Italy youth receives local DAR award

Image: DAR Luncheon — Left to Right: Vivian Moreland, Tina Richards, Tyler Boyd and Marjorie Bridge

On Sunday, February 8, 2009, the Ellis County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized seniors from each school in Ellis County. Tyler Boyd, son of Ricky and Monica Boyd, is the Italy High School student that was selected as one of the recipients of the award this year.

Lewis Shoots For the Moon

Image: Keland Lewis — Keland Lewis recently graduated cum laude from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston.

One of the newest members of the State Bar of Texas is Italy resident Keland D. Lewis. Nephew of Mayor Frank Jackson and son of Gerald Jackson of Italy and Doretha Jackson of Lancaster, Lewis worked hard to be where he is today with the support and endorsement of his family and friends. Perhaps not the first lawyer hailing from Italy, Texas but certainly a fine representative to watch.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting, February 23

Image: Italy EDC Agenda

The next regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 23. Agenda items include a sub-committee review of the EDC bylaws and hiring of an EDC professional. The Italy EDC will meet in the city council chambers behind the police station, next to city hall. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Events in Texas

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Milford Lady Bulldogs in Playoffs

Image: Huddle — Coach Larry Williamson rallies the girls for the last few seconds of the game.

It was five years ago when the Lady Bulldogs were in the basketball playoffs. Under the coaching direction of Larry Williamson, this year the girls ended the district season in second place and will once again make a playoff appearance.

Lady Gladiators experience the playoffs

Image: The Italy student body gives the Lady Gladiators a Pep-Rally — The Lady Gladiators were given love and support by the Italy High School student body before their big game against the Valley Mills Lady Eagles to decide who would be the Bi-District Champions.

Bi-District Championship Game in West, Texas – After a Tuesday afternoon Pep-Rally wishing the Italy Lady Gladiators luck, students and fans traveled to West, Texas to support the team as they competed for a Bi-District Championship against the Valley Mills Lady Eagles.

Eubank competes at Ft. Worth Stock Show

Image: Bailey Eubank and “T-Bone”  — Bailey and “T-Bone” in the show ring at the Fort Worth Stock Show.

Bailey Eubank, daughter of Larry and Sandy Eubank of Italy, competed at the Ft. Worth Stock Show this year. She also proved that she is still a fierce competitor. Bailey is a 6th grade student at Stafford Elementary in Italy.

Valentines for Meals on Wheels

Image: Stafford Elementary Second Graders — Stafford second graders made beautiful Valentines for the Meals on Wheels recipients in Italy.

Stafford second graders were really in the spirit of spreading love around for Valentines Day. Not only were the halls filled with beautiful Valentine’s Day decorations but they also had Valentines to hand out. The second graders all made beautiful Valentines for Meals on Wheels recipients in Italy.

Italy’s JV Boys clinch the Championship

Image: 15-A Junior Varsity District Champions 2009 — The Italy Gladiators JV Boys sealed the deal against Itasca and secured the 15-A Junior Varsity District Championship by winning 75-35.

The Italy Gladiators JV put the finishing touches on an incredible basketball season. A two-for-one deal, the win over Itasca Friday allowed Italy’s JV to wrap up the 15-A Junior Varsity Championship with a 15-1 record. And secondly, Head Coach Larry Mayberry finally got to smile.

A Story of Unwavering Faith and Survival

Image: Alysa Kirton

When Alysa Kirton’s mother passed away from cancer, she hoped then she would never be faced with the disease. But her hopes were dashed in 1994 when the doctor told her she had breast cancer. If that news was not bad enough, the doctor also told her that she would need a mastectomy.

IHS Baseball-Ready To Run

Image: Coker and Ward taking care of business — Gladiator baseball is well underway and the team could use some uniforms and equipment.  Can you help?

Head Coach Matt Coker and Assistant Coach Josh Ward assembled baseball parents for a meeting last Thursday night. It is the beginning of Gladiator Baseball and the coaches wanted everyone on board. “I am excited about the upcoming season and we are ready for the program,” Coker explained.

A Win for the Lady Gladiator Softball Team

Image: “Hey you, on two” — The Lady Gladiators took on the Rice Lady Bulldogs Monday night that resulted in a win for Italy!

Rice, Texas — Monday night the Lady Gladiator Softball team opened up their regular season in Rice. The Lady Gladiators took on the Rice Lady Bulldogs and came out of the game with a mark in the win column. The score at the end of 7 innings was Italy 5, Rice 3.

City to repair Park Street; tables White Street

The Italy City Council approved the repaving of Park Street at a work session held Monday evening. The council approved the refurbishing of the south end of Poplar Street at its regular meeting held in February. They group tabled repairs to Park Street and White Street until the work session.

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A new pastor and a bowl of chili

Image: New pastor at Methodist Church — Jane Reeves welcomes Rev. Eric and Donna Smith to Italy.

First United Methodist Church of Italy hosted a chili supper fundraiser on Saturday night and also took the opportunity to introduce the interim pastor for the church to the community. Rev. Eric and Donna Smith, recently moved to Italy from San Antonio, also enjoyed a bowl of homemade red.

Jump Rope for Heart

Image: Jumping with Heart — Students are raising money for the American Heart Association by jumping rope for as long as they can.

Wednesday, February 11th in the gymnasium at Stafford Elementary third grade through sixth grade students were found jumping rope. But this time they were not just jumping for fun. This time they were participating in the program, “Jump Rope for Heart.”

Passing on the love of Christ in a Hurting World

Image: Italy Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry — The Italy Ministerial Alliance food pantry has changed their hours to 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on first Monday of the month.  Ruth Tarrent, Bill Youngblood and Karen Mathiowetz work the pantry.

With the new year, the Italy Ministerial Alliance has made some changes to the schedule for the local food pantry. Beginning in March, the food pantry located at 124 Harpold (the First United Methodist Church), will be open the first Monday of the month (March 2) from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Meals on Wheels Volunteer Forum held at Monolithic

Image: Meals on Wheels Co-Ordinators — Shanna Dunn and Lisa Hicks brought lots of information to the Meals on Wheels volunteers along with breakfast.

Tuesday morning, February 10th, Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis County had a forum at the Monolithic Offices. Shanna Dunn (Ellis County Volunteer Co-Ordinator for Meals on Wheels) and Lisa Hicks (Community Division Co-Ordinator for Meals on Wheels) brought breakfast to the Monolithic Domes for all the Ellis County Volunteers.

Italy Lions Club giving away a cruise for two

Image: Italy Lions Club Cruise Raffle — The Italy Lions Club will be out in the community on Saturday, February 14, selling raffle tickets for a $2,000 cruise.

The Italy Lions club will be out at various locations in Italy Saturday the 14th selling raffle tickets for a cruise for two. The value of the cruise is $2,000. The winner will work with a travel agent to pick a destination and make all the arrangements.

Texas events for the weekend

The weekend is almost and here. Valentine’s Day might be a reason to have some fun traveling. Do you want to know what’s happening around Texas? Just read on and you might find something you like.

Varsity Boys show Dallas Faith Family no mercy

Image: Getting fired up — The Italy Gladiators form their team circle at center court. Italy went on to beat Dallas Faith Family 75-27…bring on Itasca!

Once again, Italy’s #2 Heath Clemons shouldered the load for the Gladiators, at point guard, against Dallas Faith Family. Jasenio Anderson rested his sprained ankle for another game. The rematch against Itasca is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at the Italy Coliseum. Let’s “Pack The Dome” Gladiator fans!

Varsity Girls take momentum into Playoffs

Image: Congrats from Coach — Coach Sollers congratulates the Seniors and wishes them the best of luck as they move forward. Becca DeMoss, Shanta Thomas and Blanca Figueroa represent Italy High School with class.

3…2…1…Dallas Faith Family shoots the 3-pointer! It misses! It rolls off! The Lady Gladiators have done it! Italy wins 45-43 and invites Mr. Momentum to escort them into the playoffs riding a two game winning streak. This is the Lady Gladiators’ first opportunity to go to the “big dance” since 2006.

Scholarship Meeting for IHS Seniors

On Tuesday, February 17th there will be a Scholarship Meeting at the Italy High School. All seniors and their parents/guardians are invited and urged to attend. Representatives from the entities that award scholarships each year to Italy’s seniors will attend the meeting as well.

City’s fire rating improves

The Italy City Council heard good news Monday night at its monthly meeting. Don Chambers, fire chief, said the Insurance Service Office has reclassified the City of Italy from a Class 7 to a Class 5.

IHS Varsity squads get thumbs up on playoffs

Image: Seniors Becca and Blanca — Hoping to celebrate a playoff berth by the end of the night are Seniors #5 Becca Demoss and #21 Blanca Figueroa. Italy did get to celebrate as the Lady Gladiators earned their 1st post season appearance since 2006.

Italy – That’s right, “Playoffs!” Both Italy Varsity basketball squads are heading to the playoffs. Thanks to an Italy Lady Gladiator’s win over Grand Prairie AA and an Itasca win over Family Faith of Dallas, the Lady Gladiators finished in 3rd place and are making their 1st post season appearence since 2006.

Agenda: Alternative Energy, Street Repairs, General Election

Image: Italy City Council Meeting Agenda

During this month’s regular City Council meeting, tonight at 6:30 p.m., the council will begin the meeting with an alternative energy solutions presentation. The upcoming general election (election of Mayor and three Council Seats) details will be discussed as well as requests for traffic signs and street repairs, some of which had been tabled from previous meetings.