There will be a meeting at 10:00am in the Italy High School Library for the members of the Italy Varsity Cheerleader squad. All IHS Varsity Cheerleaders need to plan on attending this meeting.
IYAA Cheerleading/Football sign-ups will be held at the Upchurch Ball Fields on Saturday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The cheerleading sign-up deadline has been extended and all Football players must be registered by July 28.
The Italy City Council hired Dean Carrell of Lone Oak as new public works director at a called meeting Thursday evening.
On Monday, July 19 the Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the Band Hall of the Italy High School campus (300 College). At 5:30 the trustees will have a budget workshop and will adjourn at 7:00pm to reconvene into their regular monthly meeting.
There will be a called meeting of the Italy City Council today, July 15, 2010 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The agenda slates that interviews for the Public Works Director position will be conducted during this meeting which is open to the public.
School starts August 23, 2010 for the 2010-2011 school year. Like it or not its only 5 weeks away! Happy Summer from the ItalyNeotribune!
The Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to join them in what will be the start of an explosive worship service through Vacation Bible School. All ages are welcome to a Praise Party in Worshiping God with Head, Heart, Hands, Feet, and Soul!! There will be games, stories, crafts, and music. Be ready to move! It’s a Praise Party!
Three Lady Gladiator softball players were named to the Texas Sports Writers Association (TXSWA) Collin Street Bakery 2010 All-State 1A Softball Team. These latest accolades are even more of a testament to the high level of play displayed by the Lady Gladiators this season.
In a packed library of Athletic, Band and FFA parents, Greg Shropshire of the CPA firm Pattillo, Brown and Hill, LLP of Hillsboro, made recommendations and fielded questions regarding the legalities of booster clubs. After an hour long discussion it was determined that a new athletic booster club would be formed.
The Italy City Council voted Monday evening to table any action regarding a request from the Italy Economic Development Corporation to purchase two pieces of McConnell property located at 101 and 108 East Main Street.
On Tuesday, July 13 there will be a meeting for parents of athletes of Italy High School. There will be a representative from the CPA firm Patillo, Brown and Hill on hand to field questions regarding laws on the implementation of parent support organizations. Other Italy ISD parent support organizations (ie. band boosters, Stafford PTA) are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the Italy High School Library.
After a series of downpours forced the IYAA hosted girls 8u district softball tournament to relocate from the Upchurch Ball Fields to the Italy High School Softball field, teams from Italy, Milford, Ferris, Ennis and Kopperl battled to be one of two teams left standing and earn a spot in the state tournament to be held in Athens. The district championship came down to a rematch between the Milford Lil’ Dogs, head coached by Ty Evans, and the Ferris Scorpions.
There will be a regular meeting of the Italy City Council today, July 12, 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.
Meals-on-Wheels and its Title Sponsor, Community Bank, is set for the 23rd Annual Golf Benefit. The event will be held on Thursday, September 16 at Cleburne Golf Links. Registration for the benefit is open and morning and afternoon tee times are still available. Early bird registration is until August 27. Like years passed, golfers are promptly signing up for the morning and afternoon flights.
Trinity Mission resident Evelyn Jenkins was the proud and excited winner of the Ms. Stars and Stripes Beauty Pageant held July 1st at the Texas Theater in downtown Waxahachie. There were three other contestants and they were all from Trinity Mission—Willie Inman, Opal Lamb and Audrey Aldredge.
Italy Neotribune has included these extra photos from the IYAA hosted Girls 8u District Softball Tournament being held this week at the Italy High School Softball Field.
Teams from Italy and Milford are competing in area wide district tournaments this week and next. The IYAA is hosting the girls 8u district tournament this week and all remaining games are to be played at the Italy High School softball field. Girls teams that finish in first or second place in the district tournaments go to state. Boys district tournaments start Monday and teams must win the championship to advance to state.
It has been reported that there is door to door salesman in Italy that is selling children’s computer software. Part of the sales pitch is that the software has been approved by the Italy ISD. This is not true. The software has no affiliation with the school district. Please be aware of that fact.
IYAA cheerleading sign-ups will be held at the Upchurch Ball Fields on Saturday, July 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Sam, a 1991 WHS graduate, passed away after a valiant fight with breast cancer on July 1, her 37th birthday. Her family and friends need our help raising funds for funeral expenses. The College Street Pub in Waxahachie has graciously offered to host a benefit to assist the Sam family on Wednesday, July 7 from 7:00 p.m. to close.
The youth of First Baptist Church invite you to join us for “Youth Sunday” on July 11th at 11:00 am. Summer Camp 2010 was so much fun that we want to take this special day to share our photos, videos, and skits with you—our families, friends, and community!
A caring host family (with or without children) is needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home to Ilona from Germany. She was looking forward to her school year in Milford Texas and is scheduled to arrive on August 21st. Her initial host family had to cancel and it would be great if another family would take their place and welcome her in their home. Ilona is 15-years-old and will be entering the 10th grade.
On June 29, 2010 the Italy Independent School District was awarded an incentive check from Oncor’s Take A Load Off, Texas Educational Facilities Program (EFP). The district received $3,024.00 for upgrading the energy efficiency of the air conditioning systems at Stafford Elementary and Italy High School.
The Italy Police Department responds to a ‘multiple shots fired’ call disturbance near Harris Street in Italy. Around midnight during a 4th of July celebration, a large crowd between 100 to 200 citizens, predominantly Italy and Milford citizens, engaged in hostile activity and had to be dispersed with help from DPS troopers and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department. On Monday, authorities responded to flare ups in both Italy and Milford.
Italy — There were two IYAA teams last week competing for a chance to be the division tournament champions in both softball and baseball. Both teams made it into the final game of their respective brackets giving fans much to cheer about and both are packing their bat bags for the district tournament.
Swimming with friends, fireworks, picnics and family barbecues-yes, those are some wonderful activities. Yet, there is more-much more. If you want to journey and see the sights in Texas, take a look at what the ItalyNeotribune has listed for you. These are great alternatives to setting off fireworks by yourself.
James and Joyce Hobbs have only been living in Italy for a little over five and a half months but have made quite an impact on the city of Italy. So much so they were awarded Citizen of the Month for June.
The Italy Lions Club has cooked briskets for sale today and tomorrow at Hobbs Feed. There are also BBQ sandwiches available.
The South Ellis County Water Supply Company has released their 2009 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. If you have any questions about this report or any other issues concerning your water utility, please contact Ray Loveless, Box 348, Italy, Texas 76651 at 972/483-6885.
The Italy School Board of Trustees, in a split vote, voted to offer a contract to Tammy Wallis of Red Oak as elementary school principal.
Don’t forget and don’t miss out on the “Ms. Stars and Stripes” senior citizens beauty pageant. It is being held in downtown Waxahachie at the Texas Theater on Thursday, July 1st at 2:30 PM.
The First Baptist Church Women’s Missionary Auxiliary (WMA) is collecting items for Christmas Shoebox Gifts, a project of Children Helping Children, a division of Baptist Medical Missions International (BMMI).
Emails and letters have been mailed to the nine living members of the 1960 graduating class of Italy High School about Homecoming this fall. Here’s hoping that Anne Bearden Himes, Peggy Brown McDaniel, Garlin Bell, Sue Davis Batte, Margaret Feaster Epperson, Eddie Green, Annette Ince Hooser, Elaine Norcross Alexander, and Glynda Thomas Underwood will be able to attend. We will look forward to visiting with friends from other classes as well.
Miss Taylor Ashlee Turner age 14, daughter of Ronda and Paul Cockerham of Italy, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Texas Pageant to be held Sunday, July 11 and Monday, July 12 at the beautiful Hotel InterContinental in Dallas, Texas. The pageant is held for girls ages 13 through 15.
Ervin A. Byers, once the dentist in Italy between 1960 and 1992, celebrated his 80th birthday with family and friends at the Doris Mitchell owned and operated Uptown Cafe in Italy, Texas. Also celebrating a birthday on “Doc’s” special day was his fifth born son, Brentley Byers.
With soaking rains a strong possibility for the week, Ellis County Commissioners took no action on a proposed burn ban during Monday night’s meeting, opting instead to urge citizens to exercise caution in the use of fireworks during the upcoming holiday weekend.
The Italy EDC held a public hearing Monday evening to discuss the purchase of two pieces of property at 101 and 108 East Main Street in Italy. The McConnell family owns the properties.
The youth of Central Baptist Church will be holding a bake sale on Friday, July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd from 10:30am-1:00pm each day at the Uptown Cafe. All the money raised will go toward youth camp for the summer.
Bees are necessary to our Eco system and human survival. Ehow.com says, “According to the Great Plains Nature Center, honey bees perform an estimated ten billion dollars worth of work for humans by pollinating one-fourth of the plants that produce fruit for humans to eat.” Backyardbeekeepers.com says “Agriculture depends greatly on the honeybee for pollination. Honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination.
There will be a public hearing and regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Corporation on Monday, June 28 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, 105 Main Street. The agenda items have primary focus on a proposed property purchase in the downtown area of Italy and items pertaining to a Community Center.
Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their meals menu for July 2010. These meals are subject to change.
Every Thursday afternoon, Vivian Brooks and Bonnie Watson come to Trinity Mission and lead the residents in song. They pass out the words to all the songs so the residents can sing along. They sing songs like, Onward Christian Soldiers, The Old Rugged Cross, I Come To the Garden, Jesus Loves Me and many more of the old traditional hymns.
“On time. Under budget.” County Engineer Joe White and Jones Lang LaSalle Vice President Jon Vidaurri repeated the usual refrain in the final meeting of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee on Monday evening.
Lots of June Birthdays were being celebrated at Trinity Mission on Tuesday.
The IYAA is currently accepting Football/Cheerleading sign-ups. Forms are available at the Varner Fina Station in Italy and at the concession stand at the Upchurch Ball Fields during games. Cheerleaders must sign-up by July 15 and players by July 28.
The first couple weeks of April, Avalon elementary students planted a flower garden and a vegetable garden from start to finish in honor of Earth Day. They took the plants out of the little cartons, dug the holes and planted them. They did it all!
Italy High School freshman, Meagan Hooker, was selected as one of 30 students to participate in the South Texas Buckskin Brigade camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas this June. Learning about wildlife, natural resources and land preservation, this 14 year old developed her leadership skills and refined her knowledge about conservation in Texas.
60 years ago the Korean War began and cost over 30,000 American lives. While the war has never officially ended we have allowed it to be forgotten by many Americans. In some cases it’s not even a footnote in the history books.
Approximately 1300 bicyclists, young and old, converged upon Italy High School and rode the 25th Annual Tour d’ Italia bicycle event on Saturday. This cycling event happens every year in Italy and the cyclists enjoy the countryside and the warm welcome from Italy residents.
There will be a called meeting of the Italy ISD School Board Trustees on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The agenda slates that the meeting will be conducted under executive session code to discuss personnel recommendations for the elementary school principal, high school/jr high school counselor and special education teacher positions.