Book sale is a success

Friends of Mitchell Co. Library

The friends group held a book sale at the Railhead Trade Days this past weekend, and members say it was a success. All proceeds benefit the local library.

Lots of shoppers at Railhead!

The Railhead Bldg. was full of vendors and shoppers last weekend, as the fall show was a resounding success. Unique gift ideas filled the buildings, and food booths fed hungry consumers.

WISD wins design contest

Wildcat artwork to don snow plow

Westbrook elementary students designed artwork which was submitted to TxDOT for an art contest and won. Their design was judged the best out of several schools.

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Rupard is featured artist

art guild rupardThis month’s West Texas Art Guild’s featured artist has artwork on display in the lobby of FirstBank & Trust. This month, paintings by Linda Rupard of Big Spring are being featured and are available for purchase.
Rupard has always had an interest in art, but when her oldest son started college in the 1970s, she decided to do something about that interest. She started by taking a college art class. Her interest quickly grew to become a love of art as she took class after class and attended workshops.
She continues to take various workshops to hone her skills. “I don’t think you ever quit learning,” she said last week. “If you learn one new thing, that’s all it takes to make it worth your time.”
What started as a hobby, quickly became much more. She opened her first gallery in the mid-90s, and she’s owned several galleries since.
She currently has artwork displayed in galleries, such as Artisans in Fredericksburg, Touch of Color in Sand Springs and Studio Twenty in Colorado City.
“My philosophy is like what you do and do what you like. And I delight in expressing myself with my brushes,” she said. “I paint to share with others, to bring a bit of joy, to brighten a day with a touch of color.”
Rupard went on to say that finding something white gives her a feeling of exhilaration, like a child using a crayon on a forbidden wall. She says it doesn’t matter what the item is, whether it’s a blank canvas, pair of shoes, baseball cap, piece of furniture, t-shirt or even just a sheet of paper, she feels privileged to transform the plain vanilla with her “vivid imagination.”
“Colors and shapes are the words of my soul,” Rupard said.
The artist lives in Big Spring with her husband, Tex, and their three dogs. She enjoys traveling across the country in their RV, drawing inspiration from a natural environment.
“Nature is one of my biggest treasures of colored beauty,” Rupard said. “As we visit national parks, historical landmarks, gardens, art galleries and go antiquing, I’m always discovering unique color combinations and new artistic expressions.”
She said her favorite painting is usually the one she’s currently creating.
Rupard is one of the founding members of the West Texas Art Guild. She had several works of art in Leada Wood’s gallery, Studio 20, when the idea for the area guild was borne.
Several of Rupard’s paintings are on display in the lobby of the bank and will remain there through the month of March. More of her artwork can be found at websites:,,, and

Summer fun at the library

library kayaksThe Mitchell County Public Library, home of the Summer Reading Program, is the place to be on Wednesdays. Kids from ages 3 to 18 have been enjoying various activities through the program and Teen Reading Program.
On Wednesday, July 6th, librarians have a very special story time planned. A free magic show will be held at the Colorado City Civic Center at 10 a.m. All reading program participants are urged to come out and see Magic by Harlin the Magician.
It’s a show for all ages and is completely free. It will be great entertainment for the entire family.
The July 13th program will be all about sports, and there will be games galore. Anyone planning to attend should wear their favorite team or sports outfit.
The program wraps up on July 20th with a visit from some of the personnel of the Science Spectrum in Lubbock. The program on that Wednesday will be called, Ready, Set, Science!
It’s not too late to join one of the reading programs, as signups will continue until July 8th. Those enrolled will get prizes for the hours they log reading.
For more information, contact the library by calling 325-728-3968.

Dickey enjoys car show, especially this year

pablo pinstripingThe CC Riders Car Show was a great success, as over 100 entries were on display in and around the Railhead Building in downtown Colorado City last weekend. Folks come from all over to see and take part in the car show every year, because the CC Riders are known for their hospitality.
In talking to the owners of the vehicles entered in the show, most mention how much they enjoy coming to Colorado City and taking part in the show. Spectators filled the streets to see the wide range of vehicles on display.
Many of the owners return year after year, as car enthusiasts from around the area make an effort to support clubs from the surrounding area. Barton Burgoon of Abilene was there with his ’65 Impala, and he said the CC Riders always put on a good show and are very hospitable.
Jamie Dickey and some of her family members are return visitors to the show. This year was extra special, as the Robert Lee resident entered her freshly painted ’66 Chevrolet pickup. And, the vehicle had more paint added to it while it was at the show.
Dickey hired the Texas Famous Pablo to add some popping pinstripes to her classic ride. The nice orange finish got dressed up with lime green pinstriping.
“This truck was primer black when I brought it here last year,” Dickey said.
She and her husband, Ron, along with their daughter and son-in-law, DeShira and Chris Smith, enjoy restoring old pickups and entering them in shows. Though it’s a lot of work, it’s something they can do as a family.
The Dickeys are also members of a car club in Robert Lee, and Jamie said members of the CC Riders come out and support their show, so they enjoy returning the favor with a visit to Colorado City. It turns out that the 2016 show was extra good to Jamie, as she was one of the winners of the Sonic Cruise on Friday night.
“We’ve been coming to this show even before we had anything to show,” she said. “We’ve always liked it.”
It’s not all shiny paint and new car smell, as Dickey can tell you. “I’ve turned every nut and bolt on it,” she said, adding that she works on the pickup all the time.
Just a couple of weeks ago, just after the truck got a brand new paint job, someone wrecked into the pickup. Dickey had already signed up for the CC Riders show, so that meant she needed help fast. She said she has a great “body man”, so she called him up and he fixed the damage in a weekend.
It’s somewhat of a dream come true for Dickey to have Pablo paint on her truck, and last weekend that dream became a reality. The artist could be found in the Railhead Building Saturday morning tuning out the crowd and working his magic in lime green paint.
Entering car shows will be something Dickey and her family will continue, as her son-in-law is currently restoring an old Ford pickup.
“We have a good time traveling together,” Dickey said. The level of enjoyment was obvious, as Dickey smiled from ear to ear as she watched Pablo paint those stripes.
Look for the complete results of the car show in next week’s edition of the Record.

Local club installs new officers

new lions officersDistrict 2-A1 Governor A.J. Dolle visited the Colorado City Lions Club to help with the annual officer installation. He had a few encouraging words for local Lions before the installation began.
Dolle passed on kudos for the local district, as the C-City club’s district was number one in growth in the state during the 2015-16 year. “That means we’ve got enthusiasm and pride in what the Lions are doing,” Dolle said.
The top spot means a little more than that. District 2-A1 not only inducted the largest number of new Lions Club members, the district had to overcome the loss of 171 members to earn the spot. According to Dolle, there were three new clubs started and a net of 100 new Lions inducted in the district.
“That’s just pretty doggone good,” Dolle said, adding that the district got a standing ovation at the state conference.
After several gift presentations were made by outgoing President Marianne Stevenson, installation of the 2016-17 officers was held. They are: Past President Marianne Stevenson, President Luis Aguilar, 1st Vice President Janet McCollum, 2nd Vice President Todd Burleson, 3rd Vice President Shane Stevenson, Secretary/Treasurer Pat Cawthron, Tail Twister Bob Brookshear, Lion Tamer James Williams, Lion Tamer Jared Houze, Membership Chairman Bob Reily, Membership Committee Stephanie Perez, 1st Year Director Ann Marie Molina, 1st Year Director Reggy Spencer, 2nd Year Director Glenna Siemens, and 2nd Year Director Leslie Scott.
The Colorado City Lions Club is involved in and donate to several worthy causes, projects and programs throughout the year. For instance, the club donated to help get new playground equipment at Ruddick Park and help provide eyeglasses for needy school children.
Donations are made to worthy programs such as Christmas in Action, Relay for Life, the Tri-County Advocacy Center, and West Texas Rehab Center. Local Lions gave money to decorate a room at Mitchell County Hospital and helped raise funds for fire victims in 2011.
Club members still collect used eyeglasses, and they present scholarships at the Mitchell County Livestock Show and at Colorado ISD graduation. Tornado victims have been helped in the past, and the club purchased a medallion for the Veterans’ Wall at MCHD. Funds are also given to send disabled or diabetic children to the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville.
Besides being part of the world’s largest charitable organization and doing good locally, club members also enjoy attending weekly meetings on Friday where they eat delicious meals cooked by the civic center cooks, Velma Bender and Doris Green. Interesting programs are also presented during the meetings.
If you are interested in becoming a Lion, contact Stephanie Perez at the Record by calling 325-728-3413.

Walters advances to nationals

walters national rodeoJacob Walters, a 7th grade student at Westbrook Junior High, has earned a position on the Texas National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Lebanon, Tennessee, June 19-25 to compete at the 12th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR).
Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NJHRA is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, the contestants will also be vying for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion.
Live broadcasts of each NJHRA performance will air online at at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. every day. The Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV.
Walters will also be serving as the student voting delegate for the state of Texas.

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