Radio Compliance Project Moves Forward

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.

Obituary: Marynell K. Perryman

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.

Italy Lions Club 4th Annual BBQ Cookoff

Image: Smoking up something good!

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!

IHS/JHS will have a modified arrival schedule for students on Wednesday, March 7

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

Public Hearing Notice: by Planning and Zoning Commission

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.

Dunlap Library: February Books

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.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meeting, February 27, 2012

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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.

Avalon Elementary’s 4th six weeks awards assembly

Image: Itzel Guerrero is in Pre-K and received an award for A Honor Roll.

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.

Deadline extended for Citizen Police Academy Class

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.

City buys building for community center

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.

Gladiator baseball is a go!

Image: John Byers covers third base.

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.

Italy High School FCCLA students advance to State competition

Image: State Qualifiers: (Left to Right) Sa’Kendra Norwood, Jorge Cortez, Marisol Rincon, Zac Mercer, Alexis Sampley, Devan Payne, and Trevor Davis. Not shown: Andrea Lanning and Kierra Wilson.

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.

STAAR End-of-Course 15% Rule Deferred

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.  

Packets due by March 5 for local elections

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.

Obituary: Brenda Dianne Jaynes, 1971 – 2012

Image: Brenda Dianne Jaynes, 1971 – 2012
(image circa Oct. 2011)

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. 

Dianne Jaynes Fundraiser—a success

Image: The show must go on. 
(L-R) David Harness, Jason Herrin

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.

Obituary: Elizabeth Griffis Reynolds, 1926 – 2012

Image: Elizabeth Griffis Reynolds, 1926 – 2012

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. 

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