Anytime Fitness, Walton take business awards

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce’s monthly coffee at MCT Credit Union honored Anytime Fitness as business of the month for September. 

Lori Tolleson managed the Anytime Fitness in Port Arthur and as a local resident recognized the need for a modern and clean fitness facility. After more than a year of planning, the Bridge City Anytime Fitness opened on Feb. 10, 2009. Lori and Ted Tolleson have lived locally since 2006. They have been married for 13 years and have one child, Ali Tolleson, who attends Bridge City Intermediate School as a fourth-grader. “Anytime Fitness understands that people want to exercise on their own terms, whenever their busy schedules allow, close to their homes or work places and when they travel,” Lori Tolleson said. “Anytime Fitness clubs are open anytime, allowing members to work out even when the clubs are not staffed.” 

Employee of the Month was Jo Walton with Complete Staffing.

Complete Staffing opened their Bridge City officein January of 2009 and Stephanie Sonnier, Manager says she could not have done it without the support of Jo. “She never knows what her job description will be from day to day. From assembling furniture, to killing spiders, to cleaning the bathroom. Even though her title is recruitment specialist, she never knows what her job will require from day to day” states Sonnier.

Jo even attempts copy machine repair when necessary. Jo works through her lunch break most days and never complains. She is dependable, reliable, and a team player. Her constant encouragement and support is greatly appreciated. 

Bridge City’s Student of the Month is D’Lisa Howard, daughter of Clyde and Daina Howard. She is ranked No. 1 out of 152 students and has a GPA of 4.90.

Some of her awards and honors include world history, geometry honors awards and the Spanish II Award. 

D’Lisa has also received the Apparel, Rotary Club and President’s Education Awards and is published in “Celebration: Young Poets Speak Out.”

She is involved in National Honor Society, Art Club, Press Club, Spanish Club and FCCLA; and has been involved in several community service ventures.

While not definite in her decision, she plans to attend college for food and nutrition. “Establishing a bakery of my own is a dream I have and wish to fulfill” she states.

Orangefield’s Student of the Month is Timothy “Shane” Marburger, son of Leon and Ledra Marburger. He is ranked 14th of 122 students with a GPA of 3.74.

Awards and honors include placing second in his sophomore year and fourth his junior year at the district UIL News writing competition. He is on the honor roll each six weeks.

Clubs and organizations include being reporter for the National Honor Society, Editor of the high school year book, Treasurer for Student Council, Member Future Teachers of America, Library Club and on the UIL Journalism team.

He has participated in community service around the area.

His future plans include beginning his studies at Lamar University and later transferring to Texas A&M to major in computer animation.