Silver Spurs earn honors at Houston Stock Show


The Silver Spurs 4-H Club of Ellis County horse judging team added another placing at a major show to their list of 2015 successes while winning the 4th place overall junior team at the Houston Stock Show Horse Judging competition on March 9. Thirty seven teams and 107 individuals challenged their skills at judging horses in the events of halter, stock horse, western riding, hunt seat equitation, and hunter under saddle at the event held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy.

Jeremiah Glover, Art, Italy HS


Jeremiah Glover, Italy HS’s art teacher has worked hard to build on the art program that was in place when he arrived. In addition to teaching his art courses, Mr. Glover has taken and shared many event photos throughout the year.

Low Cost Dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic


Does Your Dog or Cat Need Vaccinations? There will be a low cost Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Italy Water Department Building.

A cancer diagnosis – Charlotte James

Image: Charlotte James was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She is very serious about finding a cure for the disease.

In January of 2009, Charlotte James’s life was forever changed. That was the month that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. That was the month she decided to fight cancer with every ounce of her being. She was determined to do whatever it took to beat cancer. She wanted to live – she did not want to be another statistic.

Jesus Perez, Band Italy ISD

Image: Jesus Perez, Band Italy ISD

Jesus Perez challenges band students to go beyond their current abilities to develop into great musicians. Their ratings collectively show the work both Mr. Perez, his assistant director, and his students have done.

Lions Club Annual BBQ Cook-off reschedule date pending

The Lions Club is looking for a new date to have their annual BBQ Cook-off. The weather did not cooperate this year with their original date and March 20 & 21 is not panning out to be a good date either. They are rescheduling the event and a new date will be posted as soon as possible.

Ellis County Silver Spurs wins big in San Antonio

Image: Silver Spurs 4-H “Green Team” comprised of Alyssa Ingram, Margaret Manning, Paige Tillis and Jacob Ingram won first place junior horse judging team at the San Antonio Stock Show.

Members of the Silver Spurs 4-H Club successfully represented Ellis County at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in Skillathon, Quiz Bowl and Horse Judging contests on February 19th-February 21 and brought home many awards.

Great Texas Warrant Roundup

Representatives of Law Enforcement Agencies and Courts from more than 300 jurisdictions across Texas, including the Italy Police Department, announced today combined efforts to host the 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup beginning Saturday, March 7th.

Casey Holden, Mathematics Italy HS

Image: Casey Holden, Mathematics Italy HS

Casey Holden, an Italy graduate herself, leads the math department for Italy JHS/HS. Her students brag on her ability to teach math even to those who struggle. She is always helpful to any student who needs math assistance—during and outside of school.

One person can make a difference

Image: Dr. Gordy Klatt

Can one person make a difference? According to the American Cancer Society (ACS) it is estimated that 1,660,290 people in the United States will be diagnosed with some type of cancer this year. That number breaks down to 854,790 men and 805,500 women. This estimate does not include basal and squamous cell skin and non-invasive carcinomas, with the exception of urinary bladder cancer. Based on rates from 2008 to 2010, nearly 41 percent of men and women born today will be diagnosed with cancer at some time during their lifetime.

Free Book Fair at Central Baptist Church


Central Baptist Church is having a free book fair and is inviting everyone! Come by the church fellowship center Monday, February 23 thru Wednesday, March 4th and take as many books as you want. It’s all free!

Kelli Ballard, Italy JHS/HS Receptionist

Image: Kelli Ballard, Italy JHS/HS Receptionist

Meet Kelli Ballard, receptionist at Italy JHS/HS, Kelli is an Italy HS graduate; her three children currently attend Italy ISD. She is glad to answer any questions you may have regarding school business. If she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll find someone who does.