Elizabeth Compton Chenowth died November 28, 2010 in Corsicana, Texas and is survived by one brother W.A. Compton, Jr. and his wife Helen of Irving as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The 2010 Lady Gladiators Volleyball Team received well deserved recognition for their efforts this season. Seven separate Lady Gladiators made the All-District list including four Academic All-District performers.
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties has just won a grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)/Subaru “Share the Love” grant program. The winning essay, which follows this news release, describes how clients are impacted by caring volunteers that deliver meals. With daily contact, volunteers help clients deal with the loneliness that many feel, especially during the holidays. In some cases, volunteers may be the only person they see all day, and many become friends.
W. Odell Kelley, age 97, of Italy, passed away Friday, December 03, 2010 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab. He was born June 27, 1913 in Birome, Texas to W. O. and Etta McCrakken Kelley. Odell was a lifetime member of the Italy Church of Christ.
The fall of leaves and frost on the pumpkin reminds you the temperature is changing and the holidays are coming. Heat up the hot chocolate, light the fire and put carols on the stereo. There might even be a little time for traveling in the mix. Where could the winding paths of Texas take you?
Thank you to everyone who came Friday morning and bought Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to support our youth. We apologize for selling out of doughnuts so quickly and would like to prevent this from happening again by asking for pre-orders. If you would like to guarantee your doughnuts this Friday Morning December 10th, please pre-order.
What better way to encourage students to strive harder than giving them incentives such as “Tiger of the Month?” Who doesn’t want to go down the hall and see their picture up on the wall letting everyone know, “job well done?”. Well, that is what is happening at Stafford Elementary.
The sixth grade at Stafford Elementary came up with a school creed, “Believing in ourselves today…Achieving great things tomorrow.”
The annual Italy Invitational Basketball Tournament will begin this Thursday, December 2 and run thru Saturday, December 4. Both Italy varsity teams (boys and girls) will be competing in this tournament. See brackets for game times.
The Italy School Board of Trustees approved in a split decision to hire Rick Cohagan to work with the board in the superintendent search.
It is that time again! Christmas is right around the corner and it is time for Italy’s Annual Christmas Festival.
After the holiday break, Italy’s Junior High basketball teams returned to the hardwood against the Whitney Wildcats on Monday. The boys teams competed in Italy while the girls teams battled for bragging rights in Whitney.
November birthdays at Trinity Mission was an all ladies birthday month. Not one man had a birthday in the month of November. But the month was very well represented.
The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you have great photos of school and community events, or pictures you and your friends just having fun, we would like to see them.
There will be back to back meetings for the Gladiator Band Boosters and Gladiator Athletics Booster Clubs on Wednesday, December 1. Band Boosters will meet at 5:30pm followed by the Athletic Boosters at 6:00pm. These meetings will be held in the Italy High School Library. All supporters of the Italy High School Band and Athletics programs are welcomed to attend.
Travis Warren Ferguson, age 53 of Italy passed November 19, 2010.
The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have a called meeting on Tuesday, November 30, 2010. Per the agenda the school board members will be interviewing persons to conduct the Superintendent search. The meeting will be held in the administration office at 300 S. College Street. Meeting time is 5:00pm.
During a regular meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court, Commissioner Heath Sims, pct. 3, requested upgrades for three road workers in his precinct.
The Italy Gladiators, under first year head coach Aidan Callahan, got their 2010-2011 season off to a positive start with a decisive win over the Hubbard Jaguars last Friday in Hubbard. The JV Gladiators saw action also as both Italy teams hope to duplicate some of the magic from last season.
Meals-on-Wheels celebrated the 30th Annual National Philanthropy Day on November 18th by honoring the Jack Burton Family at a luncheon held at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth. The annual event was sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
The Italy ISD 8th grade class will be raffling off an iPad during the Italy Christmas Festival on December 4. Students are currently selling these chances and will also have them available during the festival.
The Italy Economic Development Corporation moved forward with the demolition of the unusable community center and recently acquired adjoining building.
The IYAA B-Team Gladiators (3rd & 4th) go back-to-back as undefeated Superbowl champions by defeating the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats 33-13. The IYAA C-Team Gladiators (K-2nd) lead at halftime but fall to the Ferris Yellow Jackets 25-13 and finish the 2010 season as Superbowl runner-ups.
The Italy Economic Development Corporation will have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 22, 2010. The meeting will be held at the Italy City Council Chambers at 105 Main Street, Italy, Texas and will begin at 7:00pm.
The Italy Ministerial Alliance will not be open on the first Monday of December (12/06/10) due to Christmas basket delivery on Saturday, December 11.
During a special-called meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, November 15, Commissioners approved a contract for engineering services relating to emergency communications systems interoperability and narrow-banding.
Vinsen Faris, former President of the Meals on Wheels Association of Texas and Executive Director of Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, Texas, has been elected to the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) Board of Directors. Faris’ leadership role comes at a critical time.
The IYAA would like to invite Gladiators fans to Blooming Grove on Saturday, November 20, for the NESA 2010 Superbowl games between Italy’s C-Team Gladiators (K-2nd) and the Ferris Yellow Jackets, starting at 10:00 a.m., followed by the IYAA B-Team Gladiators (3rd & 4th) and the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats starting at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday evening Trinity Mission hosted their annual Thanksgiving dinner for the residents, family members and friends and once again the “house was packed”. If you got there a little late there was no parking and you got to stand at the back of a very long line to get your dinner but indeed it was well worth the wait. The food was wonderful and the company couldn’t be beat.
Tammy Wallis (principal) has introduced two new learning programs for the computer for the students and teachers at Stafford Elementary. They are “Study Island” and “Reading Eggs.”
Monday and Tuesday of next week (November 22 and 23) will be flex days at Italy ISD. School will be in session from 8:00am to 3:35pm both days. Flex days class time will be used for intense tutoring to help students master objectives that are part of the state testing (TAKS). Students and parents have been notified if they are to be at school during those days.
Wednesday morning Stafford Elementary was visited by the Morris Brothers. The students were laughing, dancing and cheering to all the fun the Morris Brothers brought to the “stage.” They were even chanting, “school is cool.”
For ten years Holly Spraberry has been teaching kindergarten at Stafford Elementary, until this year. She now teaches computer skills to kindergarten all the way up to the sixth grade.
Wanda Louise Johnson of Milford went home to be with her Lord Monday, November 15, 2010. Wanda was born December 7, 1946 in Denton, Texas to Eddie and Mary Johnson.
Emma Jean Davis, age 85, of Italy, passed away Monday, November 15, 2010 in Mansfield, Texas. She was born July 13, 1925 in Lancaster, Texas to James Lynn and Lottie Mae (Wade) Weaver. Emma was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Italy.
The Italy Park Board stepped up for those in need this holiday season and are asking those attending the Italy Christmas Festival to bring non-perishable food items to help the Italy Ministerial Alliance food pantry or a toy for an underprivileged child.
The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) and their C-Team and B-Team Gladiators and cheerleaders will represent Italy in the 2010 NESA B & C-Division Superbowls this coming Saturday in Blooming Grove after both squads won their Conference Championship playoff games this past weekend in Scurry-Rosser.
Enlisting in 2006, one year after graduation from Italy High School , Marine Sgt. Jacob Simon, one of the honored guests, spoke words of truth at the Italy ISD Veteran’s Day Celebration on Thursday.
The Italy School Board of Trustees learned Monday evening that the school’s benchmark TAKS scores taken in November were rather low.
The City Of Italy held a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Wastewater Treatment class last week. The class was arranged to help the city employees obtain their state requirement certification and is one of many classes to come.
The City of Italy Park Board will meet on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. The meeting will be held at the Italy City Council Chambers at 105 Main Street, Italy, Texas and will begin at 5:30pm. The lone agenda item is slated as a discussion and possible action regarding the annual Christmas Festival.
On Saturday, December 4, the Italy Lions Club will have their annual Pancake Breakfast. Breakfast will be served at the Fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church located at 200 Clark Street, Italy from 7:00 to 11:00am. Santa might even stop by!
During the recent regularly-scheduled meeting of the Commissioners’ Court, Constable Terry Nay updated the Court on issues surrounding Federal Communications Commission requirements to reduce all radio communications to narrow band in January of 2013. At issue, whether to contract with TROTT Communications Group for independent engineering services or allow time for Aerowave to complete some preliminary testing first.
The Milford ISD band was playing patriotic music and two young men of the Tri-M Student Honor Guard were carrying the flags across the auditorium presenting the “posting of the colors.” It gave me goose bumps.
Tobin Davis starting teaching physical education at Stafford Elementary October first. She hopes to help students get exercise and fun at the same time.
Straight from the heart and into the yearbook! The yearbook staff is now offering the opportunity to “personalize” the yearbook in a very special way with a recognition ad. To reserve your space, pick up an information packet and order form from Mrs. Bowden, room 113.
Lacey Reavis is the new Kindergarten teacher at Stafford Elementary. She started at Stafford six weeks ago and is loving her job.
The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have its regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 15, 2010. The meeting will be held in the Band Hall of the Italy High School campus at 300 S. College Street, Italy. Agenda items include a discussion of a Superintendent search. Meeting time is 7:00pm.
As you enter George E. Scott Memorial Gymnasium, a faint cheering of fans can be heard as excitement fills the lobby where trophy after trophy reminds us of our great Lady Gladiator and Gladiator legends from the past. After grabbing a snack from the concession stand, guests make their way into the gym where the intensity on the court merges with the roar of the crowd. It’s game time again!
Tuesday night gave the Italy Lady Gladiators’ fans a glimpse of what we can expect to see during the 2010-2011 basketball season. By all indications, this is going to be another exciting run for the varsity ladies after they took care of business against the Kemp Lady Yellow Jackets to start their season 1-0. Just as impressive was Italy’s JV team who played very aggressively against Kemp and set the tone for the entire season.