Coleman County Grand Jury Indicts Seven

The Coleman County Grand Jury met on September 20, 2016.  District Attorney Heath Hemphill presented seven cases to the Grand Jury for consideration.  Seven True Bills were rendered by Grand Jury.  They are:

Billy Jack Shaw                Organized Crime (Burglary of a Building)

Matthew Keith Horn        Organized Crime (Burglary of a Building)

Christy Dawn Lanham     Organized Crime (Burglary of a Building)

James Otto Rosales        Mfg/Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Kevin Edward Tate          Possession of a Controlled Substance

Tyler Lee Keaster            Burglary of a Building

Samuel Bert Dixon          Possession of a Controlled Substance

District Court Cases from September 22, 2016

District Court was held in the 42nd District Courtroom on September 22, 2016. Twelve cases were presented for disposition by District Attorney Heath Hemphill. Carl Stenson was sentenced to 8 years confinement in TDCJ for Agg. Sexual Assault
of a Child.  Richard Siegfried was sentenced to 8 years confinement TDCJ for Indecency to a Child by Contact.  Cameron Terry was sentenced to completion of SAFPF, $1000 fine,
court costs, 10 years deferred adjudication for his role as a party to Aggravated Robbery.

John Hodges was sentenced to 10 years TDCJ and 15 months State Jail for Burglary of a Habitation and Burglary of Building.  Ndubaraye Minani was sentenced to three years deferred adjudication for Burglary of a Building.  Norma Silva was sentenced to 2 years confinement probated for 3 years for Driving While Intoxicated by controlled substances. Jessica Martinez pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance and will be sentenced
to 9 months State Jail on October 20, 2016.

The probation of Jackie Barnett was revoked for Mfg/Delivery of a Controlled Substance and he was sentenced to 6 years TDCJ.  Lonard Kildow had been convicted of Kidnapping by a Coleman County jury on December 3, 2013 and sentenced to 5 years probation.  His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to 4 years confinement TDCJ.

Rose Rodriquez was arraigned for DWI with Child Passenger and Derek Podlevsky was arraignned for Possession of Controlled Substance.

Coleman Rodeo Nominated for Rodeo of the Year

For the third time in four years, the Coleman PRCA Rodeo has been nominated for Rodeo of the Year in the Medium Rodeo Category.  The awards banquet will be held immediately preceding the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 30, 2016.

Nominees are voted on by contestants, contract personnel licensed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, stock contractors and other committees.  Other rodeos nominated in the Medium Rodeo category are Abilene, Kansas; Deadwood, South Dakota; Stephenville, Texas; and Lufkin, Texas.

The Coleman PRCA Rodeo features nightly performances, concerts, Exceptional Kids Rodeo, Cowboy Camp, a downtown parade, as well as the Cowgirls Breakfast and single steer roping.  Specialty acts this year included Cody Sosebee and the Coleman County Cowgirls.

At this year’s rodeo 411 contestants competed for $ 84,170.00 in prize money.  Many of these contestants have since qualified for the National Finals Rodeo.  Concerts included Turnpike Troubadours and William Clark Green.

The following is a quote from the PRCA Post Rodeo Report from Judge and crew chief Scot Quick:
“It is great to see that pro rodeo is alive and well in Coleman
County.  The Coleman PRCA Rodeo is a huge event in this small
Texas community.  People came from miles around to enjoy a great
rodeo.  This is one of the finest rodeo committees that I have had
the pleasure of working with.  These are cowboys and they are no
stranger to what it takes to put on a top level PRCA Rodeo. “

This year’s rodeo was produced by Stace Smith Pro Rodeos who was also nominated for his 12th Stock Contractor of the Year Award.  Stace brings to Coleman each year top level specialty acts, announcers and contract personnel.

Other Coleman PRCA Rodeo officials nominated for Year End Awards were:
Cody Sosebee for Clown/Comedy Act of the Year, Brenda Crowder for Rodeo Secretary of the Year, and Jason Bottoms and Shawn “Too Tall” Calhoun for Pickup Man of the Year.

Next year’s rodeo will celebrate its 80th Annual!  Dates are set for June 8, 9, 10, 2017. 

2016 Fiesta de la Paloma is this weekend!

It is time for the annual Fiesta de la Paloma to commence. Held at the Bill Franklin/Goree Expo Center, activities will begin at 9am and will include food booths, arts & crafts, games, exhibits, kids’ activities, a petting zoo, car show, cook-off, team roping and so much more. Admission is $2 per person, or $5 for a carload of 4 people.

Kicking off the Fiesta will be the practice tractor pulls on Friday, September 30th at 4pm. The TAPTA tractor pull competition will be held on Saturday at 11am. Two free passes are given, per tractor.

The 9th annual Team Roping, benefitting the Coleman Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Coleman County Rodeo Arena. Books open at 9am and the roping begins at 10am. There is no limit on entries and the entry fee is 3 for $50, 3-steer progressive after 1. Ropings will run together with separate short rounds and cash and prizes will be awarded. Contact Mitch Birdwell at (325) 214-0899 for more information.

Of course, no Coleman County event is complete without food of some sort! The Steak Cookoff Association sanctions the steak cook-off, the entry fee is $150. Prizes will be awarded for 1st-5th place, with awards ranging from $1,000-$2,000. If you are named Grand Champion and cook on Kingsford Professional Briquets, Kingsford will match your winnings. To register for the steak cook-off visit  

Lone Star BBQ Society will be holding a BBQ cook-off for beef brisket, ½ chicken, pork spare ribs, dove and pinto beans. One or all meats are a $100 entry fee, dove is $25 and pinto beans are $15. There is a site fee of $25 per site with, no electricity, and RV ONLY site fee of $40 per site, with electricity and water. To view the BBQ cook-off rules, visit

The Coleman Noon Lion’s Club will be conducting free, preliminary eye exams all day at the Fiesta. Make sure you stop by and check them out.

As if all of the above listed activities were not enough there will also be the Miss Coleman County Scholarship pageant (held in the Bill Franklin Center), water bubble balls, Texas Tornado Dancers, knocker balls and Cruize ColemanVI. At the Coleman Public Library there will be a fine arts show, and the Fine Arts League of Coleman will present their 25th Fiesta de la Paloma Art Show at Heritage Hall beginning September 30th-October 1st.

Whether it is activities for the children, food booths, viewing arts & crafts, rooting on your friends in the team roping, Fiesta de la Paloma has something for everyone! Don’t miss out! Contact the Coleman Chamber of Commerce for more information at (325) 625-2163.

2016 Miss Coleman County contestants

Top Row (L-R): Brijonae Morris, Loren Taylor Douglas and Emily Milward.

Bottom Row (L-R): Carissa Delagarza, Ashley Wardlow and Shiean Walters.

The Pumpkins are Coming!

On September 28th, at 5pm, a huge truckload of pumpkins will arrive at Disability Resources, Inc., and over 200 volunteers will unload thousands of pumpkins on the DRI grounds.

Beginning Saturday, October 1, visitors can purchase large pumpkins, small pumpkins, mini pumpkins, pie pumpkins and gourds….pumpkins for everyone.  The pumpkin patch will be decorated with bales of hay, scarecrows, flowers and giant pumpkins.  There will be several areas set up for taking pictures, including the addition of themed photo boards which are sure to be the perfect props.  On weekdays, you can enjoy story time and an old-fashioned hayride around the DRI campus.    All activities are free of charge.

Over 12,000 visitors and 65 school groups came to the patch last year.  Over 70 TONS of pumpkins were sold!  The DRI Pumpkin Patch will run through the whole month of October, including weekends.  Hours are Monday – Saturday 10 am-7 pm, and Sunday 1pm-7 pm.

Funds raised from the patch will be used to continue DRI’s ministry of providing residential care, vocational training and recreational activities to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Come visit the DRI Pumpkin Patch at 3602 N. Clack, in Abilene, or call 325-677-6815 for more information or to schedule a tour.

The Pumpkins are Coming!

Santa Anna Homecoming King & Queen

Queen - Jaylie Jones escorted by her father, Ray Jones.

​​​​​​King - Blaine Beal escorted by his mother, Lori Beal.

Panther Creek Homecoming King & Queen

King: Cole Tovar & Queen: Cassandra Alonzo. 

Panther Creek Homecoming King & Queen

Coleman High School Homecoming King & Queen

King: Darrian Hunter & Queen: Cady Gentry. 

Coleman High School Homecoming King & Queen

Hospital Board Agenda

Hospital Board Agenda

Bulldogs top Bluecats in a Thriller

by Daniel Stovall  

The Hufford Field lights were shining bright Friday night for the Bluecats final tune-up before district play.  Neither the Bluecats or the Clyde Bulldogs disappointed the huge Homecoming crowd on hand to see these highly ranked teams battle it out.  The Bulldogs outlasted the Bluecats 29-22, handing Coleman their first loss of the season.   Both teams scored on their opening possessions of the ballgame and continued to go toe to toe.  At the end of the first 24 minutes of play, the halftime score was knotted at 14-14.  Senior QB Bryson Hammonds and Senior RB Riley Harris scored the first half touchdowns for the Bluecats, while Bulldog Senior QB Tanner Riley accounted for both Clyde TD's, one through the air, the other on the ground.   The Bluecats received the second half kick-off and began what would prove the be the critical drive of game.  They drove the length of the field, taking 18 plays and almost all of the third quarter only to turn the ball over on downs at the Bulldog 14 yard line.  The Bulldogs took over and ended the third quarter executing their up tempo offense efficiently.  18 plays and 86 yards later, the Bulldogs broke the tie with a Payton Burton one yard run.     The Bluecats found themselves down, but not out in the fourth quarter.  On the second play of the next drive, Hammonds broke a 46 yard run deep into Bulldog territory.  A few plays later, he would head for the corner of the end zone, dive from the five toward the pylon, only to take a big hit at the goal line by a Bulldog defender.  The Homecoming Hufford Field crowd went silent as the Bluecat QB did not get up.  After several excruciating minutes, he was helped off the field.  At that point, the head referee held up both hands to signify that he had indeed gotten in for the score bringing the Bluecats within one.  Head Coach John Elder called a time-out and decided to go for two and the potential win.  The 'Cats broke the huddle in the Power-I and Riley Harris plunged in to put Coleman up 22-21.  The only problem: there was still over four minutes to go in the quarter.     The Bulldogs got the ball on their own 23 and began what would be the game winning drive.  10 plays later, Burton would score his second TD of the game.  After the two point conversion, the Bulldogs had their winning margin, staying undefeated on the year.     After a week off, the Bluecats will begin district 4-3A Division II play at Dragon Stadium in Bangs on October 7th at 7:30.

Bulldogs top Bluecats in a Thriller

2017 Coleman County Livestock Show seeking Sponsorships

Coleman County Jr. Livestock Association is in need of sponsors for the following award prizes.

Reserve Finewool Lamb     -  Bag
Res. Medium Wool lamb    -Bag
Res. Champion Crossbred Lamb - Bag
Champion Southdown Lamb  -Chair
Res. Champion Southdown Lamb - Bag
Res. Champion Hamp (swine)-   Bag
Res. Champion WOPB (swine)- Bag
Res. Champion BOPB (swine) Bag
Res. Champion Crossbred (swine)

Cost of the sponsorships are $125.00.  Your name will also be displayed on the award donor board, that will be displayed in the show area as well as the sale building.

If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Kris Wardlow at  817-999-6810 or John Morris at 325-642-1874.  We would like to say thank you for your continued support of the Coleman County Stock Show.   

Coleman County Medical Center Staff Attends Hot Topics Seminar

Coleman, Texas (September 19, 2016) – Three Coleman County Medical Center employees ended the summer with a “Hot Topics” seminar in Abilene, Texas, September 14-15.

Marvin Hale, maintenance manager, Cynthia Coghlan, health information manager, and Beau Brudney, human resource manager, attended the two-day session, sponsored by Preferred Management Corporation and featuring a series of presentations on issues of importance to medical records and maintenance.

Brian Jackson and Craig Carter, two attorneys, and Randal Wilkerson, a representative of the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange, provided health information specialists with insight into the management of medical records in today’s digital world, including security and access to medical records, record retention requirements and maintenance of patient privacy.

“Patient privacy is always a priority for the hospitals affiliated with Preferred,” said Jared Chanski, Preferred executive vice president, “and is becoming a greater concern as we continue to expand the use of electronic medical records in our clinics and hospitals.”

A speaker from the Infectious Disease Control Unit of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Thi Dang, focused on the impact of housekeeping and maintenance staff on the “environment of care” and the prevention of infectious disease transmittal.

Marycela Padgett, a speaker from the Texas Department of Insurance, talked about standards, testing requirements and maintenance for fire doors, alarm systems and sprinkler systems, as well as disaster preparedness and emergency generator management.

“Our patients and our communities do not always realize the importance of support staff in the provision of high quality patient care,” noted Andy Freeman, president of Preferred.  “Maintenance, housekeeping and laundry staff play a critical role in keeping our facilities safe, clean and comfortable for our patients and visitors,” he continued.
Preferred, a Shawnee, Oklahoma based operator of Critical Access Hospitals, operates one small community hospital in Oklahoma and eight in Texas.  Included on this list is Coleman County Medical Center, where Preferred has provided services since 2011.

Almost 40 staff from the 9 hospitals affiliated with Preferred attended the conference. 

Coleman County Medical Center Staff Attends Hot Topics Seminar
From the left: Cynthia Coghlan, health information manager, Marvin Hale, maintenance manager, and Beau Brudney, human resource manager attended a two-day “Hot Topics” seminar sponsored by Preferred Management.

CCMC providing Flu Shots

Coleman County Medical Center will be providing Flu Shots at the Coleman Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Private insured and self-pay patients are $25. Must provide traditional Medicare card when registering.

Bluecat Paw Painting

Varsity football players, coaches, cheerleaders, and trainers are invited to come out to the 1st Annual Paw Painting at Hufford Field, Sunday, October 2nd, at 2pm.

Former Coleman Alum, Lisa Anderson Birdwell, lives in Monahans and her son, David, is a varsity football player.  She posted photos of their “Paw Painting” on Facebook.  The Coleman Booster Club loved the idea and wants to model the Monahans tradition.

The Boosters painted the paws a couple of weeks ago.  Now, it is time for the Bluecats to come out and make the paws their own.  The Boosters will provide blue, white, black, and red paint.  If you would like to use a different color, you will have to provide it.  The painting will begin at 2 pm October 2nd at 2 pm.  Bring your family, snacks, and chairs and turn this into a big Bluecat family event!

Bluecat Paw Painting

Panther Creek Cheerleaders

Panther Creek Cheerleaders

Cheering on the Panther Creek Panthers this year are the 2016 PCHS cheerleaders and mascot...
Guadalupe Campbell, Emily Hoelscher, Brogen Faries (mascot), Gracie Cole and Haley Barnett.

Skip McCambridge to Invite Elected Officials from all Levels of Government to School on October 24, 2016.

On September 19, 2016, the Coleman ISD Board of Trustees adopted a ‘School Priority Month Resolution’ as an acknowledgment of engagement to promote our local public schools and foster important relationships with locally elected officials from every level of government.  

Recognized as a statewide event during the month of October, the Coleman school district will share a vision where public school campuses across Texas open their doors to elected officials of every kind – from sheriffs, judges, commissioners, city councils, mayors and more – to walk the halls, see students in learning environments, and visit with students and educators alike.

‘School Priority Month’ is scheduled to take place during the month of October every other year prior to a legislative session.  This 2016 event will mark the inaugural Coleman ISD ‘School Priority Month’.

On October 24, 2016, Coleman ISD will have the opportunity to foster relationships and share positive experiences with elected officials based on classroom visits, student and teacher conversations, and concluding with administrative debriefs as part of their campus tour.

“It is vital that the schools continue to strengthen the partnership with our local elected officials.  Making October ‘School Priority Month’ is a special way that we can engage and recognized the folks that were chosen to make decisions about our community, county and state.” said Coleman ISD Superintendent, Skip McCambridge

Santa Anna Homecoming September 23-24, 2016

Every fall since 1953, Santa Anna High School Alumni have gathered in Santa Anna to participate in the annual Homecoming activities and to keep in touch with former classmates and teachers.  All Santa Anna Exes, former teachers, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend the 2016 Santa Anna Homecoming activities on Friday, September 23, and the Ex Student’s Association annual meeting on Saturday morning, September 24.

This year the Santa Anna Ex Student Association will be honoring classes ending in a 6 with a special recognition to the SAHS class of 1966 celebrating their 50th year reunion, along with the Class of 1996 celebrating their 20th year.  This year’s Homecoming Ex Student of the Year from the Class of 1966 is Lois Simmons Coppic who currently resides in San Angelo, Texas.  The Coming Home Queen from the class of 1996 is Melonie Smith Bagby of Midlothian, Texas, and the Coming Home King from class of 1996 is Tim Perry of Santa Anna, Texas.

Friday, September 23, beginning at 2 p.m., the Homecoming parade will be held in downtown Santa Anna and the Pep Rally will follow immediately after at Mountaineer Stadium.  The pre-game ceremonies will begin at 7pm on Friday to recognize and honor the Ex Student of the Year and the Coming Home King and Queen.  The game will feature the Mighty Santa Anna Mountaineers versus Cherokee.  Friday night kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.  All Mountaineers, past and present, are encouraged to come out and root for the Black and Gold.  The halftime performance will feature the crowning of the 2016 Homecoming Queen.

Saturday, September 24, the Santa Anna Ex Student Association’s activities include the annual business meeting, and recognition of classes.  The Ex-Student of the year will again be honored, as well as the Coming Home King and Queen.  It will be a time of great fellowship, and a celebration of fond memories.  Registration and coffee begin at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria followed by the annual meeting at 10 a.m. in the High School auditorium.  Following the meeting, there will be a luncheon in the school cafeteria with proceeds going to student organizations.

There will also be a raffle for a chance a several prizes including a handmade quilt, and a quilt rack.  Tickets are five dollars each or twenty dollars for five tickets.  The drawings for prizes will be held at the annual business meeting on September 24th.   If you would like any further information regarding Santa Anna Homecoming 2016, raffle, or any festivities and events related to, please contact us via email

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

Due to the moving and retirement of MANY volunteers in the recent months, the Coleman Meals on Wheels is in dire need of delivery volunteers. Currently four routes are delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays to approximately 80 residents who need them and a warm smile too. It only takes one hour.

Extensive praise and thanks is due to the following retiring volunteers for such faithful years of service: Kay and Bill LeMay, Shirley and Thad Sansing, Nelda and W.H. Gorman, Janet and Bill Street, Diann and John Dillingham, Margaret Quintanilla, Alana Brudney and all from the United Presbyterian Church.

These are just the latest crews to retire. Please consider joining this local, volunteer community program. We need you.

Carla Billings 625-5302.

Fiesta Art Show - Art Destination

The Fine Arts League of Coleman County will present the 25TH  FIESTA DE LA PALOMA ART SHOW at Heritage Hall 400 W. College September 30 – October 1, 2016.

Doug Prine, artist/show judge, will  lead an oil workshop at Heritage Hall Wednesday September 28 from 1-4pm and Thursday September 29 & Friday September  30 from 9-4m.  Workshop  fee is $150 + $15 studio fee.

Something new and a fun time for all will be the PREVIEW PARTY/ART SALE  Friday September 30, 5-7pm with refreshments and Art viewing. Preview Party tickets may be purchased from Art League members $25 each or buy one for a  friend 2 for $40. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Proceeds from the Party will help fund the Annual Scholarship given to a Coleman County School Student  for 2017.

Jeremy Jameson, R.T. (R) (ARRT) graduates from the College of Health Care Professions as a Radiologic Technologist

Jeremy Jameson, R.T. (R) (ARRT) graduates from the College of Health Care Professions as a Radiologic Technologist

Jeremy Richard Jameson, a 2009 graduate of Coleman High School, graduated in May 2016  with honors from the College of Health Care Professions of Austin. He achieved his degree as a Radiologic Technologist (RT). In August 2016, Jeremy passed The American Registry Of Radiologic Technologists' exam giving him the professional title  R.T.(R) (ARRT).

"Radiologic technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. They may specialize in a specific imaging technique such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, quality management, sonography or general radiography. The radiologic technologists who specialize in radiation therapy, which is the delivery of high doses of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases, are radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists. Registered radiologic technologists — known as "R.T.s" — must complete at least two years of formal education in an accredited hospital-based program or a two- or four-year educational program at an academic institution and must pass a national certification examination."
Jeremy joined the U.S. Army in June 2009, immediately following his high school graduation. Jeremy served 4 years in the U.S. Army and served as an Army Medic. He deployed to Mosul, Iraq in September 2010 - August 2011. Jeremy fulfilled his 4 years of service while stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas. He exited the military in May 2013 as a Specialist in the U.S. Army.

In May 2013, he began his college program in Radiology. He began his Requisite requirements at Austin Community College. In January 2014, he began at The College Of Health Care Professions and received his LMRT (Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist) certification. From this certification, he then bridged into receiving his certification as a RT (Radiologic Technologist). While working towards his certification, Jeremy fulfilled 1,356 required Clinical hours at Med-Spring Urgent Care & Lakeway Regional Medical Center of Austin.  Jeremy continues to be employed at Med-Spring Urgent Care as Center Leader and Preceptor & Radiologic Technologist (RT). He has been employed at Med-Spring since 2013.  Jeremy graduated with Honors from The College of Health Care Professions and officially received his license in August 2016 from The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Jeremy is the son of very proud parents, Rex & Debbie Jameson of Coleman County, and the brother of Ashley Myers of Weatherford. His grandparents are Wilbert & Jerry Dobbins of Coleman,  and Max & Ann Jameson of Voss.

Congratulations, Jeremy! We are all so very proud of you! 

Great parenting class offered to the Coleman Community

  Does your child or teen ever struggle with morning or bedtime routines? Do you have issues with chore compliance, arguing, or do you wish you knew how to help your child improve in school? What parent doesn’t struggle with these things at times?     Family Services Center and Coleman County ACE are offering Parenting Wisely, an interactive video program showing you proven, effective ways to deal with family struggles. You will view problem situations that are common to today’s families. You will learn various skills to help you impact your children and future generations. You are your child’s Superhero!     Make plans to join us and learn great superhero skills!  Classes are on Mondays, September 12th to December 5th from 5:30p.m. to 6:30p.m. Classes will be held at Coleman ISD at the ACE Resource Room.   To pre-register or for more information please call Family Services Center at 325-646-5939 or toll free 1-866-211-2255.  This program is funded in part by PEI: Prevention and Early Intervention; FSC is a United Way Agency. 

3 Person Shamble

Coleman Country Club held a 3 Person Shamble on August 27-28, 2016.  We want to say thank you to all the teams that participated and Congratulations to the winners listed below.

Championship Flight
1st Place - Josh Hale, Todd Meador and Quentin McClaury
2nd Place - Chris Brann, Bryan Cole and Steve Malear
3rd Place - Johnny Storey, Bryan Thompson and Wayne Shaw (not pictured)

1st Flight
1st Place - Craig Duquett, Philip Devanney and John Griffith
2nd Place - Chase Avants, Mike Murphy and Garrett Mendoza
3rd Place - Coby Robison, Benny Mendoza and Taylor Fritsch

In addition a special thanks goes out to our sponsors you were a big part making the tournament a success.
Ambers Creekside
Shoppin Baskit
AmayesN Design
Countywide Insurance
Williams Tire Store

State Swine Tag Order

All state swine tag orders need to be turned in to Cindy Dockter by September 26th.  The tags will be $10 each.  Validation will be held on the following days:

Coleman Ag Barn--November 15 at 4:00 pm

Panther Creek--November 16 at 4:00 pm

Santa Anna--November 17 at 4:00 pm

If you have any questions please contact Cindy Dockter at (325) 357-4422 or (325) 665-4134.  

2016 Tea Time with Dr. Tracey

2016 Tea Time with Dr. Tracey

The 2016 “Tea Time with Dr. Tracey” event turned out to be a huge success! Dr. Tracey Brown teamed up with the C.H. Hale Prostate Cancer Foundation for a day of tea, relaxation and fun with the residents at Holiday Hill Nursing Home and the Allen Center. The event was filled with joy, laughter, smiles, good food and great singing.

Relaxing massages, manicures and complimentary vital sign checks were provided for all of the residents and their family members. Residents were also overwhelmed by the “surprise” teddy bears they received as a gift of love from Dr. Tracey and her team.

A big thank you to all of our helpers and volunteers for making this event a huge success. A special thank you goes to the Holiday Hill administrator and staff, Shoppin’ Baskit of Coleman, United Supermarkey of Brownwood, Coleman Donut Shop, Joe Haynes & KSTA Radio, Coleman Chronicle & DV, Nobody Panic Entertainment (Jay and Sue Boyer), the ACE Program and CKAC Students.   All proceeds and donations benefit the “We Care” program that provides food, lodging, fuel and prescription drug assistance to all cancer patients.

Again, thanks to everyone for making the third annual “Tea Time with Dr. Tracey” a huge success. We are looking forward to another exciting event in 2017.

2016 Dove Festival

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the sound of gunshots could be heard all around. You guessed it; dove season has arrived in full force for Coleman County. People will start seeing an influx of hunters in town providing much needed economic stimuli for the community.

On Saturday morning the annual Coleman County Dove Festival and Virtual Skeet Shoot Competition was held at the Bill Franklin Center from 10am-1pm. Price of admission was $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. No admission was charged for active military. Paid admission included all you can eat catfish dinner with fries, coleslaw, beans and a tea to drink. A special thanks goes to the Wildlife Committee for making this event a success.

A highlight of the festival was when guns were given away as door prizes every 30 minutes! The Coleman Chamber of Commerce was selling raffle tickets for a Mule to be raffled off at the Deer Hunter’s Extravaganza. If you would like to purchase tickets, please visit the Chamber.

Many of the guests in attendance were from out of town, which is such a blessing to see for our community. Dove hunting, along with deer hunting, is where the majority of Coleman’s revenue stream comes from. 

2016 Dove Festival

Another win for Linda Wright!

Another “win” for artist, Fine Arts League member, Linda Wright. Linda’s drawing, “Wren”, which won People’s Choice award in 2015 Ballinger Show found a new home (sold) during the recent Graham Art Show. Congratulations, Linda. Keep ‘em coming!

Linda S. Wright
Linda was raised in Houston, Texas, where she met her husband Wayne.  She has always loved to draw and in college, she used her electives to take studio art classes.  After college, working, marriage and raising two sons left little time for art.  It is only since retiring to Glen Cove, Texas, ten years ago, that she returned to painting and drawing.

Her lifelong study and love of nature, animals, geology and the outdoors in general, gives her many ideas for her art. Her daily hikes provide ideas and inspiration.  Subject matter ranges from studies of intricate lichen to birds, flowers, domestic and wild animals and trees, which she renders in watercolor, colored pencil, graphite and charcoal.

After studying with John Fawcett and Deborah Paris, Linda continues to search for workshop opportunities, knowing that there is always more to learn.  Her husband, Wayne, is very supportive of her work.  She currently enters local shows and is now working in her new studio.

Linda says, “Each day, I am touched and amazed by all of the beautiful and interesting things in Nature.  There are new things to experience daily, but even the things seen every day change with light, weather and seasons.  From large to very small, the variety of textures, shapes and colors are endless.  So many people miss out on all there is to see and experience in the natural world because of where they are in life.  My hope is to give them a taste of what awaits.”

Fine Arts League of Coleman Co., Inc.
Marian Johnson, Publicity

Another win for Linda Wright!

Chamber Chat

It’s “Back to School” time in Coleman and Coleman County.  The vacations are coming to a close, the pools will be closing and school shopping is happening.  We hope that as you are getting your kids ready for school that you remember our local businesses.  The teachers are preparing for a wonderful year with the awesome kids from our area.  It’s time that we should be watching for school zones and kids crossing the streets.  Please keep our schools and kids in your thoughts and prayers as they embark on another year.  This might be a great time to tell a teacher how much you appreciate them.
“Back to School” also brings football!  We at the Chamber encourage you back your local football teams and encourage our kids to be the best we can be.  Whether it be in sports or band or academics, our kids need the encouragement.
September 3, 2016 will be the Dove Fest.  This a time that we can say thank you to all of the dove hunters who come to our county to dove hunt.  This Dove Fest will be held at the Bill Franklin Center.   This event is from 10AM to 1 PM.  Tickets are $10.00 per person, $5.00 for 12 year olds and under.  This includes an all you can eat catfish lunch and entry for all door prize drawings.  You will also have the opportunity to compete in a virtual skeet shoot competition.   Locals can join in the fun as well.  Everyone come out to the Bill Franklin Center and enjoy the Dove Fest on September 3rd.
Here at the Chamber we are gearing up for Fiesta de la Paloma, the Festival of the Dove, on October 1, 2016.  This is a great event for our community.  A time we can fellowship with friends and family in a “Country Fair” type situation.  Vendors are booking their spots and anxious to show you what they do best.  We encourage you to be a part of the Fiesta.  Many new things are going on with the Fiesta and all we need is YOU and your support.
This month we would like to spotlight The Coleman County Foundation.  Growing and enriching Coleman County has always been the ultimate goal of the Coleman County Foundation. In 1999 a gift of $1.7 million, from Holiday Hill, established the Coleman County Foundation.  Clyde Allen along with founding board members provided key leadership for the Foundation; since its inception the Foundation has awarded over $900,000 in grants back to the community.
Another important piece to the success of the Coleman County Foundation is a special group of couples and individuals who support the work of the Foundation through annual memberships.    This unique group promotes the work of the Foundation by building friendships and philanthropy. ‘Friend’ members, through an annual membership of $100 or more, pool their funds together to continually build the endowment and also provide grant-making opportunities.  As of this past spring, the Friends of Coleman County has awarded over $202,000 in grants.  Becoming part of this group is an easy way to make a difference in Coleman County.

Grant funds from both groups have assisted volunteer fire departments within the county, helped with various safety programs, encouraged teenagers, and provided necessary medical equipment and services.  They have enabled libraries, museums and other buildings in the county to make needed improvements to facilities and programs, began community gardens and most recently, provided funding for a program that was the idea of a Coleman High School student. This CHS student noticed that some of her peers were going hungry over the weekends and when they were not in school. The Ticket Booth Project now serves area students that may have previously been in danger of going hungry.

The Coleman County Foundation and Friends of the Coleman County Foundation both have a deep commitment to Coleman County and want to provide funding through grants to enhance the quality of Coleman County.   This would not be possible without the support of many individuals who commit their time and energy to providing leadership in governing the activities of the Foundation by serving on the board.  Current members of the board of trustees are Sarah Beal, Board President; Kay Allen, Joan Ethridge, Terra McMahon, Dwin Nanny, Caroline Skelton, David Stewart, Randy Turner and Ellen West.

17 year old arrested in connection with burglary

17 year old arrested in connection with burglary

On Friday August 26th Officers with the Coleman Police Department arrested 17 year old Tyler Keaster of Coleman and a 15 year old juvenile male for a Burglary that occurred at the Westside Market.

Keaster was transported to the Coleman City Jail and booked in on a State Jail Felony of Burglary of a Building. The 15 year old juvenile was transported to the Coleman Police Department where he was processed as a juvenile and then transported to the Abilene Juvenile Justice Center on a the same charge.

The Coleman Police Department is continuing the investigation and more charges are expected to be filed. 

Santa Anna resident arrested on Coleman warrant

Santa Anna resident arrested on Coleman warrant

On Sunday August 28, 2016 Officers with the Coleman Police Department arrested 28 year old Kevin Edward Tate of Santa Anna on a City of Coleman warrant in the 1600 block of South Frio.  After Tate was arrested he was found to have .9 grams of methamphetamines and 23 Xanax pills in his pockets.

Tate was transported and booked into the Coleman City Jail for a State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 < 1 gram (methamphetamines). A  Class A Misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 (Xanax pills) and the City of Coleman warrant. 

Attention all local active military familes: names are requested

As a new school year approaches with each passing day, it's often a busy time for many parents. Some of those parents are not only getting their children ready for school, but some are watching their son or daughter prepare to leave for military boot camp. This can be a very stressful and emotional time for many. But, we want to do something that might help just a little.   As a small tribute to our Coleman County Active Military, we would like to see that your son or daughter's name be added to the Active Military Billboard. The military billboards stand directly in front of the local courthouse and will remain there until all military personell come home.   The process is very easy. If you have a son or daughter who's family reside in Coleman County, who is ACTIVE military and who has established a military home base, then your son or daughter qualify. All you have to do is write or type your son or daughter's RANK, NAME and MILITARY BRANCH, drop it by to Screen Art Graphics along with a $10 fee and those great guys will be glad to add the name to one of the two billboards.   If anyone has any questions at all, feel free to contact Debbie Jameson @ 325-214-1685 or via email to   Thank you to the many men & women of our armed forces...both near and far!!

**If any family member notices in the billboard photos that their family member has become INACTIVE, please contact Debbie Jameson at the phone number provided. We would love to be able to keep all names on the billboard but due to limited space, only ACTIVE military names can remain until they become INACTIVE.** 

First Baptist Church honors first responders

by Brittany Conn    

Members of the First Baptist Church, of Coleman, served lunch to Coleman County’s first responders, at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church. The lunch included a chopped bbq sandwich, beans, potato salad, chips, dessert, tea and water.

Brother John Stanislaw and Kay Poage gave a thank you speech to all first responders.  “Each day is an adventure, your life is on the line. Protecting and defending, a hero by design. You face the threat of danger, but your faith gives you the nerve; you keep your eyes on God and an open heart to serve. The world’s a better place because of what you do, and all because of people with a caring heart like you.”

There were 55 present for the lunch; including Coleman Police Department, Coleman County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Anna Police Department, H.O.T. EMS, Coleman County Air Evac Life Team, Coleman Fire Department, Santa Anna Volunteer Fire Department and dispatchers.

Sheriff-Elect, Les Cogdill said, “We are very grateful and appreciative for what they did for us.”

It takes a special person to care for others, when they don’t have to. These men and women rise to the call of duty every time they walk through the doors  at work. Some even having their lives taken to save someone else. I can’t imagine what goes through someone’s mind when they are headed to a call, but what I do know is, they do not get enough credit. It seems credit is only given when they make the save, but that’s not how it should be.

So when you see your local first responders, give them a wave or thank them for their service, because without them, the world would be a much different place. 

First Baptist Church honors first responders

Grandparent's Brag Exhibit- 2016 Fiesta de la Paloma

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.

Chamber Fundraisers

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.

Fiesta de la Paloma Exhibit Lists Now Available

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.