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The construction of the desal plant is nearly completed, but questions remain as to what happens next, will Corix play a part and more. Read all about it in this week's Record.

Dockrey gets two awards

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.

Now that's a quick response!

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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CISD sells campuses

wolf head - jpegThe Colorado ISD Board of Trustees has now accomplished a feat that many said would never happen. The board approved bids by Brenda Hammond to purchase the Kelley and Hutchinson campuses and all that’s on the property during Monday night’s regular meeting.
Hammond, who is an employee of the school district, turned in bids for Kelley, Hutchinson and the land and tennis court north of the former middle school campus. The board accepted all three bids. Kelley was sold for $35,000, Hutchinson went for $25,000 and the tennis court property bid was $5,000.
CISD Superintendent Reggy Spencer said that he has contacted attorney Ty Wood who will be advising CISD on the sale which will be treated like a tax sale property. Hammond is buying the properties “as is” and can take over ownership as of December 1st, with the provision that the man who bought the portable buildings has until January 15th to get them moved.
Board member John Martinez asked if plans for the buildings were known, and Spencer said that Hammond has expressed her intention to turn at least one of the properties into an event center. When the sale is completed, the properties will go onto the tax rolls.
“I think it’s a win for all taxing entities when somebody buys (properties like this),” Spencer said.
In other business, the board considered renegotiating a contract between CISD and the Wallace Senior Citizens group. As the contract stands now, the senior citizens are contracted to pay 1/3 of the electricity, 1/3 of the gas and ½ of the water bill at the facility.
This agreement has worked out well throughout the years when the center was located in the old D.W. Wallace School. However, the newer, bigger facility at the former middle school campus brings in much larger bills. The seniors have been in the new center for two months but haven’t been charged for utilities so far.
Knowing that funding for the center is limited, Spencer brought the contract before the board to see if an arrangement could be made to better benefit the group. A final decision was made to offer the group four choices: keep the contract as is, knowing that utility costs would probably double; agree to a new contract where the group would pay a flat $1,100 per month to cover their part of the utilities; have a new meter installed at the cost of the group; or look into taking over the old Wallace facility and moving back.
Spencer agreed to meet with a representative of the group and bring an answer back to the board.
The school board also heard an audit report by Michael Hamby of Merritt, McLane and Hamby. The news was all good, as the district received a clean, unqualified opinion.
Hamby told the board that this year’s audit could have been a nightmare for the firm, as there are special requirements for an audit when spending bond money. He went on to say that the audit went quite smoothly thanks to the organization and competent work of the school’s business office.
One of the first items pointed out to the board was the fact that the district’s cash position is about 10 to 1, much better than the 3 to 1 or 2 to 1 ratio most district’s hope for. The district added about $882,000 to the general fund last year, and their total fund balance at the time of the audit was $8,407,374.
Hamby said that many aspects of compliance in transactions were tested, and no non-compliance was found.
“That’s good. We haven’t had anything there previously either,” Hamby said, pointing out the competency of the business office staff past and present.
“Overall it was a really good report,” he said.

Hutch Students of Week

SOWThree students have been chosen as Students of the Week at Hutchinson Elementary. They are Carolina Arguijo, Bryce Alvarez and Adriana Briseno.
Carolina is a third grader in Ms. Torres’ class. Her favorite subject is math. She has two dogs named Candy and Peter. Her favorite thing about Hutch is meeting new friends.
Bryce is a third grader in Ms. Lindsey’s class. His favorite subject is writing. His hobby is playing outside. His favorite thing about Hutch is that they serve good food at lunch.
Adriana is a fifth grader in Ms. Sparks’ class. Her favorite subject is reading. She has a dog named Romeo. Her favorite thing about Hutch is that everyone is nice.

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Wrecks on I-20 brings traffic to a standstill

truckwreckoni-20According to Department of Public Safety officials, four separate accidents near I-20 Mile Marker 220 blocked traffic for over three hours Sunday due to icy conditions. Travelers have reported that traffic was at a standstill on the interstate, backed up to the Wallace/Ware Units prison complex.

Texas Highway Patrol Sergeant Bryan Sheridan reported that there were seven, or possibly eight, traffic accidents worked by DPS State Troopers Sunday, four of which occurred just east of Colorado City. Troopers are required to work wrecks that cause traffic to be disrupted.

Rerouting the traffic to service roads didn’t help much, as 18-wheelers had a hard time climbing hills on the icy roads. The slick streets caused traffic to back up on the service roads as well.

Sheridan said that the eastbound lanes of I-20 were closed for over three hours on Sunday due to the accidents.

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