Order your Pink Out shirts now!


The Varsity and Junior High Gladiator Cheerleaders will be taking orders for Pink Out t-shirts beginning Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 11th. Order forms will be available at Mrs. Ballards’ foyer office on the Italy HS/JHS campus.

Obituary: Margaret Mary Fraser Hill Smotherman, 1921-2015

Margaret Mary Smotherman, age 93, passed away on August 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas, at Seven Acres Nursing Home. She was born on November 20, 1921 in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire, England, to Simon and Mary Elizabeth Fraser. During World War II she met and married Staff Sergeant Ben Edwin Hill, Jr., United States Army Air Force on July 8, 1943.

Academic Achievement Trophies awarded to Italy ISD Students

Image: Nick Sam, attends Italy ISD and has earned his first, 3 foot trophy after earning two 4 foot trophies in the past years.
Pictured is Master Charles Kight, chief instructor of the Hillsboro TKD school, Nick and Grand Master Park co-founder of Unified TKD.

Academic Achievement Awards were awarded at the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School at the June grading. For the past 19 years the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W. Elm Hillsboro, Texas has awarded many students, who are excelled in both martial arts as well as academics with a 3 and 4 foot trophy.

Art lessons at the Ranch


Back by popular demand, Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy is hosting Art Classes at the Ranch with professional artist and certified teacher Anne Weary. Classes begin September 8 from 5:30 to 6:45 on Tuesdays. Art Classes are four for $60. The class will cover beginning painting and drawing of animals and still life using a variety of mediums.

Barry Byers’ camera is gone…

Not too long ago the entire community banded together to help purchase a camera for Barry Byers. A BBQ dinner was served at the infamously famous Uptown Cafe and all monies raised at that dinner went to purchase a quality camera for Barry. A little over a week ago this camera was stolen from Barry’s truck.

Stuff the Bus


Help us help local children in need. Drop off your new school supplies and backpacks in the School Bus boxes located at:

City of Italy Notice: Advertisement and Invitation for Bids

The City of Italy will receive bids for Lot 1, 2, and 3 Block 11, Original Town of Italy, also known as 101 E. Main Street, Italy, Ellis County, Texas, until 5:00 pm on August 14, 2015 at City Hall, 101 W. Main, Italy, Texas, 76651. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at 6:00 pm on August 24, 2015, in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, located at 105 Main Street, Italy, Texas.

Obituary: Dennis Whiteaker, Sr., 1942 — 2015

Image: Dennis Whiteaker, Sr., 1942 — 2015

Dennis Edward Whiteaker Sr., age 72, of Italy passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Charleton Methodist Hospital in Dallas. He was born on September 1, 1942 in Midland, Texas to Claude L. and Ruby Maye (Williams) Whiteaker. Dennis married Carolyn on December 15, 1960 in Midland, Texas, He worked in the oil fields for 45 years. Dennis loved bowling, reading and sports, his favorite teams were the Cowboys, Longhorns and Texas Rangers. He loved being with his family most of all.

Obituary: Maria Antonieta Sam, 1967 — 2015

Image: Maria A. Sam, 1967 — 2015

Maria Antonieta Sam, age 47, of Italy, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas. She was born December 12, 1967 in Del Rio, Texas to Juan Pablo Perez and Sara Perez.

IYAA Football Signups being held thru Saturday, August 15

Image: The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) is currently holding its 2015 Football and Cheerleading Signups. In person signups will be on Saturday, August 8, from10:00 a.m. to 12:.00 p.m. and again on Saturday, August 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both signup days will be at the Upchurch Ballpark in Italy.

The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) is currently holding its 2015 Football and Cheerleading Signups. In person signups will be on Saturday, August 8, from10:00 a.m. to 12:.00 p.m. and again on Saturday, August 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both signup days will be at the Upchurch Ballpark in Italy.

Italy Gladiator Band earns state level accolades


Congratulations are in order for both the Italy high school and middle school bands. Both earned recognition at the state level of the Outstanding Performance Series, a contest that is based on recorded selections of a band’s performance. The middle school placed 4th in state in the Class C (under 250 students in MS enrollment) category with their recording of “Shepherd’s Hey.” The high school placed 3rd with their rendition of “Foundry.”

Italy ISD bands earn accolades in OPS Competition

Congratulations to the Italy middle school and high school bands for their recent success in the Outstanding Performance Series (OPS) competition. Both groups submitted recordings that have advanced past the region and area levels and will be judged at the state level on July 23 at the Texas Bandmasters Association convention.

Italy Football Camp and Volleyball Camp


Coach Weaver would like to remind the community that we still have two camps to take advantage of during the summer. Football Camp is NEXT WEEK, and Volleyball Camp will be the week following. Softball Camp will be during Spring Break this year. It is not too late to sign up! Walk-ups are welcome, and we will take all paperwork and payments on first day of camp.

Guns vs Hoses Annual Softball Game with Fireworks


I hope everyone can come out and support this great program which gives back to the kids every year. We are switching it up a little this year by having some of the Italy High School playoff softball girls play with both the Police Officers and Firemen this year. This should add some excitement to the game and it gives the graduating seniors one more chance to play on their field. We encourage everyone to come out and have some fun and watch the Fireworks display after the game.

Go Fund Me: Italy Spirit Flags


A few of us Gladiator Boosters would like to solicit donations to purchase spirit flags to run out onto the field with the players at the beginning of games, at halftime, and after touchdowns! I have gotten a quote from a reputable flag company and it looks like we will need roughly $1000.00 to purchase 3 -5′ × 7′ Flags ( I H S). Other options are available as well. Any and all help will be vastly appreciated. Donations can be made in person and checks can be made payable to The Gladiator Athletic Booster Club

Senior adult cook-out luncheon: Central Baptist Church, Wednesday, June 24


We invite Italy senior adults to a cookout hamburger lunch at Central Baptist Church on Wednesday, June 24 at noon. Come and enjoy the fellowship of other seniors. There is no program for this luncheon, just the simple joy of good company. Stay as long as you like. You are welcome to bring a side dish or dessert, but come and eat either way. We’ll see you there!