Major fire at Days Inn on Thursday

All three county fire departments battle blaze

A fire was reported at Days Inn shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. Colorado City, Loraine and Westbrook Fire Departments called to contain the fire

Days Inn a total loss

5 departments fought blaze

A fire that burned for 13 hours destroyed the Days Inn in Colorado City. Fire fighters from Colorado City, Westbrook, Loraine, Snyder, and Howard County fought the fire, saving the office of the business.

Zombie run held Saturday

Chamber event well-attended

Over 70 people participated in the first-ever Zombie 5K Walk/Run Saturday. Runners tried to make it through the route without having their flags stolen by zombies lurking along the path. 

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  • WIDE LOAD WINS – Albert Thompson was parked at Higginbotham-Bartlett last Wednesday. As he was leaving the business, he backed out into oncoming traffic and attempted to turn north onto Oak Street. Unfortunately, he did not see the Will Hanson Trucking tractor-trailer carrying a wide load of heavy oilfield equipment coming east on 2nd Street. The truck could not stop and collided with Thompson, sp...
  • WESTBROOK ROYALTY – Chelsea Lamb and Jay Williams were crowned Homecoming Queen and King during halftime of the Wildcat football game Friday night.
  • Loraine outscored Westbrook 66-54 last Friday in a high scoring cross-county rivalry game. It was Westbrook’s homecoming and the large crowd witnessed a high scoring dual by two good teams. Loraine scored the first two touchdowns of the game, when Oscar Gonzalez scored on a two-yard run followed by Patrick Tillis scoring on a 15-yard run for a quick 14-0 lead. But Westbrook came right back, scorin...
  • Members of the Loraine City Council met last Thursday, addressing several ordinance violations ongoing within city limits. Overgrown lots and lawns plague the city, and the council has authorized city personnel to begin the process of notifying landowners to get property cleaned up in town.Councilman Eddie Galvan said that he has been getting calls from citizens complaining of the high weeds that ...


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Obituaries 10-16-14

Spencer T. (Jack) Hollis
SHERMAN- Private graveside services for Spencer T. (Jack) Hollis were held on Friday, October 10, 2014 at The West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Waldo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jack passed away on October 9, 2014, at the age of 96 at his residence in Sherman.
Mr. Hollis was born March 15, 1918 to Spencer and Edna Maye Hollis on the family farm near Duffau. He was raised in Hico and graduated from Hico High School. He married Waldien McCain in Walnut Springs on June 7, 1942.
Jack was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Pacific theatre for three years during World War II. He served with the Seabees in The Phillipines, New Guinea and Japan. After returning from the war, Jack and Waldien moved to Midland where he spent 32 years with Texas Electric Service Co. serving in several management positions. After retirement they moved to Lake Colorado City where he became active in community service and soon worked his way back into a job. He first served as manager of the Colorado City Chamber of Commerce and then spent another eight years as Vice President of Colorado City Savings and Loan.
Mr. Hollis was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years; parents; brother, Hector Hollis; sisters, Mayo Hobbs and Mary Helen Croft.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Judy Lightfoot and husband Keith Lightfoot of Sherman; grandsons, Cliff Lightfoot and Jeff Lightfoot both of Sherman; great-granddaughters, Avery and Libby Lightfoot of Sherman; and great-grandson, Kai Lightfoot of Sherman. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and his special friend Mary Alice Lockmiller of Stockton, CA.
Among Jack’s many passions in life were making people smile, serving for 30 years in the Midland Kiwanis, being a 32nd degree Mason and playing golf.
Memorials may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, American Cancer Society, Home Hospice of Grayson County or the charity of your choice.
The register book can be signed online at
Wallace G. Hestand
ODESSA-- Wallace G. Hestand age 87, died Wednesday, October 8, 2014, in an Odessa hospital. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2014 in the Colorado City Cemetery with Lynn Money officiating. Arrangements were under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Wallace was born October 23, 1926 in Colorado City to J. P. and Della Gist Hestand and had lived in Odessa since 1951. He married Charlene Corbell on November 19, 1946 in Colorado City. He was sales representative for Matcoate, OPI, and International Paint. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a veteran of the US Navy during WWII.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Charlene Hestand of Odessa; a son, Jerry Lynn and wife, Nancy Hestand of Colgate, OK; two grandsons, Brian Hestand and Barry Hestand both of Odessa; a brother, Don Hestand of Grandview; and a sister, Mary Beth Lightfoot of Gault, CA.
The family received friends from 12 – 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2014 at the funeral home.
Marie Jameson
ROBERT LEE -- Mrs. Marie Jameson long-time resident of Silver passed away October 8, 2014 in a Southlake skilled rehab center.
Mrs. Jameson was born January 2, 1927 in Colorado City. She was a graduate of Colorado High School in Colorado City. Mrs. Jameson actively supported school and scouting activities in the Silver community during the days of the Sun Oil Company residential camps in the 1950’s and 1960’s. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Silver and played the piano.
She was devoted to her family and her grandchildren were a very special part of her life. She was an excellent cook, and she prepared many delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for her family. She also loved gardening, and had a “green thumb” for growing beautiful roses and a variety of vegetables.
Mrs. Jameson assisted her husband in running the cattle business by keeping accurate records, and in feeding and monitoring the herd. She often named many of the mother cows in the herd. She kept the “home fires burning” while he built his oil field service business during the Silver oil field development days.
There were many happy trips to Lake Travis near Austin for fishing, swimming and water skiing. She enjoyed bowling and was in a competitive league and won multiple trophies in tournament play. Mrs. Jameson was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers and rarely missed watching the games on TV.
Mrs. Jameson was an aviation enthusiast. She earned her private pilot license during the 1960’s. She was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Many happy weekends were spent with family and friends flying to “Fly-in Breakfasts” across the southwest.
Mrs. Jameson was preceded in death by her parents, Graydon and Inez Howell; a sister, Carolyn Ann Howell; J. P. Jameson, husband of 66 years and a son, Robert Jameson.
She is survived by her brother, Rex Howell and wife, Jean of Austin; her daughter, Kay Hunter and husband, Glenn of Atlanta; son, Harold Jameson and wife, Joanna of Southlake; her beloved grandchildren, Jennifer Hunter, Candice Roberts, McKensi Jameson, Hallie Jameson, Natalie Bosworth and Stacy Anderson; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Shaffer Funeral Home in Robert Lee, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. that evening. Visitation continued on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2014 at the McKenzieville Cemetery in Silver. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the American Heart Association. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home. On line condolences may be made at
Elton Lee Carlile
COLORADO CITY-- Elton Lee Carlile passed away on October 13, 2014 after an extended illness. He was born in Wolforth on June 13, 1927. Elton and his three brothers were raised around the area by their parents Jimmy and Robert Albert Carlile. He attended school at Friendship. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served in WWII in the Pacific Theater. He married Vada Nell Gladden, his wife of 64 years and moved to Big Spring, where they raised their three children. He helped lead a large Boy Scout troop at the Baptist Temple and coached Little League Baseball. He contributed local artifacts that are on display at The Alamo Museum in San Antonio. He retired from the Cosden refinery after 30 years and moved to Lake Colorado City. He then went to work for Westbrook ISD and retired again after 10 years. While there he served on the Westbrook school board. He later became deacon at Westbrook Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Vada; his children Allen and wife Jenny, Albert and wife Gayla, Darlia and husband Cecil Shaw; two brothers, James and Jack and preceded in death by brother Cecil Carlile. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Not to be forgotten are his in-laws, the Gladdens, with whom he made many wonderful memories and his church family at Westbrook Baptist Church.
Gone but not forgotten, he served but now to rest. He will be missed by many, for he was one of the best.

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