Bulldogs keep perfect record

Win homecoming 58-12

A homecoming victory over Paint Creek furthers Loraine's winning streak to five games so far this season. The Bulldogs take on Klondike this week.

Guests gather for annual reunion

Mitchell County Reunion held Saturday

A crowd of more than 60 people gathered in the civic center on Saturday to hear Bob Kiker as the guest speaker of the reunion.

Champion Creek feeding the lake

2.6 inches of rain 

Champion Creek was flowing out of its banks Sunday morning after the area received between 2.6 and 4.5 inches of rain over the weekend.

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  • By Audra Hoback, MCHD Marketing DirectorThe Mitchell County Hospital District Charitable Foundation Board and Committee are currently planning the 3rd Annual Casino Night Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Copper Press on Oak Street.This year’s theme is The Mad Hatter. Tickets for the event are $75 and include a hors d’oeuvre buffet, two beverage tickets...
  • Each year, the Loraine Ex-Students Association Board of Directors selects individuals to add to the LHS Wall of Honor. This year they honored two individuals at the 2016 Homecoming Reunion. Plaques were awarded at halftime of the football game on Friday night and each individual received a certificate at the Loraine Ex-Students Reunion on Saturday. BILLY RAY CORNUTTBilly Ray Cornutt was one of ei...
  • TIED FOR FIRST – Two teams tied for first place in the Loraine Ex-Students Association 15th Annual Golf Tournament. One team (above) consisted of (left to right) Rachel Powell, J.D. Guess, Jerold Epperson (closest to the pin winner) and George Powell. The second team tied for first place (below) consisted of (left to right) Raymond Martinez, Robert Fowlkes, Nikol Bolin (longest drive winner) and B...
  • A lot has changed for the group of senior citizens who met regularly for meals, fun and fellowship at the Wallace Senior Citizens Center. There’s a new location, new meeting days and a bunch of new fun, and everyone is welcome to join them.Board member and volunteer James Williams took the time to talk with the Record about some of the changes. The first thing Wallace seniors should know is that t...

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Couple travels preaching the gospel

dreyer with crossStanley Dreyer and his wife, Jeanette, caught the attention of local citizens as they walked around the streets of Colorado City last week. The couple was hard to miss, as Stanley was dressed in robes, a crown and dragging a large wooden cross. What were they doing? The answer: preaching the gospel without words.
The couple’s business cards say Mountain Movin Ministries and their business is answering the call laid out in John 4:23 of the Bible. They have been traveling a triangle that ranges from the Midland/Odessa area east to Dallas, south to San Antonio and back out to west Texas.
Stanley said it’s a mission he’s been working on for about nine years, and he’s about two-thirds of the way done. The Dreyers are evangelists and music ministers from Mena, Arkansas, but they attribute the calling to this area to the Lord.
“I believe God is about to do something big in Texas,” Stanley said last Thursday.
The couple spent three days in Colorado City, and Stanley said they travel from town to town within the triangle and stay from three to seven days in each place. They have a travel trailer that they stay in at night.
He and Jeanette found Colorado City to their liking.
“We’ve enjoyed your city a lot,” Stanley said. Jeanette confirmed that they found the people here hospitable.
“Everyone has been kind and generous,” Jeanette said. They particularly enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere in C-City.
While visiting, the Dreyers had the opportunity to attend the Wednesday night service of the First Assembly of God church on 17th Street. Both commended the congregation and pastor on the service.
Stanley said that God called him to minister to the people in this area of Texas.
“He said, ‘Wherever you stop, I’ll start a fire in Texas,’” he said, referring to God. “The people of Texas better get ready for revival.”
Many sacrifices have been made to allow the Dreyers to undertake this mission, but they are both happy with the decision to follow the calling.
“We love it! People stop and share their hearts with us and we love it,” Jeanette said.
Stanley said his hope is that everyone will take part of the revival fire they receive from his ministry and share it with their own church.
The Dreyers left Colorado City last Thursday afternoon, with stops planned in Sweetwater and Abilene en route to Dallas.

Miniature Show comes to a close

art receptionThe West Texas Art Guild held the Miniature Show for members only during the month of April in the lobby of FirstBank & Trust. Last Friday, a reception was held to honor those entering the show, and after counting votes, Carolyn Walker’s painting, “Butterfly”, was named People’s Choice Favorite.
April saw the lobby of the bank filled with small works of art created by members of the art guild. Artists from around the area entered the show, and the art ranged from watercolor to mixed media. Local citizens dropped by the bank during the month and had the opportunity to vote for their favorite.
During the reception held Friday afternoon, votes were counted, and Walker was deemed the winner with 11 votes. Others receiving votes were: Karen Burt – 5, Pamela Walker – 4, Leada Wood – 3, Suzan Hughes-Kennedy – 2, Tom Orzak – 5, Judy Hill – 2, Linda Mathis – 10, Helen Martin – 2, Nathalie Kelley – 10, Sonja Booker – 1 and Linda Rupard – 2.
Art guild members have been busy this spring, as the Children’s Art Show was also held by the group at the Mitchell County Public Library recently.

Greyhounds dumped south of town

greyhound rescueSix lucky greyhounds and greyhound mixes have been rescued after walking up to a home south of Colorado City last week. The dogs seemed to have been dumped, but a Lubbock greyhound rescue group was called in to save the day.
Last week, two Mitchell County citizens, Richard and Tonya Cooper, who live south of Colorado City contacted Donna Overton about two dogs that walked up on their property. The dogs looked like greyhounds, so Overton, who is also an Animal Control Officer for Colorado City, made a visit.
After verifying that the two dogs were, at the least, greyhound mixes, Overton contacted Greyhound Adoption & Rescue in Lubbock. Later that day, three more dogs of the breed were found and one more walked up to a home about seven miles south of the city.
The dogs were taken in and cared for. One of the females looked to be pregnant. All were very shy and malnourished, but thanks to Overton and ACO Rustine Lendermon, they will find new homes. The Coopers have said they will take in two, leaving four greyhounds available for fostering or adoption.
Linda Dunn of Greyhound Adoption & Rescue – Lubbock Branch came to Colorado City on Monday. She said the dogs will be transported to a kennel where volunteers will start working to socialize the dogs. The group has a mission to save all greyhounds in need and has done that consistently in the last three years.
Dunn said the hounds will get physical and medical attention. Each one will also be sterilized before being adopted.
“We’re going to take them and fatten them up,” Dunn said Monday.
The greyhound rescue organization spends a minimum of $180 on each greyhound that is sent to a home. In many cases, the amount spent exceeds that.
People often think of greyhounds as old racing dogs, but Overton doesn’t think these particular dogs were being kept as racers. She said it was more likely that someone dumped the dogs south of town after realizing they couldn’t care for them.
A $200 reward is being offered for information that leads to the conviction of the individual responsible for the lack of care and dumping of the dogs. Anyone with information regarding the greyhounds is asked to contact the Colorado City Police Department at 325-728-5294.

Local Lions to start vision screenings

lions club maxwellThe Colorado City Lions Club heard from a fellow Lion last Friday, as Chris Maxwell from the Sweetwater Lions Club came to talk about the Welch Allyn Spot Screener and offer local Lions a chance to serve their community.
Protecting and providing better sight is one of the Lions Club’s top priorities, and the Sweetwater club has invested in a vision screening machine. Maxwell said his club is willing to share the machine with the local club so that screenings can be performed on school children in Colorado City.
CISD school nurse Elena Marquez attended the meeting, and said she performs about 600 sight screenings per year, and if Lions Club members could help with that, it would free up quite a bit of time for her.
Maxwell began his informative presentation by warning Lions Club members that the vision screenings don’t replace eye exams by optometrists. As a matter of fact, the screenings are sometimes the first indication to parents that their child needs an eye exam.
In order to operate the screening machine, operators must be certified and hands-on training and certification is supplied for free by the Lions Vision Center in Midland.
The Sweetwater Lions Club purchased the Welch Allyn Spot Screener in 2015 for around $7,400. The board approved to share the device with other clubs in Zone 2, including the Colorado City club. The device is handheld, portable, self-contained and easy to operate. It can detect common vision disorders in less than one second.
Some of the vision problems that can be detected with the machine include Myopia (nearsightedness), Hyperopia (farsightedness), Astigmatism (blurred or distorted vision), Anisometropia (unequal refractive power), Strabismus (abnormal eye alignment), and Anisocoria (unequal size of the pupils).
Since purchasing the machine in 2015, the Sweetwater Lions have screened 356 Sweetwater ISD students and 97 Roscoe ISD students. The quickness of the screenings is also impressive, as all 356 students in Sweetwater were screened in four and a half hours. At both schools, 17% of the students screened were found to have vision issues and were recommended to have an exam by an eye-care professional.
A few of the local Lions have committed to attending certification training and plan to coordinate screenings with Colorado ISD in the upcoming 2016-17 school year.

French students visit county

paris kids tour museumThanks to the educational service center, a group of French high school students visited Mitchell County recently and enjoyed learning about Texas and the western way of life. Westbrook ISD faculty and students gave the kids from France a look into what school is like there, a tour of the Heart of West Texas Museum and took them to the Spade Ranch for a roping demonstration and cookout lunch.
Westbrook teacher Schelli White said that local students first interacted with the kids from France through a Distance Learning class. The students from both sides of the Atlantic connect monthly, as they share the class.
Bombings in Paris is what first got Westbrook students interested in more than school life in France. The teens are from Auxerre, a city of 92,000 located about an hour and a half south of Paris. The fact that a bombing could happen so close brought an awareness to the Westbrook students.
According to White, the French teachers contacted the educational service center about a visit to Texas, and the center made it happen. The Auxerre students came to Texas, stayed with host families and visited Cooper High School in Abilene, Westbrook ISD, Heart of West Texas Museum in Colorado City, the Spade Ranch, Hermleigh ISD and more.
Museum board members helped the French and Westbrook students with a tour of the museum. A few of the students from France spoke some English, as did some of the teachers, which helped with the language barrier. When a group of young men reached the gun room at the museum, they said that most guns are legal in France as long as the possessor has a license.
While automatic weapons are not permitted in the country, hunting is. One of the teachers said that French citizens hunt “hares” or rabbits, deer, birds such as pheasants and “boars” or hogs.
After the students finished the museum tour, a bus took the group out to the Spade Ranch where a few rode horses, and all enjoyed watching the ranch cowboys rope cattle. Before they returned to Westbrook, the whole group ate a cookout lunch by the creek on the ranch.
White said the next day, the visitors went to Hermleigh. A coach from the school said that the teens really enjoyed their time at the ranch. They were expecting to experience the cowboy way of life in Texas, and that’s just what happens on a daily basis at the Spade Ranch.

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