FirstBank & Trust ribbon cutting

Bank held grand opening last week

FirstBank & Trust held a ribbon-cutting and official grand opening last week. Chamber of Commerce officials welcomed the new company to town.

House on Colorado St. burns

Family of 7 lost everything

Donations are being taken for a family that lost everything in a house fire at 1819 Colorado St. Monday. Donations accepted at police and fire stations.

Railhead Trade Days held Saturday

Arts & crafts show deemed successful

The Railhead Building was full of vendors and non-profit organizations giving shoppers ample ideas for gifts last weekend.

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  • LEARNING TO SERVE – KeAndrea Emerson and Zack Stone were part of a group of National Junior Honor Society students serving Thanksgiving lunch to parents, faculty and fellow students last week at Colorado Middle School. Under Coach Harold Sowa’s direction, 7th graders actually cooked the meal.
  • RANGER, Texas – Ranger College added more than a few names to the nation’s list of brightest young minds last Sunday during a special induction ceremony for Phi Theta Kappa. A total of 26 Ranger College students were recognized for their scholastic abilities by being inducted into the academic fraternity in front of a large crowd in the college auditorium.Among the inductees was Heather Merket, a ...
  • The varsity Westbrook Lady Cats competed in the Wildcat Classic basketball tournament at home last weekend, and Brianna Lathers was named to the All-Tournament Team for her outstanding performances on the court.The girls started with a convincing win over Veribest before dropping two games to Robert Lee and Ira. On Thursday, November 19th, the Lady Cats took on Veribest. The Westbrook team jumped ...
  • New and current members were sworn in at a meeting of the Mitchell County Hospital District’s Board of Directors last Thursday. Newly-elected Brodie Harris joined veteran board members, Jerry Reynolds, Patty Pharis and Cheryl Warren on the board. County Judge Ray Mayo presented the oath.Shortly after the swearing in process, officers of the board were elected. Warren moved to keep the same officer...


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Cline Shale Alliance meets in C-City

holt at cline shale meetingThe Cline Shale Alliance quarterly luncheon was held at the Civic Center on Thursday, July 9th, and those attending enjoyed a catered meal. Information on the legislature’s recent activity was given, along with a report about water solutions available to those in the oil and gas industry.
Greg Wortham, former mayor of Sweetwater, welcomed all in attendance and passed the microphone around the room so that everyone could introduce themselves and the organizations they represent. Approximately 50 people attended the luncheon.
Among those present were a couple of representatives from Colorado City. Sue Young and Jeri Lynn Follis represented the Mitchell County Board of Economic Development, and Mayor Jim Baum attended, representing the City of Colorado City.
Young gave a report on the projects going on in Mitchell County. She said that everything is falling into place for the construction of the FGE power plant. Young said that the permitting process is finished, financing has been completed, water for the plant has been secured, and the last piece of the puzzle is minor paperwork.
She said that all equipment and materials for construction of the desalination plant are on site, but construction crews are waiting for the ground to dry up to begin. Young also said she expects an announcement by Luminant soon, naming Mitchell County as the site of a solar farm.
Wortham said that the area has been fortunate, as the price of oil has moderated, allowing cities and other entities extra time to update infrastructure.
Leonard Levine from Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority was a featured speaker, and he gave a PowerPoint presentation on the services the company provides. Gulf Coast Waste Disposal was formed in 1969 to deal with waste water disposal solutions at Galveston Bay. The business now has a site in the Permian Basin near Odessa that provides services such as waste disposal and water reuse for oilfield companies in this area.
Levine and another Gulf Coast representative, Charles Harris, said that their company is partnering with other companies to provide disposal services that reduce costs and reduce illegal dumping.
David Holt of Snyder spoke on some of the relevant actions by the latest legislature session.
He said that HB30 was passed, regarding the development of usage of brackish groundwater and seawater. The bill states that the purpose of the act is “to provide meaningful incentives for the development of brackish groundwater in areas where that development would have a minimal impact on existing fresh groundwater use, while respecting private property rights in groundwater and continuing to encourage the use of brackish groundwater for purposes other than human consumption.”
Holt said that House Bill 40 clarifies cities’ power, positively affecting the oil and gas industry. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Drew Darby and others, is intended to preempt municipalities from exerting rights to what goes on below the surface of land.
Several other new laws were discussed, including HB10, HB1331, HB1633 and more. Holt said he was glad to hear about oil and gas companies reusing water and using brackish water. He also touched on the fact that the Railroad Commission’s office is becoming more transparent and improving online access for citizens.
Holt said legislators want to hear from regular citizens, especially those tied to businesses around the state. He encouraged everyone to talk to their representatives.
The meeting concluded with Wortham thanking everyone for being there. Literature was available on various industries and college programs dealing with the oil and gas industry.

New Rotary president named

new rotary presidentLocal Rotarians met last Wednesday for a regular meeting. Incoming club president Robbie Dewberry was officially inducted and club business was discussed.
Outgoing president Margo Connell ceremoniously handed over the gavel to Dewberry signifying the passing of duties from one Rotary Club president to the next. Dewberry thanked everyone for their help with the club’s annual golf tournament that was held the last weekend of June.
Dewberry said this year’s tournament, held in memory of Pat Taylor, was one of the best ever. A raffle was held during the steak dinner portion of the event, and club members were happy with the results of raffle ticket sales.
Matthew Helm was the winner of the AR-15, as his name was drawn during the dinner. The raffle brought in about $1500 for the group’s charities and scholarships.
Dewberry estimated that about $11,000 was raised by the yearly tournament. He is working on a tentative budget for the upcoming year, and club members expressed an interest in setting aside $500 to purchase supplies for next year’s golf tournament.
Rotarians talked about setting goals for the new year, and one of them was to be able to give out even more money in scholarships to graduating Mitchell County seniors. In 2015, the club awarded five $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors. Students receiving the scholarships were: Cassie Sutton, CISD; Mikaela Madrid, CISD; Taegen Harris, CISD; Nikatha Conley, WISD; and Dusty Dawson, LISD.
Since 1997, local Rotarians have handed out over $36,000 in scholarship money to local students, making a difference in their educations, and the golf tournament is a major fundraiser of all Rotary Club projects.
In other business, the club approved to donate $100 for the RADD program, which is a self-defense program for middle school and high school girls. Dewberry said he plans to hold a business meeting once a month, so that all Rotarians are kept up to date with the club’s finances and spending.
The local club has accepted the challenge of committing to creating two more Paul Harris Fellows this year. A Paul Harris Fellow is recognized when $1,000 or more is given to the Rotary Annual Fund, Polio Plus, or an approved foundation grant. To recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, the amount can be given in their name.
Paul Harris is the founder of the Rotary Club. In the fall of 1900, Paul P. Harris met fellow attorney Bob Frank for dinner on the north side of Chicago. They walked around the area, stopping at shops along the way. Harris was impressed that Frank was friendly with many of the shopkeepers.
Harris had not seen this kind of camaraderie among businessmen since moving to Chicago in 1896. He wondered if there was a way to channel it because it reminded him of growing up in Wallingford, Vermont. Harris eventually persuaded local businessmen to join him in a club for community and fellowship. His vision laid the foundation for Rotary.
The first four Rotarians were Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey and Paul P. Harris. On February 23, 1905, the four gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary Club meeting.
Harris made it known that he preferred contributions to The Rotary Foundation when he died in lieu of flowers. By coincidence, days before he died, Rotary leaders had committed to a major fund raising effort for the Foundation.
After Harris’s death, the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created as a way to solicit these funds. The Paul Harris Memorial Fund was earmarked to help establish Rotary Foundation Fellowships for advanced study. At its May/June 1947 meeting, the Board of Directors allocated $60,000 of the $228,000 raised to support the program. The program was known as the Paul Harris Foundation Fellowships for advanced study during the first year.

Watershed program presented at library

watershed picLake Colorado City State Park Superintendent Kyle O’Haver held a Watershed Program in the Hesperian Room at the Mitchell County Public Library on Saturday at 3 p.m. About a dozen citizens showed up to learn more about watersheds and how they work.
O’Haver explained that a watershed is any place where precipitation falls and funnels into one spot. It’s also known as a catch basin. He said that watersheds not only affect surface water but also underground water.
O’Haver showed graphs of other major watersheds, like that of the Amazon River in South America. The Amazon has a watershed area of 2.7 million square miles, the world’s largest catch basin. The watershed accounts for 1/5th of the world’s river flow. In comparison, the watershed of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers is 1.24 million square miles.
The Colorado River has a watershed of its own and affects many area lakes and reservoirs in this area. The major Texas river flows all the way down to Matagorda Bay on the Gulf Coast. There are 11 major reservoirs the Colorado River flows through, each one damming up part of the water flow to create the reservoir.
As of June 18th, reservoirs in Texas were at 84% full. O’Haver said the historic rainfall in Texas has most reservoirs full or near capacity. However, lakes to the east and south of this area received the biggest amounts of rainfall and have caught much more water than Lake Colorado City.
As of June 16th, Champion Creek Reservoir was 6.9% full and Lake J.B. Thomas was 75.9% full. The difference is that the Colorado River runs through Lake Thomas.
Not all reservoirs along the Colorado have fared the same, however. Lake Allen Henry and Lake Thomas caught the biggest part of the water rolling down the Colorado River, leaving less water for other lakes along the river like E.V. Spence and O.H. Ivie.
Lake O.C. Fisher rose 13 feet after a big rain in the San Angelo area. It is now 14.3% full.
Lake Colorado City is fed mainly by Morgan Creek. Its watershed is located just north of I-20 from Colorado City, north to about Ira and west to near Big Spring. The lake was built in 1949 by Texas Utilities, now Luminant, for the operation of the Morgan Creek Power Plant.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department leased 500 acres from the energy company and opened the Lake Colorado City State Park in 1972. The park still sits on leased land.
The lake’s watershed is about 345 square miles with 302 square miles of contributing drainage. Though there is not enough water to operate a boat ramp, Lake Colorado City is 24.9% full, up from 21% six months ago.
O’Haver said that it takes about 48 hours for water collected in the watershed to flow down to the lake. He also put a myth to rest when he said there is not a reservoir damming up water and preventing the lake from filling.
While water levels are lower than ever, there is still plenty of water for activities such as kayaking, swimming and canoeing.
“We’re pretty well off when compared with other lakes,” O’Haver said. “We are ¼ full, not ¾ empty.”

Summer Reading Program on the rise

library girls ambulanceMitchell County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing, as 80 to 100 kids have been attending the program each week. Librarians provide interesting stories and fun activities for all those attending, and members of the community have been helping out too.
Super heroes have been the subject of this year’s reading program. As you may know, there are many kinds of heroes, including those we see every day such as police, EMS, military, farmers, etc. It’s those super heroes that are the focus of the Summer Reading Program’s theme: Not All Heroes Wear Capes.
Last week, members of the Mitchell County Hospital EMS program brought an ambulance to the library, and those attending the weekly program got a chance to go through the vehicle, as EMS personnel helped them through.
Citizens serving in the military will be highlighted this Wednesday as heroes. Librarians will don military garb, as they teach children about the sacrifices service men and women make so that Americans can continue to enjoy their freedom.
Next week’s program will be all about farmers and agriculture. “Farmers are heroes because they feed us,” Librarian Debbie Mace said. A local ag producer will bring a tractor to the library, so kids can get an up close look at the equipment used to produce food, grain and fiber in this area.
The Summer Reading Program will come to an end on Wednesday, July 15th. If you have a child that may be interested in participating in some fun activities, take them out to the library on Wednesday morning. Program activities kick off at 10 a.m.

Dixon talks native plants

lions club dixonThe weekly meeting of the Colorado City Lions Club brought Kathy Dixon to town from her ranch near Maryneal. She spoke to club members about healthy range management and native plants.
Dixon is a fan of natural habitats that encourage wildlife of all sorts, especially pollinators such as bees and butterflies. She said she became aware of the environment in the ‘80s and has been doing her part to protect it ever since.
After learning about the environment and what harms it, Dixon quit using pesticides, and now her place is teeming with healthy, diverse life. She and her best friend, Peggy Maddox who is a former resident of Colorado City, enjoy teaching others about how to protect the land. Maddox created Kids on the Land, a program that teaches elementary students about native plants and pollinators.
Dixon said that pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are responsible for about 80% of all pollination that occurs. The statistic hit home, as every person on Earth would be affected without pollination.
Though the vanishing of pollinators is happening now, there are things people can do to help. Dixon encouraged club members to plant native plants that naturally attract pollinators to this area.
She shared a few facts about bees, like the fact that collected pollen is taken back to bee hives to feed the babies and the queen. She said that experts think that the disappearance of bees can be traced back to three things: lack of habitat, pesticides and mites.
Dixon encouraged club members to choose some locations in their yards where things like clover and buffalo grass can be grown instead of lawn grasses like Bermuda. She also said that butterflies like flat flowers, such as zinnias, and hummingbirds like tube-like flowers such as those that bloom on trumpet vines. Anyone growing these things will get to enjoy the sweet sights of butterflies and honeybees flitting from flower to flower.
The number of Monarch butterflies is also in decline, and Dixon suggested growing lots of milkweed to draw the pretty pollinators. She said that the tiny insects migrate every year from Canada to Mexico, and it takes four to five generations of the insects to return to Canada.
For those wanting to protect the environment while still maintaining pretty plants, Dixon suggested some alternatives to using pesticides. She said that Arbico Organics offers a good variety of natural pest control solutions for homes, businesses, gardens and farms. She personally uses ladybugs on her property and tiny wasps that eat casebearer eggs to protect her pecans. She said that ladybugs can eat up to 5000 aphids in their lifetime.
“It is such a wondrous world,” Dixon said. And she’s doing her part to help take care of it.

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