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Riders enjoy lunch & program

Hundreds of motorcycle riders traveling the southern route of Run for the Wall came into Colorado City Saturday to enjoy and delicious lunch and patriotic program put on by middle school students.

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  • The city council approved the annexation of the Colorado City Airport into the City of Colorado City at the regular meeting earlier this month. City Manager David Hoover sat down with the Record to clarify for citizens what the annexation means to them.What does annexing the airport mean for the City of Colorado City? Hoover said that annexing the property at the facility gives the city the right ...
  • VOLUNTEERING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW – Volunteers with the Mentoring at Colorado City program have been assisting Kelley Elementary staff with helping students learn to read during the entire school year. Those pictured here along with students are: (back row, l-r) Jonathan Connell, Margo Connell, Ann Marie Molina, Mona Crockett, Leslie Jones, MACC founders Terri Robben and Doris Sands, Wade Sands, ...
  • Lady Wolves cruised into regional finals with sweep of Fillies. The Colorado High School Lady Wolves didn’t need much time to take the heart out of the Shallowwater Fillies in their Class 3A regional semifinal playoff. In fact, they needed only about six seconds – or the time needed for Madie Gutierrez to take the first pitch she saw from Taylor Keaton and deposit it over the centerfield wall for ...
  • According to affidavits filed in the Mitchell County District Clerk’s office, the 32nd Judicial District Task Force has been hard at work. In a little over a month, more than $340,000 and two vehicles have been seized.Last month on April 13th, Task Force Investigator Billy Joe Sides stopped a 2001 tan Chevrolet Suburban on I-20 near mile marker 208 near Westbrook for failure to maintain liability ...

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Barlow retires from funeral home

barlow retiresBill Barlow retired from Kiker-Seale Funeral Home at the end of December after helping families tend to the business of their deceased loved ones for almost 25 years. So, some folks may not recognize him without his suit and tie. Nowadays, the man can be found enjoying the time off in his sweat suit and tennis shoes, and he’s enjoying the change.
It may be a little early to announce Barlow’s retirement, as he said that he has plans to return to the funeral home part-time. But, for now, he’s free as a bird… to finish up some honey-do chores around the house.
While still in high school, Barlow wanted to be an undertaker. He said he understands it’s a job that very few people want to do, but he’s always found the work interesting. Though it was his chosen career path, there were some obstacles that delayed the journey a little bit.
Because of the cost of education, certification and licensing, Barlow found the training too expensive after he graduated from high school. He enlisted in the Army and worked for the National Guard. After he retired from the Army, the VA paid for him to get the education he wanted and needed to get into the funeral business.
He took a two-year course, which he finished in about 15 months and graduated with an associate’s degree in March of 1991. He was living in Merkel at the time and knew he wanted to stay in West Texas, as he was born and grew up in Abilene.
On April 15, 1991, Barlow moved to Colorado City and took the job with Kiker & Sons, as the funeral home was named at that time. Because he’s worked there for so long, the funeral director knows a thing or two about the history of the home.
He said that the first entry in “the book” was made on February 14, 1926, by Davis Kiker, and the home was named Kiker Funeral Home. When Davis’ son, Doyle, joined him in the business, it was renamed Kiker & Sons. In 1971, Bill Seale bought the place and it became Kiker-Seale Funeral Home, as it is today.
In talking to Barlow, it is clear that he made the right choice when he picked his career. It’s a job most would not want, but he enjoys it to this day.
“I love the job. I always told myself I’d like to work somewhere that I can work until I’m 70, and now I’m 70,” Barlow said Tuesday.
Over the years, the funeral director has had the opportunity to make tough situations better for many families in Mitchell County. He has held funerals and buried loved ones of all ages, touching each family with a gentle smile and consoling demeanor.
As far as plans for the future, Bill and his wife, Donna, have plans to visit their kids and grandkids. He also has a few honey-dos to tend to before the career starts calling again.
“I’m a pretty good handyman,” Barlow admitted.

Livestock show set for Jan. 14-16

talyn messick with swineAs organizers get ready for the 2016 Mitchell County Livestock Show, exhibitors are working hard to ensure that their entries are in tip top shape for the show. The livestock show will be held January 14-16th, and everyone is welcome to come out and see these kids in action.
There are a few rules that all exhibitors and parents should be aware of and a code of ethics as well. The rules and code of ethics govern the overall success of the show each year. All participants are asked to familiarize themselves with rules and to conduct themselves accordingly.
The Mitchell County 4-H and FFA Code of Ethics states that exhibitors of animals in the local show should conduct themselves with honesty, dignity and good sportsmanship at all times. The code goes on to say that use of abusive, fraudulent, illegal or deceptive techniques in the feeding, fitting and/or showing of an animal will not be tolerated.
Direct criticism or interference with the judges, MCLS officials or other exhibitors before, during or after the show is prohibited. All judges, officials, exhibitors and volunteers will be treated with courtesy, cooperation and respect, and no abusive or threatening conduct toward them will be tolerated.
General rules for the show have been adopted by the board of directors, and the board has the final and absolute right to interpret these rules to determine all matters.
To be eligible for competition, animals must be the bona fide property of the exhibitors. For students to be eligible, they must be enrolled in public or private elementary or secondary schools in Mitchell County or be a resident of the county.
In order to exhibit, students must be a member of the Mitchell County 4-H, Westbrook FFA, Loraine FFA or Colorado City FFA. Competitors must be in 3rd grade or nine years old, but not more than 19 years old by the day of the show. Animals must be fed under the supervision of the county agent or vocational agriculture teachers in the county.
Exhibitors will be required to show their own animals unless they have more than one animal entered in the class or they cannot be present to show the animal. In the event a substitute showman is needed, he or she must also be an exhibitor at the show, meet the approval or the superintendent and be scholastically eligible.
If exhibitors are ineligible in school, they are ineligible to bring an animal for exhibition or sale.
Any protest or complaints must be filed in writing with the board of directors composed of Brodie Harris, Jim Cogburn, Dee Roach, Margo Connell, Jeremy Strain and Dalton Maddox. Protests must be made within one hour of the end of the show and accompanied by a $100 deposit. If the protest is overruled, the deposit is forfeited.
All livestock, except heifers, must have a state validation tag.
In the cattle division, the Grand Champion Steer belt buckle is donated by Strain Ranch, and the Reserve Grand buckle is donated by Dalton Maddox. Grand and reserve buckles in the sheep division are donated by 3K Livestock in memory of Frank Brownfield.
C-4 Show Pigs donates the Grand Champion Swine buckle, and the reserve buckle is donated by the Rice family in memory of Dee Dee Rice. In the goat division, Jennifer Morris donates the Grand Champion Goat buckle, and Pete and Allison Torres donate the reserve buckle in memory of Mary Torres.

Donations help many at mission

hospital food coat driveAccording to Dot Smith, manager of the Community Mission, the public’s response to the mission’s need for food to fill Christmas boxes has been overwhelming. Thanks to all the donations, the mission gave out 350 boxes this year.
Smith said that the boxes were able to be filled because of generous citizens participating in numerous food drives across the county. She said that monetary donations were also quite helpful.
“We can purchase cheaper than most people can buy food,” she said Monday. “Fullers gives us an excellent discount and it enables us to buy what we need at a cheap price.”
While Christmas food boxes have already been filled and picked up, the mission’s needs continue. Smith said that the food bank in Abilene is just about down to nothing this time of year.
Orders are placed weekly to the food bank, to be filled and picked up once per month. Because the food bank is in Abilene, charitable food pantries in Abilene get first pick. Smith said that it’s disheartening to go over to pick up the orders and find that there are only two pallets of food available when there should be five.
Smith assures citizens that no food donations go to waste. Food drives benefitting the mission are always a good thing, no matter the time of year.
Smith made a good point when she said, “There will still be hungry people in January.”

Jeter retiring after 29 years

carolyn retirement partyMitchell County Jail Administrator Carolyn Jeter was facing a bittersweet moment last Friday, as she celebrated her upcoming retirement after working in the sheriff’s office for 29 years. She described the people she works with as being part of her family, but she’s looking forward to what will come next.
Jeter is retiring at the end of December, and the people she works with hate to see her go. Similarly, it will be a hard transition for her as well.
“It’s gonna’ be hard. These people have been my family, and I’ve been through so much with them. I’ve seen lots of troopers, deputies, DA’s guys go through here,” Jeter said last week.
Hired by Wendell Bryant, she started working for the sheriff’s office in October of 1986 as a jailer. She said she remembers when Patrick Toombs started working as a deputy in 1989. Jeter said that Toombs, Mike Redwine and Tera Williams have been there the longest.
As much as she will miss her friends at the Mitchell County Law Enforcement Center, Jeter is looking forward to filling her time with different activities, most especially spending time with her grandkids and doing a bit of traveling.
Sheriff Toombs said tough days are ahead for him and his staff.
“It’s going to be very tough,” he said. “She’s been here longer than anyone, and it’s going to be difficult around here without her. I don’t want her to leave. It’s going to be a big adjustment.”
The people that work with Jeter will make some changes and learn to do the job without her, but what some will miss most is her personality. According to Toombs, Jeter has always enjoyed a good prank, keeping everyone on their toes.
The sheriff said that no one ever knew what she would be up to next.
“You might come out of the office to find the whole back seat of your vehicle filled with shredded paper. You had to be careful. There might be powder in your air conditioning vents or your door handles might be greased,” Toombs said.
One of the best parts about working with Jeter was that she had the ability to make anyone smile, no matter how bad their day had been. While no one wanted to see her go, all wished her well.
A large crowd attended her retirement party held at the law enforcement center last Thursday, a testament to all the lives she touched and the hard work she put into the jail.

Livestock show changes in 2016

livestock show eldon harrisThe time is drawing near for the 79th Annual Mitchell County Livestock Show, and a few changes have been made. The upcoming show will be dedicated in memory of Eldon Harris.
Harris was an exhibitor as a child in the show he came to love. As an adult, he served on the livestock show association board for several years and as swine superintendent for many more. Harris often donated hogs to kids that couldn’t afford to buy one and even provided them a place to keep it and ready it for a show.
Eldon bred and sold show hogs during the 1990s while his son, Brodie, was also an exhibitor. Brodie said he remembers being beaten in the show by the very pigs his dad had sold.
“He was always a big supporter of the livestock show,” Brodie said Tuesday.
The biggest change coming up is that the show will be held a week later than normal to better fit school schedules for the students participating. The show kicks off on January 14th and continues until the 16th.
All animals are required to be in the barn on Thursday, January 14th by 4 p.m. Weighing will begin at 5 p.m.
The show will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, January 15th, with the hogs showing first. This year, the number of hog entries is limited to four per student, down from six in previous years, due to the high number of hog entries and limited space in the barn.
Kevin Thomas of Jacksboro High School will serve as the judge of all categories this year.
All animals will be shown on Friday, with goats following hogs, then lambs, the peewee goat show, heifers and steers showing last Friday evening.
Saturday, January 16th will be the day for the annual premium sale. The sale was started in 1995 to help exhibitors with expenses for the major shows.
Set-up for the premium sale will begin at 8 a.m. that morning. All buyers are welcome to enjoy a complimentary lunch prepared by Matt Syler and Brandon Hale beginning at 11:30 a.m. The meal will be sponsored by Lone Star Ag Credit in Sweetwater.
Once everyone has had a chance to eat, the awards ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. The sale is set to start about 1 p.m. that afternoon.
The 2015-16 board of directors responsible for preparations for the show are: Brodie Harris, president; Jim Cogburn, vice president; Dee Roach, secretary; Margo Connell, treasurer; Jeremy Strain, finance chairman; and Dalton Maddox, premium sale chairman.
Mitchell County Vocational Ag Teachers are advisors for students exhibiting animals. They are: Robin Senter, Colorado City; Jennifer Morris, Colorado City; Lindsey Sykes, Loraine; and David Bray, Westbrook. Mitchell County Extension Agents Robert Ferguson and Audra Graves will also serve as advisors.
Livestock superintendents and assistants in each category will be: Kent Boyd and John Senter for cattle, Nub Morris and Amanda Jo Ritchey for sheep, Mike Hill and Tip Chaney for hogs, and Mike Jordan and Tommy Morris for goats.
The livestock show is open to the public, and everyone is invited out to see the work put into livestock showing by the students.

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