The countdown has begun

Image: Lauren and the gang — The human knot is one of the games played at the ice cream social.

Ice cream, games and bubbles-sounds like a kid’s party. Not really, if you are a senior at Italy High School, these are just some of the items you will need for the beginning of fun. Last week was the kick off for the senior parties hosted by some of the churches in town. The First United Methodist Women gave an ice cream party in the honor of the graduating class.

Living Memorial dedication for IHS graduate planned for May 24th

On Monday, May 24th a tree will be dedicated to the memory of Shelley Nance, a 2007 IHS graduate. Due to her untimely death in the fall of 2009, Shelley’s classmates, college friends, and family will come together on May 24th at 11:00 am to dedicate a tree at the IHS campus. The public is encouraged to attend.

Milford Craft Fair-a success

Image: Car Wash — First Baptist Youth of Milford were hosting a car wash.

Titus Women of Milford held their craft fair on Saturday, May 8th and had quite a crowd. Jeannie Richardson of the Titus Women said, “We had a great crowd and the vendors were so happy they want to do it again next year so I call it a success”.

Seniors Presented Scholarships

Image: Lone Star Cyclists Scholarship recipients  — The Lone Star Cyclists awarded four scholarships this year to (L-R) Ivan Roladan, Zach Hernandez, Megan Hopkins and Jonathon Levy.

There is nothing happier than a graduating high school senior with a scholarship and there were several seniors jumping for joy at Italy High School on Tuesday. The administration wants the under classmen to know they can achieve the same thing.

Agenda: Italy City Council Work Session, May 17, 2010

Image: Agenda

On Monday, May 17, 2010, the Italy City Council will have a work session. This meeting will be held at the Italy City Hall Council Chambers at 105 Main Street. The agenda reads that there will be a discussion with Kent Bratcher, Gary McKibben and Mr. Parkey regarding a commercial development proposal with the City of Italy. The will begin at 6:30pm and is open to the public.

Lady Gladiators win game 1 of regional quarterfinal against Meridian

Image: Another out — Cori Jeffords(15) makes the stop and then throws to first baseman Drew Windham(14) for an out.

The Lady Gladiators haven’t been waiting a whole week to play this one. They’ve been waiting a whole year. After the Meridian Lady ’Jackets knocked Italy out of the playoffs last season during their regional quarterfinal matchup, head coach Jennifer Reeves, along with her assistant coaches Tina Richards and Andrea Windham, has been tracking this one on the calendar ever since.

Deep in the Jungle

Image: Circle of Life — These First Graders were singing up a storm.

When I walked into Stafford Elementary’s cafeteria Thursday, I thought I was in the Jungle! There were wild animals everywhere you looked. Kind of scary, until you realize they are the cutest little first graders you ever saw putting on their annual Deep in the Jungle musical.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meeting, May 17, 2010

Image: Agenda

On Monday, May 17 the Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the Band Hall of the Italy High School campus (300 College) and will begin at 7:00pm. Agenda items include board members’ oath of office ceremony and election of officers. Also slated on the agenda is the consideration of purchasing new band uniforms.

Italy FCCLA and FFA Awards Program

Image: Megan and Lexie — FCCLA President and Vice President give instruction before the banquet.

Italy High School was the site of the 61st Annual FCCLA (Family Career & Community Leaders of America) and FFA (Future Farmers of America) banquet this week. Awards were given after a wonderful meal of lasagna, salad, bread and dessert. Steve Gaylord was the special guest speaker for the evening.

A Heroes’ Reunion


Danny Neil, a graduate of Avalon High School, had known Ronnie Compton, a graduate of Italy High School, all his life. Their parents were friends so the boys had grown up together and knew each other very well. After graduation from high school, however, the friends lost track of each other.

Starship Pegasus brought back to life

Image: Andrew and Andy — Andrew Voyer (manager) and Andy Gee are getting ready to fly at it again by opening up Starship Pegasus as a flea-market/farmers market.

Andy Gee (owner of Starship Pegasus) has not given up on his dream of utilizing his Starship Pegasus dome. He is now opening it up under the name S.P.A.C.E. (Starship Pegasus Associates Community Enterprises) a flea-market/farmers market.

Italy’s Field of Dreams

Recently I saw an article on Neotrib about the IYAA honoring George Scott, Bob Tipping, Bob Burch and Bobby Itson “because they promoted youth sports and fitness, helping to bring our community closer together through victory and accomplishment.”

Local writer publishes book

Image: Urple Fishing — The new book in town by Mayme Onstad.

Mayme E. Onstad, local writer and longtime resident of Italy, has published her first children’s book, Urple Fishing. It is a picture story book for kids ages 4-8 years old. Mayme has teaching principals in her stories, “Lessons they need to learn,” Onstad says.

Vote Saturday May 8, 2010

The Italy School Board race and three political races in Milford will culminate on Election Day, Saturday, May 8th. The polls will open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. Do your part and vote!

Milford ISD’s UIL competitors on the rise

Image: High jump — Rachel Strange sails over the high jump bar to advance to area competition.

Blame it on the freshman and junior classes. They seem to be the cause for Milford’s high numbers of advancement in UIL academics and track. Although there were fewer participants in UIL academics this year, almost 86% placed in district or advanced to regional competition.

Italy Park Board strives to reach goals

Image: Out with the old… — The Italy Park Board will revamp the existing concession stand by removing the walls and creating a shady area for picnic tables.

The Italy Park Board met Tuesday night and discussed plans for updating our community. The Upchurch Ballfields are home to three playing fields used for Italy baseball, softball & t-ball teams, residents and surrounding towns. The existing concession stand does not meet the current needs and the longtime goals are already set in motion.

Italy Track athletes compete at regionals

Competing in a Region the size of France that is widely recognized as the best High School Track & Field region in the world. The qualifiers from the Italy HS Track Team did our school and community proud the last two days during the Region III Track Meet in Palestine.

Ellis County Clean-Up Week a great success!

Thanks to extremely heavy participation in our Ellis County Clean-Up Week, there are no more vouchers available for this event. We’ve issued 1,100 vouchers to county citizens at a total cost of just over $28,000. We appreciate the tremendous response, and look forward to similar events in the future.

School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Cindy Carter

My name is Cindy Carter. I am married to Stephen Carter and have three daughters and two grand-daughters. I am currently employed with the United States Postal Service here in Italy. I graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1978. I have lived here in Italy for 30 years.

Obituary: Ray A. Scott, 1938 – 2010

Image: Ray A. Scott, 1938 – 2010

Ray A. Scott, age 72, of Irene, was born in Waxahachie on April 28, 1938 to Gertie Bell and Oscar Lee Scott. He passed away Monday, May 3, 2010 at his home. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and never met a stranger.