Thanksgiving at Kelley

Loved ones join students for lunch

Last Friday, parents and other loved ones joined Kelley Elementary students for Thanksgiving lunch.

LISD Character Awards

Students chosen each six-weeks

Each six-weeks of the school year Loraine elementary, junior high and high school students are chosen for exhibiting exceptional character.

Holiday Hoedown successful

First-time event held in downtown Colorado City

Downtown Colorado City was hopping last weekend as vendors and shoppers filled the Railhead Building and old Baker Hotel. Railhead Trade Days joined Re-juvenation to hold the first-ever Holiday Hoedown.

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Bullriding raises money for RFL

forbesmuttonbusterProfessional bull riders came to the Mitchell County Arena to compete in the 3rd annual Kerry Bradbury Bullriding on Saturday, and the event was a hit with the crowd. Mutton bustin’ was added to the schedule this year, and participation was good with the youngsters.
Though the crowd was thinner than in past years, Lynn Bradbury said the bullriding event went off without a hitch, as 15 professional riders got to ride two bulls each to provide plenty of action for the audience.
All riders get a go-around on a bull, and this year there was time for each to get two rides. After the preliminary rides are done, a “short go” or “shoot out” is held where the top five riders compete for the 1st place finish.
This year’s winner of the short go was Casey Stone from Willis. His combined rides gave him a total of 84 points to win the whole event.
Gerald Vance of Shepherd took top honors in the 35 to 40 age division, J.W. Sharrah of Lubbock won the 41 to 46 division and Robert Mim of Bryan took the top spot in the 47 and older age division.
Mutton bustin’ was a new event added to the format this year, and it was a popular event with the sheep-riding youngsters and the audience. Hatle Hohertz of Goldthwaite won with a score of 72, and Canyon West Moore of Florence placed 2nd with 71 points. Hohertz was awarded a belt buckle for his efforts, and Moore received a pair of boots from Wood’s Boots.
Colorado City’s own Bodie Forbes received 3rd place honors, and took home a pair of new spurs, donated by Cooper’s Saddlery, for his outstanding performance. The eight-year-old is the son of Tiffany and John Forbes Jr.
While the action was fast and furious and the bulls were better than ever, Bradbury said that attendance was down a little this year. “We were a little disappointed with the turnout, but summer’s a busy time for everybody,” he said.
After all expenses to hold the event are paid, Bradbury said he expects to be able to donate over $1,000 to Mitchell County Relay for Life.

Volunteer challenge issued

volunteerchallengeDespite the recent dissolution of Keep Colorado City Beautiful, two local citizens are challenging their fellow citizens. Susan Anderson and Sue Mason intend to keep maintaining their lot on Westpoint Avenue, and they want others to follow their lead and “pick up the rope.”
Though members of KCCB were able to accomplish great things together, everyone can make a difference. Anderson said she hopes the various groups around town with lots will continue to maintain them.
“We’re still working,” she said, “and other organizations are still working.”
Community service is at the heart of Mason’s and Anderson’s message: Do something positive for the community.
So, the challenge is on. Groups can still tackle larger projects, but individuals have the opportunity to fill a great need here.
“It doesn’t have to be beautification,” Anderson said. “Bake some cookies for the fire department, visit care homes, check on elderly neighbors; there are plenty of ways to make a difference.”
Mason said that anyone can do something positive, and it doesn’t have to be anything on a regular basis. She said that ideas are everywhere, and they can be easy, low cost things that brighten someone’s day.
The challenge is not just for individuals. Groups can still plan to conquer bigger projects, and the ladies hope the civic clubs in town will continue to serve the community and maybe even step it up a notch.
“It’s easier when everyone can share the responsibilities,” Anderson said Monday.

Storm wreaks havoc in county

stormdamagekelleyhouseinsideMitchell County residents were hit, somewhat unaware, by a dangerous thunderstorm last Wednesday evening, as winds up to 78 mph and funnel clouds bombarded homes and businesses causing major damage in some places. Luckily, no injuries from the storm were reported.
Though a thunderstorm watch had been issued by the National Weather Service, a warning was issued just before the county was hit by what turned out to be more than just a garden-variety west Texas thunder bumper.
In Colorado City, the carnage of broken and toppled trees, as well as crumpled metal roofs and torn-away siding, could be seen all over town. However, the western part of the county was hit the hardest, as roofs were torn off, carports collapsed, windows were broken by hail and fences and signs of all types gave way in the wind.
Lake Colorado City residents Frank and Marcie Kelly were among the citizens that lost their homes in the storm. The Kellys’ roof was ripped completely off their home and deposited in their neighbors’ yard on top of a storage shed. The cover off the Kellys’ porch landed three houses down.
Frank and Marcie were at home when the storm hit. Frank said Thursday that he and his wife were taking cover in the hallway when they felt the whole house start to lift. He said that as the roof gave way, the home actually sat back down into place.
Frank and Marcie were able to get a hold of their neighbors who let them spend a few nights in their place.
Damage and stories like the Kellys’ lend speculation that much more than 78 mph straight-line winds occurred in the severe thunderstorm. The National Weather Service cannot confirm that a tornado touched down, but photos of funnel clouds associated with the storm have been surfacing on social media sites since then.
Wednesday’s storm is the latest rain-maker, bringing total rainfall to more than eight inches over the last month. According to the United States Geological Survey, Lake Colorado City has risen by about a foot since May 24th, and Lake Champion is up almost two feet.
Though drought conditions persist, recent rainfall has greened up foliage that was dry as tinder. Many Mitchell County residents are also happy to see creeks, like Cherry Creek, with water in them for the first time in a long time.

KCCB dissolves due to lack of volunteers

kccbsignVolunteers leading Keep Colorado City Beautiful got a late start with the annual kick-off meeting this year. Conflicting schedules set the initial meeting date back a few weeks, but members of the group were unaware of the postponements’ grim forecast.
With only a handful of members attending the opening meeting, it quickly became clear that the volunteer group could no longer operate without sufficient manpower. All attending agreed to dissolve KCCB, suspending all projects indefinitely.
KCCB was started in 2007 by a group of volunteers intent on making a difference in the appearance of the Colorado City. Bob Reily and Chuck Fisher and a group of friends and acquaintances came together to take on various improvement projects throughout the city.
During the group’s operation, city-wide clean-ups were held in conjunction with the city, and the organization started a Community Garden at the corner of 3rd and Hickory Streets. Each summer, the club chose homes with nice lawns as Yards of the Month, and they started the Adopt-a-Lot program where other groups took on specific lots to keep clean and mowed.
The number of volunteers willing to work has dwindled in recent years, and the age of the volunteers played a part in the decision to dissolve KCCB.
“We were kind of an elderly group to begin with,” Reily said Monday, “and (with low volunteer numbers) we just can’t get anything accomplished.”
Reily said that the Community Garden was signed over to Carol Sue Dakan, former owner of the property. Funds in the amount of $217 were donated to Christmas in Action.
“Somebody once told me, ‘Every organization has a shelf life, and maybe that was all for us,” Reily said.

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.

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