Meals-on-Wheels’ Essay wins grant money to help local seniors

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties has just won a grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)/Subaru “Share the Love” grant program. The winning essay, which follows this news release, describes how clients are impacted by caring volunteers that deliver meals. With daily contact, volunteers help clients deal with the loneliness that many feel, especially during the holidays. In some cases, volunteers may be the only person they see all day, and many become friends.

Obituary: W. Odell Kelley, 1913 – 2010

Image: W. Odell Kelley, 1913-2010

W. Odell Kelley, age 97, of Italy, passed away Friday, December 03, 2010 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab. He was born June 27, 1913 in Birome, Texas to W. O. and Etta McCrakken Kelley. Odell was a lifetime member of the Italy Church of Christ.

Journey through Texas

Image: Bethlehem Revisited — The Wisemen visit the Tax Collector in Bethlehem Revisited.  The journey back in time is the first two weekends in December-a wonderful family time event.

The fall of leaves and frost on the pumpkin reminds you the temperature is changing and the holidays are coming. Heat up the hot chocolate, light the fire and put carols on the stereo. There might even be a little time for traveling in the mix. Where could the winding paths of Texas take you?

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at Cornerstone


Thank you to everyone who came Friday morning and bought Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to support our youth. We apologize for selling out of doughnuts so quickly and would like to prevent this from happening again by asking for pre-orders. If you would like to guarantee your doughnuts this Friday Morning December 10th, please pre-order.

“How bout them Tigers?”

Image: Honored Students — Congratulations Stafford’s Tiger of the Month!

What better way to encourage students to strive harder than giving them incentives such as “Tiger of the Month?” Who doesn’t want to go down the hall and see their picture up on the wall letting everyone know, “job well done?”. Well, that is what is happening at Stafford Elementary.

Gladiator Band Boosters and Athletic Boosters to meet December 1


There will be back to back meetings for the Gladiator Band Boosters and Gladiator Athletics Booster Clubs on Wednesday, December 1. Band Boosters will meet at 5:30pm followed by the Athletic Boosters at 6:00pm. These meetings will be held in the Italy High School Library. All supporters of the Italy High School Band and Athletics programs are welcomed to attend.

Class of 2015 giving away an iPad


The Italy ISD 8th grade class will be raffling off an iPad during the Italy Christmas Festival on December 4. Students are currently selling these chances and will also have them available during the festival.

Engineering services approved

During a special-called meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, November 15, Commissioners approved a contract for engineering services relating to emergency communications systems interoperability and narrow-banding.

IYAA Superbowl games and Bonfire Party set for Saturday, November 20

Image: Order your ‘Return of the Gladiators’ shirt — The B-Team and C-Team players and coaches that participate in the Superbowl
will be receiving the above design printed in black ink on light gray shirts. If you
would like to order a shirt(s) as part of a follow-up order, bring $15.00 per shirt
to the IYAA Bonfire Party on Saturday, November 20, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the
home of Darla & Gary Wood located at 1326 L.R. Campbell Road in Italy.

The IYAA would like to invite Gladiators fans to Blooming Grove on Saturday, November 20, for the NESA 2010 Superbowl games between Italy’s C-Team Gladiators (K-2nd) and the Ferris Yellow Jackets, starting at 10:00 a.m., followed by the IYAA B-Team Gladiators (3rd & 4th) and the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats starting at 11:30 a.m.

Thanksgiving at Trinity Mission

Image: Maria Luna and Melissa Smithey — These two Italy High School students were working the reservation desk for the Thanksgiving dinner.

Thursday evening Trinity Mission hosted their annual Thanksgiving dinner for the residents, family members and friends and once again the “house was packed”. If you got there a little late there was no parking and you got to stand at the back of a very long line to get your dinner but indeed it was well worth the wait. The food was wonderful and the company couldn’t be beat.

Italy ISD Flex Days

Monday and Tuesday of next week (November 22 and 23) will be flex days at Italy ISD. School will be in session from 8:00am to 3:35pm both days. Flex days class time will be used for intense tutoring to help students master objectives that are part of the state testing (TAKS). Students and parents have been notified if they are to be at school during those days.

Obituary: Emma Jean Davis, 1925 – 2010

Image: Emma Jean Davis, 1925 – 2010

Emma Jean Davis, age 85, of Italy, passed away Monday, November 15, 2010 in Mansfield, Texas. She was born July 13, 1925 in Lancaster, Texas to James Lynn and Lottie Mae (Wade) Weaver. Emma was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Italy.

Park Board seeks donations at festival

The Italy Park Board stepped up for those in need this holiday season and are asking those attending the Italy Christmas Festival to bring non-perishable food items to help the Italy Ministerial Alliance food pantry or a toy for an underprivileged child.

Agenda: Italy Park Board Meeting, November 16, 2010

Image: Agenda

The City of Italy Park Board will meet on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. The meeting will be held at the Italy City Council Chambers at 105 Main Street, Italy, Texas and will begin at 5:30pm. The lone agenda item is slated as a discussion and possible action regarding the annual Christmas Festival.

Commissioners consider radio issues

During the recent regularly-scheduled meeting of the Commissioners’ Court, Constable Terry Nay updated the Court on issues surrounding Federal Communications Commission requirements to reduce all radio communications to narrow band in January of 2013. At issue, whether to contract with TROTT Communications Group for independent engineering services or allow time for Aerowave to complete some preliminary testing first.

IYAA Basketball Sign-up forms available at Game On Athletics


As you enter George E. Scott Memorial Gymnasium, a faint cheering of fans can be heard as excitement fills the lobby where trophy after trophy reminds us of our great Lady Gladiator and Gladiator legends from the past. After grabbing a snack from the concession stand, guests make their way into the gym where the intensity on the court merges with the roar of the crowd. It’s game time again!

The Lady Gladiators hit the court running against Kemp

Image: Ryisha Copeland — Shoot to thrill. Italy JV Gladiator Ryisha Copeland and her teammates plan on having much to smile about this season.

Tuesday night gave the Italy Lady Gladiators’ fans a glimpse of what we can expect to see during the 2010-2011 basketball season. By all indications, this is going to be another exciting run for the varsity ladies after they took care of business against the Kemp Lady Yellow Jackets to start their season 1-0. Just as impressive was Italy’s JV team who played very aggressively against Kemp and set the tone for the entire season.