I am seeking a seat on the school board because of my passion for education first and foremost. Second, my passion for the IHS community at large. Third, I feel that diversity and honest open communication are the keys to progress in any organization according to best practices.
In an email received by the Italy Neotribune, Mr. Jerry E. Tekell stated that he has decided to bow out of the upcoming Italy City Council race.
The baseball team has a variety of items up for sale online thru their new web page. Items range from hoodies, golf shirts, t-shirts, bags, and hats. Check out their new site and get your Gladiator Baseball gear on!
Italy resident and Pastor James Johnson has reschedule a prayer time to pray for the city and its leaders. The meeting was originally planned for March 23 but due to the weather conditions, he rescheduled the prayer time to Sunday, March 30.
The math department at Italy High School has put together a MATH BLITZ for the all the 8th graders, a a four-day tutorial session to help students prepare for their upcoming STAAR Test.
The Board of Trustees of Italy Independent School District welcomed Jamie Velasco to his first board meeting as the new superintendent.
During the regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation Monday night Charles Hyles (president) reported on the progress of the walking trail at Upchurch Ball Fields. He said the sand volleyball court is now ready to be put in. The sand has arrived and was donated by Jarod Mandrell. Hyles also reported there is $2,925.00 left in the walking trail fund.
On March 21st, 2014, the Italy Police Department received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program.
The First day of Italy Junior High School’s Math Blitz to get the 8th graders ready for the STAAR test was a awesome success. Students had a lot of fun and got their learn on. All IJHS 8th graders are more than welcome to attend on Wednesday, March 26th from 3-5 pm and on Thursday, March 27th from 3-5pm as well.
If the kids have been driving you crazy, then you deserve a night out! Come drop off your kids for a fun time of dinner, games, snacks and movies.
Italy ISD will have school on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. This is a make-up day for the bad weather day on March 3, 2014.
The Italy Economic Development Corporation will have their monthly meeting on Monday, March 24, 2014. The meeting will be held in the Italy Council Chambers at 105 West Main Street, Italy and will begin at 6:00pm.
The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 24, 2014. The meeting is slated for 7:00pm and is scheduled to be held in the Italy High School Cafeteria at 300 S. College Street, Italy.
Having been born and raised in Dallas, Stephanie Penner is now enjoying life in our small town of Italy. Having only been living in Italy for four years now she is still in awe of the quiet country life, the lesser traffic and the slower pace.
Strong winds and a turbulent terrain added to Italy’s uphill battle against Itasca to open district play.
The Gladiator Athletic Booster Club will have a meeting on Monday, March 24 at 5:30pm in the Italy High School Library. All parents, coaches and supporters of Italy High School athletic programs are urged to attend. The new administration has requested several changes in fundraising policies and procedures and these need to be discussed in detail.
Italy High School seniors have been working very hard to pursue their future endeavors. Several students have been accepted to a post-secondary school. We also have several students who have applied and are awaiting their acceptance letters.
The Italy Community Activities Committee held their second meeting Monday night at 5:30 PM. Committee members in attendance were: Ronda Cockerham, Nancy Hinojosa, Chelsea Beets, Christopher Baker, Christina Ward, Sarah Reid and Joseph Barrett.
Italy resident and Pastor James Johnson is urging all residents to join him Sunday evening, March 23, as he “Prays for the City of Italy.” Johnson said the city needs to find unity, not diversity.
In the city council meeting the citizens spoke openly with Mayor James Hobbs and the council members expressing their opinions regarding the purchase of street and water equipment. Jimmie Hyles addressed the chug holes and the cost of the equipment to repair the matter.
Italy’s JV Gladiators open the Milford JV Invitational baseball tournament on Saturday, March 22 starting at 9:00 a.m. against Milford’s JV Bulldogs.
Avalon ISD has been nominated for the 2014 National Blue Ribbon School recognition out of 8,000 schools by the Texas Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams. There were only twenty five campuses in Texas that were nominated and Avalon ISD was one of them! Winners will be announced in Washington in September.
The Lady Gladiators had a long night against visiting Maypearl but the season is still young and Italy is determined to get back into the win column.
In a special called meeting on Monday night, the Italy ISD Board of Trustees went into executive session to discuss establishing a new administrative position of an assistant principal. After meeting for a little over an hour in executive session, the board reconvened into open session and took no action on the item. They then moved to adjourn the meeting.
Avalon ISD will hold its pre-kindergarten and kindergarten round-up for children ages 3-5 years old on March 21, 2014.
Many of us knew and liked Tim Archer, who passed away on March 2. He was a student of history, an avid reader, and a Vietnam veteran who served his country bravely and well.
The Italy City Council will have a special called meeting on Monday, March 17, 2014 in the Council Chambers at 105 West Main Street, Italy. Meeting time is slated for 6:00pm. The agenda includes three agenda items requested by the mayor to readdress the two resolutions and one ordinance that was voted on at last week’s meeting along with two other agenda items.
February 24 ,2014 March 12, 2014 the City of Italy’s Works Water System will be changing the disinfectant that use from chlorine to chloramines. This change is intended to benefit our customers by reducing the levels of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in the system, while still providing protection from waterborne disease.
The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have a special called meeting on Monday, March 17th. Meeting time is slated for 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Italy ISD Administration Office Conference Room at 300 S. College Street, Italy.
The award winning Italy Gladiator Regiment Band held its annual Spaghetti Dinner as a scholarship fundraiser for its band members on Saturday. With the Uptown Cafe buzzing throughout the event, the band had one of its most successful dinners yet!
Congratulations to the Italy Gladiator Regiment band for earning straight 1st division ratings from all three concert judges and all 3 sight reading judges at the Region 8 UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest. The contest was held at Groesbeck High School on March 5-6.
Drama continues at city hall as the mayor and the council continue to resist each other. After the mayor declared that some of the “motions were not proper” the council disagreed and actually voted to go into executive session while the mayor continued on with the next items. Once the council had moved out of the chambers the city attorney had to stop the mayor by telling him that there was no quorum. After a long closed session, the council quickly approved all of the remaining items, including the ones restoring Dean Carrell and Teri Murdock.
Central Baptist Church pastor, Joseph Barrett will have free guitar classes. Classes will be held on Monday nights at 7:00pm at The Cornerstone ( 205 E. Main Street, Italy).
On Monday, March 10th at around 5:15pm, an Italy Police Officer working a traffic detail on I-35E was notified of a pedestrian vs. automobile accident in the northbound lanes of I-35E near mile marker 386 (just prior to the HWY 34 exit ramp).
TaMarcus Sheppard and Darol Mayberry will represent Italy in the 6th Annual Super Centex FCA Victory Bowl, as members of the Red Team, while Shad Newman and Zain Byers will be representing Italy during the 3rd Annual North Texas Bowl DFW East/West Classic All-Star game being played at Pennington Field as members of the West Squad.
Calling all Gladiator fans! The tournament championship will be Monday, March 10, between the Italy Gladiators and the Blooming Grove Lions starting at 5:00 p.m. at Davidson Field in Italy.
Magic Mirror Hair Salon In Italy is in need of a hair stylist A.S.A.P. Work Monday thru Friday or Tuesday thru Saturday at the least. Contact Frances Whitener at: (817) 233-5401 or (972) 483-7259.
The Italy City Council will have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 10, 2014. Meeting time is slated for 6:00pm and will be held in the Council Chambers at 105 West Main Street, Italy.
Editors Note: Page 2 of Agenda added at 5:35pm 3/8/14
The Italy Gladiator baseball team was on their way to Davidson Field when head coach Jon Cady announced their tournament championship duel against the Blooming Grove Lions has been cancelled due to weather concerns. The game has been moved to Monday.
The Shooting Sports 4-H Club of Ellis County hosted a successful youth archery tournament on February 22 at the Ellis County Expo in Waxahachie. A total of 109 archers from 17 counties competed to see who could result in the highest marking scores.
Joseph Sage and Lupita Rincon were participants this year at the Star-Telegram Stock Show Art Contest at Fort Worth. Lupita entered her 2-D pastel of an American Indian Chief with Joseph entering his 3-D sculpture of his Jean Cowboy hat.
Dean Carrell, Italy’s public works director, was convicted of felony theft while serving as City Manager of Sonora, Texas. Records obtained by the Italy Neotribune reveal that Carrell pled guilty on December 13, 2011 to a second degree felony of theft as a public servant. Carrell’s plea agreement was a ten year suspended sentence, $1000 fine, 240 hours community service, $249 court costs, and $20,000 in restitution.
Editors Note: Link to Facebook comments added 3/10/14-10:50am
The Italy High School junior class has the 2014 prom tickets for sale thru Friday, March 7th. Tickets are $35.00 each and are available for purchase in the Italy High School library.
Congratulations to the following students for making the Italy High School honor roll list for the fourth 6 weeks of the 2013-2014 school year.
The Gladiators entered the Blooming Grove tournament looking for their first win of the season. This week they were looking for a spot in the trophy case to display their team’s shiny new plaque.
The Italy Gladiators land 8 basketball players onto the all-district list including senior TaMarcus Sheppard who earned Defensive MVP honors and Trevon Robertson who was named to the 1st team.
Mary Doyle Bobo of Fort Worth, formerly of Austin, passed away February 25. She was a 1936 graduate of Italy High School.
The U.S. Army is promoting a free unique program, March 2 Success. The March 2 Success program is an on-line test preparation website. The program is to assist students, for free, for the SAT/ACT College Entrance Tests, Trade School Entrance Tests, Military Entrance Test, and Job Application preparation.
Italy ISD has added an additional resource for our students in their quest for scholarships. We are encouraging students to visit http://www.collegeguidanceconsultants.com/.
Annice Marie Elliott, 81, a longtime resident of Fort Worth, joined her beloved husband, Bill J. Eillott, in heaven on Saturday, March 1, 2014. A private graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3 in Granbury Cemetery.