The IYAA baseball/softball and T-Ball teams complete their regular seasons and step into the post season. Several IYAA teams finished in first place during the regular season securing automatic trips to the district tournament in early July.
Every person, big and small, has his own idea of the perfect dish of ice cream. Sandwiches, shakes or cones melting down your arm in the hot sun. Add-ins like M&M’s, cookie bits, fruit or granola go great on butter pecan, peach, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, rocky road-the list is endless.
Joe Wesley Speed was born December 12, 1915 to the parentage of William Calahan and Effie King Speed in Kossee, Texas (Limestone County). He relocated to Ellis County and joined the Army where he completed his education under the GI Bill. While serving in the Army, he earned a brown belt in judo and received the “Asiatic Pacific Campaign Meal”-WWII ribbon.
The Italy Gladiator Baseball team won district this year. “An awesome baseball team,” according to head coach Matt Coker. To go with this honor, some of the players won some individual district awards.
The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) wishes to express our sincerest appreciation for all the support we received the during the IYAA Sports Night hosted by McDonald’s in Italy on Wednesday, June 9.
Jonathan McLean (fifth grade science teacher) wants his students in his science class to succeed. He tries very hard to help them learn all they can. So, it was his desire to get the best scores out of his class for the TAKS test. To inspire them, he makes a deal that he will go up on the roof top of the school for the day if eighty percent of the class passes the TAKS test. Well, the class did it again and it was back up on the roof for McLean.
ASA umpire Joe Windham, a graduate of Italy High School, was selected along with two other umpires from Ellis County to serve as UIL officials and make the tough calls during the UIL State softball tournament this season.
Any new technology to help the school or any new program to help the students learn is what David Delbosque (Avalon ISD Superintendent) wants for Avalon ISD. When DelBosque did some investigating on wind turbines and found out how they can save money on the electric bill, of course he wanted the wind turbine for Avalon ISD.
The entire Gladiator Basketball staff would like to invite all boys who are entering grades 4-9 next school year to attend the 2010 Basketball Youth Camp June 14 through June 17.
There wasn’t a seat left in the house on Thursday morning, June 3rd in the Stafford Elementary gymnasium. Even the floor was taken up by visitors. Why you ask? It was the end of the year awards assembly for Stafford Elementary and it was also Miss Maever’s last assembly.
Elizabeth Lorene Winchester, age 74, of Milford, passed away early Tuesday morning, June 8, 2010 at her home. She was born May 20, 1936 in Jack County to Hamp and Loretta Frances Hufhines. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Milford. Elizabeth was a loving wife, mother and Nanny.
Mayme E. Onstad, local author of children’s books, has a public book signing scheduled for Saturday, June 12 at Hastings Book Store in Waxahachie from 5pm-7pm. She will be highlighting Urple Fishing, a newly published writing with the theme of forgiveness and love.
McDonald’s® has teamed with IYAA Sports (Italy Youth Athletic Association) for “IYAA Sports Night” at the McDonald’s in Italy. Wednesday, June 9 between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., 20% of all the proceeds collected by McDonald’s will be donated to IYAA Sports, so stop in for a Big Mac™, McNuggets™ or any of your favorite items on the McDonald’s menu.
In this day and time, with the economy the way it is, people cannot always give to non profit organizations like they would when the economy is better. Because of the generosity and donations of the following businesses and individuals, the Italy Athletic Banquet was a success.
The Italy School Board of Trustees spent almost four hours in executive session Monday evening at a special called meeting.
Several members of the 2010 Italy Lady Gladiators’ softball team received all-district accolades to cap-off an incredible season which included an exciting playoff run. The teams four hard working seniors, Meredith Brummett, Cori Jeffords, Courtney Westbrook and Drew Windham helped lead the Lady Gladiators out of district and into the regional semi-finals.
As the 66th anniversary goes largely unnoticed by most of the population, the prayer that day by President Roosevelt still seems somewhat appropriate.
The Italy School Board wants to get rid of Superintendent Malone. According to multiple sources, the special meeting scheduled for Monday evening is to pressure Malone into resigning or — failing that — possibly firing him. The timing of this is suspect at best, it can ruin a man’s life, it would unalterably change the future of the district, and probably will end quality education in Italy.
County officials and employees and members of the public gathered this afternoon to celebrate the opening of the County’s new courts and administration building, county jail expansion, and the City of Waxahachie’s new parking garage.
Monday, June 7 through Thursday, June 10 there will be a girl’s basketball camp held at the old gym at Italy High School. Camp times are 8:30am through 11:30am. This four day camp will cost $30 for four days of instruction (or $10 per day). All proceeds will go towards gym rental and awards. Instructors will be Lady Gladiator Basketball players Megan Richards (#22) and Kaitlyn Rossa (#3).
There will be a special called meeting of the Italy ISD School Board Trustees on Monday, June 7, 2010. The agenda slates that the meeting will be conducted under executive session code. Consideration of the superintendent’s contract will be discussed. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm and be held in the Italy Administration Building at 300 South College.
Trumpets sounded as the athletes gathered together in the domed Coliseum for a night of accolades, distinctions and wreaths of glory for the Gladiators of Italy High School. The Italy Athletic Booster Club held a banquet on Monday night and with a feast fit for a king, the students enjoyed both their meals and honors bestowed upon them.
With the regular season nearing it’s final innings, IYAA Baseball/Softball and T-Ball teams are still chipping away at the big picture. Post season tournaments are just around the next base which has all the teams vying for a 1st place division finish that will give them an automatic pass into the district tournament.
Waxahachie High School head girls basketball coach Leslie Priebe, friend and mentor of Italy High School head girls basketball coach, Stacy McDonald will be conducting a girls basketball camp June 7-10. The camp is for ages 6-14 and will be held in the Waxahachie High School Gymnasium.
I was forwarded your article. It was a very informative and well written article. It is very interesting that James Parkey of Corplan is interested in building a jail in Italy, Texas. Ellis County just built a county owned and county operated facility in Waxahachie which will be housing “contract inmates.” McLennan County just finished building a 816 bed facility that will house “contract inmates.” It was built with a program Parkey will be trying to convince Italy Council members is a sound investment and will stimulate the Italy economy.
On Saturday, June 5th there will be a clean up day. City of Italy residents can bring a loaded truck or trailer to the CSC Landfill in Avalon for disposal. Residents will need to have their current water bill in-hand. CSC will be open from 7:00am to 11:00am.
If you’re a veteran you’ve most certainly seen or heard this poem. If you’re over the age of 40 you’ve probably heard it. If you’re my age you remember when organizations gave away or raised money selling poppies this time of year.
On Saturday, June 5, the Union Missionary Baptist Church will be sponsoring a Daddy-Daughter Dance. This formal dance will be held at the Italy High School beginning at 7:00pm. Admission will be $20 per couple. Fathers and Grandfathers alike are invited to escort their young ladies to this memorable occasion.
Updated – Sunday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m. — A former softball player for the Italy Lady Gladiators from 2003 to 2006 and currently an Angelo State University Lady Rambelle’s senior, #12 Sarah DeMoss is leading the charge for the 19th ranked Lady Rambelles during their 2010 NCAA, Division II, Softball National Chamionship quest, with all games being played in St. Joseph, Missouri at Heritage Park.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for June 2010. These meals are subject to change.
Band uniform measurement will be on June 2nd in the band hall. Students that are not able to come will be responsible for going to the Bandman’s Company on their own to get measured for their uniform.
Summertime, summertime, sum-sum summertime is the song to be humming right now. The days are little longer, a little warmer and vacations are on everyone’s mind. Take a look around this proud state of ours and see if you want to do some traveling on this long holiday weekend.
If I were on the City Council of Italy, here’s a few questions I’d ask of James Parkey. It’s called “due diligence.”
Due to the run in the playoff’s by our Lady Gladiator Softball Team and Gladiator Baseball team the annual IHS Athletic Banquet had to be postponed and rescheduled several times. As this outstanding athletic year comes to a close the banquet to honor all our Gladiators and Lady Gladiators is finally before us.
The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) continues to ink in wins while gaining experience for the younger Baseball/Softball and T-Ball players. Whether it’s a kindergartener teeing off for a double or a freshman making a big grab to end an inning, IYAA Sports is where you can catch all the action.
Samantha (Shelley) Nance, a brilliant artist and a 2007 IHS graduate, will continue to be lovingly remembered after her Memorial Garden dedication ceremony at Italy High School on Monday, May 24, held to honor her life.
A new ranch is coming to Italy and it is exclusively for kindergarten through 6th grade age children. Central Baptist Church is hosting Saddle Ridge Ranch, this year’s Vacation Bible School. Saddle Ridge Ranch will be held June 14 – 18, 2010 from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Central Baptist Church, 113 S. Ward Street in Italy.
With Pomp & Circumstance playing in the background, Italy High School seniors took their last turn around the dome on Friday night. They were a little bit nervous but very ready to go out into the world and begin their future.
Ellis County Commissioners were proud to have an opportunity to honor Ennis Independent School District student archers for their achievement in the recent National Archery Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.
Following a brief executive session, the Italy Economic Development Corporation voted to conduct a title search on an unnamed property located on Main Street.
The Italy City Council will have a special meeting on Tuesday, May 25th at 8:00am. The purpose of this meeting is to travel to Haskell, Texas to visit a Detention Facility. In a recent City Council meeting a detention facility was proposed for Italy.
There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, May 24 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The agenda slates three items for the regular session of the meeting and one item for discussion during a closed session.
Forney — After tying the best of three regional semi-final series 1-1 with the 10th ranked Blue Ridge Lady Tigers on Thursday, the Italy Lady Gladiators stormed out of the dugout to take a 2-0 lead in Saturday’s game 3. Blue Ridge quickly countered to go up 3-2 and eventually ended the Lady Gladiators’ 2010 playoff run with a 12-7 win over Italy.
Plans for the IHS Athletic Banquet will be finalized in a meeting scheduled for 5:30 on Monday, May 24th. The Italy Athletic Booster Club appreciates everyone’s help in planning for this momentous event for our Gladiators and Lady Gladiators.
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Certain Ellis County offices will be closed briefly in order to facilitate an efficient move into new offices, as follows:
For those of you who remember Don Rinehart, he lost his son, Shane, this week.
Forney — The 1A Regional Semifinal Championship between the Italy Lady Gladiators (26-7) and the Blue Ridge Lady Tigers (26-9) is still up for grabs after the two teams split wins on Thursday.
Attention all IYAA coaches and parents: The IYAA will be having the picture viewing set up for Monday, May 24th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Upchurch Ball fields.
The Gladiator Regiment Band and the Italy Junior High 7th grade Band both performed during the Spring Concert held inside the Italy Coliseum dome. With Band Director Jesus Perez waving his magic wand, the pride and joy of Italy High School filled every cubic inch of the dome with harmonious sounds.
Italy High School values the National Honor Society program at their school. With scholarship, service, leadership and character as the basis for membership selection, quality students are springing up all over school.