Texas Events in January

Texas is always filled with different things to do. Just take a look and see what is happening in the coming week.

Change zoning to grow Italy

Did you know that Houston does not have zoning. One study by US News and World report said the only difference they could see when they studied cities with zoning and without was it was more expensive to own and/or build in the zoned cities. It is about freedom. If a property is zoned for a park it will not sell for very much in most cities. If it is zoned for homes the value is determined by the buyers of homes. If it is commercial its value will be determined by what the business owner figures it is worth. Rarely will any business want to move into a neighborhood. But there may be a doctor who would like to be closer to his patients. Or a coffee shop might like to have a small neighborhood unit. Can you see the value?


The Gladiators clamp down on the Gators

Image: Look Out Below — Italy’s #5 Dontavius Clemons climbs high for a block against the Dallas Gateway’s 6’ 6" big man. It was not easy, but Italy managed to out run, out leap and out last the Gators for a last second victory 87-85. The game was played at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster Friday night.

Cedar Valley College – The Italy Gladiators wrestled the Gators from Dallas Gateway Friday night in Lancaster. The anticipation was high since both squads are loaded with talent. Gateway relies on 6’ 6" Center “Big City” #24 while Italy Sophomore #11 Jasenio Anderson shoulders the hopes of Gladiators’ fans.

JV Girls show grit during tournament play

Image: Italy’s JV Girls Take It On The Chin — Italy’s #20 Danielle Baugher takes a hard foul across the chin on her way to the basket against the Rice Lady Bulldogs Saturday at the Italy Coliseum. Italy was handed their 2nd loss of the afternoon by Rice 29-26.

The Italy Coliseum – Italy hosted a JV basketball tournament Saturday, Jan 17. The Lady Gladiators JV tangled with the Blooming Grove Lady Lions in game one and the Rice Lady Bulldogs in game two. Both were physical confrontations proving our girls are not made of sugar and spice and everything nice.

Italy JV Boys win Tournament Championship

Image: Italy Gladiators JV – Tournament Champions — Coach larry “The Law” Mayberry’s arsenal of athletes, the Italy JV squad, took no prisoners as they out-shot Blooming Grove 69-37 for the Tournament Championship Trophy.

Inside the Italy Coliseum – Saturday, January 17, Italy played host for a JV Boys Basketball Tournament. Italy was determined to take advantage of the golden opportunity by defeating Rice in the 2nd round. That set the stage for a showdown with the powerful Blooming Grove Lions in the Championship game.

Agenda: Italy ISD financial audit, tennis court repair

Image: Italy ISD Agenda — Agenda for Italy ISD Board of Trustees meeting for Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The agenda includes special recognition of board members, recognition of the employee of the month Jesus Perez, consider approval of the independent financial audit for 2007-2008, consider adoption of TASB Update 84 upon Second/Final reading. The school board meets in the administration offices at the high school. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

IYAA performs well in 2nd week action

Image: Madison Refuels — Power Forward Madison Washington takes a deserved water break during the game against Hillsboro Red. Italy’s Washington put in 18-points for the Girls in Gold (G.I.G.) on their way to a 54-17 victory.

The 2009 IYAA Basketball squads showed off their moves, elevated their games and tried to reach their respective goals Saturday. After the last buzzer sounded and the final flash snapped, fond memories of the days events reflected across the Old Italy Gym floor.

ASVAB test at Italy High School

ASVAB test will be administered on January 26 at Italy High School. The ASVAB Program recently was re-designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether they are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution.

Central Ellis County Relay Kickoff Slate

Excitement is in the air as the Central Ellis County Relay For Life Kickoff is about to begin. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 25 Years of Hope”. The kickoff will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 6:30 at the Red Oak Municipal Building.

Adopt me and please hurry

Image: Wally — Wally is waiting for you. He needs to find a loving home.

Anyone looking for lots of love? Corsicana Animal Shelter has some cute animals that will fill the bill. These two dogs and one cat have been at the shelter the longest and they are literally living on borrowed time. Please help them find a new home!

Italy JH showcases skills against Red Oak

Image: Paola Mata Is Money — Italy’s #2 Paola Mata hits this beautiful running jumper against the Red Oak Faith Family Lady Eagles Thursday inside the dome. A relentless Italy squad won the game 47-6.

At Home In The Dome – The Italy JH boys and girls squads put on a show for their fans. A mixture of 7th and 8th grade boys “B” squads competed in a scrimmage that came down to the last second. Then the Italy JH boys and girls “A” squads both defeated their Red Oak Faith Family challengers.

NHS and Student Council sponsors fundraiser

Italy High School is thinking about recycling, which is a good thing these days. NHS and Student Council are pulling together their resources to help our town. If you are interested in eliminating a little clutter around your house, maybe you can coordinate with these students.

Agenda: Husley Engineering presentation

Image: Board Meeting Agenda — Agenda for the Italy ISD Board of Trustees meeting for January 15, 2008.

Clint Husley, P.E. of Husley Engineering is scheduled to give a presentation before the Italy ISD Board of Trustees tonight. Following the presentation, the board will go into a private meeting the annual evaluation of the superintendent as well as discuss 2009’s performance goals and objectives. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Italy Administration offices at the high school.

Activities in the state of Texas

Image: The Italy Gladiators — District play begins Jan 16 for the Italy boys basketball team.  They will travel and play against Dallas Gateway on Friday.

Are you wondering what to do with the family this weekend? Do we stay home or travel around this great state of ours? Here are some ideas for your approval…

IYAA tips-off 2009 basketball season

Image: Taking A Shot — Italy 23’s Jaclynn Lewis, Tylar Wilson, Madison Washington and K’Breona Davis prepare to rebound against Hillsboro Black during first week action. Games were hosted by the IYAA at the legendary Old Italy Gym this past Saturday.

IYAA tipped-off the 2009 basketball season against Hillsboro sporting stylish white and gold uniforms printed by "Lil’ Dab Emroidery” in Italy. The action was fast-paced at the legendary Old Italy Gym as the IYAA’s young stars showcased their talents.

Reading is the ticket

Image: Read and Succeed — Students are all excited about earning a free Six Flag ticket.

Stafford Elementary is participating in the “Read to Succeed” program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. This program is for students in kindergarten through sixth grade and is designed to encourage students to read.

To protect the city — or to meddle

Italy needs to decide if they want businesses in town or just certain homes. The last P & Z meeting illustrates the point. Today, if a business person wants to open a facility in Italy they have to beg. It looked like that might change in the last P & Z meeting, right up until someone says we must add the phrase with special use permit.

The Morris Brothers

Image: The Morris Brothers

On Wednesday at 9:30 AM nothing but laughter could be heard coming out of the Stafford Elementary gymnasium. As I entered the gymnasium I saw what all the laughter was about. Two men dressed in mismatched striped socks, “high water” plaid pants, wearing taped glasses were the responsible parties.

Mark Souder honored by Italy Lions Club

Image: Mark Souder Receives Award — Mark Souder was presented an award by Arval Gown (current president) for his outstanding service as president of the Italy Lions Club for two years.

Italy’s Lions Club honored Mark Souder with a Lion’s Club “dedicated service” plaque. This was presented to Mark in appreciation of his outstanding dedicated service and exceptional leadership as president of the Lions Club for two years.