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.
Italy Head Coach Stacy McDonald led the Lady Gladiators out of the locker room to take on the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats. Unfortunately the Lady Gladiators came up short as Itasca’s girls stunned the Lady Gladiators building a huge halftime lead 39-8.
The Italy Coliseum — It all came down to one final shot to beat the buzzer as the Lady Gladiators JV and their old rivals the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats JV play in a thriller at the dome!
A zoning hearing regarding the old nursing home on Highway 77 is scheduled before the Italy City Council’s regular meeting Monday night. Then following the hearing the council will consider ratifying the decision of the planning and zoning commission.
Italy needs to decide if they want businesses in town or just certain homes. The last P & Z meeting illustrates the point. Today, if a business person wants to open a facility in Italy they have to beg. It looked like that might change in the last P & Z meeting, right up until someone says we must add the phrase with special use permit.
The Italy Coliseum – The JV Gladiators are chased out of the dome by a nest of Yellow Jackets after the Ferris JV unleashed a relentless assault on Italy to win 66-46.
The word diamond comes from the Greek word Adamas which means unconquerable and enduring. Some believe that the fire in the diamond symbolizes the constant flame of love. This sure held true for Charles and Dorothy Adams.
In response to an August inspection conducted by the I.S.O. (Insurance Service Office, Inc.), the City of Italy has managed to lower it’s insurance classification down to a 5 thanks to area renovations. Property owners may be eligible for lower insurance rates.
The Italy Planning and Zoning Commission met Thursday evening, and approved three zoning changes regarding property along Hwy. 77.
On Wednesday at 9:30 AM nothing but laughter could be heard coming out of the Stafford Elementary gymnasium. As I entered the gymnasium I saw what all the laughter was about. Two men dressed in mismatched striped socks, “high water” plaid pants, wearing taped glasses were the responsible parties.
The Italy Coliseum – A swarm of Ferris Yellow Jackets converged on the dome, mistaking it for their hive apparently, as the Jackets stung the Italy Gladiators 80 times to win 80-37.
In a recent discussion, Italy Mayor Frank Jackson is asked if he could set the record straight on the Chris Metz firing.
The holidays have come to a close but the activities are still in abundance. Pick an event and have a little fun this week.
Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities.
Thursday, January 8th 2009 at 6:30 PM a public hearing will be held by the Planning and Zoning Commission. This will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, located at 105 W. Main St, Italy, Texas.