Beautiful is the snow covered land

Image: How much did we get? — Local Mike South measured the snowfall on Friday morning.  It came to just less than 5".

The snow has really changed things around here. When you turn a corner, Italy appears to be a picture postcard or a living Christmas card. The white snow makes our city take on a new ambiance and a new, clean atmosphere. The snowfall is rare in this area but certainly most welcomed.

Hearts, Flowers and a Little Bit of Texas

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The moon is full, the birds are singing and, besides the fact it is a bit cold outside, your hearts are warm. It soon will be Valentine’s Day-a day for love and twitterpation. What do you have planned for your sweetheart? Dinner, dancing, chocolates or a movie? Texas offers a few things to choose from and Neotrib brings it to you.

IYAA Week 5 – Helping young players reach their goals

Image: David DeLaHoya — David DeLaHoya(32) is the big man in the middle for Italy 30.

Week 5 had it’s share of great shots, nice passes and fancy dribbling. The players really enjoy playing the games and the fans do a great job cheering them on. If you like excitement, stop by George E. Scott Coliseum next Saturday and check out the next generation of incredible athletes.

Italy Teacher Selected as an Outstanding Texas Educator

Image: Vivian Moreland, an “Outstanding Texas Educator”

Vivian Moreland, who teaches English at Italy High School in Italy ISD, was selected as one of ten high school teachers from around the state to receive the 2010 Texas Exes Awards for Outstanding Teachers by The University of Texas at Austin’s alumni association, the Texas Exes.

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Italy Lions Club Broom and Mop sale – A Success

Image: Arvel Gowin and customer — Here is a happy customer supporting the blind.

Friday and Saturday Italy Lions Club members were busy selling their mops and brooms for the blind. Italy citizens came out and as usual were supporting this good cause. Italy ISD, Milford ISD and First Baptist Church of Milford were some of the bigger buyers.

Thank you from the Italy Masonic Hall

The members of the Italy Masonic Hall wants to thank everyone for their support. The “BBQ by the pound” sale that was conducted on Superbowl Sunday was a huge success and could not have been so without the support of the community of Italy and surrounding areas.

IHS Athletic Booster Club meeting tonight

The Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet tonight, February 8 at 7:00 p.m., in the Italy High School cafeteria. The athletic scholarship awards will be the primary docket item for the meeting. Anyone and everyone wishing to help the booster club support the athletic programs at Italy High School is welcome to attend.

German Foreign Exchange student is enjoying life in Italy

Image: New friends — Lisa, right, and a friend from IHS, Hailey Pittmon.

The dream of living in America has come true for a German teenager, at least for one school year, in of all places, Italy. Lisa Olschewsky, 16, is attending Italy High School as part of a foreign exchange student program coordinated by the Educational Merit Foundation.

BBQ brisket for Superbowl Sunday

The Italy Masonic Hall will be selling BBQ brisket by the pound on Superbowl Sunday. The BBQ will be sold from 10:00am until gone on Sunday, February 7 at the Masonic Hall located on Main Street. Monies raised through this fundraising event will go to the W.R. Gorman Masonic Scholarship Fund. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Easter egg fun for everyone

The Park Board of Italy met on Tuesday night and discussed the upcoming Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt. As a quorum of board members was not met this meeting was just discussion only. The egg hunt is slated for Saturday, April 3 and the Park Board is calling for volunteers and donations.

IHS Library needs votes!

The Italy High School library is participating in a Microgrant program sponsored by Weekly Reader and an online community, called WeAreTeachers. The 5 recipients of this grant receive $200 to promote “literacy” in their school, as well as a Flip video camera. Recipients are selected through an online voting process.

Obituary: Jerry Michael Huffman, 1960-2010

Image: Jerry Michael Huffman, 1960-2010

Jerry Michael Huffman, age 49, of Italy, passed away Monday, February 1, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. He was born August 24, 1960 in Dallas to William Jerry and Imogene (Boyd) Huffman.

IYAA Week 4 – Highlights and Hoops

Image: Head Turner — Bright young talent, Oshae Turner, is really turning heads in the IYAA after finishing with 9-points.

George E. Scott Coliseum — The IYAA basketball players, coaches and fans enjoyed an exciting Week 4 of competition on Saturday. There were several close games to keep the crowd entertained and plenty of special memories were made. The kind of memories that will last a lifetime.

Proclamation honors Judge Jackie Miller, Jr.

Image: Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller, Jr. receives proclamation from County Judge Carol Bush and precinct 1 Commissioner Dennis Robinson, precinct 2 Commissioner Bill Dodson, precinct 3 Commissioner Heath Sims and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ron Brown.

During a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday January 25, Ellis County Commissioners Court issued a proclamation in support of Ellis County Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller, Jr. and his nomination for the Texas Association of Counties 2010-2011 Leadership Class. Judge Miller was recognized for his continued service to the people of the county and Precinct 2.

How Can Italy Residents Help Haiti?

Image: Waiting for the Health Kits — Pastor Todd Gray and Marcia Recktonwald, secretary of Central Baptist Church and Italy Ministerial Alliance, are just waiting to assemble the Health Kits headed to Haiti.  Kits will be delivered by Rev. Tim Thomas from First United Methodist Church to the UMCOR truck next week.  This is a community-wide effort and everyone is invited to help.

In connection with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the Italy Ministerial Alliance, Italy residents are encouraged to join the efforts nationwide and help the grieving and suffering nation of Haiti by creating Health Kits to send to them.

Italy vs Itasca – Pack the Dome Night

Image: Three ladies — Lady Gladiators Kaitlyn Rossa, Jimesha Reed and Jaleecia Fleming unite their powers against the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats.

In what was an exciting night of basketball on Tuesday, Italy’s JV girls, JV Boys, Varsity girls and Varsity boys clashed with Itasca during Italy’s Pack The Dome Night inside Italy Coliseum. “Gladiator Nation” was well represented as both schools put on quite a performance.

IYAA Basketball, Week 3 – Where amazing happens!

Image: Determination — Gary Escamilla(1) practices a left handed layup before the game.

George E. Scott Coliseum — IYAA Basketball, Week 3, saw it’s share of exciting finishes, amazing plays and gutsy performances. Sydney Lowenthal even swished a “granny shot” for goodness sake. The most exciting moments of Week 3 matched one Italy team against another. With bragging rights on the line, all the players gave it their all and then congratulated one another after the game.

Father and Daughter Valentine’s Dinner and Dance

The Milford Titus Women are sponsoring a father/daughter dinner and dance on Saturday, February 13. All girls ages pre-k and up and their fathers or grandfathers from Milford and surrounding areas are invited. The dinner/dance will be held at the Milford School Cafeteria and will be held from 6:00pm until 8:30pm.

Free H1N1 Shot Clinic

There will be a free H1N1 Shot Clinic on Thursday, January 28 at the Stafford Elementary Cafeteria. This clinic is open to the community. The shots will be administered between the hours of 9:30am to 1:00pm. Ages 6 months and older are eligible to receive this inoculation.

A postage stamp to save lives

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I began participating in The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in 1998. There were several people in my family that had died of cancer. I also had several friends and family members that were fighting the disease. Little did I know when my participation began at that first Relay in Minnesota, that I would be diagnosed with lung cancer eight years later. From that time, Relay took on a whole new meaning for me.

Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting scheduled for January 25

The Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet tonight, January 25 @ 7:00pm in the Italy High School Library. Agenda items include discussion regarding the recent purchase of an ice machine that will be installed in the Dome within the next few days. Also, athletic scholarships, distribution of funds regarding basketball concessions, concessions at baseball and softball games and the year end athletic banquet will be discussed. Please make time this evening to attend and help support the athletic program at Italy High School.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting , January 25, 2010

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There will be a regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, January 25th at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. Agenda items include several presentations by David Miracle of Miracle Consulting. May Frank Jackson is also slated to address the board.

Raffle for Dobsonian telescope is underway

Image: Raffle Prize

The Italy High School junior class will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a telescope. The scope is an 1100mm x 135mm Dobsonian with two eyepieces, a 3x barlow, a halo type spotting scope, and a cherrywood base. It is currently on display in the Italy High School library.

Obituary: Edna Yarbrough, 1927-2010

Image: Edna Yarbrough, 1927-2010

Edna Yarbrough, age 82 of Italy, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2010 at her daughter’s home in Italy. She was born on October 5, 1927 in Italy, Texas to Nolie and Nora (Holley) Gardner. She worked many years at Haggar Slacks. Edna and Olen owned and operated the Yarbrough City Café. She was lifelong member of the Italy Church of Christ.