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Thomas Lee Davis

It is with great sadness that I tell you about the passing of Thomas Lee, "Tommy", Davis of Santa Anna.

Tommy passed away Wednesday night, June 25th, at his home in Santa Anna after a battle with cancer.

Tommy was a longtime friend of Cindy and I and a good and faithful servant to the City of Santa Anna for over twenty years.

He also served his country in the United States Navy.

I want to take a minute to say how much I appreciate his girlfriend Linda Lewis for staying by his side, my wife Cindy and Doug Watson for being his friends to the end, and especially my daughters, Jennifer and Chrystal for helping their mom take care of him, and a very special thanks from all of us to two very special people, Brother Bruce and Sherry Hess, for being there when Tommy needed them.

Memorial services will be held Saturday June 28th at 10:00 AM in the Steven's Funeral Home Chapel in Coleman. See for a complete obituary.

Gone but not forgotten, Tommy Davis, forever "Corndog" to his friends.

Girling Health Care

Now hiring - see the Classifieds for more information and available positions.

Brothers of the Brush

The winners of the Coleman County Sesquicentennial Brothers of the Brush beard growing contest are below. Joe Watson, BOB Chairman presented them their certificates. Pictured are Jimmy Simpson - Best Groomed, Archie Nettles - Most Unique, Phil Chambers - Wooliest, Bryan McGilvray - Best Effort, and Tex Wright - Longest

Coleman County Youth Activity Center News

Submitted by Sarah Beal

The Coleman County Youth Activity Center has been a busy place. The Bill Franklin Center has been the location for the Juried Art Show, Coleman County Chamber Banquet, 4-H District Consumer Judging Event, Coleman County Livestock Show Committee meeting, Coleman After Prom Party, CCYAC Board meeting, Panther Creek 4-H meeting, Coleman Jr. Rodeo Association meeting, 4-H Shooting Sports meetings, 4-H Horse Club meetings, Veterans Celebration, Rodeo Association Fish Fry, Ladies Night, and Cowboy Camp, Sesquicentennial 5K run headquarters, and a Quinceneara. The Expo Center has held an Antique Tractor Show, a lamb sale, and Farm Bureau Ag Day for county 3rd grade students, and housed the restrooms for the rodeo and dances held during the rodeo. The Sesquicentennial Committee also sponsored a Tractor and Lawn Mower Pull on the grounds. A workday was held and the portable pens and panels were stored in the new storage building. The CCYAC facilities are available for rent for many events and may be booked by calling the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce at 325-625-2163. Donations are always needed to support the CCYAC. The Expo Center has not been paid for and expenses such as utilities and insurance have to be paid. Donations and memorials are appreciated and may be sent to CCYAC, P. O. Box 766, Coleman, TX 76834 or taken to Trisha Owens at First Coleman National Bank or Henry Dodson at Coleman County State Bank.

Chris & Cindy Jamison
Payton Mayes, Summit, New Jersey
D B Land Improvement/David Barnett- donation of dirt work
James & Sue Brusenhan
Coleman County Extension Education Association
Joe & Faye Faries/DBA JF Woodworking-cabinets in concession stand
Steve & Sarah Beal-bulletin board & signs for Expo Center
Susan & Kirby Roberts
Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Tyson

In memory of Edith Fay Howell (mother of Liz Jones) by Janet & Joseph Johnson
In memory of Mozelle Williams by Lynn & Trisha Owens
In memory of Jack & Betsy Lacy by John & Diann Dillingham
In memory of Dan Edington by Bowen Drug Store/James C. Stokes, Dona Triplitt
In memory of Lucy Whittington by Bill & Elaine Moore
In memory of Carl Wright (father of Carla Finley) by Joe & Janet Johnson
In memory of Les Strawn by Joe & Janet Johnson
In memory of Florence Ray by Joe & Janet Johnson
In memory of Hettie Scarborough (mother of Janet Barker) by Dona Triplitt
In memory of Arthur Doose by Dona Triplitt, Dr. J. P. & Alice Hemphill, Lynn & Trisha Owens, Charles & Vickie Coats, Steve & Sarah Beal
In memory of Russell Johnson by Charles & Vickie Coats
In memory of Debbie Walthall Gates by Lynn & Trisha Owens, Stan & Alana Brudney, Bowen Drug Store/Jim Stokes
In memory of Ann Ray by Bill & Geneva Garrett
In memory of James A. Owens by Bill & Geneva Garrett
In memory of Leonard Johnson by Jay & D’Aun Dalton & Family, Lana Dalton, Steve & Sarah Beal, David & Billie Wright, Don & Marian Johnson, Thad & Shirley Sansing, Marie & Neil Hudson
In memory of Richard Vaughn by Patricia & Lynn Owens, First Coleman National Bank Directors and Employees
In memory of Jose Molina by Steve & Sarah Beal

Coleman County Historical Commission

Local history and the business of history have kept members of the Coleman County Historical Commission (CCHC) busy the last few weeks at Heritage Hall, and they’ve more to do.

Edwina Early of Lawn, whose roots are in northwestern Coleman County, gave a very interesting program at Heritage Hall on the area around and including Silver Valley. She covered everything that was within ‘walking distance’ (by foot or by horse) of Silver Valley. Word has spread about her presentation and the CCHC has already had requests for details about the program.

Following that program, Maxine Cope treated CCHC members and guests to a tour of the newest additions to the Heritage Hall museum and the local photos displayed in the exhibit hall.

Tuesday night, CCHC board members Maxine Cope, Sue Frizzell, Eric Joffrion, Tex Wright and ad hoc member Virginia Powell met to cover CCHC business. Since all members present attended the last business meeting, minutes were not read and the group got right into new agenda items.

Maxine Cope, CCHC Treasurer, reported that she had a good visit with Kay Lemay, County Treasurer. Maxine said that the CCHC balance with the county was $565.25 and that the CCHC must have new budget numbers to the county by mid-July.

Tex Wright said that the next program would be on the Trickham area. Time and place to be determined at a later date. Sue Frizzell added that a program on the Burkett area will be presented in August.

Changes to the CCHC bylaws were discussed and many great ideas were presented. The proposed amendments to the local bylaws will be presented, in writing, at the next meeting for discussion. If there are no changes, these amendments will be voted on at the next meeting following the meeting where the written amendments are presented.

Due to time constraints, a motion was made and passed that the CCHC master plan agenda item be postponed until the next business meeting.

Gouldbusk Open Rodeo

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Books open at 7:00 p.m.

Events at 8:00 p.m.


Barrels, poles, flags, ribbon roping, breakaway, tie-down, steer riding

Age divisions:

10 and under



19 and over

For more information call Aaron Loyd at 325-357-4918

Santa Anna Library Recieves Grant

Monday afternoon a gathering at the Santa Anna Library was capped off with the presentation of a grant check from the Coleman County Foundation.

Pictured above: Nancy Wylie (seated)- Santa Anna Foundation
back row (L-R) Tex Wright Santa Anna Library Board Member, accepting the check is Alice Spillman, Library Board Chairman, and presenting the check - Zac Allen, president of the Coleman County Foundation.

The grant will be used toward putting the old Santa Anna News papers on DVD. Another recent grant from the Gates Foundation allowed for the building of a new computer to help with this project. When all is together, the public will be able to research geneology, area history, and other items of interest.

The old papers are begining to come apart from continued research so this will preserve history for many more generations.

Thanks to Marie Silvis for taking the pictures.

Chamber of Commerce Social

Family Health Clinic in Santa Anna will be hosting the June Chamber of Commerce Business Social. Usually known as breakfast, but this month we will have a "Happy Hour" on Thusday June 19th, 5-6pm. Please stop by the Clinic at 105 N. Second Street (turn at the "smoking gun"), after work for refreshments and snacks and help to welcome Dee Dee Rogers, FNP who starts practice at the Clinic this month. Dee Dee will be seeing patients on Tuesday afternoon and Friday. If business expands, we may even consider Saturday hours!

Coleman’s 71st Annual PRCA Rodeo

Coleman’s 71st Annual PRCA Rodeo will be held on Thursday, June 19th through Saturday June 21st, at the Coleman Rodeo Grounds.

The biggest PRCA rodeo in West Texas, featuring stock from 4 time PRCA stock contractor of the year Stace Smith. Rodeo each night starts at 8:00 P.M. and Mutton Bustin’ each night at 7:00 P.M.

Thursday night is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” and a dollar per person donation will be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The featured entertainment will be the Casey Donahew Band & Johnny Cooper on Friday, June 20th, and Sonny Burgess on Saturday, June 21st.

Saturday, June 21st Rodeo Parade at 10:00 A.M. – Downtown activities

For ticket information call the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce at(325) 625-2163 or information is available on the web site


United Blood Services has issued an EMERGENCY CRITICAL APPEAL for O NEGATIVE AND A NEGATIVE Blood Types

Emergency Critical Appeal means that
--we have no O negative or A negative blood type on our shelf
--the 10 hospitals that we service have a very limited amount on their shelf
--if there was an emergency, we would NOT have the blood on hand

We immediately need your help

The next opportunity for Brownwood area residents to donate in Brownwood is:

Tuesday, June 10th
10 am – 1:30 pm
Citizens National Bank
#1 Carnegie Street

Just look for the bloodmobile in the parking lot. All donors get a free t-shirt and if you donate two red blood cells, you get a free baseball cap. All donors are automatically entered into a drawing to win a new gas bb grill.

To make an appointment, call Missi Malone at Citizens National Bank. That number is 643-3545 ex. 234. You can also call Sabrina Forse at United Blood Services in San Angelo. Call toll free 1-800-756-0024.

To make an appointment yourself, go online to Enter sponsor code cnbbw.

Taralyn Culpepper

Taralyn Culpepper, the daughter of James and Karyn Culpepper and sister of Tabitha, graduated June 4th 2008 at the top of her class.

Her father James is from Santa Anna and in the US Navy and is stationed Naval Air Station LeMoore California. He was at sea and missed it all but they are proud of her and we are too.

Some of her awards are:
Perfect Attendance
Grey Eagle Award
Citzen of the Year
California Jr. Scholarship Federation,
Outstanding Academic Excellence
Journalism Award
Academic Society Principals List
Top Language Award (3rd triester)
Top Language for the Year Award

Brady Lake Music Fest Christian Music Celebration

Brady will be bursting at the seams with musical talent at the Brady Lake Music Fest June 6th through the 8th, and a special group of musicians will wrap up the weekend’s activities with a special Christian music performance during a free fellowship breakfast on Sunday morning.

Sponsored by the Brady Clergy Association, Hill Country K-Life Youth Group, and the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce, the free fellowship breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Brady Lake Pavilion with come-and-go service until 10 a.m. SoundWord, a group of professional musicians from across the United States, will begin their performance at 8:30 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the food and performance as their schedule allows.

A musically eclectic group, SoundWord is comprised of six extremely talented performers. Kenny Thacker is a musically gifted minister and leader of SoundWord. With over 26 years of experience having begun his musical performance career at age 11, he brings a wonderful sense of humor to his ministry. Originally from Kentucky, he and his wife, Lynn, now reside in Prosper, Texas where he serves as Discipleship Pastor at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship.

Jay Hallstrom is the owner of RadioPoet Studios in Seattle, Washington and serves as Chief Musician at Christ Church Kirkland.

Dave Herald of Cincinnati, Ohio is the drummer for the group. Herald has recorded and toured with many bands and the Kentucky Honor Guard.

Tim Lawson, Senior Pastor at River of Life Foursquare Church in Berea, Kentucky has worked intensely in worship ministry for nearly 20 years and recorded an album, Winds of Change, in 1999. He holds a Master of Science in Music from Eastern Kentucky University and is currently pursuing a second Master of Science in Biblical Studies.

Bruce Menefee from Lubbock, Texas has completed the Emmaus Road ministry school and currently serves as Associate Pastor of Worship and Men’s Ministry at City View Chrisitan Fellowship in Lubbock. He has been privileged to play on worship CDs and with numerous Christian conferences and missions.

Rick Stone rounds out this talented group of musicians. He has been performing, recording, and leading worship for nearly 30 years. Stone currently serves as Worship Pastor for City Church in eastern Washington.

For more information about this exciting event, please contact the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce at 325-597-3491 or email

Songwriter Circle... A Special Homecoming

If anyone had told Kent Finlay as he made his rounds in the cotton fields surrounding Fife, Texas that years later he’d be returning to McCulloch County as the "Godfather of Texas Songwriters" to host a songwriter circle, he wouldn’t have believed you. But, that’s exactly what will be happening June 7th when Finlay brings the legendary songwriter circle of Cheatham Street Warehouse home to his native territory for the Brady Lake Music Fest.

Born to a musically-talented, farm family, Finlay found a passion for music at an early age, but it wasn’t until 1974 that he truly devoted his life to preserving the history of Texas music and mentoring songwriters and musicians. He opened Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas to preserve the traditional honky-tonk way of life. Cheatham Street is home to many famous alumni and the historic Wednesday night songwriter circle has been the nucleus of the place every Wednesday since 1975.

The rules are simple, clear-cut, and reverently observed. If you’re a songwriter wanting to perform, you sign up on the yellow legal pad at the bar. At 8:00p.m., honky-tonk time, the bartender posts the list to outline the order of performance. Finlay generally kicks off the show around 9:00p.m. with his song "I’ll Sing You a Story, I’ll Tell You a Song", and he reminds the audience that this is a "golden rule" listening night. Every songwriter is given the same respect as they perform, regardless of their experience or name recognition. So, no one plays and packs up to leave. They all stay and listen and share as the night progresses. Many writers have first entered the doors of Cheatham Street as novices looking for support from fellow music-lovers, and they’ve returned later as the headliner of a sold-out show. Those success stories, the opportunity to mentor and nurture up-and-coming songwriters, and keeping a venue to preserve a musical way of life are the reasons Finlay keeps Cheatham Street open.

Songwriters aren’t the only ones to begin their climb to the top at Cheatham Street. George Strait and the Ace in the Hole band began their historic ascent to the pinnacle of country music success at Cheatham Street. Other artists to hone their craft at Cheatham Street include Todd Snider, Billy Joe Shaver, Randy Rogers, Bruce Robison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Terri Hendrix, Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson.

Finlay and his dedication to the country music scene was part of the inspiration for the Brady Lake Music Fest. Music is respected and protected in the TRUE Heart of Texas. The Heart of Texas Country Music Association has built the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum to honor traditional country music and the artists who brought it to prominence on the music scene. So, the Association along with the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce, Brady National Bank and Lubke’s Chevrolet created the Brady Lake Music Fest to celebrate and enjoy these musical roots. Finlay has assisted his hometown in the establishment of this event by bringing the talent of Cheatham Street to McCulloch County for a special homecoming. Adam Carroll and Big John Mills are among those slated to perform during the songwriter circle, but Finlay is known for the surprise performers that sometimes find their way back to the circle. So, you never know who might show up.

For more information about Brady Lake Music Fest, visit or contact the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce at 325-597-3491 or

**Information for this press release was found at the Cheatham Street Warehouse website, and the Journal of Texas Music History ( Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 2005), "It’s the Music": Kent Finlay’s Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas by Gregg Andrews.**

Silver Valley

Another in the series of Coleman County of the past

On Thursday, June 5th, The Coleman County Historical Commission will present Edwina Early and the story of the Silver Valley area in years past.

She has mentioned stories about it being just walking distance from White Chapel.

Now just a wide spot on highway 84, this was once a thriving community. Farming and ranching were the main things that kept the community on its feet for many years.

Most of that generation are now gone and the younger generation has moved to the bigger cities to find work to support them.

Come to Heritage Hall, 400 College, in Coleman, Texas on Thursday night. Refreshments will be served around 6:30 and the program will start at 7:00

Brady Lake Music Fest Entertainment Line-Up

The Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce and the Heart of Texas Country Music Association, along with title sponsors Brady National Bank and Lubke’s Chevrolet, are pleased to announce the highly anticipated musical entertainment line-up for the 2008 Brady Lake Music Fest scheduled for June 6th, 7th and 8th.

This new event will encompass numerous musical acts from multiple country music genres – Traditional Country, New Country, Texas Country, and Tejano – that will appeal to a wide variety of local and regional music lovers. The event will also celebrate the musical traditions and connections of the Brady and Heart of Texas community.

Two of the hottest Latin acts to hit West Texas, Proximo Sonido and Grupo Viento will take the stage from 7pm until 12 midnight Friday night for an evening of music and entertainment under the Brady Lake Pavilion.

Saturday boasts a full day of music beginning at 11am with Tommy Alverson kicking things off. One highlight is an intimate songwriter circle hosted by Kent Finlay, McCulloch County native and owner of the Cheatham Street Warehouse, at 5pm. Cheatham Street alum, Randy Rogers, will take the stage at 10pm. The 4th Annual Smoke on the Hill BBQ Cook-Off will take place alongside the music Saturday. A washer pitching and horseshoe tossing tournament are also scheduled to take place Saturday.

Complete Line-up (times subject to change)
Friday, June 6
Grupo Viento 7pm
Proximo Sonido 9pm
Saturday, June 7:
Tommy Alverson, 11am
Amber Digby, 12:30pm
Rich O’Toole, 2pm
Justin Trevino, 3:30pm
Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle, 5pm
Seth James, 7pm
Gene Watson, 8:30pm
Randy Rogers Band, 10pm

Sunday morning’s activities, beginning at 7:30 a.m., will be led by Hill Country K-Life. They will offer a free breakfast to all attendees and a song and praise service featuring

SongWord. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend.

Gates will open to the public at 6pm on Friday night and again at 10am on Saturday. Tickets for Friday evening are $10, Saturday’s tickets are $20, and passes for both days are $25.

Sunday’s events are free.

Brady Lake Music Fest

Greetings from McCulloch County! We're having our first-ever Brady Lake Music Fest June 6-8th, and would like to invite folks from Santa Anna to come enjoy a weekend full of great music, the Smoke on the Hill BBQ Cook-off, washer and horseshoe tournaments, a Guitar Hero contest, food, shopping, games, and more.

Kent Finlay, owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse, will be hosting a songwriter circle Saturday afternoon.

Sunday morning features a free gospel brunch and a musical worship performance by SoundWord.

We certainly hope to see some of our neighbors at Brady Lake this weekend!

For more information see the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce website at

Proposed Wild Hog Rules Aim to Aid Producers, Trappers and Hunters

Described as being as prolific as cockroaches, destructive as rats, and as surly as badgers, wild (feral) hogs are the bane of ranchers and farmers, but they’re a boon for hunters. Nearly three million of these dirt slingin’ critters roam free in Texas, rooting up pastures, wallowing in creek beds, and gorging themselves on crops and gardens. Trappers and hunters often are called in to help reduce hog numbers when feral swine run amuck.

For nearly a year, a team of commercial swine and show pig producers, slaughter plant operators, veterinarians, hunters, hog trappers and wildlife biologists have wrestled with rule ideas that would prevent captured wild hogs from creating more chaos, while still giving hunters an opportunity to bag a boar trophy worth bragging rites. In mid-May, draft regulations were presented to commissioners for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory agency. Public comment on the proposed rules, to be published in the Texas Register June 6, will be accepted by the TAHC through July 6. TAHC commissioners will consider the rules for adoption at their next meeting on July 29 in Austin.

"The 80th legislature, in the TAHC’s Sunset Bill, provided for the TAHC to regulate feral swine, which are regarded as free-ranging livestock. The TAHC regulations are to be limited to disease control purposes, including holding facilities, sale, exhibition, hunting or movement,' said Dr. Dee Ellis, Texas’ assistant state veterinarian and TAHC advisor to the feral swine working group. "If these proposed rules are adopted, they will supersede TAHC’s current feral swine regulations that aren’t comprehensive. We know we can’t get rid of feral swine, but we can find ways to deal with the animals so that it benefits all sectors of the industry."

Dr. Ellis said the proposed regulations give trappers greater latitude for holding and moving trapped swine. Approved holding facilities and authorized hunting preserves would be sanctioned and inspected by the TAHC, and operators or owners would be required to keep records on the animals for at least five years. Applications for operating the holding facilities or hunting preserves will be available from the TAHC, if the regulations are adopted.

Because there is some limited interest in changing captured feral swine to "domestic" swine by testing the animals, the proposed regulations would allow for wild hogs to be reclassified as "domesticated" pigs after a series of at least three negative blood tests for swine Brucellosis and pseudorabies during a minimum 150-day quarantine period. (This practice is not recommended, however.) Additionally, sows and other sexually intact female swine would be required to undergo a fourth negative test for the diseases, at least 30 days after their initial farrowing in quarantine.

The disposition of feral swine that are not "domesticated" through the quarantine and testing process is limited to slaughter only, except for boars and barrows, which may be moved to TAHC-authorized hunting preserves.

The proposed rules also would allow for the wild pigs to be held after trapping in an escape-proof pen or enclosure on a trailer for up to seven days before moving the animals directly to a federally or state-inspected slaughter plant, to a TAHC-authorized hunting preserve, or to an approved holding facility, awaiting final disposition.

The proposed rules would allow only boars and barrows to be moved to TAHC-authorized hunting facilities, which would have to be equipped with swine-proof fencing at least five feet high. Boars and barrows also would have to be individually identified prior to being placed into the preserve.

Hunting preserve operators would need a "Hunting Lease License" and hog hunters would need a hunting license, both from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, but there is no season on these animals so often regarded as a pest and a threat to livestock health.

"It is extremely important that proposed holding facilities and hunting preserves be ‘escape proof.’ Identification on the boars and barrows in hunting preserves would help us identify pigs that ‘get loose,’ " said Dr. Ellis. Required record-keeping would include the number of swine placed in or removed from the facilities, the animals’ weight, size, color, sex and any identification applied to the animal, and the locations from which they were trapped and to which they were moved.

"Strict requirements are necessary to prevent moving an animal that has a potential livestock disease from one site to another," said Dr. Ellis. "From tests on feral swine over a four-year period, we know that around 20 percent of wild hogs in Texas carry pseudorabies, a regulatory flu-like swine disease not related to rabies. About 10 percent of the feral pigs have swine Brucellosis, the swine form of "Bangs", or cattle Brucellosis."

Since January 2006, the swine form of Brucellosis has been detected in 26 cattle in 19 herds. Although the swine infection in cattle does not affect Texas’ hard-won ‘free’ status for cattle Brucellosis, it does cause positive test results when cattle are tested prior to sale. The bacteria must be "grown out" in the laboratory to differentiate between swine Brucellosis and cattle Brucellosis infection. In the meantime, cattle in the consignment or herd must be held up, and additional tests may be needed to ensure there is no cattle Brucellosis infection in the herd.

Feral swine also can have a health impact on noncommercial swine, which may be housed in facilities that are more likely to have feral swine contact than commercial swine facilities. Of the 41 noncommercial swine herds quarantined for swine Brucellosis infection since January 2003, 29 either had definite or possible contact with wild hogs.

" ‘Contact with feral swine’ can be as simple as a wild sow or boar either being allowed in, breaking into swine pens, or making contact through a fence," noted Dr. Ellis. 'Related contacts' can include an activity such as purchasing piglets from a producer who allows feral swine into his or her pens. In this case, a buyer could be purchasing piglets that have been exposed to disease carried by feral swine.

Dr. Ellis advised domestic swine owners to keep feral swine out of their pens. When purchasing replacement swine by private treaty, ask if the pigs have been exposed to feral swine. If possible, keep the animals isolated until tested for swine Brucellosis and pseudorabies. At livestock markets selling sexually intact swine six months of age or older, these tests are required, and blood samples are collected from the animals by TAHC personnel.

"Commercial swine herds are operated with great attention to biosecurity, and in Texas, these herds currently are swine Brucellosis and pseudorabies-free," said Dr. Ellis. But each time we detect infection in a noncommercial herd, it puts a hardship on producers, because we must trace animal movement, test herds in a widespread area, and handle infected herds appropriately. Swine brucellosis also poses a significant public health threat to those handling or inadvertently producing infected animals. By adopting regulations that make it easier for trappers to remove feral swine from an area, and place boars and barrows only in a hunting facility, we encourage legal regulated movements of the animals and have less chance of disease transmission from these wild hogs. These proposed regulations can benefit swine producers, cattlemen, trappers and hunters, too.

On June 6, a link to the text of the proposed regulations will appear on the TAHC website at The proposed regulations also are available by calling the TAHC at 800-550-8242, ext 710. Comments on the proposed rules may be emailed to:, faxed to 512-719-0719, or mailed to TAHC Comments, Box 12966, Austin, TX 78711-2966. Comments are due no later than July 6.

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