CCVFD gets $200K grant

$$ to buy a brush truck

The Colorado City Volunteer Fire Department is the recipient of a $200,000 grant from Texas Forest Service. The money will be used to buy a new brush truck, and the fire department will be on the hook for $20,000.

Wanna win a Gator?!

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The Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets for a John Deere Gator that will be raffled off during the Hunters Appreciation Dinner on Nov. 4th. Contact any board member to get your ticket.

Making his move...

Pucker up!

TDCJ employees voted for Major Robert Gutierrez to kiss a pig, and that's just what he did! The fundraiser is part of the SECC program that raises funds for Christmas in Action and an officer foundation.

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  • The annual Hunters Appreciation Dinner is fast approaching, and a tickets are on sale now for a John Deere 560 Gator! The dinner will be held Friday, November 4th at the Railhead Building at 6 p.m., and that’s when the Gator will go to the winner’s home.The Colorado City Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the drawing, and tickets are $20 each or six for $100. Chamber Manager Amanda Jo Ritchey ...
  • National 4-H Week was October 3rd through the 8th, and Mitchell County 4-H members filled the week with many activities. Community service was a large part of what members did to celebrate the national recognition of 4-H.To start off the week, members signed the 4-H Week Proclamation with County Judge Ray Mayo on Monday. Afterwards, they assembled 81 ER Hospitality Kits to donate to the Mitchell C...
  • Jim Ned came to town last week on Tuesday night and made the Lady Wolves work hard to stay undefeated in district. But that’s just what the Lady Wolves did, as they beat Jim Ned in four games.Game 1 saw the Lady Wolves on top of their game, as they put the Lady Indians away 25-17. Makaylah Rivera is credited with amassing four kills in the game, while Kaitlyn Kimball and Taylor Epperson each got t...
  • The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) has named Lorianne Toombs as the Region 14 Elementary Teacher of the Year. She is a 3rd grade teacher at Colorado Elementary School.Toombs certainly is a living example of much of the criteria it takes to be nominated for the award. She was nominated by Assistant Superintendent Denise Farmer who was serving as the principal of Hutchinson Elemen...

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Main Street "tours" fundraiser was great

moaar livery signThe Main Street program offered citizens a chance to see parts of Colorado City that haven’t been seen in many decades. The first-ever Behind the Door Tour was held with great success, and those attending gave rave reviews to the event. Close to $1,200 was raised.
According to Main Street Director Mary McMullen, about 70 people took behind-the-scenes tours of historical buildings throughout downtown Colorado City. The event was a fundraiser for Main Street, and proceeds help the program provide sign and façade grants to businesses in the Main Street District.
The tour began in the 3M Palace Theater, owned by Marcus and Bea Monroe. Then, those touring got to ascend to the second floor of the Ernest Buildings owned by Bob and Marilyn Brookshear, just north of the Palace.
Jim and Jill White opened up their business, Desert Rain, and provided information about the building that was once Colorado Drug. An interesting mural has been uncovered in the building. It is thought to have been painted by hobos as a way to communicate with each other. McMullen has sent a photo of the painting to the Texas Historical Society, and personnel there said they’ve never seen one like it. They gave her contact information for some museums, and McMullen continues the search for some history behind “the mysterious lady.”
Alan and Vicki Ramage provided the tour of their building, Ramage Furniture & Appliance. The structure once housed a variety store named Wackers, as well as Sam Majors Jewelry. There are photos of the place from the late 1800s at the Heart of West Texas Museum, and it was Farmers Candy Kitchen at that time.
The old Berman’s Department Store is now owned by Tommy and Eva Wright and houses second-hand items of all types. In the 50s, there was plenty of office space on the third floor, and Col-Tex had offices there, as well as Bob Reily Insurance and the Red Cross.
Besides office space, the upper floors also contain what is known as the ballroom. It’s said that Max Berman and his family hosted fabulous dinner parties in the ballroom when the building was in its heyday.
Robert and Cherry Hoback took tourers through the Copper Press on Oak Street, providing historic details about the old steam laundry and how the renovations took place. The spot is now used as a venue for weddings, luncheons, and gatherings of all kinds.
Colorado City Opera House board member Jan Lemons let guests go all through the opera house, from backstage to the upper floor where the lighting and sound is produced. The historic venue still has the remains of a minstrel show poster from many decades ago.
The tour culminated with an open house at the residence of Ty and Amie Wood, formerly known as Corky’s Hardware. The Woods have transformed what was once a livery stable and fire station into a home on the top floor, with office accommodations on the bottom floor for Ty. The couple has been renovating the spot for the last few years, and nearly everything that has come off of the building has been used inside for remodeling materials.
Tour guides for the Behind the Door Tours were Ginger Adams, Geneva Jones, Dawn Hawley, and Patty Pharis.
Several citizens provided golf carts for those who have trouble getting around, and McMullen called them her golf cart stable and trainers. They are Terri Robben, Dale Sheets, Carl Guelker, Nikol Bolin, Esther Guelker, and Abel Alvarez. Golf cart jockeys included Susan Anderson, Wade Sands, and Courtney Pharis Johnson.
Gay Houston provided a map of city businesses that were around in 1955, and Charles Goodlett shared his storytelling talent. Caleb Sands and Kyna Threadgill also helped with the event.
McMullen praised the Main Street Board who work hard to make events like the tours successful. Board members are: Andrea Burleson, Monica Martinez, Valerie Epperson, Timothy Marquez, Doris Sands, Terri Robben, and Amie Wood.
“We really enjoyed it,” McMullen said of the tours. “And we’re looking forward to doing it again in the future.”

Airport annexation explained

localkidsatflyinThe city council approved the annexation of the Colorado City Airport into the City of Colorado City at the regular meeting earlier this month. City Manager David Hoover sat down with the Record to clarify for citizens what the annexation means to them.
What does annexing the airport mean for the City of Colorado City? Hoover said that annexing the property at the facility gives the city the right to do what needs to be done on the grounds, namely the collect of sales tax.
Hoover said that city personnel and the council are trying to make the airport self-sufficient. Officials would like to see the facility making enough money to pay for maintenance and repairs and the first step to self-sufficiency is to begin bringing in money.
“Eventually, we hope to have some retail out there,” Hoover said Monday.
According to the city manager, the airport needs constant maintenance and attention, and he would like to be able to have a city worker there about 20 hours per week in the future. Hoover said that the staffing would begin when the need occurs and when the city is bringing in the money to pay for it.
Hoover said the runway and taxiway at the airport are in a constant battle with vegetation that threatens the condition of the pavement. TxDOT shares the cost of fighting the battle against overgrowth 50-50 with the city.
Highway department personnel use their trucks to spray poison on the vegetation threatening the runway, and they clean out the cracks and apply sealant to prevent further growth.
“If we don’t take care of it, we’ll lose it,” Hoover said of the airport. “It can be an asset to the city.”
Because annexation of the property means annexing the rights-of-way leading to the airport, including North Hwy. 208 and FM 1808, some have wondered if the Colorado City Police Department is going to be adding those roads to their regular patrol schedule.
Hoover said that C-City police already patrol around the airport, and they help Mitchell County Deputies when they are called upon to do so. However, there’s no plan to add to CCPD’s regular patrol area.
One change that citizens may notice soon is the installation of a gate and more fencing. Hoover said that it is a must that the facility be closed and locked to prevent people from using the runway as a race track.
Part of the facility is already being leased by aircraft operators, and the city would like to continue and expand that part of the operation. Also, Len Hobbs has leased part of the property to carry out his plans to install a repair station and fueling station. Eventually, Hoover and Hobbs would like to put in a snack bar-type area that provides food for pilots and their guests.
Hoover called on private citizens to help with the renovations at the airport by keeping an eye out for intruders. He said that anyone noticing vehicles or people at the facility that aren’t supposed to be there should call the Colorado City Police Department at 325-728-5294 or 911.

Couple travels preaching the gospel

dreyer with crossStanley Dreyer and his wife, Jeanette, caught the attention of local citizens as they walked around the streets of Colorado City last week. The couple was hard to miss, as Stanley was dressed in robes, a crown and dragging a large wooden cross. What were they doing? The answer: preaching the gospel without words.
The couple’s business cards say Mountain Movin Ministries and their business is answering the call laid out in John 4:23 of the Bible. They have been traveling a triangle that ranges from the Midland/Odessa area east to Dallas, south to San Antonio and back out to west Texas.
Stanley said it’s a mission he’s been working on for about nine years, and he’s about two-thirds of the way done. The Dreyers are evangelists and music ministers from Mena, Arkansas, but they attribute the calling to this area to the Lord.
“I believe God is about to do something big in Texas,” Stanley said last Thursday.
The couple spent three days in Colorado City, and Stanley said they travel from town to town within the triangle and stay from three to seven days in each place. They have a travel trailer that they stay in at night.
He and Jeanette found Colorado City to their liking.
“We’ve enjoyed your city a lot,” Stanley said. Jeanette confirmed that they found the people here hospitable.
“Everyone has been kind and generous,” Jeanette said. They particularly enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere in C-City.
While visiting, the Dreyers had the opportunity to attend the Wednesday night service of the First Assembly of God church on 17th Street. Both commended the congregation and pastor on the service.
Stanley said that God called him to minister to the people in this area of Texas.
“He said, ‘Wherever you stop, I’ll start a fire in Texas,’” he said, referring to God. “The people of Texas better get ready for revival.”
Many sacrifices have been made to allow the Dreyers to undertake this mission, but they are both happy with the decision to follow the calling.
“We love it! People stop and share their hearts with us and we love it,” Jeanette said.
Stanley said his hope is that everyone will take part of the revival fire they receive from his ministry and share it with their own church.
The Dreyers left Colorado City last Thursday afternoon, with stops planned in Sweetwater and Abilene en route to Dallas.

Sales tax rebates looking better

sales tax chartSales tax allocations were recently handed down by Texas Comptroller Glen Hegar. While most cities are still seeing decreases in payments when compared to a year ago, some places are seeing sales tax rebates getting closer to totals seen in 2015.
The City of Loraine is a particularly bright spot in the area regarding rebate payments. May’s allocation of $4,450.50 is more than an 8% increase from the $4,100 received last year at this time.
City officials in Loraine don’t have an explanation as to why the rebate total has gone up. City Secretary Jamie Muñoz said there have been a couple of new water connections lately, but there’s no new businesses in town.
Muñoz said that she hopes the trend will continue, as more money for the city means better services for citizens. Overall, Loraine’s rebates have decreased from 2015 totals by about 15%.
Colorado City’s May sales tax allocation is down by nearly 10% when compared to May’s payment in 2015. While that’s not good, it’s still better than what many city officials could have dreamed of a few months ago.
City Manager David Hoover said at the last city council meeting that the rebate revenue should be taking an upswing, as the new motels go into business. So far in 2016, Colorado City has received payments totaling over $44,000 less than last year’s rebates at this time.
Westbrook’s May payment of $1,175.23 is more than 30% less than the nearly $1,700 received in May of 2015. The news doesn’t get any better for the year either. Last year in May, Westbrook had received over $34,128.68 from the comptroller’s office. This year, only a little over $8,000 has been sent to Westbrook from Hegar’s office.
Mitchell County saw an increase in the rebate payment for the first time in many months. The county’s May payment was very close to the same amount as the payment made at this time last year. With May’s rebate looking good, county officials are hoping to see more increases in the future.
In 2016, the county has received nearly $47,500 less when compared to the first three months of 2015.
May sales tax payments are based on sales made in March or during the first quarter of 2016 for companies who pay on a quarterly basis. The quarterly payments may account for some of the slight increases.
Hegar sent citizens, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $767.7 million in local sales tax allocations for May, 1.1 percent more than in May 2015.
“The citizens of Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso and Fort Worth saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Energy-centric cities such as Houston, Odessa and Midland continue to see decreases in sales tax allocations.”

Miniature Show comes to a close

art receptionThe West Texas Art Guild held the Miniature Show for members only during the month of April in the lobby of FirstBank & Trust. Last Friday, a reception was held to honor those entering the show, and after counting votes, Carolyn Walker’s painting, “Butterfly”, was named People’s Choice Favorite.
April saw the lobby of the bank filled with small works of art created by members of the art guild. Artists from around the area entered the show, and the art ranged from watercolor to mixed media. Local citizens dropped by the bank during the month and had the opportunity to vote for their favorite.
During the reception held Friday afternoon, votes were counted, and Walker was deemed the winner with 11 votes. Others receiving votes were: Karen Burt – 5, Pamela Walker – 4, Leada Wood – 3, Suzan Hughes-Kennedy – 2, Tom Orzak – 5, Judy Hill – 2, Linda Mathis – 10, Helen Martin – 2, Nathalie Kelley – 10, Sonja Booker – 1 and Linda Rupard – 2.
Art guild members have been busy this spring, as the Children’s Art Show was also held by the group at the Mitchell County Public Library recently.

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