“Trunk or Treat” Event Set for Monday, Oct. 31

Coleman’s “Trunk or Treat” event will be held Monday, Oct. 31st from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  This event is sponsored by the Downtown Business People’s Association.  Businesses will hand out candy to the kids in the downtown area.  For those businesses not in the downtown area who want to participate, can set up by the median in downtown, but we do need to know so that they can be included in the list as “trunkers”.

Any business that would like to participate is encouraged to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 325-625-2163.  A list will be sent to Coleman News, Chronicle & DV, Coleman Now and KSTA Radio.  This list will be updated as businesses respond.

Businesses participating in Trunk or Treat

1. Coleman Co. Electric Co-op: at Courthouse
2. Coleman Co. State Bank: in front of the Bank
3. Grammer's: in front of the Store - 106 Commercial
4. Edward D. Jones: in front of the Office - 112 W. Liveoak
5. Petal Patch: in front of the Store - 310 Commercial
6. Chamber of Commerce: in front of the Office - 218 Commercial
7.  Retired Teachers: in front of Germania - 203 Commercial
8.  West-T-Go: in their store - 214 E. Walnut
9. Coleman Interbank: in front of the bank - 100 S. Commercial
10. Allcorn Funeral Home: in front of the funeral home - 401 Commercial
11. Coleman Police Department: at the Department - 109 N. Concho
12. 4-H Students & Staff: at the Courthouse
13. Coleman Video: 116 Commercial
14. Coleman Public Library: 400 Commercial
15. Westside Market & Laundry: at their location - 1001 5th Avenue
16. Double H Family Dining: at their location - 601 Commercial
17. Coleman Gifts & Craft Supplies: 211 W. Pecan
18. Tyson Pharmacy: 215 W. Pecan
19. CMS Home Health: their new location - 108 W. Walnut
20. ACE Program: by mural on Uncommon Goods - College Ave.
21. Security Finance: at their location – 117 W. West St.
22. Shoppin’ Baskit: at their location – 113 W. College
23. Coleman County Medical Center: at the Hospital – 310 S. Pecos
24. Holiday Hill: at the Courthouse - also at Holiday Hill
25. Church of the Nazarene: in the median on Commercial
26. High Rise: 311 Commercial - from their front door
27. Chronicle & DV - 110 Commercial
28. Rancho Pizzeria - 410 Commercial
29. Owl Drug - 312 S. Commercial
30. Haven Meadows - 209 S. Commercial

Coleman teen passes away in Valera accident

Wednesday evening at approximately 5:30 pm a teenage boy was riding his dirt bike in Valera. According to DPS, a Toyota Tundra struck the dirt bike on Hwy 67. The teen was air lifted to CCMC, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck is from San Angelo.

The teen was a student at Panther Creek High School in Coleman County.

Crash is still being investigated, no names will be released at this time, in respect to the family.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Red Ribbon Week Activity at Panther Creek

Red Ribbon Week Activity at Panther Creek

As part of Red Ribbon Week, Panther Creek students who participated in the "Red Out - Drugs make us see red" day gathered at the football field to spell out PC.  Other activities the students participated in during the week included daily dress up themes, guest speakers, videos, tying red ribbons on school fences, painting student initials at the football field, scavenger hunts, among many other activities.  Panther Creek Student Council sponsored all the Red Ribbon Week activities. 

‘Cats now in do-or-die mode with loss

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice

Coleman 30-14 loss to Eastland on Friday night, although not a season-ender, had one major result: It left the Bluecats with little wiggle room heading into its final two regular-season games. Make no mistake about, it is win or stay home time.

“We know exactly what is at stake,” said head coach John Elder. “We have to play good, hard-nosed football from now on. If we lose out, we know we won’t be going (to the playoffs). We have to take care of our business.”

The business at hand for Elder and the Bluecats is getting a win against either Dublin or Tolar in their final two games. A win in either outing will clinch the team a berth in the Class 3A state playoffs.

Despite having dropped back-to-back games to Cisco and Eastland, Elder said he is confident his team can finish the season strong.

“Our kids know we are a good football team,” he said. “They’re positive and they’re hard on themselves but they want to play football a little more. To do that, we’ve got to get our work done and do every thing we can to seal the deal.”

“We’ve still got to get into the tournament,” he added.

The Bluecats can put an early end to the postseason question on Friday at Hufford Field against a Dublin squad that has struggled this season. The Lions enter the showdown at 0-8, including an 0-3 mark in District 4-3A play.

Dublin has struggled to stop teams defensively this season. The Lions have been outscored by a staggering 115-399 mark through their first eight games. Life in the rough-and-tumble District 4-3A race has been brutal for Dublin. After opening their district slate with a 67-14 loss to Cisco on Oct. 17, the Lions were lit up by Eastland to the tune of 76-14 on Oct. 14. Last week, they dropped a 52-14 decision to Tolar.

Through the first three weeks of district play, Dublin has been outscored by a 195-42 clip.

Despite their troubles defensively, Elder said the Lions’ spread passing offense is something his team will have to prepare for.
“Dublin is going to throw the ball all over the place and they are very good at that,” he said. “We’re going to have to be ready to play four good quarters.”

For Coleman, the Lions could be coming at the perfect time. Elder said the Bluecats suffered some bumps and bruises over the first three weeks of district play that have forced the team to plug in players at new positions. An opportunity to lighten the load on some key players would be a welcome break, especially with Tolar looming.

Santa Anna rolls over Veribest, 63-18

The Santa Anna Mountaineers moved one step closer to a postseason berth on Friday night by grinding out a 63-18 victory over the Veribest Falcons.

With the victory, the Mountaineers notched their fourth straight victory and improved to 5-3 for the year. More importantly, they opened District 10-A, Division I, play on a high note. Santa Anna rolls into this week’s showdown with Water Valley tied for the district’s lead.

The Mountaineers had little trouble rolling over Veribest. Santa Scored almost at will in the contest. They enforced the six-man football 45-point mercy rule early in the second half.

The win set up a potential showdown for the district championship this Friday. The Mountaineers will face off with Water Valley beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the SAHS field.

Water Valley, 4-3 overall, comes into the contest also unbeaten in district play. The Wildcats defeated Paint Rock last Friday by a 73-28.

The matchup between Water Valley and Santa Anna, at least on paper, could be an offensive fireworks show. The two teams feature some of the state’s best offenses. The Mountaineers roll into the contest having scored 389 points in their first eight games. Water Valley had tallied 367 points in seven outings.

Defensively, both have given up more than 40 points per game this fall.

PC improves to 7-0 with rout of Mustangs

By Cameron Norris
Special to the Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice

BROOKESMITH – A three-week layoff didn’t have too many ill effects on the Panther Creek Panthers football team. In fact, it didn’t have any at all.

Making its first appearance on the field since Sept. 30, the Panthers made easy work of the Brookesmith Mustangs in a key District 12-A, Division II showdown.

The Panthers got things going early against Brookesmith – with their defense. Hayes Harper picked off a Mustangs’ pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown and helped spark a 19-6 first-quarter barrage.

Matthew Morris added a 4-yard touchdown run. Moments later, J.C. McDonald reeled off a 46-yard run to give PC a 19-0 lead.
Brookesmith lost its starting quarterback and safety in the second series to a concussion. It was a loss that hurt the Mustangs on both side of the ball. Even without one of its best players, Brookesmith made a game of it with a touchdown drive – which aided by two 15-yard penalties – for a touchdown that sent the game into the second with PC holding a 13-point advantage.

Cole Tovar got Panther Creek back on the offensive early in the second. He scored on a 4-yard effort and stretched the Panthers’ lead to 26-6.

Brookesmith turned a fourth-down play into a touchdown on their ensuing possession and pulled to within 26-14.

Tovar all but put the Mustangs’ hopes on ice from there. The PC star scored on a 20-yard scamper and pushed the Panthers’ lead to 33-14. After a Brookesmith touchdown, McDonald threw a pass to a Tovar just before halftime, to make the score 40-22.

A few halftime adjustments shut the Mustangs down the entire second half. PC clinched its seventh straight win with a 26-0 run in the third and fourth quarters.

The Panthers opened up the second half with a 43-yard touchdown pass from McDonald to Kennedy. McDonald added a 2-yard run and a 65-yard interception return from there and built the Panthers’ cushion to 60-22. PC’s final score came via Chris Alonzo on a 3-yard run.

Up next for Panther Creek will be the Gustine Tigers. The two teams will square off in Panther Creek beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Turnovers spur Mavericks to 30-14 win over ‘Cats

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice

EASTLAND – The Eastland Mavericks officially put the Coleman Bluecats into playoff mode on Friday night in front of a large crowd at Maverick Stadium. Sparked by two first-quarter turnovers, the Mavericks jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead and then held on to claim a 30-14 victory in a key District 4-3A battle.

The loss dropped Coleman to 5-3 for the season and, more importantly left the Bluecats at 1-2 in district play and into a tie for third in the standings. Eastland improved to 6-2 and 3-0 in district competition.

Coleman didn’t do itself any favors early in the contest. The Bluecats fumbled away each of their first two possessions of the night and enabled the Mavericks to build an early cushion.
“The bottom line is we didn’t win the turnover battle and I think that was the difference in the game,” said head coach John Elder. “We lost all our momentum early on and spent most of the first half trying to come back. We had three possessions in the first half and fumbled on two of them. We gave them a short field and you can’t do that against a team that is as explosive as they are.”

The Mavericks didn’t look too explosive on their first drive. The district’s top offensive squad through the first eight weeks of the season, Eastland struggled to move the ball. Following a 10-yard gain on first down, the Mavericks hit the skids, moving the ball just two yards in their next three plays before being forced to punt from their own 43.

Coleman put itself in deep trouble seconds later by fumbling away the ball on their first play from scrimmage. Eastland scooped up the ball at the CHS 47.

Eastland quarterback Mason Wright didn’t waste any time in converting the turnover into points. On the Mavs’ first play from scrimmage, the senior rifled a pass over the middle of the field to David Vasquez, who completed the 47-yard touchdown play by darting into the end zone. J.R. Fullen’s ensuing PAT gave Eastland a 7-0 lead with 10:11 left in the opening frame.
The worst was far from over for the Bluecats. Coleman fumbled away its next possession, giving the Mavericks a first down at the CHS 42.

Eastland’s second score didn’t come as easy. The Mavericks, thanks to a 15-yard personal foul penalty, managed only to drive to the Bluecat 32 before calling on Fullen to boot a 42-yard field goal to up its lead to 10-0 with 3:42 left in the first quarter.

Bryson Hammonds and the CHS offense managed to get on track from there. The Bluecats closed out the first period of play by starting a 15-play drive that ate almost 10 minutes off the clock.

Hammonds turned in the key play on Coleman’s march on the first play of the second quarter. With his team facing a fourth-and-3 situation from its own 43, the CHS senior called his own number and scrambled for a 20-yard gain and a first down at the EHS 37. After a holding penalty had backed the Bluecats to the Maverick 46, Hammonds came up big again by hitting Xavier Nunez with a 25-yard pass to the Eastland 21. Trotter Harris reeled off runs of 6, 5, 4 and 4 yards over the next few plays and pushed the ball to the Maverick 1.

Hammonds capped the 75-yard drive with 5:59 left inthe first half by taking a quick snap from center and pushing his way into the end zone on a quarterback sneak. His touchdown – along with Jett Allen’s extra-point kick, cut Eastland’s lead to 10-7.

Eastland answered back with a long drive of its own on its next series. The Mavericks went 67 yards in 14 plays before running back Chris Martinez took a handoff and barreled his way into the end zone from 7 yards out with 20 seconds left in the opening half. Martinez shouldered the bulk of the load for the Mavs on the drive, rolling up 39 yards on eight carries en route to upping the EHS lead to 10, at 17-7, at the half.

A senior, Martinez finished the contest with a game-high 189 yards on 25 attempts.

Coleman didn’t roll over and play dead. The Bluecats fought themselves back into the contest on the first series of the second half. Hammonds engineered an impressive 13-play, 75-yard campaign that ate almost 8 minutes off the clock and enabled the Bluecats to pull to within 17-14.

Darrian Hunter gave the CHS offense a big spark early in the drive. The senior wideout hauled in a clutch 15-yard pass from Hammonds on a third-down play. From there, Riley Harris, Cole Lawson and Trotter Harris combined for six straight runs and pushed the ball to the Eastland 35.

Harris came up big for the Bluecats from there. The junior running back pulled in a 28-yard pass from Hammonds on a third-and-8 play and moved the ball to the EHS 5. Hammonds froze the Maverick defensive secondary early on the play by taking the snap from center and scrambling toward the line of scrimmage. When the EHS defenders moved up to prevent the run, he lofted a short pass to Harris, who raced to the Maverick 5.

Three plays later, Trey Sartain took a handoff from Hammonds and bulled his way into the end zone.

Unfortunately for Coleman, that turned out to be as close as they could get. Martinez reeled off touchdown runs of 22 and 1 yards in the fourth quarter and helped Eastland retain its stranglehold on the district lead.

Despite the team’s second straight loss, Elder said the Bluecats could still determine their own destiny. A win in either of their final two games will give Coleman a berth in the postseason.
“It is what it is,” said Elder. “Our kids are tough and will bounce back. We’ll come back and, hopefully, win out and get into the playoffs.”

Photos from Coleman vs Eastland game


LUBBOCK, TX – Today, Sen. Charles Perry announces a series of town hall forums across the district, with a stop in Coleman, Texas.

Sen. Perry said, “Town halls are a great way for citizens to get engaged in the political process without traveling all the way to Austin. Hearing directly from the people I represent is one of the most valuable things I do as a State Senator."

The next legislative session begins on January 10th. This will be Sen. Perry's second session in the Texas Senate after serving two terms in the Texas House. He currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs.

At the forum, Sen. Perry will discuss his legislative agenda, the state budget, and how the legislative process works. Most importantly, he will answer questions and hear feedback from constituents.

“Texas must remain an economic leader in our country by promoting the free market and reducing tax burdens on families. We also need to secure the border, have a strong education system in place, improve water laws, and ensure health care is affordable," said Sen. Perry.

The event is open to the public and will take place on November 2nd at 
11:00 a.m. at the Coleman Library located at 402 S. Commercial Avenue, Coleman, TX 76834.

If you would like additional details, please contact us at 325-481-0028 or email Pam.Dutton@senate.texas.gov.

Make Education a Priority

BY Trena Claywell
Coleman Chronicle & DV

This October is Make Education a Priority month. One way that Coleman ISD participated, was by inviting School Board and City Council members. Students greeted visitors and led tours throughout the schools.

Several classrooms were observed, as students demonstrated what they have learned this year. Becky Dobbins and Sandra Rose of the Coleman ISD School Board and Danny Jameson, Sherman Smith, and Carolyn Merriman of the Coleman City Council were in attendance as this year’s publicly elected officials.

The Make Education a Priority movement began in 2010 in Aledo, TX as an effort to flood the 82nd Legislative Session with letters from the public, demanding that schools be properly funded. In 2011 Make Education a Priority became a resolution, and was adopted by school boards across the state.

Make Education a Priority works to involve the public, school boards, and publicly elected officials at the local, state, and federal level to be actively involved in improving the Texas education system. 

4-Hers receive awards

Two Senior 4-H members of the Coleman 4-H Club were recognized at the recent 4-H Awards Banquet for their outstanding careers and dedication to the 4-H program. Megan Taylor and Kade Greaves received the William H. Danforth’s book “I Dare You” and certificate. This award is a National Leadership Award and focuses on the qualities of a true leader as well as the ability to do great things in life.

William H. Danforth wrote the book “I Dare You” and first published his writing in 1931. In the book, he recognizes that each person has special gifts and encourages the reader to develop their talents and see their potential fulfilled. One of his greatest challenges to youth was: “Be your own self and at your very best all the time”. Through his writing, many the lives of many youth have been influenced.

MEGAN TAYLOR: Throughout Megan’s career in 4-H, she has been very active in Shooting Sports, Foods & Nutrition, Community Service, Record Books and Leadership, among other projects. Megan is the daughter of Ben and Meredith Taylor.

KADE GREAVES: Throughout Kade’s 4-H Career, he has been active in Public Speaking, Foods and Nutrition, Record Books, Beef, Leadership, Community Service and other projects. Kade is the son of Dusty and Kristie Greaves. 

Locals turn our in full force for annual Prickly Pear festival

Make no mistake about it, there was no shortage of sportage – or spirits – this past weekend, thanks to the annual Prickly Pear Food + Wine Festival. Food and wine vendors from all throughout the southwestern United States visited Coleman on a sunny and cool Saturday, to participate and sample some of their top products. Overall, the event drew hundreds of visitors into downtown Coleman.

The morning got off to a musical start with the Coleman Farmer’s Market. While local residents perused their way through an abundance of fresh veggies, baked goods, and crafts, Dewayne Berry & Friends performed. The Prickly Pear Arts & Crafts vendors joined with the Farmer’s Market event to make for a great time.

One of the bigger events of the event was the annual Prickly Pear 5K race. A total of 90 runners, of all ages, took to the streets of Coleman to test their endurance. Brody Woods, of Millersview, crossed the finish line first with a time of 19 minutes and 11 seconds.

The Prickly Pear 5K was organized by Christen Horner.

The children – along with the young at heart -  got into the fun starting at 11 a.m., when the carnival opened. Along with food concessions, area children had a choice of playing in a bounce house, bungee swings, balloon animals as well as several other items. Food concessions were limited this year, but were still a great choice. A food truck with burgers, as well as another vendor that had a smoker, made the town smell like BBQ!

In addition to the activities and children’s games, various musicians took to the stage from noon until 9 p.m. Among the acts performing were Garner Sloan and Coffey Anderson. During the live music, a wine and food tasting took place.

Another major attraction to this  year’s Prickly Pear Food + Wine Festival was the unveiling of Calina Johnson’s mural in downtown Coleman. The Abilene artist put the finishing touches on her prickly pear artwork, which appears on the side of of Uncommon Goods. While in town, Johnson also added a #PrayForRosie mural to the side of the Ivy & Co. building.

Rosie Evans is an Abilene youngster recently diagnosed with cancer. The Ivy & Co. building is owned by Rosie’s grandparents, Debbie and Rodney Ivy.

There are already plans for the third annual Prickly Pear Food + Wine Festival, for 2017. Make plans next year to visit Downtown Coleman and partake in the festivities. 

CCMC celebrates 'Surgery Appreciation Day'

Coleman County Medical Center has received the new C-Arm machine for the surgery department. The surgery staff at CCMC are proud of their new equipment that aide in surgeries. Dr. Carpenter, General Surgeon, practices in Coleman two days per month and has already acquired great use out of the new equipment. The Surgery Department was recognized with an appreciation luncheon and cake on Thursday, October 20, 2016 for the excellent services provided to patients of Coleman County and surrounding areas. Not many may be aware of the outpatient procedures provided at CCMC but to list a few: Cholecystectomy, Cesarean Section, Dental Restoration, Incision & Drainage, Hernia Repair, Tubal Ligation, Colonoscopies, EGDs, and more. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carpenter, please contact South Abilene Surgical Associates at (325)428-5600 or speak with the physicians at Coleman Medical Associates regarding your outpatient surgery and procedure options.

Pictured left to right are Jeff Johnson CRNA, Heather Goode LVN, Cherie Boatright OR Tech, Sandra Ratliff RN, Dr. Carpenter General Surgeon, and Silver Rosales LVN.

Fifth Sunday Singing

Leaday Baptist Church will host the fifth Sunday singing on Sunday, October 30, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited!

Bluecat Band receives rating of I at UIL Band Contest

Saturday October 22, 2016 the Coleman High School Big Blue Band attended the University Interscholastic League Marching Band Contest, hosted by Early ISD.

The Big Blue Band earned a Division One rating. In celebration, the fire department, police department, and EMS escorted the Big Blue Band back into town with lights and sirens. This is an outstanding accomplishment for not only the band, but also for Jerry Barker, band director.   Barker said, “They’re a good group of kids. I’m very pleased with them.”

Barker wants to invite everyone to watch the half-time show during this Friday’s varsity game against Dublin. 

Early voting has started

General Election early voting starts today! You can vote at the Coleman County Courthouse, between the hours of 8:00AM - 4:30PM, Monday - Friday, Oct. 24 - Nov. 4th.

The General Election is Tuesday, November 8th.

Sample Ballots:
Pct. 1
Pct. 2
Pct. 2E
Pct. 3
Pct. 4

Chicken Spaghetti Luncheon

It’s time once again for the annual Chicken Spaghetti Luncheon hosted by the Women of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  The Luncheon will be Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 11:30 AM to 1 PM.  The Luncheon will be held in St. Mark’s Mission Hall.  Adult Tickets at $7.00 and Children Tickets at $4.00.  The full menu is Chicken Spaghetti, Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Homemade Dessert, Tea or Water.  Remember, take outs are available.

This organization donates to places such as the Santa Anna Food Pantry, Coleman Loaves and Fishes, Coleman Senior Center and Coleman Elementary School with school supplies.

They look forward to serving you on Sunday, October 30th.

Coleman Police Department Weekly Activity Report

Thursday, October 13, 2016 –Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

14:26   Suspicious Person Intersection of N Frio St and Peach St
18:52   Missing Property Intersection of Post St and Brush St

Friday, October 14, 2016
08:18   Missing Property 100 blk E College St
12:04   Two Vehicle Accident Intersection of Walnut St and 5th Ave
14:49   Civil Dispute 100 blk N Concho St
20:46   One Arrested Warrant Service Intersection of Peach St and Frio St
21:49   One Vehicle Accident 1500 blk N Neches St

Saturday, October 15, 2016
13:45   Two Vehicle Accident Intersection of Pecos St and W 13th St
18:32   Welfare Check 900 blk Comal St
19:21   One Arrested Disruptive Person 900 blk S Neches St
21:26   Criminal Trespass Warning 1600 blk N Neches St
22:58   Snake 1400 blk Hwy 84 Bypass

Sunday, October 16, 2016
01:42   Suspicious Activity 200 blk E 3rd St
02:31   Suspicious Activity 700 blk W 13th St
18:33   Reckless Driver Brush St
23:33   One Arrested Warrant Service Intersection of S Commercial Ave and E 4th St

Monday, October 17, 2016
16:55   Suspicious Activity 100 blk N Frio St
17:27   Road Hazard Intersection of Santa Anna Ace and Guadelupe St
18:13   Suspicious Activity 500 blk S Nueces St
20:02   Disturbance 500 blk Llano St
20:59   Criminal Mischief 2100 blk S Pecos St

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
10:35   Missing Child 700 blk S Pecos St
14:36   Disturbance 1400 blk Mountain St
17:26   Missing Person 500 blk Cottonwood St

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
07:39   Suspicious Person 1400 blk Hillcrest St
11:57   Abandoned Vehicles 1300 blk S Frio St
17:51   Found Property 800 blk W 15th St

Garden Club

Garden Club
Jane Padgitt exhibiting her artistic design made from succulent cuttings.

Members of the Town and Country Garden Club of Coleman County held their monthly meeting on October 11, 2016. The group traveled to Abilene to hear a program on Growing and Propagating Succulents presented by Barbara Rives, Ed.D. Members then toured her greenhouse and her extensive succulent collection.

After the program, the group enjoyed lunch followed by a short business meeting conducted by President Lorene Halfmann. Jane Padgitt presented an Artistic Design made from succulent cuttings, and fall treats and desserts were provided my Nancy Berry.

The next meeting will be held on November 1, 2016 at the J.A.B. Miller Library.

Fundraiser for Adel Hunter

Adel Hunter's co-workers at Coleman Medical Associates have organized a raffle to help pay for her breast cancer treatment expenses.

You can also call 325-625-3533 for tickets. 

Fundraiser for Adel Hunter

October is National Physical Therapist Month

During National Physical Therapy Month in October, the physical therapists at Coleman County Medical Center (CCMC) are raising awareness about both the health benefits of physical therapy and  the availability of these services in Coleman County.  PIctured above are: Left: Stephanie Diaz, Physical Therapist, Right: Dr. Justin Tammany, Physical Therapy Director.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged providers to reduce prescriptions of opioid pain medications in favor of safe and effective alternatives, such as physical therapy, for chronic pain conditions like low back pain, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. In 2012 alone, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in America to have their own bottle of pills. While these drugs are necessary in some cases, they carry significant risks such as overdose and addiction.

According to Justin Tammany, Physical Therapy Director at Coleman County Medical Center and board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, “Pain medications often just mask the symptoms of the problem. As physical therapists, we are trained to identify the cause of the pain, and correct it through a combination of hands-on techniques, exercise and education. We want to help our clients become active participants in their own recovery.”

Despite offering outpatient physical therapy services for several years, some in the community are still unaware that they can receive their treatment in Coleman. “One thing I am really proud of is the quality of physical therapy services that we offer at CCMC," Tammany related. “Between our therapists, we have over twenty-five years of experience in all areas of PT, along with numerous certifications and education that equal or exceed our big city peers. We recently had a patient from the metroplex who was continuing treatment here while on a hunting trip. After treatment at CCMC, he went back to his surgeon and asked why Fort Worth cannot find physical therapists as good as little Coleman."

Coleman County Medical Center provides traditional physical therapy, sports physical therapy and rehabilitation to patients of all ages and conditions. This includes use of evidence-based treatment techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to achieve superior outcomes. All patients have the right to choose their physical therapy provider.

October is National Physical Therapist Month
Stephanie Diaz and Dr. Justin Tammany

USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Texas Farmers in Response to 2015 Market Downturn 

(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) -- Oct. 18, 2016 – USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, announced that approximately $354 million will be paid to Texas farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2015 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

“These safety-net programs provide help when price and revenues fall below normal, unlike the previous direct payments program that provided funds even in good years,” said Canales.  “These payments will help provide reassurance to Texas farm families, who are standing strong against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing conditions.”

According to Canales, Texas, producers of barley, canola, oats, peanuts, dry peas, sorghum, soybeans and wheat in 180 counties have experienced a drop in price and/or revenues below the benchmark price established by the ARC or PLC programs and will receive payments. In the upcoming months, payments will be announced after marketing year average prices are published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) for the remaining covered commodities. These include long and medium/short grain rice which will be announced in November and remaining oilseeds and chickpeas, which will be announced in December.  Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

“It’s important to remember that ARC and PLC payments by county can vary because average county yields will differ,” said Canales. 

More details on the price and yield information used to calculate the financing assistance from the safety-net programs is available on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc and

USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities.

USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.

Panther Creek Fall Festival

Panther Creek CISD will be having their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29, 2016 beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Elementary and Junior High (through 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 p.m.

We hope to see you Saturday.

2016 Round-Up for Rehab

<strong>2016 Round-Up for Rehab</strong>

Fall is here and so is the Coleman Round-Up for Rehab Special Auction to benefit the West Texas Rehabilitation Center.  A long-time tradition for the Edington family at the Coleman Livestock Auction barn, the sale will be held on November 2nd at 11:00 am.

All proceeds will help the Rehab Center in providing outpatient rehabilitative care to more than 500 children and adults each day….regardless of patients’ financial circumstance.   Through the years, many in the Coleman community have either been a Rehab patient or know of others who received services from the Center.

Since 1961, Coleman and surrounding area ranchers, merchants and Rehab supporters have donated animals, merchandise, baked goods, arts & crafts and cash gifts in support of the Center as part of the special Round-Up auction event.  Local chairmen and Rehab friends heading up the 2016 Coleman County Round-Up program are Bob & Sylvia Edington; Mike Edington, DVM; Jay Davis; Tommy Sloan; Mitch & Bobbi Birdwell; Dwin & Karen Nanny; Wayne McClure; Brent & Renea McMillan and David & Vicki Stewart.

Everyone is sure to find something at the Coleman Round-Up Auction that will entice them to jump in and join the bidding.  The Coleman High School Student Council will once again be joining the activities by helping in the auction ring and also serving up chuckwagon beans and cornbread, along with some great campfire peach cobbler prepared by the Rehab’s Chuckwagon crew.

So whether you raise your hand in a lively auction, sample the cobbler or join the many others through the years by donating to the auction, be sure to come out on November 2nd and support the Rehab Center and join them in their “Neighbor-Helping Neighbor” program.  For more information or to donate for the Coleman Rehab Round-Up special sale, please call WTRC @ 325-660-8338 or contact the Coleman Livestock Auction @ 325-625-4191.

It's time to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child!

It's time to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child!

Since 1994, churches, families, and groups in Coleman County have helped to thrill over 135 million children with toys and gifts packed in simple shoe boxes!  The boxes have gone to some of the most remote areas of the world.  Each gift-filled box is hand delivered by caring people who share the love of Jesus Christ with the children and their families as they receive the boxes. 

"How to pack your Shoebox Gift" brochures and boxes are available at Tyson Pharmacy in Coleman.  In recent years, many people have filled plastic shoeboxes.  They are actually a gift, filled with gifts.  The plastic shoeboxes have many uses aside from holding belongings.  In many third world countries, they are used to carry, and store, food and water.

The National Collection Week for the filled shoeboxes is NOVEMBER 14-21.  That is 6 weeks away so it's time to get busy with family and friends and fill shoeboxes!  You may bring your gift-filled shoeboxes any time between now and then to Tyson Pharmacy located at 215 W. Pecan St. in Coleman.  Tyson's is located on the just west of the Coleman Post Office.

For more information, call Tyson Pharmacy at 325-625-4136 and ask for Colette.  To learn more about the OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD project, check out their website at samaritanspurse.org/occ