Coleman-Area Tractor Supply Hosting FFA Fundraiser

FFA Week Donations Support Hundreds of Student-led Agricultural Projects in Coleman

Feb. 15, 2017 – The Coleman-area Tractor Supply Company store will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in TX.

During National FFA Week, Feb. 17 through Feb. 26, Tractor Supply shoppers can donate $1 or more at checkout. Donations will fund the Grants for Growing Program, which supports TX FFA chapters that are making a difference in their communities with unique and sustainable agricultural projects. The program is coordinated through a partnership with the National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply.

“Through the commitment of our loyal customers and team members who raise money for the Grants for Growing program, Tractor Supply is excited to support TX's FFA chapters that represent America’s bright future in agriculture,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “When we invest in FFA students through this program we are making a great investment in the next generation of agricultural leaders.”

In 2016, the program’s first year, Grants for Growing raised more than $700,000, funding 374 grants supporting projects involving 39,038 students. Notable 2016 grant recipients included the Jemison, Alabama FFA chapter, which used program funding to construct an addition to its animal science lab to house show animals such as pigs, donkeys, rabbits and Texas Longhorn heifers. In Cedar Springs, Michigan, the local FFA chapter built a garden to provide the community with food donations, as well as help students learn more about raising vegetables.

Earlier this year, FFA chapters submitted applications detailing how they will start or expand a project that will benefit their communities and future FFA students. Funds have been requested to purchase vegetation, trees, seed, chickens, feed, mulch and tools, for projects ranging from greenhouses to aquaculture labs.
Winning FFA chapter initiatives will be awarded Grants for Growing in the spring. The minimum competitive grant amount is $500 for chapters. All in-store donations remain within the state in which they were raised.

For more details about the program, visit https://www.ffa.org/grantsforgrowing.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At December 31, 2016, the Company operated 1,595 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com.

Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At December 31, 2016, the Company operated 143 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.



About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

NOTICE!

InterBank will open Wednesday at 12:00 noon, to allow their staff and employees to attend funeral services for Mr. Ken Greaves, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. The bank will have normal hours tomorrow.

Coleman High School Senior Night

Congratulations to the Coleman Bluecat and Bluekatt Seniors for a great season!

Cancellation

The spinning and weaving event planned for February 25 at the Santa Anna visitor center has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date. 

Coleman High School Hosting Basketball Games
Friday, February 17th

6:30 p.m. – Cross Plains vs. Baird Boys – District Playoff
8:00 p.m. – Richland Springs vs. Blackwell – Girls 1A Area Playoff Game

Boys Bi-District Basketball Playoff Game

Coleman vs. Colorado City
Tuesday, February 21st @ 6:00 p.m.
Game site is Merkel High School

Coleman County Choir To Begin Rehearsals of Easter Music This Wednesday February 15

Coleman County Choir will begin rehearsing Easter music this Wednesday February 15 at 7:30 P.M. in the choir room of Coleman First United Methodist Church.  Director Jesse Lotspeich  invites all who love to sing to come and join the group.

The Concert of Easter music will be performed the evening before Palm Sunday which is Saturday, April 8th at 6:00 P.M. 

Coleman resident struck by train

At 8:47 PM the Coleman Police Department received a report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a train.  The incident occurred at the Vale Street crossing.

According to witnesses, two male subjects attempted to cross the tracks in the 600 block of Vale Street as a west bound train was approaching.  One of the subjects tripped as he was crossing the tracks and was struck by the train.

The victim was identified as 36 year old Shannon Litton of Coleman.  Litton was transported to Coleman County Medical Center, and then airlifted to Hendricks Hospital in Abilene.
The extent of Litton’s injuries are not known at this time. The incident is still under investigation.

Agencies responding included the Coleman Police Department, Coleman County Sheriff’s Office, Coleman Fire Department and Heart of Texas EMS.

Coleman 4B board to unveil data, develop plans at ACT meeting

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & DV

The talk is almost at an end for the Coleman 4B Community Coalition as far as the needs and desires of the Citizens of Coleman and Coleman County. The committee is ready to move forward on plans and programs to improve the quality of life for businesses & residents.

Coleman Community Coalition 4B Executive Director Kim Little announced the 4B committee will be holding an “Advance Coleman Together” meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Bill Franklin Center to unveil the data generated from the three “Vision and Values” meetings held over the past few months. The information gained from the input from community members helped the participants understand the core values & goals that they want to see accomplished.

“We have had three meetings in which we gathered information about what the community residents wanted,” said Little. “We met with the Coleman Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Young Business Professionals group and with local business owners/citizens and collected information about what they felt was important. We have compiled the data and are ready to reveal what we have learned.”

The meetings have been facilitated by Mark and Jane Price and hosted by the 4B EDC Community Coalition.

“We’re going to decide our priorities and try to get people to serve on committees to help guide and lead projects that people want to see become a reality,” she said. “Hopefully, this is where we start moving forward.”

Admission to the meeting on February 23rd at the Bill Franklin Center is free and local residents are encouraged to attend and get involved.

Hamburgers prepared by the Coleman Evening Lion’s Club will be served to the first 150 people attending the meeting.

For more information, contact Kim Little, Executive Director of Coleman 4B Community Coalition at 325-625-3669 or 580-618-4468.

List of candidates for upcoming May election continues to grow

List of candidates for upcoming May election continues to grow

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & DV

One thing is for certain in Coleman County, when residents head to the polls in May for the 2017 General Election, they'll have no shortage of names to choose from to fill vital local city and school positions.

A total of seven Coleman County residents have filed with the city clerk's office as of Monday, Feb. 6, to run in the municipal and Coleman Independent School District elections. Candidates have until Feb. 17 to file for area races.

One of the bigger positions to be determined by voters will be the role as mayor on the Coleman City Council. As of Monday, only one candidate, financier Tommy Sloan, had filed for the position, which is currently being held by Nick Poldrack.

Poldrack has served as mayor on multiple occasions, but has not filed for re-election.

Sloan currently works for the Coleman branch of InterBank.

Coleman voters will also be looking to fill two positions on the ciyt countil on May 6.

Bobby McGee and Sharlene Taylor Hetzel have both filed hte necessary paperwork to be on the ballot. McGee is seeking the East Ward Place 3 position, which is currently held by councilman Gary Payne.

Payne had not filed for re-election as of press time.

Hetzel threw her hat into the ring las week for the West Ward Place 2 position.

Councilwoman Carolyn Merriman announced earlier this week that she would not be seeking re-election and asked to have  her name removed from consideration.

In the race for chief of police position with the Coleman Police Department, tow candidates have filed for the ballot, including Jay Moses, the current chief of police, and Anthony Smith, who is a sergeant with the CPD.

In the CISD election, Mar Martinez has announced he will be seeking re-election to the Place 2 seat on the school board. Martinez, who has served on the school board since 2008, currently serves as the CISD Board of Trustees president. Additionally, Jody Payne has filed to run for re-election for Place 1 seat on the Coleman ISD Board of Trustees. Payne has served since 2002.

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Coleman Elementary Counselor named 'Counselor of the Year'

Coleman Elementary Counselor named 'Counselor of the Year'

Alissa Hohmann, Counselor of Coleman Elementary School, was named the "2017 Counselor of the Year" at the Three Rivers Counseling Association Appreciation Luncheon in San Angelo on February 7th.

4-H news and reminders

4-H news and reminders
On Wednesday, January 25th, one junior and one intermediate team from Coleman traveled to San Angelo to participate in the District 7 4-H Food Challenge Contest. Out of 94 teams at this competition, Coleman’s junior team placed 3rd, and intermediate team placed 5th. Participating in this event were: Chaney Rosales, Vallyn Rosales, Natalee Rose, and Jachin Wilson on the junior team; and Hannah Rose, Makayla Wise and Elli Wilson on the intermediate team. Congratulations to these Coleman County 4-Hers on a job well done!

Interest meeting for Spring 4-H projects  
1st meeting - Santa Anna, February 7th, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Santa Anna Fire Hall.

2nd meeting - Coleman, February 9th, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Bill Franklin Center.

Even though we’re still having winter-like temperatures, 4-H Spring projects are getting in motion for county and district events.

On the dates listed above, Misty Needham, 4-H volunteer, will present short demonstrations on several projects: photography, educational presentations, healthy lifestyles invitational and Duds 2 Dazzle.

If you’re wondering, “What is Duds 2 Dazzle” ? and, “What are  Educational Presentations”?, and “What do I do for Photography Project”?,  we invite you to come to one of these meetings and hear about these 4-H projects and what your 4-Her can learn.

We are excited to offer these projects  and are looking forward to seeing you at one of these meetings!

If you can’t make the first meeting you can come to the second one.

Lost! Found?
Sometime during the County Stock Show weekend, there were two nice coats left in the concession stand in the Goree Center. One is a blue plaid hooded jacket; the other is a brown, Polo brand hooded jacket.

Please call the County Extension Office at (325) 625-4519 if you think either one of these jackets is yours, or you know who they may belong to.

Community Service Opportunity
Wednesday, February 8th, 4 pm.

4-H Volunteers Needed - 4-H members will meet at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8th at Holiday Hill Nursing Home to pass out Valentines to residents.

When finished there, 4-H members will travel to Coleman Health Care Center and pass out Valentines to residents there.

Remember - it doesn’t matter how old you get...it’s always nice to be remembered!
Coleman 4-H meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 6:00 p.m., Bill Franklin Center.

Coleman 4-H Club members will meet on Tuesday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day) at 6:00 p.m. at the Bill Franklin Center.

Special guest speaker for this meeting will be Janet Nelson, County Extension Agent - Family & Consumer Sciences.

4-H member responsibilities are as follows: 

  • American Pledge - Avery Helton 4-H Motto & Pledge - David Graham
  • Inspiration - Brayden Baldwin
  • Introduction of Program - Alexyss Bigham
  • Refreshments - Kade Greaves, Blake Greaves 

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The Circle C Cattlewomen will meet Tuesday, February 14th at noon in the Miller Building.

It is the regular meeting date, all interested are invited to attend.

Nutrition Myths: Telltale Signs’ at Good Neighbor Club Meeting

By Dora Newman
Special to the Coleman Chronicle & DV

"Nutrition Myths: Telltale Signs" was a state power point presented to Good Neighbor Club Friday February 3 by Cassie Shultz.  She gave suggestions on how to spot and how to do thorough research on myths.

Also discussed were the Mediterranean Style Diet, the Dash Diet, and My Plate as being approved as current nutrition diets. Handouts with all of this information were distributed.

President Helen Cross announced the Town and County Women's Fair was February 21 at the Abilene Expo Center.  Also fees were due at the end of the month for attendance at the District Spring Conference/Retreat March 21 and March 22nd at the 4-H Center at Lake Brownwood.

TEEA Director Cassie Shultz stated reservations needed to be made for the State Meeting  to be held September 12 and 13th at Horseshoe Bay.

A thank you note was read from Brayden Baldwin who had recently placed first in the junior division at the district food show. CEA-FCS Janet Nelson reported two 4-H teams placed 3rd and 5th at the recent District Food Challenge Competition in San Angelo.

Members completed plans to have a bake sale on Friday, April 14th right before Easter.  This sale will be held at Shoppin Baskit from 9:00 A.M. until noon.

Good Neighbor Club will next meet Friday Morning February 17 at 9:00 in the Coleman County State Bank Clubroom.  Visitors are always welcome!

Coleman High School now accepting donations for CADE CARES

The Coleman High School Make a Difference (MAD) project is collecting NEW ball caps and head bands.  These will be donated to CADE CARES.  Cade is a young man from Zephyr, Texas who is collecting these items for kids with cancer.

Donations will be delivered to Cook Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Department.  Please bring any contributions to Coleman High School by Friday, February 10th.  Or if you need us to pick up please contact Karen Nanny at karen.nanny@colemanisd.net or (325)625-2156.

Coleman Fire Chief gives advice on controlled burning

By David Martinez
Special to the Coleman Chronicle & DV


Prescribed burning season has begun in the Coleman County area. Each year, from late January through mid-March, land owners conduct prescribed burns to clear off their pasture land and help recondition their soils. Fire has forever been Mother Nature’s way of restoring the ecosystem we now use to raise livestock and crops.

The Coleman Fire Department would like to remind everyone of a few tips and rules for prescribed burning. The first are the rules as set by state law in Outdoor Burning Rule or in lawyer speak 30 TAC 111.201-221.
The main points of the Rule are:

  • Fires should be started no more than an hour after sunrise and at least an hour before sunset.
  • All fires must be completely out by dark.
  • Burns should occur when winds are at least 6 mph and no more than 20 mph (10-15 is optimal).
  • If smoke crosses a road or highway, you must post flaggers to warn traffic.
  • The responsible party must be present during the entire burn.
  • No hydrocarbon materials are allowed in the area of the burn.
  • The burn may not cause a nuisance or hazard.

Additional local Coleman County rules include:
Call either the non-emergency line for 911 Dispatch (325-625-4114) , the Coleman Fire Station (325-625-2510) or Coleman Sheriff’s Office (325-625-3506) to report your prescribed burn.

During county burn bans outdoor welding should be reported and welders should have a water source nearby.

Another big asset in making sure a burn is conducted properly is the use of the NRCS Burn Plan. The NRCS has a great program to assist with prescribed burning and have a simple form that can be used in planning a burn. Their program takes all rules listed into account and offers great advice for landowners in managing their property.

As a reminder, inside Coleman city limits – outdoor burning is only allowed in approved containers such as BBQs, burn barrels, or outdoor fire places. Burning grass, brush, and tree limbs on the ground is prohibited unless a permit is issued by the Coleman Fire Department. The burning of household trash is not permitted.

Friends of the Coleman Public Library to hold annual book sale

Friends of the Coleman Public Library to hold annual book sale
Friends of the Library President, Dixie Bible and Coleman Public Library Director, Sue Dossey setting up for the book sale.

The Friends of the Coleman Public Library will hold its annual book sale on February 3rd and 4th.

This is an opportunity to stock up on bargain-priced books. You never know what you will find at our book sale. We have a good selection of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages.

We are still accepting donations for books. We are most in need of children's books.
The Friends' Bake Sale will be held on Friday, February 3rd. If you would like to donate to the bake sale, please bring those items to the library on Thursday February 2nd or by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 3rd.

All proceeds go toward the summer reading program for the children of Coleman County.

Friends of the Library President, Dixie Bible, is looking for volunteers to help with the sale.

 

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Board: 'Little’s performance ‘below standard

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The Coleman Economic Development Corporation board delivered a brutal assessment of CDEC Executive Director Kim Little during their meeting on Monday. The board, after emerging from executive session, said it felt Little’s performance was substandard and that they had developed a list of 10 objectives they felt she needed to improve.

Little declined to participate in the executive session, preferring to hold her discussions with the board in an open meeting. After the members of the CEDC board had exited their executive meeting, Little was presented with a list of performance objectives, with the signatures of each board member.

“Your performance evaluation was below standards,” the members of the board wrote in the presentation.

“Following the joint meeting of the 4 B board, we’d like to work towards establishing trust and mutual respect between you, the CEDC Board and each member of the 4 A board.”

Little, who was given until Feb. 2 to review and sign the objectives, said she would have her attorney look over the document before signing. As part of the list, the board indicated Little’s failure to sign the list of objectives would be seen as a rejection of the board’s objectives for the position.

CEDC Board President Roy Poage indicated the new guidelines would be attached to the Executive Director’s position from now on.

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Free tax preparation and e-file

Taxes prepared by IRS-certified VITA Volunteers

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service will be available again this year with sites in Coleman, Brownwood, Brady, Comanche and Cisco. VITA is a free, IRS-sponsored program to help low and middle-income workers and retirees have their federal income taxes prepared and filed electronically by an IRS certified volunteer. VITA also ensures that workers receive all the tax credits to which they are entitled.

This year the Earned Income Tax Credit is available for families earning less than $53,505. Depending on income and family size, you could get up to $6,269! If you don’t have a qualifying child and earned under $20,330, you may qualify for up to $503. Almost a quarter of the people who are eligible to receive this money do not claim it. You must file a tax return to get the credit even if you wouldn’t need to otherwise. If you qualify for any tax credit, the IRS has announced that no refunds will be sent before February 15 at the earliest.

“Our goal is to not only offer free tax assistance, but to teach financial literacy so people will have the resources to manage their money” stated Hanna Adams, Executive Director of Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. While this is the ninth year that CTO has sponsored the VITA program in collaboration with the IRS. This year they have joined with other regional agencies to form the Coalition for Financial Empowerment. The Coalition encompasses 27 counties in west central and west Texas.

The Coleman VITA site will be at Central Texas Opportunities, Inc., 118 W. Pecan, Suite 405. Beginning February 2 they will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. for Intake and Drop-off on a walk-in basis. Appointments to meet with the volunteer tax preparer are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment or for more information or details on the Brady, Brownwood, Comanche and Cisco VITA sites, please call 325-625-4167 or visit www.ctoinc.org or like us on Facebook.


What to Bring to Your VITA Tax Appointment

  • A valid driver’s license or other photo ID card
  • A copy of last year’s tax return
  • All income statements: Forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security, unemployment, and other statements such as pensions, stocks, interest and any documents showing taxes withheld. 
  • All records of expenses, such as tuition, mortgage interest or real estate taxes. 
  • Dependent child care information: name and address of who you paid and either caretaker’s SSN or other tax identification number
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers to direct deposit any refund (e.g. voided check)
  • Social Security cards and/or ITIN notices/ cards for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Birth dates for all persons listed on return
  • Both spouses to sign forms to e-file joint return

January Students of the Month

January Students of the Month

Members of the Coleman Junior High School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society recently voted on students of the month for January.

To be considered for student of the month, a student must be nominated by his or her teachers. Students must be hard workers, have passing grades, act respectfully to teachers and peers in the classroom and in the hallway, and exhibit good behavior when involved in extra-curricular activities.

Congratulations to January Students of the Month:
5th Grade Girl: Shay Baker
5th Grade Boy: Johnnie McDowell

6th Grade Girl: Carlie Cope
6th Grade Boy: Jaden Espitia

7th Grade Girl: Audrey McKeehan
7th Grade Boy: Haiden Hale

8th Grade Girl: Chloe Fletcher
8th Grade Boy: Kyle Reed

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Joint 4A-4B

Joint 4A-4B

Video from the special called joint meeting of the boards of the Coleman EDC, INC. (4-A) and the Coleman Community Coalition (4-B) held on Tuesday January 24, 2017 6:30pm

Downtown Deli set to open Thursday

Downtown Deli set to open Thursday

By Trena Claywell
Coleman Chronicle & DV

The much anticipated opening of the Downtown Deli is finally a reality.

Owner Pati Barton announced Coleman's newest eatery will open Thursday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at their location on South Commercial Ave. Barton said she is thrilled to announce Chef Josh Tye will serve as the manager.

Downtown Deli will start with a menu of six sandwiches, three salads and a daily soup. There will also be homemade muffins and fresh-baked cookies. There will be gluten-free, sugar-free and vegetarian options.

“We will be one of the healthier places to eat in town,” Tye said.

Tye said will have two employees assisting him in making the Downtown Deli a great place to eat. Seating is limited at the small venue, which is located at 209 S. Commercial Ave.

Customers are encouraged to call early for to-go orders, 325-625-DELI (3354). A tentative grand opening is scheduled for March 1. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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CFD chief named to TFCA executive board

CFD chief named to TFCA executive board

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & DV

Having been raised in the small West Texas community of Ozona and spending more than a decade with the Coleman Fire Department, CFD Fire Chief David Martinez knows a thing, or two, about operating in rural environments.

That experience - and the knowledge that small and rural fire departments face very real challenges - is something he hopes he can bring to the Texas Fire Chiefs Association executive board.

"I think it could be a good thing," said Martinez, who was named to the TFCA's 13-member executive board on Jan. 15. “Most of the board members are from larger metropolitan departments. I’ll be the first to serve from a combination department so I will be able to bring up issues facing rural and smaller departments. Hopefully, it will benefit our community, and a lot of the smaller ones in West Texas.”

Martinez replaces former Brownwood Fire Chief Dale Albright on the executive board. Albright recommended him for the position when he stepped down to pursue a job in Murphy, Texas.

“It (being named to the board) is a chance to help,” he said. “Most of the time, the attention goes toward the larger departments so, for me, this is a chance to bring some of that to the local level and help the TFCA focus on their issues.”

As part of the TFCA executive board, Martinez joins a group that actively advocates the advancement and training of the fire service throughout the state. The group helps develop and support legislation at the state level, as well as works with the Texas Municipal League and other state entities to maintain a strong fire service. The board also oversees fire training events statewide and helps support officers and fire chiefs through mentoring programs.

For Martinez, the selection to the TFCA executive board highlights a fire service career that began almost two decades ago when he served as a member of the Ozona Volunteer Fire Department. He has served more than a decade with the Coleman Fire Department.

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CISD board approves extension for McCambridge

CISD board approves extension for McCambridge

Members of the Coleman Independent School District Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Skip McCambridge a vote of confidence – and an additional year on his contract – on Monday during their regular meeting in the CISD Administrative Building.

Members of the board, after evaluating McCambridge’s performance in an executive session, voted to extend his contract an additional year.

McCambridge’s contract now runs through June 30, 2020. In other business, the board approved a resolution calling for a joint election with the City of Coleman and Coleman County Medical Center on May 6 General Election. Three seats on the CISD board will be up for election on the ballot, including Place 1, Place 2 and Place 3.

The board also approved the changing of its May 15 bad weather day to March 22. The change was made to accommodate the UIL Academic Meet, which will be held on the CISD high school and junior high campuses on March 22.

Board members also acknowledged that the district would be changing its web site within the next month.

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CCF funds help CPD unveil body cameras

CCF funds help CPD unveil body cameras

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & DV

The Coleman Police Department is about to go digital in an effort to better serve and protect the residents of the community.

Coleman Police Chief Jay Moses said a recent donation from the Coleman Community Foundation would soon make it possible for local officers to begin wearing body cameras. The new cameras, which will be issued to uniformed officers, will enable law enforcement officials to record vital information from crime scenes, as well as improve the efficiency and safety of officers.

“We are very thankful to the Coleman Community Foundation for giving us the grant,” said Moses. “They will be useful. This will not only protect the officer, but it will provide evidence for investigations that we can use to make Coleman a safer community.”

The CCF recently donated $7,280 to help the police department purchase eight digital recording cameras that can be attached to an officer’s uniform. During a incident, officers can touch a button on the device and record up to 10 hours of information.

The new cameras, which weigh less than 1 pound were purchased from Watch Guard, a Dallas-based company that also produced vehicle cameras.
Moses said he hopes to have all uniformed officers utilizing the new cameras within the next two weeks.
“This is a good tool for both the officer and the community,” said Moses, who has served as the chief of police in Coleman for the past 12 years. “In the past, if someone happened, it would be to officer’s word against the others. Now, we will be able to go look at the video.”

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California man arrested in Coleman

California man arrested in Coleman

On Jan. 23, 2017 officers of the Coleman Police Department arrested 30 year old Dennis Donald Sanders of Visalia, California for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Sanders was pulled over for speeding on US 84 Bypass.  After contact was made with the driver, officers could smell the odor of marijuana.  A probable cause search was done and marijuana and “DABS” were located in the vehicle.  Sanders was arrested and transported to the Coleman city jail for a class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana and a 2nd degree felony possession of a controlled substance penalty group 2 > 4 grams < 400 grams.    

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Savannah Reeves honored as CCMC January Employee of the Month

Savannah Reeves honored as CCMC January Employee of the Month

Savanah Reeves has been employed at Coleman County Medical Center for the past 8 years as a registered nurse. Savanah is married to Matt Reeves of Cross Plains and together they have a 13 month old son, Carson. Savanah enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and eating Mexican food!

When asking Savanah why she enjoys working at CCMC she stated, “I enjoy the small town atmosphere. CCMC is a family oriented environment and many personal relationships are gained while working here.”

For being chosen as the Employee of the Month for January, Savanah was given a designated parking spot and a certificate. Thank you Savanah for your hard work and dedication to Coleman County Medical Center, we couldn’t do it without you!

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Tractor Supply is officially open for business

Tractor Supply is officially open for business
Magen Rutledge, Jay Delgadillo, Tina Brough, Madison Wise, Keira Dewey, Patrick Matteucci, Destiny Goldberg, Dana Taylor, Jed Herrod Renee Lefevre, Marlana Flores, Hailey Hinds and Brandon Biggs.

Brandon Biggs, manager of Coleman’s new Tractor Supply, was at the ready with hot coffee and cookies Friday evening to greet the first customers to a special preview. All thirteen employees were available to help customers with questions and transactions.

Tractor Supply officially opened to the public Saturday, January 14. The Coleman County Chamber of Commerce will be on hand Saturday January 21 at 10am for the ribbon cutting and Grand Opening. Radio station 105.1 KEEN FM will be there for a live feed, the Humane Society of Coleman County will be there for a pet adoption drive, and a magician will arrive at 11am to entertain. Tractor Supply will offer 10% off entire first purchase, gift cards totaling $2,000, and free hats for the first 600 customers.

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Commissioner Miller Honors Sarita Short From Valera With January ‘GROW’ Award

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is pleased to honor Sarita Short, a senior from Panther Creek Consolidated Independent School District (Panther CISD) in Valera, Texas, as the winner of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s monthly GROW award. The award Gives Recognition for Outstanding Work to middle and high school students who demonstrate leadership and excellence inside and outside the classroom.

“I’d like to say how proud I am of Sarita for earning this month’s GROW award,” Commissioner Miller said. “Young Texans like Sarita make me hopeful for the future of our great state. She’s got the talent and the drive to succeed that has been fueling success in Texas for hundreds of years. Way to go, Sarita!”

Sarita was chosen from hundreds of Texas students for demonstrating leadership and academic success in her school activities, as well as her commitment to community service.

“It is a true honor to be selected as the Texas Department of Agriculture's January 2017 GROW award winner,” Sarita said. “I would like to thank the many people who have helped me develop not only as a person, but as an agriculturist. I love the agriculture industry, and hope to stay in it as I continue on to the next chapter of my life. I would like to send my most special thanks to the Texas Department of Agriculture for allowing me to represent them.”

Sarita was nominated for the GROW award by Cindy Dockter, her agriculture teacher.

“I have had the privilege of watching this beautiful young lady grow, mature and prosper over the last 10 years,” Dockter said. “She envelops the definition of leader throughout her school, church and community. Sarita Short is truly an exceptional student that encompasses premier leadership, personal growth and career success.”

Sarita has been participating in stock shows since she was in third grade. Throughout her high school years, she has excelled and grown into a tremendous force. Sarita is the president of her school’s FFA chapter and served as a district FFA officer last year. She has also qualified for the Area IV leadership contest every year in high school and has been in the top five at the area horse judging contest the last three years. Sarita has been very successful with her lamb projects that she has shown through FFA. She has won champion fine wool at the Sandhills Stock Show, and had reserve champion fine wool at Austin and San Angelo stock shows. Dockter said her success is due to her hard work and many hours of dedication to her projects throughout the years.

Additionally, Sarita is the president of Student Council and is a leader on her basketball team. When she’s not leading her team, she’s mentoring younger players to help them improve their skills. Outside of the basketball court, you’ll find Sarita qualifying for the state track meet, where she participates in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Because of her dedication to the sport, she has had the honor of standing on the medal stand twice at the state track meet.

Furthermore, Sarita participates in One-Act play and was voted best actress and all-star cast at district and area. She has been a part of the Coleman County Cowgirls — a drill team — for the past five years. She was also the Coleman County Rodeo Queen last year. Sarita also gives back to her community by volunteering at the Dove Fest and Hunter's Barbeque. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Coleman. She volunteers for vacation bible school and is a member of the choir.

In addition to being involved in numerous activities, Sarita maintains an A average, is on the honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society. She is also taking twelve hours this semester through Cisco Junior College.

After graduation, Sarita plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in animal science with a minor in agricultural communications.

For more on Sarita’s accomplishments, click here. The Texas Department of Agriculture established the GROW award to celebrate outstanding student leaders who demonstrate excellence in either their academic or extracurricular activities. Students can be nominated by community leaders such as teachers, coaches, school administrators, mayors, county judges or anyone else committed to recognizing youth leadership and achievement.

USDA Farm Service Agency Expands Bridges to Opportunity Nationwide

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the expansion of a unique service for farmers and ranchers. FSA’s Bridges to Opportunity program provides a one-stop-shop that connects producers with resources, programs and educational services offered across the department, as well as from other USDA partner organizations. Bridges to Opportunity, which currently provides enhanced customer support to more than 150,000 customers in 20 states, will expand to serve customers across the country before the end of the month using fiscal year 2016 funds.

“By partnering with numerous local, state, regional and national agricultural organizations, FSA employees now can provide farmers and ranchers with comprehensive information about resources, grants, courses, events and activities provided throughout USDA and from external partner organizations,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “Bridges to Opportunity is another example of how USDA is working to reconnect people to their government and provide enhanced services to farmers and ranchers, who, in turn, provide our nation and the world with safe, affordable and reliable food, fuel and fiber.”

FSA’s presence in over 2,100 county offices, in nearly every rural county, puts the agency in a unique position to partner with non-governmental organizations to reach thousands of agricultural producers who can benefit from the programs and services.  Bridges to Opportunity allows FSA employees to search and obtain a list of all local, state, regional and national organizations that may be able assist local producers with their specific need.  For example, FSA’s Houston County office in Texas partnered with many agricultural organizations to serve producers affected by severe drought.  When drought-stricken agricultural producers came to the county office looking for assistance, FSA employees were able to provide traditional services, such as the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Emergency loan program administered by FSA, as well as connect local farmers with local, regional, and national organizations that provide drought assistance and education.

Bridges to Opportunity was developed by FSA to provide producers with a more comprehensive customer service experience by connecting them with other USDA agencies and nonfederal partners. Through Bridges to Opportunity, FSA county office employees have the tools to connect farmers, ranchers and anyone interested in agriculture with customized expertise on topics ranging including organic production, beginning farmer resources, integrated pest management, disaster assistance, conservation practices, agricultural educational courses, loans, grants and other financial assistance that can start, grow or benefit farming and ranching operations.

“Bridges to Opportunity embodies FSA's modernized approach to customer service. By providing a broader array of resources than FSA or USDA alone, FSA is bringing farmers and ranchers one step closer to achieving their version of the American Dream,” said Dolcini.

For more information about Bridges to Opportunity, please contact your local FSA county office. To locate your FSA county office, please see https://offices.usda.gov.

Over the past eight years, USDA has taken big, bold steps to forge a new era for civil rights and ensure all Americans who come to USDA for help are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Through coordinated outreach and consistent engagement, USDA is forming new partnerships in diverse communities and regaining trust where it was once lost. Learn more about our progress during the Obama Administration to increase access to opportunity for all Americans, and to create a more equal and inclusive USDA in chapter 8 of our yearlong results project: The People’s Department: A New Era for Civil Rights at USDA.

Buck’s Q & Catering begin operation in Coleman

Buck’s Q &amp; Catering begin operation in Coleman
Members of the Coleman Chamber of Commerce celebrated at Buck’s Q and Catering on Friday, January 6, by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

By Trena Claywell
Coleman Chronicle & DV


Despite freezing temperatures and snow flurries, the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Buck’s Q and Catering on Friday, Jan. 6. Longtime Brown County residents Ricky and Melissa McDaniel have turned their attentions on Coleman. Several months ago, Ricky underwent neck surgery and to help stave off the boredom of recovery, he began to smoke meats in his backyard.

McDaniel had been catering and entering barbecue competitions for the past four months. He wanted to open a restaurant but found the cost of doing business in Brown County too high. Coleman became his focus because of its central location, inexpensive rentals, and Coleman’s need for more restaurant choices, especially barbecue.

McDaniel and his family moved to Coleman the day after Thanksgiving.

For now, the McDaniels are renting the building at 1216 North Neches, but they do plan on purchasing the property. The McDaniels have given the building a fresh, new look while keeping with the original feel of the restaurant formerly known as Coonies, 3K’s, and Babes. Many will recognize the rock counter that has been scrubbed and finished.

Buck’s Q and Catering was named after Ricky’s grandfather, George Washington Buckmaster. The face on the logo is the image of Buckmaster himself.

The McDaniels have hired eight employees, including manager Gwen Waight, who is also new to Coleman. She worked at the prison in Big Spring for the past 12 years.

Waight is excited about the new restaurant, her job, and her employers.

“I am very proud of him,” she said. “He has brought much needed jobs to Coleman.”

McDaniel said he is excited to be here in Coleman and looks to source as many goods locally as possible.

“We are trying to do as much business here as we can,” he said.

Buck’s Grand Opening was Tuesday, Jan. 10. Their business hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The smoker is working overtime to serve up brisket, pork, ribs, and sausage along with plenty of sides. Meat by the pound and family packs are available to go.

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USDA Farm Service Agency Expands Bridges to Opportunity Nationwide

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the expansion of a unique service for farmers and ranchers. FSA’s Bridges to Opportunity program provides a one-stop-shop that connects producers with resources, programs and educational services offered across the department, as well as from other USDA partner organizations. Bridges to Opportunity, which currently provides enhanced customer support to more than 150,000 customers in 20 states, will expand to serve customers across the country before the end of the month using fiscal year 2016 funds.

“By partnering with numerous local, state, regional and national agricultural organizations, FSA employees now can provide farmers and ranchers with comprehensive information about resources, grants, courses, events and activities provided throughout USDA and from external partner organizations,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “Bridges to Opportunity is another example of how USDA is working to reconnect people to their government and provide enhanced services to farmers and ranchers, who, in turn, provide our nation and the world with safe, affordable and reliable food, fuel and fiber.”

FSA’s presence in over 2,100 county offices, in nearly every rural county, puts the agency in a unique position to partner with non-governmental organizations to reach thousands of agricultural producers who can benefit from the programs and services.  Bridges to Opportunity allows FSA employees to search and obtain a list of all local, state, regional and national organizations that may be able assist local producers with their specific need.  For example, FSA’s Houston County office in Texas partnered with many agricultural organizations to serve producers affected by severe drought.  When drought-stricken agricultural producers came to the county office looking for assistance, FSA employees were able to provide traditional services, such as the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Emergency loan program administered by FSA, as well as connect local farmers with local, regional, and national organizations that provide drought assistance and education.

Bridges to Opportunity was developed by FSA to provide producers with a more comprehensive customer service experience by connecting them with other USDA agencies and nonfederal partners. Through Bridges to Opportunity, FSA county office employees have the tools to connect farmers, ranchers and anyone interested in agriculture with customized expertise on topics ranging including organic production, beginning farmer resources, integrated pest management, disaster assistance, conservation practices, agricultural educational courses, loans, grants and other financial assistance that can start, grow or benefit farming and ranching operations.

“Bridges to Opportunity embodies FSA's modernized approach to customer service. By providing a broader array of resources than FSA or USDA alone, FSA is bringing farmers and ranchers one step closer to achieving their version of the American Dream,” said Dolcini.

For more information about Bridges to Opportunity, please contact your local FSA county office. To locate your FSA county office, please see https://offices.usda.gov.

Over the past eight years, USDA has taken big, bold steps to forge a new era for civil rights and ensure all Americans who come to USDA for help are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Through coordinated outreach and consistent engagement, USDA is forming new partnerships in diverse communities and regaining trust where it was once lost. Learn more about our progress during the Obama Administration to increase access to opportunity for all Americans, and to create a more equal and inclusive USDA in chapter 8 of our yearlong results project: The People’s Department: A New Era for Civil Rights at USDA.

Kiwanis Club donates to Coleman FFA

Kiwanis Club donates to Coleman FFA
Tony Beggs (left) accepting the check from Kiwanis Club member, Megan Muscianes.

The Coleman Kiwanis Club recently donated $350 to the Coleman FFA - something they have done since the 1970s.

The money is donated to help defray the costs of ribbons, prizes, etc. for the Coleman Chapter of the livestock show.

Photo courtesy of Steve Autry.

City could 'save millions' with LOI

STAFF REPORT

The City of Coleman may have saved itself a ton of money recently. Ken Martin, an engineer with Jacob and Marketing Engineering, informed members of the Coleman City Council that a move by Coleman Mayor Nick Poldrack will likely pay huge dividends for the city in the future.

According to Martin, Poldrack signed paperwork that allowed the city to lock in a 1.375 percent poverty interest rate on a 40-year loan from the USDA Office of Rural Development without committing to the loan. By signing the Letter of Conditions, Letter of Intent to Meet Conditions, and Request for Obligation of Funds in regards, the city could have the construction of a new water treatment plant to be funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Martin pointed out that Coleman was the last city to receive this offer. The new interest rate jumped by at least 1 percent starting January 1.

"It saves millions of dollars in interest," said Martin. "It's essentially like a grant ... The city is very fortunate to get the offer from the USDA. Fortunately the mayor did sign the paperwork."

Toby Terry made a report to the council on needed repairs to the water production plant clarifier. To date, Terry reported the city has spent $5,355 with an expected total to reach near $10,000 to return the clarifier to service.

Additionally, Terry said Guy Bolton agreed to a special rate to the city for a crane, which is needed for the next scheduled repairs. Bolton's usual rate is $400 an hour with a minimum of four hours. The special rate is $275 an hour with a minimum of two hours. In other business, the three lowest bids for Gray Street water line materials were unanimously accepted. Among those submitting bids were Benmark's Supply ($95,803), Starks Construction ($54,650) and CRC Construction ($37,500).

Additionally, sealed bids were opened that would provide for 16 self-contained breathing apparatus with one face piece and one spare cylinder each for the Coleman Fire Department. Bids were then turned over to Coleman Fire Chief David Martinez, who will make a recommendation to the council on Jan. 19 at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Historic Coleman County building facing dire times

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & DV


In its heyday, the Valera Community Center saw its share of fun and excitement. During the early years of the 1900s, the red brick building served as the community’s school and later, after consolidation had created the Talpa-Centennial school district, the building continued to play a vital role by hosting various public events and activities for groups through western Coleman County.

Today, the former Valera landmark’s spacious auditorium, kitchen and meeting spaces sits empty on most days with no water or natural gas services. Sadly, a lack of funds combined with a general lack of interest threatens to add another Coleman County icon to the history books.

“I’m afraid for its future,” said long-time caretaker Ken Smith. “We don’t have the money to keep the basic utilities on, and there aren’t that many people who seem interested in using it. I don’t know what the future holds for it.”

“It is a neat old building. I wish we had more interest in it,” he added.

The building, which was constructed in the 1920’s, initial served as the Valera school until the 1940’s. After the school had moved, the property was turned over to the bustling community of more than 500 to serve as a community center.

The past 70 years haven’t been kind to Valera. Since the end of World War II, the community has shrank to approximately 80 residents. In 1985, the Talpa-Centennial and Mozelle school district consolidated to create Panther Creek CISD.

The loss in population has resulted in fewer people seeking to utilize the community center. Today, the building houses a weekly meeting of a local quilting club and, at least once a year, a meeting of the cemetery association.

More pressing than the lack of usage is the lack of funds to keep the facility open, said Smith. Currently, the VCC had less than $150 left in its account. Once that is used, the lights could go off permanently.

“The biggest thing we’re facing is the money to pay the utilities,” he said. “We operate on a donations and whatever we can get. We haven’t really had any big donations in four or five years. It (the account) is getting pretty bare.”

Locally, the Valera Volunteer Fire Department and Valera Baptist Church does what they can to help. The VVFD donates funds twice a year, while the church members try and donate funds each year to help keep the facility operational.

The lack of funds has already robbed the facility of its water services. When the building was constructed, it used a cess pool system. That system has since failed, leaving the building without a sanitation system. A recent water leak forced Smith to have the water turned off.

“If we can’t afford to have the water leak fixed, we certainly couldn’t get a new septic system,” he noted.

Despite it’s issues, Smith the building is structurally sound and offers a great place for meetings and other things.

“If anyone wanted, we’d let them use it for a small fee,” he said. “Anything we raise from having it used goes back into the building.”

Smith said anyone interested in donating to the VCC fund can do sending funds to: Valera Community Center, c/o Ken Smith, P.O. Box 68, Valera, TX 76884. 

Murray, Robertson shine at Santa Anna Livestock Show

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & DV


SANTA ANNA - Shelby Murray, Alexis Washington, Levi Daniel and Cody Robertson didn’t win everything at the 2017 Santa Anna Livestock Show on Saturday afternoon. But it sure seemed like it.

The four Santa Anna students highlighted the annual event by walking away with some of the afternoon’s top awards. They also established themselves as potential favorites at the upcoming Coleman County Livestock Show.

Despite cool temperatures, more than 30 exhibitors showed more than 50 animals at the show, which was held in the Santa Anna ISD show barn. Exhibitors at the show are eligible to compete in the county show, which is scheduled for later this month in Coleman.

Murray capped her high school livestock career with a perfect ending. The Santa Anna senior showed the grand champion in the Steer competition. Her champion heavyweight Hereford edged out six other entrants to claim the top spot.

“It feels pretty good to win,” said Murray, who showed the reserve champion last year. “I’m a senior so it’s my last year to show. I guess I went out with a bang.”

Chloe Guerrero took the reserve champion honors in the Steer division. Her black steer had won the lightweight classification, edging out Brandon Craig and her sister, Kylie Guerrero.
Guerrero did net a win later in the show, taking the Senior Showmanship honors in the Steer division. Craig won the Junior Showmanship accolades.

If Murray finished her career with a bang, Robertson began his high school experience with an explosion. A freshman at Santa Anna High School, he nailed down his third straight grand championship title in the Sheep division, as well as showing the breed grand champion in the Lightweight OPB, Lightweight Black OPB and Lightweight Cross events, and the reserve champion in the Gilt competition.

“I’m definitely a little surprised I did as well as I did,” said Robertson, the son of Shannon Robertson and Benny Bible. “I didn’t work with them as much as I had wanted, but it turned out OK. I’m pleased with how they did.”

In the Sheep classification, Robertson’s entry won the Medium Wool division and later was crowned the grand champion. Madison Wise’s Fine Wool Cross winner was tabbed the reserve grand champion.

Hannah Parson earned the Junior Showmanship honors, while Robertson was awarded the Senior Showmanship title.
Robertson’s Yorkshire entry was the reserve grand champion in the Gilt show. Daniel won the grand champion honors in the event.

Daniel came back later to claim the grand champion accolades in the Hampshire and Duroc categories. Taylor Guerrero’s entry was the reserve grand champion in the Hampshire class, while Washington was the reserve champion in the Duroc division.
Washington emerged as the top exhibitor in the Swine division. She netted the grand champion honors with her Heavyweight Cross entry. Daniel was second.

Brianna Michon won the Rabbits division as well as the Senior Showmanship honors.

Katie Crowder was the Junior Showmanship winner in the Rabbits division.

2017 Santa Anna Livestock Show
Held Jan. 7, 2017 at the Santa Anna ISD Show Barn
STEER DIVISION
Lightweight Steers
Kloey Guerrero
Brandon Craig
Kylee Guerrero
Louis Olguin
Heavyweight Steers
Shelbie Murray
Travis Craig
GRAND CHAMPION STEER: Shelbie Murray
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION STEER: Kloey Guerrero
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Brandon Craig
SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Kloey Guerrero

RABBITS
Beanna Michon
Ellie McIver
Katie Crowder
Nick Crowder
GRAND CHAMPION: Breanna Michon
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION: Ellie McIver
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Katie Crowder
SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Breanna Michon

GOATS
Lightweight
Abigail Petrosky
Ella Crowder
Cody Roberston
Cody Robertson
Brandon Craig
Middleweight
Ella Crowder
Ella Crowder
Carson Keeney
Elijah Petrovsky
Katelyn Craig
GRAND CHAMPION: Ella Crowder
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION: Grand Champion: Abigail Petrosky
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Ella Crowder
SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Carson Keeney

LAMB
Fine Wool
Makayla Wise
Madison Wise
Fine Wool Cross
Madison Wise
Makayla Wise
Southdown
Hannah Parson
Medium Wool Lightweight
Cody Robertson
Cody Robertson
Medium Wool Heavyweight
Cody Robertson
Makayla Wise
Madison Wise
Cody Robertson
Alexis Washington
GRAND CHAMPION: Cody Robertson
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION: Cody Robertson
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Hannah Parson
SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Cody Robertson

SWINE
Gilt Division
GRAND CHAMPION: Levi Daniel
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION: Cody Robertson
Hampshire Division

Lightweight Hampshire
Levi Daniel
Kylee Guerrero
Braegan Glasscoack
Alexis Washington
Medium weight Hampshire
Taylor Guerrero
Cody Robertson
Taylor Allen

Heavyweight Hampshire
Levi Daniel
Dylan DeLeon
Grand Champion Hampshire: Levi Daniel
Reserve Grand Champion: Taylor Guerrero
Duroc Division

Lightweight Duroc
Makayla Wise
Trace Garrett
Larkin Glasscock
Brianna Michon

Heavyweight Duroc
Levi Daniel
Alexis Washington
Grand Champion Duroc: Levi Daniel
Reserve Grand Champion Duroc: Alexis Washington

WOPB Division
Lightweight OPB
Cody Robertson
Alexis Washington
Paris Guerrero

Heavyweight OPB
Nevah Potter
Cody Robertson
Sydney Tucker
Breanna Michon

Grand Champion OPB: Cody Robertson
Reserve Grand Champion OPB: Nevah Potter

BOPB Division
Lightweight Black OPB
Cody Robertson
Cody Robertson
Lisa Marie Gomez

Heavyweight Black OPB
Alexis Washington
Levi Daniel
Alexa DeLeon
Grand Champion Black OPB: Cody Robertson
Reserve Grand Champion Black OPB: Alexis Washington

Cross Division
Lightweight Cross
Cody Robertson
Madison Wise
Sydney Tucker
Alexis Washington

Heavyweight Division
Alexis Washington
Madison Diaz
Levi Daniel
Trace Garrett
Grand Champion Cross: Alexis Washington
Reserve Grand Champion Cross: Madison Diaz
GRAND CHAMPION SWINE: Alexis Washington
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION SWINE: Levi Daniel
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Paris Guerrero
SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP: Cody Robertson

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Coleman ISD School Board Recognition Month

Coleman ISD School Board Recognition Month
Front: Harold Skelton, Secretary; Mark Martinez, President and Jody Payne, Vice President. Back: Sandra Rose, Mike Barker, John Casey and Becky Dobbins.

January is School Board Recognition Month and Coleman ISD will join other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas schoolchildren.

“Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students,” said Skip McCambridge, Coleman ISD superintendent.

“Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” McCambridge said. “It’s more important than ever before that the public supports our schools so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Our board members provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children,” he said.

The Board of Trustees has successfully lead Coleman ISD this past year.
Leadership through the selection process for a new superintendent.
Balanced budget that included a 2% pay increase for employees, $500 special stipend for all employees, new marquee and a new bus.

Improvements to the transportation fleet and building facilities.

Support to the CISD national qualified Rocket Team.

Board members serving Coleman ISD are
Mark Martinez, President
Jody Payne, Vice President
Harold Skelton, Secretary
Mike Barker
John Casey
Becky Dobbins
Sandra Rose

“Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $ 10 million, 870 students, 187 employees, and 3 campuses. Please help us thank these dedicated volunteers for their efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students now and in the future,” he said.

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Scotty Lawrence sworn in as Coleman County Precinct 3 Commissioner

Scotty Lawrence sworn in as Coleman County Precinct 3 Commissioner

Today, January 3, 2017 marks Scotty Lawrence's first day as commissioner.

Lawrence won the general election in November, in a runoff against Davey Thweatt.

Scotty has worked for Precinct 3 for nearly 7 years, blading and fixing roads. He plans to keep working on the roads as commissioner.

Also being sworn in today was Joe Lee Rose, County Attorney; Heath Hemphill, District Attorney; Mark Williams, Commissioner Precinct 1; and Jamie Trammell, Tax Assessor Collector.

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Sheriff Cogdill sworn in Sunday

Sheriff Cogdill sworn in Sunday

Sheriff Les Cogdill was sworn in on Sunday, January 1, 2017 by Justice of the Peace, Nance Campbell.

Sheriff Cogdill started his law enforcement career as a dispatcher for the Coleman PD. Cogdill then became a full time peace officer with Coleman PD in 1997, after attending the West Central Texas Law Enforcement Academy.

In 2001, Les was promoted to Sergeant, followed by a promotion to Detective Sergeant in 2006.

In 2008, Cogdill was hired by Sheriff Wade Turner as a Deputy. In 2016, Sheriff Turner announced his retirement, so Les decided to run for that position. He won the Republican primary election in May, and was uncontested in the general election in November.

Les will have four deputies serving under him, Archie Lancaster, Kenny Nabers, Johnny Barkemeyer and Vickie Kemp.

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New History of Coleman County is Now Available

New History of Coleman County is Now Available

The Big Day has finally arrived … at least this is what local author, Ralph Terry is feeling.  The long-awaited volume of Coleman County history, “Looking Backwards, 1940-1980,” is finished and arrived back from the publisher on Monday, and will be ready for pick-up beginning Tuesday, December 13, from 9 to 12 and 1 to 5, at Terry Studio, which is the home of Judia and Ralph Terry at 302 W. College Avenue.  For more information see terrystudio.net or call 325-625-5317.

Many local history enthusiasts have already purchased the work during advance sales, and are anxious to get their hands on their copy.  Whether you pre-purchased a copy or wish to purchase a copy, come by the studio beginning on Tuesday.  Copies to be mailed will be sent out over the next week.

The book was completed at 672 pages with over 2800 black and white pictures in an 8 ½ x 11 inch format.  It weighs almost five pounds and is selling for a total price of $53.29.  The cover shows a sample of color pictures available from this time period.  This is a very comprehensive work with much history, as well as pictures.  The Terrys will have other books they have written and illustrated on hand for sale, including one children’s book which Judia illustrated.

Terry worked on this compilation for over forty years, collecting history and photographs of Coleman County.  The past five years, he spent several hours almost every day organizing and writing the book.  For the past two years, he spent six to ten hours each day, doing the photographic work for the book, compiling and scanning negatives and photographs that were in his files, and doing the final rewriting of the book.

Anyone who enjoys reading and viewing the history and things past of Coleman County will appreciate the long hours and frustrating work that went into the compilation of this work.  Every county in Texas and the United States has a history similar to our county, although each is unique in its on course, but this is our own past.  It is Terry’s hope that his readers and future generations of readers will enjoy this volume for many years to come.

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Panther Creek Basketball Schedule

Panther Creek Basketball Schedule

Fine Arts League of Coleman - Artist of the Month
Janice Hipsher

<span class="font-size-s">Fine Arts League of Coleman - Artist of the Month</span><br><em>Janice Hipsher</em>

Janice Hipsher is the featured artist of the month of December for the Fine Arts League of Coleman County.  Janice was always the "one" with the camera in hand.  When her son started an art gallery a few years ago, he approached her with the idea of enlarging and framing her pictures, this was the start of Life's Delights Photography!

She has been published in Texas Highways Magazine, selected for several contests, been on the cover of Native Plant Society magazines, three covers of the Coleman County phonebook, two covers for the Central Texas Farm Credit Assoc. Annual Report, her Dotted Checkerspot butterfly photo is featured on the Moths and Butterflies of North America's website. She had limited items in the Botanical Research Center in Ft. Worth until the gift shop was downsized to just books.  You will see her work in their store Life's Delights in Santa Anna, Coleman County Chamber office, Rocking R Steakhouse, Double H Two, and yes---Buc-ees!  The big superstores are carrying some of their prints, next time you find yourself in Buc-ees check the framed photos out!  Janice has received several awards from the Fine Arts League of Coleman County and the most exciting one was the People's Choice Award in 2016.

Janice's canvas wrap photo of a bluebonnet will be on exhibit at Bonneville, 304 S. Commercial the month of December.  Bonneville is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5.

Bonneville is a unique and beautiful retro store in Coleman, the owner, Bonnie Hennig has a passion for mid-century modern furniture and decor and her shop is a step back in time.  Take time to go by and experience the unique and beautiful items for sale and Janice's art.

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CityCouncil120116

CityCouncil120116

This video is from Coleman City Council meeting 12/1/16. This video is of Agenda Item 1 under New Business. It has not been edited for content. There are, however, small portions missing due to technical difficulties. This is not a professional video. It is for informational purposes only. Property of Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice