Cream of the Crop-Share your favorite recipe

Image: Yummy — Just one of the wonderful flavors you can make by adding cookie wafers to two scoops of ice cream.  The wonderful ice cream sandwich is born.

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.

Obituary: Joe Wesley Speed, 1915-2010

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.

Jonathan McLean on Stafford Elementary’s rooftop again

Image: McLean Forced to the Roof — Jonathan McLean is up on the roof again and Decorea Green (fifth grader) is proud of him for keeping his promise.

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.

Wind Turbine for Avalon ISD

Image: 60 Foot Wind Turbine — This wind turbine will save Avalon ISD on their energy bill.

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.

Obituary: Elizabeth Lorene Winchester, 1936-2010

Image: Elizabeth Lorene Winchester

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.

Local author has book signing

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.

IYAA Sports Night at McDonald’s: I’m Glovin’ It.

Image: IYAA Sports Night @ McDonald’s in Italy – Bryce is glovin’ it! — Stop by McDonald’s® in Italy on Wednesday, June 9, between 5:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m. to help support the IYAA and it’s young athletes during “IYAA Sports Night.” 20% of all the proceeds collected by McDonald’s® will be donated to the IYAA. I’m lovin’ it!™

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.

Lady Gladiators earn a few more patches for their letter jackets

Image: The 2010 Italy Lady Gladiators’ all-district selections — The 2010 Lady Gladiators’ softball team, regional quarterfinal champions and regional semi-finalists, fielded nine all-district performers this season, three of which were all-academic. Middle row: #10 Courtney Westbrook, #7 Alma Suaste, #18 Bailey Bumpus, #14 Drew Windham, #15 Cori Jeffords, #12 Alyssa Richards, #17 Megan Richards and #3 Anna Viers.

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.

Certain school board members want to fire superintendent Malone

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.

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Grand Opening Celebrated

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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.

Girls basketball camp scheduled for June 7-10 in Italy

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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).

Agenda: Special Called Italy ISD School Board Meeting

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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.

Gladiator athletes honored at annual banquet

Image: True Gladiators — Drew Windham and John Isaac received the Gladiator of the Year Award.

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.

Letter to the Editor: Italy Jail prospect

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.

City of Italy “Clean Up Day”

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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.

Memorial Day poem

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.

Save the date for the Daddy-Daughter Dance

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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.

3rd Team All-American Sarah DeMoss competes in NCAA Tournament

Image: Sarah DeMoss is a senior for the Angelo State Lady Rambelles — Italy High School graduate, Sarah DeMoss #12, a senior right fielder and lead-off batter for the Angelo State Lady Rambelles, is currently competing in the 2010 NCAA, Division II, National Championship tournament in St. Joseph Missouri.

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.

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Where do you want to go this weekend?

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.

IHS Athletic Banquet reminder

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.

Shelley Nance Memorial Tree Dedication

Image: A portrait of Samantha Nance on display next to her tree — A portrait of Samantha (Shelley) Nance stands next to the tree dedicated in Shelley’s memory that was planted in the courtyard at Italy High School to commemorate her amazing life that ended much to soon in the fall of 2009.

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.

Saddle Ridge Ranch coming to town

Image: Roundin’ up questions, drivin’ home answers!

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.

Ennis Student Archers honored

Image: Archers recognized — Ennis ISD Archers were honored at Ellis County Commissioners Court.

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.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting, May 24, 2010

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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.

Lady Gladiators are Regional Semi-finalists; Blue Ridge advances

Image: Lady Gladiators get ready to take on Blue Ridge in game 3 — Cori Jeffords, Alyssa Richards, Megan Richards and Anna Viers are ready to play game three against Blue Ridge after the playing of the national anthem.

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.

National Honor Society has induction

Image: Lexi and Kaytlyn — Lexie Miller and Ryan Ashcraft present the new inductees their membership pins.  Kaytlyn Bales received hers too.

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.