IHS Varsity squads get thumbs up on playoffs

Image: Seniors Becca and Blanca — Hoping to celebrate a playoff berth by the end of the night are Seniors #5 Becca Demoss and #21 Blanca Figueroa. Italy did get to celebrate as the Lady Gladiators earned their 1st post season appearance since 2006.

Italy – That’s right, “Playoffs!” Both Italy Varsity basketball squads are heading to the playoffs. Thanks to an Italy Lady Gladiator’s win over Grand Prairie AA and an Itasca win over Family Faith of Dallas, the Lady Gladiators finished in 3rd place and are making their 1st post season appearence since 2006.

Agenda: Alternative Energy, Street Repairs, General Election

Image: Italy City Council Meeting Agenda

During this month’s regular City Council meeting, tonight at 6:30 p.m., the council will begin the meeting with an alternative energy solutions presentation. The upcoming general election (election of Mayor and three Council Seats) details will be discussed as well as requests for traffic signs and street repairs, some of which had been tabled from previous meetings.

Lady Gladiators dance their way to a win

Image: Lady Gladiators add another notch — It was the same old song for the Lady Gladiators as they two-stepped to another win Friday night over Waxahachie AA. The 58-16 win was Italy’s second straight win against the Eagles.

Italy – The Italy Lady Gladiators out shot, out ran, out played and out danced the Waxahachie Advantage Lady Eagles Friday. Despite the distractions of Throwback Night, Italy’s Lady-Gs took care of business, and defeated the Eagles 57-16. And one and two, and one and two, and one and two…

Italy folks and what makes them unique – Tyler Boyd

Image: Tyler Boyd — Italy High School Senior 2009

Tyler Boyd is not your typical high school senior. In fact, he enjoys being unique and different from other young people. While many teenagers only think of today, Tyler has known what he wanted to do with his life for a long time. He wants to teach history on the college level.

Valentine’s Chili Supper

Romance is in the air. It’s not too long before Valentine’s Day is here and you’ll want to do something fun with your sweetheart. Hearts, flowers, poetry and sweet nothings in your ear and, of course, a steaming bowl of “red.”

Checking the Herd

Image: Checking the Herd — This photo was taken by Travis Massingill of The Roan Gallery and captures the cowboy’s eye view of John Brentley Byers as he checks the herd. The photo appears in the March issue of Cowboys & Indians national magazine on newsstands now.

Photographer Travis Massingill of Red Oak, Texas recently had this photo published in the March issue of Cowboys & Indians national magazine. Making this particular photo special is the person it depicts which is Italy’s own John Brentley Byers.

Italy Lions Club to host BBQ Cook Off

Image: Italy Lions Club

Bring your smoker! The Italy Lions Club will host a BBQ Cook Off on February 27th & 28th at Upchurch Ball Park. BBQ plate lunches will be also sold. All proceeds from the plate lunches will benefit the Lions Club Scholarship Program.

80’s Throwback Night was a big success

Image: Coach Holley delivers the introduction — A former member of Italy’s Regional Qualifying squads and current Head Basketball Coach Kyle Holley, gives one more assist to past alumni players and coaches as he introduces the 1982-1986 Regional Qualifying alumni players, managers and coaches.

The Italy Coliseum – Italy Gladiator Throwback Night was a star-studded affair as former players, managers and coaches of the 1982-1986 Regional Qualifying Basketball Teams were recognized for their past efforts and rewarded with warm applause and personalized plaques.

“National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week”

The week of February 2 – 6, 2009 has been declared as this year’s “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.” Designed to increase public awareness and education regarding teen dating violence this initiative was first established in 2006. Italy High School will be participating by providing daily tips and educational material to the student body.

Where did that car go?

Image: Jackknifed Semi — Trying to avoid a car, the driver of this truck swerved and hit the concrete barrier.

Yesterday, January 30th, mid-morning, traffic was diverted off south bound I-35. A jackknifed semi was the cause of the backed up trail of cars and trucks.

Stafford Elementary collecting “Pennies for Patients”

Image: Lots of Pennies — These pennies will help thousands of people fight blood cancers like leukemia, which causes more deaths among children and young adults than any other cancer.

Stafford Elementary is participating in the program “Pennies for Patients.” If you happen to go into the office at Stafford you will see a huge bottle with pennies inside. The students are really working hard on filling up the bottles. In various places in the school there are lots of jars just waiting for your pennies or spare change.

Commissioners Recognize Doris Mitchell

Image: Ellis County District Courtroom — Front Row: Commissioner Dennis Robinson, Sandy Eubank, Amber Hudson, Doris Mitchell, Commissioner Heath Sims, Commissioner Ron Brown  Back Row: Commissioner Bill Dodson, County Judge Chad Adams

With several family members and friends present in the District Courtroom Monday night, the Ellis County Commissioners recognized Doris Mitchell and the Uptown Café with a resolution of honor.

Activities for you and your family

What would you like to do this weekend? Round and round we go. Ellis County and the surrounding cities in Texas have many things to choose from for the family outing. Just take a look at what we have to do.

Gladiators postpone games until Thursday

According to Italy Varsity girl’s head coach, Stacy McDonald, games planned for Tuesday, Jan. 27 against Itasca have been changed to Thursday, Jan 29. The frosty weather has changed things and the Varsity games will be played beginning at 5:00 pm in Itasca. The Varsity boys will play at 6:30.

Angel Food Ministries releases February Menu

Image: Angel Food Ministries February Menu

The February menu for Angel Food Ministries is out and the order dates are fast approaching. Angel Food Ministries is a non-denominational program to help everyone with grocery costs. Each month’s menu is different from the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items.

Backup needed at Tiger Mart

Image: Arriving On Scene — When a call for backup went out, Italy and Milford Police Departments arrived quickly.

Outside the Stuckey’s Tiger Mart around 12:30 p.m. Friday in Italy, paramedics and 1st responders were called to assist a man who allegedly was suffering from an overdose of narcotics.