Italy National Night Out

Image: Italy police chief, Diron Hill with his police officers getting ready for the big night.

Italy police chief, Diron Hill with his police officers getting ready for the big night. (Cindy Sutherland)

Italy’s National Night Out Event was held on Tuesday, October 4th. And this year Italy went all out. They had free hot dogs for everyone, games, a bounce house and even a band.

Italy Police Chief Diron Hill started the evening out with a walking parade to the George E. Scott Memorial Park. The Italy Jr. High cheerleaders lead the way carrying the National Night Out banner.

Chief Hill said, “We are participating in National Night Out. It is actually a nation wide event that happens throughout the country but is usually in August but because of the heat in Texas in August they chose to do it in October. It is basically a night for everyone to come out and enjoy their neighborhood, meet their neighbors, have some fun and let the criminals in town know we are not going to take it anymore. We are starting out with a Safety Walk through town. We are letting everyone know that it is safe to walk through the town of Italy. We end up at the George E. Scott Memorial Park next to the Italy high school where we will have some fun, eating free hot dogs, listening to a band and learning information on how not to be victims of crime.”

Lots of fun was had by all. How could you miss with face painting, snow cones, horse shoes, volleyball, a bounce house, magnetic darts, Toss Across and Ladder Ball games And of course, Lions Club member Flossie Gowin handing out free hot dogs with her ever present smile.

The Justin Guthrie Band (Italy’s own) was performing and for those of you who do not know, is made up of Justin Guthrie, lead singer; Shedric Walker (aka Munchie), drummer; Steven Galvan (aka Zero), lead guitar and James Wilson on bass. These four guys got together at the old flower shop in Italy, Texas and started practicing and they’ve been together ever since. They really out did themselves, giving everyone a good show.

Chief Hill was really proud of the turnout and said, “I want to thank everyone for showing up. Crime does not have a place in our city. I have not been here very long but each of you have opened your arms and invited me into your town. I want to thank everyone for making me feel like this is my home town. Thank you for everything you have done.”

An awesome National Night Out for all!