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.”
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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.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for April 2010. These meals are subject to change.
Monday evening Avalon ISD’s cafeteria was overflowing with hungry children and their parents eating hotdog dinners while anticipating the big Easter Egg Hunt. There also was a surprise guest, the Easter Bunny! He was ready to have his picture taken with all of the children.
Congratulations to the 7th grade band for their superior performance at the 40th Annual Sandy Lake Funfest last Friday, March 26th! Though the band was bested only by Desoto’s McCowan Middle School, who won the best in class award, the Italy 7th graders received unanimous first division ratings from all three judges.
With one of the largest crowds in attendance so far, the Italy Gladiator Baseball team met up with the Frost Polar Bears on Friday night at home for a challenging district game. The teams played 6 innings but when the dust cleared and everyone went home, Italy defeated the Polar Bears 11-0.
This Easter, Central Baptist invites you to experience all the passion, all the drama and all the wonder of the Cross on Sunday, April 4th at 10:45 a.m. Join them as Pastor Todd presents a dramatic presentation of how the greatest love man has ever known came through the greatest instrument of suffering man has ever devised.
The Italy City Council met Monday evening to discuss three items facing the city.
The Italy Junior High Track Team received their medals previously earned at the Gateway Track Meet on March 12 from Coach Stephen Coleman on Thursday.
Game On Athletics, owned and operated by Erick & Shelly Thompson, celebrated their Grand Opening on Saturday in downtown Italy. There were hotdogs, beverages and candy for the kids as excited patrons stopped in to admire the selection of shirts and caps.
Not only did Kaytlyn Bales represent Italy at the state powerlifting meet in Corpus Christi, she did it atop the championship podium with a 3rd place finish in her class at the 1A Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association’s State meet.
The Italy Park Board will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, at 10 a.m. at Dunlap Library.
The funeral service for John V. Isaac, Jr. will be on Monday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. inside the dome at Italy High School located at 300 S. College Street, Italy, Texas.
There will be a called meeting of the Italy City Council on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The meeting is open to the public.
Pastor Algua R. Isaac, church family and friends gathered at the Union Missionary Baptist Church on Williams Street on Saturday morning to hold a dedication service for their new church. The new site is located on Derrs Chapel Road across from the Trinity Mission Health and Rehab.
The Italy Ministerial Alliance invites all of the Italy Community to the Easter Sunrise Service Sunday, April 4, 2010, 7:00 a.m. The service will take place at the Reeves’ property south of town known as ‘Dripping Springs’.
The Relay for Life team of Central Baptist Church will hold a hamburger and hotdog lunch fundraiser on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at noon. There will be a gift and dessert auction at 12:30.
Thursday night at 6:00 pm lots of families were gathered at Stafford Elementary for the Stafford PTO’s second annual Family Night Bingo event and fundraiser.
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties has events planned for its annual “March for Meals” campaign. Today, they hosted area mayors and elected officials for “Mayors For Meals,” as a part of the Campaign. The event included 39 local mayors and elected officials delivering meals in their communities.
Changes within the law now requires Booster Clubs to separate from their ISD’s umbrella. These requirements and guidelines with be discussed at the meeting Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Italy High School Library. It is imperative that there be more parent involvement in order to keep the Booster Club moving forward.
To end the month-long “March for Meals” celebration, Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties is hosting its annual benefit, “Remember When…A Fabulous 40’s Fling,” on Saturday, March 27. It will be held at the National Guard Armory located at 618 N. Grand in Waxahachie.
Rev. Tim Thomas would like to invite everyone to join in the upcoming Holy Week/Easter events at the First United Methodist Church of Italy, 124 Harpold Street.
Italy took on Faith Family of Oak Cliff on Tuesday night with such a vengeance there was only one strike out for Italy and the final score was 24-0. Coaches Coker and Ward held the Gladiators back from raising the score even higher.
Charlotte Rosson, age 66, of Milford, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2010 at her home. She was born September 9, 1943 in Waxahachie to Joe F. and Dollie Mae (Potter) Rosson. Charlotte was a member of the Milford Presbyterian Church, where she served as the church treasurer and organist.
In response to the last City Council meeting, and the plans for the Cemetery Association request to use the railroad easement from Simms Street to Cohagan Park.
During a regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, March 22, 2010, Jim Sabonis of First Southwest Company presented an analysis of potential savings relating to the county’s outstanding general obligation bonds.
After much discussion the Italy Economic Development Corporation voted to table further action on funding a Community Center project until the next meeting.
The Royal Ambassadors and their leaders from Central Baptist Church in Italy, Texas, are getting ready to pack another “Bucket of Hope” for Haiti earthquake victims. After filling the buckets, the RAs prayed for the people who would receive the food as well as for the safety of those responsible for transporting and delivering them.
You might notice Coach Coker walking on air these days, his feet a few feet off the ground. The reason? The Italy Gladiator Baseball team. Why would that be? The game on Friday night proved to be another no hitter game (ok, that’s three in a row now).
The Italy School Board of Directors approved teacher contracts for 2010-2011 at its monthly meeting held Monday evening.
GAME ON ATHLETICS — Owner Erick Thompson and his family invite you to their Grand Opening Event on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, March 22 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Slated on the agenda is discussion and consideration regarding the EDC funding a Community Center Project
James McAfee of Ennis never wants to see another can of fruit cocktail again. The Meals-on-Wheels client recalled an incident during World War II when he was hunkered down in a fox hole and decided to crawl into the officer’s mess hall and check out what the other half was eating.
On Monday, March 22nd 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 teacher resignations, teacher contract recommendations and renewals and an acknowledgement of donated funds. The superintendent will also report regarding the football field renovations that are currently underway.
The Ellis County District Clerk’s office is hosting a Passport Fair in Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.
Looking for ways to save your hard earned money? Join us for a Coupon Swap on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at The Space, 105 N. Main Street, Milford (beside Milford Cash Grocery).
The IYAA will be passing out end of the season basketball trophies and coaches plaques in front of Game On Athletics during their grand opening on Saturday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meet Game On Athletics owner, Erick Thompson, and have a hotdog!
The Italy Gladiator JV team traveled to Axtell on Tuesday. They picked up their mitts and played a great game. The Gladiators prevented the Longhorns from scoring in the last two innings. However, the Longhorns proved to be more in the defense department and offensively scored 4 runs throughout the game. Final score Axtell 4, Italy 1.
Foiled by an Innocent Maid was an entertaining production put on by the Milford High School. Every year they do better than the last with their one act plays. This year took the prize. You have a mean villain, and yet hilarious at the same time. Don’t forget Faith Hopewell-the innocent maid- from outlandish crying, to hiding the baby in a trunk and then falling in love all at the same time- what drama!
Italy Gladiators were in full swing Monday night as Waxahachie Advantage Academy fought the battle as hard as they could but to no avail. Trevor Patterson picked up the pace and shut the Eagles out, down and all around.
The Planning and Zoning meeting began with roll call. Jimmy Hyles, Frances Kirby Allen and Joan Grabowski were present. After much discussion it was decided to approve the zoning change with a special use permit.
The Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet on Thursday, March 25 at the Italy High School Library. Meeting time is 6:30. Due to recent changes in the relationship with the Italy Athletic Booster Club and the Italy ISD there are major decisions that must be made at this meeting. All those interested in the role that the Italy Booster Club plays in support of the school and the athletes needs to be in attendance of this meeting.
Farmers Branch, Texas — The Italy Lady Gladiators Softball Team competed in the Spring Break Classic in Farmers Branch this past Thursday and Saturday. The only 1A school in the tournament, Italy finished in 3rd Place within the Silver bracket.
Melvin Junior “Pepe” Langley, age 70, of Italy, passed away Saturday evening, March 13, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center, Waxahachie. He was born February 11, 1940 in Centerville, Texas to Johnny C. and Mertie Lee (Bush) Langley. He married Carolyn Fulton in Corsicana on July 2, 1971. He retired from Dart Container in 2005 after 15 years of service.
Friday night was the perfect night to see Italy Baseball at its finest. Not only were the Gladiators great defensively, they had their bats swinging too. Waxahachie Faith Family could not get on base and lost the game 15-0.
There will be a public hearing and regular meeting of the Italy Planning and Zoning Commission today, Monday, March 15, 2010. The meeting will be held at the Italy City Hall Council Chambers at 105 Main Street, Italy. Meeting time is 6:30. Agenda items include a zoning change request of a property on Hwy 34.