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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, 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. Montie tells me that Chaplin Delarosa has completed her duty.

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

Patsy Wright - Certified Independent Consultant

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Record Price for Goat at San Antonio Stock Show

You may recall my story in December about an auto accident near Mullin that took the life of a Mullin father... well his son recently showed a goat in the San Antonio Stock Show that sold for a record $150,000. I can't hardy type this... read the story about the record sale.

And here is a repeat of my December story:

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'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.


I am not sure how much snow we had but I think 4-6 inches is a pretty safe guess.

SAISD Late Start Wednesday

According to school officials, buses will run 2 hours late and scool will start at 10:00AM on Wednesday, February 24th for Santa Anna ISD.

Raymond Jones

It is with great sadness that I heard and tell you of the passing of Brother Raymond Jones. A pastor of First Baptist Church of Santa Anna and several others, Preacher Jones to many, Brother Jones was a man of God and a Patriarch of Santa Anna.

Brother Raymond passed away this last Saturday February 20th.

See's Obituaries for a complete obituary.

Gone to Heaven to be with his wife Lodema and his Lord... to look full in His wonderful face.

Please remember the Jones Family in your prayers.

Valentine Coronation

Left to right: Valentine King and Queen-- Kayden Isbell and Jaylie Jones , Valentine Prince and Princess-- David Little and Faryn Crossley ; Little Mr. & Miss Valentine--Jacob Jimenez and Ellie McIver


An election is hereby ordered to be held on May 8th, 2010 for the purpose of:
School Trustee Election

Applications for a place on the ballot shall be filed by:
March 8th, 2010

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at:
701 Bowie Street, Santa Anna, TX 76878
between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm beginning on April 26th, 2010
and ending on May 4th 2010.

Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:
Katrina Guerrero
701 Bowie Street
Santa Anna, TX 76878

Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on
April 30th, 2010.

Incumbents Paul Martin, Grady McIver, & Roger Guerrero Jr. have refiled.
Lois Harper has also filed her application for place on the Santa Anna ISD Trustee ballot.

Lady Mountaineers Fall to Gordon

Submitted by SAHS Annual Staff

In a tough bi-district match up Santa Anna lost to the Gordon Lady Longhorns 62-46. Santa Anna got off to a good start by hitting five three-point shots in the first quarter. Despite the hot start Santa Anna was able to only establish a 22-20 lead by the end of the quarter. Gordon then built up a 35-30 lead at halftime.

Santa Anna started out very slow in the third quarter which enabled Gordon to take a double digit lead. The Lady Mountaineers were able to get untracked midway through the quarter but by that time Gordon had got into a rhythm and were able to counter any runs that Santa Anna made. Santa Anna played hard the entire night but turnovers and a size mismatch were just too much to overcome. Santa Anna finished the season with a 28-6 record. This was Santa Anna’s second 20 plus win season in a row.

In a practice game the Lady Mountaineers won an exciting 50-49 double overtime victory over Aspermont. This game really helped prepare Santa Anna for Gordon’s press. Unfortunately it could not prepare the Lady Mountaineers for Gordon’s size. This game marked Santa Anna’s 28th victory.

To get to the bi-district round, the Lady Mountaineers dominated the second half of district play by winning their last six of seven games. The biggest pre-Zephyr test game came against Rising Star on their senior night. The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 12-2 lead and put Santa Anna in a tough situation. The Lady Mountaineers trailed the entire game but in the last two minutes were able to rally to a 44-40 victory.

Santa Anna’s lone district losses were to pre-season district favorite Zephyr. In game one Zephyr was able to control the tempo and win in a defensive battle by a score of 27-21. Santa Anna generated a little more offense in game two but was defeated at Zephyr 39-31. Zephyr’s defense was a major factor in both losses. Santa Anna finished district with a 14-2 record and in second place.

Vancouver 2010 - Winter Olympics


There was rain then a blanket of snow followed by more rain with a promise of sub zero temperatures across much of Texas Thursday night and Friday.

The Santa Anna ISD dismissed at 1:30 pm on Thursday and classes are set to resume on Friday the 12th at 10:00 am with bus routes running 2 hours later than normal as of Thursday afternoon.

Take your time and drive safe... Better to get there late than not at all!

Patients in Local Hospitals Need O Negative Blood Type

Bad Weather and the Weekend Make for a Difficult Combination

Our supply of O Negative blood type continues to be low. O Negative is vital to patients in local hospitals – premature babies can only be transfused with it, trauma and accident victims need it to stay alive because there is no time to blood type them, and people with O Negative blood type can only be transfused with it.

The bad weather and the upcoming weekend will only compound the low supply as people will stay indoors and not donate. United Blood Services URGENTLY needs O Negative blood type donors to give the gift of life to ensure that patients in the 10 hospitals that we service will have their lifesaving blood.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have a minor donor permit form signed by a parent or guardian.

Donate at the following mobile blood drives open to the public:
Friday, February 12th
Citizens National Bank 10am – 1.45pm
Baptist Memorial 1pm – 3.30pm

United Blood Services 2020 W. Beauregard San Angelo, Texas 76901
Open: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Noon – 6pm
Wednesday and Friday 8am – 2pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm

For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to or call us at 325-223-7500 or toll free at 1-800-756-0024.

Find the hero in you…donate blood 3 times a year and shortages would be a thing of the past!

United Blood Services has been this area’s non-profit community blood provider since 1953, and serves patients in 10 hospitals in 11 counties. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB.

Four SAHS Juniors Added to National Honor Society

Four Santa Anna High School students were inducted into the Arleigh Harris Chapter of the National Honor Society Wednesday, February 9, in the SAHS Auditorium in a ceremony attended by students, faculty, parents, and grandparents. The ceremony was marked by the Principal’s Charge from Chapter Sponsor, Principal David Robinett.

Inductees this year are Sarah Herrod, Loren Pritchard, Shawn Robertson, and Dillan Whitley. Current Members are Laken Herrod, Jordan Jewell, Kody Krause, Lauren Matthews, Heather McMillan, and Wes Tucker. Sarah Herrod is the daughter of Johnny and Shannon Herrod. She has participated in all extra-curricular athletics, band, FFA, UIL, Student Council and has served SAHS as cheerleader. She has twice been elected vice-President of her class and is currently Student-Council Vice-President. Sarah has participated in food drives, assisted with Student Council adopt-a-grandparent at Holiday Hill Nursing Home, and she has volunteered with Vacation Bible School and summer youth rally at the Feedstore.

Loren Pritchard is the daughter of Mike and Mary Pritchard. Loren has participated in all extra-curricular athletics, UIL, Student Council, and in Debate, and has served the band as Clarinet Section Capitan for the past two years. Loren has volunteered in Vacation Bible School, Santa Anna Library Summer Reading Program, and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she is Youth Group Leader.

Shawn Robertson is the son of Shannon Robertson and Martin Robertson. Shawn has participated in football, band, One Act Play, Student Council, and Debate. He served as Sophomore Class President and is currently Student Council President. Shawn has worked with the Student Council at Holiday Hill Nursing Home, organized a benefit dance for the local Stock Show Committee, and helped clean the local show barn. He has worked at Line Shack Café this year washing dishes.

Dillan Whitley is the son of Mike and Keribeth Simmons. He has participated in Band, UIL academic competition, Debate, and One-act Play. He serves as band Trombone Section Capitan, Junior class Treasurer, and serves as member of the band loading crew. Dillan has volunteered helping the local Ex-Students Association and helped with last year’s Eighth Grade Graduation running the house lights.

National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character-- traits that have been associated with the organization since it began in 1921. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and providing community service. The Santa Anna chapter was established in 1976 and named for long-time teacher and Elementary Principal Arleigh Harris

Who Dat And Even More

"Who Dat?" The New Orleans Saints are Super Bowl champs and...

Tex Wright reported Friday, "I emptied 1 and 4/10 from the guage yesterday morning ( 2/4/10) and another .15 this morning for a total 1.55 Add this to the 3.3 inches during the last week of Jan to give us a total of 4.85 for 2010."

More Weather

Another couple of inches over this last Wednesday and Thursday... looks like February is going to be wet too!

I can't remember when it wasn't wet... but I am getting old and thankful it hasn't been to cold!

Hmm.. a rhyme sort of... I don't, usually...

Have good weekend and go watch some Mountaineer basketball for me. Last time I went they both lost against Zephyr and the girls lost 27-21 in their only district loss so far this year!

I did take some pictures but they aren't very good... I need to go more often or maybe not at all!

See Zephyr Girls Game and Zephyr Boys Game

Tonight's games are against Brookesmith here at Perry Gym starting at 6:30.




Stockshow Workday at Expo

A workday has been scheduled at the Goree Expo Center for all exhibitors and their families to take down and put up the pens that were used at the Coleman County Livestock Show.

The workday is set for Monday, February 8th at 6:00 pm .

For more information or questions regarding this workday, contact Sarah Beal @ 325-785-4291.

Historical Commission Meeting

The Coleman County Historical Commission will have it's monthly meeting Thursday February 4th at 7:00 PM at the Musuem building, 400 College in Coleman.

Items of business include the Whon community, historical marker and dedication of the Mountain View Cemetery, and repair of the oldest stone building in Coleman.


I poured out a half inch of rain early last week but I am not sure when or where it came from.

Thursday evening I poured out two and half inches or so and then on Friday I had another inch frozen in the gauges.

Saturday and Sunday were really strange with the freezing fog that rolled through the area.

Old timers say they never had seen anything like it and I told Jessica it was sort of eery.

All the tanks are now full and it should make for an interesting Spring once we get past what I think is a lot of Winter left!

Santa Anna Youth Association Meeting

Santa Anna Youth Association will be having their February meeting on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 7:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church C.L.C. Anyone interested in spring events/activities are encouraged and welcome to attend.

S.A.Y.A. will be having their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month.

Santa Anna Foundation Commits Funds to Cemetery Historical Marker

The Board of Directors of the Santa Anna Foundation held its first meeting of the new year Sunday. Four of the five Directors, the Bookkeeper and the Executive Director were present to commit financial assistance to the project seeking a Texas Historical Commission marker for the cemetery.

Bookkeeper Gay Abernathy presented the current financial report: The Certificate of Deposit in Santa Anna National Bank received $332.35 interest when rolled over in June 2009; bringing its total value to $12,541.41. The Santa Anna National Bank checking account holds $5324.69. The Edward D Jones investment account is presently valued at $7398.60

Chairman James Pelton reported on SAHS Homecoming 2009: Tom Guthrie was elected President of Santa Anna Ex-student Association for a two-year term, serving from October 2009 to October 2011. As new President, he will automatically assume a seat on the Foundation Board. The Ex-students Association awarded five $500 scholarships to SAHS seniors this past spring. Three of last spring’s recipients gave reports on their educational progress.

Pelton then reported on Santa Anna Cemetery Association plans for upgrading the cemetery and securing Texas Historical Commission Historical Marker. At present, an application, which includes a $100 application fee, is being prepared for the historical marker. Pelton proposed that the Foundation pay the fee. Motion to pay the fee was approved.

The Board then discussed paying the full $1500 cost for the marker, but, with the possibility of others being involved, the consensus of the Board was to wait and see how much was required.

Board member Nancy Wylie informed the Board that a SAHS graduate had contacted her about giving to Foundation through his will. The Board instructed Executive Director Rod Musick to contact the person to discuss the alternatives of bequest giving and prepare the proper paperwork.

Member John Hensley opened a discussion of the Santa Anna Library expansion project. The Library submitted a grant request to the Coleman County Foundation for $10,000 for the project but the proposal was not funded. The Library Board opted to proceed with project from local funds and appeal to the public as the project progresses if more funds are required. In addition, Library is considering purchase of storage container in the future. The consensus of the Foundation Board was to contribute to the library project if and when funds are needed.

Following a wide-ranging general discussion of the Santa Anna community, the Board agreed to meet on March 21, 2010

Note from James: those that wish to donate to the Santa Anna Foundation or to the Santa Anna Cemetery Historical Marker project can send their donation to PO Box 3 Santa Anna TX 76878. Donations can also be sent to the Santa Anna Cemetery Association at PO Box 97 Santa Anna TX 76878. Either way, please note Historical Marker if that is what you want your donation to go for. Note that donors can not be listed on the marker by Texas Historical Commission policy.

6th Graders Raffle Quilt

Santa Anna Elementary 6th graders in Mrs. Parsley's Social Studies class designed and made a quilt of flags from around the world. Each student designed their own quilt block to put on the quilt. They are selling raffle tickets for $1 till February 5, 2010. The drawing will be help on February 6, 2010 at the Valentine Coronation at Santa Anna High School Auditorium at 6:00pm. All the procedes will be used for field trips and school supplies for their class.

Sunkissed Tanning Salon

Time to start working on that tan!

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