Gladiators Stampede the Longhorns 13-0

Image: Modern-day Gladiator — Gladiator quarterback, Jasenio Anderson, shows what it is like being chased by 11 Longhorns for 48-minutes.

The Italy Gladiators charged into Longhorn country with quarterback Jasenio Anderson at the reins. It wasn’t exactly a shootout at the O.K. Corral as both sides relied on their running games. With pass attempts ricocheting off the mud-slicked surface, Italy did manage to post a shutout in their low-scoring win over Axtell, and that’s O.K. with Gladiator fans.

Obituary: Billy Ray Bradley, 1930 – 2009

Billy Ray Bradley, age 79, of Milford, passed away Friday, October 9, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. Billy Ray was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Milford where he served as a Deacon. He was a member of the Milford Cemetery Association and an active member of the Senior Citizens Center of Milford. He retired from TXU in 1987 after 35 years. Billy Ray was a longtime Funeral Attendant for Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home.

Agenda: City Council Meetings October 12, 2009

Image: Agenda: 6:00pm meeting

The Italy City Council will have two meetings on Monday, October 12. The regular meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall beginning at 6:30. In addition to their monthly meeting the Council will have a short Proclamation Reception at 6:00 pm. During this reception the Council will honor the IYAA Volunteer of the Year.

Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting October 13

On Tuesday, October 13, immediately following the Italy High School/Jr High Parent meeting, the Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet. Coach Craig Bales, Italy ISD Athletic Director will speak at the meeting. Parents/Guardians who have interest in Italy ISD athletic programs are asked to attend.

IYAA schedule change for Saturday, October 10

IYAA President, Jason Escamilla wishes to inform the IYAA players, cheerleaders and parents that the football games originally scheduled to be played Italy this Saturday have been moved to Ferris. All IYAA football games will be played in Ferris this weekend.

Milford’s National Night Out

Image: How Fast Can You Run? — Dylynn and Aiden having a blast on the bungee pull.

Even predictions of rain could not stop the citizens of Milford from coming out and supporting the Milford Police Department and the City of Milford on Tuesday night – National Night Out. They even set a record, approximately three hundred fifty Milford folks showed up to be a part of the festivities and show their support.

Parent Nominations for Gifted/Talented

Italy ISD offers services to gifted and talented students in a variety of formats. If your student is not currently identified as gifted and talented, and you believe that your child shows these tendencies, then you may nominate him/her for the screening process which is divided into three elements: standardized test of mental ability, teacher judgment based on observation and characteristics, and standardized achievement test scores (if available).

IYAA Gladiators Whomp The Wildcats

Image: Coach Wood’s C-Team — Coach Wood congratulates the C-Team on being 2-0.

The IYAA Gladiators traveled to Scurry-Rosser Saturday to take on the Wildcats. The Wildcats knocked the IYAA C-Team and B-Team out of the playoffs last season setting the stage for some fun yet dramatic football.

Reward offered in vandalism case

If anyone knows who vandalized 320 Dale Evans, Italy, Texas (home of Tina Haight) on Saturday, October 3, please contact the Italy Police Department. There is a $10,000 reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

Agenda: Italy Park Board Meeting, October 5, 2009

Image: Agenda

The six member City of Italy Park Board will meet on Monday, October 5, 2009. The lone agenda item for this month’s meeting is regarding planning for the Christmas Parade to be held on December 5. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at Italy City Hall, is scheduled to begin at 6:30 and is open to the public.

Lions Club and Glasses

Image: Kierra Wilson and Dr. Haas — Kierra said, “I am getting my eyes checked and I hope I get to get a new pair of glasses.” Kierra is in the seventh grade.

Recently at Stafford Elementary the Lions Club pulled up in their big bus to give eye exams and glasses to the students who needed them. Dr. Donna Haas has her practice, ‘Trinity Vision’ located in the Addison area, but travels to Italy in the bus to help children in need.

Grand Opening of Miss Millie’s

Image: A Full House — It was a “full house” for Miss Millie’s grand opening.

When I walked into Miss Millie’s Restaurant and Music Hall Saturday evening I was met with wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen and familiar tunes from the band, Final Showdown. Everywhere you looked the tables were full with customers and delicious dishes of Mexican and American cuisine.

The George E. Scott Memorial Scholarship Dinner

Image: The whole town is here — Great company and a great cause.

Friday evening before the homecoming game the George E. Scott Memorial Scholarship dinner was held at Italy High School in the cafeteria. It was full of hungry people with not only an appetite for food but also an appetite for contributing to the scholarship fund. And a hearty appetite they had.

Czech Heritage Month declared

Image: Commissioners Court — October was recognized as Czech Heritage Month in Ellis County during Monday’s regularly-scheduled meeting of the Commissioners’ Court.

October will once again be recognized as Czech Heritage Month in Ellis County, the proclamation having been approved during Monday’s regularly-scheduled meeting of the Commissioners’ Court.

Stafford Book Fair a Great Success

Last week’s Scholastic Book Fair was absolutely fantastic! Our total sales were $7,547…breaking all records! Because our sales were over $5,000, we are able to take 60% of sales for profit…plus some additional profit rewards for hosting family night, lunch with someone you love, decorating for the theme, teachers’ classroom wish lists, and One for Books. That means that our Stafford students will enjoy $4,689.48 in more books for the library!

Volunteers needed for National Night Out

Image: Italy PD needs you

With Homecoming behind us we can all look forward to the next big community wide event, the 2009 National Night Out. The NNO will be held on October 6th. The Italy Police Department is planning a fun-filled fall evening but is in need of some volunteers to help them out.

Gladiators drum Polar Bears, start district 1-0

Image: A Queen and her court — Queen nominees and class princesses came together for a photo Friday night.

The Italy Gladiators challenged the Frost Polar Bears for the right to be 1-0 in district play during Italy High School’s Homecoming game on Friday. Italy head coach, Craig Bales, had his team ready to play and it did’t take long to realize that the old gold tradition has a new winning style. Once the balloons were filled, the ribbons were tied and the mums were pinned on, the Italy Gladiators got geared up for their championship run.

Flu Shot Clinic scheduled September 29

The Italy ISD Student Health Director has announced that there will be a Flu Shot clinic on Tuesday, September 29 at the Italy High School Campus. The shot will be administered by Italy Family Medicine and will cost $20.00. The clinic begins at 8:30am.

The Scholastic Book Fair at Stafford Elementary

Image: Students and Clifford — These students couldn’t get enough of Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Tuesday evening from six o’clock to 7:30 the place to be was Stafford Elementary in the library. There were books, books and more books. Along with all the books were students with their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, all trying to decide which books they were going to purchase.

Italy High School surrounds the town with Homecoming

Image: King Oscar — Senior Oscar Gonzales wins the crown for Homecoming King.

With careful planning and coordination, the Italy High School Homecoming Parade came off without a hitch. The entries moved up College Street and straight downtown before they headed back to the dome. It looked like the strong spirit of the Gladiator was standing straight and tall.

Obituary: Lawrence Earl Boyd, Jr., 1956 – 2009

Lawrence Earl Boyd, Jr., age 53, of Waxahachie, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2009 at his home. He was born March 31, 1956 in Dallas, Texas to Lawrence Earl Boyd, Sr. and Wanda Perryman Boyd. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Italy and the Oaks Fellowship. He had been married to Carolyn (Bryan) Boyd for 25 years.

Italy Man Arrested For Terrorism

Image: Lots of publicity — News trucks from Channels 33, 8 and 11 traveled the distance to create a news story in Italy on Thursday night.

Thursday afternoon, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19 year old Jordanian, living and working in Italy, was arrested by the FBI for allegedly attempting to bomb The Fountain Place, a glass skyscraper with 60 floors, one of the tallest buildings in downtown Dallas.

Jasenio Anderson—1A Texas Football Player of the Week

Image: Jasenio Anderson — 1A Texas Football Player of the Week

Junior Gladiator Quarterback Jasenio Anderson was chosen by the Directors of as this week’s Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in the overtime loss to AA Malakoff. He was selected from a list of unbelievable games played by the most talented players across the State, and his stats and some photos from the Neotribune are featured on their website, which can be reached through the link provided above.

IHS Class of 1989 – 20th year reunion plans

Image: We were so cool we had to wear shades! — Friday night, September 25, the Class of 1989 will meet at the IHS Homecoming Game, 7:30 p.m. at Willis Field in Italy. We would like to meet at the game and sit together as a class. Just like old times!

Can you believe it has been 20 years?? IHS Homecoming is Friday, September 25th. We really hope to have a successful reunion – and for it to be a success, we need you to be there! We would like to meet at the game and sit together as a class. Saturday, September 26, we’ll Party like it was 1989!

Events Around Texas

Image: Homecoming Spirit — This weekend should prove to be a lot of fun.  Come on out to Willis Field on Friday night and watch the Gladiators take on the Frost Polar Bears for Homecoming.  All graduated classes ending in “9” will be celebrated.

There is fun rain or shine in Texas. Stay close to home or travel this wonderful state. As usual there are many things for all ages to choose from. Neotribune has it here for you. Take a look.

Lady Gladiators work hard on the season

Image: Drew gets it over — Senior Drew Windham hammers the ball over the net.  The Lady Gladiators hosted the Lady Bears from Frost on Saturday morning.

The JV and Varsity Lady Gladiators hosted the Frost Lady Bears on Saturday. The volleyball teams worked hard to keep the scores climbing with some success. The Varsity took two of the five sets from Frost, however, it just wasn’t enough to put a mark in the win column. The JV played well but lost both games to Frost.