Stafford Students Give Back


The students of Stafford Elementary spent the month of April having a “penny war.” With the help of the Stafford PTO and teachers, the students collected their loose change to promote Autism Awareness. The class that raised the most change would win a pizza party. Mrs. Shannon Wegener’s 5th grade class raised $251, the highest individual class total.

First Baptist Church Avalon is raising money for youth camp


The First Baptist Church of Avalon is raising money to assist youth to attend church camp this summer. A day of fun and fellowship is planned for Saturday, April 21, 2018 with food, music, a washer tournament and more at the church. All monies raised will benefit the youth for camp. The festivities begin at 1:00 p.m.

Italy Stong tee shirts are available to order

Image: Italy Strong tee shirt

Due to the high demand of the ITALY STRONG tee shirts, we will do a final order. Shirts must be ordered and prepaid no later than Thursday, February 9th by 5:00 p.m. Each shirt is $10. Contact Karen Mathiowetz 972-268-0655 or Heidi Crawford 817-933-5056 for more information or to order.

Thanks to the Italy Community

Image: Proceeds from the Italy Strong tee shirt fundraiser will be given to Noelle Jones and her family.

The Italy Strong tee shirt fundraiser to benefit Noelle Jones and her family was very successful. We would like to thank everyone that purchased an Italy Strong shirt. We would also like to recognize Lil Dab, BHB Feed and McDonalds for their support. Due to your generosity and support we will be able to make a sizeable donation to Noelle and her family for her medical expenses. We wanted “Italy Strong” to be a positive message to our community and aid in our unity and healing.

Pass the Bucket for Noelle!


Tonight, as our Gladiators host the Frost Polar Bears, we will be asking for donations in order to help Noelle Jones with her medical expenses. The Gladiator cheerleaders will be passing buckets around the Dome between the Varsity Girls and the Varsity Boys contests. Any help that you may be able to provide is welcome.

Emily Frost Moore Benefit- A Season of Giving


Meet Emily Frost Moore…we call her “our” Emily, because we all want to claim this gentle, precious, and loving young lady that grew up in Maypearl. She graduated from Maypearl High School in 2006. She is 30 years old, married to her husband of four years, and they have just had their first addition to their family: Ander is four months old. Now the hard news: the severe back pain she suffered from during pregnancy has now been diagnosed as Stage 4B Cervical Cancer.

“Our Sunflower Friends” Event (Helping Children Fight Cancer)

Image: Adam

October 14, is the third annual “Our Sunflower Friends” event. Our Sunflower Friends is a non-profit 501(c )3 faith based organization that raises money throughout the year and especially during the main event in October for families with children who are battling disease or face hardship due to a life changing accident. This year Our Sunflower Friends is sponsoring two little boys both who are battling cancer.

Benefit Art Exhibit


The Art on the Square gallery owned by the Ellis County Art Association located at 113 Franklin St. Waxahachie is hosting an exhibit of artwork created by Shelley Nance, 2007 graduate of Italy High School, who passed away in 2009.

Raffle to benefit Shop With a Hero


Two season passes for all Gladiator home games for the 2017 – 2018 school year. This includes Volleyball, Basketball and Football. Donated by Italy ISD. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Do not have to be present to win. Please contact Karen Mathiowetz at 972-268-0655. Or get them at the Guns & Hoses game this Saturday.

A Cancer Crusader

Image: Zina Guthrie knows how important finding a cure for cancer really is. She is raising money for this year’s Relay for Life as a part of the First State Bank team.

Zina Guthrie has supported the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life for several years with donations. She is employed by First State Bank of Rice in Italy, so when the bank decided to create a team for the Ennis Relay, she did not hesitate to join.

Shop with a Hero Shopping

Image: Stafford Students are ready to go shopping with fire fighters and police officers.

Shop With a Hero is a local organization that raises money so that Italy ISD students that are chosen by their teachers can go shopping for Christmas gifts for themselves and their family members. Each student may spend up to $300 each at WalMart.

Italy Food Pantry receives large donation from Brookshire Brothers


The Italy Food Pantry was delighted to receive 750 lbs of canned vegetables and soup from Brookshire Bros last month. Mike Nicholson, Store Manager, was very pleased that corporate shared its resources with our community, and hopes it will continue. Susan Wooten, Food Pantry Director thanked Brookshire Bros. for its generosity, and noted that holiday supplies are appreciated now more than ever.

Benefit Dinner for the family of Ken Norwood, Sr.


This Friday evening, October 28, 2016, there will be a BBQ dinner to benefit the Norwood family. This will help the family with final costs. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Misty Escamilla 972-345-0666. Any help would be greatly appreciated by the family.

5th Annual Guns vs. Hoses a Success


Even though the weather did not cooperate on Saturday, the 5th Annual Guns vs. Hoses fundraiser was a success. Because of weather conditions, the fireworks show was cancelled.

Sno Cone fundraiser for CBC Youth on Friday, July 8


Central Baptist Church Youth is having a snow cone stand to raise money for students to attend summer camp. The Sno Cone sale will be Friday, July 8th from 5pm-9pm, and the cost is $1 for small and $2 for a large. Please help these students go to camp and have a amazing summer!

Basketball Tournament, July 8th-9th hosted by Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Italy


It’s that time again! Calling all hoopers /ballers to meet us on the hardwood, Friday, July 8th, thru Saturday, July 9th, If you have what it takes! $130 entry fee per team. Admissions will be $2 for kids and $3 for Adults. Basketball tournament benefits Mt. Gilead Baptist Church of Italy with Pastor Preston Dixon. Being held inside George E. Scott Coliseum at Italy High School.

5th Annual Italy Guns vs. Hoses Softball game is coming


The Italy Shop With a Hero Corporation is sponsoring the 5th Annual Guns vs. Hoses Softball game fund raiser on Saturday, July 9, 2016. The event will be held at the Italy High School softball complex on College Street with free admittance for all.

The Act Of Giving

Today was a big payoff. For many years now, we have collected wheelchairs and other types of medical equipment. We do this in order to donate to people that may need it, or are not able to afford it. I invite others that are not in need of their old wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, nebulizers, oxygen machines, etc to bring it to us here at Monolithic, or we will pick it up from you.

Central Baptist Church of Italy will sponsor Operation Christmas Child


Girls in Action from Central Baptist Church in Italy will sponsor an Operation Christmas Child with a “Fill the Shoebox” Packing Party on Sunday, November 8, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Bring your bags of items to Central Baptist Church, 113 S. Ward St., in the Fellowship Center. You can help pack the boxes if you want to!

Guns vs Hoses Annual Softball Game with Fireworks


I hope everyone can come out and support this great program which gives back to the kids every year. We are switching it up a little this year by having some of the Italy High School playoff softball girls play with both the Police Officers and Firemen this year. This should add some excitement to the game and it gives the graduating seniors one more chance to play on their field. We encourage everyone to come out and have some fun and watch the Fireworks display after the game.

Location Change for Relay For Life of Central Ellis County

Due to the recent rains and the rainy forecast for this Saturday, May 30th, The Relay For Life of Central Ellis County location has changed. Instead of holding the event at the Waxahachie Sports Complex, the event will be held at Robbie E. Howard Eighth Grade Center, 265 Broadhead Road in Waxahachie on May 30, 2015.

Battling Cancer the Crownover Way – Faith, Family and Friends

Image: Dale and Julie Crownover with their son, Dan.

Dale Crownover has been thankful all his life for the relationship he had with his parents. Roy and Bernyce Crownover were wonderful parents. They taught him to work hard, be honest and rely on his faith during adverse times. The Crownovers also taught him to give back, be humble and never take anything for granted.

Calling All Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

The Relay For Life of Central Ellis County extends a special invitation to all cancer survivors and caregivers to attend this year’s Relay on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Robbie E. Howard Eighth Grade Center, 265 Broadhead Road in Waxahachie.

Relay For Life fundraiser at Nino’s in Waxahachie


There will be a fundraiser for Relay For Life of Central Ellis County at Ninos Mexican Restaurant in Waxahachie on May 20, 2015. We encourage the community to support this fundraiser by eating at Ninos on May 20th. Print off the attached flyer and present it to your server so Relay will receive 10% of your bill.

Relay For Life team fundraiser a success

Image: Eta Omega Sisters For Life team was presented the “Traveling Trophy” at the April team captain’s meeting of the Relay For Life of Central Ellis County.

Patti Junkin’s brother passed away from cancer so she decided to support Relay For Life and formed a team. Her team, Eta Omega Sisters For Life, was presented the “Traveling Trophy” at the April team captain’s meeting of the Relay For Life of Central Ellis County for raising the most money for the month. The team raised $4,133 to turn in at the meeting. In addition to individual fundraising, they sponsored a bowling tournament and had a garage sale.

A cancer diagnosis does not have to be a negative thing

Image: Denell Flores believes early detection saved her life.

When Denell Flores was growing up, she had dreams of becoming a nurse and mother when she was older. She struggled academically in grade school so she was not encouraged to pursue a higher education. She fulfilled one her dreams when she became a mommy, but thought the other dream was just that – a dream.

Relay For Life – Survivor Leola Burks

Image: Leola Burks never let  cancer define who she was. When diagnosed she decided to fight harder than she had ever fought in her life.

When Leola Burks was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer in 2006, she had a big decision to make. She could either give up and let it defeat her or fight harder than she had ever fought in her life to defeat it. She chose to do whatever it took to survive. She also decided it would not change her outlook on life no matter what.

A cancer diagnosis is not the end of the story

Image: James and Juana Liggit of Red Oak share more than a last name as a married couple. They both are cancer survivors. They were diagnosed with cancer one week apart.

In 2012, Juana Liggit retired from work. She loves making crafts, gardening and playing golf, so she looked forward to staying active and enjoying life with her family and friends. Her husband, James, loves to play golf and has taught it for many years. He retired from the Air Force and owns a small recruiting company that helps place veterans with companies in the oil and gas fields.