Band contest brings hundreds to town

CHS Band earns Superior ratings

The Region VI - East Zone Concert/Sightreading Contest was held at Colorado High School last week. The contest brought 13 bands to town to compete. The CHS and CMS Bands earned superior ratings.

Bingo Night raises over $4,000

Relay for Life benefits from fundraiser

The Relay for Life team Cancerbusters raised over $4,000 with Bingo Night held in Loraine on Saturday.

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Crews build motel in the snow

Despite ice, snow and sub-freezing temperatures, construction crews were busy building the Super 8 motel last Friday.

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Walkers gives information on SOAR

lionsclubwalkerGary Walker flew into the Colorado City Airport last Friday to speak to the members of the Colorado City Lions Club. Walker lives in Plains where he manages the airport and operates the SOAR weather modification program.
Walker presented a slide show to those attending to help illustrate the process of weather modification, commonly known as cloud seeding. There are several uses for cloud seeding, including hail suppression and seeding to produce more rain which was the topic of discussion Friday.
There are two ways to seed clouds to help produce more rainfall. Warmer parts of the clouds, toward the bottom of the formations, can be seeded with salt, and the cooler upper parts of clouds can be seeded with silver iodide crystals.
Both seeding processes help water droplets stick together, accumulating weight until they are heavy enough to fall as rain.
Walker said that as airplanes fly into the clouds, meteorologists on the ground navigate by radio to help pilots find the correct position before deploying seeding flares. With the help of the Titan radar, meteorologists are able to track each plane as it flies into the clouds.
Over the course of the program, it has been found that seeded clouds grow to cover more area and also produce more rain. Walker said that analysts at Texas Tech University found that seeded clouds could produce up to 68% more rain than could be expected out of a normal pattern.
In March of 2014, the City of Wichita Falls contracted with the SOAR program to seed clouds forming over the watershed of the city’s surface water sources. Walker said that SOAR only seeded clouds moving into the correct area to produce rain over the watershed.
He said that there is about two million acres of land in the watershed, and analysts estimated the cloud seeding upped precipitation by about 15% over the months of the contract.
“Listen, cloud seeding is no silver bullet, but it can help produce suitable rain,” Walker said. He said that seeding makes clouds last longer, while producing more precipitation.
Permits for the program are issued by the Texas Department of Licensing, and there are many rules and regulations that operators must abide by. For instance, Walker said planes can no longer fly into clouds where warnings are issued for a severe thunderstorm or hail.
In Canada and South America, insurance companies contract with SOAR to fly into clouds to seed them with hail suppression particles. This kind of cloud seeding is often seen in areas where vineyards are insured.
Five counties to the south of Wichita Falls area formed a Rolling Plains Co-Op and contracted with SOAR for cloud seeding. Walker estimated the counties paid $44,000 to $45,000 per month to participate.

Wreck on 2nd Street last Wednesday

thompsonwreckWIDE LOAD WINS – Albert Thompson was parked at Higginbotham-Bartlett last Wednesday. As he was leaving the business, he backed out into oncoming traffic and attempted to turn north onto Oak Street. Unfortunately, he did not see the Will Hanson Trucking tractor-trailer carrying a wide load of heavy oilfield equipment coming east on 2nd Street. The truck could not stop and collided with Thompson, spinning his Ford pickup around and pushing it south onto Oak Street next to the lumberyard.

Jail passes yearly inspection

jailThe yearly inspection of the Mitchell County Jail was performed recently, and the modern facility passed with flying colors, according to Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs. An inspector from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards gave the facility a thorough check, as he performed the inspection that took seven hours.
Toombs said that there are many facets of the law enforcement facility that are looked at during an annual inspection, including documentation, cafeteria menus, inmate files, etc.
“Pretty much everything you can think of,” he said.
The inspector also goes through the jail and inspects the building physically, pulling smoke alarms and testing the generator to make sure all equipment is working properly. During the inspection, jail staff and inmates went through a fire drill so the inspector could see the emergency plan put into action.
The Texas Commission on Jail Standards was created in the 1970s to create and enforce a standard of care to be provided at all Texas jails. Toombs said that not all states have such an agency.
Inspectors generally look through all the jail’s paperwork to see what takes place during the year. A review of the booking process was completed, and inmates themselves were checked out physically and mentally.
The inspector complimented Toombs on the condition of the jail. “He told me, ‘To be a year old, it still looks new,’” Toombs said.
Admittedly, there are many details to check at the 72-bed facility that employs 12 jailers and one kitchen supervisor. Carolyn Jeter serves as the Jail Administrator.
Toombs said that the county spent an extra $140,000 adding on to the facility during construction. The project was initially engineered to house 48 beds, but an additional 24 beds were added before construction was completed.
“That addition has already paid for itself,” he said Friday, “by housing inmates from other counties.”
Mitchell County has contracts with eight counties to house their inmates when their jails are full. At any given time, the local jail houses one to 30 inmates from other counties in Texas.
Toombs said the arrangement has worked out well for the local facility, as the extra money is always needed.

Wreck on 2nd Street last Wednesday

thompsonwreckWIDE LOAD WINS – Albert Thompson was parked at Higginbotham-Bartlett last Wednesday. As he was leaving the business, he backed out into oncoming traffic and attempted to turn north onto Oak Street. Unfortunately, he did not see the Will Hanson Trucking tractor-trailer carrying a wide load of heavy oilfield equipment coming east on 2nd Street. The truck could not stop and collided with Thompson, spinning his Ford pickup around and pushing it south onto Oak Street next to the lumberyard.

Mitchell Co. Reunion held Saturday

mitcoreunionA smattering of Mitchell County residents, both past and present, gathered in the Civic Center Saturday for the annual Mitchell County Reunion. There was plenty of visiting, as well as good food and a good program for those attending.
Heart of West Texas Museum Curator Patty Pharis was the keynote speaker for this year’s reunion, and she touched on some of the more notable exhibits house in the local museum. She also read the names of former board members, many still familiar today.
Born and raised in Colorado City, she graduated from Colorado High School in 1975. She went on to earn her teaching degree from Angelo State University in San Angelo and taught in the Colorado ISD for 32 years.
While introducing Pharis, CHS Principal Mark Merrell credited her with starting National History Day. He said that there are several student projects that led to museum exhibition around the country.
Merrell also told of Pharis’ courage in making San Antonio field trips a reality for 7th graders attending Colorado Middle School. The trips made many students see Texas History in a new light.
Following lunch and the program, Pharis returned to the museum to keep it open for anyone wanting to pay a visit while in town for the reunion.
According to the sign-in sheets, those attending this year’s reunion from Colorado City include: D.C. Stubblefield, Debby Carlock, Geneva Findley Ratliff, Robert “Bob” Ratliff, Kay McCarley Jr., Frances Godwin, Helen Stubblefield, Marie Boyd, Alton Raschke, Linda Raschke, Bobby and Robin Richardson, Nell Holman, Noble Rogers, Patricia Gillespie, Joe Williamson, Gwen Wistrand, Fay Ellis, Nita Carver, Charles Goodlett, Allen and Patty Pharis, Ernestine O’Dell, Janie Henderson, Jim Baum, Jack Strain, Jerry and Wilma Reynolds, Ben and Margaret Sparks, Martha Holstine, Mark Merrell, and Larry and Kathy Bass.
Other Mitchell County residents attending were: Wanza Graham, Charlene Hays, Mamie Hays, Adelina Boyd, and Yvonne Sadler.
Those signing in from other towns were: Margaret Billingsley, Abilene; N.A. Billingsley, Abilene; Verline Calley, Snyder; Peggy and Alvin Raschke, Buchanan Dam; Darrell and Jeri Hulme, Abilene; Charlsa McCarley, Benbrook; Dalphene Bruton, Kingwood; Deborah Stephens, Rockdale; Bill and Doris McClellan, Sterling City; Bob Kiker, Midland; Brooksie Raschke, Midland; Joyce and F.K. Leonard, Amarillo; and Bil Leonard, Amarillo.

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