From the Publisher: Ellis Emergency Service District #3 Tax Increase Proposal


Italy and the surrounding area’s fire district are in dire need of improving the fire department to take care of all of us in case of fire and ambulance needs. It is a volunteer fire station so it already runs for less. But it has needs to do its job for us, the people. As publisher of the Italy Neotribune I would ask all to support the very small increase in taxes. We will all get back benefits in help as well as lower fire insurance costs. Please vote favorably for the improvement.

Upcoming election information


Saturday, May 11, 2013 the citizens of Italy, Texas will be voting for a mayor and two city council members. The community in and around Italy will also be voting on an amendment proposed by the Ellis County Emergency Service District #3. The citizens of Milford will have both a city council and school board election.

Letter from the Publisher: Mayoral candidate “Meet and Greet” or Debate?

Normally at Neotribune we don’t get deeply involved in the City activities. But in this case we see a problem coming and would like to head it off before it happens. There has been a sign put up in the City Community Center for a Meet and Greet for the candidates for this evening, Monday April 15th. This sign has been posted by the present Mayor and listed as a Meet and Greet. The Mayor informed Mr. Hobbs that it was to be a Meet and Greet and made it sound like it was meant to be just exactly that.

Hobbs for mayor

Image: James Hobbs is running for Mayor and is pictured here with his wife Joyce.

James Hobbs has tossed his hat in the proverbial ring for mayor of Italy. Having his ‘feet wet’ by serving on the Italy City Council he is now ready for more.

Upcoming election packets are available

The upcoming local elections are scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2013. There are three school board seats, two city council seats, the office of the Mayor of Italy as well as an Ellis County Emergency Service District #3 election all to be decided that day.

Runoff election — Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Image: Republican Party Primary Runoff Ballot-July 31, 2012

There will be both Republican and Democratic balloting in the runoff election scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Locally, the runoff between Heath Sims and Paul Perry for County Commissioner Pct 3 is included on the Republican Ballot.

Democratic and Republican Primary — Tuesday, May 29, 2012


A reminder for everyone to exercise their right and obligation and get out and vote in the Texas state primary on Tuesday, May 29th. Polling location in Italy (Pct. 131) will be the Italy City Council Chambers at 105 West Main Street, Italy. The polls will be open from 7:00am until 7:00pm.

Letter to the Editor: Misidentification

There seems to be some confusion in our community. I, Paul D. Perry, am not a plumber, nor am I related to the gentleman who shares my first and last name who is a plumber. I am running for County Commissioner, Precinct 3. My name is Paul D. Perry. I believe the plumber has a different middle initial.

2012 School Board Trustee election


May 12, 2012 is the date for the upcoming election of two trustee seats on the Italy Independent School District school board. The district’s poling place will be at Italy City Council Chambers (105 West Main Street, Italy).

School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Cheryl Owen


I am Cheryl Owen. I grew up in Italy, attended our schools, and graduated from Italy High School. My 26 years of experience in education and my service of 6 years on the board enable me to understand the many points of view of the issues raised in our school system. I am seeking to continue my service on the school board in order to guide the evolution of our schools for the children of this community.

School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Russ Lewis

Image: Russ Lewis with his daughters Megann and Jaclynn at Megann’s wedding last spring.

My name is Russ Lewis. I am an Inventory Manager at Williams Gin & Feed in Frost. I attended Tarleton State University. I was raised on a farm in Rule, Texas where, along with my father and brother, we farmed various crops and raised livestock. I have a daughter who is currently a freshman at Italy High School and another that is a 2007 Italy HS graduate. I would appreciate your support in the upcoming Italy ISD School Board election (May 12, 2012).

School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Albert Garcia, Jr.


Hello, I am Albert Garcia Jr. My family moved from Dallas to Italy when I was 6 years old to provide a better education and environment for our family. After graduation from Italy High School in 1994, I accumulated the required college hours to apply as a firefighter with the City of Dallas. I grew up here, and am raising my family here because I believe in the schools and the community. I would love your support and welcome any questions or comments.

Third Generation Law Enforcer Runs for Sheriff of Ellis County

Image: Susan Welch-Rodriguez runs for Ellis County Sheriff

Susan Welch-Rodriguez has announced her candidacy for the office of Ellis County Sheriff on the Republican ticket. Mrs. Rodriguez has more than three decades of experience with the Dallas County Sheriff’s office and retired in 2009 collecting more than 100 commendations. She still serves with the Sheriff’s Posse and is the only Ellis County Sheriff candidate that is endorsed by the Dallas County Sheriff Association.

“Volunteers for Democracy Day”

During the 80th legislative session, SB 393 declared the second Tuesday in January as “Volunteers for Democracy Day” to recognize the tens of thousands of Texans “who make valuable contributions to the nation’s democratic system.”

Upcoming elections for Milford and Italy

Important elections are coming up May 14, 2011 for the Italy and Milford communities. Italy voters have crucial decisions to make in both the mayoral and school board elections as well as a proposition. In Milford there are two council positions needing to be filled.

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2011 Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Nik Kinze

I want to make the Italy of tomorrow, better than Italy when it was in its heyday. If you want things to keep going like they have been, then I am NOT your candidate. If you are happy to have the Ellis County Observer digging up the dirt from Italy and splashing it all over the internet, then again, I am not the person you should elect. I want to make Italy’s government open and transparent. I want to get more people involved. The government is for the people, by the people.

2011 School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Mark W. Stiles

My name is Mark W. Stiles and I was born in Houston, Texas. I have two children, Ross (11th grade) and Emily (9th grade) that attend Italy High School. I also have two grandchildren, Kirstin Viator (5th grade) and Easton Viator (kindergarten) that attend Stafford Elementary.

Early voting is currently underway

Image: Sample Ballot (front)

As you are well aware we are in the midst of a intense election season. Early voting is going on now and will continue until Friday, October 29. Political races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Agriculture Commissioner and several Supreme Court Justices are just a few of the political seats awaiting your vote.

Voting: Your Right, Your Privilege

The General Election for the whole nation is November 2, 2010. Are you registered and ready to make an informed decision? The deadline for registration is looming down fast upon us. October 4 is the last day and your application must either be postmarked the 4th or in the registrar’s office by that date. Of course, you can register anytime before that.

Vote Saturday May 8, 2010

The Italy School Board race and three political races in Milford will culminate on Election Day, Saturday, May 8th. The polls will open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. Do your part and vote!

School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Cindy Carter

My name is Cindy Carter. I am married to Stephen Carter and have three daughters and two grand-daughters. I am currently employed with the United States Postal Service here in Italy. I graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1978. I have lived here in Italy for 30 years.

School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Curtis Riddle

My name is Curtis Riddle. I was raised here in Italy and attended Italy schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I graduated from Italy Isd in 1990. I attended Tarleton State University as an Ag-business major. I am currently self-employed in the field of agriculture and investment properties.

School Board Candidate Questionnaire: Larry Eubank

I have been employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the past 23 years. I serve as the County Executive Director of the Ellis County Farm Service Agency, working with all agricultural producers across Ellis County. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston.