Daniel Alexander West was born on December 2, 2009 at 2:28pm. Daniel weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20 inches long. Daniel’s proud parents are Mason and Randi Durham West (2005 IHS Graduate) of DeRidder, Louisiana.
Beginning Monday, December 14, 2009, Pigg Road will be closed due to Bridge Work. Pigg Road is scheduled to re-open February 2010.
Twenty to 48, those are the ages of the men graduating from the Italy Fire Academy this week. A total of eight came through with flying colors and will be nationally tested on Thursday morning at Navarro College.
Several teams from around the area participated in the Italy Invitational Tournament, held December 3-5, inside the Italy Coliseum. Italy had 3 teams participate including the Lady Gladiators (Varsity), the JV Gladiators and the Italy Gladiators (Varsity). This article summarizes Italy’s overall performance on day 1 of the tournament.
The 2nd Annual Italy Christmas Parade & Festival, hosted by the City of Italy and the Italy Park Board, was held on Saturday, December 5 and was a fun time for all ages.
Italy’s 7th & 8th grade, Junior High Lady Gladiators, showed grit and determination but just couldn’t overcome two hustling Dallas Life squads.
Everyone come celebrate with the residents of Trinity Mission on Thursday evening, December 10th, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Trinity Mission is having their Christmas Open House and the entire community is invited.
The holidays are a wonderful time for reflection and counting our blessings. During this time of year the Ray Loveless family remembers the miracle that touched their lives in 2005. That’s the year Ray and Barbara’s grandson, Kaleb Loveless, was diagnosed with a nueroblastoma at the tender age of nine months old.
Italy’s Junior High basketball teams welcomed the Red Oak Life Eagles to Italy Coliseum this past Monday. Unfortunately, the ROL teams were not gracious guests as they won 3-out of-4 against our young Lady Gladiators and Gladiators.
Adam Muirhead is helping to spread the news further of 4th & 19th TXSG Regiment doing a first annual “Young Heroes of the Guard” toy drive for very ill children/teens for Our Childrens Hospital at Baylor, in Dallas, December 12th-13th in the afternoon both days.
The City of Italy’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 6 at the Cornerstone in downtown Italy included the singing of Christmas carols, hot chocolate and prayers as the Italy Ministerial Alliance and the City of Italy pray that you and your family have a most joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Ellis County employees were honored Friday night at the Ellis County Employee Appreciation Dinner held at the Civic Center in Waxahachie.
Not only was Friday a gray day weather wise, it also was a very gray and gloomy day for Patricia Burk, owner of Burk’s Kinder College. Her lifelong dream of having a Christian daycare died on Friday with the closing of her daycare center.
Bobby Warren Itson, age 61, of Italy passed away Thursday evening, December 3, 2009 at his home. He was born September 18, 1948 in Avalon to Charley Warren and Billie Maxine (Smith) Itson. He was a graduate of Italy High School and attended all sports events. He was the #1 Italy Gladiator sports fan.
To those interested in the Varsity Basketball tournament that is being held at Italy High School we will post updated brackets when information becomes available to us.
Tomorrow our little town will be bustling with fun and excitement. There will be a Christmas parade and lots and lots of booths and food galore. I even spotted a pick up truck loaded with bicycles. You guessed it-I am talking about Italy’s Annual Christmas Festival.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! What child wouldn’t want to write Santa Claus a letter and tell Santa just exactly what they want for Christmas? And then get a reply from Santa? The United States Post Office is making this possible again, this year. They are ready for Santa’s letters.
First State Bank of Rice located in Italy, Texas, put up their “Angel Tree” in the lobby today and are ready for you to come by and pick an “Angel” off their tree.
The Italy JV Gladiators proved they are the kings of the court by blowing out the Dallas Life Lions JV squad in the first game. The Italy Gladiators struck the final blow when Ryan Ashcraft made two clutch free throws, with 0:02 remaining, to slay the Dallas Life Lions in dramatic fashion.
There is an Angel Tree in the lobby at Citizens National Bank of Texas in Italy. They have boy and girl angels, and for the folks who don’t have time to shop there are cash donation envelopes. All donations will go to families and children in need here in Ellis County.
The fifth annual Reading Marathon will be in full swing Dec. 7-11 at the Italy High School Library! Students, faculty and staff will be participating in a week-long event that will have someone constantly reading in the “Reading Parlor” in the library from 8 a.m. Monday morning December 7 until school dismisses at 3:20 p.m. Friday, December 11.
On Monday November 30th, Milford Titus Women had their second Annual Coats 4 Kids Project. We handed out 30 coats to the children in our community.
Milford’s Police department has an Angel Tree every year, in fact this is the sixth year they have participated in this program. This year they are needing a little help. Times are tough this year and there are many “Angels” that need to be adopted.
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties is participating in the annual event for their “Ani-Meals” program. This program, which began last February, aims to help the needy homebound take care of their companion animals—primarily dogs and cats. Donated pet food is delivered by volunteers on the first Saturday of each month.
The 2009 Italy Invitational Basketball Tournament begins Thursday, December 3 and wraps up on Saturday, December 5. Italy’s Varsity Lady Gladiators, along with the JV and Varsity Gladiators, will all three be competing in the tournament.
Italy’s JV and Varsity Gladiators vs Dallas Life tonight at the dome!
“I am flattered and honored to be the Citizen of the Month. I try to live my life with respect and take pride in my town,” said Billy Copeland.
Italy, Texas — Move Over Famous Artists! Italy High School artists are taking over the spotlight! Marilyn Seidlitz, the school’s Art Teacher, has teamed up with Artsonia, www.artsonia.com — the world’s largest online kid’s art museum — to display the students’ artwork.
Friday morning at 9:00 AM the gymnasium at Stafford Elementary was filled with smiling students and lots of friends and family members. They were there to see all the awards being given out for the second six-weeks honors assembly.
Corrections made 11:00am, November 30, 2009.
The 2nd Annual Italy Christmas Parade and Festival will be Saturday, December 5, 2009 along Main Street in downown Italy. Vendors will set-up booths at 7:00 a.m. and the parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Parade participants should gather next to the old Italy gym at 9:00 a.m. Happy Holidays!
There will be a booster club meeting on Tuesday, December 1st at 7pm in the High School Cafeteria. All supporters of Italy High School/Jr High School Athletics are urged to attend.
The Lady Gladiators defended the dome against the Milford Lady Bulldogs while the Italy JV and Varsity squads punished the Palmer Bulldogs ensuring Italy’s undefeated day.
Congratulations to Head Coach David Ream and his 4A Waxahachie Indians (13-0) football team who held on for a 49-35 win over Highland Park(11-3) and will advance to the Regional Final round against the Longview Lobos(12-1).
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for December 2009. These meals are subject to change.
The 1A Italy Lady Gladiators had a tough matchup against the 2A Malakoff Lady Tigers, but if there was ever a loss to learn from, this one was it. Blown out by Malakoff last season, the new improved Lady Gladiators gave the Lady Tigers all they wanted on Monday.
“Under the authority of Local Government Code 234.033, I will make a motion to deny location of a proposed slaughterhouse at 855 Slama Road because the operation is incompatible with existing land use of the neighboring area,” said Commissioner Bill Dodson, pct. 2. The motion came after extensive public testimony both for and against the proposal.
Saturday morning in Hubbard, the IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) fielded two football teams competing for a chance to become Superbowl Champions of their respective divisions. By the end of the day one thing was for sure, defense wins Championships….but offense comes in handy as well.
On Saturday, December 5, the Italy Lions Club will have their annual Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast will be served at the Wayne Boze Building in downtown Italy from 7:00 to 10:00am. Come join Santa and the Italy Lions Club for this special holiday event.
The Texas Highway Commission approved Thursday $25.2 million of Proposition 12 Rehabilitation funds to be used in Ellis County. The funds will be used to resurface lanes and ramps on Interstate Highway 35 from US 77 south of Waxahachie to approximately one mile north of Johnston Road.
The Italy High School and Junior High have released their “A” and “A/B” Honor Roll lists for the second 6-weeks of the 2009-2010 school year.
Both the Italy JV and Varsity squads opened their seasons against the Southwest Christian Eagles at home in the Gladiator dome. The Italy JV played excellent while maintaining a huge lead over the Eagles throughout. The Gladiators Varsity had their hands full as Southwest Christian tried to claw their way to a victory.
HUBBARD – The IYAA C-Team Gladiators defeat the Palmer Bulldogs to win the NESA “C” Superbowl 18-0. The IYAA B-Team Gladiators hold off the Ferris Yellowjackets for a 19-0 Superbowl win. The 2009 season marks the first time in IYAA history that all three football teams (A,B & C) qualified for the playoffs. Let the celebrations begin starting with the IYAA bonfire party tonight at 6:00 p.m.
The holidays are here, and for Meals-on-Wheels, like everyone else, it is a busy and critical time of the year. With school being out and people going on vacation, Meals-on-Wheels needs caring volunteers to help deliver meals during the holidays. In addition, we are in need for additional routes to be added to meet the growing need of seniors in our area.
Show me the Monet! – Three Italy students received prize winnings this week from an art poster contest sponsored by Lone Star Cyclists last year.
Last week the District 13-A Volleyball All-District awards were announced. Five Lady Gladiators received recognition in the district.
In a specially-called meeting Ellis County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to allow Ellis County to apply for a grant. The grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinstatement Act. (ARRA) and being allocated through the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO).
Italy’s 2009 Lady Gladiator “Bionic” Basketball Team tested out their improved skills in Mildred Tuesday. With a year under their jump shots and fundamentally and mechanically rebuilt by Head Coach Stacy McDonald, these female cyborgs from Italy are aggressive, energetic and determined.
After the IYAA C-Team and B-Team Gladiators compete for Superbowl Championships earlier in the day, the IYAA Bonfire party will start at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 at Gary Wood’s house located at 1326 L.R. Campbell Road in Italy.
The Italy Gladiators(5-4) who finished tied for 2nd in District 21-A were matched against the Lovelady Lions(10-0) and their 19-seniors in a battle for the bi-district championship. Italy took an early 14-0 lead but the Lions came roaring back.