Paint the town BLUE!

Paint the town BLUE!

By Kaitlin Chamblee (7th Grader CJH)

Are you ready for “paint the town blue”?  It starts tonight! The Boosters will be out painting paws downtown and around Hufford Field. For the last ten years, Coleman has really got caught up in “Painting the Town Blue”.  Let’s keep it up!

The Boosters are selling Bluecat flags for $30. Joe Zarate will even come put one up with a pole for you. (It will cost a little extra, but remember…all the money goes to the kids.)

The Boosters are hoping all the Bluecat fans will put up blue Christmas lights, flags, and anything blue you can find to decorate and show your Bluecat spirit!

2015 Coleman High Homecoming Nominees

The 2015 Homecoming King Nominees for Coleman High School are: Gino Marks, Chase Taylor, Kyle Boyet, Cord Norris, Woody Bartell, and Aaron Brewster.

Homecoming King will be announced during the Pep Rally on Friday Oct 16th at the new Coleman High School Gym.

The 2015 Homecoming Queen Nominees for Coleman High School are: Sydney Rutledge, Mariana Watson, Brooklyn Guerrero, Ashlee Whitten, and Ashley Hammonds.

Homecoming Queen will be announced during the halftime festivities on Friday October 16th when the Bluecats take on the Colorado City Wolves

CHS Alumni Reunion

Huge "Thank You" to the folks and businesses who are sponsors for the 2015 CHS Alumni Association Golf Tournament on October 16!

There is still time to become a sponsor, a volunteer, or a team player! Call Jack Birdwell, at 432-213-5268, or Bennie Flynn, at 214-460-9398.


There's also still time to donate items for auction at the Reunion, either live auction or silent auction. Everyone from any class is encouraged to bring auction items to the Franklin Center on Friday the 16th,  or early Saturday morning, the 17th OR bring to Terry Studio by 15 October, if you will not be attending the reunion.

If you have auction items to bring, please take quick photos and send to Mary Alice: to go on the Reunion website on the AUCTION PREVIEW page.


CHS Alumni Association Members, please see the announcement concerning Bylaws changes and Officer Nominations:


CHS Band Members, remember the BIG BLUE BAND REUNION:



It is not too late to get your registration in ... But be sure it is received by the registrar by October 15.

Panther Creek Students of the Month - September

Panther Creek Students of the Month - September

Congratulations on being Panther Creek's Student of the Month, for September!

High School: Avery Ball, Matthew Morris
Junior High: Dylan Williams, CJ Blick
Elementary: James Tapia, Mia Armendariz

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Brownwood, Texas – October 1, 2015- The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter (The ARK) is inviting the public to take part in this year’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (NDVAM). Each year October is set aside to honor the victims that have lost their lives to domestic violence, celebrate the progress survivors and advocates have made, and connect with our community to help end domestic violence.

The ARK will be participating in NDVAM with the Empty Shoes Display throughout all three counties that they serve, Brown, Comanche and Coleman. The displays will be at local schools, courthouses, medical facilities and public places and honors our local victims that have lost their lives to domestic violence. The display is a sobering reminder that domestic violence is happening here in our local area. Each pair of shoes represents a mother, sister, friend, or child that were murdered in a domestic violence situation. The ARK does this so that each victim is remembered and has their story told.

From October 5th through October 9th, the display can be found at Brownwood, Coleman, Early, Brooksmith, and Bangs High Schools. The following week the display will be at Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Coleman County Medical Center, Comanche County Medical Center as well as the Heartland Mall in Early. October 19th-23rd, the display will be at Howard Payne University-Girling Center, Texas State Technical College, Ranger College in Comanche, and DeLeon High School. The last week of October the display will be at the Brown, Coleman, and Comanche County Courthouses, as well as Premier, Blanket, and May High Schools.
On Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, The ARK will have their annual Candlelight Vigil in the Howard Payne University-Girling Center. A reading will take place of the names for the 2014 Texas victims as well as remembering the twelve victims from our tri-county area of Brown, Coleman, and Comanche. There will also be a guest speaker talking about Domestic Violence in our community and how we are responding to it. The Candlelight Vigil will end with the lighting of candles and a moment of silence to remember the victims.
Each year over 100 victims in Texas alone are murdered by an intimate partner. 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. October is the month that we observe these issues and pledge to end domestic violence in our communities. This month is set aside to remind each of us what we can personally do to help stop the violence.

The ARK along with local police, court officials, and community agencies work together to make our communities safer and to end the violence that is happening in too many homes. We are reaching out to the community and asking for help to end this epidemic of violence. For more information about our services or about National Domestic Violence Awareness Month please contact The ARK at 325-643-2699. You can also go online to

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The ARK is preparing for Octobers National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Panther Creek Fall Festival - Saturday, October 17

Panther Creek Fall Festival - Saturday, October 17

Panther Creek C.I.S. D. will be having their annual Fall Festival on Saturday October 17, 2015 beginning at 4:00 pm.

Elementary and Junior High thru 9th grades will have games and booths in the Activity Building. Elementary will also be having the Country Store, where you can buy lots of homemade goodies, and also the Ice Cream Shop will be in the cafeteria. Sophomores will have the Cake Walk again this year in the Activity Building. The Junior Class will be having the concession stand in the cafeteria. The Senior Class would like to remind everyone that Bingo will begin at 6:00 pm. We hope to see you Saturday.

2015 Fiesta de la Paloma Winners

1st Brisket - Jamie Lopez
2nd Brisket - Jeff Tibbetts
3rd Brisket - Josh Cleland
1st Chicken - Skip Headen
2nd Chicken - Jamie Lopez
3rd Chicken - John Barbee
1st Ribs - Jamie Lopez
2nd Ribs - Dave Calvery
3rd Ribs - Trey Hinds
1st Dove - Mike Barker
2nd Dove - Betty Haggerton
3rd Dove - Jason Hefferson
1st Beans - Jamie Paini
2nd Beans - John Barbee
3rd Beans - Jeff Tibbetts
1st Steak - Dustin Sanders
2nd Steak - Mike Barker
3rd Steak - Joe Stump
4th Steak - Brennen Johnson
5th Steak - Jeff Tibbetts
Grand Champion - Jamie Lopez
Reserve Champion - John Barbee
Champion Header in Team Roping - Rusty Turner
Champion Heeler in Team Roping - Kyle Ribble
    Buckles sponsored by: 
    Justin & Tricia Kimmel 

Classic Custom Motorcycle - Roy Burnett
Late Model Custom Motorcycle - Roy Burnett
Vintage Custom Motorcycle - Joe Garza
Best Paint Motorcycle - Roy Burnette
Best Engine Motorcycle - Joe Garza
Best of Show Motorcycle - Joe Garza
Best Antique Car - Doug Campbell
Best Classic Car - David Glessner
Best Muscle Car - Robert Rankin
Best Street Rod - Ryan Rankin
Best Convertible - Les Gray
Best Original Car - Rick Kirkland
Best Truck (Early) - Monte Garner
Best Truck (Late) - Ryan Rankin
Best Engine - Ryan Rankin
Best Paint - Ryan Rankin
Best Interior - Ross Horner
Best Unfinished - Monte Garner
Best in Show (Car) - Ryan Rankin
People's Choice (Car) - Les Gray
Host Choice (Car) - Ken Greaves
Miss Coleman County 2nd Runner Up - Alexa Diaz
Miss Coleman County 1st Runner Up - Emily Milward
Miss Coleman County for 2015-2016 - Kloe Hale

2015 Fiesta de la Paloma Winners

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. 

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

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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 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