Lord’s Acre Dinner and Live Auction, October 22


The First United Methodist Church will have its annual Lord’s Acre Dinner and Live Auction on Saturday, October 22 at the church at 129 Harpold St.  A barbecue brisket lunch with home cooked beans, slaw, bread, and a variety of desserts will be served at 11:00 a.m.

Send-off planned for Italy Gladiator Regiment Band


The Italy Gladiator Regiment Band will complete in their regional marching competition at LaVega High School on Wednesday, October 19 at 2:45pm.  Both the Italy High School and Stafford Elementary campuses will have a send-off assembly Wednesday morning at 8:30am as the renowned band heads off to compete in this event.  The bus will also make its way thru downtown Italy so that local merchants can show their support as well.

Italy PD asking for public assistance


On October 17th, 2011 at around 8:58pm, the Italy Police Department responded to a call of a person laying near the roadway at 386 S. I-35E (northbound) near Hwy 34. 

Article updated with new information received 10/21/11-1:55pm

Obituary: Billy Gene Burton, Sr., 1930 – 2011


Billy Gene Burton, Sr., age 81, of Italy, passed away early Friday morning, October 14, 2011 in Italy. He was born March 14, 1930 in Whitney to Marion Leslie and Roxie (Gregory) Burton. He had been a longtime resident of Irving. Billy was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He was very proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved having the family all together. Billy enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.

George Scott Scholarship Dinner

Image: The junior high cheerleaders were responsible for the beautiful decorations.

If George Scott could have been at the Italy High School cafeteria Friday night I think he would have been proud. There were many graduates of Italy High School there, young and old eating BBQ to raise money for the George Scott Scholarship. There were even some recipients of the scholarship there helping to serve dinner, giving back what was given to them.

Agendas: Italy ISD School Board Training and Monthly Meeting, October 17, 2011


The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have Board Training session followed by a regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 17, 2011.  The Board Training will begin at 6:00pm and will be held in the Italy ISD Administration Office.  The regular monthly meeting will follow at 7:00pm and will be held in the Italy High School Band Hall.  Both meeting locations are the High School campus at 300 S. College Street, Italy.

National Dome Tour October 15, 2011

Image: The 11th Annual National Dome Tour begins Saturday, October 15.  Everyone is invited to see residential Monolithic Domes, Bruco-the Italian Caterpillar, rentals, cabins and our office.  The tour begins 10am.

Have you ever had the desire to see what it is like inside a Monolithic Dome home? Well, now is your chance. Saturday, October 15 from 10am-4pm, Monolithic Constructors will have an Open House and you are invited.

Additional Photos for Homecoming Parade

Image: The class princesses are ready for the parade to begin.

The whole town was buzzing on Friday as the IHS Homecoming parade made its way up the streets and around the town. With the band, cheerleaders and the football team, the parade concluded with a pep rally on Main Street. All the cheerleading squads and football teams from every age group surrounded the Gladiators with support and spirit.

Fall Newsletter available for IHS Senior Class


With one six-weeks down and five to go there is much to do for Italy High School’s 2012 graduating class. Mrs. Davis, Italy High School Counselor, will be conducting senior interviews this month. Mrs. Davis will discuss with each senior what they need to graduate and discuss their future plans after graduation.

Italy High School Cheerleaders host IYAA Cheer Camp

Image: IYAA Cheerleaders work on painting signs for the upcoming homecoming game during their private cheerleading camp hosted by the Italy High School cheerleaders.

In cooperation with IYAA Cheerleading (Italy Youth Athletic Association), the Italy High School Cheerleaders and their cheer sponsor, Clover Stiles, recently hosted the IYAA Cheer Camp, a private clinic and a fundraiser for the IHS Cheerleaders held inside the Italy Gladiator Coliseum.

For a good cause


The sophomore class of Italy High School invites everyone to come take a swing at their spirit car.  The car, donated by Martin Towing of Waxahachie located off of Hwy 77, is painted up and ready to be destroyed.  For a dollar the sophomores will hand you a sledge hammer and let you take your best shot!!! Help close out spirit week and join in the fun.

Italy National Night Out

Image: Italy police chief, Diron Hill with his police officers getting ready for the big night.

Italy’s National Night Out Event was held on Tuesday, October 4th. And this year Italy went all out. They had free hot dogs for everyone, games, a bounce house and even a band.

Milford National Night Out

Image: Officer Chin looks hungry as he eyes this hot dog.

There were lots and lots of people, booths, a band, a dunking booth and fun galore at Milford’s National Night Out celebration Tuesday evening.

2011 IHS Homecoming schedule of events


IHS Homecoming 2011 is Friday, October 7. Both Italy ISD campuses will be releasing early on Friday so everyone can join in on the celebration.  A last minute change to the schedule—the Italy Gladiator Regiment Band will perform their halftime show before the game (7:00pm).  This change is due to the need of more time during halftime for the homecoming court presentations.

I-35 Manhunt near Italy

Image: The Italy Police Department — News Release

On Monday, October 3rd, 2011 a little after 8:00pm, the Italy Police Department assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety after they were in a vehicle pursuit on I-35E and crashed the vehicle near Chambers Road and I-35E just north of Italy. The occupants ran on foot from the vehicle. The Italy Police Department assisted by setting up a perimeter along the northern border of Italy while the Ellis County SO and DPS searched the ground. None of the occupants of the vehicle were found during the search. Guns and narcotics were found in the vehicle left behind by the suspects.

Letter from the Superintendent — October 5, 2011


With the first six weeks of school complete and homecoming week in progress I wanted to pause and write a personal letter of thanks for the support Italy Independent School District receives from parents, grandparents, and community members.  Additionally we offer special thanks for the trust we are afforded in providing a safe and effective learning environment in which each student can reach their full potential. 

Code Red Message – Magnablend Fire

An EPA emergency response team has been on the scene of the Magnablend Central Facility fire in Waxahachie, Texas and is assisting local and state officials.  EPA is continuing to conduct ground level air monitoring. Additional initial air monitoring data from over night and early morning using ground level portable sampling devices continued to not show elevated toxic chemicals. EPA will share results with the public as soon as possible.

Italy High School Homecoming court announced

Image: IHS Homecoming Queen and King nominees gather in front of their school for a quick picture. (Not pictured is king nominee, Brandon Souder)

Homecoming is a time honored tradition. Italy High School has scheduled this week to be Homecoming and festivities will culminate with a football challenge between the Gladiators and the Blooming Grove on Friday night at Willis Field. Game begins at 7:30.