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.
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.
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.
Freshmen Bianca Evans and SaKendra Norwood placed third in the District UIL Cross-X Debate contest in Itasca on Feb. 12. This was the first time to compete in this event.
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.
Friday the 13th wasn’t so bad. In fact, not disastrous at all. There was lots of toe tapping in the school cafeteria because the Junior class hosted a Valentine’s dance for the 7th, 8th and 9th grade classes.
At their last meeting, the Italy City Council scheduled a work session for Monday, February 16, 2009. The work session will begin at 6:30 and be held in the council chambers at City Hall.
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.”
The Italy Lady Gladiators scrimmaged against the Blooming Grove Lady Lions to get the 2009 softball season underway on Thursday.
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.
The Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning is looking for students of 18 years and older to participate in the continuing education courses beginning February 23, 2009.
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) and the Wal-Mart Foundation to supplement our daily meal program by restoring weekend meals that had been cut due to a lack of funding.
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.
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.
On behalf of our son, Dylan Haight, we wish to express our sincere thanks to the Italy EMS paramedics and all the emergency responders who took such good care of Dylan after his fall during basketball practice on Thursday.
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.
Head Boys Basketball Coach Kyle Holley would like to inform Italy fans of the upcoming basketball schedules for all the games this coming Monday and Tuesday.
The Old Italy Gym – The IYAA is a fun time for families and friends to come together and enjoy exciting youth sports. IYAA Basketball is a perfect example of this with Week 5 now in the books.
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!
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.
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.
At Stafford Elementary the second graders were celebrating the 100th day of school. On the 100th day of school the second graders all do special activities. One of the special activities this year included the students bringing one hundred items of the same thing to school.
Reverend Lesly Carlisle Phillips passed away at his home Saturday, February 7, 2009. Services were Tuesday, February 10, 2009 under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie, Texas.
Italy resident, Brad Muirhead, recently submitted his concerns to the Italy Neotribune regarding the quality of Italy’s water.
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.
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.
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.
Stafford Elementary will join the rest of the nation to celebrate the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth on February 12, 2009.
Italy – The Italy Lady Gladiators went for it against the Dallas Gateway Gators. A determined effort by Italy kept the game close for 3 periods setting the stage for an exciting final period.
Italy’s, undefeated, 8th Grade Girls tried to deliver the knockout blow to the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats Thursday at the Italy Coliseum. It was a close 1st half of play but Italy seemed to have the upperhand going into the 2nd half.
Italy 7th Grade squads took on Itasca in two grueling basketball games. As the season nears it’s end, Coach Tina Richards and Coach Larry Mayberry have their squads playing hard and giving Italy fans something to cheer about.
Italy – Both JV squads put on a show for Italy fans as the Italy JV Girls made purses out of the Dallas Gateway Lady Gators and the JV Boys fitted themselves with a new pair of Gator skinned boots as they stomped all over Dallas Gateway.
Italy Junior High student Cheyenne Frank (8th Grade) was recently awarded $50.00 by the Milford Fire Department for her winning patch design. Cheyenne customized the patch to reflect Milford’s hometown Texas spirit.
Italy – The Italy Gladiators dominated the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles winning big, 78-35. It was special because the performance was in front of a packed crowd full of Italy Gladiator alumni. It was Throwback Night at the dome and the event was FANtastic!
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…
The Italy Coliseum – In a basketball match that resembled a prize fight, the Italy Gladiators stood toe-to-toe (and head to chin) with the Dallas Gateway Gators for 4 rounds.
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.
Community Alert Cancelled – Italy Police Chief C.V. Johns wants Italy residents to know that an arrest has been made regarding the Community Alert posted Jan. 23 at 2:00 p.m. on the Italy Neotribune.
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.”
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.
On Saturday the 31st of January, IHS’s Powerlifting Team competed in the Rice Invitational. Team members are Freshmen Kaytlyn Bales, Omar Estrada, and Sa’Kendra Norwood, Sophomores Jacob Lopez and Marisela Perez, Juniors Zach Hernandez and Ivan Roldan, and Senior Curtis Cole.
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.
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.
Itasca, Texas – Italy vs Itasca games are always surrounded by high emotions. Thursday night was no different as the both basketball squads took center court adding more fuel to this already explosive rivalry.
Itasca – The fur was flying as the Italy Lady Gladiators had a rematch against the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats Thursday night. After struggling for most of the game, Italy went on a scoring frenzy in the 4th scaring the kitty litter out of Itasca.
Patrick Griffis, 58, passed away Sunday, February 1st, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Born March 6, 1950, to Dick Jefferson and Elizabeth Riddle Griffis in Waxahachie Texas.
New books at the Library.
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.
Courtnei Robinson has what it takes. Currently a sophomore at University of North Texas with a 3.7 gpa. She’s made the Dean’s List.