Thank you…

The Italy Neotribune shut down on June 4, 2018. For sixteen years, we’ve published thousands of stories and photographs of the people and events of this wonderful town. Thank you to all the contributors, reporters, photographers, and editors who made this possible. Thank you to all the board members, council members, students, companies, and people we covered. And finally, a big thank you to everyone for reading the Neotribune.

We will keep an archive of this site online for as long as possible. All original photographs can be downloaded from their individual photo pages. We encourage you to save your favorites.


Retirement Celebration for Vivian Moreland

Please join Italy High School staff and administration on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 1:30 to celebrate Mrs. Vivian Moreland’s forty-five years of service. The staff will have a Retirement Reception in her honor in the High School Cafeteria

Community Interest Survey

Italy High School’s Family Consumer Science teacher, Jennifer Eaglen, is looking for community input. Please click the link below and complete the survey. This will be posted on the district’s Facebook page and sent out on School Rush. Please only submit one response. Thank you for your continued support of our students!

Italy Auto Sales – (972) 483-1922

Image: Italy Auto Sales is conveniently located near the intersection of Hwy 34 and Hwy 77 and specializes in selling pre-owned cars, SUVs. and trucks. Open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Call: 972-483-1922 to get the wheels turning!

Italy Auto Sales, owned and operated by Ray Omar and Adam Aly since 2016, is conveniently located near the intersection of Hwy 34 and Hwy 77 and specializes in selling pre-owned cars, SUVs. and trucks. Open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Call: 972-483-1922 to get the wheels turning!

Stafford Students Give Back


The students of Stafford Elementary spent the month of April having a “penny war.” With the help of the Stafford PTO and teachers, the students collected their loose change to promote Autism Awareness. The class that raised the most change would win a pizza party. Mrs. Shannon Wegener’s 5th grade class raised $251, the highest individual class total.

Baseball Playoff shirts are in

If you have order a playoff baseball shirt you may pick them up today and Wednesday, May 2nd at the high school. We are in the office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.. If you have any questions please feel free to call Mrs. Ballard at 972-483-7411.

Local Law Enforcement to Collect Unused and Outdated Medicines


Local law enforcement and IMPACT Communities, a program of Drug Prevention Resources, will host the semi-annual Prescription Drug Take Back Event on April 28, 2018. Officers will collect unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications at the following locations:

“My Fair Lady” performances planned for May 4, 5 and 6


Waxahachie Community Theatre announces performances of the Broadway classic musical “My Fair Lady,” starring Kaleen Todoroff as Eliza Doolittle and Jerry Ellis as Professor Higgins. “My Fair Lady” is presented in cooperation with Music Theatre International, Inc., and is directed by Kasi Jones. Music director is Don Jones.

1st Annual Gladiators Bass Club Land Tournament

Image: The 2017-2018 Italy Gladiators Bass Club.

The Italy Gladiators Bass Club invites all ages of anglers who are registered students of Italy ISD to compete in their 1st Annual Land Tournament on Monday, April 16, which is a no school day. The tournament will begin at dawn with first cast at 7am and last cast at 11:30 am. Fishing will be from banks only (no boats) on any body of water they choose.

Upcoming Historical Marker dedication at Bethel United Methodist Church


Next Sunday, April 15th at 3:00 p.m. there will be an Official Texas Historical Marker dedication at the Bethel United Methodist Church in the Community Hall for THE SIMS FAMILY OF ELLIS COUNTY. The actual historical marker will stand next the Shawnee Cattle Trail marker on Pecan Springs Ranch on L.R. Campbell Rd. See the attached for more information.

Obituary: Susan Spriggs-Delephimne, 1966 — 2018


Susan Spriggs-Delephimne , lovingly known as “GaGa”, went home to be with the Lord on April 5th, 2018. She was born on October 18th, 1966 in California. Susan lived by the motto “others before self”. She was the first to volunteer for any good cause and strived to bring laughter and light to the lives of those around her. The things she loved the most were her family and travel. She loved the sun, sand, and would call the water “her happy place”.

2018 Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup at Stafford Elementary


We are preparing for our annual Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup at Stafford Elementary! The purpose is to pre-register first year students for the upcoming school year, and to determine our student/teacher ratios. If you have, or know someone within the district with a child meeting age and eligibility requirements, please take note of the attached information.

First Baptist Church Avalon is raising money for youth camp


The First Baptist Church of Avalon is raising money to assist youth to attend church camp this summer. A day of fun and fellowship is planned for Saturday, April 21, 2018 with food, music, a washer tournament and more at the church. All monies raised will benefit the youth for camp. The festivities begin at 1:00 p.m.

New principal and counselor hired at Stafford Elementary

During the March board meeting, the Italy ISD School Board voted unanimously to hire Mrs. LaKesha Bass as the new principal for Stafford Elementary. Mrs. Bass has been an assistant principal for 6 years in DeSoto ISD. She has also been a math instructional specialist and elementary school teacher. Mrs. Bass will transition into her new role during the first week of May.