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Coleman Livestock Auction

Wednesday, May 06, 2015, in General News.

Coleman Livestock Auction Commission Co. Inc.

date of sale: April 29th 2015
volume: 344
trend: Steady/No Change
  Steers Heifers
200-300 Lbs. 240-385  230-350
300-400 Lbs. 200-235  175-225
400-500 Lbs. 220-295  210-300
500-600 Lbs.
600-700 Lbs. 180-240  175-230
700-800 Lbs.
Slaughter Cows 90-125
Slaughter Bulls 135-160
Stocker Cows 1200-2800
Pairs 1500-3250
Cattle Sales every Wednesday 11:00

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The Ever Confidential AEPEP Contract

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in General News., City news, Opinion/Commentary

The Ever Confidential AEPEP Contract
It seems that this issue just keeps getting more and more entwined and convoluted.
In April, after hearing the pleas from Coleman, our state representative in Austin sponsored two bills to ensure contracts between electrical providers and cities could no longer be confidential. These bills would have provided relief to Coleman citizens and businesses by allowing us, the citizens, to finally be able to fully review the contract that is holding us hostage with AEPEP.
You would think that our city leaders would have fully supported this effort. After all, for many years we have heard repeatedly that the contract is secret and there is simply nothing they can do about it.
On March 19th, a very passionate debate took place in Coleman at the city council meeting, where it became abundantly clear that somehow our city leaders were not actually on board with this effort to bring the AEPEP contract to the light of day. In fact, to everyone’s utter surprise, it was just the opposite.  You can see what happened if you watch the video at
On the agenda of the very next city council meeting, this item appeared:
The City Council may consider, discuss and/or take actions regarding the approval of a Resolution opposing House Bill 2715 and House Bill 2716 in their entirety
Many people showed up to voice their opinion on this matter and …… IT WAS TABLED BEFORE THE MAYOR COULD EVEN FINISH HER INTRODUCTION.
Of course, everyone knew something BIG had happened to convince Mayor Pro-tem Payne to quickly call for this resolution to be tabled, but no one knew what the “something” was. 
If it had ended there, it would probably have just been forgotten history; but, of course, such things have a propensity to live on and get more repugnant as they go. And that is just what has happened.
On April 20th, eight (8) city leaders and citizens from Coleman traveled to Austin, without authorization from any board or council, to convince our congressman not to support these bills.

The 8 were:
  1. City Manager, Paul Catoe,                                      --
  2. Mayor Pro-tem Gary Payne,                          --
  3. Mayor-Elect Nick Poldrack                                  -- 625-3370
  4. City Attorney, Pat Chesser,                                  --
  5. EDC Executive Director, Kim Little                 --
  6. EDC Secretary, Roy Poage                           --
  7. County citizen Kay Poage, wife of Roy Poage
  8. Citizen Rodney Cole Jr, as chauffeur.
Yes, these 8 people traveled all the way to Austin in what can only be described, in my opinion, as a covert action to sabotage the processes of transparency that had been started in Austin to give much needed relief to the citizens of Coleman.
WHY did this happen and who authorized it?
We spoke with Mayor Kay Joffrion on this matter.  She let us know that ....

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This is the opinion of one or more persons and may or may not reflect the opinion(s) of Alternate opinions are welcome and may be considered for publication in this section.
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Bluecat News

Monday, May 04, 2015 - Posted by Coleman ISD, in General News., Coleman ISD News and Events

Bluecat News
Saturday, May 2nd
All three relays advance to STATE! 


Sunday, May 3rd
CONGRATULATIONS to COACH JAMES 'DOC' NALL for being selected as the 2015 FCA Brownwood Area HUDDLE COACH OF THE YEAR!
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2015 Steer Shootout

Friday, May 01, 2015, in General News., Events and announcements

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Video tour of the Coleman Public Library

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Posted by Craig & Bernadette Allen, in General News., City news, Videos

This video is a continuation of our multi-video series of interviews from downtown Coleman, TX

It is an exciting time for Coleman.
There are seven or more businesses opening or that have just recently opened in the span of just a few months!

In this video we feature our incredible public library. Sue Dossey was kind enough to narrate as well as summarize below the 5 recent grants that the Library has received since December.



Here's some information about all the grants the library has received since December to a total of $30, 685.17.
1 & 2.) Preservation and digitizing - we received a grant from the Coleman County Foundation ($7,632.00) December 11th for preservation and digitizing the Mac Woodward Texas History Collection.  The library has partnered with the Abilene Library Consortium with this project.  The collection was donated to the library in the early 1990's and houses approximately 800 books and booklets with published and unpublished materials and memorabilia.  The collection is related to Texas and two prominent Coleman family's - the Woodward and McClellans.  There are also limited editions, some of the booklets are rare self-published editions, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, telegrams, letters and photographs of the McClellans and Woodwards.
With help from the Abilene Library Consortium archivist Mary Lee Bartlett, the collection will be  inventoried and training for library staff to preserve the collection from further deterioration.  Book cases will be covered with archival lining to insulate the acid in the wood from the books.  Scrapbooks, photographs and other loose items will be stored in archival boxes to deter damage due to light.  To give the collection books a worldwide presence, Coleman Public Library will add the titles to its local catalog and to OCLC (the world's largest online catalog of library materials)  Items of great historical interest, such as letters, telegrams and photographs will be selected for digitization on the West Texas Digital Archives, a free public online repository containing over 50,0000 unique historical items.  Digitizing materials will allow patrons to view this priceless historic content without exposing the original physical objects to further wear and damage.  Once it is finished patrons will also be able to view the collection on the library website.
Tocker Foundation ($15,600.00) awarded the library a grant for digitization of the Coleman Voice; the Coleman Democrat Voice; the Coleman Daily voice; and the Coleman County Chronicle.  This project partnered with Abilene Library Consortium, will include approximately 15,000 pages of text and images to be housed on the University of North Texas' (UNT) Portal to Texas History.    The library's 105 reels of newspaper microfilm span the years 1908 - 2013 and provide a look back at Coleman's past.  Once again the library is partnered with Abilene Library Consortium for this project.  ALC is a 501 c (3) to serve libraries and other cultural heritage organizations across Texas.  The consortium's primary mission is to deliver higher-quality library services to its communities through resource sharing and collaborations.  Their web site is

The Portal to Texas History,, is a gateway to
Texas history materials.  The portal digitalizes historical materials from private collectors and collaborative partners, including libraries, museums archives and other historical groups.  In 2010 the Portal hosted over 900,000 digital images from one hundred and thirty partners.  Every month over 115,000 visitors from around the world use the online collections.
The Tocker Foundation has adopted a goal of promoting Texas public libraries in communities of 12,000 or less.  Grant applications are reviewed by a permanent committee of librarians appointed by the Texas Library Association.  This grant brings the cumulative grant support to the Coleman Public Library to a total of $147,143.00.
3.) Free books for children - we were very excited to learn we have been awarded a Books For Children grant by the Libri Foundation. 
This foundation works with Friends of the Library or other local organizations to raise funds to contribute as a match fund of $200 to $350 which the Libri Foundation then matches a 2 to 1 ratio.  The library can receive up to $1,050.00 worth of new quality, hardcover children's books that will be added as a permanent addition to library collection.  Books donated though this program will be used for storytelling, toddler, preschool, after-school (ACE) program, school projects and to just provide children with a "good read."  The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization, established in 1989 for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries in the United States acquire new children's books.  For this 2015 grant 98 libraries nationwide.  Four libraries in Texas; Coleman Public Library, Dublin Public Library, Hugh Springs Public Library and Clarksville Public Library.  Librarian Sue Dossey would like to share some additional information, she received a letter to inform the library of a new development.  Thanks to a generous and anonymous, donation to the Libri Foundation our library is no longer required to prove matching funds.  The library will receive $1,050.00 worth of books absolutely free.  
4.) Texas Book Festival collections enhancement grant ($1,500.00)  The grant will be used to fund the MackinVIA, eBook content of accelerated Reading books for all Coleman County students.  Students have easy access to the collection twenty-four hours, seven days a week accessed via the Coleman public Library web site  MackinVIA was originally funded by a grant from the Friends of the Coleman County Foundation in 2014.  
The Texas Book Festival is a nonprofit organization that celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination.  Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush and a group of interested volunteers, the annual Festival is held on the ground of the Texas Capitol.  It features readings and discussions from more that 50 renowned Texas and national authors, entertaining and informing more than 40,000 adults and children, free of cost.  The 2015 Texas Book Festival is scheduled for October 17th & 18th.  For more information about the Teas book Festival visit  
5.) 3D Technology - (This grant will be announced tomorrow night at the Friends of the Library awards party) Friends of the Coleman County Foundation 2015 grant has awarded the Friends of the Coleman Public Library a grant for $4,923.17 to enhance the library's Summer Reading Program, ACE Reading Program and to provide new 3D technology services for the community of Coleman.  This includes a craft machine and supplies, 3D doodle pens, and a 3D printer to use to stimulate the minds of our children for reading projects.  The 3D printer will provide an additional service for businesses, organizations, churches and the community. 
Thank you, Sue Dossey

Sue Dossey, Librarian, Cindy Dempsey and Mary Lou Garrett

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Coleman Livestock Auction 4/22

Thursday, April 30, 2015, in General News.


Coleman Livestock Auction Commission Co. Inc.

Date of sale: April 22nd 2015
volume: 2073
trend: Steady/Lower
  Steers Heifers
200-300 Lbs. 250-375  230-325
300-400 Lbs. 215-240  175-235
400-500 Lbs. 220-300  220-300
500-600 Lbs.
600-700 Lbs. 180-240  180-240
700-800 Lbs.
Slaughter Cows 95-130
Slaughter Bulls 135-163
Stocker Cows 1250-3400
Pairs 1500-3400

Cattle Sales every Wednesday 11:00

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The new retro furniture store being built by Bonnie West

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Posted by Craig & Bernadette Allen, in General News., City news, Videos

The second in a series of interviews downtown Coleman, TX

Coleman Connected is pleased to present the second in a series of interviews with some of the new business owners downtown Coleman, Texas

It is an exciting time for Coleman. There are seven or more businesses opening or that have just recently opened in the span of just a few months!

In this article, we feature the new retro furniture store being built by Bonnie West

Yesterday, Coleman Connected stopped by the nearly completed construction project that will surely be transformed into a nostalgic retro furniture home décor store, downtown Coleman Texas, which is now owned and operated by Bonnie West.

"The new name is currently a secret," says West, "but we'll be putting up our sign by the end of May if all goes well."

West will be selling mid-century modern (styles from around the years 1955 - 1965) furniture and other home décor - rugs, lamps, vases, ashtrays, record players.

Most of the merchandise will be vintage - actually from the 50s and 60s.  But, there is not enough of the old stuff left to go around, so about 25% will be good reproductions - new merchandise in a retro style.

West says when people think about that era, the first thing that comes to mind is the music - early rock-and-roll  (Elvis, Buddy Holly, Everley Brothers).

The cars are the next thing that usually come to mind from that era. That was the first time cars for young people were widely available, instead of your parents' sedan (the Mustang, the muscle cars).

Both of these things will be featured in the shop.

West remarks:  "A lot of work was needed to get the building ready for us -- there was no electricity, no plumbing, no heat or a/c and no front door! -- BUT it is in a great location, has an intact pressed-tin ceiling and a good concrete floor that just needed to be cleaned and polished.  My sister-in-law, Sue Cullins, and my friend, Loma Dean, will be helping me in the shop."

West hopes to be open by the end of May.


Grab your best girl and cruise on down to Coleman, Texas and relive the good ol' days. Then spend the day just enjoying everything Coleman has to offer.
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Opinion - Update from ACCT

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Posted by Jo Ann Eddleman, in General News., Opinion/Commentary

Although this is not an official count, we heard that as of today 667 have voted in this election. Of course, we with A-C-C-T are counting on a heavy turnout and it looks like that is happening.  We need to hear from the county! Your vote could make the difference in the outcome of this election.

A-C-C-T asks you to vote against Propositions 1 and 2 on the ballot to give the hospital board time to research more options for improvements at the hospital independent of the pressure being brought to bear by the doctors, the hospital staff, and the company that has provided the one and only  $12 million proposal for improvements at the hospital. That  company also happens to lease the facility and has promoted similar proposals for facility renovations in several small towns in Texas even though they are headquartered in Oklahoma. That company stands to gain from federal government CMS subsidies with a larger facility. We should be putting this money into our own coffers, not Preferred Management's Oklahoma bank account. 

This is a county-wide election. The only polling place is at Coleman City Hall. If you need a ride, please call A-C-C-T's toll free number 855-984-1598.

This is the opinion of one or more persons and may or may not reflect the opinion(s) of Alternate opinions are welcome and may be considered for publication in this section.
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Dear Candidates,

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Posted by Craig Allen, in General News., Opinion/Commentary

Yesterday we sent out the following email to the two citizens that are running for the position of city council member, west ward.


Dear Candidates,

If you would like to put together a short 100-200 word "As you go to vote" message to the voters, supporting your candidacy, please email it back to us ASAP and we'll publish it on

Thank you for your willingness to serve Coleman.



As of today, we have not received any response from Ms. Merriman.  If we receive a response from Ms. Merriman, we will happily publish it.

Ms. Jeannie Moss responded with the following:

As you go to cast your ballot, please keep in mind that Coleman is at a tipping point:  we can move forward, toward growth and progress, or regress slowly into oblivion.  Your vote can decide which way our great little town will go.
I am the candidate who is willing to look at all alternatives, especially when it comes to our high electric rate!  I believe you have clearly asked the city council to step up and fix this situation.  Please consider where we are and where you would like us to be in the future.
I’m so pleased to see all the new businesses that have recently opened, along with those that are currently in the planning and building stages.  They are signs of an awakening right here in Coleman – a true renewal of our town that makes me so proud.  I will work to strengthen this momentum and to provide, as much as possible, an environment that both promotes and encourages growth and prosperity for Coleman. 

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The first in a series of interviews downtown Coleman, TX

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - Posted by Craig & Bernadette Allen, in General News., City news, Videos

Coleman Connected is pleased to present the first in a series of interviews with some of the new business owners downtown Coleman, Texas.

It is an exciting time for Coleman. There are seven or more businesses opening or that have just recently opened in the span of just a few months!

In this first series of interviews and articles, we feature the new pizzeria being built by Robert and Laurie Williamson, followed by an quick look at the construction in progress by the Jones Brothers, who have been commissioned by Bonnie West. She is opening up a 50's - 60's style furniture and nostalgia store.

As a bonus, we had a chance to talk with the ladies at the Coleman Library about the exciting new items and events coming to the Coleman library as a result of the five grants they were just awarded. Congratulations!

Looking good Coleman!

Williamson expects to open the pizzeria on May 24th. The coffee shop, gallery and winery will open at progressively later dates. A farmers market is also in the planning stages. Williamson says he really needs to find some skilled workers to help him meet his goals.

The pizzeria features an authentic wood fired oven. They expect to be able to seat 50-60 people, where the dining will be casual.  Music is anticipated, with hours reaching into the evening, perhaps 9 or 10 pm, giving Coleman downtown some much needed nightlife.

The winery, where they will be crushing their own grapes is expected to open before the Prickly Pear Food and Wine Festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 24th, 2015. This promises to be quite an event, with the top six Texas wineries present, 7 chefs, and even one prickly pear beer maker. Williamson expects to bring in 2000 - 3000 people from out of town for the festival and is really optimistic on how this and the collection of bushiness will boost growth for the other local businesses and Coleman in general.


Here is a link to Rancho Loma Restaurant, a fine dinning restaurant owned and managed by Robert and Laurie Williamson just outside of Coleman.


If you would like your businesses or project interviewed, please contact us at

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