With a Federal Communications Commission deadline of January 1, 2013 for narrow-banding of radio communications, Ellis County Commissioners awarded the bid for “Design and Modification for Repairs of VHF Radio System” to BearCom Wireless Worldwide. The action was taken during the Court’s regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, February 27, 2012.
The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have a called meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The lone agenda item for this meeting it to approve the superintendent’s recommendation for Athletic Director.
Marynell K. Perryman, age 76, of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. A native of Heflin, Alabama, she was a retired daycare provider and of the Church of Christ Faith.
This was the fourth year for the Italy Lion’s Club’s (sanctioned by the Lone Star BBQ Society) annual cookoff. According to Arval Gowin (Lions Club president) it was a great success. They had the most entries (cookers) they have ever had. This year there were fifty cooks!
Italy High School/Junior High School has announced that there will be a special schedule next Wednesday for some of the students. This is due to ELA (English, Language Arts) Exit Level TAKS testing for the juniors and the ELA TAKS test for the sophomores. As a result the 7th and 8th graders, the freshmen as well as the seniors will be allowed to sleep in that day
Larry Mayberry, Sr. rejoices the union between his daughter Jennifer Rochelle Hall and her husband Cory Jermain Johnson, a.k.a. The Johnsons!
The Lady Gladiator Softball team will take on the Rio Vista Lady Eagles (at Rio Vista) in their district opener on Monday, March 5th at 5:30. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday the 6th of March but due to this week’s TAKS testing the game was moved back a day.
Charlotte Morgan has been teaching first grade for about twenty-two years at Stafford Elementary and credits Mr. George Scott (a past Italy ISD superintendent) and her husband John Morgan for her success.
The Italy School Board of Trustees voted to extend the contracts of the elementary and high school principals through June 2014 following a three-hour executive session at its board meeting held Monday evening.
Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. and a second Hearing by the Italy City Council on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, located at 105 W. Main Street, Italy, Texas, to consider a request from Albert Garcia for a Specific Use Permit for the sale of used furniture and other house hold items in the yard at 317 E. Travis approximately 0.139 acres on E. Travis, Italy, Texas, according to the plat recorded in volume 01039, Pages 1075. deed of records, Ellis County, Texas.
The Italy High School and Junior High have released their “A” and “A/B” Honor Roll lists for the 4th 6-weeks of the 2011-2012 school year.
There will be a PTO meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:35 a.m. in the Stafford Elementary Library.The agenda focuses on educational goals and needs for the Stafford Elementary students and staff. Door prizes, homework passes along with refreshments will be a part of the meeting.
We recently lost Vonda Jacinto; wife of Pablo, Mother to Kay, and friend to many. Several books have been donated in her memory. From the Tommy Rossa Family: Created To Be God’s Friend: How God Shapes Those He Loves. From the Boriskie Family, Heaven Is For Real, by Todd Burpo, and The Illustrated Guide To The Bible, by J.R. Porter.
The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 27, 2012. Meeting time is set for 7:00pm and will be held in the Italy High School Band Hall at 300 S. College, Italy. The school board has a full agenda this month. Contract renewals for the Elementary and High School principals, teacher resignations, football field bleacher improvements and business regarding the upcoming school board election are among the agenda items to be considered.
Oh boy, was there a lot of excitement in the old Avalon gym on last Friday afternoon! The gym was filled with excited boys and girls because for the first time at Avalon Elementary they were having an awards assembly and would be giving awards for good citizenship, Soaring Eagles (most improved grades), A honor roll, A B honor roll and AR points.
In their home opener this past Tuesday night, the Lady Gladiators dominated the Palmer Lady Bulldogs. They won the contest 9-0 giving senior pitcher, Megan Richards, a shutout for her stat book.
The fourth annual Italy Lions Club BBQ Cook-off in scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th. This event is sanctioned by the Lone Star BBQ Society. As in years past, the cook-off will be staged at the Upchurch Ball Park at 201 E. Dilworth Road in Italy. New this year will be a Cooks Choice category.
Sharon Davis, Italy High School guidance counselor is striving to keep the Italy High School students in-the-know of important dates and deadlines. She shares the following dual credit course information.
The Italy Police Department is extending the deadline for accepting applications for the 1st Citizen Police Academy Class to March 1, 2012. The first class will begin March 12, 2012 (instead of March 5, 2012 as stated earlier) from 6:00 p.m. til 9:00 p.m. and will continue every Monday for 8 weeks. Students will also get to ride along with an officer for a partial shift.
The City of Italy and the Italy Economic Development Corporation closed Friday on the purchase of the former Wayne Boze Memorial Chapel located at 161 W. Main, according to Teri Murdock, city secretary/administrator. The facility, renamed the Boze Community Center, will soon be in service as a community center for local residents.
Baseball season always begins with a little cold weather. However, die hard fans are ready for that with sleeping bags and blankets in the stands. The Italy Gladiators hosted their first exhibition game against Waxahachie Faith Family this past Thursday night.
On February 10-11, 2012, Italy High School’s FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) took part in a regionals leadership competition in Waco. Fifteen Italy High School students competed in two categories — STAR and LEO. As a result there will be nine students advancing to the State competition in Dallas on April 12-15, 2012.
The Commissioner of Education, Robert Scott, announced that is he deferring implementation of the new 15 percent grading requirement connected to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness End-Of-Course examinations. In the press release, he leaves it up to each district to decide whether or not they are deferring this requirement.
Italy Gladiator Band Booster Fundraiser is holding a raffle for a 2012 Texas Ranger 11 Game Pass for 2 people, including Opening Day! A total of 22 tickets good for 11 games of exciting Ranger action.
If you are interested in strength training, sculpting your torso, kickboxing or hiring a personal trainer, Jennifer Rendon has a new business you might be interested in. Located at 113 Chambers Drive, Dumbbells and Whistles Fitness has just opened to the public.
Italy’s JV Gladiators end the season with a blowout win over Axtell to seal the district championship.
Residents planning on running for the Italy City Council or Italy School Board of Trustees must turn in a completed packet before 5 p.m. on Monday, March 5, to either city hall or the school administration building, respectively. Elections will be held May 12 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Italy will try to rally in the first round of the playoffs tomorrow against the Franklin Lions after enduring a tough loss to the Whitney Wildcats to determine seeding this past Friday night.
Brenda Dianne Jaynes, age 40, of Italy, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2012 at her home from a long battle with cancer. She was born March 30, 1971 to Paul David and Barbara (Henley) Skaggs in Antlers, Oklahoma. She married Carl Jaynes on December 29, 1996 in San Leon, Texas. Dianne was a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, and will be greatly missed.
Italy Powerlifting Team competes in Blooming Grove, Kaytlyn Bales achieves personal best to earn 1st place in her weight class.
Strike Zone Tournaments announces their Spring/Summer 2012 Schedule. All tournaments are Super Series Baseball of America national qualifiers.
Ellis County officials gathered Friday evening to recognize employees for their years of service to the public.
The Family Dollar Corporation had planned to construct a retail store in Italy and discussed plans with city officials for about a year but plans have changed according to T.W. Howell, corporate representative.
The Italy High School junior class hosted the 2012 Junior High Valentine’s Dance, Saturday, February 11th in the George E. Scott Gym.
The Italy Gladiator Regiment Band and Booster Club would like to thank the many generous people of this community who donated items and who attended the spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday evening.
Senior lineman *Larry Mayberry, Jr. will be representing the Italy Gladiators in the 2011 FCA SuperCentex Victory Bowl to be played at Floyd Casey Stadium on the Baylor University campus on Saturday, June 9, 2012.
Midlothian Mega Bowl! Italy Gladiators to duel with the Whitney Wildcats for the district crown Friday night in Midlothian. Mega Bowl!
It was very, very cold the night of Dianne Jaynes fundraiser. But the citizens of the small community of Italy, Texas was not going to let a little bad weather bother them and as usual came out in full to support one of their own, Dianne Jaynes and her family.
The Lady Gladiators will travel to Waco-Midway High School on Thursday through Saturday (February 23rd through 25th) to participate in Waco-Midway’s 2nd annual varsity tournament. Pool play will be on Thursday (February 23rd) and bracket play will begin on Friday (February 24th) and go thru Saturday (February 25th).
The Italy Band Boosters were successful with their spaghetti dinner Saturday night raising more than $3,000 that will be used for scholarships, band instruments and various other needs of the Italy ISD band program.
Residents interested in running for the Italy City Council must turn in a completed packet to city hall before 5 p.m. on Monday, March 5.
Born in Durant Oklahoma in 1926 to Vergie Lee Moore and Hubert Randolph “Teddy” Riddle, Elizabeth moved with her family to the Italy area in 1930, where she attended Hamrock and Italy schools, graduating from Italy High in 1944.
The Italy City Council will have their monthly meeting on Monday, February 13th, 2012. The meeting will be held at the Council Chambers, 105 Main Street, Italy. Meeting time is 6:30pm. The agenda slates four Regular Session items and one Closed Session item.
A listing of a few of the upcoming events at the Sokol Activity Center in Ennis. They are located at 2622 E Hwy 34 just east of Ennis. For more info www.sokolennis.com or 972-875-7959.
As if the news of the death of 2007 IHS graduate, Shelley Nance, was not shocking enough, the story of the investigation surrounding her murder is heartbreaking.
Mrs. Davis, Italy HS/JHS Counselor, has published a few reminders to help the Italy High School’s 2012 graduating class stay on top of things as the move towards graduation in the spring.
The Avalon Water and Sewer Service Corporation (AWSSC) met Thursday evening for their regular monthly meeting. Agenda were on discussing purchase of Gillespie land, discussion on whether to pay for Gregg Rodriguez medical expenses and upgrades to wastewater pump.
The Italy Gladiator Regiment Band Booster Club will be hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Feb 11, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Cafe.
2012 Personal Ads Are Here! Personal ad space is available for purchase for Italy ISD students in the 2011-2012 yearbook, The Gladiator.
The Lady Gladiator softball team will travel to Forney, Texas on Thursday, Feburary 16th, and Saturday, February 18th, for the Forney-North Forney Invitational Softball Tournament. There will be some great match ups both days so come out and support your Lady Gladiators.