Low Cost Dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic


Does Your Dog or Cat Need Vaccinations? There will be a low cost Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Italy Water Department Building.

A cancer diagnosis – Charlotte James

Image: Charlotte James was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She is very serious about finding a cure for the disease.

In January of 2009, Charlotte James’s life was forever changed. That was the month that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. That was the month she decided to fight cancer with every ounce of her being. She was determined to do whatever it took to beat cancer. She wanted to live – she did not want to be another statistic.

Jesus Perez, Band Italy ISD

Image: Jesus Perez, Band Italy ISD

Jesus Perez challenges band students to go beyond their current abilities to develop into great musicians. Their ratings collectively show the work both Mr. Perez, his assistant director, and his students have done.

Lions Club Annual BBQ Cook-off reschedule date pending

The Lions Club is looking for a new date to have their annual BBQ Cook-off. The weather did not cooperate this year with their original date and March 20 & 21 is not panning out to be a good date either. They are rescheduling the event and a new date will be posted as soon as possible.

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.

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


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.