Goebel critical after wreck

Flown to Lubbock

Justin Goebel was flown to Hendrick Medical in Abilene immediately following crash in Nolan Co. Now in Lubbock and has been in surgery a couple of times already. Prayers are requested for him and his family.

All-Big Country announced

Loraine players make the list

Some of the Loraine Bulldogs were recognized for the All-Big Country football teams, following a successful season.

Four accidents over weekend...

Property and vehicles damaged

According to Mitchell Co. Sheriff Patrick Toombs, there were four wrecks over the weekend. The photo is of a one-vehicle turnover on CR 143 northeast of Colorado City. No injuries were reported.

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  • The weather was just right for the 80th Annual Mitchell County Livestock Show which was held Friday and Saturday, January 13th and 14th. Approximately 79 exhibitors showed 239 entries of hogs, steers, goats, lambs and heifers at the county ag barn.Chad Orum from Seminole served as judge for the show that started bright and early on Friday and continued until about 6:30 p.m. that evening. The premi...
  • The Colorado High School Gym will be the location of a powerlifting meet on Saturday, January 21st, and lifting is set to begin at 9 a.m. that morning. According to powerlifting coach Bradly Graham, Colorado City will be represented by eight girls and 12 boys who will be competing in the meet.Several schools will attend, including Big Spring, Snyder, Forsan, Coahoma, Greenwood, Midland Lee, Midlan...
  • In their first district game of the season, the Colorado City Wolves beat the Merkel Badgers 60-57 on Friday, January 13th. The win brings the Wolves’ record to 12-7. It was a close first quarter, as both teams were a little slow on offense. The score was 7-6 Badgers at the end of the first period. Scoring picked up in the second quarter, and the Wolves were ahead by three points at halftime 23-20...
  • A couple of wrecks in the past few days have caused minor injuries and plenty of property damage. On Monday afternoon, Lisa Ladd Hollingsworth’s vehicle ended up on its side on CR 143 northeast of Colorado City, and an 18-wheeler caused a lot of property damage at the home of Dorothy Watkins on the curve just outside of the city limits on Hwy. 163 on Sunday.Hollingsworth was traveling west on CR 1...

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Two Masons awarded 50-year pins

50 year masonsA public ceremony was held Saturday afternoon to honor two men who have served their respective communities as Masons for 50 years. Both got their start and maintained their membership with Mitchell Lodge #563 throughout the years.
Masons and citizens from many locations attended the ceremony which was held at the local lodge on Oak Street in Colorado City. People visited from various places, such as Mason, Marfa, Graham, and even as far away as Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to honor Robert “Bob” Brookshear and David Pope.
Worshipful Master Randy Ruth presided over the ceremony, saying that age is the crowning glory of man. He also talked of the three steps of men: youth, manhood and age.
Brookshear became a member of Mitchell Masonic Lodge #563 on January 2, 1967. He was, at the time, a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Thanks to the help of his father-in-law, Charles Goodlett, he was able to get dual membership with North Star Lodge # 48 in Montana while he was stationed there.
Pope came to the ceremony from his home in Canada. He first petitioned the local lodge for membership on July 2, 1965. He was also granted dual membership, first in Trinity Valley Lodge #1048 in Dallas in 1966, then Bow River Lodge #1 in Canada, and finally in Nanton Lodge #17, also in Canada.
The men received pins, and Brookshear’s wife, Marilyn, received flowers to mark the occasion. Brookshear and Pope shared a few words following the ceremony.
Brookshear said his father-in-law helped him get into the lodge in Montana, where he did most of his work as a Mason. He passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on May 13, 1967 and was raised a Master Mason in Montana on May 29, 1967.
From Montana, the Air Force took him to Europe. He was stationed in Spain, where there are no Masonic Lodges. However, there was a lodge on base and he attended. Brookshear told a story of his in-laws visiting them in Europe.
The couples, Bob and Marilyn and Charles and Frances Goodlett, attended a lodge meeting in London. Brookshear said that, while the meeting was very formal, refreshments afterward were quite different. His father-in-law sent a Masonic Medallion from Texas for the London Masons to include in their display.
Before returning to the U.S., Brookshear had a sword made out of Toledo Steel for the Mitchell Lodge and had it engraved. It can be found there still to this day. He passed along a bit of trivia, saying that when Buzz Aldren landed on the moon, he claimed the moon as part of the Texas Masonic Lodge.
Pope said that his dad’s job of building power plants is what brought him to Colorado City, and his father and grandfather were both Masons. Pope met John Merritt while living here, as the two of them went to school together, hunted together and enjoyed Masonic activities together.
Pope’s family was in the cattle business, and it wasn’t long before he learned about the business himself. He said he always wanted to go to western Canada to raise cattle, so he traveled north. Though he went to Canada to raise cattle, his first job was a science teacher. He would teach school in the day and work ranches in his spare time.
Teaching and ranching were interesting, but Pope wanted more, so he went back to school and became a lawyer. He’s now retired from 40 years as an attorney and 30 years as a rancher.
Pope said he still misses feeding cattle in the -30 to -40 degree weather and breaking ice on the water.
Both men expressed what an honor it has been to serve the Mitchell Masonic Lodge for 50 years. Refreshments were served following the ceremony.

Shelter coming to C-City

lions club lendermonThe City of Colorado City is about to be the proud owner of an animal shelter, and Animal Control Officer Rustine Lendermon came to Lions Club on Friday to tell club members all about it.
A temporary animal shelter is expected to open on September 1st in the round metal building across the street from Mi Ranchito that was once used as a city maintenance barn. Lendermon said that citizens have been donating kennels, cages, food, and more to help get the shelter started.
The move is one that will save the city money, Lendermon said. Because the city will no longer be using the Snyder Animal Shelter, money will be saved on gas and fees. Lendermon was quick to express her appreciation of the shelter in Snyder, as they have been the only option in recent years.
But, as Lendermon put it, local is better. She’s hoping that having a local shelter will mean less euthanasia and more adoptions.
“It’s gonna’ be a lot of hard work, but it’s gonna’ be great,” Lendermon said.
Mitchell County Veterinary Clinic is on board and is set up to inject microchips into dogs and cats. The Animal Control Department is getting a chip reader to scan pets picked up in an effort to locate owners.
Lendermon said that it will still be of the utmost importance for people to get their pets vaccinated. City registration is also required for all pets that live inside the city limits. When pets are registered, the city issues a small tag that is easily traceable if the pet goes missing and is found by anyone other than the owner.
For now, donations of more crates and kennels are being accepted, along with food, bowls, leashes, collars, pet beds, old newspapers, litterboxes and just about everything else needed for dogs and cats. They are also hoping to get donations of fans and air conditioners, so that the shelter can be climate controlled.
Once the shelter is open and operating, volunteers will be needed to help with the day-to-day operations as well. All donations can be taken to the Colorado City Police Station.
For more information, contact the CCPD by calling 325-728-5294.

Prescribed fire heals land

lions club fuchsFire is usually thought of as a destructive force, and it can be. However, fire can also help preserve and develop the landscape to be more beneficial to wildlife, livestock and ranchers, according to Derek Fuchs from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Fuchs spoke to Lions during the weekly club meeting on Friday.
The NRCS employee graduated from Ballinger High School and Angelo State University, before coming to Colorado City to work for the branch of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Fuchs started by telling Lions that the NRCS conducts what is called prescribed burns, instead of controlled burns, because there’s no way to fully control fire. Agency employees look over the land, write a prescription for the burn, and follow that prescription.
Fire is natural and burns long ago were caused by lightning. Native Americans used fire to help develop the landscape and make for better hunting. Fuchs said that the arrival of Europeans with their culture of fire suppression caused brush encroachment, due to lack of fire.
The conservationist made it easy to understand how prescribed burns can be helpful to both animals and people. He said that the green new growth of grasses is full of nutrients, but once the grass has aged and dried, it gives much less protein and nutrients to the animals eating it.
Prescribed burning can clear out and open up the canopy in rangeland for more grass to grow, increasing the forage production for grazing livestock. Rangeland that has been burned also requires less rain to produce new forage.
Some grasses can cover the ground and take over entire pastures. As they age, the forage becomes too tough for grazing, but fire can help by burning off the old and making room for the new. The extra space also allows for easier gathering and checking of livestock.
According to Fuchs, prescribed burning may improve grazing distribution and make ungrazed areas more desirable. He said that fires that burn at high temperatures may even help with parasite control.
Not everyone is a rancher, but prescribed burns can also help landowners. Prescribed burns can take out some of the brush cover to clear paths, allowing owners space to walk and check their land.
Wildlife grazing needs can also be addressed through prescribed burning as well, as the animals have the same basic needs as livestock: fresh growth to provide nutrients and protein. Fire increases the acreage of bare ground that quail need to travel, and it increases forage production for whitetail deer. Landowners using prescribed burns as a tool find it easier to maintain specific habitat for certain species. Some species eat a lot of forbs, or shrub-like plants with wide leaves, and some are browse species, making plants lower to the ground important. Fuchs said fire can help with all these things.
Resprouts of formerly removed brush, such as mesquite, red berry juniper, yucca and prickly pear can be eliminated with prescribed burns. Even brush that has been managed chemically and mechanically can be addressed with fire.
Following the 2011 wildfires that burned several homes in Mitchell County, many people constructed fire breaks to reduce the risk of property damage by fire. Prescribed burns can reduce the fine fuel load, reduce fire frequency, reduce wildfire intensity, shorten flame length and reduce volatile fuels.
Fuchs said that anyone wanting to know more about prescribed burns can contact the NRCS office in Colorado City.

Perry speaks to Lions Club

lions club perryTexas Senator Charles Perry came to Colorado City on Friday to speak to the local Lions Club, and he had a special presentation to make during the meeting as well. Sen. Perry represents the largest Senate District in Texas that is home to 51 counties.
Before Perry started talking about the 84th Legislature, he had a special presentation to make. His office staff received an email from Ed Vodochodsky which was the same letter by the retired Naval veteran that was published in the July 14th edition of the Record. In the letter, Vodochodsky told of the help and nice encounter he had with Baum, who helped him when his RV broke down.
Because of the help Baum provided, Perry honored the mayor with a Texas flag that has been flown over the capitol building and a copy of the devotional book Jesus Calling.
Senator Perry talked about some of the things accomplished during the previous legislative session. He said that the 85th session begins in about 140 days on January 17, 2017. The accountant from Lubbock also told of his busy interim, as he’s been assigned to 10 committees.
He is chairman of the Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs committee and co-chairs the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the following committees: Criminal Justice, Health & Human Services, Higher Education, Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief, Senate Select Committee on Transportation Planning, Joint Committee on Border Security, and Joint Interim Committee on Advertising Public Notices.
Perry said that Texas legislators had more money to work with when planning the last state budget than ever. He knows that won’t be the case during the next session. He said he believes the price of oil will stabilize, and while he’s not expecting another boom, he thinks the roller coaster in price will level out.
The senator said that budget workshops are starting, and he expects to see a 4 to 6 % reduction in available money to fund the Texas budget.
As a co-chair on the water committee, Perry said he thinks Texas needs to develop additional water resources, and he sees brackish, or salty, water as a potential large source of water that could be used. The mapping of four major brackish aquifers is underway. Texas has 26 reservoirs, but federal regulations will prevent more from being dug.
Perry said there are challenging water rights issues to be discussed, and he thinks laws will need to be developed along with the new water sources. “Water has to be our first priority,” he said. “There’s no life without water.”
Another issue Perry wants to see addressed is the Medicaid program. He said the program must be revamped. Texas spent more on Medicaid than on funding public education during the last session. The program’s budget totals over $74 billion and comes with plenty of regulation from the federal government.
With the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling saying that the way Texas funds public education is constitutional, Perry said that no one is happy with the way funds are distributed. He said the state educates five million children who speak 50 different languages, and everyone would like to see something different.
Federal overreach was another topic Sen. Perry would like to see addressed. He said that the EPA’s assault on coal could cause up to a 20% increase in energy costs over the next year.
Senator Perry answered several questions from Lions Club members before the meeting ended.

Rupard is featured artist

art guild rupardThis month’s West Texas Art Guild’s featured artist has artwork on display in the lobby of FirstBank & Trust. 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.
She continues to take various workshops to hone her skills. “I don’t think you ever quit learning,” she said last week. “If you learn one new thing, that’s all it takes to make it worth your time.”
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.
She currently has artwork displayed in galleries, such as Artisans in Fredericksburg, Touch of Color in Sand Springs and Studio Twenty in Colorado City.
“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.

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