County Wide Toy Drive

County Wide Toy Drive

The Captain William Buckner Chapter brought children's books, stuffed animals and donations for the County Wide Toy Drive to their October 10th meeting.

They were celebrating the 125th birthday of the National Society of DAR.  

Coming up on October 31st...Fall Festival at Coleman FUMC

Coming up on October 31st...Fall Festival at Coleman FUMC

The Festival opens at 9:00 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall.

  Country Store 9:00 - 1:00
  Silent Auction 9:00 - 12:30
  Quilt Raffle Continues 9:00 - 12:00
  Costume Contest 10:30
  Cake Walk 11:00
  Chili & Cornbread Lunch 11:00 - 1:00

The Chili & Cornbread Lunch includes dessert and drink. There is no cost, but donations will be accepted.

Tickets for the quilt raffle are now on sale for $1.00 or 6 for $5.00 and may be purchased at any time from church members, at the church office and during the Festival. Drawing will be at 12:00 noon at the Festival on Oct. 31st.

The Festival is the church's money raising event for this year. Funds raised will be presented to Meals on Wheels, to Coleman Senior Center and to Loaves & Fishes. Coordinator Janet Johnson and Pastor Brad Slaten invite you to come and help support the needy in our community!

Tumbleweed Smith

Tumbleweed Smith

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH 2015 6:00 P.M.

Friends of the Coleman Public Library are excited to host a Special Program on Tuesday October 20th 2015, 6:00 p.m. located in the Library Community Room 408 Commercial Ave. Guest speaker will be Tumbleweed Smith.

Tumbleweed Smith is producer of THE SOUND OF TEXAS, a radio series that began in Big Spring and became the most widely syndicated feature radio show in Texas.
In his 45 professional years, Tumbleweed has interviewed some true Texas characters and assembled the largest private collection of oral history in the United States. He writes a syndicated weekly newspaper column and teaches broadcasting at the university level. As the creator and producer of The Sound of Texas, one of the longest running syndicated radio programs in Texas, Tumbleweed seeks fascinating people who embody the spirit of the lone star state and brings them into the homes and hearts of thousands.

His 3 one-man shows have been performed all over Texas and in 6 other states and 4 foreign countries. He graduated from Baylor with a BA degree in English, earned a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and studied law at Drake University.

He owns an advertising and production company and has won international recognition for his work. His honors include two CLIO advertising awards, two Telly statuettes, the governor’s award for tourism, the West Texas Chamber of Commerce Cultural Achievement Award, The (212) DAR Texas Media Award and two Freedoms Foundation Awards. He is a past district governor of Rotary International and an Admiral in the Texas navy. He has a star on the Texas Trail of Fame in Fort Worth.

Tumbleweed Smith, whose real name is Bob Lewis, lives in Big Spring with his wife Susan. They have two sons, two daughters-in-law’s and four grandsons. An assortment of CD’s, tapes, books and other items will be sold after the performance. He will gladly sign any item sold.

Come join us at library for a night of fun. Friends of the Library will provide refreshments.

4-H News & Reminders

4-H News & Reminders

By: Michael Palmer, CEA-Ag and Janet Nelson, CEA-FCS

Lamb & Goat Validation
 - Next Week
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Goree Expo Center

JUST A REMINDER - to ALL 4-H and FFA Lamb & Goat exhibitors  - - - - County-wide VALIDATION process for the 2015-2016 will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Goree Expo Center. For state validation records, we will need parent (or guardian) and exhibitor signatures. In the event that a parent will be unable to attend with their child’s project being state validated, a parent/guardian must sign a Waiver in order for the animals to be state validated.

If you have any questions, please call Michael Palmer, CEA-Ag at the County Extension Office at 325-625-4519, or your Ag Science Teacher.

Food & Nutrition Project
Next Meeting - Monday, October 12th
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Bill Franklin Center

Coleman County 4-Hers are invited to attend the Food & Nutrition Project meetings.  Our next meeting will be Monday, October 12th.   This year’s theme for food & nutrition project is “Picnic Perfect”.  We will cover basic nutrition information, learn cooking skills, and explore new flavors in foods and much more! These project meetings are designed to help prepare the 4-H members to be part of the County Food Show, District Food Show; and, Food & Nutrition Quiz Bowl and Food Challenge competitions.  Contact the Coleman County Extension Office at 325-625-4519 if you would like more information.

Coleman 4-H Club Meeting
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Bill Franklin Center
6:30 p.m.

4-H members, and all interested youth, are invited to attend the Coleman 4-H Club meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bill Franklin Center.  We look forward to seeing you there !!

Coleman County ACE Program celebrating Lights On Afterschool

Coleman County ACE Program celebrating Lights On Afterschool

Thursday, October 22nd marks the 16th annual celebration of Lights on Afterschool. Every day ACE works to support youth and families. Lights on Afterschool provides a unique opportunity to connect with school leadership, families, and partners to communicate the message of the importance of afterschool programs.

Lights on Afterschool began with the goal of drawing nationwide attention to the importance of afterschool for children, families, and communities. The movement started with 1200 participating communities and has grown to over 7500 participating communities projected this year with over 1 million participants. This is a day to celebrate the high quality programs that are in place state and nationwide, a day to engage our families and communities in programming, and a day to share our successes with the administrators and principals in our schools.

The Coleman County ACE Program is joining the celebration and offering a time for parents and community members to come experience first-hand what fantastic activities the ACE Program is providing the youth of Coleman County. There will be an open house for students to display their masterpieces, student presentations, food and fun for all, and much more! Please come visit your local Coleman County ACE center Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 4:30 to 5:30pm to help us celebrate. Lights on Afterschool truly is an opportunity to keep the lights on and bright for our whole community! On behalf of the ACE Program, we thank you for your continued support and hope to see you there.

Bluecats on the road to Post

Bluecats on the road to Post

Today the Bluecats are headed to Post, for the first District Game!

The team was escorted through town by Coleman Police Department and Fire Department.

Good luck tonight, boys!

Santa Anna JV

Santa Anna JV played Richland Springs JV Thursday night, following the Junior High games.

The JV also had their hands full with a talented and experienced Richland team. The boys got off to a slow start as well, and never recovered. Despite playing a very tough opponent, the Mountaineers fought hard for everything they earned in that game and never quit playing.

The game came to an early end with a half time score of 58-0.

Santa Anna Jr. High Mountaineers

The Jr. High Mountaineers played a rough game, against a very good Blackwell team, last night. The boys got off to a slow start and fell behind quickly. Short a few players, and playing with a younger starting lineup, the Mountaineers committed too many errors.  After a few half time adjustments, the Mountaineers put together a better outing in the 3rd quarter. They played with more aggression and an urgency to come back, but were already too far behind.

The game ended early with two turnovers and the boys lost, by a score of 45-0 mid way through the 3rd period. It was a tough loss, but they were able to show improvement and heart throughout the night.

Coleman County Choir rehearsal time changed to 7:30 on Wednesdays

Coleman County Choir rehearsal time changed to 7:30 on Wednesdays

Jesse Lotspeich, Director, announces Coleman County Choir will now meet on Wednesday nights at 7:30. This is to allow members in the count more time to get to Coleman for rehearsal.

Rehearsals are being held in the FUMC choir room. Singers representing ten churches have been in practice sessions and more have plants to come in the future. And there's room for still more!

The cantata "Bethlehem's Child" will be presented Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday Dec. 13. 

Coleman High Cross Country impressive at Albany

Coleman High Cross Country impressive at Albany
Picture, from left to right. Top row: Gabe Roberts (Sr), JV Valdez (Soph), Saul Garza (Jr). Middle row: Cady Gentry (Jr), Summer Flores (Soph), Marie Rosales (Soph), Jorge Jimenez (Fr). Bottom row: Shiean Walters (Fr), Skyler Croft (Fr).

The Coleman High School Cross Country team traveled to Albany on Wednesday, October 7th, coming home with impressive awards.

The CHS Varsity Boys team tied for 1st PLACE overall as a team. The team members consisted of JV Valdez, Gabe Roberts, Saul Garza, Jorge Jimenez, Marco Amaya, Jordan Nall, and Tommy Croft. JV Valdez placed 1st overall, followed by Gabe Roberts placing 5th, Saul Garza placing 11th, and Jorge Jimenez placing 16th.

The CHS Varsity Girls team PLACED 2nd overall as a team. The team members consisted of Marie Rosales, Summer Flores, Skyler Croft, Carissa De La Garza, Alexa Diaz, Shaley Espinosa, and Shiean Walters. Marie, Summer, Skyler, and Shiean all received medals for their efforts, placing 9th, 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively.

The JV girls were lead by Cady Gentry who placed 10th overall, and Jennifer Jimenez, who placed 15th.

The teams will run in Priddy next Wednesday, and will compete in the District Meet held in Coleman on October 19th.

Mozelle High School Homecoming

Mozelle High School Homecoming

The Mozelle High School Homecoming will be held on October 10, 2015 in the Bill Franklin Center at the Coleman Rodeo Grounds. Registration, with visitation and breakfast snacks, will begin at 9:00 a.m. The program will being at 10:00 a.m. All classes, an honored Ex-Student and an honored Ex-Teacher will be recognized during the program. This will be folowed by the noon meal catered by Hidalgo's Café.

Follwing lunch, the program will reconvene for a short business meeting. There will be snacks, drinks and visitation during the afternoon. Any individual class reunions will have plenty of time and space during this time.

At 7:30 p.m., the festivities will resume a the Franklin Center featuring visitation, music and room for dancing.

All Mozelle Ex-Students, not just graduates, are encouraged to attend and renew old friendships. A great time will be had by all. Hope to see you there!

Coleman Pack and Ship is officially in business!

Thank you all for being patient with us, while we waited for the UPS approval. We were finally approved!

If you need to ship anything through UPS, we will take care of that for you. We have boxes, peanuts, bubble wrap, shrink wrap and more! If your package is ready to go, just drop it off, free of charge! Need a label? We'll get you fixed up.

Come by and check this new service out at the News Office, 110 Commercial Ave.!

Coleman Pack and Ship is officially in business!

Coleman Sees Decrease In Burglaries After Twin Burglars are Seized

A spike of burglaries in Coleman has several concerned that they could be next. However, the problem has already been taken care of and people in the County don't have much to fear anymore.

Most burglars play it smart. They watch and wait finding the perfect time to strike. Sometimes, people make it too easy.

"A lot of people put too much information on Facebook and tell people when they are on vacation and when they are leaving." Said Coleman Chief of Police Jay Moses.

And burglars see that. In Coleman however, two twin boys recently were caught after burglarizing 11 different buildings and habitations. Devon and Damon Griffin would ride bicycles around watching people and learning their habits. When the opportunity would present itself, the would steal. This is why Chief Jay Moses says it's important to make sure to take precautions.

"I think it's a good idea to leave your light on, not just leave it dark. Also if you receive a paper that's just thrown in your yard, have someone pick those papers up and have someone pick your mail up." Chief Moses said.
However, it's not all bad news in Coleman. Last year by this point there were 52 burglaries, but this year...
"We've had 40 burglaries, which is a 30 percent decrease in burglaries." Said Chief Moses.

But even though we've seen a 30 percent decrease in the amount of burglaries in Coleman this year, around this time of year, thieves like to strike.

"Usually between September and December we have a spike on burglaries." Chief Moses said.

Which is why it's important to remember to take those precautions and most importantly remember to lock your doors.

The twin thieves are both in jail with bonds totaling over 80 thousand in theft and theft of firearm charges.

**reprinted from with permission from KTAB**

Coleman Sees Decrease In Burglaries After Twin Burglars are Seized

City Hall closed Monday

City Hall will be closed Monday, October 12, 2015, in observance of Columbus Day.

Child Safety Seat Check-Up Helps Coleman County Parents

Child Safety Seat Check-Up Helps Coleman County Parents

Parents from all over Coleman County turned out in the parking lot of the Ivy & Co. Building on Commercial Avenue on a sunny afternoon in September to have their child safety and booster seats checked.

Texas Law requires that all children under the age of 8 and less than 4 feet 9 inches tall to be in a child safety seat whenever they are in a passenger vehicle.

During the 2-hour “Child Safety Seat and Booster Seat Check-Up” event, 35 car seats were checked by certified car seat specialists to make sure each seat had the correct settings for the weight, height and age of each child. Seats were also checked to make sure there have been no recalls, the manufacture dates were in compliance, and the seat was properly installed.

Twenty out-of-compliance seats were replaced. New seats were generously donated by the Coleman County Hospital District and Preferred.

The event was scheduled on September 14, during Child Passenger Safety Week. According to Chelsey Slayton RN, assistant director of nursing at Coleman County Medical Center (CCMC), 81 children under the age of 8 were killed in a vehicle crash in 2014. In 2013, that number was 67.

“CCMC, the Texas Department of Public Safety and KidSafe co-sponsored the event,” said Slayton. “It was a great learning opportunity for everyone involved,” she continued. “It is our goal to promote injury prevention not only in Coleman County but in all surrounding areas.”

CCMC would like to thank the following individuals for assisting during the event: Jeannie Luckey- Traffic Safety Specialist TxDOT Brownwood, Jill Collett- Traffic Safety Specialist TxDOT-Abilene, Calvin Milburn-Comanche County TxDOT, Angela King-DSHS Winters, Doylene Jobe-DSHS Winters, Verna Bearden-Comanche County TxDOT, Katie Alexander-TMPA, Kevin Seider- Mills County TxDOT, Chancy Pickett-RN CCMC, Elisa Crutcher- CCMC, Chelsey Slayton- RN CCMC, Leif Scott- Coleman TxDOT, Wallace Dobbins- Coleman TxDOT, Debbie Ivy- Ivy & Co. Building.

Santa Anna Jr. High Lost their game last Thursday against Eden, 50-20

Santa Anna JV traveled to Gorman for a rematch of the opening game of the season.  Gorman scored the first two touch downs of the game after SA fumbled within just a few yards of the goal line on their opening drive.  SA found themselves down early in the game and never could close the gap.  Despite trailing throughout the game, the mountaineers played tough to the end.  Blaine had two interceptions and 5 touchdowns.  The mountaineers showed tremendous improvement in their blocking on offense and played great defense; only allowing two touchdowns the whole second half of the game for Gorman.  Even though it was a loss, the mountaineers have greatly improved on the season giving Gorman a long tough game.

The Santa Anna Varsity Mountaineers lost a nail biter Friday night to the Eden Bulldogs 36-37.  The game was a defensive struggle in which both teams played hard and came up with big plays when they were needed.  Turnovers seemed to be the downfall for the Mountaineers Friday night, losing the ball 5 times.  The offense did a good job, but just came up a bit short on the last series of the game.  All these young men played hard and left it all out there on the field.  The Mountaineers travel to Blackwell on Friday night for the last pre-season game.  

Chamber Chat - October

September was a very busy month for the Chamber of Commerce. We helped the Wildlife Committee hold the annual dove hunters festival at the Bill Franklin Center. There were many hunters and locals that attended. The fried fish was awesome. We thank all of the volunteers that came to help in any way that they could. Coleman has so many people that volunteer their time to help make all of the events work. We thank you all for that.

Plans were in full swing for Fiesta de la Paloma 2015. We were all looking forward to all of the fun. And now we can tell you that fun was had by all at the Fiesta de la Paloma 2015. Fiesta was full of fun as vendors and spectators from all over came to the Fiesta. We had great fun shopping all of the unique Arts and Crafts Booths and filling our tummies with such a variety of food from the Food Court. The Entertainment was so good as people sat under the big top tent and just enjoyed the day. The kids area was a great place to be to watch the kids having such fun! The tractor pull was just awesome and people loved seeing those tractors and drivers do such a great job. The Cook-off of 24 cooking teams went off without a hitch as those cookers showed us all the fun in cooking! The Team Roping event doubled this year and the winners rode off sporting their new buckles. The car show had plenty of unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles to look at and enjoy. There were some beautiful and unique exhibits in the Bill Franklin Center that everyone loved viewing. The Fine Arts Show downtown had beautiful and unique art that everyone loved to see. We have such great talent in Coleman and Coleman County. And while downtown everyone enjoyed the Merchants Madness as our downtown merchants supported the Fiesta with specials for all the shoppers. To end the Fiesta, the new Miss Coleman County was named. Everyone loves to attend the pageant and loves supporting these girls. . Anyone who wanted to continue the festivities throughout the evening road up and down Commercial Ave. as they joined the Coleman Cruise night. Coleman was a fun place to be this weekend and once again we thank all of the volunteers that help make a weekend like this possible.

We would like to spotlight one of our members in the community, the Christian Bookstore. "Sowing God's Inerrant Word" is the motto of the Christian Book Store, located at 218 Lackland Street in Coleman, Texas. The Christian Book Store was established in 1984 as an extension of the ministry of the Community Baptist Church. At the time, there was no facility in the Coleman area where people could buy good Bible-based reading material or obtain Bibles. After prayer and planning, the church voted to build a Christian book store on their property.

Bro. Paul Smith designed the building plans and the men and women of the church built it themselves, with the help of Mr. W. E. Briggs, a local contractor.

The Christian Book Store is a beautiful, rustic building, with 1200 square feet of floor space filled with wonderful Christian (and only Christian) books, King James Bibles, good Christian music and beautiful Christian gift items. They also carry many Christian children's items and teaching tools. It was finished, fully stocked and opened in October 1984.

The Christian Book Store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Anne Smith, long-time manager, invites everyone in the community to stop by, sit and visit, and browse through their selection of Christian products, and she says, they are open during the lunch hour. Unless, of course, someone comes in and invites them to go, eat and fellowship with them. Their phone number is 325-625-3642.

Another business member we would like to spotlight this month is the Novice Café, Store and Mercantile owned and operated by the Wilson Family in Novice.. Hey folks, did you know there is a country club in Novice? Well, that's what the sign and our caps say but really we are THE NOVICE STORE, CAFE & MERCANTILE! Our family owned café is open daily Tuesday thru Sunday from 8am to 2pm and on Friday nights from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The first Friday night of the month special is Ribeye Steaks, second Friday is Sirloin Scraps, third Friday is our very popular Catfish and the last Friday is Brisket and Ribs.

Our motto is "serving up home cooked goodness." Along with good food we love seeing each person walk through our doors and are grateful for our customers. After three years in business, we strive to continue serving Coleman County, Novice and the surrounding area with good food and great service. We have some of the most dedicated employees and are thankful for their hard work. We thank God and give Him glory for all things. From burgers to steaks our menu offers good home cooking. Take the short drive and eat among friends. We hope to see you soon.

Paint the town BLUE!

Paint the town BLUE!

By Kaitlin Chamblee (7th Grader CJH)

Are you ready for “paint the town blue”?  It starts tonight! The Boosters will be out painting paws downtown and around Hufford Field. For the last ten years, Coleman has really got caught up in “Painting the Town Blue”.  Let’s keep it up!

The Boosters are selling Bluecat flags for $30. Joe Zarate will even come put one up with a pole for you. (It will cost a little extra, but remember…all the money goes to the kids.)

The Boosters are hoping all the Bluecat fans will put up blue Christmas lights, flags, and anything blue you can find to decorate and show your Bluecat spirit!

2015 Coleman High Homecoming Nominees

The 2015 Homecoming King Nominees for Coleman High School are: Gino Marks, Chase Taylor, Kyle Boyet, Cord Norris, Woody Bartell, and Aaron Brewster.

Homecoming King will be announced during the Pep Rally on Friday Oct 16th at the new Coleman High School Gym.

The 2015 Homecoming Queen Nominees for Coleman High School are: Sydney Rutledge, Mariana Watson, Brooklyn Guerrero, Ashlee Whitten, and Ashley Hammonds.

Homecoming Queen will be announced during the halftime festivities on Friday October 16th when the Bluecats take on the Colorado City Wolves

Sacred Heart Parish Fall Festival

Sacred Heart Parish Fall Festival

Sunday - October 18, 2015

An authentic Mexican meal of enchilada, taco, beans, rice, dessert and drink served from
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The meal is $10 per adult and $8 per child. Concession stand will serve hamburgers and drinks all afternoon.

Lots for young and old. Horse-shoe and Washer Tournaments. Cow Patty Bingo! Cake walk, Bingo, Country Store, Silent Auction and more! Raffle for (1st Prize) 55" Phillips HD Smart TV, (2nd Prize) HP 15.6 PC Laptop - 4 GIG RAM - 1TB HD - WIN8, (3rd Prize) $250 GOLD VISA GIFT CARD, and (4th Prize) 7.1 Haier Chest Freezer. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5.

Come join us in the fun! Everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact Margie Mitchell, Chair, at 325-660-5512, or the parish office at 325-625-5773. 

CHS Alumni Reunion

Huge "Thank You" to the folks and businesses who are sponsors for the 2015 CHS Alumni Association Golf Tournament on October 16!

There is still time to become a sponsor, a volunteer, or a team player! Call Jack Birdwell, at 432-213-5268, or Bennie Flynn, at 214-460-9398.


There's also still time to donate items for auction at the Reunion, either live auction or silent auction. Everyone from any class is encouraged to bring auction items to the Franklin Center on Friday the 16th,  or early Saturday morning, the 17th OR bring to Terry Studio by 15 October, if you will not be attending the reunion.

If you have auction items to bring, please take quick photos and send to Mary Alice: to go on the Reunion website on the AUCTION PREVIEW page.


CHS Alumni Association Members, please see the announcement concerning Bylaws changes and Officer Nominations:


CHS Band Members, remember the BIG BLUE BAND REUNION:



It is not too late to get your registration in ... But be sure it is received by the registrar by October 15.

Panther Creek Students of the Month - September

Panther Creek Students of the Month - September

Congratulations on being Panther Creek's Student of the Month, for September!

High School: Avery Ball, Matthew Morris
Junior High: Dylan Williams, CJ Blick
Elementary: James Tapia, Mia Armendariz

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Brownwood, Texas – October 1, 2015- The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter (The ARK) is inviting the public to take part in this year’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (NDVAM). Each year October is set aside to honor the victims that have lost their lives to domestic violence, celebrate the progress survivors and advocates have made, and connect with our community to help end domestic violence.

The ARK will be participating in NDVAM with the Empty Shoes Display throughout all three counties that they serve, Brown, Comanche and Coleman. The displays will be at local schools, courthouses, medical facilities and public places and honors our local victims that have lost their lives to domestic violence. The display is a sobering reminder that domestic violence is happening here in our local area. Each pair of shoes represents a mother, sister, friend, or child that were murdered in a domestic violence situation. The ARK does this so that each victim is remembered and has their story told.

From October 5th through October 9th, the display can be found at Brownwood, Coleman, Early, Brooksmith, and Bangs High Schools. The following week the display will be at Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Coleman County Medical Center, Comanche County Medical Center as well as the Heartland Mall in Early. October 19th-23rd, the display will be at Howard Payne University-Girling Center, Texas State Technical College, Ranger College in Comanche, and DeLeon High School. The last week of October the display will be at the Brown, Coleman, and Comanche County Courthouses, as well as Premier, Blanket, and May High Schools.
On Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, The ARK will have their annual Candlelight Vigil in the Howard Payne University-Girling Center. A reading will take place of the names for the 2014 Texas victims as well as remembering the twelve victims from our tri-county area of Brown, Coleman, and Comanche. There will also be a guest speaker talking about Domestic Violence in our community and how we are responding to it. The Candlelight Vigil will end with the lighting of candles and a moment of silence to remember the victims.
Each year over 100 victims in Texas alone are murdered by an intimate partner. 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. October is the month that we observe these issues and pledge to end domestic violence in our communities. This month is set aside to remind each of us what we can personally do to help stop the violence.

The ARK along with local police, court officials, and community agencies work together to make our communities safer and to end the violence that is happening in too many homes. We are reaching out to the community and asking for help to end this epidemic of violence. For more information about our services or about National Domestic Violence Awareness Month please contact The ARK at 325-643-2699. You can also go online to

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The ARK is preparing for Octobers National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Panther Creek Fall Festival - Saturday, October 17

Panther Creek Fall Festival - Saturday, October 17

Panther Creek C.I.S. D. will be having their annual Fall Festival on Saturday October 17, 2015 beginning at 4:00 pm.

Elementary and Junior High thru 9th grades will have games and booths in the Activity Building. Elementary will also be having the Country Store, where you can buy lots of homemade goodies, and also the Ice Cream Shop will be in the cafeteria. Sophomores will have the Cake Walk again this year in the Activity Building. The Junior Class will be having the concession stand in the cafeteria. The Senior Class would like to remind everyone that Bingo will begin at 6:00 pm. We hope to see you Saturday.

2015 Fiesta de la Paloma Winners

1st Brisket - Jamie Lopez
2nd Brisket - Jeff Tibbetts
3rd Brisket - Josh Cleland
1st Chicken - Skip Headen
2nd Chicken - Jamie Lopez
3rd Chicken - John Barbee
1st Ribs - Jamie Lopez
2nd Ribs - Dave Calvery
3rd Ribs - Trey Hinds
1st Dove - Mike Barker
2nd Dove - Betty Haggerton
3rd Dove - Jason Hefferson
1st Beans - Jamie Paini
2nd Beans - John Barbee
3rd Beans - Jeff Tibbetts
1st Steak - Dustin Sanders
2nd Steak - Mike Barker
3rd Steak - Joe Stump
4th Steak - Brennen Johnson
5th Steak - Jeff Tibbetts
Grand Champion - Jamie Lopez
Reserve Champion - John Barbee
Champion Header in Team Roping - Rusty Turner
Champion Heeler in Team Roping - Kyle Ribble
    Buckles sponsored by: 
    Justin & Tricia Kimmel 

Classic Custom Motorcycle - Roy Burnett
Late Model Custom Motorcycle - Roy Burnett
Vintage Custom Motorcycle - Joe Garza
Best Paint Motorcycle - Roy Burnette
Best Engine Motorcycle - Joe Garza
Best of Show Motorcycle - Joe Garza
Best Antique Car - Doug Campbell
Best Classic Car - David Glessner
Best Muscle Car - Robert Rankin
Best Street Rod - Ryan Rankin
Best Convertible - Les Gray
Best Original Car - Rick Kirkland
Best Truck (Early) - Monte Garner
Best Truck (Late) - Ryan Rankin
Best Engine - Ryan Rankin
Best Paint - Ryan Rankin
Best Interior - Ross Horner
Best Unfinished - Monte Garner
Best in Show (Car) - Ryan Rankin
People's Choice (Car) - Les Gray
Host Choice (Car) - Ken Greaves
Miss Coleman County 2nd Runner Up - Alexa Diaz
Miss Coleman County 1st Runner Up - Emily Milward
Miss Coleman County for 2015-2016 - Kloe Hale

2015 Fiesta de la Paloma Winners

Grassfire in Coleman County

Grassfire in Coleman County

A large grassfire is raging a half mile from the Jim Ned Creek in North Coleman County between 206 and 283. Check out the video for an amazing aerial view.

This video is from yesterday afternoon, when the fire was reported. 

Cogdill announces candidacy for Coleman County Sheriff

Cogdill announces candidacy for Coleman County Sheriff

My name is Les Cogdill and I am announcing that I will be seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for the office of Coleman County Sheriff. The following is an effort to introduce myself to the citizens of Coleman County.

I was born in Houston in 1971 and moved to Coleman in 1983, where I attended school. I graduated from West Central Texas Regional Law Enforcement Academy in 1996. After graduating from the law enforcement academy, I began my law enforcement career with the Coleman Police Department; this April will be the start of my 20th year in law enforcement, all of which has been in Coleman County.

In February 1996 I was hired at the Coleman Police Department as a dispatcher, during which time I was attending West Central Texas Law Enforcement Academy. After completion of the law enforcement academy I completed the state test with Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, now known as Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

In April 1996 I began my law enforcement career as a Texas Peace Officer, as an unpaid officer, with the Coleman Police Department.

In August 1997, I was hired as a full time peace officer with the Coleman Police Department, as a patrol officer. I served as a patrol officer with the Coleman Police Department from August 24, 1997 until June 30, 2001.

On July 1, 2001 I was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. I served as a Patrol Sergeant with the Coleman Police Department until December 31, 2005.

On January 1, 2006 I was promoted to Detective Sergeant with the Coleman Police Department and held that position until May 16, 2008.

On May 17, 2008 I was hired by Sheriff Wade Turner as a Deputy Sheriff for the Coleman County Sheriff’s Office. I am still employed with the Coleman County Sheriff’s Office.

Throughout my 19 year career, I have received specialized training in the investigations of murder, sexual assault, narcotics investigations, crimes against children, crime scene investigations, and interpretations (blood patterns and spatter) and many others.

I have received over 1,700 hours of continuing education in various types of law enforcement training. I am also a member of the Texas Sheriff’s Association.

I am asking each one of you for your support and vote in the upcoming Republican Primary.

A few comments regarding myself. I am married to Laurie (DelaRosa) Codgill, who works for Coleman I.S.D., we have three children; Dustin DelaRosa - 28, Shelton Codgill - 25, and Cody Cogdill - 21. We also have 6 grandchildren that range from the age of 8 months to 6 years of age. I am also a member of the Coleman Rodeo Association.

Les Cogdill

Official Texas Historical marker re-dedication ceremony

Official Texas Historical marker re-dedication ceremony

Santa Anna TX—The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recognized Old Military Road as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker in 1972. The designation honors Military Road as an important and educational part of local history. The marker was removed to widen US 84/67 in the 1980s and lost during the project. It remained lost until Area Engineer Bart Fris found and replaced it in July 2015.

A rededication ceremony to commemorate the site will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2015, at the location of the marker three miles east of Santa Anna at the intersection of US 84/67 and County Road 567. Speakers for the ceremony will include Margaret Hoogstra of the Texas Forts Trail. The Coleman County Historical Commission welcomes the public to share in and witness this event.

“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources,” Wolfe said.

A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: historical significance and age. Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and the age requirement depends on the topic. The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures, which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, at 512/463-5853 or visiting the web site at

CHS Band Reunion



Friday evening, October 16th, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. BLUECAT BAND MEMBERS FROM 1960-1970! Lots of CHS Band Memories, plenty of visiting, tasty refreshments!

Time: 6:00 PM, with After-Game Homecoming Dance!

Visit for more info.

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Officer Don Allen Memorial Photo

Officer Don Allen Memorial Photo
Trebor presenting the canvas print to Ben and Ally Allen.

Upon hearing of the passing of Abilene Police Officer Don Allen, Dispatcher Trebor Moore made a memorial photo for the Coleman Police Dept. Facebook page, to show support to the family and fellow officers of Abilene Police Dept.

The photo reached a family member (Judi Winans). She requested Trebor to get in contact with her so that she could get a copy of it and have a canvas print made for her son-in-law, Ben, and daughter Ally. Ben is Officer Allen's oldest brother.

When hearing this Trebor decided to have the print made himself and given to them as gift from Coleman Police Dept. expressing our sympathy for their loss.

We truly hope that it can help in some way with the loss of their loved one.


Coleman resident wins $1 million on scratch-off

Coleman resident wins $1 million on scratch-off

A Coleman woman has won a $1 million prize in the Texas Lottery’s scratch ticket game $1,000,000 Instant Cashout.

Patricia Campbell claimed the first of six top prizes worth $1 million awarded in the game.
The ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven at 501 S. Commercial Ave.

$1,000,000 Instant Cashout offers more than $91.5 million in total prizes. Overall odds of winning any prize are one in 3.05, including break-even prizes.

2015 multi-class reunion

Labor Day's done, schools are in session, and our 2015 CHS MULTI-CLASS REUNION is on the horizon! Time to get ready -  The Class of 1965, "THE BIGGEST OF THE BEST"  is planning a fantastic event for all of you!

Remember that this year, and going forward, all CHS classes are invited to attend.


1.  Mail in your registration form, including payment for your choice of activities!  If you do not have reunion information, we don't have your emailing/postal mailing info.  If you need a printed copy, please provide your current information.  Forms are available to click, print and mail, on the reunion website:  

All forms are mailed to the same address on the form for your convenience.

2.  Sign up for the Golf Tournament if you are a golfer!  Great prizes!

3.  Serve as a Golf Tournament volunteer during the tournament or be a sponsor!

4.  Join your CHS Alumni Association.  Lifetime Membership is now available!

5.  Offer an item for the Silent Auction - mementos, gift items, services - your imagination is the limit!  Everything under the sun from jewelry to fishing trips to designer toilets have been auctioned!

See you soon!

Ralph Terry
Diann Dunn Dillingham
Reunion Chairpersons

2015 multi-class reunion