Steel beams going up at CISD

Construction begins on competition gym 

Building progressing at the site of the new CISD K-8 campus. Work crews will be putting up steel, while concrete workers pour foundations on the other buildings.

Red Rock Plaza getting touch ups

Stadium gate and plaza looking good

Football season is upon us, and Wolf Stadium has had some recent updates to get ready for fans and players. The Wolves play at home on September 5th.

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Teachers and students went back to class Mon., Aug. 25

Classes convened for students and teachers in Colorado City, Loraine and Westbrook schools on Monday. 

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  • A change in leadership of the Main Street program is in the works for Colorado City, and a new Main Street Director has been named as part of the forward progress. Carla Kern, a relative newcomer to the area, has been selected as the next captain of the downtown revitalization program.Kern moved to Colorado City a little over a year and a half ago, as her husband, Chris, was transferred to the Mor...
  • Two men were fatally injured and one was sent to a Lubbock hospital in critical condition last Wednesday, as an oilfield work crew was accidentally electrocuted while installing a pump jack.According to Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs, 35-year-old Harvey Ray McKinney and 24-year-old Laban Michael Robokoff died as a result of injuries sustained when their work truck struck a live electrical ...
  • NO PLACE LIKE HOME – Colorado ISD coaches (l-r) Clint White, Bradly Graham, Kevin Wright and Ryan Gainey are all former graduates of Colorado High School. After receiving college degrees, the Wolves have returned home to coach for the school district they call home. Photo courtesy of John Martinez.
  • Colorado City Mayor Jim Baum got the call last week; a call bringing good news to city officials deep in the middle of making significant infrastructure expansions. The City of Colorado City is the recipient of another grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture in the amount of $275,000, according to Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.The city’s Director of Operations Michelle Guelker said ...
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New clinic plans approved

hospitalboardclinicplansA small quorum of hospital board members met last Thursday to take a final look and approve the plans for the new rural health clinic to be built on the Mitchell County Hospital grounds. The board approved the plans, with a few minor changes suggested by hospital CEO Robbie Dewberry, who forwarded them on to the state.
Dewberry said that the state typically takes six to eight weeks to review, suggest changes and/or approve plans. He expects to be able to break ground on the new construction within the next three months.
Because the hospital has been paying of debt, the clinic will be built without having to go out for bonds. It will be financed by the district, something of which Dewberry and the board is very proud.
The new facility will be much larger than the existing clinic, with 12,000 square feet. The extra room allows for more space for existing healthcare providers and enough space for an office and patient rooms for an additional provider. The board and administrators took into consideration the expected growth of Colorado City’s population in the coming years, and decided to plan for an additional doctor if the need arises.
The clinic allows each doctor or healthcare practitioner to have three patient rooms. Dr. Moses, MCHD’s on-staff surgeon, will also have an office and a patient room in the building.
At one time, the facility was planned with the idea of sharing a waiting room area with the existing clinic which will be used as a Specialty Clinic. However, after discussing plans with the staff physicians, the new clinic will have a waiting room of iown. Patients seeing Specialty Clinic physicians will use the existing waiting room for their visits. The new facility’s waiting room will have 52-55 chairs, along with other furniture.
The new clinic will be constructed just north of Family Medical Associates, and a parking lot will be added which will wrap around and provide an extra 50 to 60 parking spaces.
Large fans will be installed in the facility, helping to cool the building which will be partially warmed through natural sunlight, making the building more energy efficient.
The reception area will be placed and covered more appropriately to ensure patients’ privacy compliant with the HiPPA laws. Each patient room will be outfitted with a curtain, protecting patients’ identity when the doors are opened.An intercom will be installed throughout the building and extend into each patient room.
A conference room was a featured addition to the project. The room will come equipped with a pull-down screen and projector. The family of Brenda Oliver has expressed their wish to furnish the conference room.
Board President Jerry Reynolds asked if the doctors on staff at the hospital were pleased with the plans, and Dewberry answered affirmatively. He said that the initial plans were hung on the wall, and clinic employees were asked to give their input and changes were made to accommodate many.
Clinic Director Murray Hall said the architects came to Family Medical Associates and talked with the physicians to get their input as plans were being drawn up. “It seems everyone has done a good job of communicating,” Reynolds said.
Chief of Staff Dr. Dee Roach said that he is happy about the addition of the new facility. “We’re excited about getting started on new projects,” he said. “I think it will offer opportunities to provide better services to the community.”
A short discussion about a planned board retreat took place before the board convened in closed session to address personnel issues. When the open meeting reconvened, Hollis Gainey was designated to serve as the board’s secretary, a position formerly held by Bobbie Banks.

Fundraisers help Herrera family

herrerabootdriveAs many already know, a fatal vehicle accident that occurred in Ward County Saturday, March 22nd, took the lives of three people and now a fourth victim of the accident has also died. The victims of the wreck were family members of Loraine’s George Herrera, and Mitchell County residents are stepping up to help raise money for the family.
Herrera lost his son, seven-year-old granddaughter and ex-wife in the accident, and his five-year-old granddaughter died Monday as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash. Herrera’s daughter-in-law, Veronica, is in an Odessa hospital in critical condition.
The crash happened at the intersection of FM 1776 and FM 1219 in Ward County on March 22nd at about 4:18 p.m. According to the Odessa American, the driver of a 2011 GMC pickup, Erick Ibarra of Athens, disregarded a stop sign on FM 1219 and collided with the Herrera family’s vehicle being driven by the Loraine man’s son, Anthony George Herrera.
Anthony, age 30, was killed, along with Diane Lopez Herrera, 51, and Kiana Woodruff, 7. The three were pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Herrera’s five-year-old granddaughter died in a Lubbock hospital on Monday.
Herrera is a Correctional Officer at the Wallace Unit in Colorado City, and his TDCJ family went to work right away to help raise money to offset expenses being incurred due to the accident. Last week, officers at the Wallace/Ware complex held a boot drive, where donations were put into boots by prison personnel coming to work.
According to prison employee Josie Ortegon, Herrera’s fellow workers hoped to raise at least $1,000 for the family. However, citizens of Mitchell County had other plans.
When the fundraiser was over for the day, over $5,700 had been raised for the Herrera family. Ortegon said that they were overwhelmed with the response the fundraiser drew from citizens around the county. Officers collected money at the beginning of each shift, and every time the boots were out for donations, prison employees and area residents came in droves to donate.
“The community was awesome,” Ortegon said Monday. “It made you proud to live in Colorado City.”
With the added cost of another funeral weighing on the family, TDCJ personnel are planning to hold another fundraiser. On Saturday, April 5th, hamburgers will be sold in the Curves parking lot on Hickory Street, across from the Hamburger Shoppe.
Burgers, drinks and chips will be sold for $6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until they sell out. All proceeds will be donated to the Herrera family to offset expenses.

Dunn's mother signs petition

haileydunnMarch 16th marked the one-year anniversary of remains found at Lake J.B. Thomas that were later identified as being those of missing teenager Hailey Dunn of Colorado City. Unfortunately, no arrests have been made in the case.
A petition, circulated on the internet by Michele Gouveia Allen, was recently printed out and sent to Sheriff Trey Wilson of the Scurry County Sheriff’s Department. Scurry County became involved in the case because the remains were found south of Snyder, about 20 miles from Hailey’s home.
The signatures were collected on the petition website Change.org. The same letter and petition were also sent to the Colorado City Record.
In the letter attached to the petition, Allen urges Sheriff Wilson to make an arrest in the case and release Hailey’s remains to her mother and father, Billie Dunn and Clint Dunn. Over 700 signatures are on the petition, however, only a handful of Mitchell County residents signed the document.
Along with the letter and petition, pages of comments made by people online were submitted to the sheriff. Billie Dunn, Hailey’s mother, signed the petition on October 18, 2013 and left this comment, “To take a murderer off the streets, to have answers, and get my daughter back once and for all.”
According to Katy Chaumont of the FBI, the joint investigation remains open and active and is being investigated by members of the Scurry County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado City Police Department, Texas Rangers and the FBI.
As most already know, Hailey was 13 years old when she was reported missing from her home on December 27, 2010. The case took on a sinister tone when Billie’s boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, was named a person of interest in the case.
Both Billie and Shawn took and failed polygraph tests administered at the Colorado City Police Station. At that time, there was no body and no evidence of what might have happened to the young teenager.
There has been very little new information released about the case since Hailey’s remains were found last March, but Chaumont reminds the public that the case is not closed and investigators are still looking for evidence in what happened to Hailey.
She said that the $15,000 reward is still available for information leading directly to the arrest of the individual responsible for the Hailey’s murder. Chaumont encourages anyone with information about the case to call law enforcement officials.

Big Country Art Show results

artshowbestofshowThe West Texas Art Guild held the Big Country Art Show on Saturday, March 15th in the Civic Center.
According to WTAG member Carolyn Walker, the art show grows each year. This year, there were 111 pieces of art turned in for the show and artists from 14 towns around the area attended the event, making the Big Country show the largest ever for the guild.
A watercolor entitled Silver Adobe painted and submitted by Ken Rowland of Gardendale garnered the Best of Show award. Results follow.
Best of Show: Ken Rowland of Gardendale
Dry Media: Rhonda Wilks of Sweetwater, 1st; Vickie Diggs of Spur, 2nd; Sue Roberson of Midland, 3rd; Ray Vanderslice of Colorado City, honorable mention.
Watercolor: Nathalie Kelley of Snyder, 1st; Carolyn Walker of Colorado City, 2nd; Jay Neal of Sweetwater, 3rd; Kelley Miller of Sweetwater, Dee Kemp of Midland, Janet Free of Colorado City; honorable mention.
Oil/Acrylic: Mary Tucci of Midland, 1st and Judge’s Choice; Elwanda Hahn of Jayton, 2nd; Estelle Howard of Big Spring, 3rd; Susan Kennedy of Sweetwater, Tom Orsak of San Angelo, Pam Walker of Colorado City and Nelda Englert of San Angelo, honorable mention.
Photography: Linda Mathis of Colorado City, 1st and People’s Choice Award; Dinah McCulloch of San Angelo, 2nd; Lorena Turnbow of Colorado City, 3rd; Cat Geiger of Colorado City, honorable mention.
3-D: Edie Jones of San Angelo, 1st; Mary Wingo of Snyder, 2nd; Tex Irvin of Big Spring, 3rd; Sonja Booker of Colorado City, honorable mention.

Fishing license required in Ruddick Park

molanofishesinparkSpring is approaching which means more and more people will be getting outside to enjoy the nice weather. Fishing is an outdoor activity enjoyed by many in this area, and Game Warden David Hopkins wants to remind citizens to get a fishing license before tossing a line.
All fishermen 17 years and older are required by Texas law to purchase a fishing license, even if they are fishing in a small body of water like Lone Wolf Creek which runs through Ruddick Park. Hopkins said there is actually a city ordinance on the books that reserves fishing in the park for those 16 and under. The ordinance also says that fishing from the bridge, or water crossing, is prohibited as well.
Fishing licenses are not required if fishing on Texas State Park property or in waters completely enclosed by a State Park. Fishing by pole only is allowed on man-made structures within the state parks and all other fishing regulations such as bag limits and size limits apply.
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual, an ethical angler takes only what he can use and uses what he takes, always recycles or properly disposes of monofilament line to protect the environment and aquatic or wildlife resources, leaves no litter and doesn’t pollute waters, and records their trophy with care and returns it to the water.
All fishing regulations can be found in detail in the Outdoor Annual, and Hopkins encourages anyone seeking more information to contact him by calling 325-207-7894.

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