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Sports Complex gets updates

From new turf for batting cages to new bullpens, the Mitchell Co. Sports Complex is getting some updates in time for spring sports.

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Rogers Delinted Cottonseed Co.

The old cottonseed delinting plant is getting a cleanup, TCEQ style! Waste hauled away, buildings decontaminated, etc. 

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Changes can be seen everyday at the site of the Super 8 motel under construction. 

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  • U.S. District 11 Representative Mike Conaway visited Colorado City Monday afternoon, stopping at the Record office for an interview. The congressman said he will continue to visit the counties he represents in an effort to stay in touch with his constituents.“I’ve been going around for 10 years, and I will continue because I want to hear what folks have to say,” Conaway said. While in Colorado Cit...
  • Colorado High School graduate Cason Smith returned to his alma mater last week to offer some well-received advice to students currently enrolled in the local high school. Smith came to the Record office last Thursday afternoon to talk about what he thinks is important for all high school students to know.Students attending CHS have the opportunity to take dual-credit courses and graduate with many...
  • The boys’ and girls’ powerlifting teams from Colorado High School competed in a meet last Thursday in Big Spring. Out of 10 teams in each division, both local teams placed 5th overall. A couple of individual lifters placed quite well. Jonathon Rankin finished in 1st place in the 132-pound weight class. Rankin successfully completed lifts of 295 in squat, 155 in bench, and 290 in dead lift for a to...
  • Mitchell County baseball, softball and soccer teams are fortunate to have the Mitchell County Sports Complex facility at their disposal. Updates and additions are being made to the facility now, which will make it better for athletes and fans come baseball and softball season.According to complex manager Darlene Moore, there are several improvements and upgrades being made to the facility, includi...
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TLR expanding facilities

TLRTLR Energy Services, Inc. held a grand opening in January of 2013, and according to manager Larry Williams, business has been good. As a matter of fact, the business is in the process of expanding due to high demand of the services and products provided.
The company performs welding and fabrication primarily used in water transfer for oilfield companies, but they also do fabrication and welding for private projects, as well. The facility on the north side of I-20 also rents oilfield hose and equipment through the rental company of Sendero.

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Casino Night raises $3,000

casinonightcrowdRoaring 20s Casino Night was a roaring success, as the event was well attended and raised over $3,000 for the Mitchell County Hospital District Charitable Foundation. Flapper girls and elegant gentlemen came out dressed for the event.
Those attending enjoyed BlackJack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Craps and more at professional gaming tables with dealers provided by a Lubbock-based company.
Tasty goodies, as well as beer, wine and soft drinks, were served. And after a few hours of playing, gamblers were able to turn in their chips for tickets and enter several drawings for prizes donated by event sponsors.
Prize winners were: Stephanie Perez, $25 gift certificate and cup from The Dragonfly; Rhonda Roark, $25 gift certificate from The Anchored Soul; Robbie Dewberry, Shrade pocket knife from What’s in Store; Audra Hoback, wine set from Alco; Medo Perez, decorative kitchen set from Perkin’s Apothecary; Liz Cavitt, 24” Vizio Smart TV donated by Robbie Dewberry; Murray Hall, pie serving set donated by the Mitchell County Healthcare Volunteers; Karen Dennis, jewelry from Wood’s Boots; Medo Perez, Infinity hair products from Lenore’s Beauty Salon; Todd Randall, pocket knife from Cooper’s Saddlery; Misty Lendermon, DeWalt tool set from Higginbotham-Bartlett; and Ty Wood, food processor donated by Shirley Delaney.
An impromptu auction was held by Brodie Harris for bottles of wine and 12-packs of beer, adding more funds to the charitable foundation.
Before the crowd dispersed, winners of the silent auction items were also announced. Champion Creek Farms was the winner of the two tickets for a free spa day in Abilene, as the bid of $300 bought the package. Maria Rubio’s bid of $170 got her two tickets to see the Moscow Ballet perform The Nutcracker Suite in Dallas.
A bid of $210 by Liz Cavitt bought a beautiful handmade quilt on display at the event.
And the most coveted silent auction item went to Robbie Dewberry. His winning bid of $425 garnered him two tickets to the Texas Tech vs. University of Texas football game to be played in Lubbock this fall.

Kern named Main Street director

carlakernA change in leadership of the Main Street program is in the works for Colorado City, and a new Main Street Director has been named as part of the forward progress. Carla Kern, a relative newcomer to the area, has been selected as the next captain of the downtown revitalization program.
Kern moved to Colorado City a little over a year and a half ago, as her husband, Chris, was transferred to the Morgan Creek Power Plant as part of his job with Luminant Energy.
Kern has been working at Hutchinson Elementary and will continue to do so until September 3rd. She will take over the Main Street reigns on September 4th. She is filling the position once held by Amie Wood, who has pledged to help Kern when she needs it.
The Kern family moved to Mitchell County from Georgetown, and Carla had worked in the natural gas industry for 20 years. When she moved here, the plan was for her to stay at home, but it became evident pretty quickly that she would need to find something to do.
Being an outgoing, energetic people-person, she went to Hutchinson Elementary and asked if she could volunteer. Though school officials were surprised by her charitable spirit, they put her to work, and it wasn’t long before they suggested she join the substitute teacher list.
She has been “subbing” at Hutchinson for some time and recently took on a part-time position helping with P.E. classes at the school. When she saw that the city needed a director for the Main Street program, she thought it would fit her personality and she applied.
Living in big cities or in the suburbs of bigger cities for most of her life, Kern did admit to a certain amount of culture shock. When asked what she found shocking, she said it has to be “the critters” she finds in and around her home out here in west Texas.
“I hate snakes, and I’m always looking for critters,” she said.
She also said that the lack of shopping options concerned her and her daughters when they first moved here. However, she’s found that though the mileage is much further, she doesn’t spend much more time in the car on her way to the mall than she did living in Georgetown.
Carla and Chris are the parents of two daughters, Makenzie, who is attending school and playing sports at Colorado High School, and Mallory, a 5th grader at Hutchinson whose “life is softball.” As far as activities are concerned, Carla says they do what the kids are doing.
As Main Street Director, Kern will be planning events, learning to write grants and reporting to the state, as part of her job duties. She said she is especially looking forward to getting to know the community.
“Sometimes as outsiders, it’s hard to learn everything,” she said, “so this should help.”
Now that the revitalization program has a director again, volunteers are needed to help get things going in the right direction. Anyone wishing to volunteer their time, talents or money is urged to contact City Secretary Donna Madrid at City Hall by calling 325-728-5331.

CNB is Texas Treasure Business

1960cnbCity National Bank was recently honored as a Texas Treasure Business by the Texas Historical Commission. The following information was submitted to the commission for consideration for the award.
The bank, currently located at 228 Elm Street, was established April 4, 1900 at 105 W. 2nd Street in the City of Colorado. After 40 years or so of business, the bank was moved across the street to 102 W. 2nd and finally to its current home on Elm Street.
A certificate issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the Treasury Department in April of 1900 certified that the institution had provided satisfactory evidence and complied with provisions of the statutes of the United States to be authorized to “commence the business of Banking.” The certificate names Charles G. Darnel as the Comptroller of the Currency.
Various local shareholders have retained ownership of the bank, some of whom are descendants of some of the original charter shareholders, according to CNB President Royce Clay.
“It is interesting to me that we have some shares of stock that are still within the same family as the original charter members. The vast majority of our existing shareholders remain local as they have been since the beginning,” Clay said Tuesday.
While the types of services available at CNB have changed over time, the company is still a banking institution.
“I think we still feel a sense of some responsibility to those shareholders, directors, officers and customers who preceded us,” he said. “We also feel an obligation to those who will come after us. It has been our greatest privilege to be a part of Mitchell County for 114 years.”

Author speaks to CISD staff

pembertonautographsbooksThe staff and some of the students of Colorado ISD were present for a dynamic presentation by Steve Pemberton, author of A Chance in the World, as faculty members kicked the 2014-15 school year off in a good way Monday morning.
Pemberton lives in Chicago and flew in to address teachers and students in the high school auditorium, providing them with an inspiring testimony about the power of educators. He is also the Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens.
Pemberton and his wife, Tonya, have three children, two boys and a girl. They lead a busy life, full of activities; a life much different than Pemberton’s as a child.
He grew up in foster homes as Steve Klakowicz, a biracial black child with blue eyes. He describes himself as one of the kids that fell through the cracks of the foster care system. He said that he bounced around from home to home, living in so many he can’t remember what was real and what he dreamed.
Race was an issue for him. Social workers said they didn’t know whether to place him with a black family or a white one. Because he was a child when these concepts were said aloud, he remembered thinking, “Why does it matter what color the house is?”
He remembers being referred to as “beyond hope” and “broken.” However, even as a child, Pemberton said he always thought of himself as a fighter.
Pemberton landed in a foster family that had received many awards for fostering and adopting 39 children. He said, to the outside world, the family looked normal or even heroic for taking in the orphaned kids.
He went on to say that the home was a bad place, where the parents manipulated the system to appear good while subjecting the foster children to terrible treatment.
While growing up, Pemberton said he fought off the bad people and treatment with a love for reading.
“Reading gave me something no one could take away from me,” he said. “It gave me a vision.”
And though he learned to love a good mystery, children in the home were not to be caught reading. When caught, Pemberton said it landed him in the hospital. He remembers the summers as being particularly difficult, due to a lack of availability of books.
One day, as he sat on a wall across the street from his foster home reading a book, he heard approaching footsteps on a gravel pathway. His foster parents had trained him and all the children not to make eye contact.
So as a lady approached, Pemberton didn’t look up to see her face. She asked why he was still reading the same book for weeks, and he told her it was the only book he had. Later that day, there was a knock at the door and Pemberton heard her familiar voice.
Pemberton said he suffered complete anxiety and fear while she was in his doorway. The woman, who turned out to be Mrs. Levin, had dropped off a box of books for the children; Steve in particular. This time, the kids got to keep the books, and he dove right into them.
Though described as an at-risk child, Pemberton said he was a good student. He found that it was safer to fight than to run, and no matter what his foster parents did, he kept his vision for a better future.
As he grew up and entered high school, Pemberton wanted to go to college desperately. He saw it as his ticket out of the home. His foster parents did not share his view and did everything they could to manipulate the situation.
Luckily, Pemberton took part in the Upward Bound program, and the director did something that even Pemberton’s foster parents were afraid of: she cared. He said she cared for all the kids, and his fosters threatened to take him out of the program.
Pemberton expressed the power of words and kindnesses, as he shared what he overheard one of the Upward Bound counselors saying. The counselor said, “If I had a son, I’d want him to be like Steve.”
As circumstances would have it, Pemberton was beaten severely after an escape attempt from the home, and social workers started the process to find a home for a 16-year-old biracial black male during the holidays. It proved to be a difficult undertaking, and after two hours of phone calls, Pemberton remembered someone who just might care about him.
“It was then that I decided that I was never going to allow my fate to be determined by a list of names,” he said.
At the suggestion of Pemberton, social workers called a teacher in the Upward Bound program, John Sikes. Pemberton moved in with him and lived there for the next year and a half while he finished high school.
“John is a face on the Mount Rushmore of my life,” Pemberton said.

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