What’cha Gonna Do This Weekend

Image: Charca Casa open for a visit — This is just one of five homes open on Oct. 24 for a free tour.  There are others across the US open as well.

October is flying by and the holidays are around the corner. However, if you would like to plan this weekend, take a look at what Neotrib has for you. Events far and wide. Go ahead and take a look, it will be fun for you to see what Texas has to offer.

Flu Shot Clinic scheduled September 29

The Italy ISD Student Health Director has announced that there will be a Flu Shot clinic on Tuesday, September 29 at the Italy High School Campus. The shot will be administered by Italy Family Medicine and will cost $20.00. The clinic begins at 8:30am.

IHS Class of 1989 – 20th year reunion plans

Image: We were so cool we had to wear shades! — Friday night, September 25, the Class of 1989 will meet at the IHS Homecoming Game, 7:30 p.m. at Willis Field in Italy. We would like to meet at the game and sit together as a class. Just like old times!

Can you believe it has been 20 years?? IHS Homecoming is Friday, September 25th. We really hope to have a successful reunion – and for it to be a success, we need you to be there! We would like to meet at the game and sit together as a class. Saturday, September 26, we’ll Party like it was 1989!

Events Around Texas

Image: Homecoming Spirit — This weekend should prove to be a lot of fun.  Come on out to Willis Field on Friday night and watch the Gladiators take on the Frost Polar Bears for Homecoming.  All graduated classes ending in “9” will be celebrated.

There is fun rain or shine in Texas. Stay close to home or travel this wonderful state. As usual there are many things for all ages to choose from. Neotribune has it here for you. Take a look.

Simon-Bradley Nuptials

Image: Mr. and Mrs. William Eric Bradley

Holly Michelle Simon and William Eric Bradley were married September 5, 2009 at First Baptist Church in Milford. Michael Chambers performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Ramona and Mick Simon of Italy. The bridegroom is the son of Tianne and Mike Bradley also of Italy.

Strange activity at local doll factory reported

Image: Please come in — Visitors are welcomed to Drucilla Stroud’s mansion

Just like last year, drivers on Hwy 77 have reported seeing strange lights and hearing weird noises at the Kilemol Doll Factory and Meat Packing Plant. It is within a stone’s throw or spitting distance from the Italy Cemetery which could automatically give someone the creeps.

Dunlap Library: August Books

A message and a gift from our one time neighbor, Margaret Smotherman. Mrs. S. lived across the street from the library for many years and is now residing in Houston. She misses Italy, and she misses all her old friends. She posted two Large Print books, Standing In The Rainbow, by Fannie Flagg and Just Rewards, by Barbara Taylor Bradford as gifts to the library for all her friends to enjoy. We miss you Mrs. S….and your lovely British accent!

Events around Texas

Image: Travel to Glen Rose — This emu is at Fossil Rim, an 1800 acre scenic drive-thru wildlife park in Glen Rose.

School starts full swing for Italy ISD on Monday, August 24. Probably for most school districts in the area. Have you done everything you wanted to do this summer? Seen the sights? Maybe this is the last weekend for awhile for some traveling. Take a moment and read what our great state has in store for the local traveler.

Events Around Texas

What are you doing this weekend? If you are interested in traveling around this great state, take a look at the following list of fun and interesting events.

Ewe Pet Petting Zoo comes to Italy

Image: Ewe Pet Petting Zoo — Everyone is enjoying the animals.

You only thought that the fun was over after the Fourth of July! Sunday afternoon on the fifth of July at the Shell station located at the corner of Highway 34 and Kinfolk Lane in Italy the fun was just beginning.

Let Freedom Ring Around Texas

It is time for a national holiday and you might wonder how to spend the Fourth of July. Watching fireworks, cooking out, having a picnic, taking a drive or camping. Take a look at the fantastic choices for the weekend. No matter what you do or where you go, have fun.

Events Around Texas

The events in Texas are as varied as the cultures in the Lone Star State. Neotrib offers its readers many choices of events for the weekend. Take a look.

Hot Air Balloons and Much, Much More

Image: Hot Air Balloons — The pilots of the hot air balloons are demonstrating an “all burn”. An “all burn” is when the pilots send up long flames of fire.

What a fun and wonderful weekend at Midway Regional Airport. I am talking about the aviation extravaganza that took place June 19th through June 21st. It was three days of hot air balloons, skydivers, helicopters, gliders and airplanes.

Free football camp in Waxahachie


There will be a free football camp held in Waxahachie on July 14-16 from 8:00 – 11:30 am. The camp will be held at the Waxahachie High School practice fields. Please contact 972/351-6155 for more information.

Weekend Events Around Texas

Image: Tour d’Italia — The cyclists line up for the one minute warning.  The Lone Star Cyclists will converge upon the town on Friday night, some camping at Italy High School.  The rally will begin at 8:00 am Saturday morning on Main Street.  Get into gear and let’s ride!

Traveling with the family can be fun if you have a well planned trip in store. Take a minute and peruse the fine fare the Italy-Neotribune has gathered for you. You will have a hard time deciding where to visit first.

Events Across Texas

Graduation is over and it is time for summer fun. Are you ready for some traveling? Near and far there are things to do. Just take a look at events around our great state.

BBQ Cook-Off and Washer Tournament with Live Entertainment


On Saturday, May 30 there will be a benefit event at the Ellis County Expo Building on 287 bypass in Waxahachie. Please mark your calendars. The event will include a Washer Tournament, a BBQ Cook-off and will feature live music by several local bands and music artists. This all day event will benefit the 14U Texas Travelers softball team of Ellis County.

Twilight Sky Show


On Sunday evening, the crescent Moon, Mercury and the Pleiades star cluster will gather for a three-way conjunction in the western sky. It’s a must-see event.

Country Gospel Festival Came to Italy

Image: “Not Our Own” — “Not Our Own” singing Would You Be Ready.

April 11th, The Country Gospel Festival was in full swing at the Wayne Boze building about 6:00 PM. As you approached the front of the building you could hear beautiful music flowing through the front doors.

Blue Ribbon Winner – Sydney Lowenthal

Image: Sydney Lowenthal — Sydney and her “Swimming Snowmen” art project.

The Ellis County Art Association was proud to sponsor the 2009 Ellis County Youth Art Exhibit that took place the first of April. Touted to be one of the most impressive youth art events in North Texas, it is a show case for original art by children residing in Ellis County enrolled in public, private or home school grades K through Twelve.

What Are Your Plans For the Weekend?

The sun is warming our faces and spring is here. You can tell because the birds are fleeting around getting ready to build their nests and the Texas storms are proudly marching through. The colorful spring bulbs have opened and the beautiful bluebonnets are proudly peaking at the top of every hill and meadow. It sounds like it’s time for a drive. Check out the following events around the state of Texas.

Milford Community Easter Egg Hunt

Image: Everyone’s Looking for Eggs

Saturday, April 11th at the Milford City Park lots of happy children were hunting for eggs. Everywhere you looked there were eggs to be found. Yes, I am talking about the Miford Community Easter Egg Hunt.

Country gospel festival coming to Italy

Image: Jay Hill Concert Promoter — Jay Hill and his wife Laverne promote singers and bands. They also put on fundraisers, benefits and parties.

Mark your calendars for April 11 to be in downtown Italy at the Wayne Boze building at 6:00 PM. There will be a concert starring recording artists Mark Henderson and the legendary – Lance Williams.

Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt in Milford

Image: First Baptist Church of Milford — This is the meeting place to get started on the Easter Egg Hunt!

Milford is the place to be at on Saturday, April 11th! There will be eggs galore for children of all ages to find. Everyone is invited to meet at the First Baptist Church in Milford located at 101 Pecan Street at 11:00 a.m. and then head over to the park for the big Easter Egg hunt.

The Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt

Image: Let’s Hunt Easter Eggs — Terri Murdock (City Administrator), Mayor Frank Jackson and Jason Escamilla (Park Board member) are all ready to treat the citizens of Italy to a good, old fashioned Easter egg hunt.

Calling all kids ten years old and younger! You are invited to The Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt on April 11th, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Dunlap Library downtown Italy, Texas. There will be over forty eight hundred eggs for everyone to find. Which are being donated by the Park Board Committee, local businesses and citizens of Italy.

Ellis County Expo Claims Italy Winners

Image: Jaclynn Lewis gives a smile — Jac and her lamb are in the chute ready for the sale.

The smell of hay, mud and water filled the Expo building off of Hwy 287 this weekend. For some it became the smell of success. Italy FFA and Ellis County 4H students of all ages (9-19 years old) were taking care of business.

Ellis County Youth Expo Begins This Week

Image: Pigs in the trailer — Hannah Washinton helps the pigs load into the trailer.  They are all headed to the Expo in Waxahachie for judging on Friday.

Area students from the local 4H club and FFA chapter will converge on the Ellis County Youth Expo in Waxahachie off of 287 today and will show prize winning animals, award winning projects and creative arts through Saturday. Everyone is invited to come see the students and their wonderful projects. Support these students and enjoy the BBQ and the auction on Saturday.

Chemical fire contained in Avalon

Image: Lights from Fire Personnel — Emergency crews lit up the area with lights, while working to contain the fire.

Tonight at approximately 8:30 p.m., emergency personnel from around the county responded to a chemical fire at the Phillip Service Corporation (PSC) plant located in Avalon. Homes had to be evacuated with a couple of Avalon residents taking shelter at the Italy Fire Department. The fire was quickly contained around 9:00 p.m.

Sports events, upcoming dates and times

Image: Get out and see the games!

Since spring break can cause us all to loose touch with sporting events around the community, here is a quick refresher which includes dates, times and locations. A list of current events can always be found in the Community Calendar located on the right side of the Italy Neotribune website.