Avalon Volleyball

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.

Agenda: Italy Park Board Meeting, November 9, 2010

Image: Agenda

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.

Gladiators celebrate Senior Night with 39-22 win over Centerville

Image: We love #50! — Senior Gladiator Ethan Simon(50) had plenty of fan support during his final game on Willis Field.

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.

Senior saints high noon worship service invitation

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.

Round’em up, Cowboy!

Image: And we’re off — The lil’ buckaroos scrambled down the corral to see which horse was faster.

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.

Red Ribbon Week at Stafford Elementary

Image: Don’t Do Drugs — These students are pledging not to do drugs and sealing their pledge with their hand print.

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.

5th Quarter this friday!


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.

Volleyball playoff action Tuesday, November 2nd


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.

Italy’s JV Gladiators beat Axtell 16-8, Junior High teams tie 22-22

Image: Punching cattle — Bailey Walton(52) is proud of the fight he and his teammates displayed as the Italy JV Gladiators knockout the Axtell Longhorns, 16-8, in an electrifying game at Willis Field Ranch.

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.

With playoffs within reach, IYAA teams push forward against Mildred

Image: Jarvis and friends — A-Team running back Jarvis Harris(10) earned the tough yards up the middle and gets a helpful push from teammate Aaron Pittmon(61) as the other half of the “Beast Brothers,” Austin Pittmon(50), hustles over to assist.

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.

Commissioners’ Court provides direction for generosity

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 Announces Child Find Efforts

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.  

Open Tryouts For Lady Mustangs

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 Haunted Streets of Texas

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…

Trinity Mission’s Therapy Dog

Image: Darla Gardner & Lisa Marie — Darla Gardner (director of therapy) is happy with the results she is seeing in the residents because of Lisa Marie.

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.

Salvation Army sponsors Angel Tree


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.

Bus evacuation drills at Stafford Elementary

Image: Stay seated at all times — Number one rule on the bus is to stay in your seat.

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.

Memories and Memories and More

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.

Italy’s Mayor Frank Jackson proclaims October 11, IYAA Day!

Image: IYAA Day proclamation is icing on the Gladiator cake  — The Gladiator emblem is just the icing on the cake as City of Italy’s Mayor Frank Jackson once again proclaims every October 11 as “IYAA Day” within the city of Italy. Mayor Jackson encourages all citizens to wear the school colors on this day in support of the Gladiators.

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.

Behind the scenes series: Clean up man- Lou Martina

Image: Lou Martina — Lou has been cleaning this city for 7 years.

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.

Central Baptist Church Youth Group aluminum recycling campaign


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.

Obituary: Johnny Roy Hooks, 1946 – 2010

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.

IHS Class of 2000 Hosting 10 Year Reunion Friday

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.

Early voting is currently underway

Image: Sample Ballot (front)

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.