Red Ribbon week

Image: Red Ribbon week — There are better things to do than drugs.

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.

IHS mock election registration

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.

Chloe Evan’s fundraiser

Image: Chloe and her dad — Ty Evans and his daughter Chloe.

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.

Adopt Me – Bingo, Dingo and Scruffy

Image: Bingo — Bingo would love to go home with you.

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.

Time to quit

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.


Italy Band Boosters meeting

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.

Old traditional bonfire brought back

Image: Homecoming bonfire — The Senior class gathers together for reflection and fun at the Homecoming bonfire.

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!

Clyde Farrell entertains residents with song

Image: Clyde Farrell — Clyde Farrell delighting the residents with song.

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.

Colors today, Spirit tomorrow

Image: IHS Principal, Scott Herald — Friendly smile and colorful tie, Mr. Herald welcomes everyone to Color Day during Homecoming Week.  Also, if you check, all of the colors of the classes are represented in his neckwear.

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.”

Italy shuts out Wortham

Image: Honored Veterans — The FFA take time to smile with our honored veterans, Karen Mathiowetz and Joe “Spit” Knott. Mathiowetz graduated from IHS in 1968 and served in the US Air Force. Knott graduated in 1949 and served in the Marines.

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.

Box top time again at Stafford

Image: Jennifer Dickerson  — Jennifer Dickerson, Pre-school teacher, said, " We receive 10 cents for each box top. Stafford has collected over $2,200.00 in the past few years with this program."

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.

The George E. Scott Memorial Scholarship dinner

Image: George E. Scott dinner — Enjoy a barbecue dinner and give back to future graduates of IHS.

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.

IHS Band brings home the Gold – Again

Image: We’re number 1 — When it comes to band competitions, 1 is the score you want to see.

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.

IYAA bonfire

Image: IYAA bonfire — Shouts and cheers went up as the bon fire went up in flames.

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.

Whack-A-Car is a hit

Image: Whack-A-Car — The sophomore class is hosting the fundraiser “Whack-A-Car”.  They will be raising money for prom and their senior trip.  The car was donated by A Wright Way Tire Service of Italy.

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.

A special wish for one of my kids

Image: Ryan Ashcraft — Happy 16th Birthday, Ryan.

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.

Yes, there will be a bonfire

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…

Italy spirit and excitement growing

Image: Artist Barry Byers — Original drawings by Barry Byers promote Homecoming spirit.

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.

City hires new administrator/secretary

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.

Early voting starts today

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.

City administrator/secretary and employee pay raises

Image: City called meeting agenda — The Italy city council is holding a called meeting to address the city administrator/secretary position and employee pay raises.

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.

Adopt me – Shaggy and Savannah

Image: Shaggy — Shaggy is a lovable dog in need of a home.

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.

Italy ISD to review FIRST rating and TRE results

Image: FIRST Public hearing agenda — The Italy ISD board of directors will review Italy’s FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating and take public comment on the state report.
Tonight, the board of directors will conduct a public hearing to review and take comments on Italy ISD’s rating from FIRST — Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. In a regular meeting the directors will recognize Melissa Bedard as Employee of the Month; review academic, financial and enrollment reports; and look at the Tax Rollback Election (TRE) results. Personnel considerations will include the appointment of Athletic Director and Business Manager. The board will also consider changing the meeting place for board meetings. The public hearing will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the regular board meeting at 7 p.m. in the Italy Administration building at 300 South College. All are welcome to attend.

Belk to have a charity sale

Image: Jan Parker has tickets — Jan Parker, Coordinator of the Lord’s Acre Sale, has tickets enough for everyone. They are $5 and every penny goes to First United Methodist of Italy Lord’s Acre, plus you get a little something too.

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.

Gladiators bring home another district win

Image: The Gladiators win — The Gladiators bursting out of the tunnel, bearing their banner high and ready to play.

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.

October 18 is Sweetest Day

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.

Italy JV hands Life Charter 32-22 loss

Image: IHS JV team — The IHS Junior High Cheerleaders form the victory line for JV.

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.