Recently, Lady Gladiator head basketball coach Stacy McDonald touched up the 1997 State Champs basketball originally painted by Stevan McKey, a 1994 Italy alumnus, to honor the team after the Italy Gladiators made their dream a reality.
The Davidson Field was very busy Friday night. Besides Stafford Night At the Ballpark, the Italy Gladiator baseball team was hosting a district game against Oak Cliff Faith Family.
Congratulations to Alyssa Richards and Drew Windham who will be competing at the Regional Tennis meet today in Nacogdoches after giving it their all in a softball game last night.
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.
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.
The Italy Lions Club held their 2nd annual BBQ Cook-off on Saturday, April 17th at the Upchurch baseball fields in Italy. Sponsored by the Lone Star BBQ Society, individuals and teams competed for fun and prizes all in support of the Italy Lions Club.
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.
Waxahachie — Italy High School’s prom theme was, “Black Tie Affair 2010.” Held at the Waxahachie Country Club on Saturday, couples and friends began arriving around 7:00 p.m. By 7:30 p.m., the prom party was officially hopping.
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.
The Italy School Board of Directors approved a 2010-2011 school calendar at its monthly meeting held Monday evening.
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.
On Monday, April 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) and will begin at 7:00pm. Agenda items include staff resignations, the 2010-2011 school calendar, a budget amendment and the student athlete insurance carrier.
Have an appetite for BBQ? Tomorrow, Saturday, April 17th will be your lucky day. The Italy Lions Club is having their second annual BBQ Cook-off, sponsored by the Lone Star BBQ Society.
What a performance! — The Italy High School Boys and Girls Track Teams competed in nine different events at the Area Track Meet in Alvarado on Wednesday. Italy advanced to Regional in eight of those events and head track coach Stephen Coleman smiled all the way back to Italy in his big yellow bus.
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.
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.
Hubbard — With Nike, the Greek God of victory, Hermes, the Roman God of athletes/sport and Victoria, the Roman Goddess of victory, watching from above, the Italy Junior High Lady Gladiators and Gladiators entered the District track meet in conquering fashion.
This notice appeared in the Waxahachie Daily Light on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.
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 ISD will have early childhood, pre kindergarten, and kindergarten roundup to enroll children who will be eligible for classes for the 2010-2011 school year. This year’s roundup will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY. To make an appointment, please contact Stafford Elementary (972-483-6342) no later than Friday, April 23, 2010.
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.
The Italy Lady Gladiators Softball Team tested their might against the 4A TAPPS Waco Reicher Lady Cougars (25-3) on Monday after the JV Lady Gladiators wrapped up their season against the JV Lady Cougars, both games in Italy.
There will be an IHS Athletic Banquet planning session on Thursday, April 15 in the Italy High School Library beginning at 6:00 p.m. All interested in the success of the banquet is asked to attend. Parent involvement is hugely necessary and greatly appreciated.
The Italy City Council approved a zoning ordinance amendment and accepted the resignation of its public works director at its monthly meeting held Monday evening.
Italy Head Softball Coach Jennifer Reeves utilized two pitchers, Courtney Westbrook and Megan Richards, to keep Mildred’s hitters off balance in this one. The strategy worked and the Lady Gladiators pulled out another win in front of their home fans on Saturday.
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.
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.
Members of Italy High School’s FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America), under the guidance of Ann Hyles who will be retiring after 39 years of service and support to the students of Italy High School, made a strong showing themselves at the Ellis County Youth Expo.
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.
Results from the Houston Livestock Show™ prove Italy ISD scramble heifer participants are outstanding in their field. Italy’s cowboys and cowgirls rounded up several honors after working many months to earn their places competing among the finest junior livestock competitors in the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Frost — The Italy Lady Gladiators Softball Team singed the fur on the Lady Polar Bears in Frost on Tuesday. Italy exploded out of the batters box to cook the Bears in 5 innings, 14-0.
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.
The Ellis County Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee is nearing the conclusion of its business, with county offices scheduled to move into new facilities in downtown Waxahachie in June, 2010.
Each year since 1997 Stafford Elementary School’s fifth and/or sixth grade has participated in the St. Jude Math-a-Thon to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital as they continue the research to find the cure for childhood catastrophic diseases.
To Whom It May Concern:
The Italy Lady Gladiators J.V. Softball Team was just that on Monday against Red Oak, a team. Together, Italy’s J.V. built a 9-0 lead, and together, they held off a Red Oak rally to hold on for an impressive 14-8 victory.
Gladiator Track & Field: Eighteen members of the Italy High School Track Team traveled to Meridian on Saturday, March 27 to compete in one of the biggest 1A meets in the entire state, the Meridian Straight A Relays.
Pictures added Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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.
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.”
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!
Cage Matches — The Italy Tennis Team put in one final warm up before competing in district on Monday in Corsicana by hosting a tournament with the Palmer Bulldogs.
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!
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.
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.