It’s “Back to School” time in Coleman and Coleman County. The vacations are coming to a close, the pools will be closing and school shopping is happening. We hope that as you are getting your kids ready for school that you remember our local businesses. The teachers are preparing for a wonderful year with the awesome kids from our area. It’s time that we should be watching for school zones and kids crossing the streets. Please keep our schools and kids in your thoughts and prayers as they embark on another year. This might be a great time to tell a teacher how much you appreciate them.
“Back to School” also brings football! We at the Chamber encourage you back your local football teams and encourage our kids to be the best we can be. Whether it be in sports or band or academics, our kids need the encouragement.
September 3, 2016 will be the Dove Fest. This a time that we can say thank you to all of the dove hunters who come to our county to dove hunt. This Dove Fest will be held at the Bill Franklin Center. This event is from 10AM to 1 PM. Tickets are $10.00 per person, $5.00 for 12 year olds and under. This includes an all you can eat catfish lunch and entry for all door prize drawings. You will also have the opportunity to compete in a virtual skeet shoot competition. Locals can join in the fun as well. Everyone come out to the Bill Franklin Center and enjoy the Dove Fest on September 3rd.
Here at the Chamber we are gearing up for Fiesta de la Paloma, the Festival of the Dove, on October 1, 2016. This is a great event for our community. A time we can fellowship with friends and family in a “Country Fair” type situation. Vendors are booking their spots and anxious to show you what they do best. We encourage you to be a part of the Fiesta. Many new things are going on with the Fiesta and all we need is YOU and your support.
This month we would like to spotlight The Coleman County Foundation. Growing and enriching Coleman County has always been the ultimate goal of the Coleman County Foundation. In 1999 a gift of $1.7 million, from Holiday Hill, established the Coleman County Foundation. Clyde Allen along with founding board members provided key leadership for the Foundation; since its inception the Foundation has awarded over $900,000 in grants back to the community.
Another important piece to the success of the Coleman County Foundation is a special group of couples and individuals who support the work of the Foundation through annual memberships. This unique group promotes the work of the Foundation by building friendships and philanthropy. ‘Friend’ members, through an annual membership of $100 or more, pool their funds together to continually build the endowment and also provide grant-making opportunities. As of this past spring, the Friends of Coleman County has awarded over $202,000 in grants. Becoming part of this group is an easy way to make a difference in Coleman County.
Grant funds from both groups have assisted volunteer fire departments within the county, helped with various safety programs, encouraged teenagers, and provided necessary medical equipment and services. They have enabled libraries, museums and other buildings in the county to make needed improvements to facilities and programs, began community gardens and most recently, provided funding for a program that was the idea of a Coleman High School student. This CHS student noticed that some of her peers were going hungry over the weekends and when they were not in school. The Ticket Booth Project now serves area students that may have previously been in danger of going hungry.
The Coleman County Foundation and Friends of the Coleman County Foundation both have a deep commitment to Coleman County and want to provide funding through grants to enhance the quality of Coleman County. This would not be possible without the support of many individuals who commit their time and energy to providing leadership in governing the activities of the Foundation by serving on the board. Current members of the board of trustees are Sarah Beal, Board President; Kay Allen, Joan Ethridge, Terra McMahon, Dwin Nanny, Caroline Skelton, David Stewart, Randy Turner and Ellen West.
17 year old arrested in connection with burglary
On Friday August 26th Officers with the Coleman Police Department arrested 17 year old Tyler Keaster of Coleman and a 15 year old juvenile male for a Burglary that occurred at the Westside Market.
Keaster was transported to the Coleman City Jail and booked in on a State Jail Felony of Burglary of a Building. The 15 year old juvenile was transported to the Coleman Police Department where he was processed as a juvenile and then transported to the Abilene Juvenile Justice Center on a the same charge.
The Coleman Police Department is continuing the investigation and more charges are expected to be filed.
Coleman ISD Announces Schedule Changes for Week of September 5th
Coleman ISD will not hold classes on Monday, September 5th, in observance of Labor Day. On Friday, September 9th, CISD will release all students at 12:25 p.m. due to the varsity football game in Post. Buses will run early on Friday so parents are asked to make appropriate arrangements for their children.
School Board of Directors Agenda Wednesday, August 31st
Santa Anna resident arrested on Coleman warrant
On Sunday August 28, 2016 Officers with the Coleman Police Department arrested 28 year old Kevin Edward Tate of Santa Anna on a City of Coleman warrant in the 1600 block of South Frio. After Tate was arrested he was found to have .9 grams of methamphetamines and 23 Xanax pills in his pockets.
Tate was transported and booked into the Coleman City Jail for a State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 < 1 gram (methamphetamines). A Class A Misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 (Xanax pills) and the City of Coleman warrant.
Coleman ISD Announces Schedule Changes for Week of September 5th
Coleman ISD will not hold classes on Monday, September 5th, in observance of Labor Day. On Friday, September 9th, CISD will release all students at 12:25 p.m. due to the varsity football game in Post. Buses will run early on Friday so parents are asked to make appropriate arrangements for their children.
Bluecats win season opener!
The final score of Friday night's game, against Jim Ned, was 37-0 (Coleman).
Look for the full story in Wednesday's paper!
Coleman ISD Convocation
Coleman ISD held their 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, August 23rd, for all faculty and staff. Student body leaders, retired teacher representatives and the Chamber of Commerce all participated in the event.
Supt. Skip McCambridge gave a stirring speech on the theme for the year – “Many as One” stressing the importance of each faculty member pulling together for a strong united district. Convocation ended with the band and cheerleaders marching in and ending with the school song.
It was a great way to kick off the 2016-2017 school year!
G.L. Gymnastics & Cheer
Olympic Style Gymnastics
Balance, Beam, Rings, Uneven Bars, Vault, Tumbling, Trampoline, Tumble Track, Gyro
Ages 3 & Up
Registration & 1st Fall Semester Class:
Tuesday, August 30th
111 E. Pecan, Coleman
**6 yrs. & Up Age-Group: 5:30----6:30PM
**3 to 6 yrs.: 6:40---7:30 PM
**Cheer/Tumbling Class (5th grade to H.S.): 7:30 to 8:00 PM ($10 per lesson)
Cost: $25 yearly registration fee
Monthly Lessons: $35 per month, beginning in September
Private and Group Instruction Available
For More Information, Call
Glenn or Linda Lawrence---1-888-496-2287 (Gymcats) or 325-624-5425
Tea Time with Dr. Tracey
We are excited to announce this year's "TEA TIME WITH DR. TRACEY" event coming to the City of Coleman Saturday, September 3, 2016, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm! For the third year in a row, Coleman Alum, Dr. Tracey Brown in partnership with the C.H. Hale Prostate Cancer Foundation will be hosting an event to honor the seniors in the Coleman community. "Tea Time" will be held at Holiday Hill Nursing Home/Allen Center. This year's theme is "Caring for Those Who Have Cared for Us!" This is truly going to be an EXCITING event! All members of the Coleman and surrounding communities are welcome to attend! Entertainment and food will be provided and residents will have a day of pampering and relaxation with free manicures and massages! Free vital signs checks will be offered to all family members compliments of Dr. Tracey, the C.H. Hale Prostate Cancer Foundation, Inc., and our sponsoring partners!
This exciting event will also be a part of a live recording of THE DR. TRACEY SHOW, a television talk show hosted by Dr. Tracey which airs on Mondays at 7:00pmCST at drtraceybrown.com! If you would like to volunteer for this event, make a donation, or get more information, please contact Mrs. Barbara Brown at 325.625.3455.
Thanks to everyone for celebrating our seniors! We look forward to a great event in September! We invite everyone to join us!
Food Handlers class to be offered
Janet Nelson, County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, will be offering one more Food Handlers course prior to the September 1st deadline set by the Texas Food Establishment Rules. The course covers basic food safety practices for all employees within the food establishments. The class will be held on Sunday, August 21st and begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Coleman Library Annex and conclude at 5:00 p.m. If you have not had the Food Handlers course and would like to get in the class, please contact the Extension office at 625-4519 and sign up. Cost is $20 per person and can be paid at the door.
Volunteers Needed for Dove Fest
Volunteers Needed to Help With Saturday Dove Fest
The Annual Coleman County Dove Hunters’ Appreciation Festival will be held Saturday, September 3rd at the Bill Franklin Center from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help assist at the Dove Festival, please call the Coleman Chamber of Commerce at
Coleman ISD substitute training
Coleman ISD will be having a substitute training on Tuesday, August 30th, at 6:00 p.m. in the K-8 cafeteria. Please make every effort to attend this training so you will be eligible to substitute during the 2016-2017 school year. If you are unable to attend please call a campus principal to make other arrangements.
Attendees will need to bring a note pad and something to write with to the training. Please do not bring your children as a courtesy to other attendees because there will not be babysitting provided and they will not be able to stay in cafeteria with you.
Feel free to contact any campus principal for more information.
First annual Blue Ribbon Blowout a success
by Whitney Alexander
The first annual Blue Ribbon Blowout was held on Saturday, August 13th at the Bill Franklin Center. All proceeds from the ticket sales benefited the Coleman County Junior Livestock Association. Tickets were sold in advance to the dinner, which consisted of grilled rib eye steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, fresh buttered bread and your choice of peach, apple or cherry cobbler. Of course, no dinner in Texas is complete without iced tea!
Before eating dinner, guests were invited to play a fun game of “Heads or Tails”. Guests were instructed to place their hands on either their head or their tail and a coin was flipped. Whoever was standing at the end, after several coin tosses, received $100 cash.
Kris Wardlow, Chairman of the Livestock Association, had the crowd on pins and needles while he pulled numbers, corresponding to ticket numbers, for the door prizes that ranged from gift certificates, several multi-tools, a fire pit, utility trailer and more. Businesses and members of the community generously donated all items that were given away. He would pull five numbers and the sixth number would be the winner.
The big prizes of the night were cash prizes of $2k, $3k and $5k. Roger Guerreo Jr. won the $2k, Tommy and Kathy Saunders won the $3k and the big prize of $5k was won by Steven Sneed! Special thanks goes to Tommy and Kathy Saunders for donating back the money!
After the conclusion of the door prizes, socializing and meal, guests were invited to listen to some live music and partake in some Texas two-stepping! Daniel Haynes and the 4740 band started the night off with some country classics, Texas tunes and some covers of pop/rock songs. At 10pm Jamie Richards took the stage and rocked out until midnight.
It was a successful and fun night for all those involved and the guests had a great time! It was lovely to see the community come together to support our youth.
Special thanks goes to Mike Barker for providing the steaks and mashed potatoes and Donna Triplett and family for the green beans, bread and cobbler. A thanks also goes to Christen Horner and Luanne Hartzell for generously assembling all of the decorations.
CCMC completes $600,000 of radiology upgrades
The latest upgrade to the Radiology Department at Coleman County Medical Center (CCMC) was completed July 11 with the installation of a new GE Optima 540 Computerized Tomography (CT) scanner. Other replacement equipment purchased by Preferred, the operator of the hospital, included a new C-Arm and a PACs Digital Archiving Server and Software, bringing the total investment in imaging services in the last six months to almost $600,000. If you entered CCMC during the month of July, you may have noticed the Radiology hallway was blocked off to allow for installation of the new CT scanner. Marvin Hale, CCMC Maintenance Director, along with Lee Moore and Wayne Felty, completed the renovations to Radiology that were necessary to house the new equipment. CT scans are diagnostic medical test that produces multiple images of the inside of the human body, much like a traditional x-ray, but much more detailed. The scans are one of the fastest and most accurate tools to examine the abdomen, chest, and pelvis. Most commonly used for trauma patients, abdominal pain, chest pain, pulmonary embolisms, and detection of vascular disease that may lead to stroke, kidney failure, or death. The new CT scanner installed at CCMC will provide the medical staff with detailed diagnostic information in less time than the old CT machine and with a reduction in patient radiation exposure of up to 40 percent. The C-Arm is an x-ray unit machine configured in a ‘C’ shape that fits over an exam or surgical table and can be used on a surgical patient during surgical procedures. The PACs system improves the hospital’s ability to store CT and x-ray images, and transfer those images to radiologists who read the images and provide a report. “CCMC staff is excited to offer this new state-of-the-art technology to area residents.” reported Raymond DeRay, Radiology Department Manager. “These improvements will enhance the quality and timeliness of the care we provide.”
Attention all local active military familes: names are requested
As a new school year approaches with each passing day, it's often a busy time for many parents. Some of those parents are not only getting their children ready for school, but some are watching their son or daughter prepare to leave for military boot camp. This can be a very stressful and emotional time for many. But, we want to do something that might help just a little. As a small tribute to our Coleman County Active Military, we would like to see that your son or daughter's name be added to the Active Military Billboard. The military billboards stand directly in front of the local courthouse and will remain there until all military personell come home. The process is very easy. If you have a son or daughter who's family reside in Coleman County, who is ACTIVE military and who has established a military home base, then your son or daughter qualify. All you have to do is write or type your son or daughter's RANK, NAME and MILITARY BRANCH, drop it by to Screen Art Graphics along with a $10 fee and those great guys will be glad to add the name to one of the two billboards. If anyone has any questions at all, feel free to contact Debbie Jameson @ 325-214-1685 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to the many men & women of our armed forces...both near and far!!
**If any family member notices in the billboard photos that their family member has become INACTIVE, please contact Debbie Jameson at the phone number provided. We would love to be able to keep all names on the billboard but due to limited space, only ACTIVE military names can remain until they become INACTIVE.**
First Baptist Church honors first responders
by Brittany Conn
Members of the First Baptist Church, of Coleman, served lunch to Coleman County’s first responders, at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church. The lunch included a chopped bbq sandwich, beans, potato salad, chips, dessert, tea and water.
Brother John Stanislaw and Kay Poage gave a thank you speech to all first responders. “Each day is an adventure, your life is on the line. Protecting and defending, a hero by design. You face the threat of danger, but your faith gives you the nerve; you keep your eyes on God and an open heart to serve. The world’s a better place because of what you do, and all because of people with a caring heart like you.”
There were 55 present for the lunch; including Coleman Police Department, Coleman County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Anna Police Department, H.O.T. EMS, Coleman County Air Evac Life Team, Coleman Fire Department, Santa Anna Volunteer Fire Department and dispatchers.
Sheriff-Elect, Les Cogdill said, “We are very grateful and appreciative for what they did for us.”
It takes a special person to care for others, when they don’t have to. These men and women rise to the call of duty every time they walk through the doors at work. Some even having their lives taken to save someone else. I can’t imagine what goes through someone’s mind when they are headed to a call, but what I do know is, they do not get enough credit. It seems credit is only given when they make the save, but that’s not how it should be.
So when you see your local first responders, give them a wave or thank them for their service, because without them, the world would be a much different place.
Coleman Police Department Weekly Activity Report
Thursday, August 4, 2016 –Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Thursday, August 4, 2016
07:37 Assault Report 100 blk N Concho St
10:07 Two Vehicle Accident 200 blk E Pecan St
14:54 Scam 100 blk N Concho St
19:58 Reckless Driver 200 blk E 20th St
23:41 Courtesy Ride 500 blk S Commercial Ave
Friday, August 5, 2016
03:58 Possible Curfew Violation 700 blk W 2nd St
09:34 Suspicious Person Intersection of Elm and Pecos St
18:38 Disturbance 400 blk of E Walnut St
19:16 Disturbance Intersection of Guadelupe and E 8th St
21:55 Disturbance 200 blk E 2nd St
22:22 Suspicious Activity 1400 blk Hwy 84 Bypass
23:14 Two Arrested Disturbance Report 100 blk N Concho St
Saturday, August 6, 2016
01:49 Threatening Phone Call 1900 blk Brazos St
11:38 Property Damage 600 blk W 10th St
21:06 Road Hazard Intersection of College and 5th Ave
21:55 Noise Complaint Intersection of 9th and Guadelupe St
22:49 Underage Drinking 300 blk E Elm St
Sunday, August 7, 2016
01:27 Missing Property 100 blk Roselawn St
01:38 Criminal Trespass Violation 200 blk E 3rd St
02:25 Assault 100 blk Hollywood St
10:31 Disturbance 2400 blk 5th Ave
12:45 Assault 400 blk E 4th St
19:19 Missing Property 1400 blk Hwy 84 Bypass
Monday, August 8, 2016
00:16 Noise Complaint 200 blk E 3rd St
00:34 Noise Complaint Intersection E 6th St and Guadelupe St
11:23 Criminal Mischief 600 blk W 2nd St
16:18 Threat 1100 blk Apple St
16:21 Suspicious Person 1700 blk S Concho St
21:36 Commercial Burglary Alarm 700 blk N Neches St
22:17 Suspicious Vehicle 800 blk W College St
22:39 Welfare Check 1300 blk Pecos St
22:50 One Arrested on a Traffic Stop for Warrants
23:25 Suspicious Activity 500 blk E 9th St
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
08:06 Commercial Burglary Alarm 1800 blk S Commercial Ave
11:10 Burglary 500 blk 5th Ave
14:35 Criminal Mischief 1000 blk 5th Ave
15:55 Disturbance Intersection of 9th and Guadelupe St
18:25 One Arrested on a Traffic Stop for Warrants
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
11:35 One Arrested Burglary in Progress 400 blk W 2nd St
15:41 Threat w/ Weapon 400 blk Sunrise Lane
16:53 Medical Escort Hwy 84 N
20:41 Suspicious Vehicle 700 blk S Pecos St
22:47 Suspicious Activity 2700 blk 5th Ave
New session of the 2016-2017 GED classes
Fall semester FREE GED Orientation will be held on Tues., Sept. 6th and Thurs., Sept. 8th from 5:00-8:00 in the Coleman ISD Annex Building. After these two mandatory orientation days, classes will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:00-8:00. You may attend classes any time during those hours. If these hours are not convenient to your schedule, a computer program is available that you may access at your convenience.
For more information or to make your reservation, please contact Michelle Sexton at 325-625-4842 and leave a message.
Bluecat football has officially started!
The 2016-2017 football season is now underway. The Bluecats, coached by John Elder, started practice for the season on Friday, August 5th.
Novice Library holds ribbon cutting ceremony
In the fall of 2013, the Coleman ISD deeded the Novice School property to the City of Novice. The City Council agreed to purchase from Coleman ISD; the school library and various other items for City use.
After much re-organization, and many donated books, a City Library was opened, in the summer of 2014. Kathy Weatherford was the first Librarian, opening two days a week. Kathy also started a list of names for Friends of the Novice Library. Unfortunately, Kathy moved in the spring of 2015.
At this time, with no shelf space and boxes of books in storage, the City Council decided to close the library and move to a larger location. During summer and fall, books were worked and packed for the move. The current library shelves were detached from walls in sections, to be moved.
While this was being done, the rooms in the new location were being re-worked. All lighting in the new location, was updated with energy efficient fixtures. Windows were closed up, as bookshelves would be in front of them. Many new bookcases had to be built and some old ones re-worked. Everything had to be painted, or re-painted. While the construction was in progress, books were being donated almost weekly.
With the help of a grant from Friends of Coleman County Foundation and through local and area donations, Novice had a library to rival any town it’s size in Texas. Finally, the new location was ready for books on the shelves. Moving, unpacking and sorting for placement was a task.
The new library has two large rooms. One for adult reading material and one for children’s use. There is a smaller room with computers for public use.
The library project began with former Mayor, Wanda Motley and was completed with the Mayor, Bobby Green.
Plans are to open five days a week, with Librarian Terrilyn Taylor, to assist you.
Please, plan to visit this wonderful library!
Coleman County FSA Updates
Coleman County Producers Urged to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Crop Sales Deadlines
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the crop deadline of September 1, 2016.
Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including perennial grass forage and grazing crops.
The following crops in Coleman County have a NAP application deadline of September 1, 2016: wheat, barley, oats, rye, triticale and canola
USDA has partnered with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois to create an online tool at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap that allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP and to explore the best level of protection for their operation. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price available, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers. Crops intended for grazing are not eligible for additional NAP coverage.
Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA’s online Agent Locator: http://prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/apps/AgentLocator/#. Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator, https://ewebapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/costestimator/Default.aspx, to predict insurance premium costs.
For more information on NAP, service fees, premiums and sales deadlines, contact the Coleman County FSA office at 325-625-4197 or visit the web at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap.
FSAfarm+, FSA’s Customer Self-Service Portal
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has launched a new tool to provide farmers and ranchers with remote access to their personal farm information using their home computers. Farmers and ranchers can now view, print or export their personal farm data all without visiting an FSA county office.
The program, known as FSAfarm+, provides you with secure access to view your personal FSA data, such as base and yields, Conservation Reserve Program data, other conservation program acreage, Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation status information, field boundaries, farm imagery, name and address details, contact information and membership interest and shares in the operation. This data will be available in real time, at no cost to the producer and allow operators and owners to export and print farm records, including maps. Producers also can electronically share their data with a crop insurance agent from their own personal computer.
Farm operators and owners first will need “Level 2 eAuthentication” to access the webportal. This level of security ensures that personal information is protected for each user. Level 2 access can be obtained by going to www.eauth.usda.gov, completing the required information and then visiting your local FSA office to finalize access.
For more information on FSAfarm+, the customer self-service portal, contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA county office, click http://offices.usda.gov.
ARC, PLC and CTAP Acreage Maintenance
Producers enrolled in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) must protect all cropland and noncropland acres on the farm from wind and water erosion and noxious weeds. Producers who sign ARC county or individual contracts and PLC contracts agree to effectively control noxious weeds on the farm according to sound agricultural practices. If a producer fails to take necessary actions to correct a maintenance problem on a farm that is enrolled in ARC, PLC or CTAP, the County Committee may elect to terminate the contract for the program year.
The Farm Service Agency makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5000.
Youth Loan Eligibility Requirements:
- Be a citizen of the United States (which includes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) or a legal resident alien
- Be 10 years to 20 years of age
- Comply with FSA’s general eligibility requirements
- Be unable to get a loan from other sources
- Conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above
- Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project advisor.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>The project supervisor must recommend the youth loan applicant, along with providing adequate supervision.
Stop by the county office for help preparing and processing the application forms.
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Curtis L. Garrett at 325-625-4197 extension 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).
Coleman Police Department Statistics for July 2016
Burglary of Motor Vehicle-1
Burglary of a Building-1
Aggravated Sexual Assault-1
Burglary of a Habitation-2
Possession of Marijuana-1
Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance-1
Burglary of Habitation-1
Disorderly Conduct Fighting-2
Possession of Tobacco by a Minor-1
Violation of Criminal Trespass-1
Vehicle Crash Investigations
Calls for Service to Communications-388
Code Enforcement-5 tickets issued with 5 charges filed
Police Department-49 tickets issued with 65 charges filed
Calls for Service-51
Dogs Picked Up-33
Cats Picked Up-5
Other Animals Picked Up-3
Dead Animals Removed-20
Tall Weeds or Grass Notice of Violation-19
Junked or Abandoned Vehicle Investigation-3
Meter Tampering Investigation-1
Dangerous Building Investigation-1
Emergency Abatement Order for Tall Weeds-1
Coleman resident arrested after methamphetamines found in motel room
On August 3rd 2016 Officers with the Coleman Police Department arrested 27 year old Aaron Clevenger of Coleman for the 1st degree felony offense of Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Clevenger was arrested in the parking lot of a motel after he was pulled over for a traffic offense and found to be driving on a suspended Texas drivers license. Clevenger was in possession of a motel room key. Clevenger was asked if there was anyone in the room that he had the key for. Clevenger told Officers yes. Clevenger told Officers that he wanted to occupant to have the key. Officers made contact with the occupant who gave consent to search the room. During the search of the room 30.5 grams of methamphetamines along with scales and packaging material were located. The female occupant stated that she did not know anything about the methamphetamine or any of the paraphernalia in the room and that she had only been there a couple of hours. Officers then spoke with Clevenger about what was located. Clevenger told Officers that the methamphetamines and other items belonged to him and that the female occupant had no knowledge of it being there. Clevenger was transported to the Coleman Police Department and booked in on Driving While License invalid and the Controlled Substance charge.
Dosseys re-open West Side Market & Laundry
West Side Market & Laundry is now open. Owned by Eddie & Sue Dossey, it is located at 1001 5th Ave. They offer a nice, cool, place to wash and dry your clothes, plus they offer your basic grocery items such as milk, eggs, bread, drinks and ice; even laundry detergent and other household cleaning items. Each morning Sue and Eddie brew a fresh pot of DeCoty coffee and have tea ready for your work day. Stop by and check them out!
Coleman resident arrested
On August 2nd 2016 Coleman Police Officers arrested Zachary J Polk on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, first degree felony. Polk had a warrant issued for his arrest earlier in the day and was later arrested on that warrant on the prior mentioned charges. Polk was held at Coleman city jail on a $50,000 bond and bonded out later in the day.
Can you believe summer is almost over! Time sure flies when you’re having fun! Sometimes things slow down in the summer and we can reflect on things. We’ve been reflecting on things that the Chamber does. So many don’t really know what the Chamber does. Most assume we are responsible for more than we actually are. We would like to take some time to chat with you so you will understand your Chamber even more.
During Rodeo, the Chamber is so busy. We are truly not responsible for anything about Rodeo – not even the Parade. The dates are set for the Rodeo by the PRCA. The date of the Rodeo parade is set by the Rodeo Association when they get the dates of the Rodeo. We support the Rodeo Association with any work that they need done. We help them with copies, mail-outs, and the selling of their tickets, shirts, and caps and the working of the Rodeo Parade. In turn, the Rodeo Association helps the Chamber by cooking the wonderful meal for the Chamber of Commerce Banquet. We have a great working relationship with our Rodeo Association.
The Christmas activities are planned and funded by the Coleman Business People’s Association. The Chamber supports them completely by sending the parade mailings for them and putting the parade together for them. They determine the date and the theme and the Chamber supports them completely. The Coleman Business People’s Association is made of business people who strive to support each business the best that they can. The Chamber does everything it can to support these business in our community.
The Dove Fest and Hunter’s BBQ Appreciation Dinner are the responsibility of the Wildlife Committee. The Chamber supports these events through the selling of their tickets and t-shirts and caps. Because of the support we give to the Wildlife Committee, the Chamber is able to have a booth at these events in order to sell our fundraiser tickets.
The Chamber is responsible for the Chamber Banquet, the Membership Drive, the Fundraisers and the Fiesta de la Paloma. Your Chamber is a working Chamber doing our best to work for you. If you ever have suggestions for the Chamber please don’t hesitate to contact our Executive Director Mary Griffis to discuss your ideas with her.
The spotlight on businesses for this month is CARR, Central Texas Rural Transit District. Central Texas Rural Transit District operates City And Rural Rides Public Transportation system. The District’s goal is designing, implementing, and maintaining an efficient and effective transportation system for residents of Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Nolan, Runnels, Shackelford, Stephens, and Rural Taylor counties.
City And Rural Rides started providing transportation service in 1987 as part of the local community action agency with approximately 18 employees and three vehicles. In September 1998, the District was officially formed and became Central Texas Rural Transit District. Thru the years, the City And Rural Rides has continued to grow to its current level which includes 65 employees and 73 revenue vehicles. The Administrative office located in Coleman, Texas houses 17 staff. Last fiscal year travelled 1,444,847 revenue miles and provided 143,971 one way passenger trips for medical, employment, shopping, social, and various other destinations.
J.R. Salazar, General Manager stated, “CARR is proud to be a part of Coleman county and has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1999. In addition to the Administrative office and local driver offices, CTRTD was awarded funding for a multi-modal facility to be located in Early, Texas. The new facility will house management personnel and drivers from Brown County and will have a large training room for group meetings. In addition, it will serve as a hub for other transit agencies that travel into Brownwood area. We hope to open the new facility by the end of this year.” For additional information on Central Texas Rural Transit District please visit City And Rural Rides web-site at www.cityandruralrides.com or call locally 325-625-4491 or 1(800)710-2277.
The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. We are located at 218 Commercial Ave., Coleman, Texas and our phone number is 325-625-2163. We invite you to stop by and visit us any time.
Retirement of Plant Supervisor
Holiday Hill, Inc. Plant Operations Supervisor Retires
Holiday Hill, Inc. proudly announces the retirement of Richard Turner. Mr. Turner retires with twenty years of outstanding service to Holiday Hill. Over the years he has kept our facility functioning and running in great condition. Rick is responsible for years of impressive Life Safety Inspections with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. We cannot thank you enough for all the years you have given us Rick. We are going to miss you dearly! Happy retirement to our Mr. Fix It!
Coleman ISD Title I Funds
Coleman Junior High School and Coleman Elementary School receive Title I funds. These funds are used by the schools for a variety of programs and activities to increase children's academic achievement-especially in reading and math. Title I funds are provided by the federal government, through the Texas Education Agency, and are distributed to schools based on the number of low-income students (eligible for free or reduced lunches). However, low income is only used to distribute funds. Students are selected to receive Title I services based on academic need. Coleman Elementary is a School-Wide program. This means that our Title I money can be used to upgrade the educational program in ways that impact every student in the school.
As a Title I Parent you have the following rights under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB):
Request the qualifications of your child's teacher(s)
Be notified if your child is taught for more than 4 consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified
Request opportunities for regular meetings with staff in order to make suggestions
Participate in decisions relating to the education of your child
Submit a written comment on the School-Wide Program Plan, available in the Student Handbook and on the Campus Web Site under Parent Resources, if you are not satisfied with the plan
Coleman man arrested after traffic stop
On July 26, 2016 Officers of the Coleman Police Department arrested 57 year old Layton Lusk of Coleman, for a State Jail Felony charge of Possession of Controlled substance.
Lusk was pulled over near West Liveoak and Vale Street for a traffic violation. After Officers checked for warrants, he was found to have two City of Coleman arrest warrants; Lusk was arrested for the warrants. While Officers were doing inventory on his vehicle, Lusk was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine.
Lusk was transported and booked into the Coleman City Jail for the warrants and Possession of Controlled substance.
Welcome to the Police Force
On Sunday, July 24, a gathering was held to celebrate and welcome the four new Coleman Police Officers. New officers are Mason Fabbiani, Toby Mathis, Jose Rodriguez and Trebor Moore. Chief Jay Moses gave a welcoming and encouraging speech to these young men. A cake was made by Karen McGee and refreshments were provided by Mona Watts, Amanda Fabbiani, Sophia Rodriguez, Barbara Cleland and Nivla Moore. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate and support these young men!
GRAZE-OUT Payments Now Available to Coleman County Producers
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Name Coleman Executive Director Curtis L. Garrett announced that FSA is now accepting applications for 2016 GRAZE-OUT payments for producers who elect to use their acreage planted to wheat, barley, oats, or triticale for grazing by livestock and agree to forgo any other harvesting of the commodity in 2016.
“Producers must request graze-out payments by farm and complete form CCC-633 GRAZING,” said Garrett. “If multiple producers share in the acreage, all signatures must be obtained before the request is considered complete.”
The graze-out payment rate is determined by the amount the applicable commodity loan rate exceeds the CCC-determined value of the commodity for the county where the farm is located. This is referred to as the Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) rate. The graze-out payment will be based on the LDP rate in effect for the county on the date of request.
Producers may file an application for graze-out any time prior to March 31, 2017.
Garrett emphasizes that acres identified on form CCC-633 GRAZING will not be eligible for an indemnity under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).
Graze-out payments are subject to the same basic eligibility requirements as commodity loans and LDPs including, but not limited to Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) provisions, beneficial interest, conservation compliance, foreign person, payment limitations for crop years 2014 through 2018, together with market loan gains and ARC/PLC.
Before MAL repayments with a market loan gain (MLG) or LDP disbursements can be made, producers must meet the requirements of actively engaged in farming, cash rent tenant and member contribution. The 2014 Farm Bill also establishes payment limitations per individual or entity not to exceed $125,000 annually on certain commodities for the following program benefits: price loss coverage payments, agriculture risk coverage payments, MLGs and LDPs.
AGI provisions state that a producer whose total applicable three-year average AGI exceeds $900,000 is not eligible to receive an MLG or LDP. Producers must have a valid CCC-941 on file to earn a market gain of LDP.
For more information and additional eligibility requirements, please visit a nearby USDA Service Center or FSA’s website www.fsa.usda.gov . For an FSA office near you, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
Coleman Veterinary Clinic Welcomes New Vet
Coleman Veterinary Clinic is very proud to introduce you to Dr. Ross Kalina. Dr. Kalina was raised in Schulenburg, Texas. He graduated this May from Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine. He received a Communications degree from the University of Texas in 2007. Following graduation he worked in the cattle industry managing cow/calf and stocker operations. This generated an interest in veterinary medicine. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2012 at Texas A&M before entering the School of Veterinary Medicine. His academic interests are primarily large animal, but his goal is to be involved in a diverse, mixed animal practice. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with his dog, Zoey. Dr. Kalina will be a great asset to Coleman and Coleman Veterinary Clinic. Please come by to meet him and give him a big Coleman welcome.
Coleman PD arrests two, with assistance of Coleman County Sheriff's Office K9
On July 17th, 2016, at approximately 11:41 PM, Coleman Police Department Officers responded to the 2500 block of N. Neches in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was reported to be parked behind a set of storage units with its lights out.
Officers made contact with the owner of the storage units, who advised that neither the vehicle, nor its occupants had permission to be on the property.
Officers contacted a male and female inside the vehicle. During the investigation it was discovered that the male driver had an outstanding parole violation warrant. Also, with the assistance of the Coleman County Sheriff’s office K9 unit, 13.05 grams of Methamphetamine, was found in the vehicle.
26 year old Johnathan Michael Watson was arrested for 1st degree Felony Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance and a parole violation warrant. Bond for the Manufacturing and Delivery charge was set at $50,000. There is no bond for the parole violation warrant.
34 Year old Dana Michelle Priddy was arrested for 1st degree Felony Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $50,000
Coleman FCCLA Attends National FCCLA Leadership Meeting
Coleman High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America member Chris Lawhon recently attended the 2016 National FCCLA Leadership Conference in San Diego, California. Chris is Region II Vice President of Programs.
Chris attended general sessions, very educational business meeting, and workshops throughout the week. He received Leadership Academy certification by attending sessions the Engage Track in The Responsibilities of Leaders, Public Speaking, Making Differences Count, Effective Communication, and Group Dynamics. The final evening concluded with a gala. He had the opportunity to go to the San Diego Zoo, visit Coronado, and see the sights around San Diego.
During the week, Monica Jones of Springlake-Earth, Texas fulfilled her duties as National Vice-President Development. Brittany Hastings of Canadian, Texas was elected to serve as 2016-2017 National Vice-President of Parliamentary Law.
Over 8,000 delegates attended the conference representing over 212,000 members from across the nation which was the largest national FCCLA conference. Texas represented the largest delegation with over 600 members attending the conference. Over 4,000 members nationally competed in 33 different STAR Event Competition categories. FCCLA is the only student-led organization with family as its central focus.
Accompanying Chris was Bonnie Brown, advisor.
Coleman PD welcomes four new Officers
CPD new Officer Trebor Moore is the son of Kenny and Nivla Moore. Trebor grew up in Coleman most of his life. From 2009 to 2012 he served as an infantryman in the US Army. After being honorably discharged from the army Trebor immediately started working for the Coleman Police Department as a communications officer/dispatcher for 3.5 years. He began the West Central Texas law enforcement academy in November and graduated from the academy July 6, 2016. Trebor is proud to serve Coleman and hopes to be able to make a positive impact on the citizens of Coleman.
CPD new Officer Toby Mathis was born and raised in Brownwood, TX. He graduated from Brownwood High in 2009 and graduated from the West Central Texas Law Enforcement Academy on July 6, 2016. He is excited to move to Coleman and grateful for the opportunity to serve the community.
CPD new Officer Mason Fabbiani was born in Brownwood, TX to Robert Fabbiani of Lake Brownwood and Vanessa Allen of Houma, LA. He graduated from Bangs High School in 2010. He graduated from the West Central Texas Law Enforcement Academy on July 6, 2016. He is married to Amanda Michelle Watts of Coleman, TX. They have two children, a daughter Aubree Michelle and a son Kaleb Andrew. He has lived in Coleman since 2010 and plans to stay.
CPD new Officer Jose Rodriquez was born and raised in Brownwood, TX. He graduated from Brownwood High School in 2010. And graduated from the West Central Texas Council of Governments on July 6, 2016. His wife Sophia is an insurance specialist for State Farm in Brownwood, TX. He says he is grateful and blessed for the opportunity to serve the community of Coleman, TX.
Local Students Graduate CCMC Safe Sitter Program
Coleman, Texas (July 13, 2016) – Eight students from Coleman, Santa Anna, and Ballinger graduated July 11 from the latest Safe Sitter® course offered by Coleman County Medical Center.
Sandra Ratliff, RNC-OB, and Chelsey Slayton, RN, MSN, provided the class of 11-to-14-year-olds with a full and fast-paced day of education covering: indoor and outdoor safety training, how to handle household emergencies, how to treat babysitting as a business, safety for the sitter, prevention of problem behaviors, injury management, choking child and infant rescue, and child/infant CPR.
Students participated in games, hands-on skills training and a test. At the conclusion of the day, students were given a Safe Sitter® certification card and certificate.
“Coleman County is fortunate to have young responsible students who are willing to learn how to keep your children safe as well as themselves while babysitting,” said Slayton. “For the safety of the students, their names cannot be released, but we encourage parents who are looking for a babysitter to ask if the babysitter has participated in the Safe Sitter® program!”
The national Safe Sitter® program began with a tragedy: the accidental death of a nurse’s young child while in the care of an adult babysitter. This prompted Patricia A. Keener, M.D., to create Safe Sitter® Program in 1980. The program is the only national nonprofit training program devoted to preparing young teens to be safe in unsupervised settings. Medically-accurate, developmentally-appropriate, and constantly updated curriculum are followed.
“We have offered this program 4 times over the last 3 years, and have trained 23 area students,” reported Ratliff, “and are pleased to provide local mom’s and dad’s with trained babysitters.”
Texas Farm Service Agency Reminds Wheat Producers of Marketing Loans
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, July 8, 2016 – USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Judith A. Canales reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs without selling commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows.
“In the current marketing environment for wheat, producers are encouraged to contact our office to learn more about marketing loans so that they can make the best choice for their farming operations,” said Canales.
Wheat producers who are eligible for marketing loans are also eligible for loan deficiency payments (LDPs) should the loan rate fall below the posted county price. Producers also can purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. Unlike LDPs, use of commodity certificates does not affect payment limitations. Producers can check their daily LDP rates online at www.fsa.usda.gov.
For a commodity to be eligible for a loan, loan deficiency payment, or certificate, the producer must have beneficial interest in the commodity, defined as having title, possession and control of the commodity, and responsible for loss of or damage to the commodity. All related application forms must be completed at the local FSA office prior to loss of beneficial interest. Other eligibility requirements may apply; consult your local FSA office for more information.
Marketing assistance loans are also available for other commodities, such as corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton, extra-long staple cotton, long grain rice, medium grain rice, soybeans and other oilseeds (including sunflower seed, rapeseed, canola, safflower, flaxseed, mustard seed, crambe and sesame seed), dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas, large chickpeas, grade and non-graded wool, mohair, unshorn pelts, honey and peanuts.
For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport. To find your local USDA Service Center, go to http://offices.usda.gov.
Will Eddleman is headed to Wyoming
Coleman County 4-H member Will Eddleman, the son of Don Ed and Pamala Eddleman of Santa Anna, is representing Texas at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming July 17-23, 2016.
Will is participating in the Reigned Cow Horse event.
Grandparent's Brag Exhibit- 2016 Fiesta de la Paloma
Grandparent's Brag is always a fun exhibit at Fiesta de la Paloma. This summer is a good time to get your favorite shots ready for the Exhibits at Fiesta de la Paloma October lst. All grandparents are invited to enter a picture of each grandchild. Grandparents must live in Coleman County and should enter each grandchild individually. There are two classes: Newborn to 23 months and 2 to 4 years old.
A list of rules and regulations may be picked up now at the county Agri-Life extension office in the courthouse or at the Coleman Chamber of Commerce office. Grandparents' Brag is one of the exhibits sponsored by the Coleman County Extension Education Association which is made up of Good Neighbor Club.
4th of July, 42 Tournament
Sandra Wilson and sister, Irene Matthews, took first place against five other teams in the third annual Fourth of July ‘42’ tournament, a part of the festivities at the Coleman City Park on Monday July 4th.
The sisters finally defeated second place finishers, Carl and Virginia Harrington in a hard fought battle.
Taking third place in a squeaker match against the Harringtons were Terry Wallace and Bill Merryman.
Although ‘42’ is considered by many to be an ‘old people’s game’, this tournament had two young players, Chase and Devin Taylor, who came real close to shaming two of the best in the tournament.
The elder statesman of the contest was WWII veteran, Kenneth Newman. Kenneth and his partner, Bill Whitfield, got bumped in the finals when they fell victim to one of the unpredictable elements of the game – they just couldn’t draw the right dominoes.
Nell Hasseroot and Phyllis Smith played well, but were knocked out during the finals in a close game against the eventual first place winners.
In the end a good time was had by all, in part because the Good Lord saw fit to give the players some good shade and a great breeze.
First Place ‘42’ winners were sisters Sandra Wilson and Irene Matthews, with Larry Tillman and another sister, Fredna Horton, offering support.
Claiming Second Place were the husband and wife team of Carl and Virginia Harrington.
Third place finishers were Terry Wallace and Bill Merryman (who was too shy to get in the picture).
(Picture and story courtesy of Eric Joffrion)
Coleman City Park, 4th of July awards
The winner of the Tow Sack Race in the 12 and Up age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was Cloie Montague. Presenting Cloie with her trophy was Leslie Cross, representing First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The winner of the Watermelon Eating Contest in the Under 12 age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was Daylon Barker. Presenting Daylon with his trophy was Leslie Cross, representing First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The winner of the Watermelon Eating Contest in the 12 and Up age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was Cloie Montague. Presenting Cloie with her trophy was Leslie Cross, representing First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The winners of the Water Balloon Toss in the 12 and Up age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was the team of Jaden Espitia and Christian Espitia. Presenting Jaden and Christian with their trophies was Pastor Wayne Lewis, new pastor at First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The winner of the Tow Sack Race in the Under 12 age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was Skyler Clark. Presenting Skyler with his trophy was Leslie Cross, representing First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The winners in the Water Balloon Toss in the Under 12 age group at the July 4th Picnic at the Park was the team of Hannah Smith and Brayden Baldwin. Presenting Hannah and Brayden with their trophies was Pastor Wayne Lewis, new pastor at First United Methodist Church of Coleman.
The Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture & Tourist Bureau 2016 Fundraiser is under way. By purchasing a ticket for a $10.00 donation, you have a chance to be the lucky winner of a 7 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer, donated by Bargain House Furniture and a $500 Gift Certificate donated by Shoppin; Baskit and the Coleman Chamber of Commerce.
The Coleman Chamber of Commerce also has a second Fund Raiser that many will be interested in. By purchasing a $10.00 donation, you have the chance to be the lucky winner of a signed George Strait Priefert roping chute that was used in the 2016 George Strait Team Roping Classic, donated by John and Christi Robertson.
Tickets are available at the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce office, which is located at 218 Commercial Ave., or you may contact any Coleman County Chamber of Commerce Director. Directors are: Jeromy Watson, Tammy Casey, Christi Robertson, Sandra Barr, Nina Childress, Leslie Cross, Lana Kading, Renea McMillan, Becky Reynolds, John Stanislaw, Weldon Thompson, and Connie Turner.
The Freezer will be given away on June 11, 2016, the Saturday night of the Annual PRCA Rodeo. The Chute will be given away on October 1, 2016 at the Fiesta de la Paloma.
For more information, contact the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce office at (325) 625-2163 or come by 218 Commercial Avenue.
Fiesta de la Paloma Exhibit Lists Now Available
Lists for the exhibits at the Fiesta de la Paloma are now available at the Coleman County Agri Life Extension Office in the courthouse and at the Chamber of Commerce. Rules and regulations are included in this list.
The exhibits are sponsored by the Coleman County Extension Association again this year and will be in the Bill Franklin Center, Saturday, Oct. 1st. Anyone, adults and youth, from Coleman County may enter. Several departments can be entered with three age classifications in each. These include quilting, knitting, crocheting, crafts, food preparation, food preservation, needlework, embroidery, clothing construction, photography, and Grandparents Brag. Entries must be completed within the last 12 months.
Further information may be obtained by calling the county Agri Life extension office at 325-625-4519.