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Remember Those Who Serve

Please remember these Santa Anna folks that are serving our country in combat, training, or support: Brandon Beloat, James Culpepper, Eddie Dawson, Kristle Deleon, Glen Donham, Reuben Frausto, Misti Graves, Bobby Hale, Patrick Kerr, Heather LaChance, Truman Matthews, Jeff Rivera, Josh Rivera, Michael Ruth, Marty Siller, Allen Tucker, Lance Vasquez, Austin Voss, Scott Watson, and Shane Watson.

Special thanks to Montie Guthrie for helping me out with this list.

Please help me with others by sending their names, photos, or whatever you want to me at or use this convenient form

Mountaineer Football

Not much to same about the game, but the band was good! I took a lot of pictures but I am rustier than the Mountaineers...

Cody Slate, Coach from Sterling City, son of Jimmie Gail Rutherford and Grandson of Claudia Rutherford.

The Voice of the Mountaineers - Rob Cheaney

#12 Juan Suarez fights for yards

High Flying Hannah

#25 Michael Valencia rolls out for a pass

Mountaineer Band playing "Stuff they like to play" and stuff I like to hear!

See the Sports Page for more photos of the game and halftime show.

A note from the Santa Anna Mountaineer Booster Club:

We want to thank all our Mountaineer Fans who helped make our first phase of the "Adopt-A-Mountaineer" program such a success with all our SAHS football players and Cheerleaders being "adopted". We are now in our second phase of "Adopt-A-Mountaineer" featuring our SAHS Volleyball girls. We invite all Mountaineer fans from infants to school age children to even the oldest of Mountaineer fans to sign up to "Adopt-A-Mountaineer". Each person who signs up will be matched with a SAHS volleyball player to be their "Buddy". Buddy's will receive a free T-shirt and a button with their Buddy's picture on it. Each adoption is $20.00 with a discount given to households adopting two or more volleyball players. Please contact one of the following SAM Booster Club officers with any questions and to sign up!

Stephanie Hartman 348-3337
Betsy Jones 348-9218
Darla Jones 348-9259

What Time is it?
Mesquite Time!

That is the name of one of Santa Anna's newer businesses on the East end of town. Located in what used to be the Santa Anna Lumber Company operated by Harry Crews and more recently the home of Charlotte Moseley's ceramic group.

Mesquite Time owner, Jerry Ellis, started work on the old lumber yard buildings in the Spring of 2009. Jerry and his daughter Jamie Straus, and her two year old son Parker, keep the shop open and work on various wood projects.

Most probably would have torn the old buildings down but Jerry took the old buildings, and has given them new life. I have followed the progress with a few pictures and meant to write this story last year.

I have known Jerry for about thirty years. I worked with his father, Cecil Ellis, in the oil field back in the early Eighties. Cecil was always very proud of Jerry and especially happy when he moved back home to the Trickham area from the Gulf Coast. I think Cecil worried sometimes about how Jerry was going to make a living around here, especially farming and ranching. Jerry raised registered cattle for a while and then became the manager of Coleman County Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, that sold wireless TV cable and DirecTV satellite television service. That is where I had the opportunity to go work for Jerry. I will never forget the day I was working for Dr Pepper in one of the grocery stores in Brownwood and Jerry talked to me about going to work for him. I too worried how I was going to make a living in Santa Anna, but it was one of the best jobs I ever had. I enjoyed working for Jerry and he was one of the finest men I have ever worked for. He always cared for his employees like we were his own children and I even had the chance to work with his son Bryce and daughter Jamie when they helped out in the Summers. They knew how to work hard just like their father and grandfather.

One thing about making a living in Santa Anna is that you are guaranteed that you will have to work hard at it. Jerry and Jamie are certainly the ones that can do it. Their work is that of a true artists and you should stop by sometime and see for yourself. In the mean time see the Business Page for more information about Mesquite Time...

Mountaineer Football

Well it's time for the lights to shine in Santa Anna, as the Santa Anna Mountaineers take on the Sterling City Eagles.

The Eagles out of Division 2 District 7 are ranked 32nd overall and picked to win by 45 over the 109 ranked overall and 42nd in Division 1 Mountaineers from District 10.

Kickoff at Mountaineer Stadium is set for 7:30.

Wear your black and gold and we will see you at the game!

Mountaineer T-Shirts

The SA Cheerleaders will continue taking orders on the Mountaineer T-Shirts through Monday, August 30th. They are selling 2 different t-shirts this year.

The first t-shirt is a Basic Mountaineer T-shirt that may be used for all Santa Anna activities ($12).

The second t-shirt is a SA Mountaineer Football t-shirt that has the roster of football players, coaches, & cheerleaders on the back ($14). Expected delivery date is Friday, September 3rd.

The GOLD will be darker than what the picture shows. If you would like to order one or both of these t-shirts and you have not been asked by one of the cheerleaders you may grab one of the cheerleaders or feel free to call or come by Katrina Guerrero's office at the school.

Ladies! We are also working on getting a black t-shirt with Mountaineers on the front in the Bling Bling. Please let Katrina know if you would be interested!

Thanks for supporting the SA Cheerleaders!!

Meet the Mountaineers

The Santa Anna Mountaineer Varsity Cheerleaders would like to invite everyone out to the 2010 "Meet the Mountaineers" on Thursday, August 19th at 7:30pm at Mountaineer Stadium.

The SAM Booster Club will be serving Coke Floats. Please come out and show your Mountaineer Spirit & Support for all teams and coaches.

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Santa Anna Mountaineers,
It’s that time again when we are all getting ready for cooler weather and Mountaineer Football! The Santa Anna Booster Club is already getting started on several projects for this football season. First, we have a new program of ADOPT–A–MOUNTAINEER where anyone from infants to school age children to even the oldest of Mountaineer fans can be a “Buddy” of a SAM High School Football player or Varsity Cheerleader. Also, we are getting ready for Homecoming with our Spirit Ads for the Homecoming Souvenir Football program. Please click the links to printable forms below to see the flyer for each of these.

Booster Club will again be running the concession stand at home football games (both Thursday and Friday night games) and we’re always looking for volunteers to work with us. If you want to sign up to work a game, please contact Stephanie Hartman at 325–348–3337.

Just as a reminder, you don’t have to have a student in Jr. High or High School to be involved in Booster Club. We invite you to come join us for our monthly Booster Club meetings. We want you to join us to share ideas, be informed of what all the Booster Club is doing to support our school and find out what you can do to help. We meet the second Sunday of each month at 1:30 at the Football concession stand.

Santa Anna Booster Club

Cleveland Cemetary Workday

The Cleveland Cemetary Association will have a work day on Saturday, August 21, starting at 8 a.m. Please bring your gloves, weed eaters, mowers, etc, along with water to drink. All volunteer's help will be appreciated.

Bob Reese, President

2010 SAJH Cheerleaders Attend Camp

Taylor Hogue and Kynedi Bradley are now ALL-AMERICAN CHEERLEADERS!!

CAMP PHOTO (Left to Right) Kassie DeLeon, BayLeah Burton, Taylor Hogue, & Kynedi Bradley

2010 SAHS Homecoming

On behalf of the Santa Anna Ex Students Association I would like to invite you the annual Santa Anna Homecoming festivities. Santa Anna can be proud to have one of the oldest Homecoming activities held in the area and an Ex Students Association and annual meeting that many other schools do not get to enjoy. These activities have been going on since 1952. The 2010 SAHS Homecoming will be Friday, September 24th Vs. Eden. The Santa Anna Ex Students Association will hold their annual meeting and Exes reception on Saturday, September 25th.

My name is Tom Guthrie and I will be serving as the new Ex Students Association President for the next two years. Please notify me of any plans your class is planning on having so that I may include any information in our publicity. If I can help you in any way, please let me know.

Start planning those reunions and get togethers today!

Tom Guthrie

Heather McMillan Recieves TCTA Scholarship

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association, along with the late Charles and Phyllis Gottlieb, has established a scholarship fund to provide financial aid to students not at the top of their class and who have faced hardships that might make higher education difficult or impossible to attain without assistance.

Rather than focusing on academic records, award recipients are selected based on the qualities that make them likely to succeed if given a chance. Recipients must be nominated by a teacher or counselor.

To be nominated, a student must:
1) Be a high school senior;
2) Hold United States citizenship and reside in Texas;
3) Demonstrate financial need;
4) Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale; and 5) Demonstrate traits of strong personal character and potential for success, as determined by the nominating educator.

The scholarships assist students pursuing a recognized degree at an accredited two- or four-year college, community college or career/technical school. Preference is given to students who are first in the family to seek higher education, and to those whose family income does not exceed twice the poverty level (as defined by the United States Health and Human Services Department).

Scholarships will be awarded in amounts of up to $5,000 per year, amount awarded on a case-by-case basis, for tuition, required fees and books. They may be renewed annually for up to four years based on satisfactory criteria and available funding.

Heather McMillan, daughter of Todd and Sherry McMillan of Santa Anna, has been selected to receive a TCTA Scholarship in the amount of $2500. Heather will attend Cisco College this fall, completing her degree in Psychology at Tarleton State University to become a therapist or teacher.

Heather was active in all SAHS activities, including volleyball, basketball, tennis, and track, One-Act Play, UIL academic competition, and involved in the local 4-H Club, serving as Club President. She was active in the Mountaineer Band, serving as flute section leader and as Drum Major her junior and senior years. Heather was also a member of the National Honor Society as a junior and senior.

Santa Anna High School Registration

New student registration for those attending Santa Anna ISD will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, August 11th and 12th from 8:00 to 3:00. Registration forms may be picked up at the high school office at 701 Bowie Street.

All pre-registered 7-12 grade students may pick up schedules and books on Wednesday, the 18th.

An orientation session for seventh graders and their parents or guardians will be held in the high school auditorium on August 17th at 6:00.

2010 SAHS Volleyball
Two-a-day Practice Schedule

Santa Anna ISD


The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 142 CR 106, Santa Anna, TX 76878

Santa Anna, TX: A summer family event called “Egypt” will be hosted at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church (142 CR 106, Santa Anna, TX 76878) from August 2nd, 2010 thru’ August 6th, 2010. Families will step back in time at “Egypt”, exploring the life of Joseph. Kids and adults participate in a memorable Bible-times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Egyptian eats, visit Joseph in prison and then in his palace home, and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word. Plus, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through “God Sightings”. Each day concludes at Celebration—a time of upbeat worship that gets everyone involved.

Kids and adults at Egypt will join nearly a million participants blanketing Africa with God’s love through a hands-on mission project in association with an organization called “Operation Kid-to-Kid”. With “Operation Kid-to-Kid”, families will create soft blankets that will be sent to orphans and vulnerable children.

Egypt will run from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM each day. On Saturday morning from 11 AM - !2 Noon the children will be presenting a special Kids Program for their families with a luncheon following the program from 12 Noon to 2 PM. For more information, see Posters around town, online news sites: & , or call Janet at 325-348-6024 to leave your question & phone contact information.

Santa Anna National Bank

Extreme Makeover

One of my favorite shows, ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition, may soon be coming to Coleman County as the Marsden Family of Glen Cove is up for consideration.

Read their stories at and this Abilene Reporter News Article.

The family has also started their own website

2010 SAHS Homecoming

According to school officials the 2010 SAHS Homecoming will be September 24th Vs. Eden.

Start planning those reunions and get togethers today!

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