Italy Junior High Plays Milford

Image: Lil’ Ella — Sandy and Larry Eubank’s granddaughter, Ella, cheers for the Lady Gladiators in the cheerleading outfit she got for her birthday.

The Italy 7th and 8th grade girls lead the march in the first Junior High Volleyball games of the season this week. The Lady Bulldogs traveled from Milford to play the Lady Gladiators. The 7th grade won the first sets in the best two games, winning 25-15 and 25-16. Coach Tina Richards said, “I am very proud of the 7th grade. This is a great way to start our season-with a win!”

County Tax Rate Set

In a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 14, 2009, Ellis County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the tax rate for the 2009/2010 fiscal year as previously announced.

Class of 2007 plans tribute

Image: Classmate and friend — Donations for the Shelley Nance Memorial-Class of 2007 may be made at Citizens National Bank.

When several members of the Italy High School Class of 2007 heard that one of their classmates had died, they were shocked and saddened. They could not imagine Samantha Michelle Nance (Shelley) not being with them anymore. As they heard the reports of her murder, they questioned why.

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Obituary: Mary Lou Gillespie, 1926-2009

Mary Lou Gillespie, 83, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2009 at her home in Avalon. She was born in Bardwell, Texas on July 31, 1926. Her parents were Clarence and Mayme (Aldridge) Cunningham. Mary Lou graduated from Bardwell High School in 1943.

Flood Warning and County Road Closures

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a flood warning for the following areas Trinity River in Texas. Trinity River near Rosser affecting Ellis and Kaufman counties forecast flooding changed from MINOR to MODERATE severity for the following areas in Texas: Chambers Creek near Rice affecting Navarro County.

Agenda: City Council Meeting September 14, 2009

Image: City Council Meeting Agenda, September 14, 2009 – page 1

The Italy City Council will meet on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 105 Main Street, Italy, Texas. Along with the usual department reports there will be a hearing on the 2009-2010 budget. The agenda includes ten discussion/action items. Approval of the budget and regulations regarding alcoholic beverages in the city are two of the agenda items listed.

Pink, Baby! Can you Dig It?

On Tuesday, September 15, the Lady Gladiators and Avalon Lady Eagles will host a Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally at the Avalon gym beginning at 6:00 pm. The teams will promote breast health education in the community as well as raising funds for research. Everyone is invited to attend and help with this worthy cause.

Remember the day

Image: Walker rings the bell — Shedric Walker (Munchie) rings the bell 5 times in three sequences.

On September 11, the local firefighters, city employees, police, Murrie Wainscott and Mayor Jackson gathered and remembered the fallen of the twin towers. This is the 8th anniversary of the tragedy.

‘Big Rig’ stuck in the mud

Image: Big Rig Stuck — This semi took the turn too wide.

Last evening during the blinding rain storm Logistics Inc.’s big rig took the turn too wide on exit 386 and went off into the muddy ground. Consequently being stuck in the mud all evening. At approximately 10:00 a.m. this morning a wrecking company out of Fort Worth came and began to pull the semi out of the mud.

Italy’s 7th Grade football team beat the rain

Image: Takes time for a pose — Jesica Wilkins stops cheering for a Kodak moment.

Although Italy’s 7th Grade football team tied the Palmer Bulldogs 0-0 in their Thursday scrimmage, they did manage to beat the rain. Italy did forgoe it’s last offensive series due to lightning and ultimately rain. However, the 8th Grade and JV teams will have to wait until next Thursday against Malakoff.

Ronola Shears Avalon ISD’s newest aide

Image: Ronola Shears — Ronola Shears is Avalon’s newest aid and the love for her pre-schoolers has convinced her to go back and get certified to teach.

Ronola Shears was happily living and working in Dallas for CBI as assistant to the controller. It has always been her husband’s (Terry Shears) dream to move from the big city to a small town and purchase a house with a few acres of land. Two years ago this dream became his reality which meant Ronola had to commute from Avalon to Dallas. “It was a very hard year commuting back and forth from Avalon to Dallas. I wouldn’t get home until seven at night,” explained Ronola.

In response to Milford Water Bill

Council voted to raise the water bill tonight by 6 dollars on sewage. Also raised the rates on above minimum usage, or per gallon rates up to 6/1000g for water, and 5/1000g for sewer. Increase of 2 on water to 4000, then 1 dollar/1000; and 3 on sewer/1000.

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Obituary: Gloria Gunn, 1933 – 2009

Image: Gloria Gunn of Milford passed away September 3, 2009 — Services to celebrate her life were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2009 at the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home with Bro. Shane Norcross officiating.

Gloria Gunn, 75 of Milford, passed away September 3, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center of Waxahachie. She was born to the late E.P. and Eula Trull Jenkins on September 9, 1933 in Avalon.

Meals-on-Wheels Golf Benefit is Full


The 22nd Annual Meals-on-Wheels Golf Benefit, set for September 17, at Hidden Creek Golf Course, is ready for the big day! “Our field is now full!” said Ike Vera, Golf Benefit Chairperson. The Benefit was limited to the first 66 teams to register, and registrations were accepted until the field was full, on a first come first served basis.

Gladiators shipwreck the Pirates 33-27

Image: Taking time for a smile — Cori, Barbara, Sierra and Bianca stop long enough for the camera.

Italy earned their first win on the season with an impressive victory over the Chilton Pirates. Chilton, who upset 1A power Mart (No. 16) last week 39-16, had the air pounded out of their sails Friday night by a determined group of Gladiators 33-27.

Water bills to increase $25.00

The Milford city council will meet in a called meeting on Tues Sept 8, 2009 to vote to increase residential water bills by $25.00 per meter in order to collect money towards paying back to the State of Texas over $300,000 it collected from traffic citations issued on I-35 over several years.

Titus Women’s Club One Year Anniversary

Image: Titus Women’s Club Members — The club’s mission is to unite the women of Milford and to be Jesus in their community.

One year ago Jeannie Richardson met with a few women in Milford and together they decided to form the “Titus Women’s Club”. Their mission was to unite the women of Milford and to be Jesus in their community by meeting one another’s needs and encouraging each other to be all they can be in Christ.

Special visitors in Italy

Image: L-R: Sandra Saxon, Doris Mitchell, Paul Bottalico, Sandy Eubank and Karen Mathiowetz  — Paul enjoyed his visit to Italy and the folks at the Uptown Cafe.

Last Friday, Italy welcomed two very special visitors to town. Paul Bottalico and his friend, Rose, were visiting from Santa Ana, California. At one time, Paul had very strong family ties to the “Biggest Little Town in Texas”.

Lady Gladiators Take On Palmer

Image: Add a point — The Lady Gladiators played against the Lady Bulldogs from Palmer Tuesday night in a pre-season game.

The Lady Bulldogs of Palmer made a short trip to Italy on Tuesday night to take on the Lady Gladiators for the second time this pre-season. Italy defended the net with enthusiasm but it didn’t take Palmer long to perform the duties at hand. With a four game set, Palmer won 3 out of 4.

4-H Horse Club meeting scheduled for September 3

The 4-H Horse Club of Ellis County will have its first meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 3, at 6 p.m. at the Flying Dollar Ranch, located at 230 Chambers Dr., Italy, Texas. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning what 4-H is about, please attend this meeting.

Gladiators rally late but Panthers hang on

Image: Half time spirit — Gladiators come back from halftime ready to fire it up.

The Italy Gladiators began their highly anticipated football season by hosting, their long-time rival, the Maypearl Panthers Friday night. 2009 marks the second year Italy has returned to 1A competition where they have enjoyed trophy case after trohy case of success in years past.

Dunlap Library: August Books

A message and a gift from our one time neighbor, Margaret Smotherman. Mrs. S. lived across the street from the library for many years and is now residing in Houston. She misses Italy, and she misses all her old friends. She posted two Large Print books, Standing In The Rainbow, by Fannie Flagg and Just Rewards, by Barbara Taylor Bradford as gifts to the library for all her friends to enjoy. We miss you Mrs. S….and your lovely British accent!

Obituary: Elnora Shelby Hooks, 1919 – 2009

Elnora Hooks an Italy resident passed August 25, 2009. She is survived by her husband Johnny Hooks. Viewing will be Friday, August 28, 2009, 11am – 6:30pm at Jackson Community Funeral Home. The wake will be Friday, August 28, 2009, 7pm – 8pm at Jackson Community Funeral Home. Funeral is scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2009, 11am at Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Italy Band Is Ready To Play

Image: Italy High School Regiment Band — The long awaited school year has begun and the band is aiming higher than ever before.

The Italy High School Regiment Band is ready. They have been practicing for several weeks and started long before school began. They are ready to march on the field at halftime on Friday night’s game against Maypearl.

Gladiators prepare for Maypearl; Italy Jr. High has first practice

Image: Heath and Jasenio — These two can move the ball in more ways than one.

The Italy Gladiators had one of their best practices Wednesday. There is definitely an energy surrounding Willis Field in anticipation of the upcoming JV and Varsity football games this week against Maypearl. Playing under the Friday night lights will be fun but don’t forget about the JV game that will be played under the Thursday night lights in Maypearl.

IYAA Football is fast and furious

Image: Adrian’s ready to rock — Go for it!

IYAA football for ages kindergarten through 6th grades is in it’s second week of pre-season practices. The Majors (5th & 6th grades), the Minors (3rd and 4th grades) and then Bantam (K-2nd grades) make up the three teams the IYAA will be fielding in 2009.

Milford’s Music Festival – A Success!

Image: Dalahachie Boys — The Dalahachie Boys were a hit. Many people young and old were screaming for these boys!

Around 12:15 in the afternoon I arrived at Miss Millie’s Restaurant and Music Hall and was delighted with what I saw. There was a huge stage all lit up with wonderful music wafting through the air as one of the bands were warming up for a performance.

New Christian Day Care to open soon in Italy

Image: Patricia Burke and Daughter — Patricia Burke and her daughter Drenda. Patricia is the owner of Kinder College.

Patricia Burke had been a director for the daycare center at the Avenue Church in Waxahachie for six years. Her love for Christ, children and the desire to be closer to her home in Milford inspired her to open up a Christian daycare center in Italy. It is called Burke’s Kinder College.

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