The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 115, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 30, 1991 Page: 1 of 46
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"Oldest Journalistic Venture West of the Brazos"
THURSDAY, MAY 30,1991, ALBANY, TEXAS 76430
12 PAGES IN 1 SECTION
PLUS GRADUATION SECTION
VOLUME NUMBER 115 NUMBER 51 PRICE 500 PER COPY
35 seniors to receive diplomas tonight
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One of life's magic moments...
receive their diplomas
during Thursday night's commencement ceremony and will learn the
recipients of 28 local scholarships. (Staff Photo)
By Melinda L. Lucas
Thirty-five Albany High School
seniors are preparing to walk acroti
the stage at the AHS auditorium
on Thursday night, May 30 to re-
ceive their graduation diplomas.
Commencement exercises are
set for 8:00 p.m. at the auditorium,
with a reception planned after-
wards at the Old Jail Art Center.
More than $25,000 in scholar-
ship monies will be awarded dur-
ing the evening to graduating se-
niors or other recipients.
The ceremony will begin with a
special slide show set to music se-
lected by the Class of 1991. The
slide show will feature baby pic-
tures of the seniors, as well as
photographs of their activities
through the years.
High School Principal David
Penn will introduce the class
valedictorian and salutatorian,
Kim Bartee and Kenny Thompson,
who will then give their addresses.
Following the speeches, the 38
local scholarships will be presented
Graduates will be given their
diplomas by Superintendent Son-
County's annual audit approved
By Melinda L. Lucas
The Shackelford County Com-
missioners Court approved the
county's I960 annual re-
viewed a required alconol and drug
abuse policy, and looked over a
profit and loss statement during a
meeting held Thursday, May 23 at
Local CPA James H. Cotter of
Cotter, Neff and Company pre-
sented the "Independent Auditor's
Report" for the year ended De-
Cotter explained the document
page by page, pointing out several
specific items and noting that the
cpuntv spent "about $40,000" less
in 1990 than in the previous year.
"You had a deficit budget last
year,, but there was some unex-
pected flood money and most de-
partments spent under their bud-
gets, so it wasn't as bad as pro-
jected" he stated.
The county took in $613,394 in
ad valorem taxes during 1990, as
compared with $501,984 the pre-
vious year, accounting for a large
portion of the gain.
Also, Shackelford County re-
ceived $61,189 for flood damages
— an unexpected boost to the
;et, Cotter commented,
any departments held fairly
stetity, while others saw significant
variances from 1989. Interest in-
come, for example, was down con-
«4erablffrMfrl06,446 in 1989 to
$14,300 last year.
The county collected a total of
s and I can find what I need."
r in the meeting, County
Marif Smith questioned
$1,103,716 in revenues last year,
while spending $1,171,920 foi
deficit of $68,204.
In 1989, the county took in
$980,448 and spent well over $1
million—$1,212,683—for a deficit
Cotter stated that he had looked
at the 1991 budget to date and he
commended the commissioners for
"staying close to the projected fig-
"while reviewing the sheriffs
department figures, Cotter noted
that he hopes to reconcile the
sheriff shighway fluid during 1991,
as it should "carry a zero balance.
Concerning the sheriffs general
fund, Cotter pointed out that in-
terest income had been spent for
office supplies and equipment.
The audit was approved on a
motion by Fred Coulter, seconded
by James Balliew.
Cotter expressed appreciation to
county employees for their coop-
eration during the audit. "Everyone
has been great," he said, adding
that "Joy (Orun) keeps a good set of
Fandangle tickets selling fast
Ticket sales for the 53rd an-
Hon of the Fort Grif-
;le have been brisk,
toMaiy Marshall, Fan-
ingle ticket office employee.
Tne Fandangle, a historical
outdoor production that tells the
story ofthe settling ofthis part of
Texas through song, narration
and dance, is scheduled to run
However, there are I
of tickets for food seats on es
night of the
an additional telephone line to
mess ticket orders. The
ce, is scheduled to run
rough Saturday, June
.. une 27-29.
.. don't have any basis of
comparison since this is our first
year to work in the ticket office,
but from others have said, itlooks
like sales are going very well,"
All of the box seats have been
told for parade night, June 27,
and the final Saturday perfor-
mance, and are limited for the
other four performances,
There are also very few $8 tick-
left on several nights, accord-
'arade night and the first Fri-
day show are filling up quickly,
* continued, as are both Satur-
new temporary number is 762-
3838, while the permanent num-
ber is 762-3642.
"You might want to make a
note of tHe new number," mid
Melissa Williams, "because it is a
|; fas likely to be busy when you
Marshall indicated that tele-
phone orders from out-of-town
show-goers had been continual
during the first part of the week,
and local residents had been com-
ing into the office "in a steady
"We've been really busy this
week," she stated. 'There have
been lots more phone calls and
lots more people in the office than
I've seen unco I've been working."
She added that groups from
Brownwood and Burleson had or-
dered from 40 to 50 tickets each
during the past week. Other
oups reserving seats since
. sales opened to the public
May; 20 are from Fredricksburg,
San Antonio, Lewisville, Abilene,
Big Spring isnd Oklahoma.
' mnisersofa reunion of the
[War IIP47 Thunderbolts
rnsed a block of 200 tickets
Br in the month.
ickets can be ordered by call-
ing either telephone number or
by stopping at the office in the
George Hervick building on the
north side of the courthouse
"We just encourage people to
get their orders in as quickly as
possible in order to get the Best
seats," said Williams.
Ticket prices remain the same
as list year, ranging from $3 to
$10. Group discounts are also
available for certain nights.
The office is open Monday
through Friday from 9:00 a.m.
until 5:00 p.m. Purchases can be
made with cash, check, money
order, MasterCard, Visa or Dis-
cover credit cards.
nie Kincaid and AISD board
member Terry Moberley.
The school Alma Mater led by
the seniors will precede the reces-
sional. Sandy Mayes will be the
pianist for both the processional
The public is invited to attend
today's dreams be tomorrow's re-
alities, and may all you've learned
give you confidence to be all you
want to be."
Class colors are crimson, white
and gray, and the class flowers are
red and white roses.
The class song, which will be
— INSIDE —
featuring Albany &
the reception at the Old Jail fol-
lowing tne graduation ceremony.
Head usner and usherette will
be April Sanders and Johnnie
, Hudman. Others are Laurie Penn,
KristinaStriegnitz, Buster Shelton
and Mart Rile;
The 1991 class motto is "May
included in the slide show pi
tation, is "The Way We Were,
group of senior choir members also
presented the class song during
the baccalaureate service last
Class sponsors are Judy Comp-
ton, Winifred Waller, Paul
JohnBlon and Jacque Molyneaux.
Along with valedictorian Kim
Bartee and salutatorian Kenny
Thompson, other honor students
are Ryan Ford, Jennifer Norman,
Prairie Parker, Michelle Heirman,
Chasady Ruff, Angie Box and
Other class members include
Jason Beard, Jennifer Bowman,
Robert Boyd, Rodger Breeden, Ivan
Brizuela, Denise Cauble, James
Davis, Russell Davis, Aydalu Del-
do, Angel Ellis, Chris Hargett,
ci Henderson and David Henry.
Also Jason Hollister, Holli
Hughes, Mike Hendrix, James
Lakey, Selestino Martinez, Kim-
berly Miles, Pete Moberley, Randi
Molvneaux, Joy Russell, Shane
Steddum, Kyle Tischler, David
Vickers and Tiffany Whitworth.
Almost 30 scholarships provided
by local organizations, clubs and
foundations totaling $25,412.50
will be awarded to graduating se-
niors and others who applied.
The total does not include a
(See Scholarships, pg. 12)
terest money from the sheriffs
highway ana general accounts,
stating that an Attorney General's
opinion issued in January main-
tained that the interest money
should go into the county's general
Riley reminded the court that
he had a judge's order to keep the
interest money collected in the
sheriffs general ftind, but stated
that he would investigate the
highway fluid situation.
There was no action taken con-
cerning the interest income, but
Judge smith ended the discussion
by stating that "by law, that money
belongs to the county.
County Clerk's Balance
Cotter also presented a letter
certifying the cash balance in the
County and District Clerk's office
as of December 31,1990.
Funds being held by the office
total $99,721, while "amounts due"
in various accounts total $96,441.
Cotter calculated that the clerk's
office had $3,280 in surplus fluids
at the end of the year, most of
which is interest income.
(See County, pg. 12)
Shackelford County Veterans Officer James Garrett (left), flanked by members of the newly organized Mauldin
Memorial VFW Post, speaks to a sizable crowd during a Memorial Day service at the American l egion monu-
ment in the Albany Cemetery Monday afternoon. The annual ceremony was jointly sponsored by the American
Legion and the VFW post. (Staff Photo)
All seniors expected to attend drug-free party
Task Force to host Project Graduation
By Donnie A. Lucas
Over 100 local students, includ-
ing all 35 seniors, are expected to
participate in the fourth annual
Project Graduation on Thursday,
The all-night party is sponsored
by the local school district and the
Albany Task Force on Drug and
Alcohol Abuse, with support by
numerous local businesses and
The party, which will start at
10:00 p.m. immediately following
the traditional graduation recep-
tion, is designed to provide seniors,
other high sc"
students with a night of fun, food
1 — —
• their guests and
and prizes in a drug and alcohol-
"We have had tremendous re-
sponse to this year's Project
Graduation," said Ann Jones,
chairman of the task force com-
mittee that sponsors the event.
"This is our best year ever as far as
donations are concerned. We re-
ally appreciate everyone's help and
commitment to the project."
Jones stated that over 50 work-
ers have volunteered to help with
the party and the associated ac-
tivities. "It will certainly be a well-
chaperoned party. We had more
volunteers than we had places to
All local graduates and their
guests were invited to attend free
of charge, and underclassmen were
allowed to purchase a ticket for $5
in order to participate. The deadline
for making reservations for the
party has passed.
Each student attending the
party was required to sign a con-
tract, along with his parents,
promising tnat the student will
remain drug and alcohol-free dur-
ing the night's activities.
All adult volunteers were also
required to sign a contract.
The entire evening is conducted
as a "lock-in", with parents of stu-
dents who leave the party notified
regardless of the time or circum-
"The 'lock-in' will be strictly en-
forced this year," said Jones. "Once
a student leaves the building, he
will not be allowed back in and we.
will call his parents."
Jones issued a special "thank
you" to all the donors and volun-
teers who have made planning this
year's event a success. "It is really
incredible how many people are
She added that most of the
chaperones are school board
members, teachers, administra-
tors, senior parents and a few other
Seniors To Receive
Prizes, Grab Bags
Each senior attending the party
will be given several gifts during
the evening, and will also have the
opportunity to bid on other prizes.
The seniors are being given a
"grad bag" by the (-ask force, as
well as a very special gift that will
be drawn for by each graduate at-
"We have a typewriter, a micro-
wave oven, luggage, answering
machines, 10-speea bicycles, cord-
less telephones, watches and other
special prizes for the seniors," said
fund-raising committee chairman
Linda Davis. "Each senior will get
ito draw for one of the special prizes,
(See Project Graduation, pg 12)
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Lucas, Donnie A. The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 115, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 30, 1991, newspaper, May 30, 1991; Albany, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth414533/m1/1/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Old Jail Art Center.