Rocklin Ginnett earns Black Belt

Image: Rocklin Ginnett with Master Charles Kight, Luis and Grand Master BuKwon Park, co founder of Unified Tae Kwon Do.

On September 13, 2013 Rocklin along with his dad and mom came to visit the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro. After participating in a few free classes Rocklin decided martial arts was for him.

Italy High School Senior Spotlight: Eli Garcia


Howdy! If you’ve ever had an opportunity to spend time with Italy High school senior Eli Garcia, then you already know he bleeds maroon. He has always aspired to be a Texas Aggie. With his goal in mind, Eli has worked and strived each year to prepare himself for this journey, and it paid off.

Texas Baptist Men volunteers help local church

Image: The Wagon Wheel depicts the ministries of Texas Baptist Men.

Central Baptist Church is building a new Family Life Center on the corner of South Ward Street and Travis Street in Italy. The Texas Baptist Men (TBM) Retiree Builders came to town and stayed two weeks to help with the project. An army of men and their wives in 19 campers rolled into town to begin the work. Some of the volunteers commuted daily to help. There were at least 25 builders not including their wives here each day. Several Central members worked along side the volunteers each day.

Waxahachie Community Theatre Fall Production: Fiddler on the Roof


Waxahachie Community Theatre announces performances of the Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof” starring Jerry Ellis as Tevye and Terri Roberts as Golde. The 50-member cast of local talent also features Haley Stanford as Tzeitel, Karli Bouck as Hodel, and Riley Kemp as Chava. “Fiddler on the Roof,” under the direction of Kasi Jones with musical direction by Don Jones, is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Parent Nomination for Gifted/Talented at Stafford Elementary is underway


Italy ISD offers services to gifted and talented students in a variety of formats. If your student is not currently identified as gifted and talented, and you believe that your child shows these tendencies, then you may nominate him/her for the screening process which is divided into three elements: standardized test of mental ability, teacher judgment based on observation and characteristics, and standardized achievement test scores (if available).

Italy City Council restructures permit fees for Italy ISD

During their meeting on September 1, 2016 the Italy City Council voted to waive the .06 cent per square foot permit fees for the construction of the Italy ISD facilities. In a called meeting on Tuesday night, the Council voted to rescind that and restructure the construction permit fees. Lee Joffre, Superintendent of Italy ISD addressed the council with the following comments.

Epiphany Catholic Church Annual Fall Festival — October 16, 2016


You are cordially invited to attend this year’s annual Fall Festival which is scheduled for Sunday October 16, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the church grounds at 434 South Ward Street in Italy, Texas. There will be a variety of food, games, rides and music; as well as other activities for the whole family.

Italy FFA Meat and Cookie sales are underway


Students who are enrolled in an agricultural science course or FFA at the high school are selling meat and dessert until October 5th. These items are a huge hit because of the holidays coming up! The orders will be back to you by Thanksgiving if you place an order. An order form will be outside of the high school front office if you would like to place an order.

Italy’s new medical provider


The Italy Community is very fortunate to be welcoming a new medical provider. KelMed Health and Wellness Clinic opened on September 19, 2016 at 204 E. Main in Italy. Eunice Asah is a Board Certified Nurse Practioner that will be treating patients in the clinic. Tia Cochran is from Italy and is the Medical Assistant.

Italy EDC approves receiving deed to historic cemetery

In their regular monthly meeting Monday night, the Italy Economic Development Corporation unanimously voted to receive the deed to the Historic Texas Hardeman Cemetery at 473 Kinfolk Lane with the stipulation that the cost to receive the deed not exceed $5,000 and the current land owner allow access to the cemetery. The Hardeman Cemetery is located on land adjacent to the 67.273 acres of land the EDC purchased earlier in the year.

Support Zain Byers and his Austin College teammates Saturday in Waxahachie @ 6pm

Image: Show your support for 2014 Italy High School graduate #50 NG Zain “Zilla” Byers and his Austin College Kangaroo teammates who will be taking on the SAGU Lions at Waxahachie’s Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium on Saturday, September 24. Kickoff set for 6:00 p.m.

Hey, Gladiator Fans! Support 2014 Italy HS graduate #50 NG Zain “Zilla” Byers as he and his Austin College Kangaroo teammates take on the SAGU Lions at Waxahachie’s Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium on Saturday, September 24. Kickoff set for 6:00 p.m. Also, the Gladiator 1st-2nd Grade flag football team will compete in an exhibition contest at halftime featuring local talent and coaches.

An Italian Christmas set for December 3, 2016

The Italy Community Activities Committee met on September 13, 2016 to make decisions regarding the upcoming Homecoming Parade and Italian Festival. They voted to cancel the Italian Festival scheduled for October 15, 2016 and combine it with the traditional Christmas festivities held on the first Saturday in December.

Homecoming program ad sales


The Gladiator Athletic Booster Club is offering advertisements in the Gladiator Homecoming Program for the 2016 football season as shown on the attached order form. Pricing will include an ad in the enhanced Homecoming Program and a listing in three home game roster programs, the 2016 Powder Puff program and any postseason programs featuring your hometown Italy Gladiators.

Shop With a Hero Raffle Winners

Image: Spring Market employees with Fire Chief Don Chambers and Police Chief Cameron Beckham. The employees selected the four raffle winners.

The Shop With a Hero raffle was held today and was a big success thanks to everyone that purchased tickets. A big thank you also goes to the Spring Market for allowing us to hold the raffle drawing there and for their employees picking the winning tickets.

Big plans underway for 2016 National Night Out in Italy

Image: 2016 National Night Out Vendor Entry Form – page 1

The Italy Police Department is planning many activities for this year’s National Night Out (NNO). Upchurch Field in Italy will come alive with all kinds of entertainment, food and fun this year on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Jon Mathers is the guest disc jockey for the evening so Chief Beckham is requesting that all the children come and “wobble with the chief”.