Grass fire burns 100 ac.

Caused by lightning...

A grass fire northwest of Colorado City between Enderly Rd and FM 1229 burned over 100 acres Monday. Westbrook and Colorado City fire departments controlled the blaze before it reached any structures.

Town Hall meeting Sept. 1

Rep. Burrows coming to C-City...

State Rep. Dustin Burrows will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the C.C. Thompson Room from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Classes get underway...

School is back in session

School started August 24th. Volleyball is underway, the band is practicing a halftime show and football season begins August 28th. It is always a good day to be a Wolf!

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  • Lake Colorado City State Park is offering something new for the hunters out there that don’t own land and have a hard time finding a place to go dove hunting. The state park will offer an area which will be open to dove hunting on two weekends during September. Dates for the legal game hunt are September 4th through 6th and September 11th through 13th. Only shotguns may be used or possessed during...
  • KELLEY HAS CLASS… Mrs. Waldrip’s Second Graders are off to a great start learning rules, procedures, and setting goals. Here is the AR Board for this year and we can’t wait to get aboard. Students are: Curtis, Kiora , Mackenzie, Krystal, September, Jasmine, Noel, Kaylynn, Erin, Andrew, Joshua, George, Marina, Asa, Mikell, Jacob. Zezah, Devon, and Alyssa. Photo courtesy of Connie Waldrip.
  • When the final seconds ran off the clock following the completion of a live quarter during the Colorado Wolves’ controlled scrimmage with the Snyder Tigers on Thursday evening at Wolf Stadium, head coach Dan Gainey admitted to seeing some positive and not so positive signs with his football team.Overall, however, Gainey said the good far outweighed the bad.“I think it was good for us,” said Gainey...
  • Around 10:20 p.m. Friday night, a call came into the 9-1-1 dispatch about a single vehicle accident on East 2nd Street. A Snyder man was killed in the accident and a minor occupant was severely injured.Members of the Colorado City Police Department, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado City Fire Department, Mitchell County EMS and Department of Public Safety Troopers responded to the call re...


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Loraine sale very successful

baileylorainesaleOrganizers are reporting another successful Loraine Farm Sale, the annual fundraiser benefitting the Loraine Volunteer Fire Department.
Over 1,000 people showed up at the Loraine Co-Op Gin Yard to help raise funds for the emergency volunteer department. LVFD’s Doyle Mitchell said that the sale grossed nearly $675,000.
“Some came to look and visit, while others came to buy,” he said.
The concession stand sold burgers, sweets, snacks and drinks, and volunteers stayed busy throughout the sale which lasted all day Saturday. Those manning the stand said that they sold out before the day was over.
The sale annually generates quite a bit of money that changes hands within the county and helps stimulate the local economy, along with helping the Loraine fire department with funds to purchase gear and equipment.
In the long run, the sale benefits all citizens in Mitchell County, as one never knows when help from the department will be needed. The three fire departments, Colorado City, Westbrook and Loraine, work together to keep citizens and property safe.
Firefighters want to thank everyone for coming out and showing their support for this annual event.

CCVFD members attend training

fireschoolgradsTwo members of the Colorado City Volunteer Fire Department completed Introduction to Firefighting training recently, the first of three steps to becoming a certified firefighter. Chief Rick Goodney served as an instruction of the training, as well.
Jody Wilder and Ricardo Soto have been attending instructional training every other Saturday since the first week of January. Classes were held in five communities across West Texas, so the men got to see how different towns used fire stations and how the set-ups varied.
The firemen traveled to Merkel, Stamford, Anson, Baird and Abilene for the course, and they were tested after each class. Wilder said they learned how to operate air packs, proper techniques for using hoses and nozzles, as well as how to breach a burning structure. A study of fire and how it is affected by various environments is also part of the training.
Now that the introductory course has been completed, Wilder and Soto are ready to attend Firefighter I training which is held every year at Texas A&M University in College Station.
To be certified, the firemen must complete Firefighter I and II. Certification means they can get paid to work as firemen, but that’s not in the plans for Wilder just yet.
“I like being a volunteer,” he said. “That’s the way I started in central Texas in EMS.”
With the addition of Wilder to the department, it gives CCVFD two firemen who are also trained EMS personnel. Jesse Stark is also part of the fire department, and he works for Mitchell County EMS, as does Wilder.

Geocaching at state park

stateparkgeocachingLake Colorado City State Park Superintendent Kyle O’Haver presented a program at the park on Saturday about geocaching. Several people from out of town attended the event and had fun tracking down a few geocaches that are in the park.
Geocaching is the hunt for any of more than two million geocaches worldwide hidden by regular citizens. It’s basically a treasure hunt that uses GPS coordinates to help locate the treasures.
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website, geo means earth and cache means hidden item. Geocaches range from very small containers to large containers, and many are camouflaged but not buried.
Most geocaches hold things like a log book to sign you name, tradable items and more. Those finding geocaches are encouraged to leave something behind for the next treasure hunter to find. Geocaches are found using a GPS unit or smartphone app to find the coordinates and point people in the right direction.
It was learned that there are eight geocaches in the local state park, and a few right here in Colorado City. O’Haver said that if groups are interested, he can set up challenges for them. Those arrangements can be made by calling the state park.
Those attending included Louise Boruch; Kerry Hoefner; Gary, Patricia and David Tidwell of Big Spring; Joyce and Jeff Baumann of Big Spring; and Keylee Pietsek of Odessa.
More information is available on the TPWD website:

Daycare director Lashley speaks to Lions

lionsclublashleyHope for Children Daycare Director Michelle Lashley presented the program to members of the Colorado City Lions Club last Friday. The daycare, a ministry of the local First United Methodist Church, provides a necessary service to the community.
The daycare accepts children ages two months to five years for daily care and has an after-school program for children five to 12 years old. Working around children is nothing new to Lashley, as she used to teach 5th graders in Snyder.
While working at a daycare sounds easy, it encompasses many activities. Lashley is responsible for scheduling, providing activities and executing a curriculum for children attending.
According to Lashley, Hope for Children is much more than just daycare. All personnel provide a loving, Christian environment for the children in their care. Currently, the facility employs five people and cares for 11 children.
Recently, the facility was approved to join the CCS program. CCS is a program that subsidizes child care through the Texas Workforce Commission for low-income families. The goal of the program is to promote self-sufficiency by enabling parents to work or attend training or school. It also educates parents about the availability of quality child care, which enhances children’s early learning.
Cost for daycare is based on a sliding scale, and one of the goals of the center is to get children ready to transition to school. Part of the training children receive includes the nurturing of faith which includes Bible stories and chapel time.
Along with taking good care of children, the daycare staff builds positive relationships with parents and families, encouraging community involvement.
Hope for Children is a non-profit center, and at this point, the local Methodist Church supplies the funding to make ends meet. Lashley said that in the future, the daycare will need new playground equipment and surface cover, along with new computers to maximize learning.
There’s always the need for classroom supplies, and Lashley said she welcomes all volunteers. Some come in to read to the children, and all are encouraged to come up and help out to see what the center does with the children.
Hope for Children Daycare is located in the Bob Reily Learning Center, located at 1111 E. 9th Street, near Ruddick Park. The facility is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and has a capacity of 55 children.
Lashley said she expects the center to gain several more children this summer, as she is in the process of looking for activities to engage the older children who attend while school is not in session.
As Lashley’s presentation came to an end, Lion Mike Ratliff requested that the Lions Club donate $1,000 to the daycare. Club members agreed, and so it was decided.

Rupard featured at FNB

artguildrupardMembers of West Texas Art Guild are featuring each artist’s work by display in the lobby of First National Bank. 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.
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.
“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

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