“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.

Italy beats Hearne 93-75 to claim Regional Quarterfinal Championship

Image: Clemons goes for it — A Hearne defender challenges Italy’s Heath Clemons(2) under the rim.

Both the Italy Gladiators (25-7) and the Hearne Eagles put on a dazzling display of athleticism, aerial acrobatics and precision shooting with a Region II-AA Regional Quarterfinal Championship on the line. In the end, a 34-point third-quarter explosion by the Gladiators blew the feathers off the high-flying Eagles and allowed Italy to coast home from Waco.

Send-off planned this morning for Gladiator Basketball Team

The student body of Italy High School/Junior High School invites the community to join them as they send off their Gladiator Basketball Team as they continue their playoff run in Stephenville. At approximately 9:15am the students and faculty will assemble in the High School campus’ parking lot to wish our Gladiators luck. The bus for Stephenville is leaving at 9:30am sharp per head coach Aiden Callahan.

Title I Math and Reading parent meeting scheduled

Stafford Elementary has scheduled a Title I Math and Reading meeting for Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 pm in the Stafford Elementary library. The meeting will be an information sharing session on ways to help your child at home. There will also be an opportunity for parents to share their questions and concerns.

April Mathers Teacher with Heart

Image: April Mathers — Wouldn’t you like to be greeted every morning with this smiling face?  This is how April’s third graders get to start their day.

Tammy Wallis (Stafford Principal) wanted to come up with a way for teachers to be recognized for their outstanding teaching skills and hard work they put in everyday. Thus, the Teacher’s Heart Award. This award is awarded every six weeks. This time the award went to third grade teacher April Mathers.

Letter to the Editor: Plea for Help

The Italy Ex-student Association needs your help. For the last eight years, I have sent out the letters and kept up with whatever needed to be done. And I have loved it! I would like to continue but my failing eyesight just won’t let me. I guess sometimes you just have to know when to stop.

Agenda: Italy Park Board Meeting, March 1, 2011

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The City of Italy Park Board will have their monthly meeting today, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building at 105 West Main Street, Italy. Meeting time is 5:30pm. The agenda slates discussions regarding the recent Christmas Festival and proposed future projects.

Gladiator Baseball Season has begun

Image: DeMoss rounds the corner — Alex DeMoss (4) puts a score on the board in top of the 4th.

The Italy Gladiators traveled to Meridian this past Saturday to match up bats with the Yellow Jackets. The Gladiators got started on their season that will culminate in a district battle against Grandview, Maypearl, Axtell, Whitney, Clifton and Rio Vista.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting, February 28, 2011

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Today, February 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. Agenda items include discussion and action consideration of a proposal by grant administrator and discussion and action consideration of letter writing campaign in support of Italy Post Office.

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