The Colony Courier (The Colony, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 8, Ed. 1 Wednesday, December 30, 1998 Page: 1 of 10
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Vol. 2, Num. 8
Wednesday, December 30, 1998
By SUSAN QHINIEWICZ
Living through the turn of the cen-
tury is a once in a lifetime event - if
you're lucky and happen to be born
at just the right time. In the case of
one The Colony resident, it could
well be a twice in a lifetime event.
Anna H. Montague will be cel-
ebrating her 100th birthday on Janu-
ary 1,1 999, and according to her fam-
ily shows no signs of slowing down.
Born in 1899 in Kansas City Mis-
souri, she grew up in Kansas City,
Kansas where she met and married
Leo Montague in 1920. She worked
for The United Way for many years,
back in the days when most women
(See MONTAGUE, Page 4A)
The City's and your
Editor's note: This is Part Three
in a series examining the different
boards in the city.
By JIM BARNES
This is the third article on Boards
and Commissions that effect citizens
of The Colony. It explains what a citi-
zen is required to do, with whom, and
where/when he/she wishes to make
changes those effect city ordinances
or his/her neighbors.
You want to build a fence or add
a garage or a new room. You can't
just do it.
You will need to get an Applica-
tion for Variance from the City In-
spections Department, which is pres-
ently located, where you pay your
utility bill. It is the first door to your
right as you enter.
The purpose of this application is
to provide the Board of Adjustments
and Appeals to identify the geo-
(See APPEALS, Page 4A)
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News & Sports stories of 1998
Lawsuits, 4A/B boards led the way
By DAVE SORTER
When you look at the state of The Colony today com-
pared with what it was a year ago, it's not inappropriate to
say that this city has made great strides in 1998.
As 1997 waned, The Colony was embroiled in seven law-
suits - five of which severely threatened the city's pocket-
book. Land in the south and east parts of the town remained
untouched. Though development along Highway 121 looked
promising, the intersection of 121 and Paige Road was bare,
and except for one gas station, the west side of the 121-Main
Street intersection was empty.
But as we approach the last year that will begin with "19"
- the debate over when the millennium begins will have to
wait - all those five major lawsuits have been disposed of
and literally every corner of the city is under construction.
The city's budget is positioned so as to accommodate growth.
Of course, there are always some storm clouds and con-
troversy. Who would expect anything different from The
With that in mind, here are the top 10 stories of 1998.
1. Liquor lawsuits settled. The courts unanimously de-
termined that since The Colony is a wet city, liquor stores
have a perfect right to open shop on Highway 121, according
to the word of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. Centen-
nial, Goody-Goody and Artie liquor stores all sued the city
in 1997 because the City Council denied then specific use
permits to open such stores.
The city lost Round 1 in February, when Denton County
District Judge Lee Gabriel, after a one-day trial in January,
ruled that Goody-Goody was indeed entitled to an SUP be-
cause the city had no right to deny it under the TABC code.
The ruling stated that the city's 1984 ordinance giving it such
a right was pre-empted by the 1986 rewriting of the code.
City Council voted quickly to appeal, which prompted Goody-
Goody president Joe Jansen to threaten a renewed lawsuit -
this one seeking damages.
Round 2 also went to the liquor industry in June, when
Federal Judge Paul Brown, in the Centennial lawsuit against
the city, Councilmen Bill Longo and Dave Kovatch and by-
then-former Councilman Wilma Avey, issued a devastating
summary judgment that left little doubt that the city would
take an enormous financial hit should the case go to trial.
After that ruling, former Mayor Bill Manning - whose
1997 defeat to Mary Blair Watts resulted largely from the
liquor issue - helped broker a deal in which all three com-
plainants would drop their suits if the city would issue SUPs
and forego all rights of appeal, including the appeal already
filed in the Goody-Goody case. On July 6, exactly 18 months
after the first SUP denial began the whole affair, Council voted
for the settlement. Only Bernetta Henville-Shannon voted
against the accord. Even the vote wasn't without controversy:
Watts said she voted for the deal, but the minutes show her
not voting; she did not speak during the voice vote, but Watts
said that implied assent.
Within eight weeks, the Artie liquor store on 121 and Main
was open. By Thanksgiving, the Centennial store was under
construction at 121 and Paige, behind the company's conve-
nience/beer-wine store. But the anti-liquor store forces con-
tinued their fight. Watts, Kovatch, First Baptist Church Pas-
tor Bruce Scofield and others filed a protest against Artie's
application for a state beverage-sales permit, saying they
were acting as private citizens instead of in their public ca-
pacities. The permit was reluctantly granted by county Pro-
(See 1998, Page 3A)
Minor baseball lost but football won
By DAVE SORTER
The year in sports had been eventful even before football
season began. But the dominant story of the year was The
Colony High School football team's run to the District 5-5A
The senior-laden Cougars had been expected to contend
for a playoff spot. With a host of players returning from last
year's fast-finishing 5-5 squad, the senior class had been gird-
ing for this year. And a tight-knit senior class it was.
It was a couple of newcomers, however, that paced TCHS
to a opening-night victory over Irving Nimitz. The brother
combination of Michael and Bryan Broussard, who trans-
ferred from Carrollton Newman Smith, combined for three
touchdowns - including a school-record 99-yard jaunt by
A rain-soaked, 7-0, loss to Keller followed, and the pre-
district season ended with a romp over Allen in the home
opener - the site of which was in doubt until noon on the day
of the game, when installation of Cougar Stadium's brand-
new artificial turf was finally completed.
The district schedule opened with an easy win over
Carrollton R.L. Turner in a game that ended early because
the Cougar Stadium lights were turned off inadvertently with
just more than four minutes left. The following week, TCHS
took a big lead over McKinney but had to weather a fourth-
quarter comeback before winning a game that was delayed
for 24 hours because of a driving rainstorm and tornado warn-
ings on Friday night.
Lewisville came to Cougar Stadium the following week
with all the advantages. While TCHS played a tough game
the previous Saturday, the Farmers had played only one easy
half on Friday. Lewisville was ranked No. 1 in the Metroplex
and No. 4 in the state. And, the visitors from the west had
revenge on their minds, since The Colony had upset them a
But the Cougars' defense was amazing on this night, to-
tally stifling the Farmers' vaunted wishbone attack. The of-
fense scored just enough to win a 13-10 victory that put The
Colony in solid playoff contention.
TCHS didn't do anything to jeopardize that the next week,
destroying Newman Smith in Carrollton. Then came the
toughest part of the schedule - home dates against powerful
South Grand Prairie and Flower Mound Marcus.
As has been their trend, the Cougars led quickly against
SGP, only to see the passing of Todd Knoll and the running
of Gideon Leonard rally the Warriors. SGP took a 28-21 lead,
then the Cougars came back to lead 35-28. SGP scored the
last touchdown, but the extra point failed, as TCHS clinched
a playoff berth, 35-34.\
The next week was a war, with The Colony again leading
early, but Marcus coming back to tie the score in the final
minute after a disputed pass interference call on a fourth-
down play. But the Cougars held Marcus on the Marauders'
first overtime series, then TCHS kicker Dusty Brezovsky
sealed the 31-28 win with a field goal that clinched The
Colony's first district championship since 1994.
In retrospect, TCHS may have peaked too soon. Grand
Prairie dominated the Cougars in the regular-season finale.
And awaiting The Colony in the bi-district playoffs was Irv-
ing Nimitz, the same team TCHS handled easily to start the
Nimitz was a changed team. The two teams answered each
other tit for tat at Texas Stadium, with regulation ending in a
28-28 tie. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first two
overtime series, but the Cougars held Nimitz to a field goal
in the third overtime. A touchdown would have sent TCHS
to an area-round game against Copperas Cove.
But Nimitz stopped them. A Brezovsky field goal attempt
missed, but Nimitz had been offside. With a first down and
new life, however, the Cougars actually lost yardage on the
ensuing few plays. Eventually, Brezovsky had to attempt a
42-yard field goal, out of his range. And the TCHS season
ended in the 45-42 loss and an 8-3 record, 6-1 in district.
But Coach Tommy Briggs was named district coach of
the year, and Michael Broussard was selected offensive player
of the year, and David Walthall was named defensive player
of the year. Five players were named to the all-district first
team on offense and defense.
Other significant sports stories of 1998 were:
■ Councilman Dave Kovatch and 4B board member Rick
Manser intensified efforts to bring a minor-league baseball
(See BASEBALL, Page 10A)
Christmas trees needed
With the holiday season coming
to an end City Manager Lanny Lam-
bert warns citizens not to place their
discarded trees in the alleyways or put
them out for garbage collection. They
will not be picked up.
The Public Works Department
will receive Christmas trees for
mulching from today until January
15. The mulch will be available for
free beginning January 18. Residents
can drop their trees off 24 hours a day
at the Public Works Department on
North Colony Boulevard, at Fire Sta-
tion No. 2.
Portions of the city in which gar-
bage is normally collected on Fridays
will have its trash picked up on Sat-
urday, January 2, since the trucks will
not operate on New Year's Day.
Recycling collection will not oc-
cur on New Year's; there are no
Schools & Youth
THE HISTORY OF THE COLONT
Where will we be in 2024
and in what direction will
The Colony be going?
Photo by Greg Ream
While many The Colony residents are celebrating on New
Year's Eve, many police officers, like Sgt. Longo, will be wait-
ing for them. "We're not doing anything special," says Chris
Chandler of The Colony Police Department. "We will have
extra officers on duty that night, though." The department
will have the option of utilizing LW's Towing for anyone they
may come across that my not need to go to jail, but should
not be behind a wheel. However, that option is only avail-
able before someone drives. "If someone is pulled over for
drunk driving," says Chandler, "then they will be arrested."
Saturday Night Out!
moves to New Year's Eve
By SUSAN CHINIEWICZ
Celebrating New Year's Eve in
style is easy if you fall between the
ages of 9 and 14.
The Saturday Night Out! program
is having it's fourth annual New
Year's Eve Party this Thursday night
from 7:00 pm to 12:30 am, an hour
later than their usual closing time, at
The Colony Recreation Center. There
will be free party hats, a DJ, light
show, fog and bubble machines and
A game called "Off With Your
Head" is planned. In this contest, par-
ticipants are dressed up in medieval
style over sized costumes. A window
is in the chest to provide visibility and
a head is attached by Velcro to the
top. The object of the game is to take
off your opponent's "head" with the
provided plastic swords. Prizes will
be given to the winners.
At the end of the night, noise mak-
ers will be handed out to ring in the
new year with volume.
"We usually hold off on the noise
makers until just before midnight,
then at midnight it's amazing to hear
300 horns at once," says Saturday
Night Out! program coordinator, Kris
Sharp. "Gives you goose bumps."
Yes, he said 300. That's how
many kids are expected to attend this
year, because that's about how many
attended last year. And the year be-
fore. Since it's inception four years
ago, the Saturday Night Out! New
Year's Eve Party has been a great
"Four years ago, parents started
asking us if we did anything for New
Year's Eve," said Sharp. "We tried it
and it was a big hit. The kids had a
blast and the parents liked it too."
The entire Saturday Night Out!
program was the idea of Sharp's wife,
Carol, in 1991. Pam Nelson of the
Parks and Recreation Department
believed in it and the town supported
it. This was the first time something
had been designed specifically for
kids in the in-between age group - too
young to date or go out by them-
selves, but they feel too old to stay
home with mom and dad every week-
end or, worse yet, with a babysitter
while mom and dad go out. The kids
(See PARTY, Page 4A)
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