Milford has Heart

Image: Joseph Chadwick — “We are trying to raise money for Casey Valdez to help with her medical expenses.” Joseph thought nothing of standing in the hot sun for three hours in the middle of the highway to raise money for his friends.

The benefit for Casey Valdez took place this past Saturday evening around 5:00 PM. Everyone was there. The Milford Senior Citizens Hall was filled with people purchasing the barbeque dinners.

Engagement: Lindsay Brogdon and Seth Buchanan

Image: Lindsey and Seth — Wedding date is set for August 22, 2009

Laura and Randy Brogdon of Italy, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Brogdon, to Seth Buchanan, son of Earl and Jennifer Buchanan of Italy, Texas, and Roland and Kelly Cale of Waxahachie.

Agenda: City Council Meeting August 10, 2009

Image: August 10, 2009 – City Council Agenda (pg 1)

The Italy City Council will have a meeting on Monday, August 10. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall beginning at 6:30. Agenda items include setting the 2009 Property Tax Rates, establishing hours of operation of the George E. Scott Memorial Park, and Ronald Janek will be addressing the Council concerning the stop signs placed at Seay and Ward Streets.

Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting August 10

There will be a booster club meeting on Monday, August 10th at 7PM in the High School Cafeteria. This will be a planning and informational meeting.  Football and Volleyball season is upon us and we will be gearing up for Homecoming, T-shirt sales, and new fund raising ideas. 

Fundraiser for Casey Valdez

Don’t forget this Saturday August 8th, at 5:00 PM is the benefit for Manny and Casey Valdez. It will be held at the Milford Community Center.

Avalon ISD School Supply List

Avalon ISD is having 2009-2010 registration for ALL students PreK-12 Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11 and 12 from 12:00-8:00 p.m. and on Thursday, August 13 from 9:00-3:00. Registration packets must be completed ON-SITE by parents/guardians. Avalon ISD has supplied a school supply list for your convenience.

Local teens take part in Helping the Homebound

Image: Mission accomplished

The Methodist Children’s Home van meandered along its Waxahachie route on a hot June day with a group of giggling girls in tow. Amongst the chattering, the teens appeared to embrace their mission with both passion and purpose. Their goal: to deliver hot lunches to the elderly and disabled clients of Meals-on-Wheels.

Movie Night at Trinity Mission

Image: Chris Baker Marketing Director — Chris Baker is the Marketing Director for Trinity Mission. He started the “Movie Night”. Chris said, "It is free and entertaining so come on out for the next movie on August 14th.

Picture this – it’s last Saturday night at 8:30 in the backyard of Trinity Mission, lots of popcorn, a great movie and a big audience. What does this say to you? It says lots of “down home” fun.

Go Green Italy

Image: This Sign Says it All — Many people are recycling and helping Italy “Go Green”.

DCI Sanitation has delivered new trash cans and recycling bins to the community of Italy. The recycling bins are available at the City Hall and have been available for a couple of months.

Italy PD makes another bust

Yesterday, July 28, 2009 at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers of the Italy Police Department, Ellis County Narcotics Task Force and Ellis County Sheriff’s Office served a narcotics search warrant at 209 Couch Avenue, Italy, Texas.

Final Day of Football/Cheerleading Sign-ups August 1st


FINAL SIGNS-UPS for football and cheerleading will be Saturday, August 1st from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Upchurch Ballfields. All players MUST be present to have their picture taken. County issued birth certificates and registration fees must be submitted at the time of sign-up. Eligible players are 2009-2010 school year Kindergarten to 6th graders.

Commissioners’ Court hears status report on bond program

Ellis County Engineer Joe White and Jones Lang LaSalle Project Manager Jon Vidaurri teamed up once again to provide the members of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court with a solid status report on the facilities being constructed through the bond program during Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Trash under the I-35E bridge at Hwy 34

I have noticed at least a dozen 5 gallon buckets under the I-35E bridge at Route 34. I am not sure what happen there it looks like someone’s load shifted or there was a wreck. Whatever, we need someone to take responsibility and get this mess cleaned up. I understand it should have been the bucket owners’ responsibility but I am sure he is way down the road by now. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

ECEYA Fundraiser Horse Show A Big Success!

Image: Dakotah Van Huss and Capitol Te Strut — Dakotah Van Huss of Waxahachie rides Capitol Te Strut to a win in Western Walk Trot at the ECEYA Fundraiser Horse Show.

The sound of laughter mingled with the clip-clop of hooves filled the air on July 25, as the Ellis County Equine Youth Association hosted another successful fundraiser and fun show at the Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy. Youth competed in halter, western, English and speed events to raise money for ECEYA.

Revival Coming To Italy

Image: Italy Church of Christ — Located at the corner of College and Couch (601 South College), the Italy Church of Christ invites everyone to their revival on Sunday, July 26 through Wednesday, July 29.  Brother Don Deffenbaugh from Neosho, Missouri will lead the gospel meeting.

Brother Walter Buchanan, pastor of the Italy Church of Christ, announced they will host a revival beginning Sunday, July 26 through Wednesday, July 29, and everyone is invited. “There will be old fashioned singing and fellowship,” Buchanan commented. Visiting author and evangelist, Don Deffenbaugh, will be preaching.

ECEYA to have a fundraiser horse show

Ellis County Equine Youth Association (ECEYA) will have a Fundraiser Fun Show on July 25. The show will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at the Flying Dollar Ranch Arena. All horse kids are invited to come compete in halter, western, English, yearling, and speed events.

George Scott Memorial Park Grand Opening

Image: A “Swinging Good Time” — The swings were a great success.

The George Scott Memorial Park was really “swinging” Monday evening. It was the grand opening of the new city park. Children were seen everywhere swinging on swings, jumping on spring toys and sliding down bright yellow slides. The park is a wonderful addition to our town and everyone was having a good time.

Milford Music Festival Booths – Still Available

Image: Carlene Hunt — Carlene says, “We still have booth space available so give me a call and reserve your space.”

The Greater Milford 1st Annual Texas Music Festival is August 22, 2009. All kinds of fun will be had on this day. There will be lots of good music to be heard by Billy Joe Shaver, Dallahachie Boys, Tucker Peterson, the Shane Howard Band, Ryan Roberts, the Gordon Collier Band, Whiskey Hill, Spivey Crossing and Billy Ewing.

Ellis County Renegades claim World Series Tournament Championship

Image: Emotional victory — Coaches battle for hug with World Series hero Lane Bogy who just nailed the tournament winning home run!

When the Ellis County Renegades qualified for the Super Series World Series Tournament in Kerens May 9th, in Desoto May 30th, and again in Kerens June 27th head coach Jason Moore had no idea of the thrills and excitement they were about to undertake. When the Renegades arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado they wasted no time in establishing themselves as the team to beat.

Burn ban approved

In a special-called meeting this morning, Ellis County Commissioners’ unanimously approved a 90-day burn ban at the recommendation of Fire Marshal’s Investigator Jim Pharr.