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Dockrey gets two awards

Wallace Sr. Center is successful!

The senior citizen center in Colorado City is regulated by the Area Agency on Aging and WCTCOG. Because Cherie Dockrey does such a good job, along with a great staff and volunteers, she received two awards last week.

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Grass fire is out!

Volunteer firefighter Linda Mathis was johnny on the spot at getting to and putting out a grass fire on the edge of I-20 between Wood's Boots and Sonic Drive-In last week. A smoldering piece of rubber tire gave firemen reason to believe a blow-out may have been the cause.

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  • The program at the weekly meeting of the Colorado City Lions Club was somewhat comical as local Lions tried to answer questions about beef cattle in a mock Beef Quiz Bowl held by 4-H adult leader, quiz bowl competitor and extension agent. As one might imagine, most average citizens don’t know too much about beef cattle.Beef Quiz Bowl competitor Mark Denison was present to help with the mock compet...
  • The Loraine Masonic Lodge presented the Fantastic Teeth program to 1st graders at Loraine ISD. As part of the program, students received free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club.The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club project focuses on preventing suffering from toothaches, reducing missed school days due to dental problems, and cutting costs for dental treatment. Prevent tooth deca...
  • CISCO - The Colorado High School Lady Wolves learned two valuable lessons in front of a large crowd in the Cisco gymnasium on Tuesday night. First, second-half fouls can be a determining factor in whether a team wins or loses.And, more importantly, never let a good team hang around. Bad things can happen when you do.With three Colorado City starters battling foul trouble throughout the second half...
  • U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway and his aide, Evan Thomas, made time to stop by the Record office for a visit as he traveled between speaking engagements in Odessa and at Abilene Christian University Tuesday. He addressed several issues that are important to citizens in this area. President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to dismantle the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, an...

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TSTC's Smith speaks to Lions

lions club smithEliska Smith, Provost for the west Texas campuses of TSTC, was the guest speaker at the Colorado City Lions Club weekly meeting on Friday. She gave a good report on the technical college and described the differences between TSTC and the typical community college.
Smith oversees all of TSTC’s west Texas campuses, including those in Sweetwater, Abilene, Breckenridge and Brownwood.
Smith began her career in marketing and communications more than 25 years ago. Her tenure with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) began in 2002. She has served as TSTC’s statewide public relations officer and lead strategic communications from the central administrative offices in Waco.
TSTC is known as “The Get-a-Job College”, as the facility works with the Texas Workforce Commission to train students and get them into skilled jobs that pay well. Because of its ties with the TWC, TSTC is held accountable by the state. Smith said that 100% of the school’s state funding is based on accountability, and TSTC officials have to show how graduates have contributed to the state’s workforce after graduation.
Because of this workforce focus, TSTC ranks #7 in the nation for returned value, meaning students who have trained at TSTC are placed in higher paying jobs, which in turn returns value to the economy. Recently, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recognized the education and skills being learned by TSTC grads. He gave an example of a welding student that was trained and certified at TSTC and is now making more than $150,000. The governor said that if his current position doesn’t work out, he may look into earning a certification at TSTC as well.
Smith visits the west Texas campuses weekly. She said that there are three locations of TSTC campuses in Abilene, and a groundbreaking for further construction is planned this winter. The Sweetwater location is the only campus in Smith’s district that has residential accommodations.
TSTC in Sweetwater has dorms, apartments and pods just like a conventional college. The location was the first in this area to offer a wind energy course.
Smith said that there are currently 90 employees working at Hendrick Medical Center that received training from TSTC. The school offers an online LVN program for the part of the course that would normally be held in the classroom, allowing those attending to work a full-time job while taking the class.
TSTC works with Colorado High School to provide technical training in welding and auto tech to C-City high school students.
“I’m proud of our small size,” Smith said Friday. “I think it’s the right size for this area. We will be serving almost 1,500 students this fall.”
It’s clear that TSTC doesn’t follow a typical college plan, because that’s not what it’s designed to do.
“We don’t offer classes to fill seats. We don’t get paid to fill seats. We get paid to get people certified and get them jobs,” Smith said.

Daisy training to serve community

nicole and daisyNicole Lauriano moved to Colorado City from the northeastern part of the United States at the end of April. Now, she’s already working to bring a valuable service to the citizens here.
Lauriano has been involved in K-9 Therapy Training, Animal-Assisted Activity Training and Therapy Dogs International since 2003, and she’s just adopted her next dog that she will train to be a therapy dog. She plans to use the dog as therapy for residents of area nursing homes, school students, hospice patients and just about anywhere the happiness of a dog would bring smiles and peace of mind.
The young woman was found introducing Daisy, the female half border collie-half Labrador mix, to the citizens of Colorado City last week. She’s working on socializing the young pup who’s estimated to be five to six months old.
Daisy, short for Sunny Days of Enlightenment, had a rough start in life. She was taken to a vet clinic in Sweetwater after being hit by a truck. It was a long recovery, but she survived. She’s been living at the clinic for the last couple of months.
Lauriano, who had been missing her last therapy dog, Trooper, stopped by the clinic to tell the staff that she’s looking for a smart dog with a friendly personality to train. Trooper passed away last year. The vet said that they had just what she was looking for and introduced her to Daisy.
While Daisy is full of energy and is easily distracted like most pups her age, Lauriano isn’t worried about it. She said that her first therapy dog was considered a “wild child”, but when in the presence of an ailing person he gravitated right to them to share his gentle spirit.
The future for Daisy looks bright, but she’s got some work to do before she’s earned the right to call herself a therapy dog. She will start Star Puppy classes, offered through the American Kennel Club, in Abilene soon. Then, she will begin training to get her K-9 Good Citizen certification.
When she’s a year old, Daisy will be eligible to take the test to receive her therapy dog certification.
The black and white energetic canine will learn the basics first. Lauriano said she already knows sit, stay and down. Some of the most intense part of training will come when she learning to stay calm and avoid distractions.
With some training programs, trainers have to give up their trainees once the program has been completed. Not so for Lauriano.
Daisy will stay with her and she will use her for community service right here in Mitchell County and the surrounding area. Lauriano has already received the okay from nursing home officials, and Daisy will get to visit the residents of Mitchell County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center once she’s fully trained.
Lauriano is always looking for dog-friendly places to visit, and she’s hoping people will welcome Daisy into the community.
“I hope the response will be good,” she said. Lauriano expressed her gratitude to the senior citizen coffee club for welcoming Daisy for a visit. The group meets at a local bank for coffee most mornings, and they will be getting regular visits from Daisy and her trainer.
If you know of a place where Lauriano can take Daisy to help with socialization, you can contact the pair on Daisy’s Facebook page: CCity Daisy. If you see them, be sure to give Daisy a quick pat and welcome Lauriano to town.

Local firefighters attend fire school

fire school picSeveral members of the Colorado City Volunteer Fire Department traveled to College Station to attend fire school on the campus of Texas A&M University, July 25-29. The university has the largest fire school in the world, training firefighters all over the world.
Firemen participating were: Instructor Rick Goodney, Instructor Morris Chaney, Dustin Cox, Misty Rich and Joe Beltran. It was Goodney’s 10th year to serve as an instructor at the training grounds. Chaney said there were 1,800 students attending that week, along with 900 instructors. Asst. Fire Chief Tom Carlock said the university is the site of firefighter training for various countries throughout the world.
Beltran participated in Phase II training, learning about forcible entry, fire control, ladders, search and rescue, and ventilation. He said he enjoyed learning new techniques and he feels like it will better prepare him to help the department in Colorado City.
Beltran also enjoyed meeting new people and sharing information with other departments who were also attending the training. “But, the most fun part are the live fires,” he said Monday night.
Because he has completed the five phases of firefighter training, CCVFD volunteer Dustin Cox took a course called Transportation Emergency Training. The course is the next step following the five phases.
During the class, Cox said he learned about various types of crashes and how to handle them properly, such as train derailments, major truck crashes, plans crashes and more. The course is particularly important for rural departments, as firefighters are often the first ones on the scene to conduct an initial assessment of the situation.
Cox said the class taught students how to stage people, what to look for in an initial assessment, how to utilize personnel over a long period of time, how to put out wheel fires and fuselage fires, and more. There’s much to learn about firefighting, and Cox offered an example.
“There’s a difference between ‘on fire’ and ‘in fire’,” he said. Apparently, if your arm is coated in fuel that is burning, that’s ‘in fire’, but if your arm is what’s burning, you’re ‘on fire.’
According to Cox, a lot of what firefighters learn is how to control themselves no matter the situation. Panic is never good, and the school strives to teach people how to avoid it. Carlock said that Texas A&M works hard on safety to prevent injuries of the firefighters attending, whether it be volunteers or paid firemen.
Chaney served his first year as a certified instructor this year. He taught Project 67 which is all about well head fires and is very applicable in this area with abundant oil wells. Project 67 is part of the Firefighter Phase 4 training.
The veteran fireman said that it was fun to interact with the students, who were all members of municipal departments. “It was nice to see how grateful they were for the instruction,” Chaney said.
He said that one of the students had a plastic fire helmet that he was having everyone sign. The man planned to give it to his child, which is to be born soon.
Regardless of the type of training, every Colorado City firefighter narrowed it down to one favorite thing: Fighting live fires. It’s what they live for… and local citizens are certainly glad they do.

CCPD buys equipment with grant money

police grant equipmentThe 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 had registered to participate, officers had to increase DWI enforcement, conduct at least two media activities and report the findings by the campaign’s deadline. All participating law enforcement departments were entered into a random drawing for the funds and the local department won the drawing.
Several items have been purchased with the funds received from TxDOT. Chief Luis Aguilar and Sgt. James Barrows have worked together to use the money to buy some items that were not in the budget.
For instance, a laptop computer and flat screen television and mount have been purchased for use in the conference room at the police station. Aguilar said that the room will be outfitted to show videos and training instruction to local police officers.
Other items purchased include six large lockable storage totes which will be used to store single items of equipment such as traffic equipment, cameras and other things. The tough plastic will be durable and keep items dry and clean, as well as preventing them from rolling around damaging the new vehicles.
Seven Medical Go-Bags for officers have also been purchased. The bags have basic medical supplies like a tourniquet, quick clot, gauze and other things that an officer might need to treat injuries in the field. Local EMS personnel will be providing training for the CCPD officers on how to use the go-bags later this week.
Chief Aguilar said that seven LED traffic light batons have also been purchased with the grant money. He said the new batons will put off much more light than the cones on top of a regular flashlight do. Two “stop sticks”, which are tire deflation devices commonly used in car chases, are also part of the grant money purchases.

Animal shelter opens

animal shelter openAnimal Control Officers Justine Lendermon and Donna Overton have been working long and hard to get an animal shelter open in Colorado City, and their dream was realized this week. The Colorado City Animal Shelter opened and took in its first animal on Monday, August 8th.
“Guera”, a two-year-old female Boxer, is the first client of the shelter, and the sweet full-blooded Boxer is getting all the attention. She’s in need of a home, so anyone who’s always wanted a Boxer should call the CCPD at 325-728-5294 to make arrangements to meet her.
The shelter is located on Concho St. in the round metal building that used to be a city maintenance barn. Local businessman David Stubblefield donated several pens, and other citizens have been donating crates, food, blankets and other supplies.
“It’s so exciting,” Lendermon said of the shelter opening.
Overton said that the shelter can house up to 12 dogs and a few cats right now, and that number will be growing as more work is done to the facility and more donations come in. Volunteers Misty Rich and Brandie Allen have been a great help, and there’s always room for more volunteers like them.
City Manager David Hoover has said the building will receive a coating of spray insulation to help control the temperature inside. For now, there is a free standing evaporative cooler and another will be installed in the window soon. Overton said the shelter is in need of box fans, as she has been attaching one to the outside of each pen to help keep the animals cool.
Anonymous donors have supplied two turn-out pens, so that animals can be let outside while their inside pens are being cleaned. The six-foot chain link kennels can also be used for exercise purposes.
Donations are still being taken, and everything is greatly appreciated, like collars, leashes, blankets, towels, pet shampoo, food, bowls, fans, air conditioners, pet beds, brushes, and just about anything else needed for pet care.

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