Located in the Texas Mid-West region where hunting and fishing is considered major industries. Coleman is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes: Lake Coleman, lvie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna, and Hord's Creek.
The New Year of 2016 is going strong. The Chamber is looking forward to new exciting things that will happen in Coleman and Coleman County in 2016. The Chamber has started the New Year with new officers. Jeromy Watson is the new Chamber President. Tammy Casey is the new 1st President and Christi Robertson is the new 2nd Vice-President. Other Board of Directors include Sandra Barr, Nina Childress, Leslie Cross, Renea McMillan, Lana Kading, Becki Reynolds, Bro. John Stanislaw and Connie Turner. Our new Board of Director is Weldon Thompson, the Director of Maintenance for CISD and also coaches. The Chamber would like to welcome Weldon to our Chamber family and encourage our new officers as they set goals for how the Chamber will be a part of the exciting things that 2016 has to offer Coleman and Coleman County.
One of the business spotlights for January is Lifes Delights in Santa Anna. Edwin and Janice Hipsher are owners of this trendy shop that offers their photography suitable for home or office. Framed photos line the walls for all to enjoy. In addition, take a look at their custom photo kitchen cutting boards which are tempered glass and dishwasher safe. All occasion note cards embellished with their photos are also available.
The photography is what started this business but since you don't need a photo everyday.. but...you might need a pair of earrings...and that ...was the start of this shop that has now grown to offer the largest selection of costume jewelry around, over 300 necklaces shown on neck displays, lots of pierced earrings as well as clip earrings, over 200 crosses of various sizes, 100 plus framed photos, over 60 purses and wallets, various metal stars and home decor. Womens apparel sizes from Small to 3X something for everyone
!!! Affordable prices and large selections make shopping fun!!
Edwin and Janice are retired Postmasters and have a blended family of 6 children, 16 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren along with the husbands and wives. A total of 43 and counting!! Keeping up with family is a full time job!! They are members of the Santa Anna First Baptist Church, Santa Anna Chamber of Commerce, Coleman Chamber of Commerce and Fine Art League of Coleman County. Edwin even enjoys going to Market and buying the different jewelry. All of their vendors in the Dallas Market Center and other Markets know Edwin by name as there are not too many cowboys his age with a black cowboy hat that is actually having fun buying jewelry!!! Janice keeps busy with updating Lifes Delights website and Facebook as well as the ones for the Santa Anna Chamber of Commerce and Absolute Accents Inc. In their spare time they enjoy their cattle, wildlife and the outdoors, going to visit their kids, grand and great grand children!!
Their motto is "Live Every Day"...there are no days of boredom or what are they going to do today....it is how much can they accomplish today.
Janice has always been known as the "one" with the camera! It is always with her to capture the once in a lifetime shots of nature or family. Her son started an art gallery a few years back. He approached her by telling her that she should enlarge some of her photos that everyone bragged about...and that was the start of Lifes Delights Photography. She has been published in Texas Highways Magazine, selected for several contests, been on the cover of Native Plant Society magazines, two Coleman County Telephone Books, two covers for Central Texas Farmers Credit Assoc. Annual Reports, her Dotted Checkerspot Butterfly Photo is featured on the main page of the Butterfly and Moths of American National Web Site (http://www.butterfliesand moth.org/species/poladryas-minuta) When they first opened The Botanical Research Center of Texas Gift Shop located by the Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth, they carried limited items of her work until the full size gift shop was downsized.
In the meantime, Edwin got tired of waiting for her to do her photography so he bought his own camera. He has since won blue ribbons awards from contests, and leaving Janice in second place at times!!
Lifes Delights products can also be seen at the Rockin R Steakhouse in Santa Anna and the Coleman Chamber Of Commerce office. You never know when you look up and see their work all over the state. Edwin and Janice appreciate everyone that has helped them make this business a success in the 3 years at this location. Come and visit Lifes Delights at 715 Wallis Ave Santa Anna ---------  "Where Art, Style, And Affordability Meet !!!
The next business we would like to spotlight is Central Texas Farm Credit. Agriculture is the backbone of the Coleman economy and for nearly a century, Central Texas Farm Credit (CTFC) has specialized in financing agricultural operations, agribusinesses, recreational property and other rural real estate throughout central Texas. They don't offer checking or savings accounts or any other banking services, they just make loans.
Central Texas Farm Credit has had a presence in Coleman for as long as anyone can remember. The institution, originally known as the National Farm Loan Association of Coleman, has gone through a series of name changes and mergers. Over the years, the company has also been known as the Federal Land Bank Association of Coleman, The Federal Land Bank Association of Texas, and now Central Texas Farm Credit. Coleman Branch president, Scott Ogden, says that in spite of all the name changes over the years, most people still know them as the "Land Bank."
As a customer-owned cooperative CTFC provides its members with financing at competitive rates, and also returns its surplus earnings to them after it has met its needs for a strong capital base. Borrowers become stockholders and part-owners in the business, which gives them the opportunity to share in its financial success. In late December 2015, CTFC's board of directors approved the payment of a record $5.6 million cash patronage refund to its customers to be paid in March of 2016. According to CTFC's CEO Jimmy Chambers, this refund will reduce the average borrower's interest rate by about 1.5% for 2015. Chambers went on to say that CTFC is a much bigger organization than most people realize with about 2,800 outstanding loans totaling $480 million.
"Our Coleman branch office is a standout in our organization," says Chambers, "Scott Ogden and Andrew Young and their support staff do an awesome job of fulfilling Farm Credit's mission of improving the profitability and well-being of area farmers and ranchers."
"Our borrowers are the reason for our success," says Ogden. "Area farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses have depended Farm Credit for 100 years and we've proven we are here to stay."
Although there have been many changes to Central Texas Farm Credit throughout the past 100 years, one thing that has not changed is their commitment to supporting the Coleman area community. CTFC and its employees take an active role in the community by supporting local charities and events, as well as youth leadership organizations such as FFA and 4-H. In 2016, CTFC implemented a scholarship program for graduating high school seniors who plan to study agriculture at a two or four year university.
"The scholarship program was created as another way for us to give back to our communities," says Chambers, "we know how important it is to support the agricultural leaders of tomorrow and we are happy to do our part."
To learn more about the CTFC scholarship program, visit www.ranchmoney.com. The Coleman-headquartered cooperative has branch offices in Brady, Brownwood, Coleman, Comanche, Haskell, San Angelo and San Saba. It is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Central Texas Farm Credit is located at 215 West Elm Street, and is open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. They can be reached at 325.625.2165.
The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. We are located at 218 Commercial Ave., Coleman, Texas and our phone number is 325-625-2163. We invite you to stop by and visit us any time.
|Coleman At A Glance
Coleman is located near the geographical center of Texas, 54 miles southeast of Abilene.
The annual average temperature is 65º. Average rainfall for the year is 26.5 inches
The City of Coleman is comprised of 5,410 residents. The Coleman County's population is 9,710. The median
age is 42.1 and the median household effective buying income is $16,483. The area's civilian labor force numbers 4,335
The city is governed by a Mayor-Council-Manager system. The county government is presided over by a County Judge and
- Health Care
Coleman County Medical Center is a 46-bed medical-surgical facility with full emergency room services. Two nursing homes
have capacity for 146 residents.
The local airport, located one mile from the community, has a 4,500' paved, lighted runway for corporate and private
planes. Aircraft services are also available. Regional airports with commercial airlines are located in Abilene (54 miles) and Brownwood (30 miles). Daily rail and bus
services are available, as are inter and intra-state trucking.
Electric power with distribution voltages of 2,400 / 4,160, is provided by the City of Coleman.
ATMOS Energy supplies gas. Distribution line and pressure 60PSI - 8".
Water and sewage services are provided by the City of Coleman. Water treatment capacity is 5,200,000 gallons per day; average daily demand is 2,000,000 gallons per day. Sewage capacity is 800,000 gallons.
Verizon Company provides local telephone service and high-speed internet service.
Coleman schools include one elementary, one middle and one high school, as well as a remodeled Co-operative Alternative
School. Santa Anna, Novice, and Panther Creek (2000 State Six-man Football Champion) Independent School Districts are also located in Coleman County.
Coleman is home to 22 churches of Protestant and Catholic denominations.
Founded in 1876 on Hords Creek, area of rolling, grassy plains and wide bottom lands. A typical frontier settlement, first store hardly completed before a cemetery was laid out for loser in cowboy gunfight. Today seat of Coleman County. Area still devoted to large scale ranching; additional income from oil, natural gas, limestone, and high-grade glass sand from Santa Anna Mountain eight miles southeast of the city.
Coleman lies on U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
Coleman, Texas is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry. Yet Coleman is richest of all in its abundance of water.
The community, county seat of Coleman County, is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes. Lake Coleman, Ivie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna and Hord's Creek. Lake O.H. Ivie is currently the hottest black bass fishing lake in Texas. More than 70 private lakes add to the allure of natural beauty and recreational pleasure. Each lake offers a distinctive setting for everything from exciting water sports to the quiet contemplation of nature.
Coleman County also offers a wealth of frontier heritage. Named for Robert M. Coleman, aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston, the county contains several sites that testify to its historical prominence.
Well-preserved artifacts still remain from Camp Colorado, the area's earliest outpost. At the foot of the historic Santa Anna mountains lies a pioneer cabin a Registered U.S. Museum. Additional points of historical are the early towns of Trickham and Voss. Several of Coleman's older homes have been restored, including the Blair house, and official Texas Historical Landmark.
Business and Industry
The business climate in Coleman is as attractive as its ideal year-round weather. Foremost is the friendly and cooperative spirit that characterizes the area's labor force. Coleman's fine municipal services, transportation facilities and abundant energy resources serve as additional incentives for business development
Manufacturing plants in Coleman produce a variety of quality products for Texas and the nation. A sampling includes, saddles, boots, heavy duty truck and recreational vehicles, grill guards, leather goods, archery products and plastic fabrication. With production active in all sections of the county, oil and gas ranks with ranching as one of Coleman's most prominent industries
In addition to the recreational riches of area lakes, Coleman presents a showcase for outdoor activities. Also known as the "Hunting Capital of Texas." the area is home to ample populations of deer, turkey, ducks, dove and quail. The plentiful wildlife is also a boon for non-hunting nature lovers. Coleman's City Park, located on the scenic banks of Hord's Creek, offers picnic facilities under majestic shade trees, a western museum, tennis courts, a recreation center with Olympic-size swimming pool and playground equipment. Noted for its tough stock and talented cowboys, Coleman's PRCA approved rodeo is held annually during the last weekend in June. Other competitive events include one of the nation's largest county livestock shows, County 4-H Horse Shows and the Coleman County Fiesta de la Paloma and Dove Cook-off Rounding out Coleman's recreational bounty is a Country Club that features club facilities swimming pool and a 9-hole golf course.
Farming and Ranching
Endowed with some of the state's richest grass lands, Coleman County produces outstanding herds of commercial and purebred cattle, horses, sheep, goats and hogs. In fact, Coleman is the fourth largest wool-producing county in Texas. Approximately 50,000 to 75,000 head of cattle are marketed annually at the Coleman Livestock Auction. The fertile soils and ideal climate of the Coleman area make farming one of the area's biggest businesses. Cotton, wheat, oats, barley and grain sorghums are raised throughout the county.
Education and Culture
Just as its natural bounty, Coleman considers its people an important resource. That is why education plays a significant role in the life of the community. In addition to a new elementary and middle schools, Coleman has built a modern high school to prepare students equally well for higher education or entry into the labor market upon graduation.
Cultural institutions are also an important force in and around Coleman. They range from the Coleman and Santa Anna Public Libraries to the Coleman County Museum , There is also a Fine Arts League and several civic clubs, including Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis.