Ol' Time Fun!

3rd Annual 4th of July Picnic in the Park

Monday, July 4th
10 AM - 3 PM
Coleman City Park

Free food, entertainment, gifts, games & prizes.



  • Matt Tardy, Juggler/Performer
  • Stephanie's Face Painting
  • Ashley's Balloon Animals

Bounce House, Watermelon Eating Contest, Sack Race, 42 Tournament, Music, Free water, popcorn & cotton candy, Vendor Booths, Ice Cream, Fishing Pond, Petting Zoo, Humane Society Adoptions.

There will also be donation jars for Kye Carrillo. Kye is the 2 year old twin, of Jerry and Sherree Carrillo, along with twin sister Keelee and 12 year old big brother Fabian.

Kye has had a journey! He was born with multiple heart defects and was repaired with open heart surgery when he was 3 months old. He came home with his family for 15, months then the unthinkable happened...

On December 3, 2015 Kye and his mom, Sherree', were flown from Abilene Regional to Dallas Children's were Kye was diagnosed with stage 3 Hepatoblastoma, liver cancer. Going through chemotherapies and even a liver transplant, Kye had kept everyone on their toes.

Kye and mom are living in Dallas at the Ronald McDonald House, because Kye is too sick to come home still...and has acutely rejected. Luckily your liver regenerates, so we are praying it will start regenerating small bile ducts soon so he doesn't have to have another transplant

Medical illnesses don't stop bills from being due, or medical insurance premiums to be paid, along with travel to and from Dallas for the rest of the family. Prayers are definitely needed; any contributions would be greatly appreciated as well.

Kye also has a benefit account at Coleman County State Bank.

Ol' Time Fun!

Christian Family Ministries

“Faith working through love... to serve one another" - Galatians 5:6.13

​​​​​​by Whitney Alexander  

Christian Family Ministries, located at 519 W. Pecan in Coleman, has been “providing nutritious food to low income people of Coleman County with Christian love and support in collaboration with others who address basic human need” since 1986. The Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry was started by a group of individuals consisting of Graham Bevel, Robin Graves and Mary Alcala who identified a need for a “soup kitchen” for citizens of Coleman County. Bevel had always been an apt gardener and many of the meals provided in the “kitchen” consisted of fresh vegetables from his garden. It soon became apparent that the “kitchen” needed to be expanded as more and more people would show up for a home-cooked meal. Thus, a full hot meal function and delivery for those in need, was established.   Today, a person can visit Loaves and Fishes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:45am through 12pm to enjoy a delicious hot meal. The meals are carefully crafted with Christian love and support and the goal is to provide this service to the hungry and poor. Most of what is cooked is provided through donations from the community as no government funding is received. In fact, Board President, Tim Manley, is always expressing gratitude for the community support. “Without dedicated and generous individuals, none of this would be possible,” said Tim.   Donations come from various sources and a lot of what is donated is protein, especially venison. Hunters for the Hungry, administered by Central Texas Opportunities, are a big contributor, according to director Vicki Cook. She carefully plans the meals around the meat available and adds nutritious and delicious sides. “We operate on totally what is available,” stated Vicki.

Visitors have the option to take their meal to go or to sit down, cafeteria style, and enjoy their meal in the company of other guests. Over 500 meals are served monthly and that number has only been rising. In order to partake in the hot meals ministry each client must fill out an application showing a need for assistance. Once approved, the applicant is qualified for two full years. When the two years are up, the client must then re-apply. No one is denied food on his or her first application especially in case of emergency or home displacement.

Along with serving meals in the cafeteria a “Meals on Wheels” service is also conducted every Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteers will deliver food to the home bound, handicapped or persons without transportation. An average of 50 meals are delivered each month. Having been witness to the program, individuals who receive their meals are grateful, kind and eager to greet you. For many, these are some of the only social interactions they will receive throughout the week. Volunteers operate on a rotating delivery schedule so as not to tire anyone out. The route generally only takes about 30 minutes and many volunteers make use of their lunch hour to deliver.

With the success and implementation of the hot meals program, Loaves and Fishes added another ministry, the Food Pantry. The pantry provides supplemental and non-perishable food items to those in need of assistance in Coleman County. Their mission is to “provide these services to individuals and families who do not qualify for other assistance and whose income is insufficient to provide for their families”. Open the first and third Monday of each month from 9am-11am, individuals are allowed a certain amount of each food group and a volunteer assists them as they walk through the “store”. For many, this isn’t just for supplementation, but where most of their monthly food comes from. I had a chance to speak with several individuals at the pantry on how this ministry has helped them and I observed that many of the clients are of the elderly demographic and have no means or are unable to work. They state that without the pantry they are not sure how they would be eating for the month. Brenda Christian took a moment to chat with me and stated that since her husband was laid off, times have been especially tough. The pantry has been a huge help for herself, husband and mother. “When you are on Social Security, you only get so much help. This helps,” said Christian.

The Food Bank of West Central Texas comes once a month, usually the last Wednesday of the month, and brings fresh, perishable and frozen foods. The Mobile Pantry usually contains between 5,000-10,000 pounds of groceries including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, baked goods and staples that the pantry generally has on hand. The food is displayed on tables and clients walk around as if at a farmer’s market and select items that their family can use. This ensures that fresh food is going directly to those families in need.

One ministry that is more prominent than others due to its visibility is the Graham and Jean Bevel Community Garden located in front of the CFM building. Started in 2014 by Christian Family Ministries and through direct support from the Bevel family, community organizations, and individuals, the garden gives community members an opportunity to lease a garden bed to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs of their choice. The beds lease for $50 a calendar year and are limited to two beds per individual. All materials are provided including water, soil and some seeds for planting. There are also 4 handicap beds available for gardeners in wheelchairs or for those unable to garden in a regular bed.   The word “Community” in the garden’s name certainly rings true. The ACE Program from Coleman ISD regularly visits the garden to help with weed control and other improvements that are needed. The children get a chance to be hands on and learn about growing techniques and utilizing fresh food for meals. Teaching the younger generation that food doesn’t always come from a drive-thru, a box or a deep fryer will hopefully create a healthier and sustainable generation.

Chronic hunger is one of the primary reasons for poor performance and bad behavior in school age children. In an effort to deal with this problem in our local schools, Christian Family Ministries partnered with The Food Bank of West Central Texas and the Coleman Ministerial Network to provide Backpacks for Kids. This program provides nutritious, non-perishable food for children in need to take home on Fridays. The “backpack” provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks for Saturday and Sunday, ensuring the child will have an adequate meal over the weekend. The food is given to the parents when they pick up their children at the end of the school day.   Volunteers assemble twice a month to prepare the “backpacks” which in actuality are grocery sacks. All of the food is purchased through the food bank. Concerned and generous citizens provide funding for this program as with all the other programs under the Christian Family Ministries umbrella. Citizens can provide a child with one month of meals for only $18 per month or $162 for a whole year. Such a small amount can make a huge impact on a local level.

Each year the cost of school supplies continues to rise to exorbitant rates and for many, it is simply not in their budget. Christian Family Ministries School Supplies for Kids Program helps to offset the cost burden for families by providing school supplies to elementary, middle, and junior high school age children. In 2015, 43 children were provided school supplies. Many families have stated that without this program, they did not know how their children would be equipped to begin the school year.

Christian Family Ministries provides invaluable programs and resources for our community and have touched numerous lives. For many, these programs are not just superficial and a nice asset to the community, they are how families and individuals are able to eat. From the struggling senior citizen to the family of four that is just trying to make ends meet, these programs are a way of life. However, NONE of these programs would be available without the generous donations and countless volunteer hours that you, the community, have graciously given.

If you would like to become involved, whether through a donation, volunteering with the Backpack program, picking up a delivery route for meals, or helping with the Food Pantry, please visit the website at cfmcoleman.org or call 325-625-9913 for more information. Your time will be well spent and greatly appreciated.

Donations may be made on our website at cfmcoleman.org or by mail to P. O. Box 105, Coleman, TX, 76834.  Christian Family Ministries of Coleman County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  All donations are tax deductible.

Christian Family Ministries
Loaves & Fishes food pantry. Open once a month; usually the last Wednesday of every month.

Team USA

DownUnder Sports team USA. Picture taken before the All American 5K run. Good luck Marie!

Team USA

4th of July closings

The News Office and the City of Coleman, City Hall Offices will be closed Monday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

4th of July closings

4th of July in Trickham

4th of July in Trickham

CISD School Supply Fundraiser!


The CISD Foundation is doing their annual school supply fundraiser and time is running out!  Order your Coleman student’s school supply bag now, and it will be delivered to their school when school starts!  Let us do the shopping for you!

Order forms with payment can be turned in to the CISD Administration office and are due on July 6th.  Hurry, and order now!

Download "School Supplies PK-8 2016.docx"

10th annual Novice Fireworks & Freedom

10th Annual Fireworks and Freedom in Novice at the Novice Community Complex
July 2nd
Kids Games from 5pm-7pm
Live music and Dance “The Associates” will be playing from 7pm-9pm. Dance tickets are $7 each
FREE fireworks show at 9pm (band will resume playing afterwards)

City Wide Garage Sale starts at 8am, July 2nd
Turn in your garage sale listing to the Novice Store.
Maps available at the Novice Store. 



Any of these titles fit? We all have been in one category or another as far as the arts are concerned.  The Fine Arts League of Coleman County (24 years old) is the place where you can be ----  membership is as much as you want to make it. Be involved in the workings for art in the community, entry into art shows and exhibits, be a sponsor for an artist in the making, contributing to youth activities by teaching a method or procedure in painting/sculpting/glass making/photography, promoting art in all areas of the community.

Last year the Fine Arts League members participated in the Open Show at Heritage Hall, PRESENTED the 2015 Fiesta de la Paloma Art Show, painted clay pots for the Prickly Pear Festival display, created a 4ft x 5ft painting of a Cactus Wren which was sold at auction for the Art League Scholarship for a Coleman Co. School student. League members hosted a booth at the Petticoats on the Prairie and several items were sold to benefit the League’s scholarship Fund. Members also entered and brought home awards from area art shows – our participation in those art events also brings those artists to Coleman for the Fiesta Art Show every October, and maybe SHOP IN DOWNTOWN COLEMAN! ?
So if you  are a “used to be” or “wanna be”, or “wish I were” the Fine Arts League is ready to help you and you can be a “gonna be” artist!

The Fine Arts League welcomes you and needs your input/efforts and ideas/suggestions on how Art can make a difference in COLEMAN COUTY!

Fine Arts League of Coleman Co.
Marian Johnson, Publicity

Coleman County FSA Acreage Reporting Dates for 2016

Coleman County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Curtis L. Garrett announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below for 2016.

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Coleman County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline," said Garrett.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Coleman County:
July 15, 2016: Grain Sorghum, Cotton, Corn, Millet, Sorghum Forage, Sesame and Fallow acres

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

  • If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
  • If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.
  • If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.

According to Garrett, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Coleman County FSA office at 325-625-4197 extension 2.

Coleman Resident arrested after brief foot pursuit

by Sgt. Doug Butler

On June 20, 2016 Officers of the Coleman Police Department responded to the 600 block of West 4th Street in reference to a disturbance.

Once Officers arrived, contact was made with a male and female subject.  Through the investigation it was determined that the altercation was physical.

During the course of the investigation approximately 84 grams of Methamphetamine, over one ounce of marijuana, and several firearms were located. After the male was placed into custody he escaped by running out the front door, but was captured a few blocks away after a brief foot pursuit.

49 year old Calvin Joel Polk was arrested for a 1st degree Felony Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Drug Free Zone, 2nd degree Felony Delivery of Marijuana-Drug Free Zone, 3rd degree Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 2nd degree Felony Escape.

Further charges may be pending on Polk after further investigations are complete. 

Coleman Resident arrested after brief foot pursuit

Two arrested in Coleman this weekend

by Sgt. Doug Butler

​​​​​​On June 19th 2016 Officers with the Coleman Police Department responded to a call in the 600 block of North Neches in reference to a white female loitering in the business for several hours.  Officers made contact with the female and identified her as 52 year old Melinda Drake of Coleman.  After a computer check on Drake it was found that Drake had a warrant out of Dayton Police Department for Larceny. After Drake was arrested for the warrant Officers asked Drake if she had any illegal substances on her.  Drake stated that she had some Tramadol in her pocket. When Officers checked her pocket a metal container was located.  When the container was checked Officers located the Tramadol pills and a small plastic baggie that contained approximately .8 grams of Methamphetamine. Drake transported to the Coleman City Jail for the warrant and the State Jail Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance.

On June 20th 2016 Officers with the Coleman Police Department received a call from the 900 block of North Neches in reference to a possible use of a fake identification card.  When Officers arrived at the business the subject had already left.  A description of the vehicle was given and located moments later.  The vehicle was pulled over for a traffic violation.  After Officers spoke with the individuals in the car it was determined that there was not a fake identification card on the individuals. While Officers were talking with the individuals’ one of them appeared to be nervous. The occupants of the vehicle were asked if there were any illegal narcotics in the vehicle.  One of the occupants told Officers that they did not but they had some marijuana in there Motel room that they were staying at.  The occupants agreed to let Officers follow them to a Motel room in the 2800 block of North Neches. Once at the Motel consent was given to the Officers to search the room.  Once inside the room Officers located .16 grams of Methamphetamine, scales and several small plastic baggies.  23 year old Alberto Lopez of Dallas was arrested for a 1st degree Felony Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance >4grams < 200 grams.     

Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

“Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture, to get involved in this year's elections. We have seen an increase in the number of qualified nominees, especially among women and minorities, and I hope that trend continues.”

To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated.

Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2016 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016.

FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 7, 2016. Ballots must be returned to the local county office via mail or in person by Dec. 5, 2016. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2017.

Nationwide, there are approximately 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. These individuals make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, and other agricultural issues. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers, and members serve three-year terms.

To learn more about county committees, contact your local FSA county office or visit http://offices.usda.gov to find a county office near you.

Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. USDA has also provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.

2016 Mutton Bustin' Champs

Thursday - Heidi Webb
Friday - Savannah Hurtado
Saturday - J.T. Moffat

All winners are pictured with 2016 Rodeo Queen, Kensi Bledsoe.


Students Learn Babysitting Basics & More 

Coleman County Medical Center will offer Safe Sitter® courses for young teens 11 and up on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Coleman County Medical Center in the Dining Room. Registration deadline is Monday, July 4, 2016.   You may obtain the forms needed from the Coleman County Medical Center Facebook page and/or HERE

Over 650,000 adolescent babysitters have graduated from the medically-accurate program which instills students with confidence as they learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. The cost of the course is $10. Call Sandra Ratliff, RNC-OB at 325-625-2135 to register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter. 

The up-to-date curriculum provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. They also learn basic first aid as well as how to perform infant and child choking rescue. They even learn CPR. 

To graduate from the Safe Sitter® course and receive a completion card, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and life and safety skills.

For more information about the Safe Sitter® organization, contact National Headquarters at 800-255-4089 or visit www.safesitter.org.

Coleman County K-9, Nica, makes drug bust

Coleman County Sheriff’s Department responded to a reckless driver complaint on US 67/84 east of Santa Anna.

K-9 Unit Nica, deployed on the vehicle where positive indication was given. Search of the vehicle revealed approximately 248 grams of methamphetamines and a substantial amount of US currency.

Riggin Gideon Valley of Mineral Wells, Texas was arrested for Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance. Penalty Group 1 greater than or equal to 200 grams, less than 400 grams. 

Coleman County K-9, Nica, makes drug bust

Brownwood man arrested in Coleman; charged with 2nd degree felony

Brownwood man arrested in Coleman; charged with 2nd degree felony
Christopher Burfield, 32, of Brownwood. Photo Courtesy of Coleman PD.

On June 13th 2016 at about 12:23 am 32 year old Christopher Burfield of Brownwood was arrested in the 500 block of South Commercial Ave. for a 2nd degree felony of Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine).

The arrest occurred after Burfield was pulled over for a traffic violation by an Officer with the Coleman Police Department.  Burfield was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and a small plastic baggie of methamphetamine in his pocket and was then arrested.

During a search of the vehicle revealed several more plastic baggies containing various amounts of methamphetamines.

Burfield was transported to the Coleman City Jail on the 2nd degree Felony.   

Rodeo Parade Results

Floats - Out of Town
1st Place – Wallace & Allene
2nd Place – DeBusk Family Float

Floats - In Town
1st Place – Hall’s Processing
2nd Place – Beauty Queens

Decorated Vehicles / Antique Vehicles - Local
1st Place – Charlotte Purl
2nd Place – JV Cheerleaders

Decorated Vehicles / Antique Vehicles - Out of Town
1st Place – 1943 T Bucket
2nd Place – Miss Ballinger

1st Place – Callahan Co. Riding Club
2nd Place -

Decorated Bicycles / Go Carts /Etc.
1st Place – Country Cousins
2nd Place – DeBusk Family

Walkers / Marching Groups /  Clowns / Dancers / Bands
1st Place – Rodeo Clown & Announcer
2nd Place - Sonic

Riding Clubs
1st Place – Coleman Co. Cowgirls
2nd Place – Lone Star Ladies

Individual Riders
1st Place – Kensi Bledsoe
2nd Place - Hailee Foster

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance to Texas Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Severe Weather

(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) - June 3, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Texas State Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, reminds farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by flooding, high winds, and hail in Texas, that USDA has several programs which provide assistance before, during, and after disasters.  USDA staff in regional, State and county offices are ready to help.  

FSA administers many safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) and the Tree Assistance Program.  The Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. Producers located in counties that received a primary or contiguous disaster designation are eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. Compensation also is available to producers who purchased coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which protects non-insurable crops against natural disasters that result in lower yields, crop losses or prevented planting.  USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to contact their local FSA office to learn what documents can help the local office expedite assistance, such as farm records, receipts and pictures of damages or losses. 

Producers should use form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility. Prevented planting acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA). Producers must file a Notice of Loss for failed acres on all crops including grasses in a timely fashion, often within 15 days of the occurrence or when the losses become apparent. Producers of hand-harvested crops must notify FSA of damage or loss within 72 hours of when the date of damage or loss first becomes apparent.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) also can help producers with damaged agricultural lands caused by natural disasters such as floods. The NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial assistance to repair and prevent excessive soil erosion that can result from high rainfall events and flooding. Conservation practices supported through EQIP protect the land and aid in recovery, can build the natural resource base, and might help mitigate loss in future events. For declared natural disasters that lead to imminent threats to life and property, NRCS can assist local government sponsors with the cost of implementing recovery efforts like debris removal and streambank stabilization to address natural resource concerns and hazards through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.

Producers with coverage through the RMA administered federal crop insurance program should contact their crop insurance agent. Those who purchased crop insurance will be paid for covered losses.   Producers should report crop damage within 72 hours of damage discovery and follow up in writing within 15 days.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) coordinates with state, local and voluntary organizations to provide food for shelters and other mass feeding sites.  FNS also can issue Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits when the President declares a major disaster with individual assistance under the Stafford Act. States must request approval from FNS to issue D-SNAP benefits in areas affected by a disaster. 

Under certain circumstances, states also can release, with FNS approval, USDA Foods to disaster relief agencies to distribute directly to households that are in need.   However, a request by a State Governor and a Presidential emergency or disaster declaration are required in order to trigger disaster assistance under the Stafford Act. 

When floods destroy or severely damage residential property, USDA Rural Development (RD) can assist with providing priority hardship application processing for single family housing.  Under a disaster designation, RD can issue a priority letter for next available multi-family housing units.  RD also provides low-interest loans to community facilities, water environmental programs, businesses and cooperatives and to rural utilities.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides support for disaster education through the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).  EDEN’s goal is to improve the nation’s ability to mitigate, prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from disasters.  Through the land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension System across the nation, EDEN links Extension educators from various disciplines to share research-based resources to reduce the impact of disasters.

Severe weather forecasts often present the possibility of power outages that could compromise the safety of stored food.  The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recommends that consumers take the necessary steps before, during, and after a power outage to reduce food waste and minimize the risk of foodborne illness.  FSIS offers tips for keeping frozen and refrigerated food safe and a brochure that can be downloaded and printed for reference at home.  For additional questions, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET or visit AskKaren.gov to chat live with a food safety specialist, available in English and Spanish.

For complete details and eligibility requirements regarding USDA’s disaster assistance programs, contact a local USDA Service Center (http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app).  More information about USDA disaster assistance (http://www.usda.gov/documents/fact-sheet-usda-programs-assist-individuals-small-businesses.pdf) as well as other disaster resources is available on the USDA Disaster Resource Center website.  In a continuing effort to better serve the public, USDA has developed a new and improved central resource for disaster related materials. In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations, USDA created a Disaster Resource Center (http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=disaster-help) website, utilizing a new online searchable knowledgebase.  This knowledgebase is a collection of disaster-related resources that are powered by agents with subject-matter expertise. The new Disaster Resource Center website and web tool now provide an easy access point to find USDA disaster information and assistance.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

Ranch Realty welcomes new Agent!

Ranch Realty welcomes new Agent!

Ranch Realty of Coleman is pleased to introduce our newest agent, Glenda Kenney.

Glenda is new to real estate, but has 20+ years sales experience.  Glenda is a lifelong resident of Coleman County and a graduate of Santa Anna High School. 

Buying or selling, she will be happy to help you with all of your real estate needs.  Give her a call at 325-642-1504 or email her at glk546@yahoo.com

Sam Silverstein Speaks to Coleman County

Sam Silverstein Speaks to Coleman County

Sam Silverstein came to Coleman last week by invitation of the Coleman Community Coalition and several partners to encourage local business leaders and community partners to focus on making Coleman a Community with a vision.

Sam Silverstein is founder & CEO of Sam Silverstein Inc., an accountability think tank dedicated to helping companies create an organizational culture that prioritizes and inspires accountability.

Based on helping organizations develop what they believe in, clarify their mission, and understand what is in their control, Sam works to make this a more accountable world.

Mr. Silverstein is the author of several books including Non-Negotiable, No More Excuses, and Making Accountable Decisions.  He speaks internationally, having worked with teams at companies, government agencies, communities and organizations both big & small.

The meeting was held at the Bill Franklin Center.  Approximately 85 invited guest participated in the Round Table.  Participants also made comments and shared in discussion after the presentation by Mr. Silverstein.

Lunch was served by Joe & Sharon Watson and the meal was co-sponsored by the following local businesses: Coleman Chronicle & DV, Terrace INN, Mark & Jane Price, Taylor/Hetzel Real Estate & Champions Car Wash, Joe & Sandra Rose, Coleman County State Bank, Coleman Inter Bank, Williams Tire & Automotive Center, Shoppin Baskit, Coleman County Electric Co-Op, Wendlee Broadcasting/KSTA, Nancy Emmert, Bonneville, Rafter X Ranch/Knox Law, Coleman County Medical Center, Central Texas Farm Credit.

Kim Little, Executive Director of the Coleman Community Coalition said, “Thanks to everyone that participated by attending or sponsoring the meal.  Plans are being made for a follow-up to the Round Table.”  

Chamber Fundraisers

The Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture & Tourist Bureau 2016 Fundraiser is under way.  By purchasing a ticket for a $10.00 donation, you have a chance to be the lucky winner of a 7 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer, donated by Bargain House Furniture and a $500 Gift Certificate donated by Shoppin; Baskit and the Coleman Chamber of Commerce.

The Coleman Chamber of Commerce also has a second Fund Raiser that many will be interested in.  By purchasing a $10.00 donation, you have the chance to be the lucky winner of a signed George Strait Priefert roping chute that was used in the 2016 George Strait Team Roping Classic, donated by John and Christi Robertson.

Tickets are available at the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce office, which is located at 218 Commercial Ave., or you may contact any Coleman County Chamber of Commerce Director.  Directors are:  Jeromy Watson, Tammy Casey, Christi Robertson, Sandra Barr, Nina Childress, Leslie Cross, Lana Kading, Renea McMillan, Becky Reynolds, John Stanislaw, Weldon Thompson, and Connie Turner.

The Freezer will be given away on June 11, 2016, the Saturday night of the Annual PRCA Rodeo.  The Chute will be given away on October 1, 2016 at the Fiesta de la Paloma.

For more information, contact the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce office at (325) 625-2163 or come by 218 Commercial Avenue.

Ice Cream Winners for Funtier Days

Ice Cream Winners for Funtier Days
(L-R) Avery Helton, Sabrina Lawrence and Amanda Wise

First place winner - Sabrina Lawrence, Strawberry Banana Pecan - Prize money $300.00
Second Place - Avery Helton, Big Red Elmo - Prize money $200.00
Third Place - Amanda Wise, Banana Nut - Prize Money  $100.00

Fiesta de la Paloma Exhibit Lists Now Available

Lists for the exhibits at the Fiesta de la Paloma are now available at the Coleman County Agri Life Extension Office in the courthouse and at the Chamber of Commerce.  Rules and regulations are included in this list.

The exhibits are sponsored by the Coleman County Extension Association again this year and will be in the Bill Franklin Center, Saturday, Oct. 1st.  Anyone, adults and youth, from Coleman County may enter.  Several departments can be entered with three age classifications in each.  These include quilting, knitting, crocheting, crafts, food preparation, food preservation, needlework, embroidery, clothing construction, photography, and Grandparents Brag.  Entries must be completed within the last 12 months.

Further information may be obtained by calling the county Agri Life extension office at 325-625-4519.

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!

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.

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

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

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