Italy’s National Night Out will feature Kickball games!

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The Italy Police Department are putting final plans together for the 2015 National Night Out to be held on Tuesday, October 6th. from 6pm to 9pm This year’s event will be held at the Upchurch Ball Fields where two of the fields will be used for friendly kickball games for ALL ages.

Italy ISD Child Find Notice

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students.

Gladiator Athletic Booster Club Meeting set for Wednesday, September 23

The Gladiator Athletic Booster Club has called a meeting for Wednesday September 23, 2015 at 7pm in HS Library. We will be discussing solutions to improve the program to make us even stronger. If you have any ideas or comments please feel free to join us. The Athletic Booster Club is always looking for volunteers to help make this club successful.

Gladiator Booster Club’s Fall Sports Program Personal Ad Order Form

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Here is your chance to purchase a personal ad for your son or daughter in the 2015 Fall Sports Program. This is a great opportunity for you to say a “good luck and farewell” in the program you can keep for years to come – at a completely reasonable price. Re- member these memories last forever! In addition to supporting a great school and sports program, your son or daughter will be thrilled to see the personal recognition.

Happily Ever After?

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All of the month of September, Central Baptist Church will be pouring wisdom and clarity and love into marriages. There will be a four-week sermon series, Sunday school series, and evening activity series. I beg you all to be involved in all of the events and to invite people to come to church for this series. I can’t stress this enough. Our marriages all need a time to refocus, whether we are in happy relationships or our marriage is falling apart. Bring your spouse or come alone.

Civil Air Patrol Parent Meeting

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Parents of 6th Grade students who are interested in becoming a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol should attend an informational meeting with their 6th graders on Monday, September 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high/high school library.

Obituary: Iva Ruth Gillespie, 1924 — 2015

Image: Iva Ruth Gillespie, 1924 — 2015

Iva Ruth Gillespie, age 91, of Waxahachie, passed away Friday, September 4, 2015 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Waxahachie, Texas. She was born May 23, 1924 to Walter Jordan and Janie (Davis) Jordan in Files Valley, Texas. She worked as Assistant Chief Operator for the telephone company for over 30 years. She was a 60 year member of the Rebekah Lodge # 381 in Waxahachie.

Trinity Nursing & Rehab to host inaugural 5K FUN Run/Walk

Image: Trinity Nursing & Rehab of Italy, LP invites you and your friends to our inaugural 5K FUN Run/Walk on Saturday, October 24, at 8:00 am. This is a Family Friendly/Dog Friendly Event with awards being given for costumes in the following categories: Best Female, Best Male, Best Couple and Best Child. Run Awards will be given to First Female Finish, First Male Finish and First Child Finish.

Trinity Nursing & Rehab of Italy, LP invites you and your friends to our inaugural 5K FUN Run/Walk on Saturday, October 24, at 8:00 am. This is a Family Friendly/Dog Friendly Event with awards being given for costumes in the following categories: Best Female, Best Male, Best Couple and Best Child. Run Awards will be given to First Female Finish, First Male Finish and First Child Finish.

Italy HS Freshman Parent Meeting

Parents of High School Freshmen there will be a meeting Monday, September 14, 2015 from 6-6:30 in the high school cafeteria. You will have an opportunity to meet the high school staff members that are the Freshman Sponsors and discuss opportunities to help the class over the next four years. Please make arrangements to attend.

Ladies Retreat – You are invited!

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Stagecoach Cowboy Church Ladies’ Ministry would like to cordially invite all women to a Ladies Retreat on Saturday, October 10, 2015. The retreat will be held at the church located at 356 FM 55, Waxahachie.

Saying Goodbye to the Uptown Cafe

Image: The Uptown Cafe is closing on September 12, 2015. There will be a reception for Doris Mitchell that day at 2:00 p.m. at the cafe.

When Doris Mitchell started working for Oma’s Jiffy Burger in Waxahachie many years ago, she had no idea that she would be grilling burgers and feeding people for 32 more years. But that is exactly what happened. Doris is the owner of the Uptown Café in downtown Italy and will serve her customers for the last time on September 12, 2015. The building she rented has sold so she is closing her doors that day.

Order your Pink Out shirts now!

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The Varsity and Junior High Gladiator Cheerleaders will be taking orders for Pink Out t-shirts beginning Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 11th. Order forms will be available at Mrs. Ballards’ foyer office on the Italy HS/JHS campus.

Obituary: Margaret Mary Fraser Hill Smotherman, 1921-2015

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Margaret Mary Smotherman, age 93, passed away on August 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas, at Seven Acres Nursing Home. She was born on November 20, 1921 in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire, England, to Simon and Mary Elizabeth Fraser. During World War II she met and married Staff Sergeant Ben Edwin Hill, Jr., United States Army Air Force on July 8, 1943.

Academic Achievement Trophies awarded to Italy ISD Students

Image: Nick Sam, attends Italy ISD and has earned his first, 3 foot trophy after earning two 4 foot trophies in the past years.
Pictured is Master Charles Kight, chief instructor of the Hillsboro TKD school, Nick and Grand Master Park co-founder of Unified TKD.

Academic Achievement Awards were awarded at the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School at the June grading. For the past 19 years the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W. Elm Hillsboro, Texas has awarded many students, who are excelled in both martial arts as well as academics with a 3 and 4 foot trophy.

Art lessons at the Ranch

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Back by popular demand, Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy is hosting Art Classes at the Ranch with professional artist and certified teacher Anne Weary. Classes begin September 8 from 5:30 to 6:45 on Tuesdays. Art Classes are four for $60. The class will cover beginning painting and drawing of animals and still life using a variety of mediums.

Barry Byers’ camera is gone…

Not too long ago the entire community banded together to help purchase a camera for Barry Byers. A BBQ dinner was served at the infamously famous Uptown Cafe and all monies raised at that dinner went to purchase a quality camera for Barry. A little over a week ago this camera was stolen from Barry’s truck.

Stuff the Bus

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Help us help local children in need. Drop off your new school supplies and backpacks in the School Bus boxes located at: