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The decade in review, top stories of 2010-2020

December 30, 2020 - 00:00
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There were a number of memorable moments in the second decade of the 21st century documented by The Colorado County Citizen. This is part one of a twopart article where we look back at some of the stories that made the front page of The Citizen over the past decade.


- Longtime Columbus Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Bobby Walla announced he was stepping down from his position after 30 years of service. Assistant Chief Walter Glaser was elected by the department to take on the vacant chief’s spot after service in various positions since 1968.

- Tractor Supply Company (TSC) began clearing off property for their new store in Columbus.

- Rice CISD honored nearly two decades of service by Jack Vawter on the school board from 1992-2010, which is the longest tenure ever on the Rice CISD boat.

- Colorado County Commissioners put the Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 building up for sale to make room for the new courthouse annex.

- Columbus native Samantha Schobel was profiled for her weight loss success and drive to become a personal trainer after she was featured on the “Tyra Banks Show” and in magazines.

- Kaylee Ostert and Steven Henderson were named the 2010 Homecoming Queen and King for Columbus High School.


- On New Year’s Day, newly elected or re-elected officials took the oath of office at the Colorado County Courthouse. Ty Prause was sworn in as County Judge as the honorable Judge Al Jamison retired from his position after serving three terms.

- The City of Eagle Lake was scheduled to honor the history of the Santa Fe Train Depot with a Centennial Celebration open to the public in April.

- Columbus Community Hospital oncology nurse Marie Hayek, RN, was awarded the 2011 Extraordinary Healer Award at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 36th Annual Congress on Apr. 28 in Boston.

- The first ever Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony took place on the west side of the County Courthouse on the courthouse square. Fourteen peace officers that served Colorado County and were killed in the line of duty dating back to three years after the Civil War were honored.


- Residents near Bernardo were shocked by a tornado touching down in the area. The roof was ripped off a barn, several smaller barns were lost and a horse was apparently killed after being struck by lightning.

- Brandon Wilson is sworn in by Columbus Mayor Dwain Dungen as a new police officer with the Columbus Police Department.

- Columbus Community Hospital renovation plans are underway. The projects include expanding and remodeling the MRI suite, outpatient, respiratory, lobby area, drop-off entrance business office, medical records and administration offices.

- Plans for a new nursing home in Eagle Lake, Eagle Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, are underway with Daybreak Ventures.

- Eagle Lake and Weimar both saw new mayors elected. Mary Parr was elected Mayor of Eagle Lake, and Milton Koller defeated incumbent Mayor Bennie Kosler, who served as Mayor of Weimar for 19 years.


- After Colorado County District Attorney Ken Sparks decided to not seek re-election, his longtime assistant Jay Johannes filed in his place.

- Weimar Lady Cats Varsity Softball team won the 2013 Class 1A State Softball Championship.

- The City of Eagle Lake celebrates the 125th anniversary of the city’s incorporation.

- West Nile Virus is found to be the cause of a Colorado County man’s death.

- County EMS hosts Weimar EMS building grand opening.

- Former Columbus Cardinal football player LaAdrian Waddle signed with the Detroit Lions.


- The Weimar Lady Cats won their second consecutive Class 1A Softball state championship.

- Colorado County archers claimed four podium finishes at the Texas State Archery Outdoor Championships. Ryland Hartman took first place in the male Cadet Barebow Division, Max Hartman took first place in the Male Bowman Recurve division, Michael goeth claimed third in the male Bowman Recurve and John Magera took second place in the Male Senior Barrow division.

- Dr. Sandy Bahm, Jr. celebrated 40 years as an orthopedic surgeon.

- Local farmers received another hit with the ruling from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding LCRA’s emergency order. Water has been cut off to most rice farmers in the region for the past two years during one of the worst droughts to hit Texas in more than half a century.

- Outgoing Nesbitt Memorial Library Director Nancy Koehl welcomed incoming Library Director Susan Chandler Mar. 26.

- The Colorado County Courthouse was rededicated after a two-year long renovation project to the historic building.

* Part two of the look back at the past decade will publish in next week’s edition of The Citizen.