Monday, January 23, 2012, head baseball coach Josh Ward will be having a baseball player/baseball parent meeting at 6:30 in the High School Library.
Randall L. Mauldin, age 64, of Daingerfield passed away from this life January 11, 2012 at his home. Lee’s dedicated and loyal caregiver, Brenda Karnac, was at his bedside. He was born November 03, 1947 in Dallas, Texas to Julius Barton and Sammie Lee (McCarley) Mauldin. Lee, his parents, and brother previously lived in Waco, Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee and attended Protestant Episcopal Churches in those cities. He served in the U S Air Force from the mid 1960’s until a serious automobile accident in late June 1969 ceased that career. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have a special called meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Meeting time is set for 6:00pm and will be held in the Italy ISD Administration Office at 300 S. College, Italy. The agenda slates this meeting for the purpose of a superintendent evaluation.
The Avalon Water and Sewer Service Corporation (AWSSC) met Thursday evening for their regular scheduled meeting. Topics for discussion were on purchasing the Gillespie land and discussion on the KSA Engineering contract.
On Monday, January 9, 2012, the Ellis County Commissioners Court appointed Joseph Stewart as the new Fire Marshal. Stewart will also act as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the County.
On Monday, January 16th from 6am to 10pm Chick-fil-A in Waxahachie will donate a portion of their profits to the Donovan Lusk Memorial Fund. It is really easy, go eat there, by either dining in or drive thru. When you pay hand your receipt back to the employee, and tell them it’s for Donovan Lusk. They will do the rest. At the end of the night they will total all receipts and donate the 15% of your purchase to the Donovan Lusk Memorial Fund.
The IJH boys basketball season certainly is in full swing right now. The 7th grade still are at the top of their game as they play undefeated. They finished their battle against the Wildcats on Thursday night with another win under their belt.
A discussion-only agenda item regarding a possible increase in weight limits on Arrowhead Road, adjacent to the property commonly referred to as the Superconducting Super Collider, brought a large and concerned, but respectful, crowd to Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court.
Three council seats are up for election, according to Teri Murdock, city secretary/administrator, at the Italy City Council’s monthly meeting held Monday evening. Those seats are currently held by James Hobbs, Dennis Perkins Jr. and Bruce Utley.
During the 80th legislative session, SB 393 declared the second Tuesday in January as “Volunteers for Democracy Day” to recognize the tens of thousands of Texans “who make valuable contributions to the nation’s democratic system.”
The City of Italy Planning and Zoning Board will have a called meeting Tuesday, January 10, 2012. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building at 105 West Main Street, Italy. Meeting time is 5:00pm. The agenda slates there will be discussion of a variance request by T.W. Howell, Developer for Family Dollar Stores.
The Avalon Water and Sewer Service Corporation (AWSSC) met Thursday evening for a special meeting to decide on contracting with KSA Engineers, contracting with Dean Carrell and to hear a statement by Carol Gillespie (land owner) concerning the the sewer plant.
The Italy City Council will have their monthly meeting on Monday, January 9th, 2012. The meeting will be held at the Council Chambers, 105 Main Street, Italy. Meeting time is 6:30pm. The agenda slates three Regular Session items.
The Boosters of the Italy Gladiator Regiment band will meet on Monday, January 9, 2012. There will be an in-depth discussion and planning session for the upcoming fundraiser in February as well as candy sales. It is important that all the band students have parent representation at this meeting. Meeting time and location is 6:30pm in the IHS band hall.
Lorene Winchester was loved by many, many people. She was one of those people that after you met her she just touched your life with a little bit of joy. She loved people, she loved kids and she loved her job.
The Italy Economic Development Corporation and the Italy City Council approved the financing for a community center – the Boze Building located at 161 W. Main — at called meetings Thursday evening.
Final IYAA Basketball signups and an open shoot-a-round for players will be Saturday, January 7, from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 noon inside the old Italy gym.
The second annual Men and Boys Community Chili Dinner took place at the Cornerstone on Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. Several churches throughout the town were represented. Family Fellowship Church, First Baptist Church of Italy, and Central Baptist Church all had church members attend the dinner. Murray Wainscott was in charge of putting it together and he did a great job.
The Italy EDC will have their monthly meeting on Thursday, January 5 at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building at 105 Main Street, Italy. The agenda for this called meeting contains three action items.
There will be a called meeting of the Italy City Council on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 6:30pm. The council will discuss and consider necessary action(s) regarding Resolution R11-0105-01A, a Resolution approving a program of the Italy Economic Development Corporation, Inc.; approving a resolution of the Corporation authorizing the issuance and sale of sales tax revenue bonds by the Corporation; approving a sales tax remittance agreement; and enacting other provisions relating to the subject.
The City of Italy Park Board will have their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, January 3, 2012. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building at 105 West Main Street, Italy. Meeting time is set for 5:30pm. Discussion regarding the recent Christmas Festival is slated on the agenda.
Elva McConnell, age 86, of Italy, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. She was born July 25, 1925 in Lewisville, Texas to Newton Payne and Zula Mae (Nowlin) Gentry. She had been married to Zack McConnell for 66 years before his death in 2009.
My mother, Beverly Carter is a resident of Trinity Mission in Italy, Texas. While we were putting away the Christmas decorations in her room, I noticed there were more decorations to put away than I remembered putting out earlier in December.
Now you will know her as a certified police officer.
The Central Baptist Prime Timers meal will not be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at noon. The entree will be fried chicken. Everyone that is attending is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. For more information, please contact Jo Ivy at (972) 483-6482.
You might have a dilemma. Where will you go to ring in the new year? You could stay home or you could travel. There are many activities from which to choose for the beginning of 2012. The only problem you will have is deciding which way to drive.
Tonight, December 28, 2011, Central Baptist Church of Italy will sponsor a Chili Supper. All men and boys of the community are invited to attend. The menu will feature Murray Wainscott’s famous chili along with Curtis Riddle’s delicious beans. There will be a guest speaker along with music and fellowship. Come join in on the fun tonight at 6:30pm at the Cornerstone Building of Central Baptist Church (205 E. Main Street, Italy).
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for January and February of 2012. These meals are subject to change.
Following through with the Court’s directive to actively pursue cost savings on all fronts, Ellis County Purchasing Agent Alisha Wickens asked Commissioners for approval to participate in two cooperative purchasing programs, the National Joint Purchasing Association and the Cooperative Purchasing Network.
Dennis Neal Roth, age 50, of Canyon Lake, TX passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011 at his home. He was born November 26, 1961 in Jacksonville, Illinois to Rolland and Vera Roth.
Police Chief Diron Hill welcomed friends and family of our local police department to the 2011 Italy PD awards banquet on Saturday night. Several commendations were given and Officer Eric Tolliver was awarded Officer of the Year. Sue Lauhoff was honored as Civilian Employee of the Year.
No one can say that Italy does not have the Christmas Spirit. Everywhere you go in Italy you can see Christmas lights galore. Santa Clauses, snowmen, lolly pops, nativity scenes, Christmas trees and candy canes can be seen scattered throughout the town.
The Italy Gladiator Regiment Band performed for students, family and friends on Thursday night in the George Scott gymnasium. Music was prepared with hard, diligent work and Band Director Jesus Perez guided the students with ease as they played their instruments.
What a great month to have a birthday! December is the month that we celebrate Christmas and in the case of Trinity Mission they also celebrate birthdays, ten of them this year to be exact.
Italy’s JV Boys basketball team hits their stride just in time for district.
The Italy JV Gladiator Boys basketball team begins to peak in time for their district competition.
The varsity Gladiator boys begin district tonight against Whitney at home in the dome. This will be the third district game for both the JV & varsity Lady Gladiators. Italy JV Boys will play in the old gym starting at 5:00 p.m.
Additional photographs of the Italy Gladiators Varsity Boys basketball team during preseason action.
The Lady Gladiators traveled to Axtell last Friday night for game two of their district schedule. Losing by a mere three points, the Lady Gladiators put up a relentless battle against the Lady Longhorns of Axtell.
Lady Gladiator basketball senior, Kaitlyn Rossa, will be trading in her gladiator helmet for a pirate’s hat next fall now that she has verbally committed to Southwestern University located in Georgetown.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas and lots of Christmas Cheer. That is what was happening at Trinity Mission last week. Santa showed up at Trinity Mission to make a special appearance for the residents’ Christmas party.
The theme this year at Italy High School is perfect attendance. We all know the more you are in school, the more you are going to learn.
Jay Fox, CEO of Baylor Medical Center of Waxahachie, and David Anderson, CEO of Ennis Regional Medical Center, encouraged Ellis County to enter into an Affiliation Agreement under a State program that allows local governments and private hospitals to work together. For every dollar that the County contributes toward indigent health care, the hospitals will potentially be able to receive matching Federal Funds of $1.39.
Italy Police Department officers escorted five Stafford Elementary students to Walmart to “Shop with a cop” on Thursday followed by lunch and a Christmas gift wrapping party.
The Lady Gladiators will travel to Meridian, Texas on December 27 and 28 to complete in the annual Holiday Classic basketball tournament there. Game one for the Lady Gladiators will be Tuesday, December 27 at 10:30am where the Ladies will take on the Huckabay Lady Indians.
Ho! Ho! Ho! It is Christmas time at Milford ISD. Thursday evening the gymnasium was filled with excited students, Christmas trees, proud parents and family members. Milford ISD’s band director, Mr. Mike Trussell, had his band students playing up a storm of Christmas music bringing Christmas cheer to everyone there.
On Thursday, Trinity Mission was filled with some of the cutest little second graders you have ever seen. They were all decked out in Christmas attire and big smiles.
IYAA basketball sign-ups between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday, December 15, and again on Saturday, December 17, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. inside the old Italy gym on both days.
Italy’s varsity girl’s head coach, Randy Parks, watched his team like a hawk last Friday night. The chance between winning and losing was slim and the Lady Gladiators worked hard to achieve the win. The Lady Rattlers pulled out their snake oil and took Italy by surprise.
The Italy ISD School Board met on Thursday afternoon with a quorom and made a big decision. Superintendent Barry Bassett introduced the proposal to co-op with the Red Oak ISD and their food program. In fact, Red Oak is interested in partnering with other ISDs as well.