Bobby Warren Itson, age 61, of Italy passed away Thursday evening, December 3, 2009 at his home. He was born September 18, 1948 in Avalon to Charley Warren and Billie Maxine (Smith) Itson. He was a graduate of Italy High School and attended all sports events. He was the #1 Italy Gladiator sports fan.
To those interested in the Varsity Basketball tournament that is being held at Italy High School we will post updated brackets when information becomes available to us.
Tomorrow our little town will be bustling with fun and excitement. There will be a Christmas parade and lots and lots of booths and food galore. I even spotted a pick up truck loaded with bicycles. You guessed it-I am talking about Italy’s Annual Christmas Festival.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! What child wouldn’t want to write Santa Claus a letter and tell Santa just exactly what they want for Christmas? And then get a reply from Santa? The United States Post Office is making this possible again, this year. They are ready for Santa’s letters.
First State Bank of Rice located in Italy, Texas, put up their “Angel Tree” in the lobby today and are ready for you to come by and pick an “Angel” off their tree.
The Italy JV Gladiators proved they are the kings of the court by blowing out the Dallas Life Lions JV squad in the first game. The Italy Gladiators struck the final blow when Ryan Ashcraft made two clutch free throws, with 0:02 remaining, to slay the Dallas Life Lions in dramatic fashion.
There is an Angel Tree in the lobby at Citizens National Bank of Texas in Italy. They have boy and girl angels, and for the folks who don’t have time to shop there are cash donation envelopes. All donations will go to families and children in need here in Ellis County.
The fifth annual Reading Marathon will be in full swing Dec. 7-11 at the Italy High School Library! Students, faculty and staff will be participating in a week-long event that will have someone constantly reading in the “Reading Parlor” in the library from 8 a.m. Monday morning December 7 until school dismisses at 3:20 p.m. Friday, December 11.
On Monday November 30th, Milford Titus Women had their second Annual Coats 4 Kids Project. We handed out 30 coats to the children in our community.
Milford’s Police department has an Angel Tree every year, in fact this is the sixth year they have participated in this program. This year they are needing a little help. Times are tough this year and there are many “Angels” that need to be adopted.
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties is participating in the annual event for their “Ani-Meals” program. This program, which began last February, aims to help the needy homebound take care of their companion animals—primarily dogs and cats. Donated pet food is delivered by volunteers on the first Saturday of each month.
The 2009 Italy Invitational Basketball Tournament begins Thursday, December 3 and wraps up on Saturday, December 5. Italy’s Varsity Lady Gladiators, along with the JV and Varsity Gladiators, will all three be competing in the tournament.
Italy’s JV and Varsity Gladiators vs Dallas Life tonight at the dome!
“I am flattered and honored to be the Citizen of the Month. I try to live my life with respect and take pride in my town,” said Billy Copeland.
Italy, Texas — Move Over Famous Artists! Italy High School artists are taking over the spotlight! Marilyn Seidlitz, the school’s Art Teacher, has teamed up with Artsonia, www.artsonia.com — the world’s largest online kid’s art museum — to display the students’ artwork.
Friday morning at 9:00 AM the gymnasium at Stafford Elementary was filled with smiling students and lots of friends and family members. They were there to see all the awards being given out for the second six-weeks honors assembly.
Corrections made 11:00am, November 30, 2009.
The 2nd Annual Italy Christmas Parade and Festival will be Saturday, December 5, 2009 along Main Street in downown Italy. Vendors will set-up booths at 7:00 a.m. and the parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Parade participants should gather next to the old Italy gym at 9:00 a.m. Happy Holidays!
There will be a booster club meeting on Tuesday, December 1st at 7pm in the High School Cafeteria. All supporters of Italy High School/Jr High School Athletics are urged to attend.
The Lady Gladiators defended the dome against the Milford Lady Bulldogs while the Italy JV and Varsity squads punished the Palmer Bulldogs ensuring Italy’s undefeated day.
Congratulations to Head Coach David Ream and his 4A Waxahachie Indians (13-0) football team who held on for a 49-35 win over Highland Park(11-3) and will advance to the Regional Final round against the Longview Lobos(12-1).
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for December 2009. These meals are subject to change.
The 1A Italy Lady Gladiators had a tough matchup against the 2A Malakoff Lady Tigers, but if there was ever a loss to learn from, this one was it. Blown out by Malakoff last season, the new improved Lady Gladiators gave the Lady Tigers all they wanted on Monday.
“Under the authority of Local Government Code 234.033, I will make a motion to deny location of a proposed slaughterhouse at 855 Slama Road because the operation is incompatible with existing land use of the neighboring area,” said Commissioner Bill Dodson, pct. 2. The motion came after extensive public testimony both for and against the proposal.
Saturday morning in Hubbard, the IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) fielded two football teams competing for a chance to become Superbowl Champions of their respective divisions. By the end of the day one thing was for sure, defense wins Championships….but offense comes in handy as well.
On Saturday, December 5, the Italy Lions Club will have their annual Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast will be served at the Wayne Boze Building in downtown Italy from 7:00 to 10:00am. Come join Santa and the Italy Lions Club for this special holiday event.
The Texas Highway Commission approved Thursday $25.2 million of Proposition 12 Rehabilitation funds to be used in Ellis County. The funds will be used to resurface lanes and ramps on Interstate Highway 35 from US 77 south of Waxahachie to approximately one mile north of Johnston Road.
The Italy High School and Junior High have released their “A” and “A/B” Honor Roll lists for the second 6-weeks of the 2009-2010 school year.
Both the Italy JV and Varsity squads opened their seasons against the Southwest Christian Eagles at home in the Gladiator dome. The Italy JV played excellent while maintaining a huge lead over the Eagles throughout. The Gladiators Varsity had their hands full as Southwest Christian tried to claw their way to a victory.
HUBBARD – The IYAA C-Team Gladiators defeat the Palmer Bulldogs to win the NESA “C” Superbowl 18-0. The IYAA B-Team Gladiators hold off the Ferris Yellowjackets for a 19-0 Superbowl win. The 2009 season marks the first time in IYAA history that all three football teams (A,B & C) qualified for the playoffs. Let the celebrations begin starting with the IYAA bonfire party tonight at 6:00 p.m.
The holidays are here, and for Meals-on-Wheels, like everyone else, it is a busy and critical time of the year. With school being out and people going on vacation, Meals-on-Wheels needs caring volunteers to help deliver meals during the holidays. In addition, we are in need for additional routes to be added to meet the growing need of seniors in our area.
Show me the Monet! – Three Italy students received prize winnings this week from an art poster contest sponsored by Lone Star Cyclists last year.
Last week the District 13-A Volleyball All-District awards were announced. Five Lady Gladiators received recognition in the district.
In a specially-called meeting Ellis County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to allow Ellis County to apply for a grant. The grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinstatement Act. (ARRA) and being allocated through the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO).
Italy’s 2009 Lady Gladiator “Bionic” Basketball Team tested out their improved skills in Mildred Tuesday. With a year under their jump shots and fundamentally and mechanically rebuilt by Head Coach Stacy McDonald, these female cyborgs from Italy are aggressive, energetic and determined.
After the IYAA C-Team and B-Team Gladiators compete for Superbowl Championships earlier in the day, the IYAA Bonfire party will start at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 at Gary Wood’s house located at 1326 L.R. Campbell Road in Italy.
The Italy Gladiators(5-4) who finished tied for 2nd in District 21-A were matched against the Lovelady Lions(10-0) and their 19-seniors in a battle for the bi-district championship. Italy took an early 14-0 lead but the Lions came roaring back.
A heated discussion occurred Tuesday evening about how to spend funds at the conclusion of the Italy Economic Development Corporation meeting.
Italy’s Junior High Girls basketball teams hosted Irving North Hills inside the dome for two games on Monday. The ladies in gold were not very gracious hosts as Italy’s 7th grade girls flattened North Hills 31-5 while Italy’s 8th grade girls held on for a 21-15 victory.
The Italy School Board of Trustees approved replacing the roof and heating/air conditioning units at Stafford Elementary and George Scott gymnasiums at its monthly meeting Monday evening.
The Italy Economic Development Committee will have a meeting November 17, 2009 in the Italy Council Chambers at 6:30pm. The agenda includes a presentation of the SWOT analysis by EDC Consultant David Miracle.
The IYAA A-Team won their wildcard game at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning against Palmer to claim the 4th seed in the “A” Division’s Playoff standings. The victory marked the first time in IYAA history that all three football divisions (A, B & C-Teams) and their cheerleaders qualified for the playoffs. By days end, the IYAA B & C-Teams advanced to next Saturday’s Superbowl games to be played in Hubbard.
The seven member City of Italy Park Board will meet, Monday, November 16, 2009. The lone agenda item for this meeting is regarding planning for the Italy Christmas Craft Fair, Festival and Parade that is scheduled for Saturday, December 5th.
The Board of Trustees of the Italy ISD will have a meeting on Monday, November 16, 2009. Agenda items include the approval of three budget amendments, voting for Appraisal District Board and consideration of HVAC and roofing proposals.
Coach Stacy McDonald has her team ready for competition. With all the training under their belt, the season has begun. Get ready for the Lady Gladiators! Here they come.
Joe Coffman, age 68, of Italy, passed away at his home Thursday evening, November 12, 2009. He was born July 15, 1941 in Adona, Arkansas to Lawson and Annie (Fischer) Coffman. Joe had lived in Italy for 34 years and been employed with Chaparral Steel for 28 years. He married Janet McNeely on January 15, 1982 in Italy. Joe enjoyed fishing, gardening and country music.
The Italy Band Boosters will hold a meeting Monday, November 16 at 7:00 PM in the Band Hall.
Red, white and blue were the colors of the day on Wednesday. Local veterans were honored at Italy High School with a commemorative program and a reception. Special music, photographs of days gone by and a guest speaker were on the agenda.
I would like to express my thanks to Italy High School for honoring the local veterans on Veteran’s Day. The program was so well planned and executed. It was a very emotional day as we were honored and appreciated.
Veteran’s Day is an annual American holiday honoring military Veterans and that is exactly what the students at Stafford Elementary were doing Wednesday morning.