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Nancy Wylie

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of Nancy Wylie.

Nancy loved Santa Anna and will be missed by many.

She was very active in her beloved Santa Anna, serving as Mayor, an officer of the Santa Anna Ex Student's Association, the Santa Anna Foundation, and others I am sure.

Memorial services are pending with Henderson Funeral Home of Santa Anna. Watch for a complete obituary.

Roy Buse

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of Roy Buse.

Roy worked at Santa Anna ISD and lived most of his life in Santa Anna.

See for a complete obituary.

Glenn Lawhon

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of Glenn Lawhon.

Glenn worked at Santa Anna ISD and lived in Santa Anna for a number of years before moving to Brownwood.

See for a complete obituary.

Texas Brigades Summer Camp Registration Begins

SAN ANGELO – Registration for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Texas Brigades summer camps program has begun.

This year’s slate of seven camps includes a new one that departs from the traditional wildlife-only topics, according to coordinators.

“Our newest addition is the Ranch Brigade,” said Dr. Dale Rollins, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo and founder of the Texas Brigades. “We’re excited to offer it as part of our ongoing youth educational series as its message of conservation ranching fits our mission very well.

“This is our 21st year of turning out young leaders through the Texas Brigades program and it’s heartwarming to watch them mature and assume professional leadership roles. And while our camps feature quail, deer, bass, ducks and now livestock, our real goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and mettle to really make a difference in wildlife conservation and proper land management throughout their lives.”

Youth are taught leadership skills, natural resources conservation and proper ranch management at the camps scattered across the state, according to Rollins. Each camp is limited to 20-30 students from ages 13 through 17.

“The camps are designed to develop life skills such as critical thinking and team-building through fun and interesting activities that focus on a particular species of wildlife and now livestock,” Rollins said.

The camp dates and locations are:
– Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, June 15-19, Centennial Lodge, Coleman.
– South Texas Buckskin Brigade, June 16-20, Southern Star Ranch, Uvalde.
– South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, June 23-27, 74 Ranch, Campbellton.
– Bass Brigade, July 8-12, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.
– North Texas Buckskin Brigade, July 14-18, El Escondrijo Ranch, San Angelo.
– Waterfowl Brigade, July 21-25, BigWoods on the Trinity, Tennessee Colony.
– Ranch Brigade, July 31-Aug. 4, Camp Buckner, Burnet.

The camps are a partnership effort of AgriLife Extension, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, several universities, conservation groups, local soil and water conservation districts, private businesses, and individuals with an interest in wildlife and youth leadership development.

Tuition is $400 per cadet per camp, but Rollins said sponsors are available to provide financial aid when needed.

“And I want to remind those familiar with the Brigades that we’re always looking for highly motivated adults from 20 to 60 years of age who are willing to serve as ‘covey,’ 'school,' ‘herd,’ and now ‘ranch’ leaders,” Rollins said. “They’ll get a full helping of appreciation and optimism about today’s youth and the powerful impact they can have on conservation.”

Applications may be completed online or downloaded at . For more information, contact Holdsworth at or Kassi Scheffer at or you may call 855-TXBRIGS (855-892-7447).

This year’s registration deadline is March 15.

Mountaineer Softball is Back!!

Contributed by Coach David Garcia
The Santa Anna Mountaineer softball team is back and ready to make another run for the play-offs. Coach Garcia returns 8 of his 9 starters with All District MVP and Pitcher of the Year Genia Jones on the mound. Catching for Genia will be All District Defensive MVP Kindsey Holland. 1st Team All District & District Batting Avg. leader from last year, Sophomore, Taylor Hogue will be playing 3rd and will also see time on the mound.

"I have huge goals for this team. Last year we made a good run and fell short to a very good Haskell team. I have told the girls that we have some unfinished business to attend to. We are going to take one game at a time and try to fix some of the mistakes we made last year. We had a few games where errors cost us the game. We will be working on that this year. If the girls do what is asked of them, and give nothing but their best, I can see us making the play-offs and making another run."

On Coach Adams joining the softball staff: "I am really excited he is here to assist now. There were a few games last year when he helped on the field and you could tell the difference. We can now split the girls up in practice and work on specific parts of the game. Not only that, but there are now two sets of eyes during the game and not just one. Watching the defense, signaling to the runner and

hitter can be difficult for one person, but now there are two of us and it will go a long way.

Team Roster:
Sr. #10 Kindsey Holland
Sr. #23 Jenny Castruita
Sr. # 9 Kourtney Guerreo
Sr. #22 Christina Diaz
Jr. # 2 Geina Jones
Jr. #14 Courtlyn Lishka
Jr. #11 Caintlyn Murray
Jr. # 4 Destiny Clements
Soph. # 5 Briannah Sosa
Soph. #99 Jordan Deleon
Soph. #21 Destiny Davis
Soph. # 3 Taylor Hogue
Soph. # 7 Kristen Yancy

The Mountaineers will have three away Pre-District games to start off the season. Games include Ballinger, Gorman, and DeLeon. Schedule can be found on the school's website.

The girls are also selling Fan T Shirts for the 2013 Softball Season. You can place your orders up until Feb.1st. Money will be due on Feb.1st as well.

The Heart of Texas Porcelain Art Club

The Heart of Texas Porcelain Art Club will meet Saturday, January 26 from 9am til noon at the Santa Anna Firehall. Our guest artist this month is Joanna Burch from Austin, Texas.

For more information please contact Pat Alexander 325.203.4804

Rep. Jim Keffer authors Second Amendment Preservation Act to Protect Texans and Preserve the Constitution

Bill prohibits enforcement of all federal gun laws infringing upon the right to bear arms

AUSTIN - Today, State Representative Jim Keffer proudly joint-authored a bill reaffirming and protecting each citizen's right to bear arms. The "Second Amendment Preservation Act" was filed in response to potential federal Executive Orders that would unconstitutionally restrict the right to bear arms.

The proposed legislation nullifies all federal acts in violation of the Second Amendment and prohibits the enforcement of any federal law or regulation that attempts to confiscate or ban any firearm, limits the size of a magazine or the amount of ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, or imposes a tax or registration requirement on any firearm or ammunition.

"Texans believe in gun safety, responsible ownership, and we certainly stand against those who abuse such privileges," said State Representative Jim Keffer, "but we also stand firm that our right to bear arms should not be infringed upon by the federal government. In these trying times, we refer to our Constitution for guidance and there we confirm our natural right of self-preservation and self-defense."

State Representative Jim Keffer serves District 60 which includes Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, and Stephens Counties.

Benefit Dinner and Concert

Contributed by David Garcia
The Bangs band will be holding a benefit dinner and concert next Thursday the 24th. An enchilada dinner will be served from 5:30-8:00pm and the Jazz Band will start playing at 6:00 for your entertainment. It is a come-and-go event.

Tickets are $7 and all proceeds will go directly to the Fuqua family who lost absolutely everything in a recent fire. Tickets can be purchased from any administration office in Bangs or from Coach Garcia in Santa Anna.

Let us come together and show our love for our neighbor.

New Dentist

Contributed by Tex Wright
About 4:30 PM on Thursday, business people from Santa Anna and area towns gathered to celebrate the opening of this areas newest dentist office. And believe it or not it is a very nice place. The ribbon was strung out half way down the building as many of these guest gathered round to watch"Doctor Rock", Dr. Alan Bryant, cut the ribbon to officially open the office located at tha corner of North 6th and Wallis Ave (the main street)

Pictured are: Dr. Bryant, with his wife by his side, cutting the ribbon.

Mayor Harold Fahrlender as he signs the ribbon just cut.

Last Friday, we were reminded of what makes living in Santa Anna so special. We had a semi deliver to our house. As they were leaving, they got stuck in our drainage ditch. After making several attempts to get them unstuck, we called Harold Fahrlender, our wonderful mayor and neighbor, hoping to borrow his backhoe. It was out of commission but that didn't stop him from solving our problem. Several city workers came out to assist. It took them awhile, but they never gave up and were able to get the semi on the road again. They also fixed all the torn up areas of our driveway. Seeing people go out of their way to help just reminds us how great Santa Anna is. Thank you all for your help. We are deeply grateful.

The Guthries

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

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