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Four Mountaineers Added to National Honor Society

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Four Santa Anna High School students were inducted into the Arleigh Harris Chapter of the National Honor Society Wednesday, May13th, in the SAHS Auditorium in a ceremony attended by students, faculty, parents, and grandparents. The ceremony was marked by the Principal’s Charge from Chapter Sponsor, Principal David Robinett.

National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character-- traits that have been associated with the organization since it began in 1921. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and providing community service. The

Santa Anna chapter was established in 1976 and named for long-time teacher and Elementary Principal Arleigh Harris.

Current Members of SAHS Arleigh Harris Chapter of National Honor Society are seniors, Briannah Sosa, Erica Neville, and Slater Isbell. Inductees this year are juniors, Abriana Enriquez, Breanna Fox, Jacob Gibson, and Maria Juarez.


All District Softball

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Congratulations to the following ladies for being selected to the 9AA all district softball team.
1st team, Jaylie Jones, So.,
2nd team, Taylor Guerrero, So., and Catherine Graham, Fr.

Thank you to these ladies for all their hard work.


State Track Meet

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Senior Colby Nelson ran his best 300 hurdle time of the year at 40.58 to place third overall in the Class 1A D2 UIL State Track Meet on Friday night. Great work and well deserved.

Colby has been a joy to watch all of his high school career, and we are very proud of his accomplishments and the man that he has become!


Letter to Editor

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I was told you have been approached in regard to wind energy....regardless of how good the money sounds...it is not worth the effects to your community.

Devastation to the beauty of Texas, landowner against landowner, ( I have one on my fence row, the tower owner gets paid, but no money for adjacent landowners), unbelievable traffic, and the thought is only the energy company and landowners make money...government subsidies. Come to Comanche County, enjoy the wildflowers on the way, and when you get past Blanket, things begin to change. If you want the real effect drive down CR 207.

Thanks for letting me vent, I have the ugly lawn art all around me.
Sylvia Haas, Blanket


Friday Ramble

For a little graduation followup from last weekend, I graduated cum laude from Tarleton State University Saturday, May 9th 2015 from the School of Business with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Information Technology. See last Friday's Ramble below for more. Several that don't Facebook had asked me to post some pictures so here are a few:

Photo of me taken by my step dad, Tex Wright

Me and my daughters, Chrystal Pelton, Jessica Kerr, and Jennifer Rambo

Me and my Mom, Pat, and step father Tex Wright

Me and my wife Cindy Pelton


Rain

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Well it rained in Santa Anna, Texas.Right here in downtown Santa Anna. Looks like it might keep the dust down for the Funtier Days coming up this weekend May 16,2015. Come on over and enjoy a plate of Bison for lunch, desert of prize winning ice cream and lots of fun type things Watch out thee will be some time transplants from the middle to late 1800's Texas. Pistol packing dudes and the Sheriff is out to get the bad guys.

Over the weekend, I captured 1.92 inches in the gauge. Monday evening I poured out 1.00 inches On Tuesday afternoon (after the clouds went elsewhere) I emptied another 1.49
This gives us a total of 4.41 inches of good liquid (not frozen) moisture for growing things filling stock tanks and lakes.
AIN'T That great.
Tex


Santa Anna Junior High Tennis

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The Santa Anna Junior High Tennis teams competed in the 1A, District 16, Tennis Meet last Thursday in Brady. Schools attending the meet were Brookesmith, Eden, Lohn, Menard, Rochelle, Santa Anna, and Panther Creek.

Both the boys and girls brought home team championship trophies for zone 1. For the girls’ team, the doubles duo of Angie Calfa and Sudie Pucket came home with third place medals. The final match in the girls singles bracket was an all Santa Anna event, with Ashley Beauchamp ending up in the second spot and Marin Guthrie bringing home the gold medal for the second year in a row. In boys singles, Jacob Peeples won gold in the 7th grade division, and Tony Calfa finished fourth.

Two boys doubles teams competed in the event, with the team of Rance Railsback and Domanic Enriquez ending up in third place, and the team of Jayton Perry and Will Eddleman finishing in the fourth spot.

The team of Trace Garrett and Kaylie Shields scored points for both teams by taking home first place honors in the mixed doubles division.

Congratulations Santa Anna Junior High Tennis Teams!


Order of the Rose

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The Eleventh Annual Order of the Rose, Senior Recognition Ceremony will be Thursday;, May 21, at 1:30 A.M. in the auditorium. the public is invited to attend.

Also the annual awards ceremony for grades 7-11 and the 8th grade Recognition ceremony will be Friday, May 22, at 1:00 in the auditorium.


Friday Ramble

I know it has been a while since a ramble but I have a little more time on my hands now.

Dreams do come true.

I had a dream about someday graduating from college. This Saturday, May 9th 2015, that dream will come true at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. I could not have done it without so many but I would like to name a few. The very first ones are of course my Mom and step dad Pat and Tex Wright, my wife Cindy, my kids, Chrystal, Jennifer, and especially Jessica who threw down the challenge to go back a couple of years ago.

It would have not been possible without two young men who helped me more than they will ever know back in the Summer of 1987. Those two were Jason Miller and Rod Musick Jr. They had just graduated from Santa Anna High School, both of them had worked for me for most of high school in the Mobil and Exxon Stations. They had no desire to go to college or trade school really. They loved and lived pickup trucks, big tires, and loud pipes. They went to work for me full time after graduation along with my old friend Bobby Morgan and I started college at Howard Payne University. I saw it as an opportunity. We got out of the service station business in 1991 and I still went to school some at night while working as a supervisor for Pepsi but it was harder and harder to find classes I needed. There was no Internet around here then which tells you how long ago it was.

I stopped going after the Spring Semester in 1993 and didn’t take another class until nine years later in the Spring of 2002 when I was working two days a week in San Angelo and I took a class at Angelo State University during my lunch hour. My oldest daughter Chrystal was also a student there at the time.

Then I had to take off again until the Summer of 2012. A full ten years later which was hard on an old guy. But thanks to some help from my employer and online classes at West Texas College in Snyder and Tarleton State University in Stephenville, three years later my dream is coming true and so the dream of a farmer, John Tarleton.

There are some others that should not go unnamed. Howard Payne Professors: Dr. Edgar Dass, James Clark, and Hal Lane. Montie and Sandra Guthrie. Rob, Sharon, and Joey Cheaney.

Thank you all for helping my dream come true.


Funtier Days

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Santa Anna Funtier Days Schedule
9:00 AM Vendors open for Business in Armory and in Park area-
10:00 AM Sign up for Horseshoe Tournament –at North end of Park
11:30 AM Sign up for volleyball ---Sign up at the volleyball court--$10.00 per team
11:00 AM --Ice Cream Freeze Off—all entries at back of armory by 11:00 am
12:00 Bison Lunch served with all the trimmings 8:00 plate
4:00 PM winners in all divisions of Bison Cook Off announced.
Old West Rangers—Reenactment Group of Former Texas Rangers will be going on all during the day---Memorabilia will be under the Pavilion out in the Park Area

Old West Rangers is the official reenactment group for the Former Texas Rangers Association, Former Texas Ranger Foundation and Fort Martin Scott Historical Site sanctioned by the City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department.

The group will be at Santa Anna Funtiers May 16--Under the big Pavilion--with reenactments and Texas Ranger memorabilia to share--To read more about them go to www.oldwesttexasrangers.com


Colby Nelson Qualifies for State Track Meet

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After a rough second day at the region 2 track meet in San Angelo, Texas placing 5th in the High Jump, 5th in the 110 Hurdles , 5th on the 800m relay, Colby Nelson dug deep and ran a 41.45 300 hurdles to capture the third place medal.

Waiting around all day Sunday until UIL posted the 1A division 2 300 hurdles and seeing Colby made it to state as the wildcard by less than .14 seconds. Colby is sitting in fourth place right now but should have a great chance to metal if everything works out right.

Good luck in Austin on Friday,May 15th at 8:45 pm.


Boys Region 2 Track Results

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Gabriel Armstrong 3200m 13th 12:19 (only freshmen in race)
DJ Mattes 800m 15th 2:17(only freshmen in race)
Colby Nelson 110 Hurdles 5th 15.66 High Jump 5th 5'10 300 Hurdles 3rd 41.45 (advance to state as wildcard)
(Jedidiah Herrod, Jacob Herrod, Colby Nelson, Lucas Diaz) 800m Relay 5th 1.34.4
(Jedidiah Herrod, Jacob Herrod, Gabriel Armstrong, Lucas Diaz) 400m relay 14th 46.07
(Lucas Diaz, Gabriel Armstrong, Jacob Gibson, DJ Mattes) 1600m relay 15th 4:52

Great year for our track boys. We just happen to be in the toughest region in the state.

In the 800m relay, the five fastest time in state are in our region. Grady, Borden County, Menard moved into our region this year which made it even tougher.

Great job all around for all our boys.

Keep working hard and good things will happen.


Lady Mountaineer Softball

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Every year a group of young ladies start a new athletic season st Santa Anna high school. They work in the off-season to get bigger, faster, stronger, and ready to compete. This year's lady athletes showed tremendous pride, drive, and desire to prove themselves. Although the losses mounted up, these ladies were competitive in every sport all year long. They finished every game.

As the season comes to an end, Shelby Murray is still running laps to advance to the state track meet, others are starting off-season and the new desire to regroup and be successful next year which, is in their hearts.

The Lady Mountaineer athletes; Delaynee Absher, Katelynne Craig, Laci Donham, Bianca Enriquez, Breanna Fox, Taylor Guerrero, Jaylie Jones, Sabra King, Lindsay Marks, Breanna Michon, Shelbie Murray, Madelyn Perez, Briannah Sosa, Alexis Washington, Madison Wise, Kristen Yancy, and Felecity Yancy have impacted me as a coach and shown a community what commitment can do. These ladies have excelled as people, they have found friendships, faith, a competitive nature and have turned into amazing young woman. It has been an honor to coach these ladies, watch them grow, and see their potential.

Thank you to this community and school for all of your tremendous support. These young ladies will impact the world, get ready!


HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION TO AWARD $10K TO GRADUATING SENIORS

AUSTIN (April 19, 2015) – The Texas Hospitality Association will award a total of $10,000 in scholarships to four 20154 Texas high school graduating seniors as part of their campaign to fight underage drinking and to promote alcohol responsibility.

THA will award a $5,000 scholarship to the Texas high school senior who submits the best poster conveying the message or theme: “If you are under 21, it’s illegal to consume or purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas.” A $2,500 scholarship will go to second place, $1,500 will be awarded for third place, and $1,000 will be awarded for fourth place. The winning posters will be used as part of a statewide alcohol awareness campaign.

The contest is open to all 2015 Texas high school seniors, including those graduating from private schools, charter schools, and homeschools. Artwork must be an original design and may be hand drawn, photographed, or computer- or electronically-generated. Students should keep in mind a billboard display when designing their poster, which should be between 8.5x11 and 14x18 inches.

Students have until Friday, May 1, to submit their entry to THA, and winners will be announced on June 1. For more details on the scholarship competition, visit www.TexasHospitalityAssociation.com.

For more information on THA, contact Todd Kercheval at (817) 296-9575 or toddkercheval@aol.com, or Joey Bennett at (512) 496-9575 or joey@joeybennett.com.

The Texas Hospitality Association is a statewide, non-profit association made up of Texas businesses that sell or serve adult beverages. THA’s mission is to encourage the responsible sale and service of adult beverages and to fight underage drinking through public awareness campaigns and education.


Hospital District Hosts Town Hall Meetings

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Coleman, Texas (March 23, 2015) – As many as 100 county residents attended three town hall meetings last week to learn more about the proposed $12 million addition to Coleman County Medical Center (CCMC). The two meetings in Coleman and a third in Santa Anna were hosted by the CCMC District Board on March 18-20.

Kathy Potts, Rees Associates, and Judy Blazek, Business Strategies, Inc., kicked off each meeting with a summary of the facility assessment process, a discussion of the major problems identified and a review of options considered.

“The buildings are 92, 78 and 48 years old,” noted Blazek, “and have not been upgraded to meet today’s requirements for healthcare delivery. In addition, the oldest structures are multi-story, wood frame buildings which can no longer be used for patient care services under current life/safety code requirements.”

“Code requirements for patient care areas in hospitals are higher than other types of occupancy,” added Potts, “because hospitals care for patients who are ill or injured, and may not be able to evacuate the building without assistance in the event of a fire.”

According to a report by Arlington-based Fratto Engineering, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems in the older buildings also do not meet code requirements for patient occupancy. The MEP systems in all three buildings are aging and near the end of their useful life making them difficult and costly to maintain. They are also inadequate to support today’s healthcare technology.

“None of the buildings meet the requirements of the Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS), so patient rooms, showers, restrooms and other areas are difficult for patients and others with physical limitations to access,” said Blazek. “Another major area of concern is the lack of patient privacy, with emergency patients transported through waiting rooms and public corridors to receive diagnostic services.”

Blazek and Potts described the wide range of options considered to address these and other problems identified, as well as the cost of those options. The combination of a new addition for patient care services, with renovations of the 1967 building to accommodate physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation on the first floor was discussed as the most cost effective, long term solution.

During the Wednesday meeting, Jean Hoysa asked several questions regarding the ability of the CCMC District Board to address the financial reporting requirements of the $12 million bond issue. Mike Newman, senior vice president with First Southwest, addressed her concerns, explaining that his role is to assist the District with structuring the bonds for presentation to the market, and to provide the District with guidance regarding reporting requirements. “The bond issue will obligate the District to provide ongoing disclosures to the bondholders and the public, with information available for free on the internet.” Newman said. “In addition, the District may choose to hire a dissemination agent whose job it is to ensure timely disclosure of information as required,” he continued.

First Southwest, the number one financial advisor in Texas, was hired by the CCMC District Board last fall to serve as financial advisor to the project, after interviewing three firms who submitted their qualifications.

The impact on county taxes was also discussed, with tables illustrating that taxes would increase by $5.42 per month for a house with a tax-assessed value of $50,000, and $3.74 per month for 500 acres of unimproved land with a tax exemption. Some meeting attendees stated that any tax increase placed an additional burden on taxpayers, particularly those on a fixed income.

Kevin McMahon told one group that while he generally is not in favor of tax increases, he would rather pay taxes to the CCMC District than the federal government, and see the money used locally. “Any taxes paid to the CCMC District are deducted from your federal income tax returns,” said McMahon. “The hospital also brings money paid to the federal Medicare program back into the community where it turns over several times through salaries and purchases made and taxes paid by hospital and clinic employees.”

McMahon also commented on the importance of increasing the maximum tax rate for the CCMC District to $.75 to securing the lowest interest rates and the lowest cost to the taxpayers. According to McMahon, the availability of historically low interest rates is a major reason to move forward with project sooner rather than later when both interest rates and construction costs are likely to increase.

Thursday evening, Jo Ann Eddleman asked if any Texas hospitals have closed as a result of non-compliance with building codes. In response, Blazek explained that she is not aware of any hospitals closed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) because of code problems. “But the codes and regulations are there for a reason,” Blazek said. “We are not just worried about the hospital closing; we are concerned about fire prevention, patient and staff safety in the case of a fire, emergency power for critical patient care functions, infection and infectious disease control, quality of care, accessibility for those with physical limitations and patient privacy and confidentiality.”

Potts reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently asked the Oklahoma State Department of Health to conduct more stringent surveys of Oklahoma hospitals. As a result, 60 Oklahoma hospitals have been cited for facility code non-compliance resulting in the closure of hospital departments. “CCMC has received no written waivers, and there is no guarantee that the next survey by the TDSHS or a validation survey by Medicare will not require correction of some or all problems we’ve identified,” Potts said.

“In addition, the TDSHS will require code compliance of any hospital areas undergoing a significant renovation, as well as the areas served by the upgraded systems. For example, lack of space and inadequate MEP systems in the 1967 building means that replacing the 20-year-old CT scanner will require that the entire imaging department be brought up to code. Any departments impacted by the renovation will also need to be brought up to code,” reported Potts.

Noting that the reported average daily census in the hospital in 2012 was 6.6, another resident questioned the need for 19 patient rooms in the proposed addition. Mike Pruitt, hospital administrator, explained that inpatient utilization has continue to increase by 10 percent or more each year with the inpatient census from last October through January of this year, averaging more than 8. “In the last few weeks, we have consistently had 17 patients in an inpatient bed. When one patient is discharged, it takes several hours to clean the room properly to allow for the next patient to be admitted, so at a census of 17 the staff works very hard to make patients rooms available.”

“Everyone needs to remember that the average daily census is exactly that: an average of the patient count at midnight,” said Blazek. “This is true for any hospital, large or small, because the number of patients fluctuates based on the time of day, day of week, and the season. The census at CCMC is typically much higher in the winter during pneumonia and flu season, and may be lower during the summer. Often the census is lower on the weekend and higher during the week.”

Andy Freeman, president of Preferred Management Corporation who operates CCMC, was asked to explain his company’s commitment to purchase $2 million in equipment for the proposed project. “This equipment, including a new CT scanner, x-ray equipment, an electronic medical record, and numerous other items, will be purchased by Preferred and used for the benefit of the patients treated at CCMC,” Freeman said. “Preferred will pay for an own the equipment, just as the CCMC District will pay for and own the building,” he continued.

“We hope to have a long relationship with the CCMC District and the residents of Coleman County,” Freeman noted, “but if that relationship should terminate, the CCMC District will have the option to retain the equipment subject to the net asset agreement which requires that on termination of the lease we return to the District net assets equal to the assets that were in place when the lease started.”

Near the conclusion of Friday’s noon meeting in the hospital dining room, Bruce Ransberger noted that no one had said anything about the great services provided by CCMC. “I’ve tried to get occupational therapy services in Brownwood and had to fight to get occupational therapy services three times per week. At CCMC, I can receive occupational therapy services every day.”

Rees Associates and Fratto Engineering were selected by the CCMC District Board last July after interviewing one other firm that submitted a response to the request for qualifications advertised in June 2013. The 18-month process included numerous site visits and meetings with the CCMC District Board, medical and hospital staff and the Facility Assessment Committee appointed by the CCMC District Board.

During this period, input was solicited from the Coleman City Council, County Commissioners, Cattlewomen’s Association, Santa Anna Economic Development Committee, Coleman Economic Development Corporation and Coleman Community Coalition. Community meetings were also scheduled in Coleman, Lake Coleman, Novice, Rockwood, Panther Creek and Santa Anna.

“We want everyone in the county to have the information they need to make an informed decision about this project on May 9,” said Wayne Moore, president of the CCMC District Board, “and will schedule additional town hall meetings in April.”



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