Wednesday at 11:00 AM, KBEC radio was broadcasting live from the Italy Dairy Queen for Italy Appreciation Day. Lots of customers were there, even Mayor Jackson joined in on the celebration.
With the first scrimmage only days away, football fever is at an all time high. Attached are the schedules for the Varsity, Junior Varsity and Junior High Italy Gladiator Football teams. Go Gladiators!
Italy Junior High Volleyball coaches Heather Richter and Tina Richards have released the 2010 schedule for the Junior High Lady Gladiators. The Italy JH Lady Gladiators will take on the Grandview Lady Zebras in the season opener on Monday, September 13 in Italy. We look forward to a great season. Good luck Ladies!
With week one of 2-a-day practices coming to an end, the Italy Gladiators will suit up in full contact armor on Friday.
I went to Trinity Mission and visited Buna Guthrie to do an article for her “100th” birthday (August 5th, 2010.) I was greeted with a hug and so much warmth I never wanted to leave. She told me of her love of Christ and how life had no meaning without him.
The IHS Band Booster Club will meet on Thursday, August 5th in the Italy High School Band Hall. Meeting time is scheduled for 7:00pm. There are important plans that need to be ironed out for the upcoming school year. All band parents are urged to attend.
New student registration at Italy High School will be held on Monday, August 9 thru Friday, August 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration for returning students will be on Thursday, August 12.
The 2010 Italy Gladiators, head coached by athletic director Craig Bales, began their 2-a-day football practices on Monday to kickoff a highly anticipated campaign to reclaim the district championship that has been so close yet so far away.
Ivan Roldan was presented the Italy Lion’s Club Scholarship on Sunday, August 1st at the Lions Club monthly meeting. Mark Souder Sr. (Italy Lions Club vice president) presented Ivan his check with many Lions Club members looking on sharing in his excitement.
The school supply list has been released for Stafford Elementary students.
The City of Italy Park Board will meet on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. The meeting will be held at the Italy City Council Chambers at 105 Main Street, Italy, Texas and will begin at 6:30pm. The lone agenda item is slated as a discussion and possible action regarding a Summer Fund Raiser.
Members of Italy’s 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball team, coached by Kimberly Nelson, completed a successful summer season which culminated in a chance to compete for the YMCA Tournament Championship in Waxahachie.
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties needs additional volunteers to help get noontime meals delivered to the homebound elderly and disabled residents throughout Ellis County. “With the growing needs in our communities, we are in need of new volunteers,” said Whitney Patterson, volunteer coordinator.
Final Football Sign-ups will be held Saturday, July 31 at Upchurch Ballpark from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the IYAA Garage Sale. Sign-up forms, county issued birth certificates and a registration fee of $65.00 can be submitted during that time.
Nettie Sue Hollingsworth Jenkins, age 82, of Italy, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab. She was born June 26, 1928 in Frost, Texas to James Clint and Nettie Ethel (Pevehouse) Hollingsworth. She married Glenn Gilbert Jenkins on March 12, 1946 and was a longtime resident of Italy.
Remodel of the facility purchased from Ellis County Auto as part of the County’s facilities bond program is expected to be completed in early September, allowing the Community Supervision Department to move out of the temporary facility on Highway 77 on schedule.
Milford High School graduate Daniel Nazar, has been accepted at the Harvard School of Law in Cambridge Massachusetts. Nazar, class of 1999, left Milford to attend the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 2003 with honors.
As our gridiron Gladiators take to the field next week for their two-a-days practices our Lady Gladiators will also take to the court for theirs. Coach Richters, the new head coach of the Lady Gladiator Volleyball program, has released the Varsity/JV practice and game schedules for the 2010 volleyball season.
The Italy Economic Development Corporation heard some good news Monday evening at its monthly meeting.
Lots of new books this month. Here are just a few of them! If you see anything you want, email the library and they will save the book (or put it on reserve), for you.
It is time for the July birthday celebration at Trinity Mission once again and this time it is all girls! The July birthday girls are Lona Butler, Emma Davis, Evelyn Hocutt and Francis Davidson.
First Baptist Church of Italy is setting sail for Vacation Bible School fun on the HIGH SEAS! Kids will feel the sea spray on their face as sails snap overhead. They’ll experience the deep rolling waters of God’s love. It’s easily the best time they will have all summer. It’s five solid evenings of activities for the children of Italy. All kids are invited—so, pack up and head to First Baptist Church!!! We are serving supper and fun all week!
The Italy Economic Development Corporation will have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 26, 2010. The meeting will be held at the Italy City Council Chambers at 105 Main Street, Italy, Texas and will begin at 7:00pm.
Italy — On Friday and Saturday at the Upchurch Ball Fields in Italy, several teams from around Texas converged on Field 1 to battle for the right to advance in the Texas Teen-Age Baseball/Softball Association’s Boys State Tournament High School Eligible Boys State Baseball Tournament.
Betty Burks, Pat Berrier and Carol Lineback invite you to join them in celebrating their mother’s 100th birthday: Buna Guthrie. The celebration will be at Central Baptist Church at 113 South Ward Street, Italy, Texas on August 7, 2010 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
The IYAA will be having a fund-raising garage sale and football sign-ups on Saturday, July 31 starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Upchurch Ball Fields in Italy.
Donated items can be dropped off on Wednesday, July 28 between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m at the fields as well.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for August 2010. These meals are subject to change.
Reunion of all years of graduates! Saturday, July 31st at Milford High School at 2 – 5pm…after, all is invited to Miss Millie’s for a private party with appetizers/dinner & drinks.
When I walked into the principal’s office at Stafford Elementary I was coming to interview the new principal. There she sat in her chair, at her desk and was already going to work to be ready for the coming school year. Her name is Tammy Wallis and she comes to us from Red Oak, Texas where she was the assistant principal for the Red Oak Intermediate School for the past two years.
Billy and Mary Copeland were honored as the recipients of “Yard of the Month” for July and after one look at their yard, you know why.
On Friday and Saturday at the Upchurch Ball Fields in Italy, the IYAA will be hosting High School Eligible (HSE) Boys Pool Play baseball games in a partnership effort with the Hillsboro Sports Association who is hosting the Texas Teen-Age Baseball/Softball Association’s Boys State Tournament.
Under the direction of NCAA certified basketball coach Aaron Itson, the Texas Elite basketball team will once again combine the athletic talents of both Italy and Maypearl and participate in the, NCAA sanctioned, Prime Time National Basketball Tournament (11th – 12th grade division).
After winning the district championship, the Milford Lil’ Dogs trotted out of the park with their mugs held high. This 10 & under coach pitch team earned a place in the State bracket. They may have ponytails but don’t under estimate the power behind that little smile. Matched up with 21 other teams, the little girls donned their softball caps, grabbed their bats and worked up a sweat just like the big girls.
Frances McCain Yarbrough, age 83, of Italy, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab. She was born September 20, 1926 in Ellis County to Darrell and Katy McCain.
Bobbie Dorothy Thompson, age 83, of Italy, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. She was born January 8, 1927 in Waxahachie to Robert Kelley and Myrtle Woods. She was a member of the DAV, the Italy Cemetery Association and the Central Baptist Church. Bobbie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
George Roland Green III, a long time resident of Italy, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at his home surrounded by family and friends. Roland was born August 16, 1955 in Cleburne, Texas to the late George R. Green, Jr. and Oneta (Gardner) Green. He graduated from Italy High School in 1974, was a longtime employee at Tyler Refrigeration in Waxahachie and was employed by Dart Container Corp in Waxahachie, at the time of his death. He married Susan Buie on December 8, 1978 in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
The Italy Ministerial Alliance (a local group of churches and individuals representing different faiths) hosts the local food pantry once a month for Italy residents. In fact, it is always open the first Monday of the month from 5pm-8pm, located at First United Methodist church at 124 Harpold, come rain or shine, holiday or not. The downward spiral in these economic times has taken its toll on the food pantry and they could use your help.
ITALY — The Italy School Board of Trustees approved the hiring of three new teachers and accepted the resignation of two others at its monthly meeting held Monday evening.
Coach Keith Wolfe, age 57, of Italy, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2010 at his home. He was born August 2, 1952 in Houston to James Robert and Betty (Harvey) Wolfe. He retired from teaching and coaching after 30 years. He was an avid Rangers fan, loved coaching and was a great Dad.
Having only lived here in Italy for 20 years, I know that I am a newbie. But over my lifetime I have learned a lot. One of the things I think I have learned is a bit about life. Now what I am going to say will offend some — but there is a time for new as well as old.
The Wild Thangs (5th and 6th grade girls), coached by Tracey Carter Bowles of Italy, are among several local teams that participate in youth volleyball at the YMCA in Waxahachie.
Putting their experience of cleaning finely tuned instruments to use, members of the Italy Gladiator Regiment Band held a fund-raising car wash at the Chicken Express restaurant in Waxahachie on Saturday. Now, half the cars in Ellis County sparkle as bright as the IHS Band does when they march on Friday nights.
Based upon Election Administrator Jane Anderson’s certification of qualified signatures on a Local Option Petition submitted for the City of Palmer, Ellis County Commissioners ordered that an election be held in the City of Palmer “TO LEGALIZE THE SALE OF BEER AND WINE” on November 2, 2010, the next uniform election date. The City of Palmer will be responsible for the election cost.
The Italy Gladiator Band will have their first fundraiser of the season this Saturday, July 17. They will have a donations only car wash at the Chicken Express in Waxahachie. Please plan on making your way to Waxahachie on Saturday between the hours of 10:00am until 3:00pm and show your support for our very own sweepstakes winning, state honor band finalist — Italy Gladiator Regiment Band!
There will be a meeting at 10:00am in the Italy High School Library for the members of the Italy Varsity Cheerleader squad. All IHS Varsity Cheerleaders need to plan on attending this meeting.
IYAA Cheerleading/Football sign-ups will be held at the Upchurch Ball Fields on Saturday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The cheerleading sign-up deadline has been extended and all Football players must be registered by July 28.
The Italy City Council hired Dean Carrell of Lone Oak as new public works director at a called meeting Thursday evening.
On Monday, July 19 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). At 5:30 the trustees will have a budget workshop and will adjourn at 7:00pm to reconvene into their regular monthly meeting.
There will be a called meeting of the Italy City Council today, July 15, 2010 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The agenda slates that interviews for the Public Works Director position will be conducted during this meeting which is open to the public.
School starts August 23, 2010 for the 2010-2011 school year. Like it or not its only 5 weeks away! Happy Summer from the ItalyNeotribune!