Happy New Year!

Image: Celebrate the New Year! — Fireworks are popular to celebrate the New Year.

What does the new year mean to you? To many it represents a new beginning. A time to reflect on what was accomplished this year and what wasn’t. It is a time to decide what you want to accomplish this year. It means new resolutions to be made and hopefully kept.

New Year’s and more

Image: New Year’s Eve Ball — The New Year’s Eve Ball in Times Square is brand new, as of Nov. 11, 2008.  The geodesic sphere weighs 11, 875lbs  and is covered in 2,668 Waterford Crystals.  It is capable of creating more than 16 million colors and billions of patterns-almost a kaleidoscope effect.

This week has an end and a beginning. 2009 is knocking at our door and you have to be ready to greet it. Grasp the new by the reins and ride into the horizon. Have you made plans yet for New Year’s Eve or the weekend? Here are a few ideas to begin the new year.

Obituary: Boyd Ray Hyles

Image: Boyd Ray Hyles — Boyd Ray Hyles was born on October 11, 1930 in Italy Texas to Jim and Leona Hyles. He passed away on December 24, 2008 in Midlothian Texas.

Boyd Ray Hyles was born on October 11, 1930 in Italy Texas to Jim and Leona Hyles. He passed away on December 24, 2008 in Midlothian Texas. He had six brothers and one sister. On January 12, 1952 he married Shirley Ann Airheart in Italy and lived there until 1968 when they moved to Midlothian.

Christmas Dinner at the Uptown Cafe

Image: Special Christmas Tree at the Uptown Cafe

Doris Mitchell, owner of the Uptown Cafe in downtown Italy, loves her customers. Visitors that dine at the Uptown can see that the relationship between Mitchell and her customers is special. For that reason, she opened the cafe on Christmas Day to share food and fellowship with anyone that wanted to come.

What would you like to do this weekend?

Image: Merry Christmas from the Neotrib staff — The Christmas tree is down and the last of the holiday remnants are leaving.  How about a trip?  Texas offers many activities for families and their guests.

The wrapping paper is put away, the sounds of carols are slowing down, the Christmas ham is in the fridge and you are thinking about traveling. That sounds like fun. Here are some ideas for you…

Christmas Gift

Image: Christmas Is Near — An ornament symbolizing that Christmas is near.

What is Christmas? I ask myself this each year. I know the real reason for Christmas, Jesus of course. So, if that is true, why am I so worried about buying presents? Why am I worried that I bought six gifts for one child, so I better buy six for the others?

Lora Garrison goes to Africa

Image: Lora Garrison — Lora Garrison points to map to show where she will be traveling to.

Lora Garrison, a graduate of Italy ISD, is fulfilling a life long dream of helping children. This dream is taking her to Kenya, Africa.

Italy’s Contest of Christmas Lights

Image: First Place Winner — Reida Adty’s house won first place in the Christmas lights contest.

Friday night the 12th of December, judges from Milford toured our neighborhoods judging the beautiful Christmas lights. Whose was the best? How can you pick just one house to win first prize?

Food boxes delivered to local families

Image: Christmas boxes — The Italy Ministerial Alliance came together on Saturday to deliver boxes to needy families in the area.

Peace and goodwill towards men. That was the sentiment on Saturday at the Italy Ministerial Alliance food pantry. Nineteen volunteers representing area churches came together, young and old, separated canned goods and delivered a big box of food, fruit and turkey to 38 people in need around Italy.

Adopt Me – Charlie Brown, Lucy, Rosie and Wally

Image: Charlie Brown — Charlie Brown is still available for adoption.

Merry Christmas from Corsicana Animal Shelter. To honor the Christmas season, all adoptions are only $20.00 for the month of December. Now is a great time to adopt one of these cute little pets and give them a great Christmas present of a new family.

Meals-on-Wheels January Calendar

Image: January Meals-on-Wheels meal menu calendar

Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties have released their January meals menu for January 2009. There are two days where the meals will be finalized at later dates. These meals are subject to change.

Mixed Emotions

Something happened last week that has impacted my world with mixed emotions. For some reason, only known to God, my friend Beverly Hamilton, left this earth and went to be with Him. I have mixed emotions about her passing. I am sad yet happy.

Milford All District Football Honors

Image: All District Honorable Mention — Ethan Burk #20, Lee Smith #11 are two of the Milford football players that received honors for the Bulldogs.

The Milford Bulldog Football All-District & All-Regional Honors were announced for 2008. Eight Milford players were recognized for their achievements this past season. The Italy Neotribune would like to congratulate all these young men for a job well done.

One Inspiration Passes

Another day passed as Beverly’s life on earth ended. I hope her family realizes how much Beverly was admired by many colleagues. They must give her due credit for what she added to this world in such a short time.

Italy’s first annual Christmas festival: Parade

Image: Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas! — Santa and his lovely wife Mrs. Claus are front & center as they pass through downtown Italy, Texas during Italy’s first annual Christmas festival.

Saturday was the day in Italy. Locals lined the street as vendors sold their wares and a big parade marched through downtown and all around the city. There hasn’t been a parade or festival in many years but from the looks of things, this won’t be the last.

Italy’s first annual Christmas festival: Main Street Activities

Image: Italy Christmas Festival 2008

If you walked down the street down town Italy, Saturday morning, you would have seen this little town bustling with activities and fun. The street was filled with vendors selling their wares such as jewelry, crosses, home baked goodies, Christmas ornaments, and lots more. You could just feel the excitement of Christmas in the air.

Annual Christmas concert scheduled

The Italy 7th Grade and High School Band will perform their Christmas concert on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 6:30 in the dome. The community is cordially invited to share this special time with our award winning band.

FUMC Pastor, Beverly Hamilton, Passes Away

Image: Rev. Beverly Hamilton — Rev. Beverly Hamilton, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, was also the President of the Italy Ministerial Alliance.

On Friday morning, Rev. Beverly Hamilton, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Italy and mother of Italy High School senior, Mike Vlk and friend to many, went home to be with our Lord at the age of 46.

Agenda: Italy ISD board meeting

Image: Italy ISD Agenda — Agenda for Italy ISD Board of Trustees meeting for Monday, December 13, 2008.

The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will meet in their regular meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. The agenda includes a draft update to the TASB board policy, certification of board member training, approval of gifted/talented guidelines, and request to get bids for energy efficient lighting. The school board meets in the administration offices at the high school. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Titus Women’s Club shared coats with many

Image: Happy Coat Recipient — This cute little girl loves her new coat.

Titus Women’s Club of Milford worked with Milford ISD and the Milford Angel Tree to determine who might be in need of a coat in the community. They got busy and called those on the list and got coat sizes. They set up the Milford Senior Center as the site to pick up the coats.

UPDATE! Breakfast with Santa!

Image: Breakfast with Santa

The Lions Club Delivers! This Saturday, December 13th, the Italy Lions Club will host its 3rd Annul Breakfast with Santa. If you are unable to get out Saturday morning they will be happy to deliver to your door!

Selected events around Texas

There are still lots of activities around our area to fill your holiday time. If you just stay in Italy on Saturday your whole day will be busy. Is travel on your mind? That’s ok too. Just take a look at the different events and you can plan many family activities.

Mamma’s Place

Image: Juana Martinez — Juana is right at home in front of the cash register at her family owned business, MaMa’s Place.

Who would have ever thought that I would open a restaurant? This was Juana Martinez’s (owner of Mamma’s Place) thoughts when her Pastor suggested she open a Mexican restaurant. “I had never even worked in a restaurant before,” stated Juana.

Italy High School has decked the halls

Image: Junior class wins contest — IHS sponsored a decoration contest and the junior class won.  Pizza for everyone!

The trees are trimmed, the stockings are hung and the mistletoe proudly suspends from the ceiling in the hallway. The students of Italy High School have adorned the walls with various decorations and it is wonderful to walk around the school just to enjoy the scenery.

UPDATE!…Italy’s First Annual Christmas Festival and Parade

Image: Italy Christmas Festival Poster — Italy’s First Annual Christmas Festival will bring the community of Italy together to celebrate the Christmas holidays.

Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM the city of Italy will have it’s first annual Christmas Festival and Christmas parade. Santa Claus, his elves and even Frosty the Snowman will be on hand. They have also just added more fun to this festival. They will have cash prizes and other great giveaways!

Church will host benefit for local family

Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church will host a benefit for Edwin & Lyndsey Wallace on Sunday, Dec 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm. The church is located at 117 Harris Street in Italy. Everyone is invited to participate.

Local firemen honored at annual banquet

Image: Italy firemen honored — Our local volunteer fire department was honored Monday night at the Uptown Cafe.  Each man was given an award for service.

Family and friends gathered at the Uptown Cafe as the ESD #3, Italy Fire Chief, Don Chambers and Captain Jackie Cate honored the local firemen at an appreciation dinner Monday night. Each volunteer was given an award for years of service.