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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 12:00am

An early morning shooting left one person dead in Columbus. According to Columbus Police Department, at approximately 2:05 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, officers responded to the 110 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. in reference to a gunshot victim. After investigation, it was determined that multiple gunshots were fired at the victim. Keaton Delvin Hancock, 21, of Columbus, died from his wounds. CPD is working the case as a murder.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 12:00am

County Commissioners voted unanimously to pass the new tax rate of $0.499599 per $100 valuation at the Sept. 13 Colorado County commissioners court meeting.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 12:00am

Columbus City Council voted to adopt the new property tax rate at their Sept. 13 meeting. The unanimous vote was for a property tax rate of $0.2900, about a six percent increase in tax rate from the previous year.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 12:00am

The 43rd Colorado County Fair wrapped up Sept. 11. Fairgoers enjoyed three days of animal exhibits, carnival fun, food, music, rodeo action and much more. Be sure to check out the special Sept. 22 section dedicated to showcasing all fair auction sale and home economics winners. Citizen

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 12:00am

Known as “Columbus’ biggest advocate,” Laura Ann Rau will be remembered for her charitable works, passion and love for the community of Columbus. She passed away Sunday, Sept. 5 at the age of 94.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 12:00am

The hard work of three young men paid off Saturday, Aug. 21, when they were officially named Eagle Scouts at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Dining Hall in Frelsburg. Zackary Spalek, Jarrett Pryor and Luke Graves were presented neckerchiefs and their Eagle Award at a court of honor and inducted into the highest rank of Boy Scouts of America. In addition to completing the required 21 merit badges, the aspiring Eagles must also lead a service project in their community prior to their 18th birthday.

Sports

The Columbus seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams hosted Yoakum for their final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 9.

Sep 15, 2021 - 00:00

Rice Consolidated Kejun Wilson medaled 14th in varsity boys at the Sept. 11 cross country meeting in Moulton. Junior high cross country runners PaytonEngelbrecht medaled sixth and Hayes Dingler medaled 11th in boys competition. Courtesy

Viewpoints

Gov. Greg Abbott has called a third special legislative session to deal with redistricting, to decide how to spend billions of dollars in pandemic funding from the federal government and to determine to whether state or local governments can mandate COVID-19 vaccines, as well as some pet issues of the governor that failed to pass recent sessions. The third session begins Sept. 20 and by law can last no longer than 30 days. The second special session resulted in passage of hotly contested voting restrictions and what are considered the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, both of which are under legal attack. In the case of the latter, the U.S. Justice Department is suing the state, saying the abortion law banning the procedure at roughly six weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional. “The (Texas) act is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme Court precedent,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday, as reported widely by media outlets. Several groups have filed suit against the elections bill signed by Abbott last week, including Voto Latino, LULAC Texas, the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, and the Texas American Federation of Teachers. The law limits early voting hours, ends drive-in voting, and restricts mail-in voting. GOP leaders maintain that other provisions in the measure make it easier to cast a vote than before.

AUSTIN - In response to severe weather threats along the Gulf Coast due to Tropical Storm Nicholas, Governor Greg Abbott on Sept. 12 ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to increase its readiness to Level II (Escalated Response) beginning tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. central. The SOC will operate at Level II to coordinate the state’s response in support of local officials. Tropical Storm Nicholas is forecast to begin impacting the Texas coast tomorrow.

Obituaries

Sep 8, 2021 - 00:00

Laura Ann Dick Rau was born in Alleyton on Nov. 13, 1926, the daughter of Walter Gresham and Hattie May Everett Dick. She passed from this life on Sept. 5, at the age of 94. The family moved to Columbus in 1935 where she graduated from Columbus High School in 1943 and from The University of Texas, Austin in 1947.

Sep 1, 2021 - 04:00

Kristie Noel Schulte Geisler was born Dec. 5, 1973 to Randy and Dulcie Schulte of Columbus. She was born and raised a Columbus Cardinal, where she was the cheerleaders’ mascot at a very young age. She was a twirler in junior high, and then went on to be a high school cheerleader and play volleyball and tennis. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was voted Columbus High School Football Sweetheart her senior year.