Wolves vs. Post

Colorado City takes on Post at home

With a 1-1 record in District 5 3A, the Wolves have the home field advantage against Post Friday. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Stadium.

Charity style show successful

Local citizens model to raise $$ for ACA

A style show at Desert Rain netted over $400 for the Mitchell & Scurry County Relay for Life, a charitable event benefitting the American Cancer Society.

Kelley kids visit fire station

1st graders learn about fire safety during Safety Week

Kelley Elementary 1st grade students visited the Colorado City Fire Station last week. They got to check out the fire trucks and heard fire safety tips.

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  • Gary Walker flew into the Colorado City Airport last Friday to speak to the members of the Colorado City Lions Club. Walker lives in Plains where he manages the airport and operates the SOAR weather modification program. Walker presented a slide show to those attending to help illustrate the process of weather modification, commonly known as cloud seeding. There are several uses for cloud seeding,...
  • PERPETUATING A LOVE OF READING – Local 4th graders from Hutchinson Elementary attended the Mitchell County Public Library’s book sale last Friday. They heard a presentation by Doris McClellan about her book Baxter Badger.
  • Coleman used a awesome running attack and a sound, aggressive defense to shut down the Wolves last Friday night at Wolf Stadium. The Bluecats handed the Wolves their first district loss in a convincing 35-7 win. Led by the districts pre-season offensive MVP JaQuan Hemphill. Coleman piled up 367 yards on the ground, while the Wolves could only manage 203 total yards. Wolves’ running back David Sanc...
  • Are you afraid of the dark? If you think you’re not, then you might want to plan a trip to the Haunted Baker Hotel this weekend to test your fear factor. Fans of fright should take advantage of the opportunity to go through the house of horrors on Saturday, October 25th from 8 to 11 p.m. and again on Sunday, October 26th from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For those wanting a second tour or those who haven’t h...


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CCPD investigating burglary, accident

ccpdlogoColorado City Police Chief Luis Aguilar released information on a burglary arrest and motorcycle crash, both of which occurred recently. A felony arrest warrant was served in connection with the burglary, and both drivers in the motorcycle accident sustained only minor injuries. The full media release follows.
On May 31st at approximately 4 p.m., the Colorado City Police Department, along with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, served a felony arrest warrant at a residence in the 800 block of East 8th street on 36-year-old Joe John Martinez in connection with the May 23rd burglary at Gas ‘n’ Grub convenience store.
Aguilar said the investigation is continuing and more details will be made available as it progresses.
Also on May 31st at 5:28 p.m., officers from the CCPD responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Hickory and East 10th Street. The crash involved a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by James Lyle and a 2014 Toyota Camry driven by a 16-year-old licensed driver.
According to the investigation, the Camry failed to yield the right of way and proceeded to drive across the intersection. The operator of the motorcycle laid the bike over to avoid the crash. However, the motorcycle was struck by the Camry.
The rider sustained minor injuries, and the driver of the Camry was issued a citation for failure to yield the right of way.
As always, Chief Aguilar encourages the citizens to contact the CCPD at 325-728-5294, if anyone has information relating to crime in the community.

County schools hold commencement ceremonies

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The Colorado High School Class of 2014 will take the final walk as seniors on Friday, May 30th at 8 p.m. at Wolf Stadium. As every year, graduation is planned for Wolf Stadium to allow plenty of space for visiting friends and family members. If inclement weather arises, the ceremony will be held in The Pit at Colorado Middle School.
Taylor Griffith earned the top spot of valedictorian this year, and she will be giving the valedictorian address during the ceremony. She is the daughter of Mike and Kaci Griffith and has attended Colorado ISD for 14 years, beginning pre-k at Kelley Elementary. Taylor plans to attend Hardin-Simmons University in the fall to play volleyball. She will major in sports medicine and plans to get her doctorate in physical therapy.
Salutatorian honored went to Cason Smith who has attended Colorado City schools for eight years. He will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall to major in engineering. He said he hopes to become a mechanical engineer to work in the aerospace industry. Cason is the son of Paul and Missy Smith.


Loraine seniors are set to walk across the stage on Friday, May 30th at 7 p.m. in the school’s cafetorium to officially become graduates. Diplomas will be presented to nine seniors during commencement ceremonies.
Tristan Mosher will receive valedictorian honors and will give the valedictorian address during the ceremony. He has attended school in Loraine for five years and is the son of Anvil and Misty Mosher. He says his ambition is to reach his highest potential, never backing down from a challenge that will allow me to live a better life and overcome adversities for his future.
Timothy Garza earned the number two spot and will be named Salutatorian of the graduating class. He is the son of Edward Garza and Cynthia Madrid, and he has attended Loraine ISD for 12 years. When asked about his future plans, he said, “I want to go out and be successful in life, live with purpose towards God and be a great example to my younger brothers, nephews and sister.”



The Westbrook Class of 2014 will walk across the stage for a final time to take their last steps as students and first steps as graduates Friday, May 30th at 7 p.m. in the WISD Auditorium.
Cole Strain earned the title of class valedictorian and will address the class as such during graduation. He is the son of Jeremy and Machelle Strain and has attended Westbrook schools for four years. He plans to attend Angelo State University to begin his path toward becoming a physician’s assistant.
Jasmine Alaniz, daughter of Patricia Alaniz, will receive Salutatorian honors on Friday. She has attended Westbrook ISD for 13 years. She plans to attend Angelo State University in the fall to work on her bachelor’s degree in education.


Graduation ceremonies for Wallace High School will be held at the amphitheater in Ruddick Park on Thursday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m.


Mud Bog results listed

mudbog1streyriveraThe mud was flying this weekend at the 11th Annual Mudder’s Day Weekend Mud Bog. The local 4-H fundraiser brought lots of mudding trucks, as well as spectators, to the Mitchell County Arena.
Over 250 mud bog fans came through the gate on Saturday to watch 47 vehicles take their turn in the mud pit. Mudders came from San Antonio; Hobbs, New Mexico; Roswell, New Mexico; Odessa; Sweetwater; Big Spring; Snyder; Roscoe; Rotan; Abilene; Seminole and Colorado City to participate in the annual event.
Local rookie, Ronnie Sumruld, took the opportunity to gain some experience in the sport. Saturday marked his initiation into mud bogging, and he said he plans to continue to compete.
As always, children had the chance to take off their shoes and run through the pit during intermission between preliminary and final runs. This year, a special run was held, bringing in $1,250 for the 4-H.
Several individuals and companies, including Mickey Neff, Wood’s Boot, Red Rock, Carolyn Redwine, Browne Bros., and Trey Womack, pledged the donations to see Gretchen Maddox, Mason Maddox, Audra Graves and Breanna Midwell take a run through the pit.
Supporters of the Lone Wolf 4-H chapter also sold t-shirts and cozies and offered delicious hamburgers, cheeseburgers, nachos, sausage wraps and hot dogs at the concession stand.
Results of the mud bog follow.
Stock Class
1st - Rey Rivera, Colorado City
2nd - Artie Rivera, Colorado City
3rd - Chris Scott, Snyder
4th - Mick Martin, Colorado City
Super Stock Class
1st - Adam Gomez, Rotan
2nd - Freddy Salazar, Colorado City
3rd - Donny Scott, Hobbs, NM
4th - Alisa Owens, Colorado City
5th - Justin Wright, Rotan
Modified Class
1st - Justin Davis, Seminole
2nd - Raymond Martinez, Colorado City
3rd - Chad Pinkerton, Colorado City
4th - Glen Owens, Colorado City
5th - John Espinoza
Open Class
1st - Mark Macy, Hobbs, NM
2nd - Charlie Rich, Hobbs, NM
3rd - Abel Alvarez, Colorado City
4th - Russell Reid, Odessa

Merrell named CHS Principal

schoolboardswearingMark Merrell, Colorado Middle School Principal, has been selected to replace Dalton West as principal at Colorado High School next year. The Colorado ISD Board of Trustees made the decision during a regular meeting. Superintendent Reggy Spencer consulted board members and Merrell in closed session before announcing the decision last Thursday.
After announcing the in-house transfer, Spencer said that the principal position at CMS will be opened for applications soon. Merrell will continue as administrator at the middle school until his contract renews at the end of July.
Charlie Price of Compass Builders gave the board an update about the ongoing construction of the new K-8 campus. He said that while not much can be seen, construction is taking place underground. Much of the electrical and plumbing work is going on, and he said crews are planning out work that will take place this summer. Price said that steel beams should be going up sometime in the early fall.
Newly-elected board member Veronica Boone was sworn in during the meeting, along with fellow board members John Martinez and Shane Johnson. Boone ran unopposed to represent Place 1, a seat formerly held by Mike Alexander. Martinez defeated Steve Komppa in the May 10th election to be re-elected to represent Place 2 and Shane Johnson also ran unopposed for his seat representing Place 5.
Election of officers was held during the meeting, and officers will remain the same as in the previous period. Sally Neff will serve as board president, Martinez will be vice president and Sheila Plagens was re-elected as secretary.
Colorado City Police Department Chief Luis Aguilar came before the board to request permission to list CISD as a supporter of the department when filing for a COPS Grant. The federal grant would make it possible to hire another police officer by paying 75% of the new officer’s salary for three years.
The district’s interest in the grant lies in the way the new officer will be used, if the department is awarded the grant. The new police officer would serve as a School Resource Officer, and CISD will pay the remaining 25% of the officer’s salary for three years.
Aguilar said that the grant stipulates that the department must retain the officer for another year after the initial three. He said that if CCPD is awarded the grant, salary details can be discussed at that time. Spencer estimated the 25% to be close to $12,500, and board members agreed to pay the percentage if the grant is received and the officer hired as a resource officer for the school campuses.
As a former School Resource Officer himself, Aguilar said that SROs are there to help with behavioral issues, the most important part of his job was to relate to students and guide them to success. “Security doesn’t guarantee safety,” Aguilar said, “but a visible presence helps.”
Aguilar said he expects the grants to be awarded sometime during the next two months.
Contract renewals were approved during the meeting. Contracts renewed at Kelley Elementary include those of Edwina Castillo, teacher; Connie Twilligear, teacher; and Stephanie Chaney, teacher. Staff contracts renewed at Hutchinson Elementary were: Stacie Quinn, 3rd grade teacher; Ami Martinez, 4th grade teacher and coach; Keelin Wiley, 5th grade teacher and coach; and B.J. Graham, P.E. teacher and coach.
At high school, contracts of the following personnel were renewed: Darin Johnson, band director; Ann Bazany, teacher and librarian; Judy Merrell, teacher; and Marina Wilcox, counselor.
The hiring of several new teachers was also approved. At Kelley, Diana Aguayo, Tatiana Aguayo and Ashley McLaurin will be teaching next year. Timothy Huck was hired to serve as a band director and elementary music teacher, as was TeAda Short.
Recommendations were approved for hiring to work in conjunction with the Youth Career Connect Grant. The employment of the new personnel will be contingent upon the grant being funded over a four and a half-year period, starting April 1, 2014 and ending September 30, 2018.
Marina Wilcox will serve as program director, and Rebecca Russell will be the guidance counselor. Melissa Lara was hired as the Avid/CTE teacher, and Brenda Hammond will assume additional responsibilities as the Vocational Program Facilitator. Yvonne Carroll will be the Academic Program Facilitator.

City applying for infrastructure grant

coloradocityclipartA decision made Tuesday evening by the city council designates Grantworks and Jacob & Martin Engineering as administration and engineering service providers to help the City of Colorado City apply for a $460,000 grant to extend sewer and water lines to the north side of the interstate.
The 2013 Texas Capital Fund grant, if awarded to the city, will provide funding to extend utility infrastructure all along the north service road, which will open up the opportunity for the I-20 corridor to be developed, according to City Manager David Hoover. The grant is the same type of funding that made the extension of sewer lines out to the planned Travel Center location possible.
In other business, council members approved the purchase of a used dump truck. Initially, the city budgeted $24,000 per year for the lease of a new truck, but the used truck is cheaper and equipped with a new bed.
Total cost for the pre-owned dump truck is $41,835.97. Since the city is financing the purchase, payments will be $1,844.28 per month.
The truck has a little over 600,000 miles on it, but Hoover said diesel engines like this one are often seen with over a million miles on them.”It’s a good vehicle for that price,” he said.

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