Frost VFD to hold fundraiser BBQ dinner and car show


Frost VFD fundraiser BBQ dinner and Car show will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014. The car show along with motorcycle and tractor show starts at 10:00am. So, bring your rides out and show them off. Entry fee is a donation to the FVFD. Tell all your friends to join us for fun under the sun!

Italy Ex-Students Association’s yearly dues


It’s not too late to pay your dues to the Italy Ex-Student Association scholarships for the 2014-2015 year. The association awards two $1,000 scholarships to a male and female graduating senior each spring. Simply complete the form attached and return to the post office box listed on the form.

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.

Is following the law important?

It is my choice to attend city council meetings. I have been doing that for a very long time. I like to hear things first hand. I try to keep up with what is going on and be informed. Because of this, I hear things that sometimes cause red flags to go up. Other times, something might be said that hits home with me for various reasons. The latter happened at a council meeting recently, hence the reason for this writing.

IHS Baseball sends thanks


The IHS Baseball team, coaches, and parents would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2014 chili supper fundraiser a success. The money raised will go towards purchasing new uniforms and new bats for the coming baseball season. Come out next spring and see your IHS baseball players shining in their new uniforms.

National Night Out


A reminder that next week is National Night Out on Tuesday Oct. 7th from 6pm-9pm at Upchurch Fields. We will be having music, Careflight Helicopter, food, bounce house, dunking booth, face painting, Police Department equipment on display and much more. Everyone is invited to attend and its free admission for all. Come out and meet your fellow citizens of Italy!

Italy High School Graduates of ’44, ’54, ’64, ’74, ’84, ’94, ’04 and ’14 sought


All IHS graduates of ‘44, ’54, ’64, ’74, ’84, ’94, ’04 and ’14 are invited to attend Italy High School’s 2014 Homecoming festivities. All will be recognized at the start of the Homecoming game against Dawson. Recognition ceremony will be held at 7:00pm on the historic Willis Field. Graduates are asked to meet at the field house at 6:45pm.

Homecoming 2014 planning is underway

Homecoming 2014 is just around the corner, and preparations have already begun. On October 10, 2014, the parade will start at the high school parking lot and will wind around to end behind the First State Bank with our crowd-rousing pep rally during which the Homecoming King will be announced.

Italy City Council approves budget

On Thursday night, the Italy City Council met in a called meeting to approve the 2014-2015 budget. City administrator, Teri Murdock, explained the proposed budget reflected the future changes as a result of the recent vote to do away with mayor and council salaries.

Salvation Army Angel Tree applications are being sought


The Salvation Army in Waxahachie will begin accepting applications for their annual Christmas Assistance Angel Tree program September 29th through October 16th. Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm and Saturdays, 9am-2pm. The Angel Tree program is able to provide Christmas gifts for children (14 and under) through the donations other others in the community. All families interested in receiving this assistance, must apply during application dates.

Rocklin Ginnett earns 3 foot trophy


Academic Achievement Awards were recently awarded at the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School’s June grading. Rocklin attends Italy ISD and has earned his first 3 foot trophy.

Hunter Hinz shoots straight

Image: Hunter Hinz takes aim at a 3D target during the Ellis County 4-H Shooting Sports 3D Tournament in Waxahachie.

Italy Junior High School’s Hunter Hinz, age 12, is proving to be a master marksman in archery as he won back to back 4-H tournaments in 3D archery over the past two weekends. Hinz competes in the intermediate, ages 11 to 13, compound aided division of the sport.

Karen’s Korner – Just my opinion

Image: This sign on Park Street has been leaning for several months. Children must go around it to pass on their way to school. Not sure what the wire is that is tied around it.

It has been a while since I have written one of these. My opinion is way too strong on a lot of things. I recognize that is one of my faults. But, on the other hand, sometimes, things need to be brought to light to fix them.

Obituary: Shirley J. Ratliff


Shirley J. Ratliff, of Italy, passed away Saturday morning, September 6, 2014 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Italy. She was born in Dallas County, Texas to Leo and Lillie Burns Cates. Shirley spent the majority of her life as a seamstress until 1992 when her daughter, Pamela was diagnosed with brain cancer.

WANTED: Leonard Allen Hennard aka “Leo” or “Lee”


On August 27, 2014, in Ellis County, Texas, Leonard Allen Hennard was on trial for two felony counts of family violence assault. While the jury was deliberating his guilt or innocence Hennard, who was on bond at the time, fled the courthouse and has not been seen since. If you see him you should ensure your own safety and immediately call 911.