Halloween is over, but not at the Flying Dollar Ranch! Due to a rain cancellation last weekend, the Halloween Schooling Horse Show and Playday was postponed to Saturday, November 7 at the Flying Dollar Ranch on 230 Chambers Drive in Italy. So, get your horse’s costume ready!
Friday night was an eventful night with seniors being presented, a district football game and generally, excitement all around. A special tribute was given to local #1 Gladiator fan, Bobby Itson. Besides being a big fan of the Italy Gladiators, Itson is also a veteran. He served in the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Bobby was a Staff Sargent when he was honorably discharged. He was honored before the game as the American flag was raised by the FFA.
Last week, Italy High School celebrated “Red Ribbon Week.” Each day of the week there was an assigned theme designed to support a greater message: “Don’t use Drugs.”
The Italy Park Board continued its plans for a Second Annual Christmas Parade and Festival Monday evening at its monthly meeting. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, in downtown Italy from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The parade will kick off festivities at 10 a.m.
Under the direction of Coach Craig Bales who is in his second year as head coach, the Italy Gladiators have come full circle. Unlike three seasons ago when Italy didn’t win one game, the winning tradition is being restored in Gladiator country.
Lots of smiles and lots of laughter could be seen and heard on Friday in the halls of Stafford Elementary. The reason for this? – It was the Stafford Elementary’s annual parade of costumes. Some of the cutest little monsters, aliens, witches, goblins, ballerinas, and even a little baker man could be seen parading the halls.
No matter how much we argue, disagree or interrogate each other we still live in the greatest God Blessed nation in the world. If we want it to stay this way we must be willing to ask questions and voice individual opinions without fear of repercussion. We can find answers and, in most cases, compromise together on solutions. We must stand for the Constitution, Liberty and the freedoms that are God given and we are not being selfish but, on the contrary, we are being wise, thinking of the future generations and not our own wants. Notice I said wants not needs.
Tomorrow’s election day voting for Precinct 130 and 131 will be held in the City of Italy Council Chambers, 105 W. Main Street, Italy from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
In Response to two previous letters written by unknown sources, isn’t it wonderful that we live in a country where we can express our first amendment rights (even when spewing venom) and not fear the Gestapo beating your door down. I am going to use my first amendment right by playing the devil’s advocate.
Saturday, October 31st Burk’s Kinder College held their open house leading up to their opening on November 2nd. There were teachers and owner Patricia Burk present to help you take a walk through their beautiful pre-school/day care and give you an enrollment packet.
The IYAA Gladiators pee-wee football teams and cheerleaders hosted the Hubbard Jaguars on Saturday in Italy. Even though it was Halloween, it would be some trick if Hubbard could treat themselves to wins over Italy.
Saturday October 31st was the last day of business for the Italy Donut Shop. Owner Jae Chang Bae will be renting this building to Keng Chen who will be opening a donut shop and a chinese buffet.
The Friday pep rally inside the old gym at Italy High School was a fun time for students, cheerleaders, players, faculty and the community. A speech from NFL great and Italy alum Keith Davis highlighted the event along with the IHS cheerleaders as they performed a dance routine to the song, “Thriller.”
The seven member City of Italy Park Board will meet, Monday, November 2, 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.
Mrs. Ann Hyles and her FCCLA Club members have Italy Gladiator lanyards for sale at $4.00 each as a club fundraiser. Click this article for the details!
The Italy JH Gladiators had their hands full, of mud mostly, against the Dawson Bulldogs on Thursday. It was a hard fought game between both sides but when the final buzzer sounded, the game ended in a tie, 6-6.
Come see what Danza Girls are all about! Owners & Certified Zumba Instructors, Casey Holden and Suzann Hyles will be teaching the dynamic, new exercise craze sweeping the country!
I had not heard much about the upcoming election regarding beer and wine sales in Italy until a couple of weeks ago. Now, that is just about all I am hearing. After much soul searching and some research, I knew how I wanted to vote on all the issues, not just the local beer and wine sales issue. I exercised my right to vote when I voted early.
During today’s storms, a bolt of lighting struck one of the electrical transformers that supplies power to the elementary school in Italy. The Italy Fire Department responded to make sure that there was no immediate danger. Oncor responded quickly and the power was back on within a couple of hours.
As most everyone knows by now, one of the items on the ballot for Tuesday, November 3rd, is a vote whether to have beer and wine sales in the stores in the town of Italy.
Friday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m., the whole community is invited to enjoy the Gladiator Pep Rally. Keith Davis will be the guest speaker at the Halloween themed event – Wear your costume!
Competing at Area for the first time in their history, the Italy High School Gladiator Regiment Band and Flag Corp performed their “Batman” themed marching routine in front of the Area judges in hopes of advancing to the finals, and perhaps State.
The Italy Junior High Volleyball teams took on the Kopperl Lady Eagles in their season finales on Monday. The 7th grade won in two sets to finish 6-0 while the 8th grade showed much improvement despite a Kopperl win.
The Italy Gladiators blasted into Wortham’s Bulldog Stadium and pounded “Big Blue” into submission. Italy’s high powered offense didn’t rely on it’s air attack in this one, instead the Gladiators defeated the Bulldogs at their own running game. The win puts Italy at 4-0 in District with the Dawson Bulldogs coming to town on Friday.
Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Burke’s Kinder College will be having their Open House. If you are looking for a place to care for your children during the day this will give you the opportunity to chat with Patricia Burke (owner), a few teachers, tour the school and pick up an enrollment packet.
Ellis County Commissioners called on the public to provide input Monday night during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Court. The topic was 9-1-1 address display format standards as described in House Bill 2665, passed in the 81st Texas Legislative Session. The bill amends the Transportation Code by authorizing the Commissioners’ Court to adopt and impose standards for design and installation of address number signs to identify properties located in unincorporated areas of the county.
“My husband and I love Italy, our kids love Italy, it is a very homey small town atmosphere and we just love it here. So, I am excited and honored to be the Citizen of the Month for October,” Tina Haight smilingly said.
Stay out of the rain and cozy up indoors with a good book. Email the library if you see something you want and they will save the book (or put it on reserve), for you.
The Italy Lady Gladiators Junior High Volleyball teams will wrap up their season tonight against the Kopperl Eagles.
Once again it is Red Ribbon Week. As tradition, both Italy ISD campuses are participating in the week long drug prevention campaign.
Three games against the Dawson Bulldogs on Saturday resulted in three shutout wins for the IYAA Gladiator football teams and their cheerleaders. In the three games combined, Italy totalled 80-points to Dawson’s 0-points. “Ouch!”
ITALY – The undefeated Wortham Bulldogs showed their might against Italy’s Junior High team on Thursday at Willis Field. Amazingly, with less than a minute to go and Wortham in control of the ball, a scoreless Italy team avoided being shutout by the Bulldogs in dramatic fashion.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for November 2009. These meals are subject to change.
Bobby Itson was careflighted to Parkland Hospital this afternoon around 1:00 p.m. His family and friends would greatly appreciate your prayers. Doctors confirmed that he has suffered a stroke. The doctors are evaluating him now. Bobby is best known as the ultimate Gladiator fan and would in Wortham tonight if he could. Thank you.
Gary and Corina Farmer would like to announce the arrival of their new baby Taylon Grace Farmer. Taylon was born on Wednesday, October 21 at 8:33a.m. She weighed 6lb. 10oz. and measured 17.5 inches.
There is a new law that has recently been passed by the Texas Legislature. (See the images.) This law is set up to allow any county that wishes to subscribe to it, to force all the home owners in the county to put a regulation size sign on their homes identifying the home.
The Italy High School Gladiator Regiment Band and Flag Corp captured 1st Division, UIL Region 8, in LaVega, Texas on Wednesday. The IHS Band impressed the judges while performing their “Batman” halftime show to advance to Area for the first time in the IHS Band Program’s history.
October is flying by and the holidays are around the corner. However, if you would like to plan this weekend, take a look at what Neotrib has for you. Events far and wide. Go ahead and take a look, it will be fun for you to see what Texas has to offer.
The IYAA football teams and cheerleaders enjoyed IYAA Picture Day on Tuesday. And even though picture day turned into picture night after the camera crew was delayed in the traffic, the kids were all smiles when it was time to say, “Cheese!”
Tuesday morning around 10:00 o’clock wonderful aromas could be detected outside Trinity Mission. They were having their annual tailgating party which included an awesome barbeque. Lots of the residents were outside wearing corsages that all the staff of Trinity Mission made for them.
On Monday night, the Italy Park Board met at 6:30 in the Council Chambers and discussed the Italy Christmas Festival slated for December 5.
About two dozen residents identified Italy’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats at a monthly meeting of the Italy Economic Development Committee Tuesday evening.
On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Central Baptist Church, 113 South Ward in Italy, will kick off their Annual Roundup at 10:45 a.m. The activities wll begin with morning worship at 10:45. Immediately following the service, everyone is invited to stay and enjoy a brisket lunch with all the trimmings.
Flavia Tovar Gonzales, age 78, of Waxahachie, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2009 at her home. She was born October 5, 1931 in Italy, Texas to Eugene Tovar and Paulina Ramos. Flavia was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and also the Altar Society.
The Italy Junior High 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball teams tested their mettle against Waxahachie Advantage Academy on Monday.
Charlotte Morgan, first grade teacher at Stafford Elementary, was recognized Monday evening as October Employee of the Month at the monthly meeting of the Italy School Board of Trustees.
Stafford Elementary will closed on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 due to water line break. Texas Department of Health Regulations and the Texas Education Agency will not allow schools to be in session without running water.
Parents/Guardians of Italy High School and Italy Jr High students are urged to attend the re-scheduled parent meeting on Tuesday, October 20. The meeting will be held in the High School cafeteria at 6:00pm. Ms. Parker will cover the new online Parent Portal.
The Italy Economic Development Committee will have a regular meeting along with a Strategic Plan Steering Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 in the Italy City Hall Council Chambers beginning at 6:00pm. During the regular session Joyce Hobbs will take the oath of office and will join the seven member Italy EDC.
The seven member City of Italy Park Board will meet today, Monday, October 19, 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.