Ellis County Silver Spurs wins big in San Antonio

Image: Silver Spurs 4-H “Green Team” comprised of Alyssa Ingram, Margaret Manning, Paige Tillis and Jacob Ingram won first place junior horse judging team at the San Antonio Stock Show.

Members of the Silver Spurs 4-H Club successfully represented Ellis County at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in Skillathon, Quiz Bowl and Horse Judging contests on February 19th-February 21 and brought home many awards.

Great Texas Warrant Roundup

Representatives of Law Enforcement Agencies and Courts from more than 300 jurisdictions across Texas, including the Italy Police Department, announced today combined efforts to host the 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup beginning Saturday, March 7th.

Casey Holden, Mathematics Italy HS

Image: Casey Holden, Mathematics Italy HS

Casey Holden, an Italy graduate herself, leads the math department for Italy JHS/HS. Her students brag on her ability to teach math even to those who struggle. She is always helpful to any student who needs math assistance—during and outside of school.

Lions Club raffling off a beautiful fire pit

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At this year’s BBQ cook-off, rescheduled for March 20th and 21st at the Upchurch Ball Fields, the Lions Club will be raffling off an awesome fire pit. Tickets will be $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.00. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Lions’ scholarship program and community projects. Tickets are on sale now!

2015 Lions Club BBQ Cook-Off rescheduled

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Due to inclement weather forecasted for the area, the Italy Lions Club BBQ Cook-off has been re-scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 20th and 21st. This event is sanctioned by the Lone Star BBQ Society. As in years past, the cook-off will be staged at the Upchurch Ball Park at 201 E. Dilworth Road in Italy.

One person can make a difference

Image: Dr. Gordy Klatt

Can one person make a difference? According to the American Cancer Society (ACS) it is estimated that 1,660,290 people in the United States will be diagnosed with some type of cancer this year. That number breaks down to 854,790 men and 805,500 women. This estimate does not include basal and squamous cell skin and non-invasive carcinomas, with the exception of urinary bladder cancer. Based on rates from 2008 to 2010, nearly 41 percent of men and women born today will be diagnosed with cancer at some time during their lifetime.

Free Book Fair at Central Baptist Church

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Central Baptist Church is having a free book fair and is inviting everyone! Come by the church fellowship center Monday, February 23 thru Wednesday, March 4th and take as many books as you want. It’s all free!

Kelli Ballard, Italy JHS/HS Receptionist

Image: Kelli Ballard, Italy JHS/HS Receptionist

Meet Kelli Ballard, receptionist at Italy JHS/HS, Kelli is an Italy HS graduate; her three children currently attend Italy ISD. She is glad to answer any questions you may have regarding school business. If she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll find someone who does.

Erica Miller, Counselor Italy JHS/HS

Image: Erica Miller, Counselor Italy JHS/HS

Erica Miller, the counselor at Italy JHS/HS, wears many hats. From counseling to scheduling to coordinating many events, her determination to do her job well shows. She enjoys working with students and putting them on a track for success.

Lee Joffre, Principal Italy JHS/HS

Image: Lee Joffre, Principal Italy JHS/HS

Lee Joffre, Italy’s secondary campus principal, is serving his fourth year as a Gladiator. He enjoys working with his staff and students whether it’s academically or supporting their extra-curricular activities.

Varsity Basketball girls honored at School Board meeting

Image: Lady Gladiator Basketball 2014-15
(L-R) Coach Melissa Fulmer, Brycelen Richards, Lizzie Garcia, Emmy Cunningham, Cory Chance, Tara Wallis, Taleyia Wilson, K’Breona Davis, Coach Tina Richards
Not pictured – Lillie Perry, Alex Minton, Kortnei Johnson, T’Keya Pace, Brooke DeBorde, Janae Robertson, Annie Perry, Vanessa Cantu

The Lady Gladiator varsity basketball squad, who finished 6-0 in district and are advancing to the area round on Friday, were recognized by the school board during their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening. The Lady Gladiators are ranked 15th in TGCA (Texas Girls Coaches Association) and 20th in the TABC (Texas Association of Basketball Coaches).

Lady Gladiator Softball scrimmages Red Oak Life — play ball!

Image: 2015 is sure to be a great year for Italy Softball !!!

Italy gets the most out of a friendly scrimmage against visiting Red Oak Life as the Lady Gladiators continue to polish up their armor and sharpen their swings.

Take advantage of the warm weather tomorrow (Saturday, February 14th) and watch our “Valentine Sweethearts of Sand” host Blooming Grove and Palmer for a three team round-robin tournament.

Italy High School’s FCCLA students sail through Regionals

Image: FCCLA 2015 Competition Participants
Back Row: Taylor Perry, Zac Mercer, Lupita Rincon, Julissa Hernandez, Chace McGinnis, Marlin Hernandez; 
Front Row: Ana Luna, Kirsten Viator, Jennifer Eaglen, Tia Russell, Kirby Nelson, Halee Turner

This past Friday and Saturday, February 6th and 7th, Jennifer Eaglen, teacher and sponsor for Italy High School’s FCCLA program, accompanied students competing in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America’s Regional Competition. These students came home with several awards and accolades. This year’s theme was ‘We Are Anchored in Success,’ and our Italy Gladiators proved that to be true. Of the 11 students who had entries, 9 will advance to state competition in Corpus Christi on April 8th-11th, 2015.