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Rain

Praise the Lord for the wonderful thirst quenching rain!

I had 2.5 in one gauge and 2.6 in another.

Tex Wright reports, "Sunday evening we received ,20. On Monday morning we awoke to thunder and rain. We got 2.60 out of this cloud. A total of 2.80 in Santa Anna Texas."


WAL-MART SETTLES EEOC LAWSUIT FOR $50,000
Carlsbad Store Fired Long-Time Clerk, Refused Temporary Accommodation
for Her Cerebral Palsy, Federal Agency Charged

DALLAS — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P. will pay $50,000 in back pay and damages in settlement of a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employ-ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC had charged that a Carlsbad, N.M., Walmart store unlawfully fired a part-time sales clerk because of her cerebral palsy.

The EEOC had charged in its lawsuit, Case No. 2:11-CV-00834, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, that Wal-Mart fired Marcia Arney rather than attempt¬ing to return her to her job following a medical leave related to her cerebral palsy. When Arney, a 22-year Wal-Mart employee, showed the store manager a note from her doctor requesting an accommo¬dation involving periodic breaks off her feet, he refused to return her to her job, and instead demanded that she obtain a medical release with no restrictions. The EEOC alleges that the medical restriction could have easily been accommodated by the giant retailer. In fact, had the employer inquired further, it would have learned that her need for accommodation was temporary.

Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits disability discrimination in the workplace. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

“Training management personnel about the ADA needs to go beyond computer modules that employees can skip through to fulfill some company requirement,” said EEOC Supervisory Trial Attorney Toby Wosk Costas. “Marcia Arney enjoyed her job because it allowed her to interact with customers and show them that people with cerebral palsy can work just like people who are not disabled.”

Under the consent decree settling the suit, Wal-Mart will conduct annual live ADA training of management officials at its Carlsbad store. It will also post a notice on its agreement with the EEOC so that employees are aware of procedures for reporting disability discrimination. The company has committed to not requiring disabled workers to produce a full release from their doctor upon returning from a medical leave. Further, the company will engage in an interactive process with disabled employees to find a reasonable accommodation to assist them in performing their jobs. Future charges and lawsuits alleging disability discrimination will be reported to the EEOC for the duration of the decree, as well as requests by employees for accommodation of a disability.

“Federal regulations explaining amendments to the ADA made it clear that many impairments, cerebral palsy among them, do not require a lengthy analysis to determine whether or not they are 'substantially limiting,' which is the standard for coverage,” said Robert A. Canino, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Dallas District Office. “Employers who used to argue otherwise should get up to speed on the clarifications Congress made to the ADA to ensure that most people with disabilities will be covered."

Janet V. Elizondo, director for the EEOC’s Dallas District Office, added, “We are hopeful that our work in this case can generally serve to educate the employer community in southern New Mexico that the Dallas District stands ready to address discrimination issues at the furthest reaches of its jurisdiction.”

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its website at www.eeoc.gov.


Engagement Announced


Todd and Sherry McMillan are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Heather McMillan to Forrest Walker. Forrest is the son of Jennifer Walker of Bridgeport Tx. Heather is a 2010 graduate of Santa Anna High school and is currently attending Cisco College. Forrest is a 2011 graduate of Bridgeport high school and is currently attending Cisco College. The wedding is planned for September 1st 2012 @ 2pm At the Emmanuel Baptist church in Coleman All friends and family are welcomed to come celebrate this special event.


"Oldies but Goodies" Car Show

August 18th downtown Bronte
Fire Department Fundraiser Lunch
No Entry Fee
Registration starts at 8am
FMI - Tammy Thorn 325-473-3501


Hartman Reunion Held in Coleman

The descendants of I. E. and Reba Hartman gathered at the Coleman City Park Museum on Saturday, July 28th., for their annual reunion. Winnie Blanscett, one of three surviving children of I. E. and Reba, was able to attend the reunion this year while health problems prevented Edd Hartman and J. B Hartman from attending.

The day was filled with visiting, picture taking, games and the “White Elephant Auction”. Winnie Blanscett was the winner of the Hartman Heritage Quiz, with Nate Salazar winning the Mr. Grant Box Game. Door prizes of potted plants went to Hannah Hartman, Robin Bass, Stevie Hartman, Rusty Blanscett, James Bass, and Ronnie Hartman. The Candy Guessing Game winners were Gavin Walker, Stevie Hartman, Dana Eaton, and Fred Reeves.

The group agreed to again donate $200.00 to the Santa Anna Cemetery Association.

Everyone enjoyed a wonderful noon meal of fried chicken and all the trimmings.

Those 38 in attendance for the 2012 Hartman Reunion were:
Austin - Carol and Dale Reeves, Fred Reeves
Bangs - Harry and Sandra Walker
Brownwood - Beth and Ronnie Hartman, Eddie and Mary Ann Hartman
Burkett - Cindy and Daryl Boyle
Copperas Cove - Javin, Jaime and Gavin Walker
Early - Stacy, Julie, Peyton and Raemi Walker
Midland - Winnie and Rusty Blanscett
New Braunfels - Scott Walker, Debra Hough
Opelousas, La. - Steve and Stevie Hartman
Santa Anna - Stan and Judy Hartman, Stephanie Edwards, Hannah Hartman, Nate Salazar
Snyder - Mike, Travis and Brenna Hartman, Dana Eaton, Macy Bilano
Venus - Robin and James Bass, Brittany and Byler Mach


To: Mountaineer Football Players

It’s that time of year again. The 2012 Football Season is just a few weeks away from kicking off. We hope that you have enjoyed your much needed break and restful summer. We also hope that you have taken advantage of the services that were provided for you by different organizations and businesses throughout the community. The coaching staff has been hard at work planning out, for what promises to be an exciting football season.

U.I.L has placed guidelines this season that will bring many changes to the way Pre-Season workouts will be conducted. This year our Pre-Season workouts will start promptly at 6:30am beginning Monday, August 6th. The workouts will run through the 16th of August, which will then lead to our scrimmage on the 17th in Rising Star.

We ask that on August 6th, you please show up early to receive your athletic gear and get ready to begin our 2012 season. 5:30am-6:00am would be a great time to show up on the first day. Remember, Pre-Season workouts begin at 6:30am, which means you must be on the field at 6:30am ready to go, and not showing up to the locker room at 6:30am.

Please also remember that you must provide your own cleats for the football field and flats for stations and weight room workout. These will be needed on the first day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 325-348-3137, or come by the coaching office. We are here usually in the mornings from 9am to 12pm, Monday through Thursday.

We look forward to seeing you on August 6th, bright and early.

Sincerely,
Coach Cameron Norris
Coach Robert Adams
Coach David Garcia


Last Land Battle

In Texas?

Did you know that the last land battle of the Civil War was fought in Texas?

Thursday, August 2, you can learn all about it at the Cross Plains Public Library located at 149 N. Main Street, Cross Plains, TX. William A. McWhorter, Military Historian who directs the Texas Historical Commission’s Civil War History initiatives, will speak about the Palmito Ranch Battlefield Historic Landmark. The Palmito Ranch Battle was fought May 12-13, 1865. The Callahan County Historical Commission, The Texas Historical Commission and the Cross Plains Public Library invite you to learn all about this little known piece of Texas history. McWhorter will be joined by Margaret Hoogstra, Executive Director of the Texas Forts Trail Program, who will tell us what role the forts in this region played in the Civil War. At 6:00 PM the Callahan County Historical Commission will hold a business meeting and McWhorter will begin his talk at 7:00 PM. The public is invited to attend the meeting at 6:00 and/or join the discussion with McWhorter and Hoogstra at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, August 2, you can learn all about it at the Cross Plains Public Library located at 149 N. Main Street, Cross Plains, TX.

William A. McWhorter, Military Historian who directs the Texas Historical Commission’s Civil War History initiatives, will speak about the Palmito Ranch Battlefield Historic Landmark.

The Palmito Ranch Battle was fought May 12-13, 1865. The Callahan County Historical Commission, The Texas Historical Commission and the Cross Plains Public Library invite you to learn all about this little known piece of Texas history. McWhorter will be joined by Margaret Hoogstra, Executive Director of the Texas Forts Trail Program, who will tell us what role the forts in this region played in the Civil War. At 6:00 PM the Callahan County Historical Commission will hold a business meeting and McWhorter will begin his talk at 7:00 PM. The public is invited to attend the meeting at 6:00 and/or join the discussion with McWhorter and Hoogstra at 7:00 PM.


Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Santa Anna Athletes will have something new to cheer about this coming Fall semester. A new organization will begin this coming school year that will bring the athletes of Santa Anna ISD together as one. Santa Anna ISD welcomes, for the first time, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Coach Garcia worked very hard, for a year, to get FCA on campus. After all the applications, paperwork, and emails, Santa Anna is now a recognized FCA campus. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives... one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

The FCA Vision To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.

The FCA Mission To present to athletes and coaches and all whom they influence the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

The FCA Values Our relationships will demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.

From Coach Garcia: It is very exciting. I wanted the athletes here to be able to see the wonderful things that FCA has to offer and what the students can offer to FCA. I was a member of FCA at my high school and really enjoyed it. I have a few meetings in the coming weeks with area and regional directors of FCA to get everything up and running. Any student athlete in Santa Anna from grades 7th through 12th is invited to join FCA. For more information, you may look up Santa Anna FCA on Facebook.


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