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Remember Those Who Serve

The list of those serving our country continues to grow.

Please remember these Santa Anna folks that are serving our country in combat, training, or support: Brandon Beloat, James Culpepper, Eddie Dawson, Chaplin Delarosa, 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 also 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 news@santaannanews.com or use this convenient form

Somehow I left Austin Voss off my list when I started it again. Austin, of course, graduated from SAHS and is the son of Susie and the late Eddie Voss of Santa Anna. My old Coach and Austin's Uncle, Bill Jennings, now of Denton Texas, told me that Austin is still in the Air Force and now stationed in Alaska.


Goodbye 2009

It has been a pretty good year for the Pelton Family and SantaAnnaNews.com.

There have been a lot of things happening around Santa Anna and the future looks bright.

I hope that you all have a safe and happy New Years!


Coleman County Youth Activity Center News

Submitted by Sarah Beal

New Tiles added to the Goree Expo Center Donor Wall: Cooper Supply, Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, In Memory of E.W. & Eloise Scott

Donations:
Matt Henderson
Terry & Carol Scott
Cooper Supply-donation of pipe for water line
Coleman County Telephone Cooperative- donations of labor and equipment

Honorariums :
In honor of Johnny Needham DVM & Coleman Vet Clinic by Margie Dodson
In honor of Coleman 3rd Grade Classes for their interest in the CCYAC project by Sarah Beal

Memorials:
In memory of Tony McMillan by Henry & Margie Dodson, Ben & Debbie Scott, Dan Taylor Family, Steve & Sarah Beal, Bill & Ginger Sneed, Don & Marian Johnson, Rodney & Debbie Ivy, Ted & Sonjia Taylor, Coleman County Employees
In memory of Billie Maurine Mercer by Henry & Margie Dodson, Dan Taylor Family, Rodney & Debbie Ivy, Dona Triplitt, Ted & Sonjia Taylor
In memory of Ann Turner by Ben & Debbie Scott, Dan Taylor Family, Bill & Ginger Sneed, Larry & Donna Seymore, Bill & Elaine Moore, Melba Baugh, Rodney & Debbie Ivy, Dona Triplitt, Ted & Sonjia Taylor
In memory of Dr. Jean Duke by Bill & Elaine Moore, Dr. & Mrs. R. M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham
In memory of Dorothy Watson by Melba Baugh, Dona Triplitt
In memory of Roy Bird by Ben & Debbie Scott
In memory of Mildred Hunter by Ben & Debbie Scott, Bobbie Edington, Bob & Sylvia Edington, Henry & Margie Dodson, Mr. & Mrs. Thad Sansing
In memory of James Berry by Don & Judi Wilkinson, Dr. & Mrs. R. M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham, Rodney & Debbie Ivy, Jack & Carole Horne, Ted & Sonjia Taylor
In memory of Juanelle Hagler by Dona Triplitt, Ted & Sonjia Taylor
In memory of Donnie Calhoun by Dona Triplitt
In memory of Bobbie McMinn by Jack & Carole Horne, Ted & Sonjia Taylor
In memory of Kaye Franklin by Jack & Carole Horne
In memory of Dana Rideout by Jack & Carole Horne
In memory of Fay Jones by Henry & Margie Dodson
In memory of LaVerne Parrott by Ted & Sonjia Taylor
In memory of Ruth Lagow by Ted & Sonjia Taylor
In memory of Jayne Whitaker by Ted & Sonjia Taylor
In memory of Billie Puckett by Ted & Sonjia Taylor
In memory of Peggy Blake Rush Martin by Brent & Renea McMillan
In memory of Betty Sue McKee by Janet Barker
In memory of Billie Preas by James C. Stokes/Bowen Drug Store
In memory of Helen Laws by James C. Stokes/Bowen Drug Store, Steve & Sarah Beal
In memory of Auttie Seeton by James C. Stokes/Bowen Drug Store
In memory of Mary Griffin by James C. Stokes/Bowen Drug Store

Donations and memorials are greatly appreciated and needed to support the maintenance and ongoing expenses of the Bill Franklin Center, Goree Expo Center and grounds. Donations may be sent to Coleman County Youth Activity Center, P. O. Box 766, Coleman, TX 76834 or may be taken to Coleman County State Bank or First Coleman National Bank.


Santa

Santa came and went with a blast of snow.

The sun came out and quickly melted the snow in what measured a half inch of moisture.

Not much else happening around town that I know of.

I hope you all had a nice Christmas.


Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Dreaming of White Christmas

I heard he just got finished visiting children Wednesday night when the Norther blew in.

It was his que to head home. Many areas of the country had snow but, as he slid out of town his reindeer left some exhaust of pea sized reindeer stuff, hail mixed with rain and swirling winds.

He made it back to the North Pole, and is loading up the sleigh, and should be making his way around to the good boys and girls later tonight.

As I look out the window this Christmas Eve morning a beautiful snow is coming down.

We will be staying home in Santa Anna with a get together this afternoon of Pelton's, and Pierces followed by Robinett's at the Findley's, and then Wright's and Pelton's Saturday afternoon at my Mom's.

From our family to yours, we hope that you all have a safe and Merry Christmas!

Santa' Sleigh and reindeer ready to fly

Santa fixes the stockings at Santa's Rest Stop


The Last of the Friday Night Lights

Well I had last Friday off and got all caught up in Santa coming to town so that I forgot that some were still playing football.

Those Abilene High Eagles beat a two time defending state champ Katy Wildcats 28-17 for one of the games of the week for me.

I didn't quite make it to the game but it was televised on Fox Sports Southwest at the same time as the Arlington Cowboys on Saturday night so I switched back and forth.

Still close to home was the Albany and Cayuga game where Albany fell 38-24.

In one of the crazy games Graham fell 13-12 on a missed two pount extra point conversion for the win against Carthage.

Did it seem like a lot of area teams where in the playoffs or what?

Check out Bill Hart's article for Sunday's Abilene Reporter News.


Santa Anna Jr High UIL participants

Santa Anna Junior High School recently participated in the University Interscholastic League district competition in Rochelle. The sixth, seventh, and eighth grades finished third, with 592 points. Zephyr was first with 895 points, and Brookesmith was second with 634 points. Medals are awarded for individual places first through third; ribbons are awarded for fourth through six place. Team events participants receive medals for first through third place. High point seventh grader was Slater Isbell; high point eighth grader was Genia Jones.

Caitlyn Tidwell, coach: Impromptu Speaking, Modern Oratory, and Oral Reading
8th grade Impromptu Speaking: Anthony Lopez 3rd
8th grade Modern Oratory: Caitlyn Murray 4th

Karen Hickman, coach: Science I and II
7th grade Science I : Lucas Diaz 4th, Jacob Siller 4th; 2nd team of Diaz, Siller, and Slater Isbell
8th grade ScienceII: 3rd place team of Courtlyn Lishka, Justin McElrath, and Jessica Robertson

Bob Libby, coach: Maps, Graphs, and Charts; Social Studies
7th grade Maps, Graphs, and Charts: Jacob Siller 4th, Slater Isbell, 6th; 1st place team of Siller, Isbell, and Lucas Diaz.
7th grade Social Studies: 4rd Slater Isbell, 6th Jacob Siller
8th grade Social Studies: 3rd Genia Jones, 3rd Shayne Jennings; 3rd place team of Jennnings, Jones, and Phillip Libby.

Jennifer Cozart, coach [Assisted by Betsy Jones] : Number Sense, Calculator, Mathematics
7th grade Number Sense: 1st Slater Isbell, 1st place team of Isbell, Colby Nelson, and Jacob Siller
8th grade Number Sense: 3rd Genia Jones, 3rd place team of Jones, Michael Valencia, and Shayne Jennings
7th grade Calculator: 1st Slater Isbell, 2nd place team of Isbell, Jedidiah Herrod, and Jacob Siller
8th grade Calculator: 1st Genia Jones, 2nd Jessica Robertson, 3rd Courtlyn Lishka, 1st place team of Jones, Robertson, Lishka
7th grade Math: 1st Slater Isbell, 2nd place team of Isbell, Lucas Diaz, and Jacob Siller
8th grade Math: 3rd Genia Jones

Christina Rosenbusch, coach: Art, Dictionary Skills, Spelling
8th grade Art: Heather Wetsel 5th, 3rd place team of Wetsel, Seaera Rambo and Caitlyn Murray
7th grade Dictionary Skills: 3rd Taylor Hogue, 4th Slater Isbell, 6th Kristn Yancy, 1st place team of Hogue, Isbell and Yancy
8th grade Dictionary Skills: Jessica Smith 2nd
7th grade Spelling: 2nd place team of Lucas Diaz, Taylor Hogue, and Colby Nelson
8th grade Spelling: Genia Jones 6th, 2nd place team of Jones, Heather Wetsel and Michael Valencia.

Kristi Herrod, coach: Listening, Ready Writing, Editorial Writing
7th grade Listening: Jacob Siller 1st, Slater Isbell 2nd, 1st place team of Siller, Isbell, and Lucas Diaz
8th grade Listening: Heather Wetsel 6th
7th grade Ready Writing: Taylor Hogue 5th, Kristen Yancy 6th
8th grade Ready Writing: Courtlyn Lishka 2nd
7th grade Editorial Writing:Kristen Yancy 5th
8th grade Editorial Writing: 1st Genia Jones, 3rd Courtlyn Lishka 6th Heather Wetsel

8th Grade - Bottom Row - L to R: Anthony Lopez, Heather Wetsel, Devon Denton
Row 2 - L to R: Justin McElrath, Phillip Libby, Jessica Robertson
Row 3 - L to R: Jessica Smith,Michael Valencia, Caitlyn Murray
Back Row - L to R: Seaera Rambo, Genia Jones, Shayne Jennings

7th Grade - L to R: Salter Isbell, Jedidiah Herrod, Jacob Siller, Taylor Hogue, Luca Diaz, Kristen Yancy, Colby Nelson


“Pie-in-the-face” benefits Santa Anna Food Bank

For two weeks in December, Santa Anna Elementary participated in a contest against the Secondary campus. Initiated by the SAHS Student Council, the contest involved bringing cans of food to benefit the Santa Anna Food Bank. When the dust settled Tuesday, December 15, the food bank was 1281 items richer, and Santa Anna students were incalculably richer for their efforts. The winners in Elementary brought 643 cans, edging out Secondary, which donated a near-miss of 638 cans. The respective campuses were competing for more than bragging rights: the losing campus principal had to sit for a pie in the face.

Seated: L to R-- Jacob Herrod, Jordan Washington, Jacob Gibson, Colton Enriquez
Standing:L to R--Shawn Robertson, Sarah Herrod, Layken Herrod, Emily Taylor

Secondary Principal David Robinett bravely faced his fate as Elementary Principal Debbie Bacon came forward to deliver the blow. As the pie was being delivered to Ms. Bacon, the student carrying the pie “stumbled” and delivered it to Ms. Bacon’s face, whereupon it immediately traveled to Mr. Robinett’s.

Laughter and applause from the two student bodies brought the assembly to a raucous close with Council President Shawn Robertson thanking all who helped with the Christmas project


Santa Claus is Coming to Town

At least that is what I heard!

Santa is going to be at the home of Ray and Jean Findley on 205 North Pole Street (North 8th) this Saturday December 19th and December 22nd and 23rd, Tuesday and Wednesday. I am not sure what times but it is usually after dark and around 6-8.

Just look for Santa'a Sleigh parked in the front yard!


Doug Johnson

NEWCASTLE, Wash. — Douglas M. Johnson, 81, of Bellevue, Wash., died Oct. 31, 2009. The son of George and Era Johnson, Douglas was born July 7, 1928, in Santa Anna. He was raised in Santa Anna and graduated from Santa Anna High School. He earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University. He was married to Freda on Oct. 27, 1951, and lived most of their life in Greenville prior to moving to Bellevue in 1992.Survivors include a sister, Annette; son and daughter-in-law Mike and Carol Johnson of Newcastle, Wash.; three grandsons, Mike Jr., Charlie and Chris and wife Katie; and a greatgranddaughter, Abigail.A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m., Dec. 6, at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, Wash. 98004.Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, Wash., or to a favorite charity.


Santa Anna Retail Merchants Association proudly welcomes "Mesquite Time"

A ribbon cutting to celebrate the new store filled with handmade mesquite furniture and home accessories was held on Friday December 12.

Store owners Jerry and Cathy Ellis, with daughter Jamie Strauss and grandson Parker were joined by SARMA members Dicker Horner, Dalia Barron, Tim Humbert, Gay Abernathy, Marie Silvis, and friends Janice Fellers, Judy Stephen and J J Redmon.

The store is located on the corner of Wallis and Lee and is ready to fill your Christmas wish list.


Santa Anna Retail Merchants Association announces winner of the "2 Nights of Christmas in a Small Town" Gift Basket

Claudia Rutherfod was presented the gift basket by Shanna Deleon and Gay Abernathy.

Charlotte Jones of Double H Resturant was high ticket saleman and helped the group raise over $950.00 to benefit "Toys For Christmas Cheer"


Help Make the Holiday Season Magical for Your Children by Paying Your Child Support

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Memories of the holiday season should be joyful and magical ones for children, rather than full of need and hardship. By paying your child support and being there for your children, you can help ensure the holidays are a wonderful time of year.

Child support enables parents to put a roof over their children’s heads, clothes on their backs and food on the table. During the holidays these challenges are compounded as parents also try to put gifts under the tree, a special meal on the table or gas in their car for a long trip to grandma’s house. That is why we are giving parents this special reminder to pay their child support.

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division extends a heartfelt thank you to those parents who regularly pay their child support in full and on time. In the fiscal year that ended August 31, parents paid more than $2.7 billion in child support. The $2.7 billion collected surpassed the previous year’s all-time record by $152 million and marks the seventh consecutive year that the child support collections have exceeded previous records. Since Attorney General Abbott took office in December 2002, more than $14 billion in child support has been collected.

Sometimes circumstances arise, such as losing a job, that make it difficult to meet one’s child support obligation. For parents who are in a situation like this, contact the Child Support Division so we can work together to determine a course of action.

In partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, the Child Support Division began the NCP Choices project that allows local judges to order unemployed and underemployed parents who are behind on their payments to receive employment services in order to help avoid jail time. The project operates in 14 locations across the state. Since 2005, NCP Choices has collected more than $15.8 million from parents who were neither working nor paying child support when ordered into the program.

The Attorney General’s Office strives to be accessible to all of its customers, who often need up-to-date information about their child support case. The Child Support Division provides 24-hour access to parents who are seeking information about their child support case. The agency’s toll-free automated phone line is (800) 252-8014. Child Support Interactive, accessed from the main Attorney General Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov, gives visitors another avenue for obtaining general information about the child support program and applying for services.

Ultimately, what children need most is to know their parents care about them. The Office of the Attorney General helps parents who are having trouble getting access to their children. We awarded a grant to Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, which operates a statewide Access and Visitation Hotline. The hotline is staffed by attorneys who provide legal information and assistance about child custody, along with information about visitation, paternity and child support matters. The hotline’s toll-free number, (866) 292-4636, is available Monday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m.

Please help create joyful memories for your children this holiday season by being there for them and paying your child support. Your faithfulness will reap great rewards as you help your children remember the holidays as a time of provision rather than hardship.

The Office of the Attorney General wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

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Points To Remember
Child Support and the Holidays

PARENTS SHOULD MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO PAY THEIR CHILD SUPPORT DURING THE HOLIDAYS • Because family expenses usually increase during the holidays.
• To show their children they are loved.
• Because it is their legal duty to do so.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL:
• Helps establish a child’s paternity.
• Establishes and enforces child support orders.
• Reviews and adjusts child support payments.
• Collects and distributes payments.
• Partners with other agencies to help parents find jobs to meet their child support obligations.
• Works with groups that facilitate parental access and visitation.
• Encourages parental involvement in their children’s lives.

APPLY FOR CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES BY:
• Visiting Child Support Interactive on the main Attorney General Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.
• Calling the 24-hour voice response system at (800) 252-8014


Weekend

And what a weekend it was!

I made it to my niece's wedding in Anton despite the fog. The wedding was really nice and the bride was beautiful. More about the wedding later.

Next was the game. My brother-in-law Earl survived my driving in Lubbock and nobody else got hurt either. We also made it to the game with time to spare. We had 50 yard line seats about twenty rows up. The most incredible game I have ever seen. Goldthwaite won it 29-25 over Canadian. More on the game a little later too.

Sunday afternoon Jessica went with Cindy and I to see The Blind Side and it was a great movie. Sandra Bullock is so hot and really makes the character come alive. Jae Head steals the show and is hilarious. I would highly recommend the show.


Friday Night Lights

Or Saturday as most, if not all, of the Championship games are.

But where to go?

Both of the Six-man games will be at Shotwell in Abilene Saturday.

In Division 2 Borden County will take on Highland at 2. In Division 1 Garden City will face Strawn at 7. Both should be good games as Borden County is favored by only 5 points and Garden City is favored by only 4 points.

Abilene Wylie will take on Gilmer at SMU.

The game for me will probably be those undefeated Goldthwaite Eagles in Class 1A Division 1. The Eagles will face Canadian at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock at 5.

My niece, Brittany Smith, is getting married in Anton Saturday morning so it should be pretty easy to catch the Eagles on the way back through Lubbock.

Canadian is the defending champ from last year and the 2A Division II champ from the year before so it won't be easy for the Eagles.


All District Football

Courtesy of the Santa Anna Annual Staff

All District Football selections for Santa Anna High School Football - District 9

Seated, L to R:Christian Washington-1st Team Defense-defensive lineman, Manny Dancy-1st Team Offense-Spread Back, 1st Team Defense-Safety
Standing, L to R: Chris Tate-1st Team Offense-running back, 1st Team Defense-Utility player, Juan Suarez-2nd Team Offense-Utility Back


The Blind Side

I think that this just might be the be the best movie this Holiday season if not the best movie all year.

It stars one of my favorites, Sandra Bullock. At first you think it might be about football but it isn't. It is a true story about Michael Oher, an NFL football player for the Baltimore Ravens.

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

See trailers and more information at the The Blind Side Movie official site.

For more information about Michael Oher see the Michael Oher Wikipedia article.

Tim McGraw plays her husband and he was in another football related movie and one of my favorites Friday Night Lights.

Young Jae Head, from Goldthwaite, is also in the movie and he plays Bullock ad McGraws' son. Head was in the movie, Hancock, and several episodes of the Friday Night Lights series. I had the pleasure of meeting Jae last year at Goldthwaite Middle School when I was doing a program for his class on the parts of a computer. See this 2008 Hill Country Magazine article about Jae.



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Mullin Man Killed in Accident

As I headed to work Monday in the cold damp weather I began to pass a number of emergency vehicles, DPS, ambulances, Goldthwaite Fire Department, and other volunteers headed in the opposite direction between Mullin and Goldthwaite.

I have seen this a few times over the nine plus years of driving this road daily and I always selfishly hope that someone I know is not hurt.

I did not know 34 year old David Mangus of Mullin who was taking three of his children to school in Zephyr when he lost control of his big Chevrolet pickup truck a couple of miles West of Mullin on a farm to market road. Just a mile or so from one of my bosses, Shawn Calder, and Cindy's step aunt and uncle Barbara and Bill Grady who live across the road.

Mangus was killed in the accident when the pickup rolled over and hit a tree. His three children, ages 7, 9, and 10, were taken to the Brownwood Hospital and treated and released except for the 10 year old who was taken to Cook's in Fort Worth. See: KXXV News Channel 25's article and BrownwoodNews.com's article for more details of the accident.

My boss, Shawn, is a volunteer fireman in Mullin and one of the first on the scene of the accident just down the road from his house. The father of two about the same age and owner of a similar pickup truck I think he was a little shook up having worked the accident. I work with some really good people.

Cindy called me at work later that morning and asked me about the wreck. She told me that David Mangus was a nephew of Ronnie Hartman's. Cindy works with Ronnie.

One of my friends was concerned about the miles that I drive to work and the danger. The worst part really is the two lane road between Zephyr and Goldthwaite and espcially the other side of Mullin where there are no passing lanes on that section of US HWY 84. That friend now drives to work farther than I do and I worry about him.

Please remember the Mangus family in your prayers.



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Holiday Shopping: Product Safety

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

With the holiday shopping rush underway, Texans are understandably concerned about product safety. Though most consumer products are safe when used properly, Texans are encouraged to regularly check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site at www.cpsc.gov to make sure they do not have items that could pose a danger to themselves or their children.

CPSC regulates the safety of over 15,000 different kinds of consumer products. The federal agency regularly tests consumer products to ensure they are safe and issues warnings whenever products do not meet certain safety standards.

Many of the alerts posted by CPSC involve toys, car seats and other items for children. In November, for example, CPSC recalled 2.1 million baby cribs after receiving more than 100 complaints about drop-side detachment incidents. When the drop-side detaches, it creates space between the drop-side and the crib mattress, posing a suffocation hazard to children.

When a recall is issued, Texans should stop using the product and remove it from their homes. The product’s manufacturer often provides information about replacing a recalled product or obtaining a voucher for a replacement item. The recalled stroller’s manufacturer provided purchasers with a free repair kit.

Parents and grandparents might be particularly interested in the “Toys” and “Child Products” section of the CPSC Web site, which provides information on recent recalls. To ensure they are notified when a manufacturer issues a recall, buyers should always return warranty and product registration forms after purchasing new toys. If manufacturers do not receive the registration forms, they do not know to include the purchaser on a notification list.

Texas shoppers with video games on their families holiday shopping list should also pay careful attention to the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s age and content ratings when purchasing computer and video games. ESRB ratings are an effective and informative resource that allows parents to evaluate whether video game content is appropriate for their child.

Texans with product safety concerns may contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or online at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov. We will gladly help residents find federal, state and local resources that will assist them in gathering critical information about a product’s safety record or reporting their concerns.

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Points To Remember
Product Safety
• Check the Consumer Product and Safety Commission Web site regularly for information about recent product recalls.
• Return warranty and product registration forms to the manufacturers to ensure recall notices.
• Examine toys regularly for damage that could create small pieces that are choking hazards.
• Ensure that children play with age-appropriate toys and electronic games.

Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC)
Information about dangerous and recalled consumer goods and household items, including toys, electronics, sporting goods and many other products
Hotline: (800) 638-2772
www.cpsc.gov

Office of the Attorney General
(800) 252-8011
www.texasattorneygeneral.gov


Speaking of Cold in Santa Anna

I braved the cold to go to the CyberBully program at the school last Thursday. It was a good program and I will try to share more later as I have time.

I took my trash out after the program because I knew it was going to be cold on Friday morning. I poured out over half an inch of moisture from my gauges and I am not real sure where it came from.

Sure enough, there was a light dusting of snow Friday morning. I was glad that Cindy and I had the day off. We were using up some 2009 vacation days. I think my new years resolution for 2010 will be to use those vacation days in the Summer!

Friday night we drove to Goldthwaite to watch their bitter cold Parade of Lights in the comfort of our car and then we went to a work Christmas party.

Santa payed a visit to us at the party. Speaking of old Saint Nick, Santa, along with Ray and Jean Findley, were featured in a Judy Meister online article with some of my photos in the Abilene Reporter News on Sunday. I am not sure when or if it will be in print. See the Abilene Reporter News Here Comes Santa (Anna) article.

I was able to make it to the Brady/Pilot Point football game in Stephenville Saturday afternoon thanks to my brother-in-law Earl. We had a pretty good time even though the Bulldogs fell to the Bearcats. We sat with the other Brady fans on the filled up visitors side which was on the West side of the stadium. We were in the shade by the end of the game and it got pretty chilly despite the beautiful afternoon. Earl grew up and went to school in Brady and I think he knew half the people at the game. The Pilot Point linemen were huge. The 35-14 score doesn't tell the whole story. I think the Bulldogs would have still lost but the score could have easily been 35-28.

Sure was cold and wet all day today, Monday, but Tuesday is supposed to be in the 70's again!

More football stuff a little later this week.


Cyberbullies “out in the cold” in Santa Anna

Submitted by Montie Guthrie, school counselor

Twelve hardy parents braved frigid nighttime weather to hear Traci Terrill, Education Service Center Region XV Technology Consultant, discuss some of the perils of present-day communication technology for today’s children. Meeting at Santa Anna ISD’s library, the parents heard Ms. Terrill address such issues as “cyberbullying”, online predators, “sexting”, social networking, and general privacy concerns.

Terrill defined cyberbullying as the use of internet technology or mobile technology such as cell phones to bully or harass someone. She told of several instances in which children had committed suicide as a result of continued peer harassment using internet and cell phone. She urged parents to teach their children to tell a trusted adult in case of cyberbullying.

Sexting is another new phenomenon in which a young person sends sexually suggestive or nude images of him or herself through cell phones. One of the instances of teen suicide described by Terrill was a result of a teenage girl’s sending a nude picture of herself to a ‘boyfriend’, who then forwarded the photo to his buddies. Ms. Terrill described the current Texas law making actions such as sexting felonies.

Concerning social networking sites such as Facebook, Terrill gave parents some tools to use in protecting their children from revealing too much personal information as well as checking on a child’s Facebook “friends”.

Terrill reminded the parents that her objective was not to scare but to inform and encourage: encourage children to be aware and to talk freely to trusted adults.

If you would like to have further information or to discuss setting a program for your group, contact Montie Guthrie, SAISD Counselor at 325.348.3136


December Friday Night Lights

There are very few teams that get to play Texas high school football in December.

Only the very best and the toughest. Probably because the chances are pretty good that it will be cold or you may get lucky and play in one of the states' domes.

Where to go this week?

I think my choices are getting fewer as the teams are.

A good choice in Six-Man DII is Walnut Springs and Highland in Early Friday night at 7:30. Walnut Springs knocked out Panther Creek a couple of weeks ago.

And certainly what some consider to be the game in Six-Man Division I will be Strawn and Calvert in Glen Rose Friday at 7:30.

I have a Christmas party at work Friday so I will be nice and warm.

But the game of the week for me will be those Brady Bulldogs playing Pilot Point in Stephenville Saturday afternoon at 2:00. Hopefully the Sun will shine and the wind will be calm!

Those Goldthwaite Eagles are still getting after it in Class 1A Division I as they take on Joaquin in Ennis Saturday at 5:00.

I still haven't had a chance to watch the Eagles but I hope to next week if they play a little closer.

Another good one will be Dick Smith's Wimberly Texans who take on the Graham Steers at Waco ISD Friday at 7:00.


2009 SAHS Drama Department Christmas Play

Shared by SAHS Annual Staff

The Santa Anna High School drama department presented its 2009 Christmas Play, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, on Monday evening. The play is based on the children’s book of the same name, and tells the story of a group of children putting on a Christmas Pageant at church and learning lessons about kindness, acceptance, and the spirit of Christmas. The show was a school project and an opportunity for beginning actors and crew members to work with more experienced students to create a family-friendly production.

The cast and crew included (in order of appearance) Ashley Gibson as Beth, Sarah Pelton as Maxine, Amber Musick as Alice, Jonathan Holland as Charlie, Michael Lopez as Bob Bradley and Rev. Hopkins, Heather McMillan as Grace Bradley, Adrianna Garcia as Mrs. Irma Slocum, Ashley Smith as Beverly and Mrs. Edna McCarthy, Catherine Brinson as Mrs. Helen Armstrong, Manny Dancy as Leroy, Lauren Matthews as Imogene, Saydie Bradley as Gladys, Kenneth McMillan as Ralph, Paige Guerrero as Ellie, Charity Holland as Claudia, and Dustin Gray as Elmer. The stage crew included Kindsey Holland and Mariah Murray, and Sarah Herrod ran lights for the show.

Friends, family members, and SAISD employees who attended the production congratulated the cast and crew and purchased holiday treats after the show


Front Row-L to R: Sarah Herrod, Ashley Gibson, Jonathan Holland, Heather McMillan, Saydie Bradley, Michael Lopez
Middle Row-L to R: Lauren Matthews, Kindsey Holland, Paige Guerrero, Charity Holland, Catherine Brinson, Ashley Smith
Back Row-L to R: Manny Dancy, Kenneth McMillan, Dustin Gray, Amber Musick, Sarah Pelton, Adrianna Garcia


Five Holiday Scams Texans Should Avoid

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

While most Texans across the state are preparing holiday meals and shopping for gifts, a few con artists are getting ready for the holiday season by dusting off old scams and looking for new victims. Over the next few weeks, shoppers should avoid five popular holiday scams: gift card scams; online shopping schemes; phony charities; credit repair scams; and spam e-mail and other unsolicited offers.

Online shopping schemes. Texans should never respond to bulk e-mails that offer merchandise, travel deals or solicit charitable contributions. Crooks often set up Web sites that look like they sell products or collect money for charities when, in fact, all they do is collect credit card numbers, take the money and run. Potential donors or purchasers should always verify a Web site’s security status before placing an order. Online shoppers also should consider using a credit card for online purchases. Paying by credit card often makes it easier for buyers to dispute unauthorized charges or undelivered products.

Bogus charities. Charitable giving is commendable, but donors should ask questions before contributing to a telephone or door-to-door solicitor: Does the solicitor have identification? How will contributions be used? Texans also should independently confirm what they are told about the organization and make sure their gifts will count. To verify an organization’s legitimacy, donors can contact www.give.org. This Web site is maintained by the Council of Better Business Bureaus to promote wise charitable giving. Donors also should confirm the tax-exempt status of any organization before they reach for their wallets.

Gift card scams. Scam artists can take advantage of gift cards by writing down or memorizing the serial numbers on the face of the card while the cards are still displayed in the store. When an unsuspecting buyer purchases and activates the card, the scammer simply calls the card’s customer service number, verifies it is active, and uses the memorized serial number to make online purchases. Sadly, it is often days or weeks before the legitimate buyer learns that the card balance was drained by a thief.

To avoid scammers who drain gift card balances, holiday shoppers should ask a store clerk to provide them with a gift card from behind a counter or one that has not otherwise been accessible to the general public. Some gift cards have additional security measures, such as scratch off codes, so purchasers should always verify that no one has tampered with a card or its packaging.

Credit repair scams. Whether posted online or in the classifieds, credit repair schemes often purport to guarantee troubled Texans loans – as long as the debtor pays an upfront “processing fee.” These offers are invariably a form of advance fee fraud, so Texans should steer clear of them. Texans who need extra money over the holidays should visit a legitimate lender in person to avoid getting scammed.

Unsolicited offers. The best way to guard against scams and swindles is simple: Never respond to unsolicited offers. Texans should never respond to spam e-mails sent by strangers or unfamiliar companies.

Texans should also be skeptical of unsolicited telephone offers. Even if the caller claims to represent a trusted company or pitches an interesting offer, call recipients should hang up and call the well-known company at a telephone number that appears in the local directory. This simple precaution ensures that Texans are talking to an actual company representative.

Fraudulent offers also can arrive in the mail. As tempting as it sounds, Texans can rest assured they did NOT win the Spanish lottery, the Canadian lottery or any other foreign lottery just in time for the holidays. Texans should be extremely wary of cashier’s checks sent by people they do not know and should never provide their personal financial information to unfamiliar solicitors. Con artists tend to spend money just as fast as they steal it, so money lost in these or similar scams is difficult to recover. Prevention is an important key to stopping thieves in their tracks. By taking a few simple precautions, Texans can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

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Points To Remember
Avoid Holiday Scams
• Verify a Web site’s security before ordering merchandise online.
• Ask questions before making a charitable contribution.
• Be a smart shopper when buying gift cards.
• Approach a local lender if you need to secure a holiday loan – be wary of unsolicited credit repair offers.
• Avoid sweepstakes, lottery and other advance fee schemes.
• JUST HANG UP on unsolicited telephone offers.

To verify a charitable organization’s legitimacy, visit www.give.org.

To learn more about safe holiday shopping and how to avoid common consumer scams, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.


Coleman County Historical Commission

You and your Family
Are
Invited
To the Annual
Coleman County Historical Commission
Christmas Gathering
At The
First Coleman National Bank Clubroom
100 Commercial
3rd Floor
Coleman, Texas
This will be a covered dish affair. Bring your favorite hand foods.
I will furnish Coffee and HOT Cocoa
The Clubroom will be open during the parade for warming and visiting with friends. The party will start soon after the parade ends. Come visit with us
December 3, 2009
Time depending on the parade
A very short mandatory business meeting will take place so that we are able to tend to Commission business. All Board members should try to attend.
D. D. “Tex” Wright
Chairman



2 Nights of Christmas in a Small Town

The Santa Anna Retail Merchants Association presents the 6th annual “2 Nights of Christmas in a Small Town”, Friday and Saturday December 4th and 5th.

Enjoy Pancakes in the Courtyard at The Feed Store on Friday from 11:30am till 1:30pm and again that evening from 5-6pm. Then, take advantage of extended shopping hours and refreshments at many of the unique stores in this bustling little town.

Wrap up the day by heading over to the Barbed Wire Saloon and dance to the music of "4 Barrel" ….. from 8 until midnight. Tickets for the dance will be available at the door and are just five dollars each.

On Saturday, take a leisurely stroll through downtown Santa Anna while you visit the shops and restaurants and be sure you ask any member of the Merchants Association about the opportunity to win a $500 gift basket from Santa Anna merchants to benefit "Toys for Christmas Cheer". Or enter the Chili Cook-Off also at The Feed Store where your chili creation could win you cash prizes and trophies.

For more information on the Cook-off, call 325-348-3271.

There's great food, unique shopping and lots of fun at “2 Nights of Christmas in a Small Town” Friday and Saturday, December 4th and 5th in historic downtown Santa Anna.


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Law Enforcement Update
Working Together To Keep Children Safe Online


Texas’ greatest resource is its children. From toddlers to teenagers, young Texans are truly the future of our great state. As concerned citizens, we must do everything in our power to protect children from sexual predators. That’s why local, state and federal law enforcement agencies across Texas work together to arrest and prosecute criminals who exploit children.

Since 2003, the Office of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit has aggressively cracked down on sexual predators that use the Internet to sexually exploit children. Cyber Crimes Unit investigators work undercover, posing as underage teenagers in Internet chat rooms and social networking Web sites. These highly skilled officers have one goal: to catch would-be sexual predators before they harm a child.

The Cyber Crimes Unit also has arrested 126 offenders for posting or trading online child pornography. Thanks to coordination with local law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, our investigators continue to focus on capturing and convicting the worst of the worst cyber criminals.

In one of our most disturbing cases, the Cyber Crimes Unit found more than 57,000 images and 1,000 videos during a forensic examination of a former elementary school teacher’s computers and external media devices. The former teacher, Stephen Sudduth, of Sealy, was indicted in October on 30 counts of child pornography possession and 10 counts of child pornography promotion.

An elementary school educator possessing thousands of sexually explicit images and video of children frightens parents around the state. All child pornography cases involve horrendous crimes that occur not just in large cities, but in communities all across Texas.

Recognizing this alarming trend, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) recently awarded a $469,000 grant to the Longview Police Department. The grant will enhance the police department’s child pornography investigative capacity and fund its new Internet predator crackdown initiatives. Our Cyber Crimes Unit stands ready to help the Longview Police Department stop the next generation of cyber criminals.

As law enforcement authorities continue to locate, arrest and prosecute child sexual predators, parents and guardians must help us keep their children safe.

The most important safety tip is simple: Parents must be involved with their child’s online activities. Parents should educate themselves about cyber safety and speak openly with family members about the Internet and its dangers. Children and teens are more likely to come to an adult that they feel is calm and comfortable discussing the subject matter. Parents can contact the Office of the Attorney General for a copy of our Cyber Safety Brochure, which offers valuable information on chat room “lingo” and provides online security tips for both children and adults.

Child pornographers, including the former teacher the Cyber Crimes Unit arrested, are electronic sexual predators. To reduce the risk of a child finding child pornography online, parents should keep the computer in a common room and limit the use of Web cameras. Digital images are easily captured online and are difficult, if not impossible, to retrieve once they are circulated on the Internet.

We must speak openly with our children about making good decisions in life, including safely using the Internet. By working together, the law enforcement community can foster a safe, bright and happy future for young Texans.


SAISD Online Safety Program

Submitted by Montie Guthrie, school counselor

Safety…. Sounds boring, right? It’s not!

Kids today are growing up online. Studies show that almost every school child has been online, and three-quarters of young people can access the Internet from their homes. Kids go online to research and complete school assignments and to learn about topics that interest them. They also go online to chat with friends, play games, download music, keep a journal or Web log, create websites, shop, and who knows what all. It may seem like kids are pretty savvy Web users, and many parents think that their children are better computer users than they are. But that doesn’t mean that kids understand the dangers they could encounter on the Internet or how to avoid them.

Your child is just surfing the web, meeting up with friends online, what could he or she possibly need to be safe about? We wish it wasn’t the case, but there are many dangers online that children like yours need to be aware of. To have fun, and enjoy the freedom of being creative online, there are few of things every child needs to know first. When children have knowledge, they have power. Even though you do everything possible to keep your child safe, it is important that you become part of the solution.

To help all of us learn about the many facets of communication safety: cell phone, computer, you name the medium-- IT Consultant at Education Service Center, Region XV, Traci Terrill, will present a workshop for parents, students, and other interested parties Thursday, December 3, at 6:30 in the Santa Anna School Library.

Please try to squeeze an hour out of your busy schedules to join other parents like you in helping protect your most valuable assets—your children. If you have questions about this most important issue or about the program on December 3, please contact Montie Guthrie, school counselor, at 325.348.3136.



Santa Anna ISD


Speaking of online safety, this was in my Inbox Monday from Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott and I thought you might find it useful:

Monday, November 30, 2009

Attorney General Abbott Charges Price-Comparison Web Sites With Misleading Shoppers, Taking Payments for Higher Ratings

Cyber Monday warning: Web sites promised unbiased comparison shopping – but secretly accepted cash for high ratings

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today charged several “price-comparison” Web sites with unlawfully misleading online shoppers about the quality of certain Internet merchants. While the defendants promised independent, reliable Web site comparisons, state investigators uncovered a cash-for-ratings scheme in which certain online retailers paid for higher rankings. The state’s enforcement action comes as the holiday shopping season begins in earnest with the traditional post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” shopping day – and its online counterpart, “Cyber Monday.”

According to court documents filed in two separate state enforcement actions, the defendants’ price-comparison listings misled potential shoppers about certain merchants’ reliability and trustworthiness. And while one defendant’s Web sites represented themselves as neutral and unbiased, online merchants paid that defendant to render higher ratings.

Media links
Texas Attorney General's lawsuit against Intercept, L.L.C.
Final judgment against Intercept, L.L.C.
Texas Attorney General's lawsuit against Everyprice.com Inc.

Today, the state filed an enforcement action against Intercept, L.L.C., which operates several price-comparison sites, including: Shopcartusa.com, Diduprice.com, Flyingprices.com, Digitalsaver.com and Pricingdepot.com. That legal action led to an agreed judgment wherein Intercept promised to correct its unlawful practices and either pay a $300,000 civil penalty or cease doing business at the end of November.

A separate enforcement action named Everyprice.com Inc., which operates the Web sites Everyprice.com and Lowpricedigital.com, for similar infractions. The defendant’s Web sites appeared to allow visitors to comparison shop – and therefore find the best deals – by using a single Web page to search for a product and obtain results from multiple merchants.

“With this year’s holiday shopping season kicking off in the midst of a down economy, many savvy Texans will try to maximize their dollars by using the Internet to research the highest-quality vendors with the lowest prices,” Attorney General Abbott said. “But online shoppers need to know that the Office of the Attorney General has charged multiple Web sites with unlawfully promising unbiased rankings while secretly accepting undisclosed payments for inflating sellers’ online ratings. So Texans should be wary and carefully consider their sources, because some Web sites may not be providing the unbiased ratings they promise.”

Although Everyprice.com held itself out as an unbiased, honest broker, its Web sites secretly steered shoppers toward certain merchants and did not disclose that the merchants were paying for favorable treatment. Thus, online shoppers who encountered vendors with “trusted sellers,” “quality sellers” or “recommended merchants” designations were not properly informed that the favorable labels were purchased rather than earned.

According to state investigators, Everyprice.com was not only paid for high ratings, but it allowed questionable merchants to create their own specialized endorsements for an additional fee. And although Intercept received numerous customer complaints about specific “endorsed” merchants, the defendant continued to rate them as “top sellers” that offered the “lowest legitimate prices.”

Customer complaints obtained by the Office of the Attorney General indicate that Everyprice.com’s highly rated merchants used bait-and-switch tactics to persuade customers to purchase more expensive products than they desired. Other complaints highlighted Everyprice.com’s deceptively impressive “five-star rating,” which merely required industry-standard privacy policies and product disclosures – such as whether an item was new or refurbished. The defendants used Google, Yahoo and MSN to advertise its Web sites worldwide.

The state’s enforcement action against Everyprice.com seeks civil penalties of up to $20,000 per violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, plus appropriate attorneys’ fees. The state also seeks restitution where necessary to address financial injury to the Web sites’ users.

Texans who believe they have been deceived by similar fraudulent business practices may call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 252-8011 or file a complaint online at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.



Glenn's Car Sales


Found

I was recently contacted by Mario Esparza stationed with the US Border Patrol in New Mexico. He found a "Class of 96" Santa Anna class ring with the name "Alfredo" on the side.

If you know who this ring belongs to please send me an e-mail to news@santaannanews.com and I will put you in touch with Mario.

Found Update

Update - Tom Guthrie tells me... "There was an Alfredo Padilla in the class of 1996. He lived in Coleman a good while back."

If anybody knows the wherabouts of Alfredo Padilla let me know or let him know about his ring.

Found Update

Update - William Loyd tells me his sister Dora, married to Anthony Thomas, lives in Coleman and works at Hidalgo's.

Found Update

Update - Alfredo's sister Dora, caught me at the store in Coleman gave me her number to give to Mario. He is supposed to let me know how it all goes.

Thanks to all that helped!


Sunkissed Tanning Salon

Time to start working on that tan!

Sunkissed Tanning Salon @ 302 S. 5th and Avenue C, right south of the Presbyterian Church. Contact Amber at 325-636-3973 or 325-357-4515 to get started.

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*Refer a friend as a new customer and get $5 off your next month!
*Couples discount--$50 per month
*Off-season special rate--September 1 thru January 31--tan for only $20 per month!


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