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Women’s Health Program – Saturday Open Clinic

ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District’s women’s health program – EPHC, will be conducting an open clinic event, Saturday August 16th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The clinic will be held at the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, 850 N. 6th St.

During this open clinic event, women throughout Abilene and the surrounding counties will have the opportunity to be screened for the EPHC women’s health program, see a clinician and receive health information. Prizes, refreshments and giveaways will also be available.

The EPHC women’s health program provides expanded primary health and preventive health services for women who qualify at no cost. Services include annual well woman exams, mammograms, Pap test, high blood pressure and diabetes management, family planning and birth control methods, STD and HIV testing. Abortion services are not offered.

The open clinic event is available for women, 18 years of age and older, who are uninsured and have no Medicaid, Medicare or similar health services. Proof of income must be provided for women who are employed.

For more information on the open clinic call 325-676-6634.

CCMC Physical Therapist Achieves Rare National Recognition


COLEMAN, Texas – Justin Tammany, Physical Therapy Director at Coleman County Medical Center, has been recognized as a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). According to statistics published by the ABPTS in 2013, less than 8,600 physical therapists have achieved the orthopedic specialist certification since it began in 1989. Tammany, who holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Indiana University, joins fewer than five percent of all physical therapists in the nation who go on to obtain board certification.

The ABPTS website states, “The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists”. Candidates are required to have at least 2,000 hours of clinical practice experience prior to sitting for a rigorous six hour examination which tests their application and synthesis of advanced knowledge and clinical skills and reasoning. The orthopedic specialization is particularly valuable, as over 80% of physical therapy visits are related to musculoskeletal problems.

Along with this certification, Dr. Tammany has completed numerous educational offerings in sports medicine, industrial rehabilitation, manual therapy, spine rehabilitation and balance disorders. A small town native, he carries a distinct passion for rural healthcare and serving communities like those in Coleman County. He stated, “Unfortunately, many people assume that since our facilities don’t rival those of the big cities, rural healthcare is somehow inferior. I enjoy changing that opinion”. He will be formally recognized at a ceremony during the American Physical Therapy Association’s national meeting in Indianapolis in February.

Consumers can find a searchable list of board-certified physical therapists in their area at Coleman County Medical Center’s outpatient physical therapy department is open Monday through Friday with appointments upon request. The phone number is (325) 625-2135 ext. 307.

R. C. Smith

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of R.C. Smith.

Anyone that went to school in Santa Anna in the 60's or 70's probably was coached or taught by Coach Smith or went to school with a Smith.

Visitation for R. C. Smith will be Tuesday from 6 - 8 p.m. At Allcorn Funeral Home in Coleman.

A Celebration of life will be on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Santa Anna High School Auditorium.

An account has been set up at the Santa Anna National Bank named: R C Smith Courts Scholarship Fund. P O Box 668 Santa Anna, TX 76878.

The children of R C Smith are proud of their dad and his contributions to his beloved Santa Anna ISD:
1959 - 1964 head coach/ teacher
1969. High school principal
1972- 1975. K-8. Principal
1975 high school principal
1976 -1983 superintendent
1983-1986 k-8 principal
1986- 1999 math teacher
2000-2013 volunteer track coach with the highlight being Hannah Hartman earning 2nd in state in pole vault and 3rd in the hurdles

As tennis coach from 1975-86.
43 state qualifiers

7 decades of service to Santa Anna schools

We would like to raise money to have a permanent sign put up. So Monday we set up an account at the Santa Anna National Bank to donate to have this sign built and erected , any extra money would be used for scholarships for Santa Anna students . So any donation will be appreciated. The name of the account is R C Smith courts scholarship Fund Santa Anna National Bank P O Box 668 Santa Anna, TX 76878.

Family Reunion


Shown in the photo are some of the attendees at the 2014 Newman Family Reunion held the weekend of 12-15 June at the Heart Of Texas Resort at lake LBJ, Texas.

The annual reunions began in the early thirties and have continued almost unbroken since with descendants of the original twelve children of J.T. and Lucy Newman of Coleman County. Most of the families still live in Texas but many are scattered across the continent and traveled from as far as Georgia and British Columbia Canada to attend. The original twelve children had thirty- five offspring to be the second generation of which there are only eight remaining. Successive generations now put the number into the hundreds.

Reunion activities include visiting, reminiscing, lots of laughter, Parlor Games like Dominos, Forty-Two, Checkers, Chess, Hearts. There is a Fishing Tournament, A Golf Tournament, A Mini Golf Tournament, Swimming, Water Skiing, Talent participation and a Gospel Hymn ‘sing a long’. Home cooking is featured at every meal. On Friday Nite there is a Catfish Fry with all the trimmings along with Homemade Ice Cream !
Yes, we are truly blessed.
Joe H. England
B.C. Canada


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) will hold a town hall meeting at The Feed Store - Coffee Shop in Santa Anna on July 3rd.

The town hall is open to members of the media and the public.

WHAT: Town Hall Meeting

WHO: U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway

WHEN: July 3, Thursday
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Feed Store - Coffee Shop
604 Wallis Ave
Santa Anna, TX

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