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CHS Classes of '66, '67, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72

A couple of weeks ago, several groups of classmates converged on Colorado City for a big reunion. Classes met separately and as a group.

Rain, rain, don't go away...

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Colorado City has gotten about 1.6 inches of rain since August 10th, while other parts of the county have reported much more.

Football season is here!

Wolves, Wildcats and Bulldogs start season Friday

All three high school teams in the county begin their season on the road this Friday. The Wolves travel to Albany, the Wildcats go to Borden County, while the Bulldogs play in Wellman.

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  • The Colorado City Police Department participated in a DWI initiative that was part of a TxDOT ID mobilization last year. The $3,000 grant was awarded to the CCPD for participation in the Labor Day Impaired Driving Mobilization Incentive. The initiative was held at the end of August and through the first week of September last year to help reduce drunk driving over the Labor Day weekend. Once CCPD ...
  • The school year began in earnest on Monday, and there are plenty of activities slated for the next couple of weeks. Colorado ISD students and parents should take note to be prepared for upcoming events.On Monday, August 29th, an open house is planned for Colorado Elementary School, grades pre-k through 2nd. Parents and students can visit with teachers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. that day.Pigskin Preview i...
  • Pigskin Preview, the annual introduction of Wolves and Lady Wolves athletes to the fans, will be held Monday, August 29th at Wolf Stadium.The event will start at 7:30 p.m. and include introductions of 7th, 8th, JV and varsity football players, along with volleyballers, cheerleaders, twirlers and color guard. Those attending can expect to be treated to performances by the CHS and mini cheerleaders,...
  • The county courtroom was full again on Monday, as a called meeting of the Mitchell County Commissioners’ Court was held. Ranchers from around the county attended the meeting to ask court members to keep the county trapper.Amid the stressful budget talks, commissioners had voiced the possibility of cutting the position of County Trapper. Sterling City citizen Donnie Moore currently holds the title,...

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Relay for Life Banquet raises funds

venson stewart at rflThe first-ever Relay for Life (RFL) Banquet and Luminaria Ceremony had raised over $8,000 as of Monday evening, and funds were still coming in, according to Audra Hoback, MCHD Marketing Director. At the banquet, Jennifer Hale announced that over $150,000 has been raised by RFL events in the last three years.
Helen Marshall of Sweetwater was the featured speaker for the banquet, and she told an inspirational story about her daughter, Trelina.
Marshall said at the age of 17 and a half, her daughter was a very active teenager in Cooper High School in Abilene. Marshall worked nights for $5.65 an hour and attended Abilene Christian University to get her bachelor’s degree during the day.
All was not well with Trelina, but that fact was still hidden until the day she went from a size 9 to a 14 overnight. Because Marshall was divorced with three kids and making very little money, she couldn’t afford a trip to the doctor so she went to the mission clinic.
Doctors there sent Trelina to the ER immediately and after many tests, it was learned that Trelina had a rare kidney disease. Doctors told Marshall that there was no cure and the girl’s kidneys would fail in five to 10 years.
As a relatively new Christian, Marshall said she was mad at God. “I told God, ‘Don’t test me with my baby,’” Marshall said Friday night. “That’s when God said to me, ‘She’s not yours. She belongs to me. I do what I want with her for my glory.’”
A lady at church once told Trelina that she was special and her name would be on the lips of many people all over the earth. Unsure of its meaning, it was something Marshall never forgot.
The girl’s kidneys failed at the age of 21, and she began dialysis. Unfortunately, Trelina had a lot of problems with treatments.
The young lady was put on a transplant list, and Marshall shared her story for the first time with a class at Angelo State University. Marshall also told a professor at ACU that her daughter was in need of a kidney, and the class prayed for her. At 2 a.m. the next morning, Marshall’s beeper signaled that a suitable kidney had been found.
Marshall said she had $20 and a raggedy old car, but they took off to Fort Worth. The kidney was transplanted, but Trelina was still recovering. Her mom and brother ran homework to and from classes, so she could continue her education at HSU.
As she felt better, Trelina wanted to go to work. No matter how bad her health was, the young lady persevered.
On a spring day in May, Marshall graduated from ACU and Trelina graduated from Hardin-Simmons University.
Marshall wanted to get her master’s degree, so she set out on a long road… literally. The woman would leave Abilene every morning at 4 a.m. and travel to Arlington for classes and return at 1 a.m. in her old car. She said she prayed for safe travels, and the car only broke down in town which she sees as a somewhat comical answer to prayers.
Trelina got a job and always made sure her little brother, Tone’, had new tennis shoes. Because he wasn’t quite the studious person like his mom and sister, Trelina would take those shoes away every time Tone’ wasn’t passing his classes.
In 2004, Trelina went back to school to get her master’s degree, but her health took another turn for the worse. Marshall said her daughter was a giving person and never complained about her health. Tone’ and Marshall’s other daughter, Nakia, would help their sister back and forth to and from classes.
“She did not allow bad days to dictate her life,” Marshall said about Trelina. “She was a very inspirational person.”
Trelina believed that God’s plan for her included the plan for her disease. When she entered the hospital for the last time, the young lady knew the rest of God’s plan as well. She told Marshall that she was going to die this time in the hospital.
Before she left this earth five and a half weeks later, Trelina took the time to write a special note to each and every one of her extended family members. And, Marshall finally knew what the lady in church had meant: Trelina’s name was on so many lips, from nurses to family members, churches to missionaries, professors to classmates, many people prayed for Trelina. Marshall said she believes God used prayers for Trelina to bring those praying closer to Him.
“It wasn’t for her. It got people on their knees,” Marshall said.
Trelina Jerical Dortch passed away January 1, 2006, but that’s not the most important message. Marshall’s message to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers was this: never allow anything to stop you from living. Few dry eyes remained in the Copper Press that night.

CIA kicks off 25th anniversary year

cia boardThe Christmas in Action (CIA) Board of Directors is getting ready to kick off another year of providing necessary home repairs for the disabled and elderly of the community, but this year is special. This year is the 25th year in a row that volunteers have provided these services!
Applications are being taken now, and they can be picked up and dropped off at City National Bank and the Chamber of Commerce.
Several years ago, organizers and volunteers changed the approach from a one-day blitz in April to extending the program throughout the year. Because of that change, many local residents that have immediate needs, such as sewer, water or electrical problems, have been helped in a timely manner.
In order to be eligible for the services, the home must be owned by the resident and all taxes must be paid up or arrangements made.
Christmas in Action has always been a Christian organization, and this year volunteers are going back to a tradition that had been discontinued. Every home that receives repairs from CIA will now receive a copy of the Bible.
Between January of 2015 and March 30, 2016, volunteers completed 73 projects, big and small, ranging from putting in new septic and sewer systems to replacing doors. Since the program’s inception, repairs and installations have been performed on hundreds of homes.
Some repairs completed last year were small and some were large, but they were all necessary and appreciated. Repairs made last year included replacing toilets, replacing sewer lines, replacing water heaters, replacing gas lines, installing rain gutters, rebuilding porches, building ramps for handicap access, installing carpet, installing and repairing sheetrock, roofing, mudding stucco on the exterior of a house and building safety rails among many other things.
All repairs and installations require materials, and Christmas in Action is taking donations to cover these expenses. Donations are tax deductible.
The organization also needs volunteers willing to provide help to those in need. Anyone wishing to donate or volunteer is encouraged to contact Jan Lemons at 325-242-0075.
“The board met Monday, and everybody was very positive and looking forward to helping people again this year,” Lemons said recently.
Members of the board of Christmas in Action are: Royce Clay, president; Jan Lemons, vice president; Donna Barlow, treasurer; Brenda Kelly, secretary, Ellen Patton; Jimmy Moore; Shirley Delaney; Joan Lemons and Glenda Wilson.
Anyone needing the help of Christmas in Action can pick up an application at City National Bank or the Chamber of Commerce office, located at the Civic Center. Also, anyone with information about someone that may need help should contact Lemons.

CCPD hires new investigator

ccpd new investigatorWith two officers leaving the department, the Colorado City Police Department has seen some changes over the last couple of months. Investigator Kelsey Rivera is now the lieutenant of the force, and a new investigator has been hired to take her place.
Don Boyett of Albany has joined the force as an investigator. He’s been in law enforcement since 1991, mostly working for the Shackelford and Eastland County Sheriff’s Departments.
The newly hired police officer said he had been looking for a job as an investigator. “It’s something I want to do before I hang up my spurs,” he said.
Boyett will be working alongside Rivera, as she will be able to provide important resources to him while he gets to know Colorado City citizens. Lt. Rivera said she will be helping out with calls and other things, so that Boyett can concentrate on investigating crimes.
Boyett is a family man that enjoys attending his kids’ activities, such as livestock showing and sports. His wife, Sally, works as a manager of the Walmart in Breckenridge. They have two children, a 25-year-old daughter named Amber who works as a groomer for PetSmart in Abilene, and a 17-year-old son, Gabriel, who is a junior at Moran High School. He is also the proud grandfather of a 7-month-old granddaughter, Kanie.
If you see Boyett around town, introduce yourself and shake his hand to welcome him to Colorado City.

Lions hear about CrimeWatch group

lions club lynchJill Lynch began speaking to the local Lions Club last week by telling a personal story about her life. Jill and her husband, Travis, moved to Colorado City five years ago and have started the ColoradoCity CrimeWatch program.
Jill said that she and Travis had their dreams come true when the couple, along with their sons, moved into a home in a nice neighborhood in Abilene. She said it was the kind of place she’d always dreamed of living. It was a safe place where the neighborhood kids could play outside, and it seemed to be a great place to raise a family.
Things soon took a turn for the worse when one of their neighbors, a 25-year clean heroin addict began using drugs again. It wasn’t long before he had landed himself in prison, and his associates, who were drug dealers, moved into the home across the street from the Lynches.
The new neighbors affected the whole neighborhood. Life was completely different. The neighborhood was no longer safe for kids to play outside, and at any given time drug dealing and prostitution could be seen on the street.
Besides the criminal activity, Lynch said the dealers posted pitbulls all around their property, had traffic in and out at all hours of the night and trashed the house. She said the police were being notified, but posted lookouts gave a heads up to the criminals whenever a police vehicle was in the area.
The day Lynch’s life truly changed was the day she and her family had a gun pulled on them, and they were threatened by one of the people living across the street. That’s when the Lynches made the decision to move to Colorado City.
Lynch said it took years for her to start feeling comfortable again, but life in this small town was good. Then things began to change here too. One morning the Lynch family awoke to the news of a house on their street being covered in graffiti during the night. The messages spray painted on the house and fence made it clear that there was a presence of a group intent on continuing criminal endeavors.
This time things were different. This time the Lynches decided to make a stand, so the couple went into research mode. Through this research, Lynch learned how to start up a crime watch group and that’s just what the couple has done.
ColoradoCity CrimeWatch is a group of concerned citizens who meet together once a month and talk about what’s going on around town. The organization has the full support of local law enforcement, and usually an officer or two will attend the meetings.
The founding of the group has taken some work over the past year. There are now several citizens who have signed up to be block captains but more are needed. It is an organization by the people and for the people, Lynch said.
Because law enforcement here is often stretched thin, the Lynches endeavor to build a strong sense of community where neighbors look out for neighbors. ColoradoCity CrimeWatch has one common goal: a safer community for all generations.
“All we can do is try,” Lynch said.
Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly meetings which are held the third Tuesday of every month. The group meets at the CC Thompson Room at 6 p.m. Attendance at the meetings is key, as all issues can be addressed there.
When asked if there had been an increase in crime, Lynch said it depends where you live. There has been a surge in crime in the area close to Ruddick Park because of a few people causing trouble in that area.
There are several things citizens can do to protect themselves and their property. “Be on the lookout,” Lynch said, urging people to go outside at night and see what’s going on in their own neighborhoods.
People should already be locking doors and windows, as well as turning on outside lights. If there are strange noises outside, Lynch advises people to “beep” their car alarms as the sound often deters criminals.
Lynch reminded Lions not to underestimate the criminals, as they can be smart. However, there is safety in numbers.
“We can band together and do something about this,” she said.
Lynch is among good company when she said she doesn’t want to see Colorado City making the news for bad things, but it will take the action of good citizens to make C-City a safer place to live.

Siemens named Employee of Month

mchd eom siemensBy Audra Hoback,
MCHD Marketing
Director/Grant Writer
Mitchell County Hospital District is pleased to recognize Curtis Siemens as the March Employee of the Month. Siemens has worked for MCHD for one year in the IT Department.
“Curtis has been such a great asset to MCHD over the last year. He always displays a kind, willing to help attitude despite his busy schedule,” said Carla Sauer, MCHD Administrative Assistant.
“I am very honored and grateful to be recognized by my co-workers this way,” said Siemens.

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