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Six Mountaineers Added to National Honor Society

Five Santa Anna High School students were inducted into the Arleigh Harris Chapter of the National Honor Society Wednesday, February 27, 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.

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.

Current Members of SAHS Arleigh Harris Chapter of Nation Honor Society are seniors Carlee Coats, Dakota Enriquez, and Hannah Hartman. Inductees this year are juniors Caleb Cisneros, Victoria Cisneros, Genia Jones, Jessica Robertson, and Heather Wetsel.


Santa Anna Softball Starts District Play

Submitted by Coach David Garcia
The Lady Mountaineers will start district play as they take on Winters on Tuesdsay. Coach Garcia and the girls are 1-1 in non district play and are ready and focused to get district underway.

"We returned 8 out of 9 starters and the potential is there to have a good run and get into the play-offs again this year," stated Coach Garcia.

The Mountaineers will be lead by, Jr. right hand pitcher, Genia Jones, who recorded 148 strikeouts last year and was the District MVP. District Defensive Player of the Year, Kindsey Holland, will be catching for Genia. Holland is a Sr. this year and plans on returning to the play-offs. Sophomore 3rd basemen, Taylor Hogue, led the district in batting average last year returns this year and will see some time on the mound as well. Jr. Caitlyn Murray has made the move from Shortstop to 1st base with Briannah Sosa taking over at Shortstop. Sosa has already recorded 2 homeruns this season. Courtlyn Lishka returns for another year and remains at 2nd Base. The outfielders this year are Christina Diaz, Kourtney Guerrero who is our sacrifice hitter, and Kristen Yancy will be playing right field. Destiny Clements, Destiny Davis, Jenny Castruita, and Jordan DeLeon round up the rest of the team and will see plenty of playing time as the Mountaineers have a District Championship on their minds.

"We are going to take it one game at a time stating with Winters on Tuesday," said Coach Garcia. We have a great opportunity to continue the success that the athletic program here in Santa Anna has produced. We are going to give all we got and leave nothing on the field.

Coach Garcia has been joined by Athletic Director, Coach Norris to help assist with the girls softball team. This should help the team as last year Garcia had to watch the batters, and runners at the same time while on offense. Softball is a sport where two coaches are needed and now they have it.

See you at the Game.


Regional Powerlifting Santa Anna ISD


Briannah Sosa advances to regional Powerlifting.


All-district Boys Santa Anna ISD


Dakota Enriquez -2nd team Boys Basketball
Talon King- Honorable mention


Girls All-district Honors for Santa Anna ISD


1st team all district: Genia Jones and Carlee Coats
2nd team all district: Kourtney Guerrero and Brianna Sosa
Honorable Mention: Caitlyn Murray
Academic All district: Carlee Coats, Genia Jones, and Breanna Fox


Benefit Spaghetti Lunch for Leann Simmons - Updated

A Benefit Spaghetti Lunch and Raffle will be held on Sunday, March 3 at the Santa Anna Armory from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for Leann Simmons and family.

Buckmasters, an organization very active in kids in cancer has donated a Steak Cooking Pit to be auctioned/raffled off. Mike and Sandra Stith of Earle Smith Jewelry in Coleman have donated His and Her Watches.

All monies raised will go to Leann Simmons and family to help with medical expenses and care. Leann was diagnosed three years ago with PNET brain cancer and after following radiation and chemo treatments is in remission. She has been unable to attend school at Santa Anna Junior High School this year due to extreme headaches which doctors are trying to determine the cause of.

Santa Anna friends will be serving spaghetti with garlic toast, salad, drink and dessert for donations. Accompanying the meal will be good ol’ Christian music and singing. Agreeing to bringing some toe-patting Christian music are 4 Your Glory from Cross Plains and Jerry and Janet Chastain and Laura Cody, both of Santa Anna.

Leann, who recently turned 13, is the daughter of Mike and Keribeth Simmons of Santa Anna.


Heart of Texas Porcelain Art Club - UPDATED

The Heart of Texas Porcelain Art Club has canceled its scheduled meeting/ luncheon for Saturday, Feb 23.


REPRESENTATIVE KEFFER STANDS UP FOR RETIRED TEACHERS
Files HB 1383 to Secure Retirement for Public School Teachers

AUSTIN -- FEBRUARY 14, 2013 -- Today, State Representative Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) filed a bill to better strengthen the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

The Teacher Retirement System (TRS) is the largest public retirement system in Texas in both membership and assets. 95% of public school teachers forgo Social Security coverage to contribute to TRS. Although TRS is well-managed, losses in state funding have caused TRS to go underfunded in past years. Without an increase and other reforms, TRS faces financial problems that will continue to worsen without a solution from the legislature.

"Teachers shape our youth, spend countless hours dedicated to their work, and they do so on humble salaries. When teachers agreed to forgo accepting Social Security benefits, our state promised to contribute to their retirement fund to better help secure their futures," said Representative Keffer, "I believe it's our duty to fulfill that promise, and I see taking steps to ensure the actuary soundness of our teachers' pension system as the most fiscally conservative decision for our state."

A bi-partisan coalition of state representatives have joined together to champion this effort. Representative Roberto Alonso (D-Dallas), Representative Donna Howard (D-Austin), Representative Susan King (R-Abilene), and Representative Bennett Ratliff (R-Coppell) have made securing TRS a legislative priority for the 83rd session.

"I am a retired teacher from Brownwood, Texas and I loved working in the public school system. I am proud of my State Representative, Jim Keffer, for filing legislation to ensure the fiscal soundness of our retirement fund," said Nancy Byler of Brownwood, "I encourage other teachers and retirees across Texas to contact their state representative to co-author HB 1383 to help secure retirement for current and future school retirees. Remember what all the retirees before us did so we can have what we have today. Our job is to do the same for the next group of retirees!"

Rep. Jim Keffer represents House District 60 which encompasses Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, and Stephens counties.


Full Steam Ahead on Funtier Day Plans!

This year’s Funtier Day and World Championship Bison Cookoff are just around the corner, and planning for Santa Anna’s premier event has begun.

Booth reservation and Cookoff entry forms are being prepared. Interested vendors and prospective cookers can reserve spots for themselves in the near future. Planners are searching for entertainment of any and all types. Interested individuals have brought up ideas for new events such as a talent competition and a beauty pageant. There is also some discussion of the possibility of a softball tournament for the weekend.

Coordinators of the ever-popular annual event are looking for volunteers from the community. Many of the current volunteers have been engaged for a decade, and new, younger faces are needed.

If you would like to help with the event, planning, coordinating, or just picking up trash after the event, call either of these numbers or show up at the next planning meeting on Thursday, February 7, at the armory at 5:00 pm.


Blood Drive in Coleman on February 14

Recent changes have lifted some restrictions and have streamlined the donation process

The Meek Blood Center bloodmobile will be at Coleman Headstart located at 720 W. 10th, on Thursday, February 14 from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM. “One hundred five pints of lifesaving blood were donated at community blood drives in Coleman and the surrounding area in 2012,” said Frances Baker, donor recruiter for Meek Blood Center. “I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the donors on behalf of those whose lives were saved or improved as a result of their willingness to give blood,” Baker continued.

Recent changes have been made that will streamline the donation process. There are now thirteen fewer screening questions and there are only eighteen medications that will temporarily or permanently defer a donor. Donors do not have to bring a list of medications, since there is no longer a need for documentation. There is now a two year deferral after completion of treatment for most types of cancer (previously 5 years). There is no deferral following a tattoo or piercing if the procedure was done in a State of Texas licensed facility.

Those who have eligibility questions can speak with a Meek Blood Center technician at 325-670-2798.


U.S. Cowherd Continued to Shrink in 2012

COLLEGE STATION – U.S. cattle numbers continue to shrink and Texas is no exception as the Lone Star State has experienced a 22 percent decline over the past three years, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock specialist.

“Continued drought in 2012 took another year’s toll on the nation’s cowherd, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture inventory report,” said Dr. David Anderson. “USDA reported that the U.S. had the smallest cattle herd since 1952. The 89.3 million cattle in the U.S. on Jan. 1 was 1.4 million fewer than last year.”

Drought caused the Texas herd to shrink again, Anderson said, as the Lone Star State now has the fewest beef cows since 1959. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)


(Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

Drought caused the Texas herd to shrink again, Anderson said, as the state has the fewest cattle since the 1950s.

“Just over 4 million beef cows were reported in Texas on Jan. 1,” he said. “Texas has lost over 1 million beef cows in the last three years, representing a 22 percent decline in cow numbers. Ranchers across the U.S. and Texas reported that they held more young females, or heifers, to begin to replace the cows lost. Nationwide, 2 percent more heifers were kept compared to the year before.”

In Texas, heifer retention was up approximately 9 percent, he said. Calf prices have been at levels to encourage keeping more heifers, yet those expansion efforts have been difficult due to dry or drought conditions both nationally and in Texas, Anderson said.

“But, even though more heifers were kept, they were not enough to offset the number of cows lost,” Anderson said. “Most of Texas continues to be in drought and the current drought stretches from South Texas to North Dakota. When we start thinking about rebuilding we have to have our pastures and range in recovery.”

Overall, it’s the smallest cattle herd in the U.S. in 60 years, Anderson said.

“Where are we headed in 2013? I think again we will contend with tighter supplies of cattle, high feed costs, but hopefully, drought recovery to go with it.”

Anderson said to expect tight supplies of calves and for prices to remain high for 2013.

“I think that will be due to tighter supplies of cattle and the potential is there for a possible record high corn crop if we get the rain in the Midwest.”

Meanwhile, consumer demand for beef will be an area of interest, Anderson said. Per capita beef consumption is declining, mostly due to declining beef production and strong beef exports. But even though consumers are eating less beef, on average, they have been paying record high retail beef prices.

As a consequence, demand has the potential to grow slowly as a result of high beef prices and overall slow growth with regards to the general economy.

“We’ll see slow demand growth as we slowly grow incomes,” he said. “In the meantime, beef will face tough competition from pork and poultry supplies.”


REPRESENTATIVE KEFFER TO CHAIR HOUSE ENERGY COMMITTEE
Appointed to Natural Resources and Redistricting

AUSTIN – FEBRUARY 1, 2013 -- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced the re-appointment of State Representative Jim Keffer as chair of the House Committee on Energy Resources.

The Energy Resources Committee has jurisdiction over the production, regulation, transportation and development of oil, gas and other energy resources; energy efficiency and the development of alternative energy sources; and oversight of pipelines, pipeline companies and all others operating as common carriers in the state.

"I am pleased to re-appoint Rep. Keffer as Chair of the House Committee on Energy Resources," said Speaker Joe Straus. "Rep. Keffer successfully passed the nation's first hydraulic fracturing public disclosure law last session and his knowledge of the energy industry is needed during this time of increased oil and gas production."

Keffer's other assignments include the Natural Resources Committee and the Redistricting Committee.

"I am honored that Speaker Straus has entrusted me with such important assignments,” said Rep. Keffer. "Texas is blessed with such rich natural resources. I am pleased to serve in overseeing the oil and gas industry, protecting the environment, and helping develop and conserve our precious water resources."

Rep. Jim Keffer represents House District 60 which encompasses Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, and Stephens counties.


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