The Italy National Junior Honor Society hosted their annual induction ceremony on Monday night in the band hall. Marjorie Bridge is the Chapter Advisor and she is very proud of her upcoming group.
You alone can make a difference in your community!
Monday morning at 9 a.m. students at Stafford Elementary began Red Ribbon week activities. Accompanied by Mrs. Bedard, school counselor, and Rita Garza, school nurse, children put their hand prints on a huge red banner signifying their desire to live a drug free life.
There was a scheduled Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday evening, 8 p.m., at Express Electronics. Some of the concerned citizens of Italy wanted to begin again, to re-establish the Chamber of Commerce for Italy, to help make the community grow.
The government class at Italy High School is sponsoring a Presidential “Mock Election”, on election day Tuesday, November 4 during A & B lunch. We are going to be registering students Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday — October 29-31 during A & B Lunch. Students, forgetting to register is giving up your right to vote. Protect that right, register.
Ellis County will provide free dump days for its citizens on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the County Barn located at 933 College Street in Italy.
Saturday afternoon Milford ISD was filled with compassionate, loving and caring citizens of Milford, Texas. Everyone came out in support of little Chloe Evan’s need of a hearing aid. The response to her need was heartwarming and heartfelt.
Central Baptist Church of Italy will host a special citywide prayer service on Saturday, Nov. 1, beginning at 10 a.m.
If you were at the IHS football game on Friday night, you saw old friends and the hustle and bustle of activities. Some even may have won a prize.
Scruffy is a male Terrier mix. He is one year old. He is a little shy at first but once he gets to know you he is wonderful. He is a very sweet dog. He will need a soft hand in training. He wants to have a permanent home.
Homecoming week has been phenomenal this year. Fun things from daily contests to bonfires and parades. Italy High School students participated in the best time of their lives.
Sometimes people work much longer than they should because of their age or health concerns. I know it must be hard to make that decision. I have done some soul searching the past few weeks and have had to make a very hard decision that I will share with everyone.
The Italy Band Boosters will meet on Tuesday, October 28 in the high school library at 7 p.m. We will be discussing final arrangements for our spaghetti dinner fund raiser on November 8 at the Uptown Cafe and upcoming events.
In the past, Italy High School was able to celebrate Homecoming with a bonfire. Then for many years, because of the burn ban or other inabilities to organize, the Seniors did not have one. This year, though not a school sponsored event, they have come full circle and achieved the bonfire once more!
Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Red Oak Municipal Center the fight was on. What fight, you may ask? The fight against cancer. There were 20 to 25 ladies and two men discussing strategies on how to wage war on cancer.
On Thursday afternoon, Trinity Mission was rocking and rolling with Clyde Farrell and his guitar. Tunes such as; “I Love Texas”, “Angelina”, “Whiskey Drinking”, “Western Tale”, “Gate Post”, “Outlaw Billy”, “Old Cowhand” and many more could be heard everywhere you went.
At Italy High School, you can see colors running everywhere. The contest is to see how many students dress in the color assigned to their class. Mrs. Ann Hyles, freshman sponsor, said, “This is TAKS retesting week, as well as Homecoming. The main objective is to teach. But we are still wanting to have some fun, but we keep it low key.”
As the lights shown on Willis Field Friday night, the honors did as well. Annalee Lyons became the 2008 Homecoming Queen.
ITALY — The Italy Gladiators steam rolled over the Wortham Bulldogs 39-0 on Friday night for their homecoming game. Italy hit the field ready for the contest and never let up until the final buzzer.
It is time for box top collecting again! The children at Stafford Elementary are being asked to collect box tops. The box tops will be counted once every six weeks. They will be collected by each grade (Pre-school through 6th grade) and every six weeks the grade that collects the most box tops will win a “Box Top Party” sponsored by one of the local businesses.
In 1986, George E. Scott started a scholarship fund to help deserving Italy High School graduates with money to attend college. The George E. Scott Memorial Scholarship Committee continues that vision. They are hosting a barbecue dinner fundraiser Friday, October 24 in the High School Cafeteria from 5-7 p.m. for $6 per person. Bubba’s of Ennis will cater the dinner. Come share the spirit of Homecoming, the vision of George Scott and some great barbecue.
The Lady Gladiators hosted Covington this week. The volleyball teams were equally ready to play, but the Lady Owls were brought to a screeching halt at the end of the night.
Wow! This is a busy weekend. If you don’t think so, just take a look…
Success has decided to follow the Italy Gladiator Regiment Band wherever it marches! With that kind of following, it’s no wonder the IHS Band stands tall in the winner’s circle shining the brightest gold for this new school year. Last week’s two marching contests affirmed that Italy’s band is making an impression by outscoring all district competitors.
Tuesday night, was the IYAA bonfire and what a night it was. You started your evening off with pizza, pizza and more pizza! Parents and their children did not go hungry.
This morning, the Homecoming bonfire committee rescheduled tonight’s burn to Thursday due to:
Well, apparently it is a lot of fun to hit an object with a sledge hammer. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female. Just ask the students at Italy High School.
Bring Mom, Dad, Grandma and the kids to the Annual Monolithic Dome Tour on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 177 Dome Park Place, right off of Kinfolk Lane in Italy.
For the life of me I cannot understand why some young people become so special to me, but it just happens. Out of the blue, a kid will come along that just gets to me. Several years ago Rodney Shaw was that kid. We bonded from the first time we met — he ended up being like a son to me. Since he passed away in 1990, there is an empty spot in my heart.
Central Baptist Church in Italy will be hosting a Meet and Greet for Todd Gray, pastoral candidate coming in view of a call, on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.
If you were wondering about Italy Homecoming and if you were able to be a part of the hoopla, festivities and fun. The answer is yes. Here’s how…
First Baptist Church of Italy youth began selling barbecue Saturday and will continue to have fundraisers until their goal is met.
The Italy School Board of Trustees named Craig Bales athletic director and head coach at the board’s monthly meeting held Monday evening.
The Italy School Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from Carolyn Maevers, Stafford Elementary Principal, regarding student tardiness at its monthly meeting held Monday evening.
The Italy School Board of Trustees learned the details of the district’s 2006-2007 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas at a public hearing held Monday evening.
Italy High School Honor Rolls for the first six-weeks of the 2008-2009 school year:
Stafford Elementary Honor Rolls for the first six-weeks of the 2008-2009 school year:
Gladiator fever has hit and is definitely evident around town. You know when you drive down Main Street that it is Homecoming week because of the displays on the merchant’s windows. Shiny gold bows also have been tied around posts to boost spirit.
In a called meeting Monday night, the Italy City Council met in executive session for over an hour to discuss employee pay raises, interview a candidate for the City Administrator/Secretary position and discuss filling the position.
Today begins early voting for November 4 elections. In Texas, a registered voter may vote early for any reason, and Ellis county voters can vote early at any early polling location within their comissioner district. Go to Finding my Polling Place on the Texas Secretary of State web page or Ellis county voters can go to the Voter Registration Office located at 106 S. Monroe Street in Waxahachie.
Tonight Italy’s city council will hold a called meeting to review résumés, interview candidates and possibly take “necessary action” regarding the position of city administrator/secretary. The council also plans to act on employee pay raises. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal building at 105 Main Street. All are welcome to attend.
Shaggy is a three-year-old male Briard mix. He weighs 60 pounds and is the best dog. He is good with a crowd, good with other animals and good with kids. He is house trained, walks on a leash — just a great dog.
The winds of change are blowing through Gladiator Land. The new head coach for the girls basketball team is Stacy McDonald and she has some new plans for the Lady Gladiators.
I attended Gladiator football games 10-15 years ago when my eldest son played football. I have not attended many varsity football games since that time until this year.
[Editor’s Note October 22, 2008 12:37 p.m.
Here is a link to There is Spirit in the Bells, an article from August 22, 2005 that talks about the history of the bells.]
Do you shop at Belk’s Department Store? If you don’t now, you might change your mind when you read about the charity event they are hosting. The closest store is located on Hwy 77 near the Target in Waxahachie. On Saturday, November 15, Belk is hosting a sale to benefit First United Methodist Church of Italy and other local charities.
HUBBARD — Trying new plays paid off for the Italy Gladiators Friday night with a 28-8 win over the Hubbard Jaguars. Quarterback Jasenio Anderson led the Gladiators with 109 yards rushing and 163 yards passing. He hit his receivers 10 of 13 for 141 yards in the first half alone.
Now here is a day dedicated just for your sweetie! It is an opportunity for you to so something special for that sweet and special someone in your life. It doesn’t matter who that person is, or what their relationship is to you. They just have to be “sweet” in order to get a little special attention.
Life Charter found it difficult to contain Justin Buchanan Thursday night at Willis field. Buchanan racked up 76 yards rushing and 192 yards passing. With only 12 players, Italy had their work cut out for them and would have to play both ways with little or no relief. They handled the challenge and proved they would do whatever it takes to bring home the victory.
Italy hosted Hubbard on Thursday night and the game went down to the wire, but Italy lost in the final seconds 20-12.