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The Front Page - January 2008

First Christian Church

Work to replace the roof began Monday on the historic First Christian Church of Santa Anna.

The Church, located on the corner of South First Street and Avenue C, is one of Santa Anna's Texas Historic Landmarks and bears a Texas Historical Commission Official Historical Medallion which reads:

Founded in 1894, this congregation worshiped in various places until members purchased this lot in 1900 and began construction of their own building. The Rev. E. M. Douthit and the Rev. B. B. Sanders led the dedication ceremonies in April 1901. A solid brass bell hangs in the off-center entry tower and spire that dominates this frame church. The interior has original beaded ceiling and wainscoting. The kerosene lamp in the vestibule has been converted to electricity. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1976

The Church renovation has been the focus of the Santa Anna Foundation and recent community fund raising efforts by the Santa Anna Retail Merchants Association during it's Christmas Tour of Churches.

The roof is being replaced by JMJ Roofing of Coleman.

First Christian Church

The roof replacement continues on the First Christian Church.

The back part of the Church on the North side has been completely removed and roof felt/tar paper rolled out.

Work has begun tearing the roof off of the sanctuary of the Church on the South end of the East side.

2008 Coleman County Livestock Show

Submitted by Sarah Beal

Kensey Holland of Santa Anna exhibited the Grand Champion hog at the 2008 Coleman County Livestock Show. She is shown with her crossbred hog and judge Brad Bevels of Stamford. 160 hogs were shown in the county show held on Sunday, January 20th at the Expo Center.

2007 Texas Six Man Coaches Association Division I All-State Team

Terrance Jackson and Fausto Maldonado were named to the 2007 Texas Six Man Coaches Association Division I All-State Team.

Senior Terrance was named to the Honorable Mention Offense as a running back and Fausto, a Junior, was named to the Honorable Mention Defense as a noseguard.

Congratulations Terrance and Fausto!

2007 Texas Six Man Coaches Association Division I All-Region Team - Region IV

Terrance Jackson, Fausto Maldonado, Michael Maldonado, and Jordan Whaley were named to the 2007 Texas Six Man Coaches Association Division I All-Region Team - Region IV.

Senior Terrance Jackson was named to the First Team Offense as a running back.

Fausto Maldonado, a Junior, was named to the First Team Defense as a noseguard.

Named to the Second Team Offense was Sophomore tight end Michael Maldonado.

Junior Jordan Whaley was named to the Second Team Defense as a cornerback.



Change is good. Right?

I have been devoting a lot of time thinking about the News the last few weeks and last week decided to change some things up a little bit.

Instead of daily updates during the week and weekly archives I will be moving to occasional and irregular updates as I have time and monthly archiving.

Many of the dynamic features of the News will continue to update daily without me.

As I have shared before, one of the most frustrating things for me over the last few years is the lack of reader input and news item submission.

To those of you that have sent in your news items I want be sure and say, "Thank you!"

It is with some reservation that I do this but feel I have no choice as I have lost some motivation and my current circumstances inhibit my devotion.

I never wanted to replace the traditional news sources like the Coleman newspaper. In fact I have submitted many articles and photos to the paper over the last several years. Most of those that have sent news items to me also send them to the other local news sources too.

Since Randy Turner has taken back over he has done a great job of including Santa Anna articles on his site. He has attended several Santa Anna meetings and activities and I think he is doing a much better job of covering not only Coleman and Coleman County but Santa Anna as well. Several Santa Anna businesses are even advertising on his site.

My goal was to provide a place where Santa Anna folks could go on the Internet and find out what was going on in Santa Anna and what was happening to other Santa Anna folks. I have often had to fill in with my own experiences and family happenings. Some good, some not so good.

But I am Santa Anna folk and so are most of my family. Many of you tell me that you like that stuff the most although I am not real sure why sometimes.

Anyhow I have done this for fun, although it became a lot of work sometimes, and as a community service... I am sure somewhere or another I should do some anyway!

But the folks that make a living at this, like Randy, need your attention more than I do so I would encourage you to submit your news articles to him and the newspapers instead of me.

I would be happy to include your unique and exclusive news items about Santa Anna folks or Santa Anna that you send to me.

I appreciate those of you that have supported me and the News over the last several years and your kind words that have kept me going.

As always, "Thanks for coming by..."


Abilene Reporter News 2007 All-Big Country Six-Man

The Abilene Reporter News named the 2007 All-Big Country Six-Man team on Monday and Santa Anna's Fausto Maldonado was named the Defensive Player of the Year and to the team as a lineman.

Here is part of the Abilene Reporter News 2007 All-Big Country Six-Man article.

Strength: A versatile athlete who has played just about every defensive position over the last three years, Maldonado is a natural leader. He was a captain for the Mountaineers this year as a junior and led a defense that allowed less than 30 points per game this season.

2007 highlight: Maldonado was a tackle machine for the Mountaineers this season, but his playmaking ability really showed in Santa Anna's 42-36 double overtime loss to Robert Lee. The Mountaineers were trailing 26-8 early in that game, but Maldonado's defense allowed them to get back into the game and send it into overtime.

"For two possessions in a row we held them to three-and-outs, and he made just about every tackle in that stretch," Santa Anna coach Lloyd Fields said. "We ended up losing that game, but the way he played set the tone for the way our defense would play all season."

Coachspeak: "He's been the unquestioned leader of the team for two years now," Fields said. "He's just the kind of kid you want on your football team. He plays strictly to make the team better and he leads by example."

Why he's here: Maldonado, a two-time all-Big Country selection, tallied an area-high 153 tackles this season and wreaked havoc on opposing offenses. The Mountaineers lost three games this season by an average of just seven points, and Maldonado's play on defense gave them a chance to win every game.

Congratulations Fausto!

The Beginning!

Happy New Year!

Just as one year ends another begins.

2008 doesn't seem real yet.

A new year brings opportunity for new things and new opportunity.

A time for change, to make things better than they were last year.

And it is a time for change with the News as well.

I have several projects in the works both at work and closer to home that will require a lot more of me and my time in 2008. So the News will be going through some change.

I have thought about selling it or stopping it but I don't think I could live with either of those very long.

So I have come up with a few things that I think will work and I will share those with you the rest of this new week and we will see how it works for you and for me.

Thanks for coming by and come back soon!


The End!

Well we have come to the end of another year... 2007 is soon to be history.

With the end of the year always comes reflection. Where we have been, where we are, where we are going.

It has been a good year for me and I am looking forward to a great year in 2008.

At a time when we are looking forward to change with an election year and all. I am looking forward to some change with the News.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!


4-H Reminders - December 10, 2007

By: David L. Dunlap, CEA-Ag/NR
Debbie Hailey, CEA-FCS

Chapter Show Schedules

Novice - Saturday, January 12, 2008
SHOW STARTS at 10:00 a.m.
SHOW ORDER: Rabbits, Goats, Lambs, Steers, Pigs

Santa Anna - Saturday, January 12, 2008
Swine Weigh-In: Friday, January 11, by 7:00 p.m.
Pigs can be put in show barn anytime on Friday. All pigs should be in show barn by 5:30 p.m.
Lambs & Goats arrive at barn for weighing at 7:30 a.m., January 12th
Rabbit Show: Will start at 9:00 a.m. Rabbits should arrive at 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. ( NO LATER )
Goat Show - 9:30 a.m.
Lamb Show - Following Goat Show
Steer Show - Following Lamb Show
Swine Show - Following Steer Show
BBQ Lunch Break (12 Noon - 1 PM)
Approx. 1:15 p.m. - Complete Swine Show
BAKED GOODS must be in the Elementary Cafeteria by 8:30 a.m. on January 12th

Panther Creek - Friday, January 18, 2008
Swine Weigh-In: Thursday, Jan. 17th at the Panther Creek Bus Barn from 6 to 8 pm
Lambs & Goats Weigh-In: will be at 7:00 am to 8:30 am on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008
SHOW STARTS at 10:00 am : Goats, Lambs, Pigs
BBQ Lunch @ 11:45 am

Coleman - Saturday, January 19, 2008
Weigh-In for Goats, Lambs and Pigs will be Friday, January 12, from 4:30 to 6 pm
Steers Weigh-In: Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 from 4:30 - 6 pm at the Expo Center
SHOW STARTS: 7:30 am Saturday, January 19, 2008
SHOW ORDER: Swine, Lambs, Goats, Rabbits, Steers


Listed below are County Stock Show Reminders. PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY ! If you have any questions about any of the rules of regulations for the County Show, contact the Superintendent of your show, your Ag Science teacher, or the County Extension Agent.

* NO PASS. NO SHOW. Each exhibitor must be academically eligible.
* Rabbits are to be brought to the grounds for judging on Sunday for the County Show, taken home after the show.
* You must be present for weigh-in and sifting your animals at the county stock show. See the show schedule for details. If you miss weigh-in, you will not show.
* 4-H members are required to sell their own animal at the county sale.
* Once livestock are on the grounds at the County Stock Show, they cannot leave without permission of the superintendents.
* SWINE SHOW - Show weights are 150 to 270. In order to consign your pig to the floor, it must weigh 225 to 270 with a 5 pound variance on the TOP only.
* All lambs must be slick shorn by no later than December 31st, in order to show in the Coleman County Stock Show. Lambs & goats may be washed for the county show as long as it is done before arrival on the rodeo grounds.
* All 4-H members must have exhibitor signs on their pens at the County Show. These are available from the County Extension Office or you can find them out in the show barns during the event.
* STEERS - This will be a blow and show exhibition. No adhesives.

2008 County Stock Show Schedule

Friday, January 18, 2008
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Steers weigh-in at Expo Center

Saturday, January 19, 2008
3:00 p.m. All livestock must be in place for the County Show Sift for swine, lambs, goats will begin.

Sunday, January 20, 2008
12:00 Noon Swine Show
1:00 p.m. Weigh-In for Rabbits
2:00 p.m. Rabbit Show Begins
Little Britches Goat Show - Following Rabbit Show (Approx. 3 PM)

Monday, January 21, 2008
8:00 a.m. Steer Show
11:00 a.m. Lamb Show (Or immediately following Steer Show)
Meat Goat Show Immediately following Lamb Show

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
12:00 Noon County Stock Show SALE at Expo Center

Little Britches Goat Show

Sunday, January 21, 2008
Each year the Little Britches Goat Show is a great success with many youth involved. This show will again be part of the county*s stock show events. ENTRY FEE IS $1.00. You can enter just prior to the show on Sunday, January 21, 2008. If you have a little brother, sister, cousin, grandson, granddaughter, who is not old enough to be a member of 4-H or FFA, and would like to get them started in the show ring - get them involved at the County Show in the Little Britches Goat Show.

There are 2 classes:
1) Under 5 years of age - This is a COSTUME Contest. Both the animal and the contestant can sport a costume.
2) Ages 5 to 8 years of age - Contestants will go through a showmanship class. Contestants in this class should wear stock show attire.

4-H Foundation Scholarship Information

The Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation is pleased to offer senior high school 4-H members and current 4-H college students the opportunity to apply for an Opportunity Scholarship through the Texas 4-H Program. 4-H Scholarships are offered in four different areas: Baccalaureate Scholarships, Technical Certification Scholarships, Collegiate Scholarships, and Courageous Heart Scholarships. Each type of scholarship has its own requirements.

All applications, instructions, and an on-line training module are available through the Texas 4-H & Youth Development website at

Applications must be submitted to the District Office by February 15, 2008. REMEMBER to allow sufficient time for collecting the appropriate documents needed for this application and review time for county agents* approval.

For further questions or assistance, contact the County Extension Office at 325-625-4519 or come by the Extension Office (2nd floor, County Courthouse).

Consumer Decision Making Topics for 2008

For those of you who might be interested in participating in the Consumer Decision Making project, or being a project leader, topics for the 2008 District Contest are now posted on the FCS website : . There are some new subjects that will challenge your critical thinking skills such as: Analog to Digital: The Switch is On (televisions - analog to digital), Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) - comparing incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs, Roth IRA*s for Working Kids - method of investment for working teenagers , Sun-Blocking Clothes, Buying a Used Car. Other topics that have been posted previously are: Emergency Radios, Gift Cards, Gold Jewelry, Pedometers, and an updated Printing Digital Photos.

If you are interested in the Consumer Decision Making project call the Extension Office at 625-4519 and let us know.

4th Annual FOOD FAIR

For all of you who like to bake, you have another opportunity. Why not try out your creativity ???!!!! Youth are invited to try their hands at baking their best bread, cake, cookies, etc.... and bring them to the 4th Annual Food Fair during the 2008 County Livestock Show. Listed below are a few details for this upcoming event.

Show Date: Projects Due Saturday, January 19, 2008 (at the County Livestock Show)

Eligibility: ALL 4-H, FFA, and FCCLA members

Age Divisions: Junior ( Ages 8 to 13 ), Senior (Ages 14 to 19) **SPECIAL AGE GROUP-Clover Kids:Kindergarten through 2nd grade

Classes: Decorated Cakes, Creative Cakes, Sponge Cakes, Butter cakes, Sweet rolls, Candies, Cookies, Bar & Square Cookies, Quick Breads, and Yeast Breads (plain)

ALL Food Fair entry forms must be submitted by Wednesday, December 12th. If you are interested in participating in the 4th Annual Youth Food Fair, come by the Extension office and pick up a detailed list of rules & regulations. Entry Forms are available !

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