IHS Senior, Ronald Helms, performed at Jazz concert in Waco

Image: Ronald Helms — Picture of Ronald at the recent IHS Gladiator Band Christmas Concert.

On Saturday, January 16, Italy High School senior and band member, Ronald Helms represented Italy at the ATSSB Region 8 Jazz Band Concert at MCC in Waco. The concert was the culmination of a process that began in September of 2009 that included auditions, rehearsals, and Saturday’s jazz clinic/concert with world renown jazz artist, Bobby Shew (www.bobbyshew.com).

IJH Lady Gladiators compete in Blooming Grove Tournament

Image: IJH Lady Gladiators – 8th grade — (L-R): Jesica Wilkins, Ashley Harper, Ryisha Copeland, Taylor Turner, Bernice Hailey, Kendra Copeland, Monseratt Figeuroa

The 7th and 8th grade Lady Gladiators competed in the Blooming Grove Jr High Basketball Tournament on Saturday, January 16. The 8th grade came away with a 2nd place trophy. The 7th graders were consolation champs. Both teams showcased their athletic prowess and were excellent representatives of Italy both on and off the court.

IYAA hoopsters take the big shots in Week 2

Image: Heart as big as gold — Catie South(2) sets her sights on becoming a Lady Gladiator.

Week 2 of the IYAA basketball season was a day of firsts for many young hoopsters. Whether Saturday marked the first time an aspiring athlete made his or her first basket, of their whole life, or whether it was a team’s first win of the season, the IYAA is where many “first moments” happen for future Gladiators, Bulldogs, Eagles and Polar Bears.

IYAA basketball teams shine bright on opening day

Image: Loving the game — Teammates celebrate a job well done.

The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) enjoyed Opening Day on Saturday as the 2010 basketball season is underway. Teams from Italy and Hillsboro celebrated the spirit of competition together in what proved to be a fun and exciting day for youth sports.

Italy Baseball represented in Peru

Image: San Franciscan Monastery, Lima, Peru

I thought it might be fun to share some pictures of our Editor, Mike South, in his business travels this week to Peru. What struck me when I saw these pictures bright and early this morning was that Mike was wearing his Italy Baseball shirt. Go Italy! (Even in Peru!)

IJH Boys look strong against Irving North Hills

Image: Roldan pressures — Kevin Roldan(41) pressures the outlet pass.

The Italy 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams thrilled fans inside the Italy Coliseum on Thursday. The 7th Grade team picked up their second win this season, both wins coming against Irving North Hills, while the 8th grade team lead for three quarters before losing by 2-points in their rematch with Irving North Hills.
Scores and stats from the Italy Jr High Girls’ games against Irving North Hills are also included at the end of this article.

Darrin Yancy’s Ellis County Meet and Greets


As many of you know, the primary season is upon us. I am filed for the Texas Senate District 22 seat challenging incumbent Kip Averitt. I have attached a schedule of Meet & Greets I will be having for Ellis County in January and February.

Agenda: Italy Park Board Meeting, January 5, 2010

Image: Park Board Agenda

The Italy Park Board will meet today, Tuesday, January 5, 2010. The meeting will begin at 6:30 in the council chambers at Italy City Hall, 105 W. Main Street. The agenda items include discussion of the recent Italy Christmas Festival and planning for future Park Board projects.

January 2010 is School Board Recognition Month


Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month to help highlight the contributions of dedicated men and women who take the time to care about our local schools. The Italy ISD will join districts across the state to thank board members for voluntarily tackling the enormous job of governing local school districts.

Agenda: Italy City Council Meeting January 4, 2010

Image: Agenda

There will be a regular meeting of the Italy City Council today, January 4, 2010 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Agenda items include prioritizing street repairs and consideration of an inter-local agreement for on-site septic facilities between the City and Ellis County.

Kiwanis Classic – Championship Finals

Image: Ms. Consistent — Kaitlyn Rossa(3) knocks down two free shots against the Mildred Lady Eagles.

The Italy Lady Gladiators competed for the Kiwanis Classic Consolation Championship against the Mildred Lady Eagles while the Gladiators competed for the Men’s Tournament Championship against the Kerens Bobcats this past Wednesday at the Navarro College campus. There was a blackout, rallies, comebacks and experienced gained as Italy strengthens their armor for District.

Kiwanis Classic – Italy continues pursuit of excellence

Image: Megan for three — Italy’s Megan Richards(22) heats up from the 3-point line.

The Italy Lady Gladiators finished day 2 of the Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament with a 1-1 record, earning a spot in the Consolation Championship game against Mildred on Wednesday. The Gladiators defeated Frost on day 2 to post a 2-0 record in the tournament setting up a Kiwanis Tournament Championship rematch with Kerens.

IYAA Basketball Update


The 2010 Basketball season is underway and practices will begin Monday, January 4. The rosters have been created and coaches will be contacting their players with practice schedule information.

Emissions Enforcement Grant approved

Having unanimously approved application for the funding on November 9, 2009, Ellis County Commissioners today accepted $46,476.38 in grant funding to continue a program that focuses on vehicle emissions. The grant is funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Thank You from Trinity Mission

During our life time we cross paths with some of the most wonderful folks in the world. We learn, we laugh, we grieve, we love; but most of all we rejoice in the many friendships that we develop through the years. This wonderful year has been filled with joy, tears and many other emotions that you can imagine, but the most wonderful thing that we have been blessed with are God’s love, our families, friends and residents.

Obituary: Dorothy Guthrie, 1925-2009

Image: Dorothy Guthrie, 1925-2009

Dorothy Guthrie, age 84, of Italy, passed away Monday, December 21, 2009 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. She was born March 27, 1925 in Italy to Charles H. and Jennie (Wilhoit) Abbott. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Italy.

Italy’s Lady Gladiators start the Holidays with wins over Aquilla

Image: The Italy Lady Gladiators “SWISH” their fans a Merry Christmas! — Coaches Stacy McDonald and Tina Richards, along with the Italy Lady Gladiators basketball players, would like to wish all their fans a Merry Christmas! Top row: Khadija Davis, Mary Tate, Chante Birdsong, Lacie Lopez, Brianna Burkhalter and Nikki Brashear Middle row: Danyelle Baugher, Coach Stacy McDonald, Destani Anderson, Maria Luna, Coach Tina Richards, Sa’Kendra Norwood Bottom row: Kaitlyn Rossa, Kyonne Birdsong, Alyssa Richards, Jaleecia Fleming, Megan Richards, Jameka Copeland and Jimesha Reed.

Italy’s Varsity and JV Lady Gladiators gift wrap wins for Coaches Stacy McDonald and Tina Richards over the Aquilla Lady Cougars on December 15 inside Italy Coliseum. Like a violently shaken snow globe, the Lady Gladiators created an avalanche inside the dome to bury Aquilla while Italy’s JV girls played Grinch, stealing a Christmas Holiday victory away from Aquilla’s JV girls.

Balloons headed to the North Pole

Image: Balloons With Christmas Wishes — I see my note!

Last Friday around 11:45 Stafford kindergartners could be seen sending many multi colored balloons up into the sky. But these were not just ordinary balloons, oh no, these balloons had letters to Santa Claus inside. They were headed to the North Pole.

NJHS Inducts New Members

Image: Smiling new faces — Name Withheld, Megan Hooker, Jessica Wilkins, Bailey Walton, Joseph Pitts, Taylor Turner, Monserrat Figueroa, Adam Michaels, Cody Medrano, Anna Westbrook,  and Justin Wood. (Not pictured is Jessica Garcia).

Friends and family gathered together in the IHS band hall on Thursday night to honor the new inductees for the National Junior Honor Society. New officers were elected and sworn in to their new jobs.

Local restaurant announces new DWI education program in Avalon

The, JUST! Alcohol and Drug Education Program, is a new state approved and mandated DWI Program here in Ellis County, that will provide DWI classes certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This class is a requirement in Texas for any person convicted of a first offense DWI.

Having Fun In December

Once again, the state of Texas has lots of activities to choose from. There’s always time to put the kids in the car and take a look at the lights or go to a Christmas tree farm and pick the best one. That’s just fun. It’s a time for sharing memories with your friends and loved ones. What about New Year’s Eve? Are you sitting in front of the tube and watching the ball drop at Times Square or are you going to a party and playing Farkle? Grab a cup of hot chocolate, relax in front of the fireplace and let Neotrib put some things together for you.

Thanks from Coach Kyle Holley

The three-day, sixteen-team Italy Basketball Tournament, held December 3-5, was a success for the sixth year in a row. As always, there are numerous people to be thanked for their involvement and contributions.