At today’s regularly-scheduled meeting, the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court approved seven different contracts for various types of road-building materials. The bidding process took place in January and February, with more than 30 vendors requesting the bid package. Eleven vendors submitted bids, along with material samples, which were tested by the County Engineer’s Office. Results of the testing were reviewed by the Commissioners.
The Gladiator Athletic Booster Club will have a meeting on Sunday, March 25, 5:00pm at the Italy High School library. The upcoming athletic banquet and year end business will be discussed.
The 2012 Lady Gladiators continue to build on their early season momentum and start 2-0 in district play.
On March 14, 2012 at around 11:17pm, Officer Daniel Pitts, with the Italy Police Department, conducted a routine traffic stop with a Blue 2000 Ford Escort at 1020 Dale Evans Road for a traffic violation.
For the first time in Milford history, two students qualified in regional powerlifting. Alan Singleton and Jaquay Brown competed in the regional powerlifting meet on Saturday, March 10 in Rusk, Texas.
The Italy Lions Club wishes to thank Lonestar BBQ Society for their support in our 4th Annual BBQ Cook-off. The cookers came from local and as far as Oklahoma, Abilene and Austin to name a few locations. The cookers were very generous with their donations and awesome BBQ. This year we had 50 cookers and that made it a qualifier for the Invitational Cook-offs later in the year.
The Italy City Council voted to award the water meter replacement contract to Ferguson Waterworks of Euless at its monthly meeting held Monday evening
On Saturday, March 3, two teams of bowlers from the Milford Chapter of the National Honor Society participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowlathon in Waxahachie raising over $1,500.00 for the Ellis County BBBS chapter.
The Italy City Council will have their regular monthly meeting today, Monday, March 12, 2012 in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building (105 West Main Street, Italy). Meeting time is 6:30. The agenda slates six Regular Session agenda items and one Closed Session agenda item. The meeting is open to the public.
The Italy High School Band, under the direction of Jesus Perez and Erica Miller, ended its contest season just short of capturing sweepstakes at the University Interscholastic Leagues Concert and Sight-reading Contest for Region VIII held Friday in Groesbeck.
The Avalon Water and Sewer Service Corporation (AWSSC) met Thursday evening for their regular monthly meeting. Topics for discussion were on the purchase of Gillespie land, hiring another meter reader, hiring an attorney, health insurance for Gregg Rodriguez, sewer update and appointing John Goodwyn’s replacement for vice president on the board.
Susan Welch-Rodriguez has announced her candidacy for the office of Ellis County Sheriff on the Republican ticket. Mrs. Rodriguez has more than three decades of experience with the Dallas County Sheriff’s office and retired in 2009 collecting more than 100 commendations. She still serves with the Sheriff’s Posse and is the only Ellis County Sheriff candidate that is endorsed by the Dallas County Sheriff Association.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for March and April of 2012. These meals are subject to change.
Shelden Kinnison of Italy has earned a place on the President’s Honor Roll for the fall 2011 semester at Texas State Technical College Waco.
The Italy Lady Gladiators are packing a collective punch and have come out swinging for the fences with the team’s expectations high.
Italy High School baseball is in full swing and started on a high note. Axtell High School traveled to Italy on Monday and stood their ground as best they could. Senior Justin Buchanan was the winning pitcher with the final score Italy 4, Axtell 1.
The Italy School Board announces Hank Hollywood as the new athletic director, head football coach and social studies teacher at Italy High School.
Ward’s Warriors shine in all facets of the game to dehorn the Axtell Longhorns at home.
Italy High School Senior, Brandon Souder, has a head full of hair, thick and curly and reminiscent of Harpo, a member of the comedy team, The Marx Brothers or Epstein, a character from the 70’s show, “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Well, that’s not a bad thing because Brandon is willing to go out on a limb and take one for the team.
The Italy Gladiator Regiment Band Booster Club will be giving away a Texas Ranger 11-game pass for two on Tuesday, March, 20. This pass includes opening day.
In order to better serve the dual credit students with scholarship opportunities Navarro College has extended the deadline for the Brilliance Dual Credit Scholarship, (Fall 2012/Spring 2013) until 5:00pm on June 1, 2012.
On March 2, 2012 Tara Wallis (freshman) and Kaytlyn Bales (senior) competed in the Region 11 Powerlifting meet in Canton. Both ladies beat their personal records and represented Italy High School with pride with each of them placing in their weight division and one advancing to the State competition this coming week in Corpus Christi.
Hank Hollywood, a 1996 graduate of Celina High School, was named athletic director, head football coach and classroom teacher at a called meeting of the Italy School Board of Trustees Tuesday evening.
The Lady Gladiator softball team traveled to RioVista on Monday to take on the Lady Eagles in their district opener. Senior pitcher, Megan Richards logged the shutout win and her sister, Alyssa Richards got the scoring started for the team with a one run homerun over the right field fence (into the wind!).
The Italy Gladiators wrap up their 2011-2012 basketball campaign finishing as District 15 Conference 2A Co-District Champions and bi-district finalists while grabbing a few individual player and coach honors along the way.
Lady Gladiator basketball head coach, Randy Parks, is proud of his team’s all-district accomplishments.
Annie Plumhoff passed from this life at her home on March 05, 2012 at the age of 86. There will be a graveside service at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 07, 2012 at Waxahachie City Cemetery. Annie was born at Hammock just south of Italy on July 15, 1925 to her parents Otis and Ora Graves Hamby.
Seven Lady Gladiator volleyball players receive All-District accolades.
Tuesday morning the Stafford Elementary gymnasium was filled with smiling students, smiling teachers and proud parents, grandparents and relatives. It was the fourth six-weeks awards assembly and talk about a lot of awards! There were awards for excellent conduct, perfect attendance, good citizenship, AB honor roll and A honor roll.
IYAA Baseball/Softball Signups will be two days only!
Italy’s JV Gladiators have three games in the books including a win over Meridian as they prepare for district play.
The theatre students of Italy High School, directed by Andrea Windham, is busy with rehearsals for their upcoming UIL One-Act-Play competition in March. The play, titled Kamikaze Kate (and the sword of Captain Kurdoa) will be performed for the community on Monday, March 19, 2012 in the Italy High School band hall. Everyone is invited to come and watch their performance and enjoy an ice cream social afterwards. The performance will begin at 6:00pm.
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.