Letter regarding Italy FFA trip to State FFA Convention in Dallas

High school administration and FFA advisors are aware of what happened in downtown Dallas last night. With State FFA Convention in Dallas around the corner our main priority is student safety. Please know that we will be monitoring this situation in the days to come. We will still be attending convention knowing that some late night activities and off site excursions may be limited.

Obituary: Freddie Thomas Ivy, 1938 — 2016

Freddie Thomas Ivy was born September 15, 1938 in Milford, Texas to Fred and Margie Ivy and passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Methodist Mansfield Hospital. Freddie was a member of the Italy Masonic Lodge # 647 and a longtime member of the Central Baptist Church in Italy.

Italy’s Select Softball Review

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The future is bright for the Italy Lady Gladiators. Although the high school group is fielding the lowest number of select players they have fielded in the 21st century, six of their younger minions have taken up their bats, gloves, and gear to play select on a variety of teams in North Texas.

Sno Cone fundraiser for CBC Youth on Friday, July 8

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Central Baptist Church Youth is having a snow cone stand to raise money for students to attend summer camp. The Sno Cone sale will be Friday, July 8th from 5pm-9pm, and the cost is $1 for small and $2 for a large. Please help these students go to camp and have a amazing summer!

Italy HS welcomes new band director Jonathan VanOmmeren; Perez goes to Heritage

Image: The outgoing Italy High School band director, Jesus Perez, passes the conductor’s baton over to the incoming band director, Jonathan VanOmmeren, during a farewell/welcome event held to honor both men inside the school’s cafeteria.

During a meet and greet on Friday, Italy High School and the community welcomed its newest band director, Jonathan VanOmmeren, and his wife, Aimee, while enjoying cake and punch inside the school cafeteria. The event also gave band supporters a chance to say thanks and goodbye to former band director, Jesus Perez, who will start anew at Midlothian Heritage High School.

Basketball Tournament, July 8th-9th hosted by Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Italy

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It’s that time again! Calling all hoopers /ballers to meet us on the hardwood, Friday, July 8th, thru Saturday, July 9th, If you have what it takes! $130 entry fee per team. Admissions will be $2 for kids and $3 for Adults. Basketball tournament benefits Mt. Gilead Baptist Church of Italy with Pastor Preston Dixon. Being held inside George E. Scott Coliseum at Italy High School.

Obituary: H.L. “Sonny” Southard, 1927 — 2016

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Avalon resident H. L. “Sonny” Southard, 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior and his loving wife, Joy on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 surrounded by his loving family in Avalon. He was born to Emmett and Lola Dixon Southard on May 14, 1927 in Avalon.

5th Annual Italy Guns vs. Hoses Softball game is coming

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The Italy Shop With a Hero Corporation is sponsoring the 5th Annual Guns vs. Hoses Softball game fund raiser on Saturday, July 9, 2016. The event will be held at the Italy High School softball complex on College Street with free admittance for all.

Italy ISD Summer Meal program

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When the academic year comes to an end and our school cafeterias close, our kids still need nutritious meals to help nurture mind, body, and spirit. At Italy ISD, we will ensure that our students get free healthy meals during the summer vacation through our Summer Food Service Program. The Texas Department of Agriculture administers this program to connect Texas children in need of good nutrition during the summer months.

Italy High School Valedictorian/Salutatorian Project

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On March 23rd of this year I asked for the Neo’s help to locate those who had information to identify Valedictorians and Salutatorians from previous years. The response from alumni was overwhelming. I received 82 email with names and dates going back to 1947. I would like to thank those who helped and share a picture of the project we are working on. The project is about 2-3 weeks from being completed.

Civil Air Patrol 5k Color Run

Image: Everyone is getting ready to run!

The members of Italy ISD’s newly formed Civil Air Patrol hosted a 5k Color Run for the citizens of Italy. The run was about 3 miles long of which participants could run or walk. On the way, members of the Civil Air Patrol would cover participants with a colored powder from head to toe. Teachers, coaches, citizens from Italy, as well other towns, participated in support for the Civil air Patrol.