Italy City Council hires new Police Chief.

After a 2 ½ hour closed session for final interviews for Police Chief position, the Council returned to open session and unanimously voted to hire Mike Taylor with a salary of $52,000. In addition to Taylor, the council also interviewed two other candidates.

A great time to be a Gladiator

Image: Christion Washington, Kendrick Norwood and Kenneth Norwood gave a Tenaha special needs player a time to shine in the Regional Semi-Final game.

Twenty years ago the Italy Gladiator basketball team won state. Their legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of each of the athletes, coaches and Italy Gladiator fans. This year the Gladiators wanted to repeat what the 1997 team had done and worked hard to achieve that goal.

Saying Goodbye to an Ellis County Icon

Image: Doris Mitchell was an icon in Ellis County. She changed the lives of so many residents. The Italy community is a better place because she was here. The Italy community is not the same now that she is gone.

When someone passes away, the loss is felt by their family and friends. Other times when a person dies, because they are well known and loved throughout Ellis County, the loss is magnified.

Obituary: Tommie Fikes, 1940 — 2017

Image: Tommie Fikes, 1940 — 2017

Tommie Fikes, age 76, of Italy, passed away Monday morning February 27, 2017 at Hill Regional Medical Center in Hillsboro. He was born July 19, 1940 in Italy, Texas to Cecil and Claudine (Embrey) Fikes. He had worked for Owens Corning for 35 years and had been employed at Vineyards Auto Supply for 16 years. He loved to fish and play golf. Tommie was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. He worked hard all of his life and always took care of his family.

Silver Spur 4-H’rs win San Antonio Stock Show!


Local members of the Ellis County Silver Spurs 4-H Club judged their way to a championship banner and other top ribbons at the 2017 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Silver Spurs “Pink” team earned first place in Junior Horse Judging out of 49 junior 4-H teams and 155 individuals.

Karen’s Korner – Sometimes Knights wear shorts

I think that most of you that truly know me will admit that I am very outspoken. There are times that after the fact I regret opening my mouth. But there are other times I need to say things and have chosen to do that in a Karen’s Korner column. I appreciate Neotribune for allowing me to do just that. Just to set the record straight these are always MY opinions and nothing else. You have the right to agree or disagree with me and can read or not read these columns.

Thank you for sponsoring our athletes


The Gladiator Athletic Booster Club and the Italy ISD Athletic Department appreciates the support that our community gives to our student athletes. They would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for sponsoring two of our athletes’ participation in upcoming Fellowship of Christian Athletes contests.

Hill College Industrial Maintenance class offers an 8-week course beginning 3/20

HILLSBORO, TEXAS—Hill College’s new industrial maintenance program is offering an eight-week course beginning March 20 called Introduction to Industrial Maintenance. From mechanical skills to safety, this course provides an overview of many of the skills needed by today’s industrial maintenance technicians. In addition, students in the class will be eligible for the OSHA 10 certification, which prepares students for recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace.

Obituary: Duane Chambers, 1946 – 2017


Pastor Duane Chambers, 70, of Italy received his heavenly reward and went home to Glory on Sunday, February 19, 2017. A celebration service of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Smithfield United Methodist Church in North Richland Hills. Burial will follow at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.