With soaking rains a strong possibility for the week, Ellis County Commissioners took no action on a proposed burn ban during Monday night’s meeting, opting instead to urge citizens to exercise caution in the use of fireworks during the upcoming holiday weekend.
The Italy EDC held a public hearing Monday evening to discuss the purchase of two pieces of property at 101 and 108 East Main Street in Italy. The McConnell family owns the properties.
The youth of Central Baptist Church will be holding a bake sale on Friday, July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd from 10:30am-1:00pm each day at the Uptown Cafe. All the money raised will go toward youth camp for the summer.
Bees are necessary to our Eco system and human survival. Ehow.com says, “According to the Great Plains Nature Center, honey bees perform an estimated ten billion dollars worth of work for humans by pollinating one-fourth of the plants that produce fruit for humans to eat.” Backyardbeekeepers.com says “Agriculture depends greatly on the honeybee for pollination. Honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination.
There will be a public hearing and regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, June 28 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The agenda items have primary focus on a proposed property purchase in the downtown area of Italy and items pertaining to a Community Center.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for July 2010. These meals are subject to change.
Every Thursday afternoon, Vivian Brooks and Bonnie Watson come to Trinity Mission and lead the residents in song. They pass out the words to all the songs so the residents can sing along. They sing songs like, Onward Christian Soldiers, The Old Rugged Cross, I Come To the Garden, Jesus Loves Me and many more of the old traditional hymns.
“On time. Under budget.” County Engineer Joe White and Jones Lang LaSalle Vice President Jon Vidaurri repeated the usual refrain in the final meeting of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee on Monday evening.
Lots of June Birthdays were being celebrated at Trinity Mission on Tuesday.
The IYAA is currently accepting Football/Cheerleading sign-ups. Forms are available at the Varner Fina Station in Italy and at the concession stand at the Upchurch Ball Fields during games. Cheerleaders must sign-up by July 15 and players by July 28.
The first couple weeks of April, Avalon elementary students planted a flower garden and a vegetable garden from start to finish in honor of Earth Day. They took the plants out of the little cartons, dug the holes and planted them. They did it all!
Italy High School freshman, Meagan Hooker, was selected as one of 30 students to participate in the South Texas Buckskin Brigade camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas this June. Learning about wildlife, natural resources and land preservation, this 14 year old developed her leadership skills and refined her knowledge about conservation in Texas.
60 years ago the Korean War began and cost over 30,000 American lives. While the war has never officially ended we have allowed it to be forgotten by many Americans. In some cases it’s not even a footnote in the history books.
Approximately 1300 bicyclists, young and old, converged upon Italy High School and rode the 25th Annual Tour d’ Italia bicycle event on Saturday. This cycling event happens every year in Italy and the cyclists enjoy the countryside and the warm welcome from Italy residents.
There will be a called meeting of the Italy ISD School Board Trustees on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The agenda slates that the meeting will be conducted under executive session code to discuss personnel recommendations for the elementary school principal, high school/jr high school counselor and special education teacher positions.
During a summer league Varsity basketball game against the Avalon Eagles, the Italy Gladiators put 72 points on the board to Avalon’s 21 inside the domenasium in Avalon.
Preliminary TAKS testing results for Avalon ISD are, once again, projecting the AEIS rating from the Texas Education Agency for 2009-2010 to be that of a “Recognized” district. Official and final district and campus ratings will be published by TEA on Friday, July 30th. This will be the fifth consecutive year that Avalon ISD will have the distinction as a recognized district. The graduating class of 2011 achieved a 100% passing rate in all areas.
Lady Gladiator head coach Stacy McDonald will be conducting a summer skills basketball camp in late June. Coach McDonald will be assisted by current and former Lady Gladiators during this three day camp. The Lady Gladiators are coming off of their first play-off win in 18 years. Girls entering grades 3rd through 9th are urged to come and be a part of that success.
The IYAA baseball/softball and t-ball teams have finished their regular seasons and are currently competing in the division tournaments. So far, IYAA teams have accounted for three division tournament championships and two second place finishes in the division tournaments with more games still to pay.
Congratulations, once again, to the Italy Gladiator Regiment Band for their continued success in the state Honor Band Competition. On Tuesday, June 22, the Area E hearing was held in San Antonio. The Italy band’s recording was selected as one of three to represent Region 8 and Area E at the state level of Honor Band.
Saturday at 11:00 am Hobbs Feed and Supply was over flowing with hungry guests, eating hamburgers and hotdogs and could be seen hobnobbing with KBEC radio personalities and some political guests.
There was plenty of watermelon slices for everyone at Trinity Mission on Friday afternoon. Tables were filled with watermelons and the dining room was filled with happy residents enjoying watermelon to celebrate Father’s Day.
Five members of the Italy Lady Gladiators’ softball team joined some of the state’s best softball players in being named to the 2010 Super Centex Softball Team.
The Italy School Board heard preliminary TAKS results from Tanya Parker, high school principal, at its monthly meeting held Monday evening.
This meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for next week.
There will be a called meeting of the Italy ISD School Board Trustees on Thursday, June 24, 2010. The meeting time has been changed to 5:00pm.
Cheer tryouts for the Italy High School and Junior High School squads are just around the corner. Parents are asked to attend a meeting on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00pm in the High School library. Information regarding tryout schedule, tryout rules and guidelines along with other pertinent information will be covered at this meeting.
Gladiator Basketball Camp with Coach Aidan Callahan and Coach Larry Mayberry was an exciting educational experience for campers with fast-paced drills and a shark infested court.
The Ellis County Courts Administration Building and Jail expansion was completed on time and within budget for the people of Ellis County and the future generations.
Ellis County, Texas June 17, 2010 – The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating their communications capabilities as part of the amateur radio community’s annual “Field Day.” This event will be held June 26-27 at Mott Park on Lake Bardwell.
The Italy Economic Development Corporation authorized Mark Stiles, president, to negotiate property discussed in an executive session Friday evening.
As county departments complete their move into the new courts building on Jackson Street in Waxahachie, the Commissioners’ Court prepared to disband the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.
On Monday, June 21 the Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the Band Hall of the Italy High School campus (300 College) and will begin at 7:00pm. Agenda items include consideration of surplus property bids and a budget amendment. Personnel recommendations will be considered during an executive session during the meeting.
Father’s Day is a time to remember your Dad and the good times you shared. It is a day to honor him. Father’s Day (this Sunday, June 20th) is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in fifty-five countries.
There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Friday, June 18 at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The agenda slates that the meeting will immediately go into executive session for discussion and consideration of necessary action(s) regarding Real Property. (Texas Government Code, Section 551.072.)
The Italy United Methodist Church welcomes Reverend Krista Ingram as its new pastor this Sunday. Rev. Krista grew up in Denton and is moving to Italy from Onley, Texas. Members and visitors alike are invited to hear her first sermon as leader of the Italy United Methodist Church at 10:50 a.m. Sunday.
The promoters who have been pushing a likely economically catastrophic jail proposal on Italy, have become more secretive in recent years, especially since one of their disasters, the poorly designed failed jail at Hardin, Montana, made international headlines. It wasn’t the first nor the last of their many schemes to go bust, merely the most notorious.
Did you know that we have two beauty contestants at Italy’s Trinity Mission? Well, we do, they are Willie Inman and Evelyn Jenkins. They were chosen to represent Trinity Mission in the Ms. Stars and Stripes senior citizen beauty pageant held in downtown Waxahachie at the Texas Theater on July 1st at 2:30 pm.
Hobbs Feed & Supply is proud to announce their second annual Customer Appreciation Day scheduled for Saturday, June 19, 2010. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy complementary hamburgers and hot dogs from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Several aspiring young basketball players recently participated in the “Hoop it up’ with Rich and Ro” girls basketball camp this past week coached by Italy High School juniors, and current members of the Lady Gladiators basketball team, Megan Richards and Kaitlyn Rossa. Fueled by their own teams recent momentum, Richards and Rossa hope to keep the Lady Gladiators continuing forward for years to come.
Church in the Wildwood Ministry has a message for all the troops. If you drive south on I-35E, you will notice a red, white and blue sign hanging on the fence that says, “PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS”. Alvin and Mayme Onstad try to fly their flag on the appropriate days and pray for our soldiers every day.
The Italy City Council voted to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
There will be a regular meeting of the Italy City Council today, June 14, 2010 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The meeting is open to the public.
Although school is out, the Italy Gladiator Regiment band is not finished. For the first time ever, the band’s UIL concert recording from early March was submitted to this year’s Texas Music Educator’s Association Honor Band competition. The recording was selected as one of the two that will advance to the area round of competition.
The IYAA baseball/softball and T-Ball teams complete their regular seasons and step into the post season. Several IYAA teams finished in first place during the regular season securing automatic trips to the district tournament in early July.
Every person, big and small, has his own idea of the perfect dish of ice cream. Sandwiches, shakes or cones melting down your arm in the hot sun. Add-ins like M&M’s, cookie bits, fruit or granola go great on butter pecan, peach, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, rocky road-the list is endless.
Joe Wesley Speed was born December 12, 1915 to the parentage of William Calahan and Effie King Speed in Kossee, Texas (Limestone County). He relocated to Ellis County and joined the Army where he completed his education under the GI Bill. While serving in the Army, he earned a brown belt in judo and received the “Asiatic Pacific Campaign Meal”-WWII ribbon.
The Italy Gladiator Baseball team won district this year. “An awesome baseball team,” according to head coach Matt Coker. To go with this honor, some of the players won some individual district awards.
The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) wishes to express our sincerest appreciation for all the support we received the during the IYAA Sports Night hosted by McDonald’s in Italy on Wednesday, June 9.
Jonathan McLean (fifth grade science teacher) wants his students in his science class to succeed. He tries very hard to help them learn all they can. So, it was his desire to get the best scores out of his class for the TAKS test. To inspire them, he makes a deal that he will go up on the roof top of the school for the day if eighty percent of the class passes the TAKS test. Well, the class did it again and it was back up on the roof for McLean.
ASA umpire Joe Windham, a graduate of Italy High School, was selected along with two other umpires from Ellis County to serve as UIL officials and make the tough calls during the UIL State softball tournament this season.