Garden Room.

Agenda: Italy Park Board Meeting – Monday, March 26, 2012


The City of Italy Park Board will have their regular monthly meeting Monday, March 26, 2012. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building at 105 West Main Street, Italy. Meeting time is set for 6:00pm. The agenda slates there will be a discussion regarding the bylaws of the Park Board, Park Board meeting scheduling as well as discussion and planning for the upcoming Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt.

Italy faces rival at home

Image: Gladiator Fan of the Year, Richard Cook throws the opening pitch.

Richard Cook throws out the opening pitch to get things started between Italy and Maypearl at Loyd Davidson Field and Gladiator Brandon Souder takes one for the team allowing his hair to be cut as part of a team fundraiser.

Obituary: Georgia Faye Graves Phillips Babb, 1932 – 2012

Image: Georgia Faye Graves Phillips Babb, 1932 – 2012

Georgia Graves Phillips Babb, age 80, of Whitney passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Italy. She was born February 22, 1932 in Italy to Lester and Cynthia (Cockerham) Graves. She graduated from Italy High School in 1949.

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.

An invitation to Strikeout Cancer with the Lady Gladiators


The Lady Gladiator Softball team would like to extend an invitation to the community to come and join their efforts to raise money for cancer research. On Tuesday, March 20 Wednesday, March 21 the Lady Gladiators will take on the Maypearl Lady Panthers in a district matchup beginning at 6:00pm 6:30pm. All proceeds from this softball game will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

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.

Contracts awarded for road-building materials

At today’s regularly-scheduled meeting, the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court approved seven different contracts for various types of road-building materials. The bidding process took place in January and February, with more than 30 vendors requesting the bid package. Eleven vendors submitted bids, along with material samples, which were tested by the County Engineer’s Office. Results of the testing were reviewed by the Commissioners.

Making Milford History

Image: Alan Singleton and Jaquay Brown at the Regional Powerlifting Meet.

For the first time in Milford history, two students qualified in regional powerlifting. Alan Singleton and Jaquay Brown competed in the regional powerlifting meet on Saturday, March 10 in Rusk, Texas.

Letter to the Editor: 4th Annual Lions Club BBQ Cook-off a success

Image: Little Morgan was 1 of the 3 top kid cookers out of 20 this year.

The Italy Lions Club wishes to thank Lonestar BBQ Society for their support in our 4th Annual BBQ Cook-off. The cookers came from local and as far as Oklahoma, Abilene and Austin to name a few locations. The cookers were very generous with their donations and awesome BBQ. This year we had 50 cookers and that made it a qualifier for the Invitational Cook-offs later in the year.

Agenda: Italy City Council Meeting – Monday, March 12, 2012

Image: Agenda: Italy City Council 3/12/13 – page 1

The Italy City Council will have their regular monthly meeting today, Monday, March 12, 2012 in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building (105 West Main Street, Italy). Meeting time is 6:30. The agenda slates six Regular Session agenda items and one Closed Session agenda item. The meeting is open to the public.