IYAA tipped-off the 2009 basketball season against Hillsboro sporting stylish white and gold uniforms printed by "Lil’ Dab Emroidery” in Italy. The action was fast-paced at the legendary Old Italy Gym as the IYAA’s young stars showcased their talents.
The Italy City Council tabled the final approval of a proposed zoning request at 101 Dunlap Street at its monthly meeting Monday.
Family and friends gathered December 27th to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ferrell and Brenda Smithey. The surprise luncheon featured a slide show presentation spanning five decades.
Stafford Elementary is participating in the “Read to Succeed” program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. This program is for students in kindergarten through sixth grade and is designed to encourage students to read.
Express Electronics and Movie Rental opened in July of 2008 and now is sadly closing it’s doors. We now have another vacant space on Main Street in downtown Italy.
Italy Head Coach Stacy McDonald led the Lady Gladiators out of the locker room to take on the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats. Unfortunately the Lady Gladiators came up short as Itasca’s girls stunned the Lady Gladiators building a huge halftime lead 39-8.
The Italy Coliseum — It all came down to one final shot to beat the buzzer as the Lady Gladiators JV and their old rivals the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats JV play in a thriller at the dome!
A zoning hearing regarding the old nursing home on Highway 77 is scheduled before the Italy City Council’s regular meeting Monday night. Then following the hearing the council will consider ratifying the decision of the planning and zoning commission.
Italy needs to decide if they want businesses in town or just certain homes. The last P & Z meeting illustrates the point. Today, if a business person wants to open a facility in Italy they have to beg. It looked like that might change in the last P & Z meeting, right up until someone says we must add the phrase with special use permit.
The Italy Coliseum – The JV Gladiators are chased out of the dome by a nest of Yellow Jackets after the Ferris JV unleashed a relentless assault on Italy to win 66-46.
The word diamond comes from the Greek word Adamas which means unconquerable and enduring. Some believe that the fire in the diamond symbolizes the constant flame of love. This sure held true for Charles and Dorothy Adams.
In response to an August inspection conducted by the I.S.O. (Insurance Service Office, Inc.), the City of Italy has managed to lower it’s insurance classification down to a 5 thanks to area renovations. Property owners may be eligible for lower insurance rates.
The Italy Planning and Zoning Commission met Thursday evening, and approved three zoning changes regarding property along Hwy. 77.
On Wednesday at 9:30 AM nothing but laughter could be heard coming out of the Stafford Elementary gymnasium. As I entered the gymnasium I saw what all the laughter was about. Two men dressed in mismatched striped socks, “high water” plaid pants, wearing taped glasses were the responsible parties.
The Italy Coliseum – A swarm of Ferris Yellow Jackets converged on the dome, mistaking it for their hive apparently, as the Jackets stung the Italy Gladiators 80 times to win 80-37.
In a recent discussion, Italy Mayor Frank Jackson is asked if he could set the record straight on the Chris Metz firing.
The holidays have come to a close but the activities are still in abundance. Pick an event and have a little fun this week.
Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities.
Thursday, January 8th 2009 at 6:30 PM a public hearing will be held by the Planning and Zoning Commission. This will be held in the Council Chambers of the Italy Municipal Building, located at 105 W. Main St, Italy, Texas.
Italy’s Lions Club honored Mark Souder with a Lion’s Club “dedicated service” plaque. This was presented to Mark in appreciation of his outstanding dedicated service and exceptional leadership as president of the Lions Club for two years.
Joseph Reed belongs to an organization called Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.). He is president of the Buffalo Creek Chapter in Waxahachie, Texas.
Navarro College, Tournament Championship – The Italy Gladiators Jumped out to a 9-1 advantage but eventually lost to the fast breaking Kerens Bobcats 69-55 in the 2008 Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament. The game became a star studded affair when Dallas Cowboy Keith Davis, a State Champion basketball player from Italy, arrived in a limousine.
Navarro College – An emotional win in the 2nd round put the Italy Lady Gladiators into the Consolation Championship game. Although finishing strong, Italy was unable to overcome a 1st half deficit and were defeated by Dawson. The Lady Bulldogs won 42-35 in the 2008 Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament.
Tuesday afternoon at Trinity Mission there was a big “ho down” going on. The “New Year” celebration got started with Keith Roberts and his son, Patrick, playing guitar and singing Amazing Grace along with the residents.
On Monday, Dec 29, local Italy resident, Mike Ervin, 51, was found dead in his studio apartment at Monolithic Rentals on Studio Street.
Navarro College – Italy defeats Mildred 63-55 and advances to the Championship game in the 2008 Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament.
Navarro College – The Lady Gladiators try to defeat the Mildred Lady Eagles in the 2nd round of the 2008 Kiwanis Classic. With 5 seconds remaining, Italy’s #5 Becca “The Difference” DeMoss would step-up and be the hero.
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.
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.
Navarro College – The Italy Varsity squads squared-off with the Wortham Varsity squads in the 1st round of the 2008 Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament. Hosted on the campus of Navarro College (a branch of Texas A&M at Commerce), the Gladiators’ planned to teach the Bulldogs some lessons.
When Jeff Jaynes graduated from Italy High School in the late 50s, he moved away to pursue greener pastures. He would visit his friends and family here in Italy from time to time, but had no intentions of ever coming home to stay.
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.
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.
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…
Trinity Mission was just “hopping” and a “bobbing” with music and fun Wednesday afternoon. Bobbie and Sue Sparks were entertaining the residents with Christmas songs.
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, a graduate of Italy ISD, is fulfilling a life long dream of helping children. This dream is taking her to Kenya, Africa.
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?
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.
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 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.
Unlucky accident leaves young driver feeling lucky it wasn’t worse. Chambers Creek Bridge was backed up about two hours after a college students terrifying ordeal. The Italy Fire & Police Departments responded along with Helm’s Garage to ensure everyone’s safety.
Music was in the air Thursday night as the Italy High School Band and Italy Seventh Grade Band performed their annual Christmas concert under the direction of Jesus Perez.
Wednesday and Thursday were two wonderful days for the residents of Trinity Mission. They were sung to and smiled at by Stafford’s First and Second Grade classes.
Saturday morning around 8:00 AM, Italy Lions Club members were scurrying around the Wayne Boze building, whipping up the best pancake breakfast ever.
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.
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.
The Coliseum – After trailing at halftime 32-20, a confident Italy Gladiator squad rallied in the 2nd half to defeat the visiting Milford Bulldogs 63-53.
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.
Thursday evening at 6:30 PM, Santa Claus, many cute little elves, reindeer, and snowmen could be seen and heard singing their hearts out about Christmas.