Coming Soon - “Bethlehem’s Child”

by Coleman County Choir

Coming soon will be the Christmas Cantata by the Coleman County Choir. Under the direction of Jesse Lotspeich, the choir will sing “Bethlehem’s Child”, by Victor C. Johnson and Lloyd Larson. This presentation will take place in the Sanctuary of Coleman First United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m., and again on Sunday, December 13, also at 6 p.m. The cantata will be preceded by special music both nights.

Narrator will be Richard Hetzel, and Robert Lowe will be the sound technician. Soloists are Nancy Lowry, Larry Thompson, and Dixie Bible.

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 Brad Slaten.

Coleman ISD Amends Spring School Calendar in Response to HB 2610

House Bill 2610 of the 84th Texas Legislature, amends Texas Education Code by striking language requiring 180 days of instruction and replacing this language with a directive that requires districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recess. The bill also allows schools to add minutes as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by disaster, bad weather conditions etc.

It is difficult to amend a calendar with this change in mid-stream. A school calendar affects staff, students, and the community at large in different ways. The Coleman ISD principals have looked at this carefully, and with the information available at this time have made some adjustments that will primarily affect the calendar for this spring. These revisions were approved by the Coleman ISD Board on November 16th.  Listed below are the revisions that were made to the previously adopted calendar.  The updated spring semester calendar is available on the CISD website:

Coleman ISD Calendar Changes
February 12: No longer will be an early out day. It will be a regular day.
Bad weather days are now April 25 and May 20.
Last day of school has been moved up to May 19.
Early release day in November is at 12:30 instead of 12:25- (November 24)
The spring semester, beginning in January will have 5 minutes added to the school day bringing a uniform release time of 3:35 for all campuses.
Graduation is May 20, 2016

Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. receives grant from the Texas Veterans Commission for $300,000

Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. receives grant from the Texas Veterans Commission for $300,000

Coleman, Texas – Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. of Coleman has received a $300,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance to fund continuous quality client development, and to provide easier access to resources for Veterans and their families.

Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, and Runnels counties with utility and rental assistance programs, education services, CNA classes, Financial Literacy courses, Job Skills Trainings, Hunters for the Hungry, as well as information and referrals. CTO also has a successful Case Management that has helped to transfer 38 individuals out of poverty in the last two years.

The Texas Veterans Commission grant will be used to serve Veterans, Veteran’s Dependents and Surviving Spouses with the following needs: Utility Assistance, Rental/Mortgage Assistance, Case Management, Transportation, Employment Services, Job Etiquette, Referrals, Financial Literacy, Support Services, Medical Services, and Dental Services. Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. will identify Veterans through an application process, and Case Managers will begin to assist them with their specific needs.

“We are honored to serve veterans and their families that give so much of themselves,” said Hanna Adams, Executive Director, “the funds will allow us to impact and empower by assisting them with wrap around case management services that will include utility assistance, rent or mortgage payments, transportation, employment services, financial literacy, medical and dental services, referrals, and other supportive services. We believe these services will allow our veterans an opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency.”

Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. is always accepting donations to help fund future assistance programs. For more information on Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. or how you can support its community efforts, please visit or call (325) 625-4167.

Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance
The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant program was established in 2007 by the 80th Legislature and funded in late 2009.  The program awards reimbursement grants in four categories: General Assistance, Housing4TexasHeroes, Veterans Mental Health, and Veterans Treatment Court Grants. These grants offer funding to non-profit and local government organizations which, in turn, provide direct services to Texas Veterans and their families. Since 2009, the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) program has awarded over $55M in 307 grants to 142 non-profit and local government entities. For more information, visit

Coleman FFA- Area IV Leadership Contest Results

Coleman FFA- Area IV Leadership Contest Results

On Monday, November 23rd, Coleman FFA traveled with 3 teams to the Area contest held in Mineral Wells to compete in several leadership and speaking events; in order to get to area, teams must first advance out of district, placing either 1st or 2nd.

All 1st and 2nd place teams then at the area level will advance to the state contest, which will be held at Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, on December 4th and 5th. All teams at area competed well and we are extremely proud of these participants for representing Coleman!

The results were as follows: Sr. Skills (consisting of Kloe Hale, Jared Nall and John Deramus) 3rdplace; Jr. Creed Speaking (Trinity Toothaker) 5th place; and Jr. Skills (consisting of Ashley Wardlow, Devin Taylor and Dafni Chacon) 2nd place. The Jr. Skills Team will be competing at the state LDE contest on December 4th- congrats to these students and we wish them the best of luck on all of their endeavors!

Shattered Dreams

The Texas Department of Transportation and Coleman County Medical Center presented “Shattered Dreams” program to Coleman High School this morning, November 23rd.

The “Shattered Dreams” program involved the dramatization of an alcohol-related crash on the Coleman High School campus, complete with police, fire, EMS and Air Evac helicopter response, emergency room treatment at CCMC, family notifications, and the arrest and booking of the driver.

The crash scene drama was played out before the student body at 10:00 AM on Monday. Throughout the day other elements of the “docu-drama” unfold. To give students a better understanding of the number of DWI-related deaths, an individual dressed as the “Grim Reaper” appears periodically throughout the school day to select a new victim. The victims are taken out of class, made-up in white faces and then returned to their classrooms to continue their day. By the end of the day, every student has one or more “dead” classmates present in the classroom, and on this note the school day ends.

Tomorrow morning a wrap-up assembly is held featuring those who played roles in the previous day’s drama, including the “crash” victims, the drunk driver, their parents, and participating law enforcement and medical personnel. A guest speaker who was a teenage driver in a DWI crash that killed her friend will reinforce the message – Don’t drink until you are 21, and never drink and drive.

Unique in its design and powerful in its impact, “Shattered Dreams” is an educational experience that reminds us all of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. It reminds us that too many young lives have already been lost and countless others severely impaired because of the tragic consequences of underage drinking and drinking combined with driving.

Families, schools and community groups in Texas must join together to teach young people that consuming alcohol while underage is never a good choice. Our communities cannot afford to ignore the devastating impact of underage drinking.

Rock the Christmas Spirit

Rock the Christmas Spirit

Because of the tremendous response last year, Disability Resources, Inc. is pleased to announce that our “Thank You” Big Country Christmas Concert is again being offered FREE of charge.  The concert will be held on December 5th, from 7-9 pm, at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Abilene.  Performers include Harvey McFadden, acclaimed Elvis Presley tribute artist, who along with his band will rock the Christmas spirit.  Joining Harvey on stage will be the famous Macedonia Baptist Church Choir, who will have you tapping your toes and singing along.  And, of course, the show would not be complete without holiday music performed by DRI’s very own Bell Peppers Handbell Choir.  “We are extremely excited that we are able to bring this remarkable variety of performers together for an evening to remember,” said Jo Ann Wilson, Director of Special Events at DRI. “It’s because of the generous support of our concert sponsors that we are able to offer this concert to Abilene and the Big Country at no charge.  It’s our thank you to you!” she added.    
Disability Resources Incorporated, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit organization that provides residential care and vocational training to individuals with intellectual challenges.  Their 170 acre campus is located at 3602 North Clack.  Call 325-677-6815 or visit for more information.   

Coleman rallies to nip Cisco in OT

BROWNWOOD — "Sometimes the things that are closest to you are the things that hurt you," said Coleman coach John Elder following Friday's stunning come-from-behind 34-28 overtime win over Cisco.

Elder was referring to a midline option play (for years a Cisco staple) that the Bluecats used repeatedly to rally from a 21-7 halftime deficit to earn the win.

Bryson Hammonds rushed for 272 yards and four scores to lead Coleman (11-1), which advances to face Idalou (10-0) in the Region I-3A Division II semifinals next week.

Hammonds' final score was the game-winner — coming on a 1-yard sneak in the second overtime.

Cisco, which got 138 yards rushing and two scores from Taylor Massey, finished its season at 10-2.

"We just made some adjustments at the half," Coleman coach John Elder said. "We started running some stuff that we hadn't on worked much, but it started working for us.

"We were in pretty good shape and we deserved to be in this game. We never believed that we were out of it. We thought we deserved to be in the game and had a chance to win it."

Switching from their base I-formation to an old-fashioned "power-I," the Bluecats simply ran right at a Cisco team known for its own brand of physical football and took the game away from the Loboes after the break.

Trailing by two touchdowns at the half, the Bluecats pulled to within one score when Hammonds found the end zone on a 4-yard keeper with 10:41 to play. Mason Burkey's PAT was blocked. But after Hammonds bolted 79 yards for a score on an option keeper with 7:12 to play, he connected with Kyle Boyet with a two-point conversion pass to knot the game at 21.

Following a failed Cisco drive that ended with a punt, the Bluecats gave themselves a shot at winning when they pushed from their 27 to the Cisco 15 in eight plays, but a fumble by Hammonds was recovered by Cisco, ending the threat.

The first overtime ended with an exchange of touchdowns — a 1-yard run by Hammonds and a 4-yard run by Zain Wright, sending the game into a second OT.

Cisco's final possession, which began with two fumbled snaps, ended with an incomplete pass from Massey to Kase Gayle. Six plays later, Hammonds ended it on a keeper on fourth-and-goal from the Cisco 1.

"We came out and ran our offense the way it was supposed to be run," Hammonds said. "We got 5 and 6 yards a pop, came out in overtime and won it. ... I felt like I had it. I didn't want the game in anyone else's hands but mine."

Early on, however, it didn't appear Hammonds would have that opportunity.

Cisco used a series of defensive stops to gain control of the game in the first half, limiting Coleman to one score in five possessions.
The Loboes took the lead with 7:21 left in the first quarter when Massey crossed the goal line on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.

A Coleman fumble at the Cisco 44 set up the Loboes' next score — a 32-yard touchdown pass from Massey to Zain Wright at the 2:07 mark of the first quarter.

The Bluecats posted their only first-half score on the ensuing possession when Hammonds hit Burkey with a 22-yard touchdown pass with 11:53 left in the half.

Coleman appeared to gain the momentum briefly, forcing Cisco into a three-and-out on the ensuing possession. But after being forced into a three-and-out of their own, Coleman's punt was followed by Cisco's third touchdown of the half — a 42-yard scamper by Massey at the 7:07 mark of the second quarter.

Coleman had an opportunity before the break to pull within one score late in the half, but lost the ball on downs at the Cisco 10 when Hammonds was stopped on fourth-and-5 at the Loboes' 10-yard line.

"We had 10- and 15-yard penalties on a couple of occasions when we were trying to go down and win the game," Cisco coach Brent West said. "Then in overtime, we had a mistake here and there, a fumbled snap and some uncharacteristic mistakes. We made too many of them to beat a good team."

Coleman 0 7 0 14 7 6 — 34
Cisco 14 7 0 0 7 0 — 28
CIS — Taylor Massey 1 run (Cord Lewis kick), 7:21
CIS — Zain Wright 32 pass from Massey (Lewis kick), 2:07
COL — Mason Burkey 22 pass from Bryson Hammonds (Burkey kick), 11:53
CIS — Massey 42 run (Lewis kick), 7:07
COL — Hammonds 4 run (Burkey kick), 10:41
COL — Hammonds 79 run (Boyett pass from Hammonds), 7:12
COL — Hammonds 1 run (Burkey kick)
CIS — Wright 4 run (Lewis kick)
COL — Hammonds 1 run (no kick)
Col Cis
First downs 17 9
Rushes-Yards 33-391 29-245
Passing 48 93
Comp-Att-Int 5-7-0 5-7-1
Punts 3-34 4-39
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-0
Penalties-Yards 2-10 6-75
— Coleman, Bryson Hammonds 33-272, Kyle Boyett 24-82, Terran Holloway 7-27, Riley Harris 3-10. Cisco, Taylor Massey 10-138, Kase Gayle 7-51, Zain Wright 11-49, Cecil Beasley 1-7.
PASSING — Coleman, Hammonds 5-7-0—48. Cisco, Taylor Massey 5-7-0—93.
RECEIVING — Coleman, Mason Burkey 3-40, Gino Marks 2-9, Kyle Boyet 1-3. Cisco, Zain Wright 4-67, Dylan Brunson 1-26.
RECORDS — Coleman 11-1; Cisco 10-2.

Coleman rallies to nip Cisco in OT

The FFA Big Country District Leadership contest

The FFA Big Country District Leadership contest

The FFA Big Country District Leadership contest was held on Monday, November 16th in Cisco; the Coleman FFA chapter sent 9 teams to compete. The results are as follows-

Sr. Chapter Conducting (consisting of Zachary Mason, Jacob Mason, Cady Gentry, Megan Taylor, Alexa Diaz, Jordan Nall, Kenzie Smith, John Deramus, Jared Nall and Kade Greaves) 3rd place;

Sr. Creed: (Kloe Hale) 5th Place;
Radio Broadcasting: (Megan Taylor, Jordan Nall, Alexa Diaz) 9th Place;
Job Interview: (Kaitlin Sellars) 6th place;
Jr Quiz: (Noah Stewart, Kara Cloud, Carli Ferguson) 6th place;

Sr Quiz: (Jacob Mason, Cady Gentry, Zachary Mason) 5th place;

Three teams are advancing to the Area Contest held on Monday, November 23rd in Mineral Wells- Those teams are:
Sr Skills Team (consisting of Kloe Hale, Jared Nall and John Deramus)  1st Place;
Jr Skills Team (consisting of Ashley Wardlow, Dafni Chacon, Devin Taylor) 1st Place;
and Greenhand Creed Speaking: (Trinity Toothaker) 2nd place.

Good luck to these teams and congrats to all on a great year in leadership!

Coleman Edward Jones Office Supports Toys for Tots Drive

Coleman Edward Jones Office Supports Toys for Tots Drive

Kevin McMahon, the local Edward Jones financial advisor, is supporting the Coleman County Toys for Tots program by using his office as a drop-off location for this year's toy drive.

Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 112 W. Live Oak St., Coleman, Texas, during regular business hours beginning November 16th through December 4th.

"With the holiday season around the corner, we are all getting ready for the festivities," McMahon said. "And as this is the season of giving, now is a great time to remember the less fortunate in our community."

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The “A Rockin’ Little Christmas” Parade

6 pm Thursday, December 3
Downtown Coleman

The 2015 Coleman Lighted Christmas Parade is scheduled for 6 o’clock Thursday evening, December 3, in downtown Coleman, with a theme of “A Rockin’ Little Christmas”.  Lineup will be no later than 5:30 at the Courthouse Square.  Three divisions will be judged:  Floats, Decorated Vehicles, and Walkers, Bicycles, etc.

No Santas are allowed on floats.  For the safety of children, those with floats, etc. are asked to please not throw candy.

Starting point for the parade is the Courthouse.  From there it will travel south to the signal light at Walnut, turnaround and return back to the Courthouse.

Santa Visits the LIBRARY

Following the Christmas Parade on December 3rd, Santa will be at the LIBRARY, 400 Commercial Ave. to visit with the young and young-at-heart to hear their Christmas wish lists. 

Business Decorating Contest, Thursday, December 3rd

All businesses are encouraged to decorate for the holiday season.  Businesses must contact the Coleman Chamber of Commerce if they would like for their business to be judged.  Deadline to register your business is 5:00 pm December 3rd.  Judging of these will take place following the parade on December 3rd with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize winners named. Please let us know if your windows need to be judged before dark.

Home Decorating Contest, Friday, December 18th

Judging of the Home Decorating Contest, also sponsored by the Coleman Business People’s Association, will be held the evening of Friday, December 18th.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Deadline for those persons wishing to enter their homes in the contest is Thursday, December 17th, by 5 pm.

For more information, call the Chamber office at 625-2163 or go by the office at 218 Commercial Ave.

Lions Club Pancake Fiesta

The Coleman Noon and Evening Lions Clubs will once again host their annual Pancake Fiesta during Coleman’s Christmas opening week.  The one day event will be Thursday, December 3rd from 5 until 8 pm in the Tillman Building of the City Library in downtown Coleman.

Tickets for the meal are $5.00 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance from any member of Lions Club.  Menu will consist of pancakes, ham, syrup, butter, milk and coffee.

Proceeds from the annual Pancake Fiesta are used to help defray the expenses of the many worthwhile projects of both clubs.

Please note that other activities might be added to these.  When the plans are definite, the activities will be posted in the Chronicle & DV, Coleman News, and KSTA Radio.

The “A Rockin’ Little Christmas” Parade