Summer means swimming

Lessons underway at City Pool

The first session of swimming lessons is underway at the City Pool. The next session will be held in July.

British Soccer Camp growing

More kids than ever this year

Two coaches from England came to teach kids soccer skills at the British Soccer Camp this week.

Local teams go undefeated!

7th grade girls & 9th grade boys

Two traveling basketball teams were undefeated in a basketball tournament in San Angelo recently to earn the title of champions.

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  • District 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 do...
  • Jason Rodriquez, son of Tommy and Julie Rodriquez of Colorado City, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin on May 21st. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health with a major in Sports Management and McCombs School of Business – Business Foundations Certificate.Rodriquez is a 2012 graduate of Colorado High School. He is the grandson of Alice and the late Joe Davila of Col...
  • Two guys from “across the pond” visited Colorado City last week, as the annual British Soccer Camp was held. The camp grows every year, and this year up to 19 kids participated each day in three different age divisions.Soccer camp takes place each year, thanks to the enrollment completed by parents online. Mindy Hale and Mandy Beavers organize the camp every summer. The ladies’ parents, Matt and M...
  • The early bird gets the worm or at least the freshest produce in Mitchell County! The Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market is back, and the fresh fruits and veggies are already arriving.The market will be open for business at the chamber office, located at the civic center at 2nd and Oak St., each Monday and Thursday morning, starting at 8 a.m. All gardeners are encouraged to participate. Last year,...

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Farewell party honors Lt. Bivins

bivins familyMembers of the Colorado City Police Department hosted a farewell party for Lt. John Bivins on Monday, and many members of the community attended, along with many members of law enforcement. The Bivinses are moving to Royse City, close to where John grew up.
After everyone had a chance to go through the serving line and get a plate from the catered lunch, a few people took the microphone at the civic center to say what Lt. Bivins means to them. Police Chief Luis Aguilar said that Lt. Bivins touched many lives, and he’s had people who were arrested by John comment about what a nice person he is.
“That says a lot,” Aguilar said.
Investigator Kelsey Rivera said the civic center is too small to bring in everyone who’s had their life changed by meeting Bivins.
“He’s a man of his word and he makes me strive to be a better police officer,” Rivera said through tears.
District Clerk Belinda Blassingame had to chance to work with Bivins when he first came to Colorado City. She said that even though he was “green” and loved to write tickets, everyone would comment on what a polite police officer he was.
Bivins said he was sworn in as a police officer in Colorado City on August 23, 2006. “It’s been mostly great,” he said. “I’ve worked with awesome people and I could not ask for a better community to work in.”
He said that it’s unusual to see people come together to help each other the way they do in Colorado City. He thanked everyone for the opportunity to work here.
He said that about two weeks after he moved here, he met Halie, and when he called to set up a date with her, Karen, her mother, answered the phone. Luckily, everything worked in his favor and the two ended up married.
“I have no better support than Halie,” John said.
With Lt. Bivins’ last day on the job being last week, CCPD lost a good officer. More importantly, Colorado City lost a great citizen. He and his family are always welcome to come back.

State park activities

state park tracking programThe Friends of the Lake Colorado City State Park met last week in the Hesperian Room of the Mitchell County Public Library. The non-profit group is beginning to see many things happening, and members are eager to make a difference at the local park.
Out-of-town member, Arlon Motsch of Midland, has been coming out to the park during the week to clear a spot of land for a bird blind. The local park is home to many species of birds, and birding classes are held at various times throughout the year.
The Colorado City Garden Club is partnering with the friends group to help with the bird blind area. The club will provide various seeding grasses and plants that will draw birds to the area. The garden club has also expressed an interest in supplying landscaping for an area near the entrance of the park.
Once the blind is finished, an entrance into it will be made so as not to disturb the birds that may be in the area. Guests using the blinds will be able to observe and photograph the birds without startling them away.
Among other topics, founding member of the friends group Sheryl Johnson said that adding more hiking trails has been discussed. Everything that is planned for the state park must be approved by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department first.
Two necessity sales at the park are bringing in donations for the group. The friends have an ice machine at the park, and visitors can get a bag of ice for a donation. Also by donation, firewood is available. Both things will help the group do things for the park.
Superintendent Kyle O’Haver hosted two programs Saturday. A Wildlife Track & Sign program was well attended Saturday morning, and Johnson said that the campfire program Saturday night was a success too.
A good crowd gathered around the campfire, and Ray Ellis played his guitar. His wife, Jeannie, passed out song lyrics and everyone sang trail ride campfire songs before taking a night hike.
Two new members were added to the friends group, and visitors and new members are always welcome. The next meeting will be held Thursday, March 10th.

Ruddick Park stocked with trout again

ruddick park fishermanFishing enthusiasts, get your rod and reels ready! According to Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Kyle O’Haver, another load of Rainbow Trout is being delivered to Ruddick Park on Wednesday.
The state park superintendent said that 800 trout will be stocked in the park over the winter. The load of fish is expected to arrive about 11 a.m. After that, Lone Wolf Creek will be the best location around Colorado City for excellent fishing.
State fishing rules and regulations apply, and the catch limit is five per day with no length limit.
“I, personally, have been catching my limit nearly every outing the last couple months, and they are great to eat,” O’Haver said. He said that the last two times he’s been fishing, he has caught his limit in 15 minutes!
What do you use as bait to catch trout? Well, it’s not worms. Apparently, Rainbow Trout love corn. O’Haver said to open a can of whole kernel corn and put it on a very small hook. He advises using a small weight on the light about eight to 12 inches away from the hook and fish on the bottom.
A fishing day at Ruddick Park will be announced soon, and the Lake Colorado City State Park will supply poles and bait. The date of the fishing day will be announced later.

Loraine gets new officer

sam comadolCitizens living inside the city limits of Loraine have long awaited the arrival of a code enforcement and police officer. Sam Comadol has arrived, and he is the guy that’s up for the job.
Comadol moved to Loraine last week from the suburbs of Dallas. He began his duties for the city on Tuesday. However, he’s not new to small town life, as he once served as a police officer in a small town near Waco.
“I actually prefer small towns,” Comadol said, adding that he’s looking forward to getting to know the citizens of Loraine.
The new city employee will also be serving as a police officer, but that part of his job is still a waiting game. The City of Loraine has filed an application with the state to employ a police force once again, but the state will have to approve the application before Comadol is able to operate in that capacity.
For now, he will be concentrating on code enforcement duties.
The first priority for Comadol? He’s going to be concentrating on the loose dog problem that is rampant in Loraine. There have been many complaints by citizens that they are afraid to go outside to take out the trash and other simple things because of loose dogs running freely through the neighborhoods.
Loraine has an ordinance in place prohibiting dogs at large, but there has not been an officer to enforce the ordinance in a long time. Comadol said he will provide aggressive enforcement of the ordinance, as it is a safety issue. There have even been reports of citizens being bitten by loose dogs in the past couple of years.
While code enforcement officers have the option to write citations, Comadol said he will start by getting to know the citizens and their pets.
“It’s going to take time, but it’s something that’s a priority for me right now,” he said in an interview Tuesday.
The ultimate goal of code enforcement is compliance, and Comadol would like to see everyone comply with the law that’s already on the books. He said that he would be issuing warnings at first, but repeat offenders can expect to be cited for not following the ordinance.
While an issue of livestock being kept inside the city limits has been the subject of much conversation recently, Comadol said that he drove by the property in question and it seems as if the livestock have been removed from that location. But, there are others that may not be in compliance of the ordinance, and they can expect a visit from the new officer.
He said he is a firm believer that the city ordinances apply to everyone.
Besides his work with pet and livestock ordinances, Comadol will also be pursuing compliance in the riddance of tall weeds, grass, trash and junk vehicles. Mayor Richard Alvarez has suggested that he start with properties on Pacific and Main and work his way through Loraine.
Though Comadol has a big job ahead of him, he’s got the necessary training and a lot of good citizens to support him. Welcome to Mitchell County!

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.

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