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.
If I were on the City Council of Italy, here’s a few questions I’d ask of James Parkey. It’s called “due diligence.”
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.
The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) continues to ink in wins while gaining experience for the younger Baseball/Softball and T-Ball players. Whether it’s a kindergartener teeing off for a double or a freshman making a big grab to end an inning, IYAA Sports is where you can catch all the action.
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.
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.
With Pomp & Circumstance playing in the background, Italy High School seniors took their last turn around the dome on Friday night. They were a little bit nervous but very ready to go out into the world and begin their future.
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.
Following a brief executive session, the Italy Economic Development Corporation voted to conduct a title search on an unnamed property located on Main Street.
The Italy City Council will have a special meeting on Tuesday, May 25th at 8:00am. The purpose of this meeting is to travel to Haskell, Texas to visit a Detention Facility. In a recent City Council meeting a detention facility was proposed for Italy.
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.
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.
Plans for the IHS Athletic Banquet will be finalized in a meeting scheduled for 5:30 on Monday, May 24th. The Italy Athletic Booster Club appreciates everyone’s help in planning for this momentous event for our Gladiators and Lady Gladiators.
NOTE: Time Change
Certain Ellis County offices will be closed briefly in order to facilitate an efficient move into new offices, as follows:
For those of you who remember Don Rinehart, he lost his son, Shane, this week.
Forney — The 1A Regional Semifinal Championship between the Italy Lady Gladiators (26-7) and the Blue Ridge Lady Tigers (26-9) is still up for grabs after the two teams split wins on Thursday.
Attention all IYAA coaches and parents: The IYAA will be having the picture viewing set up for Monday, May 24th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Upchurch Ball fields.
The Gladiator Regiment Band and the Italy Junior High 7th grade Band both performed during the Spring Concert held inside the Italy Coliseum dome. With Band Director Jesus Perez waving his magic wand, the pride and joy of Italy High School filled every cubic inch of the dome with harmonious sounds.
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.
The Class of 2010 enjoyed a luau hosted by the First Baptist Church of Italy. Games, good food and a lot of fun was included on the menu. No pig in the ground but this atmosphere was only missing the sand.
Currently all phones and internet are down at both Italy ISD campuses. A technician is on the way. Parents are asked to please be patient while this issue is being resolved.
The IHS varsity baseball team traveled to Royse City on Saturday to meet the Dodd City varsity. The match was fierce but in the end Dodd City held the key and the Gladiators came home on their last ride together.
The Italy Lady Gladiators (25-6) will play a best 2/3 series against the Blue Ridge Lady Tigers (25-8) at Warren Middle School in Forney for the regional semi-final championship. The two teams will play a double header on Thursday, May 20 starting with the first game at 5:00 p.m. followed by the second game at 7:30 p.m. The third game will be played on Saturday, May 22 at 12:00 p.m. if needed.
As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings — Deut. 32:11
“Good Morning class we are going to have a great day today” could be heard just about every morning at Stafford Elementary over the loud speaker. And of course I am talking about Carolyn Maevers. She never missed a chance to tell the kids she loved them and they were going to have a great day.
Monday afternoon was a great day for the Kindergartners at Stafford Elementary. It was their annual “Rodeo”.
Eric Enriquez is the Youth Director at First Baptist Church in Avalon. Over the last year, the youth department has grown by leaps and bounds. They meet every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the church on S. Giles in Avalon.
Waxahachie — The 1A Lady Gladiators, with their head head coach Stacy McDonald playing the role of a fan in the stands, began their Summer League Basketball schedule against the 4A Corsicana Tigers on Monday at Waxahachie High School.
Monday evening at 6:30 pm the Italy City Council met to have a work session regarding a commercial development proposal with the City of Italy. All council members were present.
To The Honorable Mayor of Italy, Frank Jackson, and all Concerned Citizens:
Would you please proclaim a “LOVE OUR COMMUNITY DAY”
Bright and early Monday morning lots of first grade students at Stafford Elementary were having a blast! Swinging on swings, sliding down slides, football games and lots of water fun was being had by all.
The monthly meeting of Italy School Board of Trustees meeting was filled with goodbyes, welcomes and changes at its meeting Monday evening. There were about three dozen parents, citizens, personnel and students in attendance.
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.
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.
John “Booney” Isaac a senior at Italy High School and already an Italy Gladiators’ sports legend, added to his mystic by winning third place in the UIL state triple jump competition in Austin on Friday.
Joshua — After winning game 1 of the best 2-out of-3 regional quarterfinal-round against Meridian on Thursday 4-1, the Italy Lady Gladiators softball team defeated the Lady ’Jackets 2-0 on Saturday to claim the regional quarterfinal championship. Next up, Blue Ridge.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All kinds of fun was going on Wednesday morning at Stafford Elementary. Students and teachers and parents were playing all kinds of games for Stafford’s Annual Play Day.
Italy Gladiator track star John Isaac, a senior at Italy High School, received a heroes send-off before climbing into the Italy ISD van on his way to Austin to compete in the triple jump at State.
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.
The Italy Junior High School Honors Assembly recognized 7th thru 8th grades’ top academic achievers on Wednesday, May 12 inside Italy Coliseum. Kristi Souder announced the certificate, medal and Oliphant Cup recipients while Principal Tanya Parker presented the awards with a smile and a handshake.
Currently a Biology major at Hardin-Simmons University and a member of the Cowgirls Softball Team, 6-foot Junior righthander #13 Megann Lewis was honored by the coaches of the ASC and named the American Southwest Conference West Division Pitcher of the Year.
The Lady Gladiators have battled their way into the regional quarterfinal game against the Meridian Lady Yellowjackets. These two met at this time last year with Meridian advancing after surviving a late rally by Italy.
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.