The Italy Lady Gladiators competed for the Kiwanis Classic Consolation Championship against the Mildred Lady Eagles while the Gladiators competed for the Men’s Tournament Championship against the Kerens Bobcats this past Wednesday at the Navarro College campus. There was a blackout, rallies, comebacks and experienced gained as Italy strengthens their armor for District.
The Italy Lady Gladiators finished day 2 of the Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament with a 1-1 record, earning a spot in the Consolation Championship game against Mildred on Wednesday. The Gladiators defeated Frost on day 2 to post a 2-0 record in the tournament setting up a Kiwanis Tournament Championship rematch with Kerens.
The 2010 Basketball season is underway and practices will begin Monday, January 4. The rosters have been created and coaches will be contacting their players with practice schedule information.
Gregory Pope of Italy is doing his part to help the community this holiday season.
Having unanimously approved application for the funding on November 9, 2009, Ellis County Commissioners today accepted $46,476.38 in grant funding to continue a program that focuses on vehicle emissions. The grant is funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for January 2010. These meals are subject to change.
During our life time we cross paths with some of the most wonderful folks in the world. We learn, we laugh, we grieve, we love; but most of all we rejoice in the many friendships that we develop through the years. This wonderful year has been filled with joy, tears and many other emotions that you can imagine, but the most wonderful thing that we have been blessed with are God’s love, our families, friends and residents.
The Italy 7th Grade Band and the Gladiator Regiment Band performed a Christmas Concert for Gladiator Fans inside Italy Coliseum Thursday, December 17. With Band Director Jesus Perez waving the wand, the spirit of the Holidays filled the dome, entertaining all ye faithful.
Daniel Seay, Italy Gladiator alumni ’91, and the Aledo Bearcats(15-1), head coached by Athletic Director Tim Buchanan, celebrated winning the Region 4 Division II State Championship on December 19.
Dorothy Guthrie, age 84, of Italy, passed away Monday, December 21, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. She was born March 27, 1925 in Italy to Charles H. and Jennie (Wilhoit) Abbott. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Italy.
Italy’s Varsity and JV Lady Gladiators gift wrap wins for Coaches Stacy McDonald and Tina Richards over the Aquilla Lady Cougars on December 15 inside Italy Coliseum. Like a violently shaken snow globe, the Lady Gladiators created an avalanche inside the dome to bury Aquilla while Italy’s JV girls played Grinch, stealing a Christmas Holiday victory away from Aquilla’s JV girls.
Last Friday around 11:45 Stafford kindergartners could be seen sending many multi colored balloons up into the sky. But these were not just ordinary balloons, oh no, these balloons had letters to Santa Claus inside. They were headed to the North Pole.
Friends and family gathered together in the IHS band hall on Thursday night to honor the new inductees for the National Junior Honor Society. New officers were elected and sworn in to their new jobs.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season make time to curl up with a good book. If you see anything you want, email the library and they will save the book (or put it on reserve), for you.
The, JUST! Alcohol and Drug Education Program, is a new state approved and mandated DWI Program here in Ellis County, that will provide DWI classes certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This class is a requirement in Texas for any person convicted of a first offense DWI.
Once again, the state of Texas has lots of activities to choose from. There’s always time to put the kids in the car and take a look at the lights or go to a Christmas tree farm and pick the best one. That’s just fun. It’s a time for sharing memories with your friends and loved ones. What about New Year’s Eve? Are you sitting in front of the tube and watching the ball drop at Times Square or are you going to a party and playing Farkle? Grab a cup of hot chocolate, relax in front of the fireplace and let Neotrib put some things together for you.
Dr. George Telatnyk, DDS at Italy Dental invites your to receive a free consultation on your first visit until October 31, 2013. All insurance policies are considered and financial arrangements can be made.
Everywhere you looked Thursday morning you could see Stafford Elementary first and second graders wearing red Santa hats and smiles from ear to ear. They were at Trinity Mission to wish them a Merry Christmas by singing Christmas songs.
Wednesday, Stafford Elementary Pre-K and Kindergarten classes were busy watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and eating popcorn to celebrate winning a Box Top party.
“This is the second time we have received recognition for being one of the top schools in region 10 and we are just tickled pink,” explained David Del Bosque (Avalon ISD Superintendent)
The Lady Gladiators will take on the Aquilla Lady Cougars on Friday afternoon in the Dome. Game times have changed. The JV game will begin at 3:00pm and the Varsity game will begin at 4:30pm.
The three-day, sixteen-team Italy Basketball Tournament, held December 3-5, was a success for the sixth year in a row. As always, there are numerous people to be thanked for their involvement and contributions.
The 2009 Italy Gladiators football team had 15 players named to the District 21-A All-District list. Junior Jasenio Anderson was named District 21-A’s Most Valuable Player, 1st Team Punter and 1st Team Kicker. Anderson and his teammates helped to restore a winning football tradition in Italy by getting into the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
If you would like to sign-up your girl(s)/boy(s) to participate in the IYAA Basketball League for the 2009-2010 season, IYAA Basketball sign-ups will be held Thursday, December 17 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the old Italy High School gym (the George E. Scott Memorial Gymnasium).
Wednesday night, inside the Italy High School Library, Jenny and Craig Bales along with their three wonderful children, Kaytlyn, Kelton, Kaci and soon to be a fourth, Kix, were treated to a baby shower hosted by the Italy High School Faculty.
The meeting began with the roll call. Mark Stiles, Mark Souder Sr, Randy Boyd, Tom Little and Darrell Rosemond were all present. Elmerine Bell and Joyce Hobbs were absent.
Central Baptist Church invites everyone to their Christmas Cantata on Saturday, December 19th at 7:00pm. Titled God Speaking: Throughout the ages…and still today, this dramatic Christmas musical will be performed by the combined choirs of Central Baptist Church of Italy and Ferris Baptist Fellowship of Ferris.
Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 pm, led by the revered band director Jesus Perez, the Italy Gladiator Regiment Band will perform its annual Holiday Concert. Mark your calendars to attend this highly entertaining event to be held in the Dome-nasium at the Italy High School campus.
Christmas did not come early for Italy’s 7th & 8th Grade boys basketball teams after experiencing tough sledding against the Hampton Prep Phoenix on Monday. Hampton Prep won both games but not without a fight from Italy’s scrappy Junior High Gladiators.
Scores and stats from the Italy Jr High Girls’ games against Hampton Prep are also included at the end of this article.
The CB&I class were the unanimous winners in the annual hallway decorating contest at Italy High School. These students wanted to get the school in the swing of the season and this message was loud and clear by their hallway decoration creation.
Italy’s JV and Varsity teams win all four games against Rice on Tuesday. In fact, Italy dominated the visiting Bulldogs cruising to big wins in each game. The Gladiators and Lady Gladiators were all smiles as they geared up for the Venus Tournament.
Everywhere you looked Friday morning you saw the cutest little elves just singing their hearts out to the residents at Trinity Mission.
Although the Italy School Board of Trustees took no action, they spent a great deal of time at their monthly meeting Tuesday night discussing the football field and the lack of drainage.
First Assistant Auditor Cheryl Chambers was recognized in Commissioners’ Court on Monday for obtaining her certification as a County Investment Officer.
I would like to begin by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may the Peace of Christ be on you all.
The Italy City Council is contemplating the possibility of closing Simms Street between US 77 and Main Street until the bridge on Couch Street is completed.
Around 7:30 Thursday evening Santa Claus could be seen coming into Milford riding on a fire engine. There were lots and lots of children waving and yelling hello to Santa Claus. They couldn’t wait to sit on his lap and tell them what they wanted for Christmas.
Thursday evening at 6:30 Trinity Mission was packed with family and friends celebrating Trinity Mission’s Christmas Open House. By the many smiles and laughter seen and heard throughout the evening it seemed that this open house was quite a success. Some of the residents were just down right giddy!
Vivian Moreland, Italy High School English teacher, was honored at a surprise assembly Monday morning at the school as one of the Top 10 teachers in the State of Texas. In addition to the Italy Board of Trustees, High School faculty and students were in attendance to honor her.
On Tuesday, December 15th 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 and will begin at 7:15pm. Agenda items include monthly financial reports and a budget amendment. There is also an agenda item regarding the drainage problem with the football field.
There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Agenda items include a possible early payoff of the Fire Truck and a presentation of the Baseline Analysis by EDC consultant David Miracle.
On Monday, December 14th there will be an assembly at the Italy High School campus. The assembly will begin at 10:00am and will be held in the Dome. The community is invited and urged to attend.
Everywhere you look at Trinity Mission you are reminded that Christmas is not far away everything is decked out with Christmas decorations. Gene Farquhar entertained the residents on Thursday with old gospel songs reminding them what Christmas is really about.
The Italy Invitational Tournament wrapped up on Saturday, December 5 but not before Italy’s Varsity teams and the JV Gladiators put on a show for the home town fans. Combined, Italy won 5-out of-9 games and appeared in one Consolation Championship game and two Tournament Championship games.
Rain, wind, cold, win, lose or draw, the dedicated IYAA Cheerleaders supported their teams through it all in 2009. Often performing on rain-soaked sidelines and having to endure cold temperatures, those glittery gold pom-poms never stopped shaking and spirits never waivered. And for all the sacrifices, the IYAA players and coaches want to say, “Thank You.”
The Lady Gladiators (Varsity), the JV Gladiators and the Italy Gladiators (Varsity), all won on Day 2 of the Italy Invitational Tournament. The Lady Gladiators won by a landslide over Milford, the JV Gladiators won by a nose against Mildred, and the Italy Gladiators brought a confident Venus team back to Earth.
Sometimes hearing “Thank You” keeps me going. I do things because I want to, not because I feel like I have to. When someone says thanks it makes me feel good. Most of us are so busy we sometimes forget to let someone know we appreciate them.
Daniel Alexander West was born on December 2, 2009 at 2:28pm. Daniel weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20 inches long. Daniel’s proud parents are Mason and Randi Durham West (2005 IHS Graduate) of DeRidder, Louisiana.
Beginning Monday, December 14, 2009, Pigg Road will be closed due to Bridge Work. Pigg Road is scheduled to re-open February 2010.
Twenty to 48, those are the ages of the men graduating from the Italy Fire Academy this week. A total of eight came through with flying colors and will be nationally tested on Thursday morning at Navarro College.