Obituary: Tom Little, 1925 — 2017

Image: Tom Little was a vital part of the Italy community for many years.

Thomas H. (Tom) Little was born on June 20, 1925 to William A. and Katie P. Little in Breckenridge, Texas. He passed away peacefully at his home in Waxahachie on September 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Italy Gladiator Alumni Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament September 16, 2017

Image: Italy Gladiator Alumni Softball Tournament bracket

The Italy Gladiator Alumni Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament, a one-day event, will be played on Saturday, September 16, homecoming weekend, with the first games starting at 10:00 a.m. All teams are vying for a chance to take on the 1997 class in the championship game.

Proceeds from baked goods sales will be donated to the Rana Ramirez fund setup at any 1st State Bank location.

Obituary: W.O. Harris, 1935 — 2017


W.O. Harris, born William Ollan, went peacefully to be with the Lord August 31, 2017, while holding Janette’s hand, the love of his life for nearly 33 years. Nothing brought W.O. more joy than his family who surrounded him with so much love. He was a true testament to being a faithful servant of the Lord praying daily for his family and illustrating how a husband, father and Christian should live their life.

IMA annual teacher’s luncheon


Aug 18, the last Friday before school started, the Italy Ministerial Alliance churches provided lunch for the entire Italy ISD staff: administrators, teachers, groundskeepers and custodians, as a thank you for investing in our children and to do something a little different for the teachers and staff after the long week of preparation for the new school year.

Nick Sam earns 2nd degree Black Belt

Image: Pictured is Master Charles Kight chief instructor of the school, Nick and Grand Master BK Park co-founder of Unified Tae Kwon Do School.

On January 2nd 2012 Nick and his parents visited the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro Texas. After a few classes Nick decided he loved Tae Kwon Do. Nick worked extremely hard and after many grading and tournaments he tested for First Degree Black Belt in 2014 and then tested for 2nd Degree Belt in 2017.

Italy Superintendent Update: August 9, 2017

As many of you are aware, the Texas State Legislature is currently in a Special Session. With less than one week to go The House has passed House Bill 21. This bill has potential to increase state funding by $210 per student. This would provide Italy ISD with approximately $124,000.00 of additional revenue to educate our students.

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


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!”


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


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


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


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


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.