Ginning season wrapping up

Last modules being ginned

The county-wide bale count will fall just short of 50,000 bales. That, however, is more than most estimated before ginning started. As of Tuesday, Producer's was at 32,000, Mitchell County Gin was at 8,113 and Loraine Co-Op had ginned 7,413 bales.

Local man builds 1st house

KF Construction finishing first home

Kyler Free's construction company, KF Construction, is finishing up its first-ever house build from the ground up. Read all about it in this week's edition of the Record.

Lady Wolves are District Champs!

Playing Ballinger in bi-district round

After remaining undefeated through district, the Lady Wolves basketball team took the district champion title. The team will face Ballinger on Monday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m. in Water Valley in the first round of the playoffs.

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  • Friday, February 6th, was Go Red for Women Day and Jennifer Hale spoke to members of the Colorado City Lions Club about cardiac education, especially for women. Hale is a registered nurse and head of the Cardiac Rehab Department at Mitchell County Hospital.Hale told Lions that, statistically, one in every three deaths in women is caused by either heart attack or stroke, and 80% of those deaths are...
  • STUDENTS OF THE MONTH – Westbrook ISD Students of the Month for January were: (back) Shea Hale, Xavier Dominguez; (front) Brooklyn Magers and Parker Matlock. Photo courtesy of Sandra Sullivan.
  • The Lady Wolves crushed Coahoma last week, 53 to 22, and clinched the District Championship title with one game remaining Tuesday night at Reagan County. The Lady Wolves will start the playoffs Monday night in Water Valley against Ballinger. Meanwhile, the Wolves are also on top of the district standings with Tuesday night’s game at Reagan County and Friday’s game with Stanton. The Wolves close ou...
  • Last week, a good-sized crowd gathered on the grounds of the old Mitchell County Hospital to say a final farewell to the building that is scheduled for demolition. Dr. Dee Roach and Director of Nurses Donna Goebel said a few words about what the building has meant to them and the community, and artifacts from the structure were presented to the Heart of West Texas Museum and Bassham family in reme...
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Mitchell County Reunion held

mit co reunionAbout 45 former and current Mitchell County residents gathered in the Colorado City Civic Center Saturday for the Mitchell County Reunion. All attending enjoyed visiting, sharing lunch and a program featuring Mark Merrell as the speaker.
As Colorado City Mayor Jim Baum was the emcee for the annual event, he asked a few questions of those attending. With a show of hands, it was learned that about half of those present were born in Mitchell County. About 90% attended high school in Mitchell County and four could remember traveling by horse and buggy.
Nearly all remembered the old train depot, and Baum passed on a few facts about the historical building that once stood in downtown. He said that A.W. Rowe bought the building from T&P Railroad for $1 under the condition that it be torn down. Rowe agreed and used some of the stones for fencing around a residence on 4th Street.
Heart of West Texas Museum Curator Patty Pharis introduced Merrell who gave the audience a run down on things going on in Colorado ISD. He started by saying he has come to appreciate his high school administrators more since becoming the principal of Colorado High School.
Merrell shared information on the $3.5 million federal grant that allows CHS students to finish high school with up to 60 hours of college for free. He talked about the new campus being built and passed along a few statistics. He said that Hutchinson Elementary was built in 1924 as a three-story campus. After a devastating fire, the top two stories were removed and the building is still in use today.
The building that houses Colorado Middle School was built in 1926 and cost $130,000. Once students move into the new campus under construction, students from Wallace Accelerated High School will move into CMS.
In talking, Merrell touted Mitchell County as a great place to live and asked for a round of applause for the local radio station and newspaper. He called the media outlets “second to none.”
The high school principal told those attending about Run for the Wall, as the whole community comes together to help middle school staff and students feed and entertain up to 800 RFTW motorcyclists passing through on their way to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
He spoke about the Real History, Real Heroes program implemented while he was principal at Colorado Middle School. The center was decorated with some of the boards about local veterans made by students over the years. Recent Wall of Honor plaques were also on display for all to see.
Before adjourning, organizer Ernestine O’Dell lamented on the shrinking numbers that attend the reunion each year and said she’s welcome to suggestions on how to increase the attendance. Patricia Gillespie provided dinner music and led everyone in a rousing verse of God Bless America before ending the yearly reunion.

Community responds to Hale attack

hale gofundme checkMembers of the Colorado City Volunteer Fire Department will hold a benefit barbeque for Brandon and Mindy Hale on Saturday, September 26th, and the community is asked to come out and help support this couple that does so much for Mitchell County.
Firefighter Tom Carlock said the benefit is sponsored by area businesses and friends of the Hales, and all proceeds will go toward medical expenses incurred when Brandon was assaulted while helping deputies with a domestic call in Westbrook. Hale was stabbed seven times and ultimately lost his left eye because of the attack.
The fundraiser will take place on the parking lot of FirstBank & Trust. Plates with brisket, sausage, potato salad, beans and all the trimmings will be served, starting at 11 a.m. and will continue until sold out.
Local firefighters would like to thank the citizens of the county for all that has been done for the Hales so far and for the support they expect to receive on Saturday. Make a plan to have brisket for lunch on Saturday and help out a deserving family too.

Compton named president of turners

buddy with bowlBuddy Compton has been elected as president of the South West Association of Turners for the 2015 year. He will lead the organization and its 25 participating clubs during the 25th anniversary year. The planning stage has now begun, and Compton will lead the organization from now until the end of August 2016 when the yearly symposium takes place.
The South West Association of Turners, better known as SWAT, is an all-volunteer, non-profit association of 25 participating clubs from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana. Its sole purpose and only goal is to provide an outstanding opportunity through a live forum-symposium for the education and skill development of anyone interested in woodturning.
The annual symposium is held in Waco during the last weekend of August and features six internationally and nationally recognized turners as well as 14 regionally recognized turner selected from the participant club members from the five-state area.
The symposium draws exhibitors and attendees from as far away as Washington, New York and New Hampshire as well as other counties. Over 800 wood turners and spouses from across the country gather to exchange information with hopes of learning more creative ideas to take home with them.
The symposium features:
- An art gallery where attendees display over 700 pieces of their artwork
- Approximately 50 vendors on site selling equipment and supplies
- Drawings for donated art pieces and tools
- 54 rotations of demonstrations on woodturning.
Buddy, a member of the Comanche Trail Woodturners in Midland and the South Plains Woodturners in Lubbock, will lead the organization through August 2016.

Retired personnel elect officers

retired teachersThe Mitchell County Retired School Personnel met September 8th for the annual kickoff barbeque, and officers were elected for the upcoming year. The group gathered at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Colorado City last week for the regular meeting.
Officers elected were: Joan Lemons, Martha Anderson, Leslie Geiger, Janet Mayo, Patty Pharis and Susan Farr. They will serve the group for the 2015-16 school year.
Farr welcomed the group and Phil Anderson said a prayer to get the meeting started. Those attending enjoyed a barbeque meal with all the trimmings, as well as visiting with friends and getting reacquainted.
Following musical entertainment by Colorado High School student Emily Ballard, Geiger provided information on the upcoming book project that will be undertaken by the former school faculty organization.
Former school district employees are welcome and encouraged to join the group.

Burt is featured artist

art guild burtThe artwork of Karen Burt is on display in the lobby of FirstBank & Trust for the duration of the month of September, as she is the featured artist of the West Texas Art Guild. Everyone is encouraged to stop by the bank and take a look. All artwork is also available for purchase.
Burt got her start in painting in the summer of 1973. She lived in Sweetwater and saw an ad in the newspaper for adult oil painting classes that were to be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. She said she doesn’t remember how much the classes cost, but it wasn’t too much so she decided to give it a go. After buying a required list of supplies, the classes had Burt painting all summer that year.
Since that time, Burt has had the opportunity to paint with renowned oil painting artists, Jo Adine Mayhugh of Muleshoe and Vivian Alson of South Dakota. Over the years, she has also been a part of the Canyon Lake Art Guild, as well as the West Texas Art Guild.
Burt said she painted mostly in oils in the past, but recently, she has taken up painting with acrylics. “I enjoy both,” she said.
“I’ve painted a little of everything from people, dogs, horses, landscapes and still life. The same thing just seemed a little boring,” Burt said Tuesday.
The artist encourages anyone who is interested in learning to paint to try it. “You’re never too young or too old,” she said. “It’s a great hobby!”

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