Community Pep Rally Scheduled – “Meet the 2010-2011 Gladiators”


Thursday, August 26, at 4:30pm, there will be a community pep rally held in the dome at the Italy High School Campus. The entire community is invited to come and meet our varsity and JV football players and the varsity cheerleaders. With the Gladiators’ preseason opening this week with games against the Maypearl Panthers it is a perfect time to come together and pump our Gladiators up. Beat Maypearl !!!

Benefit for C.C. Jones

Image: C.C. needs our help

When C.C. Jones graduated from Avalon High School in the late nineties, he was like most teenagers his age. He was ready to conquer the world, ready to get on with his life. Since then, he has overcome some obstacles and has turned his life around. Then all of that came crashing to an end when a doctor diagnosed him with cancer.

Obituary: Carolyn Sue Garrick , 1932 – 2010

Image: Carolyn Sue Garrick, 1932-2010

Carolyn Sue Garrick, 77 of Waxahachie, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center of Waxahachie. She was born to the late Robert Q. & Rachael Muirhead Hankins on November 6, 1932 in Dallas, Texas.

Italy receives rude welcome from three-time defending TAPPS Champs

Image: Illegal stiff-arm — Waco Reicher’s quarterback illegally grabs and twists the facemask of Italy’s Justin Buchanan but the referees missed the call. It’s all part of the game.

The Gladiators must recover quickly from a rough outing with three-time defending TAPPS State Champions, the Waco Reicher Catholic Cougars. Italy will be marching into Maypearl to tangle with the Panthers on Friday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. It may be a pre-season game but the Gladiators will be using their long-time rivals as a gage to measure how good they could be this season.

How About A Little Trip Before the end of August?

Image: Longhorns and ranching — The National Ranching Heritage Center holds a lot of history for this area.  The museum works on donations only and is a treasure in the Panhandle Plains.

Texas travel can be amazing. You are likely to find out something new before the trip ends. Besides culture and heritage, Texas offers technology and adventure. Take a minute and explore our Texas countryside and cities.

Gladiator Booster Club will meet Monday, August 23

Monday, August 23 at 6:30pm there will be a meeting of parents supporting Italy High School Athletics AND Italy High School Regiment Band. The meeting will be held at the Italy High School cafeteria. All parents and supporters of these outstanding programs of the Italy ISD are urged to attend this meeting.

German Student Seeking Host Family

Image: Exchange Student-Pauline of Germany — If a home is not found by August 27th, she will not get to fulfill her dream of experiencing America.

A caring host family (with or without children) is needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home to 16-year-old Pauline from Germany. She was looking forward to her school year in America and hoped to arrive in August, but there is a shortage of host families and she has been unable to find a placement home. If a home is not found by August 27th, she will not get to fulfill her dream of experiencing America.

Clothes Swap in Milford August 21st


There will be a Clothes Swap in Milford on Saturday morning, August 21st sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Milford. It’s a FREE event open to everyone who can benefit in any way from this!!! It will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the park in Milford. We will also be giving away sno-cones!

Obituary: Gayla Holley Tekell, 1961 – 2010

Image: Gayla Holley Tekell 1961-2010

Gayla Holley Tekell, 48, passed away Aug 17, 2010 in her home. She was born Oct 7, 1961 in Waco to Weldon Wayne Holley and Frances Moore Holley. Gayla attended Italy High School and acquired a BA at Baylor University and an MA at UNT. Visitation will be Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at DeBerry Funeral Home, 2025 W. Unviersity Drive in Denton.

Financial stress seminar to be held at Italy’s Methodist church

First United Methodist Church of Italy is hosting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University! The average family that completes the class pays off $5300 in debt and saves $2700 during the 13-week course. That’s an $8000 turnaround! Financial stress is reduced in the home as couples learn how to communicate about money, and singles are empowered to handle their money with confidence!

Italy Gold VS Avalon Orange

Image: Coaches Richters and Reeves — The Lady Gladiators hear the battle plan.

The Lady Gladiators and the Lady Eagles clashed on Tuesday night at the dome. Two strong teams came together for another pre-season game and walked away with almost identical scores. The audience sat on the edge of their seats for these games.

Scholarship created in memory of Italy graduate, Shelley Nance

The family of Shelley Nance has created the Shelley Nance Memorial Art Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior of Italy High School beginning the year 2011. If you would like to make a donation to this fund please send checks to Citizens National Bank, P.O. Box 717. Waxahachie, Texas 75168.

Letter to the Editor: Flags flying at a local business

Image: Photo Taken August 17, 2010, 8:15pm — You can plainly see how bad it is tattered.

I usually just walk in and talk to managers or owners about this problem, but this is the third time its occured at this one business. I’m not picking on this company. I’ve called the school when their flags need to be replaced and I’ve gone into City Hall and mentioned it to them.
Note: On August 20, 2010 new flags flying at the Exxon Station.

Band Booster Meeting this Thursday, August 19

An evening of entertainment , ice cream and some business is planned for the parents and supporters of the Italy Gladiator Regiment Band. At 7:00pm the band will perform the short version of their 2010 halftime show. This will be followed by an ice cream social. Once all the fun is over there will be a Gladiator Band Booster Club meeting. All parents and supporters are welcome to attend.

Remembering V-J Day

65 years ago a determined generation of Americans celebrated V-J Day.  It almost didn’t happen as Japanese Army officers tried to prevent Emperor Hirohito’s radio broadcast to the Japanese people announcing the defeat. 

Lady Gladiators Are “Playing for playoffs”

Image: Victory circle — The Lady Gladiators are ready for the season.

That’s the feeling head volleyball coach Heather Richters had as the Lady Gladiators began their pre-season volleyball games. Their first win came Tuesday night against the Dawson Lady Dawgs in the dome. Both JV and Varsity teams played with gusto and strength. IHS Volleyball has started off on a good foot. “Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake Woop!” is the battle cry of the new season.

ECEYA Fundraiser and Fun Show

Image: 2010 Ellis County Equine Youth Association president Chesley Hinds

The Ellis County Equine Youth Association invites all area horse kids to participate in the ECEYA Fundraiser and Fun Horse Show on Saturday, August 21, at the Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy, Texas. The show begins at 9 a.m. and includes halter, western, English, leadline and speed events.

Meals-on-Wheels “Early Bird” Golf Registration

Image: Tee Time — Golfers line up to tee off for the Meals-on-Wheels Golf Benefit.

Meals-on-Wheels still has morning and afternoon tee times available for the 23rd Annual Golf Benefit. The event will be held on Thursday, September 16 at Cleburne Golf Links. “Early bird” registration at $125 per golfer will be available until Friday, August 27. After Friday, the price will increase by $25.

Lady Gladiators Volleyball is over the top

Image: We want it! — Italy Lady Gladiator volleyball coach Heather Richters has her players hungry for wins.

The Italy Lady Gladiators began their 2010 volleyball season with enthusiasm last week under the tutelage of their new head volleyball coach Heather Richters and assistant coach Jennifer Reeves. Intense workouts have the Ladies reaching new heights and setting even loftier goals.

New Pharmacy in Town

Image: Martin Dennis — Martin Dennis is the pharmacist for the new pharmacy located in the lobby of Dr. John Arkusinski’s office.

Italy now has a pharmacy and it is located in the lobby at Dr. John Arkusinski’s office. The owner, Martin Dennis, has been a pharmacist since 1992. He now owns three pharmacies and this one in Italy is his third one. The other two are in North Dallas, (one in Plano and one in Lewisville.)

Italy Appreciation Day at the DQ

Image: Lori Mosley & Gary Bishop — Lori and Gary, with KBEC, were at Dairy Queen for Italy Appreciation Day.

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.

Italy Junior High Volleyball schedules

Image: Italy Junior High Volleyball Schedule – 2010

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!

Buna Guthrie is Turning 100

Image: Buna Guthrie — Buna’s legacy is her love of Christ and how she shared it with others.

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.

Registration schedule for Italy HS/JHS

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.