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.

Milford ISD Meet the Teacher Night

Image: Superintendent Meeting Parents — Don Clingenpeel meeting the parents at Meet the Teacher Night. Mr. Clingenpeel said, “We are looking forward to a great year, our ratings were high this year and we are going to pick up where we left off and go from there.”

Milord ISD had a wonderful turn out for Meet the Teacher night Thursday evening. Marilee Byrne, (principal of Milford ISD) said, “We are glad that so many of our parents came. This is probably one of the better turnouts that we have had for Meet the Teacher Night in several years and we are so excited that our parents are interested. This way we can have more parent involvement and partnership with the parents in educating our students.”

Our elected officials “snuck” one in on all of us…how many more?


What a surprise, what a big surprise to get this letter from Joe Grubbs, county attorney. It turns out the way I read it, any municipality can enact illegal annexations or probably anything else within the city and if it is kept quiet and no action is filed against it within two years; it is automatically beyond any action. In other words, the illegal annexations that were carried out by the City of Italy are now legal.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting, August 24, 2009

Image: Italy EDC Agenda, August 24, 2009 – page 1

The Italy Economic Development Committee will have a meeting today, August 24, 2009 in the Italy City Hall Council Chambers at 6:30pm. The agenda has a long list of 11 items that will be up for discussion/action during this meeting. A major part of the meeting will be considering recommendations resulting from the recent meeting of the EDC Strategic Plan Steering Committee.

Avalon ISD Meet the Teacher Night

Image: Mrs Day welcomes parents — Margret Day (principal for Avalon ISD) welcomes everyone back to school.

Avalon ISD was ready for Meet the Teacher Night. Everyone was there Thursday evening. Students and parents were meeting teachers and learning where all the class rooms were located. Teachers were happy to meet their new students and ready to make this year a good one for all.

Gladiators take positives from scrimmage with Waco Reicher Cougars

Image: Frazier in coverage — The talented Corrin Frazier tries to catch a Cougar and have it stuffed to hang on the wall back at the Gladiator Field House.

Although the Italy Gladiators were out pointed 2-0 in the Friday scrimmage against 2-time defending TAPPS Division III State Champion Waco Reicher Cougars, you won’t find any gloom around the Gladiator practice facilities. Feeling good about their progress, Italy is ready to meet the Maypearl Panthers head-on, in the first non-district game of the season.

Lighthouse For Learning


Does the Japanese art of Raku sound like it would be fun to learn? How about the Chocolate Lovers Workshop? “Sample 7-11 kinds of chocolate while learning interesting facts.” Knitting, crochet or basic dog obedience are interesting. It’s time to register for class and just a simple drive north will start your life time of adventures.

Directions to Waco Reicher

The Gladiators will take on Waco Reicher this evening at 6:00 pm in Waco. This final scrimmage of the preseason will help prepare the Gladiators for their first non-district game next week against the Maypearl Panthers. Take a road trip to Waco and cheer on our boys!

Local man enjoys creating special items

Image: Larry Swanson and his craft — He has some furniture ready for sale for $35 and up, but will do custom orders. For more information, contact Larry Swanson at (972) 483-6304.

When Larry Swanson retired from the City of Italy in 2003 due to health concerns, he really would have preferred to continue to work. After all, he has never been the type of person that could just sit around doing nothing. The change in lifestyle of staying home every day has been quite an adjustment.

Italy Athletic Booster Club goes full steam ahead

Image: Italy is #1 — The newest design by Barry Byers is a great new t-shirt for the Athletic Booster Club.

On Tuesday night, at the conclusion of the parent meeting with Ms. Parker, the new principal at Italy High School, the Athletic Booster Club past president, Becky Milligan, addressed the parents, “If you are a parent of an athlete or support Italy athletics, we invite you to join the Booster Club. The club has new fundraising ideas and we want to build a program that will keep building.”

Events around Texas

Image: Travel to Glen Rose — This emu is at Fossil Rim, an 1800 acre scenic drive-thru wildlife park in Glen Rose.

School starts full swing for Italy ISD on Monday, August 24. Probably for most school districts in the area. Have you done everything you wanted to do this summer? Seen the sights? Maybe this is the last weekend for awhile for some traveling. Take a moment and read what our great state has in store for the local traveler.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting, August 20, 2009

Image: EDC Meeting Agenda – August 20, 2009

There will be a meeting of the Italy Economic Development Committee held in the Council Chambers of City Hall on August 20, 2009. This meeting was previously slated as being held at the Uptown Cafe. The location has since been formally changed as noted in the posted addendum. The agenda denotes presentations by David Miracle, the newly hired consultant of the Italy EDC.

Parker opens the way for communication

Image: Tanya Parker — New IHS principal, Tanya Parker, explained to parents in a meeting Tuesday night, she expects excellence from each student.

On Tuesday night, the Italy High School cafeteria was filled with parents, faculty and school board members to meet the new principal, Tanya Parker. Superintendent, Jimmy Malone, introduced the newest member of the administration to the crowd.

Invitation: Italy EDC Strategic Plan – Steering Committee Meeting


The City of Italy Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has embarked on an exciting project that needs your participation. On August 20, 2009 at 6:00 PM, the EDC will host an economic development planning meeting with several of the City’s key stakeholders. These stakeholders will be chosen from the EDC, City Council, Italy ISD, local business owners and other community leaders that have a stake in the future economic development of the City.

City of Italy Budget Meeting

Image: Budget Workshop — City Council members met for over two hours going over the budget line by line.

Monday evening at 6:30 pm the city council met to go over the proposed budget for the City of Italy. Mayor Frank Jackson, Mayor Pro Tem Rodney Guthrie, Dennis Perkins Jr, Greg Richards, Mark Souder Sr. and John Droll were all present.

Backpack Roundup

Image: Lots of School Supplies — The staff at Trinity Mission out did themselves with generous donations of school supplies.

Trinity Mission loves to be involved with the community. Chris Baker (Marketing Director) had an idea to help the local schools with school supplies. "Many parents can’t afford to get the necessary school supplies for their children. Our goal was to donate backpacks with several school supplies to three local school districts.

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