The Italy High School Class of 1989 celebrated their 20-year reunion during Homecoming weekend in Italy on Friday and Saturday.
Tuesday evening from six o’clock to 7:30 the place to be was Stafford Elementary in the library. There were books, books and more books. Along with all the books were students with their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, all trying to decide which books they were going to purchase.
With the first football games against Palmer being rained out in week 1, followed by a Bye in the 2nd week of the season, Saturday doubled as the IYAA Homecoming games as well as their season openers.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for October 2009. These meals are subject to change.
Apparently, when gold and blue collide together it makes red as the Italy Junior High played a hard-hitting football game against the Frost Polar Bears in their district opener.
The Italy City Council will meet Tuesday tonight, September 29, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 105 Main Street, Italy, Texas. This is a called meeting. The agenda lists one lone Consent Item which is to approve bills to be paid to close out the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
Friday afternoon at two o’clock Trinity Mission was filled with lots of birthday fun. There were lots of family and friends celebrating the many birthdays at Trinity Mission.
With careful planning and coordination, the Italy High School Homecoming Parade came off without a hitch. The entries moved up College Street and straight downtown before they headed back to the dome. It looked like the strong spirit of the Gladiator was standing straight and tall.
Lawrence Earl Boyd, Jr., age 53, of Waxahachie, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2009 at his home. He was born March 31, 1956 in Dallas, Texas to Lawrence Earl Boyd, Sr. and Wanda Perryman Boyd. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Italy and the Oaks Fellowship. He had been married to Carolyn (Bryan) Boyd for 25 years.
Central Baptist Church of Italy will host a free family movie night on Saturday, Sept. 26, at The Cornerstone. The movie, “Facing the Giants,” will be shown at 8 p.m. and everyone is welcome.
Thursday afternoon, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19 year old Jordanian, living and working in Italy, was arrested by the FBI for allegedly attempting to bomb The Fountain Place, a glass skyscraper with 60 floors, one of the tallest buildings in downtown Dallas.
The annual George Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund barbecue dinner will be held Friday, September 25, 2009 at the Italy High School Cafeteria. Cost for the meal is $6 per person. The meal will be catered by Bubba’s of Ennis.
Junior Gladiator Quarterback Jasenio Anderson was chosen by the Directors of www.1Atexasfootball.com as this week’s Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in the overtime loss to AA Malakoff. He was selected from a list of unbelievable games played by the most talented players across the State, and his stats and some photos from the Neotribune are featured on their website, which can be reached through the link provided above.
Can you believe it has been 20 years?? IHS Homecoming is Friday, September 25th. We really hope to have a successful reunion – and for it to be a success, we need you to be there! We would like to meet at the game and sit together as a class. Saturday, September 26, we’ll Party like it was 1989!
There is fun rain or shine in Texas. Stay close to home or travel this wonderful state. As usual there are many things for all ages to choose from. Neotribune has it here for you. Take a look.
The JV and Varsity Lady Gladiators hosted the Frost Lady Bears on Saturday. The volleyball teams worked hard to keep the scores climbing with some success. The Varsity took two of the five sets from Frost, however, it just wasn’t enough to put a mark in the win column. The JV played well but lost both games to Frost.
The 2009 Italy High School Homecoming festivities will begin this Friday, September 25. The afternoon will be chocked full of activities beginning at 3:00. Both the High School and Stafford Elementary campuses will be releasing students from classes early so that everyone can join in the fun.
There was no one more excited or happier about getting a Monolithic Dome for Avalon ISD than David Del Bosque (superintendent). He really loves their dome. So it was very apt behavior when a storm was arriving last night to invite the community to sit out the storm in the Avalon Multipurpose Center.
The Italy Economic Development Corporation continued contractual consulting services with David Miracle at its monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Tonight is Family Night at the Stafford Elementary Book Fair from 6-7:30 p.m. All parents, grandparents and friends can join the students for a fun-filled night at the book fair. The Book Fair will be held in the Library at Stafford Elementary, 301 Harris Street, Italy.
The IYAA Bonfire Party has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. The IYAA will reschedule the Bonfire at a later, much dryer, date. This marks the first time in ten years the event has been cancelled.
The Student Council took charge of the voting and the student body decided on five senior candidates for Homecoming King 2009. The winner will be crowned on Friday.
At ten o’clock Monday morning at Stafford Elementary the front yard of the school was covered with Stafford students holding whirling pinwheels up in the sky. It was quite a site to see! The students made the beautiful and brightly colored pinwheels themselves and were excited to be part of the International Day of Peace project.
The Italy Economic Development Committee will have a meeting today, September 22, 2009 in the Italy City Hall Council Chambers at 6:30pm. The agenda includes items pertaining to the consulting services of David Miracle, Miracle Development Services. Miracle was contracted by the Italy EDC in April 2009.
The Italy School Board of Directors held a special called meeting Monday evening to discuss the school’s overall Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas for the 2007-2008 district year.
It is no longer necessary to boil the water. Water samples have been taken to the test lab and all results show no signs of harmful bacteria or other microbes. All testing and the results from the testing were monitored by TCEQ.
It is not too late to enter your bike, trike or any other entry into the homecoming parade. The parade will start at 3:00 on Friday, September 25, 2009. Please begin lining up at 2:30. If you do not have an entry in the parade, please come out and support our Italy Gladiators by rooting them on. We hope to see everybody there.
The Board of Trustees of the Italy ISD will have a called meeting and a regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 21, 2009. The meetings, which are open to the public, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the band hall of the Italy High School Campus at 300 South College.
One For The Ages – The 1A Italy Gladiators traveled to take on the 2A Malakoff Tigers who Italy had beaten last season 33-8. Catching the Gladiators off guard, this wasn’t last years Tiger team. Malakoff brought in a complete new coaching staff for their 2009 campaign.
Malakoff made a clean sweep of the Italy 7th Grade, 8th Grade and JV football teams Thurdsay…even if it was muddy. Both Italy Junior High teams only had 11 players on each roster but all 22 players gave a valiant effort defending the home field. Malakoff’s JV Tigers started off slow but eventually slung enough mud into the air to win the game against the JV Gladiators.
Homecoming is just around the corner and with the George Scott Memorial Scholarship dinner, football games and the alumni returning for one more look at the old alma mater, the time has come for class princesses and queen nominees.
When Jennifer Holley was attending college she had every intention of being a research scientist. Finding a great cure to an incurable disease really appealed to her. Upon further study of her career choice she decided it was not for her.
Holly Michelle Simon and William Eric Bradley were married September 5, 2009 at First Baptist Church in Milford. Michael Chambers performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Ramona and Mick Simon of Italy. The bridegroom is the son of Tianne and Mike Bradley also of Italy.
Be one of the first to see the Dallas Cowboys new Stadium this year. The Italy Lions Club is raffling off two tickets and a parking pass to see the Cowboys play the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 13th.
From the time Kristie Holley was a little girl she always wanted to be a school teacher. Kristie said, “When I was a little girl I would line up my dolls and play school. I always wanted to be a teacher.” Now Kristie is living that childhood dream at Stafford Elementary as their new sixth grade teacher.
John and April Gage announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Laine Gage. Born August 4, 2009. She weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and was 20 & 3/4 inches at birth.
The PSAT/NMQST will be administered at Italy High School on Wednesday, October 14, 2009. The PSAT is a standardized test that provdies practice taking the SAT. It also enables students to enter the NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
Following several days of heavy, soaking rains, Ellis County Commissioners convened in a specially-called meeting to rescind a ban on outdoor burning. The ban, declared on July 20, was originally set to expire in mid-October.
This loving young soul was taken away too early from us, Samantha Michelle (Shelley) Nance, went to be with the lord on Sept. 11, 2009. Shelley was an award winning artist. She was a student at the Art Institute of Dallas. She was majoring in multi-media arts and animation. She loved animals, computers, and anything to do with art. This 20 yr old woman was well on her way to achieving her life’s dreams of being an artist.
The coming together of two rivals doesn’t happen often but history was made this week in the Avalon gym. The Lady Eagles hosted the Lady Gladiators to a DIG PINK game.
Just like last year, drivers on Hwy 77 have reported seeing strange lights and hearing weird noises at the Kilemol Doll Factory and Meat Packing Plant. It is within a stone’s throw or spitting distance from the Italy Cemetery which could automatically give someone the creeps.
Eight year old Karson Holley had a great summer. Part of what made her summer great was the opportunity she had to deliver Meals on Wheels on Wednesdays with her grandmother, Francis Holley (Gran). Because of her dedication to helping the elderly, Karson was selected as this month’s Citizen of the Month.
If you happened to be driving in the area of Italy High School between 6:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday night, you would have heard the pounding of drums and the blaring of horn instruments echoing down the streets of the surrounding neighborhood.
The family of Justin Wood would like to express a sincere thank you to Coach Craig Bales and his Italy High School coaching staff, along with Stafford Elementary nurse Rita Garza, for their effective handling of Justin when he was injured during football practice two weeks ago.
I would like to say thank you to the staff of Trinity Missions. Their compassion and caring attitudes are unbelievable.
Due to some problems with the water system, the City of Italy has issued a boil order to the citizens of Italy. This boil order applies to all of the city residents and businesses.
The local volunteer fire department was recognized on Sunday at First Baptist Church. Rev. Ronnie Dabney, Chief Don Chambers and Associate Pastor Michael Chambers led the ceremony with videos of firemen at work and also a remembrance of 09/11/01.
The Italy 7th and 8th grade girls lead the march in the first Junior High Volleyball games of the season this week. The Lady Bulldogs traveled from Milford to play the Lady Gladiators. The 7th grade won the first sets in the best two games, winning 25-15 and 25-16. Coach Tina Richards said, “I am very proud of the 7th grade. This is a great way to start our season-with a win!”
In a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 14, 2009, Ellis County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the tax rate for the 2009/2010 fiscal year as previously announced.