Gladiators blast into Wortham, Bulldogs self-destruct

Image: One cold night — Lexie Miller consoles Ivan while he ices his injury.

The Italy Gladiators blasted into Wortham’s Bulldog Stadium and pounded “Big Blue” into submission. Italy’s high powered offense didn’t rely on it’s air attack in this one, instead the Gladiators defeated the Bulldogs at their own running game. The win puts Italy at 4-0 in District with the Dawson Bulldogs coming to town on Friday.

Burke’s Kinder College Open House

Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Burke’s Kinder College will be having their Open House. If you are looking for a place to care for your children during the day this will give you the opportunity to chat with Patricia Burke (owner), a few teachers, tour the school and pick up an enrollment packet.

Commissioners invite public testimony

Ellis County Commissioners called on the public to provide input Monday night during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Court. The topic was 9-1-1 address display format standards as described in House Bill 2665, passed in the 81st Texas Legislative Session. The bill amends the Transportation Code by authorizing the Commissioners’ Court to adopt and impose standards for design and installation of address number signs to identify properties located in unincorporated areas of the county.

Tina Haight – Citizen of the Month

Image: Tina Haight — Tina is holding up a Thank You card made by the Stafford Elementary students. They are thanking her for her donation to the book fair.

“My husband and I love Italy, our kids love Italy, it is a very homey small town atmosphere and we just love it here. So, I am excited and honored to be the Citizen of the Month for October,” Tina Haight smilingly said.

IYAA posts 3 shutouts against Dawson

Image: Tyvon Gates — Tyvon gets loose at halftime.

Three games against the Dawson Bulldogs on Saturday resulted in three shutout wins for the IYAA Gladiator football teams and their cheerleaders. In the three games combined, Italy totalled 80-points to Dawson’s 0-points. “Ouch!”

7th & 8th try to win in the mud

Image: Kyle and Hank — Kyle Fortenberry(58) and Hank Seabolt(60) come off the field.

ITALY – The undefeated Wortham Bulldogs showed their might against Italy’s Junior High team on Thursday at Willis Field. Amazingly, with less than a minute to go and Wortham in control of the ball, a scoreless Italy team avoided being shutout by the Bulldogs in dramatic fashion.

Gladiator fan needs your prayers

Bobby Itson was careflighted to Parkland Hospital this afternoon around 1:00 p.m. His family and friends would greatly appreciate your prayers. Doctors confirmed that he has suffered a stroke. The doctors are evaluating him now. Bobby is best known as the ultimate Gladiator fan and would in Wortham tonight if he could. Thank you.

Birth Announcement: Taylon Grace Farmer

Image: Taylon Grace Farmer

Gary and Corina Farmer would like to announce the arrival of their new baby Taylon Grace Farmer. Taylon was born on Wednesday, October 21 at 8:33a.m. She weighed 6lb. 10oz. and measured 17.5 inches.

Law regarding mandatory address signs

Image: House Bill 2665 – page 1

There is a new law that has recently been passed by the Texas Legislature. (See the images.) This law is set up to allow any county that wishes to subscribe to it, to force all the home owners in the county to put a regulation size sign on their homes identifying the home.

What’cha Gonna Do This Weekend

Image: Charca Casa open for a visit — This is just one of five homes open on Oct. 24 for a free tour.  There are others across the US open as well.

October is flying by and the holidays are around the corner. However, if you would like to plan this weekend, take a look at what Neotrib has for you. Events far and wide. Go ahead and take a look, it will be fun for you to see what Texas has to offer.

IYAA Picture Day was a snap

Image: IYAA Picture Day ’09

The IYAA football teams and cheerleaders enjoyed IYAA Picture Day on Tuesday. And even though picture day turned into picture night after the camera crew was delayed in the traffic, the kids were all smiles when it was time to say, “Cheese!”

Tailgating at Trinity Mission

Image: Lined Up For Races — The wheel chair races were a hit.

Tuesday morning around 10:00 o’clock wonderful aromas could be detected outside Trinity Mission. They were having their annual tailgating party which included an awesome barbeque. Lots of the residents were outside wearing corsages that all the staff of Trinity Mission made for them.

Park Board Meets

On Monday night, the Italy Park Board met at 6:30 in the Council Chambers and discussed the Italy Christmas Festival slated for December 5.

Central Baptist Church Annual Roundup

On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Central Baptist Church, 113 South Ward in Italy, will kick off their Annual Roundup at 10:45 a.m. The activities wll begin with morning worship at 10:45. Immediately following the service, everyone is invited to stay and enjoy a brisket lunch with all the trimmings.

Obituary: Flavia Tovar Gonzales, 1931-2009

Image: Flavia Tovar Gonzales, 1931-2009

Flavia Tovar Gonzales, age 78, of Waxahachie, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2009 at her home. She was born October 5, 1931 in Italy, Texas to Eugene Tovar and Paulina Ramos. Flavia was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and also the Altar Society.

You Are Invited

Image: Halloween happiness — The Great Pumpkin smiles at the passersby on the I-35 and also welcomes everyone to stop and say “hi”.

One dome, two domes, three domes, four. The National Monolithic Dome Tour is slated for Saturday, October 24 from 10am-4pm. There are a host of Monolithic Domes open across the United States and the ones in Italy are included as well.

Gladiators cage the Jaguars 51-12

Image: Grrrr — The Gladiator knows what it takes on the battlefield.

The Italy Gladiators (4-2 overall) battled the Hubbard Jaguars (1-6 overall) Friday night at Willis Field in Italy. Early in the first quarter, the Gladiators gave the Jaguars a taste of what the rest of the game had in store for the spotted cats.

IHS Holds Mock Election

Image: Election workers tabulate — Coach Coleman and the senior government class takes care of the vote count.  Each was tabulated and carefully watched.

How important is politics to students at the local high school? According to the senior government class in Italy, elections are a priority and according to teacher, Coach Steven Coleman, life lessons are to be learned as well.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meetings, October 19, 2009

Image: Agenda, October 19, 2009

On Monday, October 19, 2009 the Board of Trustees of the Italy ISD will have a Board workshop followed by a regular monthly meeting. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the superintendents office. The regular meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be conducted in the band hall of the Italy High School Campus. Both meeting locations can be found at the Italy High School campus at 300 South College.

Junior High KO’s Hubbard in 4 rounds, 26-6

Image: Trevon Robertson — He’s got his gloves and his mouthpiece, Trevon’s ready to enter the turf ring and go four rounds with Hubbard.

Reminiscent of Rocky III, when Rocky Balboa was pitted against Mr. T’s Clubber Lang character, the Italy Junior High whipped the Hubbard Jaguars in four rounds of football. Hubbard, with only a tie on their record coming into the game, now have a loss to go with that tie thanks to a surging Italy Junior High team that improved their record to 2-1.

November election


The November 3rd Election day is fast approaching. Early voting will begin on Monday, October 19th. The Italy City Council Chamber (105 W. Main Street) will be the local polling place for the early voting. Please note that early voting in Italy will take place only on October 19 through October 23. If you wish to vote early on October 24, or October 26 through October 30 you will need to travel to do so.

Obituary: Sara Tovar, 1951 – 2009

Image: Sara Tovar, 1951 – 2009

Sara Tovar, age 57, of Italy, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. She was born October 30, 1951 in Italy to Eugenio and Cipriana (Tabarez) Tovar. She was a member of the Epiphany Mission Catholic Church in Italy.

Italy’s National Night Out

Image: Too Much Fun! — Sally the Clown and John Droll enjoying the night.

Italy’s National Night out was held Tuesday night at the George Scott gymnasium at the Italy High School. It was postponed from last Tuesday because of rain. There still was rain but it didn’t stop the fun.

Byers proclaimed IYAA Volunteer of the Year

Image: Byers and the Mayor — Barry Byers was announced as Volunteer of the Year for Italy Youth Athletic Association (IYAA) by Mayor Jackson this week.

October 14, 2009 has been declared by the mayor of Italy to be Italy Youth Athletic Association (IYAA) Day. Mayor Frank Jackson also presented the first Volunteer of Year Award for IYAA to local parent, Barry Byers, on Monday night in a special session before the regular council meeting.

Obituary: Zack W. McConnell, 1921 – 2009

Image: Zack W. McConnell, 1921 – 2009

Zack W. McConnell, age 88, of Italy, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at his home. He was born January 25, 1921 in Gunter, Texas to Gilbert and Ada (Forbes) McConnell. Zack was a dedicated family man, Christian and a well respected business owner of McConnell Furniture in Italy, Texas for over 50 years

Obituary: Dorothy Jo Carter McConnell, 1922 – 2009

Image: Dorothy Jo Carter McConnell, 1922 – 2009

Dorothy Jo Carter McConnell, 87, a long time resident of Italy, Texas, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, October 11, 2009. She was born to the late Luin Alexander Carter and Martha Grace McSpadden Carter, on August 18, 1922 in Van Buren, Missouri.

Is this supposed to do that?

Image: “Old Addition” River

Over the past four years I have listened to my sister complain about the drainage ditch by her house. Then recently I saw someones post on Facebook about how the street where they lived (Milan Street) was a river. At lunch today I decided I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Gladiators Stampede the Longhorns 13-0

Image: Modern-day Gladiator — Gladiator quarterback, Jasenio Anderson, shows what it is like being chased by 11 Longhorns for 48-minutes.

The Italy Gladiators charged into Longhorn country with quarterback Jasenio Anderson at the reins. It wasn’t exactly a shootout at the O.K. Corral as both sides relied on their running games. With pass attempts ricocheting off the mud-slicked surface, Italy did manage to post a shutout in their low-scoring win over Axtell, and that’s O.K. with Gladiator fans.

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