“Our Sunflower Friends” Event (Helping Children Fight Cancer)

Image: Adam

October 14, is the third annual “Our Sunflower Friends” event. Our Sunflower Friends is a non-profit 501(c )3 faith based organization that raises money throughout the year and especially during the main event in October for families with children who are battling disease or face hardship due to a life changing accident. This year Our Sunflower Friends is sponsoring two little boys both who are battling cancer.

Parenting class offered at Central Baptist, Italy


Join us for a practical study of the art of parenting. It can be threatening to talk about our parenting skills, but it could also be the catalyst to grow families with deeper roots in Christ and better-working relationships.

Italy’s Annual Main Street Market and Community Wide Garage Sale—October 7, 2017


Its that time again as plans are underway for the 2017 Italy Main Street Market & Community Wide Garage Sale. The date has been set for Saturday, October 7, 2017. The focal point of this event will be an opportunity for community members in and around Italy (including Avalon, Forreston & Milford) to set up mini-garage sale booths in Italy’s downtown Pavilion as well as Italy citizens having garage sales at their home. It will be a great opportunity for everyone to clean out a closet or two as well as finding your next piece for that DIY Pinterest project you have been wanting to do.

Obituary: Tom Little, 1925 — 2017

Image: Tom Little was a vital part of the Italy community for many years.

Thomas H. (Tom) Little was born on June 20, 1925 to William A. and Katie P. Little in Breckenridge, Texas. He passed away peacefully at his home in Waxahachie on September 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Italy Gladiator Alumni Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament September 16, 2017

Image: Italy Gladiator Alumni Softball Tournament bracket

The Italy Gladiator Alumni Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament, a one-day event, will be played on Saturday, September 16, homecoming weekend, with the first games starting at 10:00 a.m. All teams are vying for a chance to take on the 1997 class in the championship game.

Proceeds from baked goods sales will be donated to the Rana Ramirez fund setup at any 1st State Bank location.

Obituary: W.O. Harris, 1935 — 2017


W.O. Harris, born William Ollan, went peacefully to be with the Lord August 31, 2017, while holding Janette’s hand, the love of his life for nearly 33 years. Nothing brought W.O. more joy than his family who surrounded him with so much love. He was a true testament to being a faithful servant of the Lord praying daily for his family and illustrating how a husband, father and Christian should live their life.

IMA annual teacher’s luncheon


Aug 18, the last Friday before school started, the Italy Ministerial Alliance churches provided lunch for the entire Italy ISD staff: administrators, teachers, groundskeepers and custodians, as a thank you for investing in our children and to do something a little different for the teachers and staff after the long week of preparation for the new school year.

Nick Sam earns 2nd degree Black Belt

Image: Pictured is Master Charles Kight chief instructor of the school, Nick and Grand Master BK Park co-founder of Unified Tae Kwon Do School.

On January 2nd 2012 Nick and his parents visited the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro Texas. After a few classes Nick decided he loved Tae Kwon Do. Nick worked extremely hard and after many grading and tournaments he tested for First Degree Black Belt in 2014 and then tested for 2nd Degree Belt in 2017.

Italy Superintendent Update: August 9, 2017

As many of you are aware, the Texas State Legislature is currently in a Special Session. With less than one week to go The House has passed House Bill 21. This bill has potential to increase state funding by $210 per student. This would provide Italy ISD with approximately $124,000.00 of additional revenue to educate our students.

Martha Clarice Irvin October 24, 1941 – August 5, 2017


Martha Clarice Irvin, known by all of her family and friends as “Clarice”; from Italy, Texas, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at her residence. Clarice was born October 24, 1941 in Haralson County, Georgia to the late Otis Sterling King and Nolly Mildred Price King.