The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce announced its February Employee of the Month as Shane Love of the BCISD Transportation Department. Shane was nominated by co-worker Belinda Broom. Broom said when she hears the words “dedicated, hard worker, leader and inspiring,” she thinks of Shane Love.

“He is a friend to all and is loved by everybody,” she said. “He always has a smile on his face, and his personality and attitude makes him somebody that everyone enjoys being around.”Business of the Month is Sonic Drive, owned and operated by Mike Nortman, who lives in Groves with his wife Aurora and three daughters. Mike became managing partner of the original Sonic in 1995. He has two current business partners, Kent Bacon of Tyler and Catharine McCarty of Lumberton. For the past 14 years, Mike has watched this Sonic grow along with Bridge City itself.When Hurricane Rita struck in 2005, it caused significant damage to the Bridge City location, but through vigorous cleanup efforts by Nortman and fellow staff members, the business was able to open less than two weeks later. Soon after, business was up and running and Nortman’s Sonic posted record sales. Michael credits this significant increase in sales to the citizens of Bridge City’s strong will to rebuild and remain citizens of the golden link of the Triangle as well as their appreciation of local business.In 2006, Nortman had the choice of renovating or rebuilding his Sonic. After long deliberations, he decided on the latter and soon Sonic was in its new location at 1265 Texas Ave. The official grand opening took place Feb. 7, 2008.Not even eight months later, Hurricane Ike struck Bridge City.Due to luck and significant planning during construction of the building, the new location was able to survive Ike with minimal damage. The business received only six inches of water and no equipment or the building structure received any damage. As soon as electricity was restored, Sonic was able to once again open its doors for business.Nortman credits his business’ current success to a dedicated work staff , a strong and determined clientele, and an overall attitude that Bridge City, not only as a community of businesses but also a community of brave and determined citizens, can and will overcome the damage of Hurricane Ike as well as the bleak economic situation our nation faces today.Students of the Month from Orangefield was Kristina Schisler, daughter of William and Dyann Schisler. Kristina has a GPA of 3.51 and is active in many extra curricular activities. She is in Future Farmer’s of America where she has served as secretary, president and district historian, and is also a student advisor. She is a NHS member and has been a member of the drama club all four years in high school.

Kristina is a member of Bobcats Against Drinking and Drugs and Future Teachers of America. She has received many awards and honors, including the Big O Award all four years in high school.Miss Schisler plans to attend Lamar University in Orange for an Associate Degree and to finish out her school at Lamar Beaumont with a teaching degree.Bridge City’s Student of the Month for February is Icy Koo. Her mother is Janet Chan of Hong Kong and her host mother is Yvette Ivey of Bridge City. Icy’s GPA is 3.14 and she has received many awards and honors since coming to BCHS a year ago as an exchange student. She won the U.S. History Award in 2008, Art II – Most Outstanding Female Artist – 2008.In addition Icy placed first and second in an art exhibition at BCHS and won the God Medal at the Houston Livestock Show. She is active in several clubs and organizations as well. Icy wants to study art and become a designer in the future.