Before I filed to seek a seat on the Italy City Council, I had prayed about it, thought about it and talked to several people I respect and trust including my husband, Brian.
I have noticed that the candidates for School Board Members rarely if ever, mention their responsibility to the tax payer, it the ones that through their propery tax make the School District possible. It seems to me that the questions for the candidates and current School Board members should be expanded to include something similar to the below.
As the wife and I neared the house about 4 pm on Tuesday, from a long day in Dallas, we saw that beast that everyone hates to see near their home. The city backhoe amid running water.
I would like to know who made the decision to clean house on face book? Stories about the city problems that were once posted on your page, have either been removed or hidden so they can’t be viewed.
I want to commend many of our community’s citizens for showing a passion for the happenings of our city government. I fear, however, that this passion at times becomes unproductive. I would like to appeal to all of the City of Italy leaders, employees, volunteers and citizens to move forward.
In a speech, made by Elmerine Bell at the Italy City Council meeting last evening, Mrs. Bell explains that the turmoil at Italy City Hall is not a game.
I have put in several requests in at City Hall to receive records under the Freedom of Information Act. Here are the following records I have requested.
Eminent domain is a very touchy subject and understandably so. Government entities, municipalities and even non-profit utility corporations can exercise eminent domain when they need to “take possession” of someone’s land for public use. But, there are legal guidelines that must be followed for this to happen.
Its easy for Italy citizens, with limited information, to jump to conclusions one way or the other regarding the bickering of our city leaders. On the Neotribune, we are trying to get more information about what is going on at City Hall, but its difficult. People in the city administration are not happy, the citizens are confused, and the bickering has no end in sight. I was able to talk to Chief Hill with the Italy Police Department this weekend, and he was able to answer a few of our questions. We encourage citizens to send us comments and questions, and we will continue to try and provide answers.
As publisher of the Italy Neotribune I have watched, generally from afar, the operation of the City Government of Italy. It has been a wonder to behold. We have a new mayor that would like to make some changes. Changes are always tough and he is getting a lot of push back. Obviously being Mayor is new to him and he is making many people in the administration upset. There is often two sides to most questions and here are some of my observations.
We at the Italy Neotribune have been producing it at no cost to the city or the school for many years. It is our donation to the betterment of Italy. Some of our staff lives within the city limits and many live outside the city limits, but we are all part of the City of Italy family.
Just wanted to commend the City of Italy Chief of Police Diron Hill and Fire Chief Don Chambers for another great job lastnight. I personally had an incredible time in the City of Italy at the 2nd annual Guns and Hoses softball game.
Dear Italy Friends and Family,
We recently received this “letter to the editor” here at the ItalyNeotribune. The subject matter posed a quandary for the editors. Based on personal experiences, Italy Neotribune editor, Mike South chose to publish the letter along with a letter of his own.
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My name is Jackie Dwayne Cate, and I have been a volunteer firefighter for 25 years with the Italy Fire Department. I have been employed with the City of Ennis as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the last 15 years. I am the President of the Emergency Service District #3 (ESD 3), and have served on this board for 14 years.
My name is Madison Washington, I am currently a sophomore at Italy High School. During this current school year I served as the assistant drum major for the IHS Gladiator Regiment Band. I assisted Drum Major, Emily Stiles, in a phenomenal marching season and just as successful concert season. Last year, when I tried out for drum major, I had no idea what I was getting in to.
Right now the voters in Italy and surrounding area will decide to approve or decline a property tax increase for our fire department. I would not ask a doctor to save my life without the proper equipment and I will not ask our fire personnel to do that either.
The following is in response to the video coverage of the recent ‘Meet and Greet’ by the two Italy mayoral candidates.
It happens—my daughter got a speeding ticket during her spring break from college while driving on the interstate through the city of Italy. So that’s on her. But what happened next is on the city of Italy.
January is School Board Recognition Month, and Italy ISD takes this opportunity to thank our local leaders for devoting their time to support public education and serve our district.
The events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut bring to light just how vulnerable schools can be. As parents, Cassie and I send our kids to school with an expectation they are learning and they are safe.
As Student Council president, I want to welcome everyone to an exciting year of fun. As this is the first year for Stafford Elementary Student Council, we are looking forward to accomplishing many things.
As we begin the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a certain group has faded from the memory of most of the public. This organization was made up of veterans from World War 2 who simply wanted the benefits that had been promised to all returning veterans, but were in fact kept from most minority veterans.
Heath Sims, a lifetime resident of Ellis County, is seeking re-election as Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 3.
Friends send a message of love to the family of, Laura Garcia, who recently lost her life in a tragic car accident.
I hate being wrong, but what I hate even more is having to admit it. As I get older though, admitting my faults gets a little easier.
If you own property and get your water from this organization you are a member. Their annual meeting will be April 30, 2012 at their office in Italy, Texas. You should be aware that the decisions this organization makes through their board of directors directly effects YOU.
Another Easter Party has come and gone, and my, how I look forward to next year‘s event!
The Italy Lions Club wishes to thank Lonestar BBQ Society for their support in our 4th Annual BBQ Cook-off. The cookers came from local and as far as Oklahoma, Abilene and Austin to name a few locations. The cookers were very generous with their donations and awesome BBQ. This year we had 50 cookers and that made it a qualifier for the Invitational Cook-offs later in the year.
The Italy Gladiator Regiment Band and Booster Club would like to thank the many generous people of this community who donated items and who attended the spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday evening.
I am curious as to why Coach Bales was asked to resign by the Superintendent? Was this an action that the entire School Board prompted? Or was this brought about by one or two School Board Members bringing pressure on the Superintendent at their bidding? If so did the rest of the Board KNOW that this was taking place?
As we enter the new year of 2012 we want to communicate with great joy how blessed the past year of 2011 has been. We have been blessed to partner with churches, businesses, city governments, schools and individuals in bringing hope to so many.
My mother, Beverly Carter is a resident of Trinity Mission in Italy, Texas. While we were putting away the Christmas decorations in her room, I noticed there were more decorations to put away than I remembered putting out earlier in December.
As Americans, we are blessed to live in the greatest country on earth where freedom is one of our biggest blessings. This freedom is one of the most expensive luxuries we have. It was paid for with the lives of members of our Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. These men and women have given us so much without expecting anything in return. The least we can do is to say “thank you”.
To set the record straight the “hammer and sickle” are not symbols representing Russia today.
Perhaps the ISD should pay a little more attention to teaching history instead of band. The school board should have been shocked by the lack of knowledge displayed by the students and either the lack of knowledge or the misrepresentation by a teacher. And I am shocked by the lack of knowledge by the School Board.
I stopped by City Hall and expressed my concerns to Mayor Jackson on Monday since I would be out of town on Tuesday and could not make the Italy EDC meeting. While I appreciate that some of the citizens would like a community center, I feel that the Italy Economic Development Corporation needs to take a step back and consider some issues that are more vital to our future economic development.
Just an idea, why not sell the bricks from the old Community Center? Some residence of Italy may be sentimental about those bricks. The money made from the brick sales could go towards the new Community Center or beautification of Italy. I would be a brick buyer!
Dear Italy Independent School District Patrons,
With end-of-school activities, vacations and adjusting our daily schedules for summer, we have all been busy these past weeks since the school board election. However, I did not want any more time to pass without thanking you for electing me to the board.
The Relay For Life of Central Ellis County will be held on Friday night beginning with the Survivors’ Reception at 6:00 p.m. The event was originally scheduled to be held at the Waxahachie Sports Complex on Hwy 287 and Broadhead Road. Due to the possibility of storms, the event will be held at the Waxahachie 9th Grade Center, 275 Indian Drive in Waxahachie.
Jenny Graf has learned many lessons, some through diligent study and hard work and others through life experience. Her mother, LaWanna Graf, was the best teacher anyone could have and left her with a legacy of wisdom and life lessons. LaWanna shared that rich legacy with her daughter – one Jenny treasures every day.
David Nance is no stranger to adversity or illness. Growing up as a child, his family did not have much money so he learned very early that anything worth having was worth working for and to have it you had to work for it. He also learned the hard way from personal experience that life can deal some difficult blows.
The problems we are encountering in this country did not begin in Washington DC. Unfortunately they began in the smallest of towns and communities across this country. If we could restore the ethics from the ground up, then the United States of America might be able to stop the cliff we are getting so close to falling off of.
Our websites are being moved to a new software platform. The process is working well, but it’s not painless. In addition to little bugs that need squashing, we also have over 25,000 photographs to move.
Over the last few weeks, if you drive around Italy, you would see signs announcing the candidacy of several people. Candidates ask permission to place their signs in yards all over town. Several years ago, Italy Neotribune did an article about the legality of such signs.
A survivor is anyone who has ever heard the words “you have cancer”. Cancer is one of the scariest diagnosis a person can have. However it does not have to be a death sentence.
In the summer of 2005, Leddie Lackey of Maypearl was excited to have the summer off. She was raising her two children on her Teacher’s Aide salary, so big elaborate vacations were not in her plans. She had the summer off from her job, so she planned a road trip with her best friend, Jill Talamantez, to Minnesota to visit Jill’s family.
Last week, the Texas Comptroller’s Office publicly announced that the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses of more than three million Texans were inadvertently stored on a publicly accessible website. The information exposed on the website included data from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), the Texas Workforce Commission and the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS).
The Central Baptist Church Relay For Life team would like to express our thanks to everyone in the community that supported our recent garage sale. We were so blessed with donations, volunteers and shoppers.
My family and I moved to Italy in 2007, so I am not a long time resident of the city. But I am a native Texan. My personal belief is that the City Government could use some new blood. No one has opposed Mayor Jackson for several years, and 2 years ago, after he faced no opposition, his salary ballooned to the point that he is paid more than all of the other mayors in Ellis County combined. (see story excerpt 2 & 3) What else has happened in Italy during Mayor Jackson’s tenure?