Ginning season wrapping up

Last modules being ginned

The county-wide bale count will fall just short of 50,000 bales. That, however, is more than most estimated before ginning started. As of Tuesday, Producer's was at 32,000, Mitchell County Gin was at 8,113 and Loraine Co-Op had ginned 7,413 bales.

Local man builds 1st house

KF Construction finishing first home

Kyler Free's construction company, KF Construction, is finishing up its first-ever house build from the ground up. Read all about it in this week's edition of the Record.

Lady Wolves are District Champs!

Playing Ballinger in bi-district round

After remaining undefeated through district, the Lady Wolves basketball team took the district champion title. The team will face Ballinger on Monday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m. in Water Valley in the first round of the playoffs.

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  • Friday, February 6th, was Go Red for Women Day and Jennifer Hale spoke to members of the Colorado City Lions Club about cardiac education, especially for women. Hale is a registered nurse and head of the Cardiac Rehab Department at Mitchell County Hospital.Hale told Lions that, statistically, one in every three deaths in women is caused by either heart attack or stroke, and 80% of those deaths are...
  • STUDENTS OF THE MONTH – Westbrook ISD Students of the Month for January were: (back) Shea Hale, Xavier Dominguez; (front) Brooklyn Magers and Parker Matlock. Photo courtesy of Sandra Sullivan.
  • The Lady Wolves crushed Coahoma last week, 53 to 22, and clinched the District Championship title with one game remaining Tuesday night at Reagan County. The Lady Wolves will start the playoffs Monday night in Water Valley against Ballinger. Meanwhile, the Wolves are also on top of the district standings with Tuesday night’s game at Reagan County and Friday’s game with Stanton. The Wolves close ou...
  • Last week, a good-sized crowd gathered on the grounds of the old Mitchell County Hospital to say a final farewell to the building that is scheduled for demolition. Dr. Dee Roach and Director of Nurses Donna Goebel said a few words about what the building has meant to them and the community, and artifacts from the structure were presented to the Heart of West Texas Museum and Bassham family in reme...
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Root Memorial Hospital demolition begins

hospital demolition at ceremonyLast week, a good-sized crowd gathered on the grounds of the old Mitchell County Hospital to say a final farewell to the building that is scheduled for demolition. Dr. Dee Roach and Director of Nurses Donna Goebel said a few words about what the building has meant to them and the community, and artifacts from the structure were presented to the Heart of West Texas Museum and Bassham family in remembrance of the building.
Dr. Roach told the crowd that Root Memorial Hospital was built in 1927 as a nine-bed facility that cost $5 per day for admitted patients. Nurses worked hard and had only one day off per month. They were paid $60 per month.
Those attending were reminded that nothing was disposable back then, and even the needles had to be re-sharpened. Dr. Roach said that the hospital administrator at that time served as the bookkeeper, x-ray technician, anesthesiologist and more.
Roach said that if the walls of the old structure on Chestnut Street could talk, they would tell of many events that would bring a wide-range of emotion. They could speak of the happiness of births and the sadness of death, the valiant efforts of doctors and nurses and the changes of personnel.
Many will remember some of the names mentioned at the ceremony, including Marion Bassham, Ben Bell, Dr. Root, J.W. Hickland, Inez Howell, JoAnn Merket, Dr. Terry and more.
Dr. Roach said thank you to the old building. “I am humbled to be part of this legacy, and I hope to be judged as appropriate,” he said.
Goebel said her history with MCH started with her birth in the building. When she came back with a nursing degree, many of the practicing nurses took her under their wings and showed her the ropes.
“It was a scary place for me then,” Goebel said.
Between 1973 and 2016, Goebel has seen many changes. She reminisced about the addition of the Bassham Wing which provided 10 more rooms and a surgical suite.
She said she had been witness to many babies’ births and lots of deaths, and she said both were equally important. She remembered her time in the emergency room, where she tended to patients with gunshots, heart attacks and a multitude of other issues.
Ellis Construction is performing the demolition of the structure, and he took the opportunity to present two artifacts from the building in order to preserve them. The hospital’s caduceus was presented to Patty Pharis, curator of the museum, and Brian Bassham received the metal plaque that marked the Bassham Wing in the old building. Bill Ellis then offered partial tours of the structure to those attending, but he warned citizens not to come onto the property afterwards, as the condition makes the building somewhat dangerous.
Crew members ceremoniously began demolition, which will continue once electricity to the property has been turned off.

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