2010 City of Italy Water Consumer Confidence Report


Each year by July 1st community water suppliers are required to make public an annual water quality report (Consumer Confidence Report) that tells consumers where their water comes from and what’s in it. Any community water system that serves more than 100,000 people is required to make its CCR available to customers on a publicly accessible web site.  The City of Italy currently has this available on their website at http://www.ci.italy.tx.us.

2011 Lady Gladiator Volleyball Schedule


With last night’s Midnight Madness workout behind them, the Lady Gladiators’ 2011 Volleyball season has begun.  The Lady Gladiators’ schedule is finalized and their commitment will be proven on the court. Make plans to attend games this year and support these hard working ladies and their coaches.

New kid in town, Pastor Leah Hidde-Gregory

Image: Pastor Leah Hidde-Gregory, minister at Frost United Methodist Church and new minister at First United Methodist of Italy.

The First United Methodist Church excels in seeking the best pastor for the area and this time there is no exception. Pastor Leah Hidde-Gregory, sixth generation pastor from Oklahoma, is the new kid on the block and is loving every minute of her new appointment.

Agenda: Italy City Council Called Meeting, August 1, 2011


The Italy City Council will have a called meeting on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.  The council will discuss and consider necessary action(s) regarding the budget amount for the Certificates of Obligation Water Project Bond.  The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at 105 West Main Street, Italy.

Hal Cox Retires

Image: Hal Cox is busy loading his truck and of course with a smile. We will miss Hal and his smile.

You all have seen the brown UPS truck zipping all over Italy. You have probably waved at the driver and you got a wave and a big smile back. Well, that man is Hal Cox and he has been running the Italy UPS route for about twenty four years. Cox, who has been with UPS for thirty years is retiring and today is his last day.

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Italy Gladiator Band summer schedule

The Italy Gladiator Regiment Band’s summer practices begin on Monday, August 1st. The band is gearing up for upcoming marching competitions and, of course, Friday nights!  Some of the practices are themed with fun events planned as a reward to all the hard work the band members will be putting in. Their practice schedule is below and also included in the community calendar. 

Lady Gladiator Volleyball to have midnight workout


Lady Gladiator volleyball coach, Heather Richters, is having a Midnight Madness event to kick off the 2011 season.  The Lady Gladiator volleyball teams (varsity, JV & freshman squads) will meet at midnight late Sunday night (technically August 1st) and have a conditioning workout and then a parent sponsored breakfast at 1:30am.  

Lady Gladiator Camp Update


Lady Gladiator VB Camp 2011 began today with a great turnout of eager volleyball players.  New campers are welcome to come on Tuesday, July 26th for a reduced camp fee of $25.00. Girls in 4th thru 9th grade are invited to come and learn skills and drills to improve their game. Camp runs from 10:30am to 1:00pm thru Thursday, July 28th.  

The compassion of strangers comes to Italy

Image: Kenneth Copeland and Bryant Cockran of Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church are blessed from others’ charity.

If you drive to the corner of Clark and Harris Streets, you might be pleasantly surprised. There is a building being erected that appeared out of nowhere. One day it was an empty slab and the next day it was the beginning of a new church. On Monday morning, strangers moved into town to give Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church an awesome present.

Course Selection Sessions planned at Italy High/Junior High School

The administration and staff at Italy High School are asking that all incoming students, grades 7-12, complete new course requests sheets to sign up for recently added courses for the 2011-2012 school year.  There will be course selection sessions at the high school campus in the cafeteria.  Each session will begin with an overview of the courses offered and graduation requirements.  The school counselor and principal will be available to assist in making informed decisions regarding course selections.  

Italy’s own perform in Aesop’s Foibles

Image: Kimberly Hooker and Sydney Lowenthal are ready to put on a great show.

Sydney Lowenthal and Kimberly Hooker are performing in the play Aesop’s Foibles at the Southwestern Assemblies of God University. This will be Sydney’s third play with the Waxahachie Community theatre and Kimberly’s first.

Wyatt Ballard meets the challenges of Autism

Image: Wyatt and Kelly Ballard posing for their picture.

Wyatt Ballard is just a cute kid, just by looking at him you would not know what challenges he faces. Wyatt is autistic. With lots of love, patience, hard work by his parents and teachers he is thriving. He is now ten years old and is going into the fourth grade.

Embroidered Italy Gladiator flip flops for sale


The jr high and high school youth groups of First Baptist Church are selling Gladiator Flip Flops. The flip flops have black fabric straps, gold text with white outline and the Italy Gladiator logo embroidered onto the strap. They are very comfortable with thick foam rubber soles and contoured arch supports.

Agenda: Italy EDC Emergency Meeting, July 13, 2011


There will be an emergency meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Wednesday, July 13 at 5:00pm.  The meeting will be held in the council chambers at 105 West Main Street in downtown Italy.  The agenda states that the demolition project of the Community Center at 100 and 108 Main Street constitutes an unforeseen threat to public safety that requires immediate action.

Agenda: Italy City Council Meeting, July 11, 2011


The Italy City Council will have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. The city’s new police chief, Diron Hill, will take his oath of office during the meeting.  The agenda slates the usual department reports as well as a regular session item regarding the re-appointment of Joyce Hobbs to the Italy EDC.

Public Input Critical to Redistricting

Redistricting is a word seldom used, except once every ten years. On Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., the public is encouraged to attend a public hearing on redistricting in the Commissioners’ Courtroom on the 2nd floor of the Historic Ellis County Courthouse on the square in downtown Waxahachie.

Local business man heads to Joplin

Image: David South, owner of Monolithic Constructors, Inc, has been invited to Joplin, Missouri to help teach a workshop on tornado resistant buildings.

On May 22, 2011, the citizens of Joplin, Missouri experienced the change of a lifetime. A tornado with up to and beyond 200 miles an hour winds devastated 1/3 of their fair city. The devastation included a local nursing home, a hospital and approximately 7000 homes and businesses, losing 155 lives according to the Joplin Globe, June 21, 2011.

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