Prayer time for city rescheduled

Italy resident and Pastor James Johnson has reschedule a prayer time to pray for the city and its leaders. The meeting was originally planned for March 23 but due to the weather conditions, he rescheduled the prayer time to Sunday, March 30.

EDC unanimously voted to purchase City Seal for Pavilion

During the regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation Monday night Charles Hyles (president) reported on the progress of the walking trail at Upchurch Ball Fields. He said the sand volleyball court is now ready to be put in. The sand has arrived and was donated by Jarod Mandrell. Hyles also reported there is $2,925.00 left in the walking trail fund.

Italy Junior High kicks off STAAR season with a Math Blitz

The First day of Italy Junior High School’s Math Blitz to get the 8th graders ready for the STAAR test was a awesome success. Students had a lot of fun and got their learn on. All IJHS 8th graders are more than welcome to attend on Wednesday, March 26th from 3-5 pm and on Thursday, March 27th from 3-5pm as well.

Get Jamin’ with Jamberry Nails

Image: Check out Stephanie’s nails as she is showing us Jamberry’s new moisturizing cream.

Having been born and raised in Dallas, Stephanie Penner is now enjoying life in our small town of Italy. Having only been living in Italy for four years now she is still in awe of the quiet country life, the lesser traffic and the slower pace.

Prayer meeting for the city Sunday

Italy resident and Pastor James Johnson is urging all residents to join him Sunday evening, March 23, as he “Prays for the City of Italy.” Johnson said the city needs to find unity, not diversity.

Italy ISD Board takes no action

In a special called meeting on Monday night, the Italy ISD Board of Trustees went into executive session to discuss establishing a new administrative position of an assistant principal. After meeting for a little over an hour in executive session, the board reconvened into open session and took no action on the item. They then moved to adjourn the meeting.

In Memory of Tim Archer

Many of us knew and liked Tim Archer, who passed away on March 2. He was a student of history, an avid reader, and a Vietnam veteran who served his country bravely and well.

Agenda: Italy City Council Special Called Meeting-Monday, March 17, 2014


The Italy City Council will have a special called meeting on Monday, March 17, 2014 in the Council Chambers at 105 West Main Street, Italy. Meeting time is slated for 6:00pm. The agenda includes three agenda items requested by the mayor to readdress the two resolutions and one ordinance that was voted on at last week’s meeting along with two other agenda items.

Notification upon Changing from Free Chlorine to Chloramines

On February 24 ,2014 March 12, 2014 the City of Italy’s Works Water System will be changing the disinfectant that use from chlorine to chloramines. This change is intended to benefit our customers by reducing the levels of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in the system, while still providing protection from waterborne disease.

City Council walks out on Mayor Hobbs

Drama continues at city hall as the mayor and the council continue to resist each other. After the mayor declared that some of the “motions were not proper” the council disagreed and actually voted to go into executive session while the mayor continued on with the next items. Once the council had moved out of the chambers the city attorney had to stop the mayor by telling him that there was no quorum. After a long closed session, the council quickly approved all of the remaining items, including the ones restoring Dean Carrell and Teri Murdock.

Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle on I-35E

On Monday, March 10th at around 5:15pm, an Italy Police Officer working a traffic detail on I-35E was notified of a pedestrian vs. automobile accident in the northbound lanes of I-35E near mile marker 386 (just prior to the HWY 34 exit ramp).

Ellis County Youth 4H Archery Tournament results

Image: Group shot of ALL shooters and coaches

The Shooting Sports 4-H Club of Ellis County hosted a successful youth archery tournament on February 22 at the Ellis County Expo in Waxahachie. A total of 109 archers from 17 counties competed to see who could result in the highest marking scores.

Italy’s public works director stole $20K from Sonora, Texas in 2009

Image: Mug shot from arrest 12/2010

Dean Carrell, Italy’s public works director, was convicted of felony theft while serving as City Manager of Sonora, Texas. Records obtained by the Italy Neotribune reveal that Carrell pled guilty on December 13, 2011 to a second degree felony of theft as a public servant. Carrell’s plea agreement was a ten year suspended sentence, $1000 fine, 240 hours community service, $249 court costs, and $20,000 in restitution.

Editors Note: Link to Facebook comments added 3/10/14-10:50am

Obituary: Annice Marie Elliot, 1932 – 2014

Annice Marie Elliott, 81, a longtime resident of Fort Worth, joined her beloved husband, Bill J. Eillott, in heaven on Saturday, March 1, 2014. A private graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3 in Granbury Cemetery.

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