Local athletes to compete in 2018 FCA Victory Bowl games, including 2 from Italy


2018 Super Centex FCA Victory Bowl player selections have been announced with Italy’s Clay Riddle (Football) and Brycelen Richards (Softball) being chosen to compete this summer in June. Three players from Milford, Markavion Thompson (Football), Lowisley Ojeda (Football), and Marquisha Houston (Volleyball), will be participating as well. To be listed as a donator in the program, contact those responsible for receiving the donations by Tuesday, February 20. Monies will not be collected until March (Non-listed donations can still be accepted between now and March).

The future of Italy’s First Christian Church

Image: First Christian Church is being saved from demolition.

In 2003, the members of First Christian Church in Italy dealt with the reality their congregation was so small they could no longer worship together and maintain the building. They approached the City of Italy with an offer to donate the historic building to the city for a museum. The city agreed and took possession of the church.

Way back when – Life on Hwy 77

As my 68th birthday approaches, I have been thinking a lot about my past, especially my childhood here in Italy and the things and people that made it special. I now call this “way back when” which tells me I might just be getting old.

Community Communication from Italy ISD School Rush App


Italy ISD will exclusivly use the School Rush APP to communicate any alerts, messages, or emergencies with the community of Italy ISD. Attached is the document with all the information needed to begin using the School Rush app, and if you currently are using remind 101, the school will no longer use remind 101 to send out community messages or alerts. Thank you.

From the DA’s office in regards to the Italy High School shooting

Juvenile Hearing: As explained in the handout at the first hearing, the juvenile and his attorney could waive subsequent detention hearings. In this case, the juvenile and his attorney have waived the hearing scheduled for tomorrow. The next hearing is scheduled for February 28 at 10:30 a.m. That hearing can also be waived. If the hearing is waived, the juvenile remains in detention. I will send something out the day before the hearing if the hearing is waived.

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.

Italy Community Recovery Night


Italy Community Recovery Night will be hosted by Italy ISD at Central Baptist Church in the Family Life Center from 5-7 p.m. on the February 8th. See the attached the flyer with more information.

Sleep Tips


It is common for people to experience a change in their sleeping patterns in the days and weeks following a disturbing event. Our brains are overstimulated with thoughts, making it difficult to wind down at the end of the day. After doing some research, sleep experts have recommended the following helpful tips for adults and children.

Obituary: Ann Westbrook, 1942 — 2018


Ann Westbrook, age 75, of Italy passed away Monday, January 29, 2018 at Baylor Scott & White, Waxahachie. She was born March 8, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas to Lendon Truman and Wanda Frances (Blagg) Irwin.

Obituary: Richard Edwards “Ted” Beason, Jr., 1967 — 2018


Richard Edwards “Ted” Beason, Jr. was brought into this world on November 26, 1967 in Nashville, Tennessee to Richard E. and Sherry A. (Clark) Beason. As a child, Ted was a typical boy…rambunctious, curious, liked to bug his sister, Deborah, and loved to be outside with friends. He loved to read, camp and fish and ride horses.

Unified clothing colors suggested for basketball games tonight


Frost ISD is asking that all of their fans wear Black and White this evening to the basketball games in Italy. This is the the Frost students’ and fans’ way of showing their support for Italy in wake of the recent events.
Italy ISD would like all Italy fans attending the games this evening to also wear the Black and White but to include Gold as well. This will show unity and support for all the students.

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.

Letter from Italy ISD Superintendent regarding yesterday’s tragic event

At Italy ISD, I and everyone on my staff are dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with you in an effort to provide the very best education for our students and your children. Key to that partnership is open communication. For this reason, I want to discuss the tragic incident that occurred at Italy High School on January 22, 2018.

Ellis County DA News Release regarding Scheduled Juvenile Hearing


Please read the attached.

I have received multiple inquiries concerning whether cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom for the proceeding. I have confirmed with the Court that NO cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom or in the vestibule area right outside the courtroom doors. Cameras can be in the hallway area or at the building but not inside the Court. The hearing is open to the public.

All Italy ISD campus planned activities cancelled

All meetings and activities planned at both Italy ISD campuses are cancelled for this evening (Monday, January 22, 2018). An administrative meeting will be held this afternoon where discussion will be held regarding classes and actives for the remainder of the week. Results of this meeting will be relayed here on the Italy Neotribune.