Kiwanis Classic – Championship Finals

Image: Ms. Consistent — Kaitlyn Rossa(3) knocks down two free shots against the Mildred Lady Eagles.

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.

Kiwanis Classic – Italy continues pursuit of excellence

Image: Megan for three — Italy’s Megan Richards(22) heats up from the 3-point line.

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.

IYAA Basketball Update


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.

Emissions Enforcement Grant approved

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.

Thank You from Trinity Mission

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.

Obituary: Dorothy Guthrie, 1925-2009

Image: Dorothy Guthrie, 1925-2009

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 Lady Gladiators start the Holidays with wins over Aquilla

Image: The Italy Lady Gladiators “SWISH” their fans a Merry Christmas! — Coaches Stacy McDonald and Tina Richards, along with the Italy Lady Gladiators basketball players, would like to wish all their fans a Merry Christmas! Top row: Khadija Davis, Mary Tate, Chante Birdsong, Lacie Lopez, Brianna Burkhalter and Nikki Brashear Middle row: Danyelle Baugher, Coach Stacy McDonald, Destani Anderson, Maria Luna, Coach Tina Richards, Sa’Kendra Norwood Bottom row: Kaitlyn Rossa, Kyonne Birdsong, Alyssa Richards, Jaleecia Fleming, Megan Richards, Jameka Copeland and Jimesha Reed.

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.

Balloons headed to the North Pole

Image: Balloons With Christmas Wishes — I see my note!

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.

NJHS Inducts New Members

Image: Smiling new faces — Name Withheld, Megan Hooker, Jessica Wilkins, Bailey Walton, Joseph Pitts, Taylor Turner, Monserrat Figueroa, Adam Michaels, Cody Medrano, Anna Westbrook,  and Justin Wood. (Not pictured is Jessica Garcia).

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.

Local restaurant announces new DWI education program in Avalon

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.

Having Fun In December

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.

Thanks from Coach Kyle Holley

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.

Italy Gladiators receive All-District accolades in football

Image: Jasenio Anderson — District 21-A’s M.V.P., Jasenio “Beast” Anderson(11) is the total package when it comes to football. He can run it, pass it, punt it, kick it, catch it, pitch it, lateral it, recover it, intercept it, tackle anybody holding it and win it! Jasenio was also named 1st Team All-District Punter and 1st Team All-District Kicker.

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.

Central Baptist Church to perform a Christmas Cantata


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.

Hampton Prep Pheonix singed nets against Italy’s Junior High Boys

Image: Tyler Vencil pops a jumper against the Hampton Prep defense — Italy 7th grader, Tyler Vencil(50) hits one of his two jump shots.

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.

Italy High School has decoration contest

Image: The Winners! — Mrs. Davis, Morgan, Nathon, Blake and Mr. Destafani stand in “their” hallway.

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.

We The People

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.

Santa Claus Comes to Town by Fire Engine

Image: Santa Claus Waves to All — Santa Claus came to town by way of the Milford Fire Engine.

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.

Trinity Mission Christmas Open House

Image: Santa and Friends — Trinity Mission’s Christmas Open House welcomed the community to visit Santa, Buddy the Elf and residents.

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 receives top teaching award

Image: Special guests — Vivian Moreland sits with her family and Italy ISD administrators and trustees.

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.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meeting, December 15, 2009


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.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting , December 15, 2009


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.

Gene Farquhar treats Trinity Mission to old gospel

Image: Gene Farquhar — Gene Farquhar came to sing to the residents.

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.

Italy Invitational – Saturday Results

Image: Thinking of Bobby — The Gladiators wore black wristbands with a gold #70 sewn in to remember, #1 Gladiator Fan, Bobby Itson.

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.

The IYAA gives a special thank you to our cheerleaders

Image: Lillie and Brooke — A-Team Cheerleaders Lillie Perry and Brooke Deborde having a blast.

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.”

Italy Invitational – Friday results

Image: Bubba answers — Italy JV Gladiator Bubba Itson(5) knocks down 4th quarter free throws to seal the deal against Teague’s Varsity team.

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.

Say Thanks


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.

Birth Announcement: Daniel Alexander West

Image: The West Family

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.

Local Firemen honored at ceremony

Image: The Last Huddle — Fire Chief Don Chamber gathers the Italy Fire Academy graduates around for some last minute instructions before the National Test on Thursday.

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.