Its that time again as plans are underway for the 2017 Italy Main Street Market & Community Wide Garage Sale. The date has been set for Saturday, October 7, 2017. The focal point of this event will be an opportunity for community members in and around Italy (including Avalon, Forreston & Milford) to set up mini-garage sale booths in Italy’s downtown Pavilion as well as Italy citizens having garage sales at their home. It will be a great opportunity for everyone to clean out a closet or two as well as finding your next piece for that DIY Pinterest project you have been wanting to do.
Citizens of Italy:
….for Italy’s Annual Main Street Market and Community Wide Garage Sale!!!!
TYLER, Texas, Jan. 27, 2017 – Spring Market stores are giving back to local schools in the communities they serve through the new “Cash for My Class” program.
The Italy Food Pantry was delighted to receive 750 lbs of canned vegetables and soup from Brookshire Bros last month. Mike Nicholson, Store Manager, was very pleased that corporate shared its resources with our community, and hopes it will continue. Susan Wooten, Food Pantry Director thanked Brookshire Bros. for its generosity, and noted that holiday supplies are appreciated now more than ever.
The dedication of the Texas Historical Marker for the Shawnee Cattle Trail was held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Pecan Springs Ranch. The ranch is located on L.R. Campbell Road outside of Italy and is owned by Ted and Nancy Paup, sixth generation Texans.
Central Baptist Church is building a new Family Life Center on the corner of South Ward Street and Travis Street in Italy. The Texas Baptist Men (TBM) Retiree Builders came to town and stayed two weeks to help with the project. An army of men and their wives in 19 campers rolled into town to begin the work. Some of the volunteers commuted daily to help. There were at least 25 builders not including their wives here each day. Several Central members worked along side the volunteers each day.
Mission Italy ISD was in full swing Sunday night when members of Central Baptist Church met to pack school supplies into backpacks for Italy ISD students. Thirty-seven adults and youth filled the backpacks and prayed for the students and families that will receive them.
Brookshire Grocery Company is pleased to announce the grand opening of their new Spring Market store in Italy. Please see attached invitation for the ribbon-cutting on Monday, August 22, at 10 a.m.
The sign-ups for the 2016 Italy Main Street Market and Community Wide Garage Sale on August 6, 2016 are in full swing. To-date we have 26 families signed up to either have a garage sale at their home (within the city limits of Italy) or set up a booth in the downtown area (in and around the Pavilion). There is still time to get signed up:: Click Here
A community wide prayer vigil was held inside the pavilion located in downtown Italy, Texas Friday evening in regards to the recent attacks on Dallas Police Officers during a protest held in their city.
BHB Feed and Supply is having their Grand Opening on Saturday, April 9th, from 11am to 1 pm. There will be BBQ provided along with music, facepainting, vendor tables, drawings, and a bounce house. It will be a great time for family fun.
Please lock all doors and bring valuables inside. If any of you see anyone suspicious in your neighborhood please call 972-937-6060 and have an Officer dispatched to your location.
[Sadly, was rained out]…….Italy will once again have the Italy Main Street Market & Community Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The focal point of this event will be an opportunity for community members in and around Italy to set up mini-garage sale booths in Italy’s downtown Pavilion. Citizens are urged to have garage sales at their home as well. It will be a great opportunity for you to clean out a closet or two as well as finding your next piece for that DIY Pinterest project you have been wanting to do.
On September 16th, 2015 at around 8:25 pm the Italy Police Department received a 9-1-1 call of a disturbance of a fight in the 700 block of Williams Street.
When Doris Mitchell started working for Oma’s Jiffy Burger in Waxahachie many years ago, she had no idea that she would be grilling burgers and feeding people for 32 more years. But that is exactly what happened. Doris is the owner of the Uptown Café in downtown Italy and will serve her customers for the last time on September 12, 2015. The building she rented has sold so she is closing her doors that day.
Not too long ago the entire community banded together to help purchase a camera for Barry Byers. A BBQ dinner was served at the infamously famous Uptown Cafe and all monies raised at that dinner went to purchase a quality camera for Barry. A little over a week ago this camera was stolen from Barry’s truck.
Emergency Management Officials are closely watching a pending storm. Italy ISD will notify the community via the Italy Neotribune, social media and text blasts if there is a need for the dome to open. Should there be a need to open the dome we will enforce a “No Pets Allowed” policy for the safety of our community members.
Downtown Italy came alive on Saturday, December 6, for the annual Christmas Parade and Festival. There was something for everyone this year.
The 22nd Annual George E. Scott Memorial Scholarship Dinner was held last Friday night before the Homecoming football game in the school cafeteria. The catered meal by Bubba’s Barbecue of Ennis featured brisket, sausage, potato salad, beans, bread and tea.
Walmart will hire approximately 30 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this winter in Italy.
The City of Italy needs everyone’s help to better our communities chances of receiving a park grant. We are requesting as many signed letters from the community as possible. The more letters we receive, the better our chances of receiving the grant!
At around midnight the Milford Police Department received a call from Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers has received a tip that Edward Copeland (fugitive) was heading to 210 West Water Street in Milford.
Everyone knew the outcome of the game before it started. They knew the Baptist would win because they were the only ones playing. On Sunday evening, the members of First Baptist Church and Central Baptist Church met at the Johnny Jones Field to fellowship with each other and play a little softball. Members of all ages took the field to challenge each other on the field.
Here was the culprit on Harris Street. Dean Carrell said it could have been in the ground since the 60’s. A former Water Department employee stopped by and he said that 10 years ago they couldn’t use the cut off on this valve.
Author to sign copies of book about West explosion
With the tire pressure checked, the chains well oiled and the water bottles filled, 1,175 Tour d’Italia bike riders set a new participation record this past Saturday while touring parts of Ellis, Hill and Navarro Counties. Hosted by Lone Star Cylclists, club president, David Shuford, was presented a golden key to the City of Italy by Mayor James Hobbs.
Page McCoy Smith with WFAA Channel 8 Good Morning Texas will be here fearing the morning hours of June 27th. They are doing a series on Texas Cities with European names and Italy was chosen to participate. Page was out here on June 2nd and took some shots of City Hall, the Fire Station, Corley Bell Tower, the Blacksmith shop behind City Hall and also Uptown Café. Everyone come out to the Cargill Gallman Pavilion on the 27th @ 8:00 am and show your support for Italy, The Biggest Little Town in Texas.
The Italy Cemetery Association is asking for the community to help clean up the cemetery. A work day is planned for Saturday, June 7th. Volunteers are needed with chain saws and weed eaters.
I sat down with Chief Hill for an interview recently. I was able to ask him about his retirement and more.
The Brotherhood Ride is comprised of firefighters, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement officers. They ride bicycles each year to honor first responders who died in the line of duty. They ride to show communities, families, friends and coworkers that the heroes will not be forgotten. This year they are riding 9 days to honor the 19 firefighters that lost their lives in the line of duty last year.
Local egg hunters had a blast participating in a pair of Easter Egg hunts with sprinkles of colorful eggs and an appearance by the Easter Bunny, played by Breyanna Beets, highlighting the events.
On Monday, March 10th at around 5:15pm, an Italy Police Officer working a traffic detail on I-35E was notified of a pedestrian vs. automobile accident in the northbound lanes of I-35E near mile marker 386 (just prior to the HWY 34 exit ramp).
Makenzie Davis-Goodwin of Italy was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Teen Waco/Austin pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2014 and is seeking sponsor donations.
Enjoy memorable moments from the Italy’s 2013 Christmas Parade and Festival that featured Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, “Boo-oo,” and cowboys, indians and the, “Birdman,” Ryan Parrott who was this year’s grand marshall.
It’s finally beginning to look a lot like Christmas after Saturday’s Christmas parade and festival! The biting cold did not deter many, as folks gathered to enjoy the parade, entertainment, raffle and tasty treats.
City of Italy dedicates new walking trail surrounding Upchurch Park after IYAA president/Italy EDC Board member Charles Hyles oversees project until completion.
An 18 wheeler carrying a over-sized load ripped down a power line that crosses Hwy 34 in front of Davids Supermarket. Traffic is being diverted around the area. If traveling on Hwy 34 expect delays and detours. It is advised to stay away from the area.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week the recall of raw poultry products from a business north of Milford. Click here to read the entire story on HillsboroReporter.com.
A liquified petroleum gas pipeline exploded just south of Milford off of FM 308 and Highway 77 this morning around 9:30 a.m. with Milford residents and students being evacuated to nearby Italy.
The Rockett Ranch Café and Club in Milford held its first annual barbeque cook off last Saturday, Oct. 5. The turnout was less than expected. Speculation suggested the rain prediction could have been the reason or the 60% payout for prize money. It was decided next year would deliver an 80% payout and pray for better weather.
National Night Out downtown Italy at the Pavilion Tuesday night was quite the success! There were over 200 people there eating hotdogs, line dancing, visiting and just having a great time. Mayor Hobbs was even spotted dancing in the line dance!
Barry Byers enjoys his 15 minutes of fame to help Italy Neotribune purchase a high-end camera to better capture those special moments that only our community and the kids can create.
Vandals hit the Italy Cemetery recently leaving destruction and devastation in their tracks. Many historic tombstones in Section 5 and Section 6 were damaged, some beyond repair.
Ryan Keith Mason was sentenced to 68 years in prison on August 16, 2013. The 41 year old Italy resident was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver by an Ellis County jury.
First responders from both the Italy Fire Department and the Forreston Volunteer Fire Department contain a Sunday morning porch fire at a home located on White Street in Italy.
On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at around 5:30am, The Italy Police Department discovered that someone had thrown pears at the department’s windows and doors. Several pears were found lying on the sidewalk in front of the police department. Officers were then notified by several other downtown merchants that they had received the same vandalism, also with pears.
The youth of First Baptist Church of Italy were given the opportunity for “hands on” missions last week during their annual camp. For the first time, instead of going to another location out of town, the camp was held at the church here in Italy. This year’s theme was “Do Something.”
The Italy Fire Department’s first responders were dispatched this morning at 9:15 a.m. to deal with a small grass fire that resulted from downed power lines at Highway 77 and 1036 Martinez Road.
If you were in front of the TV or blowdrying your hair this morning around 9:30, you might have been interrupted. Most of the city of Italy lost power for an hour and a half or so.