Jury Duty has been canceled
The 42nd District Court has cancelled Jury Duty for Monday, August 1st.
The 42nd District Court has cancelled Jury Duty for Monday, August 1st.
On Sunday, July 24, a gathering was held to celebrate and welcome the four new Coleman Police Officers. New officers are Mason Fabbiani, Toby Mathis, Jose Rodriguez and Trebor Moore. Chief Jay Moses gave a welcoming and encouraging speech to these young men. A cake was made by Karen McGee and refreshments were provided by Mona Watts, Amanda Fabbiani, Sophia Rodriguez, Barbara Cleland and Nivla Moore. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate and support these young men!
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Name Coleman Executive Director Curtis L. Garrett announced that FSA is now accepting applications for 2016 GRAZE-OUT payments for producers who elect to use their acreage planted to wheat, barley, oats, or triticale for grazing by livestock and agree to forgo any other harvesting of the commodity in 2016.
“Producers must request graze-out payments by farm and complete form CCC-633 GRAZING,” said Garrett. “If multiple producers share in the acreage, all signatures must be obtained before the request is considered complete.”
The graze-out payment rate is determined by the amount the applicable commodity loan rate exceeds the CCC-determined value of the commodity for the county where the farm is located. This is referred to as the Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) rate. The graze-out payment will be based on the LDP rate in effect for the county on the date of request.
Producers may file an application for graze-out any time prior to March 31, 2017.
Garrett emphasizes that acres identified on form CCC-633 GRAZING will not be eligible for an indemnity under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).
Graze-out payments are subject to the same basic eligibility requirements as commodity loans and LDPs including, but not limited to Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) provisions, beneficial interest, conservation compliance, foreign person, payment limitations for crop years 2014 through 2018, together with market loan gains and ARC/PLC.
Before MAL repayments with a market loan gain (MLG) or LDP disbursements can be made, producers must meet the requirements of actively engaged in farming, cash rent tenant and member contribution. The 2014 Farm Bill also establishes payment limitations per individual or entity not to exceed $125,000 annually on certain commodities for the following program benefits: price loss coverage payments, agriculture risk coverage payments, MLGs and LDPs.
AGI provisions state that a producer whose total applicable three-year average AGI exceeds $900,000 is not eligible to receive an MLG or LDP. Producers must have a valid CCC-941 on file to earn a market gain of LDP.
For more information and additional eligibility requirements, please visit a nearby USDA Service Center or FSA’s website www.fsa.usda.gov . For an FSA office near you, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, July 25, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.
“Producers have already elected ARC or PLC, but they must enroll for the 2016 crop year by signing a contract before the Aug. 1 deadline to receive program benefits,” said Canales. “Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll.”
The programs trigger financial protections for participating agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. Nationwide, more than 1.76 million farmers and ranchers are expected to sign contracts to enroll in ARC or PLC. Covered commodities under the programs include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.
For more program information, contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
Since 2009, USDA has worked 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. USDA has also 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 bio-based 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.
Equipment will be issued Friday July 29th at the Armory from 9-11 AM. All players will need to bring $15 for shirt and shorts.
Practice will start Monday Aug. 1st at the Armory. Players need to report by 7:30 AM. Practice should end around 11 AM
Concho Baptist Church - 1700 S. CONCHO
This week, Monday thru Thursday from 6-8 pm, Pre-K thru 6th grade.
"From Prison to the Palace...the life of Joseph"
Games, snacks, music, lessons, and tons of fun. Bring a friend and join us each night! !!
Sacred Heart Catholic Church will have Vacation Bible School the week of July 25-29, 2016. Classes will start at 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. (evening). Age groups from 1st—5th Grades are eligible. Pre-registration will be held after each weekend Mass. Enrollment is open to the public. A list of items needed for activities and decorating will be displayed in the Vestibule this weekend. If you wish to help, please contact Margie Mitchell, CRE, at (325) 660-5512, or Natalie Jones at (325) 636-7384.
The Tom Kingsbery Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Coleman County Telephone Cooperative in 1999 in memory of Tom Kingsbery, who served on CCTC’s board of directors for over 35 years. CCTC sets aside money each year for this scholarship fund, which is awarded to 2nd-year or 3rd-year college students from the cooperative's service area.
This year CCTC will award three scholarships of $1,000 each. To apply for a scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria and submit the following information to CCTC Scholarship Committee, PO Box 608, Santa Anna, TX 76878 or drop off in person at CCTC, 215 N. 2nd St in Santa Anna no later than August 1, 2016.
1. The student must be the son or daughter of an active member of Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (active, meaning that the member has current telephone service with CCTC).
2. The student must have a 2.5 grade point average or better.
3. The student must be accepted at an accredited technical school, business school, junior college or university.
4. The student must demonstrate a need for the funds in order to be eligible.
5. The student must submit:
a. A cover sheet containing the following information:
Contact Telephone Number
Name/s of parents or guardians
High School attended and date of graduation
Name of institution to which student has been accepted for 2nd or 3rd year of higher education
b. A brief essay entitled “How This Scholarship Will Help Me To Achieve My Education/Career Goals.”
c. Two letters of recommendation
d. Copy of transcript
6. This scholarship will be awarded regardless of race, creed, sex, or national origin.
7. The applications must be received by CCTC no later than August 1, 2016.
8. The selection of the scholarship committee will be final and will be announced at CCTC’s Annual Membership Meeting on August 19, 2016.
9. The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the learning institution.
10. The scholarship is valid for one year. The ability to collect this scholarship amount will expire on August 1 of the following year.
Please Note: Children or grandchildren of directors or employees of Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
are not eligible.
Please call 348-3124 for more information.
Coleman Veterinary Clinic is very proud to introduce you to Dr. Ross Kalina. Dr. Kalina was raised in Schulenburg, Texas. He graduated this May from Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine. He received a Communications degree from the University of Texas in 2007. Following graduation he worked in the cattle industry managing cow/calf and stocker operations. This generated an interest in veterinary medicine. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2012 at Texas A&M before entering the School of Veterinary Medicine. His academic interests are primarily large animal, but his goal is to be involved in a diverse, mixed animal practice. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with his dog, Zoey. Dr. Kalina will be a great asset to Coleman and Coleman Veterinary Clinic. Please come by to meet him and give him a big Coleman welcome.
The Coleman 8U Bluecats beat the Brownwood Nationals, last Friday, July 15th, in the District Championship game. This victory clinched the boys a trip to the TTAB State Tournament, in Rusk, TX. To help off-set some of the expense for the parents, there will be a kickball/softball tournament this Saturday, July 23rd. The tournament will be at the Coleman Little League fields, starting at 8:00 AM. There is a $150 entry fee, per team. To enter your team, or for more info, call (325) 220-1223. There will be prizes awarded for first and second place. Also, the concession stand will be open, and there will be a bake sale. A bbq sandwich sale will be held Friday, July 22 starting at 11:00 am at the Ivy & Co. building (corner of Commercial & Santa Anna Ave.). For $7 you can get a sandwich, potato salad and a drink. Add homemade icecream for just $1 more; or purchase just the ice cream for $2. Delivery can be set up for businesses; large orders are available upon request. Saturday, at the Coleman Farmer’s Market, there will be a bake sale booth as well. All proceeds go to the Coleman Bluecat 8U Baseball team.
On July 17th, 2016, at approximately 11:41 PM, Coleman Police Department Officers responded to the 2500 block of N. Neches in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was reported to be parked behind a set of storage units with its lights out.
Officers made contact with the owner of the storage units, who advised that neither the vehicle, nor its occupants had permission to be on the property.
Officers contacted a male and female inside the vehicle. During the investigation it was discovered that the male driver had an outstanding parole violation warrant. Also, with the assistance of the Coleman County Sheriff’s office K9 unit, 13.05 grams of Methamphetamine, was found in the vehicle.
26 year old Johnathan Michael Watson was arrested for 1st degree Felony Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance and a parole violation warrant. Bond for the Manufacturing and Delivery charge was set at $50,000. There is no bond for the parole violation warrant.
34 Year old Dana Michelle Priddy was arrested for 1st degree Felony Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $50,000
Coleman High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America member Chris Lawhon recently attended the 2016 National FCCLA Leadership Conference in San Diego, California. Chris is Region II Vice President of Programs.
Chris attended general sessions, very educational business meeting, and workshops throughout the week. He received Leadership Academy certification by attending sessions the Engage Track in The Responsibilities of Leaders, Public Speaking, Making Differences Count, Effective Communication, and Group Dynamics. The final evening concluded with a gala. He had the opportunity to go to the San Diego Zoo, visit Coronado, and see the sights around San Diego.
During the week, Monica Jones of Springlake-Earth, Texas fulfilled her duties as National Vice-President Development. Brittany Hastings of Canadian, Texas was elected to serve as 2016-2017 National Vice-President of Parliamentary Law.
Over 8,000 delegates attended the conference representing over 212,000 members from across the nation which was the largest national FCCLA conference. Texas represented the largest delegation with over 600 members attending the conference. Over 4,000 members nationally competed in 33 different STAR Event Competition categories. FCCLA is the only student-led organization with family as its central focus.
Accompanying Chris was Bonnie Brown, advisor.
CPD new Officer Trebor Moore is the son of Kenny and Nivla Moore. Trebor grew up in Coleman most of his life. From 2009 to 2012 he served as an infantryman in the US Army. After being honorably discharged from the army Trebor immediately started working for the Coleman Police Department as a communications officer/dispatcher for 3.5 years. He began the West Central Texas law enforcement academy in November and graduated from the academy July 6, 2016. Trebor is proud to serve Coleman and hopes to be able to make a positive impact on the citizens of Coleman.
CPD new Officer Toby Mathis was born and raised in Brownwood, TX. He graduated from Brownwood High in 2009 and graduated from the West Central Texas Law Enforcement Academy on July 6, 2016. He is excited to move to Coleman and grateful for the opportunity to serve the community.
CPD new Officer Mason Fabbiani was born in Brownwood, TX to Robert Fabbiani of Lake Brownwood and Vanessa Allen of Houma, LA. He graduated from Bangs High School in 2010. He graduated from the West Central Texas Law Enforcement Academy on July 6, 2016. He is married to Amanda Michelle Watts of Coleman, TX. They have two children, a daughter Aubree Michelle and a son Kaleb Andrew. He has lived in Coleman since 2010 and plans to stay.
CPD new Officer Jose Rodriquez was born and raised in Brownwood, TX. He graduated from Brownwood High School in 2010. And graduated from the West Central Texas Council of Governments on July 6, 2016. His wife Sophia is an insurance specialist for State Farm in Brownwood, TX. He says he is grateful and blessed for the opportunity to serve the community of Coleman, TX.
Coleman, Texas (July 13, 2016) – Eight students from Coleman, Santa Anna, and Ballinger graduated July 11 from the latest Safe Sitter® course offered by Coleman County Medical Center.
Sandra Ratliff, RNC-OB, and Chelsey Slayton, RN, MSN, provided the class of 11-to-14-year-olds with a full and fast-paced day of education covering: indoor and outdoor safety training, how to handle household emergencies, how to treat babysitting as a business, safety for the sitter, prevention of problem behaviors, injury management, choking child and infant rescue, and child/infant CPR.
Students participated in games, hands-on skills training and a test. At the conclusion of the day, students were given a Safe Sitter® certification card and certificate.
“Coleman County is fortunate to have young responsible students who are willing to learn how to keep your children safe as well as themselves while babysitting,” said Slayton. “For the safety of the students, their names cannot be released, but we encourage parents who are looking for a babysitter to ask if the babysitter has participated in the Safe Sitter® program!”
The national Safe Sitter® program began with a tragedy: the accidental death of a nurse’s young child while in the care of an adult babysitter. This prompted Patricia A. Keener, M.D., to create Safe Sitter® Program in 1980. The program is the only national nonprofit training program devoted to preparing young teens to be safe in unsupervised settings. Medically-accurate, developmentally-appropriate, and constantly updated curriculum are followed.
“We have offered this program 4 times over the last 3 years, and have trained 23 area students,” reported Ratliff, “and are pleased to provide local mom’s and dad’s with trained babysitters.”
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, July 8, 2016 – USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Judith A. Canales reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs without selling commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows.
“In the current marketing environment for wheat, producers are encouraged to contact our office to learn more about marketing loans so that they can make the best choice for their farming operations,” said Canales.
Wheat producers who are eligible for marketing loans are also eligible for loan deficiency payments (LDPs) should the loan rate fall below the posted county price. Producers also can purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. Unlike LDPs, use of commodity certificates does not affect payment limitations. Producers can check their daily LDP rates online at www.fsa.usda.gov.
For a commodity to be eligible for a loan, loan deficiency payment, or certificate, the producer must have beneficial interest in the commodity, defined as having title, possession and control of the commodity, and responsible for loss of or damage to the commodity. All related application forms must be completed at the local FSA office prior to loss of beneficial interest. Other eligibility requirements may apply; consult your local FSA office for more information.
Marketing assistance loans are also available for other commodities, such as corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton, extra-long staple cotton, long grain rice, medium grain rice, soybeans and other oilseeds (including sunflower seed, rapeseed, canola, safflower, flaxseed, mustard seed, crambe and sesame seed), dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas, large chickpeas, grade and non-graded wool, mohair, unshorn pelts, honey and peanuts.
For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport. To find your local USDA Service Center, go to http://offices.usda.gov.
Coleman County 4-H member Will Eddleman, the son of Don Ed and Pamala Eddleman of Santa Anna, is representing Texas at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming July 17-23, 2016.
Will is participating in the Reigned Cow Horse event.
Burglary of Motor Vehicle-3
Burglary of Building-3
Aggravated Sexual Assault-1
Disorderly Conduct Fighting-1
Burglary of Habitation-2
Assault Family Violence-1
Disorderly Conduct Abusive Language-1
Assault Family Violence-1
Possession of Marijuana-1
Manufacture/Delivery Controlled Substance-4
Disorderly Conduct Fighting-1
Aggravated Assault Family Violence-1
Vehicle Crash Investigations
Calls for Service to Communications-457
Animal Control-1 ticket issued with 1 charge filed
Code Enforcement-3 tickets issued with 4 charges filed
Police Department-48 tickets issued with 68 charges filed
Calls for Service-62
Dogs Picked Up-11
Cats Picked Up-26
Other Animals Picked Up-5
Dead Animals Removed-34
Tall Weeds or Grass Notice of Violation-29
Tall Weeds or Grass Compliance-13
Tall Weeds or Grass Citations Issued-4
Tall Weeds or Grass Emergency Abatement Orders Filed/Completed-2
Dangerous Building Investigation-1
Junked or Abandoned Vehicle Investigation-1
Illegal Dumping Investigation-1
Meter Tampering Investigation-1
Littering Nuisance Investigation-1
Grandparent's Brag is always a fun exhibit at Fiesta de la Paloma. This summer is a good time to get your favorite shots ready for the Exhibits at Fiesta de la Paloma October lst. All grandparents are invited to enter a picture of each grandchild. Grandparents must live in Coleman County and should enter each grandchild individually. There are two classes: Newborn to 23 months and 2 to 4 years old.
A list of rules and regulations may be picked up now at the county Agri-Life extension office in the courthouse or at the Coleman Chamber of Commerce office. Grandparents' Brag is one of the exhibits sponsored by the Coleman County Extension Education Association which is made up of Good Neighbor Club.
The CISD Foundation is doing their annual school supply fundraiser and time is running out! Order your Coleman student’s school supply bag now, and it will be delivered to their school when school starts! Let us do the shopping for you!
Order forms with payment can be turned in to the CISD Administration office and are due on July 6th. Hurry, and order now!
Sandra Wilson and sister, Irene Matthews, took first place against five other teams in the third annual Fourth of July ‘42’ tournament, a part of the festivities at the Coleman City Park on Monday July 4th.
The sisters finally defeated second place finishers, Carl and Virginia Harrington in a hard fought battle.
Taking third place in a squeaker match against the Harringtons were Terry Wallace and Bill Merryman.
Although ‘42’ is considered by many to be an ‘old people’s game’, this tournament had two young players, Chase and Devin Taylor, who came real close to shaming two of the best in the tournament.
The elder statesman of the contest was WWII veteran, Kenneth Newman. Kenneth and his partner, Bill Whitfield, got bumped in the finals when they fell victim to one of the unpredictable elements of the game – they just couldn’t draw the right dominoes.
Nell Hasseroot and Phyllis Smith played well, but were knocked out during the finals in a close game against the eventual first place winners.
In the end a good time was had by all, in part because the Good Lord saw fit to give the players some good shade and a great breeze.
First Place ‘42’ winners were sisters Sandra Wilson and Irene Matthews, with Larry Tillman and another sister, Fredna Horton, offering support.
Claiming Second Place were the husband and wife team of Carl and Virginia Harrington.
Third place finishers were Terry Wallace and Bill Merryman (who was too shy to get in the picture).
(Picture and story courtesy of Eric Joffrion)
The winner of the Tow Sack Race in the 12 and Up age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was Cloie Montague. Presenting Cloie with her trophy was Leslie Cross, representing First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The winner of the Watermelon Eating Contest in the Under 12 age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was Daylon Barker. Presenting Daylon with his trophy was Leslie Cross, representing First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The winner of the Watermelon Eating Contest in the 12 and Up age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was Cloie Montague. Presenting Cloie with her trophy was Leslie Cross, representing First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The winners of the Water Balloon Toss in the 12 and Up age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was the team of Jaden Espitia and Christian Espitia. Presenting Jaden and Christian with their trophies was Pastor Wayne Lewis, new pastor at First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The winner of the Tow Sack Race in the Under 12 age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was Skyler Clark. Presenting Skyler with his trophy was Leslie Cross, representing First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The winners in the Water Balloon Toss in the Under 12 age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was the team of Hannah Smith and Brayden Baldwin. Presenting Hannah and Brayden with their trophies was Pastor Wayne Lewis, new pastor at First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
There will be two summer Art Camps at First United Methodist Church, Coleman, in the month of July.
Art Day Camp will be held this Saturday (July 9th) for children who will be in Pre-K through 2nd grade. We will divide into 2 groups with the Pre-K (Pre-School) children who are 4 and 5 years old, meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. and the 1st and 2nd graders meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Our 4-day Art Camp, for students who are in the 3rd through 12th grades, will be held on July 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th. Children who will be in the 3rd and 4th grades will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each evening. Students who will be in the 5th through 12th grades will meet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. each evening.
Everyone who attends Art Day Camp and the 4-day Art Camp will need to wear old clothing.
First United Methodist Church is located at 500 W. Liveoak and the Art Camps will be held in the church fellowship hall. Entrance to the fellowship hall is off of Nueces Street.
Marie Rosales, Coleman, placed 7th place overall, 5th in the 16 & under team and 1st of the Texas competitors, in the Girls DownUnder 5K race in Brisbane, Australia.
July 2, 2016 she ran in the 5.k challenge in the Gold Coast marathon.
“Faith working through love... to serve one another" - Galatians 5:6.13
by Whitney Alexander
Christian Family Ministries, located at 519 W. Pecan in Coleman, has been “providing nutritious food to low income people of Coleman County with Christian love and support in collaboration with others who address basic human need” since 1986. The Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry was started by a group of individuals consisting of Graham Bevel, Robin Graves and Mary Alcala who identified a need for a “soup kitchen” for citizens of Coleman County. Bevel had always been an apt gardener and many of the meals provided in the “kitchen” consisted of fresh vegetables from his garden. It soon became apparent that the “kitchen” needed to be expanded as more and more people would show up for a home-cooked meal. Thus, a full hot meal function and delivery for those in need, was established. Today, a person can visit Loaves and Fishes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:45am through 12pm to enjoy a delicious hot meal. The meals are carefully crafted with Christian love and support and the goal is to provide this service to the hungry and poor. Most of what is cooked is provided through donations from the community as no government funding is received. In fact, Board President, Tim Manley, is always expressing gratitude for the community support. “Without dedicated and generous individuals, none of this would be possible,” said Tim. Donations come from various sources and a lot of what is donated is protein, especially venison. Hunters for the Hungry, administered by Central Texas Opportunities, are a big contributor, according to director Vicki Cook. She carefully plans the meals around the meat available and adds nutritious and delicious sides. “We operate on totally what is available,” stated Vicki.
Visitors have the option to take their meal to go or to sit down, cafeteria style, and enjoy their meal in the company of other guests. Over 500 meals are served monthly and that number has only been rising. In order to partake in the hot meals ministry each client must fill out an application showing a need for assistance. Once approved, the applicant is qualified for two full years. When the two years are up, the client must then re-apply. No one is denied food on his or her first application especially in case of emergency or home displacement.
Along with serving meals in the cafeteria a “Meals on Wheels” service is also conducted every Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteers will deliver food to the home bound, handicapped or persons without transportation. An average of 50 meals are delivered each month. Having been witness to the program, individuals who receive their meals are grateful, kind and eager to greet you. For many, these are some of the only social interactions they will receive throughout the week. Volunteers operate on a rotating delivery schedule so as not to tire anyone out. The route generally only takes about 30 minutes and many volunteers make use of their lunch hour to deliver.
With the success and implementation of the hot meals program, Loaves and Fishes added another ministry, the Food Pantry. The pantry provides supplemental and non-perishable food items to those in need of assistance in Coleman County. Their mission is to “provide these services to individuals and families who do not qualify for other assistance and whose income is insufficient to provide for their families”. Open the first and third Monday of each month from 9am-11am, individuals are allowed a certain amount of each food group and a volunteer assists them as they walk through the “store”. For many, this isn’t just for supplementation, but where most of their monthly food comes from. I had a chance to speak with several individuals at the pantry on how this ministry has helped them and I observed that many of the clients are of the elderly demographic and have no means or are unable to work. They state that without the pantry they are not sure how they would be eating for the month. Brenda Christian took a moment to chat with me and stated that since her husband was laid off, times have been especially tough. The pantry has been a huge help for herself, husband and mother. “When you are on Social Security, you only get so much help. This helps,” said Christian.
The Food Bank of West Central Texas comes once a month, usually the last Wednesday of the month, and brings fresh, perishable and frozen foods. The Mobile Pantry usually contains between 5,000-10,000 pounds of groceries including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, baked goods and staples that the pantry generally has on hand. The food is displayed on tables and clients walk around as if at a farmer’s market and select items that their family can use. This ensures that fresh food is going directly to those families in need.
One ministry that is more prominent than others due to its visibility is the Graham and Jean Bevel Community Garden located in front of the CFM building. Started in 2014 by Christian Family Ministries and through direct support from the Bevel family, community organizations, and individuals, the garden gives community members an opportunity to lease a garden bed to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs of their choice. The beds lease for $50 a calendar year and are limited to two beds per individual. All materials are provided including water, soil and some seeds for planting. There are also 4 handicap beds available for gardeners in wheelchairs or for those unable to garden in a regular bed. The word “Community” in the garden’s name certainly rings true. The ACE Program from Coleman ISD regularly visits the garden to help with weed control and other improvements that are needed. The children get a chance to be hands on and learn about growing techniques and utilizing fresh food for meals. Teaching the younger generation that food doesn’t always come from a drive-thru, a box or a deep fryer will hopefully create a healthier and sustainable generation.
Chronic hunger is one of the primary reasons for poor performance and bad behavior in school age children. In an effort to deal with this problem in our local schools, Christian Family Ministries partnered with The Food Bank of West Central Texas and the Coleman Ministerial Network to provide Backpacks for Kids. This program provides nutritious, non-perishable food for children in need to take home on Fridays. The “backpack” provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks for Saturday and Sunday, ensuring the child will have an adequate meal over the weekend. The food is given to the parents when they pick up their children at the end of the school day. Volunteers assemble twice a month to prepare the “backpacks” which in actuality are grocery sacks. All of the food is purchased through the food bank. Concerned and generous citizens provide funding for this program as with all the other programs under the Christian Family Ministries umbrella. Citizens can provide a child with one month of meals for only $18 per month or $162 for a whole year. Such a small amount can make a huge impact on a local level.
Each year the cost of school supplies continues to rise to exorbitant rates and for many, it is simply not in their budget. Christian Family Ministries School Supplies for Kids Program helps to offset the cost burden for families by providing school supplies to elementary, middle, and junior high school age children. In 2015, 43 children were provided school supplies. Many families have stated that without this program, they did not know how their children would be equipped to begin the school year.
Christian Family Ministries provides invaluable programs and resources for our community and have touched numerous lives. For many, these programs are not just superficial and a nice asset to the community, they are how families and individuals are able to eat. From the struggling senior citizen to the family of four that is just trying to make ends meet, these programs are a way of life. However, NONE of these programs would be available without the generous donations and countless volunteer hours that you, the community, have graciously given.
If you would like to become involved, whether through a donation, volunteering with the Backpack program, picking up a delivery route for meals, or helping with the Food Pantry, please visit the website at cfmcoleman.org or call 325-625-9913 for more information. Your time will be well spent and greatly appreciated.
Donations may be made on our website at cfmcoleman.org or by mail to P. O. Box 105, Coleman, TX, 76834. Christian Family Ministries of Coleman County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
ARTISTS – “USED TO BE”, WANNA BE”, “COULD HAVE BEEN”, “WISH I WERE”, “GONNA BE”
Any of these titles fit? We all have been in one category or another as far as the arts are concerned. The Fine Arts League of Coleman County (24 years old) is the place where you can be ---- membership is as much as you want to make it. Be involved in the workings for art in the community, entry into art shows and exhibits, be a sponsor for an artist in the making, contributing to youth activities by teaching a method or procedure in painting/sculpting/glass making/photography, promoting art in all areas of the community.
Last year the Fine Arts League members participated in the Open Show at Heritage Hall, PRESENTED the 2015 Fiesta de la Paloma Art Show, painted clay pots for the Prickly Pear Festival display, created a 4ft x 5ft painting of a Cactus Wren which was sold at auction for the Art League Scholarship for a Coleman Co. School student. League members hosted a booth at the Petticoats on the Prairie and several items were sold to benefit the League’s scholarship Fund. Members also entered and brought home awards from area art shows – our participation in those art events also brings those artists to Coleman for the Fiesta Art Show every October, and maybe SHOP IN DOWNTOWN COLEMAN! ?
So if you are a “used to be” or “wanna be”, or “wish I were” the Fine Arts League is ready to help you and you can be a “gonna be” artist!
The Fine Arts League welcomes you and needs your input/efforts and ideas/suggestions on how Art can make a difference in COLEMAN COUTY!
Fine Arts League of Coleman Co.
Marian Johnson, Publicity
Coleman County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Curtis L. Garrett announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below for 2016.
“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Coleman County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline," said Garrett.
The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Coleman County:
July 15, 2016: Grain Sorghum, Cotton, Corn, Millet, Sorghum Forage, Sesame and Fallow acres
The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:
by Sgt. Doug Butler
On June 20, 2016 Officers of the Coleman Police Department responded to the 600 block of West 4th Street in reference to a disturbance.
Once Officers arrived, contact was made with a male and female subject. Through the investigation it was determined that the altercation was physical.
During the course of the investigation approximately 84 grams of Methamphetamine, over one ounce of marijuana, and several firearms were located. After the male was placed into custody he escaped by running out the front door, but was captured a few blocks away after a brief foot pursuit.
49 year old Calvin Joel Polk was arrested for a 1st degree Felony Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Drug Free Zone, 2nd degree Felony Delivery of Marijuana-Drug Free Zone, 3rd degree Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 2nd degree Felony Escape.
Further charges may be pending on Polk after further investigations are complete.
by Sgt. Doug Butler
On June 19th 2016 Officers with the Coleman Police Department responded to a call in the 600 block of North Neches in reference to a white female loitering in the business for several hours. Officers made contact with the female and identified her as 52 year old Melinda Drake of Coleman. After a computer check on Drake it was found that Drake had a warrant out of Dayton Police Department for Larceny. After Drake was arrested for the warrant Officers asked Drake if she had any illegal substances on her. Drake stated that she had some Tramadol in her pocket. When Officers checked her pocket a metal container was located. When the container was checked Officers located the Tramadol pills and a small plastic baggie that contained approximately .8 grams of Methamphetamine. Drake transported to the Coleman City Jail for the warrant and the State Jail Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance.
On June 20th 2016 Officers with the Coleman Police Department received a call from the 900 block of North Neches in reference to a possible use of a fake identification card. When Officers arrived at the business the subject had already left. A description of the vehicle was given and located moments later. The vehicle was pulled over for a traffic violation. After Officers spoke with the individuals in the car it was determined that there was not a fake identification card on the individuals. While Officers were talking with the individuals’ one of them appeared to be nervous. The occupants of the vehicle were asked if there were any illegal narcotics in the vehicle. One of the occupants told Officers that they did not but they had some marijuana in there Motel room that they were staying at. The occupants agreed to let Officers follow them to a Motel room in the 2800 block of North Neches. Once at the Motel consent was given to the Officers to search the room. Once inside the room Officers located .16 grams of Methamphetamine, scales and several small plastic baggies. 23 year old Alberto Lopez of Dallas was arrested for a 1st degree Felony Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance >4grams < 200 grams.
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
“Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture, to get involved in this year's elections. We have seen an increase in the number of qualified nominees, especially among women and minorities, and I hope that trend continues.”
To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated.
Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2016 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016.
FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 7, 2016. Ballots must be returned to the local county office via mail or in person by Dec. 5, 2016. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2017.
Nationwide, there are approximately 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. These individuals make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, and other agricultural issues. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers, and members serve three-year terms.
To learn more about county committees, contact your local FSA county office or visit http://offices.usda.gov to find a county office near you.
Since 2009, USDA has worked 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. USDA has also 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.
Thursday - Heidi Webb
Friday - Savannah Hurtado
Saturday - J.T. Moffat
All winners are pictured with 2016 Rodeo Queen, Kensi Bledsoe.
Coleman County Sheriff’s Department responded to a reckless driver complaint on US 67/84 east of Santa Anna.
K-9 Unit Nica, deployed on the vehicle where positive indication was given. Search of the vehicle revealed approximately 248 grams of methamphetamines and a substantial amount of US currency.
Riggin Gideon Valley of Mineral Wells, Texas was arrested for Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance. Penalty Group 1 greater than or equal to 200 grams, less than 400 grams.
On June 13th 2016 at about 12:23 am 32 year old Christopher Burfield of Brownwood was arrested in the 500 block of South Commercial Ave. for a 2nd degree felony of Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine).
The arrest occurred after Burfield was pulled over for a traffic violation by an Officer with the Coleman Police Department. Burfield was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and a small plastic baggie of methamphetamine in his pocket and was then arrested.
During a search of the vehicle revealed several more plastic baggies containing various amounts of methamphetamines.
Burfield was transported to the Coleman City Jail on the 2nd degree Felony.
Floats - Out of Town
1st Place – Wallace & Allene
2nd Place – DeBusk Family Float
Floats - In Town
1st Place – Hall’s Processing
2nd Place – Beauty Queens
Decorated Vehicles / Antique Vehicles - Local
1st Place – Charlotte Purl
2nd Place – JV Cheerleaders
Decorated Vehicles / Antique Vehicles - Out of Town
1st Place – 1943 T Bucket
2nd Place – Miss Ballinger
1st Place – Callahan Co. Riding Club
2nd Place -
Decorated Bicycles / Go Carts /Etc.
1st Place – Country Cousins
2nd Place – DeBusk Family
Walkers / Marching Groups / Clowns / Dancers / Bands
1st Place – Rodeo Clown & Announcer
2nd Place - Sonic
1st Place – Coleman Co. Cowgirls
2nd Place – Lone Star Ladies
1st Place – Kensi Bledsoe
2nd Place - Hailee Foster
(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) - June 3, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Texas State Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, reminds farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by flooding, high winds, and hail in Texas, that USDA has several programs which provide assistance before, during, and after disasters. USDA staff in regional, State and county offices are ready to help.
FSA administers many safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) and the Tree Assistance Program. The Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. Producers located in counties that received a primary or contiguous disaster designation are eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. Compensation also is available to producers who purchased coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which protects non-insurable crops against natural disasters that result in lower yields, crop losses or prevented planting. USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to contact their local FSA office to learn what documents can help the local office expedite assistance, such as farm records, receipts and pictures of damages or losses.
Producers should use form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility. Prevented planting acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA). Producers must file a Notice of Loss for failed acres on all crops including grasses in a timely fashion, often within 15 days of the occurrence or when the losses become apparent. Producers of hand-harvested crops must notify FSA of damage or loss within 72 hours of when the date of damage or loss first becomes apparent.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) also can help producers with damaged agricultural lands caused by natural disasters such as floods. The NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial assistance to repair and prevent excessive soil erosion that can result from high rainfall events and flooding. Conservation practices supported through EQIP protect the land and aid in recovery, can build the natural resource base, and might help mitigate loss in future events. For declared natural disasters that lead to imminent threats to life and property, NRCS can assist local government sponsors with the cost of implementing recovery efforts like debris removal and streambank stabilization to address natural resource concerns and hazards through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.
Producers with coverage through the RMA administered federal crop insurance program should contact their crop insurance agent. Those who purchased crop insurance will be paid for covered losses. Producers should report crop damage within 72 hours of damage discovery and follow up in writing within 15 days.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) coordinates with state, local and voluntary organizations to provide food for shelters and other mass feeding sites. FNS also can issue Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits when the President declares a major disaster with individual assistance under the Stafford Act. States must request approval from FNS to issue D-SNAP benefits in areas affected by a disaster.
Under certain circumstances, states also can release, with FNS approval, USDA Foods to disaster relief agencies to distribute directly to households that are in need. However, a request by a State Governor and a Presidential emergency or disaster declaration are required in order to trigger disaster assistance under the Stafford Act.
When floods destroy or severely damage residential property, USDA Rural Development (RD) can assist with providing priority hardship application processing for single family housing. Under a disaster designation, RD can issue a priority letter for next available multi-family housing units. RD also provides low-interest loans to community facilities, water environmental programs, businesses and cooperatives and to rural utilities.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides support for disaster education through the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). EDEN’s goal is to improve the nation’s ability to mitigate, prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from disasters. Through the land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension System across the nation, EDEN links Extension educators from various disciplines to share research-based resources to reduce the impact of disasters.
Severe weather forecasts often present the possibility of power outages that could compromise the safety of stored food. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recommends that consumers take the necessary steps before, during, and after a power outage to reduce food waste and minimize the risk of foodborne illness. FSIS offers tips for keeping frozen and refrigerated food safe and a brochure that can be downloaded and printed for reference at home. For additional questions, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET or visit AskKaren.gov to chat live with a food safety specialist, available in English and Spanish.
For complete details and eligibility requirements regarding USDA’s disaster assistance programs, contact a local USDA Service Center (http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app). More information about USDA disaster assistance (http://www.usda.gov/documents/fact-sheet-usda-programs-assist-individuals-small-businesses.pdf) as well as other disaster resources is available on the USDA Disaster Resource Center website. In a continuing effort to better serve the public, USDA has developed a new and improved central resource for disaster related materials. In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations, USDA created a Disaster Resource Center (http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=disaster-help) website, utilizing a new online searchable knowledgebase. This knowledgebase is a collection of disaster-related resources that are powered by agents with subject-matter expertise. The new Disaster Resource Center website and web tool now provide an easy access point to find USDA disaster information and assistance.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).
Ranch Realty of Coleman is pleased to introduce our newest agent, Glenda Kenney.
Glenda is new to real estate, but has 20+ years sales experience. Glenda is a lifelong resident of Coleman County and a graduate of Santa Anna High School.
Buying or selling, she will be happy to help you with all of your real estate needs. Give her a call at 325-642-1504 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Silverstein came to Coleman last week by invitation of the Coleman Community Coalition and several partners to encourage local business leaders and community partners to focus on making Coleman a Community with a vision.
Sam Silverstein is founder & CEO of Sam Silverstein Inc., an accountability think tank dedicated to helping companies create an organizational culture that prioritizes and inspires accountability.
Based on helping organizations develop what they believe in, clarify their mission, and understand what is in their control, Sam works to make this a more accountable world.
Mr. Silverstein is the author of several books including Non-Negotiable, No More Excuses, and Making Accountable Decisions. He speaks internationally, having worked with teams at companies, government agencies, communities and organizations both big & small.
The meeting was held at the Bill Franklin Center. Approximately 85 invited guest participated in the Round Table. Participants also made comments and shared in discussion after the presentation by Mr. Silverstein.
Lunch was served by Joe & Sharon Watson and the meal was co-sponsored by the following local businesses: Coleman Chronicle & DV, Terrace INN, Mark & Jane Price, Taylor/Hetzel Real Estate & Champions Car Wash, Joe & Sandra Rose, Coleman County State Bank, Coleman Inter Bank, Williams Tire & Automotive Center, Shoppin Baskit, Coleman County Electric Co-Op, Wendlee Broadcasting/KSTA, Nancy Emmert, Bonneville, Rafter X Ranch/Knox Law, Coleman County Medical Center, Central Texas Farm Credit.
Kim Little, Executive Director of the Coleman Community Coalition said, “Thanks to everyone that participated by attending or sponsoring the meal. Plans are being made for a follow-up to the Round Table.”
The Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture & Tourist Bureau 2016 Fundraiser is under way. By purchasing a ticket for a $10.00 donation, you have a chance to be the lucky winner of a 7 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer, donated by Bargain House Furniture and a $500 Gift Certificate donated by Shoppin; Baskit and the Coleman Chamber of Commerce.
The Coleman Chamber of Commerce also has a second Fund Raiser that many will be interested in. By purchasing a $10.00 donation, you have the chance to be the lucky winner of a signed George Strait Priefert roping chute that was used in the 2016 George Strait Team Roping Classic, donated by John and Christi Robertson.
Tickets are available at the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce office, which is located at 218 Commercial Ave., or you may contact any Coleman County Chamber of Commerce Director. Directors are: Jeromy Watson, Tammy Casey, Christi Robertson, Sandra Barr, Nina Childress, Leslie Cross, Lana Kading, Renea McMillan, Becky Reynolds, John Stanislaw, Weldon Thompson, and Connie Turner.
The Freezer will be given away on June 11, 2016, the Saturday night of the Annual PRCA Rodeo. The Chute will be given away on October 1, 2016 at the Fiesta de la Paloma.
For more information, contact the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce office at (325) 625-2163 or come by 218 Commercial Avenue.
First place winner - Sabrina Lawrence, Strawberry Banana Pecan - Prize money $300.00
Second Place - Avery Helton, Big Red Elmo - Prize money $200.00
Third Place - Amanda Wise, Banana Nut - Prize Money $100.00
Lists for the exhibits at the Fiesta de la Paloma are now available at the Coleman County Agri Life Extension Office in the courthouse and at the Chamber of Commerce. Rules and regulations are included in this list.
The exhibits are sponsored by the Coleman County Extension Association again this year and will be in the Bill Franklin Center, Saturday, Oct. 1st. Anyone, adults and youth, from Coleman County may enter. Several departments can be entered with three age classifications in each. These include quilting, knitting, crocheting, crafts, food preparation, food preservation, needlework, embroidery, clothing construction, photography, and Grandparents Brag. Entries must be completed within the last 12 months.
Further information may be obtained by calling the county Agri Life extension office at 325-625-4519.
Another year has passed and summer is almost here. On behalf of the ACE program we wanted to thank everyone for their tremendous support and participation over the past couple years. The program has thrived and we look forward to many successful years to come. ACE has an amazing summer program planned and we hope to see everyone there.
Coleman ISD ACE:
May 31st through June 30th @ Coleman school campus
Monday –Thursday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
July 5th through July 7th: 9:00am to 1:00pm @ Coleman Public Library- SPACE CAMP LIBRARY
Summer feeding program and transportation services are provided during the month of June only. Morning bus routes will run as normal to arrive at school by 9am. Afternoon transportation will follow student’s Summer ACE Application specifications just as during school year. Swim lessons will be provided during June. ACE will transport your child to and from the Coleman City Pool for swim lessons with exception of those starting at 8:30am.
Panther Creek ISD ACE:
May 31st through June 30th @ Panther Creek ISD campus
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
July 5th through July 8th: 9:00am to 1:00pm @ Coleman Public Library- SPACE CAMP LIBRARY
Summer feeding program and transportation services are provided during month of June only. Swim lessons will run July 5th-8th at the Coleman Country Club.
Santa Anna ISD ACE:
May 31st through June 30th @ Santa Anna ISD campus
Monday – Thursday: 8:30am to 12:30pm
July 5th through July 8th: 9:00am to 1:00pm @ Coleman Public Library- SPACE CAMP LIBRARY
Summer feeding program is provided during the month of June only. Transportation services will not be running during the summer so please make arrangements to drop off and/or pick up your child each day. Swim lessons will be provided during June. ACE will transport your child to and from the Coleman City Pool for swim lessons only.
If you have any questions contact Jacque Rosales, ACE Project Director at 325-665-2442 or at email@example.com. ACE is the place to be; especially during the summer!