Miss Coleman County Scholarship Pageant

The Miss Coleman County Pageant begins at 4 PM on Saturday. Event takes place at the Bill Franklin Center.

Contestants are:
Emily Milward, daughter of Chantal Christensen, Coleman

Alexa Diaz, daughter of Jennifer & Joe Diaz, Coleman

Loren Taylor Michellee Douglas, daughter of Michael Douglas, Talpa

Kloe Hale, daughter of Josh & Nichole Hale, Coleman

Sierra Hope Jauregui, daughter of Teressa Edwards & Starsky Jauregui, Coleman



The 24th Fiesta de la Paloma Art Show is in the bag! Awards, ribbons and joy are all a part of an endeavor such as the Fine Arts League of Coleman County  presents each year at Fiesta time.

The stats are always revealing as to the size and success of a venture of this type. Many hands to create and many more to get it displayed, judged, awarded and then the fun begins. Seeing viewers’ faces and hearing
the comments are a large part of the joy in getting the art show up and ready for visitors!

72 entries in 6 categories: media – oil, watercolor-acrylic, pastel-graphics, sculpture, glass (fused,stained) leatherwork:
Presented by 22 artists from surrounding cities.  Awards are as follows: 21 Cash Awards.  There were 11 first place winners, 9 2nd place winners, and 7 3rd place winners with 9 honorable mention ribbons. The Peoples’ Choice awards will be determined when the show closes and the votes are counted.

Best of Show: Mary Haan (Abilene)  “Eight Seconds” oil
First Place awards:          Kathy Andrews, Missy Adian, Edwin Hipsher, Pat Meade, Shirley Minzenmayer, Kay Mitchell, Lois McCarty, Bill Shields, Ruth Ann Taylor, Ginger Test, Linda Wright
2nd Place awards: Kathy Andrews, Janice Hipsher, Haven Meadows, Shirley Minzenmayer, Kay Mitchell, Debbie Peck, Ruth Ann Taylor, Peggy Whitehead, Marian Johnson
3rd Place awards: Sharon Dick, Doris Haynes, Marian Johnson, Janet Lay, Susan Minzenmayer, Katie Ryan, Linda Wright
Honorable mention ribbons: Missy Adian, Edwin Hipsher, Mary Haan, Pat Meade, Shirley Minzenmayer, Kay Mitchell, Debbie Peck, Ginger Test

Awards will be presented Saturday October 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm at the Show. Art work may be picked up after the awards are presented.

Thanks to all.

NATIONAL 4-H WEEK – October 4-10, 2015

NATIONAL 4-H WEEK – October 4-10, 2015

Mission Of Texas 4-H
Prepare youth to meet the challenges of childhood, adolescence and adulthood, through a coordinated, long-term, progressive series of educational experiences that enhance life skills and develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive competencies.

What Is 4-H All About?
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities. More than 55,000 Texas youth are enrolled members of 4-H community clubs in Texas. Another 600,000 Texas youth get involved in 4-H through special educational opportunities at school, in after school programs, or at neighborhood or youth centers.

These youth live in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural communities. 4-H gives them a chance to pursue their own interests – from photography to computers, from building rockets to raising sheep. A list of 4-H projects is available online. They go places – to camp, to state and national conferences. They learn to be leaders and active citizens. In 4-H clubs, they serve as officers and learn to conduct meetings, handle club funds, and facilitate group decision-making. In a growing number of communities, 4-H youth serve as youth representatives in municipal or county government or as members of Teen Courts. They give back to their communities. 4-H members get involved in volunteer projects to protect the environment, mentor younger children and help people who are less fortunate. You can learn more about Texas 4-H at the State 4-H website: http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/learn/ .

For more information about the 4-H Program in Coleman County, contact our County Extension Agents, Michael Palmer, County Extension Agent – Agriculture / Natural Resources, m-palmer@tamu.edu , or, Janet Nelson, County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences,janelson@ag.tamu.edu . Our office is located on the 2nd floor of the County Courthouse; phone: 325-625-4519. 

SAHS Class of 1960

In conjunction with the annual Santa Anna High School homecoming, the Class of 1960 will meet Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm for its 55th class reunion . They will gather for a hamburger supper at the home of Eddie and Mary Ann Hartman at Lake Brownwood, Texas.

For additional information, contact Eddie at 325-636-3600.

Coleman ISD Early Release and Student Holiday

Friday, October 9th:
Coleman ISD will dismiss all students at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9th to allow for travel time to the varsity football game in Post.
Ø  10:00 a.m. - Elementary students Black Out pep rally in the old high school gym.
Ø  11:30 a.m. – High School and Jr. High School Black Out pep rally in the old high school gym.
Ø  12:30 p.m. – All students will be dismissed.  Buses run early.
Parents are asked to make appropriate arrangements for their children.

Monday, October 12th:
Monday, October 12th, is a STUDENT HOLIDAY and staff development day.  Classes will resume Tuesday, October 13th.

Grassfire in Coleman County

Grassfire in Coleman County

A large grassfire is raging a half mile from the Jim Ned Creek in North Coleman County between 206 and 283. Check out the video for an amazing aerial view.

This video is from yesterday afternoon, when the fire was reported. 

Sacred Heart Parish Fall Festival

Sacred Heart Parish Fall Festival

Sunday - October 18, 2015

An authentic Mexican meal of enchilada, taco, beans, rice, dessert and drink served from
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The meal is $10 per adult and $8 per child. Concession stand will serve hamburgers and drinks all afternoon.

Lots for young and old. Horse-shoe and Washer Tournaments. Cow Patty Bingo! Cake walk, Bingo, Country Store, Silent Auction and more! Raffle for (1st Prize) 55" Phillips HD Smart TV, (2nd Prize) HP 15.6 PC Laptop - 4 GIG RAM - 1TB HD - WIN8, (3rd Prize) $250 GOLD VISA GIFT CARD, and (4th Prize) 7.1 Haier Chest Freezer. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5.

Come join us in the fun! Everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact Margie Mitchell, Chair, at 325-660-5512, or the parish office at 325-625-5773. 

Cogdill announces candidacy for Coleman County Sheriff

Cogdill announces candidacy for Coleman County Sheriff

My name is Les Cogdill and I am announcing that I will be seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for the office of Coleman County Sheriff. The following is an effort to introduce myself to the citizens of Coleman County.

I was born in Houston in 1971 and moved to Coleman in 1983, where I attended school. I graduated from West Central Texas Regional Law Enforcement Academy in 1996. After graduating from the law enforcement academy, I began my law enforcement career with the Coleman Police Department; this April will be the start of my 20th year in law enforcement, all of which has been in Coleman County.

In February 1996 I was hired at the Coleman Police Department as a dispatcher, during which time I was attending West Central Texas Law Enforcement Academy. After completion of the law enforcement academy I completed the state test with Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, now known as Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

In April 1996 I began my law enforcement career as a Texas Peace Officer, as an unpaid officer, with the Coleman Police Department.

In August 1997, I was hired as a full time peace officer with the Coleman Police Department, as a patrol officer. I served as a patrol officer with the Coleman Police Department from August 24, 1997 until June 30, 2001.

On July 1, 2001 I was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. I served as a Patrol Sergeant with the Coleman Police Department until December 31, 2005.

On January 1, 2006 I was promoted to Detective Sergeant with the Coleman Police Department and held that position until May 16, 2008.

On May 17, 2008 I was hired by Sheriff Wade Turner as a Deputy Sheriff for the Coleman County Sheriff’s Office. I am still employed with the Coleman County Sheriff’s Office.

Throughout my 19 year career, I have received specialized training in the investigations of murder, sexual assault, narcotics investigations, crimes against children, crime scene investigations, and interpretations (blood patterns and spatter) and many others.

I have received over 1,700 hours of continuing education in various types of law enforcement training. I am also a member of the Texas Sheriff’s Association.

I am asking each one of you for your support and vote in the upcoming Republican Primary.

A few comments regarding myself. I am married to Laurie (DelaRosa) Codgill, who works for Coleman I.S.D., we have three children; Dustin DelaRosa - 28, Shelton Codgill - 25, and Cody Cogdill - 21. We also have 6 grandchildren that range from the age of 8 months to 6 years of age. I am also a member of the Coleman Rodeo Association.

Les Cogdill

Official Texas Historical marker re-dedication ceremony

Official Texas Historical marker re-dedication ceremony

Santa Anna TX—The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recognized Old Military Road as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker in 1972. The designation honors Military Road as an important and educational part of local history. The marker was removed to widen US 84/67 in the 1980s and lost during the project. It remained lost until Area Engineer Bart Fris found and replaced it in July 2015.

A rededication ceremony to commemorate the site will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2015, at the location of the marker three miles east of Santa Anna at the intersection of US 84/67 and County Road 567. Speakers for the ceremony will include Margaret Hoogstra of the Texas Forts Trail. The Coleman County Historical Commission welcomes the public to share in and witness this event.

“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources,” Wolfe said.

A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: historical significance and age. Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and the age requirement depends on the topic. The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures, which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, at 512/463-5853 or visiting the web site at www.thc.state.tx.us.

CHS Band Reunion



Friday evening, October 16th, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. BLUECAT BAND MEMBERS FROM 1960-1970! Lots of CHS Band Memories, plenty of visiting, tasty refreshments!

Time: 6:00 PM, with After-Game Homecoming Dance!

Visit http://bluecat50.sharepoint.com/Pages/Classof1965.aspx for more info.

Officer Don Allen Memorial Photo

Officer Don Allen Memorial Photo
Trebor presenting the canvas print to Ben and Ally Allen.

Upon hearing of the passing of Abilene Police Officer Don Allen, Dispatcher Trebor Moore made a memorial photo for the Coleman Police Dept. Facebook page, to show support to the family and fellow officers of Abilene Police Dept.

The photo reached a family member (Judi Winans). She requested Trebor to get in contact with her so that she could get a copy of it and have a canvas print made for her son-in-law, Ben, and daughter Ally. Ben is Officer Allen's oldest brother.

When hearing this Trebor decided to have the print made himself and given to them as gift from Coleman Police Dept. expressing our sympathy for their loss.

We truly hope that it can help in some way with the loss of their loved one.


Coleman resident wins $1 million on scratch-off

Coleman resident wins $1 million on scratch-off

A Coleman woman has won a $1 million prize in the Texas Lottery’s scratch ticket game $1,000,000 Instant Cashout.

Patricia Campbell claimed the first of six top prizes worth $1 million awarded in the game.
The ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven at 501 S. Commercial Ave.

$1,000,000 Instant Cashout offers more than $91.5 million in total prizes. Overall odds of winning any prize are one in 3.05, including break-even prizes.

2015 multi-class reunion

Labor Day's done, schools are in session, and our 2015 CHS MULTI-CLASS REUNION is on the horizon! Time to get ready -  The Class of 1965, "THE BIGGEST OF THE BEST"  is planning a fantastic event for all of you!

Remember that this year, and going forward, all CHS classes are invited to attend.


1.  Mail in your registration form, including payment for your choice of activities!  If you do not have reunion information, we don't have your emailing/postal mailing info.  If you need a printed copy, please provide your current information.  Forms are available to click, print and mail, on the reunion website:  

All forms are mailed to the same address on the form for your convenience.

2.  Sign up for the Golf Tournament if you are a golfer!  Great prizes!

3.  Serve as a Golf Tournament volunteer during the tournament or be a sponsor!

4.  Join your CHS Alumni Association.  Lifetime Membership is now available!

5.  Offer an item for the Silent Auction - mementos, gift items, services - your imagination is the limit!  Everything under the sun from jewelry to fishing trips to designer toilets have been auctioned!

See you soon!

Ralph Terry
Diann Dunn Dillingham
Reunion Chairpersons

2015 multi-class reunion

Chamber Chat - September

It’s a busy time for Coleman and Coleman County. School has started and football season is in full swing. On September 5th is the Annual Coleman County Dove Hunter’s Festival with ALL YOU CAN EAT FRIED CATFISH. The meal is being served starting at 11:00 in the Bill Franklin Center. Admission is adults $10 and children 12 & under $5. Active Military will be admitted free. For more information about the Dove Festival and about the many prizes that can be won, please contact us at the Chamber. Volunteers are needed to help assist the Dove Hunter’s Festival. If you would like to volunteer please call the Chamber at 325-625-2163. The Chamber is also preparing for the Fiesta de la Paloma to be held on October 3rd at the Bill Franklin Center/Goree Expo and Coleman Rodeo Grounds. We hope everyone will join us at the Fiesta as we try to bring some new things. The Prickly Pear Food and Wine Festival will be on Saturday, October 24th in downtown Coleman. This is the first one for Coleman and everyone is planning on this being a great one. There are so many exciting happening in Coleman. Stay tuned for more exciting things in the next Chamber Chat.

One of the Chamber Business Member that we are spotlighting today is the Humane Society of Coleman County. In the Fall of 2003, JoAnn Eddleman saw the need for a Humane Society in Coleman and took the initiative to form one. Early members coming on board with her in the next few months were Linda Laws, Jody Guthrie, Sue Frizzell, LouAnn McNally, and Judy Meister. Through much dedication and hard work, JoAnn got the organization formally organized and got 501(c)(3) charitable organization status.

Since that early grassroots start with one rescue dog, the Humane Society now has a kennel located on Hwy 153 across from Holiday Hill. As seen in the picture, an expansion is now in process adding additional kennel space, all of which will be under cover. Future plans are to build a boarding kennel next to this one, but that is a little way down the road.

We currently advertise all our adoptable dogs on the internet, go to adoption events in several cities, and adopt locally directly from the kennel. We are a no-kill shelter and are very proud of the number of dogs we place each year. Dogs from Coleman have made their way to places like Canada, California, Florida, and South Carolina to name a few.

Several years ago, we opened a Thrift Store to help support our operation. We started in a building made available by Coleman County State Bank and have expanded to our current facility which is 2 buildings at 108 and 110 East Pecan. This had been a very successful operation with support on sales and donations from Coleman and surrounding cities, some as far away as Houston, Midland, Louisiana, and New Mexico. As adoptions and memorials from various animal lovers basically
support the expense of the kennel, much of the revenue of the Thrift Store is used for our Spay-Neuter assistance program and
reduced vaccination program for low-income families in Coleman County.

We try very hard to be a viable member of the Coleman community by taking part in the October Fiesta, supporting local sports teams with radio advertising and purchasing their fund raising items, and with the assistance of Richard Hetzel are currently working on making a dog park in what is known as the Gazebo lot on Commercial. We are recognized as a location for Community Service, and have had several persons work with us to get the hours they need. We are available for students who need to get voluntary hours for reporting on college applications. We are also very proud of the restoration and preservation of the two buildings at the Thrift Store as both buildings were in bad condition when we originally took ownership and should now be here for many years to come. We give a $500 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of the three County schools each year, as we recognize the importance of education for our youth.

Current members of the Humane Society Board are Nelda Copley, President and manager of the Thrift Store, Linda Laws (who still has the first rescue dog of the Society and who has many pass through her home as well as helping Animal Control in Coleman with a rescue horse), Sue Frizzell who with assistance of Ed Kay manages the Kennel, James Winstead who helps with maintenance of the buildings and kennel, Art Michon who does bookkeeping and frequently takes dogs to adoption events and maintains our web site as well as keeping dogs listed on the Internet, and Torrie Cosby who is an irreplaceable assistant in the Thrift Store. Dixie Lee is also a volunteer at the store everytime it is open. James Stricker is someone who helps wherever needed on a daily basis.

The Humane Society of very appreciative of all the people who assist us through donating to the store, volunteering to mow at the Kennel, shopping with us at the Thrift Store, making financial donations, and primarily, adopting from us when possible.

We wish to thank the Chamber for recognizing us this month and giving us an opportunity to express who we are and hope to be for a long time.

Another Chamber Business Member in the spotlight this month is the WW Redtop Lodge. The WW Redtop Lodge is owned and operated by Nathan and Amanda Wise, who 18 years of experience in the bird hunting business. When they began the business, the lodge slept only 12 hunters. Today, due to positive recommendations by word of mouth, the lodge sleeps 43.

Nathan has a passion for bird hunting and takes great pride in putting on a good hunt. Amanda makes sure hunters experience a wide variety of meals.

WW Redtop Lodge is located 3 miles south of Santa Anna on Hwy 283. You will experience prime dove hunting on some of the best sunflower and wheat fields in Coleman County.
This is what you can expect when you arrive at WW Redtop Lodge. Nathan will greet you when you arrive and get you settled in your sleeping quarters. If you arrive early enough in the afternoon, whether hunting dove, quail, or turkey, you will be taken to the hunting site for your first hunt. Otherwise, you can relax in our comfortable country setting, enjoy our delicious appetizers and snacks, or fish in tanks near the lodge. The evening meal consists of juicy, thick rib-eye steaks, catfish, or Amanda’s secret recipe for pork loins with all the trimmings. We also accommodate requested menus as well.

Your morning begins early with different cakes and breads, fruit, cerial, and of course, coffee. Nathan has scouted the fields and hunting sites and knows the best spot to place you for the best morning and evening hunts. If you are turkey hunting, Nathan is an experienced and confident caller and will be happy to help you get a bird. He feeds turkeys year round. After your hunt, then it’s back to camp where you will enjoy a well-deserved delicious brunch. This menu consists of eggs, sausage or bacon, a breakfast casserole, potatoes, homemade biscuits and gravy, watermelon, cantaloupe, and other fruits. After the meal, you might enjoy participating in a skeet contest, playing pool, darts, fishing, etc.
If you want Coleman county hunting at its best with abundant dove, quail, and turkey, we are happy to provide guided hunts, delicious food and lodging. You may contact us by email at wwwise@web-access.net, or call us at 325-348-3752 or 325-636-7392.

Once again we invite you to stop by the Chamber at 218 Commercial any time and
visit with us. We are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

Coleman County Telephone Co-op Annual Meeting

Coleman County Telephone Co-op Annual Meeting
LR- Genia Jones, Director John Hensley, Tyler Henderson, Director Roddy Dean, Aspen McConathy

The 62nd annual meeting of Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc. was held on Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Santa Anna Civic Center. The event was attended by approximately 350 people, 165 of those being registered members and eligible to vote in the election.

Stanley Hartman, CCTC Board of Directors President, called the meeting to order and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was delivered by Roddy Dean. Mr. Hartman presented the welcome address and expressed his appreciation to those in attendance.
Items on the agenda included a financial report by accountant, Janice Fellers and a report by general manager, Tim Humpert. Special guests in attendance were Dodie North of GVNW Consulting located in Kerrville and Bob Turner, rural consultant of the Voss community.

Director Roddy Dean, representing the scholarship committee, presented three $1000 scholarships to the recipients of the Tom Kingsbery Memorial Scholarship. The recipients are Aspen McConathy, daughter of Larry and Janice McConathy of Burkett attending Angelo State University, Genia Jones, daughter of Ray and Betsy Jones of Santa Anna, a student at Hardin Simmons University, and Tyler Henderson, son of Matt Henderson of Burkett, also attending Angelo State University. The selection committee was very impressed with the hard work and dedication exhibited by each of these young people as they pursue their education and career goals.

CCTC would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to each of these well-deserving students. All recipients are graduates of local Coleman County schools and are in their 2nd or higher year at a university pursuing their college education.

CCTC members elected two directors, each to serve a three-year term. Those elected were, John Hensley representing the Santa Anna South area, and Thomas Rutherford for the Rockwood area. The big winner of the night was Mark Turney, who won the $200.00 grand prize. Members received a door prize for their attendance and many prizes and gifts were on the list for the give-away drawing.

CHAPS schedules second Sip & Paint party

A great time was had by all at the August Sip & Paint party at Heritage Hall to benefit the museum. So much so that everyone wanted to know when the next party would be. Several have already signed up for the Sip & Paint scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Everyone had fun with the colorful donkey canvas, and local artist Ruth Ann Taylor has chosen a large daisy theme for the next subject. The drawing will be on your canvas to give all the artists (or budding artists) a head start as you decide on the colors to use. The acrylic paints and the brushes are also furnished.

Join in the fun by calling Kathy Andrews at 325-214-3355 or use the PayPal link on the Coleman Heritage, Arts & Preservation Society Facebook site. The fee is $30. You can bring your favorite beverage and snacks. CHAPS will provide the napkins, plates and glasses. 18 and older, everyone in attendance must paint!

CHAPS schedules second Sip & Paint party

September Employee Recognition

September Employee Recognition

Amy McMillan is a one year employee of the Coleman Police Department assigned to 911 telecommunications.

Amy grew up in Coleman and graduated from Breckenridge High School. Amy is married to Steven McMillan and they have one child together and two step children.

She currently holds a Basic Telecommunications operator license. Her hobbies include organizing and planning events for the Coleman Police Department and family activities.

Chris Kyle to be awarded TX Legislative Medal of Honor

Chris Kyle to be awarded TX Legislative Medal of Honor

Today, Chris Kyle will be posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor by Governor Abbott.

This is the highest military decoration that can be awarded to a soldier by the State of Texas.

Chris Kyle is a true Texas hero.

ALERRT at Texas State University National standard in active shooter response brings training to Coleman

ALERRT at Texas State University National standard in active shooter response brings training to Coleman

Active shooter response training has been delivered in Coleman, with law enforcement officers from surrounding areas and as far as Alaska and New York attending. The training was hosted by the Coleman ISD Police and the Coleman County Sheriffs Department. The training was funded through the Texas Governor’s Office Criminal Justice Division and the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the US Department of Justice. This means that there was no cost to the law enforcement agencies or the officers who attended the two classes. The combined grant funded cost of the two courses was $33,000.

Stop the Killing:
The weekend of February 28, March 1,2015 when most of the state of Texas was frozen and covered in ice there were about 25 dedicated law enforcement professionals gathered at Coleman High school to learn about the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) at Texas State University, which has been named the national standard in active shooter response by the FBI. This training was conducted by Instructors from ALERRT at Texas State. This ALERRT Level I class is designed to train law enforcement officers in the events and history of active shooters, why, where, and the people that committed these acts to better understand this type of event. The class also taught the law enforcement students how to approach, find, and deactivate or neutralize active shooter situation. This training puts the law enforcement officer under realistic stress and trains them to perform quick decision-making in only seconds of time.

Stop the Dying:
August 1 and 2, 2015, we gathered once again at Coleman High School to learn from the Instructors of ALERRT, this class was ALERRT Level 2. This training expanded on and add from the Level 1 active shooter response class and introduced medical needs of victims and how to get Fire Departments/EMS and other first responders to the scene and help with the victims of an active shooter event. This class began with the “find and neutralize the active shooter” realistic training, then moved into the Law Enforcement basic trauma/wound care to prepare victims for transport and higher level medical care.
Law enforcement who attended these two classes were from multiple states and agencies from across the country, among them, U.S. Treasury, Alaska, Brady P.D., Texas Parks and Wildlife, Coleman ISD Police, Coleman Sheriffs Office, Coleman P.D., Comanche Sheriff office, and New York. The ALERRT classes and training are recognized by the FBI as the national standard to respond to active shooter.

The following paragraph will tell you more detail about ALERRT and Texas State University and funding.

Many of our classes are funded through such funding sources as the Bureau of Justice Assistance, VALOR, the Office of the Governor, or the Department of Homeland Security. Since much of this training is awarded at no cost to the agency or the officers who are being trained, we appreciate mentioning the funder in news stories. Please ask us who awarded the funding for this training when gathering information about the delivery.

More than 70,000 law enforcement officers across the nation have been trained in ALERRT operations and tactics to respond to active shooter situations. This vital training is delivered by veteran law enforcement SWAT specialists with proven experience in active shooter response and police training. In March of 2013, the FBI announced that ALERRT is the national standard through which they are training their agents. Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Iowa, Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, and South Carolina are among the first states to train and adopt the ALERRT curriculum as their state standard in active shooter response. Other states are moving forward with this as their standard and many large cities (New York City, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and San Antonio) are training all of their front line officers in ALERRT tactics and standards.

Currently, nine courses make up the ALERRT catalog: Basic Active Shooter Response Level I ("Stop the Killing"); Train the Trainer -Level I; Medical Response for Law Enforcement Level II ("Stop the Dying"); First Responder Breaching; Low Light; Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events (ERASE); Plain Clothes Response to Violent Encounters (PCRVE); Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) and Active Threat Integrated Response Course (ATIRC).

ALERRT courses are delivered year round at our training facility in San Marcos, Texas, as well as in communities across the nation.

The Golden Age of Entertainment --- TEEA District 7 Retreat

The Golden Age of Entertainment --- TEEA District 7 Retreat
Pictured from L-R are: Nina Childress, Anna Jenkins, Dorothy McDonald, “Elvis”, Dora Newman, Helen Cross and Jean Langford.

Coleman County Extension Education Association members attended the District 7 TEEA Retreat August 4th and 5th, in the Texas 4H Center, at Lake Brownwood. Those attending were Good Neighbor members; Nina Childress, Helen Cross, Anna Jenkins, Jean Langford, Dorothy McDonald, Dora Newman and Janet Nelson, CEA-FCS (not pictured)..

The theme of the event was "The Golden Age of Entertainment". The group enjoyed food, fun, fellowship and programs. The programs included "Mature Drivers", the singing/dancing group "The Hattelines" "Tea Time", and "Mason Bees - Pollinators of Gardens" (by Caroline Skelton of Coleman County!)

Brown County hosted the event, with Taylor and Coleman Counties acting as co-hosts.

#MakeItGoldForKids Gold Getter Training

#MakeItGoldForKids Gold Getter Training

Help CureSearch #MakeItGoldForKids this September during Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This video is a training for our volunteer "Gold Getters" to learn how to help us spread the word.

Coleman Public Library receives grant

Coleman Public Library receives grant

The Coleman Public Library received a generous grant of $4,923.17 from the Friends of the Coleman County Foundation.

We are pleased to announce we have received full funding for 3D technology to enhance the Summer Reading Program, ACE Summer Reading Program, and to provide this new technology to the community of Coleman County.

The 3D technology included in the grant are ten 3D doodle pens, a Cricut Expression machine, a cube 3D printer, and the required accessories. We are excited to ring this new technology to our programs and activities with the children and community. The power pack 3D cube printer will be available for check-out to churches, community organizations, and boards of Coleman County for a minimal fee to replace additional filament supplies. In house services using the 3D printer will be available to individuals soon, fees will be determined at a later date by the Library Advisory Board.

Central Texas Farm Credit to relocate Administrative offices to Early, Texas

Coleman branch office to continue to operate normally

Central Texas Farm Credit recently announced plans to build a new corporate headquarters and branch office building in Early, Texas. The Coleman branch office will continue to operate normally, while administrative personnel will relocate to Early.

"The Coleman branch office is an integral part of our organization and it will continue to serve the Coleman area and community," said Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Chambers, "Coleman has been good to Central Texas Farm Credit and this move will have no impact whatsoever on our Coleman branch customers."

Central Texas Farm Credit has experienced substantial growth in both loan volume and staff over the past five years. The new facility in Early will alleviate serious overcrowding issues in both the current Early branch and the Administrative offices currently housed in Coleman.

A handful of Administrative employees will relocate from Coleman to the new corporate headquarters in Early. According to Chambers, the move will reduce or eliminate a lengthy commute for most of the employees transferring to the new location. The Coleman branch office and employees will continue to operate under the leadership of Branch President, Scott Ogden.

The relocation of the company's administrative office is intended to better serve customers and employees and will position Central Texas Farm Credit for long-term growth. The Early building project is expected to be completed in April 2016.


Founded in 1916, Central Texas Farm Credit is dedicated to providing a reliable source of financing for agricultural producers, agribusinesses, and recreational property. Member-owned and part of the Farm Credit system, Central Texas Farm Credit maintains a portfolio of 2,700 loans for over $430 million in a 20 county area in central and west Texas. It is headquartered in Coleman, Texas and has branch offices in Brownwood, Texas; San Angelo, Texas; Comanche, Texas; Brady, Texas, and Haskell, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.ranchmoney.com or call 877-229-0221.


Central Texas Farm Credit to relocate Administrative offices to Early, Texas

Central Texas Opportunities receives grant from CEAP

Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. has received an additional $328,175.00 for the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP).

CEAP provides assistance to targeted households with priority given to elderly, disabled, families with young children and high energy cost related to income.  Additionally, eligible households receive education and coordination of resources.

Household Crisis - Provides Utility assistance, service and repair of existing heating and cooling units or portable units in an energy related crisis.

Utility Assistance - Provides energy payments to assist low-income household to reduce their home energy needs.
Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. serves Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, and Runnels counties.

For more information on grants available in your county, please visit our website www.ctoinc.org or the administration office at 325-625-4167.

Central Texas Opportunities receives grant from CEAP