The Colony Courier (The Colony, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 11, 1998 Page: 1 of 12
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Proudly Serving The Colony, Texas
Just like me: Students from
The Colony High School will
be running the city on
Monday...kind of. During
the city and school's first
government day, TCHS stu-
dents will act as particular
city officials in concert with
the actual official. Daytime
activities will include a staff
opment briefing and a tour
of city facilities. At night, stu-
dents will sit with their City
Council counterpart for a
workshop and regular meet-
ing. The student Council
members participate in dis-
cussion, then vote on the is-
sue before the actual Coun-
cil members vote. Of
course, some smart-aleck
will suggest the students
should be permanent re-
Let's not get the wrong idea:
Paige Road needs repairs,
and the city crews are do-
ing a good job making them.,
But couldn't the patch right
in front of Morningside El-
ementary School have
waited until, say, Christmas
vacation? Closing a lane
right at a school crossing
makes for a rather frustrat-
ing start to a morning com-
THE HISTORY OF THE COLONT
For almost its entire existence,
The Colony has been a hotbed
of newspaper competition.
Wednesday, November 11, 1998
Ball boy among last
links to '94 champs
By DAVE SORTER
Photo by Shawn Moore
Jonathan Banks, The Colony Cougars' ball boy for the past
eight seasons, runs a wet ball back to the sideline.
When The Colony Cougars take
the field at Texas Stadium at 4 p.m.
on Saturday for their bi-district play-
off game against Irving Nimitz, just
one student member of the team will
remember exactly what it was like
four years ago - the last time TCHS
was in the playoffs.
"It was, like, unbelievable. It just
brought a gleam to my eye. I was so
excited," said 14-year-old Jonathan
Banks, who has been the Cougars'
ball boy for eight seasons now.
This year? "It will be just as ex-
citing. I know we have as good a team
as '94. We're the team to be watched
in the playoffs."
Other than his love of the Cou-
gars' football team, Jonathan has one
compelling personal reason for hop-
ing TCHS goes a long way in the
playoffs: The Colony's last game of
the season will be his last ever as ball
boy. The Griffin Middle School
eighth-grader and wide receiver/of-
fensive lineman on the school's A
football team will enter The Colony
High School next year and hopes to
continue his involvement with the
program as a player. To that end, he
is training his successors.
"Jonathan's almost like one of my
own kids," said Cougars coach
Tommy Briggs about the ball boy
who can be easily spotted by the No.
0 on the back of his black shirt. "He's
grown up on the sidelines, and he's
done a great job for us."
His duties as ball boy include run-
ning in new balls when officials sig-
nal for them or the old balls get wet,
retrieving incomplete passes and
(See BALL BOY, Page 3A)
■ What: The Colony High
School vs. Irving Nimitz in a Class
5A, Division II, Region I bi-district
football playoff game.
■ When: 4 p.m. on Saturday.
■ Where: Texas Stadium.
■ Tickets: Advance-sale tick-
ets, good for all three Saturday
games at Texas Stadium, are $6
for adults, $4 for students. They
are available at TCHS and Grif-
fin, Lakeview and Arbor Creek
Middle Schools. At the gate, tick-
ets will cost $8 for everyone.
Parking is $4 in advance, $5 on
■ Directions: Take Interstate
35E to Loop 12 south. Exit at
Texas Stadium "blue" parking.
Follow signs. Enter through gates
7 or 8.
■ Game particulars: TCHS will
be the visiting team and wear
white uniforms but will man the
home sideline. The Nimitz band
will play the national anthem and
perform second at halftime.
OK would be needed
for most expenditures
By DAVE SORTER
On to state
Steve Maddox be-
comes first TCHS
to earn berth at state
Sports, Page 1B
Previews of the Cou-
gars boys and girls
Sports, Page 2B
On this Veterans Day,
Jim Barnes reminds
us that those who
served should not be
Opinion, Pages 4A
Schools & Youth 4-5A
Colonial Times 6A
Very calmly, City Council on
Monday night moved toward estab-
lishing some policies and procedures
concerning its own budget.
In stark contrast to the heated ex-
changes traded at last week's Coun-
cil meeting, Monday's workshop ses;
sion was an exchange of ideas that
will likely lead to a formal policy
lished at next
were no dis-
cussions of gift
boats for the
turing and no expressions of amaze-
ment at the tone of the discussion -
all of which were in evidence just
seven days earlier.
Councilman David Stanwick de-
veloped a list of possible guidelines
that were almost completely wel-
comed by all Council members. The
proposed policy calls for non-travel-
related Council spending requests to
be transmitted to the city secretary,
who will prepare them for the next
regular Council agenda. No action
would be taken on any request Until
it was approved by Council.
Requests for travel reimburse-
ments, like the current procedure for
expense reports, would be reviewed
by the finance department, which
would then forward it to the city sec-
(See COUNCIL, Page 3A)
• •• .. .
(photo above) can
hardly control her
laughter as she rides
a horse at the Carson
and Barnes Circus
on Sunday at Paige
Road and South
Two performances -
featuring the danc-
ing bear at left,
among other attrac-
tions - dazzled
young and old alike.
The circus benefited
the local Knights of
Photos by Greg Ream
City reaps quarterly windfall
By DAVE SORTER
Not only did city Finance Direc-
tor Tony Johnston breathe a sigh of
relief when this month's sales-tax re-
ceipts were wire transferred into the
city's account late last week, he might
have been turning some cartwheels
in his mind.
That's because the deposit, re-
flecting September's tax collections
by local merchants, was a whopping
$332,883.54 - more than $80,000
higher than the $251,612 expected.
The figure was 41.6 percent higher
than the base amount received in
November of last year.
The November deposit included
receipts from merchants who pay
state sales tax each quarter, instead
To Johnston and City Manager
Lanny Lambert, the better-than-ex-
pected numbers negate the lower-
than-eXpected amount the city re-
ceived in September, which was the
first to reflect the one-cent 4A/4B
sales-tax increase approved by vot-
ers in January and that took effect on
July 1. The November proceeds in-
clude $83,220.88 for the Economic
Development Corporation (4A) and
one penny more for the Community
Development Corporation (4B). The
city's general fund received
"These dollars give the city a huge
boost to its sales-tax revenues, as well
(See TAX, Page 3A)
New TAAS formula
may affect rankings
By SUSAN CHINIEWICZ
At the Lewisville Independent
School District Board Of Trustees
meeting Monday night, there was a
new decorative touch to the back
wall: Behind the heads of the board
members hung a banner announcing
the district's status as a Recognized
school district in the state of Texas.
The banner had been received
about a month ago, but the final Aca-
demic Excellence Indicator System
Report was not received until this
month. Michael Killian, LISD asso-
ciate superintendent of instruction,
presented the results of the report to
Next year, however, there might
not be such a celebration.
Family of Year fete
By AMY SORTER
In 1996, The Colony's Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
helped launch the first-ever Family
of the Year award campaign. That
year, four families were nominated,
with the Rex Mims family receiving
But just because the event was
church-supported doesn't mean was
specifically church-related. It never
was - and isn't, to this day.
"It's a community thing," said
Joan Lux, co-chairman of The
Colony Family of the Year award, a
job she shares with co-chairs Donna
Stueber and Mary Wright. "We send
the nomination forms everywhere,
(See FAMILY, Page 3A)
Finalists for The Colony Family of
the Year, which will be named on
Friday night at Hidden Cove Park.
■ The Allemans: Stuart and
Cindy. Jeremy, 20; Ryan, 19; Chris,
18; Jason, 15; Zach, 12; Kacey, 8;
Megan, 5; and the late Michelle.
■ The Worthams: Mark and Holly.
Daughter and son-in-law Allison and
Sean Perry (with grandchild No. 1
expected in January). Rikki, 18;
Mallory, 13; and Brittany, 12.
■ The Kings: Michael and Susan.
Desiree, 19; Kyle 15; Joe, 14; Troy,
12; twins Caroline and Harrison, 3.
■ The Sextons: Bill and Paula.
Casey, 15; Alex, 12; and Chelsea,
Photo by Greg Ream
Heri Thompson looks over the many books that were available for sale
at the Carney Elementary School carnival last Saturday. Games, food
and other activities helped residents escape from the cold, wet weather.
Currently, certain test scores are
not calculated into the passing per-
centage and, therefore, not into the
accountability rating of Exemplary,
Recognized or Acceptable. The
scores of students who take a special-
education version of the Texas As-
sessment of Academic Skills and the
Spanish version of TAAS, for those
not fluent in English are not counted.
Next year, those scores will be cal-
culated into the final figures across
To get an idea of what the district
could expect, Killian took the 1998
tests and figured in the special-edu-
cation and the Spanish tests. The to-
tal number of passing scores, he dis-
covered, were well below the that of
the regular TAAS alone. Most
(See SCORES, Page 2A)
By DAVE SORTER
As the city's Inspections Depart-
ment slowly but surely gets back up
to full strength, City Manager Lanny
Lambert said that one of the three
positions recently vacated might not
be filled by a new city employee but
Lambert said that the health-in-
spector role, which Willy Acuna left
on October 29 to take a health-inspec-
tion job in Piano that pays approxi-
mately $ 10,000 a year more than The
Colony post, could easily be handled
on a contract basis.
"We used to do that here," Lam-
bert said, "but it fell into disfavor."
(See INSPECTIONS, Page 3A)
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