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


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


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


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


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


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.

National Police Week


In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Please help Italy High School “Back the Blue” this week in appreciation for all that our Italy Police Department does for the community.

Eight-hundred sixty pounds of expired and unused medications collected

Ellis County citizens participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, April 30, 2016. After cleaning out their medicine cabinets of expired and unused Prescription and Over-the-Counter medications, and dropping them off at one of the Prescription Drug Take Back Locations around the county for an environmentally safe and proper disposal.

Italy Gladiator Baseball wraps up district with win over Itasca for Senior Night

Image: Senior Italy Gladiator Baseball member Ryan Connor(7) is escorted by his parents, Amanda and Scott Connor for Senior Night during a post-game ceremony.

Italy topples Itasca 14-3 to wrap up their 2016 district campaign while honoring 8 seniors during Senior Night at Loyd Davidson Field. Caps off to 2016 seniors Levi McBride, Micah Escamilla, Jorge Galvan, Ryan Connor, Hunter Merimon, Clayton Miller, Austin Crawford and Ty Windham for their dedication throughout their careers at Italy High School!

State track meet shirts are available to order


State track meet shirts are available to order. Cost for all shirts is $16. Shirt design is attached to the email. Please make checks payable to Italy ISD. Please leave your order and payment with Mrs. Ballard at the high school front office. Orders are needed as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact Coach Campbell at 254-855-5716.