Rare Solstice Lunar Eclipse Tonight!

Image: From north shore of Long Island at Makamah Beach, Northport, NY.

Everyone knows that “the moon on the breast of new-fallen snow gives the luster of mid-day to objects below.” That is, except during a lunar eclipse. For the first time in many years, northern winter is beginning with a total lunar eclipse.

The Christmas spirit is evident right here

Image: One of the best — Texas Monthly says the Uptown Cafe is “one of the 40 best small-town cafes in Texas”.  Italy thinks so too.

Doris Mitchell and her crew are helping the community on Christmas Day and have done the same for years. Doris said, “We had 93 people come eat with us last year.” Italy residents that don’t have a family to share dinner with or just want to see a friendly face, can come to the Uptown Cafe on Main Street in downtown Italy and share in the potluck dinner being served.

Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight and tomorrow night


The Geminid meteor shower peaks this year on December 13th and 14th. Forecasters say meteor rates could exceed 100 per hour for observers under dark rural skies. For best results, start your meteor watch on Monday night, December 13th, around midnight.

Victron Energy lighting contest

Image: Christmas Spirit

When you look around our pretty little town you realize that Christmas is just around the corner. So many houses are all decked out for Christmas with beautiful lights and Christmas scenes. You don’t have to look too hard to find Santa and Frosty the Snowman.

Journey through Texas

Image: Bethlehem Revisited — The Wisemen visit the Tax Collector in Bethlehem Revisited.  The journey back in time is the first two weekends in December-a wonderful family time event.

The fall of leaves and frost on the pumpkin reminds you the temperature is changing and the holidays are coming. Heat up the hot chocolate, light the fire and put carols on the stereo. There might even be a little time for traveling in the mix. Where could the winding paths of Texas take you?

The Haunted Streets of Texas

The clock is ticking and the hour is late. As you travel down the dark and winding streets looking for adventure, you are suddenly struck at the shear horror of trying to find a haunted house to see before the month is over. Don’t worry. The ghouls and gals at italyneotribune.com have put a list together for you. Read on to find your favorite trail of terror, you still have time…

IHS Class of 2000 Hosting 10 Year Reunion Friday

The Class of 2000 Reunion is this Friday, October 22, with activities before and during the football game. Please join us in the high school cafeteria at 6 p.m., and then during the football game, look for the tent with the banner where we’ll be gathered.

You are invited to the party

Image: Even the turtles enjoy — Two turtles enjoy the pond behind 2 domes.

Monolithic will be open on Saturday, October 16 from 10am-4pm for the 10th Annual National Monolithic Dome Home Tour-and it’s free!

Fall Festival planned at First Baptist Church

Saturday, October 30, 2010 the First Baptist Church of Italy will have their annual Fall Festival. This free, fun event for the entire family will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be a bounce house and games along with treats and eats. The entire community is invited!

Bethel UMC to host 59th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale

Image: Bethel Community Center under construction

The congregation of Bethel United Methodist Church in conjunction with the Bethel Cemetery Association invites everyone to attend it’s 59th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale on Saturday, October 16th. Festivities will kick off at noon with a free barbecue lunch, followed by the auction that will raise funds for the church, cemetery and the completion of the new Bethel Community Center.

Prime Timers Luncheon with guest speaker Commissioner Heath Sims

Image: Let’s eat! — Precint 3 crew member Brian Mathiowetz joins CBC church members in the lunch line.

The monthly Prime Timers Luncheon held at the Central Baptist Church (CBC) in Italy, not only served up a great meal to guests, it also gave the community a chance to meet and enjoy a discussion with Ellis County Commissioner of Precinct 3, Heath Sims, who highlighted the current status of the county and gave insight into the everyday business of the Commissioners’ Court.

Activities For the Family

Image: Car exhibit — The State Fair of Texas is just one of the events in October.  Located at Fair Park in Dallas, corny dogs and fried Frito pie are just a few things you could eat.  This is the month for fun!

The State Fair of Texas is here! Not only the food is an attraction but the rides on the midway and the exhibits bring people from all over the state to see the annual phenomenon. The fair has been in existence over 100 years. Thousands of people enter the gates to seek thrills and spills and gawk at Big Tex in the beginning of fall.

Carter Blood Drive Coming To Town

Saturday, October 9 from 9:00am-2:00pm, Carter Blood Mobile will be set up in Italy at the Cornerstone on Main Street. Central Baptist Church is hosting the event and wants to remind prospective donors to bring a list of current medications and a picture I.D.

Back to School Blast

Image: Big Yellow Welcome Sign — All were welcome.

Even though it was raining cats and dogs it did not dampen the spirits at the Family Fellowship Church where they were hosting an outdoor Back to School Blast Saturday afternoon.

George Scott Scholarship Dinner helps graduates

Image: It’s for the kids — Sue Herrin knows how to help raise money….one bite at a time.

The community showed up in full expectations to have a great meal and of course, help out Italy graduates with the desire to attend college or technical school. The 18th Annual George Scott Memorial Scholarship Dinner was attended on Friday night before the Italy High School Homecoming game by many ex-students, community members and friends of scholarship recipients-well over 200 people.

IHS Class of 1960

A few members of the Class of 1960 will be at the George Scott Dinner and the football game for Homecoming on the 17th. Classmates will spend Friday night at the LaQuinta in Waxahachie and would enjoy visiting with friends on Friday or on Saturday morning at the LaQuinta. They will eat together Saturday noon and then return to their homes. If you are interested in visiting and/or eating with us on Saturday, just call for Margaret Epperson’s room at the LaQuinta.

Free-4-All this Sunday!


This Sunday, September 12, the First Baptist Church of Milford will have a Free-4-All. This high energy event will have something for everyone. Bring your family, bring your friends and enjoy the day.

5th Quarter steps it up

Image: Temporal youth rapper — Jeremy raps about things not of this world but of things eternal.

One hundred thirty two Italy Junior High and High School students of all faiths feasted on hot dogs, nachos and homemade desserts Friday night after the Gladiator football game. The members of Central Baptist Church were happy to host the group and have them come to the Cornerstone and enjoy themselves in a safe, Christian atmosphere.

End of Summer/Back to School Blast Saturday, September 25

Saturday, September 25th, from 4pm-7pm the Family Fellowship Church is having a fun event for children ages preschool thru 6th grade. There will be activities, entertainment and a meal served at 6:00pm. Admission will be two canned goods per person.
Note: Date was changed to the 25th due to soggy ground conditions.

Texas keeps you traveling

If you choose carefully, the next event you attend might be fun and you could learn something about our Texas culture and heritage. This state offers so many activities, it will be hard to decide. Take a look at what Labor Day weekend has to give you.

Trinity Mission’s Marie Wood Retires

Image: Marie Wood — Marie has loved the residents of Trinity Mission for many years and she will be missed.

Marie Wood will be retiring from her many years of service at Trinity Mission as the facility’s administrator. On Monday, August 30th there will be a retirement celebration from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. with an open seated dinner.

How About A Little Trip Before the end of August?

Image: Longhorns and ranching — The National Ranching Heritage Center holds a lot of history for this area.  The museum works on donations only and is a treasure in the Panhandle Plains.

Texas travel can be amazing. You are likely to find out something new before the trip ends. Besides culture and heritage, Texas offers technology and adventure. Take a minute and explore our Texas countryside and cities.

Clothes Swap in Milford August 21st


There will be a Clothes Swap in Milford on Saturday morning, August 21st sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Milford. It’s a FREE event open to everyone who can benefit in any way from this!!! It will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the park in Milford. We will also be giving away sno-cones!

Financial stress seminar to be held at Italy’s Methodist church

First United Methodist Church of Italy is hosting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University! The average family that completes the class pays off $5300 in debt and saves $2700 during the 13-week course. That’s an $8000 turnaround! Financial stress is reduced in the home as couples learn how to communicate about money, and singles are empowered to handle their money with confidence!

ECEYA Fundraiser and Fun Show

Image: 2010 Ellis County Equine Youth Association president Chesley Hinds

The Ellis County Equine Youth Association invites all area horse kids to participate in the ECEYA Fundraiser and Fun Horse Show on Saturday, August 21, at the Flying Dollar Ranch in Italy, Texas. The show begins at 9 a.m. and includes halter, western, English, leadline and speed events.

Milford Bulldogs Reunite!

Reunion of all years of graduates! Saturday, July 31st at Milford High School at 2 – 5pm…after, all is invited to Miss Millie’s for a private party with appetizers/dinner & drinks.

July 4th Events Around Texas

Swimming with friends, fireworks, picnics and family barbecues-yes, those are some wonderful activities. Yet, there is more-much more. If you want to journey and see the sights in Texas, take a look at what the ItalyNeotribune has listed for you. These are great alternatives to setting off fireworks by yourself.

Local author has book signing

Mayme E. Onstad, local author of children’s books, has a public book signing scheduled for Saturday, June 12 at Hastings Book Store in Waxahachie from 5pm-7pm. She will be highlighting Urple Fishing, a newly published writing with the theme of forgiveness and love.

City of Italy “Clean Up Day”


On Saturday, June 5th there will be a clean up day. City of Italy residents can bring a loaded truck or trailer to the CSC Landfill in Avalon for disposal. Residents will need to have their current water bill in-hand. CSC will be open from 7:00am to 11:00am.

Save the date for the Daddy-Daughter Dance


On Saturday, June 5, the Union Missionary Baptist Church will be sponsoring a Daddy-Daughter Dance. This formal dance will be held at the Italy High School beginning at 7:00pm. Admission will be $20 per couple. Fathers and Grandfathers alike are invited to escort their young ladies to this memorable occasion.

Where do you want to go this weekend?

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum summertime is the song to be humming right now. The days are little longer, a little warmer and vacations are on everyone’s mind. Take a look around this proud state of ours and see if you want to do some traveling on this long holiday weekend.

IHS Athletic Banquet reminder

Due to the run in the playoff’s by our Lady Gladiator Softball Team and Gladiator Baseball team the annual IHS Athletic Banquet had to be postponed and rescheduled several times. As this outstanding athletic year comes to a close the banquet to honor all our Gladiators and Lady Gladiators is finally before us.

Saddle Ridge Ranch coming to town

Image: Roundin’ up questions, drivin’ home answers!

A new ranch is coming to Italy and it is exclusively for kindergarten through 6th grade age children. Central Baptist Church is hosting Saddle Ridge Ranch, this year’s Vacation Bible School. Saddle Ridge Ranch will be held June 14 – 18, 2010 from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Central Baptist Church, 113 S. Ward Street in Italy.

Milford Craft Fair-a success

Image: Car Wash — First Baptist Youth of Milford were hosting a car wash.

Titus Women of Milford held their craft fair on Saturday, May 8th and had quite a crowd. Jeannie Richardson of the Titus Women said, “We had a great crowd and the vendors were so happy they want to do it again next year so I call it a success”.

Milford Arts and Crafts Fair scheduled for May 8

Milford Titus Women will be hosting an Arts & Craft Fair in the Park on May 8, 2010 from 9:00am – 5:00. Vendors interested may contact [email protected] or Shea Norcross at 972-493-3276 – Jeannie Richardson at 972-493-2151. Hurry and get your reservation in. 10 X 10 plots for $25. ($15. for Milford residents).

Hearts, Flowers and a Little Bit of Texas


The moon is full, the birds are singing and, besides the fact it is a bit cold outside, your hearts are warm. It soon will be Valentine’s Day-a day for love and twitterpation. What do you have planned for your sweetheart? Dinner, dancing, chocolates or a movie? Texas offers a few things to choose from and Neotrib brings it to you.

Father and Daughter Valentine’s Dinner and Dance

The Milford Titus Women are sponsoring a father/daughter dinner and dance on Saturday, February 13. All girls ages pre-k and up and their fathers or grandfathers from Milford and surrounding areas are invited. The dinner/dance will be held at the Milford School Cafeteria and will be held from 6:00pm until 8:30pm.