Italy – Italy’s 8th grade girls keep improving as they stay undefeated after a convincing victory over the Hampton Phoenix. The 8th grade boys took a stand as well but eventually came up short against Hampton once again.
The weather in Italy has been quite extraordinary this week. One day with 80 degrees and a few days later sleet. This sleet along with freezing rain caused local schools to close and power outages in the area.
Maddox Bailey Droll entered this world January 27th, at 2:13 PM. She was born at Mansfield Methodist Medical Center in Mansfield, Texas.
What would you like to do this weekend? Round and round we go. Ellis County and the surrounding cities in Texas have many things to choose from for the family outing. Just take a look at what we have to do.
According to Italy Varsity girl’s head coach, Stacy McDonald, games planned for Tuesday, Jan. 27 against Itasca have been changed to Thursday, Jan 29. The frosty weather has changed things and the Varsity games will be played beginning at 5:00 pm in Itasca. The Varsity boys will play at 6:30.
The Italy Coliseum – The Hampton Phoenix 7th grade boys/girls squads made the drive back to Italy for a rematch with the Gladiators. A bit more difficult this time, It was still worth the trip as Hampton’s 7th grade squads rolled up two more wins.
Friday evening on January 23rd the place to be was the Stafford Elementary Cafeteria. There was delicious chili for all and many beautiful items to be bid on in the Silent auction which made it such a success. Approximately $2,000.00 was raised which will benefit Stafford Elementary and Stafford students.
Friday morning, January 23rd, there were lots of excited parents, teachers and students in the Stafford Elementary gymnasium. All the excitement was caused by all the well deserved awards being handed out to Stafford students.
UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather, Varsity games will be played on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in Itasca, beginning at 5:00 pm.
The Italy Neotribune would like to congratulate Italy’s 8th grade girls for winning the Blooming Grove Basketball Tournament last Saturday. We also wish to congratulate the 7th grade girls for finishing in 2nd place in the tournament.
IYAA Basketball squads perform in front of a packed crowd in Italy this past Saturday. Parking and seating was scarce as Hillsboro and Italy fans cheered on area youth who put it all on the line this weekend.
The February menu for Angel Food Ministries is out and the order dates are fast approaching. Angel Food Ministries is a non-denominational program to help everyone with grocery costs. Each month’s menu is different from the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items.
The Italy Coliseum – The Italy Gladiators disposed off the Grand Prairie AA Eagles in a game that was decided by the end of the first period. This was Italy’s second straight game to score over 80-points.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for February 2009. These meals are subject to change.
Outside the Stuckey’s Tiger Mart around 12:30 p.m. Friday in Italy, paramedics and 1st responders were called to assist a man who allegedly was suffering from an overdose of narcotics.
The Italy JV Gladiators travelled all the way to the dome in Avalon, Texas and challenged the Eagles Thursday to a friendly game of roundball. Long time neighbors and sporting rivals, these two schools have a mutual respect for each others talents formed through years of competitive play.
ALERT – Italy Police Chief C.V. Johns is issuing this alert to area homeowners regarding recent solicitation activities.
The City Council meeting had many items on it’s agenda. It included rezoning, street repairs and hiring for the Public Works Director vacancy.
In the ‘Court of Basketball’ the Italy Lady Gladiators were found guilty of stealing passes, using excessive force in the post and for attempted assault with deadly outside shooting weapons. The minutes filed by the All-District Attorney read as follows:
Texas is always filled with different things to do. Just take a look and see what is happening in the coming week.
Did you know that Houston does not have zoning. One study by US News and World report said the only difference they could see when they studied cities with zoning and without was it was more expensive to own and/or build in the zoned cities. It is about freedom. If a property is zoned for a park it will not sell for very much in most cities. If it is zoned for homes the value is determined by the buyers of homes. If it is commercial its value will be determined by what the business owner figures it is worth. Rarely will any business want to move into a neighborhood. But there may be a doctor who would like to be closer to his patients. Or a coffee shop might like to have a small neighborhood unit. Can you see the value?
The Italy School Board of Directors extended the contract of Jimmie Malone, superintendent, for 42 months at a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening. This extends his contract through June 30, 2012.
Stafford Elementary PTO invites the community to attend their 3rd Annual Chili Dinner & Silent Auction.
Cedar Valley College – The Lady Gladiators got off to a good start against the Dallas Gateway Lady Gators. However, the tide quickly turned in the 2nd period and suddenly Italy was in jeopardy of losing their 2nd District game.
The City Council will discuss and consider the re-zoning of the old nursing home. As previously reported the Italy City Council tabled the final approval of this proposed zoning request during its January monthly meeting.
Cedar Valley College – The Italy Gladiators wrestled the Gators from Dallas Gateway Friday night in Lancaster. The anticipation was high since both squads are loaded with talent. Gateway relies on 6’ 6" Center “Big City” #24 while Italy Sophomore #11 Jasenio Anderson shoulders the hopes of Gladiators’ fans.
The Italy Coliseum – Italy hosted a JV basketball tournament Saturday, Jan 17. The Lady Gladiators JV tangled with the Blooming Grove Lady Lions in game one and the Rice Lady Bulldogs in game two. Both were physical confrontations proving our girls are not made of sugar and spice and everything nice.
Cedar Valley College – Both Italy Gladiator JV squads dominated the Dallas Gateway Gators in action packed games. Italy’s JV Girls outnumbered the Gators 5 players to 3 at one point. And the Italy JV Boys game featured, what could be, the “Shot of the Year!”
Inside the Italy Coliseum – Saturday, January 17, Italy played host for a JV Boys Basketball Tournament. Italy was determined to take advantage of the golden opportunity by defeating Rice in the 2nd round. That set the stage for a showdown with the powerful Blooming Grove Lions in the Championship game.
The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The agenda includes special recognition of board members, recognition of the employee of the month Jesus Perez, consider approval of the independent financial audit for 2007-2008, consider adoption of TASB Update 84 upon Second/Final reading. The school board meets in the administration offices at the high school. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
The 2009 IYAA Basketball squads showed off their moves, elevated their games and tried to reach their respective goals Saturday. After the last buzzer sounded and the final flash snapped, fond memories of the days events reflected across the Old Italy Gym floor.
ASVAB test will be administered on January 26 at Italy High School. The ASVAB Program recently was re-designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether they are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution.
Rochelle Hellner’s fourth grade class at Stafford Elementary just completed reading the novel, Indian in the Cupboard.
Excitement is in the air as the Central Ellis County Relay For Life Kickoff is about to begin. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 25 Years of Hope”. The kickoff will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 6:30 at the Red Oak Municipal Building.
Chick-fil-A of Burleson teamed up with Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties on January 6 to help those in need. This is the second year Burleson Chick-fil-A has partnered with Meals-on-Wheels to put a hot Chick-fil-A meal in the hands of every needy person.
Anyone looking for lots of love? Corsicana Animal Shelter has some cute animals that will fill the bill. These two dogs and one cat have been at the shelter the longest and they are literally living on borrowed time. Please help them find a new home!
At Home In The Dome – The Italy JH boys and girls squads put on a show for their fans. A mixture of 7th and 8th grade boys “B” squads competed in a scrimmage that came down to the last second. Then the Italy JH boys and girls “A” squads both defeated their Red Oak Faith Family challengers.
The Italy School Board of Trustees met Thursday night in a called meeting with a professional engineer concerning the lighting portion of the tax rate election.
Italy High School is thinking about recycling, which is a good thing these days. NHS and Student Council are pulling together their resources to help our town. If you are interested in eliminating a little clutter around your house, maybe you can coordinate with these students.
Italy takes care of the Venus Bulldogs and now sets their sights on Dallas Gateway. The JV/V games Friday will all be played at Cedar Valley College since Gateway’s gym is under construction.
Clint Husley, P.E. of Husley Engineering is scheduled to give a presentation before the Italy ISD Board of Trustees tonight. Following the presentation, the board will go into a private meeting the annual evaluation of the superintendent as well as discuss 2009’s performance goals and objectives. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Italy Administration offices at the high school.
The Italy Coliseum – The Italy JH met on the hardwood with Red Oak Life last Thursday for rematches. Italy made the hometown fans proud but ROL got on a roll themselves winning 3 of the 4 games during this trip.
Are you wondering what to do with the family this weekend? Do we stay home or travel around this great state of ours? Here are some ideas for your approval…
The Italy Coliseum – The Italy 8th grade girls dominated the Red Oak Life Mustangs
Thursday, Jan. 17, everyone is invited to the Italy Coliseum to cheer for our JH squads. Italy will compete against Dallas Faith Family plus there will be an Italy vs Italy scrimmage featuring the 7th and 8th grade boys.
IYAA tipped-off the 2009 basketball season against Hillsboro sporting stylish white and gold uniforms printed by "Lil’ Dab Emroidery” in Italy. The action was fast-paced at the legendary Old Italy Gym as the IYAA’s young stars showcased their talents.
The Italy City Council tabled the final approval of a proposed zoning request at 101 Dunlap Street at its monthly meeting Monday.
Family and friends gathered December 27th to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ferrell and Brenda Smithey. The surprise luncheon featured a slide show presentation spanning five decades.
Stafford Elementary is participating in the “Read to Succeed” program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. This program is for students in kindergarten through sixth grade and is designed to encourage students to read.
Express Electronics and Movie Rental opened in July of 2008 and now is sadly closing it’s doors. We now have another vacant space on Main Street in downtown Italy.