Coleman County Telephone Co-op Annual Meeting

Coleman County Telephone Co-op Annual Meeting
LR- Genia Jones, Director John Hensley, Tyler Henderson, Director Roddy Dean, Aspen McConathy

The 62nd annual meeting of Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc. was held on Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Santa Anna Civic Center. The event was attended by approximately 350 people, 165 of those being registered members and eligible to vote in the election.

Stanley Hartman, CCTC Board of Directors President, called the meeting to order and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was delivered by Roddy Dean. Mr. Hartman presented the welcome address and expressed his appreciation to those in attendance.
Items on the agenda included a financial report by accountant, Janice Fellers and a report by general manager, Tim Humpert. Special guests in attendance were Dodie North of GVNW Consulting located in Kerrville and Bob Turner, rural consultant of the Voss community.

Director Roddy Dean, representing the scholarship committee, presented three $1000 scholarships to the recipients of the Tom Kingsbery Memorial Scholarship. The recipients are Aspen McConathy, daughter of Larry and Janice McConathy of Burkett attending Angelo State University, Genia Jones, daughter of Ray and Betsy Jones of Santa Anna, a student at Hardin Simmons University, and Tyler Henderson, son of Matt Henderson of Burkett, also attending Angelo State University. The selection committee was very impressed with the hard work and dedication exhibited by each of these young people as they pursue their education and career goals.

CCTC would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to each of these well-deserving students. All recipients are graduates of local Coleman County schools and are in their 2nd or higher year at a university pursuing their college education.

CCTC members elected two directors, each to serve a three-year term. Those elected were, John Hensley representing the Santa Anna South area, and Thomas Rutherford for the Rockwood area. The big winner of the night was Mark Turney, who won the $200.00 grand prize. Members received a door prize for their attendance and many prizes and gifts were on the list for the give-away drawing.

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CHAPS schedules second Sip & Paint party

A great time was had by all at the August Sip & Paint party at Heritage Hall to benefit the museum. So much so that everyone wanted to know when the next party would be. Several have already signed up for the Sip & Paint scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Everyone had fun with the colorful donkey canvas, and local artist Ruth Ann Taylor has chosen a large daisy theme for the next subject. The drawing will be on your canvas to give all the artists (or budding artists) a head start as you decide on the colors to use. The acrylic paints and the brushes are also furnished.

Join in the fun by calling Kathy Andrews at 325-214-3355 or use the PayPal link on the Coleman Heritage, Arts & Preservation Society Facebook site. The fee is $30. You can bring your favorite beverage and snacks. CHAPS will provide the napkins, plates and glasses. 18 and older, everyone in attendance must paint!

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CHAPS schedules second Sip & Paint party

September Employee Recognition

Amy McMillan is a one year employee of the Coleman Police Department assigned to 911 telecommunications.

Amy grew up in Coleman and graduated from Breckenridge High School. Amy is married to Steven McMillan and they have one child together and two step children.

She currently holds a Basic Telecommunications operator license. Her hobbies include organizing and planning events for the Coleman Police Department and family activities.

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September Employee Recognition

Chris Kyle to be awarded TX Legislative Medal of Honor

Chris Kyle to be awarded TX Legislative Medal of Honor

Today, Chris Kyle will be posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor by Governor Abbott.

This is the highest military decoration that can be awarded to a soldier by the State of Texas.

Chris Kyle is a true Texas hero.

ALERRT brings training to Coleman

ALERRT brings training to Coleman

Active shooter response training has been delivered in Coleman, with law enforcement officers from surrounding areas and as far as Alaska and New York attending. The training was hosted by the Coleman ISD Police and the Coleman County Sheriffs Department. The training was funded through the Texas Governor’s Office Criminal Justice Division and the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the US Department of Justice. This means that there was no cost to the law enforcement agencies or the officers who attended the two classes. The combined grant funded cost of the two courses was $33,000.

Stop the Killing:
The weekend of February 28, March 1,2015 when most of the state of Texas was frozen and covered in ice there were about 25 dedicated law enforcement professionals gathered at Coleman High school to learn about the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) at Texas State University, which has been named the national standard in active shooter response by the FBI. This training was conducted by Instructors from ALERRT at Texas State. This ALERRT Level I class is designed to train law enforcement officers in the events and history of active shooters, why, where, and the people that committed these acts to better understand this type of event. The class also taught the law enforcement students how to approach, find, and deactivate or neutralize active shooter situation. This training puts the law enforcement officer under realistic stress and trains them to perform quick decision-making in only seconds of time.

Stop the Dying:
August 1 and 2, 2015, we gathered once again at Coleman High School to learn from the Instructors of ALERRT, this class was ALERRT Level 2. This training expanded on and add from the Level 1 active shooter response class and introduced medical needs of victims and how to get Fire Departments/EMS and other first responders to the scene and help with the victims of an active shooter event. This class began with the “find and neutralize the active shooter” realistic training, then moved into the Law Enforcement basic trauma/wound care to prepare victims for transport and higher level medical care.
Law enforcement who attended these two classes were from multiple states and agencies from across the country, among them, U.S. Treasury, Alaska, Brady P.D., Texas Parks and Wildlife, Coleman ISD Police, Coleman Sheriffs Office, Coleman P.D., Comanche Sheriff office, and New York. The ALERRT classes and training are recognized by the FBI as the national standard to respond to active shooter.

The following paragraph will tell you more detail about ALERRT and Texas State University and funding.

Many of our classes are funded through such funding sources as the Bureau of Justice Assistance, VALOR, the Office of the Governor, or the Department of Homeland Security. Since much of this training is awarded at no cost to the agency or the officers who are being trained, we appreciate mentioning the funder in news stories. Please ask us who awarded the funding for this training when gathering information about the delivery.

More than 70,000 law enforcement officers across the nation have been trained in ALERRT operations and tactics to respond to active shooter situations. This vital training is delivered by veteran law enforcement SWAT specialists with proven experience in active shooter response and police training. In March of 2013, the FBI announced that ALERRT is the national standard through which they are training their agents. Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Iowa, Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, and South Carolina are among the first states to train and adopt the ALERRT curriculum as their state standard in active shooter response. Other states are moving forward with this as their standard and many large cities (New York City, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and San Antonio) are training all of their front line officers in ALERRT tactics and standards.

Currently, nine courses make up the ALERRT catalog: Basic Active Shooter Response Level I ("Stop the Killing"); Train the Trainer -Level I; Medical Response for Law Enforcement Level II ("Stop the Dying"); First Responder Breaching; Low Light; Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events (ERASE); Plain Clothes Response to Violent Encounters (PCRVE); Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) and Active Threat Integrated Response Course (ATIRC).

ALERRT courses are delivered year round at our training facility in San Marcos, Texas, as well as in communities across the nation.

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The Golden Age of Entertainment --- TEEA District 7 Retreat

The Golden Age of Entertainment --- TEEA District 7 Retreat
Pictured from L-R are: Nina Childress, Anna Jenkins, Dorothy McDonald, “Elvis”, Dora Newman, Helen Cross and Jean Langford.

Coleman County Extension Education Association members attended the District 7 TEEA Retreat August 4th and 5th, in the Texas 4H Center, at Lake Brownwood. Those attending were Good Neighbor members; Nina Childress, Helen Cross, Anna Jenkins, Jean Langford, Dorothy McDonald, Dora Newman and Janet Nelson, CEA-FCS (not pictured)..

The theme of the event was "The Golden Age of Entertainment". The group enjoyed food, fun, fellowship and programs. The programs included "Mature Drivers", the singing/dancing group "The Hattelines" "Tea Time", and "Mason Bees - Pollinators of Gardens" (by Caroline Skelton of Coleman County!)

Brown County hosted the event, with Taylor and Coleman Counties acting as co-hosts.

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Coleman Public Library receives grant

Coleman Public Library receives grant

The Coleman Public Library received a generous grant of $4,923.17 from the Friends of the Coleman County Foundation.

We are pleased to announce we have received full funding for 3D technology to enhance the Summer Reading Program, ACE Summer Reading Program, and to provide this new technology to the community of Coleman County.

The 3D technology included in the grant are ten 3D doodle pens, a Cricut Expression machine, a cube 3D printer, and the required accessories. We are excited to ring this new technology to our programs and activities with the children and community. The power pack 3D cube printer will be available for check-out to churches, community organizations, and boards of Coleman County for a minimal fee to replace additional filament supplies. In house services using the 3D printer will be available to individuals soon, fees will be determined at a later date by the Library Advisory Board.

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Central Texas Farm Credit to relocate Administrative offices to Early, Texas

Coleman branch office to continue to operate normally

Central Texas Farm Credit recently announced plans to build a new corporate headquarters and branch office building in Early, Texas. The Coleman branch office will continue to operate normally, while administrative personnel will relocate to Early.

"The Coleman branch office is an integral part of our organization and it will continue to serve the Coleman area and community," said Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Chambers, "Coleman has been good to Central Texas Farm Credit and this move will have no impact whatsoever on our Coleman branch customers."

Central Texas Farm Credit has experienced substantial growth in both loan volume and staff over the past five years. The new facility in Early will alleviate serious overcrowding issues in both the current Early branch and the Administrative offices currently housed in Coleman.

A handful of Administrative employees will relocate from Coleman to the new corporate headquarters in Early. According to Chambers, the move will reduce or eliminate a lengthy commute for most of the employees transferring to the new location. The Coleman branch office and employees will continue to operate under the leadership of Branch President, Scott Ogden.

The relocation of the company's administrative office is intended to better serve customers and employees and will position Central Texas Farm Credit for long-term growth. The Early building project is expected to be completed in April 2016.

ABOUT CENTRAL TEXAS FARM CREDIT

Founded in 1916, Central Texas Farm Credit is dedicated to providing a reliable source of financing for agricultural producers, agribusinesses, and recreational property. Member-owned and part of the Farm Credit system, Central Texas Farm Credit maintains a portfolio of 2,700 loans for over $430 million in a 20 county area in central and west Texas. It is headquartered in Coleman, Texas and has branch offices in Brownwood, Texas; San Angelo, Texas; Comanche, Texas; Brady, Texas, and Haskell, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.ranchmoney.com or call 877-229-0221.

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Central Texas Farm Credit to relocate Administrative offices to Early, Texas