Friday, October 31 was Halloween and Stafford Elementary did it up right for their students. Throughout the day the students were invited to play games, jump in a jump house and get their faces painted.
Friday morning around 8:30 a.m. it was a “howling” sight in the halls of Stafford Elementary. Skeletons, the walking dead, mummies, witches, pirates and many more frightening creatures were roaming the halls.
Friday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Mission a big yellow school bus pulled up in front of Trinity Mission bringing Stafford Pre-K and Kindergarten students to celebrate Halloween with the residents.
I am Susan Welch-Rodriguez and I’m running for Sheriff of Ellis County.
When you walked into Stafford Elementary, Thursday, October 30 lots of laughter and cheering was heard through out the gymnasium. Stafford Elementary teachers were playing “Knock Out” (a basketball game) for a prize, as all the students cheered on their teachers.
A business of my own, what a scary idea! What if no one would really want to have items embroidered? We have a lot of bills, what if we can’t pay them? Then what?
New books at the library.
DAWSON, Texas — Diamond Rodgers led his team mates into battle carrying a sacred golden flag as the Italy Gladiators stormed into the Dawson Bulldogs’ stadium looking for a win.
ITALY, Texas — Hard hits and big plays defined this contest between old rivals as a late touchdown grab by #84 Paul Harris gives Italy a chance.
MERIDIAN, Texas — Cody Medrano leads the way on defense as Italy’s high powered offense was unstoppable against Meridian.
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Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins. But these were not just any ordinary pumpkins — oh no! These were pretty pumpkins, scary pumpkins and all kinds of decorated pumpkins. There were spider pumpkins, witches and pirate pumpkins, just to name a few.
On November 1, there will be an auction. The likes of which you haven’t seen in a long time. Not only will there be gift certificates and themed baskets to bid on, but collectables and antiques as well. And, of course, no auction is complete without a calf. Read on, to see the list…
The enthusiasm for our nation is strong. So is early voting, which is a good sign. Would you like to vote early? You still have Friday, Oct. 31.
The Italy Youth Athletic Association hosts Homecoming every year around the same time as Italy High School’s Homecoming. This year was no different. On Saturday, October 25, after a wonderful day in the parade, the football teams — A, B, and C — played football against the Rice Bulldogs.
The Italy Ministerial Alliance (IMA) food pantry is open every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Italy First United Methodist Church at 124 Harpold. Serving over 40 families this year, the food pantry is gearing up for the holiday season and needs your help.
The Lady Gladiator volleyball team gathered to say goodbye on Tuesday night. There are five seniors that will not spike a ball over the net on that court again.
Carter Blood Care is hosting a blood drive for the community of Italy at the Italy High School. It is today, Thursday, October 30th from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cooking for a Cure cookbooks are back for a limited time. They are available at the Plaid Donkey in Waxahachie and the Magic Mirror in Italy. The price is $20 and proceeds will benefit Relay For Life Central Ellis County.
On Tuesday night, the Lady Gladiators played their last game for the season against Kopperl. They gave a good fight but could not push past the competitors. They lost the match in 3 sets. The score: Kopperl def. Italy 25-20, 25-19 and 26-24. The Lady Eagles add another win to their belt.
The hearts of the citizens of Italy are compassionate, loving and selfless. This was certainly proven on Saturday night, October 25 at the Donovan Lusk fundraiser. Uptown Italy was bustling with hungry folks enjoying a wonderful dinner at the Up Town Cafe. Then they were seen at Wayne Boze’s community center bidding on terrific items in the Silent Auction in order to raise money for Donovan and his family.
Local equestrians suited up in spooktacular costumes for the Flying Dollar Ranch’s Halloween Horse Show and Play Day on October 25 in Italy. Brooke Lewis of Ennis and her horse Ms Cool Fleet won “Best Overall” in the costume contest for their depiction of Princess Fiona and a dragon from the movie Shrek.
Stafford Elementary School will be participating in the “Bring A Vet to School” Day on November 11, 2008. We are encouraging the children invite a veteran to share our day with us.
We would like to express our thanks to everyone for their prayers and calls during Bob Mack’s recent hospital stay. He is at home now and we still need everyone’s prayers. We are thankful for our Italy family.
George Scott always had a vision that students from Italy High School that desired to attend college would be able to do so. He also realized that in reality, some students could not afford to do so. Had he not passed away in 1991, he could see today that his dream has become a reality due to the hard work of several people and the generosity of many others.
Sunday, October 26, 2008, was exciting for Central Baptist Church of Italy, as the Church called Todd Gray to be its new pastor. Todd and his wife, Tammy, are coming to CBC from San Antonio, where for the last two years he was the pastor of Larkspur Christian Fellowship and also taught senior adult Sunday School for Churchill Baptist.
The Italy National Junior Honor Society hosted their annual induction ceremony on Monday night in the band hall. Marjorie Bridge is the Chapter Advisor and she is very proud of her upcoming group.
You alone can make a difference in your community!
Monday morning at 9 a.m. students at Stafford Elementary began Red Ribbon week activities. Accompanied by Mrs. Bedard, school counselor, and Rita Garza, school nurse, children put their hand prints on a huge red banner signifying their desire to live a drug free life.
There was a scheduled Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday evening, 8 p.m., at Express Electronics. Some of the concerned citizens of Italy wanted to begin again, to re-establish the Chamber of Commerce for Italy, to help make the community grow.
The government class at Italy High School is sponsoring a Presidential “Mock Election”, on election day Tuesday, November 4 during A & B lunch. We are going to be registering students Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday — October 29-31 during A & B Lunch. Students, forgetting to register is giving up your right to vote. Protect that right, register.
Ellis County will provide free dump days for its citizens on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the County Barn located at 933 College Street in Italy.
Saturday afternoon Milford ISD was filled with compassionate, loving and caring citizens of Milford, Texas. Everyone came out in support of little Chloe Evan’s need of a hearing aid. The response to her need was heartwarming and heartfelt.
Central Baptist Church of Italy will host a special citywide prayer service on Saturday, Nov. 1, beginning at 10 a.m.
If you were at the IHS football game on Friday night, you saw old friends and the hustle and bustle of activities. Some even may have won a prize.
Scruffy is a male Terrier mix. He is one year old. He is a little shy at first but once he gets to know you he is wonderful. He is a very sweet dog. He will need a soft hand in training. He wants to have a permanent home.
Homecoming week has been phenomenal this year. Fun things from daily contests to bonfires and parades. Italy High School students participated in the best time of their lives.
Sometimes people work much longer than they should because of their age or health concerns. I know it must be hard to make that decision. I have done some soul searching the past few weeks and have had to make a very hard decision that I will share with everyone.
The Italy Band Boosters will meet on Tuesday, October 28 in the high school library at 7 p.m. We will be discussing final arrangements for our spaghetti dinner fund raiser on November 8 at the Uptown Cafe and upcoming events.
In the past, Italy High School was able to celebrate Homecoming with a bonfire. Then for many years, because of the burn ban or other inabilities to organize, the Seniors did not have one. This year, though not a school sponsored event, they have come full circle and achieved the bonfire once more!
Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Red Oak Municipal Center the fight was on. What fight, you may ask? The fight against cancer. There were 20 to 25 ladies and two men discussing strategies on how to wage war on cancer.
On Thursday afternoon, Trinity Mission was rocking and rolling with Clyde Farrell and his guitar. Tunes such as; “I Love Texas”, “Angelina”, “Whiskey Drinking”, “Western Tale”, “Gate Post”, “Outlaw Billy”, “Old Cowhand” and many more could be heard everywhere you went.
At Italy High School, you can see colors running everywhere. The contest is to see how many students dress in the color assigned to their class. Mrs. Ann Hyles, freshman sponsor, said, “This is TAKS retesting week, as well as Homecoming. The main objective is to teach. But we are still wanting to have some fun, but we keep it low key.”
As the lights shown on Willis Field Friday night, the honors did as well. Annalee Lyons became the 2008 Homecoming Queen.
ITALY — The Italy Gladiators steam rolled over the Wortham Bulldogs 39-0 on Friday night for their homecoming game. Italy hit the field ready for the contest and never let up until the final buzzer.
It is time for box top collecting again! The children at Stafford Elementary are being asked to collect box tops. The box tops will be counted once every six weeks. They will be collected by each grade (Pre-school through 6th grade) and every six weeks the grade that collects the most box tops will win a “Box Top Party” sponsored by one of the local businesses.
In 1986, George E. Scott started a scholarship fund to help deserving Italy High School graduates with money to attend college. The George E. Scott Memorial Scholarship Committee continues that vision. They are hosting a barbecue dinner fundraiser Friday, October 24 in the High School Cafeteria from 5-7 p.m. for $6 per person. Bubba’s of Ennis will cater the dinner. Come share the spirit of Homecoming, the vision of George Scott and some great barbecue.
The Lady Gladiators hosted Covington this week. The volleyball teams were equally ready to play, but the Lady Owls were brought to a screeching halt at the end of the night.
Wow! This is a busy weekend. If you don’t think so, just take a look…