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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.

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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.

Stock Show Sales Committee Forming

Due to the interest in forming a Sale Committee for the Coleman County Livestock Show Sale, a meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:00 pm at the Bill Franklin Center in Coleman. All interested persons are encouraged to attend.

American Red Cross Help for Haiti

Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do

County Stock Show Photos

Photos courtesy SAHS Annual Staff

Duane Severance

I never knew Duane Severance but I think I would have liked him. My youngest daughter, Jessica, and my wife, Cindy, met his wife, Brandy, at the Fiesta de la Paloma in Coleman where Jessica bought some books from her.

They had moved to Santa Anna several months ago in August into what most people know as the Stockard House. For those that don't it is located on the corner of Bowie and Jefferson across from the High School Library and sort of caty corner to the Methodist Church. Recently the Severance's moved their rather strange trailer home in back of the house. Maybe more suited for an office or beauty shop, I think they may have used it for their children as a play house or home school.

Well most of you know, but Duane was tragicly killed in an auto accident leaving his pregnant wife and three children behind. Sad as it is, somehow I know that they will be OK after learning more about Duane and the man that he was.

I noticed the moving vans were loading this past weekend to move his family to Round Rock.

Please remember the Severance family in your prayers.

There is more to the story of this man that most of probably never got to know and more to the story of the trailer home.

Read this Austin American article about Duane and Obituary.

A memorial site was started here: Duane Severance Memorial site

See also: Mobile Loaves and Fishes Blog

See this KVUE Austin News article and Video:

Watch this Youtube video with Duane telling about the trailer:


On Tuesday, January 26, a Cisco College financial aid officer will present information on the financial aid process relevant to all levels of education, technical school to four-year University. The workshop, which will be held in the SAISD library at 6:30 p.m., will address the Pell Grant Application, scholarships, loans and the loan procedure, and financial aid scams. The program should last approximately one hour, with time for individual help and/or questions to follow. Refreshments will be provided.

Recently added to the program is a presentation by Central Texas Opportunities concerning financial aid for targeted career training in programs such as Certified Nurse Aide and Wind Turbine Technician. CTO will also make available information concerning the Individual Development Accounts program for students and their parents for education, home ownership, or business creation. CTO will also explain their free Income Tax Preparation services for the public.

If you have questions about this important workshop, please contact the counselor at 348-3136, during school hours.

Little Britches Show

Submitted by Sarah Beal

Sunday, January 17, 2010
Candace Beal, Superintendent
Assistants: Janna Phillips & Jenna Purl

Pig Exhibitors:
Jenna Jamison
Ryland Gentry
Tatum Cantu
Callie Strickland
Alexis Yarbrough
Haylee Triplitt
Devon Bennett
Treyson Brown
Braxton Barker
Haley Barnett

Lamb Exhibitors:
Hannah Smith
Arena Turner
Haylee Triplitt
Tyler Cunningham
Jenna Jamison
Chris Rouse
Abby Bible
Kevin Rouse
Adam Mason
Ty Laws
Abby Rush
Keaton Beets
Conner Steffey
Jaylie Steffey
Alexa Deleon
Patience Price

Steer Exhibitor:
Blake Greaves

Goat Exhibitors:
Emily Roberts
Hailey James
Morgan Mattes
Makayla Wise
Hayden Goodwin
Parker Posey
Jacob Hohmann
Jackie Horne
Carlie Tibbetts
Kevin Cunningham
Hannah Jefferson
Olivia Jefferson
Blu Davis

All exhibitors received a Blue Ribbon and $1 for their efforts. These are the future of our show and all did a great job.

Bill Merryman was presented the 2010 Coleman Stock Show Helping Hand Award for all of his years of volunteer service to the show. For many years, Bill has weighed pigs, worked the ring and assisted in any way that he could. He received the award at the beginning of the pig show on Sunday. He is pictured with the plaque and Sarah Beal, show chairperson.

Lady Mountaineers vs May

Photos courtesy SAHS Annual Staff

From last Tuesday's game in May.

Santa Anna Stock Show Results

Photos and results from the SAHS Annual Staff

Grand Champion Rabbits were shown by Sarah Herrod. In behalf of the Bill Garrett Family, Michael Jewell presented the grand champion buckle which was donated in honor of Cynthia Garrett Philpot.

Grand Champion Goat was shown by Madison Wise. Buckle was presented by Jaob Lange, a member of Tarleton's 2009 Collegiate Livestock Judging team who served as Santa Anna's Livestock Show judge.

Reserve Grand Champion Goat at the Santa Anna Livestock Show was shown by Jordan Jewell.

The Santa Anna Livestock Show goat showmanship award went to Jordan Jewell-Senior Showmanship and Jessica Robertson-Junior Showmanship.

The Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Lamb shown at the Santa Anna Livestock Show was exhibited by Madison Wise. The buckle was presented by Santa Anna Livestock Show judge, Jacob Lange, who was a member of Tarleton's Collegiate Livestock Judging Team

The Santa Anna Livestock Show lamb showmanship award went to Shawn Robertson-Senior Showmanship and Jessica Robertson-Junior Showmanship

The overall Grand Champion Swine at the Santa Anna Livestock Show was exhibited by Sarah Pelton.

Overall Reserve Grand Champion Swine at the Santa Anna Livestock Show was exhibited by Kenneth McMillian.

The Santa Anna Livestock Show Swine showmanship award went to Sarah Pelton--Senior Showmanship and Caitlyn Murray--Junior Showmanship

The Grand Champion Steer at the Santa Anna Livestock Show was exhibited by Harlie Anderson. Reserve Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Caitlyn Murray. Steer Showmanship awards went to Harlie Anderson--Senior Showmanship and Caitlyn Murray--Junior Showmanship.

News From The White House and President Barack Obama - The Earthquake in Haiti

The reports and images from Haiti of collapsed hospitals, crumbled homes, and men and women carrying their injured neighbors through the streets are truly heart-wrenching. As we learn more about the extent of the devastation, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and Haitian Americans around our country who do not yet know the fate of their families and loved ones back home.

I have directed my Administration to respond with a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives. The people of Haiti will have the full support of the United States Government in the urgent effort to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble and to deliver the humanitarian relief -- the food, water and medicine -- that Haitians will need in the coming days.

This is also a time when we are reminded of the common humanity that we all share, and Americans have always responded to these situations with generosity of spirit. If you would like to support the urgent humanitarian effort in Haiti, I encourage you to visit our website where you can learn more about how to contribute:

Americans trying to locate family members in Haiti are encouraged to contact the State Department at (888) 407-4747.

We will continue to stand with the people of Haiti and keep them in our thoughts and prayers.


Barack Obama

Update on Stock Show Entries

Submitted by Sarah Beal

Final numbers for the Coleman County Livestock Show are in. The total number of entries for the show are 372 compared to 367 in 2009. By species the total number of entries are as follows: 73 lambs, 158 hogs, 17 steers, 88 goats and 36 pens of rabbits. Entries are up, 5 more entries than last years show.

The 79th Coleman County Livestock Show will begin with weigh-in of the livestock on Saturday, January 16th after the Coleman Chapter Show, in the Goree Expo Center. A devotional will be given by Rev. Kermit Sorrells at 11:45am on Sunday, in the Expo Center, as many of our participants have to miss worship services because of the show. The Swine show will begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday, January 17th. Rabbits will weigh in at 1:00 pm and show at 2:00 pm on Sunday. The Little Britches Show will be at approximately 3:00 pm, during a break in the swine show. Steers will show beginning at 8:00 am on Monday, January 18th. The lamb show will begin at approximately 11:00 am or immediately following the steer show. The goat show will immediately follow the lamb show. The public is invited to come out and support the 4-H and FFA participants during the stock show.

The stock show sale is chaired by Patrick Justiss and will be held on Tuesday, January 19th, in the Bill Franklin Center, beginning at 12:00 pm with an awards program. Sale numbers may be obtained in the front office of the Bill Franklin Center prior to the sale. Add-on money will be taken in the office and forms will be available. Everyone is invited to purchase projects during the sale. If you can’t come to the sale but would like to make a purchase or add on money to projects, contact Patrick Justiss at Coleman County State Bank, prior to the sale. Come out and support our youth by purchasing livestock projects.

The Coleman County Education Extension Association will again have a concession and serve lunches at the stock show. The ladies always have a great concession and serve tasty lunches. The proceeds from their endeavors go to scholarships and to support the youth of our county in other projects.

Remember to put the Coleman County Livestock Show on your calendar and come out to the Coleman County Youth Activity Center and join us.

A workday was held on December 17th to set up pens for the upcoming Coleman County Livestock Show. Many volunteers showed up and got the job done within 11/2 hours.


Submitted by School Counselor Montie Guthrie

On Tuesday, January 26, a Cisco College financial aid officer will present information on the financial aid process that you and your child are beginning now. The workshop, which will be held in the SAISD library at 6:30 p.m., will be relevant to all levels of education, technical school to four-year University. Topics to be addressed include the Pell Grant Application form, scholarships, loans and the loan procedure, and financial aid scams. The program should last approximately one hour, with time for individual help and/or questions to follow. Refreshments will be provided.

This workshop information will be applicable to any school, university, or training program after high school. It will be especially helpful in reference to the Pell Grant application, which is the common starting point for all financial aid. Also information will be available concerning area colleges and universities. If you have questions about this important workshop, please contact the counselor at 348-3136, during school hours.

Helen Leona Soward Weathers Elliott

Helen Leona Soward Weathers Elliott died Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Chandler, Arizona. Helen, the youngest daughter of Elijah and Leona Soward, was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Comanche, Texas. Helen married Calvin Weathers in December 1952. They had three daughters. During their 25-year marriage they lived in Comanche, Brownwood, Santa Anna, Midland and Waco, Texas, and briefly in Phoenix, Arizona. After Calvin died in 1976, Helen continued to live in Waco until she moved to Chandler, Arizona, in 1989. Later that year she married Charles Elliott and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. After Charles’ death in 2007, she moved back to Chandler to be near her youngest grandchild.

After attending Comanche High School worked at various jobs including several years as an operator for Southwest Bell telephone company. She was artistic and creative and at various times she made and decorated wedding cakes, worked for a professional photography studio developing color portraits, and was a bookkeeper for a variety of businesses. Before her retirement in 1988, Helen had worked for many years for the Texas Department of Economic Security in Waco. Helen was a devout Baptist. Helen and Calvin often sang at funerals and weddings as well as revival meetings and church services around the small towns of the Texas Hill Country.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers, her first husband, Calvin Weathers, and by her second husband, Charles Elliott. She is survived by her daughters, Judith Weathers of Phoenix, Arizona, Deborah (Russell) Hemphill of Wenatchee, Washington and Shelly (David) White of Chandler, Arizona; two grandsons, Andrew and Nicholas Hemphill of Wenatchee, Washington, and a granddaughter, Olivia White of Chandler, Arizona. A private family service was planned. Tempe Mortuary in Tempe, Arizona, helped with arrangements.

Helen's ashes will be scattered per her request in places important to her in New Mexico and Texas.

Editor's note: Helen's daughter, Sunny (Deborah) Hemphill, told me that Helen worked as typesetter at the Santa Anna News for a time before she married her dad in 1953, and then again for a short time in 1962. Sunny also said that Helen's sister and brother in law were long-time Santa Anna ranch folks -- Lester and Eufaula McCullough.

2010 Coleman County Livestock Show Award Donors

Submitted by Sarah Beal

2010 Coleman County Livestock Show Buckle Donors:

Jay and Willene Davis:
Weldon Davis Memorial Award
Grand Champion Steer

Santa Anna National Bank:
Grand Champion Lamb

Bledsoe Ford:
Grand Champion Meat Goat

Coleman County Special Utility District:
Grand Champion Barrow

Nelda Copley:
Grand Champion Rabbit

Heath & Danielle Hemphill:
Sr. Steer Showmanship

Williams Tire Store:
Jr. Steer Showmanship

First Coleman National Bank:
Sr. Lamb Showmanship

Hall’s Processing:
Jr. Lamb Showmanship

Coleman County State Bank:
Sr. Swine Showmanship

Sherman & Tammy Smith:
Jr. Swine Showmanship

Jo Ann Allen:
Willard Allen Memorial Award
Sr. Meat Goat Showmanship

Sandy & Barbara Neal:
Jr. Meat Goat Showmanship

2010 Coleman County Livestock Show Trophy Donors:

Jack & Carole Horne:
C. M. Huckabee Memorial
Reserve Champion Steer

Kirby Vanover:
Reserve Champion Lamb

Coleman County Farm Bureau:
Reserve Champion Barrow

Chris & Cindy Jamison:
Reserve Champion Meat Goat

L & S Cattle:
Steve Beal & Lance Vaughan
Champion American Steer

Dona Triplitt/ Lazy T Ranch:
Ted Triplitt Memorial
Reserve American Steer

Lanham & Kim Horne:
Champion English Steer

Don & Vicki Allen
Allen Simmentals:
Reserve English Steer

Henry & Margie Dodson:
Champion European Steer

Henderson Funeral Home:
Reserve European Steer

Davis Farm & Ranch Supply:
Champion Finewool Lamb

Santa Anna National Bank:
Dr. Wesley Wise Memorial
Champion Medium Wool Lamb

Johnson Feed Barn:
Champion Crossbred Lamb

Collier Watson-CPA:
Champion Southdown Lamb

F & L Feed Store:
Champion Hamp Barrow

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Merryman:
Champion Duroc Barrow

Harold & Caroline Skelton:
Champion White OPB Barrow

Coleman County Electric Cooperative:
Champion Black OPB Barrow

Steve & Sarah Beal:
Champion Crossbred Barrow

Randall & Peggy Brown:
Reserve Champion Rabbit

Coleman County Livestock Show Committee:
Top Buyer Plaque

Show Blanket Awards:

Nathan & Amanda Wise:
Joe Ed Wise Memorial
Grand Champion Meat Goat

Family of Bill Hightower:
In Honor of William B. Hightower
Retired Mozelle, Santa Anna, and Coleman Ag Teacher
Grand Champion Lamb

SAISD 2101 School Board Election

Applications for a place on the 2010 election ballot to the Santa Anna ISD Board of Trustees will be accepted beginning February 6th and end on March the 8th.

Applications are available between 8:00am-4:00pm Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm Fridays at the Santa Anna ISD on 701 Bowie Street.


Feels like stockshow weather... nothing like washing a pig with ice water!

I heard the stock show is coming up pretty soon but I guess if you need to know you already do...

Santa Anna Youth Association Meeting

There will be a Santa Anna Youth Association meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at the First Baptist Church CLC at 7:15 p.m. to discuss spring sports and vote on new officers. All are invited to attend.

Glenn's Car Sales


By Coach Libby

On Thursday December 31, New Year’s Eve, Santa Anna played host to Rising Star in a key District 16 1A Division 2 game. Rising Star started the season very slow but had gained some momentum with a big victory over Blanket and an overtime loss to pre-season district favorite Zephyr and was sitting all alone in third place in the district with one loss.

Rising Star struck first taking a 2-0 lead which was the only lead they would have all night. The Lady Mountaineers who had not played a game in 10 days were able to recover and by the end of the quarter, had a commanding 14-6 lead. From that point on the Lady Mountaineers controlled the tempo of the game, winning by a final score of 47-33. Santa Anna now has an 18-3 season record and 6-0 district record.

This was expected to be a rebuilding year in which graduation resulted in the loss of an All-state, an All-region and two All-district players. The 2009-10 basketball version has done an outstanding job of maintaining the momentum that was created last year. This year ended with Santa Anna in a better position to win district than it was at this point in the previous season. Both teams had three losses but there is no district blemish as was the case last year.

Santa Anna lost to #12 ranked Paint Rock by scores of 25-53 and 41-50 in the Veribest Tournament. These losses were unique in the fact that it was a six team double elimination tournament. SA had to play two games each day with Paint Rock being the second game for two of those days. The Lady Mountaineers played a fresh Paint Rock team both days. After the first loss, the ladies were able to regroup and on their sixth game in three days, led Paint Rock by nine points at half time only to succumb to fatigue in the second half. The Lady Mountaineers let a game slip away against Priddy in the Rochelle Tournament losing 43-46.

Currently Santa Anna is riding a seven game winning streak. When one compares this team to last year’s there is a considerable difference. Last year’s team was small, quick and very fast. It relied on defensive pressure and the fast break to account for most of its offense. This year’s version is taller and not as fast. Solid defense, rebounding and perimeter shooting have been keys to Lady Mountaineer success. The season’s team scoring average is 53 ppg while the defense has given up an average of 32 ppg.

Some significant victories have also been achieved. The Lady Mountaineers defeated Paint Rock in a thrilling come-from-behind 57-56 victory. Cornerstone Christian Schools have been a recent thorn in the Lady Mountaineers side, but was defeated 52-41 and 66-44 in the Veribest Tournament. Santa Anna defeated a very tall and athletic Eden team 48-39 to advance to the finals of the Veribest Tournament. In district play the Lady Mountaineers shot “lights out” against May with huge 74-36 victory. The post girls played an outstanding game against Blanket in the 43-33 win.

Santa Anna has two big games coming up this week. Tradition rich Brookesmith will face the Lady Mountaineers in Brookesmith on Tuesday. The pre-season favorite and traditionally strong Zephyr Lady Bulldogs will square off on Friday at Santa Anna. Last year it was a battle of two heavyweights that threw some really heavy punches at each other and this year appears to be a possible repeat. Both teams are currently tied for first place in district. If you get a chance, come watch the Lady Mountaineers as they slug it out against Zephyr in Santa Anna.

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