Novice Fireworks


We will be having a fireworks show Saturday, July 4th, in Novice, TX at the old football field.

We will have concession stand, music and games starting at 5:30 p.m. The fireworks will begin between 9 and 9:30 and should last 45 minutes to an hour.

Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on due to limited seating. We ask that no one bring their own fireworks to set off.

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Journey Off the Map

Journey Off the Map

Get ready to explore this years Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church with “JOURNEY OFF THE MAP”. Take the journey into uncharted territory where you will begin to understand that obedience to God can lead you beyond the expected. So, toss the map, stick close to your guide, and prepare to listen for God’s direction in his journey that is unknown to us, but known to Him.

Rotations include Morning Worship Rally, Bible Study, Music, Crafts, Snacks, Missions, and Recreation. Registration will begin at 8:00 am on Monday July 6th. The first 200 participants registered and present on Monday will receive a VBS T-shirts.
Who:  Any student who will be entering Kindergarten through 6th grade
Date:  July 6-10
Time:  8:25 am -12:00 noon
Where:  First Baptist Church Family Life Center- Please drop off your children at the registration table on the corner of Elm and     San Saba.

Harold Skelton's Office

Harold Skelton's office will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of Independence Day, July 4th. 

City Hall Closing

The City of Coleman, City Hall will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015 in honor of Independence Day, the 4th of July.


Pictured left to right is: Jack Lyons, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and Shelbi Greaves.

Shelbi Greaves of Coleman received a Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo scholarship which was presented to her at Texas 4-H Roundup, June 11, 2015 in College Station, Texas.

Greaves, a member of the Coleman County 4-H program, plans to attend Texas A&M University.  More than 55,000 Texas youth are members of 4-H community clubs in the state.

he program, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, prepares youth to meet the challenges of childhood, adolescence and adulthood, through educational experiences in leadership, citizenship and life skills. 

Bluecat Booster Club Bench Ad Sponsor

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It seems early, but the Coleman Bluecat Booster Club is already gearing up for the 2015 Bluecat Football Season.  That’s why we are contacting you now regarding your advertising needs!!! For the upcoming season we will be offering additional opportunities to advertise for your business while supporting Coleman High School Athletics.  As listed below, you can chose to purchase one of three options – whichever best suits your business’s advertising needs.



Download "Bench Ad Sponsors.pdf"

“Every Hero Has a Story” & “Unmasked” Coleman Public Library has Awards Day June 24th, 2015

The Coleman Public Library completed its Summer Reading Programs “Every Hero Has A Story” and theme for the Youth Book Club “Unmasked” on June 24th, 2015 @ 10:00 am.  Two Super Big Cakes! Decorated with the theme logo’s, made by Karen McGee, ice cream and punch were served for refreshments.  The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading programs.  Next year the theme for children’s program will be “On your Mark, Get Set, Read!” and for the Youth Book Club “Gen in the Game!”

Librarian Sue Dossey announced to a crowd of 168 on how the Summer Reading Program begins in April. A book/bake sale is held and all the proceeds go towards the reading program to help pay for the children book bags, arts and crafts activities, programs and prizes.  Those returning their reading logs and completing their reading requirements receive a reading certificate and coupons from local businesses.  One free swim pass from the City of Coleman, one free ice cream cone from Coleman Dairy Queen, one free personal pan pizza from Coleman Pizza Hut, one free drink from Coleman Best Fried Chicken and one free drink from Owl Drug Store.  The Friends of the Library would also like to thanks following businesses and organizations for additional donations for the reading program: Coleman Kiwanis Club, Coleman Vet Clinic, Coleman County State Bank, Tyson Pharmacy, Grammer’s, Coleman County Electric Cooperative, Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Mike Ray and Big O’s.
A total of 243 children signed up for the reading program and 120 completed the program.  The library kicked the program off on June 3rd, with registration and a special program “Zooniversity”, a teaching zoo that comes to the children.  Their programs are carefully crafted to educate, as well as entertain.  Children learned about some animals and insects that have amazing abilities to live in their environments. Friends would also like to thank our local heroes: The Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and the drug dog, Fire Department, Heart of Texas Ambulance service workers for giving programs each week during the reading program.  

Winners of the coloring contest were: Piper Tammany-Toddler/Pre-K/Kindergarten, Aiyana Payne-1st & 2nd grades, John Koch-3rd, 4th, & 5th grades, and Daisy Garza-Youth Book Club.  Each received an Art Craft Set.
Committee members for the program this year were Bridgett Wakefield, Sarah Beal, Jessica Phillips, Sandra Rose, Mona Turner and Debbie Faries.  Bridgett Wakefield told the audience her Youth Book Club had thirty nine students to sign up and sixteen completed the program.  The group discussed the book selected “The Mysterious Benedict Society” and made Morse code bracelets.  Those completing the program had their names included in a drawing for the grand prize, a Barnes and Noble Nook.  The winner of the nook was Makaylee Rosales.  Winners of the t-shirts were Yuliana Garza, Noah Stewart and Brooklyn Gilbreath.

Toddler/Pre-K/Kindergarten chairman Sarah Beal reported she had forty two to sign up and thirty seven to complete. They had fun with programs, arts and craft activities.  The grand prize for this group was a Nabi Jr.  The winner was Richard (R.J.) Morgan IV.  Those that received t-shirts were: Miguel Quinonez, Leah McKinney and Shi Raevion Posey.

Committee member Jessica Phillips was in charge of the 1st and 2nd grades.  She had seventy to sign up and forty four to complete.  Her group enjoyed stories, programs, and craft activities.  For this group the top three readers in each grade were recognized.  Each received a t-shirt and their names were in the drawing for a 3D Doodle Pen grand prize.

Top Three Readers in 1st grade were: Lexi McKinley, Bree Dela Rosa and Brooke Dela Rose.  2nd grade: Paisley Rae, Olivia Jefferson, and Addi Dawson.  The winner of the 3D Doodle pen was Brooke Dela Rosa.
Committee member Sandra Rose was in charge of the 3rd, 4th & 5th grades.  Sandra had ninety two to sign up and thirty two to complete and receive their reading certificates.  They also enjoyed programs and art and craft activities.  Top three readers in each grade were recognized and received a t-shirt.  Their names were in the drawing for grand prize.  A 3D Doodle Pen was awarded to Kimberley Stanford.  Top three readers in 3rd grade were: Nicholas Smith, Tully Stanford and Alana Young.  4th grade readers were: John Koch, Jade Ash and Natalee Rose.  5th grade readers were: A.J. Phillips, Kimberly Stanford and Brylie Gilbreath.

After the award ceremonies the crowd was introduced to Shilo Harris.  Shilo is a Coleman native and was injured while on patrol in Iraq when his Humvee was struck by an IED.  He told the audience of his experience and his will to live and endure the many surgeries he has received.  He spoke of heroes all around us and stressed to the children “You can be a hero today and every day.”  The children were able to ask questions and pose pictures with Shilo.   Thank You Shilo for your service to our country and taking time to speak at our award program.

A complete list of readers receiving certificates are: Leah McKinley, Brandon Scroggins, Daniel Reyna, Shi’Raevion Posey, Quintel Brown, Cameron Cash, Nolan Cash, Jeighlyn McPherson, Piper Tammany, Quinn Tammany, Brynley Rae, Richard (R.J.) Morgan,, Kayanna Morgan, Laryn Jones, Parker Danek, McKenzie Stanford, Grady Dawson, Joshua Quinonez, Miguel Quinonez, Lauren Robinson, Jack Wise, Jolie Wise, Bree Dela Rosa, Brooks Dela Rosa, Jeri Kateland Martin, Rey Reyna, Kaci Garrett, Ethan Hemphill, Hadley Hemphill, Andrea Phillips, Bethanie Rose, Cali Beal, Lexi McKinley, Mazzy Smiley, Nigella Cleland, Caleb Hale, Jacob Keeney, Angel, Marquez, Kiah Marquez, Addison Morrison, Dennis Penny Jr., Jayden Stacey, Jacob Keeney, Harley Blake, Mason Danek, Cali Carrillo, Louden Stanford, Trever Brooks, Ashly  Moore, Jalynn Carrillo, Sarah Moran, Paisley Rae, Ceairah Eldred, Hayden Flores, Brittney Gutierrez, Jacelyn Keys, Olivia Jefferson, Kadence Robinson, Aiyana Payne, Micah Lackey, Noah Mendoza, Yelana Martin, Eternity Cifuentes, Giovanny Villanueva, Aaron Baker, Caleb Keeney, Bruno Marquez, Addi Dawson, Dylan Dossey, Zane Moore, Nicholas Smith, Myia Rose, Brooklynn Loyd, Emily Bowden, Skylar Clark, Darrel Blake, Savannah Yockey, Alana Young, Julianna Kincaid, Katalina Brunetti, Elizabeth Perez, Aurora Goen, Kenlie Castleberry, Bayli Ferguson, Anthony Espitia, Hannah Smith, Tully M. Stanford, Layla Walker, Sadie Edington, Robert Lewis, Mia Alanis, Christian Espitia, Jade Ash, John Koch, Natalee Rose, Hannah Jefferson, A.J. Phillips, Neily Jeter, Daniel Vasquez, Brylei Gilbreath, Nevah Eldred, Ethan Burnetti, Ruby Perez, Kimberly Stanford.

Youth Book Club: Trenton Cowart, Brooklyn Gilbreath, Emily Moran, Hannah Rose, Jessica Kyser, Makailey Rosales, Latara Strawbridge, Nathan Nash, Daisy Garza, Caesar Nunez, Jenifer Garza, Yuli Garza, Noah Stewart, Lexi Dossey, Edgar Nunez, Jeffery Edington.

Pictured (L-R): Cake - Made by
Karen Magee, Color contest winners - Piper Tammany, Aiyanna Payne, John Koch & Daisy Garza; Grand prize winners - R.J. Morgan -Nabi Jr. Winner, Makaylee Rosales - Barnes and Noble Nook winner - (Youth Book Club),
Brooke DeLaRosa - 3D Doodle Pen &
Kimberly Stanford not present.

Shilo Harris is pictured giving a speech and meeting with the children.


Big retailers have spoken: the Confederate flag is coming off the shelves

Big retailers have spoken: the Confederate flag is coming off the shelves

The tragic shooting at an African American church, in Charleston, SC has caused much controversy over the Confederate flag.

As of Monday, Walmart, Sears, Amazon and e-Bay have all announced that they will no longer be selling any Confederate flag merchandise.

Visit CNN for the full story.

Drama Camp at First UMC

Drama Camp at First UMC
First Row: Alana Young, Natalee Rose, Nigella Cleland, William Bultman, Kadence Aristondo, Jack Lotspeich, Olivia Jefferson, Savannah Yockey and Sarah Moran. Second Row: Kara Dillingham, Khloe' Aristondo, Abby Stovall, Makayla Wise, Sabrina Lawrence, Emily Moran, Hannah Jefferson, Brayden Baldwin and Mia Watson. Third Row: Jessica Kyser, Chyanne Hollingsworth, Madison Wise, Dakota Jourdan and Hannah Rose. Back Row: Matthew Sowell and Jackie Sowell.

"The Elves and the Shoemaker"  is a story about Lockhart Cobblestone, the shoemaker, and his wife, Matilda Cobblestone, who are kind people with very llittle money.  Moved by the plight of an old beggar woman, Lockhart gives her his last pair of shoes.  He only has enough leather to make one more pair of shoes and the rent is due.  He sets the leather out to work the next morning and goes to bed for the evening.  While he is sleeping, five little elves come along and whip up the most fantastic and magical pairs of shoes the town of Clankbottom has ever seen.  It is an upbeat story that holds a gentle msessage about the nature of kindness.

Twenty-three cast members from Drama Camp at First United Methodist Church, Coleman, presented this play on Friday evening, June 19th, under the direction of Jackie Sowell, Director of Theater Arts at Coleman High School, and Matthew Sowell, One Act Play director at Cross Plains High School.

Cast members were:  Kadence Aristondo as Matilda Cobblestone; William Bultman as Lockhart Cobblestone; Savannah Yockey as Sneerella Twerm; Makayla Wise as Old Lady/Fairy Princess; Hannah Rose as Mortz; Natalee Rose as Schwartz; Emily Moran as Hazel; Madison Wise as Gracie; Hannah Jefferson as Studebaker; Jessica Kyser as Mrs. Snootbottom; Khloe Aristondo as the Policeman; Brayden Baldwin as Mayor Clankbattle; Chyanne Hollingsworth as Loretta Le Pointe; Alana Young as Widow Perkins; Olivia Jefferson as Zoom Corrigan; Emily Bowden, Nigella Cleland, Jack Lotspeich, Sarah Moran and McKenzie Coffey as helper Elves; Kara Dillingham, Daisy Garza, Jenifer Garza, Dakota Jourdan, Sabrina Lawrence, Abby Stovall and Mia Watson as Townspeople.
Also briefly attending camp were Kaleb Aristondo and Dusten Hollingsworth.

Crew members were Shirley Adams, Caitlin Bland, Linda Burns, Leslie Cross, Debbie Faries, Yuliana Garza, Ann Guess, JoAnne Helm, Victoria Kyser, Chris Lawhon, Mary Lotspeich, Dora Newman, Amanda Slaten, Brad Slaten, Michael Watson and Kathie Weatherford.

City of Coleman moves out of the Drought Plan Effective June 23, 2015

City of Coleman moves out of the Drought Plan Effective June 23, 2015

Colorado River Basin Water Data

City of Coleman moves out of the Drought Plan - Effective June 23, 2015

According the City’s Drought Contingency plan, the City may move out of Stage III, II, and I of the plan on June 23, 2015.  On May 23, 2015, the City of Coleman exceeded the level for stage I of the Drought Contingency plan which is 1705.50 Elevation.  This also exceeded the requirements for stage II and Stage III.  After maintaining this level for more than 30 days, the City may move out of Drought Plan and move back into normal water use conditions.  The City of Coleman therefore will move back into normal conditions on June 23, 2015 for all customers of the City of Coleman.

The City of Coleman is hopeful that the rainfall conditions will continue and that lake Coleman will continue to catch additional water resources.  Lake Coleman is currently at an Elevation of 1708.23 or 60.5% full.  We ask that the citizens of Coleman continue to use our water resources wisely and not waste this valuable resource.

Paul Catoe
City Manager
City of Coleman

Visit for more information. 

"Beef for Father's Day" Drawing

Cattlewomen Carla Fair and Ginger Sneed drew the winning name (pictured left), Angelita Stephenson, for the cooler full of beef related gifts (pictured right). The drawing was held on June 9th. There were 713 entries this year.

Circle C Cattlewomen would like to thank the Coleman Rodeo Association for donating 4 tickets to the Rodeo.

Special thank you to the Shoppin' Baskit for donating a $50.00 gift card and for the use of their store.

City of Santa Anna Water Restrictions

City of Santa Anna Water Restrictions



Per Brookesmith Special Utility District, which is the water provider for the city of Santa Anna.

So, until further notice, there are no restrictions in effect

Mildred Cammack Celebrates 102nd Birthday

Mildred Cammack Celebrates 102nd Birthday

Mildred “Bootie” Cammack celebrated her 102nd birthday on June 16, 2015. She was honored with a party on Saturday, June 13th at Holiday Hill Nursing Home given by her family.

Those in attendance were Bootie’s niece Sandra Oliver and husband Butch from Pflugerville, nephew Phil Huggins and wife Gwen from Coleman and Dana Huggins, PJ, Bryson, Quinton and Kyler Hammonds,  Adam, Charlene, Sanibel and Hunter Huggins, nephew David Huggins and wife Marilyn from Santa Anna and Amber, Brock, Brent and Blaine Bouldin, and great-nephew Marty Robbins from Santa Anna.

Former CHS Graduate launches restaurant app in Ft. Worth

Former CHS Graduate launches restaurant app in Ft. Worth

Two local start-up companies have joined forces in the Fort Worth Stockyards for a Grand Opening.

IDC Burgers, currently of Aledo, is planning to open their second location inside of Lil’ Red’s Longhorn Saloon in the Stockyards at 121 W. Exchange Ave. on Wednesday, July 1 at 11am.

SURVD, a local dining app, will utilize IDC and its customers during the app development
phase. “We’ve created the basic SURVD experience but now it’s time to get the app in
people’s hands in a realtime restaurant environment; to test different ideas, to see what works and what doesn’t,” said SURVD cofounder David Prichard. During this time, the first 100 customers to download the SURVD app at the restaurant will receive free SURVD
charges for life.

Jerred Fulbright, owner of IDC, decided to let IDC serve as the app’s testbed during the
opening months in his new restaurant. “It felt like a natural partnership between IDC and
SURVD because IDC is all about being fresh and on the cutting edge and so is SURVD. We
are excited to be working with SURVD and can’t wait to offer the app to our customers in our two existing locations as well as our future locations,” Fulbright said. Craig Copeland, Owner of Lil’ Red’s Longhorn Saloon repeated those sentiments, “It’s a privilege to be a part of something like this and provide an opportunity for these two local companies as they continue to grow.”

“We’re very fortunate to have partners like Jerred and Craig who believe in SURVD and can see the potential it has,” said Prichard. “The customers and management of IDC and Lil’ Red’s are going to be very involved in the app development process by shaping it’s final
look, feel and function over the next few months.”

Critics predict that the SURVD app will forever change the way people dine out by providing
a total virtual dining solution via smartphone. “I like to describe SURVD as sort of a remote
control for your dining experience. Once the final version rolls out, it will do everything for you before, during and after the meal except eat your food for you,” said Prichard. “It puts the customer in control of their experience providing features that allow user involvement to customize the app to their specific wants.”

The app aims to reduce the friction and time between when a customer wants something
and when they actually get it. The app is free for both customers to download and
restaurants to provide for their customers. SURVD expects to have a full working version of the app by the end of the year. Until then, come test it out at IDC Burgers in the Stockyards!

SURVD was established in 2015. Developed and implemented by two restauranteurs and a
software engineer, SURVD is based out of Fort Worth, TX. Contact David Prichard, Co-
Founder, on phone 817.987.9710, e-mail, Twitter @getsurvd, or visit the SURVD Facebook Page for more information.

"The Elves and the Shoemaker"

"The Elves and the Shoemaker"

"The Elves and the Shoemaker" is a play that written by Karen Boettcher-Tate and produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Services, Inc., Denver, Colorado.  It is also the play which is being performed Friday night at 6 pm in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Coleman by the students who have been attending Drama Camp this week.  The play is under the direction of Mr. Matt Sowell and Mrs. Jackie Sowell.

The students have worked really hard this week and are doing an awesome job! 

Consider this your special invitation to join us tomorrow evening at 6 pm in the sanctuary for this special presentation! 

Order Your School Supplies Now!


The Coleman ISD Foundation is now taking orders for school supply packets for the 2015-2016 school year.  All proceeds will be used by the Foundation to provide scholarships to CISD students and equipment, supplies, staff education, etc. to Coleman ISD.  Let us do your school supply shopping for you!  Order forms and payment may be turned in to the CISD Administration Office.

Deadline has been extended to Wednesday July 1st! 

Download "School Supply Order Form.docx"

School Supply Giveaway

School Supply Giveaway

See flyer for details!

Heartland Chiropractic now open in Coleman!

Heartland Chiropractic now open in Coleman!

Heartland Chiropractic is pleased to announce that we are now open in Coleman, Texas.  For the past five years we have served Brown County with exceptional chiropractic care.  Now we feel blessed to have the opportunity to open an additional clinic to better serve Coleman County.  At our Coleman location, we will offer traditional chiropractic adjustments, intersegment traction, electro therapy and corrective home exercise programs.  On-site X-ray is available to further evaluate your condition, if necessary.  In the future, we plan to add a massage therapist to our team.

Heartland Chiropractic’s doctor is Lorin Wolf, D.C.  He graduated as Valedictorian from Coahoma High School, and then went on to obtain a degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M.  He furthered his education at Parker College where he received his Doctor of Chiropractic.  He practiced in Lubbock Texas for 3 years before opening his own clinic in Early, Texas.  Dr. Wolf, his wife and two sons are active members of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.  Dr. Wolf is currently serving as the president of the Brownwood Kiwanis club, board president for Hope Home Ministry, and state director for the Texas Chiropractic Association.

We look forward to serving the chiropractic needs of Coleman County for many years to come.

Chancellor of TX Tech donates $5,000 to Friends of the Coleman Public Library

Chancellor of TX Tech donates $5,000 to Friends of the Coleman Public Library

Mr. Bob Turner is presenting Friends of the Coleman Public Library Sandra Stith, a check in the amount of $5,000.00 given by Chancellor of Texas Tech University Robert (Bob) Duncan, a former Texas Senator.

While a Senator, Mr. Duncan visited the Coleman Public Library and was very impressed with the efforts our community has made to support the library.  The Friends of the Library are debating between a couple of major projects that will help provide additional services for our community. 

Now Leasing Garden Beds

Now Leasing Garden Beds

The Graham and Jean Bevel Community Garden is growing daily! We are now accepting applications to lease a 4x20 foot garden bed.  This may be done at Christian Family Ministries, 519 W. Pecan, on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Vicki Cook, CFM Director, will take applications until all the beds are leased for the year.  Beds are $50 per calendar year, limit of two beds per individual or group.  There are 4 beds available for handicapped gardeners in wheelchairs or other condition that doesn’t allow them to garden in a standard bed.  The annual lease fee of $50 is due and payable with the application.

For more information please call Christian Family Ministries, (325) 625-9913, or (325) 636-8688.

Heart of Texas EMS Hosting Fundraiser Saturday

Heart of Texas EMS will be hosting a fundraiser for the Coleman Senior Center this Saturday at Shoppin' Baskit.  FREE hotdogs, chips and drinks!  Starts at 11:00AM after the Rodeo Parade.  All donations are greatly appreciated.

We would like to apologize for an error in this week’s paper

We would like to apologize for an error in this week’s paper

This property is owned and being developed by Mat Gaines.  Mat’s ajoining property is gorgeous and we can’t wait to see the outcome of this project.

Dr. Mann’s old office building on Pecan came down on Tuesday.  The building had long been exposed to the elements due to roof problems and various condition issues.  Mat Gaines plans to develop the property’s greenery and natural elements.  The debri cleanup begins today.

It’s great to see someone take such pride in the appearance of their property.  We have no doubt it will be beautiful.



Over 225 adults and children were present to kick off the Summer Reading Program registration held on June 3rd.

Pictured is the program “Zooniversity”.  The children learned about the amazing powers of some “super” animals, such as a tarantula, cock roach, owl monkey and a white prairie dog.

Hope to see you at the library. 

Bluekatt Softball Camp

Bluekatt Softball Camp


June 15-17, 2015 (Monday-Wednesday)
LOCATION: City Softball Fields
TIME: 8:30-11:30 A.M.

Camp information and Registration forms available HERE.

Bluecat Baseball Camp

Bluecat Baseball Camp


DATE: June 15-18, 2015 (Monday-Wednesday)
LOCATION: Coleman Little League Fields
TIME: 8:30 - 11:30 A.M. for Grades 1-9

Camp information and Registration forms available HERE.

Exceptional Kids Rodeo

The event is open to special needs children in the surrounding area.

Events include: fishing pond, horseback rides, cart rides, miniature exotic petting zoo (baby zebra and kangaroo), stick horse barrels, rides on spring loaded horse & bull, and roping.

No entry fees or admission charged. The event will be held in the Goree Expo Center, in Coleman, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 13th.

For more information call Sarah Bealat (325) 998-3607.

Coleman PD - June Employee Recognition

Coleman PD - June Employee Recognition

Richard Dulin is a 9-1-1 Dispatcher & Communications Supervisor for the Coleman Police Department.  He has been married to his wife Terry Dulin for 38 years. They have 1 son and 5 grandchildren. He started as a dispatcher in August of 2006 and was promoted to Supervisor in February of 2014.

Richard holds an Advanced Telecommunicator Certificate and is licensed through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Richard graduated from the Department of Defense High School in West Germany, received his Associate of Applied Science degree from Vincennes University Indiana and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University.

Richard retired from the U.S. Army after serving 22 years of active duty, served as a Juvenile Correctional Officer with the Texas Youth Commission for 8 years and was employed as a civilian contractor with Lear Siegler Services as a Small Arms repairer technician Foreman for American forces in Mosul Iraq from 2004 – 2005 and 2007 – 2009.

Finlay and Hinds Reelected to Central Texas Farm Credit Board of Directors

Each year, shareholders vote to elect their peers to serve Central Texas Farm Credit and continue to advance the Farm Credit’s mission to provide financing for rural America. This year, shareholders voted to reelect Mr. Mike Finlay and Mr. Philip W. Hinds to serve three year terms.

As board members, Finlay and Hinds both bring valuable insight and experience from their own agricultural operations and businesses.

“Our board members are essential to this organization’s success,” says Jimmy Chambers, chief executive officer of Central Texas Farm Credit, “Our nominating committee always provides a slate of quality candidates to choose from in selecting representatives to serve on our board of directors.”

Finlay and Hinds rejoin fellow board members Robby A. Halfmann, Chairman; Kenneth D. Harvick, Vice Chairman; Burl D. Lowery, Director; and Steven R. Lehrmann, Director.

Mike Finlay was first elected to the board of directors in 2008 and currently serves on the Association’s audit and compensation committees. Mr. Finlay is a farmer and rancher in McCulloch and Coleman counties. His principal business consists of various crops along with cattle and sheep operations. He is a member of the McCulloch County Conservation board and the McCulloch County Tax Appraisal District board. Mr. Finlay has also served on the Lohn Co-op Gin board, the McCulloch County Soil and Water Conservation board, the Lohn School board, and the Millersview-Doole Water Supply Corporation board.

Philip W. Hinds was first elected to the board of directors in 2009. Mr. Hinds owns and operates the Bargain House, a furniture business, and a small stock-farming operation in Coleman, Texas. He has been a member of the Coleman County Farm Bureau and the Coleman County Rodeo Association. Mr. Hinds currently serves on the Association’s audit and compensation committees.

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


The Circle C Cattlewomen Boot Decorating Contest is in full swing and it’s time to get out and VOTE!!

Schedule of Boots Display:

Friday & Saturday - Coleman Public Library
• Monday thru Friday / June 8th-12th - Coleman Chamber of Commerce

To vote for your favorite boot stop by these designated businesses during regular business hours. Each dollar donated to the boot you want to win will count as one vote! There will be someone at each location to help assist you!  All proceeds go towards scholarships, so please get out and take part in this fantastic event!

    by Williams Tire Store
    by Boot Baby Wrench
    by the Junior Chamber of Commerce
    by Terrina
    by Padgitt Ranch
    by the Coleman County Cowgirls
    by the Coleman County Chamber of  
    by Daughters of the American Revolution
    by Debbie Peck
      by the Coleman County 4-H

Local and regional authorities are investigating the theft, burning and abandonment of a City of Coleman vehicle that was stolen Tuesday night, burned, and left abandoned in the Cisco area.  It appears that the 2002 Ford Pickup was taken from the residence of a City of Coleman employee, who reported the vehicle missing Wednesday morning.

The vehicle was located in Cisco according to City Police Chief Jay Moses.

Chief Moses reports that Coleman Police located a stolen vehicle in the 200 Block of East 4th Street, Wednesday morning, that may have been a part of this theft ring.  That vehicle was reported stolen in Abilene.

Coleman Police Officer Zachary Holtz was the initial responder on the case.  Detective Phil Chambers and City of Coleman Street Dept. Supervisor Jody Payne traveled to Cisco to recover the stolen vehicle.

Vehicles from Abilene, Cisco, and Eastland were also stolen, leading authorities to seek suspects in the Metroplex area, where an abandoned vehicle was found Wednesday.

The City of Coleman vehicle, taken from the 1000 Block of South Colorado Street, was locked and keys removed at the time of the theft.

Investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies will continue.

Exceptional Kids Rodeo to be held during the Coleman PRCA Rodeo

Exceptional Kids Rodeo to be held during the Coleman PRCA Rodeo

The Exceptional Kids Rodeo will be held again during the Coleman PRCA Rodeo week on Saturday, June 13th at 1:00 pm in the Goree Expo Center.  Sponsors for the event include Higginbotham Building Center and Capital Farm Credit.

Jim Nolan of Weatherford, Texas has been contracted to bring his traveling road show.  He travels the country taking his variety of animals, carts, mechanical bulls, etc.., to rodeos and schools to reach out to special needs children.  He plans to bring a baby zebra, baby kangaroo, baby miniature mule, fainting goats, pig and a chicken/turkey cross for the children to pet.

The children will be given rides in carts pulled by miniature horses and mules.  The participants will get horseback rides and get to meet some of the rodeo cowboys.  There will be a small barrel course set up to run stick horses through.  Rides will be given on lowered spring loaded horse and bull.  The Coleman County Cowgirls will be on hand to assist with the events.

All participants will receive a t-shirt, hat, trophy and goody bag.   Admission is free.  Please bring any interested children to participate.  For more information contact Sarah Beal @ 325-998-3607.

2015 Rodeo Queen

2015 Rodeo Queen
photo courtesy of Insights Photography, of Abilene

Sarita Short, is a Panther Creek High School Junior.
She is the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Short and the granddaughter of Bill & Ginger Sneed, Jimmie Jamison, and Wimp & Ann Short. 

There may be an end to the drought...

"The City passed above 1705.5 at Lake Coleman on May 23, 2015.  The City will therefore drop out of the Drought Contingency plan on 06-23-15 which will represent 30 days above the minimum requirement of 1705.50."
                                                           ~City Manager, Paul Catoe

Lake Coleman                                 
  Full Elevation                                    1717.50
  Current Level                                    1706.15
  Down         11.35                      up           8.19 Feet           

Hords Creek
  Full Elevation                                    1900.00
  Current Level                                    1886.37
  Down        13.63                       up           0.27 Feet

Stage I  Required Level        1705.50 at or above for 30 days, per
                                                              Drought Contingency Plan

Stage II Required Level        1702.00 at or above for 30 days, per    
​                                                            Drought Contingency Plan
Stage III Required Level       1700.00 at or above for 30 days, per    
​                                                            Drought Contingency Plan

Coleman High School graduation moved

Due to predicted inclement weather, the Coleman High School graduation ceremony will be held in the VARSITY GYM Friday at 8:00 p.m.

Coleman Public Library Summer Reading Program

Coleman Public Library Summer Reading Program

Library staff and the Summer Reading Program Committee members are excited to promote learning through a full schedule of programs and activities in the month of June surrounding the themes, "Every Hero has a Story" (children) and "Unmask" (teens). Children and teens will have a chance to explore heroes in their many different forms.

Activities kick off June 3rd, 2015 at 9:00 am, with registration. Friends of the Library will provide a special program "Zooniversity", The Teaching Zoo that comes to you! (Registration will continue when the program is finished.) Friends will provide cookies and punch.

Zooniversity is a traveling wildlife education company, that introduces children and adults to the fascinating world of animals. Programs are carefully crafted to educate, as well as to entertain. Zooniversity is setting the standard in wildlife ed-zoo-cation!

Reading programs will be held each Wednesday, June 10th and 17th. *PLEASE NOTE there will a time change for grade levels.

1st & 2nd grades will begin at 9:30 AM and end by 10:30 AM.
3rd, 4th & 5th grades will begin at 10:00 AM and end by 11:45 AM.
"Unmasked" (Teen), Youth Book Club, will meet on Wednesday’s and their program will begin 11:00 AM and end by 12:00 noon.
Toddler/Pre-K & Kindergarten ages will begin 2:00 PM and end when each child has finished their craft or project.

For each grade level a "schedule of events" and "reading requirements" will be handed out to children or parents at registration. Programs will include stories, crafts and activities. There will be a coloring contest for each grade level and winners will receive a prize.

FAMILY MOVIE DAY will be held June 20th, 10:00 AM. Friends invite children and parents to enjoy the movie "Big Hero 6" in the library Community Room. Friends will provide free popcorn and drinks for the event.

Friends are excited to welcome Hometown Hero, Shilo Harris as guest speaker for Awards Day, June 24th, beginning at 10:00 AM. Reading certificates, top reading awards and grand prizes will be given away. Friends will provide refreshments of a "Hero" cake, ice cream and punch.
"I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people." Maya Angelou.

Committee members for the 2015 Summer Reading Program are: Sandra Rose, Jessica Phillips, Sarah Beal, Bridgett Wakefield, Sandra Stith, Mona Turner, and Debbie Faries.

For additional information or questions contact the circulation desk or phone 325-625-3043, during regular library hours.

Deadly storms on the move, across the South

Deadly storms on the move, across the South

Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Straus Announce Tax Relief For Texans

Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Straus Announce Tax Relief For Texans

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus today announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners. The agreement reached by the Lt. Governor and the Speaker on a tax proposal, along with additional legislation, includes:
25 percent permanent reduction in the business Margins Tax;
$10,000 increase in the Homestead Exemption, beginning in 2015, subject to passage of a Constitutional Amendment adopted in the November election; and
SB 1760, requiring a 60 percent vote of the governing body of any taxing unit wishing to adopt an increase in property taxes that exceeds the effective tax rate.

“Texas leaders have come together to advance conservative principles that will improve the lives of Texans and continue to make Texas the model for doing business,” said Governor Abbott. “Every dollar businesses and homeowners pay in taxes is a dollar that could be invested in new jobs, higher wages and stimulating the Texas economy. I commend the Speaker and Lieutenant Governor for working with us to achieve meaningful tax relief for Texans.”
“It is a major achievement to come to an agreement on such a broad spectrum of significant legislation,” said Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. “I believe when this session concludes it will be one of the most, if not the most, productive legislative sessions in the history of the Texas Senate and the entire legislature. I thank the Governor and the Speaker for their hard work in finalizing this agreement.”

"This agreement will allow the House to vote on tax relief that encourages economic growth," said Speaker Straus. "I want to thank the Members of the House who have worked to put this agreement in place, as well as Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick. I look forward to working with my House colleagues to approve this plan as part of a successful end to our legislative session."

City Hall closing

The City Of Coleman – City Hall will be closed Monday 5-25-15 in honor of Memorial Day

Texans Urged to Continue Monitoring Dangerous Weather

Texans Urged to Continue Monitoring Dangerous Weather

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to remain vigilant and closely monitor weather conditions as severe storms are expected to continue impacting the state this week and through the Memorial Day weekend.

“Heavy rainfall and severe storms are expected to continue impacting significant portions of Texas this week and through the Memorial Day weekend. As Texans look forward to honoring our service members this weekend, it is critical that we not forget the significant weather threats facing our communities,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “With the ground already saturated in many parts of the state, any additional rainfall could quickly produce dangerous flash flooding. We urge residents to remain alert and heed the warnings of their local officials.”

Current forecasts indicate the continuation of severe thunderstorms, large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, river flooding and tornadoes across the state throughout the week. At this time, any additional rainfall will exacerbate already saturated grounds, which could quickly lead to dangerous flash flooding and extended river flooding.

The State Operations Center (SOC) is continuing to monitor weather conditions and coordinate with the National Weather Service. The SOC – which remains activated at an elevated level – also continues to coordinate with the Texas Emergency Management Council to provide state resources and assistance to local leaders as these storms affect Texas communities.

Rising and moving water can threaten not only drivers on the roadways, but people on foot as well as those spending the holiday weekend outdoors near recreational waterways impacted by significant rainfall. Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips as severe weather continues:
• When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
• Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
• Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection.
• Remember that dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
• Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
• Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.

The state was impacted by severe storms and heavy rainfall on Tuesday, including multiple reports of tornadoes, and the state is continuing to provide support to those impacted communities as requested by local officials. For more information on the recent severe weather impacting Texas, visit:
For additional safety tips related to tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding, see:
The American Red Cross has established the following website for individuals in impacted areas: 

American Red Cross Preschool Swimming Lessons 2015

American Red Cross Preschool Swimming Lessons 2015

This class is intended for children aged 6 months to 5 years old. Children under the age of 2 years must be accompanied by an adult who will be in the water with them at all times.

Location: Coleman City Pool
Dates: Monday – Thursday, June 8th – 11th and June 15th – 18th
Time: 12:00 – 12:45
Cost: $45 (Cash or Check only) – Due on the first day of class
How to Register:
Applications can be picked up at the Coleman Elementary office. In order to have a digital application sent to you, email Meagan at

Applications can be emailed to the address above, or turned in at the Elementary office.
Last day to turn in applications is May 28th.
Last day to submit digital applications by email is June 5th.

Contact Meagan Ogden at with any questions or concerns. Thanks! 

Relays fuel Coleman boys to 3A team title

Relays fuel Coleman boys to 3A team title
News Coleman's Jaquan Hemphill (5) runs the anchor leg of the Class 3A boys 400m relay at the UIL Track and Field State Championships on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Coleman finished third in the race with a time of 42.39.

The Coleman boys state track contingent was limited to four boys and three relay teams, but that was all the Bluecats needed to claim the Class 3A team title Saturday at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Coleman finished the day with a medal of each color to close the meet with 48 points — four more than runner-up Bruceville-Eddy, which held a 12-point lead entering the meet's final event.

"I knew if we got third place (in the 400-meter relay), we would share the title with Bruceville-Eddy, but I didn't tell the kids that," Coleman coach Weldon Thompson said. "That's not something they needed to know. I told them to go out and run the race, and they did.

"Even though we got a state championship, the kids were still disappointed they didn't win that mile relay. That's the kind of kids these are. They're never satisfied with where they're at unless they're on top, and that's what's amazing about this group of guys."

While the Bluecat athletes may have expressed some disappointment, their coach couldn't have been more pleased.

After watching his team qualify for two relays and leave empty-handed at last year's state meet, Thompson said he was proud of the way of his athletes responded this time around.

"I'm still kind of speechless," he said. "I can't say enough what these kids mean to me. It's all them. I tell them to just run fast and take care of business. Track's one of those sports where kids are going to get out what they put in.

"A state championship, that's the pinnacle. It's amazing, and I'm glad we get to bring it back to Coleman."

The Bluecats foursome of Matthew Anderson, Corder Norris, Bryson Hammonds and Jaquan Hemphill started their run to the title with a third-place finish in the 400 relay, running a time of 42.39 seconds. They were clipped in the race by champion Rockdale (42.35) and runner-up Commerce (42.36).

"Coming into the (400 relay), we were sitting in fifth, I think, and we wanted to get out and at least bring back some hardware from this race," Norris said. "We wanted to do better than we had last year. Last year, we came and were just kind of happy we were here. This year, we wanted to bring some hardware back to Coleman.

"First to third was less than .05 seconds, so we were right there with first and we got a medal, and we're happy right now."

That same group of athletes followed with a gold-medal time of 1:27.61 in the 800 relay, before closing out the meet with a 3:22.01 in the mile relay. Mineola edged the Bluecats in the final race with a time of 3:21.31.

"I'm very pleased," Thompson said while waiting for his team to be announced as the 3A state champion. "They've worked hard all year. This is a special group of kids. They do what's asked of them and they've won week in and week out, and that's what got us here. That's what's amazing to me. It's the same four kids on all four relays, and you don't find that very often."

In addition to Coleman's team title, the Big Country enjoyed substantial individual success Saturday as two 3A area athletes earned gold medals and another claimed a silver.

After finishing as the runner-up in the girls long jump on Friday, Bangs' Alex Madlock won the triple jump with a career-best effort of 39 feet, 4½ inches. Madlock trailed long jump champion Natalie Simmons of Leonard heading into her final jump, but delivered a championship performance in the clutch.

"I was nervous whenever she jumped a 38-4. I was like, ‘Dang,'" Madlock said. "She beat me yesterday in the long jump, and I was like, ‘Man, it's not going to happen this time.' So I went by myself, I took my earrings off and put my hair in a better pony tail and took my ring off and I said, ‘It's time.'

"I just took a deep breath and I got up there and made my jump. It took them forever to find out what I had really jumped because the laser thing messed up. I had my fingers crossed and I was praying, and when they called that 39 out, I just started crying. I couldn't take it. But I just thank God that I finally did it."

Shortly after Madlock's performance, the Big Country got its second gold of the day from Eastland's McKennon Cecil in the discus. Throwing for the first time at the state meet, the senior delivered a career-best throw of 157-3, winning over Whitney's Kendell Wimberly (152-10).

"I came in sitting in fourth. I was a few feet behind everybody else," said Cecil, who had never been to Austin before this week. "I knew I could do it, though, because I've been throwing good in practice. I've been working hard, so I knew I had a good shot.

"This is actually my first year on varsity, so I've really come a long way. It's a really cool experience. I'm loving it."

The area's final medal of the day from a 3A athlete came from Eastland sprinter Jessie Jacobs, who took second in the girls 200 with a time of 24.91.

"I could have done better, but I'm happy with my performance," she said. "I think my start could have been better, but considering the (direction) we were running it, I don't like running it that way, so I think that got in my head a little bit."

Three individuals and a relay team came within one spot of medaling Saturday, when Breckenridge's Shelby Lipps took fourth the girls discus (128-6), Cisco's Taylor Massey did so in the boys long jump (21-7¾) and Early's Sharday Melvin did so in the 100 hurdles (14.87). Bangs took fourth in the 400 relay (49.53) and sixth in the 800 relay (1:45.74), while the Breckenridge 400 relay team finished sixth (49.78).

Breckenridge's LaQuisha Coleman was sixth in the 200 (25.41), and Jim Ned dual-event qualifier Garrison Bluhm followed his fourth-place finish in the 3,200 on Friday (9:42.80) with a seventh-place in the 1,600 Saturday. His time of 4:37.91 in that race was a career best.

**reprinted with permission from the Abilene Reporter News.

Boot Decorating Contest - Sponsored by Circle C Cattlewomen

Boot Decorating Contest - Sponsored by Circle C Cattlewomen

The Circle C Cattlewomen of Coleman County will be hosting a boot decorating contest, in conjunction with the Annual PRCA Coleman Rodeo, to benefit their Excellence in Agriculture scholarship fund.  All civic groups and businesses are encouraged to participate in this fun community event!!!  A cash prize will be awarded to the winning boot!!

Contest schedule:

Entry Forms & Boot selection: Friday, May 22  If you do not have a boot of your own to decorate, you may come by the Chamber of Commerce office, on this day, to pick up an entry form and select a boot to decorate.

Decorated boots Deadline: Friday, May 29 Decorated boots must be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office before 5:00 p.m. on this date, with a complete entry form. Decorate your boot any way you want! Please keep entries under a maximum size of 2 ft. wide by 3 ft. tall.  Entries need to be free standing and easily able to transfer to display locations.

Where: The “Kick up Your Heels!” Boot Decorating Contest display will be circulated around town at various locations during the first two weeks of June, leading up to the Rodeo.  A schedule of the locations to view and vote for your favorite boots, will be published on the Coleman News website and in the Coleman Chronicle Paper.

To Vote for Your Favorite Boot: We, the Circle C Cattlewomen, ask that you make a monetary donation to the boot that you want to win.  Each dollar donated will be tabulated as one vote.  The Boot that collects the most votes wins!!!

2015 Summer Reading Program

2015 Summer Reading Program

The Coleman Retired Teachers will meet on May 21

The Coleman Retired Teachers will meet on May 21

The Coleman Retired Teachers will meet on May 21 at 11:30 at Hidalgo’s.

Scholarships will be presented to two Coleman County Seniors. Students and their parents will be guests.

Texas Retired Teachers Association was organized in 1953 to support public school retirees. Coleman County TRTA members include retired school personnel, local businesses and friends or retirees. TRTA represents us by lobbying the legislature, protecting our benefits. Coleman County TRTA would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is interested in this group. Coleman County has over 200 retired school personnel who recieve benefits from TRS. Only 83 of the 200 were members of Coleman County Retired Teachers in 2014 - 2015.