March 13th at 6:00 PM in the Milford ISD cafeteria, wonderful aromas of spaghetti and garlic bread were wafting through the air. This was just the beginning of a enjoyable evening.
Was it the luck of the Irish that came into play on St. Patrick’s Day? Not really. Luck had nothing to do with it. The Gladiators took the field by storm on Tuesday evening at the Sports Complex in Waxahachie for their first game with full concentration and honed skills. They played Waxahachie Faith Family and skunked the Eagles 11-0.
Just because it’s Spring Break, that doesn’t mean certain people are slacking. Some youth of Central Baptist Church and youth director, Chris Talleri, volunteered their time to help with food distribution at the local food pantry on Monday.
Living and sharing Christ’s love is the message that the members and staff of Central Baptist Church in Italy would like to share with those in the community. Pastor Todd Gray and the Central family would also like to extend a special invitation to the community to visit, worship and fellowship with them.
Today, March 17, at 8:12 p.m. both the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle will be visible with back yard telescopes here in Italy, Texas. There will be an approximate three minute widow of visibility. The approach will be from the North West moving towards the North-North East.
As you walked into Milford ISD’s gymnasium Thursday evening at 7:00 PM you could just sense the excitement in the air. The second grade through fifth grade music classes were all getting ready to sing in the World’s Largest Concert. The World’s Largest Concert is a sing along concert linking students around the world through music.
Everyone was very sad a few weeks ago when Italy Donuts was not open for business. Everyone can smile again. It is re-opened!
There was a full house on hand at Hobbs Feed & Grain on Saturday due to the grand opening. The newest owners were happy to meet the citizens of Italy during the festivities. Many from the community came to participate in the event. So many, there was hardly any parking available.
Early Saturday morning at 8:00 AM the Wayne Boze building was the place to be. As you walked indoors from the chilly cold weather you were greeted with the delicious aroma of pancakes and syrup.
Thursday, at Stafford Elementary all day long volcanos were erupting. Masses of lava could be scene running down these volcanic mountains. Yes, we are talking about Jonathan McLean’s sixth grade science projects.
Alton Day, age 72, of Italy passed away Saturday, March 14, 2009 at his home. He was born January 21, 1937 in Brashear, Texas to O.B. and Modine (Clayton) Day. Alton married Jo Newell on June 1, 1957 in Grand Prairie. Alton was also a member of the Church of Christ in Italy.
Thursday night at 6:00 PM at Stafford Elementary there was lots of action going on. The Stafford PTO put together a bingo game night which consisted of bingo, great prizes and delicious hotdogs, chili and chips. What could be better?
Sit back and read a tale of just one of many regarding the remarkable people who make up the Meals-on-Wheels family of Johnson and Ellis Counties.
The Italy High School Honor Rolls for the fourth six-weeks (Jan. 20 – Feb. 27) of the 2008-2009 school year.
The IYAA finished it’s 2009 basketball season Tuesday night at the Old Italy Gym. 6th and 5th grade girls and boys competed one last time before the 6th graders move on to Junior High. We wish them all the best of luck next year and trust they’ll carry fond memories of their careers in the IYAA.
Five Italy Gladiator basketball players were selected to the 2009 15A All-District Team. Congratulations to these Gladiatiors for their efforts this season.
James & Joyce Hobbs expects a big turnout on Saturday, March 14. The owners will have their official grand opening 10am to 5pm and wants everyone to attend. KBEC will broadcast live from 11am to 1pm with door prizes throughout the airing and the official ribbon cutting with Mayor Jackson will begin at noon. There wil be a special tribute to all Veterans.
Are you thinking about Spring Break? Italy High School is out March 16-22 and the students will be out early on Friday. What activities have you come up with to entertain your family during the next week? Neotrib has come up with a few suggestions to get those creative juices flowing.
Due to inclement weather and a soggy arena, the Yearling Clinic at the Flying Dollar Ranch, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
How many pancakes can you eat? Come on and find out on this Saturday morning, March 14th at 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM at the Wayne Boze building downtown Italy. This is where the Lions Club will be holding their pancake breakfast. There will be door prizes, contests and games for the children. It all adds up to a lot of fun.
Matt Coker, head coach of Italy Varsity Baseball, said, “We have postponed the games scheduled for Friday due to the rain. They will not play on Saturday either.” He wants the community to know that as of right now, the Gladiators will play Monday March 16 against Waxahachie Advantage beginning at 5:00pm and Tuesday March 17 against Waxahachie Faith Family at 4:00 pm. Both games will be played at the complex in Waxahachie off Broadhead Road.
Have you given blood lately? If not, it’s not too late. You can head over to Italy High School and walk right into the dome. Carter Blood Center is in town today and will remain until 5pm this afternoon.
Marie Joan Threet, who has gone home to be with her Lord and Savior, March 12, 2009. She was born to Chalmers Jerome Varner and Cynthia Drucilla Trigg Varner on February 4, 1916 at Lone Cedar. She married Ernest Price Threet (Jack) on December 20, 1941.
Can you imagine going to a routine dentist appointment and ending up in a doctor’s office where you were then diagnosed with cancer? That is what happened to Delores Fikes of Italy.
Stafford PTO is having a Bingo night on Thursday evening March 12th at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This will be held in the Stafford Elementary Cafeteria. There is no charge, you heard right, it is free!
The IMA Food Pantry will operate with one-time special hours on Monday, March 16, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again later that Monday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The IMA offers these one-time special hours of operation to accommodate those who could not come earlier this month.
On March 6, 2009, the Avalon Eagles made history. It was the first time in 10 years, since Kris Marsall has been head coach, that the Eagles made it this far in playoffs. Though they didn’t win, Avalon played in the Region III Division Tournament at Stephen F. Austin University.
Congratulations to the Milford Basketball Head Coach Otis Carter for leading his boys to the third round of basketball playoffs this year after taking first place in district. The Bulldogs’ district season record was 13-1 ending with a 16-6 record. Coach Carter was also named, “Coach of the Year” for District 19A Division II.
District 19-A Division II has released their All-District selections for the 2008-2009 boys basketball season. Congratulations to these young men for their athletic and academic excellence.
The Italy Lady Gladiator Softball Team travelled to Wortham on Tuesday night to take on the Lady Bulldogs. Beating Wortham 6-0, the Lady Gladiators played near flawless softball.
Editors Note: Valley Mills Tournament game schedule update (March 12, 9:21 am)
The IYAA begins wrapping up another successful season and is proud of all our student athletes, their parents and grandparents for helping to make this year one of the best!
About 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, Italy Fire and Rescue along with Italy Police units responded to a peculiar motorcycle crash on Hwy 77 outside of Italy, on the way to Forreston.
The first catalogued fragments of shattered satellite Cosmos 2251 are about to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. According to US Strategic Command tracking data, reentries will occur on March 12th, 28th and 30th, followed by more in April.
There were many proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and students in the Stafford Elementary gymnasium for their honor assembly at 9:00 AM this past Friday.
Italy and Milford candidates seeking city council and school board election have thrown their hats into the proverbial ring. Some will reach their positions unopposed, while others will have to campaign and win their seats May 9th, 2009.
Come one, come all; Thursday March 12th, Italy High School will be holding a Carter Blood Bank blood drive in the IHS Dome from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm.
The Italy City Council reinstated the Italy Park Board Monday evening at its monthly meeting held in council chambers. The council filled other vacancies on the Economic Development Board and the Planning and Zoning Board.
On March 12th Milford ISD is the place you want to be. Students in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be performing songs in the gymnasium as part of this year’s “World’s Largest Concert” at 7:00 PM.
Frances Jane Grayson, 83, of Hillsboro died Thursday, March 5 at her residence. She was born June 28, 1925 in Italy, daughter of Burley E. and Nellie Griffis Wiles, where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1942.
When Cindy Sutherland moved from Waxahachie to Italy with her family in 1986, she had no idea that thirteen years later she would be on the path she has chosen today. Life sometimes deals us hard times. How we deal with these times sometimes tells others what we are made of and what is important to us.
Donnie Rose Connor, age 82 of Italy, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab of Italy, Texas. She was born on September 18, 1926 in Derrs Chapel, Texas to Floyd and Odell Brown Holley.
At 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning some very dedicated members of the Italy Silver Bullets Relay for Life team were at the Wayne Boze building hosting a garage sale. This garage sale was to raise money to help in the fight against cancer. Their efforts were not in vain, they raised over five hundred dollars for the American Cancer Society.
Rob and Barbara Mazzola came to Trinity Mission on Friday around 2:00 PM to entertain the residents of Trinity Mission. This was their first visit but it won’t be their last.
Saturday morning many cars could be seen pulling up to the Italy Donut shop, located at 148 W. Main street in Italy and then leaving empty handed. Italy Donuts have closed their doors and have gone out of business.
Local horse kids and their families celebrated Ellis County Equine Association’s 25th birthday with a party on March 1 at the Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy. Participants enjoyed cake, ice cream, a horse shoe tournament and a rowdy game of “hot potato.”
Abilene – The Roscoe Plowboys busted out of the chute and shot their way past our Italy Gladiators to earn a spot in the “Final Four” at Austin. It seemed Italy managed to hang on for about 7.9 seconds into the 1st quarter before getting bucked out of the Regional Championship game 68-34.
The Italy Gladiators dent the armor of the Knights and conquer Lindsay 74-64. The win makes Italy, Regional Semifinal Champions, and catapults them into the Championship game against the rock-solid, Roscoe Plowboys, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Abilene on the ACU campus.
We all know who the postmaster is at the Italy Post Office. Just like people in other towns know who their postmaster is. But what about the people behind the scenes that no one hears about? I want you to meet Jacque Martin.
Italy now advances to the Regional Championship game at 2:30 pm Saturday, March 7 in the Moody Coliseum of Abilene Christian University!
Italy beat Lindsay 74-64. Our Gladiators will now take on the Roscoe Plowboys in the Regional Championship game.
This months regular city council meeting will be held, Monday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m. Here are some of the items on the agenda: