City of Italy honors Altha McNeely

Image: The City of Italy honored local resident, Altha McNeely, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the annual Christmas parade and festival. Mrs. McNeely was chosen as this year’s Grand Marshall for the Christmas parade and Mayor James Hobbs presented her with a Key to the City and proclaimed December 6, 2014 Altha McNeely Day. She was also the named Citizen of the Month.

The City of Italy honored local resident, Altha McNeely, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the annual Christmas parade and festival. Altha moved to Italy when she was in the 4th grade. She is a long time member of First Baptist Church.

Nick Sam tests for Black Belt

Image: Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the Hillsboro TKD School, Nick and Grand Master Park-co founder of Unified from Las Vegas, Nevada.

On January 2, 2012 a young man entered the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro along with his mother and father, Maria and Roger Sam. The family was from Italy, Texas.

New local choir opportunities

The Association of Fine Arts: Benefiting Children, a local not-for-profit association that develops leadership while promoting youth in the arts, is pleased to announce a new high school student choir initiative. Local students interested in new choir opportunities are invited to attend a meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Ferris Heights United Methodist Church, 108 Center in Waxahachie. Please enter via the side door located on Dunn Street.

IHS canned food drive for Italy Food Pantry—Everybody Won!

Image: Pictured are Madison Washington, Kelsey Nelson, Bailey Eubank and Jaclynn Lewis. All are representatives of the NHS and Student Council.

The Italy National Honor Society, sponsored by Tina Richards, the Italy Junior High National Honor Society, sponsored by Casey Holden, and the Italy HS/JHS student council, sponsored by Vivian Moreland, held their annual canned food drive competition, and EVERYBODY WON, donating 540 cans of food to the Italy Food Pantry! The Pantry volunteers cannot thank you enough for the wonderful contribution you have made to the Italy Food Pantry.

Thank You Italy!

The Italy Fire Department and Italy Police Department would like to thank everyone that supported their “Fill the Boot” campaign last Friday. Because of the generosity of the local community, over $600 was raised for Shop with a Hero. They appreciate the willingness of the citizens of Italy to open their hearts and pockets for this cause.

Italy High School Yearbook Shout Out!


Italy High School’s yearbook staff would like to start off and say Happy Thanksgiving to the whole community of Italy and remind you to start shopping! We would like to give appreciation to all companies listed below for their ad in the 2014-15 yearbook! When shopping this holiday season, please mention to these businesses that you heard about them from Italy Yearbook ad pages!

Fill the Boot this Friday


The Italy Fire Department and Italy Police Department are asking for the community’s help to raise funds for the annual Shop with a Hero.

Italy City Council approves bid for HRA Grant


The Italy City Council met in regular session on Monday night. After approving council minutes, bills to be paid and earned compensatory time, they discussed a water meter variance request by Josh Trees for the little domes at 772 S. Hwy 77. At present the three domes are on one water meter. The city was requiring Trees to add two meters at a cost of $1,500 each.

Special Invitation for a Christmas Concert at First United Methodist, Hillsboro

Image: Healing Hearts Chorus

You are invited to a Christmas Concert hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Hillsboro, Texas. We are welcoming the Healing Heart Chorus on December 5th at 7:30. We are very excited for this special event and would like to share this evening with our neighbor communities. Please help us spread the word. For more Information please contact the church office at 254-582-2342.

A Veteran’s daughter’s memories

Image: Mike Maida was a proud Marine who was wounded on Hill 660.

Growing up in the Maida household consisted of strict discipline, forced sharing with two sisters, garden veggies, fried bologna and war stories to name a few. My mother met my father in San Diego during WWII. She was from Italy, Texas stationed at Camp Pendleton in the Navy – he was a Marine from Syracuse, New York that had been wounded on Hill 660 and was also at Pendleton. Daddy was born in the country of Italy and had come to America when he was a year old.

Senior Night Set for Friday, November 7, 2014

Parents and community members— we know you’ll want to come out and support many of our seniors as we recognize their efforts throughout high school. Senior football players, cheerleaders, cross country participants, and band members will be recognized during this Friday night’s football game against Dallas Gateway. Recognition will take place on the football field at 7 p.m. before the game. We hope to see you there.

Fan bus planned for Lady Gladiator Volleyball Round-1 Playoff Game

The Lady Gladiator Volleyball team will play their first playoff game against Dodd City on Tuesday, November 4th at North Forney High School. Game time is 6pm. The girls have worked hard and have earned the support of a big crowd. Italy High School will have a fan bus departing the IHS campus at 4:20pm sharp.

Note: Inclement weather is causing the fan bus to depart early. Please be on the bus by 4:20pm.