PRECINCT 3 RUNOFF RESULTS

Scotty Lawrence - 151
Davey Thweatt - 86

City Council re-cap

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Coleman was held on Thursday, May 16th at 6pm. Councilman Danny Jameson was not in attendance.
The consent agenda was approved in one motion and included the following:
Minutes of the City Council meetings conducted on April 7th and April 21st
Code Enforcement report for the month of April, 2016
Police Department report for the month of April, 2016
Municipal Court report for the month of April, 2016
Professional Fees for the month of April, 2016
Lake Level Reports for the Hords Creek Reservoir and Lake Coleman for the month of May, 2016

Bids were received for materials pertaining to the construction and replacement of a new water line on SH 84 and FM Rd. 568, which will be completed by the City of Coleman. Once the construction is complete the line will be turned over to Coleman County Special Utility District for future use. A motion was made to accept the bid for materials for the amount of $27,886.16 from Benmark Supply Company out of Abilene. Motion carried 3-0.
A bid for a Tempco Regenerative Air Street-Sweeper in the amount of $132,550 was received. Leslie Walters, Purchasing Agent, stated that buying this machine would be a mistake and that it would be wiser to go with the Pelican mechanical sweeper. Jody Payne, Street Department Head, mentioned that the regenerative air sweeper was close to $50,000 less, they have training that is free of charge and is held several times a year. His recommendation was for the regenerative air sweeper. Councilman Smith asked several different questions pertaining to the differences in sweepers, as he was not sworn in until after the live demonstrations had occurred. A motion was made to accept the bid for the Tempco Regenerative Air Street Sweeper. This motion carried 2-1 with Councilwoman Merriman voting nay.
A lease/purchase agreement was up for discussion for the above-mentioned sweeper. The agreement would be for seven years, semi-annual payments and the first payment would not be required until the next fiscal year. Councilman Smith asked what the interest rates would be on the payments. City Manager, Paul Catoe, stated that he was not sure but those would be presented to the council for approval before any lease is signed. A motion was made to authorize the City Manager to prepare the documents for the lease/purchase agreement. The motion passed 3-0.
Charles Keith of Jacob & Martin was present to discuss the contract between the City of Coleman and Jacob & Martin for engineering services for the construction of a new water treatment plant which is to be funded through the USDA Rural Development Grant with a 40 year payout. The total cost of the project is 8 million with 1.2 million of that being paid to Jacob & Martin for their services. A motion was made to approve the contract and the motion passed 3-0.
Kay Howard of A&J Howco Services was present to discuss the possibility of completing a Phase I Environmental Study versus a Letter of Assurance/Responsibility to TCEQ regarding any potential contamination found on the property where the Gray Street water line is to be installed. The Phase I survey would not exceed $3,500 and would cover the city should any contaminants be found at a later date. A motion was made to execute the survey. Motion carried 3-0.
Patrick Wiltshire of Public Management was introduced to the council. He will be conducting and completing portions of the City’s Planning and Building Capacity Grant. No action was taken on this item as it was just intended to be an introduction to the council.
No action was taken on the Archaeological Services for the completion of the Gray Street Water Line.
 A motion was made to close portions of the State Right of Ways for SH 206 and SH 153 from 10am to 11am on Saturday, June 11th for the Rodeo Parade. Motion carried 3-0.
A new law effective this January states that all budget proposals must be published by September 1st. A motion was made and carried 3-0 to approve the preliminary budget schedule for FY 2016-2017.
The City pays $4,500 a year for the use of the GIS Data Collection System. Jacob & Martin has a Youth Intern Program that would employ a temporary employee over the summer, for mapping and use of the system. A motion was made to approve this contract and the motion carried 3-0.
City Manager presented the financial report for the month of April. He made note that the city is 5% under the projected amount for revenue. Report was accepted as presented.
A special congratulation was given to David Martinez, Fire Chief, for his completion of an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology from Weatherford College.
Meeting adjourned at 7:19pm. 

Coleman EDC 4B re-cap

A regular meeting of the Coleman Community Coalition was held on Tuesday, May 17th, at 5:15 pm. Board President, Joe Haynes, called the meeting to order and began the meeting with a word of prayer. The meeting was opened to any visitors to speak about matters not on the agenda. B.B Nunley Jr. gave a brief presentation titled “From the Outside Looking In on the 4A and 4B boards”. This gave a single citizens perspective on the happenings of these two boards over the past several years, rooms for improvement, congratulations on successes and his opinion on how the board can move forward in a positive manner, by working together.
The board approved the minutes from the April 18th meeting and approved the financial report as given by board accountant, Sandra Rose.
Jason Watson was in attendance to present a funding application idea. He is interested in remodeling a building in Coleman to use as a restaurant, pub and lodging. The idea would be to have a Scotch/Irish themed restaurant that would serve family favorites along with locally owned Watson Vineyard wines. The building has 22 rooms upstairs for people to stay with communal bathrooms. The restaurant would employ 10-12 people and next spring is the target date to open. No action was taken on this item as board president, Joe Haynes, stated that each board member would like to be able to process the information before a decision is made.
Josh Tye, representing Block 1 Cross Fit, also presented a funding application. He, along with two other individuals, are opening a cross fit facility in Coleman. Josh commutes to Brownwood several times a week to attend classes and wants to eliminate the drive for individuals seeking this type of physical activity all while providing a service to Coleman. He believes this is something that the town needs and will only build on the revitalization of downtown and to ultimately attract more people to stay in Coleman. He has plans to open in 45 days. No action was taken as the board will process this information and come back with an answer.
The Prickly Pear Food and Wine Festival is requesting funding in the amount of $9,900 for advertising. Board members still want local advertising included in the proposal. Board member, Joan Ethridge, mentioned the need to develop guidelines for advertising proposals so that one entity does not receive more over another. No action was taken at this time.
The sign at the Coleman City Park is still on hold. Jody Barr will be meeting with Bolton Steel Erectors to discuss sand blasting. No action taken.
The Accountability Round Table is being held on Wednesday, May 25th at 11:30. The amount of sponsorships that Kim Little, Executive Director, sought was achieved and she is looking forward to an exciting event. No action taken.
Kim Little, Executive Director, discussed the Strategic Plan. Several short-term goals have been accomplished and due to success, the plan may need some revisions in the near future. No action taken.
The City Council of the City of Coleman approved a contract with Jacob and Martin LLC, for performance specifications on the Workforce Development Center. The projected dates for bid specifications on construction should be completed by June 10th with numbers/bids coming in around July 1st. A motion was made to execute the contract and motion carried.
Little discussed potentially sponsoring the 4th of July Picnic in the Park. This is an entirely free event for the public, 4 hours total, including food, balloons, face painting and more. For someone to come in and do balloon animals it will cost $250. Stephanie Jamison, Jamison Mercantile, offered to do face painting for the event and only asked for reimbursement for her materials. A motion was made to sponsor both the face painting and balloons for $250 each. Motion carried.
At the last several meetings the issue of sending the Executive Director to meetings has been brought up. In the past, the boards have generally split the costs however some meetings pertain to one board over another. A motion was made to have the 4B board completely fund these trips/meetings as they see fit pertaining to their board. Motion carried.
Advertising in the Big Country Showcase was discussed. This publication has a circulation of 40,000 and a quarter page would cost $329.74. Board members liked the idea of doing more local advertising and having several pages versus a smaller, single ad.  Motion was made to not participate in the advertisement. Motion carried.
The next meeting was scheduled for June 14th at 5:15 pm. Meeting adjourned at 7:34 pm. 

SDA Offers Targeted Farm Loan Funding for Underserved Groups and Beginning Farmers

(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) – May 24, 2016 -- USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, reminds producers that FSA offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.

"Each year, a portion of FSA's loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning farmers and ranchers," said Canales. "Farming and livestock production are capital intensive business ventures and FSA is committed to helping producers start, expand and maintain their agricultural operations."

USDA defines underserved applicants as a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For farm loan program purposes, targeted underserved groups are women, African Americans, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, and Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Underserved or beginning farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank can apply for either FSA direct loans or guaranteed loans. Direct loans are made to applicants by FSA. Guaranteed loans are made by lending institutions who arrange for FSA to guarantee the loan. FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. The FSA guarantee allows lenders to make agricultural credit available to producers who do not meet the lender's normal underwriting criteria.

“During fiscal year 2015, Texas FSA obligated $157.6 million in loans and guarantees to assist 1,592 targeted underserved and beginning producers,” said Canales.

The direct and guaranteed loan program provides for two types of loans:  farm ownership loans and farm operating loans.

Farm ownership loan funds may be used to purchase or enlarge a farm or ranch, purchase easements or rights of way needed in the farm's operation, build or improve buildings such as a dwelling or barn, promote soil and water conservation and development and pay closing costs.

Farm operating loan funds may be used to purchase livestock, poultry, farm equipment, fertilizer, and other materials necessary to operate a successful farm. Operating loan funds can also be used for family living expenses, refinancing debts under certain conditions, paying salaries for hired farm laborers, installing or improving water systems for home, livestock, or irrigation use and other similar improvements.

In addition to customary farm operating and ownership loans, FSA now offers Microloans through the direct loan program.  The focus of Microloans is on the financing needs of small, beginning farmer, niche and non-traditional farm operations, such as truck farms, farms participating in direct marketing and sales such as farmers’ markets, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), restaurants and grocery stores, or those using hydroponic, aquaponic, organic and vertical growing methods. Microloans are available for both ownership and operating finance needs. To learn more about microloans, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/microloans.

Repayment terms for direct operating loans depend on the collateral securing the loan and usually run from one to seven years. Financing for direct farm ownership loans cannot exceed 40 years. Interest rates for direct loans are set periodically according to the Government's cost of borrowing.  Guaranteed loan terms and interest rates are set by the lender.

To qualify as a beginning producer, the individual or entity must meet the eligibility requirements outlined for direct or guaranteed loans. Additionally, individuals and all entity members must have operated a farm for less than 10 years. Applicants must materially or substantially participate in the operation.

For farm ownership purposes, the applicant must not own a farm greater than 30 percent of the average size farm in the county at the time of application. All direct farm ownership applicants must have participated in the business operations of a farm for at least three years out of the last 10 years prior to the date the application is submitted. If the applicant is an entity, all members must be related by blood or marriage and all entity members must be eligible beginning farmers.

For more information on FSA’s farm loan programs and targeted underserved and beginning farmer guidelines, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/farmloans or contact your local FSA Office. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

COLEMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM STARTS JUNE 8TH, 2016 WITH A SPECIAL PROGRAM “EPIC” AT 10:00 AM

Library staff and 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 theme “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!  and for the teens “Get in the Game READ”.

Registration for the program begins June 8th, 2016 at 9:00 am.  Friends of the Library and Coleman ACE Summer Program will sponsor a program presented by “Epic Entertainment”, a motivational game show including a mascot, speaker, skits and games with a positive message.  (Registration will continue when the program is finished.)  Friends of the Library will provide refreshments during the event.

Programs will be held Wednesday, June 15th & 22nd.  Awards Day will be June 29th at 10:00 am. *PLEASE NOTE there will be a time change for grade levels.

1st & 2nd grades will begin at 9:00 AM and end by 10:00 AM.
3rd, 4th & 5th grades will begin at 10:00 AM and end by 11:00 AM.
 “Get in the Game Read” (Teen Book Club), will meet at 11:00 – 12:00 noon, June 15th & 22nd.  Each program teens will spend time reading “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel and then have a book discussion.  The Teen Book Club is led by Bridget Wakefield. The Teen Book Club will watch the movie, “Life of Pi” after the awards day on June 29th.

Toddler/Pre-K & Kindergarten ages will begin 2:00 pm and end when each child has finished their craft or project and checked out their books.

For each grade level a schedule of events and reading requirements will be handed out to children or parents at registration.  Each child will receive a reading log, pencil and a book bag for the program.  Children will look forward to programs that include stories, crafts and activities.

There will be a coloring contest for Toddler/Pre-K & Kindergartens, 1st& 2nd grades, 3rd-5th grades and the Teen Book Club.  Winners will receive a prize.

Award’s Day, June 29th, 2016 10:00 AM – Those completing the program and receiving a reading certificate will be included in the grand prize drawing.  Toddlers will have a drawing for five t-shirts and a grand prize winner.  The top five readers in each grade level, 1st – 5th grades, will receive a t-shirt and those will be included in the drawing for a grand prize.

Teens attending both book discussions will be eligible for a chance to win a t-shirt and grand prize. 

After the awards have been completed those attending will be invited to enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, dessert and a drink furnished by the Friends of the Library.

Committee members for the 2016 Summer Reading Program are: Friends of the Library President Dixie Bible. Sandra Rose, Jessica Phillips, Bridget Beal, Sarah Beal, Debbie Faries, Mona Turner.
For additional information or questions contact the circulation desk or phone 325-625-3043, during regular library hours.

Be a Safety Hero this Child Safety Week

The staff at Coleman County Medical Center is calling on families in Coleman County to be a Safety Hero this Child Safety Week (June 6-12).  To mark the week they will be joining forces with the Heart of Texas, Coleman Police Department, Coleman Sheriff Department, Coleman Fire Department, Air Evac, Hords Creek Corps of Engineers, Coleman County Electric Coop, ARK, and Jeanni Luckey with the Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday, June 7th at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the back parking lot of Coleman County Medical Center.

Children are invited to come to this event and are encouraged to learn about their safety. Jeanni will provide car seat safety checks during the event. Child ID cards will be available as well. Hot dogs and drinks for those who attend!

Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive at the Child Accident Prevention Trust, the national charity that runs Child Safety Week said: “Our message for Child Safety Week is you don’t need to be superhuman to be a Safety Hero. Putting your coffee cup out of reach of small hands, keeping painkillers and cleaning things stored safely away, practicing road safety with your children while you’re out walking – these small things all add up to children who are protected from serious harm”.

“With the help of Coleman County Medical Center, families can learn how to transform themselves into Safety Heroes. And there are more tips on how to be a Safety Hero on the Child Safety Week website www.childsafetyweek.org.uk/parents.” Child Safety Week is a community education program, supporting trusted frontline professionals to empower parents and families to improve child safety in their local communities.

Chancy Pickett RN, ADON/Trauma Program Manager at CCMC, states, “This fair is a great way to teach children in Coleman County about injury prevention/safety and if we can prevent one accident then it was well worth it.” At our Safety Day we will be encouraging everyone to be a Safety Hero and find out about simple things they can do that will make a real difference to preventing serious accidents.  Child Safety Week gives us a great opportunity to talk to families about accident prevention, have some fun and get some serious messages across.”

For more information please contact Chancy Pickett RN  at 325-625-2135 ext 324

Safety Tips
Looking to add some ZAP! and POW! to family life? Here are some Safety Hero tips from the Child Accident Prevention Trust:

Be a burns Safety Hero
Fact: A baby’s skin is 15 times thinner than an adult’s. That’s why they can suffer such bad burns from hot drinks.
Tip: Think of where to put your hot drink down so it’s out of reach of little hands.

Be a poisons Safety Hero
Fact: Painkillers are the biggest villain when it comes to poisoning young children.
Tip: Watch out for handbags on the floor with painkillers inside or pills on the bedside table. Keep them out of reach and sight of young children.

Be a falls Safety Hero
Fact: Many serious falls happen when children take their parents by surprise by doing something new.
Tip: Be careful not to put furniture in front of windows to avoid children climbing up and falling out.  Fit safety catches to stop your windows opening too wide and fit safety gates on stairs.

Be a road Safety Hero
Fact: The number of children injured as pedestrians peaks at the age of 12 when many children start travelling to school on their own.
Tip: Teach children road safety when you’re out walking together and set a good example as they are likely to copy your habits.

Be a drowning Safety Hero
Fact: Babies slip under the water and drown silently so you won’t hear any noise or struggle.
Tip: Always stay with your baby or young child when they are in the bath.  Empty the paddling pool as soon as you’re finished – don’t leave it for the next day.

Be a fire Safety Hero
Fact: You double your chances of getting your family out of a fire if you have a working smoke alarm.
Tip: Fit a smoke alarm on each floor of your house and test it regularly.  Practise your escape route with your family so that you all know what to do in a fire.

Be a strangulation Safety Hero
Fact: It can take just 20 seconds for a toddler to die by strangulation if they get tangled in a blind cord.  2 to 3 children die this way each year.
Tip: Fit a cleat hook to tie your blind cords back.  Keep cots, beds and highchairs away from blind cords and chains.

DUE TO ARENA CONDITIONS THE COLEMAN COUNTY TEAM ROPING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 5TH AT 2:00!

USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment

Portable Equipment Can Help Producers, including Small-Scale and Local Farmers, Get Products to Market Quickly

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 29, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets.

“As more communities reconnect with agriculture, consumer demand is increasing for food produced locally or regionally,” said Dolcini. “Portable handling and storage equipment is vital to helping farmers get their products to market more quickly and better maintain product quality, bringing them greater returns. That’s why we’ve added this type of equipment as a new category for our Farm Storage Facility Loan program.”

The program also offers a new “microloan” option, which allows applicants seeking less than $50,000 to qualify for a reduced down payment of five percent and no requirement to provide three years of production history. Farms and ranches of all sizes are eligible. The microloan option is expected to be of particular benefit to smaller farms and ranches, and specialty crop producers who may not have access to commercial storage or on-farm storage after harvest. These producers can invest in equipment like conveyers, scales or refrigeration units and trucks that can store commodities before delivering them to markets. Producers do not need to demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to apply.

“Growing high-value crops for local and regional markets is a common entry point for new farmers,” said Starmer. “Since they often rent land and have to transport perishable commodities, a loan that can cover mobile coolers or even refrigerated trucks fills an important gap. These producers in turn supply the growing number of food hubs, farmers markets or stores and restaurants interested in sourcing local food.”

Earlier this year, FSA significantly expanded the list of commodities eligible for Farm Storage Facility Loan. Eligible commodities now include aquaculture; floriculture; fruits (including nuts) and vegetables; corn, grain sorghum, rice, oilseeds, oats, wheat, triticale, spelt, buckwheat, lentils, chickpeas, dry peas sugar, peanuts, barley, rye, hay, honey, hops, maple sap, unprocessed meat and poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and renewable biomass. FSFL microloans can also be used to finance wash and pack equipment used post-harvest, before a commodity is placed in cold storage.

AMS helps thousands of agricultural food producers and businesses enhance their marketing efforts through a combination of research, technical services and grants. The agency works to improve marketing opportunities for U.S. growers and producers, including those involved in specialty crop production and in the local and regional food systems. Visit www.ams.usda.gov to learn more about AMS services.

Today’s announcement will further advance the efforts of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, which coordinates the Department's work to develop local and regional food systems. USDA is committed to helping farmers, ranchers, and businesses access the growing market for local and regional foods, which was valued at $12 billion in 2014 according to industry estimates. Under this Administration, USDA has invested more than $1 billion in more than 40,000 local and regional food businesses and infrastructure projects. More information on how USDA investments are connecting producers with consumers and expanding rural economic opportunities is available in Chapter IV of USDA Results on Medium.

To learn more about Farm Storage Facility Loans, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport or contact a local FSA county office. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

CJHS Students of the Year

During the CJHS awards assembly on Thursday, May 19, 2016 the National Junior Honor Society awarded Students of the Year.

They are as follows: 5th Grade – Avery Wardlow and Hogan Johnson, 6th Grade – Tessa Arnold and Haiden Hale, 7th Grade – Tallye Harris and Corbin Rosales, 8th Grade – Kenley Burkey and Caesar Nunez.

CJHS Students of the Year

CJHS Perfect Attendance

During the CJHS Awards Assembly on Thursday, May 19, 2016 , ten students were awarded plaques for not missing a single day of school during the 2015-2016 school year.

Perfect Attendance  Awards were presented to: Dylan Diaz, Brock Morgan, Blake Greaves, Audrey McKeehan, Brock Bouldin, Devon O’Leary, Clayton Fain, Gabby Guerrero, Daisy Garza (not pictured). A drawing was held and a $100 check donated by the CJHS Student Council was presented to Daisy Garza (not pictured).

CJHS Perfect Attendance

CJHS 8th Grade Honor Awards

Eighth Grade Honor Students were announced at the CJHS Awards Assembly on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

High Point Boy – Blake Greaves, High Point Student (5th) – Skyler Squyres, High Point Student (4th) – Sara Tovar, High Point Student (3rd) – Jenna Deramus, Salutatorian – Daisy Garza (not pictured), Valedictorian – Ginny Arnold.

CJHS 8th Grade Honor Awards

CJHS High Point Students

​​​​​​High Point Students were recognized Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the CJHS Awards Assembly.

5th Grade Kaitlyn Fought, Hogan Johnson, 6th Grade Carlie Tibbetts, Denver Hunter, 7th Grade Bailey Kimmel (not pictured), Jacob Hohmann.

CJHS High Point Students

Summer Ace Program

Summer Ace Program

Another year has passed and summer is almost here.  On behalf of the ACE program we wanted to thank everyone for their tremendous support and participation over the past couple years.  The program has thrived and we look forward to many successful years to come.  ACE has an amazing summer program planned and we hope to see everyone there.

Coleman ISD ACE:
May 31st through June 30th @ Coleman school campus
Monday –Thursday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
July 5th through July 7th: 9:00am to 1:00pm @ Coleman Public Library- SPACE CAMP LIBRARY
Summer feeding program and transportation services are provided during the month of June only.  Morning bus routes will run as normal to arrive at school by 9am.  Afternoon transportation will follow student’s Summer ACE Application specifications just as during school year.  Swim lessons will be provided during June.  ACE will transport your child to and from the Coleman City Pool for swim lessons with exception of those starting at 8:30am.

Panther Creek ISD ACE:
May 31st through June 30th @ Panther Creek ISD campus
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
July 5th through July 8th: 9:00am to 1:00pm @ Coleman Public Library- SPACE CAMP LIBRARY
Summer feeding program and transportation services are provided during month of June only.  Swim lessons will run July 5th-8th at the Coleman Country Club.

Santa Anna ISD ACE:
May 31st through June 30th @ Santa Anna ISD campus
Monday – Thursday: 8:30am to 12:30pm
July 5th through July 8th: 9:00am to 1:00pm @ Coleman Public Library- SPACE CAMP LIBRARY
Summer feeding program is provided during the month of June only.  Transportation services will not be running during the summer so please make arrangements to drop off and/or pick up your child each day.  Swim lessons will be provided during June.  ACE will transport your child to and from the Coleman City Pool for swim lessons only.

If you have any questions contact Jacque Rosales, ACE Project Director at 325-665-2442 or at jacque.rosales@colemanisd.net.  ACE is the place to be; especially during the summer!

It Pays to be Present

Winner of the “It Pays to be Present” drawing held this week at Coleman Junior High School is 6th grader Haiden Hale.

A drawing for $25.00 is held each six weeks period. To be eligible for the drawing, a student must not miss a single day of school during this period. The $25.00 is provided by the student council at Coleman Junior High School.

A grand prize drawing for $100.00 is held at the end of the school year. This amount is also provided by the student council.

Presenting the check to Haiden is Student Council Vice-President, Emily Taylor.

It Pays to be Present

Academic Personal Best Program is Successful at Panther Creek Secondary School

On March 1st Panther Creek junior high and high schools kicked off a new program to inspire students to strive for their own academic personal best. Second semester grades, earned up to that point, were used as a baseline in categories like daily grades, tests, projects, AR, and Reading Plus. Six week averages were also used.

This spring students’ grades were slipping, and Mrs. Jan Romine, Grand Central Station teacher, began to notice and started working to find the cause.

“We were seeing grades begin to drop, especially in junior high boys, so I interviewed most of our boys to see how they felt about their grades and what if anything motivates them. An overwhelming percentage said sports was their main motivation. This made me think about what part of sports made them feel this way, and I came to the conclusion it was the satisfaction they received by reaching personal bests. Then came the challenge to apply that to academics,” Romine, developer and administrator of Panther Creek’s Academic Personal Best Program, said.

Mrs. Romine then began an extensive Google search looking for schools with an academic personal best program.
“I came across a California middle school that had a program in place (https://sui-montebellousd-ca.schoolloop.com/personalbest). They didn’t offer a lot of details online, but one of the rewards they had was a free t-shirt to each student after the first report card on which they earned all passing grades,” Romine said.

Mrs. Romine said she knew that in addition to t-shirts, money and food would be big incentives as well.

“With the help of our teachers and local businesses, a plan was devised using the coupon system to earn food cards and cash,” Romine said.

Each time a student earned a score higher than their previous best, in that category, they received a “coupon” that was posted on a bulletin board in the hallway.  After earning four coupons, one in each of the core subjects (math, science, history, and English), they were rewarded with a food card donated by one of our local eateries.  Upon earning five coupons in the same subject their reward was cash that had been donated by program supporters.

“There has been a great response to the program. For example, one student has raised his personal best on math tests from 48 to 92 this semester. Students often come by my room asking how many coupons they have earned, and they are always excited when they earn a food card or cash,” Romine said.

As an added incentive, every student that received all passing grades on their fifth six-week report card was awarded a “Personal Best” t-shirt designed by one of our very own students. Each digital art student was asked to submit a t-shirt design and the teachers voted for their favorite.

Sophomore, Hayes Harper, was the winning designer.

“The will to succeed is what inspired me to come up with the t-shirt message,” Harper said.

Thus far there have been 64 food cards earned and 23 cash recipients.  On April 27th, 63 t-shirts were awarded.

“We will absolutely continue the program for the 2016-2017 school year. You always look for ways to motivate your students, so when Mrs. Romine came to me with the idea, I was definitely on board. The kids have really responded by putting in extra effort into everything they do. I would say the program has been a huge success,” Mr. Dwin Nanny, superintendent, said.

Panther Creek would like to thank Best Fried Chicken, Sonic, The Corral, Big O’s, and Central Texas Land Bank for their food card and cash donations. The program is financed completely by donations.  If you would be interested in helping support this program, please contact Mrs. Romine at 325-357-4449 or jan.romine@pcreek.net.

The 16th annual Walk for a Cure cancer walk was a huge success!

by Barbara Brown
Last Saturday, the 16th annual Walk for a Cure took place. The walk began at the Coleman County Courthouse, went to Higginbotham's and then back to the Courthouse.

The walk was sponsored by Barbara Brown, the C.H. Hale Prostate Cancer, Inc., and the Coleman Kids Against Cancer. We want to thank all of our teams that participated, everyone who came out and supported the cause, all of our special volunteers that are always there for us. Thank you to all of our faithful business owners who sponsored us, to all who provided the many baked goods. To Mr. Jay Moses and the Coleman P.D. for providing safety for all; WE SAY THANK YOU. Thank you to the Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice, and our special M.C., Mr. Joseph Haynes, KSTA Radio. Thank you!

We also want to thank our honored guest, Mr. Fred Stewart (third picture), who is now receiving treatment for prostate cancer, on behalf of the We Care program, sponsored by the C.H. Hale Foundation.

At this time, we are proud to say that we garnished over $3,800. Proceeds go to the We Care immediate service program that provides food, lodging at the Hendrick League House in Abilene. We also provide gasoline for travel to the doctor, and prescription drugs.

All water and promotional material sponsored by the Ace Program of Coleman.

​Texas Senior Medicare Patrol Program at Good Neighbor Club

"Texas Senior Medicare Patrol" was presented by CEA-FCS Janet Nelson to the Good Neighbor Club on May 6.   This was a program for seniors on how to protect themselves and their Medicare benefits.  Steps were given to help prevent healthcare fraud and to help resolve  mistakes in Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance payments.

President Helen Cross led a discussion on decorations for District Camp August 11 and 12.  The group agreed to attend the Taylor County Cultural Arts Day June 2.   They were to assist with judging that morning and to attend a meeting after lunch to complete the plans  for the District Camp.

Dorothy McDonald, Helen Cross, and Cassie Shultz were selected as nominees for state conference in Plano in September. Agent Janet Nelson reported her activities in April and those coming up in May.  Also District 4-H Round-Up was the next day in San Angelo.

Attending were Sherry Anderson, Nina Childress, Helen Cross, Anna Jenkins, Jean Langford, Dora Newman, Cassie Shultz, Mary Frances Smith and CEA-FCS Janet Nelson.

Good Neighbor Club will next meet Friday, May 20, at 9:00 A.M. in the Coleman County State Bank Clubroom.  Visitors are always welcomed!

Summer Camps at First United Methodist Church, Coleman

Summer is almost here and school is nearly out!  If you are a parent of a child from age 4 through the 12th grade, First United Methodist Church of Coleman has some options for giving your child/children something to do this summer.

Cooking Camp at FUMC will be held on June 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th from 6 to 8 pm each evening for all children who will be in the 3rd through 12th grades for the 2016-2017 school year.  The camp this summer will be focusing on making cupcakes and cakes from scratch and decorating them. Children will be divided into age groups.

Cooking Day Camp at FUMC will be held on Saturday, June 25th, for children from Pre-K (age 4) through 2nd grade. The 4 and 5 year olds will meet from 9-10 am and the 1st and 2nd grades will meet from 11 am to 1 pm.  Younger children will learn how to make an easy snack and some basic kitchen skills.  Older children will make a noon meal that will be shared by their parents.

Art Day Camp at FUMC will be held on Saturday, July 9th, for children who will be in Pre-K (age 4) through 2nd grade.  The 4 and 5 year olds will meet from 9 to 10 am and the 1st and 2nd grades will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Art Camp at FUMC will be held during the week of July 11-16 for children who will be in the 3rd through 12th grades.  The 3rd and 4th grades will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the 5th through 12th grades will meet from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Vacation Bible School will be held on 5 consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning July 20th and continuing July 27th, August 3rd, August 10th and August 17th.  Supper will begin at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday and VBS activities will begin at 6 pm and end at 8 pm.

The following information is needed to enroll your child in the summer camps:
1) the camps your child is interested in attending;
2) Child's name, age, date of birth, grade in school for 2016-2017, and whether the child is male or female;
3) Parents' and/or guardians' names, home address, email address and home phone or cell phone #;
4) We also need to know who will be dropping off and picking up your child/children from the summer camp activities.  This information is needed for your child's safety;
5)  And finally, we need to know if your child is allergic to any food, animals, etc. and what those are.

All of these camps are free of charge and all will be held or start in the fellowship hall of the church.

To turn in the above information or to ask any questions, please email Leslie Cross at ljcross118@verizon.net.  You may also mail or turn in the information to the office at First United Methodist Church, 500 W. Liveoak, Coleman, TX  76834.

Hope to see you soon!

Farmer’s Market Opening Day was a Success!

by Whitney Alexander

The sun was shining bright last Saturday on the opening day of the Coleman Farmer’s Market. Vendors from all over the county were present peddling their vegetables, fruits, goat’s milk body products, grass fed beef, wine, farm fresh chicken and duck eggs, lovely artwork and so much more!

The concept of bringing a farmers market to Coleman came from Rancho Pizzeria owner, Robert Williamson. He has been dedicated to the revitalization of downtown and sees great things ahead for the future of Coleman. At the heart of the farmer’s market is educating the public on how to cook with fresh, unique and nutritional ingredients. ”As a child I remember shelling black eyed peas and shucking corn as a family on the front porch. That was how we ate. Fresh food. I want the younger generation to learn that food doesn’t have to come from a can” Williamson stated. Chef Cliff Cartwright was on hand all day demonstrating just how to do that. He made a vegetable medley with bacon, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Chef Cartwright walks you through the steps on food preparation, cooking methods and modifications for special diets. The best part? Delicious samples at the end and a recipe for dinner later that night!

There was a little bit of everything to suit different tastes and needs. Little Acorn Farm from Ovalo, brought an assortment of eggs, beets, onions, pickled okra as well as several different lamb cuts. Slowpoke Farms from Cisco, had fresh baked goods, asparagus, duck and chicken eggs as well as fresh sugar snap peas and cheese. Watson Vineyard was in attendance sampling their delicious red and white wines. You can currently purchase their wines daily at Depot Liquor in town. If you needed free range, gmo free chicken eggs, Weston Farms from Gouldbusk was the place to be!  

While there was food in abundance at the market there were also some goat’s milk body products and folk art for sale. Simply Goats from Coleman, was there displaying soaps in any kind of scent you could want as well as various other items. Goat’s milk is very hypoallergenic and leaves the skin feeling moisturized. Shinerville Folk Art from Coleman braved the winds and had lovely pictures of roosters and hens, board art and photo boards for sale. They also had for sale a children’s book that the husband and wife duo wrote together.   

Coleman County Foundation was in attendance to increase awareness about all of the things they do to support the community and show their support of this new venture in Coleman. Board President, Sarah Beal, was so excited about the success and future for Coleman and sees the market as a big step in that direction. She said,“I am so excited about the Farmer’s Market in Coleman. It adds a new dimension to shopping on Saturdays. Downtown was busy and alive. It’s a fun gathering place for our community and brings in new people. I love it!” She was not the only one who thought so. People were bustling in and out of the market all day, visiting with one another and shopping. It truly was a success not only for the market but for the city and county. Shopper and local resident, Kim Horne, said, “I was happy to see people from in town and out of town. It was a very good turn out.”

I invite you all to come next Saturday, 9am-1pm, to see and experience new foods, new cooking concepts and new vendors. The support of the town and county will be vital for the success of the Farmer’s Market. “Our first week was a great success and we’re excited to watch as the community gets engaged and helps keep the Farmer’s Market an ongoing attraction for Coleman and surrounding areas” said Director of the Farmer’s Market, Farrah Nada. If you don’t have a large garden or enough extra to maintain a booth all season, contact Farrah as there will be a community table set up each week with someone to sell your excess produce. There is a place for everyone at the Coleman Farmer’s Market!

Check them out on Facebook at Coleman Farmer’s Market

Food Handlers Press Release

The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” was revised and updated and went into effect October 11, 2015.  A major change in the revision now requires all food employees to complete an accredited food handlers training program within 60 days of employment, effective September 16, 2016.
A food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Coleman County.   Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands is scheduled for Friday, May 20th, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Library Annex in Coleman.
    This 2-hour course will now be required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The certificate is good for 2 years and is valid anywhere in the State of Texas. The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment. Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.  The class is taught in English but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance.
    To register for the course, call the Extension office at 325-625-4519.   Registration can also be done in-person the day of the course.    The cost is $20.00 per person and must be paid in full before the course begins.
Individuals with disabilities who require auxiliary aide service or accommodation in order to participate in the event are encouraged to contact our office within 5 working days prior to the program.  Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, national origin or genetic information or veteran status. 

A&M AgriLife Extension to host Master of Memory classes

Many people believe that memory loss and aging go hand-in-hand: as a person gets older his or her memory begins to fail. While some change may be expected as you age, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it, in the absence of a brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s Disease – you can be proactive in using some strategies and lifestyle adaptations. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Coleman County will begin offering Master of Memory, a six-lesson class series that will help you understand how your memory works and what may affect your memory. Medical conditions, medications, diet and exercise, among other things, may all play a role in how your memory works. Master of Memory will also help you identify and use strategies to improve your memory function.

The classes will be offered three separate times at the Coleman High Rise conference room. Class dates are: May 17th, May 24th and May 31st with each class beginning at 2:00 p.m. and ending approximately at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided for each session.

There is a one-time charge of $10 to attend all three classes. The community is invited to attend. If you will be attending, contact the office to sign up so that there will be enough food and handouts. Please contact the Extension office for more information at 625-4519.

Three Tarleton seniors speak to increase in Hispanic, Black enrollment

Three Tarleton seniors speak to increase in Hispanic, Black enrollment
Lura Rylant, a communications major from Coleman.

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—When Lura Rylant and Ana Gutierrez-Perez started their search for the perfect four-year university, they had specific requirements in mind. Quality education. Strong career and earnings potential.

They also wanted to feel valued.

And they wanted to make a difference.

They chose Tarleton State University, quietly tucked away in Stephenville, Texas. Not the most likely choice for minority teens with their sights set on a big university.

Lura, president of Tarleton’s Student Government Association, comes from a black-white-Native American background. Ana is the association’s first Hispanic vice president (and Ms. TSU 2015). Their stories demonstrate the university’s commitment to student success and higher education access. Both graduate this month.

The number of Hispanic students is up 23 percent for the school year. Black student enrollment is up 7 percent.

For Lura—a communications major from Coleman, Texas—Tarleton’s Stephenville campus has a warm yet structured family feel.

“The moment I walked into the Tarleton Welcome Center, I knew I was home,” she said. “Everyone made me feel important. Student tour guides talked about Tarleton’s pride, tradition and core values. Faculty and staff took a genuine interest in me and my educational goals. By the time I left that first visit, I was sold.”

It took Ana, who grew up in Fort Worth, a little longer before she saw, in her words, “the magic of Tarleton.” The history/political science major was drawn to larger schools, and her parents questioned whether Tarleton could provide the quality of education they wanted for their daughter.

Now they’re proud that Ana is a Tarleton Texan and that her younger sister plans to follow her lead this fall.
“They’re grateful for the true college experience that I’ve received,” Ana said. “Classes are just the right size, faculty and staff provide individual attention, and there are so many opportunities for hands-on learning.”

Ana and Lura are quick to praise Tarleton’s commitment to civility.

“Tarleton is a compassionate and compellingly diverse community,” Lura pointed out. “I’ve never felt anything but welcomed and comfortable. Tarleton is a place where individuals feel free to exchange ideas and share opinions—a place to learn from one another in a respectful way.”

University leaders understand that simply adding a mix of people to a homogeneous campus does not in itself create intellectual stimulation. That understanding drives Tarleton’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion to educate and empower every member of the university community regardless of differences.

“We embrace the opportunity to learn from each other,” explained the office’s director, Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason. “We realize that a full spectrum of experiences, viewpoints and intellectual approaches enriches our conversation and benefits everyone—challenging us to grow and think in new ways.”

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion promotes a range of activities, from speakers and events to cultural festivities and mentoring.

Each February, students are encouraged to overcome obstacles, complete their higher education and become social change agents as part of Black History Month. A diversity dialogue takes place each March in honor of Women’s History Month, and Tarleton’s annual Hispanic Heritage Street Dance includes educational and interactive experiences that promote diversity and inclusion.

Lura and Ana can testify to the value of these programs. So can criminal justice major Andre McQuitty Jr. from Pflugerville, Texas. He’ll graduate this December because his MENtal Freedom peers and advisers refused to let him quit.

Started three years ago within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, MENtal Freedom urges underrepresented males to improve their lives and the lives of others by getting a college degree. It boasts a 90 percent graduation rate in light of the sobering statistic that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than 30 percent of African-American and Latino men nationwide have college degrees.

When he decided a year ago to jump ship, Andre’s MENtal Freedom peers and advisers asked him for one more semester.

“They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself,” he said.

Dr. Helvie-Mason brought the idea for MENtal Freedom with her when she joined Tarleton in 2012. With the help of Tarleton alumnus Dr. Reggie Hall, she’s created a mentoring program that focuses on accountability and strives to change the status quo. The program started with a dozen members and has grown to 41.

MENtal Freedom joins Tarleton’s chapter of Kappa Delta Chi, one of the strongest Latina sororities in the country; the Gay-Straight Alliance; the Academically High Achievers (AHA!) Mentoring Program for first-generation university students; and Students as Parents in championing a supportive environment where the dignity of all people is paramount.

Even new minor degree programs in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts—Ethnic and Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Hispanic Studies—proclaim the extent to which rural Tarleton State University wants to be an open door to all that’s out there.

“Students, faculty and staff don’t see Ana Gutierrez-Perez the Hispanic student who grew up in Mexico then moved to Fort Worth or Lura Rylant a black-white-Native American,” Ana explained. “They see Ana and Lura, two Tarleton Texans who have the potential to make the world a better place.

“As we graduate this month, we’ll do what all Tarleton Texans do regardless of skin color or gender or ideologies. We’ll bleed purple.”

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.

2016 Chamber Banquet - “Coleman...a County in Bloom”

Local business owners, employees, citizens and visitors all showed up last Friday night for the Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet held at the Bill Franklin Center. The venue was decorated with twinkling lights, gorgeous centerpieces adorned with purple flowers and rustic place mats with silverware wrapped in jute twine. Banquet chairpersons Tammy Casey, Renea McMillan, Becki Reynolds and Christi Robertson were responsible for the organization of the event. The Coleman Rodeo Association prepared the meal, which consisted of grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, garlic new potatoes, green beans and bread pudding.  Special thanks to the Coleman County Cowgirls and the Jr. Chamber of Commerce members for helping serve the meal and Bonnie Brown’s class for wrapping the silverware and the Jr. High students who assisted with the setting up of the tables and chairs.
    With dinner music playing in the background, courtesy of Donnie Neff, Chamber Board member John Stanislaw began the evening with a word of prayer. Bob Turner led the crowd in singing “God Bless America” followed by Miss Coleman County, Kloe Hale, with the Pledge of Allegiance.
    Master of Ceremonies, Jeromy Watson along with Tammy Casey, welcomed everyone and they expressed their gratitude to all for supporting the Chamber. They mentioned that the Bill Franklin center is run and maintained strictly through donations from individuals and businesses. Tickets were available for purchase to win a 7 cubic foot freezer, donated by Bargain House, along with a $500 gift card to Shoppin Baskit. The Gift Certificated was donated by Shoppin’ Baskit and the Chamber of Commerce. The drawing for this item will be held on the last day of the Rodeo, June 11th. The second item was a shoot signed by George Strait donated by John and Christi Robertson which will be drawn for at Fiesta de la Paloma on October 1st. Tickets can still be purchased at the Chamber office downtown.
    Mary Griffis, Executive Director, introduced all of the new 2016 Chamber members and thanked everyone for being there and for their support over the years. The Chamber is very active in the community, holds the annual Fiesta de la Paloma in October, sells t-shirts and tickets and organize the Rodeo Parade for the Coleman Rodeo Association, participated in the organization of the 1st annual Petticoats on the Prairie, along with countless other endeavors.
    Auctioneer Mark McMillan was called to the stage to auction off donated items. As promised by Tammy Casey, Mark had the audience laughing and involved.  A big thanks to every individual and business who donated items.
    At this point in the evening, it was time for awards to be given. First up was Teacher of the Year, which was awarded to Charlotte Purl. Purl, a graduate of Coleman ISD, pursued her education at Texas A&M University. There she received her degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Health and a certification in Driver’s Education. Later, she added History and Social Studies Composite to her teaching certification. She has taught and coached at many different locations throughout her career including Los Fresnos, Smithville, Bastrop, Taft, Eustace, and Mabank. While in Smithville she was named to the Texas Honor Roll of Coaches by the Austin American Statesmen. In Taft she was awarded Teacher of the Year and was chosen as Teacher of the Year twice in Mabank. In 2009 she returned to Coleman to teach at “dear ole CHS-her alma mater”. She has stated that of all the places she has taught, Coleman is her favorite place to be.
    Rural Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ted Taylor. Ted, also a graduate of Coleman ISD, participated heavily in 4-H and football. Besides attending Texas Tech in Lubbock, he has always called Coleman County home. While at Tech he was a part of the Tech Rodeo Team where he had the most fun bull riding. During his college years, he made his wisest decision and married the girl of his dreams, Sonjia, and they have enjoyed 46 years together. His livelihood includes ranching, farming, hunting and real estate. He was able to turn hunting into a business, Executive Outfitters, and today his business hosts anywhere from 700-900 hunters per dove season. One weekend out of the year is devoted to hosting Patriots and Heroes Outdoors. Mr. Taylor is very active in the Coleman Rodeo Association where he served as President from ’82-83 and 2006-2009.  One of the important aspects of his personality is his ability to be a peacemaker. People of all ages seek out his advice and counsel. With his wife by his side, their family consists of Ben and Meredith Taylor, Les and Tish Taylor Hankamer, and 5 grandchildren, Nathan, Megan, Taylor, Kate and Sonjia.
    Jacque Rosales was awarded the New Horizon award. She moved back to Coleman two years ago with her husband and two little girls. They lived in San Antonio for a time but realized that the small-town charm and atmosphere is where she wanted her family to be. She is the Project Director for the Coleman County ACE Program. This program is federally funded and brings in $1.5 million to local county schools each year. Jacque works very hard to grow relationships with local partners to build support for a sustainable afterschool program, which has been an immense blessing to our community. She has worked with several organizations on projects including the Coleman Public Library, Workforce Solutions, Inc., Area Agency on Aging, Coleman County Medical Center, Family Service Centers, Central Texas Opportunities, Texas Agrilife, the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce and other local agencies. As a member of the Coleman EDC 4B board, she has been able to pursue her commitment to growing Coleman for the youth and young adults raising children in the community. With her positive attitude, tireless dedication and determination, she is committed to building pride among the community and is excited to see what the future holds for Coleman.
    Jimmy Ray Watson was awarded Citizen of the Year. Graduating from Coleman in 2000 he followed in his grandfathers footsteps and became a volunteer firefighter for the Coleman Fire Department. In 2007 he was promoted to a full time employee, promoted to Captain in 2010 and Fire Marshall in 2013. He currently serves as a Certified Officer, Inspector, a Hazmat Tech and Confined Space Rescuer. Many citizens who have had the misfortune to be involved in a fire will attest to Jimmy’s willingness to go above and beyond to save the people and property he is sworn to save. In his speech, the pride and love for his hometown is evident and one of his community ventures is serving on the Library Board. He married the love of his life, Christi, in 2013 and she supports him in all of his endeavors.
    Grammer’s, a great place to find quality merchandise and personal service for over 80 years, was awarded Business of the Year. Owners, Liz and Jerry Jones, have owned the business since 2004. Grammer’s has been in its current location since 1935 and has only 3 owners. From helping people find just the right outfit to wear, find that special gift for that special person or just visiting with people that come in the store, Liz says that’s all the best part of owning this business. She currently serves as President of the Coleman Business People’s Association, Treasurer of Keep Coleman Beautiful and is also a board member for the CHAPS organization. Grammer’s is a true treasure to Coleman and Liz and Jerry are a vital asset to the business district.
    All of the award winners were humble, kind, passionate and most of all have a deep love for this county we all call home! They are instrumental in the success and revitalization of Coleman.

Below listed are the new members of the Chamber since the last Banquet:
-Texas Ranger Motel
-Rosewood Memorial Funeral Home
-Mesa Emporium
-Heartland Chiropractic
-Rancho Pizzeria/Rancho Centro, LLC
-AmayesN Designs
-Jamison Mercantile
-Coleman Home Health & Hospice
-Santa Anna Processing & Taxidermy
-Andy & Barbara Young
-Parsons Heating, A/C and Appliance Service
-Double H Family Dining
-Uncommon Goods
-John & Glorya Puckett
-Coleman Gifts & Craft Supplies
-Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers
-Captain Liquor
-Playin Hooky Bait & Marina & Tiki Hut
-The Terrace Inn

Bluecats beat Early to clinch 3rd place

Friday night took the Bluecats to Tuscola, to play against Early, for the 3rd place seed in district.

The Bluecats beat Early 11-9 to clinch 3rd place. Corder Norris helped lead the Bluecats to victory, going 3 of 4 at the plate with a double, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.

Bi-District Playoff Games 
Game 1: Coleman (8-12) vs. Dublin (10-8-1) 7 p.m. Friday, May 6th, in Brownwood.
Game 2: Saturday, May 7th, at 11:00 a.m., in Brownwood
Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2, if necessary. 

Bluecats beat Early to clinch 3rd place
Corder Norris takes a lead from third base.

CHS Alumni Association

The Coleman High School Alumni Association voted to offer two, $4,000 scholarships to the 2016 CHS graduating seniors. Parents and students are encouraged to contact the CHS counselor’s office or principal’s office to obtain applications. Completed applications must be returned to the counselor’s office by May 6th. The Alumni Association Scholarship Committee will then select two recipients.

Submitted by James Terry Scott on behalf of the CHS Alumni Association. 

CHS Regional Track Qualifiers

COLEMAN BLUEKATT REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
EMILY MILWARD, Soph. - Pole Vault
MARIE ROSALES, Soph. - 1600m and 3200m
ALEXA DIAZ, Jr. - 100m Hurdles
SHIEAN WALTERS. Fr. - 400m

COLEMAN BLUECAT REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
Individual Qualifiers:
WOODY BARTELL, Sr. – 110 Hurdles
J.V. VALDEZ, Soph. – 800m
CORD NORRIS, Sr.  – 200m
MASON BURKEY, Sr. – Discus
Qualifying Relays:
4X200 – TERREN HOLLOWAY (Soph.), BRYSON HAMMONDS (Jr.), KYLE BOYET (Sr.), CORD NORRIS (Sr.)
4x400 – KYLE BOYET (Sr.), J.V. VALDEZ (Soph.), BRYSON HAMMONDS (Jr.), CORD NORRIS (Sr.)
 

CHS Regional Track Qualifiers
Pictured (Front row L-R) Marie Rosales, Shiean Walters, Emily Milward, Jessica Diaz (Back row L-R) Woody Bartell, JV Valdez, Kyle Boyet, Cord Norris, Bryson Hammonds, Mason Burkey

Fun-Filled Weekend in Coleman!

by Whitney Alexander  

Lots of exciting things happened over the weekend in Coleman. Petticoats on the Prairie was in town at the Bill Franklin Center, with over 95 vendors! The total tickets sales, at the door, were 2,300. From vintage signs, furniture, clothes, knick knacks, antiques and so much more, shoppers had a plethora of items to choose from. There was something for everyone! On top of the amazing shopping, there were 3 different food trucks to choose from, including a crowd favorite dish, the BBQ Parfait.

While exciting things were happening out at the Bill Franklin Center, downtown Coleman was bustling as well. Local businesses were holding special sidewalk sales, activities such as face painting and extended hours. Most parking spaces were filled which is such a welcome sight!

Amidst all the activities over the weekend, Coleman also experienced massive rain showers with some areas receiving upwards of 6 inches total! As of April 18th, Lake Coleman is 91.6% full and Hords Creek is 53% full. All of this rain did not stop the crowd from enjoying this weekend’s activities.

Special thanks goes to members of the community for coming out and embracing all of the local businesses and restaurants, while welcoming the Petticoats on the Prairie vendors and organizers. So many people had a hand in organizing and rallying for the multiple activities conducted over the weekend. For it to be executed so successfully is a big win for Coleman! Here’s to many more successful and fun events!  

Photos from Petticoats on the Prairie

Take a Step Back in Time, at the Terrace Inn

Nestled amongst decades old pecan and oak trees, lies a 1960s brick house that has been renovated into a mid-century modern boutique hotel, aptly named, The Terrace Inn. Owners, Mark and Jane Price, celebrated their opening day, April 1st and were kind enough to give me a tour and some history of this charming home.

Coleman’s local jeweler, Earle Smith, constructed the home in 1958 and tirelessly pored over the plans and oversaw the construction. He wanted it done just right! The home has only had four owners since its inception, which has led to most everything being unchanged and intact. Mark and Jane Price have kept with that tradition and have used as many authentic items from the era as possible including decorations, books, an old record player, some furniture and maintained the original counters, stove, sinks, built in closets and so much more.

Guests have three different accommodations to choose from while planning their stay; The Sinatra Suite, The Marilyn and The Loft. The Sinatra Suite, which was the original master bedroom, has sprawling views of Coleman along with a large en suite bathroom. Various pictures of “Old Blue Eyes” himself are found in the suite, along with a picture of downtown Coleman in 1957. The Marilyn also offers a scenic view of Coleman with access to a private, fenced patio. Each of the suites offers top quality, luxury linens, king-sized Posture Gel mattresses, Turkish towels and premium, top of the line toiletries. Even though one is “stepping back in time” each suite has a large flat screen TV, should the guests want to “tune in.”

A short walk across the grounds will bring you to The Loft. Built in 2013 by previous owners, Bonnie and Bill Hennig, this modern two-bedroom, 1 ½ bath guesthouse is sleek, comfortable and offers outstanding views of Coleman. Even with all of the modern amenities, such as a full size kitchen, the space stills brings about the class and flair of the 60s.

Each morning, guests staying at both the Terrace and The Loft, can enjoy a full breakfast with a rotating menu that includes sourdough pancakes, pure-pork sausage, bacon, sourdough blueberry or cranberry “buffins”, home-made cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, granola, gourmet coffee and espresso, and juice. Many of these items are family favorites including the sourdough, which has been in their family for over 40 years. The Price’s want each and every guest to feel like they are special and their mission statement “…is to have you arrive as guests, but depart as friends!”

The Prices moved to Coleman in 2014 after both retiring from Shell. They loved the small town feel and were looking for something to contribute to the town. Mark recalls the picture of downtown Coleman, in the Sinatra Suite, from 1957, “Look at that! There is nowhere to park. Why can’t it be like that again?” Thus the boutique hotel idea took flight. What is a boutique hotel? It acts like a bed and breakfast, but doesn’t feel like one with its cool, sleek and laid back design that only the 1960s can bring. Mark and Jane were very clear that they wanted to maintain the integrity of the house and tried to only enhance with minimal changes and decorations from that era. In fact, in the Marilyn, Jane motioned for me to look on top of the built in desk at a small, baby doll’s highchair, “See that? That was mine when I was a little girl” she stated with a smile and a laugh. Their own personal touches are seen throughout the house, which just shows the love and dedication they have poured into this project.

“A lot of good things are happening in Coleman and we hope we can contribute to that,” says Mark. While hoping to attract out of town guests, the Prices also hope this will be a venue for bridal showers, lady’s weekends, reunions and so much more, for the people of Coleman and Coleman County. There is nothing like it in the area, that offers not just a place to stay, but an experience. They have a website up and running which will soon be able to take reservations, as well as a Facebook page. While this isn’t your typical run of the mill B&B, as Mark stated, “It’s a little out there, bizarre, I get it. But doing something different isn’t necessarily a bad thing.” Having seen the property myself I can say that it is most definitely a good thing. So I implore you all to check out this wonderful gem right here in our hometown. You won’t regret it!

Take a Step Back in Time, at the Terrace Inn

Coleman High School UIL Academics Results

39 Coleman High School students competed at the UIL District Academic meet on Monday April 4.  These students competed in more than a dozen different academic events.  Over 25 students placed in the top 6 in their events with 14 qualifying for Regionals.

Current Events: 2nd place Individual l—Jude John – Regional Qualifier; 2nd place team—Jude John, Tommy Croft, Chris Lawhon and Heaven Bedell – Regional Qualifiers. Computer Science: 1st place Individual – Rayven Deray – Regional Qualifier; 1st place Team – Rayven Deray, Chris Lawhon, Joey Amador, and Katlyn Stamper – Regional Qualifiers. Editorial Writing: 3rd place—Chase Taylor – Regional Qualifier; 4th place—Zachary Mason; 6th place – Jacob Mason. Feature Writing: 3rd  place—Trinity Toothaker – Regional Qualifier; 5th place – Shelbi Stevenson. Headline Writing: 3rd  place—Zachary Mason – Regional Qualifier; 6th place – Megan Taylor. Informative Speaking: 4th place – Alexa Diaz; 6th place – Erykah Cunningham.  Literary Criticism: 2nd place Individual – Desiree Runyan – Regional Qualier; 2nd place team - Austin Clover, Summer Flores, Desiree Runyan and Brogan Loebig – Regional Qualifiers. Math: 2nd place Rayven Deray – Regional Qualifier, 6th place – Erykah Cunningham. Number Sense: 2nd  place Individual—Zachary Mason – Regional Qualifier; 6th place Individual – Jacob Mason
2nd  place team—Zachary Mason, Jacob Mason, Zack Butler, and Rayven Dera. News Writing: 4th place – Averi Ransberger; 5th place – Shelbi Stevenson. Poetry: 5th place – Adelina Quintana. Persuasive Speaking: 5th place—Tommy Croft; 6th place – Megan Taylor. Science: 3rd place – Chase Taylor – Regional Qualifier; 6th place – Jude John. Social Studies: 4th place – Jude John. Spelling: 4th place – Charlie Crockett.

Coleman High School Rocketry Team Advances to Nationals at World’s Largest Rocket Contest

Coleman High School Rocketry Team Advances  to Nationals at World’s Largest Rocket Contest
2016 Space Pirates Rocketry Team. Bottom row: Kenzie Smith, Alexa Diaz, Megan Taylor, and Mentor Gary Strickland. Top Row: Jacob Mason, Kade Greaves, Mason Smith and Zachary Mason

The Space Pirates from Coleman High School have qualified to compete in the national finals of  the 14th Annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The team will face off against 100 other top qualifying teams from across the United States to claim the title of National Champion.  A total of 797 teams competed to qualify for the national contest, with the Space Pirates being one of only 16 teams from Texas to advance.  The TARC finals will take place on May 14th at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., outside of Washington D.C.

The Space Pirates, comprised of team members Alexa Diaz, Kade Greaves, Jacob Mason, Zachary Mason, Mackenzie Smith, Mason Smith and Megan Taylor, are all Junior students enrolled in the Scientific Research and Design class at Coleman High School.  They will be competing for more than $100,000 in prizes and scholarships, and the opportunity to represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the London International Air Show this June.

This is the first year that Coleman High school has participated in the TARC competition. The CHS rocketry club was formed three years ago as a part of the federally funded ACE after school program at Coleman ISD. Students built high power rockets and flew them for exhibition at the CANSAT competition held in June. This year, the students decided to participate in TARC with the future goal of being invited to participate in the NASA Student Launch Initiative next year.

Cisco College Industrial Technologies Mobile Lab to Visit CHS

Coleman, Texas – Cisco College Industrial Technologies will visit Coleman High School on Thursday, April 28 to introduce the college’s industrial technology dual credit programs and courses in industrial maintenance, HVAC (Heating, ventilation & air conditioning), plumbing, electrical trades and welding that students may take for college credit while in high school, as early as their sophomore year.  Many CHS students already take academic dual credit courses including English, history, and electives. Cisco College offers courses to high school dual credit students at ½ the price of regular college tuition.

The Industrial Technologies Mobile Lab will be on display at the High School during the visit.  The trailer-mounted laboratory features industrial trades’ technology and equipment students will use to complete the hands-on training required for the dual credit courses.  Cisco College faculty will bring the trailer to CHS throughout the semester as part of the industrial technologies courses.  When not working in the mobile lab, students will develop and practice the skill sets necessary for the courses by participating in instructor-led, virtual reality simulations through state-of-the-art software.

Cisco’s Industrial Technologies Mobile Lab and program resources were developed as part of a High Demand Job Training Initiative partnership between the college, the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas, and the Development Corporation of Abilene.

Information about Cisco College’s Industrial Technologies programs and courses can be found on the Career/Tech page of the Cisco College website, and on Facebook: Cisco College Hvac/Technologies.

Students, parents and interested community members, please come by Coleman High School on Thursday, April 27 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Visit the HVAC trailer, the instructor, and with CHS personnel. Refreshments will be served.

Kiwanis Club Program by Members of Fine Arts League of Coleman Co

“Doris Haynes and Bitsy Murchison, members of the Fine Arts League of Coleman County presented the program at the Kiwanis Club meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Examples of watercolor, giclee, print with remarque, wood etching by burning matches, stained glass, found art and what can be done with something that looks like it's ready for the trash bin were presented and discussed.

Art does not have to be expensive, nor be created by a master. Art does not have to fit a certain mold. The beauty of art truly is "in the eye of the beholder". And, every single person out there has artistic ability!!” Bitsy Murchison

Fine Arts League of Coleman Co.
Marian Johnson, Publicity

Coleman Drug Arrests

On March 22nd   2016 Officer Zachary Holtz arrested 30 year old Wendy Rose of Cross Plains for a Taylor County Warrant for Assault Family Violence. During the booking in process Rose was found to be in possession of Hydrocodone pills that she did not have a prescription for.  Rose was arrested at the intersection of State Highway 206 and FM 3425.  Rose was transported and booked into the Coleman City Jail for a State Jail Felony of Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 < 1 gram and the Taylor County Warrant.

On March 28th 2016 Officer Austin Thorpe arrested 36 year old Enrique Ponce of Coleman for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Methamphetamine.  Ponce was arrested near North Nueces and Ripley Street for a Brown County Warrant for Motion to Adjudicate Probation, Class “B” Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and a State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 < 1 gram.

On March 29th  2016 Officer Zachary Holtz received a tip of some suspicious activity under the bridge at the intersection of US 84 Bypass and FM 3425.  Officer Holtz went to area and located a male and a female.  Officer Holtz began talking to the subjects and the male admitted to having a Methamphetamine pipe with him.  Officer Holtz located 1.3 grams of Methamphetamines in the front pocket of the male subject.  44 year old Kevin Clark of Brownwood was arrested and transported to the Coleman City Jail for a 3rd degree Felony,  Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1>=1gram<4 grams.

Capital Farm Credit returns $56.7 million to borrowers

BRYAN, Texas – This month, Capital Farm Credit (CFC) is returning $56.7 million in cash to its member customers in the form of patronage dividends.
“Our patronage dividend program is what sets us apart from other lenders,” said Ben Novosad, CFC’s chief executive officer.  “Since 2007, we have returned more than half a billion dollars to our member borrowers through our patronage dividend program. As the largest cooperative ag lender in Texas, the secret to our long-standing success is our cooperative structure.”
Borrowers who do business with CFC become members in the cooperative, entitling them to share in its earnings through its long-standing patronage dividend program. CFC’s customers own the business, and patronage payments are one of the unique benefits of this customer-owned cooperative.
CFC has a long history of returning nearly all its net income to its customers, making its patronage dividend program one of the best in the nationwide Farm Credit System.
Based on continued strong earnings and a solid capital position, CFC’s board of directors in December approved a $137.6 million total patronage declaration on its 2015 net income of $139.3 million. Borrowers will receive $56.7 million of this amount in cash this month, and the remainder is set aside in their names until eligible for cash distribution in the future.
“Our customers don’t just do business with us, they are in business with us,” added Novosad. “Our earnings and capital belong to our members, and we manage it to their benefit.
“We bring value to our customers by delivering credit and other financially related services to them effectively and efficiently. As we return the earnings through our patronage dividend program, we effectively lower the cost of borrowing for these farmers and ranchers which helps to strengthen the agricultural economy and rural communities we serve.”
Capital Farm Credit has provided financing to Texas farmers, ranchers, rural property owners and agribusinesses for nearly a century. Headquartered in Bryan, it has offices spanning most of Texas. For more information about its patronage program, financial services and office locations, visit www.CapitalFarmCredit.com.

2016 Great Texas Warrant Round-Up in Coleman -- Gets Results

The Coleman Municipal Court, Coleman Police Department, and other Texas Law Enforcement Agencies wrapped up participation in the State’s Annual Warrant Round-Up.  This year’s local efforts revealed excellent outcomes contributing to the State’s overall results.

The non-arrest phase, February 22, 2016 through March 4, 2016, and the arrest phase, March 5, 2016 through March 13, 2016, were both productive and afforded individuals with arrest warrants a great opportunity to take care of business and put the past behind them.

During the Round-Up 99 persons contacted and/or appeared at the Coleman Municipal Court to make arrangements for payments, set up community service, or time-served.  A grand total of 85 warrants out of the Coleman Municipal Court were confirmed, recalled, and inactivated during this Round-Up.  Fifty seven new convictions were added to individual criminal and driving records.  Several persons were placed in confinement, many of which received new, additional drug-related offenses during the service of warrants and arrests and are now facing charges in County and District Court.

The total dollar value of this Round-Up for Coleman, after adding up community service, jail credit, payment plans, and direct cash payments is over eighteen thousand.

Over 340 law enforcement agencies and courts directly participated in this year’s Great Texas Warrant Round-Up: Special Thanks to: Santa Anna Police Department; Brownwood Police Department; Brownwood City Marshall’s Office; Cross Plains Police Department; Taylor County Sheriff’s Office; Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins and Mott LLP; and the Coleman County Sheriff’s Department.

The Official Great Texas Warrant Round-Up for 2016 may have concluded; however, active warrants remain in effect and served year-round.  Many individuals continue to “take care of business” today.  The total warrants serviced, directly related to the Round-Up list, is now approaching 100

STEER VALIDATION - TIME TO ORDER TAGS !

The 2016-2017 Texas 4-H/FFA Steer Validation Program time is here once again. If you are planning to exhibit a steer at the 2017 major stock shows, we need you to contact our office and let us know how many tags you will need.  Please order the number of tags you will need as accurately as possible. Deadline to order is Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Cost for steer tags is $10 each, and payment will be due at the time of ordering.

If you have any questions about ordering validation tags, contact Michael Palmer, CEA-Ag at the County Extension Office at 325-625-4519.

ART-FILLED SPRING CALENDAR

You are invited to join  in the art-filled Spring events hosted by the Fine Arts League of Coleman County. Bitsy Murchison, Exhibits Chair.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND BE A PART OF THE “ART-FILLED SPRING". Fun, Food, Exhibits:

1. COLEMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY April 4-11 “SPRING FOR TEXAS” art by members exhibited during regular library hours. Some Paintings may be for sale.

2. Central Texas Farm Credit Directors' Banquet celebrating their 100th BIRTHDAY at the Bill Franklin Center - Members' art exhibited and for sale. April 26.

3.  LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP FUND RAISER "Taste-Teaser" lunch showcasing the CULINARY ARTS of League members. MAY 13 11:00AM- 1:00 pm at Heritage Hall Gallery. Linda Hobbs, TASTE-TEASER Chair

Your participation in the Taste Teaser will help fund a Scholarship for a Coleman County School student for 2016. See a member to purchase your ticket.

Fine Arts League of Coleman Co.
Marian Johnson, Publicity