IYAA tips-off 2009 basketball season

Image: Taking A Shot — Italy 23’s Jaclynn Lewis, Tylar Wilson, Madison Washington and K’Breona Davis prepare to rebound against Hillsboro Black during first week action. Games were hosted by the IYAA at the legendary Old Italy Gym this past Saturday.

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.

Reading is the ticket

Image: Read and Succeed — Students are all excited about earning a free Six Flag ticket.

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.

To protect the city — or to meddle

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 Morris Brothers

Image: The Morris Brothers

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.

Mark Souder honored by Italy Lions Club

Image: Mark Souder Receives Award — Mark Souder was presented an award by Arval Gown (current president) for his outstanding service as president of the Italy Lions Club for two years.

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.

Bikers Against Child Abuse

Image: B.A.C.A. Waxahachie Chapter Members — Members of B.A.C.A. in the Waxahachie Chapter willing to help children in anyway they can.

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.

Kerens outscores Italy to win Tournament Championship

Image: Diamond Shines — Italy’s #4 Diamond Rodgers scores late in the contest against Kerens but the Bobcats come from behind to defeat the Italy Gladiators 69-55 and get crowned the Tournament Champions of the 2008 Kiwanis Classic.

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.

New Year Celebration at Trinity Mission

Image: Come Sing With Us — Keith Roberts and his son play Amazing Grace.

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.

Local man found dead

On Monday, Dec 29, local Italy resident, Mike Ervin, 51, was found dead in his studio apartment at Monolithic Rentals on Studio Street.

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.