Charles (Charlie) Williams has a tough job ahead but said he welcomes the challenge. He hit the ground running last week when he took over as interim superintendent of the Italy ISD.
Avalon volleyball won its district for the second year in a row. They had a bye for the first round and their first playoff game was against Ranger in the Area round last Saturday. They came up short against Ranger but are learning a lot every year.
The Italy Park Board will sponsor its Third Annual Christmas Festival and Parade Saturday, Dec. 4 in downtown Italy. The board nailed down specifics at a called meeting Tuesday evening.
On Sunday, November 14th, the youth of the First Baptist Church of Italy will be hosting a Scentsy Party at 2:00pm at the FBC Fellowship Hall. A portion of monies raised will support youth activities and events.
I would like to thank Barry for his continued and outstanding coverage of all things at Italy High School and especially his sports coverage and especially, especially his coverage of Gladiator football.
The City of Italy Park Board will meet on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. The meeting will be held at the Italy City Council Chambers at 105 Main Street, Italy, Texas and will begin at 5:30pm. The lone agenda item is slated as a discussion and possible action regarding the annual Christmas Festival.
The Italy City Council announced its Fall Clean-Up Day scheduled Saturday, Nov. 20, at its monthly meeting held Monday evening.
ITALY — It was Senior Night in Italy as the Gladiators (5-5, 2,3) hoped to conclude their season with a win over the Centerville Tigers. Italy’s football seniors including Jasenio Anderson, Heath Clemons, Colton Campbell, Eddie Garcia, Tavarus Griffin, Jacob Lopez, De’Andre Rettig, De’Andre Sephus, Ethan Simon, Kyle Wilkins and Bobby Wilson were recognized before the game along with their families.
Italy High School will have their Veterans Day program in the Multi Events Center (Dome) on November 11 at 9:30 a.m. All veterans and community members are welcome to attend.
There will be a regular meeting of the Italy City Council today, November 8, 2010 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The meeting is open to the public.
Mt. Zion AME Church is inviting all senior citizens to join them for their “Senior Saints High Noon Worship Service” on Thursday, November 11 at noon. The church will be honoring the Senior Saints of the community with fellowship and food.
Ellis County Commissioners voted this morning to waive the county’s portion of the Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds and the Recovery Zone Facility Bonds.
Old western clothes, spurs, cowboy boots and bandannas were the costume for the day at Central Baptist Church in Italy, Saturday, October 24-in other words your “Sunday-go-to-meetin’” clothes. The church hosted a city-wide Annual Round Up for the youth and adults. They all had a rip-roaring time at the Rodeo.
Local equestrians suited up in spooktacular costumes for the 5th Annual Flying Dollar Ranch Halloween Horse Show and Playday on October 30 in Italy.
Red Ribbon Week, (October 25th – 29th) is celebrated each year at Stafford Elementary teaching the students about drugs. The students make a pledge to not ever do drugs and seal it with their hand print. Along with learning about drugs every day during Red Ribbon Week is filled with fun.
It has now become tradition at Trinity Mission to hold a Fall Festival for the residents and the Stafford Elementary students every year around Halloween.
Axtell — The Axtell Longhorns (7-2,4-0) stay undefeated in district play and improve to 4-0 against their 2A-2 Region II District 11 competition after deflating the playoff hopes of the Italy Gladiators (4-5,1-3) Friday night in Axtell, 35-28.
Friday, November 5th Central Baptist Church is hosting the last 5th Quarter of the season! This will also be the biggest as it will be sponsored by Citizens National Bank, Chick-fil-a, IHOP, Chilis, Dairy Queen, McDonalds and Magic Mirror Salon.
The Cleburne Lady Jackets and the Midway Lady Panthers will battle for a 4A Bi-District title at the Italy High School Coliseum on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Game time is 7:00pm. Admission prices are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.
Most athletes refuse to accept moral victories. However, every so often, the Football Gods will send you a sign that your team is heading in the right direction. On Thursday, the Italy Junior High Gladiators ended their game with the Axtell Longhorns in a 22-22 tie, Italy’s first ‘non-loss’ of the season. And moral victory or not, it sure was fun being a Junior High Gladiator on Thursday.
Lots of new books this month. Here are just a few of them! If you see anything you want, email the library and they will save the book (or put it on reserve), for you.
With each team having a bye next week, the IYAA’s cheerleaders and players had much riding on their games against Mildred on Saturday. All three IYAA teams (A, B and C) played hard and after the final buzzer sounded, signaling the last Italy games of the regular season, two IYAA teams had definitely qualified for the playoffs while the third waits for their fate.
Even scarier than the first day of school was Halloween dress-up day this past Friday at both Italy High School and Stafford Elementary. Teachers as well as students participated in the gory fun.
Ricardo Hernandez of Ennis was the picture of both generosity and humility on Monday evening when he approached the Commissioners’ Court with an unusual request: he wanted to donate some money to the county in order to help others. Hernandez spoke in Spanish, with his daughter to translate.
Italy ISD offers comprehensive special education services to eligible students ages three through 21 years and to children from birth through 21 years who have a hearing or visual impairment. Children from birth to age three with other disabilities will be referred to appropriate agencies for services.
Trinity Mission celebrated birthdays for the residents having birthdays in the month of October. There were six this month.
The Italy Junior High Gladiators football team traveled to Leon to take on the Cougars this past Thursday. Although Italy turned in several exciting plays, the day belonged to the Cougars who were charged with defending their home turf.
The Kopperl Lady Eagles and the Kerens Lady Bobcats will battle for the 12A-13A Bi-District title at the Italy High School Coliseum on Monday, November 1, 2010. Game time is 7:00pm. Admission prices are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.
On November 7, the Lady Mustangs will host an open tryout for girls softball teams 10 & under and 12 & under and they are inviting dedicated young ladies from the Italy, Avalon, Milford areas.
The clock is ticking and the hour is late. As you travel down the dark and winding streets looking for adventure, you are suddenly struck at the shear horror of trying to find a haunted house to see before the month is over. Don’t worry. The ghouls and gals at italyneotribune.com have put a list together for you. Read on to find your favorite trail of terror, you still have time…
Darla Gardner is the Director of Therapy at Trinity Mission. She has been at Trinity Mission for about eight months, but she did not come alone. She brought Lisa Marie, the cutest little chihauhua you ever saw. She sports designer fashions and is a dog with a mission.
Voters are encouraged to verify their registration details in advance for the November 2 General Election.
The autumn leaves are beginning to fall right now but there are some people gearing up for Christmas Day. The Waxahachie Salvation Army is receiving applications for their Angel Tree which will help children in need for Christmas. They are inviting the citizens of Italy and surrounding areas to respond.
The Italy High School and Junior High have released their “A” and “A/B” Honor Roll lists for the first 6-weeks of the 2010-2011 school year.
As the playoff picture comes into focus, the IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) Gladiators ventured to Hubbard, home of the Jaguars, Saturday with the hopes of keeping pace with the teams in their divisions.
In keeping with fire safety week, students at Stafford Elementary were also learning how to evacuate a bus in dangerous situations last week. School bus drivers had their busses lined up and were ready to share their important tips on how to evacuate the bus in an emergency.
Overcoming a week one loss to Axtel, 42-27, the Leon Cougars have pounced back into contention within 2A-2 Region II District 11 with wins over Centerville, 33-6, and now the Italy Gladiators with a dramatic fourth quarter comeback.
It is strange how my mind works sometimes. I can be rocking along and a memory come to mind for no apparent reason. Sometimes something specific will cause one to surface. I have different reactions to memories. I am very fortunate to have been allowed to build such a vast bank of memories from the people that God has blessed me with. Some have stayed for a very long time – others were only in my life for a short period.
Avalon High School volleyball is currently 8-0 in district (overall 15-11) and has already clinched the District title. Avalon has 2 district games left to play until the playoffs.
City of Italy’s Mayor Frank Jackson once again proclaims October 11, “IYAA Day,” within the City of Italy. Members of the IYAA family (Italy Youth Athletic Association) joined Mayor Jackson, council members Greg Richards, Dennis Perkins and Bruce Utley and city employees for cake, cookies and punch inside the council chambers at Italy City Hall to celebrate the proclamation.
Our little city of Italy is truly a very pretty place to live. Everything is kept clean and looking good. But what everyone probably does not know is that a big part of the reason for our city being so clean and pretty is Lou Martina.
After countless hours of practices and a dozen Friday night performances, the Italy Gladiator Regiment Band proudly marched into the UIL Regional competition at LaVega High School in Waco on Wednesday afternoon. Once again the band did Italy proud by getting a first division rating.
The youth at Central Baptist Church are doing an on-going fundraiser. We will be collecting aluminum cans (vegetable or soda) to turn in for cash to use for youth events, fifth quarters, camps, and whatever else the youth may need. We have a trailer on the side of the Cornerstone that you can put your cans in.
Johnny Roy Hooks entered this life on March 4, 1946 to the parents of Arthur Lee and Della Mae Hooks in Palestine. Johnny received his education in Italy and graduated from Stafford High School. He started his career in the United States Air Force where he served four years as a Military Police Officer. He then met and married Dorothy Jean Watkins and to this union one child was born, Jennifer.
My brother is searching for a photo of the KATY railroad station, or depot, that was located in Italy on Hwy. 77.
NOTE: This request was answered by Altha McNeely. The pictures are now included with this post.
Get your horse’s costume ready! The Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy, Texas, is hosting a Halloween Horse Show on Saturday, October 30, with events beginning at 9 a.m.
The Class of 2000 Reunion is this Friday, October 22, with activities before and during the football game. Please join us in the high school cafeteria at 6 p.m., and then during the football game, look for the tent with the banner where we’ll be gathered.
The Little Tykes Learning Center in Blooming Grove offers affordable daycare and is equipped with three classrooms, a toddler room, a kitchen and eating area, two separate playgrounds and lots of smiles.
As you are well aware we are in the midst of a intense election season. Early voting is going on now and will continue until Friday, October 29. Political races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Agriculture Commissioner and several Supreme Court Justices are just a few of the political seats awaiting your vote.
The Italy School Board of Trustees named Charlie Williams as interim superintendent at its board meeting Tuesday night. Williams is expected to begin Nov. 1.