Martha Clarice Irvin October 24, 1941 – August 5, 2017

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Martha Clarice Irvin, known by all of her family and friends as “Clarice”; from Italy, Texas, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at her residence. Clarice was born October 24, 1941 in Haralson County, Georgia to the late Otis Sterling King and Nolly Mildred Price King.

Help the Italy Police Department “Stuff the Bus!”

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The Italy Police Department invites you to help stuff the bus. Please help us in assisting local children in need. You may drop off your new school supplies and backpacks in the school bus box at City Hall located at 161 W. Main Street. The donation box will be available August 1st through August 31st.

Apology to Italy Police Department

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Hey, I just wanted to apologize for causing y’all a huge problem with the rat nesting. I had no idea or even crossed my mind that I was contributing to the delinquency of rats. So as soon as I was made aware by Chief Taylor I stopped and tried to clean up food on the ground and donate rat traps.

IABC Memberships

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Italy Athletic Booster Club (IABC) is kicking of their 2017 membership drive. Please use the attached forms for either an individual membership or a business membership and help us support our Gladiator athletes and the Athletic Program.

The GOLDEN FLUSH is back! Send fans a Golden Potty to support Italy Athletics

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The Golden Flush Fundraiser is sponsored by the Italy Gladiator Booster Club which kicks off Monday, July 24, and runs thru Saturday, August 4. The fundraiser will feature three “Golden Potties” which will rotate around Italy and Forreston in order to raise money for Gladiator Athletics. Flush Away your plumbing problem for $15, Flush a Friend for $20 or purchase Toilet Insurance for $25.

Benefit Art Exhibit

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The Art on the Square gallery owned by the Ellis County Art Association located at 113 Franklin St. Waxahachie is hosting an exhibit of artwork created by Shelley Nance, 2007 graduate of Italy High School, who passed away in 2009.

Italy ISD Sports Physicals — Thursday, July 20th

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Dr. Jon will be in the Dome Thursday, July 20th, from 12:30-3pm providing $25 PHYSICALS! In order to participate EVERY YEAR, athletes must have a PHYSICAL on file in the Athletic Office! Your attention to this matter is very important! Please be there July 20th if you have not already taken care of your PHYSICAL this year!

Raffle to benefit Shop With a Hero

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Two season passes for all Gladiator home games for the 2017 – 2018 school year. This includes Volleyball, Basketball and Football. Donated by Italy ISD. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Do not have to be present to win. Please contact Karen Mathiowetz at 972-268-0655. Or get them at the Guns & Hoses game this Saturday.

Silver Spurs 4-H Club Wrap Up Banner Year with District Championships

Image: Champion Judged Western Horseman at the District 8 4-H Horse Show is Sadie Hinz of Italy and her Pony of the Americas gelding Plaudits Handsome Lad.

Silver Spurs 4-H Club wrapped up a highly successful 4-H year with numerous blue ribbons and first time achievements at the District 8 4-H Horse Show at Bell County Expo in Belton, Texas, June 19-20. Sadie Hinz, a soon to be 8th grader at Italy Junior High, led the team winning a buckle as High Point Intermediate Judged Horseman with 1st places in Western Riding and Western Horsemanship, as well as 2nd place in Showmanship, and 3rd in Trail.

My friend Tom

Image: Happy Birthday to Tom Little, who is 92 years young today.

I have so much to be thankful for these days. I think it has always been that way, but I never slowed down enough to notice. Now, as I get older, that has changed. I have tried to slow down.

Thank you Rickey Freeland

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Just wanted to give the community a heads up about my dome neighbor, Rickey Freeland (pic attached). In the 3 months since he moved to Italy, Rickey has logged over 30 hours cleaning and maintaining Upchurch Field (after games), and he has logged over 50 hours cleaning up the “Secret Garden” dome community behind the laundromat. He has done this simply out of the kindness of his heart, asking for no recognition or compensation.

Italy Junior High Band Wraps Up Year With a Flurry of Activity

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While many extracurricular organizations are accustomed to winding down towards the end of the school year, that clearly wasn’t the case with the Italy Gladiator Band, particularly the junior high band members. Here are the activities that the 6th, 7th and 8th grade band members participated in during the last 3 weeks of the school year: