Westbrook VFD gets pumper

New truck to assist volunteers

BART adds to Westbrook Volunteer Fire Department's arsenal of fire fighting equipment.

CMN benefits from drawings

Credit union employees raising funds

The employees of the local branch of the credit union are raising funds for Children's Miracle Network again this year. Stop by to buy tickets for over 50 drawings.

Loraine adds to Wall of Honor

Former students honored during homecoming

Several names were added to the Loraine ISD Wall of Honor during halftime of the Bulldogs' homecoming football game last Friday night. 

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  • Bobby and June Kimmel visited the Colorado City Lions Club last Friday to tell about the Samaritan House, a charity the couple started as a way to provide shelter for families visiting offenders at the Wallace/Ware prison complex.While teaching at the prison in the early 1990s, Kimmel said that many of the guys there often suggested the need for a place for visitors to stay. They spoke of family m...
  • Over 350 people tested their nerves as they entered the Baker Haunted Hotel at their own risk Saturday and Sunday evening. The event, held each year, benefits the Main Street program.Chief Haunter and Main Street Director Carla Kern said the event has been successful thus far, and she expects another good turnout on Saturday, November 1st. Anyone who missed the event will get their chance, and som...
  • Loraine scored 32 third-quarter points to take a commanding lead over Trent and defensively allowed only 1 touchdown in the third and fourth quarter enroute to a 92-46 victory last Friday night in Loraine. After Trent took an early 8-0 lead, Loraine answered with 2 first quarter touchdowns; one on a 20-yard run by Sebastian Benivamondez and Patrick Tillis scored on a 10-yard run. Tillis added his ...
  • City council members of the City of Colorado City met last Thursday in a called meeting to consider amendments to the contract with FGE Texas I, LLC. The power company requested the changes to the contract, but while the council was not in favor of the changes, members failed to reach an agreement on how to proceed.The city has a contract with FGE to supply effluent water from the wastewater treat...


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Sanctuary being built at church

championbaptiststeepleOne hundred years ago, West Texas was mostly prairie with few trees, according to old-timers, and dotted with dozens of small communities and one room churches five or ten miles apart.
Today, few of those communities and even fewer of the churches remain. Located slightly southwest of Roscoe, Champion Baptist Church continues to enjoy its 100 plus years of ministry; however, the original frame building will fall short of celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Constructed in 1916 for $500, the one room church building has undergone several renovations but can no longer compete with the ravages of time. The congregation voted to construct a new sanctuary in April 2013 and Mahaffey Construction commenced building later that year.
As it nears completion, the new steel frame sanctuary will seat 125 and be more energy efficient. Although construction costs have changed considerably in 100 years, the church is trying to build with as little debt as possible, according to Pastor Bruce Parsons.
“We’re 70% on reaching our goal on financing the total sanctuary construction costs,” said Randall Bankhead, great-grandson of one of the original founders, George M. Bankhead.
The new church will also feature a natural rock front, steeple, and copper plated cross. To preserve tradition and the church’s history, the congregation will use the pews and podium from the old building, as well as many other fixtures.
The Mesquite Wing, which was added to the north side of the original building in 1952 after the closing of the Mesquite Church, also suffered severe structural issues and has been torn down to make additional space for parking during the construction phase.
According to the church history, “Champion Baptist Church has always been involved in various activities such as many revivals, the Cooperative Program, Vacation Bible Schools and different organizations within the church.” Traditions started long ago and still practiced today include the annual Easter egg hunt, honoring mothers on Mother’s Day, giving Bibles to graduating Highland seniors, and fifth Sunday dinners. The church is also very mission minded.
“The original minutes, all the way back in 1907, still exist,” said Kimberly Cornutt Jones, former member and descendant of the original founders. “I feel as if I’m in the past when I read them, and it makes me proud to be a part of that history.”
Of the church’s 43 pastors, five attended the church’s golden anniversary in 1957, and R. L. Bankhead, the only person present at the church’s organization who was still living, gave the church history. Six pastors attended the church’s 100th anniversary in 2007.

CCPD investigating burglary, accident

ccpdlogoColorado City Police Chief Luis Aguilar released information on a burglary arrest and motorcycle crash, both of which occurred recently. A felony arrest warrant was served in connection with the burglary, and both drivers in the motorcycle accident sustained only minor injuries. The full media release follows.
On May 31st at approximately 4 p.m., the Colorado City Police Department, along with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, served a felony arrest warrant at a residence in the 800 block of East 8th street on 36-year-old Joe John Martinez in connection with the May 23rd burglary at Gas ‘n’ Grub convenience store.
Aguilar said the investigation is continuing and more details will be made available as it progresses.
Also on May 31st at 5:28 p.m., officers from the CCPD responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Hickory and East 10th Street. The crash involved a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by James Lyle and a 2014 Toyota Camry driven by a 16-year-old licensed driver.
According to the investigation, the Camry failed to yield the right of way and proceeded to drive across the intersection. The operator of the motorcycle laid the bike over to avoid the crash. However, the motorcycle was struck by the Camry.
The rider sustained minor injuries, and the driver of the Camry was issued a citation for failure to yield the right of way.
As always, Chief Aguilar encourages the citizens to contact the CCPD at 325-728-5294, if anyone has information relating to crime in the community.

Merrell named CHS Principal

schoolboardswearingMark Merrell, Colorado Middle School Principal, has been selected to replace Dalton West as principal at Colorado High School next year. The Colorado ISD Board of Trustees made the decision during a regular meeting. Superintendent Reggy Spencer consulted board members and Merrell in closed session before announcing the decision last Thursday.
After announcing the in-house transfer, Spencer said that the principal position at CMS will be opened for applications soon. Merrell will continue as administrator at the middle school until his contract renews at the end of July.
Charlie Price of Compass Builders gave the board an update about the ongoing construction of the new K-8 campus. He said that while not much can be seen, construction is taking place underground. Much of the electrical and plumbing work is going on, and he said crews are planning out work that will take place this summer. Price said that steel beams should be going up sometime in the early fall.
Newly-elected board member Veronica Boone was sworn in during the meeting, along with fellow board members John Martinez and Shane Johnson. Boone ran unopposed to represent Place 1, a seat formerly held by Mike Alexander. Martinez defeated Steve Komppa in the May 10th election to be re-elected to represent Place 2 and Shane Johnson also ran unopposed for his seat representing Place 5.
Election of officers was held during the meeting, and officers will remain the same as in the previous period. Sally Neff will serve as board president, Martinez will be vice president and Sheila Plagens was re-elected as secretary.
Colorado City Police Department Chief Luis Aguilar came before the board to request permission to list CISD as a supporter of the department when filing for a COPS Grant. The federal grant would make it possible to hire another police officer by paying 75% of the new officer’s salary for three years.
The district’s interest in the grant lies in the way the new officer will be used, if the department is awarded the grant. The new police officer would serve as a School Resource Officer, and CISD will pay the remaining 25% of the officer’s salary for three years.
Aguilar said that the grant stipulates that the department must retain the officer for another year after the initial three. He said that if CCPD is awarded the grant, salary details can be discussed at that time. Spencer estimated the 25% to be close to $12,500, and board members agreed to pay the percentage if the grant is received and the officer hired as a resource officer for the school campuses.
As a former School Resource Officer himself, Aguilar said that SROs are there to help with behavioral issues, the most important part of his job was to relate to students and guide them to success. “Security doesn’t guarantee safety,” Aguilar said, “but a visible presence helps.”
Aguilar said he expects the grants to be awarded sometime during the next two months.
Contract renewals were approved during the meeting. Contracts renewed at Kelley Elementary include those of Edwina Castillo, teacher; Connie Twilligear, teacher; and Stephanie Chaney, teacher. Staff contracts renewed at Hutchinson Elementary were: Stacie Quinn, 3rd grade teacher; Ami Martinez, 4th grade teacher and coach; Keelin Wiley, 5th grade teacher and coach; and B.J. Graham, P.E. teacher and coach.
At high school, contracts of the following personnel were renewed: Darin Johnson, band director; Ann Bazany, teacher and librarian; Judy Merrell, teacher; and Marina Wilcox, counselor.
The hiring of several new teachers was also approved. At Kelley, Diana Aguayo, Tatiana Aguayo and Ashley McLaurin will be teaching next year. Timothy Huck was hired to serve as a band director and elementary music teacher, as was TeAda Short.
Recommendations were approved for hiring to work in conjunction with the Youth Career Connect Grant. The employment of the new personnel will be contingent upon the grant being funded over a four and a half-year period, starting April 1, 2014 and ending September 30, 2018.
Marina Wilcox will serve as program director, and Rebecca Russell will be the guidance counselor. Melissa Lara was hired as the Avid/CTE teacher, and Brenda Hammond will assume additional responsibilities as the Vocational Program Facilitator. Yvonne Carroll will be the Academic Program Facilitator.

County schools hold commencement ceremonies

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The Colorado High School Class of 2014 will take the final walk as seniors on Friday, May 30th at 8 p.m. at Wolf Stadium. As every year, graduation is planned for Wolf Stadium to allow plenty of space for visiting friends and family members. If inclement weather arises, the ceremony will be held in The Pit at Colorado Middle School.
Taylor Griffith earned the top spot of valedictorian this year, and she will be giving the valedictorian address during the ceremony. She is the daughter of Mike and Kaci Griffith and has attended Colorado ISD for 14 years, beginning pre-k at Kelley Elementary. Taylor plans to attend Hardin-Simmons University in the fall to play volleyball. She will major in sports medicine and plans to get her doctorate in physical therapy.
Salutatorian honored went to Cason Smith who has attended Colorado City schools for eight years. He will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall to major in engineering. He said he hopes to become a mechanical engineer to work in the aerospace industry. Cason is the son of Paul and Missy Smith.


Loraine seniors are set to walk across the stage on Friday, May 30th at 7 p.m. in the school’s cafetorium to officially become graduates. Diplomas will be presented to nine seniors during commencement ceremonies.
Tristan Mosher will receive valedictorian honors and will give the valedictorian address during the ceremony. He has attended school in Loraine for five years and is the son of Anvil and Misty Mosher. He says his ambition is to reach his highest potential, never backing down from a challenge that will allow me to live a better life and overcome adversities for his future.
Timothy Garza earned the number two spot and will be named Salutatorian of the graduating class. He is the son of Edward Garza and Cynthia Madrid, and he has attended Loraine ISD for 12 years. When asked about his future plans, he said, “I want to go out and be successful in life, live with purpose towards God and be a great example to my younger brothers, nephews and sister.”



The Westbrook Class of 2014 will walk across the stage for a final time to take their last steps as students and first steps as graduates Friday, May 30th at 7 p.m. in the WISD Auditorium.
Cole Strain earned the title of class valedictorian and will address the class as such during graduation. He is the son of Jeremy and Machelle Strain and has attended Westbrook schools for four years. He plans to attend Angelo State University to begin his path toward becoming a physician’s assistant.
Jasmine Alaniz, daughter of Patricia Alaniz, will receive Salutatorian honors on Friday. She has attended Westbrook ISD for 13 years. She plans to attend Angelo State University in the fall to work on her bachelor’s degree in education.


Graduation ceremonies for Wallace High School will be held at the amphitheater in Ruddick Park on Thursday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m.


Mud Bog results listed

mudbog1streyriveraThe mud was flying this weekend at the 11th Annual Mudder’s Day Weekend Mud Bog. The local 4-H fundraiser brought lots of mudding trucks, as well as spectators, to the Mitchell County Arena.
Over 250 mud bog fans came through the gate on Saturday to watch 47 vehicles take their turn in the mud pit. Mudders came from San Antonio; Hobbs, New Mexico; Roswell, New Mexico; Odessa; Sweetwater; Big Spring; Snyder; Roscoe; Rotan; Abilene; Seminole and Colorado City to participate in the annual event.
Local rookie, Ronnie Sumruld, took the opportunity to gain some experience in the sport. Saturday marked his initiation into mud bogging, and he said he plans to continue to compete.
As always, children had the chance to take off their shoes and run through the pit during intermission between preliminary and final runs. This year, a special run was held, bringing in $1,250 for the 4-H.
Several individuals and companies, including Mickey Neff, Wood’s Boot, Red Rock, Carolyn Redwine, Browne Bros., and Trey Womack, pledged the donations to see Gretchen Maddox, Mason Maddox, Audra Graves and Breanna Midwell take a run through the pit.
Supporters of the Lone Wolf 4-H chapter also sold t-shirts and cozies and offered delicious hamburgers, cheeseburgers, nachos, sausage wraps and hot dogs at the concession stand.
Results of the mud bog follow.
Stock Class
1st - Rey Rivera, Colorado City
2nd - Artie Rivera, Colorado City
3rd - Chris Scott, Snyder
4th - Mick Martin, Colorado City
Super Stock Class
1st - Adam Gomez, Rotan
2nd - Freddy Salazar, Colorado City
3rd - Donny Scott, Hobbs, NM
4th - Alisa Owens, Colorado City
5th - Justin Wright, Rotan
Modified Class
1st - Justin Davis, Seminole
2nd - Raymond Martinez, Colorado City
3rd - Chad Pinkerton, Colorado City
4th - Glen Owens, Colorado City
5th - John Espinoza
Open Class
1st - Mark Macy, Hobbs, NM
2nd - Charlie Rich, Hobbs, NM
3rd - Abel Alvarez, Colorado City
4th - Russell Reid, Odessa

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