The Sachse News (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 11, 2010 Page: 3 of 20
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Realtor files to challenge incumbent for Place 5 council seat
filed for the
Place 5 seat of
is a realtor
Banker Apex, Realtors.
She will challenge incum-
bent Patsy "Pal" McMillan who
has held the seat for two terms.
Covington attended East field
College received real estate and
brokers' licenses from the
Commercial College of Real
Estate in Dallas.
"I have served the city in
some capacity for 10 years,"
she said. "I would like to see
the projects that have been
started during that time come to
their completion, especially the
extension of the George Bush
Freeway and its relationship to
Covington is a member of
the Sachse and Rowlett cham-
bers of commerce. Women's
Council of Realtors and the
Lake Cities Association of
Realtors. She served as board
member, officer and committee
chairwoman for those organiza-
tions. She has been recognized
as Person of the Year by the
Rowlett and Sachse chambers
Covington served on the city
Committee and represented the
SEDC on a North Texas
Tollroad Association planning
"Sachse is a wonderful car-
ing community that is also part
of the Dallas Metroplex, which
gives us the best of both
worlds," she said. "As a mem-
ber of council, I would work
with all organizations to ensure
sustainable commercial devel-
opment that will positively
affect our tax base, our roads,
our drainage and basically our
way of life."
Covington is a past board
director or officer for the
Sachse Economic Development
Corporation and has participat-
ed in numerous Garland ISD
"I want the community to
know that first of all, I am a
wife, mother and grandmother
and I want Sachse to be the
number one city in Texas to live
and work," Covington said. "I
pledge to do the best of my abil-
ity to make informed decisions
about every item that comes
before the city council."
She has lived in Sachse with
her husband Bobby since 1991.
They attend and are trustees for
the First United Methodist
Church in Rowlett.
City council elections for
2010 will be May 8.
On the ballot this year will be
the mayor (incumbent Mike
Felix, unopposed). Place 5
(incumbent McMillan) and
Place 6 (incumbent Mark
Prospective voters must be
registered by April 8. Voter reg-
istration cards are available at
Hudson trains students to deal with bullies
continued from page IA
Bully Free Program.
Beane has presented his
bully-free program on numer-
ous national television shows.
His articles have appeared in
Time Magazine New sweek for
Teens, USA Today, the
Washington Post and the
Boston Sunday Globe.
"Bullying is a form of
aggressive behavior that is
intentional, hurtful, physical
and psychological and/or
threatening and persistent," he
said. "There is an imbalance of
strength. The mistreatment
must be intentional, hurtful,
threatening and must occur
more than once."
Beane said according to the
American Medical Association.
3 million youths engage in bul-
lying, and more than 3 million
are victims of moderate or seri-
ous bullying each year.
"Over the course of a year,
nearly one-fourth of students
across grades reported that they
had been harassed or bullied on
school property because ol
their race, ethnicity, gender,
religion, sexual orientation or
disability," he said. "Almost 30
percent ol youth in the t 'nited
States are estimated to be
involved in bullying as either a
bully, a target of bullying, or
both. Every seven minutes, a
child on an elementary play-
ground is bullied."
Beane said bullying increas-
es for boys and girls during late
elementary years, peaks during
the middle school years and
decreases ih high school.
"At the start of the school
year, bullies begin looking for
easy targets," he said. "It
occurs two to three times more
often at school than on the trip
to and from school. It is most
likely to occur where there is
no adult supervision, inade-
quate adult supervision, poor
supervision or a lack of struc-
Beane said bullying occurs
everywhere: in homes, nursery
schools, preschools, elemen-
tary schools, middle schools,
high schools, neighborhoods,
churches, city parks, on the trip
to and from school, on the
streets and in the workplace.
Ii occurs mainly in hidden
areas such as halls, stairwells,
the playground, areas where
students take brief breaks,
between buildings, restrooms,
locker rooms, the cafeteria, on
buses, and parking lots.
Beane said many children
keep bullying a secret because
they are taught not to tattle or
"They think telling someone
they are being hurt or someone
else is being hurt is wrong or
they have told or heard some-
one else tell adults about bully-
ing before, and nothing was
done about it."
Beane said the intensity of
bull vine has increased because
more students join in.
"More kids are participating
- and even encouraging bullies
to victimize others," he said. "It
creates a fearful school cli-
Beane said cyberbullying is
also a real problem.
Cyberbullying consists of neg-
ative text messages on cell
phones, e-mail, or voice-mail
messages and Web pages such
as My Space and Facebook.
During the program Beane
pleaded with the children not to
let others convince them to
"Remember, no one deserves
to be bullied," he said. "Always
tell a trusted adult about the
problem and have hope. If the
adult doesn't help, then tell
another adult. One way to
stand up for yourself is to ask
an adult to help you. You are
not tattling, you are reporting."
Beane advises parents to
keep a log of the mistreatment
and to take pictures of any
"When adults get involved,
bullying can be prevented and
stopped," he said. "Students
who don't want to mistreat oth-
ers outnumber those who do.
You have a lot of power. Stand
straight and tall, with your
shoulders back and head up.
walk in a relaxed and energetic
way. Don't let the bully see you
sad and cry.
"If possible never walk
alone and try to avoid the bullv
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Dr. Allan Beane, right, talks with some of the Hudson Middle School students after last
week's bullying seminar. Participating were, from left, Kevin Hoang, Jeremy Grant,
McKinsey Everett, HMS Principal Michelle Bounds, Andrea Iran and Breanna
as much as possible. If you see
the bully coming, walk in a dif-
ferent direction, but don't act
scared. Join others nearby.
Keep the bully guessing where
Bounds said the feedback
from the programs was very
"Bullying is something we
absolutely will not tolerate in
this school," Bounds said. "The
problem is that the kids are so
embarrassed or afraid and
won't tell anyone until things
"Parents need to watch what
the kids are doing on their com-
puters. One mean or vicious
remark can impact a child for
2010 census counts, city officials say
continued from page IA
Stan Lewis said the commit-
tee would encourage residents to
share information and provide
the necessary tools needed to
complete the questionnaire.
Lewis said the U.S. Census
Bureau officials have projected
possible serious undercounts
unless local governments work
to ensure an accurate count.
Lewis said the more aware
residents are about the 2010
Census the better informed they
will be about the census process.
Officials said the U.S.
Constitution mandates that an
actual count of the nation's pop-
ulation be made at least every 10
years so that representatives and
direct taxes can be apportioned
among the states.
Since 1790, there has been a
census in the U.S. and its territo-
ries. The census also provides a
snapshot of the nation at 10-year
"The data collected is used by
our elected officials to help
make vital decisions on behalf of
all residents, including reappor-
tionment and redi striding.'
Census data also affects how
more than $300 billion in federal
funds are distributed to state and
According to the U.S. Census
Bureau Web site archives, in
1790 census officials asked lor
the name of the head ol the fam-
ily and the number of persons in
each household that were: tree
white males over age 16, tree
white males under 16. free white
females, all other free persons
The questions change every
Census officials said one ol
the primary goals ol the 2010
Census is to increase the nation-
al mail-buck response rate.
which will not only reduce the
overall cost of the census, but
increase the accuracy.
Census committee member
Judith Lenseh said she applauds
the city for cooperating with the
"This partnership will help
ensure an accurate count for our
community," she said. "The
totals also affect funding in the
community, and data collected in
the census help inform officials
how our community is chang-
Officials said the majority of
the country will receive English-
only materials. Households in
areas with high concentrations
of Spanish-speaking residents
may receive a bilingual form. ,
People from many walks of
life use census data to advocate
for causes, rescue disaster vic-
tims. prevent diseases, research
markets or to locate pools of
Officials said by law, the
Census Bureau cannot share
respondents' answers with any-
one, including the IRS, FBI.
CIA or any other government
"li s important for all resi-
dents to know what an accurate
count of residents can do for the
community," Pettis said. "The
information the census collects
helps to determine how more
than $400 billion dollars of fed-
eral funding each year is spent
on infrastructure and other serv-
Sachse city officials said they
have been contacted by the
Better Business Bureau with a
scam alert involving the U.S.
Census Bureau's upcoming cen-
The alert states that some
individuals are using the census
as a means to collect personal
information, including Social
Security numbers and bank
Official U.S. Census workers
will not ask for a Social Security
number or financial informa-
tion. They will not ask for
money, harass or intimidate, or
contact anyone by e-mail.
If a household does not
receive a form they should call
the telephone questionnaire
assistance center at 1 -866-872-
6868 through July 30.
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Fisher, Donnita Nesbit. The Sachse News (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 11, 2010, newspaper, March 11, 2010; Wylie, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth353252/m1/3/: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Smith Public Library.