Italy HS Back-to-School Bash planned for August 11


Italy High School Principal, Lee Joffre, is inviting all Italy High School students (9th grade thru 12 grade) to attend the Back-to-School Bash.  The event is planned for Thursday, August 11, 5:00pm-9:00pm and will be held at the Lewis residence at 871 Stafford Road just south of Italy.  There will be food and fun in a backyard party designed as a meet and greet for the students and their new principal.

Italy ISD Registration Information for New and Returning Students

Registration dates for Italy ISD have been set for the week of August 8, 2011. These registration dates pertain to new students for both Stafford Elementary and the Italy High/Junior High School and will then conclude with registration for existing Italy High/Junior High School students. All new student registration will take place at the Italy High School Campus, 300 College Street. Please read over the following information carefully to ensure what date your student needs to register.

Lady Gladiators to play in Abbott Varsity Tournament


After two home games scheduled for this week, the Lady Gladiators’ varsity squad will then travel to Abbott for the 2011 Abbott Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, August 13.  Their first game will be at noon against Keene. Beat the heat on Saturday and make the trek to Abbott and show your support.

Agenda: Italy City Council Meeting, August 8, 2011


The Italy City Council will have its regular monthly meeting today, Monday, August 8, 2011.  Meeting time is slated for 6:30pm and will be held in the council chambers at 105 West Main Street, Italy.  Agenda items include naming a replacement for the recently resigned council member, Mark Souder, Sr.  

Dunlap Library: August Books

Since it’s too hot to get out, here’s a cool idea…grab a good book, a glass of iced tea and a comfy chair (preferably under a fan), and go to another time or place with a new book.  Here’s some of our newest selections…

Born to serve

Image: Mable and Dow Anna enjoying a hug while they get their picture taken.

Dow Anna McGregor grew up volunteering. Her mother, Francis Dunaway McGregor volunteered at hospitals, nursing homes, churches and people’s homes. So it was just natural that Dow Anna McGregor would follow in her footsteps.

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

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.

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