​Early voting numbers are in!

As of Tuesday, May 3rd The City of Coleman had received 492 voters and the County had received 946.

Early voting is now over and Saturday, May 7th will be the primary voting day. Polling locations are at Coleman City Hall for City Council and School Board.

Hospital Board voting locations are at the Coleman County Courthouse and for Precinct 2 ONLY, the Santa Anna School Library.

Get out there and make your voice heard!

​Attention Parents!

We will be publishing Graduation Baby photos on Wednesday, May 18th. Cost is $30. If you would like to have your senior in the paper, please bring a picture and payment by 110 Commercial by Monday, May 16th at 5 p.m.

Three Tarleton seniors speak to increase in Hispanic, Black enrollment

Three Tarleton seniors speak to increase in Hispanic, Black enrollment
Lura Rylant, a communications major from Coleman.

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—When Lura Rylant and Ana Gutierrez-Perez started their search for the perfect four-year university, they had specific requirements in mind. Quality education. Strong career and earnings potential.

They also wanted to feel valued.

And they wanted to make a difference.

They chose Tarleton State University, quietly tucked away in Stephenville, Texas. Not the most likely choice for minority teens with their sights set on a big university.

Lura, president of Tarleton’s Student Government Association, comes from a black-white-Native American background. Ana is the association’s first Hispanic vice president (and Ms. TSU 2015). Their stories demonstrate the university’s commitment to student success and higher education access. Both graduate this month.

The number of Hispanic students is up 23 percent for the school year. Black student enrollment is up 7 percent.

For Lura—a communications major from Coleman, Texas—Tarleton’s Stephenville campus has a warm yet structured family feel.

“The moment I walked into the Tarleton Welcome Center, I knew I was home,” she said. “Everyone made me feel important. Student tour guides talked about Tarleton’s pride, tradition and core values. Faculty and staff took a genuine interest in me and my educational goals. By the time I left that first visit, I was sold.”

It took Ana, who grew up in Fort Worth, a little longer before she saw, in her words, “the magic of Tarleton.” The history/political science major was drawn to larger schools, and her parents questioned whether Tarleton could provide the quality of education they wanted for their daughter.

Now they’re proud that Ana is a Tarleton Texan and that her younger sister plans to follow her lead this fall.
“They’re grateful for the true college experience that I’ve received,” Ana said. “Classes are just the right size, faculty and staff provide individual attention, and there are so many opportunities for hands-on learning.”

Ana and Lura are quick to praise Tarleton’s commitment to civility.

“Tarleton is a compassionate and compellingly diverse community,” Lura pointed out. “I’ve never felt anything but welcomed and comfortable. Tarleton is a place where individuals feel free to exchange ideas and share opinions—a place to learn from one another in a respectful way.”

University leaders understand that simply adding a mix of people to a homogeneous campus does not in itself create intellectual stimulation. That understanding drives Tarleton’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion to educate and empower every member of the university community regardless of differences.

“We embrace the opportunity to learn from each other,” explained the office’s director, Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason. “We realize that a full spectrum of experiences, viewpoints and intellectual approaches enriches our conversation and benefits everyone—challenging us to grow and think in new ways.”

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion promotes a range of activities, from speakers and events to cultural festivities and mentoring.

Each February, students are encouraged to overcome obstacles, complete their higher education and become social change agents as part of Black History Month. A diversity dialogue takes place each March in honor of Women’s History Month, and Tarleton’s annual Hispanic Heritage Street Dance includes educational and interactive experiences that promote diversity and inclusion.

Lura and Ana can testify to the value of these programs. So can criminal justice major Andre McQuitty Jr. from Pflugerville, Texas. He’ll graduate this December because his MENtal Freedom peers and advisers refused to let him quit.

Started three years ago within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, MENtal Freedom urges underrepresented males to improve their lives and the lives of others by getting a college degree. It boasts a 90 percent graduation rate in light of the sobering statistic that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than 30 percent of African-American and Latino men nationwide have college degrees.

When he decided a year ago to jump ship, Andre’s MENtal Freedom peers and advisers asked him for one more semester.

“They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself,” he said.

Dr. Helvie-Mason brought the idea for MENtal Freedom with her when she joined Tarleton in 2012. With the help of Tarleton alumnus Dr. Reggie Hall, she’s created a mentoring program that focuses on accountability and strives to change the status quo. The program started with a dozen members and has grown to 41.

MENtal Freedom joins Tarleton’s chapter of Kappa Delta Chi, one of the strongest Latina sororities in the country; the Gay-Straight Alliance; the Academically High Achievers (AHA!) Mentoring Program for first-generation university students; and Students as Parents in championing a supportive environment where the dignity of all people is paramount.

Even new minor degree programs in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts—Ethnic and Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Hispanic Studies—proclaim the extent to which rural Tarleton State University wants to be an open door to all that’s out there.

“Students, faculty and staff don’t see Ana Gutierrez-Perez the Hispanic student who grew up in Mexico then moved to Fort Worth or Lura Rylant a black-white-Native American,” Ana explained. “They see Ana and Lura, two Tarleton Texans who have the potential to make the world a better place.

“As we graduate this month, we’ll do what all Tarleton Texans do regardless of skin color or gender or ideologies. We’ll bleed purple.”

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.

Coleman High School Sports Banquet

The Bluecat Sports Banquet will be held May 10th in the CJHS cafeteria.   Serving of the meal will begin at 5:30 p.m.  The award ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m.  There will be a silent auction for Texas Ranger ticket packages, signed athletic jerseys and equipment, and Bluecat merchandise.

Meal:  grilled pork tenderloin prepared by Zac Allen, Brent Arnold, Clint Burkey, Billy Bledsoe, Willie Gilbreath, and Mack Watson. Lavelle Walters will serve her award winning pinto beans, mashed potatoes, and peach cobbler. Tickets for the banquet are $10.
Please join the Booster Club in celebrating these kiddos and their coaches!

2016 Chamber Banquet - “Coleman...a County in Bloom”

Local business owners, employees, citizens and visitors all showed up last Friday night for the Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet held at the Bill Franklin Center. The venue was decorated with twinkling lights, gorgeous centerpieces adorned with purple flowers and rustic place mats with silverware wrapped in jute twine. Banquet chairpersons Tammy Casey, Renea McMillan, Becki Reynolds and Christi Robertson were responsible for the organization of the event. The Coleman Rodeo Association prepared the meal, which consisted of grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, garlic new potatoes, green beans and bread pudding.  Special thanks to the Coleman County Cowgirls and the Jr. Chamber of Commerce members for helping serve the meal and Bonnie Brown’s class for wrapping the silverware and the Jr. High students who assisted with the setting up of the tables and chairs.
    With dinner music playing in the background, courtesy of Donnie Neff, Chamber Board member John Stanislaw began the evening with a word of prayer. Bob Turner led the crowd in singing “God Bless America” followed by Miss Coleman County, Kloe Hale, with the Pledge of Allegiance.
    Master of Ceremonies, Jeromy Watson along with Tammy Casey, welcomed everyone and they expressed their gratitude to all for supporting the Chamber. They mentioned that the Bill Franklin center is run and maintained strictly through donations from individuals and businesses. Tickets were available for purchase to win a 7 cubic foot freezer, donated by Bargain House, along with a $500 gift card to Shoppin Baskit. The Gift Certificated was donated by Shoppin’ Baskit and the Chamber of Commerce. The drawing for this item will be held on the last day of the Rodeo, June 11th. The second item was a shoot signed by George Strait donated by John and Christi Robertson which will be drawn for at Fiesta de la Paloma on October 1st. Tickets can still be purchased at the Chamber office downtown.
    Mary Griffis, Executive Director, introduced all of the new 2016 Chamber members and thanked everyone for being there and for their support over the years. The Chamber is very active in the community, holds the annual Fiesta de la Paloma in October, sells t-shirts and tickets and organize the Rodeo Parade for the Coleman Rodeo Association, participated in the organization of the 1st annual Petticoats on the Prairie, along with countless other endeavors.
    Auctioneer Mark McMillan was called to the stage to auction off donated items. As promised by Tammy Casey, Mark had the audience laughing and involved.  A big thanks to every individual and business who donated items.
    At this point in the evening, it was time for awards to be given. First up was Teacher of the Year, which was awarded to Charlotte Purl. Purl, a graduate of Coleman ISD, pursued her education at Texas A&M University. There she received her degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Health and a certification in Driver’s Education. Later, she added History and Social Studies Composite to her teaching certification. She has taught and coached at many different locations throughout her career including Los Fresnos, Smithville, Bastrop, Taft, Eustace, and Mabank. While in Smithville she was named to the Texas Honor Roll of Coaches by the Austin American Statesmen. In Taft she was awarded Teacher of the Year and was chosen as Teacher of the Year twice in Mabank. In 2009 she returned to Coleman to teach at “dear ole CHS-her alma mater”. She has stated that of all the places she has taught, Coleman is her favorite place to be.
    Rural Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ted Taylor. Ted, also a graduate of Coleman ISD, participated heavily in 4-H and football. Besides attending Texas Tech in Lubbock, he has always called Coleman County home. While at Tech he was a part of the Tech Rodeo Team where he had the most fun bull riding. During his college years, he made his wisest decision and married the girl of his dreams, Sonjia, and they have enjoyed 46 years together. His livelihood includes ranching, farming, hunting and real estate. He was able to turn hunting into a business, Executive Outfitters, and today his business hosts anywhere from 700-900 hunters per dove season. One weekend out of the year is devoted to hosting Patriots and Heroes Outdoors. Mr. Taylor is very active in the Coleman Rodeo Association where he served as President from ’82-83 and 2006-2009.  One of the important aspects of his personality is his ability to be a peacemaker. People of all ages seek out his advice and counsel. With his wife by his side, their family consists of Ben and Meredith Taylor, Les and Tish Taylor Hankamer, and 5 grandchildren, Nathan, Megan, Taylor, Kate and Sonjia.
    Jacque Rosales was awarded the New Horizon award. She moved back to Coleman two years ago with her husband and two little girls. They lived in San Antonio for a time but realized that the small-town charm and atmosphere is where she wanted her family to be. She is the Project Director for the Coleman County ACE Program. This program is federally funded and brings in $1.5 million to local county schools each year. Jacque works very hard to grow relationships with local partners to build support for a sustainable afterschool program, which has been an immense blessing to our community. She has worked with several organizations on projects including the Coleman Public Library, Workforce Solutions, Inc., Area Agency on Aging, Coleman County Medical Center, Family Service Centers, Central Texas Opportunities, Texas Agrilife, the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce and other local agencies. As a member of the Coleman EDC 4B board, she has been able to pursue her commitment to growing Coleman for the youth and young adults raising children in the community. With her positive attitude, tireless dedication and determination, she is committed to building pride among the community and is excited to see what the future holds for Coleman.
    Jimmy Ray Watson was awarded Citizen of the Year. Graduating from Coleman in 2000 he followed in his grandfathers footsteps and became a volunteer firefighter for the Coleman Fire Department. In 2007 he was promoted to a full time employee, promoted to Captain in 2010 and Fire Marshall in 2013. He currently serves as a Certified Officer, Inspector, a Hazmat Tech and Confined Space Rescuer. Many citizens who have had the misfortune to be involved in a fire will attest to Jimmy’s willingness to go above and beyond to save the people and property he is sworn to save. In his speech, the pride and love for his hometown is evident and one of his community ventures is serving on the Library Board. He married the love of his life, Christi, in 2013 and she supports him in all of his endeavors.
    Grammer’s, a great place to find quality merchandise and personal service for over 80 years, was awarded Business of the Year. Owners, Liz and Jerry Jones, have owned the business since 2004. Grammer’s has been in its current location since 1935 and has only 3 owners. From helping people find just the right outfit to wear, find that special gift for that special person or just visiting with people that come in the store, Liz says that’s all the best part of owning this business. She currently serves as President of the Coleman Business People’s Association, Treasurer of Keep Coleman Beautiful and is also a board member for the CHAPS organization. Grammer’s is a true treasure to Coleman and Liz and Jerry are a vital asset to the business district.
    All of the award winners were humble, kind, passionate and most of all have a deep love for this county we all call home! They are instrumental in the success and revitalization of Coleman.

Below listed are the new members of the Chamber since the last Banquet:
-Texas Ranger Motel
-Rosewood Memorial Funeral Home
-Mesa Emporium
-Heartland Chiropractic
-Rancho Pizzeria/Rancho Centro, LLC
-AmayesN Designs
-Jamison Mercantile
-Coleman Home Health & Hospice
-Santa Anna Processing & Taxidermy
-Andy & Barbara Young
-Parsons Heating, A/C and Appliance Service
-Double H Family Dining
-Uncommon Goods
-John & Glorya Puckett
-Coleman Gifts & Craft Supplies
-Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers
-Captain Liquor
-Playin Hooky Bait & Marina & Tiki Hut
-The Terrace Inn

16th Annual Walk for a Cure

The sixteenth Annual Walk for a Cure cancer walk is Saturday, May 14th, 2016. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:00 a.m.; beginning at the Coleman Courthouse down to Higginbothams and back to the Courthouse.

The walk is sponsored by Barbara Brown, the C.H. Hale Prostate Cancer Foundation and the CKAC Coleman Kids Against Cancer.

We are asking that teams form together and walk in honor of their friend(s) or loved one(s).

Bring your dog (on a leash), bring your wheelchairs to ride in, if you cannot walk that far, bring your signs and balloons to represent those that are important to you. Get the grandpas and grandmas to come out. Bring your babies in their strollers to be pushed. Lets join hands and just walk. Those that register will be given a t-shirt. There will also be water along the way.

If you need a ride please have someone to pick you up, incase you cannot walk that far. You may still register online early, the fee is $15 per adult and $4 per student, under age 12. To get your ticket online is $20 per person and $5 for students under 12. Twelve years and up is $7 per student. You can pre-register HERE.

There will also be a bake sale going on. We are asking everyone to either bake or buy.

During registration the group called Thyme will be performing in front of the Courthouse as people are registering to walk. These two men will be entertaining before the walk. Health and nutri-items will also be on hand.

For more information, please call Barbara Brown at 325-625-3455.

Proceeds go to the We Care Program, that assists us with the heavy load we are carrying of many cancer patients. If you are in need of help for gasoline, food for travel and lodging go to the League House at Hendrick Motel in Abilene, Texas. Let’s make a difference.

All promotional material sponsored by ACE. Note! Mr. Joseph Haynes will be there to announce the program before the walk, see you there!

Holiday Hill, Inc. requests the honor of your presence to attend a Meet and Greet with our Administrator, Forrest Blanton - LNFA.

May 13th, 2016
2 PM - 4 PM

We welcome you to come tour our facility, meet our staff and visit with our Residents!

Refreshments will be served.

Voss Cemetery Meeting

Voss Cemetery Association Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th.

This will be the 70th Annual Meeting of the association.

Visitation begins at 10:30 AM.

Covered dish lunch will be held, beginning at 12 noon.

Bring a meat, salad or sweet and the association will provide tea,coffee, plates, napkins, ice etc.

Business meeting and election of directors will follow the noon meal. 

AgrLife Extension Sets Wheat Tour

AgriLife Extension sets wheat tour for May 12 in Coleman County

COLEMAN – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Coleman County will host its annual Wheat Tour beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. May 12 at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall located at 500 W. Liveoak Street in Coleman, Texas. The day’s program will start at 9:00 a.m.

Participants will hear an IPM update on various small grain and other crop pests will be offered by Dr. Charles Allen, Extension entomologist and IPM coordinator at San Angelo. A market outlook of wheat prices along with a crop insurance update will be presented by Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist at San Angelo.

The program will then focus on reviews of this season’s planted varieties along with an overview of wheat diseases and weed control will be in the talk “The 211 on Small Grain Varieties, Diseases & Weed Management,” by Dr. David Drake, AgriLife Extension agronomist at San Angelo.

Curtis Garrett, County Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, will give an update prior to lunch on various Farm Service Agency programs.

Following a catered lunch, there will be a tour of the Coleman County wheat plots located near Highway 67, 1.5 miles west of Santa Anna, Texas. Three continuing education units will be available to Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders.

There is a $15 registration fee, payable at the door, for those who RSVP to the AgriLife Extension office in Coleman County by May 9th; thereafter it will be $20. Participants may contact the AgriLife Extension office in Coleman at (325) 625-4519. Further information is available at this number as well.

Bluecats beat Early to clinch 3rd place

Friday night took the Bluecats to Tuscola, to play against Early, for the 3rd place seed in district.

The Bluecats beat Early 11-9 to clinch 3rd place. Corder Norris helped lead the Bluecats to victory, going 3 of 4 at the plate with a double, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.

Bi-District Playoff Games 
Game 1: Coleman (8-12) vs. Dublin (10-8-1) 7 p.m. Friday, May 6th, in Brownwood.
Game 2: Saturday, May 7th, at 11:00 a.m., in Brownwood
Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2, if necessary. 

Bluecats beat Early to clinch 3rd place
Corder Norris takes a lead from third base.

Friends of the “Gus” Pruser Exhibit to Meet

The Friends of the “Gus” Pruser Agriculture Exhibit will hold their monthly meeting next Monday May 9th at 6PM. The meeting will beat the Gus Pruser agriculture Exhibit 219 W. Dale, Winters. Friends of the “Gus” Pruser Exhibit is a group interested in preserving the agriculture heritage of Runnels County. The group works on tractors and other displays in the museum. For additional information contact John Long at 325-754-5389 or zihalemuseum@wtxs.net.

Leaday Cemetery Association Annual Meeting, May 7th

The Leaday Cemetery Association will hold their 57th annual meeting on May 7th.

They will meet at the Leaday Baptist Church, around 11:00 a.m. A short business meeting will take place, then lunch will be served.

Donations for the up-keep of the cemetery are greatly appreciated. Donations can be sent to Leaday Cemetery Association c/o Shirley Stephenson Rankin, 317 Trinity, Coleman, TX 76834. Please make checks payable to Leaday Cemetery Fund.

A pavilion is also being built at the cemetery. If anyone would like to donate that, it would also be greatly appreciated. If you would like to send a donation for the pavilion, please note that the donation is for the pavilion, to make sure that all pavilion donations are kept seperate from the cemetery donations. 

CHS Alumni Association

The Coleman High School Alumni Association voted to offer two, $4,000 scholarships to the 2016 CHS graduating seniors. Parents and students are encouraged to contact the CHS counselor’s office or principal’s office to obtain applications. Completed applications must be returned to the counselor’s office by May 6th. The Alumni Association Scholarship Committee will then select two recipients.

Submitted by James Terry Scott on behalf of the CHS Alumni Association. 

CHS Regional Track Qualifiers

EMILY MILWARD, Soph. - Pole Vault
MARIE ROSALES, Soph. - 1600m and 3200m
ALEXA DIAZ, Jr. - 100m Hurdles

Individual Qualifiers:
WOODY BARTELL, Sr. – 110 Hurdles
J.V. VALDEZ, Soph. – 800m
CORD NORRIS, Sr.  – 200m
MASON BURKEY, Sr. – Discus
Qualifying Relays:

CHS Regional Track Qualifiers
Pictured (Front row L-R) Marie Rosales, Shiean Walters, Emily Milward, Jessica Diaz (Back row L-R) Woody Bartell, JV Valdez, Kyle Boyet, Cord Norris, Bryson Hammonds, Mason Burkey

Fun-Filled Weekend in Coleman!

by Whitney Alexander  

Lots of exciting things happened over the weekend in Coleman. Petticoats on the Prairie was in town at the Bill Franklin Center, with over 95 vendors! The total tickets sales, at the door, were 2,300. From vintage signs, furniture, clothes, knick knacks, antiques and so much more, shoppers had a plethora of items to choose from. There was something for everyone! On top of the amazing shopping, there were 3 different food trucks to choose from, including a crowd favorite dish, the BBQ Parfait.

While exciting things were happening out at the Bill Franklin Center, downtown Coleman was bustling as well. Local businesses were holding special sidewalk sales, activities such as face painting and extended hours. Most parking spaces were filled which is such a welcome sight!

Amidst all the activities over the weekend, Coleman also experienced massive rain showers with some areas receiving upwards of 6 inches total! As of April 18th, Lake Coleman is 91.6% full and Hords Creek is 53% full. All of this rain did not stop the crowd from enjoying this weekend’s activities.

Special thanks goes to members of the community for coming out and embracing all of the local businesses and restaurants, while welcoming the Petticoats on the Prairie vendors and organizers. So many people had a hand in organizing and rallying for the multiple activities conducted over the weekend. For it to be executed so successfully is a big win for Coleman! Here’s to many more successful and fun events!  

Photos from Petticoats on the Prairie

Take a Step Back in Time, at the Terrace Inn

Nestled amongst decades old pecan and oak trees, lies a 1960s brick house that has been renovated into a mid-century modern boutique hotel, aptly named, The Terrace Inn. Owners, Mark and Jane Price, celebrated their opening day, April 1st and were kind enough to give me a tour and some history of this charming home.

Coleman’s local jeweler, Earle Smith, constructed the home in 1958 and tirelessly pored over the plans and oversaw the construction. He wanted it done just right! The home has only had four owners since its inception, which has led to most everything being unchanged and intact. Mark and Jane Price have kept with that tradition and have used as many authentic items from the era as possible including decorations, books, an old record player, some furniture and maintained the original counters, stove, sinks, built in closets and so much more.

Guests have three different accommodations to choose from while planning their stay; The Sinatra Suite, The Marilyn and The Loft. The Sinatra Suite, which was the original master bedroom, has sprawling views of Coleman along with a large en suite bathroom. Various pictures of “Old Blue Eyes” himself are found in the suite, along with a picture of downtown Coleman in 1957. The Marilyn also offers a scenic view of Coleman with access to a private, fenced patio. Each of the suites offers top quality, luxury linens, king-sized Posture Gel mattresses, Turkish towels and premium, top of the line toiletries. Even though one is “stepping back in time” each suite has a large flat screen TV, should the guests want to “tune in.”

A short walk across the grounds will bring you to The Loft. Built in 2013 by previous owners, Bonnie and Bill Hennig, this modern two-bedroom, 1 ½ bath guesthouse is sleek, comfortable and offers outstanding views of Coleman. Even with all of the modern amenities, such as a full size kitchen, the space stills brings about the class and flair of the 60s.

Each morning, guests staying at both the Terrace and The Loft, can enjoy a full breakfast with a rotating menu that includes sourdough pancakes, pure-pork sausage, bacon, sourdough blueberry or cranberry “buffins”, home-made cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, granola, gourmet coffee and espresso, and juice. Many of these items are family favorites including the sourdough, which has been in their family for over 40 years. The Price’s want each and every guest to feel like they are special and their mission statement “…is to have you arrive as guests, but depart as friends!”

The Prices moved to Coleman in 2014 after both retiring from Shell. They loved the small town feel and were looking for something to contribute to the town. Mark recalls the picture of downtown Coleman, in the Sinatra Suite, from 1957, “Look at that! There is nowhere to park. Why can’t it be like that again?” Thus the boutique hotel idea took flight. What is a boutique hotel? It acts like a bed and breakfast, but doesn’t feel like one with its cool, sleek and laid back design that only the 1960s can bring. Mark and Jane were very clear that they wanted to maintain the integrity of the house and tried to only enhance with minimal changes and decorations from that era. In fact, in the Marilyn, Jane motioned for me to look on top of the built in desk at a small, baby doll’s highchair, “See that? That was mine when I was a little girl” she stated with a smile and a laugh. Their own personal touches are seen throughout the house, which just shows the love and dedication they have poured into this project.

“A lot of good things are happening in Coleman and we hope we can contribute to that,” says Mark. While hoping to attract out of town guests, the Prices also hope this will be a venue for bridal showers, lady’s weekends, reunions and so much more, for the people of Coleman and Coleman County. There is nothing like it in the area, that offers not just a place to stay, but an experience. They have a website up and running which will soon be able to take reservations, as well as a Facebook page. While this isn’t your typical run of the mill B&B, as Mark stated, “It’s a little out there, bizarre, I get it. But doing something different isn’t necessarily a bad thing.” Having seen the property myself I can say that it is most definitely a good thing. So I implore you all to check out this wonderful gem right here in our hometown. You won’t regret it!

Take a Step Back in Time, at the Terrace Inn

CCMC Auxiliary Meeting

The Coleman County Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary met April 18, 2016.

Vice President, Teresa Veteto, introduced our guest speaker, Kim
Little, coordinator for the Coleman Economic Development Corporation and the Coleman Community Coalition (EDC and CCC), who gave an informative presentation regarding the goals of these groups for the betterment of Coleman.  She spoke of plans for the beautification of our town, ideas for new events and activities for families and our youth, housing for current residents and those who visit or work in Coleman. Ms. Little also spoke of the importance of industry development in Coleman.

The Vice President opened the business meeting with prayer.  The minutes were approved as read.  The treasurer's and gift
shop report were given.

Appreciation was expressed for the Hospital hosting the Kentucky
Derby brunch April 13.  Dorothy McDonald and Billie Williams won
prizes for "best dressed."

We were reminded of the upcoming Mother's Day Bake Sale
May 6.  It will be held in the front waiting room area of the hospital,
beginning at 8:00 AM.

The Scholarship Committee is encouraging those who are entering
the medical field after graduating from high school, or those who are working in the medical field and wish to further their education, to apply for a scholarship given by our Auxiliary. These applications are available in the Hospital Gift Shop.

The meeting was adjourned at noon.

Coleman High School Alumni Association

The annual spring meeting of the Coleman High School Alumni Association will have some extra importance this year as a result of Bylaws changes made last year. After installing the new Officers and Trustees who were elected at last October’s All Class Reunion, the group will elect two Members-at-Large to the Executive Board, and a Treasurer to fill a vacancy in that office.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Hospitality Room of the Coleman County State Bank. All members are encouraged to attend as are other former students of the High School who might have an interest in becoming a member.

Membership in the Association is open to any former faculty member or student of Coleman High School. Dues are $5 a year. Lifetime memberships are also an option -- $50 for anyone under 65 and $25 for ages 65 and over.

Officers elected in 2015 to serve during 2016 and 2017 are:            Hubert Welch, President
    Jack Birdwell, Vice President
    Imogene Ragsdale Miller, Secretary
    Beth Scott Goodson, Trustee
    Cecil Johnson, Trustee
    Windel Mayfield, Trustee

Other items on the agenda:

•    Election of a new Treasurer
•    Update on the Association’s Scholarship Program
•    Update on planning for the 2016 All Class Reunion

The Association awards two $2,500 scholarships annually to CHS graduating seniors. 
The All Class Reunion, held on the third Saturday in October, is the Association's main social and fund-raising activity. A Friday golf tournament at the Coleman Country Club precedes the Saturday activities.  The 2016 gathering will be at the Franklin Center on October 14 and 15.

The Association maintains a Facebook presence as “Coleman High School Alumni Association” and a website: http://bluecat50.sharepoint.com that can be visited for more information.

FFA Judging Results – Preparing for Area

Coleman FFA judging teams have been busy the past few weeks, attending numerous invitational meets to prepare for the Area Judging Contest on Wed April 13th at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
Alexa Diaz received 3rd high individual at the McClennan College Horse Judging Contest on Wednesday, April 6th. Land team placed 9th.

Milk Quality placed 8th at the Tarleton Invitational judging contests in Stephenville where over 100 teams were competing in this contest alone;  Milk Quality placed 10th at the Angelo State judging contests on Friday, Apr 8th.

Coleman High School UIL Academics Results

39 Coleman High School students competed at the UIL District Academic meet on Monday April 4.  These students competed in more than a dozen different academic events.  Over 25 students placed in the top 6 in their events with 14 qualifying for Regionals.

Current Events: 2nd place Individual l—Jude John – Regional Qualifier; 2nd place team—Jude John, Tommy Croft, Chris Lawhon and Heaven Bedell – Regional Qualifiers. Computer Science: 1st place Individual – Rayven Deray – Regional Qualifier; 1st place Team – Rayven Deray, Chris Lawhon, Joey Amador, and Katlyn Stamper – Regional Qualifiers. Editorial Writing: 3rd place—Chase Taylor – Regional Qualifier; 4th place—Zachary Mason; 6th place – Jacob Mason. Feature Writing: 3rd  place—Trinity Toothaker – Regional Qualifier; 5th place – Shelbi Stevenson. Headline Writing: 3rd  place—Zachary Mason – Regional Qualifier; 6th place – Megan Taylor. Informative Speaking: 4th place – Alexa Diaz; 6th place – Erykah Cunningham.  Literary Criticism: 2nd place Individual – Desiree Runyan – Regional Qualier; 2nd place team - Austin Clover, Summer Flores, Desiree Runyan and Brogan Loebig – Regional Qualifiers. Math: 2nd place Rayven Deray – Regional Qualifier, 6th place – Erykah Cunningham. Number Sense: 2nd  place Individual—Zachary Mason – Regional Qualifier; 6th place Individual – Jacob Mason
2nd  place team—Zachary Mason, Jacob Mason, Zack Butler, and Rayven Dera. News Writing: 4th place – Averi Ransberger; 5th place – Shelbi Stevenson. Poetry: 5th place – Adelina Quintana. Persuasive Speaking: 5th place—Tommy Croft; 6th place – Megan Taylor. Science: 3rd place – Chase Taylor – Regional Qualifier; 6th place – Jude John. Social Studies: 4th place – Jude John. Spelling: 4th place – Charlie Crockett.

Coleman High School Rocketry Team Advances to Nationals at World’s Largest Rocket Contest

Coleman High School Rocketry Team Advances  to Nationals at World’s Largest Rocket Contest
2016 Space Pirates Rocketry Team. Bottom row: Kenzie Smith, Alexa Diaz, Megan Taylor, and Mentor Gary Strickland. Top Row: Jacob Mason, Kade Greaves, Mason Smith and Zachary Mason

The Space Pirates from Coleman High School have qualified to compete in the national finals of  the 14th Annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The team will face off against 100 other top qualifying teams from across the United States to claim the title of National Champion.  A total of 797 teams competed to qualify for the national contest, with the Space Pirates being one of only 16 teams from Texas to advance.  The TARC finals will take place on May 14th at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., outside of Washington D.C.

The Space Pirates, comprised of team members Alexa Diaz, Kade Greaves, Jacob Mason, Zachary Mason, Mackenzie Smith, Mason Smith and Megan Taylor, are all Junior students enrolled in the Scientific Research and Design class at Coleman High School.  They will be competing for more than $100,000 in prizes and scholarships, and the opportunity to represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the London International Air Show this June.

This is the first year that Coleman High school has participated in the TARC competition. The CHS rocketry club was formed three years ago as a part of the federally funded ACE after school program at Coleman ISD. Students built high power rockets and flew them for exhibition at the CANSAT competition held in June. This year, the students decided to participate in TARC with the future goal of being invited to participate in the NASA Student Launch Initiative next year.

Cisco College Industrial Technologies Mobile Lab to Visit CHS

Coleman, Texas – Cisco College Industrial Technologies will visit Coleman High School on Thursday, April 28 to introduce the college’s industrial technology dual credit programs and courses in industrial maintenance, HVAC (Heating, ventilation & air conditioning), plumbing, electrical trades and welding that students may take for college credit while in high school, as early as their sophomore year.  Many CHS students already take academic dual credit courses including English, history, and electives. Cisco College offers courses to high school dual credit students at ½ the price of regular college tuition.

The Industrial Technologies Mobile Lab will be on display at the High School during the visit.  The trailer-mounted laboratory features industrial trades’ technology and equipment students will use to complete the hands-on training required for the dual credit courses.  Cisco College faculty will bring the trailer to CHS throughout the semester as part of the industrial technologies courses.  When not working in the mobile lab, students will develop and practice the skill sets necessary for the courses by participating in instructor-led, virtual reality simulations through state-of-the-art software.

Cisco’s Industrial Technologies Mobile Lab and program resources were developed as part of a High Demand Job Training Initiative partnership between the college, the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas, and the Development Corporation of Abilene.

Information about Cisco College’s Industrial Technologies programs and courses can be found on the Career/Tech page of the Cisco College website, and on Facebook: Cisco College Hvac/Technologies.

Students, parents and interested community members, please come by Coleman High School on Thursday, April 27 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Visit the HVAC trailer, the instructor, and with CHS personnel. Refreshments will be served.

Kiwanis Club Program by Members of Fine Arts League of Coleman Co

“Doris Haynes and Bitsy Murchison, members of the Fine Arts League of Coleman County presented the program at the Kiwanis Club meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Examples of watercolor, giclee, print with remarque, wood etching by burning matches, stained glass, found art and what can be done with something that looks like it's ready for the trash bin were presented and discussed.

Art does not have to be expensive, nor be created by a master. Art does not have to fit a certain mold. The beauty of art truly is "in the eye of the beholder". And, every single person out there has artistic ability!!” Bitsy Murchison

Fine Arts League of Coleman Co.
Marian Johnson, Publicity

Coleman Police Department Statistics for March 2016

Assault Family Violence - 1
Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon - 1
Burglary of Habitation - 3
Credit/Debit Card Abuse - 1
Theft of a Firearm - 1
Criminal Mischief - 2
Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle - 1
Unattended Death - 1
Assault - 1
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child - 1
Burglary of a Building - 1
Theft - 1
Driving While License Invalid - 1
Forgery - 1
Information - 2

Warrant Service - 11
Driving While Intoxicated - 1
Public Intoxication - 1
Failure to Identify - 1
False Report - 1
Possess of Controlled Substance - 5
Disorderly Conduct - 1
Operate Unregistered Motor Vehicle - 1

Vehicle Crash Investigations
With Injury-1
No Injury-5

Calls for Service to Communications - 324

Tickets Issued
Animal Control- 1 ticket issued with 1 charge filed
Police Department - 35 tickets issued with 47 charges filed

Warnings Issued
Animal Control - 1
Police Department - 23

Animal Control
Calls for Service - 62
Dogs Picked Up - 28
Cats Picked Up - 7
Other Animals Picked Up - 4
Dead Animals Removed - 3

Code Enforcement
Demolisher Permits Issued on Vehicles - 10
Abandoned Vehicles Towed - 1
Juned Vehicle Towed - 1
Abandoned Vehicles Tagged - 6
Notice of Violation Letters on Tall Grass or Weeds - 15
Compliance with Tall Grass or Weeds - 1

State Fair Swine Validation

If you are planning on showing a pig at the 2016 State Fair of Texas, you need to have numbers and $10 per tag by April 27, 2016, to Cindy Dockter, Panther Creek AST.

There is a new schedule for the State Fair this year and that can be found at www.bigtex.com.  For more information call (325) 357-4422 or email cindy.dockter@pcreek.net.


Coleman County School students are encouraged to pick up a scholarship application from your school counselor. The FINE ARTS LEAGUE OF COLEMAN COUNTY  is offering a $1500.  Scholarship for 2016 to a student from any Coleman County School. When completed please mail to Fine Arts League Scholarship chair: Doris Haynes, Box 101, Novice, Tx.  79538.  DUE DATE APRIL 25, 2016!!

Four Person Scramble

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Coleman Country Club will be hosting a 4 Person Scramble on April 30-May 1.

Meal and practice round are included.
It is limited to the first 24 PAID teams so don’t delay!

Download "4 person entry form.pdf"

Petticoats on the Prairie Vintage Market to bring eclectic shopping experience to Coleman

Petticoats on the Prairie Vintage Market to bring eclectic shopping experience to Coleman

  Junkers, treasure hunters, vintage lovers and shopaholics - PETTICOATS ON THE PRAIRIE IS COMING TO COLEMAN, in the Spring of 2016!
Petticoats on the Prairie is an eclectic traveling vintage market, that was created back in 2010. Each show has its own theme, an early-shopping brunch event and an energy all its own! POTP has hosted sold-out shows in Levelland, Waxahachie, Colorado City, Ira and Decatur, and they are THRILLED to be bringing their one of a kind show TO COLEMAN!
  POTP features over 80 of the best vendors in the U.S. with a great offering of antiques, handmade goods, vintage and re-purposed items, clothing, home decor, furniture, jewelry and cool junk, too! The show is produced by Mary Smith, Cecilia Scott and Cat Geiger, who are known as the "Rodeo Queens of West Texas" and they are also members of the group, Sisters on the Fly! Several of their fellow Sisters will be bringing their vintage trailers to Coleman and will be camping on the grounds, and offering trailer tours during the show.
  Petticoats on the Prairie was features as one of the Top 50 Vintage Markets in the U.S., by Flea Market Style Magazine and the ladies work hard to make the show on the of the most unique shopping events in Texas. They have also been interviewed by Tumbleweed Smith, who is quote as saying "Petticoats on the Prairie is not just a show, it's an experience!".


2016 Spring Happenings At Coleman Junior High School

April 1        Blitz Day/Dollar Dance 1:00 to 3:30 pm
April 4         Cheerleader Uniform Fitting @ 3:45 pm
April 7        JH Track Meet @ Brady
April 8        End of 5th Six Weeks
April 11        Begin 6th Six Weeks
April 13        Report Cards
April 14        JH District Track Meet @ Bangs
April 17        Spring Band Concert
April 18        Schedule selection sheets go home for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders
April 19        8th Grade Parent Meeting @ High School at 6:00 pm
April 20        College T-shirt Day
April 21        8th Grade to High School for schedules @ 9:00 am
April 23        Spring Fling Dance 6:00 – 9:00 pm
April 25        School Holiday

May 2            Progress Reports go home
May 9            STAAR Test for 6th/7th Math and 5th/8th Math Retest
May 10        STAAR Test for 6th/7th Reading and 5th/8th Reading Retest
May 11        STAAR Test for 5th and 8th Science
May 12        STAAR Test for 8th Grade Social Studies
May 13        Blitz Day/Dollar Dance 1:00 to 3:30 pm
May 13        8th Grade Rocket and Library Day
May 16        8th Grade Holocaust Trip
May 16        6th Grade Band Trip
May 17        7th Grade Band Trip
May 18        Early Release at 2:00 pm
May 18        College T-shirt Day
May 18        8th Grade Graduation Practice @ 1:00 pm
May 19        JH Awards and 8th Grade Graduation at 10:00 am at the High school
May 19        Last Day of School – Early Release at 12:25 pm
May 20        Teacher Workday
May 23        5th Grade Trip to Sea World
May 31        First Day for Summer ACE Program

June 6            Summer School Begins
June 21        STAAR Test for 5th and 8th Math Retest
June 22        STAAR Test for 5th and 8th Reading Retest

July 7            Last Day for Summer ACE Program

Coleman Drug Arrests

On March 22nd   2016 Officer Zachary Holtz arrested 30 year old Wendy Rose of Cross Plains for a Taylor County Warrant for Assault Family Violence. During the booking in process Rose was found to be in possession of Hydrocodone pills that she did not have a prescription for.  Rose was arrested at the intersection of State Highway 206 and FM 3425.  Rose was transported and booked into the Coleman City Jail for a State Jail Felony of Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 < 1 gram and the Taylor County Warrant.

On March 28th 2016 Officer Austin Thorpe arrested 36 year old Enrique Ponce of Coleman for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Methamphetamine.  Ponce was arrested near North Nueces and Ripley Street for a Brown County Warrant for Motion to Adjudicate Probation, Class “B” Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and a State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 < 1 gram.

On March 29th  2016 Officer Zachary Holtz received a tip of some suspicious activity under the bridge at the intersection of US 84 Bypass and FM 3425.  Officer Holtz went to area and located a male and a female.  Officer Holtz began talking to the subjects and the male admitted to having a Methamphetamine pipe with him.  Officer Holtz located 1.3 grams of Methamphetamines in the front pocket of the male subject.  44 year old Kevin Clark of Brownwood was arrested and transported to the Coleman City Jail for a 3rd degree Felony,  Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1>=1gram<4 grams.

Coleman Elementary Prekindergarten & Kindergarten Round-Up

April 4th-29th

ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 to register.
PREKINDERGARTEN STUDENTS MUST BE FOUR YEARS OLD ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 for PREK to register the student must qualify for the free or reduced lunch program or qualify as a Limited English Proficiency student.

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Place: Coleman Elementary
303 W. 15th Street


An official birth certificate

The child’s shot record or public health record (needs four year old immunizations)

The child’s Social Security Card or copy

Copy of the parent/guardian’s driver’s license or state issued ID

Capital Farm Credit returns $56.7 million to borrowers

BRYAN, Texas – This month, Capital Farm Credit (CFC) is returning $56.7 million in cash to its member customers in the form of patronage dividends.
“Our patronage dividend program is what sets us apart from other lenders,” said Ben Novosad, CFC’s chief executive officer.  “Since 2007, we have returned more than half a billion dollars to our member borrowers through our patronage dividend program. As the largest cooperative ag lender in Texas, the secret to our long-standing success is our cooperative structure.”
Borrowers who do business with CFC become members in the cooperative, entitling them to share in its earnings through its long-standing patronage dividend program. CFC’s customers own the business, and patronage payments are one of the unique benefits of this customer-owned cooperative.
CFC has a long history of returning nearly all its net income to its customers, making its patronage dividend program one of the best in the nationwide Farm Credit System.
Based on continued strong earnings and a solid capital position, CFC’s board of directors in December approved a $137.6 million total patronage declaration on its 2015 net income of $139.3 million. Borrowers will receive $56.7 million of this amount in cash this month, and the remainder is set aside in their names until eligible for cash distribution in the future.
“Our customers don’t just do business with us, they are in business with us,” added Novosad. “Our earnings and capital belong to our members, and we manage it to their benefit.
“We bring value to our customers by delivering credit and other financially related services to them effectively and efficiently. As we return the earnings through our patronage dividend program, we effectively lower the cost of borrowing for these farmers and ranchers which helps to strengthen the agricultural economy and rural communities we serve.”
Capital Farm Credit has provided financing to Texas farmers, ranchers, rural property owners and agribusinesses for nearly a century. Headquartered in Bryan, it has offices spanning most of Texas. For more information about its patronage program, financial services and office locations, visit www.CapitalFarmCredit.com.

Coleman County Aggie Moms’ Scholarship

The Coleman County Aggie Moms are accepting Fall 2016 scholarship applications to Texas A&M University.  To qualify for a scholarship the student must presently be enrolled as a full-time student (taking 12 hours or more),  have completed 24 hours at Texas A&M in College Station,  and have a GPA of 2.50 or above.

To receive an application, contact Tammy Swening at mswening@web-access.net or Renea McMillan at reneamcmillan@msn.com.  Applications must be returned by April 10, 2016.

Coleman County Aggie Moms’ Scholarship

2016 Great Texas Warrant Round-Up in Coleman -- Gets Results

The Coleman Municipal Court, Coleman Police Department, and other Texas Law Enforcement Agencies wrapped up participation in the State’s Annual Warrant Round-Up.  This year’s local efforts revealed excellent outcomes contributing to the State’s overall results.

The non-arrest phase, February 22, 2016 through March 4, 2016, and the arrest phase, March 5, 2016 through March 13, 2016, were both productive and afforded individuals with arrest warrants a great opportunity to take care of business and put the past behind them.

During the Round-Up 99 persons contacted and/or appeared at the Coleman Municipal Court to make arrangements for payments, set up community service, or time-served.  A grand total of 85 warrants out of the Coleman Municipal Court were confirmed, recalled, and inactivated during this Round-Up.  Fifty seven new convictions were added to individual criminal and driving records.  Several persons were placed in confinement, many of which received new, additional drug-related offenses during the service of warrants and arrests and are now facing charges in County and District Court.

The total dollar value of this Round-Up for Coleman, after adding up community service, jail credit, payment plans, and direct cash payments is over eighteen thousand.

Over 340 law enforcement agencies and courts directly participated in this year’s Great Texas Warrant Round-Up: Special Thanks to: Santa Anna Police Department; Brownwood Police Department; Brownwood City Marshall’s Office; Cross Plains Police Department; Taylor County Sheriff’s Office; Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins and Mott LLP; and the Coleman County Sheriff’s Department.

The Official Great Texas Warrant Round-Up for 2016 may have concluded; however, active warrants remain in effect and served year-round.  Many individuals continue to “take care of business” today.  The total warrants serviced, directly related to the Round-Up list, is now approaching 100


The 2016-2017 Texas 4-H/FFA Steer Validation Program time is here once again. If you are planning to exhibit a steer at the 2017 major stock shows, we need you to contact our office and let us know how many tags you will need.  Please order the number of tags you will need as accurately as possible. Deadline to order is Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Cost for steer tags is $10 each, and payment will be due at the time of ordering.

If you have any questions about ordering validation tags, contact Michael Palmer, CEA-Ag at the County Extension Office at 325-625-4519.


You are invited to join  in the art-filled Spring events hosted by the Fine Arts League of Coleman County. Bitsy Murchison, Exhibits Chair.


1. COLEMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY April 4-11 “SPRING FOR TEXAS” art by members exhibited during regular library hours. Some Paintings may be for sale.

2. Central Texas Farm Credit Directors' Banquet celebrating their 100th BIRTHDAY at the Bill Franklin Center - Members' art exhibited and for sale. April 26.

3.  LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP FUND RAISER "Taste-Teaser" lunch showcasing the CULINARY ARTS of League members. MAY 13 11:00AM- 1:00 pm at Heritage Hall Gallery. Linda Hobbs, TASTE-TEASER Chair

Your participation in the Taste Teaser will help fund a Scholarship for a Coleman County School student for 2016. See a member to purchase your ticket.

Fine Arts League of Coleman Co.
Marian Johnson, Publicity