West Texas Fair and Rodeo

West Texas Fair and Rodeo

The West Texas Fair & Rodeo begins in just two weeks. The fair and rodeo will be held at the Abilene Expo Center’s fairgrounds, located on State HWY 36 & Loop 322.

This year’s theme is “Making Memories” and there will definitely be the opportunity for that!  As the flyer for the fair reads “At the West Texas Fair & Rodeo you are sure to find a plethora of delicious food, a carnival with a variety of rides for everyone to enjoy, two rounds of Tractor Pulls, that are sure to excite the boys!, a week of PRCA Rodeo, with bull fighting at the end of each performance, a barn full of some of the best livestock from across Texas, musicians, entertainment and much more!”

Gates are open from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily
Gate admission will not be charged until 1 p.m. Monday-Friday
Gate admission will be charged Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 a.m.

Weekdays - $8 adults; $4 students (K-college)
Weekends - $11 adults; $4 students (K-college)
Thursday, Sept. 10 – Sneak-a-Peek FREE ADMISSION
Monday, Sept. 14 - $1 per person gate admission
Thursday, Sept. 17 – Free admission with 6 empty Coca-Cola product cans

$15 for Tuesday-Thursday
$20 for Friday and Saturday

-Midway Open-
5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Monday- Friday
1 p.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Strip of 24 tickets - $20
Single tickets - $1 each
*Kiddie rides require 2-4 tickets
**All other rides require 3-5 tickets
Thursday, Sept. 10 – Carnival Armband $25
Sunday, Sept. 13 – Carnival Armband $25 with coupon
Thursday, Sept. 17, Carnival Armband $25 with 6 empty Coca-Cola product cans
Daily Carnival armband - $30

SNEAK-A-PEEK – Thursday, September 10 – 5:00 pm to closing. Free Admission to
fairgrounds. Armbands may be purchased for $25.00. Armband allows admission to all
carnival rides desired. Food concessions will be open; however, no exhibit buildings will
be open.
COLLEGE STUDENT DAY – Friday, September 11. All college students admitted free
with current college ID.
SCHOOL DAYS – Saturday–Tuesday, September 12-15. School day tickets good only on these days. (Tickets will be distributed to schools in the Big Country area by the Fair Office upon request from school officials.)
SENIOR CITIZENS’ DAY and $2 RIDE NIGHT – Tuesday, September 15. Free admission
to all citizens 60 years or older: must show proof of age. All rides will be $2.00 each.
CHURCH YOUTH GROUP DAY– Wednesday, September 16 – Youth group
CANTASTIC NIGHT – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 - 5 pm to closing. Free admission to the fairgrounds for 6 empty Coca-Cola product cans. Armbands may be purchased for $25.00. The armbands provide admission to all the carnival rides desired that night.
In honor of our Military Heroes & their families, West Texas Fair & Rodeo will allow FREE GATE ADMISSION all week long to anyone with a valid military I.D. (active and retired)
Special discounted armbands for the carnival may be purchased at ITT office base.


Creative Arts are found in the Round Building and Modern Living Mall. These buildings
are open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with the exception of Sunday when they are
open from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Tuesday when they are open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm. The buildings are not open to the public on Thursday, September 10.
Commercial Vendors are in the Display Building daily from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. except for Saturday, Sept. 12, Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 19 when hours are 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The buildings are not open to the public on Thursday, September 10.

Visit http://i.saffireevent.com/files.ashx?t=fg&f=2015_Schedule_of_Events(16).pdf&rid=TaylorCoExpo for a full schedule of events.

Coleman resident loses life in crash

Coleman resident loses life in crash

A Coleman man has passed away following an accident in Howard County on Wednesday evening.

According to DPS Troopers, the accident happened just before 7:45 p.m. on U.S. Highway 87, just outside of the Big Spring city limits.

According to the report, a 2006 Dodge Ram was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 87, veered west off the roadway and overturned.

The driver of the vehicle, Jacob Kyle Cantu, 23, of Coleman, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

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Chris Kyle to be awarded TX Legislative Medal of Honor

Chris Kyle to be awarded TX Legislative Medal of Honor

Today, Chris Kyle will be posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor by Governor Abbott.

This is the highest military decoration that can be awarded to a soldier by the State of Texas.

Chris Kyle is a true Texas hero.

Coleman County Choir to begin Christmas Cantata Rehearsals September 9th

Coleman County Choir to begin Christmas Cantata Rehearsals September 9th

Pastor Jesse Lotspeich announces Coleman County Choir will begin Christmas Cantata rehearsals on September 9, the Wednesday after Labor Day. These rehearsals will be from 7:00-7:45 PM, in the choir room of Coleman First United Methodist Church, on Wednesdays.

The cantata this year will be "Bethlehem's Child" by Victor Johnson and Lloyd Larson. Performances are scheduled December 12th and December 13th.

All who love to sing are invited. Come and bring a friend!

Coleman County Medical Center Community Collaboration for Certified Nurse Aide Program

Coleman County Medical Center Community Collaboration for Certified Nurse Aide Program

Coleman County Medical Center and Preferred Management Corporation will be starting their fourth class for the Certified Nurse Assistant Program in Coleman County. Melissa Ereman, RN Director of Nurses at CCMC initiated the CNA Program in early 2014 due a nurse aide shortage in both Coleman nursing homes and the hospital. Ereman is the Program Director and is assisted by Stacie Vasquez, LVN and Amanda Gober, CNA, BS. Currently, the closest program is located in Goldthwaite, Texas.

Thus far approximately 25% of the nurse aides move into a more involved medical role such as a licensed vocational nurse or registered nurse, increasing the rate of turnover for these positions. CNAs may work in a wide variety of areas such as nursing homes, hospitals, adult day cares, personal homes, home healthcare settings, and assisted livings. The work of these individuals is fast-paced but human contact and the ability to help those with a medical need is a motivating factor that requires compassion for patients to get through any type of day the patient may be having. Many colleges and technical institutions require CNA certification as a prerequisite for medical career advancement courses; therefore, this program meets this requirement.

A Certified Nurse Aide is a valuable part of the healthcare team whom provides exceptional hands-on-care to the residents and patients they may come in contact with. The program was adopted by Congress as part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA’97), was designed to improve the quality of care in long-term health care facilities and to define training and evaluation standards for nurse aides who work in such facilities. The program is a 100 hour program with state competency testing which is based on the evaluation of nurse aide-related knowledge, skills, and abilities. At the completion of the 100 hour program, students take a written and skills exam through Pearson View which assures that the student is able to understand and safely perform the CNA proficiently.

CCMC has most recently collaborated with Central Texas Opportunities (CTO) to provide assistance for those who want to enroll in the CNA Program. The community collaboration was made possible through a grant written by Doodie Taylor-Knox. Mrs. Knox completed the Texas Workforce Commission High Demand Job Training Program Grant application which enabled CCMC, CTO, 4A Economic Development Corporation, Coleman ACE Program, and Coleman County State Bank to come together to give back to those in the Coleman County community. In a 15 month time frame, 4 CNA courses are scheduled in 8-12 week increments and will provide potentially 65-70 people with a certified nurse aide certification and job in the local community.

The cost of the project is $180,316.40 with Texas Work Force Commission contributing $34,473.00, The Coleman 4A EDC contributing $41,650.00(total $76,123.00) and the remaining costs of $104,193.40 shared among the various collaborative partners. Each student enrolling in the program receives classroom supplies, a textbook, 2 sets of scrubs and 1 pair of shoes, and may receive assistance with meals, child care, testing fees, and travel for clinical and testing.

It is the goal of all collaborating partners within the CNA Program to provide Coleman County with high quality patient care that is centered on safety, knowledge, and compassion. We want to provide those in the community with an opportunity to obtain a healthcare certification that will enable them to work close to home and provide home town healthcare. All Coleman County residents will be given priority in the selection process. The program will then be open to the surrounding area students. Coleman County will be the central location for any person interested in a career in the medical field.

The first CNA course being held will start September 1, 2015 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. To apply for the program, please contact Central Texas Opportunities, Inc at (325) 625-4167.

Wren Ready to Fly!

Wren Ready to Fly!

The “Cactus Wren”, a  4’x5’ acrylic painting on canvas,  is ready to be "launched into flight"!

The project was created by members of  the  Fine Arts League of Coleman County  for the Prickly Pear Festival October 24, 2015.

The wren sits atop a prickly pear plant looking ready to sing and, perhaps, fly. The wren will start its flight at the Coleman Chamber of Commerce August 24th and then appear in  various business locations during the coming weeks.

Its final “roost” will be at Rancho Pizzeria Wine Garden for the Prickly Pear Wine & Food Festival October 24, 2015.

The painting will be sold by silent auction for the benefit of the Scholarship Fund of the Fine Arts League. The League presents a scholarship each year to a Coleman County school student.

Those members who contributed a stroke or a gazillion strokes are listed on the back of the painting.  They are: Ginger Test, Kathy Andrews, Bill Shields, Ruth Ann Taylor, Lois McCarty, Bob Murchison, Bitsy Murchison, B.B. Nunley, Marian Johnson.

Go by the Chamber to see the “bird” and bid for the painting.

                                                                          Marian Johnson, Publicity
Fine Arts League of Coleman Co., Inc.
50l(3)c non-profit corporation

Mr. Blue Shoes Donates “Community Guitar” to Coleman Public Library

During the ACE “Camp Library” summer reading program this year, students enjoyed Mr. Blue Shoes, Michael Dyson on July 9th.

Michael shares his unique version of the Blues story to students all over the state. He enjoys talking to students after his programs, and this day he met Justin Huddleston.

Justin told Michael how much he enjoyed learning to play his guitar, but it had been broken. This young man gave Michael the inspiration to donate a “Community Guitar” to the library, for all Coleman County students or persons to have access to play the guitar at the library.

Pictured is Justin with the beautiful Fender guitar and a big special "Thank You" sign for Mr. Blue Shoes, Michael Dyson.

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Chamber Chat

August brings lots of hot days, but those days have not hampered the atmosphere in Coleman. The sidewalks are sizzling with visitors as well as locals shopping and enjoying all of our stores in the downtown area. August also brings new business! The Jamison Mercantile, Gifts and Events will hold a ribbon cutting on August 14th and the Grand Opening will be August 15th. We are excited to see what new and exciting things are in store for us when Stephanie Jamison gets open.
It was an exciting time at the city park on July 22nd for KTAB on the Road. Many people came and had great food, fun activities, great entertainment, and good fellowship with friends. In fact, KTAB has informed us that Coleman was the biggest one that they had. We love how Coleman likes to get together and participate in all kinds of things and just have fun together.

The Coleman Jr. Rodeo, July 31 – August 1 was a great success. The kids learn so much by working with their animals and being allowed to show off their hard work. Hats off to Rusty and Suzanne Ryan and all of their helpers for giving of themselves to make sure each child has great experience.

Keep your calendars open for October 3rd. This is the day of the Fiesta de la Paloma! You can find out all the details at www.colemantexas.org or contact us here at the Chamber office at 325-625-2163. The Fiesta is located at the Bill Franklin Center / Goree Expo. We are excited to bring some new additions that we feel you all will enjoy. Entertainment under the big top tent will be back. Many things will be happening and we know that our community will come and participate and enjoy everything that is planned.

Then on October 24th is the very first Prickly Pear Food & Wine Festival in downtown Coleman. You can find all of the fun details at www.colemanpricklypear.com . There will be a Prickly Pear Food & Wine Festival 5K Run, great food, and great entertainment. We are looking forward to all of the excitement that will happen in October.

One Chamber Business Member that the Chamber would like to spotlight for the month of June is M & M Brittanys and Hunting Guide Service LLC. Mike Pritchard has lived and hunted in Coleman County for most of his 55 years. The love of hunting was handed down by Mike’s dad and grandfathers. Don Pritchard, Mike’s dad bought him a gun when he was seven and starting taking him hunting. The first bird dog he ever owned was one his papaw, Sleepy Ray, bought him. His grandfather, Miller, took him fishing and hunting in the Rockwood area. Mike spent many, many hours hunting and dreamed of opening a hunting guide service business so others could enjoy the plentiful wild game in Coleman County.

After encouragement by many friends and family, Mike started his business by buying and training Brittany spaniels. He began raising bobwhite quail as well after a lot of research. Mike wanted his pen raised quail to perform almost as well as a wild quail hunt. A wonderful man from the Metroplex who had hunted with Mike for several years set up a hunt for Ray Sasser and his wife Emilie. Ray Sasser’s article appeared in the Dallas Morning News in February 2009. He described Mike as a friendly bear of a man with a shaggy beard and a black cowboy hat. Ray stated, “The birds flew well, and many of them flushed when the hunter got close. Pritchard’s dogs will flush on command, however, and they put to wing quail that were reluctant to fly. Pritchard works hard to make his hunt as close as possible to the real deal.”

Mike’s cliental for dove, deer, quail, and turkey hunting has grown over the years due to recommendations by friends, clients, and landowners. Turkey season is normally booked well in advance thanks to television shows, aired by Mossy Oak, of Mike calling turkey for clients. People come from all over Texas and as far away as New York to hunt Rios’ here in Coleman County.

With over 60 feeders located all over the county, Mike and his group can guide you to a successful deer hunt. Whether you are looking for a trophy buck, cull deer or a combination hunt for a parent/child, he can provide your specific hunt.

Mike is currently scouting fields and looking forward to opening day of dove season. It looks to be another great year as Coleman County has received several inches of rain. God, landowners, and many friends, locally and beyond, have helped him fulfill his dream of providing an exciting custom hunting experience for all who come to Coleman County. Day hunts as well as group hunts are available for dove, quail, deer and turkey. He does not provide lodging himself but has ties with lodge owners and can book for you, your family or group. Mike’s business name is M & M Brittanys and Hunting Guide Service LLC and is located in Santa Anna, Texas. He looks forward to meeting you and can be contacted by email at mike@web-access.net or by calling 325-348-8234.

The second Chamber Business Member we would like to spotlight this month is KSTA / Wendlee Broadcasting. KSTA AM 1000 Radio is honored to be chosen as one of the Coleman County Chamber Of Commerce's "Business of the Month"!

Currently owned and operated by Wendlee Broadcasting, since 2006, Rex and Mariann Tackett along with their Partners, strive to keep the "Local and Area" feel of KSTA'S broadcast style, alive and thriving.

"On The Air" since the early 1950's, KSTA AM 1000 Radio has been a leader in news, weather, information and sports, and music, since "signing on".

Many great names and personalities have sat behind the "mic" at KSTA Radio over the years, each bringing their own unique styles to the Airwaves. The Station is currently managed by Joseph Haynes, who returned to KSTA Radio in late 2009. Joe had previously been with KSTA from 1986-1991.

"Wendlee Broadcasting and KSTA Radio is proud to be a major part of, not only the History of this area, but also a leading force in the growth of Coleman County and this region", Haynes says.. "There is a wonderful uniqueness to where we live and work, and we are blessed to be here. To all of our listeners, Advertising Partners, and associates, we say THANK YOU!"

We encourage everyone to become an active member of the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce.

Once again we invite you to stop by the Chamber at 218 Commercial any time and visit with us. We are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

ALERRT at Texas State University National standard in active shooter response brings training to Coleman

ALERRT at Texas State University National standard in active shooter response brings training to Coleman

Active shooter response training has been delivered in Coleman, with law enforcement officers from surrounding areas and as far as Alaska and New York attending. The training was hosted by the Coleman ISD Police and the Coleman County Sheriffs Department. The training was funded through the Texas Governor’s Office Criminal Justice Division and the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the US Department of Justice. This means that there was no cost to the law enforcement agencies or the officers who attended the two classes. The combined grant funded cost of the two courses was $33,000.

Stop the Killing:
The weekend of February 28, March 1,2015 when most of the state of Texas was frozen and covered in ice there were about 25 dedicated law enforcement professionals gathered at Coleman High school to learn about the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) at Texas State University, which has been named the national standard in active shooter response by the FBI. This training was conducted by Instructors from ALERRT at Texas State. This ALERRT Level I class is designed to train law enforcement officers in the events and history of active shooters, why, where, and the people that committed these acts to better understand this type of event. The class also taught the law enforcement students how to approach, find, and deactivate or neutralize active shooter situation. This training puts the law enforcement officer under realistic stress and trains them to perform quick decision-making in only seconds of time.

Stop the Dying:
August 1 and 2, 2015, we gathered once again at Coleman High School to learn from the Instructors of ALERRT, this class was ALERRT Level 2. This training expanded on and add from the Level 1 active shooter response class and introduced medical needs of victims and how to get Fire Departments/EMS and other first responders to the scene and help with the victims of an active shooter event. This class began with the “find and neutralize the active shooter” realistic training, then moved into the Law Enforcement basic trauma/wound care to prepare victims for transport and higher level medical care.
Law enforcement who attended these two classes were from multiple states and agencies from across the country, among them, U.S. Treasury, Alaska, Brady P.D., Texas Parks and Wildlife, Coleman ISD Police, Coleman Sheriffs Office, Coleman P.D., Comanche Sheriff office, and New York. The ALERRT classes and training are recognized by the FBI as the national standard to respond to active shooter.

The following paragraph will tell you more detail about ALERRT and Texas State University and funding.

Many of our classes are funded through such funding sources as the Bureau of Justice Assistance, VALOR, the Office of the Governor, or the Department of Homeland Security. Since much of this training is awarded at no cost to the agency or the officers who are being trained, we appreciate mentioning the funder in news stories. Please ask us who awarded the funding for this training when gathering information about the delivery.

More than 70,000 law enforcement officers across the nation have been trained in ALERRT operations and tactics to respond to active shooter situations. This vital training is delivered by veteran law enforcement SWAT specialists with proven experience in active shooter response and police training. In March of 2013, the FBI announced that ALERRT is the national standard through which they are training their agents. Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Iowa, Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, and South Carolina are among the first states to train and adopt the ALERRT curriculum as their state standard in active shooter response. Other states are moving forward with this as their standard and many large cities (New York City, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and San Antonio) are training all of their front line officers in ALERRT tactics and standards.

Currently, nine courses make up the ALERRT catalog: Basic Active Shooter Response Level I ("Stop the Killing"); Train the Trainer -Level I; Medical Response for Law Enforcement Level II ("Stop the Dying"); First Responder Breaching; Low Light; Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events (ERASE); Plain Clothes Response to Violent Encounters (PCRVE); Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) and Active Threat Integrated Response Course (ATIRC).

ALERRT courses are delivered year round at our training facility in San Marcos, Texas, as well as in communities across the nation.

The Golden Age of Entertainment --- TEEA District 7 Retreat

The Golden Age of Entertainment --- TEEA District 7 Retreat
Pictured from L-R are: Nina Childress, Anna Jenkins, Dorothy McDonald, “Elvis”, Dora Newman, Helen Cross and Jean Langford.

Coleman County Extension Education Association members attended the District 7 TEEA Retreat August 4th and 5th, in the Texas 4H Center, at Lake Brownwood. Those attending were Good Neighbor members; Nina Childress, Helen Cross, Anna Jenkins, Jean Langford, Dorothy McDonald, Dora Newman and Janet Nelson, CEA-FCS (not pictured)..

The theme of the event was "The Golden Age of Entertainment". The group enjoyed food, fun, fellowship and programs. The programs included "Mature Drivers", the singing/dancing group "The Hattelines" "Tea Time", and "Mason Bees - Pollinators of Gardens" (by Caroline Skelton of Coleman County!)

Brown County hosted the event, with Taylor and Coleman Counties acting as co-hosts.

#MakeItGoldForKids Gold Getter Training

#MakeItGoldForKids Gold Getter Training

Help CureSearch #MakeItGoldForKids this September during Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This video is a training for our volunteer "Gold Getters" to learn how to help us spread the word.

Coleman Junior Rodeo

Coleman Junior Rodeo

Callie Bekker, won the Goat Tying Buckle and the All-Around Cowgirl Buckle, for Ages 10 and under, at the Coleman Jr Rodeo this past weekend.

Callie is the daughter of Shay and Brian Bekker, of Leander, and the granddaughter of Dan and Shirley Sealy of Gouldbusk. 

Routine traffic stop leads to police chase through Coleman

Routine traffic stop leads to police chase through Coleman

On July 25, 2015 at approximately 10:00 pm Officer Zachary Holtz with the Coleman Police Department attempted to pull over a gray 2001 Toyota 4 door for a traffic violation.  The driver of the vehicle, 38 year old David Diaz of Santa Anna, failed to pull over.

Diaz led The Coleman Police Department and The Coleman County Sherriff’s Office in a pursuit that lasted approximately 19 minutes.  The pursuit began on the South side of Coleman and ended on Brazos, near East Liveoak, after Diaz rammed a Coleman County Deputy’s patrol vehicle.

David Diaz is being held at the Coleman Police Department on bonds totaling $110,000.00 for two 1st degree felonies of Aggravated assault on a Public Servant, one 3rd degree felony of Evading Arrest or Detention with a Vehicle and a City of Coleman Capias Pro Fine.

One Coleman County Deputy was taken by Heart of Texas EMS to Coleman County Medical Center to be checked out for possible injuries but was later released.

Officers were also assisted by Santa Anna Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the crash.  

KTAB on the Road

KTAB On The Road got underway with their 3rd stop being in Coleman this year.

There were games, hot dogs, live music and more!

Mark Powell and the Lariats put on a musical performance for those in attendance.

Coleman Mayor Nick Poldrack proclaimed July 22, 2015 KTAB Day during KTAB On The Road's 6p.m. newscast.

The mayor thanked KTAB for coming to Coleman this year and, "KTAB News for providing outstanding news coverage to all the cities and counties in the area."

Along with thanking KTAB News and the On The Road crew, Mayor Poldrack invited all residents around the Coleman area to join him at the city park to enjoy the music, food and games.

Coleman Public Library receives grant

Coleman Public Library receives grant

The Coleman Public Library received a generous grant of $4,923.17 from the Friends of the Coleman County Foundation.

We are pleased to announce we have received full funding for 3D technology to enhance the Summer Reading Program, ACE Summer Reading Program, and to provide this new technology to the community of Coleman County.

The 3D technology included in the grant are ten 3D doodle pens, a Cricut Expression machine, a cube 3D printer, and the required accessories. We are excited to ring this new technology to our programs and activities with the children and community. The power pack 3D cube printer will be available for check-out to churches, community organizations, and boards of Coleman County for a minimal fee to replace additional filament supplies. In house services using the 3D printer will be available to individuals soon, fees will be determined at a later date by the Library Advisory Board.

We call him "Coach"

We call him "Coach"
Coach Howard Childress (left) and Jay Gober (right) take a morning break at the picnic table outside the Coleman Post Office.

The Chronicle & DV apologizes for misspelling Coach Howard Childress's name in last week's paper.

In a heartfelt post on Facebook, Jay Gober of the Coleman Post Office said it best:
"I've been taking my morning break with this man for the last 8 years. Today is his last day. He grew up here in Coleman. He went to an all black school, went to college at an all black college, came back to Coleman to teach at the all black school. He was one o the two teachers to move to the 'integrated' school. Taught and coached for 35 years. He has been working here at our post office for the last 12 years. Take care Coach Childress, I will miss you."

You're an icon, Coach. You've made our community better. We thank you.

Mike Conaway joins Coleman in Town Hall meeting

Mike Conaway joins Coleman in Town Hall meeting

By Whitney Alexander

Congressman Mike Conaway was in Coleman last Thursday, for a town hall meeting held in the Coleman Library. He discussed the monumental rulings that had occurred at the federal level the previous week, primarily the Trade Process Bill and same-sex marriage being approved. The Trade Process Bill, which the congressman was in support of, will allow all members of Congress to be involved in trade negotiation meetings with other countries in real time.

After speaking on these topics the congressman then opened the floor up for any questions the citizens had. These questions included:

What is the update on WOTUS?
WOTUS in and EPA ruling that makes all navigable water susceptible to interstate or foreign commerce use. This would lead to increased regulatory measures and permits for ranchers and farmers. The congressman stated that measures are being taken to overturn the ruling.

What are the chances of a Republican winning the next presidential election?
Congressman Conaway stated that in this race, versus 2012, we needed to be more disciplined in whom we choose to support due to their being so many in the primary.

What about the Country of Origin Act?
This act, which the congressman described as a "marketing niche", is on the agenda to be repealed and/or revised. This act requires all beef, lamb and port to have a country or origin label on the package. This act has caused Canada and Mexico to take retaliatory measures on the US in increased tariffs.

Why has the border security fallen on Texas and why is it not a northern state concern?
Congressman Conaway stated that this is a federal issue and that it is everyone's problem. Recent bills have been struck down in the Senate for border security. Plans are in motion for another bill to go through the Senate, which would give more federal aid at the borders.

Is ISIS an issue in Coleman or Texas?
Congressman Conaway stated that while ISIS is a real threat, the probability of Coleman being impacted is slight. The state governments are more concerned with a "lone wolf" attack than a multi-person assault.

What about the Dietary Guidelines?
The Dietary Guidelines are amended every 5 years. This time sustainability is a factor, which could impact the mean industry. No word on what course of action is being used to correct this. 

Chamber Chat

June was a busy month in Coleman and Coleman County.  The 78th Annual PRCA Rodeo was a huge success.  Cowboys, Cowgirls, and fans from everywhere came to Coleman to enjoy the rodeo.

The Chamber of Commerce was the place to be to get your rodeo t-shirts and caps.  It’s always great to see so many people in our town.

Adding to the excitement are the new businesses in our downtown area.  We want to welcome to Coleman, Uncommon Goods owned by Charlotte Purl, A Wing and a Prayer owned by Jenny Kading, Bonneville owned by Bonnie Hennig, AmayesN Designs owned by Marcy Mayes, and Rancho Pizzeria owned by Robert and Lori Williamson.  Heartland Chiropractic, owned by Dr. Lorin Wolf, is open at the south end of Commercial.  Stephanie Jamison from Millersview will be opening the Jamison Mercantile, Gifts & Events in the near future.  It is very impressive to see so many businesses opening in town.   There is a pleasant atmosphere in the air when people are walking around and meeting friends and having a good time.

During the week of July 20-24th, KTAB will be out and about visiting different communities.  They have chosen to be in Coleman at our City Park on July 22nd.  They will be bringing their anchors and their newscasts to our community.  This will be a fun-filled, family evening to come together and enjoy games, activities, live music from Mark Powell & Lariat, good food, and of course their live newscasts at 5, 6, & 10.  Make plans to be at the park and enjoy this evening with KTAB beginning at 4 PM – 10:30 PM on July 22, 2015.

One business that the Chamber of Commerce would like to spotlight this month is The Santa Anna National Bank (first picture).  The Santa Anna National Bank opened for business December 1, 1893.  The bank has served the people of Coleman and Brown Counties for 81 years.  The bank is truly locally owned as all the directors of the bank live in Coleman and Brown Counties.  It is this outstanding heritage and progressive banking that we offer that makes our bank one of Coleman County’s finest.  The physical address is 610 Wallis Ave. in downtown Santa Anna.  Their hours are 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am to 5 pm on Fridays.  The bank offers Checking, Savings, Money Market accounts, Certificates of Deposit, and IRA accounts.  The bank offers commercial, agricultural, and personal loans.  The bank is a member of FDIC and Federal Reserve System.  The Santa Anna National Bank says “Make Our Bank Your Bank”.  Hats off to Bank President Rob Cheaney and his staff for being such an asset to Coleman County.

Another business we would like to spotlight this month is Clean Blast Services, formerly known as Wind Clean (second picture).  Wind Clean Corp. (WCC) began in 2000 in the commercial wind tower business.  Our 112,000 sq. ft. plant prepared the surface, applied the coatings and installed the internals on new commercial wind towers.  The wind industry has been dependent on the Production Tax Credit (PTC) from the beginning and with the delay in extending the PTC in 2012, our customers made the decision to convert several of their wind tower fabrication plants to railcar fabrication.  This included the primary facility that provided wind towers to us.  As a result, we discontinued processing wind towers in December of 2012.

We serviced other customers in the oil and gas sectors in 2012 and continued to make that business transition over the next 3 years.  We are providing surface preparation and coating services for large sand silos, large steel skids, trailers, steel pits, and other related items.  In addition, we have made a significant investment in the necessary staff, equipment and various certifications to provide repair services for pressurized cargo tankers and trailers.  We also do welding and fabrication to support our Aluminum Transfer and Repair division.  This division services the water transfer businesses operating in the oil fields of west Texas and the surrounding areas.
Since our business changed, it was determined that we needed to change the organizational structure to match our operating structure.  Beginning in January, 2014, Clean Blast Services became our operating company and Wind Clean Corp. became the holding company for our facility and property in Coleman.  Clean Blast Services has been around since mid-1980.  It had one principal line of business back then.  We serviced the railcar manufacturing industry providing passivation services for stainless steel railroad tank cars.  We have mobile units that set up at the manufacturing facility of our customers and once the tank cars are fabricated, we passivate them onsite.  We still passivate approximately 80% of the tank cars produced in the U.S. today.

Clean Blast Services also has a coatings facility applying superior quality coatings for our products and our customer’s special needs.

The division known as Aluminum Transfer and Repair began in 2010 under Clean Blast Services.  Aluminum Transfer and Repair services the water fracturing companies of the oil and gas drilling operations.  This division does water trailer repair services, wash out of cargo tankers and trailers, sale and rental of water transfer pipe and fittings, lay flat hose, trailers, manifolds, assemblies, road crossings, and manufactures our patented lay flat hose trailer.  Since starting this division in Kilgore, we now have sales offices and repair shops in Floresville, TX and Coleman, TX at the Wind Clean Corp. plant.  A big thank you goes out to Tim Manley, Vice President of Clean Blast Services and all of his staff for such a great impact on Coleman and Coleman County.

Once again we invite you to stop by the Chamber at 218 Commercial any time and visit with us.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

Central Texas Farm Credit to relocate Administrative offices to Early, Texas

Coleman branch office to continue to operate normally

Central Texas Farm Credit recently announced plans to build a new corporate headquarters and branch office building in Early, Texas. The Coleman branch office will continue to operate normally, while administrative personnel will relocate to Early.

"The Coleman branch office is an integral part of our organization and it will continue to serve the Coleman area and community," said Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Chambers, "Coleman has been good to Central Texas Farm Credit and this move will have no impact whatsoever on our Coleman branch customers."

Central Texas Farm Credit has experienced substantial growth in both loan volume and staff over the past five years. The new facility in Early will alleviate serious overcrowding issues in both the current Early branch and the Administrative offices currently housed in Coleman.

A handful of Administrative employees will relocate from Coleman to the new corporate headquarters in Early. According to Chambers, the move will reduce or eliminate a lengthy commute for most of the employees transferring to the new location. The Coleman branch office and employees will continue to operate under the leadership of Branch President, Scott Ogden.

The relocation of the company's administrative office is intended to better serve customers and employees and will position Central Texas Farm Credit for long-term growth. The Early building project is expected to be completed in April 2016.


Founded in 1916, Central Texas Farm Credit is dedicated to providing a reliable source of financing for agricultural producers, agribusinesses, and recreational property. Member-owned and part of the Farm Credit system, Central Texas Farm Credit maintains a portfolio of 2,700 loans for over $430 million in a 20 county area in central and west Texas. It is headquartered in Coleman, Texas and has branch offices in Brownwood, Texas; San Angelo, Texas; Comanche, Texas; Brady, Texas, and Haskell, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.ranchmoney.com or call 877-229-0221.


Central Texas Farm Credit to relocate Administrative offices to Early, Texas

Former Coleman Resident Releases Third Book

Former Coleman Resident Releases Third Book

Jan Sikes, a twenty-five year resident of Coleman, announces the release of her third book, titled Home At Last.

This true story is set one hundred percent in Coleman. It begins in 1985 when Luke Stone (aka Rick Sikes) is released from Leavenworth prison and returns to Coleman to re-build his life.

With empty pockets and a heart full of dreams Luke Stone leaves behind the nightmare of fifteen long years in Leavenworth prison, not giving it a backward glance.

Eyes firmly on the future, he boards a Greyhound bus bound for Texas…for freedom…for the one who holds his heart. The unjust conviction no longer matters and revenge haunts him no more. Darlina Flowers, the woman who takes his breath away, waits ahead and with her by his side, nothing can stop him.

He is headed HOME AT LAST.

Accompanying this book is a music CD of original songs, by Rick and Jan Sikes, titled "I’ll Be Home When The Roses Bloom Again", which features the amazing vocal talent of their daughter, Deva.

Both the book and CD are available through Jan’s website at http://www.jansikes.com and Amazon. The CD is also available through CDBaby.

Jan will be coming to Coleman soon for a book signing event at the Coleman Public Library and the date of that appearance will be announced soon.

Follow Jan on Facebook.

Central Texas Opportunities receives grant from CEAP

Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. has received an additional $328,175.00 for the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP).

CEAP provides assistance to targeted households with priority given to elderly, disabled, families with young children and high energy cost related to income.  Additionally, eligible households receive education and coordination of resources.

Household Crisis - Provides Utility assistance, service and repair of existing heating and cooling units or portable units in an energy related crisis.

Utility Assistance - Provides energy payments to assist low-income household to reduce their home energy needs.
Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. serves Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, and Runnels counties.

For more information on grants available in your county, please visit our website www.ctoinc.org or the administration office at 325-625-4167.

Central Texas Opportunities receives grant from CEAP

Linda Wright painting accepted to prestigious art show

Linda Wright painting accepted to prestigious art show

Linda’s painting , “The Watcher” has been accepted into the prestigious Breckenridge Juried Art Show. The Show will run from July 28, 2015 through September 5, 2015. Reception is August 1, 6-8 pm. Judge for the Competition is

Randy Meador, a Central West Texas native. He has been awarded Best of Show in 5 international exhibitions, two-time Texas Watercolorist of the Year, and Artist for the the Wounded Warrior Project.

Linda was raised in Houston, Texas, where she met her husband Wayne.  She has always loved to draw and in college, she used her electives to take studio art classes.  After college, working, marriage and raising two sons left little time for art.  It is only since retiring to Glen Cove, Texas, ten years ago, that she returned to painting and drawing.
Her lifelong study and love of nature, animals, geology and the outdoors in general, gives her many ideas for her art. Her daily hikes provide ideas and inspiration.  Subject matter ranges from studies of intricate lichen to birds, flowers, domestic and wild animals and trees, which she renders in watercolor, colored pencil, graphite and charcoal.

After studying with John Fawcett and Deborah Paris, Linda continues to search for workshop opportunities, knowing that there is always more to learn.  Her husband, Wayne, is very supportive of her work.  She currently enters local shows and is now working in her new studio.

Linda says, “Each day, I am touched and amazed by all of the beautiful and interesting things in Nature.  There are new things to experience daily, but even the things seen every day change with light, weather and seasons.  From large to very small, the variety of textures, shapes and colors are endless.  So many people miss out on all there is to see and experience in the natural world because of where they are in life.  My hope is to give them a taste of what awaits.”

Central Texas Farm Credit to construct new office building in Early, Texas

-New facility will combine Early branch and corporate headquarters-

Central Texas Farm Credit, a member of the Farm Credit system, has announced plans to build a new corporate headquarters and branch office building in Early, Texas. The new facility will alleviate serious overcrowding issues in both the Early Branch and the Administrative offices currently housed in Coleman.

“Central Texas Farm Credit is certainly not new to Early,” said Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Chambers, “We have had a presence here for a very long time and we’re excited to be expanding our presence by making Early our new corporate headquarters.”

Central Texas Farm Credit has experienced substantial growth in the past five years in both loan volume and staff expansion. The relocation of the company’s administrative offices is intended to better serve customers and to position Central Texas Farm Credit for long-term growth.

“With a lot of help from our Architect, CADCO, Inc., and our Construction Manager, Waldrop Construction, Inc., we have designed a building that is both functional and attractive,” Chambers added, “It will be fun to watch the project take shape over the next several months and I think we are building something that the community will be proud of.”

Members of the Early Chamber of Commerce, Early Economic Development Corporation, and Central Texas Farm Credit Board of Directors and staff attended the groundbreaking ceremony on June 23, 2015.

“The Early Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation have been very supportive of this endeavor and we really appreciate their support,” said Chambers.

The building project is expected to be completed in April 2016, with branch and corporate office opening immediately after construction.

About Central Texas Farm Credit 
Founded in 1916, Central Texas Farm Credit is dedicated to providing a reliable source of financing for agricultural producers, agribusinesses, and recreational property. Member-owned and part of the Farm Credit system, Central Texas Farm Credit maintains a portfolio of 2,700 loans for over $430 million in a 20 county area in central and west Texas. It is headquartered in Coleman, Texas and has branch offices in Brownwood, Texas; San Angelo, Texas; Comanche, Texas; Brady, Texas, and Haskell, Texas.

For more information, please visithttp://www.ranchmoney.com or call 877-229-0221.

Central Texas Farm Credit to construct new office building in Early, Texas

“Every Hero Has a Story” & “Unmasked” Coleman Public Library has Awards Day June 24th, 2015

The Coleman Public Library completed its Summer Reading Programs “Every Hero Has A Story” and theme for the Youth Book Club “Unmasked” on June 24th, 2015 @ 10:00 am.  Two Super Big Cakes! Decorated with the theme logo’s, made by Karen McGee, ice cream and punch were served for refreshments.  The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading programs.  Next year the theme for children’s program will be “On your Mark, Get Set, Read!” and for the Youth Book Club “Gen in the Game!”

Librarian Sue Dossey announced to a crowd of 168 on how the Summer Reading Program begins in April. A book/bake sale is held and all the proceeds go towards the reading program to help pay for the children book bags, arts and crafts activities, programs and prizes.  Those returning their reading logs and completing their reading requirements receive a reading certificate and coupons from local businesses.  One free swim pass from the City of Coleman, one free ice cream cone from Coleman Dairy Queen, one free personal pan pizza from Coleman Pizza Hut, one free drink from Coleman Best Fried Chicken and one free drink from Owl Drug Store.  The Friends of the Library would also like to thanks following businesses and organizations for additional donations for the reading program: Coleman Kiwanis Club, Coleman Vet Clinic, Coleman County State Bank, Tyson Pharmacy, Grammer’s, Coleman County Electric Cooperative, Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Mike Ray and Big O’s.
A total of 243 children signed up for the reading program and 120 completed the program.  The library kicked the program off on June 3rd, with registration and a special program “Zooniversity”, a teaching zoo that comes to the children.  Their programs are carefully crafted to educate, as well as entertain.  Children learned about some animals and insects that have amazing abilities to live in their environments. Friends would also like to thank our local heroes: The Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and the drug dog, Fire Department, Heart of Texas Ambulance service workers for giving programs each week during the reading program.

Winners of the coloring contest were: Piper Tammany-Toddler/Pre-K/Kindergarten, Aiyana Payne-1st & 2nd grades, John Koch-3rd, 4th, & 5th grades, and Daisy Garza-Youth Book Club.  Each received an Art Craft Set.
Committee members for the program this year were Bridgett Wakefield, Sarah Beal, Jessica Phillips, Sandra Rose, Mona Turner and Debbie Faries.  Bridgett Wakefield told the audience her Youth Book Club had thirty nine students to sign up and sixteen completed the program.  The group discussed the book selected “The Mysterious Benedict Society” and made Morse code bracelets.  Those completing the program had their names included in a drawing for the grand prize, a Barnes and Noble Nook.  The winner of the nook was Makaylee Rosales.  Winners of the t-shirts were Yuliana Garza, Noah Stewart and Brooklyn Gilbreath.

Toddler/Pre-K/Kindergarten chairman Sarah Beal reported she had forty two to sign up and thirty seven to complete. They had fun with programs, arts and craft activities.  The grand prize for this group was a Nabi Jr.  The winner was Richard (R.J.) Morgan IV.  Those that received t-shirts were: Miguel Quinonez, Leah McKinney and Shi Raevion Posey.

Committee member Jessica Phillips was in charge of the 1st and 2nd grades.  She had seventy to sign up and forty four to complete.  Her group enjoyed stories, programs, and craft activities.  For this group the top three readers in each grade were recognized.  Each received a t-shirt and their names were in the drawing for a 3D Doodle Pen grand prize.

Top Three Readers in 1st grade were: Lexi McKinley, Bree Dela Rosa and Brooke Dela Rose.  2nd grade: Paisley Rae, Olivia Jefferson, and Addi Dawson.  The winner of the 3D Doodle pen was Brooke Dela Rosa.
Committee member Sandra Rose was in charge of the 3rd, 4th & 5th grades.  Sandra had ninety two to sign up and thirty two to complete and receive their reading certificates.  They also enjoyed programs and art and craft activities.  Top three readers in each grade were recognized and received a t-shirt.  Their names were in the drawing for grand prize.  A 3D Doodle Pen was awarded to Kimberley Stanford.  Top three readers in 3rd grade were: Nicholas Smith, Tully Stanford and Alana Young.  4th grade readers were: John Koch, Jade Ash and Natalee Rose.  5th grade readers were: A.J. Phillips, Kimberly Stanford and Brylie Gilbreath.

After the award ceremonies the crowd was introduced to Shilo Harris.  Shilo is a Coleman native and was injured while on patrol in Iraq when his Humvee was struck by an IED.  He told the audience of his experience and his will to live and endure the many surgeries he has received.  He spoke of heroes all around us and stressed to the children “You can be a hero today and every day.”  The children were able to ask questions and pose pictures with Shilo.   Thank You Shilo for your service to our country and taking time to speak at our award program.

A complete list of readers receiving certificates are: Leah McKinley, Brandon Scroggins, Daniel Reyna, Shi’Raevion Posey, Quintel Brown, Cameron Cash, Nolan Cash, Jeighlyn McPherson, Piper Tammany, Quinn Tammany, Brynley Rae, Richard (R.J.) Morgan,, Kayanna Morgan, Laryn Jones, Parker Danek, McKenzie Stanford, Grady Dawson, Joshua Quinonez, Miguel Quinonez, Lauren Robinson, Jack Wise, Jolie Wise, Bree Dela Rosa, Brooks Dela Rosa, Jeri Kateland Martin, Rey Reyna, Kaci Garrett, Ethan Hemphill, Hadley Hemphill, Andrea Phillips, Bethanie Rose, Cali Beal, Lexi McKinley, Mazzy Smiley, Nigella Cleland, Caleb Hale, Jacob Keeney, Angel, Marquez, Kiah Marquez, Addison Morrison, Dennis Penny Jr., Jayden Stacey, Jacob Keeney, Harley Blake, Mason Danek, Cali Carrillo, Louden Stanford, Trever Brooks, Ashly  Moore, Jalynn Carrillo, Sarah Moran, Paisley Rae, Ceairah Eldred, Hayden Flores, Brittney Gutierrez, Jacelyn Keys, Olivia Jefferson, Kadence Robinson, Aiyana Payne, Micah Lackey, Noah Mendoza, Yelana Martin, Eternity Cifuentes, Giovanny Villanueva, Aaron Baker, Caleb Keeney, Bruno Marquez, Addi Dawson, Dylan Dossey, Zane Moore, Nicholas Smith, Myia Rose, Brooklynn Loyd, Emily Bowden, Skylar Clark, Darrel Blake, Savannah Yockey, Alana Young, Julianna Kincaid, Katalina Brunetti, Elizabeth Perez, Aurora Goen, Kenlie Castleberry, Bayli Ferguson, Anthony Espitia, Hannah Smith, Tully M. Stanford, Layla Walker, Sadie Edington, Robert Lewis, Mia Alanis, Christian Espitia, Jade Ash, John Koch, Natalee Rose, Hannah Jefferson, A.J. Phillips, Neily Jeter, Daniel Vasquez, Brylei Gilbreath, Nevah Eldred, Ethan Burnetti, Ruby Perez, Kimberly Stanford.

Youth Book Club: Trenton Cowart, Brooklyn Gilbreath, Emily Moran, Hannah Rose, Jessica Kyser, Makailey Rosales, Latara Strawbridge, Nathan Nash, Daisy Garza, Caesar Nunez, Jenifer Garza, Yuli Garza, Noah Stewart, Lexi Dossey, Edgar Nunez, Jeffery Edington.

Pictured (L-R): Cake - Made by
Karen Magee, Color contest winners - Piper TammanyAiyanna PayneJohn Koch & Daisy Garza; Grand prize winners - R.J. Morgan -Nabi Jr. Winner, Makaylee Rosales - Barnes and Noble Nook winner - (Youth Book Club),
Brooke DeLaRosa - 3D Doodle Pen &
Kimberly Stanford not present.

Shilo Harris is pictured giving a speech and meeting with the children.