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

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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

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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

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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.

Italy Band Does It Again!

This time they didn’t even have to leave home to advance to the next round of OPS. The Oustanding Performance Series contest is held every summer. Bands submit their recordings of their individual UIL contest pieces. At the region contest the top three concert and top two march selections advance to the Area contest. Last week, the IHS band placed 2nd in both the concert and march categories meaning that two of their three UIL contest pieces will be listened to by Area judges this Saturday, June 20. Good luck to the Gladiator Regiment Band and congratulations on making it this far!!!

Boot Camp at Central Baptist Church

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Boot Camp is coming! Central Baptist Church, 113 S. Ward in Italy, is sponsoring Vacation Bible School and the theme is boot camp this year. Train to be in God’s Army June 22-26, 2009 from 9:00 to noon.

New Marketing Director at Trinity Mission

Image: Chris Baker — Chris Baker is the new marketing director at Trinity Mission.

May 5th, 2009 was Chris Baker’s first day as the new Marketing Director at Trinity Mission in Italy. He came to Trinity Mission from Austin, but he is no stranger to Ellis county. He was born and raised in Waxahachie, Texas and graduated from Waxahachie High School.

A Dream Come True

Image: Jessica in her Studio — Jessica Clark loves what she does – taking pictures.

Jessica Clark received her first camera when she was twelve years old. This sparked a life long dream of being a photographer and owning her own studio. “Being a photographer is all I ever wanted to be.”

IHS Cheerleaders: Cheer Camp Champs!

Image: New faces of Italy’s Varsity Cheerleading Squad — Back row; Cori Jeffords, Sierra Harris, Kaitlyn Rossa, Jaleshia Fleming, Amber Mitchell, Bianca Evans; Front row; Lexie Miller, Drew Windham, Destani Anderson, Beverly Barnhart

June 7 through June 10 Italy’s varsity cheer squad attended the ’09 UCA Cheer Camp in Waco. The UCA camps separate the cheerleaders and mascots which helped the two develop the desired traits needed to become the best. Four days of hard work payed off with several awards for the Italy squad and mascot.

Vehicle Fire on Highway I-35 South

Image: Nothing but Smoke — The car fire created lots of smoke.

Today around 4:30 PM the Milford Fire department was called out to a car fire on I-35 S Highway. Traffic was backed up for miles. Smoke was everywhere. Milford fire fighters were on the scene and had the fire under control.

It’s A Grand Old Flag

Image: New Addition to Cemetery — The flag is a great addition to the Italy Cemetery. It reminds us about those that lost their lives so we can live in freedom.

Have you been by the Italy Cemetery lately? If you have I am sure you have noticed the beautiful flag pole with the United States of America flag waving in the wind. The folks with the Italy Cemetery Association decided it was time for a flag.

Rekindling of Last Night’s Fire

Image: Rekindled Fire — Milford fire department putting out the hot spots.

Last night at 8:53 PM the Milford Fire Department was called out to a fire on the 500 block of Frank’s Road in Milford. An abandoned mobile home had caught on fire and burned. Italy and Milford fire fighters were out fighting the blazing flames until 1:30 AM.

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.

Uppin’ their game

Image: Pre-Awards Ceremony — They were all smiles after their solid performance in the tournament.  Bailey Eubank had to go out of town and missed the tournament and this photo op.

This past week eight future Lady Gladiators attended the Waxahachie High School Volleyball camp for 6th and 7th graders. Cassidy Childers, Ashlyn Jacinto and Hannah Washington were the 6th graders that attended. Reagan Cockerham, Bailey Eubank, Jaclynn Lewis, Kelsey Nelson and Madison Washington were the 7th graders that attended.