Messy Cookers win!

Results of Boer Goat Cook-Off in this week's Record

The 20th Annual World Championship Boer Goat Cookoff was held last weekend with 45 teams competing for the title of best goat cook. The Messy Cookers took 1st in the goat division and won $1,500 from Fuller Foods and three buckles from Wood's Boots.

Pickup hits Greyhound

Accident Friday near Westbrook

Passengers of a Greyhound bus were stranded on I-20 when a pickup slammed into the back of the bus that had broken down. Passengers were expected to wait on the side of the highway over 6 hours for another bus.

Glow Run sees big participation

Over 40 runners signed up and ran the 5K

The Mitchell County Hospital District and Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 5K Glow Run last Saturday with record participation. See story in this week's Record about 5K Kaplan.

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  • Park Superintendent Kyle O’Haver says there are activities planned for October at the Lake Colorado City State Park. On Saturday, October 10th, O’Haver will participate in a Big Sit Birding Event all day long. Anyone interested in seeing how it’s done can come out and join him or follow his progress on the park’s Facebook page. The challenge for that day is to identify as many species of birds as ...
  • Westbrook ISD will hold their annual Fall Festival, and everyone is welcome to attend. The evening of fun and entertainment will be held Friday, October 16th.Booths, sponsored by grades PK-10th, will open at 5:30 p.m. in the old gym. The junior class annual auction of items, generously donated by local and surrounding area businesses and individuals, will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the library. A conce...
  • Loraine and O’Donnell lit up the score board last week scoring 161 total points while gaining over 1000 yards of total offense in game that saw the Bulldogs hold on for 84-77 win. Senior running back Patrick Tillis had a hand in 10 touchdowns, rushing for five, passing for three, returning a kick-off back for a touchdown, and receiving a pass for another. The Bulldogs were up 16-13 after the first...
  • Build-a-Ramp is a Texas charitable organization that building ramps for free for citizens that need one but can’t afford the construction costs. Just last week, a ramp was completed in Colorado City at the home of Rebecca White who lives at 1008 Hickory Street.While Build-a-Ramp is a state-wide organization, the group that built the ramp last week mostly comes from Snyder. Gary Poe, the Scurry Cou...
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Run for the Wall celebrated

riderwithboardsAbout 400 motorcyclists made their way through downtown Colorado City Saturday to, once again, take part in the Run for the Wall ceremony hosted each year by the students and staff of Colorado Middle School. All attending enjoyed a delicious meal cooked by the Kiwanis Club cooks, along with a patriotic ceremony where veterans and current service members were honored.
Plaques were presented to the three Colorado High School students, Austin Browne, Jonathan Castillo and Abby Ballard, who have already signed up to serve in the military and have completed basic training. Local veteran Dan Dannheim was also honored for his service and presented an award.
General Darren Owens, two-star general and father of Mitchell County Librarian Brigada Hiser, attended the ceremony and was also honored for his service with a plaque. He currently lives in College Station and is head over all the USDA and extension programs in the state of Texas.
General Owens spoke about what makes America special and unlike other countries. Gen. Owens said that he thinks communities like Colorado City make the United States special. He said that organizations and towns that recognize veterans and honor the memory of those still Missing in Action and Prisoners of War are what make this country great.
Several musical performances honored and entertained those attending, as students and adults sang and played for the large audience.
One of the riders took the stage and proclaimed that the riders, many of whom are veterans, have shown themselves worthy to be free. Many servicemen and women never come home, including 1,678 from Vietnam; 7,300 in Korea and 73,000 from World War II.
A few of the riders took the time to present plaques of their own to locals. Principals Mark Merrell and Robby Russell received a plaque recognizing all the work that goes into the event each year. Merrell also presented CMS teacher Robyn Hammond with a bouquet of flowers for the effort she puts into the program each year.
Riders recognized Judy Ragland from the Snyder post of the American Legion. The organization has paid for fuel for the entire group for five years, including this year. Jim Wright of the Snyder group urged students and adults to ask their relatives for stories about their time in the service. “Those stories are part of history and will be lost if no one asks,” he said.
A host of volunteers came forward from this area to help pull off the annual event, and as Merrell pointed out, it’s become more of an area-wide event, as citizens from surrounding towns and groups are coming forward to take part.
The Sweetwater Community Band played a medley of songs from each branch of the service, and veterans stood to be honored when the song corresponding with their branch played. Before the ceremony ended, the roomful of people came to complete silence as Taps was played.

Local venue offers beautiful setting

copperpressAs citizens travel down Oak Street in Colorado City, they may see the Copper Press at 401 Oak and wonder what it is. The truth is that it is an historic building that has been turned into a spectacular venue by Robert and Cherry Hoback, longtime local business owners.
The Copper Press is definitely a new venue, but its roots go way back. In May 1929, J. Ralph Lee, Mary Lee and Irma Lee bought two lots at 4th and Oak. F.H. Strong built a building that housed Colorado Steam Laundry which opened August 1, 1929.
The laundry was open for business until the late 1960s, and the 85-year-old building has served many purposes in Colorado City since that time.
Cherry said that the structure with an open floor plan once housed an auto mechanic shop and was also a pottery business owned by members of the Barber family. Proof of the pottery business is still evident today, as pottery mud still adorns the windows.
“We’ve tried everything in the world to get that mud off the windows,” Cherry said. The mud adds to the character of the venue that pulls off an elegant shabby chic atmosphere.
The building was most recently used as an electrician shop by Roy Stice and Ferron Lacefield. The Hobacks bought the space from the Lacefields in 2013. Renovations began immediately, and the first event, Mitchell County Hospital’s Christmas party, was held in the Copper Press in December of that year.
Cherry said that when she and Robert purchased the building she thought it would just need a little cleaning up, but that was not the case. The Hobacks had to replace the aging roof, redo the electrical and plumbing, rebuild a wall inside and pour a new concrete floor.
“The floor was too uneven,” Cherry said. “I was tripping around on it, so we decided we better fix it so that it’s safe for everyone.” Now that floor is smooth enough for a dancefloor.
A crystal chandelier is a focal point in the interior. The six-foot light fixture was shipped to the Hobacks in many pieces and took three days to assemble.
The location is complete with three French doors that open into an outdoor lawn that is perfect for weddings, garden parties or dining alfresco. The outdoor area is completely enclosed with a privacy fence.
Cherry said that the Copper Press has already served as the location for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, political gatherings, birthday parties, family reunions, class reunions, quinceñeras, and organization fundraisers, as well as others.
Certain amenities were added during the renovation that adds ease to hosting gatherings of all sorts. A commercial kitchen was added which sports a convection oven, conventional oven, warming oven, ice maker and place settings for over 300 people.
The Hobacks are also the owners and operators of Colorado Feed & Seed and the Dragonfly, both in downtown Colorado City. For more information about the Copper Press, contact Cherry at 325-242-1442 or Robert at 325-728-5071.

Leader Dogs trainer speaks to Lions

lionsclubgriffinSandy Griffin, a volunteer trainer for Leader Dogs of the Blind, came to Colorado City with her husband, Hal, and three dogs last Friday to present a program to the local Lions Club. The Griffins live in Abilene and have been training leader dogs for 15 years.
Griffin said she has made the drive to Rochester, Michigan, 15 times to pick up a seven-week old puppy. She then spends the next year “hip to hip” with the dog, which is usually a Labrador, in order to complete the training required to be a leader dog.
Besides teaching the pups what she calls house rules, Griffin teaches the dogs 25 to 30 commands. “I train them to live in the human world and act in a way that humans can accept,” she said.
Every one of Griffin’s pups are named Ivy Green, and two of the dogs she brought with her are retired leader dogs. She said that, on average, dogs serve as leader dogs for about 10 years.
As time and technology have progressed so have the requirements each dog must meet. Griffin said that blind and legally blind people now expect to live a full life, and the dogs help them do just that.
With trainers like Griffin, the dogs receive the best training. They have to be able to remain calm in all situations and be able to handle all types of scenarios. Many leader dogs help their blind companions navigate through city streets, take rides in taxis and even ride the bus. The dogs have to be able to make decisions for themselves and their companions.
Leader dogs are bred on site at the school in Michigan. Griffin said that the school uses mostly black and yellow labs and the occasional Golden Retriever. She said that chocolate labs are not used as often, because the dogs tend to get bored and have a mind of their own that can present problems for their companions.
Griffin showed a video of what life is like for the dogs at the school. Organization leaders are in the process of raising funds to renovate the facilities in Michigan to provide a better and more successful environment for the dogs.
School leaders plan to relocate the veterinarian clinic on site in order to put it into a more central location on the campus. There are currently two full-time vets and four vet techs on staff at the school.
Local Lions will make a donation to the school to help with the renovations. An amount will be set at the organization’s next board meeting.
At graduation, each leader dog will know about 42 commands. Griffin said the best dogs are now also learning sign language to help those who cannot hear.
Once trained, officials estimate that each dog is worth about $38,000, and they are all given away for free to the people who need them. Approximately 300 blind clients from all over the world receive leader dogs from the school every year. Two of the dogs Griffin has trained live in Spain and two live in Mexico.
As much fun as she has had being a trainer, Griffin said that the pup she’s currently training will be her last. She will find another way to further the cause of Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Besides the pup she’s training, two retired dogs live with the Griffins and will continue to live out their life in comfort.

Mud will fly at annual bog

chadpinkertonmudboatThe Lone Wolf 4-H chapter will hold the 12th Annual Mudder’s Day Weekend Mud Bog on Saturday, May 9th. Mudders should get those vehicles ready, as the date is quickly approaching.
The mud bog is set to be held at the Mitchell County Arena west of town, and registration begins at 8 a.m. that morning and continues until 2 p.m. that afternoon. A drivers’ meeting will be held following registration.
Cost to enter is $35, and there will be a 100% pay back. Awards will be presented in four racing classes: Stock – gas/diesel 34” and down, Super Stock – gas/diesel 34.5” – 37”, Modified – can be racing fuel, 37.5” – 40”, and Open – can be racing fuel over 40”. Any vehicle running on racing fuel must have a fire extinguisher on board. No blowers or nitrous allowed.
The mud starts flying at 2:30 p.m., much to the delight of the crowd. Admission at the gate is $5 for everyone 13 years old and up, $2 for children ages six to 12 and free to all children five and under.
Reserved parking around the arena will be available again this year for $50. Anyone hoping to reserve a spot should do so immediately, as spaces are limited.
A full concession stand will be open, so there will be no cooking or outside food allowed in the gate.
Make plans now to come out and show your support for the local 4-H club.

RFL raises $50,000

rflbannerwalkersRelay for Life of Mitchell & Scurry Counties was held Saturday, and thanks to the generosity of local and area citizens, the event raised over $50,000 for the American Cancer Society. The original goal of $30,000 was surpassed in a big way, as fundraisers took center stage in the fight against cancer.
With the threat of rain looming, relay organizers changed venue, moving the event from the Mitchell County Sports Complex to the Mitchell County Ag Barn at the last minute. The decision was hailed as a good one, because the ag barn turned out to be a good venue for walking and for teams selling items to raise more money for the cause.
According to relay chairman Cliff Shiller, combined efforts of teams and individuals helped raise $50,719 which will go to the ACS to fund life-saving research, education, advocacy and provide local patient services, like gas cards, lodging and wigs.
The theme of this year’s event was the 80s, and participants showed up with big hair and brightly colored attire in honor of the decade. Seven teams walked in the relay, with at least one team member walking at all times.
Teams and captains participating were: CancerBusters, Iris Boyd/Zula Cornutt; MCH Purple Rain, Cherri Ginkinger; Team Olaf, Samantha Ruth; CHS NHS, Tommie Alvarez; Unit Warriors, Darla Lindsey; PMA, Tia Matlock; and Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Delaine Hale.
The day’s activities were kicked off with a hotdog lunch at noon, served by local 4-H kids. The relay itself always begins with the survivor lap, and this year was no different. Caregivers joined survivors in a second lap in celebration of fighting the good fight with unfailing hope. Jeremy Strain gave an inspirational speech about hope as part of the Fight Back Ceremony.
There were games, such as the water balloon toss, a three-legged race, and a pie-eating contest, to make the day fun. Various groups provided entertainment, including the CheerStars, Deep Creek Cloggers, and the CHS Drumline.
A Luminaria Ceremony was held Saturday evening about 9 to remember those who lost the battle against cancer. David Jones played Taps in remembrance of those who have died from cancer.
Closing ceremonies took place at 11:45, and the phenomenal fundraising event concluded at midnight.

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