Obituary: Wallace “Sonny” Crooks, 1933—2015

Wallace “Sonny” Crooks, 81, of Rosebud, died Monday, January 12, 2015 in a Temple Hospital. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church in Rosebud. Burial will follow in Bluebonnet Cemetery near Rosebud.

Wal-Mart Ribbon Cutting

Image: Mayor Hobbs cut the ribbon at Walmart’s opening ceremony

There was a lot of excitement at the opening of the new Walmart today. The new Walmart has a lot of your basic needs such as groceries and also a pharmacy which is really exciting for the citizens of Italy. I spoke to Mayor Hobbs and the store manager, Mr Salas. The Walmart donated money to the local police force and the Italy High School and the Stafford Elementary.

Obituary: Clara Woodall Owens, 1938 — 2015

Clara Woodall Owens, age 76, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Trinity Mission in Italy, Texas. She was born February 28, 1938, to James S. Woodall and Audie Irene Hadley Woodall in Italy, Texas, where she was a lifelong resident.

Students test for new belts

Image: Pictured are the following students, Masters and instructors.
Top row:  Master Charles Kight-Hillsboro, Jennifer Procopio-Italy, Kevin Devers-4th Degree Black Belt-West,  Michael Russell-Italy, Mario Perez, Black Belt-Milford, Isamar Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Roger Sam-Italy, Master Kevin Kight-Lorena, Grand Master Park-Houston, and
David Jones-Malone.
Second  Row:  Rocklin Ginnett-Italy, Nick Sam-Black Belt-Italy, Antonio Procopio-Italy, and Jacob Young-Hubbard

On November 22, 2014 students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School tested for new belts. These students were required to preform two patterns, break boards and spar while being tested by a panel of Masters. On hand for the grading were Grand Master Park-9th Degree Black Belt and co-founder of Unified Tae Kwon Do from Houston, Texas, Master Charles Kight-4th Degree Black Belt and chief instructor of the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School for over 18 years, Master Kevin Kight-5th Degree Black Belt from Lorena, Texas and Kevin Devers-4th Degree Black Belt from West, Texas.

Mamma’s Place thanks you!!

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The Martinez family, the owners of Mamma’s Place, wants to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Italy community and surrounding area. The response to the reopening of Momma’s Place has been more than they could have imagined. Phones are on, credit card machine is working—the original is back! Enjoy!

Thank You to Italy Merchants

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The Emergency Services District #3 and the Italy Fire Department would like to thank the following local merchants for their gift certificate donations for our Appreciation Dinner:

Italy Police Dept and Italy Fire Dept. goes Christmas Shopping

Image: Front row: Bailey Eubank, Oralia, Taylor, Kaylee, Shamiyah, Isaac, JR
Back Row: Madison Washington, Alexis Sampley, Officer Elliott, Chief Martin, Firefighter Kimmons, Capt. Cate, Officer Click, Officer Saxon, Sgt Pitts, Officer Cherry, Lt B. Chambers

On December 15th, the Italy Police Dept. and the Italy Fire Dept. joined forces and took 6 Stafford Elementary children Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. After all of the shopping was done they had lunch together at CiCi’s pizza. Then they all ventured back to the Italy Community Center to wrap the presents and had cookies and punch for a snack. The Police Officers and Fireman had as much fun as the kids did shopping.

ESD recognize local fire department personnel

Image: Italy ESD board members and Italy Fire Department personnel.

The Emergency Service District #3 hosted the 12th Annual Fire Department Appreciation Dinner on Monday night in the Italy Community Center. ESD Board members are Jackie D. Cate, Vicente Guerrero, Howard Morgan, James Steele and Murrie Wainscott.

City of Italy honors Altha McNeely

Image: The City of Italy honored local resident, Altha McNeely, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the annual Christmas parade and festival. Mrs. McNeely was chosen as this year’s Grand Marshall for the Christmas parade and Mayor James Hobbs presented her with a Key to the City and proclaimed December 6, 2014 Altha McNeely Day. She was also the named Citizen of the Month.

The City of Italy honored local resident, Altha McNeely, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the annual Christmas parade and festival. Altha moved to Italy when she was in the 4th grade. She is a long time member of First Baptist Church.

Nick Sam tests for Black Belt

Image: Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the Hillsboro TKD School, Nick and Grand Master Park-co founder of Unified from Las Vegas, Nevada.

On January 2, 2012 a young man entered the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro along with his mother and father, Maria and Roger Sam. The family was from Italy, Texas.

New local choir opportunities

The Association of Fine Arts: Benefiting Children, a local not-for-profit association that develops leadership while promoting youth in the arts, is pleased to announce a new high school student choir initiative. Local students interested in new choir opportunities are invited to attend a meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Ferris Heights United Methodist Church, 108 Center in Waxahachie. Please enter via the side door located on Dunn Street.

IHS canned food drive for Italy Food Pantry—Everybody Won!

Image: Pictured are Madison Washington, Kelsey Nelson, Bailey Eubank and Jaclynn Lewis. All are representatives of the NHS and Student Council.

The Italy National Honor Society, sponsored by Tina Richards, the Italy Junior High National Honor Society, sponsored by Casey Holden, and the Italy HS/JHS student council, sponsored by Vivian Moreland, held their annual canned food drive competition, and EVERYBODY WON, donating 540 cans of food to the Italy Food Pantry! The Pantry volunteers cannot thank you enough for the wonderful contribution you have made to the Italy Food Pantry.