Dunn house condemned

Not slated for demolition... yet

Due to code enforcement violations, the house where Hailey Dunn lived has been condemned. No utilities are on, but people were living in the home recently. See this week's Record for the full story.

Fire school!

Several local firefighters attended

Members of the CCVFD traveled to College Station to hone their skills as firemen.

Back to School they go!

School starts Aug. 24 in Mitchell County

Staff at all three 3 school districts are making preparations for the start of the 2015-16 school year. Pick up a copy of this week's Record for a complete school supply list!

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  • Several members of the Colorado City Volunteer Fire Department attended fire school on the campus of Texas A&M University last week. Joe Beltran, Dustin Cox, Shawn Rees, Misty Rich and Rick Goodney all went down to College Station for a week of intensive fire training.Beltran, a relatively new member of the department, was enrolled in Firefighter I class. He has been a member of the CCVFD for ...
  • The faculty at Colorado High School is getting ready for another year, and there are some important dates that students and parents should note. For all returning CISD students, registration will be held Friday, August 14th. Seniors will register from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and juniors will register from 10:30 to noon. Sophomores will register from 1 to 2:30, and freshman will register from 2:30 to 4 p....
  • Colorado Volleyball two-a-days are coming up in a hurry, and potential players and parents should be aware of a few things to start the season off right.Two-a-days begin on Monday, August 3rd, and players should report to The Pit at Colorado Middle School at 7 a.m. Coach Kaleigh Wright advises everyone to come early. Also, all athletes who have not turned in their physical forms for the upcoming s...
  • An internal investigation has been completed, and Colorado City Police Chief Luis Aguilar has been reinstated as the head of the law enforcement department of the City of Colorado City. Though rumors were circulating, CCPD Officer James Barrows was never placed on administrative leave and continues to serve on the force as before. Sgt. Traven Berrie, who served as interim chief, has returned to hi...
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Rupard featured at FNB

artguildrupardMembers of West Texas Art Guild are featuring each artist’s work by display in the lobby of First National Bank. This month, paintings by Linda Rupard of Big Spring are being featured and are available for purchase.
Rupard has always had an interest in art, but when her oldest son started college in the 1970s, she decided to do something about that interest. She started by taking a college art class. Her interest quickly grew to become a love of art as she took class after class and attended workshops.
What started as a hobby, quickly became much more. She opened her first gallery in the mid-90s, and she’s owned several galleries since.
“My philosophy is like what you do and do what you like. And I delight in expressing myself with my brushes,” she said. “I paint to share with others, to bring a bit of joy, to brighten a day with a touch of color.”
Rupard went on to say that finding something white gives her a feeling of exhilaration, like a child using a crayon on a forbidden wall. She says it doesn’t matter what the item is, whether it’s a blank canvas, pair of shoes, baseball cap, piece of furniture, t-shirt or even just a sheet of paper, she feels privileged to transform the plain vanilla with her “vivid imagination.”
“Colors and shapes are the words of my soul,” Rupard said.
The artist lives in Big Spring with her husband, Tex, and their three dogs. She enjoys traveling across the country in their RV, drawing inspiration from a natural environment.
“Nature is one of my biggest treasures of colored beauty,” Rupard said. “As we visit national parks, historical landmarks, gardens, art galleries and go antiquing, I’m always discovering unique color combinations and new artistic expressions.”
She said her favorite painting is usually the one she’s currently creating.
Rupard is one of the founding members of the West Texas Art Guild. She had several works of art in Leada Wood’s gallery, Studio 20, when the idea for the area guild was borne.
Several of Rupard’s paintings are on display in the lobby of the bank and will remain there through the month of March. More of her artwork can be found at websites: www.lindarupard.blogspot.com, www.caboosewatercolorsociety.blogspot.com, www.linda-rupard.artistwebsite.com, and www.texasartistcapturecolor.com.

Roark is RFL Champion

lionsclubroarkCancer survivor and Relay for Life organizer Rhonda Roark visited the Colorado City Lions Club last week. She presented a program to local Lions telling how cancer has affected her personally and about the plans for Mitchell and Scurry County Relay for Life.
Roark started by telling her own story and she got to know the disease that is cancer. She grew up in Snyder, attending school and graduating from Snyder High School.
In 1985, one of her grandfathers was diagnosed with lung cancer. He didn’t live long after his diagnosis.
A spot on Roark’s mother’s shoulder had been bothering her, and after a biopsy in 1985, she found out that it was also cancer. Though scans didn’t reveal any further cancer, the disease had spread. In late 1986, a jumping up after stepping on a cat’s tail resulted in the breaking of her mother’s femur. Further testing revealed that cancer had spread to her bones and brain. Roark’s mother managed to live until May the next year. Rhonda was 27 when her mother passed away.
In 1996, Roark was the mother of a 15-year-old, a 12-year-old and a five-year-old. One time, her middle son Dylan commented that his neck was sore after jumping on the trampoline, and the school nurse later found that he was completely deaf in one ear. Looking back, these things were symptoms of cancer.
Roark said that her son, Dylan, rarely complained, but when the side of his face swelled, she took him to a hospital and the doctors discovered that he had cancer in his sinus cavity. The form of cancer was rare, and doctors were grim, giving Dylan only a very small chance of survival.
Before his first chemotherapy treatment in June of 1996, doctors explained to Dylan and the family that the prognosis was not good. According to Roark, Dylan said he didn’t care because he had lots of people from everywhere praying for him.
The treatments worked and Dylan lived for a few years cancer-free. By 1998, he had gained 70 pounds and was weighing about 140. At 15 years of age, the cancer came back with a vengeance. Physicians found that a tumor had grown down his neck and was surrounding his carotid artery.
Roark said that it took over a month to put together a surgical team willing to do the surgery that would be required to save Dylan’s life. The surgery began at 5 a.m. on a Thursday morning and lasted until 7 a.m. on Friday morning.
Dylan is now 31. He had some hard years and still suffers from headaches, but he is alive thanks to treatment.
In 1999, Roark’s sister-in-law was diagnosed with lung, liver and adrenal cancer. Her dad suffered through prostate cancer.
And, just when she might have thought cancer was done with her family, Roark was diagnosed with lymphoma on February 14, 2011. She had seen the effects of chemo and didn’t want to go down that road, but her family members persuaded her to take the treatments which could be responsible for saving her life.
She said the American Cancer Society gave her the first wig and head-wrap after she lost her hair. Through her own struggles, Roark learned that the ACS helps many cancer sufferers and families.
Last year, the ACS answered 45,711 calls from cancer patients and family members in Texas. Volunteers made 2,911 visits to breast cancer patients. The organization provides wigs, wraps, prostheses, housing, food and much more to patients and their family.
“It takes a huge burden off the family,” Roark said.
In 1985, Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, decided to raise money for the Tacoma, Washington, ACA. He enjoyed running marathons, and came up with the idea of sponsors paying to walk or run with him around a track for 24 hours. He raised $27,000 to fight cancer. The Relay for Life now raises $5 million nationwide.
Roark said that Dr. Klatt’s story gave her strength while she was fighting. She now passes on some of that strength to others who are diagnosed with cancer at Mitchell County Hospital, where she works.
The local Relay for Life is planned for April 11th at the Mitchell County Sports Complex. A survivor meal is planned for March 20th at the Copper Press. Roark urged Lions to help with this worthy cause.

K-9 impresses Lions Club

lionsclubbarrowkarlColorado City Police Officer James Barrows and his K-9 partner, Karl Von Mastock, visited the Lions Club during the weekly meeting Friday. After an informative program, Karl showed members how he can detect drugs and get the bad guy.
Barrows said that Karl is a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, weighing in at 72 pounds. The intimidating dog goes with Barrows just about everywhere, including riding with him while he’s on patrol.
Many K-9s are used as single-purpose dogs, for things like narcotics detection, article detection, apprehension, etc. However, Karl has more than one trick. He’s known as a dual-purpose dog, because he can sniff out drugs, find hidden articles such as keys or cellphones, and he’s training in suspect apprehension, Barrows explained.
In order to be a certified law enforcement K-9, dogs and handlers have to train for a minimum of four hours per week. Officer Barrows said that he and Karl train about two hours per day on most days, which would explain the dog’s impressive obedience.
Anyone who has undertaken the job of dog training understands that every dog has a drive, whether it be treats, toys, playtime, etc. Karl is no different. He works to get some time to play with a rubber bumper.
The Malionois’ enhanced drive is one of the things Barrows likes most about the breed. In training, Barrows uses commands in Dutch, and the dog has responded nicely to training. Currently, Karl is helpful to the CCPD in narcotics interception, building searches and he can chase down and tackle fleeing suspects.
Barrows said that Karl is not just his dog, he is a partner. “He will protect my life at all costs,” the officer said. And many K-9s pay the ultimate price, as 20 were killed in the line of duty in 2014.
Besides helping the local police department, Karl is often called on to assist other law enforcement agencies in the area.
Barrows said that Karl can detect odors the officers obviously cannot, but he also senses danger. His mere presence makes suspects more likely to cooperate too. The fact that he can run at 15 to 20 mph and can jump over cars with ease, makes him a very athletic law enforcement partner.
After Barrows’ presentation to the civic group, Karl came out to provide a demonstration. Officer Barrows had placed upside-down boxes around the edge of the civic center, and a few had drugs underneath them. Karl located the drugs and immediately laid down, as he has been trained to provide a passive signal to officers.
Using a long leash for safety, Barrows then put on some protective gear and Karl showed his apprehension skills, as he grabbed his handler by the arm and shook him fiercely.
Barrows said that, though he has been bitten during training, Karl is also the family dog. He went on to say that Karl doesn’t tolerate violence and nipped Barrows’ son when he was fighting with his sister.
“When I put on my uniform, his attitude changes and he knows it’s time to go to work,” he told Lions.
Karl belongs, outright, to Barrows, as he bought him, has paid all vet bills and other associated costs. Barrows has experience working with K-9s, as he was fortunate to work with a dog partner in another law enforcement agency.
With a partner like Karl, Barrows has good reason to have peace of mind.

Stone shows breed champion

brayleeinfortworthBREED CHAMPION – Braylee Stone (with ribbons) showed the Breed Champion Yorkshire at the Fort Worth Stock Show recently. Out of 1,250 pigs, only 12 make the premium sale. Braylee’s pig made the sale and brought $8,500.  Shown with Braylee are (l-r) Reggy Spencer, Amanda Stone, Brooklea Stone, Bryne Stone, Jayme Sieren of Iowa, Brenlye Strain, David Bray and Coty Strain. Photo courtesy of Reggy Spencer.

College students tutor through AVID

mirandaavidtutoringA few former Colorado High School students return to the school every week to help out in a big way. Mari Hernandez, Miranda Reyna and Brittany Vasquez are all tutors, helping students succeed through the AVID program.
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and the program’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness. CHS teacher Melissa Lara is overseeing the AVID course, which is offered as an elective to all students at the local high school.
The class targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and are capable of completing challenging classes to accomplish that goal. While taking the elective class, students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and get academic help from peers and college tutors.
Currently, every CHS freshman is enrolled in the course. Lara said that the program is perfectly suited for the middle-of-the-road student, lending them extra support and encouragement, as well as tutoring on the subjects that are often most difficult for them, usually math and science.
As part of the criteria of enrolling in AVID, students must first be enrolled in honors classes. Most “honors” classes at CHS are college classes where the students receive dual-credit, meaning credit towards high school graduation and college hours.
Lara said that AVID focuses on essential skills called WICOR, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading. “We teach students how to manage their time, take effective notes and how to get organized,” Lara said.
Hernandez and Reyna agreed that the time-management skills are a must to be successful in college. Hernandez is enrolled in Howard College in Big Spring and is going through the Registered Nursing program.
Reyna is enrolled in Lubbock Christian University and completes much of her work for her graphic arts degree online. Vasquez, who tutors every Tuesday, is enrolled in Western Texas College in Snyder working on her education degree.
Tutorials are also an essential part of the program. “Collaboration is probably the most fun part,” Lara said.
Thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Colorado High School is able to pay these tutors. Providing tutorials is a way to offer help to high school students and a job for the college students.
High school students in the class often bring in homework that they are struggling with and get help from Lara, the tutors or other students. Lara said she tries to make sure the groups are broken up a bit, ensuring that the tutorial sessions don’t turn into a big chat between friends.
CHS Counselor and Grant Director Marina Wilcox described AVID this way, “It’s an old-school value system that works in the 21st century. It creates an accountability system and provides these young adults with guidance and tools to navigate high school and beyond.” She added that today’s students are held to a much higher standard than college students of the past.
“Any tool that helps is a must,” Wilcox said.
While the tutorials have been quite helpful to CHS students, Lara and Wilcox were quick to stress that they don’t take away the need for parental involvement. Both agree that for students to achieve success, parents must be active in their child’s education.
The educators encourage parents to ask about classes students are taking, check binders and visit the Colorado ISD website to stay up-to-date and involved.
Mary Catherine Swanson began AVID in 1980, relying on her 14 years of teaching experience and research to develop the program. She recruited 32 low-income, diverse C-average students and enrolled them in a college prep and AVID class in California. Clairemont High School saw such a big success with the program, Swanson formed the first school-wide site team to visit with students to learn what teaching practices are most helpful for learning.
What began with one high school and 32 students, AVID now impacts more than 800,000 students in nearly 5,000 schools across the nation and in other countries, according to the AVID website.

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