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Good Samaritan

Just wanted to report a Good Samaritan from Santa Anna.

On Christmas night, our family was driving between Santa Anna and Brady. We were returning home from Christmas holidays with family in Lubbock.

It was dark and cold (temperature 32 degrees), and with no resources nearby, we had a blowout. We began to unload the car and start to find our way toward changing our tire using our cell phones for light. Did I say it was cold? It was freezing!

Several cars passed very closely releasing a cold blast of air, but we were making slow and steady progress. We were most limited by visibility. A car approached and a kind man's voice asked us if we could use some help.

The man was Alonzo Hernandez from Santa Anna. He was exacting and well mannered as he guided us much more quickly through the process. His headlights offered much needed light for the job, and his hands knew exactly how to efficiently change a tire. He smiled and was pleasant throughout the process and left us feeling appreciative and smiling.

We (with our three young kids seeing the example) were reminded that there are still wonderful people out there who stop without hesitation, serve with kindness and caring, and give without acknowledgement or expecting something in return. Therefore, I wanted to acknowledge him among his community and thank him, once again, for making our Christmas a perfect one.
Thank you,
Amy Offutt, MD

The Lights. The Game. The Results..

Jason Dean's Georgetown Eagles fell 48-37 to the Denton Guyer Wildcats in the UIL Class 4A Division 1 State Championship this past Saturday December 22nd at Cowboys Stadium. The Eagles led the Wildcats 23-14 at halftime.

Congratulations to Coach Jason Dean and the Georgetown Eagles on a great year!

The Lights. The Game.

Some are still playing football.

Jason Dean, son of Roddy and Debbie Dean of Santa Anna, is the head coach of the 15-0 Georgetown Eagles and they will face the 13-2 Denton Guyer Wildcats in the Class 4A Division 1 Championship this Saturday December 22nd at Cowboys Stadium with kickoff at 12:00 noon. The game will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports Southwest.

Jason used to work for Cindy and I in the service station in Santa Anna and has been coaching since he graduated from McMurry. He coached one year at McMurry, was at Abilene High for seven years before taking an offensive line coach position at Georgetown in 2007 and the offensive coordinator postion his second year before getting the head coach's job in 2009.

Good luck to Jason and the Georgetown Eagles!

A Night In Bethlehem - repeat performance!

Submitted by Janet Chastain for the Seventh-day Adventist Churches: Coleman Co. (in Santa Anna, TX) & in Brownwood, Texas
Our church IS doing a 22nd Chance Showing of the program "A Night in Bethlehem" - Saturday evening December 22nd, 5 to 7 PM, tours beginning every 20 minutes from 5 PM on. It takes about 45 minutes to go all the way through the tour, with lots of different experiences on the way through! We have a wonderful Manger scene, the couple presenting that part of our program are just tremendous! The whole event is a MUST SEE!

Entrance is FREE – If you wish you may bring canned goods donations for the needy in our community, which will be distributed close to Christmas for families needing extra help.

This information is being published online here & in the Coleman online news sites and in the Chronicle DV, so if you don’t remember the details look for the posters, the newspaper or online for reminders! Have a very blessed week and.....Remember the Reason for the Season, Jesus Christ our LORD!!

A Night In Bethlehem - repeat performance!

Submitted by Janet Chastain for the Seventh-day Adventist Churches: Coleman Co. (in Santa Anna, TX) & in Brownwood, Texas

The Tours through "Bethlehem" went really well this last Sunday night (Dec. 9th), many thanks to ALL that made this such a blessed experience! There were many donations received for the needy in our community, for which we are very grateful and which will be distributed close to Christmas to families needing extra help.

Our church is planning to do a repeat of the program "A Night in Bethlehem" again on Saturday evening December 22nd, 5 to 7 PM, tours beginning every 20 minutes from 5 PM on. It takes about 45 minutes to go all the way through the tour, with lots of different experiences on the way through! We had a wonderful Manger scene, the couple that presented that part are just tremendous, as were all those that presented parts of the program!

Watch this news site next week and Coleman DV next Wednesday for more information! And have a very blessed week....Remember the Reason for the Season, Jesus Christ our LORD!!

Sherry Hess

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of Sherry Hess.

Sherry was the wife of Brother Bruce Hess, recent pastor of First Baptist Church of Santa Anna.

She was also a hospice nurse and she took care of one of our friends, Tommy Davis, when he had cancer.

According to the Sedalia Democrat news article and the Missouri State Highway Patrol report she was involved in head on collision in Saline County Missouri when her 2004 Jeep crossed the center line and hit a 1993 Jeep driven by 20 year old Jeramy Rader. Hess was pronounced dead at the scene and Rader was transported to a hospital where he later died from injuries.

Please remember both these families that have lost loved ones.

For a complete obituary for Sherry Hess see:

Abilene Reporter News/Legacy Obituary and

Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home Obituary

Blood drive at Coleman Senior Citizens Center on December 20

Donors needed to supply blood during the holiday season

A blood drive will take place in Coleman on Thursday, December 20. The Meek Blood Center bloodmobile will be at the Senior Citizens Center from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM. “We are entering a time of the year when donations tend to drop off due to holiday activities,” said Frances Baker, donor recruiter. “I would like to remind everyone that the need for blood never takes a holiday.”

Blood donors are needed on a daily basis to take care of patients with a variety of medical needs and conditions. The need for a blood transfusion is usually immediate, and adequate supply of all blood types that has been processed and tested must be available at all times. There is no artificial substitute for human blood. All blood products used for blood transfusions must come from volunteer donors. Meek Blood Center supplies all of the blood used for patient care at seventeen area hospitals covering fourteen counties, including Coleman County Medical Center.Each donor will receive a mini-physical, cholesterol test and a T-shirt.

Catch Up

I am almost done with the Fall Semester... all the homework turned in and one final exam left, so I am trying to catch up on the JV and Junior High games!

OK, Jacob I finally got the Lometa game that the Santa Anna Junior High won 34-19 and here are some of my favorites:

See the Sports page for the rest!

And here are the Santa Anna JV vs Blackwell JV on that same night that the Santa Anna JV lost 37-26:

See the Sports page for the rest!

The Lights. The Game. The Results...

By now you know the results... The Santa Anna Mountaineers fell to the Gordon Longhorns last Friday in Comanche by a score of 70-35. They, no doubt, are one of the best Santa Anna Mountaineer teams ever and I am really proud of them.

I took over 800 photos at the game and it wasn't my best game either... but here are some of my favorites:

I know that's already a lot but see the Sports page for the rest!

District 9 All District Honors--Santa Anna

Pictured L to R back row: (Nate Salazar, Talon King, Mikey Rhodes, Colby Nelson, Josh Perez, Coach Cameron Norris)
front row: (Michael Valencia, Lucas Diaz, and Zach Diaz)

1st team Offense:
Fullback- Lucas Diaz (Sophomore)
Spreadback-Michael Valencia (Junior)

2nd team Offense:
Quarterback-Talon King (Senior)
Tight End- Nate Salazar (Senior)
Utility back-Zach Diaz (Junior)
Kicker-Mikey Rhoades (Senior)

1st Team Defense:
Defensive MVP- Michael Valencia (Junior)
Nose guard-Josh Perez (Senior)

2nd team Defense:
Defense Lineman- Nate Salazar(Senior)
Utility player- Colby Nelson (Sophomore)

Coach of the year--Cameron Norris

3 F's of it All

The following was written by Assistant Coach David Garcia.

#3 Football
The Mountaineer's football season came to an end this past Friday in Comanche to the Gordon Longhorns. What was supposed to be a close and even match turned out to be a fight to the finish for the Mountaineers as two of their key players were injured early in the ball game.

Senior, Nate Salazar, suffered a knee injury in the first quarter that took him out of the rest of the game. The defense was not the same after that. Substitutions were put in place for Salazar, but none could adjust to the quick play of the Longhorns. Gordon saw the injury as an opportunity to take advantage of the younger athletes that were put in for Salazar. Assignments were missed and coverages were blown and Gordon took these opportunities to score.

Not all was lost during the game. The Mountaineers kept strong and never gave up. Valencia brought the Mountaineers back to life even with a severely sprained ankle by scoring even after being sidelined for two series. The rest of the team followed in his lead as the heartbeat of the Mountaineers would not let up. The Mountaineers made Gordon earn every point and stretched the game out to the very end.

#2 Family
The Mountaineers this year became closer than ever as the team grew in unity. They defended each other and did everything together on and off the field. The "brotherhood" was seen at the end of the game as each member of the football team consoled each other as disappointment set in. Coaches hugged their football sons, and told them that they were very proud of the accomplishments they had for the year. The football family both won and lost together, and that night was no different. It was a night for fathers to be proud of their sons no matter what the outcome.

#1 Faith
Through out the year, various media and social outlets said that this Mountaineer team was special. The average team with an above average heart turned heads as they were not afraid to show their faith by praying before and after every game. They played for one reason and one reason only, and it showed before, during, and after every game. They ran through signs that had Bible scripture on them, they invited the opponent to join them in prayer after the game, and they gave thanks to all the wonderful things that happened to them this year. This team was and is very special.

There is a reason that the rear view window in a vehicle is smaller that the window in the front. We never want to look back and ask the "what if's" or think of regrets. Of course we want to give recognition to the accomplishments of the team, and remember the history that this team has made, but we also want to realize that this team has started something for the future. The road in front of this team is one headed in one direction….Victory.

Mountaineers will continue to get better everyday and Never Give Up.

The coaching staff would like to take this opportunity to thank Carlee, Caitlyn, Jacob G., and Jacob H for their hard work. They would also like to thank the band and cheerleaders for their support and the hundreds of fans that believed in the Mountaineers. We also would like to thank the Bangs News Paper, Coleman News, and our very own Mr. Pelton and for covering the Mountaineer football team.

Editor's Note: It was really fun watching these guys play this year. Congrats to the Mountaineer football team!

Christmas in Bronte

Dec. 1, 2012
Fun Run 8:30 registration at Depot run starts at 9am. 1 mile run/walk, 5K, and 10K
Arts & Crafts 9-4 Downtown
Santa 12 -2 Downtown
A lot of good sales at Downtown business.
See web site for more info.
Dec. 15, 2012
Texas Theater bring the family out for a christmas movie showing at 1pm and 7pm
The Bronte Chamber will be raffling off a Red Rider BB Gun after the 7pm showing

Stock Show Entries!

Attention 4-H Members,
It is once again time to start signing up for County and Major Stock Shows. We are ready to start taking those entries in the County Extension Office.

Fort Worth - Fort Worth Entries must be Post Marked on November 15h, 2012. We need your entries in our office before November 15th, 2012.

All other entries must be online December 1st. We would like to have all entries turned into the County Extension Office before Thanksgiving if possible.

Remember our office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information you may Contact the County Extension Office at (325)625-4519.

Add Hunters for the Hungry to Your Check List

Santa Anna, TX – Hunters help local communities each deer season by donating deer to the Texas Hunters for the Hungry program. Last year, hunters donated 152,962 pounds of venison, resulting in more than 600,000 servings. Of that, 15,500 pounds were donated in Coleman County alone.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one out of every five households in Texas struggles to afford food. Food assistance agencies such as food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters play an important role in helping families fill the nutrition gap. Obtaining adequate protein is often difficult for low income families and individuals. As a result, venison donations are a favorite with both food assistance providers and the clients they serve as it is low in fat and high in protein.

If you are a hunter, consider adding Hunters for the Hungry to your check list as you prepare for deer season. It is easy to participate: locate a participating meat processor; drop off your tagged, legally harvested white-tail or mule deer; and pay a nominal fee to cover basic processing costs. A receipt is issued for tax purposes. The meat processor grinds the venison into burger for pick-up by a local food assistance provider. This season, Hunters for the Hungry is working with Santa Anna Wild Game Processing in Santa Anna to accept venison donations. To learn more about the program, visit or call (800) 992-9767, ext. 506.

Hunters for the Hungry is a program of the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies, Inc. (TACAA).
For more information about TACAA, visit

Santa Anna Livestock Association Annual Donation Drive in Progress

It is stock show season again and the Santa Anna Livestock Association is gearing up for the season. It is once again time for the SA Livestock Association Annual Donation Drive. We are asking for your donations for the upcoming stock shows in January. Plans are already underway in organizing the local stock show as well as the county stock show.

Last year, with the help of your donations, we were able to purchase 16 animal projects at the county show & sale. Our goal this year is to provide the same assistance to these youth as last year.

The Santa Anna Livestock Association is a local non profit organization that has been in existence the last 50 years. The Livestock Association’s goal is to help benefit our local youth at both the local livestock show as well as our county livestock show. The Livestock Association finances are based strictly on donations from our local community and donations outside of our area.

Donations are used primarily to purchase livestock exhibits at the County Livestock Show & Sale. Livestock exhibits at the sale average $300-$600 per animal. Donations are also used for maintenance on our local show bard and to fund our local livestock show.

With the few volunteers that the SA Livestock Assoc has, they have managed to keep this organization going. This organization plays a vital role in building our youth for a better tomorrow.

The SA Livestock Assoc. is asking the community to pull together to keep a vital part of our community going. Through your donations, we can make this happen.

If you would like your donation to remain anonymous, please let us know. We, as an organization, believe in giving you, the donor, recognition for keeping this organization going.

We would like to thank all who have donated in the past years and hope that this fundraiser will bring more of you into becoming a vital part of this organization and continue to help build the youth of our community.

Your donation is tax deductible only if you show it as a sponsorship or advertising expense.

Santa Anna Livestock Association

Flu Shots

Flu Shots are now available at the Family Health Clinic in Santa Anna. They are available during clinic hours, Mon-Thurs, 8:30-5. Note that we also have the childrens flu shots and nasal flu mist.

Call 325 348 3566 if you have any questions.

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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