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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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Lions try their luck at Beef Quiz Bowl

lions club quiz bowlThe 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 competition, as was his dad, David, the adult leader who volunteers his time to get the team ready. The mock contest was held under the watchful eye of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Audra Graves.
Lions participating in the mock contest were Mike Ratliff, Janet McCollum and Shane Stevenson. Questions were asked ranging from the number of compartments in a cow’s stomach to what causes fungal infections in cattle.
Mark is one of three on the local Beef Quiz Bowl team that recently won the district competition. The team, comprised of Mark, Cole Beckmeyer, and Alyssa High, will travel to College Station in June to represent Mitchell County at the state level.
Graves told Lions there is a lot of information to learn in preparation for the contest. When she says a lot, she means a textbook full. During the contest, team members sit behind buzzers. When they know the answer to a question, they buzz in and wait to be acknowledged. Once their names have been called, they can answer. Each correct answer gets one point and a point is taken away for each incorrect answer.
Competitors have 10 seconds to answer and certain questions come with a chance at a bonus. Contestants can confer with their team for answers to bonus questions, and correct answers are worth two points.
Graves said that there are a few technicalities for team members to remember. For instance, if they shout out an answer before their name is called, a point is taken away. There are some multiple-choice questions, true or false questions and regular informational questions asked during the competition.
Mark has been competing in the Beef Quiz Bowl competition for four years. Preparation for the district contest held in December begins in September. Team members need lots of study time to be prepared for contest. This is the first year a team from Mitchell County has advanced to the state competition.
Graves said this is a busy time for 4-H members, as various other activities are getting started. Archery and rifle teams are starting practice.
Volunteers are always needed to be adult leaders. Graves said it costs $5 for the background check, and once it has been completed, assignments can be made.

Conley tells of "intense" academy experience

lions club conleyTexas Game Warden Dillan Conley came to the weekly meeting of the Colorado City Lions Club, as he was the guest speaker. He reported to Lions about what it’s like to become a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden.
Conley said that applicants need to be aware of certain requirements before applying. All applicants must be at least 21 years old, be a U.S. citizen with a bachelor’s degree. They must also have a valid driver’s license and clean background. There are other tests that must be passed before submitting an application to the TPWD, including a psychological and physical condition exam, along with screenings for hearing, vision and drug use.
Conley came to Colorado City right out of the academy last August. He started the process in February of 2015 and was officially accepted in October 2015. He spent seven months, or 30 weeks, at the training center in Hamilton County. A total of 1195 candidates submitted applications and only 41 candidates made it through the academy and received job offers.
Out of the 1195, only 950 applicants went through the basic PT test where they had to run, do sit-ups, do push-ups, and complete a swim test.
During the interview process, another major weeding-out occurred and only 482 candidates made the cut. The interview process consisted of completing a personal history statement and going before an interview board with three game wardens of various ranks and answering questions.
The background investigation portion included extensive background checks where personal history statements were checked and copies of driver’s licenses, birth certificates, college transcripts, military records and credit records were checked. When that part of the application process was completed, there were only 155 applicants to make the cut.
Conley said the next step was for cadets to be ranked based on what had been learned from background checks, and the number dropped to 142. After a review by a Colonel, Lt. Colonel and Director of HR, only 131 applicants were still on the list.
In October of 2015, Conley received his conditional job offer from the agency, and the number of applicants dropped to 43 after the physical test and psychological test. Conley said each candidate could accept or deny the invitation to go to the academy, and only 41 chose to accept.
The lengthy process leads up to the actual academy which was “intense”, Conley said. The 200-acre academy is still under construction on donated land. Conley said it is a huge facility that has all the amenities to give cadets the situations they may experience as game wardens in the field.
Conley showed a slide of what the average week of a cadet entailed and Lions were surprised to learn that after completing a very long, busy day, cadets still had to clean and study for the next test.
“We were extremely busy,” Conley said. “It was intense!”
During academy, other game wardens and personnel would visit to take part in the training. There was a lot of role-playing and Conley said some played the part of someone nice and some played the part of someone who’s angry and mean.
Part of the training included qualifying with firearms at the gun range and time in the Fire Arms Training Simulator that provides training for decision-making skills.
Water survival is also a big part of cadet training, as it is of the utmost importance to learn to fight and perform rescues while fully clothed in the water. Cadets are also taught breathing strategies which helps them learn to stay underwater longer. Swift water training is also practiced and even the training is quite dangerous but also important to learn.
There’s a driving course, and cadets get plenty of practice on learning to control a vehicle. Conley said he particularly enjoyed the driving.
“It’s a ton of fun!” he said.
Cadets were well-educated on handling wildlife, and Conley said he got to grab a big, mean alligator. There were so many aspects to the training that it was obvious Lions were only getting a taste of what it may have been like.
Conley said he was pleased to get word he was being sent to Mitchell County, as it was one of the top destinations on his list. Cadets get to turn in a wish list of locations, but the agency sends them where they may be the best fit. Conley said that over 30 went to Texas-Mexico border.
Out of the 41 graduates, two were female game wardens. There are over 530 game wardens in Texas.
Conley said that he’s made contact with over 500 dove hunters and 400 deer hunters during his time here, and he’s had great experiences.
“It’s been a very great year of people following the law,” Conley said.

4-Hers show off cooking skills

4-h chefsTexas AgriLife Extension Family Consumer Sciences Agent Audra Graves and three 4-H members, Kyler Hardegree, Kynzie Hardegree, and Hadley Redwine, aka Stoney and the Spice Girls, came to the weekly meeting of the Colorado City Lions Club. The 4-H’ers prepared a dish and gave a presentation on its nutrition.
The team of 4-H members had recently competed in the District 4-H Food Challenge. A stellar performance at the district level qualified the trio to go on to the state competition which is set to be held in College Station this summer.
Graves explained that students compete in one of four categories, main dish, nutritious snacks, fruits and vegetables and bread and cereal. Each team is given ingredients specific to the category, and it is up to the students to come up with a recipe. Additional items are provided to all teams from a common pantry.
The dishes have to be prepared, cooked and plated in less than 40 minutes. After completing that part of the competition, the trio then gives a presentation on the nutrition and food safety portion of the dish.
One might think the teams are cooking in kitchens, but they are not. They are provided a hot plate-type of electric burners, Clorox wipes and any other equipment deemed necessary. However, there are no food processors nor blenders, etc. All chopping is done by hand and shredding is performed with a grater.
While the young chefs cooked up a corn chowder, Graves reported on a few of the other activities available to local 4-H members. She said that the Beef Quiz Bowl team qualified to compete at the state level as well.
Shooting sports, such as shotgun and archery, are getting especially active right now. Graves said that adult volunteers help with most of the activities. Some of those volunteers must get certification, depending on the type of activity, like shooting sports.
It certainly isn’t free to enter the competitions, and 4-H members must raise most of the money they get through fundraisers. For instance, the food challenge team will spend almost a week in College Station, and 4-H will pay for some things, but members are on the hook to pay their own way.
When Stoney and the Spice Girls were done with their dish and had their area cleaned up, they gave their “My Plate” presentation. They told about the various components in the chowder, such as protein, fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates and more. Additional information was included in the presentation to tell what each ingredient does for the body.
Another part of the presentation is the breakdown in cost of the dish. Judges are allowed to ask questions, and teams are expected to know a lot about the food they are cooking. The chowder cost a total of $1.66 per serving.
Kyler, Kynzie and Hadley have grown up in 4-H together. They each reported to Lions a little of what they have experienced through 4-H before the meeting was adjourned. They also took their beautiful dish of chowder around so that Lions could see how appetizing it looked.
Anyone wanting more information about 4-H should call the local extension office at 325-728-3111.

Worrell visits C-City

worrell and ellie maeIf you’ve lived in C-City for any considerable amount of time, you’ve heard the name of Bill Worrell. While he’s best known here as a musician, Worrell is an artist in every sense of the word. He plays guitar, sings, writes, paints, sculpts and more.
The Worrell Gallery, owned by lifelong friend Jay Adams and his wife, Mary, is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and houses many of Worrell’s works. His artwork speaks of ancient civilizations and one of his sculptures has been dubbed as “one of the most photographed pieces of art in Santa Fe”.
Worrell came back to his hometown last week to hold a private art installation and give a watercolor demonstration to the Colorado City Garden Club. Everyone at the monthly meeting got a taste of the world of a well-rounded artist.
The meeting was held in the education building of the First United Methodist Church, a structure familiar to Worrell. In talking to club members, he said it was nice to come to the church and see his dad’s name, John Worrell, on a plaque.
The artist was warm and friendly, laughing easily with those attending as he struggled with a roll of tape. He had advice for budding artists, telling them to try out brushes on cheap paper to see how they can be used.
As a painter, Worrell tires of painting on canvas. In his quest to find an exciting surface on which to paint, he found himself throwing sand on paper on top of gesso, a medium applied to canvas before it’s ready for painting. When he found the sandy paper months later, he painted what could easily have been a cave painting done by Native Americans, with the sand sparkling through the paint.
A couple of Worrell’s “sand paintings” were passed around and were admired by garden club members.
As he talked, Worrell demonstrated how tiny brushes were good for delicate limbs and lines, while wide brushes are better for washes of color. He also reminisced about “the old days” when he was a student in Colorado City. With a warm and entertaining manner, he lamented the fact that today’s public education often leaves out the arts.
Worrell’s art career spans more than 30 years, and he admits to getting his first blue ribbon for artwork when he was about 20 years old. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a minor in English from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing with a minor in sculpture from the University of North Texas.
During his 18 years of teaching at colleges and universities, Worrell held a doctoral fellowship at UNT, as Associate Professor of Art at Odessa College, and was Professor of Art at Houston Baptist University. Worrell has a home and studio on the banks of the Llano River in Mason County.
According to the website www.billworrell.com, Worrell’s work can be found in fine art galleries and collections across the United States, as well as in private and corporate collections worldwide. He has been a featured artist in more than one hundred one-man shows and exhibitions and in numerous two-man and group exhibitions. His 17-foot, three-inch monumental bronze entitled “The Maker of Peace”, owned by the State of Texas, overlooks the ancient Fate Bell rock shelter at Seminole Canyon State Historical Park between Langtry and Comstock, Texas, west of Del Rio.
Though his work is quite valuable and his talents widely celebrated, Worrell gives the impression of being a kind and gentle Texas boy with a heart and soul perfectly made for art in all its forms. He brought his 11-year-old dog, Ellie Mae Lucille Worrell, with him to the meeting. She charmed club members, just as Worrell did.
The next meeting of the Colorado City Garden Club will be held March 3rd at the Heritage House at 11:30 a.m. The program, “Museum Musings”, will be presented by Patty Pharis, curator of the Heart of West Texas Museum.
Guests are welcome. Please call Georgia Harris before February 27th at 704-467-6245 for a reservation.

Pharis reports on new annex

lions club pharisHeart of West Texas Museum Curator Patty Pharis presented the program for members of the Colorado City Lions Club last weekend. She talked about the new annex being prepared to open at the museum.
The annex is something museum supporters and volunteers have been working on for quite some time. Pharis said the idea to expand the museum’s exhibit space began years ago. She and her friend, the late Bobbie Banks, talked about how the construction of the new Colorado ISD campus would bring about the closing of the old campuses and a need to preserve the artifacts housed in those campuses.
One of the first artifacts to be donated to the museum was the old scoreboard from the D.W. Wallace School. The sheer size of the large artifact brought about the question of where to house it. As several options were discussed by the museum board, only one solution seemed viable: the museum garage.
While the solution sounded simple enough, Pharis said the garage was used as storage and was full to the brim at the time the idea was hatched. The garage had been used as storage since 1994. Many hours of work by Pharis and a group of volunteers resulted in a complete cleanout of the building.
After being cleaned out and remodeled, the museum’s annex began to take shape as an exhibit space. The remodeling has been ongoing over the last year. Joe Rivera and a crew of city employees performed the remodel, and Pharis said the annex was possible thanks to many people and businesses.
“We now have a beautiful new space,” Pharis said, adding that the remodel was quite expensive.
Costs of creating the annex were covered by funds from the local historical society, hotel/motel funds given by the City of Colorado City, and donations from businesses and individuals.
Pharis said there is an open house for the annex being planned, and she hopes to hold it in February.
Many exhibits will be displayed in the annex, including one of the first exhibits to find a home at the museum. The horse-drawn hearse was made before 1877 and is adorned with beautiful German silver. Mr. Ratliff, the founder of the museum, knew it was an unusual item and acquired it for the museum right away.
Also housed in the annex will be a 1924 American LeFrance fire truck and a baggage cart from the train depot located here decades ago. There are also many trophies from the state championship basketball teams from the 60s at the Wallace school, along with photos from the school as well.
Pharis said there will be many items from other Colorado ISD campuses too. “We have a teacher’s paddle,” she chuckled.
At one time, students at Hutchinson Elementary were issued beanies, and one of those will be on display. The retired football jersey of Hollis Gainey is another item to be displayed, along with a silver punch bowl set donated by Don Maynard.
An extensive medical collection will be on display in the annex. Pharis said the museum has doctor’s bags, medicine bottles from Doss and Colorado Drug, illixirs and potions and photos from past hospitals, including the old sanatorium.
Pharis told Lions that the sanatorium was built up on a hill on the south side of the Colorado River. Cars couldn’t climb the steep hill going forward, so people would turn around and back up the hill. She said there are also photos of several doctors that practiced medicine long ago in Colorado City.
The new annex space will also house a good collection of signs, including a population sign for C-City that lists the population at more than 9,000.
In conclusion, Pharis said that many people may not think much happens at the museum, but that’s not correct. The facility is changing and adding exhibits all the time.
“It’s really a wonderful place,” she said.

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