Red Oak to hold local option election

As required under the law, Ellis County Commissioners authorized a local option election to consider the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only in the City of Red Oak, pursuant to certification of a petition containing the required number of signatures.

Prescription Discount Program Launched

Under an agreement with Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc. (FMC) approved by the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court last month, a new prescription discount program has been launched in Ellis County.

Severe storm program scheduled for March 2nd

The 2010 severe weather season is fast approaching. Five tornadoes were confirmed in Northeast Texas on January 20th, so in many ways, storm season is already here. Are you ready for whatever this year has in store? Do you have a severe weather plan at your home and your workplace? Can you recognize the clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding, or a tornado is possible? Do you want to become part of the severe weather warning system in your county?

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meeting, February 22, 2010

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On Monday, February 22nd 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 and will begin at 7:00pm. Agenda items include monthly financial reports and a budget amendment as well as reviews and contract considerations for the Director of Special Programs, the Principals, and the Athletic Director.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting , February 22, 2010

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There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, February 22 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Slated on the agenda is a report that will be presented by board member Joyce Hobbs regarding a TEDC Seminar that she attended.

Obituary: Maulene Cummings Frazier, 1933 – 2010

Image: Maulene Cummings Frazier, 1933 – 2010

Maulene Cummings Frazier was born on March 6, 1933 in Fayette County, Texas to Mose Cummings and Frances Leonard Cummings. She received her formal education at Stafford School in Italy and graduated from Oaklawn High School in Waxahachie.

Little River Bees squeak by Italy in 3rd overtime

Grandview – The Italy Gladiators played the Little River Academy Bees Saturday morning to prepare for their upcoming Area game next week. Italy struggled in the 1st period against the larger Academy players. The Bees dominated the boards on both ends of the court. Italy trailed at the end of the 1st period 16-4.

J.V. ends season with a win, Gladiators finish perfect in District

Image: Ethan Saxon — Ethan Saxon does his best Jase Holden impersonation.

Gladiators (25-3) end their district schedule with a perfect 10-0 record to finish as undefeated 1A district champions, break the century mark for the first time this season with a 104-40 win over the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles and every player on the Gladiator roster scored during the game. Now that’s how to finish a regular season of basketball. Playoffs here we come!

Valentines at Trinity Mission

Image: Party Fixins’ — Cake, cookies and candies make for a good Valentines party.

Valentines and music was the name of the game for the residents at Trinity Mission this Valentines Day. As you walked in the front door wonderful gospel music could be heard along with the residents singing. And you can’t forget the cupcakes and candy for one of the sweetest days of the year.

Italy High School plans TAKS TKO

At Italy High School we are gearing up for our TAKS testing. TAKS TKO will begin this Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 8 am sharp. TKO will last until noon. Door prizes will be awarded and there will be raffles at the end that students can enter based on attendance (cumulative). Please encourage your child to attend if they will be taking a TAKS test this year.

Crownover selected Grand Champion in San Antonio

Image: Dan Crownover, May May and entourage

Italy High School senior, Dan Crownover, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship at the San Antonio Stock Show last Saturday when his heifer, May May, was chosen as Grand Champion over 76 other animals. She beat out 308 heifers and was selected as the Grand Champion at the Ft. Worth Stock Show earlier this year.

Gladiators sweep Itasca, claim District Championship

Image: Jas makes it! — Jasenio Anderson(11) knocks down a 3-pointer with a Wampus Cat in his face.

After a 73-61 win over the Itasca Wampus Cats, The Italy Gladiators (24-3) have already clinched the 1A-1 Region II District 15 District Championship with one game left to play. Currently 9-0 in district play, the Gladiators finished last season as a regional finalist and are poised to take another stab at winning the state championship.

Hoops and Jump Rope for heart

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Wednesday the Stafford Elementary students participated in Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart during their PE classes. Students got donations from family and friends for the American Heart Association and then jumped rope for as long as they could – shot a lot of baskets, all for a good cause.

Game time updates for the IYAA and Italy High School

The IYAA and Hillsboro sports Association will proceed with the Saturday, February 13 games as scheduled. The Italy Gladiators (boys) will play Itasca at 2:00 in Itasca on Saturday as well. The Lady Gladiators will take on Bosqueville in the first round of the playoffs at West High School on Monday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m

Beautiful is the snow covered land

Image: How much did we get? — Local Mike South measured the snowfall on Friday morning.  It came to just less than 5".

The snow has really changed things around here. When you turn a corner, Italy appears to be a picture postcard or a living Christmas card. The white snow makes our city take on a new ambiance and a new, clean atmosphere. The snowfall is rare in this area but certainly most welcomed.

Hearts, Flowers and a Little Bit of Texas


The moon is full, the birds are singing and, besides the fact it is a bit cold outside, your hearts are warm. It soon will be Valentine’s Day-a day for love and twitterpation. What do you have planned for your sweetheart? Dinner, dancing, chocolates or a movie? Texas offers a few things to choose from and Neotrib brings it to you.