Friday, March 27, 2009

Loraine Fire Department Auction tommorrow!!

You better get up bright and early in the morning! It's time for the always popular Loraine Volunteer Fire Department's Farm Equipment Sale at the Co-op Gin in Loraine. Fire Marshall Shady Mitchell says this may be the biggest sale they have ever had..the yard is full of cars, tractors, tools, farm equipment and much more. The sale will probably get underway around 9:00 am in the morning!

Colorado City Main Street Program named a National Main Street City!

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation recently recognized Colorado City, Texas as one of the 52 National Main Street Cities in Texas.
“A lot of hard work goes into achieving this recognition. Main Street communities exemplify the Texas mystique and this recognition honors the many people, including Main Street managers and volunteers, who put in countless hours to make their Main Street programs work. The result is an active and successful downtown revitalization effort that benefits not only the Main Street district, but also the entire community,” said Debra Farst, state coordinator of the Texas Main Street Program.
Other 2009 National Main Street Cities, which represent the real places of Texas, include: Amarillo, Bastrop, Beaumont, Beeville, Bowie, Brenham, Bridgeport, Canton, Canyon, Carthage, Celina, Clifton, Comanche, Corsicana, Cotulla, Denison, Denton, Electra, Elgin, Farmersville, Gainesville, Georgetown, Goliad, Gonzales, Grapevine, Greenville, Harlingen, Henderson, Kerrville, Kilgore,
La Grange, Levelland, Livingston, Llano, Lufkin, Luling, McKinney, Mount Vernon, Nacogdoches, New Braunfels, Odessa, Paris, Pharr, Plainview, San Angelo, San Marcos, Seguin, Sonora, Taylor, Tyler and Waxahachie.
The cities were honored at the recent Texas Downtown Association/Texas Main Street Conference in Temple. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center will honor these cities at the 2009 National Main Streets Conference to be held in Chicago in March.

Cities chosen as National Main Street Cities must show above average performance in 10 categories. The selection criteria focus on planning, staff and volunteers, preservation ethic, training and program assessment. For additional information, visit the National Main Street web site at and the National Trust for Historic Preservation web site at For more information on the Texas Historical Commission’s Main Street program visit

The THC’s Texas Main Street Program is a revitalization program for historic downtown and neighborhood commercial districts. It is based on a four-point approach — organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring, all within the context of historic preservation. Implemented in 1981, the program has assisted more than 140 communities throughout the state. For more information, contact Debra Farst at 512/463-5758.

What's a Peep Diorama?

Peep-le are asking about Main Street's upcoming "Peeps on Parade" Diorama contest, so we thought we would post an example. Basically, you are making a mini-scene out of can dress your peeps, add props, etc. and then put them in a box. You can decorate the box anyway that fits in with your theme. And...we will have 2 divisions, Adult and Kids. First place in each Diorama will win $50.00, thanks to KVMC/KAUM Radio and C.C. Quality Meats, and another donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Get busy peep-le!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jim meets with National Rooster Crowing Champion...

Jim Baum got to meet Ann Thompson recently at the Samaritan House in Colorado City. Ann is the National Rooster Crowing Champion and is from Greenbrier Arkanas. Ann was traveling with friends through Colorado City and spent Friday night at the Samaritan House. June Kimmel called us here at the station, and invited Jim to come an interview the talented lady! She will be featured on Community Close-Up on Monday and Tuesday mornings on KVMC/KAUM at 7:00am.

Great weekend for the Railhead Trade Days!!

One of the busy vendor booths at Trade Days.

Tom Carlock sinks his teeth into some sweet roasted corn!

Tom Carlock! Wipe that butter off your face!

Linda Baum, Faye Ellis, Bill Ellis and Tom Carlock (left to right)visit outside at the Railhead Trade Days.

Virgie and Charles Goodlet make the rounds in the Railhead Building.

That's Juan Molina visiting with "Pico" and his owner at the Trade Days!

That's David Myers, "bellying" up to another food vendor!

Stephanie Potter shows off her little angel, named Grace!

The Railhead Building was full for the Trade Days, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce!

Colonel Sanders, aka Gary Matlock, and his wife Kate staffed a booth for the Christian Temple Church.

Puppy love...these 2 cuties are held by 2 other cuties while shopping!

Leader Dog pays a visit to the Lions Club....

Sandy Griffin introduces "Ivy Green" to the crowd at the Lions Club.

A 7 1/2 month old yellow lab peaks out from the under the table while Sandy Griffin, with Leader Dogs for the Blind, addresses the Lions Club in Colorado City.

"Ivy Green" the lab, takes a well deserved nap after the presentation!

Friday, March 20, 2009

A called meeting for the Colorado City Council...

Mayor Jim Baum at a recent City Council Meeting..

The Colorado City Council met last night for a called meeting to deal with a couple of items. Mayor Jim Baum, along with Councilmen Bob McNeil, Marcelo Alvarez and Bob Brookshire were in attendance, along with Councilwoman Carol Sue Dakan. Councilman Justin Harris and Mayor Pro-Tem Sammy Contreras were unable to attend the meeting. The Council voted to put some used equipment in the Loraine Volunteer Fire Department's upcoming Farm Sale, which is to be held on March 28th.

The other item on the agenda was regarding Title insurance on the new Police Building, which in now under construction. Title Insurance is simply the best way to protect and insure the City's investment in the new Police Station. City Manager Zane Graham was quoted as saying, "It's just good business to insure your buildings." Voting to buy the insurance were Mayor Jim Baum and Council members Bob McNeil and Marcelo Alvarez. Council member Carol Sue Dakan voted no. Bob Brookshire was required to abstain, since he is issuing the Title insurance policy.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A surprise visit from a U.S. Air Force plane....

A Military plane made an unscheduled landing yesterday afternoon at the Colorado City Airport. The T-6 Trainer was on a cross-country flight when the fuel pressure light in the cockpit came on, and the two pilots, an instructor and student, decided the best course of action was to land at our very own Colorado City Airport. While authorities were notified of the incident, Deputy Sheriff Jeremiah Witte and DPS Trooper T.J. Wood provided security for the jet.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cold weather can't keep the folks from Texas Fest!

Yoli Rivera and sister-in-law Crestina Rivera check out the gift baskets available at the Silent Auction!

Huthchinson Principal Kitten Arthur, aka Miss Texas Fest, hands out tickets for the games!

Chowtime at Texas Fest!

Just a few of the many incredible gift baskets up for grabs!

That's Tyler Rich, son of Misti Rich..ride em' cowboy!

Jami Thackerson has some fun with her cousin Storey Johnson between games at the Texas Fest!

That's the Hutchinson "Jail"..don't want to end up in there!

That's Susan Anderson under that hat!

Ben and Margaret Sparks visit with Hollis Gainey over the hamburger meal at the Railhead.

That's little Karah Shrode, daughter of Nick and Shawna Shrode, out for a night at Texas Fest!

Another big night for Hutchinson and lots of fun for adults and kids alike! It was a full house at the Railhead Building for Hutchinson's popular Texas Fest!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rain causes some havoc on the Interstate....

The much neede rain has proved to be hazardous on the Interstate...this is one of a couple of accidents that occured on Intersate 20 yesterday. A large transport truck overturned West of Colorado City and slowed traffic.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Local folks attend a Weather Spotters seminar.....

Midland Weather Bureau forecaster Ryan Barnes was the instructor at the Weather Spotters training.

Weather spotters are volunteers who give their time to keep an eye on the weather for the local media and the Weather Bureau.

Left to right, Robert Doyle, Fire Chief Rufino Martinez, Linda Mathis and Brian Bassham were among those attending the training.

The National Weather Service recently held a "Weather Spotters" Training at the Civic Center. A good turnout of folks listened and learned about severe weather from National Weather Service forecaster Ryan Barnes of the Midland Weather Bureau.

New Police Station to be named "The Leon Yeager Building".

Dennis Yeager, a Midland oilman shown above, has pledged a substantial amount of money for the new Police Station that is now under construction. The City Council voted at their meeting last night to name the new facility the "Leon Yeager Building". Chief Yeager served this community for almost 13 years and passed away after a battle with cancer in 1967. Dennis Yeager is one of the Chief Yeager's sons, and he was on hand at the Council meeting to make his pledge in honor of his father.

Waiting for a parade? No-just enjoying the nice weather outside the Civic Center..shown left to right is John Martinez, Councilman Marcelo Alvarez and Councilman Justin Harris.

The Bell is now on display....

The bell at First united Methodist Church now has a permanent home, on display outside the church in a steel bell tower. The bell was made back in 1835 and weighs 1875 pounds!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Dr. Gus Gross heading to Andrews....

Mitchell County Hospital is losing one of it's top physicians, Dr. Gus Gross. This is his last week to be practicing medicine here in Colorado City and he will be relocating to Andrews, where many of his patients have pledged to make the drive to stay under his care. Best wishes and he will be missed!

New Police cars....

Officer Traven Berrie stands next to one of the new Police cars....the department got two new vehicles and the graphics were recently added!

Monday, March 2, 2009

You're Invited!!

Squeek comes home!!

Squeek relaxes after being out in the wild for almost 2 days! Linda and Buddy were happy to find her!

Shannon Covington and his son came out to the station to visit..shown here with Linda Baum!