Stafford night at the ballpark

Image: I am so happy — You can’t get any better than this, Jacob Coers says.  He received a varsity t-shirt from one of his favorite players.

You are not going to believe what was going on at Davidson Field Friday night. There was face painting, bubbles blowing, t-ball hitting, softball toss, line dancing and cotton candy. There was even a hot dog eating contest at home plate after the second inning. It was none other than Stafford Night at the Ballpark.

Milligan receives scholarship

Image: Josh Milligan, Scholarship Recipient — Josh Milligan, Italy Class of 2010, was the awardee of the Kayrene Uehlinger Scholarship.

On Sunday, April 18, 2010, Joshua Milligan, son of Keith and Becky Milligan of Italy, was presented the 2010 Kayrene Uehlinger Scholarship at Central Baptist Church. Ronnie Clanton, a friend and classmate of Uehlinger, presented the scholarship on behalf of the Italy High School Class of 1968.

Lady Gladiator Softball team needs your support tonight

Image: Fans Support Will Be Greatly Appreciated!!!

Tonight the Lady Gladiator Softball team plays in Italy at 7:00pm. They will not have face painters, nor will there be a hot-dog eating contest; but what there will be is a great game against a respected rival, the Hubbard Lady Jaguars. This contest will determine the top spot in the district. It is all on the line tonight. Please come and support your Lady Gladiators as they battle for #1.

Stafford’s Big Top Circus

Image: The Cutest Ringmaster

Thursday night at 7:00 pm the Stafford Elementary’s lunch room was transformed into a live circus scene. Pre-k and kindergarten students were starring in the “Big Top Circus.” Everywhere you looked you saw the cutest little clowns, acrobats, stunt riders, elephants, jugglers, lions, tightrope walkers and we mustn’t forget the ringmaster.

Lady Gladiators dominate Dawson to remain in district hunt

Image: Cori & Casi — Sisters Cori and Cassi Jeffords did their part to help the Lady Gladiators overtake the Dawson Lady Bulldogs Friday in Dawson.

While it was “Stafford Night At The Ballpark” during the Gladiator baseball game back in Italy, it was “Lady Gladiators Night” at the ballpark in Dawson as Italy’s Darlings of the Diamond played softball toss, went slipping and sliding around the bases and participated in the loudest cheer challenge. The team even had a dugout dance contest with Coach Andrea Windham stealing 1st place.

Students from Italy represent our area well

Image: Trevor Mott — Trevor Mott makes selling a lamb look easy.

The Ellis County Expo came like a whirlwind, as it always does, and is gone in a flash. However, left standing were winners of all categories and levels. From pigs to shop projects, the students in Ellis County 4-H and FFA came from Ennis, Waxahachie, Palmer, Midlothian, Red Oak, Maypearl, Milford, Ferris, and, of course, Italy.

Italy Gladiator Baseball rises to a new level

Image: Anderson pitches about 75mph — One of the parents measured Jasenio’s fast pitch with a radar on Tuesday night against Waxahachie Advantage.  The Eagles only made one run against Anderson.

The Italy Gladiators met up with Waxahachie Advantage at the Waxahachie Athletic Complex on Tuesday night for their second district game. Italy dominated in both offense and defense. Jasenio Anderson pitched 3 innings before the game was called by run rule. The final score was Italy 19, Waxahachie Advantage 1.

Commissioners approve return to work policies

Ellis County Commissioners this morning approved revised personnel policies in keeping with a new push by County Judge Carol Bush to establish a return to work program that meets the needs of all elected officials and departments, which has already resulted in a significant reduction in the county’s 2010 Workers’ Compensation premiums.

Italy Track does well at district meet, must take a bus to Area

Image: Bales advances — Just a sophomore, Kaytlyn Bales makes the discus finals at the varsity level.

The Italy High School Varsity and JV Track Teams represented the old gold and white in style by turning in stellar performance during the District Track Meet in Hubbard last Thursday. In fact, Italy’s athletes were doing so well, it didn’t take head track coach Stephen Coleman long to realize the Gladiators would be taking a bus to the Area Meet in Alvarado.

Engagement Announcement: Nikki Zambrano and Tye Nuttall


Jessie and Kimberly Zambrano of Bardwell are proud to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kimberly Nichole Zambrano of Waldo, Arkansas to Tyrel Gregory Nuttall of Waldo, Arkansas, son of Greg and Carol Nuttall of Dierks, Arkansas.

Unstoppable Gladiators take care of business

Image: Coach and Desmond — Desmond Anderson and head coach Matt Coker talk a bit before his at-bat.

The Italy Gladiator Varsity was visiting Waxahachie Faith Family at the Waxahachie Sports Complex on Friday. This is the second time this season they have faced each other in district play. As the game unfolded, it became evident this Italy baseball club cannot be stopped. By the second inning, the Gladiators were in the lead by 4 and by the final inning, the boys ran over the Eagles 16-0.

Students to compete in Regional Academic UIL

Image: Italy Gladiators’ 2010 Regionalional Academic UIL Qualifiers — Front row: Shelbi Gilley, Sierra Harris, Josh Milligan and Susana Rodriguez Middle Row: Tonelsa Hughes, Amber Mitchell, Melissa Smithey, Lexie Miller, Kelli Strickland, Megan Richards, Jaleecia Fleming, Kaitlyn Rossa and Gus Allen Way in the back: Brandon Souder Not pictured: Destani Anderson, Molly Haight and Mary Tate.

Fourteen students from Italy High School will compete in 16 events at the regional academic UIL competition Saturday, April 24, at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. Three additional students will attend as alternates in four events.

Carrie McDonnall to speak at Central Baptist Church

Image: Author, Carrie McDonnall

Carrie McDonnall, modern-day, persecuted Christian missionary, has been invited to speak at Central Baptist Church on Sunday, April 11, at the 10:45 a.m. service. Carrie is also the nationally recognized author of Facing Terror, the true story of how love for the Muslim people cost an American couple the ultimate price for their faith. Carrie will speak about her missionary experiences in Iraq and the personal tragic and devastating results to her, her husband, and to 3 coworkers.

Read It Forward: Pass It On

Image: Freshman Morgan Cockerham — “Mo” takes her eyes off the book only for a quick second.  The Read It Forward: Pass It On literacy project will end April 30.

Italy High School is currently in the middle of its first ever Read It Forward: Pass It On literacy project which will end April 30. The goal is to see how many 7-12 grade students, teachers and staff members will read the chosen book First Part Last by Angela Johnson during April.

Obituary: Lillie Speer, 1913 – 2010

Lillie (Nenaw) Speer, age 96, of Italy, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab. She was born June 2, 1913 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Lillie owned and operated the Dairy Inn for many years and befriended numerous people including the railroad crew. Gardening was one of her passions in life. She was an amazing woman and loved by all.

Obituary: Florence Bigham, 1921 – 2010

Mrs. Florence Bigham, age 89, of Italy, passed away early Wednesday morning April 07, 2010 at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. She was born March 20, 1921 in Batavia, Iowa to Joseph Ira and Etta Hite Francis. Mrs. Bigham was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Italy.

Italy exits Ellis County Youth Expo with a trough full of ribbons

Image: Show us your buckle! — Grand Champion winner Jaclynn Lewis receives a new belt buckle.

Members of the Italy FFA, the Ellis County 4-H and the FCCLA entered their lambs, goats, heifers, steers, hogs, desserts, shirts, photos and drawings into the Ellis County Youth Expo Show & Sale with high expectations. By the end of the week long event, expectations were met as Italy’s hard working students left with a trough full off ribbons and even a Grand Champion Buckle to boot!

Another two bite the dust

Image: Let’s talk about it — Coach Matt Coker, Ryan and Caden take a minute about the play.

Gladiator baseball is in full swing now with more than half the district games played. Avalon hosted IHS last Tuesday and the Gladiators were actually challenged this time. The no-score streak ended with this game but Italy is still going strong. The final score was Italy 8 and Avalon 4.

The Boys are back in town

Image: Y M C A — Meagan Hopkins and Lexie Miller sing and dance to the 70’s song.

The JV baseball team stayed at home this week and hosted Red Oak Life. The Gladiators basically harnessed the Mustangs and put ’em up in the barn. The ending score was Italy 10 and Red Oak 4.

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Upcoming parent meetings at IHS/IJHS

On April 12th Italy High School will be holding information sessions for parents of 8th graders and 11th graders. Information that will be covered will include credits, course selection, graduation requirements, honors classes, and other important information.

Agenda: Italy Park Board Meeting, April 6, 2010


The Italy Park Board will meet Tuesday, April 6, 2010. The meeting will begin at 6:30 in the council chambers at Italy City Hall, 105 W. Main Street. The agenda includes discussion and necessary action regarding the recent easter egg hunt and a course in Bastrop, Texas called “Developing Successful Festivals and Special Events.”

Eat for a good cause!

Image: Cook-off form

This is your chance to help make a difference! How?
The Italy Lions Club needs people to help judge for the annual BBQ Cook-off. Proceeds will turn around and benefit the community. The club sponsors local charities, eye exam clinics and scholarships. All you have to do is eat!

Lady Gladiators battle the elements in Hubbard

Image: Struggling to focus — Alyssa Richards keeps her eyes closed as the sand gets stirred by the wind.

Softball — The Lady Gladiators fell prey to the Hubbard Lady Jaguars on Thursday in Hubbard 5-2. A minor setback as far as Coach Jennifer Reeves is concerned as the Lady Gladiators will now head to Frost to challenge the Lady Polar Bears on Tuesday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. Fan support will be mandatory!

Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

This April, Texans can receive rebates on qualifying appliances purchased between April 16 and April 25. Texas received more than $23 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, and will administer the rebates through the Comptroller’s State Energy Conservation Office.