IYAA is having Football/Cheerleading sign-ups on Saturday, July 11


The IYAA will be having Football/Cheerleading sign-ups on Saturday, July 11th from 10 until 4 at Italy City Hall at 101 W. Main Street. All players MUST be present. County issued birth certificates and registration fees must be submitted at the time of sign-up. Eligible players are 2009-2010 school year Kindergarten to 6th graders.

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.

A Navy/Air Force prop plane crashes on local ranch

Image: A restored Navy/Air Force prop plane crashes and leaves a lasting mark — A restored Navy/Air Force prop plane crashed on it’s way to perform in an air show. Thanks to quick actions by the pilot, the crash marks the second time the pilot has survived a plane crash.

Bob Davis, who helps work the land and livestock for the Harper Cattle Company, LLC Ranch in Waxahachie, had his 4th of July start unexpectantly while standing on his front porch. Davis saw what seemed to be an airplane loosing altitude and crashing down into a pasture full of cattle across from his house.

Central Baptist Church is on a mission to Navajo country

Friday morning at 8:00 a.m., fifteen adults and youth from the Central Baptist Church in Italy (CBC), led by Pastor Todd Gray, left mission to the Waterfall Bible Church on the Navajo Indian Reservation located in the “Four Corners” area of Arizona (northeastern corner of AZ).

Richard’s family enters 6th year selling Fireworks

Image: The Richards’ stand — The Richards’ stand is open and ready to help everyone celebrate the 4th of July.

Tina & Allen Richards, with a little help from their family, will be selling fireworks for their 6th consecutive year. From giant jumbo assortment packs for the serious fireworks enthusiast to smaller kid assortment packs for the youngsters, the Richards’ firework stand is the place to go this 4th of July!

Twins Again

Image: Two Beautiful Boys — Charles Gracin Adams (top) and Zachary Penn Adams (bottom) made their grand entrance on June 30th.

There was a “special delivery” for the Adams family this week. Toby and Kelly Adams were blessed with twin boys, Charles Gracin Adams and Zachary Penn Adams. They were born June 30th in Waco Hillcrest Hospital at 11:43 and 11:44 AM.

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.

Italy Lions Club Induction and Awards Dinner

Image: Newly Inducted Officers — Here are the officers waiting to be inducted.

Saturday, June 27th around six o’clock at the Church of Christ Annex building the Italy Lions Club had their first awards and installation of officers banquet. Alice Conway District Governor for the Lions Club District 2X1 was there to officially install the incoming officers.

850 Mile Pilgrimage Against Alcohol, Drugs and Abuse

Image: Mauro Avila — He is walking to spread the word of hope and Christ.

You might have seen him today on Highway 35 E heading toward Italy. I am talking about a young man wearing a cape and pulling a wagon tied around his waist running down the highway. You were probably thinking, what in the world is he doing? Well, let me tell you what he is doing.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting, June 29


The next regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Committee is scheduled for Monday, Jun 29. Agenda items include an audit review by Murray and Associates, discussion and possible action regarding a proposal by David Miracle for professional Economic Development services and discussion and consideration of action regarding the management of EDC administration.

Bake Sale June 27th

BAKE SALE – Saturday, June 27th. 9:00 a.m. until noon. Cornerstone on Main Street in Italy. All proceeds benefit the Youth of Central Baptist Church for camp.

Camp E.D.G.E. Starts Friday

Image: Camp E.D.G.E. — Vacation Bible School is starting on Friday, June 26 at 6:00 pm at the Italy Methodist Church.  Pre-K through 6th grade students are invited.

Hiking, fishing, camping under the stars and telling stories around the campfire. You get the feeling of being outside when you travel to Camp E.D.G.E. (Experience & Discover God Everywhere). The First United Methodist Church of Italy is hosting vacation bible school Friday-Sunday and invites all Pre-K to 6th grade students to participate.

Final Summer Football League Games Today

Image: Italy’s 7-on-7 Passing Team Plays final game Today, at 6:00 p.m. in Italy

The Italy Gladiators Athletic Department has been hosting a 7-on-7 summer passing league this summer. Varsity and J.V. have been mixed together as they competed against Palmer, Rio Vista, Ferris and Blooming Grove. Italy’s final challenge will be today, Thursday, June 25, at 6:00 p.m. in Italy.

Soaring TAKS Scores for Avalon Eagles

Image: The Proud David DelBosque — David DelBosque is the very proud superintendent for Avalon ISD. He is very proud of his students for all of their hard work.

Avalon ISD announced the results of the district’s 2009 TAKS testing. According to school administration, based on preliminary results from all tests taken this school year and an evaluation of all subgroups, Avalon anticipates maintaining the state rating of “Recognized” for the fourth consecutive year.

Amber Droll is a recent college graduate

Image: Amber Droll — 2009 Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce with a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Amber graduated on May 8th, 2009 with her Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She graduated Cum Laude through Texas A&M University-Commerce and took all her classes at the Navarro College Campus in Midlothian. Navarro and A&M Commerce have a partnership and she suggests that anyone interested in furthering their education should check out the programs they have to offer.

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.

IYAA Football & Cheerleader sign-ups underway


The IYAA will be having Football/Cheerleading sign-ups on Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri during evening baseball games at the Upchurch Fields. On Saturday, June 27, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., sign-ups will be at the Dunlap Library on Clark Street in Italy.

Boot Camp members rise and shine

Image: B.O.O.T. Camp Began At The Central Baptist Church — Central Baptist Church in Italy started its annual summer camp with the theme being, B.O.O.T. Camp, Biblical Outlook & Outreach Training.

The Central Baptist Church in Italy began its Vacation Bible School Boot Camp Tuesday. There was singing under the cross, marching in the hallways and soldiers everywhere were coloring, decorating canteens and playing games.

New marquee welcomes visitors to Italy

Image: New Marquee Installed — Russell Brown Signs installed a Texas themed marquee that will be used to inform travelers of current events, welcome visitors into the City of Italy and welcome local citizens home.

“Welcome To Italy,” is the headline across the top of the new marquee sign installed this morning at the corner of Hwy. 77 and Hwy. 34. Travelers from all four directions will be able to view the sign that will highlight current events within the City of Italy.

Ellis County Commissioners Court workshop notice


The Ellis County Commissioners Court will have a workshop on Thursday, June 25 at 9:30 a.m. The US Highway 287 Corridor Study conducted by TxDOT will be discussed. The workshop will be held in the Ellis County Alternate Courtroom which is located at 109 West Franklin, Waxahachie, Texas.

Bicyclists Come ’Round Again

Image: 24th Annual Tour d’Italia — Over 1300 riders came from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas to ride the streets of Italy.  Even former IHS principal, Scott Herald, was at the front of the line, hailing from Temple/Salado.

With the help of the Lone Star Cyclists of Grand Prairie, the 24th Annual Tour d’Italia was a success. The cyclists started arriving on Friday night to register for the bike rally held every third Saturday in June. Some of the riders camped on the lawn in front of the Italy High School and in the parking lot, as well.

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.

Agenda: Italy Park Board Meeting, June 23, 2009

Image: Italy Park Board Meeting Agenda-June 23, 2009

The Italy Park Board will meet on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 in the Council Chambers at the Italy City Hall. Their agenda includes items pertaining to details of the Park remodeling and upcoming grand opening. This meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 and is open to the public.

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.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meeting, June 23, 2009

Image: Italy ISD Board of Trustees – June 23, 2009 Meeting Agenda

The Italy ISD Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Agenda items include considering bids for surplus property as well as consider approval of the interlocal agreement with the City of Italy regarding the Park. During executive session the board will consider the applicants for the Junior High/High School Principal and Director of Special Programs positions.

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.

Central Baptist Youth car wash

The Youth of Central Baptist Church in Italy are having a car wash on Saturday, June 20 in the parking lot of Italy Family Medicine on Main Street from 10:00 a.m. until 400 p.m. They will also hold a bake sale on June 27 from 9:00 – noon at the Cornerstone on Main Street.

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