Gladiator Band Boosters to meet for planning session

The Gladiator Regiment Band Boosters will meet on Monday, March 28 at 5:30pm in the Italy High School Library at 300 S. College Street. The meeting will serve as a planning session for the upcoming Spaghetti Supper and High School Dance (scheduled for April 9). All supporters of the award winning Gladiator Band is welcome to attend this meeting.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting, March 28, 2011

Image: Agenda

Monday, March 28, 2011, the Italy EDC will have their monthly meeting at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building at 105 Main Street, Italy. The agenda slates items pertaining to a report from Grant Administrator Darryl Ratcliff and a proposed schedule of events for the demolition of the Italy Community Center property.

Mayors for Meals

Image: Terri Murdock & Tanya Gleen — Terri and Tanya (case manager with Meals on Wheels) are ready to deliver the meals.

March is a fun time for the recipients of Meals on Wheels, they get to have their meals delivered to them by the Mayor or City Administrator of their town. This year March 24th was the day Terri Murdoch (city administrator) helped deliver meals. Needless to say, there is a lot of handshaking going on as each meal is delivered.

Gladiator Baseball

Image: Gladiator JV — Italy JV take a walk to the dugout on Friday night after the Grandview Zebras came to town.

“No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.”

Citizens of the Month – Tommy and Anne Sutherland

Image: Anne and Tommy Sutherland — Tommy and Anne are proud to receive Citizen of the Month and love being involved in the community.

Tommy and Anne Sutherland could not have been more surprised when they came home and found the “Citizen of the Month” sign in their yard. Anne explained, “We were both so surprised but we feel very special that we were chosen. It means a lot.”

Quilting for a Cause

Image: Suzzy and a cherished gift — “I love old hand quilted quilts. The quilt I am holding, a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, was given to me by my uncle after my Aunt Barbara died after a long illness from a Lynch Syndrome related cancer arrising in the urinary track.”

When Suzzy Crowell met and married her husband, Steven, she had no idea that they would one day return to live in his home town of Italy, Texas, but that is exactly what happened. They fell in love and married in 1980.

SAT prep class offered at Italy ISD

Italy High School is proud to offer its first SAT prep class. The online class will begin on Tuesday, March 29. Usually costing $99, this class will be free due to a generous donation and includes all study materials and a mock SAT test with scoring.

Relay For Life Planned

The Relay For Life of Central Ellis County is set for May 20-21, 2011. Last year’s event raised $130,000 for the American Cancer Society and there were 701 participants on teams. This year’s goal is 750 participants and $150,000. At present there are 232 participants and $23,055 raised.

MOW honors the “Greatest Generation" during March for Meals

Image: Ed Dawson — Ed Dawson relishes his rustic roots on the front porch of his home.

Meals-on-Wheels client Edward Dawson is proud of his rustic roots. A Navy veteran of World War II, Dawson, 85, has called Maypearl home all his life. His ranch was founded in 1896 – a fact that is part of his dining room décor – in wrought iron numbers on the wall. “It cost a dollar and fifty cents an acre back then,” Dawson said. “That’s on the deed.”

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“No Refusal” Weekend to target DWI

Working with all law enforcement agencies throughout the County, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and the County and District Attorney’s Office will be coordinating a “No Refusal” weekend to target drunk driving on March 18, 19 and 20, 2011 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

2011 Ellis County “Week-Long” Clean-Up Event at the end of March

Only a limited number of vouchers are still available for our upcoming Ellis County Clean-Up Event scheduled for March 26th thru April 2nd. If you plan to participate in this event, please make arrangements to pick up your voucher at one of the following locations as soon as possible. We suggest you call ahead to be sure of availability, directions, and hours of operation.

Italy Lions Club 3rd Annual BBQ Cook-Off

Image: More Judging — I think they are about full.

Last Friday and Saturday the Upchurch Ball Park was overflowing with BBQ grills, RV’s and people galore. It was the Italy Lions Club’s third annual BBQ cook-off. They had the biggest turn out of cookers this time – they had fourty-four cookers.

IHS Mardi Gras Party in the Library

Image: Nolan Griffith passes out beads

Italy High School Library hosted its third annual Mardi Gras Party in the Library on Fat Tuesday, March 8. All students and staff were treated to slices of King Cake and the students who got the “plastic baby” in their slice got all their library fines deleted and special Mardi Gras beads.

Blood Drive March 9th in Milford


The Milford Chapter of the National Honor Society will host a blood drive on Wednesday, March 9, from 11:00am – 4:00pm at the Milford School. Carter BloodCare will have a blood mobile parked in front of the school for donating whole blood. Members of the community are invited to participate in an event designed to save lives.

ECEYA officers announced

Image: 2011 Officers — Pictured from left are from left, Secretary Alyssa Ballew of Midlothian, Treasurer Chesley Hinds of Waxahachie, Vice President Elizabeth Terry of Waxahahcie, and President Courtney Griffith of Midlothian.

The Ellis County Equine Youth Association is proud to announce their 2011 officers. The youth met on March 19, at the Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy for their first meeting of the year. The group elected officers, played horse soccer, went on a trail ride, and had a hamburger cook-out.

Gladiators overcome slow start to beat Ponder in Regional Semifinal

Image: Getting ready — Jasenio Anderson gets warmed up just in time to record four three-pointers in the first quarter and keep the Gladiators in the game.

The Italy Gladiators (27-7) knockoff the three-time reigning Region II-AA State Champions, the Ponder Lions (20-16), by a score of 74-67 inside Wisdom Gymnasium on the Tarleton State University campus in Stephenville. With the win, the Gladiators claim the Regional Semifinal Championship and will compete in the Regional Final game against Melissa starting at 2:00 p.m. today.

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