In every town there is problems of underage drinking. Unfortunately alcohol and drugs are available everywhere. Recently I asked our police chief C. V. Johns how he would like to handle rumors and facts about people and parties supplying alcohol to our youth. This was his reply:
The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) 2010 Baseball/Softball season has begun. Despite a few early season rain-outs, several games have been played although some teams did not start until late this week.
An article about the Italy Park Board yesterday misstated the purpose of the meeting held Tuesday night and information about the new concession stand at Upchurch Field. The whole purpose of the meeting was to organize fundraisers for the new concession stand being constructed and help complete the finish out.
Good luck to the Italy Lady Gladiators (19-6) who will attempt to shed the Tolar Lady Rattlers (14-3-1) today in game 1 of a best 2-out of-3 Class A area-round playoff series rematch from a year ago.
The Italy School Board race and three political races in Milford will culminate on Election Day, Saturday, May 8th. The polls will open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. Do your part and vote!
There will be an admission fee charged at the Gladiator baseball double header this weekend. The games scheduled to be played at Tarleton State University on Saturday, May 9, against Hawley will be charging $5 for adults and $3 for students for entry into the games.
Milford’s Ag program has grown over the past two years under the leadership of Mark Jackson. Students competed at three shows this year: San Antonio, Houston and more recently at the 21st Ellis County Youth Expo.
Blame it on the freshman and junior classes. They seem to be the cause for Milford’s high numbers of advancement in UIL academics and track. Although there were fewer participants in UIL academics this year, almost 86% placed in district or advanced to regional competition.
According to the display cases in the front hallway, it has been 20 years since Milford’s one act play advanced to district competition.
The Italy Park Board met Tuesday night and discussed plans for updating our community. The Upchurch Ballfields are home to three playing fields used for Italy baseball, softball & t-ball teams, residents and surrounding towns. The existing concession stand does not meet the current needs and the longtime goals are already set in motion.
This Thursday, May 6, the Gladiators will travel to Axtell to take on the Longhorns. Game time is 6:00pm. The game will be featured on K-Mac Sports online with a warm-up show beginning at 5:45pm.
Italy United Methodist Church will be holding a bake sale on Friday, May 7th at 7:30am downtown Italy in front of the South Ellis County Water office. They will be there until everything is sold.
Competing in a Region the size of France that is widely recognized as the best High School Track & Field region in the world. The qualifiers from the Italy HS Track Team did our school and community proud the last two days during the Region III Track Meet in Palestine.
Thanks to extremely heavy participation in our Ellis County Clean-Up Week, there are no more vouchers available for this event. We’ve issued 1,100 vouchers to county citizens at a total cost of just over $28,000. We appreciate the tremendous response, and look forward to similar events in the future.
The Italy School Board of Trustees and school district hosted its 27th Annual Academic Banquet Tuesday evening at the Multi-Event Center.
My name is Cindy Carter. I am married to Stephen Carter and have three daughters and two grand-daughters. I am currently employed with the United States Postal Service here in Italy. I graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1978. I have lived here in Italy for 30 years.
The Italy School Board of Trustees hired three new personnel and realigned one employee at a called meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Ray A. Scott, age 72, of Irene, was born in Waxahachie on April 28, 1938 to Gertie Bell and Oscar Lee Scott. He passed away Monday, May 3, 2010 at his home. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and never met a stranger.
Today, Tuesday, May 4, 2010, there will be a special called meeting of the Italy ISD Board of Trustees. The agenda states that the meeting will be conducted primarily in executive session to consider personnel recommendations.
In a special-called meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, May 3, 2010, Commissioners voted to award the contract for 2010 emulsion asphalt to ERGON Asphalt of Austin, Texas.
The Italy Economic Development Corporation hired Cam Fearis to appraise real property at a brief meeting Monday evening.
The Italy Park Board will meet Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The meeting will begin at 6:30 in the council chambers at Italy City Hall, 105 W. Main Street. The lone agenda item is planning for a summer fundraiser.
My name is Curtis Riddle. I was raised here in Italy and attended Italy schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I graduated from Italy Isd in 1990. I attended Tarleton State University as an Ag-business major. I am currently self-employed in the field of agriculture and investment properties.
Italy — As part of the Don’t Mess With Texas, Adopt-a-Highway program, the Southern Cruisers Riding Club of Ellis County 326 covered two miles of Hwy 77 on Sunday, but not on their motorcycles. Club members and their families walked along the sides of Hwy 77 in their boots clearing debris and trash as they patriotically eagle-eyed the medians and ditches.
Christie & Charles Hyles, owners of the C5 Hyles Car Wash, invite everyone to try out the new Water Wizard 2.0 touchfree automatic car washing system.
There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, May 3 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The lone agenda item is stated as discussion and consideration of necessary action(s) regarding Real Property. (Texas Government Code, Section 551.072.) This item is noted as a closed session item.
Glen Rose — After a dazzling 10 strikeout performance by Lady Gladiator pitcher Courtney Westbrook on Friday and 2 scores by Anna Viers to help Italy win 3-2 in game one, the DeLeon Lady Cats were desperate for a win on Saturday to force a third game in the best 2-out of-3 bi-district series.
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties needs additional volunteers to help get noontime meals delivered to the homebound elderly and disabled residents throughout its service area. “With the growing needs in our communities, we are in need of new volunteers,” said Amy Jackson, director of development.
Monday evening’s regularly scheduled meeting found Ellis County Commissioners engaging in an open and productive dialogue regarding tree management practices in county right-of-ways.
IYAA Opening Day — Weather permitting, the IYAA cordially invites everyone to the Upchurch Ball Fields for IYAA Opening Day this evening. IYAA Opening Day will be dedicated to the memories of Bobby Itson, Robert Burch, Bob Tipping and George E. Scott. Each of the honorees promoted youth sports and fitness, helping to bring our community closer together thru victory and accomplishment.
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.
I have been employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the past 23 years. I serve as the County Executive Director of the Ellis County Farm Service Agency, working with all agricultural producers across Ellis County. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston.
Wednesday around 11:00 am the big yellow Italy school bus from Stafford Elementary drove up to the Italy “DQ”. Lots of smiling faces and hungry pre-k and kindergarten students were ready for lunch. They had just spent the morning at the Italy City Park playing hard and having lots of fun.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for May 2010. These meals are subject to change.
The Italy Lions Club wishes to thank the City of Italy for providing our location for our 2nd annual cook-off. The cook-off was a big success this year due to the citizens of Italy and surrounding communities as well as our sponsors.
Yesterday early voting started for Italy ISD School Board positions and Milford for City Council and School Board positions.
Italy — The Italy Lady Gladiators Softball Team lead by their four graduating seniors, Meredith Brummett, Cori Jeffords, Courtney Westbrook and Drew Windham, won their final District game of the season over the Frost Lady Polar Bears on Friday. It’s Playoff time!
I grew up in DeSoto, where I was a member of the graduating class of 1984. During the time I was in high school my family owned property between Italy and Frost, which we would come to on weekends. I moved to Italy in 1992. We built the Italy Daycare in 1986 and my mother was the owner/operator until 1996. I currently live between Italy and Frost.
The Italy City Council hired Scott Perry as the new public works director at a called council meeting Monday evening.
Carolyn Maevers (principal) started the assembly off by asking Stafford students, “Stafford Tigers are what?”, and the students replied, “number one.” Carolyn said, “You are! You are! Now we have started the assembly off right.” As always Ms. Maevers had lots of encouraging words for the Stafford students.
The Royal Ambassadors of Central Baptist Church enjoyed a night of fellowship, fun and friendly competition at the annual R.A. Racers event on April 14, 2010. A total of 18 cars were entered in the race and there were approximately 75 people in attendance to cheer for their favorite car.
Attention: IYAA parents, players, coaches and teachers, their will be no IYAA Softball/Baseball practices allowed until Thursday, April 29 after 5:00 p.m. once TAKS testing has been completed, no exceptions.
The Italy JV baseball team hosted Red Oak Life on Thursday night. This was their fourth game this season. The guys pooled their resources and managed to gain another win. The final score was Italy 13, Life 12.
Friday night was a special night at Davidson Field for the Italy varsity baseball team in more ways than one. Presentations of special guests included the seniors of the varsity team and Loyd Davidson, previous coach of the Italy Gladiator Baseball team for 7 years (1987-1994).
Everyone is invited to attend the Italy High School Band Booster meeting on Monday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. inside the Band Hall. The meeting will look ahead to next year and discuss any improvements that need to be made and set goals for the 2010-2011 school year.
The First Baptist of Avalon youth group, would like to thank Doris Mitchell, and Sandy Eubank for letting us set our bake sale booth in front of the Uptown Cafe! We would also like to thank Barry Byers and Neotrib for running a story to help get awareness!!
Today, in front of the Uptown Cafe in downtown Italy, the Avalon Baptist Church is having a bake sale to raise money to fund a trip for 24 of their youngsters hoping to go to church camp at the Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment in Brownwood, Texas June 28 thru July 2.
Bel Branch: The Bel Branch community would like to thank the commissioner’s office Precinct 3 for the wonderful job they are doing in regards to improving the roadway that winds through the Bel Branch area located between Italy and Waxahachie.
The IYAA Opening Day home games, on April 24, have been cancelled due to muddy fields. Away games will still be played in Whitney only, all other towns have cancelled. Therefore, if you have an Italy team scheduled to play in Whitney today, those games are confirmed.
There will be a called meeting of the Italy City Council on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Interviews of candidates for public works position is the lone agenda item for the meeting. The meeting is open to the public.