Westbrook VFD gets pumper

New truck to assist volunteers

BART adds to Westbrook Volunteer Fire Department's arsenal of fire fighting equipment.

CMN benefits from drawings

Credit union employees raising funds

The employees of the local branch of the credit union are raising funds for Children's Miracle Network again this year. Stop by to buy tickets for over 50 drawings.

Loraine adds to Wall of Honor

Former students honored during homecoming

Several names were added to the Loraine ISD Wall of Honor during halftime of the Bulldogs' homecoming football game last Friday night. 

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  • Bobby and June Kimmel visited the Colorado City Lions Club last Friday to tell about the Samaritan House, a charity the couple started as a way to provide shelter for families visiting offenders at the Wallace/Ware prison complex.While teaching at the prison in the early 1990s, Kimmel said that many of the guys there often suggested the need for a place for visitors to stay. They spoke of family m...
  • Over 350 people tested their nerves as they entered the Baker Haunted Hotel at their own risk Saturday and Sunday evening. The event, held each year, benefits the Main Street program.Chief Haunter and Main Street Director Carla Kern said the event has been successful thus far, and she expects another good turnout on Saturday, November 1st. Anyone who missed the event will get their chance, and som...
  • Loraine scored 32 third-quarter points to take a commanding lead over Trent and defensively allowed only 1 touchdown in the third and fourth quarter enroute to a 92-46 victory last Friday night in Loraine. After Trent took an early 8-0 lead, Loraine answered with 2 first quarter touchdowns; one on a 20-yard run by Sebastian Benivamondez and Patrick Tillis scored on a 10-yard run. Tillis added his ...
  • City council members of the City of Colorado City met last Thursday in a called meeting to consider amendments to the contract with FGE Texas I, LLC. The power company requested the changes to the contract, but while the council was not in favor of the changes, members failed to reach an agreement on how to proceed.The city has a contract with FGE to supply effluent water from the wastewater treat...


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Obituaries 10-30-14

Wilma Slone
WALLER-- Wilma Slone, age 93, formerly of Colorado City, passed away on October 21, 2014. She is preceded in death by her husband, Forrest Slone; parents, George W. and Louise A Hape; three brothers, Johnny Hape, Robert Hape and Herbert Hape; two sisters, Mary Ellen Keith and Mildred Goodson.
Wilma is survived by her son, Bob Hape and wife Linda, of Evansville, Indiana; daughter Jackie Gleitz and husband Hilary of Waller; grandchildren, Trey and Jenna Gleitz, Stephen and Stephanie Gleitz, Tony and Julie Hape, Connie Bright and 14 great-grandchildren as well as numerous other family members and a host of friends.
Wilma dedicated her life to unselfishly providing happiness and care to her family, friends and loved ones. She never asked anything more than a simple “thank you” in return. Her love for the world of entertainment, especially gospel music, was unwavering even to her final days here with us. All those who knew her loved her.
Visitation was held on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Canon Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Guest Book @ www.canonfuneralhome.com.
Jessie Damborsky
STERLING CITY-- Jessie Mae Harris Damborsky, precious Mother and Nanna, went to her heavenly home on October 22, 2014 in Sterling City. A funeral service was held on Saturday, October 25th at 10 a.m. at the Kiker-Seale Funeral Home Chapel in Colorado City with Rev. Jackie Brem officiating. Burial followed at Hillside Memorial Gardens in Snyder under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale.
Jessie was born on March 28, 1924 in Edna to Jesse and Ada Harris.
Jessie married the love of her life Albert Damborsky, on November 10, 1942 in Edna. They were married for 54 years before the Lord called Albert home. Albert and Jessie moved several times during the early years of their marriage. Albert was employed by Mobil Oil in the drilling department so Jessie and their children traveled where the rigs were. After several years they made their home in Colorado City in 1960.
She was a homemaker for the first part of their marriage and then later became a bookkeeper for Truck Town, Robertson Drilling Company, and her last employment, CC Tank. She loved her vocation. Jessie was an avid reader; she so enjoyed her books. She also enjoyed playing games, especially SkipBo and Yahtzee with her grandchildren. Jessie and Albert spent many nights playing 42 in their home with friends. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Even in the later days in the nursing home those little ones would help brighten her day.
Jessie was a faithful member of Oak Street Baptist Church for over 50 years where she served as church treasurer and a Sunday school teacher.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert; sisters, Nancy Thompson and Dorothy Morris; and a great-granddaughter, Brooke Stevens.
Jessie is survived by her sons, James Damborsky and wife Bonnie of Spring, Larry Damborsky and wife Patty of West Columbia; daughter, Nancy Stevens and husband Charlie of Sterling City; grandchildren, Corey Stevens and wife Gail, Ty Stevens and wife Sara, Jessica Hillger and husband Brian, Matt Damborsky and wife Lori, Kristen Damborsky, David Damborsky, Jason and wife, Cori Kellar, Brian and wife, Alyssa Kellar, and Lacey Ullman and husband, Stephen; 16 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Friday, October 24th from 5-7 p.m. at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.kikerseale.com.
Cissy Miller
COLORADO CITY-- Cissy Miller, age 40, died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at her residence. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 in the Kiker-Seale Chapel. As per her wishes, she will be cremated following the service.
Cissy was born November 20, 1973 in Kermit to Tommy and Linda Fuqua Pipkin. She married Tommy Miller on June 20, 1992 in Throckmorton. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She was employed at the First National Bank in Colorado City for several years and lately has been employed at the Mitchell County Appraisal District as a deputy appraiser. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Woodson.
She is survived by her dad, TK Pipkin; husband, Tommy Miller of Colorado City; two daughters, Samantha Miller and Kascey Miller, both of Colorado City; a son, Koby Miller of Colorado City; a granddaughter, Amiyah Hughes of Colorado City; four sisters, Betty Macon, Velma Pipkin, Patricia Pipkin and Rainie Pipkin, all of Kermit; a brother, Tommy Macon of Sweetwater; her mother-in-law, Gloria Miller; an uncle, Raymond Fuqua; numerous nieces and nephews; one great- niece and one great-nephew.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Linda Pipkin.
A visitation for Cissy was held from 8 a.m. Tuesday until service time at the funeral home.
Betty Bowlin
LORAINE-- Betty Bowlin went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 23, 2014 after an extended illness. 
Betty was born to George and Lee Owen on September 14, 1934 at Hamlin. She attended several schools in the area. She graduated from Loraine High School. Betty married Delmas Bowlin on December 24, 1950. They spent most of their life in Loraine with the exception of a few years in Stanton. Betty was a homemaker and a wonderful cook. She worked at Loraine school and at the ASC office in Colorado City for several years. Betty was a member of the Baptist Church in Loraine. 
Betty was preceded in death by her parents George and Lee Owen, and her in-laws, Ben and Lela Bowlin. 
She is survived by her husband of 63 years and 10 months; her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Gwen Bowlin of Levelland; daughter and son-in-law, LeeAnn and Robert Earnest of San Angelo; her beloved grandchildren, Heath, Heather and Tim; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation was held on Sunday, October 25, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. at Wright Colonial Funeral Home. Graveside was held on Monday, October 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Loraine Cemetery with Matt Lowry of Calvary Baptist Church officiating.  Burial is under the direction of Wright Colonial Funeral Home in Snyder. 
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.wcfhonline.com.
Norine Freeman
COLORADO CITY-- Norine Freeman, 50, passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at a hospital in Abilene. There will be a visitation at 10:30a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Colorado City with a memorial service to follow being officiated by Dr. Jerry Shields.
Norine was born on May 26, 1964 in Merkel. She attended Cooper High School in Abilene and later became a 25 year resident of Colorado City. Norine was a long term employee at Stripes in Colorado City and had a passion for collecting gems and jewelry.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Clarence Freeman, Jr.; and a son, Matthew Freeman.
Survivors include her son, Justin Lee and wife Haley Freeman of Snyder and their daughter, Grace; her daughter, Stephanie and Cameron Browne of Abilene; husband, Jeff Hickson and his children, JJ, Katherine, and Kimberly Hickson; her mother, Constance and husband Ray Gill of Abilene; her father, Jimmy and wife Alice Griffin of Abilene; her sister, Connie Renea and husband Jerry Mitchell of Abilene; nieces, Brittni and McKenzie Mitchell; step-brothers, Gary Gill and Audie Gill; step-sister, Cindy Burris; and her beloved dogs, Fancie and D.D.
You may view and sign the guestbook at www.elliotthamilfuneralhome.com.

Carl Watkins
COLORADO CITY-- Carl “Pump Doctor” Watkins, age 78, died Monday, October 27, 2014, at his residence. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 31, 2014 at the First Assembly of God in Colorado City with Rev. Mike Foster officiating. Burial will follow in the Westbrook Cemetery under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Carl was born April 3, 1936 in Westbrook to Van and Mable Dodson Watkins. He married Dorothy Young on September 6, 1958 in Mitchell County. He started working on water wells at the age of 16 and continued to the present, a total of 62 years. He was a member of First Assembly of God in Colorado City.
Carl is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Watkins of Colorado City; a daughter, Lisa and husband, Steve Rich of Colorado City; two sons, Wally and wife, Tammy Watkins and Lloyd Watkins, all of Colorado City; a brother, Arthur Watkins of Colorado City; two sisters, Susie Moses of El Paso and Lela Cecil of Florida; six grandchildren, Sherri and husband, Jason Lieb, Misty and husband, Tim Lee, Kimberly Watkins, James Watkins, Mary Beth and husband, Dustin Sanchez, Brandi and husband, Chris Flannagan; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Willie Mae Barr, Mary Kathrine Reynolds and Hattie Lee Thorp; two brothers, William John Watkins and Leonard Van Watkins.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.kikerseale.com.


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