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. 

Coleman Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

There’s a rhythm to a small town, a slow, carefree, easy beat. It’s a place where everyone knows your name, a place where happiness and heartache are shared equally. It’s a place where community becomes family. It’s a place we call home.  Coleman County at its finest.

The Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture & Tourist Bureau will host its Annual Banquet on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 6:30 p.m., at the Bill Franklin Center.  Our theme this year is “Coleman…A County in Bloom”.  Donnie Neff will provide the dinner music and Tammy Casey  and Jeromy Watson will serve as MC’s for the evening.  Chairpersons for this year’s banquet are Becki Reynolds, Renea McMillan, Christi Robertson, and Tammy Casey.

The directors of the Coleman Rodeo Association will prepare the meal consisting of pork tenderloin, grilled chicken and all the trimmings. And you will not want to miss their famous bread pudding!

The 2016 Citizen of the Year, Rural Citizen of the Year, New Horizon of the Year, Teacher of the Year and the Business of the Year Award winners will be announced during the program. These awards are nominated by you, the Citizens of Coleman County. Also, we will have a silent and live auction this year. Various items donated by merchants will help enable the Chamber to defray the cost of the Banquet. Items will include gift certificates, merchandise and various goodies from our local businesses. The proceeds from the auction will also help the Chamber pursue future activities throughout the year.

Tickets are on sale now at the Chamber office downtown or from any Chamber Director for $15.00 per person. Chamber Directors to contact are: Sandra Barr, Tammy Casey, Nina Childress, Leslie Cross, Lana Kading, Renea McMillaln, Becki Reynolds, Christi Robertson, John Stanislaw, Connie Turner, Weldon Thompson & Jeromy Watson.

So we encourage you to get gussied up, grab a date and head on out to have a fun filled night of good food, great friends, and good fellowship.

For more information, please contact the Coleman Chamber of Commerce Office at 325-625-2163. 

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.

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!

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