IHS Baseball-Ready To Run

Image: Coker and Ward taking care of business — Gladiator baseball is well underway and the team could use some uniforms and equipment.  Can you help?

Head Coach Matt Coker and Assistant Coach Josh Ward assembled baseball parents for a meeting last Thursday night. It is the beginning of Gladiator Baseball and the coaches wanted everyone on board. “I am excited about the upcoming season and we are ready for the program,” Coker explained.

A Win for the Lady Gladiator Softball Team

Image: “Hey you, on two” — The Lady Gladiators took on the Rice Lady Bulldogs Monday night that resulted in a win for Italy!

Rice, Texas — Monday night the Lady Gladiator Softball team opened up their regular season in Rice. The Lady Gladiators took on the Rice Lady Bulldogs and came out of the game with a mark in the win column. The score at the end of 7 innings was Italy 5, Rice 3.

City to repair Park Street; tables White Street

The Italy City Council approved the repaving of Park Street at a work session held Monday evening. The council approved the refurbishing of the south end of Poplar Street at its regular meeting held in February. They group tabled repairs to Park Street and White Street until the work session.

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A new pastor and a bowl of chili

Image: New pastor at Methodist Church — Jane Reeves welcomes Rev. Eric and Donna Smith to Italy.

First United Methodist Church of Italy hosted a chili supper fundraiser on Saturday night and also took the opportunity to introduce the interim pastor for the church to the community. Rev. Eric and Donna Smith, recently moved to Italy from San Antonio, also enjoyed a bowl of homemade red.

Jump Rope for Heart

Image: Jumping with Heart — Students are raising money for the American Heart Association by jumping rope for as long as they can.

Wednesday, February 11th in the gymnasium at Stafford Elementary third grade through sixth grade students were found jumping rope. But this time they were not just jumping for fun. This time they were participating in the program, “Jump Rope for Heart.”

Passing on the love of Christ in a Hurting World

Image: Italy Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry — The Italy Ministerial Alliance food pantry has changed their hours to 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on first Monday of the month.  Ruth Tarrent, Bill Youngblood and Karen Mathiowetz work the pantry.

With the new year, the Italy Ministerial Alliance has made some changes to the schedule for the local food pantry. Beginning in March, the food pantry located at 124 Harpold (the First United Methodist Church), will be open the first Monday of the month (March 2) from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Meals on Wheels Volunteer Forum held at Monolithic

Image: Meals on Wheels Co-Ordinators — Shanna Dunn and Lisa Hicks brought lots of information to the Meals on Wheels volunteers along with breakfast.

Tuesday morning, February 10th, Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis County had a forum at the Monolithic Offices. Shanna Dunn (Ellis County Volunteer Co-Ordinator for Meals on Wheels) and Lisa Hicks (Community Division Co-Ordinator for Meals on Wheels) brought breakfast to the Monolithic Domes for all the Ellis County Volunteers.

Italy Lions Club giving away a cruise for two

Image: Italy Lions Club Cruise Raffle — The Italy Lions Club will be out in the community on Saturday, February 14, selling raffle tickets for a $2,000 cruise.

The Italy Lions club will be out at various locations in Italy Saturday the 14th selling raffle tickets for a cruise for two. The value of the cruise is $2,000. The winner will work with a travel agent to pick a destination and make all the arrangements.

Texas events for the weekend

The weekend is almost and here. Valentine’s Day might be a reason to have some fun traveling. Do you want to know what’s happening around Texas? Just read on and you might find something you like.

Varsity Boys show Dallas Faith Family no mercy

Image: Getting fired up — The Italy Gladiators form their team circle at center court. Italy went on to beat Dallas Faith Family 75-27…bring on Itasca!

Once again, Italy’s #2 Heath Clemons shouldered the load for the Gladiators, at point guard, against Dallas Faith Family. Jasenio Anderson rested his sprained ankle for another game. The rematch against Itasca is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at the Italy Coliseum. Let’s “Pack The Dome” Gladiator fans!

Varsity Girls take momentum into Playoffs

Image: Congrats from Coach — Coach Sollers congratulates the Seniors and wishes them the best of luck as they move forward. Becca DeMoss, Shanta Thomas and Blanca Figueroa represent Italy High School with class.

3…2…1…Dallas Faith Family shoots the 3-pointer! It misses! It rolls off! The Lady Gladiators have done it! Italy wins 45-43 and invites Mr. Momentum to escort them into the playoffs riding a two game winning streak. This is the Lady Gladiators’ first opportunity to go to the “big dance” since 2006.

Scholarship Meeting for IHS Seniors

On Tuesday, February 17th there will be a Scholarship Meeting at the Italy High School. All seniors and their parents/guardians are invited and urged to attend. Representatives from the entities that award scholarships each year to Italy’s seniors will attend the meeting as well.

City’s fire rating improves

The Italy City Council heard good news Monday night at its monthly meeting. Don Chambers, fire chief, said the Insurance Service Office has reclassified the City of Italy from a Class 7 to a Class 5.

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.