Chamber Chat
March 2017

This March, we have certainly seen the wind blow! But it sure doesn't dampen the spirits of the people in Coleman and Coleman County. The Kiwanis will be hosting the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus under the big top tent at the Rodeo Grounds on March 24. Plans are currently being made for a downtown event called "Kind of a Big Deal" is scheduled for March 25. You will have the opportunity for fun pictures in the photo booth and be entertained with a free live concert by "Pearl and the Polka Dots". There will be a drawing for the Aaron Watson Guitar! Heritage Hall will be exhibiting "Fashion Through the Ages". Come to downtown Coleman and be involved in all of the fun. The Petticoats on the Prairie will be back to Coleman on April 7 & 8. Be watching for activities in the downtown area for that weekend as well. The Chamber of Commerce is just one of the many sponsors that will be hosting "A Night with Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys" on April 14. This will be held at the Rodeo Grounds Dance Pavilion from 8 to midnight come rain or shine! In case of inclement weather, it will be moved to the Goree Expo Center. The excitement of this good ole "swing band" is spreading throughout the community as many businesses and individuals have stepped up to help sponsor this event. This will be a family fun event that we know everyone will enjoy. The Aggie Muster will be held on April 21. This is an important event held by the alumni of A&M University. Then the Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet on April 28 in the Bill Franklin Center. This year the theme will be "Coleman - Rich in Western Heritage". Feel free to wear your boots and jeans and enjoy what Coleman is all about. We will be honoring those that have contributed much to Coleman and Coleman County. Watch for details of this event and be sure and get your ticket so that we as a community can come together and celebrate Coleman and Coleman County.

The Business Spotlight for March is Ranch Realty of Coleman. Ranch Realty has been in operation for 14 years, but has been at the current location for 12 years. Pati Barton is the owner of Ranch Realty of Coleman and has a great team working with her. Calvin Helm is the Broker for Ranch Realty of Coleman and works with team members Johnny Allen and Stephanie Garner. Recently added to the team are Mary Hargett, Joshua Meadows and Glenda Keeney. You can find Ranch Realty of Coleman at 12070 US Hwy 67, Talpa, Texas 76882. You can call them at 325-636-4484 or stop by their web-site of  of follow them on Facebook. When Pati is out showing houses, she just might stop by the Downtown Deli for a sandwich and a drink. This is Pati's newest venture. The Downtown Deli is located at 209 A Commercial. You can call in your order at 325-625-DELI (3354) or follow them on Facebook. Josh Tye, manager, says to come on in and try some of the great foods they have to offer.

The second Business Spotlight is the Coleman County Electric Co-op. Since 1937, Coleman County Electric Cooperative (CCEC) has provided the residents of rural West Central Texas with reliable, low cost electricity. With close to 4,000 miles of line and approximately 9,000 meters in service, CCEC's service area stretches over 8 counties, including Coleman, Runnels, Concho, Tom Green, Brown, Callahan, Taylor, and Coke. With 34 employees, they are proud to serve members with over 500 years of combined experience in the electric utility industry. What makes a cooperative unique, is that it is a non-profit, voluntarily member owned, and member controlled organization. Unlike investor-owned utilities, an electric cooperative is operated by and for the people of the communities and areas it serves. We don't answer to Wall Street and we return our margins back to our members in the form of capital credits. Coleman County Electric Cooperative helps the communities and surrounding areas with local sponsorships and donations for schools, rodeos, stock shows, parades, and other events. Just recently, CCEC has agreed to sponsor and market a new internet company, TWN, to provide fast, reliable internet service to local and rural areas.

Coleman County Electric Cooperative gives high school students of members, the opportunity for scholarships and a 10 day, all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. every year for two students of area schools to join other high school students from across Texas and the U.S. to teach them about U.S. history, government, and the importance of public service. The tour was inspired by former president and Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson who, in 1957, encouraged electric cooperatives to send youngsters to the nation's capital where they could "actually see" what the flag represents!

Coleman County Electric Cooperative dedicates itself to the improvement of its members' lifestyle and the economic environment of its service area. CCEC is committed to providing safe, reliable electric service at the lowest practical cost and to meet the changing needs of its membership with a well-trained, quality work force and with the use of sound business practices.

The Chamber of Commerce is open from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Thursday and 9 AM - 12 Noon on 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.

Chamber Chat
February 2017

We know we definitely live in Texas! If you want for the weather to change, just sit back and wait a minute, it will definitely change. But with sunshine comes smiles on faces as we see people walking down the street and shopping in our stores and greeting each other as only small towns can do. Coleman is a friendly place where people love to come and enjoy our slower pace of life.

March is the month for our Chamber Membership Drive. Chamber Directors will be making personal contacts during the month of March to enroll more individuals, business firms, churches and organizations. Any citizen interested in helping develop Coleman and Coleman County is eligible to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

For the month of February we will be spotlighting DB Land Improvement. DB Land Improvement was founded in 2004 by David and Tracy Barnett. David has over 30 years experience in dirt construction, and started running equipment on heavy highway construction in the 80's. He gained much experience by working for Brown & Root USA, while building the OH Ivie Reservoir and has run heavy equipment on numerous job sites all over the state since that time.

Our company specializes in road construction from ranch roads, building pads, parking lots, hauling materials, and land clearing. We provide services in Coleman, Coleman County and the surrounding counties.

Please call us for any of your dirt construction needs at 325-625-1879.

The Chamber of Commerce is open from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Thursday and 9 AM - 12 Noon on 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.

Chamber Chat
January 2017

January 2017 is here and is the beginning of a new year with new wonderful things for our community. It has been a difficult beginning here at the Chamber. We lost someone that we loved dearly. Mary's husband, Mark Griffis, left this world in January. It's been a long difficult road, but Mark won the battle. We appreciate the support of the community shown to our Chamber Family as we have struggled and will continue struggling to find that new kind of normal.

With the many events planned for our community in 2017, we hope that we all remember the great things God gave us. He gave us Grace, Hope and Love. And the greatest of these is Love. When we are able to show true love to each other, everyone wins and prospers. There are so many exciting things going on in Coleman. We just all need to remember that we are all in this together. Let's all speak positively about each other and claim Coleman as that great place to live.

The Chamber is starting off the year with new faces on the Board. We said goodbye to some that had been on the Board for quite some time and they will truly be missed. We appreciate all that they did for this community. But with new faces comes new and exciting ideas. We look forward to everything that is being planned and invite anyone to offer constructive ideas to help with all of the planning process. The Chamber has many responsibilities and supports many organizations in town. You may not see all that we are doing, but we are striving to work for our community the best that we can. A copy of all of the responsibilities will be listed at another date in the paper, on our website and on our Facebook. Most people have no idea of all the things that the Chamber helps with. We appreciate all of the organizations having so much faith in the Chamber to allow us to help with their events and schedules.

The Business Spotlight for the city of Coleman is Taylor Real Estate. Taylor Real Estate was purchased by Ted & Sonjia Taylor and Lang & Ann Martin in 2004 from Sharlene Taylor (now Hetzel). Taylor Real Estate specializes primarily in ranch and hunting lands. Ted and Ann, though brother and sister, were partners in the business until 2015. Ted Taylor runs the business now because Ann has chosen to retire. Ann does remain the broker for the company. Ted invites anyone to come by that might be interested in his expertise. Taylor Real Estate is located at 112 Commercial Ave. in Coleman. You can call them at 325-625-4111.

Our second spotlight reminds us that summer is just around the corner and it's never too early to start making vacation plans or just plans for weekend get aways! Playin' Hooky Bait & Marina and Tiki Hut Grill located at Lake Coleman.

This business is family owned by Mary Wright and Dwayne and Jodie Brewster. Their off season hours vary, but their summer hours are great for anyone wanting that lake experience. Open 6 AM to 8 PM, they can help you with bait, beer, burgers and gas. They have added paddleboat and tube rentals as well. And don't forget about the Tiki Hut Grill where you will find a variety of food on the menu. Be sure and try the Captain Jack - it's the #1 Burger.

If you are one that loves relaxation, good service and good food and have a lovely view, then this is the place for you. You'll have good times and make many new memories with your trip to Lake Coleman. They have plans for other improvements, so come on out to Lake Coleman and visit Playin' Hooky Bait and Marina and Tiki Hut Grill - where "playin' hooky" is the thing to do in the summer. You can even give them a call at 325-382-4444.

The Chamber of Commerce has new office hours and is open from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Thursday and 9 AM to 12 Noon on 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 and invite you to attend our meetings held on the second Monday of each month.

Chamber Chat
November 2016

November has been a refreshing month. The leaves are changing and the weather is much cooler. Fall is in the air and it brings to mind just how thankful we really are. It gives us some time to reflect on the year and realized how blessed we truly are. The Chamber has been busy preparing for the Christmas Activities sponsored by the Coleman Business People's Association. At the writing of this Chamber Chat, those activities have come and gone. The Business People's Association planned a full day of activities on December 3, 2016. The Noon and Evening Lions Clubs hosted the Annual Pancake Fiesta featuring Breakfast was a huge success. Thank you to everyone that came in support of the Lions. Breakfast with Santa was an amazing opportunity to visit with Santa and get to know him. Santa remained at the Library until noon and had a steady stream of kiddos wanting to see him and tell him their Christmas wishes. The rain did not dampen the Christmas Spirit! Many people were shopping and enjoying the activities in Coleman as well as Santa Anna. We appreciate people supporting our local businesses. We hope you keep this in mind - Shop Coleman First! Since we are all in the mood for the Christmas Holidays coming up, the Home Decorating Contest will be held on Friday, December 16th. Contact the Chamber with your name and address and phone number so we can give it to the judges. The Best of the Best Swine Show was a great success. People from all over participated in the show. These kids learn so much responsibility in the 4H and FFA programs. Lessons for life are learned. We are proud of them all. We appreciate Sherman Smith and the many who helped to make this show possible. We have such an amazing place to hold events such as this at the Goree Expo Center and Bill Franklin Center. We appreciate the dedication of so many as they strive to hold events like this in our community.

We are spotlighting one business this month. The West Side Market & Laundry on 5th Ave. is our spotlight. West Side Market & Laundry, located at 1001 5th Ave., owned and operated by Eddie & Sue Dossey.

The Dossey's were born and raised in Coleman and have always resided in Coleman. Eddie, an oil field worker having worked as a driller, tool pusher and a drilling consultant in the state of Texas and worldwide working in Saudi Arabia and Chad, Africa in the 90's & 2000's. Six years ago he came "home" to the states and worked in Wyoming, Texas and New Mexico. Sue is the Coleman County Librarian and has been employed with the City of Coleman/Library for over 40 years. With the latest downturn in the oil field Eddie wanted to plan for a retirement job and found West Side Market and Laundry. Opening in July we supply a convenience store offering your basic grocery items such as milk, eggs, bread, chips, drinks, ice and beer. Each day we supply a lunch special that includes chicken salad, deli turkey/cheese or ham/cheese sandwiches. Our latest special is fresh Chopped Bar B Q beef on a bun. All specials include your choice of chips and a drink. We also sell pork ribs and sliced Bar B Q by the pound. The laundry is a nice cool/warm place to wash and dry your clothes. Our plans for the future are to add a larger washer and dryer to accommodate comforters and larger items and adding an outdoor plant section in the spring.

Come by and check us out at 1001 5th Ave. Our phone number is 325-625-1066. Like us on Facebook.

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 and invite you to attend our meetings held on the second Monday of each month.

October 2016

October is a busy month for Coleman and Coleman County. We had a great Fiesta de la Paloma with several new things for everyone to do and eat! Lots of good fun was had by all! We thank every who helped with Fiesta de la Paloma, whether it was financial, labor or just some good ole' support and positive words. Without your support we would not be able to do any of the activities that we do. Hopefully next year we can have even more helpers so we can do much more.

There were two ribbon cuttings this month. CMS has moved to a very unique new location. Their offices are now located on the corner of Walnut and Concho in the old Texaco Station. Stop by and see them and enjoy the atmosphere of way back when!! New business owner Pam Bowman opened her new business, Texas Roots Quilting with a ribbon cutting this month. If your interest is in quilting, she will have everything you might need to get started or even if you're an old pro at. Stop by and see what Pam has to offer.

The streets were busy one weekend with CHS Alumni. There was a multi-class reunion of alumni of CHS. Many came back to town sharing fond memories of their old school days and remembering all the things they did in Coleman. It's fun to see their smiling faces as they are remembering things that we that live here day in and day out sometimes take for granted.

The Sacred Heart Catholic Church had a great crowd at their Fall Festival. Fall brings out all of the festivities in the air as the leaves start to turn and the air begins to get a little brisk. Just when you think you can't stand the heat, fall comes this way and we are all so grateful.

The 2nd Annual Prickly Pear Pairing Style Show sponsored by the Circle C Cattlewomen was once again a huge success, as well as the Prickly Pear food + Wine Festival hosted by Signal Fredericksburg and it's many sponsors. These events bring many people to Coleman. We thank everyone who had a part in any way for these events.

The Spotlight of businesses this month is Centennial Lodge with owners Hank and Darla Wise. This all began with a little rock house and trailer near Rockwood in the Southern Coleman County. The Wise Family settled in South Coleman County primarily due to the excellent hunting and developed a ranching operation which also contains land in Northern McCullough County. Along with the ranching operation they added some recreational guided dove hunts.

The major boost to the Wise hunting operation in 2004 when Hank and Darla purchased the old historical school building known as Centennial Lodge School. Built in 1936, the school was a central high school for the communities of Valera, Bowen, New Central and White Chapel. In 1958, Centennial consolidated with Talpa, and served as the elementary campus until Panther Creek School was built in 1988. Until 2004, the school building was a cooperative alternate school until it was closed and bought by the Wises.

To develop a state of the art hunting lodge, the Wises did a major upgrade to the interior of the building. That included moving walls, improving dining areas and increasing vacancy. The exterior of the building was left in its original state to preserve the integrity of the building.

Today, there is a large commercial kitchen with dining area and a lodge annex on the 9 acre facility. For the past 10 years Centennial Lodge has become a popular location for several events. The dove hunting takes place in September and October. Each weekend is filled with 80 plus hunters, primarily corporate hunts, which all services are managed by the Wises.

In the off season, the lodge is used for all kinds of events. The most popular are family reunions, but the lodge has hosted church sponsored events, cooperate events and training events. To the Wises the most popular event is the Rolling Plains Bob White Brigade held every June. Recently Hunter Wise, a son, joined the operation. Their other son, Haden Wise will soon be joining the operation which will make it a full family operation. Taking their agriculture operation and adding the recreational aspect is a great example of diversification to enhance and insure the total operation.

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.

September 2016

The Chamber has been very busy this month enlisting new members. As you have probably noticed, things are happening in Coleman and Coleman County. A ribbon cutting was held for one of our newest businesses, Freight Train CrossFit on Llano St. We have heard many good things about what Josh and Heather Tye are doing with their business. We wish them the best of luck and encourage all of Coleman to check it out and see what they can do for you. A ribbon cutting was also held in Novice to help them open their new Community Library. Take a ride out to Novice and see the great things going on there. Eddie and Sue Dossey have opened the West Side Market and Laundry on 5th Avenue. Many people have given such inspiring comments on how these two are doing business. Eddie and Sue saw a need in that area and jumped in with both feet to help. We wish them all the success in the world and congratulate them on their new adventure. Whitney Alexander has opened her Performing Arts Studio in the top floor above Sara LeMoine Knox Attorney at Law on Concho Street. We are so blessed to have this opportunity of ballet, tap, yoga and more in Coleman. The arts are so important in our lives, but sometimes get put aside due to having to travel out of town, but now we have it at our fingertips. We wish Whitney the best of luck and we know that Coleman will embrace this opportunity. Speaking of Art, Haven Meadows on Commercial is a place you must see. Josh and Farrah Meadows have opened their unique Art Studio. This is something you would see in larger cities and now you can see it in Coleman, Texas. Our description of their art would not do it justice. Take the time to go in and spend some time talking with Josh and Farrah and seeing this incredible artwork.

Coleman Gifts & Craft Supplies has a new location and has expanded her store. It is so fun to walk in and see Fina Reid's dream coming true. Whatever you might need for your crafts or gifts, Fina will probably have it or she might be able to get it. The stores downtown seem to be busy all of the time. The streets have people walking around and shopping in our little town. People are stopping in at the Chamber and telling us they have been hearing about Coleman and just had to come and see for themselves. There is excitement in the air.

There are several other things coming to Coleman, as well. Another fitness place, a deli, and you know we are all watching Robert Williamson as he gets his Winery all together. We are blessed to live in a community that is so supportive of what we have. We have been asked many times, "What is there to do in Coleman?" Well, our answer keeps growing. If you can't find something going on in Coleman, maybe you need to look a little harder. We have exceptional people striving to do exceptional things to help our community grow.

Have you heard about the Fiesta de la Paloma coming up on October 1st? There are some exciting things being planned all over town. There will be a 2016 Fiesta Fun Run that afternoon, the Fine Arts League of Coleman County is planning the Fiesta de la Paloma Art Show at Heritage Hall along with a showing of Marian Johnson's work at the Library. The Coleman Business People's Association is planning the "Merchant Madness". There will be things to do all over town and we hope that you take every opportunity to be involved. People working together is what makes a community strong. We are thankful for all of the "TEAM" effort that we see going on in Coleman and Coleman County.

On October 21st, the Circle C Cattlewomen are planning their 2nd Annual Fabulous Pairing at Heritage Hall. Then on October 22nd is the Prickly Pear Food + Wine Festival in the downtown area. With the Class Reunions and the Festivals in October, Coleman seems to be the place to be. Keep watching the Chronicle and Coleman News and keep listening to KSTA for the latest on all of these events.

Our member for our "Spotlight" is Phillips Insurance Agency. Phillip's Agency is privileged to have served Coleman and Coleman County for the past 43 years providing solutions to all their insurance needs. The agency was formed in 1973 by co-partners, Archie and Evelyn Phillips. Archie was the pastor of North Coleman Baptist Church at the time and Evelyn was a homemaker. The first few years they operated the business out of their home. The business continued to grow steadily and they decided that it was time to expand and the business was moved to downtown Coleman in 1977. The Phillips' purchased and remodeled the building at 203 Commercial Ave. in 1983. They moved into the newly remodeled building in May of 1984, at which time their son, Berry graduated from high school and joined the agency. In 1990, Berry became a co-partner in the agency when Archie semi-retired. Archie continued to work at the agency on a part time basis until his death in 1996. In 2011, Evelyn stepped down due to health issues leaving only Berry to operate the agency. Berry is excited to announce that Taylor Phillips, who is currently a teacher at Coleman Junior High, will be joining the agency in May of 2017.

Phillips Agency has always represented Germania Insurance; the agency was privileged to participate in Germania's 100-year celebration held in Brenham, Texas in 1996. Representing Germania, the agency offers home, auto, liability, and life policies. They also offer companion policy discounts, and have a credit union that is available to their policy holders. Phillips Agency is looking forward to serving the citizens of Coleman and Coleman County for many years to come.

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.

August 2016

It's "Back to School" time in Coleman and Coleman County. The vacations are coming to a close, the pools will be closing and school shopping is happening. We hope that as you are getting your kids ready for school that you remember our local businesses. The teachers are preparing for a wonderful year with the awesome kids from our area. It's time that we should be watching for school zones and kids crossing the streets. Please keep our schools and kids in your thoughts and prayers as they embark on another year. This might be a great time to tell a teacher how much you appreciate them.

"Back to School" also brings football! We at the Chamber encourage you back your local football teams and encourage our kids to be the best we can be. Whether it be in sports or band or academics, our kids need the encouragement.

September 3, 2016 will be the Dove Fest. This a time that we can say thank you to all of the dove hunters who come to our county to dove hunt. This Dove Fest will be held at the Bill Franklin Center. This event is from 10AM to 1 PM. Tickets are $10.00 per person, $5.00 for 12 year olds and under. This includes an all you can eat catfish lunch and entry for all door prize drawings. You will also have the opportunity to compete in a virtual skeet shoot competition. Locals can join in the fun as well. Everyone come out to the Bill Franklin Center and enjoy the Dove Fest on September 3rd.

Here at the Chamber we are gearing up for Fiesta de la Paloma, the Festival of the Dove, on October 1, 2016. This is a great event for our community. A time we can fellowship with friends and family in a "Country Fair" type situation. Vendors are booking their spots and anxious to show you what they do best. We encourage you to be a part of the Fiesta. Many new things are going on with the Fiesta and all we need is YOU and your support.

This month we would like to spotlight The Coleman County Foundation. Growing and enriching Coleman County has always been the ultimate goal of the Coleman County Foundation. In 1999 a gift of $1.7 million, from Holiday Hill, established the Coleman County Foundation. Clyde Allen along with founding board members provided key leadership for the Foundation; since its inception the Foundation has awarded over $900,000 in grants back to the community.

Another important piece to the success of the Coleman County Foundation is a special group of couples and individuals who support the work of the Foundation through annual memberships. This unique group promotes the work of the Foundation by building friendships and philanthropy. 'Friend' members, through an annual membership of $100 or more, pool their funds together to continually build the endowment and also provide grantmaking opportunities. As of this past spring, the Friends of Coleman County has awarded over $202,000 in grants. Becoming part of this group is an easy way to make a difference in Coleman County.

Grant funds from both groups have assisted volunteer fire departments within the county, helped with various safety programs, encouraged teenagers, and provided necessary medical equipment and services. They have enabled libraries, museums and other buildings in the county to make needed improvements to facilities and programs, began community gardens and most recently, provided funding for a program that was the idea of a Coleman High School student. This CHS student noticed that some of her peers were going hungry over the weekends and when they were not in school. The Ticket Booth Project now serves area students that may have previously been in danger of going hungry.

The Coleman County Foundation and Friends of the Coleman County Foundation both have a deep commitment to Coleman County and want to provide funding through grants to enhance the quality of Coleman County. This would not be possible without the support of many individuals who commit their time and energy to providing leadership in governing the activities of the Foundation by serving on the board. Current members of the board of trustees are Sarah Beal, Board President; Kay Allen, Joan Ethridge, Terra McMahon, Dwin Nanny, Caroline Skelton, David Stewart, Randy Turner and Ellen West.

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.

July 2016

Can you believe summer is almost over! Time sure flies when you're having fun! Sometimes things slow down in the summer and we can reflect on things. We've been reflecting on things that the Chamber does. So many don't really know what the Chamber does. Most assume we are responsible for more than we actually are. We would like to take some time to chat with you so you will understand your Chamber even more.

During Rodeo, the Chamber is so busy. We are truly not responsible for anything about Rodeo - not even the Parade. The dates are set for the Rodeo by the PRCA. The date of the Rodeo parade is set by the Rodeo Association when they get the dates of the Rodeo. We support the Rodeo Association with any work that they need done. We help them with copies, mail-outs, and the selling of their tickets, shirts, and caps and the working of the Rodeo Parade. In turn, the Rodeo Association helps the Chamber by cooking the wonderful meal for the Chamber of Commerce Banquet. We have a great working relationship with our Rodeo Association.

The Christmas activities are planned and funded by the Coleman Business People's Association. The Chamber supports them completely by sending the parade mailings for them and putting the parade together for them. They determine the date and the theme and the Chamber supports them completely. The Coleman Business People's Association is made of business people who strive to support each business the best that they can. The Chamber does everything it can to support these business in our community.

The Dove Fest and Hunter's BBQ Appreciation Dinner are the responsibility of the Wildlife Committee. The Chamber supports these events through the selling of their tickets and t-shirts and caps. Because of the support we give to the Wildlife Committee, the Chamber is able to have a booth at these events in order to sell our fundraiser tickets.

The Chamber is responsible for the Chamber Banquet, the Membership Drive, the Fundraisers and the Fiesta de la Paloma. Your Chamber is a working Chamber doing our best to work for you. If you ever have suggestions for the Chamber please don't hesitate to contact our Executive Director Mary Griffis to discuss your ideas with her.

The spotlight on businesses for this month is CARR, Central Texas Rural Transit District. Central Texas Rural Transit District operates City And Rural Rides Public Transportation system. The District's goal is designing, implementing, and maintaining an efficient and effective transportation system for residents of Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Nolan, Runnels, Shackelford, Stephens, and Rural Taylor counties.

City And Rural Rides started providing transportation service in 1987 as part of the local community action agency with approximately 18 employees and three vehicles. In September 1998, the District was officially formed and became Central Texas Rural Transit District. Thru the years, the City And Rural Rides has continued to grow to its current level which includes 65 employees and 73 revenue vehicles. The Administrative office located in Coleman, Texas houses 17 staff. Last fiscal year travelled 1,444,847 revenue miles and provided 143,971 one way passenger trips for medical, employment, shopping, social, and various other destinations. J.R. Salazar, General Manager stated, "CARR is proud to be a part of Coleman county and has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1999.

In addition to the Administrative office and local driver offices, CTRTD was awarded funding for a multi-modal facility to be located in Early, Texas. The new facility will house management personnel and drivers from Brown County and will have a large training room for group meetings. In addition, it will serve as a hub for other transit agencies that travel into Brownwood area. We hope to open the new facility by the end of this year." For additional information on Central Texas Rural Transit District please visit City And Rural Rides web-site at or call locally 325-625-4491 or 1(800)710-2277.

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.

June 2016

June was an exciting month for Coleman and Coleman County. Coleman County plus many visiting our town came out to watch the 79th Annual PRCA Coleman Rodeo. Professional Cowboys and Cowgirls were in Coleman competing for the top prizes in the Rodeo. The weather was great and the fellowship with good friends was even greater. Hats off to the Coleman Rodeo Association one more time for a job well done. We appreciate their commitment of putting on a great rodeo for us all.

The Chamber of Commerce helped with the Rodeo Parade. Many locals as well as out of towners joined in on the fun. Congratulations to the winners of the parade and a great big thank you to all who participated and watched the parade.

If you missed the parade hopefully you were able to hear the live broadcast by Joe Haynes and Daniel Stovall on KSTA 1000 AM on your radio. If you missed the broadcast, you can see some of the pictures on the Chronicle & DV newspaper or look on Coleman News. We appreciate how these people dedicate themselves to the events in Coleman for all of us to enjoy,

There were activities for the little ones on the Courthouse Lawn after the Parade sponsored by The Coleman Business People's Association, ACE and the Coleman Community Coalition. The Evening Lions Club were cooking hamburgers while people enjoyed visiting with each other and watching their little ones enjoy the activities planned.

Sarah Beal and the Coleman County Cowgirls along with the Coleman Rodeo Association held the Exceptional Kids Rodeo in the Goree Expo Center. This is so much fun for the kids. Many things were planned for them. Some things were riding a horse, roping, and riding a simulated bucking bull. Around 15 kids participated. Thank you to all who helped to make this event so special.

The same day as the Rodeo Parade, there was a rocket launching in Burkett. Teams from all over the world came to compete. This is something that has been going on for several years and Coleman wasn't aware of. We are excited that Coleman County was chosen for this competition.

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.

May 2016

May brought us beautiful flowers, but along with the flowers we have been blessed with more and more rain. Our lakes are in good shape as we prepare for the hot months of summer. During May we have had many opportunities to be involved with our community. We have had the C.H. Hale Prostate Cancer Walk for a Cure through downtown Coleman, which was a great success. We saw the Farmer's Market open at the corner of Walnut and Commercial where we've been able to purchase home grown vegetables, meats, flowers, art, wine, soaps and much more. The streets are busy with visitors and locals all mingling and having a great time on each Saturday morning. Coleman was host for the Lawmakers Luncheon once again this year in the Bill Franklin Center. Dignitaries from the Midwest Region were present with our lawmakers listening to and asking questions of our lawmakers. Santa Anna had a great Funtiers Day with Arts & Crafts, Food Booths, Cook-off and much more. The Meek Blood Bank was in town at the Coleman County Electric Co-op to give us an opportunity to take the time to help others. The Coleman Community Coalition hosted the Accountability Roundtable with Sam Silverstein as the speaker. Coleman and Coleman County is fast becoming the place to be! We hope you take every opportunity that Coleman has to offer. YOU are a very important part of our community!

The Chamber Business Spotlight for this month is Cooper Supply, Inc. Bill & Sharron Paul established Cooper Supply Inc. in 1983 to meet the growing polyethylene pipe needs of the Central Texas oil fields. Coleman, Texas was the ideal location as it was in the middle of oil country and close to pipe manufacturing facilities. Bill Paul Jr. (son) began working for Cooper Supply while attending Coleman High School. Upon graduation in 1986, Bill Jr. joined the family owned operation full time. In 2001, the Paul's added a Farm & Ranch Hardware store which focuses on the use of polyethylene pipe for irrigation/crops and livestock water. Recently they have joined the Do It Best hardware family, enabling Marc Stovall (hardware store manager) and his team to bring Coleman and the surrounding area more quality products at great prices.

As the oil market transitioned thru the 80's and mid 90's, a new location was opened in 1994 in the DFW are of Haltom City (Stephanie Paul-Groves daughter/General Manager) to supply polyethylene natural gas pipe to what was once Lone Star Gas (currently Atmos) to meet the growing demands of an expanding housing and commercial market. With Bill Sr.'s vast knowledge of the oil patch/energy market, the DFW diversified quickly to service the needs of the emerging and exploding Barnett Shale.

A third branch was opened in Corpus Christi in 2006 (Bill Paul Jr. son VPO) to provide polyethylene pipe to South Texas Eagle Ford Shale for the natural gas/water and energy markets.

April 4, 2016, Cooper Supply was thrilled to announce the opening of a fourth location in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Our new location in Lufkin, Texas will focus on natural gas distribution and be managed by long time employee Jack Baccus out of the Ft. Worth location.
Our slogan for the las 33 years still remains true today: "People Helping People". When you call Cooper Supply you will get a "Live, Responsive, Responsible" person every time. Family owned and operated. Certified: Woman Owned Business and Texas HUB (historically underused business).

Our County Chamber Business Spotlight is The Coleman Country Club. The Coleman Country Club was founded in the late 1920's. The land was purchased from the Overall Estate. Originally it had sand putting greens. This Country Club holds fond memories for many in Coleman and Coleman County. Early members include Roy and Milton Autry. Milton's son Steve continues his family tradition as well as being a member and player. Charter members were Ben Taylor and Lang Martin Sr. Lang Martin Jr. is a member, and plays with his son Greg and Grandson, Ryan. This is 4 generations of members and players at the Coleman Country Club. The Coleman Country Club has withstood drought, floods, and changes in membership. Many improvements have been made. Herb McKee brought in heavy equipment to straighten out and improve the course. Ponds were dug, not to only catch the precious water, but to catch the many stray golf shots made by some of the players. Jack and Danny Birdwell served as course superintendents. Craig Duquet presently serves in this capacity and has for the last 10 years. The Coleman Country Club offers amenities for recreational use including golf, swimming and fishing. The golf course is open to the public while swimming and fishing is limited to membership.

The Course is constantly being improved thanks to many volunteers, sponsors, and the Coleman Community Coalition. The CCC is currently helping to fund the improvements of the cart paths.

While the Coleman Country Club Golf Course has members, it is also open to the public for a great game of golf. The green fees and cart rental is very reasonable. The Country Club serves as host to many tournaments which brings many visitors to Coleman. Some upcoming Tournaments include hosting the West Texas Jr. Golf Association on June 27, 2016. This event will bring in 40 or more of the finest young golfers, their coaches, parents and interested observers. They will patronize local motels and restaurants showing the economic impact our course has on the local economy. Our records indicate that our tournaments bring hundreds of visitors into the local community annually. Each year we have the pleasure of hosting the Coleman Invitational - Flynn Tournament, June 3 - 5, 2016, which is dear to the hearts of many locals. We also have the pleasure of hosting the Coleman PRCA Rodeo Association Tournament on June 11, 2016. This is not a serious tourney and they have novice players each year. This tourney is a great time for those first time players to join in on the fun. Additional tournaments that are currently scheduled are as follows:

  • ARK Tournament June 25, 2016
  • Masonic Tournament July 9, 2016
  • The Borracho Tournament August 12 - 13, 2016
  • Three Person Shamble August 27 - 28, 2016
  • Three Person Scramble October 1 - 2, 2016

Enhancing the golf experience could result in increased stimulus to the local economy. They will accept any donations any individual or organization would like to contribute in order to have and keep their facilities ready for the upcoming busy future.

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.

April 2016

April was an exciting month for Coleman and Coleman County. There were many fun things to do all over our County during the entire month of April. The old saying is certainly true - April SHOWERS bring May flowers. We had been blessed beyond measure with the wonderful rains that we had in April. We are sure to see those beautiful May flowers soon. An exciting event for Coleman was Petticoats on the Prairie. This Premier Vintage Market allowed the citizens of Coleman to showcase our little town. People from all over Texas came to the Petticoats on the Prairie show and were able to see what great facilities we have with the Bill Franklin Center and the Goree Expo. Coleman is very fortunate that these buildings are here for us. Our Downtown area was able to "show their stuff" as they made all of the visitors feel very special. We noticed there wasn't a parking space available in our downtown area. Reminded us all of the "good ole days'! We are excited to announce the Chamber Fund Raisers. There are two that will give you the opportunity to purchase tickets and benefit your Chamber of Commerce. One is the 7 cubic foot chest freezer donated by Bargain House Furniture. Along with that freezer comes a $500.00 Gift Certificate for Shoppin' Baskit donated by Shoppin' Baskit and the Chamber of Commerce. Your second opportunity is a signed George Strait Preifert roping chute that was used in the 2016 George Strait Team Roping Classic, donated by John and Christi Robertson. Each ticket is $10.00 each. The freezer and Gift Certificate will be given away at the Annual PRCA Rodeo on June 11, 2016. The chute will be given away at the Fiesta de la Paloma on October 1, 2016. Stop by the Chamber and get your tickets today or contact a Chamber Board Member.

Our Chamber Banquet was a great success. It was beautifully decorated by our Banquet Committee, Christi Robertson, Becki Reynolds, Renea McMillan, and Tammy Casey. We appreciate you ladies and all of your hard work to make our Banquet so beautiful. We were able to recognize the 2016 Citizen of the Year - Jimmy Ray Watson, the 2016 Rural Citizen of the Year - Ted Taylor, the 2016 New Horizon - Jacque Rosales, the 2016 Teacher of the Year - Charlotte Purl, and the 2016 Business of the Year - Grammer's. Each recipient was very well deserving. Coleman and Coleman County have so many outstanding citizens. We are very fortunate. It was great to see so many at the Banquet this year. We appreciate the support that Coleman and Coleman County give to us, the Coleman Chamber of Commerce. We are thankful for a hard working Board of Directors and thank you all for a job well done.

Our Chamber Members Spotlight this month is Kaci's Day Care owned and operated by Kaci Watson. "How do I write a short biography about something I've done my whole life? My years of childcare started back in the early 80's when I became the older sibling of a brother and three sisters. Whenever our parents had to run errands or went to work and left me in charge, I felt so proud that they came home to messy, safe, happy kids. I knew back then that my future would be children. My senior year in high school, I took whatever classes I could to get a jump start on my degree. My original career choice was child psychology. I even shadowed a therapist that year. My heart broke with some of the stories I heard. I wanted to keep all these kids safe and happy.I couldn't save them, they were already hurt; and I wanted to strangle some of the guardians of these precious children! I knew then, I couldn't be a child therapist. I had to help these kids before they were hurt. After a short stint in retail, I found my true calling. I married and became a bonus mom of 2 little ones. I was a natural! I had been practicing on my younger siblings for years. (Thanks for the on-the-job training Traci, Tim, Lisa, and ReeRee) I even took on a few other kids over the years, as well as helped with my nieces some. One, which followed in my foot-steps! As the years went on, the state tightened regulations and rules were implemented for any and all childcare. So, in 2001, I became a licensed daycare and opened my doors to the public. I took on kids of all ages. I watched them grow from daycare babies to "big-school" students. I took them from sippy cups to sports bottles. They went from potty training to roll playing.
I did all this because I wanted kids to have a safe and happy place to be when their parents had to work. In 2013, I stepped aside as a full time care giver in order to further my education and home school our youngest daughter. My niece, Laney, took over the reins without missing a beat. The kids love her! She is young and enthusiastic and very active with the kids; much like I was in my younger years. I stayed involved as director, bookkeeper, and accountant. But, I missed the days of building blocks, puzzle solving, coloring, and playing to learn. Soon, Laney's career path will lead her down another road (still with kiddos!) and I'll be back in full swing...literally, on the swing set! And in the mud. And paint. And keeping the kids safe and happy!"

Our County Membership Spotlight is Mesa Emporium owned and operated by David and Sheila Stallings. Mesa Emporium opened in 2011 in one of Santa Anna's oldest historic downtown at 611 Wallis Avenue. Proprietors Sheila and David Stallings aspire to provide an eclectic mix of antiques, food products, gifts, and wines in a casual and comfortable environment. The emphasis is always on Texas products, locally sourced when possible. Among the items available at the Emporium are American antique furniture and smalls, gourmet foods and condiments from Texas producers, Republic of Tea Products, Circle E candles from Fredericksburg, southwestern and silver jewelry, a selection of distinctive clothing and accessories, kitchen tools, including a broad selection of Nordic Ware cake pans, and the best selection of Texas wines in the area. Our monthly wine tasting events feature newer entries into our wine inventory, and suggestions from our customers. Samples of food products are also available, along with light refreshment from our own kitchen. The mix of available selections at Mesa Emporium is constantly changing: you can never anticipate what you will find at "Santa Anna's best-kept secret."

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.

March 2016

April is a very busy month for Coleman County and the Coleman Chamber of Commerce. Just look at all of the opportunities that we have in store for us. On April 9, the Coleman Country Club is hosting a FUNd Raiser Tournament. The Tournament will be a Scramble Format with the Tee off approximately at 12:00 PM. Lunch will be included with your tournament fee. After a fun weekend of golf, join Keep Coleman Beautiful and many others with the Downtown Clean-up on April 12. Hamburgers will be served when the clean-up is complete. Then get ready for a big weekend on April 15 - 16. The Petticoats on the Prairie and Sisters on the Fly are coming to town. They will have their vintage show at the Bill Franklin Center and Goree Expo Center with the vintage campers displayed all around the grounds. Around 2000 people or more from all around will be in Coleman that weekend. The Downtown Merchants are planning on a Petticoat Weekend and the Humane Society will join in the fun with the Countywide Garage Sale. There will be something fun for everyone on that weekend. Santa Anna is joining in on the fun with their Annual Spring Craft Fair on Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. That Saturday night, April 16, will be the Rough Creek Volunteer Fire Departments Annual BBQ. You will find them at the Novice Community Complex that Saturday from 5 - 8 PM to get your BBQ goat, brisket, and/or sausage. This is a great way to end a fun-filled weekend. And last but certainly not least, you can make plans to attend the Annual Coleman Chamber of Commerce Banquet on April 29 at 6:30 PM in the Bill Franklin Center. The theme this year is "Coleman... A County in Bloom". Join us for an evening of celebrating the successes of our community, recognizing outstanding citizens that have positively contributed to our community and, more importantly, reconnecting with long-time friends and colleagues. Make your plans now to come and join in on all the fun that Coleman and Coleman County has to offer.

The Chamber Members Spotlight for March is Liveoak Realty. Liveoak is the oldest Real Estate business in Coleman County beginning business February 15, 1979 with James Hunter and V.J. Kemper. Larry Collom joined the Liveoak team in March of 1988 and Erlene Barker in September of 1988. Lindy Armstrong joined in March of 1990. Charles Chesshir began working at Liveoak January of 1999 with Don Rhone and became the Broker/Owner when Don retired in 2000. When Nelda Sampson retired, Charles combined Coleman County Land Company with Liveoak and continued the tradition of providing excellence in marketing farms, ranches and homes in West Central Texas. Secretary, Gaylene Garrison; Marsha Spinks, Secretary/Realtor; Jerry Bodine, Erlene Barker, David Stewart, Rick Eudy and Annisa Tucker are Realtors at Liveoak. Liveoak's mission is to provide exemplary real estate service assuring investment confidence. The Liveoak Team is dedicated to that end.

The Chamber Members Spotlight for the County this month is M-Bar-H Lodge in Santa Anna. Gay & Paul Martin have owned and operated M-Bar-H Lodge since 2001.

The lodge is located on Highway 67 West of Santa Anna, Texas. Far enough out to enjoy the beautiful country and scenic views but also close enough to town for local conveniences. We offer per person, small or large group lodging. Hunters, reunions, family and social gatherings and business meetings are welcome. For groups of 5 or more we also provide all-inclusive hunting packages for Dove & Spring Turkey which includes your hunts, fresh home-made meals and lodging. Lodge amenities include a large den/dining area with 60" satellite TV, bar and comfortable leather couches. Our commercial size kitchen is fully stocked with necessary cooking utensils and appliances and provides abundant prep space. The covered outside porches wrapping around 3 sides offer excellent-views while visiting plus additional dining space and an outdoor kitchen. Acreage around the lodge provides plenty of room for a convenient cleaning station, recreation, skeet shooting or just relaxing around the fire pit. Now open. M-BAR-H RV PARK. Complete hookups by the day or long term. RV customers also have access to lodge laundry and grills. We would love to have you come stay with us. If you need more information or would like to come take a tour of our awesome facility just give us a call or check us out on Facebook at M BAR H Lodge LLC. Paul Martin 325-200-1803 or Gay Martin 325-348-8225.

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.

February 2016

We know we definitely live in Texas! If you want for the weather to change, just sit back and wait a minute, it will definitely change. But with sunshine comes smiles on faces as we see people walking down the street and shopping in our stores and greeting each other as only small towns can do. Coleman is a friendly place where people love to come and enjoy our slower pace of life.

March is the month for our Chamber Membership Drive. Chamber Directors will be making personal contacts during the month of March to enroll more individuals, business firms, churches and organizations. Any citizen interested in helping develop Coleman and Coleman County is eligible to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

For the month of February we will be spotlighting only one business. That business is Big O's in Valera. Big O's started when Lynn Owens unexpectedly found himself without a job when Texas Instruments (where he had worked for 18 years) in Abilene, Texas announced it was closing in 1992. Lynn had the option of moving to Temple or the Metroplex to keep working for Texas Instruments, but he had come to love the atmosphere and the people of Coleman County. Being an avid fisherman for years he thought "well Coleman County is the Land of the Lakes so why not open a Tackle and Convenience Store amongst those lakes". After finding a building in Valera, Texas he got started picking out inventory and making plans. So in April of 1993 he opened up and his "Living the Dream" became a reality.

He soon became known as Big O and he worked the store by himself for several years and then added a couple of ladies to come in and give him a break. He decided to start making barbecue sandwiches and they did so well people kept telling him he should open a restaurant. Guess what? When the building down the street came open he did just that. Big O started with a small menu and then added new items as business grew. Again he ran the restaurant with only a couple of people helping and then decided that he would add some student workers from the community. He liked working with the kids and felt he was giving back by helping them to learn responsibility and teaching them to cook at the same time. Some years he has had as many as 15 employees working part time and most of them high school kids from either Panther Creek or Coleman. His lunch workers have usually been local women and then the kids come in after school and work evenings and weekends.

Big O really enjoys meeting all the people coming through Valera and the people of our County who come in to visit and enjoy his variety of foods. From hunters from all over Texas and Oklahoma to Athletic fans going to ballgames and truckers from all over he has had a variety of customers over the years. As far as entertainment the Headliner at Big O's is the man himself. There are not many places you can go that you won't run into someone who knows Big O. He loves his job and his dream has come to a reality with this coming April being his 23rd anniversary.

Come on out to Valera and check out Big O's idea of "living the dream"!

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.

January 2016

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.. 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 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 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 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.

December 2015

The Holidays are among us. Thanksgiving reminded us of just how thankful we are at the Chamber. We are very thankful for every member that we have. We are thankful for the community we live in. Coleman and Coleman County is a great place to raise our children. Maybe at a little slower pace than in the city, but it is a pace we are proud of. Businesses in our community send out that small town appeal to each and every customer. That small town appeal keeps visitors coming back time and time again.

We are excited to begin our Christmas Season with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade on December 3rd in the downtown area. The festivities began at 6 PM. The streets were lined with excited eyes just waiting to get their first glimpse of Santa. The floats, vehicles, walkers, and others did an awesome job. The lights were gorgeous. Santa was at the Library after the Parade and we think there was a record number of people that came to see him. The Lions Club Annual Pancake Supper was a huge success. We appreciate everyone for participating in the downtown activities that night. Nights like this where friends come together make the Christmas time really special.

There are many new stores in Coleman and we hope that you allow them to help you with all of your shopping needs. I know each and every business in Coleman and Coleman County say a big hearty THANK YOU for your support and patronage.

One of the business spotlights for December is The Lodge at Santa Anna. Patrick and Carol Callis are owners of the Lodge at Santa Anna located at 302 Fannin Street on 5.5 acres at the edge of Santa Anna. The Lodge was started in 2011 as a venture to provide a comfortable, affordable place for hunters, area visitors and local residents to stay or hold family gatherings. The building is equipped with everything you need to entertain guests and spend time for relaxation and enjoyment. The original main building was built by the Seventh Day Adventist as a school and had been owned by a number of ranchers who had converted it into a hunting lodge. Pat and Carol purchased the lodge in the summer of 2011 and spent a number of months renovating the Lodge.
The Main Lodge contains a Great Room with a native Texas stone fireplace. Leather couches and recliners provide comfortable seating for viewing the 55" LED TV (DIRECTV) with seven speaker surround sound which provides movies, sports and music. The dining area seats 20+ guests. A fully equipped kitchen is available. There are 3 bedrooms which provide sleeping accommodations for 21. Additional amenities include a pool table / ping pong table, a front porch with a Texas size gas grill and seating. A 6' fire ring, horse shoes and wireless internet are also available. The second building, the Nutter Lodge, was added in 2012 in response to requests for private rooms. It includes three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and two baths. It is in close proximity to the main building but not attached. The Lodge at Santa Anna is ideal for Weddings, Family Reunions, Hunting Parties, Social functions, Organizational Meetings or large group gatherings of any kind. Brochures are available at the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce and Santa Anna City Hall. Pat or Carol will be happy to help you if you call 325-348-3430. Also visit their web-site at
The Lodge at Santa Anna is located in the Heart of Texas in Coleman County. The area also has many lakes and reservoirs for fishing and boating. Coleman County is also known as the Hunting Capital of Texas with hunting seasons covering dove hunting, deer hunting, quail hunting and turkey hunting. Hog hunting is available year round. If you are interested in hunting contact Mike Pritchard of M&M Brittany and Hunting Guide Service, LLC at 325-348-8234 or by email at
Over the last four years, The Lodge at Santa Anna has welcomed over one hundred and fifty groups for Weddings, Birthdays, Family Reunions, Hunting Parties as well as two film crews, one covering local college basketball tournaments and Mossy Oak's Cuz Strickland filming a turkey hunt. We have many repeat guests that have told us that our lodges are "the perfect places to relax with friends", that "it feels like home and is always clean" and that "every time we return we see additional improvements that show you care about the property and listen to our suggestions".

We also would like to spotlight Williams Tire Store. Williams Tire Store is your one-stop, on-the-spot auto service headquarters for a complete line of quality tires and auto services. For years, we have provided the Coleman, Texas area with the latest products and unprecedented services for every we sell. And for years, our customers have been coming back. You can view our online catalogs at for the tires you need or you can always stop in and see us. Take a look around. If you don't find what you need, visit with us. From the latest and best in tire technology to the services required to keep your vehicle looking good and running great, Williams Tire Store can get you back out on the road quickly, safely, and at an affordable price. Stop by soon and see why so many people consider Williams Tire Store to be the one-stop shop for all their tire needs. At Williams Tire Store, our friendly and knowledgeable staff, quick and dependable service professional, and affordable prices all come together to make driving out on a new set of tires easy. On top of that, we never "tire" of tires! Stop by and see us, and you'll be glad you did.
Williams Tire Store is a family owned and operated business. The business has been well established since 1928. Donald and Mary Williams purchased the store in 1973. In 1982, their daughter and son-in-law, Rodney and Debbie Ivy joined the business. They are now co-owners and you will see any of them there at most anytime. You can show up at Williams Tire Store at 2003 S. Commercial and find Donald, often times known as "Red", sitting on "His" stool. Get a free cup of coffee and have some great conversation!
How do we stay small and sell big? It's simple: years of experience. At Williams Tire Store, our mission is to offer you the latest in parts and products at the best prices, and with unparalleled service. We pledge our best efforts to make your experience both beneficial and enjoyable. Once you try us, we're sure you'll be back for more! The motto for Williams Tire Store is "Where Service and Bargains are a Tradition". On top of that, we never "tire" of tires! Stop by and see us, and you'll be glad you did.

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.

November 2015

It's November and fall is in the air. The first Annual Prickly Pear Wine and Food Festival was a great success even with the rain, but those of us in Coleman County will never turn down rain. People enjoyed the rain and all of the booths and exhibits that went with the Prickly Pear. It's football season in Coleman County and the local teams are doing well. Yes, fall is definitely in the air. The Chamber has been very busy helping with all of the projects that are going on in Coleman and Coleman County and looking forward to the Holiday Season. It's fun to see people getting involved and shopping in our downtown area as well as other parts of Coleman. With the cooler days, there are smiles on many faces. Many hunters will be coming into Coleman and participating in the hunting that Coleman County is so famous for. The majority of the hunters and land owners will be participating in the Annual Hunter's BBQ. The BBQ will be on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Coleman County Youth Activity Center (Bill Franklin Center) from 6 - 9 PM. An admission charge of $10.00 will make you eligible to win one of the many door prizes. Active Military and children 6 and under will be admitted free. There will be raffle opportunities for a Kawasaki 610 4x4 Mule ATV. A custom fire pit made by the Coleman High School Ag Kids and a $350 Gift Certificate will be given away by the Chamber of Commerce. Major prizes like guns and Yeti Coolers will be awarded, but you are not required to be present to win those. Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday night. Let's show these hunters and their family that Coleman is a friendly place and we love having them here.

We would like to spotlight one of our business members .... Grammer's. Grammer's has been in the same location since 1935 which is 106 Commercial Ave. in Coleman, Texas. Grammer's was started by John and Elizabeth Grammer. Bob and Retha Yates purchased it in 1976 and Jerry and Liz Jones have been the owners since 2004. Liz started working at Grammer's in 1969 through the D.E. Program at Coleman High School during her Jr. year of High School and has been working there ever since. Grammer's is open Monday through Saturday and has a wide variety of merchandise. Liz has stated "every time I tell Jerry I'm going to order something different, he says 'I don't know where you're going to put it'!" Grammer's merchandise includes clothing for ladies and several lines of jewelry including Montana Silversmiths. Liz has added Wrangler jeans, Wrangler shirts, and George Strait shirts for men. You will find Fredericksburg Farms foods and lotion products. There are books for the kids and grownups as well. If you like to cook, you'll find the perfect cookbook along with fun kitchen items to spruce up your kitchen. You'll find beautiful frames and Leanin' Tree cards for any occasion, and much, much more. Our children's department has a large selection of cute baby items, boys Wrangler jeans and shirts, girls Bonnie Jean dresses and sets and a big selection of bows to complete any outfit. You'll find that perfect outfit if you are a sports fan. There are infant items about UT, Texas Tech, and A&M. Grammer's is the place to add your registry for that upcoming wedding or preparing for that new little bundle and people shop for wedding and baby shower gifts just for you. There have been many wonderful ladies that have worked at Grammer's as the years have gone by and this year is no exception. Karen Mendoza is Liz's current employee. Karen and Liz would love to see you, visit with you and show you all of the new "stuff" in the store. To top the experience off, when you find that perfect something they will ring up the sale on their "state of the art" 1912 cash register. Make your way to downtown Coleman and try out the Grammer's shopping experience.

The second business member we would like to spotlight is the Lake Coleman Volunteer Fire Department. Coleman Lake, formerly Coleman Reservoir, is on Jim Ned Creek fourteen miles north of Coleman in Coleman County (at 32° 02' N, 99°28' W). It is owned and operated by the city of Coleman for municipal water supply. Construction of the 3,200-foot-long earth-fill dam, built by the R. N. Adams Construction Company, was started in August 1965 and completed on May 10, 1966; deliberate impoundment began in April 1966. The cost was well over $1 million. The reservoir has a capacity of 40,000 acre-feet with a surface area of 2,000 acres at the service spillway elevation of 1,717.5 feet above mean sea level and a capacity of 59,000 acre-feet with a surface area of 2,530 acres at the emergency spillway crest elevation of 1,726 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area above the dam, part of the Colorado River basin, is 292 square miles. 1975 time frame The Patterson family started selling lots around the lake. Since then the lake has grown in number of residents to approximately 350 to include ranches and lake residents. The biggest part of our residents are retired. The Lake Coleman Volunteer Fire Department has a 911 area established by West Texas Central Council of Governments and the Coleman County Fire Fighter Association of 86 square miles. The dept actively works wildland fires, wrecks of all sorts, structure fires and medical calls at Lake Coleman and gives mutual aide to all of Coleman County as well as Callahan County, Or where ever needed. Chief Randy Teague 325-513-1370.

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.

October 2015

September was a very busy month for the Chamber of Commerce. We helped the Wildlife Committee hold the annual dove hunters festival at the Bill Franklin Center. There were many hunters and locals that attended. The fried fish was awesome. We thank all of the volunteers that came to help in any way that they could. Coleman has so many people that volunteer their time to help make all of the events work. We thank you all for that.

Plans were in full swing for Fiesta de la Paloma 2015. We were all looking forward to all of the fun. And now we can tell you that fun was had by all at the Fiesta de la Paloma 2015. Fiesta was full of fun as vendors and spectators from all over came to the Fiesta. We had great fun shopping all of the unique Arts and Crafts Booths and filling our tummies with such a variety of food from the Food Court. The Entertainment was so good as people sat under the big top tent and just enjoyed the day. The kids area was a great place to be to watch the kids having such fun! The tractor pull was just awesome and people loved seeing those tractors and drivers do such a great job. The Cook-off of 24 cooking teams went off without a hitch as those cookers showed us all the fun in cooking! The Team Roping event doubled this year and the winners rode off sporting their new buckles. The car show had plenty of unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles to look at and enjoy. There were some beautiful and unique exhibits in the Bill Franklin Center that everyone loved viewing. The Fine Arts Show downtown had beautiful and unique art that everyone loved to see. We have such great talent in Coleman and Coleman County. And while downtown everyone enjoyed the Merchants Madness as our downtown merchants supported the Fiesta with specials for all the shoppers. To end the Fiesta, the new Miss Coleman County was named. Everyone loves to attend the pageant and loves supporting these girls. . Anyone who wanted to continue the festivities throughout the evening road up and down Commercial Ave. as they joined the Coleman Cruise night. Coleman was a fun place to be this weekend and once again we thank all of the volunteers that help make a weekend like this possible.

We would like to spotlight one of our members in the community, the Christian Bookstore. "Sowing God's Inerrant Word" is the motto of the Christian Book Store, located at 218 Lackland Street in Coleman, Texas. The Christian Book Store was established in 1984 as an extension of the ministry of the Community Baptist Church. At the time, there was no facility in the Coleman area where people could buy good Bible-based reading material or obtain Bibles. After prayer and planning, the church voted to build a Christian book store on their property.

Bro. Paul Smith designed the building plans and the men and women of the church built it themselves, with the help of Mr. W. E. Briggs, a local contractor.

The Christian Book Store is a beautiful, rustic building, with 1200 square feet of floor space filled with wonderful Christian (and only Christian) books, King James Bibles, good Christian music and beautiful Christian gift items. They also carry many Christian children's items and teaching tools. It was finished, fully stocked and opened in October 1984.

The Christian Book Store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Anne Smith, long-time manager, invites everyone in the community to stop by, sit and visit, and browse through their selection of Christian products, and she says, they are open during the lunch hour. Unless, of course, someone comes in and invites them to go, eat and fellowship with them. Their phone number is 325-625-3642.

Another business member we would like to spotlight this month is the Novice Cafe, Store and Mercantile owned and operated by the Wilson Family in Novice.. Hey folks, did you know there is a country club in Novice? Well, that's what the sign and our caps say but really we are THE NOVICE STORE, CAFE & MERCANTILE! Our family owned cafe is open daily Tuesday thru Sunday from 8am to 2pm and on Friday nights from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The first Friday night of the month special is Ribeye Steaks, second Friday is Sirloin Scraps, third Friday is our very popular Catfish and the last Friday is Brisket and Ribs.

Our motto is "Serving Up Home Cooked Goodness." Along with good food we love seeing each person walk through our doors and are grateful for our customers. After three years in business, we strive to continue serving Coleman County, Novice and the surrounding area with good food and great service. We have some of the most dedicated employees and are thankful for their hard work. We thank God and give Him glory for all things. From burgers to steaks our menu offers good home cooking. Take the short drive and eat among friends. We hope to see you soon.

Once again we invite you to stop by the Chamber at 218 Commercial any time and visit with us. We are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

September 2015

It's a busy time for Coleman and Coleman County. School has started and football season is in full swing. On September 5th is the Annual Coleman County Dove Hunter's Festival with ALL YOU CAN EAT FRIED CATFISH. The meal is being served starting at 11:00 in the Bill Franklin Center. Admission is adults $10 and children 12 and under $5. Active Military will be admitted free. For more information about the Dove Festival and about the many prizes that can be won, please contact us at the Chamber. Volunteers are needed to help assist the Dove Hunter's Festival. If you would like to volunteer please call the Chamber at 325-625-2163. The Chamber is also preparing for the Fiesta de la Paloma to be held on October 3rd at the Bill Franklin Center/Goree Expo and Coleman Rodeo Grounds. We hope everyone will join us at the Fiesta as we try to bring some new things. The Prickly Pear Food and Wine Festival will be on Saturday, October 24th in downtown Coleman. This is the first one for Coleman and everyone is planning on this being a great one. There are so many exciting happening in Coleman. Stay tuned for more exciting things in the next Chamber Chat.

One of the Chamber Business Member that we are spotlighting today is the Humane Society of Coleman County. In the Fall of 2003, JoAnn Eddleman saw the need for a Humane Society in Coleman and took the initiative to form one. Early members coming on board with her in the next few months were Linda Laws, Jody Guthrie, Sue Frizzell, LouAnn McNally, and Judy Meister. Through much dedication and hard work, JoAnn got the organization formally organized and got 501(c)(3) charitable organization status.

Since that early grassroots start with one rescue dog, the Humane Society now has a kennel located on Hwy 153 across from Holiday Hill. As seen in the picture, an expansion is now in process adding additional kennel space, all of which will be under cover. Future plans are to build a boarding kennel next to this one, but that is a little way down the road.

We currently advertise all our adoptable dogs on the internet, go to adoption events in several cities, and adopt locally directly from the kennel. We are a no-kill shelter and are very proud of the number of dogs we place each year. Dogs from Coleman have made their way to places like Canada, California, Florida, and South Carolina to name a few.

Several years ago, we opened a Thrift Store to help support our operation. We started in a building made available by Coleman County State Bank and have expanded to our current facility which is 2 buildings at 108 and 110 East Pecan. This had been a very successful operation with support on sales and donations from Coleman and surrounding cities, some as far away as Houston, Midland, Louisiana, and New Mexico. As adoptions and memorials from various animal lovers basically support the expense of the kennel, much of the revenue of the Thrift Store is used for our Spay-Neuter assistance program and reduced vaccination program for low-income families in Coleman County.

We try very hard to be a viable member of the Coleman community by taking part in the October Fiesta, supporting local sports teams with radio advertising and purchasing their fund raising items, and with the assistance of Richard Hetzel are currently working on making a dog park in what is known as the Gazebo lot on Commercial. We are recognized as a location for Community Service, and have had several persons work with us to get the hours they need. We are available for students who need to get voluntary hours for reporting on college applications. We are also very proud of the restoration and preservation of the two buildings at the Thrift Store as both buildings were in bad condition when we originally took ownership and should now be here for many years to come. We give a $500 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of the three County schools each year, as we recognize the importance of education for our youth.

Current members of the Humane Society Board are Nelda Copley, President and manager of the Thrift Store, Linda Laws (who still has the first rescue dog of the Society and who has many pass through her home as well as helping Animal Control in Coleman with a rescue horse), Sue Frizzell who with assistance of Ed Kay manages the Kennel, James Winstead who helps with maintenance of the buildings and kennel, Art Michon who does bookkeeping and frequently takes dogs to adoption events and maintains our web site as well as keeping dogs listed on the Internet, and Torrie Cosby who is an irreplaceable assistant in the Thrift Store. Dixie Lee is also a volunteer at the store everytime it is open. James Stricker is someone who helps wherever needed on a daily basis.

The Humane Society of very appreciative of all the people who assist us through donating to the store, volunteering to mow at the Kennel, shopping with us at the Thrift Store, making financial donations, and primarily, adopting from us when possible.

We wish to thank the Chamber for recognizing us this month and giving us an opportunity to express who we are and hope to be for a long time.

Another Chamber Business Member in the spotlight this month is the WW Redtop Lodge. The WW Redtop Lodge is owned and operated by Nathan and Amanda Wise, who 18 years of experience in the bird hunting business. When they began the business, the lodge slept only 12 hunters. Today, due to positive recommendations by word of mouth, the lodge sleeps 43.

Nathan has a passion for bird hunting and takes great pride in putting on a good hunt. Amanda makes sure hunters experience a wide variety of meals.

WW Redtop Lodge is located 3 miles south of Santa Anna on Hwy 283. You will experience prime dove hunting on some of the best sunflower and wheat fields in Coleman County.

This is what you can expect when you arrive at WW Redtop Lodge. Nathan will greet you when you arrive and get you settled in your sleeping quarters. If you arrive early enough in the afternoon, whether hunting dove, quail, or turkey, you will be taken to the hunting site for your first hunt. Otherwise, you can relax in our comfortable country setting, enjoy our delicious appetizers and snacks, or fish in tanks near the lodge. The evening meal consists of juicy, thick rib-eye steaks, catfish, or Amanda's secret recipe for pork loins with all the trimmings. We also accommodate requested menus as well.

Your morning begins early with different cakes and breads, fruit, cerial, and of course, coffee. Nathan has scouted the fields and hunting sites and knows the best spot to place you for the best morning and evening hunts. If you are turkey hunting, Nathan is an experienced and confident caller and will be happy to help you get a bird. He feeds turkeys year round. After your hunt, then it's back to camp where you will enjoy a well-deserved delicious brunch. This menu consists of eggs, sausage or bacon, a breakfast casserole, potatoes, homemade biscuits and gravy, watermelon, cantaloupe, and other fruits. After the meal, you might enjoy participating in a skeet contest, playing pool, darts, fishing, etc.

If you want Coleman county hunting at its best with abundant dove, quail, and turkey, we are happy to provide guided hunts, delicious food and lodging. You may contact us by email at, or call us at 325-348-3752 or 325-636-7392. We encourage everyone to become an active member of the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce.

Once again we invite you to stop by the Chamber at 218 Commercial any time and visit with us. We are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August 2015

August brings lots of hot days, but those days have not hampered the atmosphere in Coleman. The sidewalks are sizzling with visitors as well as locals shopping and enjoying all of our stores in the downtown area. August also brings new business! The Jamison Mercantile, Gifts and Events will hold a ribbon cutting on August 14th and the Grand Opening will be August 15th. We are excited to see what new and exciting things are in store for us when Stephanie Jamison gets open.

It was an exciting time at the city park on July 22nd for KTAB on the Road. Many people came and had great food, fun activities, great entertainment, and good fellowship with friends. In fact, KTAB has informed us that Coleman was the biggest one that they had. We love how Coleman likes to get together and participate in all kinds of things and just have fun together.

The Coleman Jr. Rodeo, July 31 - August 1 was a great success. The kids learn so much by working with their animals and being allowed to show off their hard work. Hats off to Rusty and Suzanne Ryan and all of their helpers for giving of themselves to make sure each child has great experience.

Keep your calendars open for October 3rd. This is the day of the Fiesta de la Paloma! You can find out all the details at or contact us here at the Chamber office at 325-625-2163. The Fiesta is located at the Bill Franklin Center / Goree Expo. We are excited to bring some new additions that we feel you all will enjoy. Entertainment under the big top tent will be back. Many things will be happening and we know that our community will come and participate and enjoy everything that is planned.

Then on October 24th is the very first Prickly Pear Food & Wine Festival in downtown Coleman. You can find all of the fun details at . There will be a Prickly Pear Food & Wine Festival 5K Run, great food, and great entertainment. We are looking forward to all of the excitement that will happen in October.

One Chamber Business Member that the Chamber would like to spotlight for the month of June is M & M Brittanys and Hunting Guide Service LLC. Mike Pritchard has lived and hunted in Coleman County for most of his 55 years. The love of hunting was handed down by Mike's dad and grandfathers. Don Pritchard, Mike's dad bought him a gun when he was seven and starting taking him hunting. The first bird dog he ever owned was one his papaw, Sleepy Ray, bought him. His grandfather, Miller, took him fishing and hunting in the Rockwood area. Mike spent many, many hours hunting and dreamed of opening a hunting guide service business so others could enjoy the plentiful wild game in Coleman County.

After encouragement by many friends and family, Mike started his business by buying and training Brittany spaniels. He began raising bobwhite quail as well after a lot of research. Mike wanted his pen raised quail to perform almost as well as a wild quail hunt. A wonderful man from the Metroplex who had hunted with Mike for several years set up a hunt for Ray Sasser and his wife Emilie. Ray Sasser's article appeared in the Dallas Morning News in February 2009. He described Mike as a friendly bear of a man with a shaggy beard and a black cowboy hat. Ray stated, "The birds flew well, and many of them flushed when the hunter got close. Pritchard's dogs will flush on command, however, and they put to wing quail that were reluctant to fly. Pritchard works hard to make his hunt as close as possible to the real deal."

Mike's cliental for dove, deer, quail, and turkey hunting has grown over the years due to recommendations by friends, clients, and landowners. Turkey season is normally booked well in advance thanks to television shows, aired by Mossy Oak, of Mike calling turkey for clients. People come from all over Texas and as far away as New York to hunt Rios' here in Coleman County.

With over 60 feeders located all over the county, Mike and his group can guide you to a successful deer hunt. Whether you are looking for a trophy buck, cull deer or a combination hunt for a parent/child, he can provide your specific hunt.

Mike is currently scouting fields and looking forward to opening day of dove season. It looks to be another great year as Coleman County has received several inches of rain. God, landowners, and many friends, locally and beyond, have helped him fulfill his dream of providing an exciting custom hunting experience for all who come to Coleman County. Day hunts as well as group hunts are available for dove, quail, deer and turkey. He does not provide lodging himself but has ties with lodge owners and can book for you, your family or group. Mike's business name is M & M Brittanys and Hunting Guide Service LLC and is located in Santa Anna, Texas. He looks forward to meeting you and can be contacted by email at or by calling 325-348-8234.

The second Chamber Business Member we would like to spotlight this month is KSTA / Wendlee Broadcasting. KSTA AM 1000 Radio is honored to be chosen as one of the Coleman County Chamber Of Commerce's "Business of the Month"!

Currently owned and operated by Wendlee Broadcasting, since 2006, Rex and Mariann Tackett along with their Partners, strive to keep the "Local and Area" feel of KSTA'S broadcast style, alive and thriving.

"On The Air" since the early 1950's, KSTA AM 1000 Radio has been a leader in news, weather, information and sports, and music, since "signing on".

Many great names and personalities have sat behind the "mic" at KSTA Radio over the years, each bringing their own unique styles to the Airwaves. The Station is currently managed by Joseph Haynes, who returned to KSTA Radio in late 2009. Joe had previously been with KSTA from 1986-1991.

"Wendlee Broadcasting and KSTA Radio is proud to be a major part of, not only the History of this area, but also a leading force in the growth of Coleman County and this region", Haynes says.. "There is a wonderful uniqueness to where we live and work, and we are blessed to be here. To all of our listeners, Advertising Partners, and associates, we say THANK YOU.!" We encourage everyone to become an active member of the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce.

Once again we invite you to stop by the Chamber at 218 Commercial any time and visit with us. We are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

June was a busy month in Coleman and Coleman County. The 78th Annual PRCA Rodeo was a huge success. Cowboys, Cowgirls, and fans from everywhere came to Coleman to enjoy the rodeo. The Chamber of Commerce was the place to be to get your rodeo t-shirts and caps. It's always great to see so many people in our town. Adding to the excitement are the new businesses in our downtown area. We want to welcome to Coleman, Uncommon Goods owned by Charlotte Purl, A Wing and a Prayer owned by Jenny Kading, Bonneville owned by Bonnie Hennig, AmayesN Designs owned by Marcy Mayes, and Rancho Pizzeria owned by Robert and Lori Williamson. Heartland Chiropractic, owned by Dr. Lorin Wolf, is open at the south end of Commercial. Stephanie Jamison from Millersview will be opening the Jamison Mercantile, Gifts & Events in the near future. It is very impressive to see so many businesses opening in town. There is a pleasant atmosphere in the air when people are walking around and meeting friends and having a good time.

During the week of July 20-24th, KTAB will be out and about visiting different communities. They have chosen to be in Coleman at our City Park on July 22nd. They will be bringing their anchors and their newscasts to our community. This will be a fun-filled, family evening to come together and enjoy games, activities, live music from Mark Powell & Lariat, good food, and of course their live newscasts at 5, 6, & 10. Make plans to be at the park and enjoy this evening with KTAB beginning at 4 PM - 10:30 PM on July 22, 2015.

One business that the Chamber of Commerce would like to spotlight this month is The Santa Anna National Bank. The Santa Anna National Bank opened for business December 1, 1893. The bank has served the people of Coleman and Brown Counties for 81 years. The bank is truly locally owned as all the directors of the bank live in Coleman and Brown Counties. It is this outstanding heritage and progressive banking that we offer that makes our bank one of Coleman County's finest. The physical address is 610 Wallis Ave. in downtown Santa Anna. Their hours are 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am to 5 pm on Fridays. The bank offers Checking, Savings, Money Market accounts, Certificates of Deposit, and IRA accounts. The bank offers commercial, agricultural, and personal loans. The bank is a member of FDIC and Federal Reserve System. The Santa Anna National Bank says "Make Our Bank Your Bank". Hats off to Bank President Rob Cheaney and his staff for being such an asset to Coleman County.

Another business we would like to spotlight this month is Clean Blast Services, formerly known as Wind Clean. Wind Clean Corp. (WCC) began in 2000 in the commercial wind tower business. Our 112,000 sq. ft. plant prepared the surface, applied the coatings and installed the internals on new commercial wind towers. The wind industry has been dependent on the Production Tax Credit (PTC) from the beginning and with the delay in extending the PTC in 2012, our customers made the decision to convert several of their wind tower fabrication plants to railcar fabrication. This included the primary facility that provided wind towers to us. As a result, we discontinued processing wind towers in December of 2012.

We serviced other customers in the oil and gas sectors in 2012 and continued to make that business transition over the next 3 years. We are providing surface preparation and coating services for large sand silos, large steel skids, trailers, steel pits, and other related items. In addition, we have made a significant investment in the necessary staff, equipment and various certifications to provide repair services for pressurized cargo tankers and trailers. We also do welding and fabrication to support our Aluminum Transfer and Repair division. This division services the water transfer businesses operating in the oil fields of west Texas and the surrounding areas.

Since our business changed, it was determined that we needed to change the organizational structure to match our operating structure. Beginning in January, 2014, Clean Blast Services became our operating company and Wind Clean Corp. became the holding company for our facility and property in Coleman. Clean Blast Services has been around since mid-1980. It had one principal line of business back then. We serviced the railcar manufacturing industry providing passivation services for stainless steel railroad tank cars. We have mobile units that set up at the manufacturing facility of our customers and once the tank cars are fabricated, we passivate them onsite. We still passivate approximately 80% of the tank cars produced in the U.S. today. Clean Blast Services also has a coatings facility applying superior quality coatings for our products and our customer's special needs.

The division known as Aluminum Transfer and Repair began in 2010 under Clean Blast Services. Aluminum Transfer and Repair services the water fracturing companies of the oil and gas drilling operations. This division does water trailer repair services, wash out of cargo tankers and trailers, sale and rental of water transfer pipe and fittings, lay flat hose, trailers, manifolds, assemblies, road crossings, and manufactures our patented lay flat hose trailer. Since starting this division in Kilgore, we now have sales offices and repair shops in Floresville, TX and Coleman, TX at the Wind Clean Corp. plant. A big thank you goes out to Tim Manley, Vice President of Clean Blast Services and all of his staff for such a great impact on Coleman and Coleman County.

Once again we invite you to stop by the Chamber at 218 Commercial any time and visit with us. We are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

Friday, September 11, 2015

March, April and May were exciting months for our Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture & Tourist Bureau. March was designated as the month for our Membership Drive. The Chamber added 21 new members to our membership roll. If it weren't for our members and other individuals, we would not be able to support the legitimate enterprises which will tend to increase prosperity and promote the welfare of the Communities and County. In April we had our Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet. With the theme of "Coleman … Our own Slice of Paradise" the Bill Franklin Center was full of Chamber members and guests. Outstanding citizens that have positively contributed to our community were recognized. Through nominations from the community the recipients of the awards were chosen by the committee which consisted of people from around the county. We would like to congratulate these recipients: 2015 Citizen of the Year, Louise Strength. 2015 Rural Citizen of the Year, Harold Fahrlender. 2015 New Horizon, Sandra Rose. 2015 Teacher of the Year, Bonnie Brown. 2015 Business of the Year, The Owl Drug. Our own Executive Director, Mary Griffis was honored for 30 years of dedicated service to our Chamber.

In May, the Chamber started gearing up for the Rodeo. This year the 78th Annual PRCA Rodeo is June 11,12,&13. This is an exciting time in our community. Cowboys from everywhere come to Coleman to compete in their sport. This is our opportunity to see tourists in our town and make them feel welcome. Coleman and Coleman County have a lot to offer.

As a special courtesy to our business members we are adding a "Spotlight" on businesses that are members of the Chamber. These business members are randomly chosen by the computer and the businesses chosen will be "spotlighted" that month.

For the month of June, we are spotlighting Dr. A.R. "Rock" Bryant, the new dentist in Santa Anna. Dr. Bryant has family roots in Coleman County dating back to the late 1800's. He is a second-generation dentist, having practiced with his father for nearly 46 years. He graduated in 1971 from Baylor College of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery. If you haven't met Dr. Bryant, stop by his log cabin office in Santa Anna and say hello.

We are also spotlighting this month, Holiday Hill Nursing Home. Just over 90 years ago, Holiday Hill opened its doors to care for the elderly. Much has changed in those years, but one thing stays the same … the facility's commitment to provide the best quality of care to its residents. The Board of Directors and leadership team, and its staff members are dedicated to giving only the best in care. Whether your needs are for a short-term stay for rehab with our therapy team (physical, occupational, and speech therapists) with plans to return home or for a longer stay,, our qualified care team is available to meet your needs. We are dedicated to providing the highest possible level of care. Holiday Hill began out of love for the Community of Coleman. It truly is a home built on love!

Once again, we invite you to come by the Chamber of Commerce and visit anytime. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Friday, September 11, 2015

We are excited about things going on in Coleman! There's a new and exciting energy in the air. There are businesses coming into town and bringing new exciting ideas with them. We can be thankful for all of the great people that live in Coleman and Coleman County. Without each and every one of you, Coleman County would not be same. The way for our community to progress in this economy is for all people to work together for the betterment of the county through a unified Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce is the voice of Coleman and the representative of the entire county. We have some new and exciting things to share so let's all get together and WORK FOR COLEMAN. The Chamber will be spotlighting businesses, informing the community of new Chamber members, and writing Chamber Chats about what is happening at the Chamber. We invite you to stop by our Chamber of Commerce and visit anytime. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Coleman County Chamber of Commerce,
Agriculture and Tourist Bureau

218 Commercial Avenue
Coleman, Texas 76834