Happy Valentine's Day - 2016

Happy Valentine's Day - 2016

The Fine Arts League of Coleman County contributed their talents to a fun project for the residents of Holiday Hill. The Art group met and created Valentines (of all kinds)  to be distributed  for Valentine’s Day.

Fine Arts League Project Director, Ruth Ann Taylor, provided some materials and lots of creative unusual ideas for the League members to follow.  Some 86+ valentines were created and delivered to Elaine Henderson, Assistant Activity Director, for distribution to the ladies and gentlemen of Holiday Hill.

Thanks to the  Holiday Hill staff for giving the League the opportunity to contribute to the fun and pleasure  of the residents.  It was, indeed, our pleasure to do so.

Fine Arts League of Coleman County
Marian Johnson, Publicity

USDA To Offer Certificates for Farm Commodities Pledged to Marketing Loans

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that producers who have crops pledged as collateral for a marketing assistance loan can now purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. The authority is provided by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, legislation enacted by Congress in December. Commodity certificates are available beginning with the 2015 crop in situations where the applicable marketing assistance loan rate exceeds the exchange rate. Currently, the only eligible commodity is cotton.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) routinely provides agricultural producers with marketing assistance loans that provide interim cash flow without having to sell the commodities when market prices are at harvest time lows.  The loans allow the producer to store and delay the sale of the commodity until more favorable market conditions emerge, while also providing for a more orderly marketing of commodities throughout the marketing year.

These loans are considered “nonrecourse” because the loan can be redeemed by delivering the commodity pledged as collateral to the government as full payment for the loan upon maturity. Commodity certificates are available to loan holders having outstanding nonrecourse loans for wheat, upland cotton, rice, feed grains, pulse crops (dry peas, lentils, large and small chickpeas), peanuts, wool, soybeans and designated minor oilseeds.  These certificates can be purchased at the posted county price (or adjusted world price or national posted price) for the quantity of commodity under loan, and must be immediately exchanged for the collateral, satisfying the loan.

Producers may contact their FSA office that maintains their loan or their loan service agent for additional information. Producers who do business with Cooperative Marketing Associations (CMA) or Designated Marketing Associations (DMA) may contact their respective associations for additional information.  To learn more about commodity certificates, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport or contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.  

Agenda Coleman EDC, Inc.

Regular Board Meeting Chamber of Commerce Board Room • 218 S Commercial Coleman, TX

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 4:00 PM

CALL TO ORDER: ROY POAGE--PRESIDENT

WELCOME TO VISITORS AND GUESTS:

RECEIVING  AN INQUIRY BY A VISITOR:
  Visitors will be limited to no more that (5) minutes to address the Board concerning an inquiry as follows:
1.  If, at a meeting of a governmental body, a member of the public or of the governmental body inquires about a subject for which notice has not been given as required by this subchapter, the notice provisions of this subchapter do not apply to:
(a) a statement of specific factual information given in response to the inquiry; or
(b) a recitation of existing policy in response to the inquiry.
2. Any deliberation of or decision about the subject of the inquiry shall be limited to a proposal to place the subject on the agenda for a subsequent meeting.


APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING:

Board will consider approval of minutes of 1/19/16 and 1/28/16.  The Board may take any action deemed necessary – Roy Poage

FINANCIAL REPORT:

Harold Skelton, the board’s accountant and Treasurer, will present the monthly financial report for the CEDC.  The Board may take any action deemed necessary – Roy Poage and Harold Skelton

REGULAR BOARD MEETING:

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the possible underfunding of TWC Grant by the CEDC to CTO in the amount of $ 7,177.40.  Roy Poage,  Harold Skelton, and Hanna Adams.

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the amendment to the 2015-2016 Budget to be recommended to the City Council for approval at their next meeting.  Roy Poage and Harold Skelton

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the presentation by the Executive Director of the annual plan and goals for 2016 which are to include a profile of each business being recruited and a plan for attracting businesses and industry to Coleman.  The main thrust of the plan should be to bring new jobs to Coleman that will permanently bolster the business climate throughout the city.  The final plan to be presented to the board for its approval.  Roy Poage and Kim Little

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the Texas Workforce Commission reports for CTO, JAL and Wind Clean.  Roy Poage and Harold Skelton

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the Performance Agreement between Wind Clean and the CEDC dated August 1, 2013.  Roy Poage and Pat Chesser

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director for 2015.  Roy Poage

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the payment of the Executive Director’s salary through direct deposit.  Roy Poage and Harold Skelton

The CEDC Board of the City of Coleman reserves the right to adjourn into Executive Session at any time during the course of this meeting to discuss items 4, 5, 6, and 7 above as authorized by Texas Government Code Section;  551.071,  551.087 and 551.074.  Roy Poage

Upon returning to open session, the CEDC Board may take any action it deems appropriate regarding the matters as discussed in the Executive Session under items 4, 5, 6, and 7.  Roy Poage

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the drainage problem at the industrial park.  Roy Poage and Monte Merriman
                 
The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the appointment of a committee to work with JAL and Coleman Filter.  Roy Poage

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the renewal of Long’s Aircraft hangar lease.  Roy Poage and Pat Chesser

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the upgrading of the CEDC and the CCC web site and the termination of the Social 180 contract.  Roy Poage and Kim Little

The CEDC Board may consider, discuss, or take actions concerning the monthly report by the Executive Director.   Roy Poage and Kim Little

BOARD AND STAFF COMMENTS:
 
THE BOARD MEMBERS MAY DISCUSS AND/OR TAKE ACTIONS REGARDING ANY ITEM LISTED ON THIS AGENDA (ONLY THOSE ITEMS LISTED MAY BE PRESENTED AND DISCUSSED BY A MEMBER OF THE CEDC STAFF AND OR BOARD MEMBERS)

ITEMS TO BE COVERED BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

Planning Retreat follow-up
ALCO/Shopko Report
Web Site implementation
Cool and Connected
Workforce—Task force
2016 Housing & Services Partnership Academy
Strategic Plan

Adjournment of the Meeting.

The CEDC Board of the City of Coleman reserves the right to adjourn into Executive Session at any time during the course of this meeting to discuss any of the matters as listed above, as authorized by Texas Government Code Sections:  551.071 (Consultation with the Board’s attorney), 551.072 (Deliberations about Real Property), 551.074(Personnel Matters), 551.087 (Economic Development).


I Monte Merriman do hereby certify that the above notice of a meeting of the CEDC Board of Directors for the City of Coleman, Texas is a true and correct copy of the said notice and that a said copy of this notice was then posted on the front window of the City Hall and Chamber of Commerce of said City in Coleman, Texas in a location convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times, and said notice was posted on ___________, 2016 at _______ A.M. and remained so posted continuously at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.

_______________________________
Monte Merriman,  Secretary CEDC

The CEDC is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonable accommodations and equal access to communication will be provided to those who provide notice to the CEDC Secretary by calling 325-625-2163 or by going by 218 Commercial Avenue, Coleman, Texas 76834, during normal business hours at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the scheduled meeting. 

Convenience Center

The Convenience Center will ONLY be accepting brush this Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Town & Country Women’s Fair Scheduled – February 23

“If you eat and wear clothes, you are involved in agriculture.”  This is the slogan for the 18th annual Town and Country Women’s Fair scheduled for Tuesday, February 23 in conjunction with the Texas Farm Ranch Wildlife Expo.  The Women’s Fair will be held in the Display Building on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center.  The Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Committee has planned a day filled with educational programs and creative ideas to promote agricultural food and fiber products.  Plan to join women from Abilene and the surrounding area for a day of fun and useful information.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the event will conclude at 2:00 p.m.  The day is free to the public and the conference facilities are accessible for the physically disabled. You may spend the entire day or pick and choose the sessions you want to attend.
Hayden Nix, KTXS-TV Meteorologist, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for this years’ event.  He will kick off the day at 9:00 a.m. with Big Country Master Gardener, Beth Hamaty discussing “No Mow Lawns”.  This session will look at alternative types of lawns that will save time and money while keeping the property looking nice.

Participants will learn creative ways to organize the multitude of things in our homes during the 10:00 a.m. program “Home Storage Solutions”. Presenting the program will be Joe Welsh of Home Depot in Abilene.  Come and learn what you can do to systemize your stuff.

Lorrie Coop, County Extension Agent/FCS in Knox County will be presenting a program “Freezer Pleasers”.  She will be sharing how to utilize your freezer to prepare meals that can save you time as well as saving money.  In addition, participants will learn how to make healthy eating easier through the concept of Freezer Cooking.  “Freezer Pleasers” will begin at 11:00
a.m.

Following the sponsored luncheon, Wild Ones Boutique of Tuscola will provide a look at the newest in fashions through a style and accessory show. They will also have a vendor booth if anyone wishes to purchase any of the fashions.

The afternoon will showcase “Trail of Threads” beginning at 1:00 p.m. Gay Ann Young, Quilt Designer, will share steps to planning and creating memorable award winning quilts and wall hangings.  Her creative style will offer many options for making unique quilts.
Attendees will receive a take-home bag of information, samples, coupons, and goodies. Local, area, state, and national businesses are providing door prizes for the event which will be drawn for throughout the day.  A variety of vendors and educational booths will also be on hand throughout the day featuring information and sale items.

Sponsors of this year’s event are:  Lawrence Hall Abilene; Texas Wheat Producers; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; and the Abilene Chamber of Commerce.  We hope you will join us on February 23 for the Town and Country Women’s Fair in the Display Building on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center.

For more information, contact the Taylor County Extension Office at (325) 672-6048.

​Deadline for The College PASS (Prepare, Apply, Select, and Succeed) is February 15

The deadline for registration for The College PASS (Prepare, Apply, Select, and Succeed) is Monday, February 15. This event will provide much-needed information about college preparation and financial aid for students and families in the Big Country area. The event is free for participants and is open to all. Guests are not required to apply to McMurry in order to participate.

Six Abilene sponsors will join McMurry University in hosting The College PASS [Prepare, Apply, Select, and Succeed] from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20. The sponsors are the Abilene Educational Foundation, The Hispanic Leadership Council, Davis Kinard and Co. PC, Sam Spence, D.D.S., Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, and the Abilene Community Foundation.

During this event, juniors and seniors from Region XIV school districts and the surrounding area will learn about preparing for college, applying for college, selecting the right career path and university, and how to be successful. The financial aid team will be set up in Jay-Rollins Library all day to help students and parents complete their FAFSA and/or answer questions about the FAFSA.
Guest speakers will cover topics ranging from: preparing the student for college in their junior year of high school, how to fund higher education, preparing your taxes for college reporting, insurance, medical concerns, applying for college, successful essays, admissions, financial aid, loans, scholarships, defining majors, budgeting, and how to be successful in college.

From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., businesses, organizations and other universities will be available to visit with College PASS participants and their families.

For more information on the College PASS, please contact McMurry University Financial Aid Director Lori Herrick at 325-793-4978 or email herrick.lori@mcm.edu.

City Council Re-Cap

The City Council of Coleman held a regular scheduled meeting on Thursday, February 4th, at 6pm. All council members were in attendance along with City Attorney, Pat Chesser, and City Secretary, Karen Langley. Meeting was called to order promptly at 6pm and no visitors had submitted requests to speak to the council concerning matters not on the agenda.
    The first item on the agenda in "New Business", was a discussion to convert raw water disinfection from Lake Scarborough and Lake Coleman, from free chlorine to chlorine dioxide. Due to engineer, Charles Keith, from Jacob and Martin Engineering, being unable to attend the meeting, this item was tabled and would be put on the next agenda.
    The approval of the 4-A Coleman Economic Development Corporation's by-laws was next on the agenda. Board President, Roy Poage, addressed the council and recommended that the proposed by-laws be approved. City Manager, Paul Catoe, had several recommended changes for 4-A, including adding the wording "revenues and expenditures" to the financial budget and report and suggested that the financial audit be conducted by the same entity as the city and Senior Center. The board made a motion to accept 4-A's bylaws. Motion passed 4-0.
    Next was the consideration/approval of the 4-B Coleman Community Coalition by-laws. A few key differences were pointed out between the two boards, but they were not changed. This included that the Executive Director creates the agenda for 4-B, whereas the secretary for 4-A creates theirs. 4-B has a $10,000 limit for un-budgeted expenditures, before council approval is needed, 4-A has $5,000. 4-B board member, Bill Hennig, commented that approval of the $10,000 limit was given to the board when the city demolition project commenced. These by-laws were approved 4-0.
    Bids were received and opened for the purchase of two new or used police package vehicles, one new or used chipper machine and one new or used street sweeper. The following bids were awarded:
Defender Supply, Aubrey, Tx. $88,333,23
    Two police package pickup trucks
Johnny Matthews, Premier, Tx. $33,280,12
    One Wood Chipper
Industrial Disposal Supply Co. Plano, Tx. $132,550
                One Street Sweeper
    City Manager spoke on seeking proposals for the preparation of a lease/purchase agreement for the capital outlay items above. The difference in a 7-year agreement and a 10-year agreement was $18,973.20. A motion was made to accept the 7-year agreement. Motion passed 4-0. The agreements will be presented at the February 18th meeting.
    Judge Robert J. Nash presented a report of the usage of the city's website. The website contains over 1,263 files and 248 pages. In the last 6 months there were 76,011 page views, 37,491 sessions, where people are navigating to multiple pages, not just one, and over 200 website views per day.
    Top 5 most viewed pages: Budget Audit, budget, employment application, active warrants and job postings. Top downloaded items: Annual water drinking report and the budget audit. Something that Judge Nash brought to the council's attention was over 10,000 sessions conducted from Beijing, China. These numbers however are attributed to robot search engines. The report indicated that the city website has minimal appeal to hackers due to their being no links that led to hard to find information such as bank statements, wages, payrolls, legal findings etc. Report was accepted as presented.
    Jessie Mills Jr. gave a presentation about foam roofing to be the possible replacement for the City Hall roof. He stressed the benefits of the light weight foam, which include cutting utility costs by 20%, virtually no hail damage, made from soy beans and eco-friendly and cracking issues are essentially not a problem. A motion was made to authorize the City Manager to advertise for bids.
    Moving on to "Old Business", one bid was received for the lease of the Adele Adams Property, from Wayne Schneider, for $109.06 per year. Motion was made to approve the bid. Motion passed 4-0.
    Resolution 16-03, provides that the City of Coleman approves the Civil Rights forms for the Planning and Building Capacity Grant, as approved in Resolution 16-02. A motion was made to accept this resolution and motion carried.
    A motion was made to approve the revision of the Administrative Contract with A&J Howco Services and the Engineering Contract with Jacob and Martin Ltd., to include and correct an Equal Opportunity Clause in accordance with Executive Order #11246. Motion passed 4-0.
    Council adjourned into executive session at 8:23pm. Upon returning to open session at 9:12pm it was stated that AEP has agreed to handle the issue of a transmission operator and will no longer require the city to hire and facilitate such an employee. Meeting adjourned at 9:18pm. 

Burn Ban

On Monday, February 8, 2016 the Commissioner's Court of Coleman County, due to dry weather conditions, voted unanimously to place the burn ban back into effect.

Burn Ban

Coleman ISD will host two girls’ Bi-District Playoff games

Coleman ISD will host the girls’ Bi-District Playoff game between Bangs and Clyde on Monday, February 15th at 6:00 p.m.

Coleman ISD will host two girls’ Bi-District Playoff games on Tuesday, February 16th.
6:00 p.m. - Eula  vs. Rochelle (1A)
7:30 p.m. – Stamford vs. Miles (2A)
Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

 

Are you interested in serving on a school board?

The Texas Association of School Boards is offering four webinar training opportunities titled Preparing to Serve: A Webinar for School Board Candidates.  This workshop will help individuals interested in running for their local school board understand what is involved in being elected to and serving on the local school board. Learn the difference between the board’s and staff’s responsibilities, how to campaign constructively, and where to find information about being a candidate.

There is no cost to participate, but preregistration is required.
Preparing to Serve: A Webinar for School Board Candidates:
February 22, 2016
Noon–1 p.m. (register now )
6:30-7:30 p.m. (register now)

March 24, 2016
Noon–1 p.m. (register now )
6:30-7:30 p.m. (register now )
For complete details go to TASB Training or contact TASB at 800.580.8272, ext. 6191.

Coleman Basketball

by Bob Sortwell

Girls Varsity Basketball
Coleman Bluekatts VS Early Longhorns

  The last time these two teams met, the score ended with the Bluekatts 53, to the Longhorns 41.
  This time the Longhorns came away with a win. Early scored 51 points. This time however, the Bluekatts ended with the 41 point score.
  Coleman Bluekatts and the Early Longhorns have been longtime rivals for decades. They always seem to play the game with an extra amount of energy. Both trying to wear the other out first. Neither team is willing to give even one point at all.
FINAL SCORE: Early 51 to Coleman 41.


Boys Varsity Basketball
Coleman Bluecats VS Early Longhorns

  The Coleman Boys' Varsity takes on the Early Boys' Varsity. This game was another "push to the end" type of game.
  The last time these two teams met, the game was more like a track sprint instead of a basketball game. Both teams altering between man to man defense to a zone defense.
  The Bluecats jumped out to an early lead. This lead would hold up through the duration of the game.
  The final score was the Bluecats 70 and the Longhorns 45. A game worth watching.

Scoring by quarters:
First Quarter: Bluecats 18 to Longhorns 11.
Second Quarter: Bluecats 19 to Longhorns 22.
Third Quarter: Bluecats 16 to Longhorns 5.
Fourth Quarter: Bluecats 17 to Longhorns 7.


Coleman Stats:

#3 C. Norris 21 points.
#5 B. Hammonds 13 points.
#12 X. Nunez 11 points.
#15 T. Holloway 10 points.
#21 T. Sartain 6 points.
#24 D. Hunter 4 points.
#32 M. Burkey 3 points.
#35 S. Eatson 2 points.

Johnson City Library's 8th Writers' Conference

“PLACE AS A CHARACTER”

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 9:00 AM-3:00PM

$40 REGISTRATION iNCLUDES LUNCH

Sponsored by Friends of the JC Library to benefit library programs

Registration forms on line www.jclibrarysite.orgcall 830.868.4469, or e-mail Maggie Goodman at johnsoncitylibrary@verizon.net

9AM-10 AM – REGISTRATION, COFFEE and EXHIBIT: JOHNSON CITY LIBRARY, 501 NUGENT (at the stoplight in town, Nugent, turn north. Two blocks past the square, turn left under the metal arch that says LBJ High School). 
10 AM-12 Noon- round table panel discussion (First United Methodist Church, 105 LBJ Dr.)
12-1:00 – lunch and networking
1:30-3:00 – workshop with author of choice

Guest Authors:
Michael Hall – Non-Fiction
LIZ GARTON SCANLON-YOUTH FICTION
AMANDA ERYE WARD – FICTION

SPONSORED BY
THE WRITERS’ LEAGUE OF TEXAS

“Texas Writers” AVAILABLE FROM FEBRUARY 8 – MARCH 8 DURING REGULAR LIBRARY HOURS.

OPENING RECEPTION
February 16, 4:30-6:30pm

“Texas Writers” surveys the vitality and breadth of creative writing in Texas from mid-twentieth century to the present day in a series of panels. Topics covered in the panels include:
Katherine Anne Porter, Larry McMurtry,  Horton Foote, Elmer Kelton, John Graves, Sportswriters, Screenwriters , Americo Paredes, Cormac McCarthy, and Sandra Cisneros, The Mexican Texan/Mexican American voice, African Texan writers, Writers for children and youth, Poetry, stories, essays, and memoirs, The Magazines, Science fiction and fantasy, mysteries

Made possible by a grant from Humanities Texas. 

Heart Disease Prevention the Focus of National Heart Month

Coleman, Texas (February 5, 2016) – The physicians at Coleman Medical Associates would like to encourage everyone in Coleman County to “Take care of your Valentine by taking care of your Heart” during National Heart Month.

“With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, February is the perfect month to remind our patients that heart disease is the number one cause of death among both men and women in the U.S., killing over 370,000 persons annually,” said Darron Atwood, M.D.  “Although this statistic is alarming, there is a lot each of us can do to help prevent heart disease,” he continued.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the risk of heart disease can be lowered and the likelihood of a heart attack reduced through managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, getting active, eating better and losing weight and stop smoking.

    “The heart association calls this list ‘Life’s Simple 7’ but we know it is not always simple or easy to make changes in lifestyle,” explained John Horner, MD.  “We work closely with our patients to develop individual prevention plans with goals that they can achieve.”

Getting immediate help when you think you might be having a heart attack is also key to reducing heart disease death rates, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  “Any time you think you might be having heart attack symptoms or a heart attack, don't ignore it or feel embarrassed to call 911 for emergency medical care.”

    Not all heart attacks begin with the sudden, crushing chest pain that often is shown on TV or in the movies notes the NHLBI.  For example, in one study one-third of the patients who had heart attacks had no chest pain. These patients were more likely to be older, female, or diabetic.

The symptoms of a heart attack can vary from person to person, but the most common symptoms include:

Chest pain or discomfort.  Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest. The discomfort usually lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. It can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. It also can feel like heartburn or indigestion. The feeling can be mild or severe.

Upper body discomfort.  You may feel pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, shoulders, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach (above the belly button).

Shortness of breath.  This may be your only symptom, or it may occur before or along with chest pain or discomfort. It can occur when you are resting or doing a little bit of physical activity.

“We wish everyone in Coleman County a Happy Valentine’s Day,” said Cathy DeLeon, clinic manager, “and want to remind you to please take care of your hearts!”  

For more information on heart disease and help with the identification and management of your risk factors or those of a loved one, please schedule an appointment with one of the providers at Coleman Medical Associates:  325-625-3533.

Heart Disease Prevention the Focus of National Heart Month

11th Annual Search for the Stars

The Eleventh  annual Search 4 The Stars is coming up in Coleman, Texas. Mrs. Barbara Brown and the C.H. Hale Prostate Cancer Foundation will be hosting their tenth annual Search 4 the Stars Talent Show in the Coleman High School Auditorium on Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 6:00-8:30pm. The talent show benefits the C.H. Hale Scholarship Fund, and the We Care program for cancer patients. The C.H. Hale Prostate Cancer Foundation is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization.

This year there will be two categories, Song and Dance. Prizes will
be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of each category. The two divisions are the Jr. division-ages 5-12 and the High School division-ages 13 and up. Prizes will be awarded only to students who are school age and participate in the talent show, but anyone is welcomed to show their talents for additional entertainment.

Deadline to sign up is Friday, February 20, 2015. You can contact
Mrs. Brown at 325 625-3455 or 325-647-4802. The CH Hale is asking the entire community to come out to support this great worthy cause. We are proud to announce that once again the host for the evening will be Mr. Joseph Haynes of Ksta Radio. Note! Tickets are NOW on sale at the Coleman Chamber of Commerce, and at Shoppin Baskit for $ 6:00 each and $ 7:00 at the door.

Please be advised that all promotional material is provider by ACE.

Ronnie Daniel Retires From CCEC

Coleman County Electric Cooperative honored long-time friend and employee, Ronnie Daniel, at his retirement celebration Friday, January 22nd. Together with his family, employees and board members enjoyed a delicious meal of pulled pork, brisket, sausage, and beans that Ronnie prepared himself. Speaking volumes of his character, Ronnie insisted that he provide the food for his own party as a parting gift to his friends and co-workers. Boy, were we glad he did!
With 28 years of dedicated service underneath his belt, Ronnie’s role at CCEC included lead groundman, equipment operator, meter reader, and concluded as both an equipment operator and meter reader. Ronnie’s skill, knowledge and friendship that he contributed to the CCEC family will most certainly be missed.  We at CCEC wish Ronnie all of the best as his new chapter unfolds.

 

Ronnie Daniel Retires From CCEC
Clint Gardner, general manager of CCEC, presents Ronnie with an engraved meter lamp signifying his 28 years of service.

Cattle Thief...& more

Clinton Easter, charged with two First Degree Cattle Thefts in Coleman County, was sentenced to 30 Years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Thursday, January 28th in the 42nd District Court of Coleman County.  He will serve 30 Years confinement concurrently on each case.

Easter had also been charged in Eastland, Comanche and Stephens Counties with the same or similar offenses.  Those cases, along with three other lesser Coleman County cases, were confessed to also by Easter as part of the agreement with the Coleman County District Attorney’s office.  The District Attorneys of each of those respective counties submitted letters of agreement under Texas Penal Code Section 12.45 which were offered as evidence by District Attorney Heath Hemphill and accepted by District Judge John Weeks.  Though the cases are dismissed as part of the process, the confessions are accepted by the Judge and considered in the sentencing process.

Vivian Coruja-Rojas was sentenced to serve 10 years confinement for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  Facing a February 1 trial in which she faced up to 20 years confinement, Rojas elected to plead guilty and waive her right to appeal.

Tomas Salinas, charged with Burglary of a Habitation, pled guilty and was assessed a $1000 fine, court costs, 10 years incarceration probated 5 years, 40 hours community
service and restitution in the amount of $ 11,906.11 to the victim.

Salinas’ co-defendant, Christopher Lester, had already been sentenced to 10 years incarceration for the crime.

Misty Reed had her probation revoked for Possession of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 6 months in a State Jail.  Jacob Garvin had his probation revoked for Burglary of a Building and was sentenced to 12 months incarceration in State Jail.  Lillie Marie Floyd pled “true” to the State’s allegations in a Motion to Revoke her probation and a Pre-Sentence Investigation was ordered by Judge Weeks.

Donkey Basketball

Coleman Bluecat Booster Club will be holding the Second Annual Donkey Basketball Tournament on February 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm, at the old CHS gymnasium.  If you missed this event last year, you HAVE to be there this year.  It’s great fun and entertainment for the whole family!  Yes!  The game is played while players are riding actual live donkeys.  It’s a hoot!  All teams are made up of local folks that we know and love to laugh at!  The Coleman County Medical Center Team will be defending their title as last year’s champions.  This fundraiser helps the Booster Club support Coleman ISD Athletes.  Mark your calendars and we will see you there.  Go Big Blue!

Coleman Burglary

Coleman Burglary

On January 10th and 23rd, 2016 Sergeant Doug Butler with the Coleman Police Department investigated two different burglaries with the same suspect involved. On January 10th Sgt. Butler took a report of a burglary in the 700 block of Church Street in Coleman.  Entry was made by the suspect breaking a back window and entering into the residence.  Once inside the residence the suspect to a Vintage Coca Cola metal pedal car and two Collectable Coke bottles.  The suspect then left through the window that he entered the residence from.  The suspect later sold the items to a collector, who has cooperated with authorities and returned the items.  The collector was unaware that the items were stolen. On January 23rd Sgt. Butler took a report of a burglary in the 700 block of Lackland Street in Coleman. Entry was made by removing a window screen and a window and making entry.  Once inside the suspect removed various tools.  The suspect sold the tools to an individual who cooperated with authorities and returned the tools and who was also unaware that the tools were stolen.  Through an investigation a suspect was developed and on Tuesday January 26, 2016 Sergeant Doug Butler filed two Probable Cause Affidavits for Arrest Warrants with Justice of the Peace Nance Campbell. Campbell issued two Arrest Warrants for 29 year old Andrew” Andy” Dixon of Coleman.  On January 28, 2016 Dixon was arrested by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Field Agent Marty Baker, Lake Coleman Chief of Police Wallace Dobbins and Coleman Police Department Sergeant Anthony Smith. Dixon is currently being held at the Coleman Police Department on bonds totaling $50,000.00.  

Jameson files for South Ward, Place 4

Jameson files for South Ward, Place 4

Danny Jameson, incumbent, 305 Roselawn, has filed for South Ward, Place 4
position. Filing will remain open until February 19, 2016. General Election
will be held May 7, 2016. 

PC Chapter Livestock Show

The Panther Creek Chapter Livestock Show was held on Friday, January 15, at 10:00 am.  The judge was Dr. Richard Cordes of Menard, Texas.  The following are the results of the show:
Rabbits--
Grand Champion Rabbits- Jessilyn Williams
Reserve Grand Rabbits-Aubrie Dillard
Rabbits—1st Jessilyn Williams
          2nd Aubrie Dillard
       3rd Ethan Straach
Goats--
Class 1 Goats—1st Emily Hoelscher
                 2nd Emily Hoelscher
                 3rd  Emily Hoelscher
Class 2 Goats—1st Emily Hoelscher
                 2nd Emily Hoelscher
Grand Champion Goat—Emily Hoelscher
Reserve Champion Goat—Emily Hoelscher
Goat Showmanship—Emily Hoelscher
Lambs--
Class 1 Finewools—1st Haylee Triplitt
Class 2 Finewools—1st Haylee Triplitt
              2nd Haylee Triplitt
Class 3 Finewools—1st Sarita Short
              2nd Sarita Short
Champion Finewool—Sarita Short
Reserve Champion Finewool—Sarita Short
Class 1 Crossbreds—1st Haylee Triplitt
Class 2 Crossbreds—1st Sarita Short
                                     2nd Haylee Triplitt
Class 3 Crossbreds—1st Sarita Short
Champion Crossbred—Sarita Short
Reserve Champion Crossbred—Sarita Short
Class 1 Southdowns—1st Haylee Triplitt
Champion Southdown—Haylee Triplitt
Grand Champion Lamb—Sarita Short
Reserve Champion Lamb—Sarita Short
Lamb Showmanship—Haylee Triplitt
Swine--
Class 1 Hampshires—1st Haley Barnett
                  2nd Brayden Barnett
                 3rd Haylee Triplitt
Class 2 Hampshires—1st Haylee Triplitt
                  2nd Sabrina Lawrence
                  3rd Sabrina Lawrence
                  4th Matthew Morris
Class 3 Hampshires—1st Brayden Barnett
                   2nd Jenna Jamison
                    3rd Gracie Cole
                  4th Payton Garrett
Champion Hampshire—Brayden Barnett
Reserve Champion Hampshire—Haley Barnett
Class 1 Durocs—1st Sabrina Lawrence
         2nd Haley Barnett
Class 2 Durocs—1st Haylee Triplitt
         2nd Kloie Nanny
         3rd Kaylee Cobb
Class 3 Durocs—1st Haley Barnett
         2nd Dylan Willims
Champion Duroc—Haylee Triplitt
Reserve Champion Duroc—Sabrina Lawrence
Class 1 Black OPB-1st Brayden Barnett
                      2nd Kaylee Cobb
Class 2 Black OPB- 1st McCall Garrett
Champion Black OPB-McCall Garrett
Reserve Champion Black OPB—Brayden Barnett
Class 1 White OPB-1st Allen Pricer
             2nd Sabrina Lawrence
Class 2 White OPB- 1st McCall Garrett
                                   2nd Haiden Hinds
Champion White OPB-McCall Garrett
Reserve Champion White OPB- Allen Pricer
Class 1 Cross—1st Ethan Croft
                2nd Haiden Hinds
                3rd Avery Ball
Class 2 Cross-1st Sabrina Lawrence
              2nd Haley Barnett
              3rd Payton Garrett
                         4th Trevor Walker
Class 3 Cross—1st Haylee Triplitt
                           2nd Payton Garrett
                           3rd Layla Walker
Class 4 Cross—1st Jadyn Feitshans
                 2nd Ty Laws
                 3rd Kaylee Cobb
Champion Cross—Haylee Triplitt
Reserve Champion Cross-Sabrina Lawrence
Grand Champion Swine—Haylee Triplitt
Reserve Grand Champion Swine—Brayden Barnett

Swine Showmanship—Haley Barnett

Food Show Results—
Lil Cooks-
Pies- 1st Riley Ball
         2nd Colton Cozart
Candy- 1st Bradlee Croft
             2nd Leah VanPelt
Bread- 1st Dawson Williams
             2nd Riley Ball
Cookies- 1st Dawson Williams
                2nd Lauren Robinson
                3rd Louden Stanford
               4th McKinzey Stanford
Cakes- 1st William Taylor
             2nd Dawson Williams
             3rd Louden Stanford
             4th Dallas Cole
             5th McKenzie Stanford
             6th Leah VanPelt
Champion—Riley Ball
Elementary-
Pies- 1st Jenna Jamison
          2nd Paige Butts
          3rd Jefferson Taylor
          4th Dani Williams
          5th Andrew Blevins

Candy- 1st Kaylee Cobb
              2nd Dyson Cole
              3rd Cathleen Taylor
             4th Alexis Yabrough
             5th Shelby VanPelt
             6th Kealy Bouldin
             7th Kimberly Stanford
             8th Ethan Croft
Cookies- 1st Dani Williams
                2nd McKenzie Yabrough
                3rd Paige Butts
                4th Payton Garrett
                5th Addi Dawson
                6th Kimberly Stanford
                7th Tully Stanford
Salads- 1st Kaylee Cobb
              2nd Kealey Bouldin
Quick Breads- 1st Jenna Jamison
                          2nd Dani Williams
                 3rd Hayden Blevins
                4th Kealey Bouldin   
Cakes- 1st Paige Butts
             2nd Kimberly Stanford
             3rd Kealey Bouldin
             4th Shelby VanPelt
             5th Tully Stanford
Elementary Champion- Jenna Jamison
Junior High-
Pies- 1st Dylan Williams
Cookies- 1st Colin Matheny
      2nd Sabrina Lawrence
     3rd Glenda Parra
Breads- Dylan Williams
Cakes- 1st Sabrina Lawrence
             2nd Dylan Williams
             3rd Glenda Parra
Junior High Champion- Sabrinal Lawrence
High School-
Pies- 1st Kenzie Halsel
Cookies- 1st Kenzie Halsel
Quick Breads- 1st Kenzie Halsel
Salads- 1st Kenzie Halsel
Cakes- 1st Kenzie Halsel
             2nd Jessi Loyd
            3rd Gracie Cole
Champion High School- Kenzie Halsel
Overall Champion- Sabrina Lawrence

FCS Coalition Meeting

By: Janet Nelson, CEA-FCS – Coleman County
Thursday, February 11, 2016
5:30 p.m. -- Courthouse

The Family and Consumer Sciences agent Janet Nelson will be meeting with adult volunteers within the County who are interested in assisting with 4-H projects in the areas of Photography, Foods and Nutrition, Clothing and Textiles and Educational Presentations.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 11th at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom of the courthouse. If you are interested in helping youth learn life skills through projects and competitions, then come and help plan these events for our 4-H youth.

If you have any questions regarding these projects, contact Janet at the County Extension office at 625-4519 or by email janelson@ag.tamu.edu.

2016 Texas Custom Rates Survey is Open Feb 2, 2016

2016 Texas Custom Rates Survey is Open Feb 2, 2016

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Department of Agricultural Economics is conducting the 2016 Texas Custom Rates Survey.  Each year our offices receive many requests for current custom rate information and the latest Custom Rates Publication.

The survey and publication are the only source to find the going rates paid for these types of services.  Questions in the survey include rates paid/charged for specific tillage, planting, application, harvesting, and other services or operations performed on a custom basis.

If you have knowledge of rates in your area, and appreciate the value of publishing this type of market information, please consider participating in the survey which can be found online at:  http://agecoext.tamu.edu/crs2016

The survey will ask that you only complete the questions that pertain to your operation, therefore most people should be able to complete the survey in 10-15 minutes or less.  The survey will be open from February through mid-April.  Your participation will help make sure the published information is the most accurate and reliable possible.  If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Dr. Steven Klose (sklose@tamu.edu).

Sip & Paint at Heritage Hall

Sip & Paint at Heritage Hall

Come join us at Heritage Hall, 400 W. College, on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm and paint!  The painting this month is flowers, you chose your own colors and the instructor will guide you in the steps to complete your painting.

Fee is $35 and includes all your supplies, the pattern will be on your canvas and you chose the colors.

Bring your beverage of choice and snacks if you want, napkins and small plates will be provide.  Contact Kathy at 325-214-3355 email kandrews206@att.net or Kay at 325-625-1140 to reserve your spot.

Master Wellness Volunteers in the Community

Do you love to help others? Do you enjoy being a volunteer for your community? Serving as a volunteer is a privelege and there are opportunities for you right in our community. If the answer to the questions asked are yes, then you might be a great candidate for the Master Wellness Volunteer Program.

What is a Master Wellness Volunteer?  Master Wellness Volunteers help extend Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s outreach and education related to health, nutrition, food safety and families well being in the communities where they live and work.  With the mission of AgriLife Extension “Committed to Improving Lives, Improving Texas” we offer programs that are relevant and research based. One of AgriLife Extension’s high-priority issues is helping Texans improve their health. Research shows that 50% of health status is due to lifestyle factors such as not using tobacco, being physically active, maintaining a normal weight and good nutrition, among many others.

Master Wellness Volunteers receive 40 hours of education related to health, nutrition, food safety, healthy food preparation, public speaking and much more. In return, volunteers are asked to give 40 hours of volunteer service to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The volunteer opportunities are diverse – giving presentations for local community groups, assisting with healthy cooking demonstrations, distributing information at health fairs, working with schools and after school programs and data entry. Previous health or wellness training is not required but an interest in living healthfully and helping others do the same is.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Wellness Volunteer for Coleman County or would like to know more, please contact Janet Nelson at the County Extension Office, 625-4519 or by email at janelson@ag.tamu.edu

DAR Genealogy

Saturday, February 13th, the DAR chapter in Coleman will do a genealogy workshop at their monthly meeting. This meeting is open to the public, and if you are interested in genealogy this is a great opportunity to learn about DAR genealogy resources.

Tammy Poole from Brownwood, a volunteer genealogist with Dar, is presenting material that is online. The DAR has a genealogy library called the GRS and the public may access this information for their use in finding ancestors, descendants and possible patriots who fought in the Revolutionary War. There will be members who can help you navigate this material. You are welcome to bring your iPad, notebooks, laptops and learn how to access these websites.

The meeting is at the Coleman library community room at 2 pm. Wi-Fi will be available. Call Ann Watson at 625-4880 for more information.

Jeter files for North Ward Place 1

Jeter files for North Ward Place 1

Gordon Jeter, incumbent, 500 Old Burkett Road, has filed for North Ward Place 1 position. Filing will remain open until February 19, 2016. General Election will be held May 7, 2016.

Dobbins files for Place 7 in CISD Trustee Election

Dobbins files for Place 7 in CISD Trustee Election

BECKY DOBBINS has filed to run in Place 7 on the Coleman ISD Board of Trustees Election.  Place 7 is currently held by Rowdy Allen.  The deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot is Friday, February 19th.  The general election will be held May 7, 2016.

Hardin files for Place 7 in CISD Trustee Election

Hardin files for Place 7 in CISD Trustee Election

AMBER HARDIN has filed to run in Place 7 on the Coleman ISD Board of Trustees Election.  Place 7 is currently held by Rowdy Allen.  The deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot is Friday, February 19th.  The general election will be held May 7, 2016.

CISD Board of Trustees Election

MIKE BARKER has filed to run for re-election for Place 6 on the Coleman ISD Board of Trustees.  He has served on the board since 2010.  The deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot is Friday, February 19th.  The general election will be held May 7, 2016.

DONNIE ‘ROWDY’ ALLEN has filed to run for re-election for Place 7 on the Coleman ISD Board of Trustees.  He has served on the board since 2013.  The deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot is Friday, February 19th.  The general election will be held May 7, 2016.

 

Robinson files for Place 7 in CISD Trustee Election

Robinson files for Place 7 in CISD Trustee Election

CORY ROBINSON has filed to run in Place 7 on the Coleman ISD Board of Trustees Election.  Place 7 is currently held by Rowdy Allen.

The deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot is Friday, February 19th.  The general election will be held May 7, 2016.
 

CISD Trustee Election Filing

CISD Trustee Election Filing

LORRIE PAYNE has filed to run in Place 6 on the Coleman ISD Board of Trustees Election.  Place 6 is currently held by Mike Barker.

The deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot is Friday, February 19th.  The general election will be held May 7, 2016.

Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization/Flu Clinic

For children with Medicaid, no insurance, or underinsured; and adults with no insurance.

Tuesday, February 23rd, from 3-6 PM
United Christian & Presbyterian Church - 1609 Commercial

For Your Convenience, to schedule an appointment or more information please call 325-754-4945

If no answer please leave message. Please bring child's immunization records. If on Medicaid, please bring card.

2016 Stock Show Gallery

...more pictures are in the Coleman Chronicle printed newspaper. More to come next week!

Spring Soccer Coach Registration

HELP WANTED: We are beginning preparations for the spring soccer season.

The tentative plan is to run registration January 25 - February 11, with games to begin the first week of March. If you would be interested in helping with the leadership of soccer this year, or interested in coaching, please speak with a board member.  Thank you!

You can call or Text
Margie Salas 325-370-7753

Spring Soccer Coach Registration

Say thanks to our Coleman ISD School Board members!

Say thanks to our Coleman ISD School Board members!

January 2016 is School Board Recognition Month, and Coleman ISD joins other districts across the state as they honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for public education.

“Serving on a local school board is no easy task, particularly in today’s climate of rapid change and financial uncertainties. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. Overall, they represent you and take their leadership roles seriously by attending lengthy meetings; broadening their knowledge at conferences and seminars; and talking about the schools with business leaders, parents, and neighbors,” said Dr. Skip Casey, Interim Superintendent.

“Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication of these local citizens who work without pay. So each year the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) encourages communities to show appreciation to these individuals for their unfailing commitment to the success of all students. The staff and students of our district applaud our board members for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow,” he said.
Our children benefit every day from the hard work and long hours contributed by our trustees. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $9.2 million, 900 students, 175 employees, and three campuses. Please take a moment and tell school board members ‘thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community.’ Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated,” he said.  Coleman ISD board members include Mark Martinez, President, Jody Payne, Vice President, Harold Skelton, Secretary, Rowdy Allen, Mike Barker, John Casey, and Sandra Rose.

​The Coleman Public Library needs your help!

​The Coleman Public Library needs your help!

In March 2016, the library will be applying for a TexTreasure Basic Grant. Funding from this grant is available for libraries that provide access for digitizing local materials with statewide significance.

The purpose of this grant would be to add the history of the Coleman Rodeo Association and the PRCA Rodeo, to the “Portal of Texas History.” This portal, a gateway to Texas history, allows you to access pre-history to present day. Items you can explore include unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies and private family collections.

Here’s where we need your help!!! If you have any pictures, programs or other memorabilia pertaining to the Rodeo Association, parades, or the Coleman Rodeo, please bring them to the Library Community Room, 408
Commercial Ave, by Friday, January 15th at 10am. The Coleman Library will be meeting with the Abilene Library Consortium staff members to review documents pertinent to the grant.

Thank you,
Sue Dossey/Librarian

Petticoats on the Prairie Vintage Market to bring eclectic shopping experience to Coleman

Petticoats on the Prairie Vintage Market to bring eclectic shopping experience to Coleman

  Junkers, treasure hunters, vintage lovers and shopaholics - PETTICOATS ON THE PRAIRIE IS COMING TO COLEMAN, in the Spring of 2016!
  
Petticoats on the Prairie is an eclectic traveling vintage market, that was created back in 2010. Each show has its own theme, an early-shopping brunch event and an energy all its own! POTP has hosted sold-out shows in Levelland, Waxahachie, Colorado City, Ira and Decatur, and they are THRILLED to be bringing their one of a kind show TO COLEMAN!
  POTP features over 80 of the best vendors in the U.S. with a great offering of antiques, handmade goods, vintage and re-purposed items, clothing, home decor, furniture, jewelry and cool junk, too! The show is produced by Mary Smith, Cecilia Scott and Cat Geiger, who are known as the "Rodeo Queens of West Texas" and they are also members of the group, Sisters on the Fly! Several of their fellow Sisters will be bringing their vintage trailers to Coleman and will be camping on the grounds, and offering trailer tours during the show.
  Petticoats on the Prairie was features as one of the Top 50 Vintage Markets in the U.S., by Flea Market Style Magazine and the ladies work hard to make the show on the of the most unique shopping events in Texas. They have also been interviewed by Tumbleweed Smith, who is quote as saying "Petticoats on the Prairie is not just a show, it's an experience!".