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.

Hawaii, Here We Come

Image: We are dressed for the occasion — Dillon Wright, Jeremy Worsham and Colin Wilsford explore the food cart.

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.

The Last Ride

Image: The dugout — The Italy Gladiators won district champions.

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.

Game set: Italy vs. Blue Ridge Thursday in Forney for Regional Semi

Image: Lookout Blue Ridge! The Italy Lady Gladiators are on the hunt

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.

Carolyn Maevers retires

Image: Carolyn Maevers — Carolyn Maevers will be missed by everyone.

“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.

Changing lives one youth at a time

Image: Eric and Cristie Enriquez — Eric and Cristie enjoy working with the 6th through 12th grade youth that attend First Baptist Church in Avalon.

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.

Splash Day

Image: Band of Water Warriors — These little “Water Warriors” were having fun raging war with squirt bottles.

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 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

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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

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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

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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.