Santa's Helpers 2016

Santa's Helpers 2016

Coleman County Medical Center (CCMC) is hosting the second annual Santa’s Helpers Program and wants you to be part of it.

The program’s purpose is to provide a special Christmas for children of families in Coleman County who experience financial burdens this time of year. CCMC has partnered with the Coleman County school districts to reach out to these families in the community.
A Christmas Blessing Tree adorned with ornaments that symbolize wishes of a child has been placed in the front lobby of the hospital. Anyone who would like to join Santa’s special team of helpers may choose an ornament off of the tree and find the wishes of each child attached to the ornament.

“The greatest part of Christmas is the opportunity to give, and last year we were able to bless 99 children with a special Christmas” said Melissa Ereman, RN.

If you choose to join Santa’s team, please drop unwrapped presents off at CCMC admissions office to the attention of Melissa Ereman no later than December 16, 2016. The presents will be wrapped and delivered to the children on December 22, 2016.
“We have the opportunity to come together as a community and provide a small miracle to these families, this is the season of giving,” said Elisa Crutcher, Nursing Admin Assistant.
As of December 5, 2016, there are 241 children which means Santa and his helpers have a big job to complete. If you would like to become a Santa’s Helper Sponsor by making a monetary donation please complete the Sponsor Commitment Form and return by December 16, 2016 to CCMC. All funds will be used to purchase gifts for the children who were not sponsored by a member of the community. Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

If you have any questions please contact Melissa Ereman at (325)625-2135 ext 320 or by email at
Drop off location: Coleman County Medical Center 310 South Pecos Coleman, TX 76834.

Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat

November has been a refreshing month.  The leaves are changing and the weather is much cooler.  Fall is in the air and it brings to mind just how thankful we really are.  It gives us some time to reflect on the year and realized how blessed we truly are.  The Chamber has been busy preparing for the Christmas Activities sponsored by the Coleman Business People’s Association.  At the writing of this Chamber Chat, those activities have come and gone.

The Business People’s Association planned a full day of activities on December 3, 2016.  The Noon and Evening Lions Clubs hosted the Annual Pancake Fiesta featuring Breakfast was a huge success.  Thank you to everyone that came in support of the Lions.  Breakfast with Santa was an amazing opportunity to visit with Santa and get to know him.  Santa remained at the Library until noon and had a steady stream of kiddos wanting to see him and tell him their Christmas wishes.  The rain did not dampen the Christmas Spirit!  Many people were shopping and enjoying the activities in Coleman as well as Santa Anna.  We appreciate people supporting our local businesses.  We hope you keep this in mind – Shop Coleman First!  Since we are all in the mood for the Christmas Holidays coming up, the Home Decorating Contest will be held on Friday, December 16th.  Contact the Chamber with your name and address and phone number so we can give it to the judges.
The Best of the Best Swine Show was a great success.  People from all over participated in the show.  These kids learn so much responsibility in the 4H and FFA programs.  Lessons for life are learned.  We are proud of them all.  We appreciate Sherman Smith and the many who helped to make this show possible.  We have such an amazing place to hold events such as this at the Goree Expo Center and Bill Franklin Center.  We appreciate the dedication of so many as they strive to hold events like this in our community.

We are spotlighting one business this month.  The West Side Market & Laundry on 5th Ave. is our spotlight.  West Side Market & Laundry, located at 1001 5th Ave., owned and operated by Eddie & Sue Dossey.

The Dossey’s were born and raised in Coleman and have always resided in Coleman. Eddie, an oil field worker having worked as a driller, tool pusher and a drilling consultant in the state of Texas and worldwide working in Saudi Arabia and Chad, Africa in the 90’s & 2000’s.  Six years ago he came “home” to the states and worked in Wyoming, Texas and New Mexico.  Sue is the Coleman County Librarian and has been employed with the City of Coleman/Library for over 40 years.  With the latest downturn in the oil field Eddie wanted to plan for a retirement job and found West Side Market and Laundry.  Opening in July we supply a convenience store offering your basic grocery items such as milk, eggs, bread, chips, drinks, ice and beer.  Each day we supply a lunch special that includes chicken salad, deli turkey/cheese or ham/cheese sandwiches.

Our latest special is fresh Chopped Bar B Q beef on a bun.  All specials include your choice of chips and a drink.  We also sell pork ribs and sliced Bar B Q by the pound.  The laundry is a nice cool/warm place to wash and dry your clothes.  Our plans for the future are to add a larger washer and dryer to accommodate comforters and larger items and adding an outdoor plant section in the spring.

Come by and check us out at 1001 5th Ave.  Our phone number is 325-625-1066.  Like us on Facebook.

The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.  We are located at 218 Commercial Ave., Coleman, Texas and our phone number is 325-625-2163.  We invite you to stop by and visit us any time and invite you to attend our meetings held on the second Monday of each month.

Coleman Rodea tops in PRCA 

Coleman Rodea tops in PRCA 
(L-R) Danyelle Hemphill, Heath Hemphill, Ashlee Miller and Jody Barr.

This past weekend, at the Wrangler NFR PRCA Rodeo, the Coleman PRCA Rodeo was recognized for all of their hard work.

Coleman was chosen as one of the top five finalists for the 2016 PRCA Committee of the Year, Medium Rodeo. 

Fine Arts League of Coleman - Artist of the Month
Janice Hipsher

<span class="font-size-s">Fine Arts League of Coleman - Artist of the Month</span><br><em>Janice Hipsher</em>

Janice Hipsher is the featured artist of the month of December for the Fine Arts League of Coleman County.  Janice was always the "one" with the camera in hand.  When her son started an art gallery a few years ago, he approached her with the idea of enlarging and framing her pictures, this was the start of Life's Delights Photography!

She has been published in Texas Highways Magazine, selected for several contests, been on the cover of Native Plant Society magazines, three covers of the Coleman County phonebook, two covers for the Central Texas Farm Credit Assoc. Annual Report, her Dotted Checkerspot butterfly photo is featured on the Moths and Butterflies of North America's website. She had limited items in the Botanical Research Center in Ft. Worth until the gift shop was downsized to just books.  You will see her work in their store Life's Delights in Santa Anna, Coleman County Chamber office, Rocking R Steakhouse, Double H Two, and yes---Buc-ees!  The big superstores are carrying some of their prints, next time you find yourself in Buc-ees check the framed photos out!  Janice has received several awards from the Fine Arts League of Coleman County and the most exciting one was the People's Choice Award in 2016.

Janice's canvas wrap photo of a bluebonnet will be on exhibit at Bonneville, 304 S. Commercial the month of December.  Bonneville is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5.

Bonneville is a unique and beautiful retro store in Coleman, the owner, Bonnie Hennig has a passion for mid-century modern furniture and decor and her shop is a step back in time.  Take time to go by and experience the unique and beautiful items for sale and Janice's art.



This video is from Coleman City Council meeting 12/1/16. This video is of Agenda Item 1 under New Business. It has not been edited for content. There are, however, small portions missing due to technical difficulties. This is not a professional video. It is for informational purposes only. Property of Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice

Santa Anna ISD 2016 All District Honors

Santa Anna ISD 2016 All District Honors

1st Team Offense
Offensive MVP: Jacob Herrod – Santa Anna – SR
Wide Receivers: Joe McCall - SA
Spread Center: Carson Keeney – SA – SR
Spreadback: Guy Watts – SA – SR
Defensive MVP: DJ Mattes – SA – JR
Noseguard: Carson Keeney – SA – SR
Linebackers: Joe McCall – SA – SR, Jacob Herrod – SA – SR
Safeties: Blaine Beal – SA
Utility Player: Guy Watts – SA – SR
2nd Team
Wide Receivers – DJ Mattes – SA
Spreadback – Blaine Beal – SA – SR
Special Teams Player – Blaine Beal – SA – SR
Safeties – Alex Crowder – SA – SO
Honorable Mention –
Mateo Lara – Tight Center and Defensive Line
Bryan Castruita – Defensive Line

2016 All-District football, CHS

2016 All-District football, CHS

(Not in order) District MVP - Bryson Hammonds, QB/DB, SR. Lineman of the Year - Walt Arnold, OL/DL, SR. 1st Team All District Offense - Darrian Hunter, WR, SR; Riley Harris, RB, SR; Dave Wakefield, OL, JR; Cayden Steffey, OL, SR; Trey Sartain, OL, SR. 1st Team All District Defense - Dylan Robles, DL, SR; Riley Harris, LB, SR; Trotter Harris, LB, JR; Cayden Steffey, LB, SR; Trey Sartain, DL, SR. 2nd Team All District Offense - Jett Allen, TE, JR; Dylan Robles, OL, SR; Trotter Harris, FB, JR; Zane Rosales, WR, SR. 2nd Team All District Defense - Darrian Hunter, DB, SR; Dave Wakefield, DL, JR; Xavier Nunez, DB, JR, Quinton Hammonds, DL, SR. Offensive Honorable Mentions  - Seth Watson, JR; Xavier Nunez, JR; Cole Lawson, SR. Defensive Honorable Mentions - Jett Allen, JR; Josue Cruz, JR; Brendon Camp, JR.



The Coleman FFA has had a very successful Leadership Development Event Contest season so far this year and hopes to continue their success at the State LDE held at Sam Houston State University December 1-3.

The Coleman FFA LDE teams competed at the Big Country District Contest in Cisco on November 14, and the Area IV contest in Mineral Wells on November 21st.

Results are as follows: Senior Skills Team consisting of Kloe Hale, John Deramus and Ashley Wardlow - 1st District & 2nd Area. Greenhand Skills Team consisting of Baylee Diaz, Cayden Amos and Kelly Hale - 1st District & 2nd Area (will advance to the State LDE contest). Senior Quiz Team consisting of Jacob Mason, Zach Mason, Trinity Toothacker and Cady Gentury - 2nd District & 7th Area. Greenhand Quiz Team consisting of Kayden Castleberry, Jacob Diaz, Jeffery Edington and Blake Greaves. Senior Creed Speaker: Kloe Hale - 11th District. Greenhand Creed Speaker: Jenna Deramus - 12th District. Senior Chapter Conducting team consisting of John Deramus, Alexia Diaz, Kade Greaves, Jacob Mason, Zach Mason, Jared Nall, Jordan Nall, Kenzie Smith and Megan Taylor - 4th District Radio Broadcasting team consisting of Alexia Diaz, Jordan Nall and Megan Taylor - 3rd District.

Commissioners OK contract for proposed law enforcement center

The Coleman County Commissioners Court moved local residents a step closer to making the proposed new law enforcement center a reality on Monday, during their regular meeting.

The Commissioners voted, unanimously, to approve the final contract with Southwest Architects for the proposed center. During the meeting, the Commissioners said the contract had been reviewed by an Austin law firm and Coleman County Attorney, Joe Lee Rose.

In a related item, Commissioners also approved a Financial Advisory Services Agreement with Specialized Public Finance, Inc. The company will handle the financing process for the proposed law enforcement center. Commissioners had agreed in their mid-November meeting to retain the services of Specialized Public Finance.

In other business, the Commissioners also voted, unanimously, to help fund repairs to the radio tower at the water treatment facility in Coleman. Commissioners were informed that the tower would need some major repairs that would cost the county $6,684.

The tower has been in use for almost 70 years – dating back to the 1950s – and is maintained by the City of Coleman and the County. Traditionally, the tower’s maintenance has required very little care other than painting and light bulb replacement. This year, however, the tower will need to have some of its support cables replaced or repaired.

Also, Commissioners were informed that there were 11 applications received for the janitor's job at the Coleman County Courthouse. The applications will be reviewed by County Judge Billy Bledsoe and Sheriff-elect Les Cogdill prior to the position being filled.

Other news, the Commissioners approved a contract amendment with Heart of Texas EMS to provide ambulance service. As part of the two-year agreement, Coleman County will pay $100,000 per year in monthly installments of about $8,333 which are due on the 15th of each month. The contract is renewable after two years at the same rate. The contract is a similar agreement that Heart of Texas has in place with the City of Coleman and Coleman County Medical Center, each entity providing the $100K subsidy. The City of Coleman approved the agreement in early October.

The County’s new contract goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

FCCLA Elementary Citizens of the Week

FCCLA Elementary Citizens of the Week

Coleman High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) honored elementary student in grades K-5 as Citizens of the Week at the high school pep rally.  Classroom teachers chose two students from each class to be the citizen of the week.  The students were announced during the pep rally and were presented with a certificate and a water bottle with an FCCLA Citizen of the Week autographed label. The labels are autographed by football players and cheerleaders.

Citizens of the Week November 18, 2016 are as follows:
Front row (L-R): Kindergarten – Zoe Thompson; 1st grade – Jasmine Martinez and Boudy Humphries

Back row (L-R): 2nd grade – Natalie Guerrero and Kyle Chambers; 3rd grade – A’Taya Wirt and Bronson Brooks; 4th grade – Kenli Castleberry and Kelan Sikes.

Not present at picture time – Jaden Tran, Kindergarten  

Coleman vs. Canadian

Coleman vs. Canadian

CHS Perfect Attendance Report 2nd Six Weeks

9th Grade
Caden Amos, Virginia Arnold, Cody Beaty, Kenley Burkey, Kayden Castleberry, Danny Deleon, David Garcia, Daisy Garza, Blake Greaves, Gabrielle Guerrero, Jessica Kyser, Cristian Martinez, Sadie McCambridge, Edgar Nunez, Brittany Olinger, Billy Rhodes, Gage Sikes, Skyler Squyres, Bradley Wright

10th Grade
Kara Cloud, John Deramus, Digna Diaz, Jorge Jimenez, Kyera Lamb, Averi Ransberger, Trinity Toothaker, Ahley Wardlow

11th Grade
Joey Amador, Brendon Camp, Coleton Christian, Becca Dobbins, Blake Emanuel, Ryan Hohmann, Christopher Lawhon, Alex Low, Danny McKinzie, Xavier Nunez, Jason Patrick, Austin Rosales, Marie Rosales, Israel Sanders, Shelbi Stephenson, Devin Taylor, Jayden Watson

12th Grade
James Arnold, Robert Balderas, Josue Cruz, Keira Dewey, Alexa Diaz, Saul Garza Munos, Kade Greaves, Quinton Hammonds, Emily Hansen, Darrian Hunter, Jacob Mason, Jordan Nall, Trey Sartain, Katlyn Stamper, Megan Taylor

Coleman Junior High Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance 2nd Six Weeks

5th Grade
A Honor Roll
Jade Ash, Autumn Beach, Ipsha Bhakta, Faith Burris, Aaron Frausto, Felicity Hale, Blaze Hronek, Jude Loebig, Johnnie McDowell, Vallyn Rosales, Natalee Rose, Jordan Watson

A-B Honor Roll
Shay Baker, Marissa Bales, Brent Bouldin, Oscar Camacho, Hagen Cavanaugh, Addison Cox, Blu Davis, Katy Elder, Kaitlyn Grant, Jackie Horne, Jadin Jackson, Kaden Johnson, John Koch, Clayton Lackey, Andre Madrigal, Damian Patterson, Jacob Ramirez, Jorge Salas, Ke’le Salinaz, Darral Slayton, Hector Valdez, Mia Watson, Deane Young

6th Grade
A Honor Roll
Carlie Cope, Nevaeh Eldred, Kaitlyn Fought, Ryland Gentry, Brylei Gilbreath, Peyton Gober, Dayden Hunter, Hogan Johnson, Linda Kugle, Tegan Little, Andrew Nash, Ali Phillips, Bode Slayton

A-B Honor Roll
Jordan Bell, Isreal Gamboa, Payton Garrett, Bethany Jones, Anna-Maria Lopez, Gavin McKelvain, Cora Reed, Lyric Thacker

7th Grade
A Honor Roll
Gustave Allen, Tessa Arnold, Braxton Barker, Blake Brudney, Hailey Chandler, Aislyn Cox, Haiden Hale, Joshua Hale, Haigen Hemphill, Andrea Hernandez, Denver Hunter, Cristian Mares, Adam Mason, Shauna McCambridge, Audrey McKeehan, Alisha Parks, Lukas Puyear, Jordan Rae, Cameron Sikes, Abigail Stovall, Emily Taylor, Carlie Tibbetts, Nickolas Tovar, Addison Webb

A-B Honor Roll
Elijah Burris, Kyler Cain, Haley Croft, Dylon Davis, Branddon Escobar, Christian Espitia, Victor Groff, Joan Gutierrez, Juan Gutierrez, Lacey Jennings, Peyton Jones, Blake Kennedy, James Kirkpatrick, Charles McFadden, Seth Mills, Jolie Monroe, William O’Dell, Wyatt Puryear,  Selena Rincon, Nate Slayton, Gabriela Solis, Christian Villeda

8th Grade
A Honor Roll
Abigail Allen, Chloe Fletcher, Aren Gaines, Jenifer Garza, Jenevieve Groff, Tallye Harris, Jacob Hohmann, Bailey Kimmel, Robert Loebig, Nathan Nash, Makailey Rosales, Hannah Rose, Fernanda Solis, Haylee West

A-B Honor Roll
Josie Amador, Selena Balderas, Brock Bouldin, Anslee Brann, Collin Crutcher, Clayton Fain, Analis Flores, Yuliana Garza, Bailey Holloway, Adley Johnson, Alexander Kegle, Madilyn Martinez, Emily Moran, Natalee Needham, Kyle Reed, Corbin Rosales, Paul Rosales, Leanna Russell, Connor Steffey, Allison Wardlow

5th Grade Perfect Attendance
Lucero Alanis, Jade Ash, Conner Baker, Sarah Bingham, Brent Bouldin, Faith Burris, Oscar Camacho, Carmen Carranza, Hagen Cavanaugh, Javon Christophe, Addison Cox, Aaron DelaRosa, Javier Delgadillo, Braden Diaz, Joshua Dixon, Katy Elder, Austin Graham, David Graham, Kaitlyn Grant, Jackie Horne, Blaze Hronek, Hannah Jefferson, Kaden Johnson, John Koch, Clayton Lackey, Jude Loebig, Aubrey Luna, Johnnie McDowell, Ryan McMillan, Joseph Moore, Callie Pickett, Jacob Ramirez, Natalee Rose, D’ayla Shivers, D’aysha Shivers, Hector Valdez, Jordan Watson, Mia Watson

6th Grade Perfect Attendance
Jordan Bell, Tamya Bennett, Stuart Bingham, Kylee Boatright, Braden Cloud, Jaden Espitia, Kaitlyn Fought, Isreal Gamboa, Payton Garrett, Ryland Gentry, Brylei Gilbreath, Peyton Gober, Bernie Griffin, Genesis Griffin, Dayden Hunter, Hogan Johnson, Bethany Jones, Kiara Lane, Roux Leever, Anna-Maria Lopez, Gavyn McDonald, Gavin McKelvain, Andrew Nash, David Navarro, Sean Patrick, Cora Reed, Brayden Riley, Hunter Robinson, Raelea Robinson, Immanuel Robles, Bode Slayton, Aiden Smith, Braxton Smith, Crystal Sortwell, Tai Squyers, Lyric Thacker, Daniel Vasquez, Avery Wardlow

7th Grade Perfect Attendance
Gustave Allen, Tessa Arnold, Braxton Barker, Jesus Barrios, Blake Brudney, Elijah Burris, Fabian Carrillo, Aislyn Cox, Haley Croft, Xander Crutcher, Christian Espitia, Jeryd Fain, Joan Gutierrez, Juan Gutierrez, Haiden Hale, Joshua Hale, Andrea Hernandez, Jonathan Hernandez, Denver Hunter, Peyton Jones, Blake Kennedy,  James Kirkpatrick, Carlos Lopez, Cristian Mares, Adam Mason, Zeke Mayo, Shauna McCambridge, Charles McFadden, Audrey McKeehan, Seth Mills, Jolie Monroe, Alisha Parks, Lukas Puryear, Wyatt Puryear, Jordan Rae, Selena Rincon, Dylan Rogers, Cameron Sikes, Nate Slayton, Gabriela Solis, Emily Taylor, Trevor Thompson, Landen Thornton, Nickolas Tovar, Ilsy Villanueva, Christian Villeda, Kelly Watson, Addison Webb

8th Grade Perfect Attendance
Abilgail Allen, Delena Balderas, Brock Bouldin, Anslee Brann, Daniel Claywell, Stepheny Clemens, Trevor Cloud, Dylan Diaz, Gilbert Espitia, Javier Espitia, Christian Ewton, Clayton Fain, Chloe Fletcher, Analis Floris, Aren Gaines, Jenifer Garza, Yuliana Garza, Brooklyn Gilbreath, Jenevieve Groff, Tallye Harris, Kylei Hayden, Jacob Hohmann, Bailey Holloway, Faith Hoover, Adley Johnson, Dakota Jourdan, Bailey Kimmel, Robert Loebig, Madilyn Martinez, Alexis Miller, Emily Moran, Natalee Needham, Kyle Reed, Corbin Rosales, Makailey Rosales, Paul Rosales, Hannah Rose, Leanna Russell, Soledad Sanchez, Jalen Sharpe, Fernanda Solis, Connor Steffey, Ezequial Valdez, Allison Wardlow, Welton Watson, Benny Wright

Food Handlers class to be offered

Food Handlers class to be offered


The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” was revised and updated and went into effect October 11, 2015.  A major change in the revision now requires all food employees to complete an accredited food handlers training program within 60 days of employment, effective September 16, 2016.  

A food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Coleman County.  Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands is scheduled for Sunday, December 4th.  The class will be held at the second floor of the courthouse from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.    

This 2-hour course will now be required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The certificate is good for 2 years and is valid anywhere in the State of Texas. The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment. Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.  The class is taught in English but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance.

To register for the course, please call the Coleman County Extension office at 325-625-4519.  Payment can be made the day of the course. The cost is $20.00 per person and must be paid in full before the course begins.

Individuals with disabilities who require auxiliary aide service or accommodation in order to participate in the event are encouraged to contact our office within 5 working days prior to the program.  Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, national origin or genetic information or veteran status. 

Christmas Cantata by Coleman County Choir

Christmas Cantata by Coleman County Choir

On Saturday, Dec. 10th and Sunday, Dec. 11th Coleman County Choir will present the cantata "Sing We Now of Christmas" by Howard Helvey.  Performances will be at 6:00 both evenings in the Sanctuary of Coleman First United Methodist Church.  Directing will be Jesse Lotspeich.

First on the program will be the Children's Chorus singing under the direction of Bobbye Sue Goetz assisted by Leslie Cross.  Other special music will include the women's ensemble, and violin, piano, and vocal solos.   The cantata itself will follow with Richard Hetzel as narrator, Bobbye Sue Goetz as accompanist, and Larry Thompson as soloist.  Robert Lowe and Gary Smith will be the sound technicians.

The program will conclude with "The Hallelujah Chorus" by Handel.

Coleman County Choir is made up of singers from churches in Coleman and surrounding communities and is sponsored by Coleman First United Methodist Church and Pastor Wayne Lewis.

Coleman County Christmas Toy Drive 2016

Coleman County Christmas Toy Drive 2016

The Coleman Toy Drive will begin taking applications from parents and/or guardians who need a little assistance providing Christmas toys for their children. There are toys for children age newborn through 10.

Applications will be taken Tuesday, Nov. 29th, Wednesday, Nov. 30th, Thursday, Dec. 1st, Monday, Dec. 5th and Tuesday, Dec. 6th. Come by the First United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Liveoak and Neches Street, between 1 and 4 p.m. of designated days to sign up.

Volunteers will be located near the entry of the church office (enter the doors which directs people to the office). The only requirement, is that we MUST see a Social Security card for each child that is being signed up at time of registration.

Toy distribution will be Friday, Dec. 16th. Toys MUST be picked up by the parent/guardian on that Friday between 6 and 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at 609 S. Neches Street in Coleman. Please arrange to pick up the toys at this time. Toys will not be delivered.

Donations of NEW toys, games, children’s books and/or moneys can be dropped off at one of the following locations: Edward Jones office located at 112 Liveoak St., Coleman County Chamber of Commerce located at 218 Commercial Ave., or Coleman First United Methodist Church.

Santa’s Helpers of Coleman County



The time of year when we open our hearts to those in need is quickly approaching. Santa’s Helpers is working with Coleman County school systems to reach Coleman County needy families, and we need people like you to help make this program successful. Santa’s Helpers of Coleman County asks for your generous participation this year by sponsoring children from low-income families for the first annual gift distribution. Your decision to sponsor children will make this holiday season special for these families. In this season of giving, your time and consideration will insure that these children receive a nice gift this Christmas, and it will make your holiday season extra special, too!   This volunteer program has no overhead costs, so the children receive all of the benefits. If you decide to become a new sponsor, you will know that your gifts are an important part of these children’s Christmas and are very often, the only gifts they receive.

If you choose to sponsor children by making a monetary donation, please complete the Sponsor Commitment Form (see page 6)  and return by December 9, 2016. You may either mail the form to the address listed or deliver it to the site listed on the Sponsor Commitment form.

We will have a “Blessing Tree” available at the hospital on November 28th. Each child’s information will be available on a Christmas ornament anyone may choose from. We will use sponsorship donations to assist children not chosen from the tree.

The program will be successful year after year because of the participation of generous people like you! If you have any questions about sponsorship, please contact Melissa Ereman, RN CNO. We appreciate your consideration in sponsoring and look forward to working with you to help make this holiday a better one for Coleman County families in need. Thank you!

Santa’s Helpers Timeline
December 9, 2016: All sponsorship commitment forms must be returned

December 16, 2016: All gifts must be delivered to CCMC Santa’s Helpers Sponsor Contacts Melissa Ereman, RN CNO - 325-625-2135 ext. 320 -

Download "Santa's Helpers Commitment Form.pdf"

City to look into new cell tower

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Staff report

Members of the Coleman City Council dealt with a wide array of issues during their regular meeting in Thursday, Nov. 17, including plans to potentially ad a new cell phone tower. Cody Quillian, a Network Real Estate Permitting Specialist for Mobilite, told council members that Mobilite’s had submitted an application to build a 120-foot wireless transport utility pole in the city’s right of way near Peach and Rio Grande streets. The new tower is being designed to improve cellular service in the community. Coleman City Attorney Pat Chesser said the city planned to work with Quillian to move as quickly as possible to implement the request.

Items 1 and 2 under staff comments included a presentations by Interim Finance Director, Caroline McLane, C.P.A. of the Financial Report and Quarterly Investment Report for the month of September 2016, and the first reading of Ordinance No. 1171 amending the Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16, respectively. A loss of  $445,000 for the month of September and an annual loss of $158,823.70 was reported due to unexpected expenditures for water treatment and the Coleman Municipal Airport. Motions were made to accept reports and both passed 4-0.

Next on the agenda were consent items approval of the minutes of the city council agenda meetings conducted on Oct. 6 and Oct. 20, as well as the approval of the city’s code enforcement report for the month of October, approval of the Police Department report for the month of October. The council also unanimously approved the municipal court report for the month of October, the professional fees for the month of October, and the lake level repots for Hord’s Creek Reservoir and Lake Coleman for the month of November. Under old business, the council also accepted a bid from Deep South Fire Trucks for the purchase of a new fire truck pumper apparatus.

Coleman Fire Department Chief David Martinez reported that in addition to Deep South’s bid being the lowest, the company’s bid also had the best options and warranty.  Coleman Fire Department received a $212,000 FEMA grant to help with the purchase. Additionally, the CDC awarded a grant that provided the 5 percent matching funds. The more than $34,000 remaining balance will be covered by the volunteer firefighters.

The council also unanimously approved City Ordinance No. 1172 to change the zoning of 1210 Plum Street from residential to commercial I.

Under new business, the city heard a presentation from Parker Atkins, P.E. of the Utility Service Group of Boerne, Texas, of new advanced procedures and equipment for the elimination of trihalomethanes in the City of Coleman Water System. A motion was passed 4-0 to move forward for a no-cost evaluation. Atkins’ company uses PAX THM Removal Systems. Atkins indicated he would put together a program specifically suited to Coleman for THM removal.

The council opened a several bid proposals, including one from Michael Worsham for the repairs to the roof of Coleman Municipal Airport’s 68,297 square foot warehouse. Worsham submitted a bid for $39,250. The bid was given to the EDC 4-A Board for review and evaluation. They also opened a bid for the sale of bales of Coastal and Johnson Grass Mix hay. Council members voted to accept a bid from Gary Cox for Lot 1 of 50 5x5 round bales at $20 per bale for a total of $1,025 and Lot 2 of 30 5x5 round bales at $27.50 per for a total of $825 from Raymond Cupps. Lastly, they voted to allow Toby Terry to live rent-free with utilities paid at the house located at the water treatment plant. Terry will repair and maintain the residence at his own expense.

Coleman Mayor Nick Poldrack read a letter by City of Coleman resident Arthur Horn. In the letter, Horn requested the city put a new traffic light at the intersection of S. Concho and W. Liveoak. Coleman City Manager Paul Catoe indicated he would gather information to present to the council on options for new stop signs and traffic lights.

Horn also requested that the street he lives on be swept.

Members of the council also entered into executive session at 7:47 p.m. and returned to regular session at 8:31 p.m. During the session, city leaders authorized Jeffry Gay to review the top three companies on the load zone provider list, and approved the settlement agreement with Lynnstar Communications, Inc. (former cable television provider in the city and RB3. They also gave their approval of the second amendment with HOT EMS. No action was taken on the discussion of personal matters related to the resignation of the city finance director.

Also, council members head a request from a local resident for the city to examine a cost benefit analysis for electrical services. Joanne Eddelman broached the subject of a cost-effective analysis with city leaders by requesting to review a copy of a an analysis of having the city generate its own electricity as compared to the rates and charges of purchasing electrical power from outside entities. Chesser said the city was unable to fulfill her request because such an analysis had not been completed.

The next meeting of the Coleman City Council will be held on Dec. 1

Paper Products
STEM class turns CCDV papers into functional furniture

by Trena Claywell | CCDV

The Coleman Junior High School STEM class faced a dilemma. They needed a way to study force, mass and acceleration during their regular science class. They solved that problem – and created a few extra seats with the aid of some old newspapers from the Coleman Chronicle-Democrat Voice office.

The Coleman Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics class, under the direction of Kacey Humphries, regularly chooses projects for the eighth grade science class curriculum. This allows the students to explore and build on what they are learning in class. As part of the project, students are divided into groups of four. Each group must collaborate to produce a product while working in professional, constructive way. Each group must also propose its project as if it were a business, including submitting a proposal for production, marketing and selling.

A recent project for the eighth graders was to build tables and chairs using newspapers. While studying force, mass, and acceleration in class they decided to construct a table and chairs from newspapers donated by the Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice. The project gave the STEM class the opportunity to study how much force could be applied to the newspaper furniture and how much mass it could hold.

The table and chair will pale in comparison to what the Coleman students will undertake in the near future – building pressurized space suits and an exploration vehicle.

CJHS ACE STEM students, one of a few schools chosen nationally to interact with NASA scientists via telephone and web cam, will be working the special project, which is being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and NASA. Jacque Rosales, ACE project director, applied to the program. CJHS’s ACE STEM program was one of 10 chosen from 300 applicants in Texas. There are a total of 300 schools participating nationwide.

Humphries and CJHS principal Amy Flippin created the STEM class for the eighth grade, as well as a STEM class for the ACE program that is offered to all grades of CJHS.

Below left Coleman Elementary student Boudy Humphries reads a book while sitting at a table constructed from old Coleman Chronicle & DV newspapers, by the CJHS STEM class.

Below right STEM class are back (l-r): Corbin Rosales, Brock Bouldin, Benny Wright, Trenton Cowart, Daniel Claywell, Nathan Nash, Marcus Slayton, Cameron Sikes. Middle: Emily Moran, Semone Randolph, Dyson Sowars, Natalee Needham, Avery Hale, Connor Steffey, Javier Espitia, Haylee West, Makailey Rosales, Alexis Miller, Hannah Rose (sitting) Eavon Burkey, Jacob Hohmann, Kyle Reed. Front: Jude Loebig, Blaze Hroneck, Jacob Ramirez, Dean Young, Vallyn Rosales and Johnny McDowell.

Santa Anna ISD Book Fair Winners

Santa Anna ISD Book Fair Winners

Santa Anna ISD held it’s Scholastic Book Fair November 14-18th. Family Night was held on Thursday November 17th. Names were put into a drawing for new books. The winners are Presley Fitzpatrick and Grace Brown. Congratulations and thank you Mountaineers for your support.

CJHS November Students of the Month

CJHS November Students of the Month

November Students of the Month
5th Grade:  Vallyn Rosales, Joseph Moore
6th Grade:  AJ Phillips, Bode Slayton
7th Grade:  Alisha Parks, Lukas Puryear
8th Grade: Fernanda Solis, Corbin Rosales

Members of the Coleman Junior High School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society recently voted on students of the month for November. To be considered for student of the month, a student must be nominated by his or her teachers. Students must be hard workers, have passing grades, act respectfully to teachers and peers in the classroom and in the hallway, and exhibit good behavior when involved in extra-curricular activities.

Panther Creek Students of the Month for October

Panther Creek Students of the Month for October

CJ Blick (JH), Sarita Short (HS), Jessi Everett (JH), Austin Sternadel (HS), Dani Williams (Elem.), Daniel McMahon (Elem.)

Coleman County Retired Teachers Honored Retiring State Representative Jim Keffer

Coleman County Retired Teachers held a reception for State Representative Jim Keffer at 12:30, November 17th in the Tillman Community Room at the Coleman Public Library.

Many were in attendance to thank Rep. Keffer for his 20 years of dedicated service to Coleman County. Bob Turner spoke of Keffer's diligent service to rural texas communities. Carole Burroughs and Mona Turner presented Rep. Keffer with a plaque, and presented Mrs. Keffer with a bouquet of flowers. 

FCCLA Elementary Citizens of the Week Nov. 11th

FCCLA Elementary Citizens of the Week Nov. 11th

Citizens of the Week November 11, 2016 are as follows:
Front row left to right
Kindergarten – Raegan Casey and Gavin Morales
1st grade – Nevaeh Lakosky and Jacob Keeney
2nd grade – Leeann Hipkins and Brady Elder

Back row left to right
3rd grade – Brittany Gutierrez and Brayden Watts
4th grade – Norma Guerrero and Anthony Espitia

Coleman High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) honored elementary student in grades K-5 as Citizens of the Week at the high school pep rally.  Classroom teachers chose two students from each class to be the citizen of the week.  The students were announced during the pep rally and were presented with a certificate and a water bottle with an FCCLA Citizen of the Week autographed label. The labels are autographed by football players and cheerleaders.

Veteran's Appreciation Brunch

The Coleman Men's Downtown Sunday School Class held a Veteran's Appreciation Brunch this morning, at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church.

The Brunch was prepared and catered by Renee LeFevre. The menu consisted of sausage gravy & biscuits, hashbrown casserole and bacon & egg souffle, and a fruit cup.

Randy Turner was the Master of Ceremonies. Reverend Wayne Lewis gave the invocation and Donnie Allen sang "God Bless America". Herman Law was the guest speaker. He gave a testimony on his faith that got him through Vietnam and is helping him in his battle with cancer; Law also gave the benediction.

The Family Life Center's gymnasium was packed with Veterans, spouses and widows alike.

All Veteran's should be thanked and appreciated daily. Some pay the ultimate sacrifice for our great Nation. If you see a Veteran, thank him/her or do something kind.


Lights Out!

In celebration of their Division 1 win, the Big Blue Band held a "Lights Out" performance Tuesday night, at Hufford Field.

2016 Coleman County Youth Hunt


For going on 12 years now, the Hemphill Ranch, in northern Coleman County, has hosted the Coleman County Youth Hunt.

Ten young men and women, from the area, participated and harvested 12 deer this year.

The kids were fed a big breakfast, fried fish lunch and given a safety lesson by Game Warden Lee Morrison, before heading to the shooting range for practice. Brownwood Buckmasters Chapter representative Larry Hart also presented the kids with knives and first aid kits, before they were matched up with guides and headed out into the field.

Kids participating in the hunt included Austin McWhirter, Zeke Mayo, Brennit Bates, Lacey Watson, Connor Baker, Tyler Hale, Chris Baker, Welton Watson, Johnathan Hernandez and Jaryd Fain.

The Coleman County Youth Hunt was organized, by then Game Warden Randall Brown, Steve Hall, John Casey and Heath Hemphill, as a way to get more local youth hunting opportunities.

The Texas Game Warden's Association provides groceries for the hunt. This year, we also were fortunate to pick up a new sponsor for the hunt, Game Guard. Game Guard donated shirts for all of the hunters, guides and helpers.

Also assisting with the Youth Hunt were W.A. Hawkins, Steve Coulter, Colby Rideout and Kenny Moore. A special thanks goes out to the hunters on the Hemphill Ranch Crooked Creek division lease, who allowed these kids to hunt their blinds and feeders, the weekend before their season starts.

Hunting is a big part of our local economy and local kids need every chance they can get to participate as well. If you or your business would like to participate or make a small donation, please contact Game Warden Lee Morrison, Steve Hall, John Casey or Heath Hemphill. 

Coleman 4H Shotgun Club Raffle Winner

Coleman 4H Shotgun Club Raffle Winner

Coleman 4H Shotgun Club would like to congratulate Steve Dophied of San Angelo for purchasing this years winning ticket.  The gun was raffled off on Friday, November 4, at the Hunters BBQ.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this years raffle.  Proceeds go to purchase ammunition and targets for the club participants.


Coleman, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Joe Roberts and Coleman County authorities are seeking information regarding 8 head of calves shot in pastures in the Novice, Texas area. Authorities are also requesting assistance from anyone with information regarding a case where two skid steer loaders and a gooseneck trailer were stolen from properties in Coleman County.

Roberts reported eight calves each weighing 450 to 600 pounds were shot in pastures around County Road 419 and County Road 484 in the Novice, Texas area sometime between Oct. 20 and Nov. 11.

Roberts said in addition to the investigation regarding the calves that were shot, there is another case in Coleman County regarding the theft of ranching equipment. Two skid steer loaders and a gooseneck trailer were stolen from properties near Coleman, Texas sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 3.
Missing is a gray and yellow New Holland skid steer loader model L218, VIN # NEM485470; a yellow 2012 Caterpillar skid steer loader, model 279C, VIN # 0MBT02737; and a black dovetail 40-foot gooseneck Pro-Trak trailer, Texas license plate 505455H, VIN #5BNDG4027XC001078.

Anyone with further information regarding these cases should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or call Special Ranger Roberts at 325-669-1427. A cash reward up to $1,000 may be paid to individuals who can provide useful information leading to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s). Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous.

Coleman High School places 1st and 2nd at Robotics competition

Coleman High School places 1st and 2nd at Robotics competition
(L-R): Megan Taylor, Mackenzie Smith, Katlyn Stamper, Zach Mason, Quinton Hammonds, Jacob Mason Front Kneeling: Darrian Hunter

On Monday, November 7, area schools competed in the 13th annual Region 15 Robotics Invitational Competition.

The competition, sponsored by Educational Service Center 15, was held at Angelo State University.

Coleman High School sent three teams. Katyln Stamper and Zachary Mason placed 1st in the Advanced Arena Divison. Megan Taylor, Mackenzie Smith and Darrian Hunter placed 2nd in the Advanced Areas Division. Also competing were Quinton Hammonds and Jacob Mason.

The Area Robotics Competition will take place on January 21st in Ballinger.

For more information, please visit the TCEA Robotics Contest website.

Coleman County FSA Updates

Upcoming Acreage Reporting Dates November 15, 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.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Coleman County:

November 15, 2016      -       2017 Native Grass, Improved Grass and                                               Mixed Forage

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

  • If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed. 
  • If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office. 
  • If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th. Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins. 
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Coleman County FSA office at 325-625-4197.

Coleman County Producers Urged to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Crop Sales Deadline of December 1, 2016

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the crop deadline of December 1.

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including perennial grass forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy, and industrial crops.

The following crops in Coleman County have a NAP application deadline of December 1, 2016: 
  • 2017 Native Grass, Improved Grass and Mixed Forage

USDA has partnered with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois to create an online tool at that allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP and to explore the best level of protection for their operation. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price available, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers. Crops intended for grazing are not eligible for additional NAP coverage.

Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA’s online Agent Locator: Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator,, to predict insurance premium costs.

For more information on NAP, service fees, premiums and sales deadlines, contact the Coleman County FSA office at 325-625-4197 or visit the web at

FSA Urges Farmers and Ranchers to Vote in County Committee Elections

USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. Beginning Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, USDA will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 5, 2016, to ensure that their vote is counted.

Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and eligibility.

The candidates in this year’s election held in LAA 2 are:

Barbara Simmons

Wes Dockery

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

Farmers and ranchers will begin receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 7. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. FSA has modified the ballot, making it easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters in local administrative area 2 who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at their local FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 5, 2016. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.
For more information, visit the FSA website at or contact the Coleman County FSA office at 325-625-4197.
  • Upcoming Acreage Reporting Dates November 15, 2016
  • Coleman County Producers Urged to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Crop Sales Deadline of December 1, 2016
  • FSA Urges Farmers and Ranchers to Vote in County Committee Elections
  • USDA Expands Microloans to Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve Property

USDA Expands Microloans to Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve Property

Producers, Including Beginning and Underserved Farmers, Have a New Option to Gain Access to Land

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans are especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations.

The microloan program, which celebrates its third anniversary this week, has been hugely successful, providing more than 16,800 low-interest loans, totaling over $373 million to producers across the country. Microloans have helped farmers and ranchers with operating costs, such as feed, fertilizer, tools, fencing, equipment, and living expenses since 2013. Seventy percent of loans have gone to new farmers.

Now, microloans will be available to also help with farm land and building purchases, and soil and water conservation improvements. FSA designed the expanded program to simplify the application process, expand eligibility requirements and expedite smaller real estate loans to help farmers strengthen their operations. Microloans provide up to $50,000 to qualified producers, and can be issued to the applicant directly from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).

This microloan announcement is another USDA resource for America’s farmers and ranchers to utilize, especially as new and beginning farmers and ranchers look for the assistance they need to get started. To learn more about the FSA microloan program visit, or contact your local FSA office. To find your nearest office location, please visit

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Curtis L. Garrett at 325-625-4197 extension 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. 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).

It’s time for the Aggie Moms’ Annual Bake Sale!

The Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers' Clubs was organized in 1928 and has grown to include 110 individual Member Clubs located across Texas and throughout the nation.  The mission of our organization is “by individual and united effort to contribute in every way to the comfort and welfare of the students and to cooperate with Texas A&M University in maintaining a high standard of moral conduct and intellectual attainment”.  Texas A&M University Mothers' Clubs are proud organizations, proud of Texas A&M University and proud of the daughters and sons they send to Texas A&M.  Aggie Moms are also proud of making a contribution: to the education of their students, to the future of Texas A&M University and to the future of the Great State of Texas.

The Coleman County Aggie Moms’ Club is currently supporting 15 TAMU students from our county ranging from freshmen to professional college.  The club awarded scholarships to four of these students this year and made a donation to several campus organizations.  These scholarships and donations happen due to the support by donations from the Coleman County Aggie Club and patrons of our annual Aggie Moms’ Bake Sale.

This year’s bake sale is Monday, November 21st, beginning at 7:30 at the Williams Tire Store on Commercial Avenue.  Please come out and help support our students.  We will have a variety of items to meet all of your Thanksgiving needs.  We would also love to take special orders that can be picked up at the sale or at a later agreed upon date by contacting Tammy Swening at 325-214-0638 or Renea McMillian at 325-214-0028.

Coleman Round-Up for Rehab

On November 2nd, the Coleman community came together to support the West Texas Rehabilitation Center through the annual Round-Up for Rehab event held at the Coleman Livestock Auction barn.

The crowd dined from the Rehab Chuckwagon and then enjoyed some lively, friendly bidding during the sale.  Cash donations, auction items and animals raised approximately $12,500 to support the Center’s mission.

Coleman Livestock Auction and the West Texas Rehab Center wish to express their sincere appreciation to everyone who donated and attended the auction.  A special thanks also to the Coleman High School Student Council for their participation in the event.

Coleman Round-Up for Rehab
Coleman High School Student Council supported the West Texas Rehabilitation Center by helping with the 2016 Coleman Round-Up for Rehab event on November 2nd at the Coleman Livestock Auction barn.

Masonic Lodge Raffle

The Coleman Masonic Lodge raffled off 2 guns today, at the Coleman Chamber of Commerce. Ashley Wardlow, Miss Coleman County, drew the winner of a 20 gauge shotgun - Brandon Whittington. Shelbi Stephenson drew the winner of the rifle - Patrick McMahon. Pictured with Ashley and Shelbi is Joe Harris, of the Coleman Masonic Lodge. Congratulations to the winners!

FSA County Committee Elections to Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 7

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2016 – Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2016 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 5, 2016, to ensure that their vote is counted.

“Producers elected to FSA county committees play a vital role in local agricultural decisions,” said Dolcini. “Their contributions are essential to the daily operation of nearly 2,200 offices across the country. It is a valued partnership that helps us better understand the needs of the farmers and ranchers we serve.”

Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and eligibility.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Approximately 1.5 million producers are currently eligible to vote. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

Farmers and ranchers will begin receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 7. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. FSA has modified the ballot, making it easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at their local FSA offices. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 5, 2016. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.

For more information, visit the FSA website at You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office. Visit to find an FSA office near you.

USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,700 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

Prospects Remain Excellent for Deer Season

Hunters hoping Saturday’s opener brings reprieve from warm temps

AUSTIN – Record high temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s from Amarillo to Austin left ardent bowhunters sweltering in their deer stands throughout October; a trend weather models project could come to a welcome end heading into Saturday’s general rifle season opening day.

Unseasonably hot weather over the last month may have hampered hunting during the archery-only deer season, but Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists maintain that prospects remain excellent.

“I’m still expecting an excellent deer season,” said Alan Cain, TPWD deer program leader. “It has been warm and a bit dry in October, which may have impacted early MLD (Managed Lands Deer) harvest and archery harvest. The deer are still there but some of the hunters I talked to said it wasn’t much fun sitting out in 80-90 degree weather, especially the afternoon hunts, so they’re waiting for the cooler weather. I expect hunting to pick up in November as cooler temps become more of the norm.”

Extended forecasts call for a reversal in weather patterns by mid-November, but even moderate temperature drops this weekend should be a welcome reprieve for hunters.
The general deer season opens statewide Saturday, Nov. 5 and runs through New Year’s Day in the North Zone and through Jan. 15 in the South Zone (see the TPWD Outdoor Annual of Hunting and Fishing Regulations digest for county-specific bag limits and season dates). Printed copies of the digest are available at hunting license sales outlets and in digital format as a free mobile app download on iOS and Android platforms at .

What can hunters anticipate seeing in the field during the early part of the season? According to TPWD field observations, acorns have been prevalent in October and will persist into early November and may influence deer movements, but as dry as it has become in the last month or so deer are still coming to deer feeders.

“Antler quality is excellent,” Cain noted. “I’ve seen photos of several big deer, including a low-fenced buck harvested in Webb County with a gross B&C (Boone & Crockett score) of around 198. Deer are in excellent body condition. I’ve seen a number of harvested deer with 1-3 inches of fat on their rump and across the back.”

Texas boasts a whitetail deer population in excess of 4 million and those numbers are climbing across much of the state due to high fawn production and survival this year. Parts of East Texas that have experienced extended flooding conditions over the last two years may be the exception.

Changes to deer season regulations this year include new provisions for the special late season in January, which now restricts harvest to antlerless and unbranched antlered deer. An unbranched antlered deer is one that has at least one antler with no more than one point. An additional 14 Panhandle counties were added to the general season, along with additional “doe days” in 26 East Texas counties.

Hunters are also reminded of new chronic wasting disease (CWD) carcass movement restrictions and testing requirements for hunter harvested white-tailed and mule deer this season. For details visit the CWD informational page online.

TPWD reminds hunters to check out the “My Texas Hunt Harvest” mobile app that allows Texas hunters to voluntarily report and track their harvested game from a smartphone or tablet. Hunters can log harvest for all resident game species, including white-tailed deer. The information collected will help TPWD biologists assess annual harvest and manage healthy game populations across Texas. Hunters should note that electronic reporting using the app does not fulfill tagging requirements for any game required to be tagged or requirements for the completion of the harvest log on the back of the hunting license as it applies to white-tailed deer. The app is available at the App Store for IOS devices and Google Play for Android devices. Harvest can also be reported online at

Round-Up for Rehab 2016

The 2016 Round-Up for Rehab was a HUGE success.

Over $12,000 was raised for West Texas Rehab.

The Edington family and staff would like to express their gratitude and thanks to everyone who donated and bid.

Santa’s Helpers Needed for Coleman County Students


Coleman, Texas (October 31, 2016) – Coleman County Medical Center (CCMC) is partnering with the Coleman County school districts to host the 2nd annual “Santa’s Helper” program to provide students in the county with a special Christmas. Last year this program provided 99 children in Coleman County gifts to open along with a new jacket.

A Christmas Blessing Tree adorned with decorative ornaments that symbolize the wishes of a Coleman County student will be placed in the lobby of the hospital.  Anyone who wants to join Santa’s team of helpers can pick an ornament off of the Christmas tree and find the student’s request on the back of the ornament. 

“The greatest joy of Christmas is the opportunity to give, and we would like to invite every community member to join with us to make the wishes of the children in our community come true,” said Melissa Ereman, RN, chief nursing officer of CCMC.

Unwrapped presents should be dropped off at CCMC, 310 South Pecos, Coleman, Texas, 76834, to the attention of Ereman by no later than December 16, 2016.  The presents will be wrapped and delivered to the students on December 22, 2016.

If you would like to become a Santa’s Helper Sponsor by making a monetary donation, please complete the Sponsor Commitment Form that can be found on the CCMC Facebook page,, or and return by December 9, 2016, to Melissa Ereman.   All funds will be used to purchase gifts for the students on the Blessings Tree who were not sponsored by a community member. 

For any questions, please contact Ereman at 325-625-2135 x320 or by email at

Download "Santas Helpers Request Form Public.docx"

4-H News & Reminders

By: Michael Palmer, CEA-Ag and Janet Nelson, CEA-FCS

Dear 4-H Families - - There are many 4-H project meetings, deadlines, club meetings, and community events going on in October and November. Please take time to mark some dates on your calendars. If you have questions about any event listed below, please feel free to contact the County Extension Office at 325-625-4519.
4-H Trunk or Treat - MONDAY, Oct. 31st, 5 - 6 pm, Courthouse Lawn

  Coleman 4-H members voted to participate (hand out candy) in the Coleman Downtown “Trunk or Treat” event set for Monday, October 31st. Coleman 4-H will set up on the front Courthouse lawn.
  Members are asked to bring pre-wrapped candy to give out to the “trick-or-treat” kids. You may bring your bags of candy to the County Extension Office, or drop it off before 5 pm at the booth.

Livestock Judging Practices
All practices will take place at the Bill Franklin Center, Conference Rm., unless alternate plans are announced.

November 1st - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
November 9th - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
November 14th - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
November 21st - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
November 29th - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Santa Anna 4-H Club Meeting 
Tuesday, November 1st
6:00 p.m., Santa Anna Fire Hall

All interested youth and adults are welcome to attend!!

4-H Help Needed at the Hunters Supper
Friday, November 4th
Bill Franklin Center, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Come help sell raffle tickets. You help is very much appreciated !

County 4-H Food Show
Saturday, November 5th,
Coleman Library Annex, 10:00 a.m.

November 7-8-9-10th - County Extension Office

For those 4-Hers who are entering County and/or Major Stock Shows, SIGN UP dates will be during the week of November 7-8-9-10th at the County Extension Office. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For those 4-H families who state validated any projects, you should have received a Stock Show Schedule for 2017 in the mail. Please contact our office if you did not receive one.

Coleman 4-H Club Meeting
Tuesday, November 8th, 6:00 p.m., Bill Franklin Center
All interested youth and adult are welcome to attend!!

All validations will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the following dates & locations:

Tuesday, November 15, Coleman Ag Barn (behind CHS)
Wednesday, November 16, Panther Creek Ag Barn
Thursday, November 17, Santa Anna Ag Barn

Just a quick reminder for everyone (NEW and RETURNING 4-H members) to RE-ENROLL in 4-H Connect to make your status "active". Club officers and members participating in projects need to get enrolled as quickly as possible. Thank you for taking care of this. The 4-H Connect website is: .

Membership in 4-H is $20.00 per member through October 31st. Beginning November 1st,the membership fee increases to $25.00. Please contact the County Extension Office at 325-625-4519 if you have any questions concerning the 4-H Connect process.  *** You MUST have an ACTIVE 4-H enrollment status to participate in any 4-H activity.***

If you would like to order a 4-H T-Shirt, please contact the Coleman County Extension Office with how many and what size you would like.

Small to XL sizes will be one price, $2 extra for 2x size, and $3 extra for 3x size. At this time we are just taking orders. Final price will depend on how many are ordered, but should run in the $7 to $10 area.

For 4-Hers: the t-shirts will be Green with White 4-H emblem on the top left (pocket) area.
For Parents: the t-shirts will be Grey with Green lettering.

The 4-H emblem and words will say “Coleman County 4-H”. These t-shirts are available to ALL 4-H MEMBERS/PARENTS in Coleman County. You may call the County Extension Office at 325-625-4519, or reply to this e-mail to place your order.

Shooting Sports Orientation
Monday, November 7, 2016
6:00 pm
Goree Expo Center

If you are interested in participating in the 4-H Shooting Sports project, please come to the Orientation Meeting onMonday, November 7th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Goree Expo Center. This will be an “information meeting only”. There will be no firearm practice this night. Interested individuals may contact the Coleman County Extension Office at 325-625-4519, or Ben or Meredith Taylor.

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

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

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

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

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

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