The snow has really changed things around here. When you turn a corner, Italy appears to be a picture postcard or a living Christmas card. The white snow makes our city take on a new ambiance and a new, clean atmosphere. The snowfall is rare in this area but certainly most welcomed.
The snow has come and the area is picturesque. Besides the beauty surrounding us, the weather has lent a hand in a wonderful past time that has been turning heads for ages. Just go outside and look around.
The Lady Gladiators move past Dallas Faith Family and head into the playoffs. The Lady Gladiators will battle Bosqueville for bi-district at West High School on Monday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Schedule change: The varsity Gladiators (boys) will play Itasca on Saturday, February 13 at 2:00 p.m. in Itasca. The JV boys game has been cancelled.
Italy ISD students will not have class tomorrow, Friday, February 12 due to the winter weather. The boys basketball games against Itasca will be rescheduled.
The moon is full, the birds are singing and, besides the fact it is a bit cold outside, your hearts are warm. It soon will be Valentine’s Day-a day for love and twitterpation. What do you have planned for your sweetheart? Dinner, dancing, chocolates or a movie? Texas offers a few things to choose from and Neotrib brings it to you.
The Lady Gladiators will play the Bosqueville Lady Bulldogs in the first round of the 2010 Basketball Playoffs on Monday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. at West High School.
Crowd support will play a huge roll so everyone wear Italy’s colors and come ready to cheer!
Before the basketballs are stored away and the uniforms packed in moth balls, the Italy Junior High girls had two more games to play against Hampton Prep.
The Ellis County Office of Emergency Management is currently seeking organizations and individuals interested in volunteering during a large-scale public health emergency.
Week 5 had it’s share of great shots, nice passes and fancy dribbling. The players really enjoy playing the games and the fans do a great job cheering them on. If you like excitement, stop by George E. Scott Coliseum next Saturday and check out the next generation of incredible athletes.
Vivian Moreland, who teaches English at Italy High School in Italy ISD, was selected as one of ten high school teachers from around the state to receive the 2010 Texas Exes Awards for Outstanding Teachers by The University of Texas at Austin’s alumni association, the Texas Exes.
The action at the Uptown Cafe was busy on Saturday night to say the least. The streets were humming with business for the Italy High School Regiment Band. Band boosters of all varieties came together for a good cause.
Friday and Saturday Italy Lions Club members were busy selling their mops and brooms for the blind. Italy citizens came out and as usual were supporting this good cause. Italy ISD, Milford ISD and First Baptist Church of Milford were some of the bigger buyers.
The members of the Italy Masonic Hall wants to thank everyone for their support. The “BBQ by the pound” sale that was conducted on Superbowl Sunday was a huge success and could not have been so without the support of the community of Italy and surrounding areas.
The Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet tonight, February 8 at 7:00 p.m., in the Italy High School cafeteria. The athletic scholarship awards will be the primary docket item for the meeting. Anyone and everyone wishing to help the booster club support the athletic programs at Italy High School is welcome to attend.
“Parent Night” gives the Italy players and Gladiator fans a chance to honor the parents and grandparents who do so much behind the scenes for the athletes. Also, Lady Gladiator Megan Richards celebrated her 16th birthday with her teammates Friday as well.
The Stafford Elementary PTO had its annual dinner and silent auction Friday, January 22. The venue for this annual event was the Stafford Elementary Cafeteria and the entire community was invited.
The dream of living in America has come true for a German teenager, at least for one school year, in of all places, Italy. Lisa Olschewsky, 16, is attending Italy High School as part of a foreign exchange student program coordinated by the Educational Merit Foundation.
First Assistant County Auditor Cheryl Chambers announced today she is a candidate for the office of County Treasurer in the March 2010 Republican Primary.
The IHS Gladiator Regiment Band will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, February 6. Titled “Oodles of Noodles”, this event will begin at 5:00pm at Italy’s famous Uptown Cafe.
The Italy Masonic Hall will be selling BBQ brisket by the pound on Superbowl Sunday. The BBQ will be sold from 10:00am until gone on Sunday, February 7 at the Masonic Hall located on Main Street. Monies raised through this fundraising event will go to the W.R. Gorman Masonic Scholarship Fund. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Thursday after school, Italy Lady Gladiator coaches Stacy McDonald and Tina Richards organized a scrimmage between their ladies and the lads of the 8th grade boys basketball team.
The Park Board of Italy met on Tuesday night and discussed the upcoming Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt. As a quorum of board members was not met this meeting was just discussion only. The egg hunt is slated for Saturday, April 3 and the Park Board is calling for volunteers and donations.
The Italy High School library is participating in a Microgrant program sponsored by Weekly Reader and an online community, called WeAreTeachers. The 5 recipients of this grant receive $200 to promote “literacy” in their school, as well as a Flip video camera. Recipients are selected through an online voting process.
Italy Lion’s Club is having their very first Broom and Mop sale. Once again, the Italy Lions Club is busy helping anyone they can. The sale will be held at Hobb’s Feed and Supply on Friday and Saturday, February 5th and 6th.
On Saturday, Jan. 30, twelve students from Italy represented the district at the Central Texas Honor band clinic and concert. Over 600 students from 30 schools competed earlier in the month to earn the right to perform at this prestigious event.
Jerry Michael Huffman, age 49, of Italy, passed away Monday, February 1, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. He was born August 24, 1960 in Dallas to William Jerry and Imogene (Boyd) Huffman.
The Italy Junior High boys played two games against Dallas Life Thursday, January 28. The 7th graders had their struggles early but managed to finish strong. The 8th graders built a small lead by intermission and then pulled away in the 2nd half to pencil in their second win in a row.
George E. Scott Coliseum — The IYAA basketball players, coaches and fans enjoyed an exciting Week 4 of competition on Saturday. There were several close games to keep the crowd entertained and plenty of special memories were made. The kind of memories that will last a lifetime.
The UIL released the district alignments this morning. Turning in a student count of 206, Italy High School will be a 2A district for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.
Friday night, Italy Basketball celebrated Throwback Night honoring the 1955 girls State Semi-finalists and the 1974 boys Regional Finalists Basketball teams. Honorees enjoyed watching the current JV Boys, Varsity girls and Varsity boys basketball teams as they defeated the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles in all 3 games.
During a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday January 25, Ellis County Commissioners Court issued a proclamation in support of Ellis County Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller, Jr. and his nomination for the Texas Association of Counties 2010-2011 Leadership Class. Judge Miller was recognized for his continued service to the people of the county and Precinct 2.
In connection with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the Italy Ministerial Alliance, Italy residents are encouraged to join the efforts nationwide and help the grieving and suffering nation of Haiti by creating Health Kits to send to them.
In what was an exciting night of basketball on Tuesday, Italy’s JV girls, JV Boys, Varsity girls and Varsity boys clashed with Itasca during Italy’s Pack The Dome Night inside Italy Coliseum. “Gladiator Nation” was well represented as both schools put on quite a performance.
When David South and other members of the Monolithic family formed a partnership with Haitian Rapper Won-G to build EcoShell domes in Haiti, no one could have imagined the sense of urgency the project would take on just a few short weeks later.
George E. Scott Coliseum — IYAA Basketball, Week 3, saw it’s share of exciting finishes, amazing plays and gutsy performances. Sydney Lowenthal even swished a “granny shot” for goodness sake. The most exciting moments of Week 3 matched one Italy team against another. With bragging rights on the line, all the players gave it their all and then congratulated one another after the game.
The Milford Titus Women are sponsoring a father/daughter dinner and dance on Saturday, February 13. All girls ages pre-k and up and their fathers or grandfathers from Milford and surrounding areas are invited. The dinner/dance will be held at the Milford School Cafeteria and will be held from 6:00pm until 8:30pm.
There will be a free H1N1 Shot Clinic on Thursday, January 28 at the Stafford Elementary Cafeteria. This clinic is open to the community. The shots will be administered between the hours of 9:30am to 1:00pm. Ages 6 months and older are eligible to receive this inoculation.
I began participating in The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in 1998. There were several people in my family that had died of cancer. I also had several friends and family members that were fighting the disease. Little did I know when my participation began at that first Relay in Minnesota, that I would be diagnosed with lung cancer eight years later. From that time, Relay took on a whole new meaning for me.
The Italy Economic Development Corporation voted to table continued consulting services with David Miracle at its monthly meeting Monday evening.
PACK THE DOME NIGHT! The Lady Gladiators and Gladiators are now focused on the Itasca Wampus Cats who will be coming to town Tuesday, January 26. It’s always an exciting matchup when these two rivals collide so we hope to see everyone inside the Coliseum. Make those signs, paint your faces and get ready to make some noise!
The Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet tonight, January 25 @ 7:00pm in the Italy High School Library. Agenda items include discussion regarding the recent purchase of an ice machine that will be installed in the Dome within the next few days. Also, athletic scholarships, distribution of funds regarding basketball concessions, concessions at baseball and softball games and the year end athletic banquet will be discussed. Please make time this evening to attend and help support the athletic program at Italy High School.
The Italy Junior High 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams split wins with the Red Oak Life Lady Mustangs on Thursday, January 21 inside the dome shaped corral known as Italy Coliseum.
There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, January 25th at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Agenda items include several presentations by David Miracle of Miracle Consulting. May Frank Jackson is also slated to address the board.
Four members of the IHS Power Lifting Team traveled to Rice on Saturday, January 16 to compete in their first meet of the season. Kaytlyn Bales, Chase Hamilton, Adrian Reed and Omar Estrada represented Italy during the competition.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for February 2010. These meals are subject to change.
The Italy High School junior class will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a telescope. The scope is an 1100mm x 135mm Dobsonian with two eyepieces, a 3x barlow, a halo type spotting scope, and a cherrywood base. It is currently on display in the Italy High School library.
Stafford Elementary PTO will have its annual dinner and silent auction this Friday, January 22. This years meal will be a Taco Fiesta! The Stafford Elementary Cafeteria will be the venue for this annual event and the entire community is invited.
Edna Yarbrough, age 82 of Italy, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2010 at her daughter’s home in Italy. She was born on October 5, 1927 in Italy, Texas to Nolie and Nora (Holley) Gardner. She worked many years at Haggar Slacks. Edna and Olen owned and operated the Yarbrough City Café. She was lifelong member of the Italy Church of Christ.
Good luck to members of the Italy FFA who gathered outside Hobbs Feed & Supply this morning to stock up on feed and supplies before leaving for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.