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

County Wide Toy Drive

County Wide Toy Drive

The Captain William Buckner Chapter brought children's books, stuffed animals and donations for the County Wide Toy Drive to their October 10th meeting.

They were celebrating the 125th birthday of the National Society of DAR.  

Tumbleweed Smith

Tumbleweed Smith

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH 2015 6:00 P.M.

Friends of the Coleman Public Library are excited to host a Special Program on Tuesday October 20th 2015, 6:00 p.m. located in the Library Community Room 408 Commercial Ave. Guest speaker will be Tumbleweed Smith.

Tumbleweed Smith is producer of THE SOUND OF TEXAS, a radio series that began in Big Spring and became the most widely syndicated feature radio show in Texas.
In his 45 professional years, Tumbleweed has interviewed some true Texas characters and assembled the largest private collection of oral history in the United States. He writes a syndicated weekly newspaper column and teaches broadcasting at the university level. As the creator and producer of The Sound of Texas, one of the longest running syndicated radio programs in Texas, Tumbleweed seeks fascinating people who embody the spirit of the lone star state and brings them into the homes and hearts of thousands.

His 3 one-man shows have been performed all over Texas and in 6 other states and 4 foreign countries. He graduated from Baylor with a BA degree in English, earned a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and studied law at Drake University.

He owns an advertising and production company and has won international recognition for his work. His honors include two CLIO advertising awards, two Telly statuettes, the governor’s award for tourism, the West Texas Chamber of Commerce Cultural Achievement Award, The (212) DAR Texas Media Award and two Freedoms Foundation Awards. He is a past district governor of Rotary International and an Admiral in the Texas navy. He has a star on the Texas Trail of Fame in Fort Worth.

Tumbleweed Smith, whose real name is Bob Lewis, lives in Big Spring with his wife Susan. They have two sons, two daughters-in-law’s and four grandsons. An assortment of CD’s, tapes, books and other items will be sold after the performance. He will gladly sign any item sold.

Come join us at library for a night of fun. Friends of the Library will provide refreshments.

Coleman High Cross Country impressive at Albany

Coleman High Cross Country impressive at Albany
Picture, from left to right. Top row: Gabe Roberts (Sr), JV Valdez (Soph), Saul Garza (Jr). Middle row: Cady Gentry (Jr), Summer Flores (Soph), Marie Rosales (Soph), Jorge Jimenez (Fr). Bottom row: Shiean Walters (Fr), Skyler Croft (Fr).

The Coleman High School Cross Country team traveled to Albany on Wednesday, October 7th, coming home with impressive awards.

The CHS Varsity Boys team tied for 1st PLACE overall as a team. The team members consisted of JV Valdez, Gabe Roberts, Saul Garza, Jorge Jimenez, Marco Amaya, Jordan Nall, and Tommy Croft. JV Valdez placed 1st overall, followed by Gabe Roberts placing 5th, Saul Garza placing 11th, and Jorge Jimenez placing 16th.

The CHS Varsity Girls team PLACED 2nd overall as a team. The team members consisted of Marie Rosales, Summer Flores, Skyler Croft, Carissa De La Garza, Alexa Diaz, Shaley Espinosa, and Shiean Walters. Marie, Summer, Skyler, and Shiean all received medals for their efforts, placing 9th, 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively.

The JV girls were lead by Cady Gentry who placed 10th overall, and Jennifer Jimenez, who placed 15th.

The teams will run in Priddy next Wednesday, and will compete in the District Meet held in Coleman on October 19th.

Coleman County ACE Program celebrating Lights On Afterschool

Coleman County ACE Program celebrating Lights On Afterschool

Thursday, October 22nd marks the 16th annual celebration of Lights on Afterschool. Every day ACE works to support youth and families. Lights on Afterschool provides a unique opportunity to connect with school leadership, families, and partners to communicate the message of the importance of afterschool programs.

Lights on Afterschool began with the goal of drawing nationwide attention to the importance of afterschool for children, families, and communities. The movement started with 1200 participating communities and has grown to over 7500 participating communities projected this year with over 1 million participants. This is a day to celebrate the high quality programs that are in place state and nationwide, a day to engage our families and communities in programming, and a day to share our successes with the administrators and principals in our schools.

The Coleman County ACE Program is joining the celebration and offering a time for parents and community members to come experience first-hand what fantastic activities the ACE Program is providing the youth of Coleman County. There will be an open house for students to display their masterpieces, student presentations, food and fun for all, and much more! Please come visit your local Coleman County ACE center Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 4:30 to 5:30pm to help us celebrate. Lights on Afterschool truly is an opportunity to keep the lights on and bright for our whole community! On behalf of the ACE Program, we thank you for your continued support and hope to see you there.

Coming up on October 31st...Fall Festival at Coleman FUMC

Coming up on October 31st...Fall Festival at Coleman FUMC

The Festival opens at 9:00 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall.

  Country Store 9:00 - 1:00
  Silent Auction 9:00 - 12:30
  Quilt Raffle Continues 9:00 - 12:00
  Costume Contest 10:30
  Cake Walk 11:00
  Chili & Cornbread Lunch 11:00 - 1:00

The Chili & Cornbread Lunch includes dessert and drink. There is no cost, but donations will be accepted.

Tickets for the quilt raffle are now on sale for $1.00 or 6 for $5.00 and may be purchased at any time from church members, at the church office and during the Festival. Drawing will be at 12:00 noon at the Festival on Oct. 31st.

The Festival is the church's money raising event for this year. Funds raised will be presented to Meals on Wheels, to Coleman Senior Center and to Loaves & Fishes. Coordinator Janet Johnson and Pastor Brad Slaten invite you to come and help support the needy in our community!

Coleman County Choir rehearsal time changed to 7:30 on Wednesdays

Coleman County Choir rehearsal time changed to 7:30 on Wednesdays

Jesse Lotspeich, Director, announces Coleman County Choir will now meet on Wednesday nights at 7:30. This is to allow members in the count more time to get to Coleman for rehearsal.

Rehearsals are being held in the FUMC choir room. Singers representing ten churches have been in practice sessions and more have plants to come in the future. And there's room for still more!

The cantata "Bethlehem's Child" will be presented Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday Dec. 13. 

Coleman Pack and Ship is officially in business!

Thank you all for being patient with us, while we waited for the UPS approval. We were finally approved!

If you need to ship anything through UPS, we will take care of that for you. We have boxes, peanuts, bubble wrap, shrink wrap and more! If your package is ready to go, just drop it off, free of charge! Need a label? We'll get you fixed up.

Come by and check this new service out at the News Office, 110 Commercial Ave.!

Coleman Pack and Ship is officially in business!

Coleman Sees Decrease In Burglaries After Twin Burglars are Seized

A spike of burglaries in Coleman has several concerned that they could be next. However, the problem has already been taken care of and people in the County don't have much to fear anymore.

Most burglars play it smart. They watch and wait finding the perfect time to strike. Sometimes, people make it too easy.

"A lot of people put too much information on Facebook and tell people when they are on vacation and when they are leaving." Said Coleman Chief of Police Jay Moses.

And burglars see that. In Coleman however, two twin boys recently were caught after burglarizing 11 different buildings and habitations. Devon and Damon Griffin would ride bicycles around watching people and learning their habits. When the opportunity would present itself, the would steal. This is why Chief Jay Moses says it's important to make sure to take precautions.

"I think it's a good idea to leave your light on, not just leave it dark. Also if you receive a paper that's just thrown in your yard, have someone pick those papers up and have someone pick your mail up." Chief Moses said.
However, it's not all bad news in Coleman. Last year by this point there were 52 burglaries, but this year...
"We've had 40 burglaries, which is a 30 percent decrease in burglaries." Said Chief Moses.

But even though we've seen a 30 percent decrease in the amount of burglaries in Coleman this year, around this time of year, thieves like to strike.

"Usually between September and December we have a spike on burglaries." Chief Moses said.

Which is why it's important to remember to take those precautions and most importantly remember to lock your doors.

The twin thieves are both in jail with bonds totaling over 80 thousand in theft and theft of firearm charges.

**reprinted from bigcountryhomepage.com with permission from KTAB**

Coleman Sees Decrease In Burglaries After Twin Burglars are Seized

Child Safety Seat Check-Up Helps Coleman County Parents

Child Safety Seat Check-Up Helps Coleman County Parents

Parents from all over Coleman County turned out in the parking lot of the Ivy & Co. Building on Commercial Avenue on a sunny afternoon in September to have their child safety and booster seats checked.

Texas Law requires that all children under the age of 8 and less than 4 feet 9 inches tall to be in a child safety seat whenever they are in a passenger vehicle.

During the 2-hour “Child Safety Seat and Booster Seat Check-Up” event, 35 car seats were checked by certified car seat specialists to make sure each seat had the correct settings for the weight, height and age of each child. Seats were also checked to make sure there have been no recalls, the manufacture dates were in compliance, and the seat was properly installed.

Twenty out-of-compliance seats were replaced. New seats were generously donated by the Coleman County Hospital District and Preferred.

The event was scheduled on September 14, during Child Passenger Safety Week. According to Chelsey Slayton RN, assistant director of nursing at Coleman County Medical Center (CCMC), 81 children under the age of 8 were killed in a vehicle crash in 2014. In 2013, that number was 67.

“CCMC, the Texas Department of Public Safety and KidSafe co-sponsored the event,” said Slayton. “It was a great learning opportunity for everyone involved,” she continued. “It is our goal to promote injury prevention not only in Coleman County but in all surrounding areas.”

CCMC would like to thank the following individuals for assisting during the event: Jeannie Luckey- Traffic Safety Specialist TxDOT Brownwood, Jill Collett- Traffic Safety Specialist TxDOT-Abilene, Calvin Milburn-Comanche County TxDOT, Angela King-DSHS Winters, Doylene Jobe-DSHS Winters, Verna Bearden-Comanche County TxDOT, Katie Alexander-TMPA, Kevin Seider- Mills County TxDOT, Chancy Pickett-RN CCMC, Elisa Crutcher- CCMC, Chelsey Slayton- RN CCMC, Leif Scott- Coleman TxDOT, Wallace Dobbins- Coleman TxDOT, Debbie Ivy- Ivy & Co. Building.

Chamber Chat - October

September was a very busy month for the Chamber of Commerce. We helped the Wildlife Committee hold the annual dove hunters festival at the Bill Franklin Center. There were many hunters and locals that attended. The fried fish was awesome. We thank all of the volunteers that came to help in any way that they could. Coleman has so many people that volunteer their time to help make all of the events work. We thank you all for that.

Plans were in full swing for Fiesta de la Paloma 2015. We were all looking forward to all of the fun. And now we can tell you that fun was had by all at the Fiesta de la Paloma 2015. Fiesta was full of fun as vendors and spectators from all over came to the Fiesta. We had great fun shopping all of the unique Arts and Crafts Booths and filling our tummies with such a variety of food from the Food Court. The Entertainment was so good as people sat under the big top tent and just enjoyed the day. The kids area was a great place to be to watch the kids having such fun! The tractor pull was just awesome and people loved seeing those tractors and drivers do such a great job. The Cook-off of 24 cooking teams went off without a hitch as those cookers showed us all the fun in cooking! The Team Roping event doubled this year and the winners rode off sporting their new buckles. The car show had plenty of unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles to look at and enjoy. There were some beautiful and unique exhibits in the Bill Franklin Center that everyone loved viewing. The Fine Arts Show downtown had beautiful and unique art that everyone loved to see. We have such great talent in Coleman and Coleman County. And while downtown everyone enjoyed the Merchants Madness as our downtown merchants supported the Fiesta with specials for all the shoppers. To end the Fiesta, the new Miss Coleman County was named. Everyone loves to attend the pageant and loves supporting these girls. . Anyone who wanted to continue the festivities throughout the evening road up and down Commercial Ave. as they joined the Coleman Cruise night. Coleman was a fun place to be this weekend and once again we thank all of the volunteers that help make a weekend like this possible.

We would like to spotlight one of our members in the community, the Christian Bookstore. "Sowing God's Inerrant Word" is the motto of the Christian Book Store, located at 218 Lackland Street in Coleman, Texas. The Christian Book Store was established in 1984 as an extension of the ministry of the Community Baptist Church. At the time, there was no facility in the Coleman area where people could buy good Bible-based reading material or obtain Bibles. After prayer and planning, the church voted to build a Christian book store on their property.

Bro. Paul Smith designed the building plans and the men and women of the church built it themselves, with the help of Mr. W. E. Briggs, a local contractor.

The Christian Book Store is a beautiful, rustic building, with 1200 square feet of floor space filled with wonderful Christian (and only Christian) books, King James Bibles, good Christian music and beautiful Christian gift items. They also carry many Christian children's items and teaching tools. It was finished, fully stocked and opened in October 1984.

The Christian Book Store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Anne Smith, long-time manager, invites everyone in the community to stop by, sit and visit, and browse through their selection of Christian products, and she says, they are open during the lunch hour. Unless, of course, someone comes in and invites them to go, eat and fellowship with them. Their phone number is 325-625-3642.

Another business member we would like to spotlight this month is the Novice Café, Store and Mercantile owned and operated by the Wilson Family in Novice.. Hey folks, did you know there is a country club in Novice? Well, that's what the sign and our caps say but really we are THE NOVICE STORE, CAFE & MERCANTILE! Our family owned café is open daily Tuesday thru Sunday from 8am to 2pm and on Friday nights from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The first Friday night of the month special is Ribeye Steaks, second Friday is Sirloin Scraps, third Friday is our very popular Catfish and the last Friday is Brisket and Ribs.

Our motto is "serving up home cooked goodness." Along with good food we love seeing each person walk through our doors and are grateful for our customers. After three years in business, we strive to continue serving Coleman County, Novice and the surrounding area with good food and great service. We have some of the most dedicated employees and are thankful for their hard work. We thank God and give Him glory for all things. From burgers to steaks our menu offers good home cooking. Take the short drive and eat among friends. We hope to see you soon.

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 www.arkshelter.org.

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

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

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