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).
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.
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.
On Tuesday, January 19th the Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the Band Hall at the Italy High School campus and will begin at 7:00pm. Agenda items include review and approval of the 2008-2009 financial audit, budget amendments and personnel considerations.
A new push by County Judge Carol Bush to establish a return to work program that meets the needs of all elected officials and departments has resulted in a significant reduction in the county’s 2010 Workers’ Compensation premiums.
Ellis County Commissioners today declared the week of January 17 through January 24, 2010 as Sanctity of Human Life Week in Ellis County.
The Italy Junior High Lady Gladiators came away with two nail-biting victories against the Palmer Junior High Lady Bulldogs on Thursday inside Italy Coliseum.
The newly formed Italy FFA Booster Club met this past monday. In a meeting to organize and coordinate goals and action items, it was voted unanimously to move forward with plans to build a new project center building built on the ag farm property off of FM 667.
The Lady Gladiators had to dribble on egg shells to avoid crushing the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles Tuesday. Despite a ladylike display of passing the ball around more than needed and turning down wide open layups, the Italy Lady Gladiators won by 54-points at home.
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.
Thursday and Friday of this week there will be semester exams administered to the students at the Italy High School campus. The bell schedules for these testing days (January 14 and January 15) are available.
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!)
Parents of Italy FFA students are having a Booster Club organizational meeting tonight (Monday, January 11, 2010) at the Italy High School Ag Building. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm. All persons interested in supporting the Agriculture Program at Italy High School are urged to attend.
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.
Amanda (Zambrano) Wilsford graduated from Texas A&M University at Commerce on December 19, 2009. An IHS honor graduate in 2002, Amanda received her associates from Navarro College in 2004 and has now earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Texas A&M Commerce.
The Italy ISD Yearbook staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you have got great photos of school and community events or you and your friends just having fun, we’d like to see them.
On Monday, January 11, 2010 there will be a special called meeting of the Italy ISD Board of Trustees. The agenda states that the meeting will be conducted in executive session for the annual superintendent evaluation. The next regular school board meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 19, 2010.
The Italy JV Gladiators win by a whisker over the Whitney JV Wildcats while the Varsity Gladiators handle the Wildcats easily as they near District competition.
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.
Classes at both Italy ISD campuses will have a delayed start today due to the weather. Students are to report to class at 10:00am.
Monday marked the first day of basketball practice for the IYAA basketball players. Excitement was in the air as teammates made acquaintances and then ran drills in preparation for the opening day games on Saturday.
The Italy Park Board began preparing for its annual Easter egg hunt at its monthly meeting Tuesday night.
The Ellis County Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee held its quarterly meeting on Monday, January 4, 2010 to hear updates from County Engineer Joe White and Project Manager Jon Vidaurri.
Italy Independent School District was awarded a matching grant of $25,000 from Oncor for increasing the efficiency of the lighting system at Italy Junior and Senior High Schools. The district received the grant through Oncor’s Take A Load Off, Texas School Matching Grant Program.
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.
Two citizens – Judi Rowe and Joan Grabowski — addressed the city council Monday evening at its monthly meeting held in council chambers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gregory Pope of Italy is doing his part to help the community this holiday season.
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.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for January 2010. These meals are subject to change.
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.
The Italy 7th Grade Band and the Gladiator Regiment Band performed a Christmas Concert for Gladiator Fans inside Italy Coliseum Thursday, December 17. With Band Director Jesus Perez waving the wand, the spirit of the Holidays filled the dome, entertaining all ye faithful.
Daniel Seay, Italy Gladiator alumni ’91, and the Aledo Bearcats(15-1), head coached by Athletic Director Tim Buchanan, celebrated winning the Region 4 Division II State Championship on December 19.
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 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.
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.
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.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season make time to curl up with a good book. If you see anything you want, email the library and they will save the book (or put it on reserve), for you.
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.
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.
Dr. George Telatnyk, DDS at Italy Dental invites your to receive a free consultation on your first visit until October 31, 2013. All insurance policies are considered and financial arrangements can be made.
Everywhere you looked Thursday morning you could see Stafford Elementary first and second graders wearing red Santa hats and smiles from ear to ear. They were at Trinity Mission to wish them a Merry Christmas by singing Christmas songs.
Wednesday, Stafford Elementary Pre-K and Kindergarten classes were busy watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and eating popcorn to celebrate winning a Box Top party.
“This is the second time we have received recognition for being one of the top schools in region 10 and we are just tickled pink,” explained David Del Bosque (Avalon ISD Superintendent)
The Lady Gladiators will take on the Aquilla Lady Cougars on Friday afternoon in the Dome. Game times have changed. The JV game will begin at 3:00pm and the Varsity game will begin at 4:30pm.
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.