Colorado River gets new bridge

New bridge construction underway...

A new bridge is being built by Reece Albert crews on CR 337. The road connects Hwy. 163 and Hwy. 208 in the county and is commonly known as 16-mile road.

Fire burns mobile home

Structure was being used as storage...

A fire burned a mobile home on county road near lake last Friday. A trash pile was set on fire too close to the structure that was being used as storage.

Franco Pavilion dedicated to family

Paredes Park gets new monument during reunion

Nearly 600 members of the Franco family attended the annual reunion in Paredes Park last weekend. A dedication ceremony officially named the pavilion after the family that has done so much for the park.

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  • Mitchell County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing, as 80 to 100 kids have been attending the program each week. Librarians provide interesting stories and fun activities for all those attending, and members of the community have been helping out too.Super heroes have been the subject of this year’s reading program. As you may know, there are many kinds of heroes, including t...
  • Coach Virgil Judy coached the Westbrook Junior High girls’ basketball team in 1970, and he returned to the school during the 2015 homecoming festivities to honor team members. Despite his hearing handicap, Judy followed his dream, attended college and became a coach.Judy was born on May 28, 1944, in Long Beach, California, during World War II. His father was in the United States Marine Corps, and ...
  • A good group of citizens came out Saturday to support the Colorado City Rotary Club and compete in the 11th Annual C-City Rotary Club Pat Taylor Memorial Nigh Golf Tourament and Steak Cookout. The 1st place team in the 1st flight, consisting of Joe Stinson, Blake Hammond, Wilson Marshall, and Brett Womack, finished the tournament with a score of 54. The 1st place team in the 2nd flight, consisting...
  • Changes may be coming your way if you live within 5000 feet of the city limits of Colorado City. During the last city council meeting, it was approved by the council to begin enforcement of city codes on property located along the entrances to the city.City Manager David Hoover said that it is already a state law that municipalities can enforce codes on all Extra Territorial Jurisdiction propertie...
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Obituaries 7-2-15

JoAnn Merket
1934-2015
COLORADO CITY -- JoAnn Merket, 80, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on the morning of Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at the First Baptist Church of Colorado City. Officiating was Pastor Jerry Shields. The family received friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home in Colorado City.
JoAnn Merket was born on August 31, 1934 in Colorado City to George Irvin Plaster and Alice Elizabeth (Cooper) Plaster. She married the love of her life, Floyd W. “Lindy” Merket on July 5, 1957 in Colorado City. JoAnn graduated from the Shannon Memorial School of Nursing in San Angelo on September 1, 1955 and was hired by Dr. Charles Root to work for Root Memorial Hospital shortly thereafter. In 1966, she became the Director of Nurses and remained in this position until she retired on November 5, 2005.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd W. “Lindy” Merket, who passed away on May 2, 2015.
She will always be remembered for her unwavering love for her family and her love of nursing.  She cherished her husband Lindy as well as her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In her spare time, JoAnn loved spending time gardening, reading, and spending time with family.
Survivors include her daughter, Dondi Kilpatrick and husband Audie of Lubbock; her son, Russell “Rusty” Merket and wife Kim of China Grove; a sister, Dixie Lynch and husband Ted of Austin; granddaughters, Kendra Merket of China Grove, Lindsey Glasscock and husband Colton of Lubbock, Lauren Szot and husband Jake of Midland; great-grandsons, Trenten Merket of China Grove and Trayson Glasscock of Lubbock. In addition, she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Following the services, burial was held in the Colorado City Cemetery under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. The family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, Mitchell County Library, or the Heart of West Texas Museum.

Lovess Bunn Curlee
1924-2015
COLORADO CITY--Lovess Bunn Curlee passed away on June 21, 2015 in Lubbock. She was born Easter Sunday, April, 20, 1924, in Walnut Ridge, AR to Robert Clay and Agnes Lucy Jones Bunn. She moved to Fisher County, at the age of 14 with her family. She was a graduate of Roby High School, class of 1941. She served as assistant county clerk for Fisher County until she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II where she served at Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma until the end of the war. Upon her discharge, she returned to Fisher County where she reacquainted with Tandy Curlee. They were married on June 7, 1947, in Kermit and were married 59 years until his death in 2006.
Lovess and Tandy made their home in Midland for 15 years and moved to Colorado City in 1961 where they owned and operated Curlee Lumber Company until 1971. She then went to work at Ratliff Insurance Company until her retirement. Lovess was very active in her community and the First Methodist Church of Colorado City. She was an active member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Mitchell County Hospital Auxiliary, and was a founding member of the Colorado City Opera House. She moved to Lubbock in 2010 where she became a member of the Grand Court family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, HD Bunn; her husband, TR Curlee; and a sister, Myra Nell Bunn.
She is survived by two sisters, Evalyn Bates of Sweetwater and Lauretta Adams (Ira) of Hamilton; her three daughters, Candace Curlee (Debbie) of Encinitas, CA, Cathy Mathis (Ron), Camille Powe (Jerry), both of Lubbock; three grandchildren, Mitch Mathis of Sugarhill, GA, Mackenzie Knape of Bellaire, and Quentin Driskell of Lubbock; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Methodist Church of Colorado City and Meals on Wheels of Lubbock.
Joe David Neff
1965-2015
BIG SPRING -- Joe David Neff, 49, died Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his residence. Graveside funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2015 at Trinity Memorial Park with Tom Koger officiating.
He was born November 19, 1965 in Big Spring. He worked as a registered nurse for several years in critical care units. It was his true passion to help others, and if you asked anyone, he was one of the best nurses they knew. David could fix anything and build anything you asked with his bare hands. He loved to hunt, golf, rope steers and tell stories. He loved his family and friends and would do anything for anybody. They say you have to live before you can die, and no one would have ever said he didn’t live.
Survivors include three daughters, Kalea Neff and Savannah Neff both of Coahoma and Angelina Neff of Odessa; one son, Matthew Neff of Odessa; his parents, Dr. Joe and Sue Neff of Big Spring; one brother, Dr. Bryan Neff and wife, Laurie and their children, Cale, Ty and Zane all of Bandera; and two uncles.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Garrett of Coahoma and Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Neff of Colorado City; and many aunts and uncles including his uncle, W.L. Neff, Jr., who was one of the most highly decorated soldiers in World War II.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com .
Marie (Reecie) Swafford
1916-2015
Marie G. (Reecie) Swafford passed from this life to be with the Lord, June 23, 2015.
She was predeceased by her husband, W.A. (Smutt) Swafford.
Reecie is survived by her son, Danny and wife, Carole; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Reecie was a member of First Baptist Church in Westbrook.
Vida Ruth Gonzilas
1935-2015
ABILENE -- Mrs. Vida Ruth Gonzilas, age 79, formerly of Colorado City and Big Spring, died Sunday in an Abilene hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 in the Kiker-Seale Chapel. Burial will follow in the Colorado City Cemetery under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gonzilas was born December 1, 1935 in Colorado City to Marvin and Ethel Prescott Robertson. She married Chester Sollie Morris Jr on December 12, 1952. He preceded her in death on January 18, 1958. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.
She is survived by three daughters, Karen Wood of Merkel, Debbie Pritchett and Tonya Boyd, both of Abilene; four sons, Sollie Morris, Chester Morris and Carroll Gonzilas all of Abilene and Floyd Morris of Buffalo Gap; one brother, Richard Robertson of Abilene; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

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