The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 112, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 28, 1988 Page: 1 of 26
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AHS musical to be performed this week
The curtain will rise at the
Albany High School auditorium to
reveal a "Carnival" as the AHS
choir performs tonight (Thurs-
day) and Saturday night.
Performances of the musical
comedy will begin at 6:00 p.m.
each night. The stage will be the
scene for jugglers, aerialists,
clowns, gypsies and food vendors
as the choir students of Sandy
Mayes perform their second
musical, following last year's suc-
cessful presentation of "Bye, Bye
Tickets will be available at the
door at a cost of $5 for adults and
$3 for children, and are also
available from choir members.
The Saturday evening perfor-
mance will include a dinner begin-
ning at 6:30 p.m. in the AHS
Snack Bar. Tickets for the dinner
theatre performance are $15,
which includes the cost of the
optional meal and the musical.
Reservations are required in
advance for the dinner, as only
100 tickets are available.
The purchase of a dinner
theatre ticket will include reserv-
ed seating for the performance.
Dinner theatre slated Saturday
"Dinner tickets are still
available," said Sandy Mayes,
director of the production. "Peo-
ple may call and reserve tickets
for the evening and pay at the
The menu for the evening will
be: Coq Val D'sere (chicken),
French green beans, tossed salad,
French bread, French silk
chocolate torte, tea and coffee.
The French inspired meal echos
the theme of the performance,
which centers around a carnival
troupe touring the cities of
France. The musical is set approx-
imately one hundred years ago,
and the songs and scenes are
reminiscent of the former
elegance of the travelling troupe.
Proceeds from the musical will
pay for a trip to Dallas for the
Concert Choir to perform and
compete at the Sandy Lakes
Choir Festival in May.
Local businesses and indivi-
duals have further supported the
production by purchasing space
on the program.
"The musical is going well, and
generating much excitement
among the cast members. We are
ready to perform," said Mrs.
The lead character of Lilli will
be played by Christie Hudman.
Other leads include: Jacquot
-Ryan Ford; B.F. Schlegel - Tim
Edwards; The Incomparable
Rosalie - Deidre Gray; Marco the
Magnificent - Guy Craig; and Paul
Berthalet - Mitch Mitchell.
Other characters include
Princess Olga - Misty Estridge;
Gladys Zuwicki • Loree Herndon;
Gloria Zuwicki - Lana Stephens;
Greta Schlegel - Tracy Moberley;
Grobert - Jason Hollister; First
Card Girl - Laura Snyder; Dr.
Glass - James Alexander; Hor-
rible Henry - Ryan Ford; Renardo
• Monica Morrison; and Mar-
Christie Hudman (top photo) as Lilli
visits with "Paul's Friends" during a
dress rehearsal of "Carnival" Mon-
day niglit. Later, Stephanie Garrett
(lower photo, left), playing a sou-
venir seller, shows her wares to
Guy Craig (center) in the role of
Marco the Magnificent and Deidre
Gray (right) as the Incomparable
Rosalie. The members of the
Albany High School choir plan to
present the musical comedy in two
performances, the first on Thurs-
day evening and the final presen-
tation on Saturday. [Staff Photos]
guerite Alma Schkade.
The five roustabouts will be
Pete Moberley, Rodger Breeden,
Paul Martinez, Jorge Delgado and
Jugglers will be Kyle Tischler
and Selestino Martinez.
Harem girls will be Jane
Wirsdorfer and Leann Bonner.
Jorge Delgado will be the
strong man. Monica Morrison will
play the aerialist. Clowns will be
Kim Sims and Becky Morrison.
Alma Schkade will play the
dwarf. Kammy Williams, Delana
Rogers and Charlie Price will be
Jason Hollister, Jason Beard.
Aydalu Delgado, Stephanie Gar
rett, James Davis and Angel Ellis
will play the souvenir sellers.
The cotton candy seller will be
Kyley Zenkner. James Davis will
be the tall man. Jolene Williams
will be the fat lady. Balloon ladies
will be Misty Whitt, Twana
Vickers, Randi Molyneaux and
Laura Snyder will be the bird-
caller girl, and Adrian Sheppard
will be the candy man.
(See Carnival, pg. 3-A)
City water bills to change in Feb.
By Donna Barranger
City of Albany residents will
-see a change next week in th« *
water bills, when the first com
puterized bills are mailed out
The post card sized bills, which
contain green boxes outlining
various charges, will feature a
wider portion to return than the
old bills. The bills will contain
basically the same information,
with the addition of the $1 charge
levied for the purchase of
Albany's new $68,000 pumper fire
truck. The Albany City Council
voted to add the charge during
their meeting on January 13.
"The bills should be labeled
with the code 'FT' and a $1 charge
will be listed in the box marked
'other'," explained Acting City
Manager Paul Lively.
He explained that the $1 would
appear on each water biU sent
"Some people have separate
water meters for different things,
and receive separate billings," he
said. "Each bill will contain the $1
The only other changes on the
bill appear to be in the area of
detail, the new bill outlines how
many thousands of gallons have
been used, as well as the current
and past meter readings contain-
ed on the old bill. The charges for
trash collection, sewer, and night
watchman will remain unchanged.
Lively explained that the
meters would be read on the same
dates, and that the water bills
would be paid as usual at Citv
"There might be a few prob
lems for awhile until we get
everything sorted out, but in the
long run, this should be a much
easier, more economical system.
Everything will be very organiz-
ed, and we will be able to keep on
top of our past due accounts bet
ter," said Lively. "If anyone has
questions about their bills, they
should contact City Hall."
Lively explained that although
the bills will be prepared by the
accounting firm of Cotter and
Neff, water customers should con-
tact the City Hall with queries.
"We are saving about $200 per
month to have Cotter and Neff do
the billing on their computer,"
(See Water bills, pg. 3-A)
'87 property taxes due by Feb. 1
By Donnie A. Lucas
Shackelford County taxpayers
have only three more days to pay
their 1987 property taxes without
having penalty and interest add-
ed to their bill.
According to Betty Viertel,
chief appraiser for the
Shackelford County Appraisal
District, the deadline for paying
1987 taxes on time is 4:30 p.m. on
Monday, February 1.
The normal January 31
deadline for paying property
taxes was extended to Monday
since because the regular
deadline fell on a weekend.
"Anytime a deadline falls on a
weekend or holiday the deadline
is extended to the next business
day," explained Viertel.
Viertel reminded local tax-
payers that seven percent penal-
ty and interest will be added to all
tax statements not paid by the
February 1 deadline.
The tax office will be open until
4:30 p.m. on Monday as usual.
Tax payments send by mail
must be postmarked by February
1 in order to avoid the extra fee.
Viertel asked that all payments
brought to the office or sent
through the mail be accompanied
by the taxpayer's 1987 com-
puterized tax statement.
"To ensure proper credit and
speed up the payment process we
need to have the tax statement
with the payment, especially if
more than one piece of property is
being paid for with one check."
Receipts will be given to any-
one paying in person at the cen-
tral tax office, but persons paying
by mail can have a receipt mailed
to them if they included a self-
addressed stamped envelope
along with their payment.
Taxpayers paying by mail who
do not send in an envelope will
have their receipt kept on file at
the tax office so that they can pick
it up in person.
The Shackelford County Ap
praisal District serves seven tax-
ing jurisdictions within the coun-
ty including the city of Albany,
Albany I.S.D., Shackelford Coun-
ty, Moran I.S.D., City of Moran,
Shackelford County Hospital
District and the West Central
Texas Municipal Water District.
Taxes on all property in the
county are sent out on a "combin-
ed statement," meaning that only
one bill is send for each property
regardless of the number of
jurisdications it falls under.
The combined statement plan
has worked well in Shackelford
County since one check can be
written for all taxes owed on a
As of Monday, January 25, the
Appraisal District office had col-
lected 68 percent of the current
1987 tax levy, which amounts to
$1,363,790 for all jurisdictions. A
total of $2,042,299.02 was levied
In addition, $150,468 in delin-
quent taxes have also been col-
lected this year, along with
$34,254 in penalty and interest for
a total of $1,548,512 being col-
lected for the tax year.
"We are approximately where
we usually are at this time," said
Viertel, "which is about what we
Viertel added that a large num-
ber of taxpayers wait until the
deadline to pay their taxes, and
she suggests that taxes be paid
prior to February 1 in order t'
avoid any waiting for a receipt.
Persons not paying their taxes
by the February 1 deadline will
be assessed a seven percent
penalty and interest if paid dur
ing February. The penalty and in-
terest increases each month as
follows: March — nine percent;
April - 11 percent; May - 13
percent; June — 15 percent; and
July — 18 percent.
Accounts not paid by July 1 will
also have a 15 percent collection
fee added in addition to the 18
percent penalty and interest, for
a total of 33 percent.
Delinquent accounts are turned
over to the district tax attorney's
for collection after July 1.
Local boards to be chosen in May
Election dates to change
By Donnie A. Lucas
Local voters will find that
tradition has been changed con-
cerning when elections are held
this year as they head for the
The Democratic and
Republican Primary Elections
have been moved from the tradi-
tional first Saturday in May to the
second Tuesday in March, which
falls on March 8 this year.
In turn, local elections for the
Albany City Council, Albany
I.S.D. Board of Trustees and the
Shackelford County Hospital
District board have also been
changed from the first Saturday
in April to the first Saturday in
The switch was made so that
Texas can become part of the
"Super Tuesday" primary elec-
tions, along with several other
Because of the changes, all the
usual election days, filing dates
and absentee voting periods have
also been moved.
The three local elections, in-
cluding the school, city and
hospital, will be held Saturday,
The filing period for the school
board and city council will start
on February 22 and continue
through March 23. As part of a
uniform election law recently
passed, all cities and school
districts in the state will follow
the same schedule.
The hospital district, which is
considered a special district, falls
under slightly different rules
depending on each individual
district's own by-laws.
According to the Secretary of
State's office, the Shackelford
County Hospital District has no
set opening for filing for office,
meaning that anyone can file as
soon as he would like for the
May 7 election.
The deadline for the hospital
district is also different from the
school and city elections. The
hospital's by-laws state that filing
will end on the 31st day prior to
Therefore, the filing deadline
(See Elections, pg. 3-A)
Patsy Rose (right) receives a plaque from Linda Kayga (left) officially
naming her as Albany's First Lady of 1988. Mrs. Rose was honored by a
large number of friends and well-wishers last Sunday afternoon-during a
reception sponsored by the four local chapters of Beta Sigma Phi. Mrs.
Kayga served as chairman of the First Lady committee. [Staff Photo]
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