Italy Gladiator Band earns state level accolades


Congratulations are in order for both the Italy high school and middle school bands. Both earned recognition at the state level of the Outstanding Performance Series, a contest that is based on recorded selections of a band’s performance. The middle school placed 4th in state in the Class C (under 250 students in MS enrollment) category with their recording of “Shepherd’s Hey.” The high school placed 3rd with their rendition of “Foundry.”

Italy ISD bands earn accolades in OPS Competition

Congratulations to the Italy middle school and high school bands for their recent success in the Outstanding Performance Series (OPS) competition. Both groups submitted recordings that have advanced past the region and area levels and will be judged at the state level on July 23 at the Texas Bandmasters Association convention.

Italy Football Camp and Volleyball Camp


Coach Weaver would like to remind the community that we still have two camps to take advantage of during the summer. Football Camp is NEXT WEEK, and Volleyball Camp will be the week following. Softball Camp will be during Spring Break this year. It is not too late to sign up! Walk-ups are welcome, and we will take all paperwork and payments on first day of camp.

Guns vs Hoses Annual Softball Game with Fireworks


I hope everyone can come out and support this great program which gives back to the kids every year. We are switching it up a little this year by having some of the Italy High School playoff softball girls play with both the Police Officers and Firemen this year. This should add some excitement to the game and it gives the graduating seniors one more chance to play on their field. We encourage everyone to come out and have some fun and watch the Fireworks display after the game.

Go Fund Me: Italy Spirit Flags


A few of us Gladiator Boosters would like to solicit donations to purchase spirit flags to run out onto the field with the players at the beginning of games, at halftime, and after touchdowns! I have gotten a quote from a reputable flag company and it looks like we will need roughly $1000.00 to purchase 3 -5′ × 7′ Flags ( I H S). Other options are available as well. Any and all help will be vastly appreciated. Donations can be made in person and checks can be made payable to The Gladiator Athletic Booster Club

Senior adult cook-out luncheon: Central Baptist Church, Wednesday, June 24


We invite Italy senior adults to a cookout hamburger lunch at Central Baptist Church on Wednesday, June 24 at noon. Come and enjoy the fellowship of other seniors. There is no program for this luncheon, just the simple joy of good company. Stay as long as you like. You are welcome to bring a side dish or dessert, but come and eat either way. We’ll see you there!

Hinz wins State 4H Round Up


Hunter Hinz, age 13 and student at Italy Junior High, won first place on June 9, 2015, at the Texas State 4-H Round Up in the Intermediate Compound Aided division of the invitational archery contest. Over 4,000 4-Her’s gathered at Texas A&M University to compete in various qualifying and invitational contests for a wide variety of 4-H projects. This was the inaugural year for Texas 4-H to host an archery competition at State 4-H Round Up.

Obituary: Hazel O. Bumpus, 1917 — 2015

Hazel Odene Bumpus, age 98 of Italy, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 9, at the Red Oak Health and Rehab Center. She was the daughter of the late Bill H. and Irene (Hogan) Windham.

Obituary: Vicky Northrup, 1964 — 2015

Vicky Northrup, age 50, of Forreston, passed away Monday afternoon, June 1, 2015 at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas. She was born November 9, 1964 in Texas City, Texas to Jesse and Elizabeth (Stewart) Darling. Vicky had been a nurse for 15 years, working as an LVN at Baywind in League City and also Trinity Mission in Italy, Texas. She married Paul Northrup on July 11, 2011 in Waxahachie.

Super Heros of the Bible Vacation Bible School: June 8-11


Stagecoach Cowboy Church will be having their Vacation Bible School on June 8th thru 11th (Monday – Thursday) from 6-8pm each night. Super Heros of the Bible VBS will have food, fun and games for ages 5-11. Children her the age of 5 is welcome with a parent or adult.

Location Change for Relay For Life of Central Ellis County

Due to the recent rains and the rainy forecast for this Saturday, May 30th, The Relay For Life of Central Ellis County location has changed. Instead of holding the event at the Waxahachie Sports Complex, the event will be held at Robbie E. Howard Eighth Grade Center, 265 Broadhead Road in Waxahachie on May 30, 2015.

Gladiator Rising Star Kortnei Johnson


On May 16, 2015, Kortnei Johnson made the Gladiator Nation proud by dominating at the 2015 Track and Field State Championship in Austin. In order to fully appreciate her road to success, however, one must trace her journey back.

Battling Cancer the Crownover Way – Faith, Family and Friends

Image: Dale and Julie Crownover with their son, Dan.

Dale Crownover has been thankful all his life for the relationship he had with his parents. Roy and Bernyce Crownover were wonderful parents. They taught him to work hard, be honest and rely on his faith during adverse times. The Crownovers also taught him to give back, be humble and never take anything for granted.

Calling All Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

The Relay For Life of Central Ellis County extends a special invitation to all cancer survivors and caregivers to attend this year’s Relay on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Robbie E. Howard Eighth Grade Center, 265 Broadhead Road in Waxahachie.

May 25th Uruguay meeting cancelled

Due to weather conditions, the Uruguay meeting set for after school today is cancelled. Mr. Guidry, the planner and trip sponsor will be available to meet with any parents/others who would like information about the trip after school from 3-3:45 p.m. this week. You may email him to let him know you are coming or just call the school 972-483-7411 and leave a message for him.

In Flanders Fields

The world’s most famous war memorial poem by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. It was composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915 during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium.

The Meet of Champions

Image: Kortnei Johnson—1st Place!

UIL Girls 2A state track meet’s seven time gold medalist Ms. Kortnei Johnson will have two final races as a Lady Gladiator on Saturday, May 23, 2015, 6:00 p.m at Clyde Hart Stadium, Waco, Texas