Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Straus Announce Tax Relief For Texans
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus today announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners. The agreement reached by the Lt. Governor and the Speaker on a tax proposal, along with additional legislation, includes:
25 percent permanent reduction in the business Margins Tax;
$10,000 increase in the Homestead Exemption, beginning in 2015, subject to passage of a Constitutional Amendment adopted in the November election; and
SB 1760, requiring a 60 percent vote of the governing body of any taxing unit wishing to adopt an increase in property taxes that exceeds the effective tax rate.
“Texas leaders have come together to advance conservative principles that will improve the lives of Texans and continue to make Texas the model for doing business,” said Governor Abbott. “Every dollar businesses and homeowners pay in taxes is a dollar that could be invested in new jobs, higher wages and stimulating the Texas economy. I commend the Speaker and Lieutenant Governor for working with us to achieve meaningful tax relief for Texans.”
“It is a major achievement to come to an agreement on such a broad spectrum of significant legislation,” said Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. “I believe when this session concludes it will be one of the most, if not the most, productive legislative sessions in the history of the Texas Senate and the entire legislature. I thank the Governor and the Speaker for their hard work in finalizing this agreement.”
"This agreement will allow the House to vote on tax relief that encourages economic growth," said Speaker Straus. "I want to thank the Members of the House who have worked to put this agreement in place, as well as Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick. I look forward to working with my House colleagues to approve this plan as part of a successful end to our legislative session."
City Hall closing
The City Of Coleman – City Hall will be closed Monday 5-25-15 in honor of Memorial Day
Texans Urged to Continue Monitoring Dangerous Weather
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to remain vigilant and closely monitor weather conditions as severe storms are expected to continue impacting the state this week and through the Memorial Day weekend.
“Heavy rainfall and severe storms are expected to continue impacting significant portions of Texas this week and through the Memorial Day weekend. As Texans look forward to honoring our service members this weekend, it is critical that we not forget the significant weather threats facing our communities,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “With the ground already saturated in many parts of the state, any additional rainfall could quickly produce dangerous flash flooding. We urge residents to remain alert and heed the warnings of their local officials.”
Current forecasts indicate the continuation of severe thunderstorms, large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, river flooding and tornadoes across the state throughout the week. At this time, any additional rainfall will exacerbate already saturated grounds, which could quickly lead to dangerous flash flooding and extended river flooding.
The State Operations Center (SOC) is continuing to monitor weather conditions and coordinate with the National Weather Service. The SOC – which remains activated at an elevated level – also continues to coordinate with the Texas Emergency Management Council to provide state resources and assistance to local leaders as these storms affect Texas communities.
Rising and moving water can threaten not only drivers on the roadways, but people on foot as well as those spending the holiday weekend outdoors near recreational waterways impacted by significant rainfall. Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips as severe weather continues:
• When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
• Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
• Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection.
• Remember that dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
• Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
• Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.
The state was impacted by severe storms and heavy rainfall on Tuesday, including multiple reports of tornadoes, and the state is continuing to provide support to those impacted communities as requested by local officials. For more information on the recent severe weather impacting Texas, visit: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/today.html
For additional safety tips related to tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding, see: http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm
The American Red Cross has established the following website for individuals in impacted areas: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
Lake Coleman is 48.9% full as of May 21, 2015
American Red Cross Preschool Swimming Lessons 2015
This class is intended for children aged 6 months to 5 years old. Children under the age of 2 years must be accompanied by an adult who will be in the water with them at all times.
Location: Coleman City Pool
Dates: Monday – Thursday, June 8th – 11th and June 15th – 18th
Time: 12:00 – 12:45
Cost: $45 (Cash or Check only) – Due on the first day of class
How to Register:
Applications can be picked up at the Coleman Elementary office. In order to have a digital application sent to you, email Meagan at email@example.com
Applications can be emailed to the address above, or turned in at the Elementary office.
Last day to turn in applications is May 28th.
Last day to submit digital applications by email is June 5th.
Contact Meagan Ogden at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. Thanks!
Relays fuel Coleman boys to 3A team title
The Coleman boys state track contingent was limited to four boys and three relay teams, but that was all the Bluecats needed to claim the Class 3A team title Saturday at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Coleman finished the day with a medal of each color to close the meet with 48 points — four more than runner-up Bruceville-Eddy, which held a 12-point lead entering the meet's final event.
"I knew if we got third place (in the 400-meter relay), we would share the title with Bruceville-Eddy, but I didn't tell the kids that," Coleman coach Weldon Thompson said. "That's not something they needed to know. I told them to go out and run the race, and they did.
"Even though we got a state championship, the kids were still disappointed they didn't win that mile relay. That's the kind of kids these are. They're never satisfied with where they're at unless they're on top, and that's what's amazing about this group of guys."
While the Bluecat athletes may have expressed some disappointment, their coach couldn't have been more pleased.
After watching his team qualify for two relays and leave empty-handed at last year's state meet, Thompson said he was proud of the way of his athletes responded this time around.
"I'm still kind of speechless," he said. "I can't say enough what these kids mean to me. It's all them. I tell them to just run fast and take care of business. Track's one of those sports where kids are going to get out what they put in.
"A state championship, that's the pinnacle. It's amazing, and I'm glad we get to bring it back to Coleman."
The Bluecats foursome of Matthew Anderson, Corder Norris, Bryson Hammonds and Jaquan Hemphill started their run to the title with a third-place finish in the 400 relay, running a time of 42.39 seconds. They were clipped in the race by champion Rockdale (42.35) and runner-up Commerce (42.36).
"Coming into the (400 relay), we were sitting in fifth, I think, and we wanted to get out and at least bring back some hardware from this race," Norris said. "We wanted to do better than we had last year. Last year, we came and were just kind of happy we were here. This year, we wanted to bring some hardware back to Coleman.
"First to third was less than .05 seconds, so we were right there with first and we got a medal, and we're happy right now."
That same group of athletes followed with a gold-medal time of 1:27.61 in the 800 relay, before closing out the meet with a 3:22.01 in the mile relay. Mineola edged the Bluecats in the final race with a time of 3:21.31.
"I'm very pleased," Thompson said while waiting for his team to be announced as the 3A state champion. "They've worked hard all year. This is a special group of kids. They do what's asked of them and they've won week in and week out, and that's what got us here. That's what's amazing to me. It's the same four kids on all four relays, and you don't find that very often."
In addition to Coleman's team title, the Big Country enjoyed substantial individual success Saturday as two 3A area athletes earned gold medals and another claimed a silver.
After finishing as the runner-up in the girls long jump on Friday, Bangs' Alex Madlock won the triple jump with a career-best effort of 39 feet, 4½ inches. Madlock trailed long jump champion Natalie Simmons of Leonard heading into her final jump, but delivered a championship performance in the clutch.
"I was nervous whenever she jumped a 38-4. I was like, ‘Dang,'" Madlock said. "She beat me yesterday in the long jump, and I was like, ‘Man, it's not going to happen this time.' So I went by myself, I took my earrings off and put my hair in a better pony tail and took my ring off and I said, ‘It's time.'
"I just took a deep breath and I got up there and made my jump. It took them forever to find out what I had really jumped because the laser thing messed up. I had my fingers crossed and I was praying, and when they called that 39 out, I just started crying. I couldn't take it. But I just thank God that I finally did it."
Shortly after Madlock's performance, the Big Country got its second gold of the day from Eastland's McKennon Cecil in the discus. Throwing for the first time at the state meet, the senior delivered a career-best throw of 157-3, winning over Whitney's Kendell Wimberly (152-10).
"I came in sitting in fourth. I was a few feet behind everybody else," said Cecil, who had never been to Austin before this week. "I knew I could do it, though, because I've been throwing good in practice. I've been working hard, so I knew I had a good shot.
"This is actually my first year on varsity, so I've really come a long way. It's a really cool experience. I'm loving it."
The area's final medal of the day from a 3A athlete came from Eastland sprinter Jessie Jacobs, who took second in the girls 200 with a time of 24.91.
"I could have done better, but I'm happy with my performance," she said. "I think my start could have been better, but considering the (direction) we were running it, I don't like running it that way, so I think that got in my head a little bit."
Three individuals and a relay team came within one spot of medaling Saturday, when Breckenridge's Shelby Lipps took fourth the girls discus (128-6), Cisco's Taylor Massey did so in the boys long jump (21-7¾) and Early's Sharday Melvin did so in the 100 hurdles (14.87). Bangs took fourth in the 400 relay (49.53) and sixth in the 800 relay (1:45.74), while the Breckenridge 400 relay team finished sixth (49.78).
Breckenridge's LaQuisha Coleman was sixth in the 200 (25.41), and Jim Ned dual-event qualifier Garrison Bluhm followed his fourth-place finish in the 3,200 on Friday (9:42.80) with a seventh-place in the 1,600 Saturday. His time of 4:37.91 in that race was a career best.
**reprinted with permission from the Abilene Reporter News.
Boot Decorating Contest - Sponsored by Circle C Cattlewomen
The Circle C Cattlewomen of Coleman County will be hosting a boot decorating contest, in conjunction with the Annual PRCA Coleman Rodeo, to benefit their Excellence in Agriculture scholarship fund. All civic groups and businesses are encouraged to participate in this fun community event!!! A cash prize will be awarded to the winning boot!!
Entry Forms & Boot selection: Friday, May 22 If you do not have a boot of your own to decorate, you may come by the Chamber of Commerce office, on this day, to pick up an entry form and select a boot to decorate.
Decorated boots Deadline: Friday, May 29 Decorated boots must be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office before 5:00 p.m. on this date, with a complete entry form. Decorate your boot any way you want! Please keep entries under a maximum size of 2 ft. wide by 3 ft. tall. Entries need to be free standing and easily able to transfer to display locations.
Where: The “Kick up Your Heels!” Boot Decorating Contest display will be circulated around town at various locations during the first two weeks of June, leading up to the Rodeo. A schedule of the locations to view and vote for your favorite boots, will be published on the Coleman News website and in the Coleman Chronicle Paper.
To Vote for Your Favorite Boot: We, the Circle C Cattlewomen, ask that you make a monetary donation to the boot that you want to win. Each dollar donated will be tabulated as one vote. The Boot that collects the most votes wins!!!
2015 Summer Reading Program
The Coleman Retired Teachers will meet on May 21
The Coleman Retired Teachers will meet on May 21 at 11:30 at Hidalgo’s.
Scholarships will be presented to two Coleman County Seniors. Students and their parents will be guests.
Texas Retired Teachers Association was organized in 1953 to support public school retirees. Coleman County TRTA members include retired school personnel, local businesses and friends or retirees. TRTA represents us by lobbying the legislature, protecting our benefits. Coleman County TRTA would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is interested in this group. Coleman County has over 200 retired school personnel who recieve benefits from TRS. Only 83 of the 200 were members of Coleman County Retired Teachers in 2014 - 2015.