Panther Creek Fire Safety

Panther Creek students Javian Parra and Caleb Hinton pose with Coleman Firefighters after their presentation on fire safety.  Also pictured is South Coleman County Volunteer Fire Chief, Rick Jennings.

Panther Creek Fire Safety

Chicken Spaghetti Luncheon

It’s time once again for the annual Chicken Spaghetti Luncheon hosted by the Women of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  The Luncheon will be Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 11:30 AM to 1 PM.  The Luncheon will be held in St. Mark’s Mission Hall.  Adult Tickets at $7.00 and Children Tickets at $4.00.  The full menu is Chicken Spaghetti, Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Homemade Dessert, Tea or Water.  Remember, take outs are available.

This organization donates to places such as the Santa Anna Food Pantry, Coleman Loaves and Fishes, Coleman Senior Center and Coleman Elementary School with school supplies.

They look forward to serving you on Sunday, October 30th.

Coleman Police Department Weekly Activity Report

Thursday, October 13, 2016 –Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

14:26   Suspicious Person Intersection of N Frio St and Peach St
18:52   Missing Property Intersection of Post St and Brush St

Friday, October 14, 2016
08:18   Missing Property 100 blk E College St
12:04   Two Vehicle Accident Intersection of Walnut St and 5th Ave
14:49   Civil Dispute 100 blk N Concho St
20:46   One Arrested Warrant Service Intersection of Peach St and Frio St
21:49   One Vehicle Accident 1500 blk N Neches St

Saturday, October 15, 2016
13:45   Two Vehicle Accident Intersection of Pecos St and W 13th St
18:32   Welfare Check 900 blk Comal St
19:21   One Arrested Disruptive Person 900 blk S Neches St
21:26   Criminal Trespass Warning 1600 blk N Neches St
22:58   Snake 1400 blk Hwy 84 Bypass

Sunday, October 16, 2016
01:42   Suspicious Activity 200 blk E 3rd St
02:31   Suspicious Activity 700 blk W 13th St
18:33   Reckless Driver Brush St
23:33   One Arrested Warrant Service Intersection of S Commercial Ave and E 4th St

Monday, October 17, 2016
16:55   Suspicious Activity 100 blk N Frio St
17:27   Road Hazard Intersection of Santa Anna Ace and Guadelupe St
18:13   Suspicious Activity 500 blk S Nueces St
20:02   Disturbance 500 blk Llano St
20:59   Criminal Mischief 2100 blk S Pecos St

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
10:35   Missing Child 700 blk S Pecos St
14:36   Disturbance 1400 blk Mountain St
17:26   Missing Person 500 blk Cottonwood St

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
07:39   Suspicious Person 1400 blk Hillcrest St
11:57   Abandoned Vehicles 1300 blk S Frio St
17:51   Found Property 800 blk W 15th St

Bluecat send-off

Hey Bluecat fans! There will be a send off for the Coleman Bluecat football team this Friday! They will be traveling down Commercial from the armory to the courthouse and then make the U-turn and back up to the light. Be downtown by 3:45 or as soon as you can after the pep rally! Bring your noise makers and signs to help support the Bluecats! Go Bluecats! Beat the Mavericks! 


LUBBOCK, TX – Today, Sen. Charles Perry announces a series of town hall forums across the district, with a stop in Coleman, Texas.

Sen. Perry said, “Town halls are a great way for citizens to get engaged in the political process without traveling all the way to Austin. Hearing directly from the people I represent is one of the most valuable things I do as a State Senator."

The next legislative session begins on January 10th. This will be Sen. Perry's second session in the Texas Senate after serving two terms in the Texas House. He currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs.

At the forum, Sen. Perry will discuss his legislative agenda, the state budget, and how the legislative process works. Most importantly, he will answer questions and hear feedback from constituents.

“Texas must remain an economic leader in our country by promoting the free market and reducing tax burdens on families. We also need to secure the border, have a strong education system in place, improve water laws, and ensure health care is affordable," said Sen. Perry.

The event is open to the public and will take place on November 2nd at 
11:00 a.m. at the Coleman Library located at 402 S. Commercial Avenue, Coleman, TX 76834.

If you would like additional details, please contact us at 325-481-0028 or email

Coleman ISD Weekly Calendar, 10/24-10/28

Coleman ISD Weekly Calendar, 10/24-10/28

Garden Club

Garden Club
Jane Padgitt exhibiting her artistic design made from succulent cuttings.

Members of the Town and Country Garden Club of Coleman County held their monthly meeting on October 11, 2016. The group traveled to Abilene to hear a program on Growing and Propagating Succulents presented by Barbara Rives, Ed.D. Members then toured her greenhouse and her extensive succulent collection.

After the program, the group enjoyed lunch followed by a short business meeting conducted by President Lorene Halfmann. Jane Padgitt presented an Artistic Design made from succulent cuttings, and fall treats and desserts were provided my Nancy Berry.

The next meeting will be held on November 1, 2016 at the J.A.B. Miller Library.

Library will be closed Saturday

The Coleman Public Library will be closed this Saturday, October 22nd for the Prickly Pear Wine Tasting event.

Normal hours will resume Tuesday, October 25th at 10:00 am.

Fundraiser for Adel Hunter

Adel Hunter's co-workers at Coleman Medical Associates have organized a raffle to help pay for her breast cancer treatment expenses.

You can also call 325-625-3533 for tickets. 

Fundraiser for Adel Hunter

Panther Creek High School Charcoal Art Projects

Panther Creek High School Charcoal Art Projects

Front: Canyon Jackson, Lupe Campbell, Cassandra Alonzo, Kaeli Kading, Cody Tovar

Back: Juan Avila, Donald White, Allen Pricer, Brayan Avila

PC Cross Country

PC Cross Country

Faith Goins placed 8th of 47 runners at the district cross country meet held in Eula. Her time was 14:39. She is an 8th grade student at Panther Creek.

Businesses participating in Trunk or Treat

1. Coleman Co. Electric Co-op: at Courthouse
2. Coleman Co. State Bank: in front of the Bank
3. Grammer's: in front of the Store - 106 Commercial
4. Edward D. Jones: in front of the Office - 112 W. Liveoak
5. Petal Patch: in front of the Store - 310 Commercial
6. Chamber of Commerce: in front of the Office - 218 Commercial
7.  Retired Teachers: in front of Germania - 203 Commercial
8.  West-T-Go: in their store - 214 E. Walnut
9. Coleman Interbank: in front of the bank - 100 S. Commercial
10. Allcorn Funeral Home: in front of the funeral home - 401 Commercial
11. Coleman Police Department: at the Department - 109 N. Concho
12. 4-H Students & Staff: at the Courthouse
13. Coleman Video: 116 Commercial
14. Coleman Public Library: 400 Commercial
15. Westside Market & Laundry: at their location -- 1001 5th Avenue
16. Double H Family Dining: at their location -- 601 Commercial

Rosales wins district XC title; JV runs to 6-3A team crown

Marie Rosales and the Coleman High School  Bluekatts went into the District 6-3A Cross Country Championships looking to prove they were among the best. They can consider that mission accomplished.

Rosales helped power the Coleman varsity girls’ team to a second-place finish in the district standings by turning in an outstanding effort. The CHS standout won the varsity girls’ 5-kilometer race.

By winning the district title, Rosales will advance to the regional track meet, which is scheduled for Oct. 29 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. The top finishers at the regional meet will advance to the state cross country meet, which is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Round Rock.

While the varsity girls’ team finished second overall, the Coleman JV and seventh-grade girls’ teams walked away with the district crown.

The Coleman seventh grade boys’ team also did well, finishing third in their division. The CHS eighth grade girls took fourth.

PC looks to end playoff drought

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice

The Panther Creek High School football team can move a step closer to a return to the six-man football state playoffs this weekend with a win over the Brookesmith Mustangs in a key District 121A matchup.

Make no mistake about it, ending a 4-year playoff drought is foremost on PC’s mind.

The Panthers, now 7-0 following a forfeit victory over Sidney last week, head into the showdown with plenty of momentum. Panther Creek is a heavy favorite to win, being a 45-point pick by

Brookesmith, which is seeking to snap a lengthy playoff drought of its own, comes into the showdown with a full head of steam of its own. The Mustangs, who struggled to a 1-4 start, have averaged more than 50 points in each of their last three games and enter their bout with 13th-ranked Panther Creek at 4-4.

Brookesmith has not qualified for the six-man state playoffs in approximately a decade.

Another local team looking to move a step closer to the postseason on Friday will be the Santa Anna Mountaineers. The Mountaineers will host Veribest beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Santa Anna, which is coming off a bye week, enters the game at 4-3 and ranked No. 17 in the Class A, Division I rankings.
The Mountaineers are favored to win by 45 points.


Loboes rally for 42-21 victory 

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice

As the final seconds ticked off the clock on Friday night during the Coleman Bluecats’ 42-21 loss to the Cisco Loboes in front of a large crowd at Hufford Field, head coach John Elder grimaced and acknowledged the Bluecats’ loss was more a result of seven plays rather than a more talented team winning.
Just seven during the course of a 2 ½ hour game that featured more than 100 snaps spelled doom.

Seven plays – three by Cisco and four by Coleman - during a 21-0 run by the Loboes. The other two came in the first half, including a crucial penalty on Coleman late in the second quarter that enabled the Loboes to build some energy and recover from a slow start.

“I was very proud of my kids,” said Elder said. “I thought we played hard but once they got the momentum, we couldn’t get it back. When you start playing from behind against a team like Cisco, you better have something more than we were able to bring tonight.”

With the loss, Coleman fell to 5-2 for the season and to 1-1 in District 4-3A race – a mark that leaves Coleman in third in the standings behind Cisco and Eastland.

Cisco certainly wasn’t smiling early in the affair. The Coleman defense and special teams put the Loboes on their heels quickly.

After Cisco had struggled to gain momentum – and yards – on their first possession. Loboes’ head coach Brent West decided to take the safe approach. Facing a 4th-and-4 play from his own 31, the veteran head coach called for a punt.

Darrian Hunter didn’t mind the Cisco decision at all.

The Bluecat senior fielded Israel Adame’s punt on a hop at his own 26. After a quick run to his left, he turned upfield and sprinted 74 yards to the end zone. His special teams heroics staked Coleman to a quick 7-0 lead just 1:29 into the showdown.

Coleman added even more gloom to the Lobo game minutes later. The Bluecats forced Cisco to punt away each of its next two possessions. As a team, Cisco managed just 18 total yards on its first 12 plays against a swarming Bluecat defense.

Unfortunately, the same special teams play that provided Coleman a spark early served Cisco well late in the frame. The Loboes partially blocked a Bluecat punt with 2:44 left in the first and took over the ball at the CHS 34. Five plays later, facing a third-and-10 play from the Coleman 22, Cisco quarterback Kase Gayle scrambled to recover a poor snap and then tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Kelley, who had sneaked behind two CHS defenders into the corner of the end zone.

Kelley’s TD reception enabled Cisco to knot the score at 7-7 with 26 seconds left in the first quarter.

Cisco didn’t have long to enjoy the lead. Coleman regained the upper hand on its ensuing series by reeling off a 10-play 66-yard scoring march that put the Bluecats up 14-7 with 8:22 left in the half.

Quarterback Bryson Hammonds gave the Bluecat offense the spark it needed during the drive with three key plays. On Coleman’s second play of the series, the senior scrambled around the right end for 10 yards and a first down at the CHS 45. Two plays later, he hooked up on a quick pass with Jett Allen for a 9-yard strike that took the ball into the Loboes’ end of the field. Moments later, he hooked up with Allen again on a 12-yard pass that moved the ball to the Cisco 32.

Hammonds torched the Lobo defense from there. After a running play had resulted in a 2-yard loss, Hammonds took the Coleman offense to the air – and into the Cisco end zone – with a 34-yard pass to Hunter.

Allen’s ensuing PAT put Coleman on top 14-7.

The Bluecats appeared to take control of the game minutes later. After Cisco had taken the ensuing kick, Gayle lofted a 32-yard pass to Leslie Edgar and moved to the Coleman 38. Coleman yielded just four yards on the Loboes’ next two plays. Then, on third down, they pulled Gayle down well short of the first down – all but forcing Cisco into a punting situation.

Unfortunately for Coleman, the Bluecats were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct following the play. The penalty gave the Loboes new life with a first down at the CHS 14. Two plays later, Dathan Harding crashed into the end zone for a touchdown.

The Bluecat defense did come away with a win, however. Coleman’s Walt Arnold and Dylan Robles helped bottle up Gayle at the goal line on the two-point attempt, leacing Coleman holding a 14-13 cushion with 5:43 left in the opening half.

Unfazed by the Loboes’ touchdown, Coleman answered right back. Coleman regained the momentum on its next possession, driving 66 yards on nine plays to take a 21-13 lead.

Zane Rosales helped get the Bluecats’ started with a solid return of the Loboes’ kickoff. The senior kick returner took the kick back to the Coleman 34. From there, Hammonds put the Bluecat offense on his shoulders. He carried the ball on four of the team’s next five plays, rolling up 31 yards en route to leading Coleman to the Cisco 31.

Fullback Riley Harris came up with the big play from there. He caught a short pass from Hammonds on a third-and-6 play and then danced his way along the sideline for a gain of 14.
That was all the help Hammonds needed. Facing a first down at the Cisco 17, Hammonds took a snap from center, fought off a one-handed tackle by Harding at the line of scrimmage and then raced 17 yards to the end zone. Allen’s third PAT of the first half gave Coleman a 21-13 lead with 1:47 left in the period.

Cisco refused to ride into the half. The Loboes put together a quick 3-play 56-yard drive that ended with a 27-yard TD run by Harding with 55 seconds left. Harding’s second touchdown of the quarter – and the ensuing two-point conversion pass -  helped Cisco rally from an 8-point deficit and head into the half with the score knotted at 21-21.

Cisco continued to build momentum in the third. The Loboes ended Coleman’s initial possession of the second half with an interception. They promptly converted the turnover into a 9-play, 50-yard scoring drive that gave them their first lead of the game, at 28-21, with 6 minutes to play.

The Bluecats threatened to dampen the Loboes’ momentum on their next series. Hammonds spearheaded a quick 4-play series that gave Coleman a first down at the Cisco 19. After an illegal procedure penalty had backed the Bluecats up to the 24, Hammonds reeled off a 6-yard gain to the 18.

Unfortunately for CHS, the drive didn’t turn into points. Coleman misfired on passes on third and fourth down and turned the ball over on downs.

Cisco didn’t waste any time in building its lead. The Loboes put together an 8-play, 82-yard march that pushed its lead to 14, at 35-21. Gayle capped Cisco’s second scoring march of the second half with a 34-yard scamper on the fifth play of the fourth quarter.

The Loboes’ top rusher and passer, Gayle finished the game with 275 all-purpose yards, including 168 via the run.

Cisco finished off its rally on its next possession. Overcoming a 15-yard facemasking penalty that took them back to their own 28, the Loboes sealed the win with a 5-play, 72-yard drive. Gayle accounted for all of the yards in the series by scampering for 72 yards on a third-and-24 play.

Despite the loss, Elder said he was pleased with the Bluecats’ overall effort.

“I though we played hard,” he said. “We just played a great football team.”

Coleman will return to play on Friday in Eastland.

District 4-3A Standings
                 Overall     District
Team           W-L          W-L         PF       PA
Cisco            5-1          2-0         247     84
Eastland       5-2          2-0         315    109
Coleman      5-2          1-1         191     113
Tolar            6-1         1-1          284     169
Bangs           2-4         0-2            98     192
Dublin          0-7         0-2          101     347
Last week’s games: Tolar 60, Bangs 18; Cisco 42, Coleman 21; Eastland 76, Dublin 14
This week’s games: Bangs at Cisco, Coleman at Eastland, Dublin at Tolar.

Gallery of photos from Coleman vs. Cisco

Coleman Police Department Activity Report

October 6-12, 2016

Thursday, October, 6 2016
17:06 Theft reported on 1200 Blk S. Concho
18:02 Hit and Run reported on 100 Blk S. Concho
18:18 Hit and Run reported on 400 Blk Lake View Dr.
20:40 Domestic Disturbance reported in the Intersection of College Ave and Concho St.

Friday, October, 7 2016
10:19 Male arrested on a local city warrant on 700 Blk W. Cedar
15:01 Disturbance reported on 200 Blk S. Concho St.
17:18 Threats made on 900 Blk S Neches St.
20:29 Unwanted male subject on 400 Blk Lackland St.

Saturday, October, 8 2016
01:24 male arrested on HWY 84 Bypass & E. Liveoak on DWI charge
05:16 Single vehicle wreck on HWY 153
22:41 Suspicious Subjects reported on Peach St and Nueces St
23:27 Male arrested on HWY 84 Bypass for out of county warrant
23:41 Disturbance on 2800 Blk Hwy 84

Sunday, October, 9 2016
01:08 Suspicious activity reported on 1100 Blk N Neches St
 05:26 Suspicious activity reported on 1100 Blk Austin St
08:59 Unwanted person on 6oo Blk S Commercial Ave
14:54 Hit and Run 1100 Blk San Marcos
17:27 Disturbance on  600 Blk N Pecos St
17:43 Suspicious vehicle & Public Lewdness at Coleman City Park
18:50 Debit card fraud reported at 100 Blk S Concho
20:20 Disturbance 100 Blk Brush St
23:44 Assault reported at 300 Blk S Pecos

Monday, October, 10 2016
14:20 Unwanted subject at 300 Blk S Pecos
17:18 Dog at large 900 Blk W. 4th St
17:41 Two vehicle wreck on S. Colorado & E. Pecan
20:07 Disturbance on 600 Blk Rio Grande

Tuesday, October, 11 2016
08:08 Burglary of building on 1300 Blk  Hwy 84 bypass
08:53 Burglary of building on 700 Blk Park St.
15:37 2 vehicle wreck on 1500 Blk S. Colorado St.
22:27 Disturbance on Nueces and Cedar Street

Wednesday, October, 12 2016
09:12 Theft reported on 100 Blk S Concho
19:15 Theft of electricity & water on 700 Blk W Walnut Street
20:08 Suspicious Activity reported on 600 Blk Santa Anna Ave

October is National Physical Therapist Month

During National Physical Therapy Month in October, the physical therapists at Coleman County Medical Center (CCMC) are raising awareness about both the health benefits of physical therapy and  the availability of these services in Coleman County.  PIctured above are: Left: Stephanie Diaz, Physical Therapist, Right: Dr. Justin Tammany, Physical Therapy Director.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged providers to reduce prescriptions of opioid pain medications in favor of safe and effective alternatives, such as physical therapy, for chronic pain conditions like low back pain, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. In 2012 alone, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in America to have their own bottle of pills. While these drugs are necessary in some cases, they carry significant risks such as overdose and addiction.

According to Justin Tammany, Physical Therapy Director at Coleman County Medical Center and board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, “Pain medications often just mask the symptoms of the problem. As physical therapists, we are trained to identify the cause of the pain, and correct it through a combination of hands-on techniques, exercise and education. We want to help our clients become active participants in their own recovery.”

Despite offering outpatient physical therapy services for several years, some in the community are still unaware that they can receive their treatment in Coleman. “One thing I am really proud of is the quality of physical therapy services that we offer at CCMC," Tammany related. “Between our therapists, we have over twenty-five years of experience in all areas of PT, along with numerous certifications and education that equal or exceed our big city peers. We recently had a patient from the metroplex who was continuing treatment here while on a hunting trip. After treatment at CCMC, he went back to his surgeon and asked why Fort Worth cannot find physical therapists as good as little Coleman."

Coleman County Medical Center provides traditional physical therapy, sports physical therapy and rehabilitation to patients of all ages and conditions. This includes use of evidence-based treatment techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to achieve superior outcomes. All patients have the right to choose their physical therapy provider.

October is National Physical Therapist Month
Stephanie Diaz and Dr. Justin Tammany

CJHS October Students of the Month

CJHS October Students of the Month

Members of the Coleman Junior High School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society recently voted on students of the month for October. 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.

5th grade girl: Katy Elder
5th grade boy: Jacob Ramirez
6th grade girl: Bethany Jones
6th grade boy: Dayden Hunter
7th grade girl: Shauna McCambridge
7th grade boy: Denver Hunter
8th grade girl: Hannah Rose
8th grade boy: Jacob Hohmann

USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Texas Farmers in Response to 2015 Market Downturn 

(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) -- Oct. 18, 2016 – USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, announced that approximately $354 million will be paid to Texas farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2015 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

“These safety-net programs provide help when price and revenues fall below normal, unlike the previous direct payments program that provided funds even in good years,” said Canales.  “These payments will help provide reassurance to Texas farm families, who are standing strong against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing conditions.”

According to Canales, Texas, producers of barley, canola, oats, peanuts, dry peas, sorghum, soybeans and wheat in 180 counties have experienced a drop in price and/or revenues below the benchmark price established by the ARC or PLC programs and will receive payments. In the upcoming months, payments will be announced after marketing year average prices are published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) for the remaining covered commodities. These include long and medium/short grain rice which will be announced in November and remaining oilseeds and chickpeas, which will be announced in December.  Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

“It’s important to remember that ARC and PLC payments by county can vary because average county yields will differ,” said Canales. 

More details on the price and yield information used to calculate the financing assistance from the safety-net programs is available on the FSA website at and

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 2,500 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

Come home to CONCHO

After years of planning and prayer, and weeks of construction, Concho Baptist Church has a completely remodeled Sanctuary.  From paint, to rock work, to dropping the ceiling and finding beautiful original hardwood floors, the Sanctuary is almost unrecognizable.  Not only does it feel more cozy and inviting, it smells new and is a beautiful place for the Lord to meet with His people.

“Come Home to CONCHO” services will be this Sunday at 10:45am.  We invite everyone to come see our beautiful Sanctuary and worship our Lord together.  Whether you’re just curious to see the inside, been away from Concho for a while or looking for a new church home, you are invited!

Concho Baptist Church has been in Coleman for almost 90 years.  We have a warm, loving and welcoming congregation with a heart to serve.  Dynamic music, powerful preaching, active youth and children’s ministries, ladies’ bible study and monthly ladies’ meetings are the core of who we are.

So, join us this Sunday and help us praise the Lord for all He’s done in our amazing church and let’s see what He’ll do in each of our lives.

Coloring Book Drive

Coloring Book Drive

The Coleman High School MAD (Make A Difference) Project would like to thank everyone for supporting our coloring book drive.

Because of your generosity, 412 coloring books will be delivered to Cook Children’s Hospital.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Panther Creek Fall Festival

Panther Creek CISD will be having their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29, 2016 beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Elementary and Junior High (through 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 p.m.

We hope to see you Saturday.

Fiesta Art Show

Fiesta Art Show

The Fine Arts League 24th Annual Fiesta show is in the ‘done’ file - one of the best yet with art show, work shop, and a spectacular “Preview/Sale Party”.  All done with class and fine dining along with a raffle drawing for 2 paintings done by 2 members of the League: Ginger Test and Ruth Ann Taylor.

DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR ARTIST LINDA WRIGHT: Linda’s painting of a  “Dove” was awarded the coveted  cover photo for the Fiesta Art Show brochure (see photo).  Best of Show Award was  also captured by talented Linda , with her  painting,  “Flicker”.  

This year’s  event will be a  hard one  to follow next year, but the Fine Arts League has already started making plans for a bigger/better year = more participation/furthering the arts in the community/youth involvement and other events  in which to participate. Get ready!  It’s going to be a SPECTACULAR YEAR FOR THE ARTS!
You can be a part of this important endeavor by joining the Fine Arts League of Coleman County. Contact  any art league member.  Remember: One is not required to wield a brush, pen, pencil  to help with this organization’s goals and  help make Coleman the “Arts Destination” it can be.

The League’s annual Christmas party will be a good opportunity for you  to meet the members and become acquainted with the goals for the organization. You are invited, welcome and encouraged to come and see what the Fine Arts League is all about and how you might help make Coleman the “Arts Destination” it can be.
                                                              Fine Arts League of Coleman County, Inc.
Marian Johnson, Publicity

“Trunk or Treat” Event Set for Monday, Oct. 31

Coleman’s “Trunk or Treat” event will be held Monday, Oct. 31st from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  This event is sponsored by the Downtown Business People’s Association.  Businesses will hand out candy to the kids in the downtown area.  For those businesses not in the downtown area who want to participate, can set up by the median in downtown, but we do need to know so that they can be included in the list as “trunkers”.

Any business that would like to participate is encouraged to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 325-625-2163.  A list will be sent to Coleman News, Chronicle & DV, Coleman Now and KSTA Radio.  This list will be updated as businesses respond.

Grand Opening Family Day

The People/Plant Connection is proud to announce the opening of our Children’s Adventure Garden. To celebrate, we are sponsoring a Grand Opening Family Day, Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. until noon. The celebration will be held at the Southside Recreation Center, 2750 Ben Ficklin Rd. in San Angelo. There will be activities for families inside the Rec Center including games and refreshments. Members of the PPC Board will be giving tours of the garden.

The purpose of the Children’s Adventure Garden is to give children and their families a place to experience nature in person. We want to give children a connection to nature they will carry with them into adulthood so they will be able to make educated decisions about the natural world.

The garden consists of several smaller garden areas with each one having its own purpose. There is a pizza garden, a tree stump garden, a messy area, an outdoor classroom, a hummingbird garden, a butterfly garden, a tree trunk climbing area, a peace garden, a butterfly garden, a digging area, a desert garden, a bulb garden, an ABC garden, a story area and a water feature. Beginning in 2014, we introduced an Adopt-A-Garden program. Individuals, groups and organizations were invited to adopt and fund one of the garden areas in the children’s garden. By the end of 2015, all areas had been adopted and funded. Work began on the garden as areas were adopted. The PPC won several grants from the San Angelo Area Foundation for their rain water harvesting tanks, the outdoor classroom and an additional rain tank in the garden. We also won a grant from Lowe’s for the storage shed and a grant from The Pollination Project to start the garden pathway. We have received support from the San Angelo Garden Club and the Rolling Hills Garden.

The People/Plant Connection offers monthly gardening seminars and special events to raise money for our garden project. Part of our mission is to offer educational seminars to the public to make their gardening efforts more effective.  The Lunch ‘n’ Learn gardening classes are taught by Allison Watkins, Agrilife Extension Horticulturist for Tom Green County. Each month she teaches one aspect of gardening of interest to the home gardener. The Green Thumb Gardener Mini Seminars are also held monthly and offer several speakers who are professionals in their fields to speak on related subjects. These seminars are informative and include an activity to go along with the subject of the seminar. Once the Children’s Garden is open, the PPC will offer monthly Family Nature Days and Children Activity Days in the garden.

Visitors to the Children’s Adventure Garden will see butterflies, hummingbirds and many types of other birds. You will see things you may have only seen on a computer or in a book. The garden has mainly drought tolerant plants that require little water. We want people to see what can be done using plants that will save water. The vegetable gardens will be used to introduce children and their parents to new vegetables they might not have tried before.

To celebrate the opening of our Children’s Adventure Garden, the PPC is offering a new Family Membership. It is $25 per year and members get the quarterly e-newsletter including an activity page for children. Family members will also receive the monthly e-news brief as a reminder of the activities in the garden especially for families. Family Members will receive discounts at the Industry Sponsors and all classes and seminars.

The members of The People/Plant Connection invite you to join us as we celebrate the opening of the Children’s Adventure Garden. The first 100 children get the opportunity to plant in the garden. For information about the garden, check out the website:

Panther Creek CISD Honor Roll


A Honor Roll

1st grade: Vanessa Avila, Dallas Blevins, Bridget Fisher, Mia Guerrero, Brant Northway and William Taylor.

2nd grade: Mia Armendariz, Riley Ball and Ezra Jackson.

A-B Honor Roll
1st grade: Jasen Ferguson, Kacie Robinson, Lauren Robinson and Elisabeth Turner.

2nd grade: Colton Cozart, Samantha Reutter, Trinity Robinson, Lydia Roman and Alexis Turner.

3rd grade: Addilyn Dawson, Mckenzie Hamon, Dani Williams and Zane Winford.

4th grade: Cadence Findley and James Tapia

5th grade: Daniel McMahon


A Honor Roll

6th grade: Jessie Everett and Sierra White

8th grade: CJ Black

A-B Honor Roll
6th grade: Thad Hinds, Cathleen Turner, Haylee Triplitt and Alexis Yarbrough

8th grade: Kylee Campbell and Faith Goins.


A Honor Roll

9th grade: Haley Barnett

10th grade: Matthew Morris

12th grade: Cassandra Alonzo, Brogen Farries, Kaeli Kading, Lane Kennedy, Allen Pricer, Sarita Short and Cody Tovar.

A-B Honor Roll
9th grade: Monica Ceniceros, Caleb Hinton, Glenda Parra and Austin Sternadel.

10th grade: Gracie Cole, Canyon Jackson, Dakota Sternadel, Ethan Straach, Alexander Torres and Stetson Woodcox.

11th grade: Eileen Alonzo, Guadalupe Campbell, Hayes Harper, JC McDonald and Javian Parra

12th grade: Christina Faries and Caleb Salewsky

Panther Creek CISD Perfect Attendance - 1st 6 weeks

Cason Ainsworth, Arath Armendariz, Karim Armendariz, Mia Armendariz, Ashley Avila, Brayan Avila, Juan Avila, Vanessa Avila, Marlen Avila Rodriguez, Avery Ball, Riley Ball, Devon Beal, CJ Blick, Paige Butts, Jonathan Ceniceros, Kaylee Cobb, Bradley Croft, Ethan Croft, Addilyn Dawson, Jessi Everett, Brogen Faries, Jasen Ferguson, Cadence Findley, Hayes Harper, Nevaeh Henderson, Haidon Hinds, Emma Hubach, Canyon Jackson, Ezra Jackson, Jenna Jamison, Dylan Matheny, JC McDonald, Daniel McMahon, Nathan McMahon, Adrian Mendoza, Benjamin Olivares, Allen Pricer, Kacie Robinson, Lauren Robinson, LLuke Roman, Caleb Salewsky, Gary Sikes, Anna Sternadel, Austin Sternadel, Jonathan Sternadel, Callie Strickland, Landen Stuart, William Taylor, Sophie Thacker, Arena Turner, Elisabeth Turner, Elaina Wall, Ryan White, Sierra White, Dani Williams, Dawson Williams, Dylan Williams, Tegan Windham and Mckenzie Yarbrough.

2016 Round-Up for Rehab

<strong>2016 Round-Up for Rehab</strong>

Fall is here and so is the Coleman Round-Up for Rehab Special Auction to benefit the West Texas Rehabilitation Center.  A long-time tradition for the Edington family at the Coleman Livestock Auction barn, the sale will be held on November 2nd at 11:00 am.

All proceeds will help the Rehab Center in providing outpatient rehabilitative care to more than 500 children and adults each day….regardless of patients’ financial circumstance.   Through the years, many in the Coleman community have either been a Rehab patient or know of others who received services from the Center.

Since 1961, Coleman and surrounding area ranchers, merchants and Rehab supporters have donated animals, merchandise, baked goods, arts & crafts and cash gifts in support of the Center as part of the special Round-Up auction event.  Local chairmen and Rehab friends heading up the 2016 Coleman County Round-Up program are Bob & Sylvia Edington; Mike Edington, DVM; Jay Davis; Tommy Sloan; Mitch & Bobbi Birdwell; Dwin & Karen Nanny; Wayne McClure; Brent & Renea McMillan and David & Vicki Stewart.

Everyone is sure to find something at the Coleman Round-Up Auction that will entice them to jump in and join the bidding.  The Coleman High School Student Council will once again be joining the activities by helping in the auction ring and also serving up chuckwagon beans and cornbread, along with some great campfire peach cobbler prepared by the Rehab’s Chuckwagon crew.

So whether you raise your hand in a lively auction, sample the cobbler or join the many others through the years by donating to the auction, be sure to come out on November 2nd and support the Rehab Center and join them in their “Neighbor-Helping Neighbor” program.  For more information or to donate for the Coleman Rehab Round-Up special sale, please call WTRC @ 325-660-8338 or contact the Coleman Livestock Auction @ 325-625-4191.

“ONE DAY 4-H” in Coleman County

<strong>“ONE DAY 4-H” in Coleman County</strong>

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

National 4-H Week concluded October 8, 2016 with the Coleman 4-H Club members participating in a “One Day 4-H” activity. 4-H Members donated their time by interacting with the dogs and walking them, and donated bags of various dog food and treats for the Coleman County Humane Society Kennels.

Coleman County 4-Her’s involved included:

Front (L-R) Olivia Jefferson, Hayden Dean-guest, Yelana Martin, Gunner Gordon, Brayden Baldwin, Gage Gordon

Middle (L-R) Vallyn Rosales, Hannah Jefferson, Makailey Rosales, Sadie Edington, Blake Greaves

Back (standing L-R) Megan Taylor, Kade Greaves

If you have any questions about the 4-H program in Coleman County, please contact County Agents Michael Palmer or Janet Nelson at the Coleman County Extension Office at 325-625-4519, or visit our office on the 2nd Floor, County Courthouse. 

CHS Perfect Attendance - 1st 6 weeks

9th Grade: Caden Amos, Virginia Arnold, Joshua Barkemeyer, Cody Beaty, Kenley Burkey, Danny Deleon, Jenna Deramus, Baylie Diaz, Jacob Diaz, Daisy Garza, Dylan Gibney, Blake Greaves, Gabrielle Guerrero, Jhordan Gutierrez, Kirah Holloway, Jessica Kyser, Cristian Martinez, Edgar Nunez, Brittany Olinger, Terra Reed, Gage Sikes, Skyler Squyres, Latara Strawbridge, Alyssa Thomas and Bradly Wright.

10th Grade: Haley Bales, Evan Bedell, Jessie Bedell, Dafni Chacon, Digna Diaz, Angel Hussien, Bradley Jennings, Jorge Jimenez, Cassidy Longley, Jorden Navarro, Averi Ransberger, Prince Stewart, Trinity Toothaker and Ashley Wardlow.

11th Grade: Jett Allen, Joey Amador, Priscilla Barrios, Anna Baum, Brendon Camp, Charles Crockett, Becca Dobbins, Blake Emanuel, Summer Flores, Carlos Granados, Terren Holloway, Memorie Jenkins, Christopher Lawhon, Alex Low, Xavier Nunez, Kristen Palacio, Jason Patrick, Gregory Rhodes, Joshua Richards, Austin Rosales, Desiree Runyan, Israel Sanders, Shelbi Stephenson, Jonathan Stewart and Devin Taylor.

12th Grade: James Arnold, Robert Balderas, Neil Bhakta, Josue Cruz, Keira Dewey, Alexa Diaz, Saul Garza Munoz, Cadence Gentry, Quinton Hammonds, Casey Jewell, Richard Rosales, Annalissa Sanchez and Christain Sanders.

CHS 1st 6 weeks Honor Roll


9th Grade: Caden Amos, Virginia Arnold, Jenna Deramus, Baylie Diaz, Jacob Diaz, Sadie McCambridge, Terra Reed and Sara Tovar.

10th Grade: Jessie Bedell, Kensi Bledsoe, Skyler Croft, John Deramus, Cassidy Longley, Jared Nall, Blair Phillips, Averi Ransberger, Joseph Sanchez, Prince Stewart, Trinity Toothaker, Zadie Williamson and Bryanna Young.

11th Grade: Jett Allen, Joey Amador, Casey Bledsoe, Madison Brudney, Charles Crockett, Carissa Delagarza, Rayven Deray, Becca Dobbins, Blake Emanuel, Summer Flores, Ryan Hohmann, Christopher Lawhon, Emily Milward, Xavier Nunez, Marie Rosales, Desiree Runyan, Shelbi Stephenson, Jonathan Stewart, Devin Taylor, David Wakefield and Jayden Watson.

12th Grade: James Arnold, Alexa Diaz, Kade Greaves, Kloe Hale, Bryson Hammonds, Emily Hansen, Riley Harris, Darrian Hunter, Brogan Loebig, Jacob Mason, Marcus Mitchell, Jordan Nall, Richard Rosales, Trey Sartain, Ivie Smith, Mackenzie Smith, Katlyn Stamper, Cayden Steffey and Megan Taylor.


9th Grade: Kenley Burkey, Kayden Castleberry, Trista Connelly, Kylie Crowder, Danny DeLeon, Gunner Dyer, Jeffery Edington, Daisy Garza, Dylan Gibney, Blake Greaves, Gabrielle Guerrero, Jhordan Gutierrez, Kelly Hale, Kirah Holloway, Elizabeth Jimenez, Kevin Jones, Kolton Keeney, Lilly Kendall, Jessica Kyser, Cristian Martinez, Edgar Nunez, Brittany Olinger, Bethany Ridgeway, Gage Sikes and Skyler Squyres.

10th Grade: Cynthia Barrios, Evan Bedell, Dafni Chacon, Bryanna Claywell, Kara Cloud, Damien Crosby, Digna Diaz, Taylor Douglas, Angel Hussien, Heather Klaasen, Kyera Lamb, Austin McWhirter, Baylee Monroe, Jorden Navarro, Tony Rincon, Amanda Slayton, Beau Strickland, James Taylor, Shiean Walters, Ashley Wardlow, Haley Watson, Logan West and Bryan Wright.

11th Grade: Denton Allen, Taylor Barnett, Anna Baum, Austin Clover, Austin Daugherty, Shaley Espinosa, Terren Holloway, Payton Hunt, Memorie Jenkins, Bowen Johnson, Danny Mckinzie, Ashtyn Milam-Kugle, Megan Moran, Brijonae Morris, Katlin Parks, Joshua Richards, Austin Rosales, Jaime Valdez and Daniel Wood.

12th Grade: Josie Bolton, Thomas Croft, Josue Cruz, Baylee Culwell, Keira Dewey, Bethany Diaz, Saul Garza Munoz, Cadence Gentry, Quinton Hammonds, Casey Jewell, Jennifer Jimenez, Mason Monroe, Adelina Quintana, Annalissa Sanchez, Christain Sanders, Kaitlin Sellars and Alejandro Valdez. 

Hunters' Basket Raffle Winner

Hunters' Basket Raffle Winner

The WINNER of the Hunters Basket Raffle with a $1300 value was Raeann Mills of Coleman. The Activity Committee would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket.

Congratulations Raeann, we hope you enjoy your Yeti cooler, hunting goodies, and day hunt with the Fowl Bunch.

Mt. View Cemetery Association Workday and Unveiling of Historical Marker


Saturday, October 15, 2016, has been set for the Mt. View Cemetery Association of Coleman County workday and unveiling of the historical marker. General maintenance and cleanup of the cemetery will begin at 8:00 A.M., prior to the unveiling of the marker at 11:00 A.M.

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized Mt. View Cemetery of Coleman County as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. The designation honors Mt. View Cemetery as an important and educational part of local history. “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. Families with loved ones at rest in this peaceful place are encouraged to attend and the public is also invited.

For more information call (325) 625-4327 or (325) 625-2716. Donations are always welcomed as they allow for maintenance of the cemetery and may be sent to:
Mt. View Cemetery Association of Coleman County
P. O. Box 324
Coleman, Texas 76834. 

Commissioners delay decision on new jail

Coleman County Commissioners tapped the brakes on an agreement with Southwest Architects on Tuesday, during their regular meeting. Commissioners tabled the contract for a new law enforcement center when officials with Southwest Architects were unable to attend due to travel issues related to Hurricane Matthew.

As part of the project, however, Commissioners did approve a Certificate of Resolution expressing the county's intent to finance expenditures to be incurred by Coleman County for the construction of a new law enforcement center.

CMS Health Care, Inc. holds ribbon cutting

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, CMS Health Care, Inc. held its ribbon cutting ceremony at their new location. The office is now located at 108 W. Walnut.

Pictured (from left to right) are Amy Hinds, Raedel Rind, Jennifer Furry, Kasey Bonnema, Carrie Chambers, Lisa Callihan, Shandelyn Dickey, Amy McLane, Tiffinie Greenrock, Luana Saverance, Yumiko Kai, Leann Warren, Bonnie Bar, Rachel Zuniga and Mary Griffis.

CMS Health Care, Inc. holds ribbon cutting

Prickly Pear mural helping add color, beauty to downtown Coleman

Coleman is alive and well...and a bit more colorful than one might remember, thanks to the work of a local artist. Texas artist Calina Johnson has been working tirelessly to brighten the downtown area of Coleman over the past few weeks, by creating a bright prickly pear mural on the side of Uncommon Goods in downtown Coleman. Johnson is also the artist behind the #PrayForRosie mural in Abilene.

Although the mural isn't complete, Johnson's work has added an impressive feel to the downtown district. Already, the mural has attracted the interest of numerous residents and motorists passing through the community.

As part of her work, Johnson said she will be back in Coleman on Saturday, Oct. 22 - appropriately enough during the 2nd annual Prickly Pear Festival - to add the thorns to the cacti.

Coleman 4-B Economic Development Corporation paid half of the cost of the mural, as part of the Coleman Beautification Project. The other half of the project will be paid for by donations.

Local residents wishing to donate to the mural fun can stop by Bonneville or contact Bonnie West Hennig.

Prickly Pear mural helping add color, beauty to downtown Coleman
Artist Calina Johnson has been working hard over the last few weeks to create a prickly pear mural on the side of Uncommon Goods in downtown Coleman. Johnson also worked on Abilene's #PrayForRosie mural.

Prickly Pear Food + Wine Festival

Coleman, TX is excited to announce the second annual Prickly Pear Food + Wine Festival. Located on the historic downtown strip, Prickly Pear Food + Wine Festival will be a unique showcase of food and wine, arts and crafts, live music and entertainment.

The Prickly Pear Food + Wine Festival, taking place on October 22, 2016, will feature celebrity chefs pairing cactus inspired cuisines with award winning Texas wines. There will be several food, beverage, and arts and crafts vendors at the festival, as well as an assortment of entertainment. Throughout the day there will be various known Texas music artists, and to close the festival out, there will be a live music concert featuring Coffee Anderson and Walt Wilkins.

Hours for the festival will be from 11am – 11pm. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The Food + Wine pairing tickets are $55 and you can buy and all access, sparkling wine tasting event ticket for $75.

Please visit our website: to purchase tickets, or call 830-433-5225 with any questions.

Panther Creek FFA attends Area Greenhand Camp

Panther Creek FFA attends Area Greenhand Camp
Attending the conference from Panther Creek were in front:   Monica Ceniceros, Haley Barnett, Avery Ball-Big Country District FFA Officer, Ariel Noria, Glenda Parra; back:  Jordan Oldaker, Donald White, Landen Stuart, Dylan Radar, Alan Yarbrough, Junior Agnew, and Austin Sternadel.

Panther Creek FFA had first year members attend greenhand leadership conference in Abilene on September 27.  Greenhand Leadership Conference provides a learning experience about what FFA has to offer, leadership and teamwork skills and gives them a chance to meet other people from around the area with the same interests.  Guest speaker, as well as state, area and district officers, conducted sessions throughout the day.  The Area IV Greenhand Leadership Conference is the largest of its kind in the nation with approximately 1400 students in attendance.  

CCMC announces employee of the month

CCMC announces employee of the month

Chanda Rice has been employed at Coleman County Medical Center for the past 11 years. Chanda started at CCMC as a ward clerk for the nursing department and then became a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). She is now the nurse for Dr. Atwood in the rural health clinic, Coleman Medical Associates. Chanda is married to Jim Rice and have two sons Trace (15) and Trystan (12). She enjoys attending all of her children’s school activities and cooking. Chanda’s favorite food is seafood and anything her husband cooks! The Rice family has three pets: Gizmo, Honee, and Alex.

Chanda states she enjoys working at CCMC because, “CCMC is home. We have employees that are dedicated to being here and want to give the best care that we are known for.” Rice also stated, “I love being a nurse where I grew up and taking care of people I have known my entire life. I also have a work family like no other”.

For being chosen the Employee of the Month, Chanda was given a designated parking spot for the month of September and was given a certificate. Thank you Chanda for your hard work and dedication to Coleman County Medical Center, we couldn’t do it without you!

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

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