Coleman County ACE Program celebrating Lights on Afterschool

This week marks the 17th annual celebration of Lights on Afterschool.  Every day ACE works to support youth and families.  

Lights on Afterschool provides a unique opportunity to connect with school leadership, families, and partners to communicate the message of the importance of afterschool programs.  Lights on Afterschool began with the goal of drawing nationwide attention to the importance of afterschool for children, families, and communities. The movement started with 1200 participating communities and has grown to over 7500 participating communities projected this year with over 1 million participants. This is a day to celebrate the high quality programs that are in place state and nationwide, a day to engage our families and communities in programming, and a day to share our successes with the administrators and principals in our schools.  

The Coleman County ACE Program is joining the celebration and offering a time for parents and community members to come experience first-hand what fantastic activities the ACE Program is providing the youth of Coleman County.     There will be an open house for students to display their masterpieces, student presentations, and much more!  

Please come visit your local Coleman County ACE center Monday, October 24, 2016 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. to help us celebrate.  Lights on Afterschool truly is an opportunity to keep the lights on and bright for our whole community!  

On behalf of the ACE Program, we thank you for your continued support and hope to see you there.

Fifth Sunday Singing

Leaday Baptist Church will host the fifth Sunday singing on Sunday, October 30, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited!

Bluecat Band receives rating of I at UIL Band Contest

This past Saturday, the Bluecat Band traveled to Early for the UIL Competition.

The Bluecat Band, directed by Jerry Barker, performed at 3:15 and received a rating of I. Bands are ranked IV - I (IV being poor, I being superior).

Early voting starts TODAY

General Election early voting starts today! You can vote at the Coleman County Courthouse, between the hours of 8:00AM - 4:30PM, Monday - Friday, Oct. 24 - Nov. 4th.

The General Election is Tuesday, November 8th.

Sample Ballots:
Pct. 1
Pct. 2
Pct. 2E
Pct. 3
Pct. 4

Chicken Spaghetti Luncheon

It’s time once again for the annual Chicken Spaghetti Luncheon hosted by the Women of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  The Luncheon will be Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 11:30 AM to 1 PM.  The Luncheon will be held in St. Mark’s Mission Hall.  Adult Tickets at $7.00 and Children Tickets at $4.00.  The full menu is Chicken Spaghetti, Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Homemade Dessert, Tea or Water.  Remember, take outs are available.

This organization donates to places such as the Santa Anna Food Pantry, Coleman Loaves and Fishes, Coleman Senior Center and Coleman Elementary School with school supplies.

They look forward to serving you on Sunday, October 30th.

Panther Creek Fire Safety

Panther Creek students Javian Parra and Caleb Hinton pose with Coleman Firefighters after their presentation on fire safety.  Also pictured is South Coleman County Volunteer Fire Chief, Rick Jennings.

Panther Creek Fire Safety

Coleman Police Department Weekly Activity Report

Thursday, October 13, 2016 –Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

14:26   Suspicious Person Intersection of N Frio St and Peach St
18:52   Missing Property Intersection of Post St and Brush St

Friday, October 14, 2016
08:18   Missing Property 100 blk E College St
12:04   Two Vehicle Accident Intersection of Walnut St and 5th Ave
14:49   Civil Dispute 100 blk N Concho St
20:46   One Arrested Warrant Service Intersection of Peach St and Frio St
21:49   One Vehicle Accident 1500 blk N Neches St

Saturday, October 15, 2016
13:45   Two Vehicle Accident Intersection of Pecos St and W 13th St
18:32   Welfare Check 900 blk Comal St
19:21   One Arrested Disruptive Person 900 blk S Neches St
21:26   Criminal Trespass Warning 1600 blk N Neches St
22:58   Snake 1400 blk Hwy 84 Bypass

Sunday, October 16, 2016
01:42   Suspicious Activity 200 blk E 3rd St
02:31   Suspicious Activity 700 blk W 13th St
18:33   Reckless Driver Brush St
23:33   One Arrested Warrant Service Intersection of S Commercial Ave and E 4th St

Monday, October 17, 2016
16:55   Suspicious Activity 100 blk N Frio St
17:27   Road Hazard Intersection of Santa Anna Ace and Guadelupe St
18:13   Suspicious Activity 500 blk S Nueces St
20:02   Disturbance 500 blk Llano St
20:59   Criminal Mischief 2100 blk S Pecos St

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
10:35   Missing Child 700 blk S Pecos St
14:36   Disturbance 1400 blk Mountain St
17:26   Missing Person 500 blk Cottonwood St

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
07:39   Suspicious Person 1400 blk Hillcrest St
11:57   Abandoned Vehicles 1300 blk S Frio St
17:51   Found Property 800 blk W 15th St

Coleman ISD Weekly Calendar, 10/24-10/28

Coleman ISD Weekly Calendar, 10/24-10/28

Garden Club

Garden Club
Jane Padgitt exhibiting her artistic design made from succulent cuttings.

Members of the Town and Country Garden Club of Coleman County held their monthly meeting on October 11, 2016. The group traveled to Abilene to hear a program on Growing and Propagating Succulents presented by Barbara Rives, Ed.D. Members then toured her greenhouse and her extensive succulent collection.

After the program, the group enjoyed lunch followed by a short business meeting conducted by President Lorene Halfmann. Jane Padgitt presented an Artistic Design made from succulent cuttings, and fall treats and desserts were provided my Nancy Berry.

The next meeting will be held on November 1, 2016 at the J.A.B. Miller Library.

Fundraiser for Adel Hunter

Adel Hunter's co-workers at Coleman Medical Associates have organized a raffle to help pay for her breast cancer treatment expenses.

You can also call 325-625-3533 for tickets. 

Fundraiser for Adel Hunter

Panther Creek High School Charcoal Art Projects

Panther Creek High School Charcoal Art Projects

Front: Canyon Jackson, Lupe Campbell, Cassandra Alonzo, Kaeli Kading, Cody Tovar

Back: Juan Avila, Donald White, Allen Pricer, Brayan Avila

PC Cross Country

PC Cross Country

Faith Goins placed 8th of 47 runners at the district cross country meet held in Eula. Her time was 14:39. She is an 8th grade student at Panther Creek.

“Trunk or Treat” Event Set for Monday, Oct. 31

Coleman’s “Trunk or Treat” event will be held Monday, Oct. 31st from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  This event is sponsored by the Downtown Business People’s Association.  Businesses will hand out candy to the kids in the downtown area.  For those businesses not in the downtown area who want to participate, can set up by the median in downtown, but we do need to know so that they can be included in the list as “trunkers”.

Any business that would like to participate is encouraged to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 325-625-2163.  A list will be sent to Coleman News, Chronicle & DV, Coleman Now and KSTA Radio.  This list will be updated as businesses respond.

Businesses participating in Trunk or Treat

1. Coleman Co. Electric Co-op: at Courthouse
2. Coleman Co. State Bank: in front of the Bank
3. Grammer's: in front of the Store - 106 Commercial
4. Edward D. Jones: in front of the Office - 112 W. Liveoak
5. Petal Patch: in front of the Store - 310 Commercial
6. Chamber of Commerce: in front of the Office - 218 Commercial
7.  Retired Teachers: in front of Germania - 203 Commercial
8.  West-T-Go: in their store - 214 E. Walnut
9. Coleman Interbank: in front of the bank - 100 S. Commercial
10. Allcorn Funeral Home: in front of the funeral home - 401 Commercial
11. Coleman Police Department: at the Department - 109 N. Concho
12. 4-H Students & Staff: at the Courthouse
13. Coleman Video: 116 Commercial
14. Coleman Public Library: 400 Commercial
15. Westside Market & Laundry: at their location - 1001 5th Avenue
16. Double H Family Dining: at their location - 601 Commercial
17. Coleman Gifts & Craft Supplies: 211 W. Pecan
18. Tyson Pharmacy: 215 W. Pecan
19. CMS Home Health: their new location - 108 W. Walnut
20. ACE Program: by mural on Uncommon Goods - College Ave.
21.  Security Finance: at their location – 117 W. West St.
22.  Shoppin’ Baskit: at their location – 113 W. College
23.  Coleman County Medical Center: at the Hospital – 310 S. Pecos

Rosales wins district XC title; JV runs to 6-3A team crown

Marie Rosales and the Coleman High School  Bluekatts went into the District 6-3A Cross Country Championships looking to prove they were among the best. They can consider that mission accomplished.

Rosales helped power the Coleman varsity girls’ team to a second-place finish in the district standings by turning in an outstanding effort. The CHS standout won the varsity girls’ 5-kilometer race.

By winning the district title, Rosales will advance to the regional track meet, which is scheduled for Oct. 29 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. The top finishers at the regional meet will advance to the state cross country meet, which is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Round Rock.

While the varsity girls’ team finished second overall, the Coleman JV and seventh-grade girls’ teams walked away with the district crown.

The Coleman seventh grade boys’ team also did well, finishing third in their division. The CHS eighth grade girls took fourth.

October is National Physical Therapist Month

During National Physical Therapy Month in October, the physical therapists at Coleman County Medical Center (CCMC) are raising awareness about both the health benefits of physical therapy and  the availability of these services in Coleman County.  PIctured above are: Left: Stephanie Diaz, Physical Therapist, Right: Dr. Justin Tammany, Physical Therapy Director.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged providers to reduce prescriptions of opioid pain medications in favor of safe and effective alternatives, such as physical therapy, for chronic pain conditions like low back pain, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. In 2012 alone, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in America to have their own bottle of pills. While these drugs are necessary in some cases, they carry significant risks such as overdose and addiction.

According to Justin Tammany, Physical Therapy Director at Coleman County Medical Center and board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, “Pain medications often just mask the symptoms of the problem. As physical therapists, we are trained to identify the cause of the pain, and correct it through a combination of hands-on techniques, exercise and education. We want to help our clients become active participants in their own recovery.”

Despite offering outpatient physical therapy services for several years, some in the community are still unaware that they can receive their treatment in Coleman. “One thing I am really proud of is the quality of physical therapy services that we offer at CCMC," Tammany related. “Between our therapists, we have over twenty-five years of experience in all areas of PT, along with numerous certifications and education that equal or exceed our big city peers. We recently had a patient from the metroplex who was continuing treatment here while on a hunting trip. After treatment at CCMC, he went back to his surgeon and asked why Fort Worth cannot find physical therapists as good as little Coleman."

Coleman County Medical Center provides traditional physical therapy, sports physical therapy and rehabilitation to patients of all ages and conditions. This includes use of evidence-based treatment techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to achieve superior outcomes. All patients have the right to choose their physical therapy provider.

October is National Physical Therapist Month
Stephanie Diaz and Dr. Justin Tammany

CJHS October Students of the Month

CJHS October 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 October. 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.

5th grade girl: Katy Elder
5th grade boy: Jacob Ramirez
6th grade girl: Bethany Jones
6th grade boy: Dayden Hunter
7th grade girl: Shauna McCambridge
7th grade boy: Denver Hunter
8th grade girl: Hannah Rose
8th grade boy: Jacob Hohmann

USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Texas Farmers in Response to 2015 Market Downturn 

(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) -- Oct. 18, 2016 – USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, announced that approximately $354 million will be paid to Texas farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2015 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

“These safety-net programs provide help when price and revenues fall below normal, unlike the previous direct payments program that provided funds even in good years,” said Canales.  “These payments will help provide reassurance to Texas farm families, who are standing strong against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing conditions.”

According to Canales, Texas, producers of barley, canola, oats, peanuts, dry peas, sorghum, soybeans and wheat in 180 counties have experienced a drop in price and/or revenues below the benchmark price established by the ARC or PLC programs and will receive payments. In the upcoming months, payments will be announced after marketing year average prices are published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) for the remaining covered commodities. These include long and medium/short grain rice which will be announced in November and remaining oilseeds and chickpeas, which will be announced in December.  Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

“It’s important to remember that ARC and PLC payments by county can vary because average county yields will differ,” said Canales. 

More details on the price and yield information used to calculate the financing assistance from the safety-net programs is available on the FSA website at and

USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities.

USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit

Coloring Book Drive

Coloring Book Drive

The Coleman High School MAD (Make A Difference) Project would like to thank everyone for supporting our coloring book drive.

Because of your generosity, 412 coloring books will be delivered to Cook Children’s Hospital.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Panther Creek Fall Festival

Panther Creek CISD will be having their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29, 2016 beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Elementary and Junior High (through 9th grades) will have games and booths in the Activity Building. Elementary will also be having the Country Store, where you can buy lots of homemade goodies, and also the Ice Cream Shop will be in the cafeteria.

Sophomores will have the Cake Walk again this year in the Activity Building. The Junior Class will be having the concession stand in the cafeteria. The Senior Class would like to remind everyone that Bingo will begin at 6:00 p.m.

We hope to see you Saturday.

Fiesta Art Show

Fiesta Art Show

The Fine Arts League 24th Annual Fiesta show is in the ‘done’ file - one of the best yet with art show, work shop, and a spectacular “Preview/Sale Party”.  All done with class and fine dining along with a raffle drawing for 2 paintings done by 2 members of the League: Ginger Test and Ruth Ann Taylor.

DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR ARTIST LINDA WRIGHT: Linda’s painting of a  “Dove” was awarded the coveted  cover photo for the Fiesta Art Show brochure (see photo).  Best of Show Award was  also captured by talented Linda , with her  painting,  “Flicker”.  

This year’s  event will be a  hard one  to follow next year, but the Fine Arts League has already started making plans for a bigger/better year = more participation/furthering the arts in the community/youth involvement and other events  in which to participate. Get ready!  It’s going to be a SPECTACULAR YEAR FOR THE ARTS!
You can be a part of this important endeavor by joining the Fine Arts League of Coleman County. Contact  any art league member.  Remember: One is not required to wield a brush, pen, pencil  to help with this organization’s goals and  help make Coleman the “Arts Destination” it can be.

The League’s annual Christmas party will be a good opportunity for you  to meet the members and become acquainted with the goals for the organization. You are invited, welcome and encouraged to come and see what the Fine Arts League is all about and how you might help make Coleman the “Arts Destination” it can be.
                                                              Fine Arts League of Coleman County, Inc.
Marian Johnson, Publicity

2016 Round-Up for Rehab

<strong>2016 Round-Up for Rehab</strong>

Fall is here and so is the Coleman Round-Up for Rehab Special Auction to benefit the West Texas Rehabilitation Center.  A long-time tradition for the Edington family at the Coleman Livestock Auction barn, the sale will be held on November 2nd at 11:00 am.

All proceeds will help the Rehab Center in providing outpatient rehabilitative care to more than 500 children and adults each day….regardless of patients’ financial circumstance.   Through the years, many in the Coleman community have either been a Rehab patient or know of others who received services from the Center.

Since 1961, Coleman and surrounding area ranchers, merchants and Rehab supporters have donated animals, merchandise, baked goods, arts & crafts and cash gifts in support of the Center as part of the special Round-Up auction event.  Local chairmen and Rehab friends heading up the 2016 Coleman County Round-Up program are Bob & Sylvia Edington; Mike Edington, DVM; Jay Davis; Tommy Sloan; Mitch & Bobbi Birdwell; Dwin & Karen Nanny; Wayne McClure; Brent & Renea McMillan and David & Vicki Stewart.

Everyone is sure to find something at the Coleman Round-Up Auction that will entice them to jump in and join the bidding.  The Coleman High School Student Council will once again be joining the activities by helping in the auction ring and also serving up chuckwagon beans and cornbread, along with some great campfire peach cobbler prepared by the Rehab’s Chuckwagon crew.

So whether you raise your hand in a lively auction, sample the cobbler or join the many others through the years by donating to the auction, be sure to come out on November 2nd and support the Rehab Center and join them in their “Neighbor-Helping Neighbor” program.  For more information or to donate for the Coleman Rehab Round-Up special sale, please call WTRC @ 325-660-8338 or contact the Coleman Livestock Auction @ 325-625-4191.

It's time to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child!

It's time to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child!

Since 1994, churches, families, and groups in Coleman County have helped to thrill over 135 million children with toys and gifts packed in simple shoe boxes!  The boxes have gone to some of the most remote areas of the world.  Each gift-filled box is hand delivered by caring people who share the love of Jesus Christ with the children and their families as they receive the boxes. 

"How to pack your Shoebox Gift" brochures and boxes are available at Tyson Pharmacy in Coleman.  In recent years, many people have filled plastic shoeboxes.  They are actually a gift, filled with gifts.  The plastic shoeboxes have many uses aside from holding belongings.  In many third world countries, they are used to carry, and store, food and water.

The National Collection Week for the filled shoeboxes is NOVEMBER 14-21.  That is 6 weeks away so it's time to get busy with family and friends and fill shoeboxes!  You may bring your gift-filled shoeboxes any time between now and then to Tyson Pharmacy located at 215 W. Pecan St. in Coleman.  Tyson's is located on the just west of the Coleman Post Office.

For more information, call Tyson Pharmacy at 325-625-4136 and ask for Colette.  To learn more about the OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD project, check out their website at