Italy Turns Polar Bears into a Puddle

Image: All winners — Kyonne Birdsong, Ka’Deesha Davis, Cori Jeffords and Lexi Miller gather at the concession stand to help Davis show her winning coupon.  She won a free hamburger from the “Gladiator Grill” on Friday night.

With one of the largest crowds in attendance so far, the Italy Gladiator Baseball team met up with the Frost Polar Bears on Friday night at home for a challenging district game. The teams played 6 innings but when the dust cleared and everyone went home, Italy defeated the Polar Bears 11-0.

Central Baptist Church to perform a dramatic play for Easter service


This Easter, Central Baptist invites you to experience all the passion, all the drama and all the wonder of the Cross on Sunday, April 4th at 10:45 a.m. Join them as Pastor Todd presents a dramatic presentation of how the greatest love man has ever known came through the greatest instrument of suffering man has ever devised.

Game On Athletics celebrates grand opening

Image: The decorations — Maddy and Shelly hang balloons in front of Game On Athletics to help signal the store’s grand opening.

Game On Athletics, owned and operated by Erick & Shelly Thompson, celebrated their Grand Opening on Saturday in downtown Italy. There were hotdogs, beverages and candy for the kids as excited patrons stopped in to admire the selection of shirts and caps.

Union Missionary Baptist Church Hosts Groundbreaking Service

Image: The Lord’s work will be done here — “An edifice will rise on this ground.  Souls will be saved, service will be done and their hearts will unite to expand the kingdom, to glorify and edify God,” Pastor Davis preached.

Pastor Algua R. Isaac, church family and friends gathered at the Union Missionary Baptist Church on Williams Street on Saturday morning to hold a dedication service for their new church. The new site is located on Derrs Chapel Road across from the Trinity Mission Health and Rehab.

Easter Sunrise Service


The Italy Ministerial Alliance invites all of the Italy Community to the Easter Sunrise Service Sunday, April 4, 2010, 7:00 a.m. The service will take place at the Reeves’ property south of town known as ‘Dripping Springs’.

Meals-on-Wheels’ “March for Meals” Events

Image: Commissioner Heath Simms — Commissioner Simms is all ready to deliver meals in Italy.

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties has events planned for its annual “March for Meals” campaign. Today, they hosted area mayors and elected officials for “Mayors For Meals,” as a part of the Campaign. The event included 39 local mayors and elected officials delivering meals in their communities.

Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting Reminder

Changes within the law now requires Booster Clubs to separate from their ISD’s umbrella. These requirements and guidelines with be discussed at the meeting Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Italy High School Library. It is imperative that there be more parent involvement in order to keep the Booster Club moving forward.

Obituary: Charlotte Rosson, 1943 – 2010

Image: Charlotte Rosson, 1943-2010

Charlotte Rosson, age 66, of Milford, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2010 at her home. She was born September 9, 1943 in Waxahachie to Joe F. and Dollie Mae (Potter) Rosson. Charlotte was a member of the Milford Presbyterian Church, where she served as the church treasurer and organist.

Savings to be realized on County debt

During a regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, March 22, 2010, Jim Sabonis of First Southwest Company presented an analysis of potential savings relating to the county’s outstanding general obligation bonds.

Buckets of Hope for Haiti

Image: Central Baptist Church aids Haiti relief — Pastor Todd Gray of Central Baptist Church in Italy with the 21 buckets his members donated to the Haiti relief effort.

The Royal Ambassadors and their leaders from Central Baptist Church in Italy, Texas, are getting ready to pack another “Bucket of Hope” for Haiti earthquake victims. After filling the buckets, the RAs prayed for the people who would receive the food as well as for the safety of those responsible for transporting and delivering them.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meeting, March 22, 2010

Image: Agenda

On Monday, March 22nd 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 teacher resignations, teacher contract recommendations and renewals and an acknowledgement of donated funds. The superintendent will also report regarding the football field renovations that are currently underway.

Passport Day in the USA Passport Fair

The Ellis County District Clerk’s office is hosting a Passport Fair in Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.

Italy JV plays Axtell Longhorns

Image: Rally — The Gladiators rally around Coach Ward for last minute instructions.

The Italy Gladiator JV team traveled to Axtell on Tuesday. They picked up their mitts and played a great game. The Gladiators prevented the Longhorns from scoring in the last two innings. However, the Longhorns proved to be more in the defense department and offensively scored 4 runs throughout the game. Final score Axtell 4, Italy 1.

Milford’s one act play-Foiled by an Innocent Maid

Image: Villain Reeking Havoc — This dastardly villain has caused havoc while getting information from Rachel Follansbee (Rachel Strange).

Foiled by an Innocent Maid was an entertaining production put on by the Milford High School. Every year they do better than the last with their one act plays. This year took the prize. You have a mean villain, and yet hilarious at the same time. Don’t forget Faith Hopewell-the innocent maid- from outlandish crying, to hiding the baby in a trunk and then falling in love all at the same time- what drama!

Major decisions at upcoming Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting

The Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet on Thursday, March 25 at the Italy High School Library. Meeting time is 6:30. Due to recent changes in the relationship with the Italy Athletic Booster Club and the Italy ISD there are major decisions that must be made at this meeting. All those interested in the role that the Italy Booster Club plays in support of the school and the athletes needs to be in attendance of this meeting.

Obituary: Melvin Junior Langley, 1940 – 2010

Melvin Junior “Pepe” Langley, age 70, of Italy, passed away Saturday evening, March 13, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center, Waxahachie. He was born February 11, 1940 in Centerville, Texas to Johnny C. and Mertie Lee (Bush) Langley. He married Carolyn Fulton in Corsicana on July 2, 1971. He retired from Dart Container in 2005 after 15 years of service.

Italy brings down the hammer

Image: Huddle up — Coach Coker and Ward give the aftergame talk.

Friday night was the perfect night to see Italy Baseball at its finest. Not only were the Gladiators great defensively, they had their bats swinging too. Waxahachie Faith Family could not get on base and lost the game 15-0.

Meals-on-Wheels Volunteers Helping End Senior Hunger

Image: Great Team — Thomas Tollis and daughter Brenda Trojacek are part of the Ellis County Meals-on-Wheels’ volunteer crew.

Brenda Trojacek of Palmer is an adamant believer in giving back to the community. She’s been a volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties for several years and admits she cherishes the opportunity to not only make connections with the clients she’s come to love, but her father, Thomas Tollis serves as her “wing man” once a week.