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Remember Those Who Serve

Memorial Day 2010

As we remember those who are serving, we pause on Memorial Day to remember those that have served and passed away.

On Saturday May the 29th around 15 gathered at the Santa Anna Cemetery to place flags on the graves of over 300 veterans.

It was the dream of several but the task that was taken on by Rita Morris and Carl Langford and the generous donations that made it possible for each of the veterans that we knew of to get a flag placed on their grave. If your loved one was overlooked please let us know.

The flags will remain for a week or so and then be removed until Veteran's Day when they will be placed again.

Donald William Sheedy, Wilburn Bible, and Roy Rolfe.

Julius Allen Collins


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.

Please help me with others by sending their names, photos, or whatever you want to me at news@santaannanews.com or use this convenient form



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THE 6TH ANNUAL HEART OF TEXAS FREEDOM CELEBRATION


Hit the trail at First Baptist Church VBS

Santa Anna First Baptist Church invites children age 4 to completion of 6th grade to "Hit the trail at VBS" Monday June 21 through Friday June 25. Acitivities begin each night at 6:00 PM. as we visit Saddle Ridge Ranch to Round Up questions and Drive Home answers studying God's word.

Children will enjoy worship rally, crafts and snacks. Parents are invited to attend the closing cermonies on Friday June 25 at 7:00 PM. Van service will be provided beginning Tuesday night. For information contact Santa Anna First Baptist Church at 325-348-3725.


Marion ISD Superintendant James Hartman Named Region 13 Superintendant of the Year

Marion ISD Superintendant James Hartman was recently named the Texas Association of School Boards Region 13 - 2010 Superintendant of the Year.

James is a member of the SAHS Class of 1989, son of Eddie and Mary Ann Hartman of Lake Brownwood, and grandson of Edd and Ruby Hartman of Santa Anna

The following article by Felicia Frazar was first published in a June 9th in the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise article:

MARION - Marion Superintendant James Hartman has made a name for himself around the Marion community since arriving in town in 2007.

Now Hartman's recognition is going beyond the Marion ISD border after the Texas Association of School Boards Region 13 selection committee named him 2010 Superintendant of the Year.

"It's very humbling and I think it is really reflective of our hard-working students, staff and school board," Hartman said. "I am proud to accept this honor on their behalf. I am not sure I am deserving of it but I think it is indicative of the things taking place in the school district and the hard work that a lot of folks have put forth to better prepare the future for our students."

In the region, Hartman was chosen from an area including 60 superintendents across 16 counties in the South Central Texas area ranging from Guadalupe to Gillespie to Williamson.

Board President Victor Contreras said he and the other MISD trustees couldn't be happier.

"We're ecstatic. We're proud to have a superintendent that can be recognized throughout the region," Contreras said.

During the April school board meeting, trustees passed a resolution to nominate Hartman and explained to the Region VIII in paperwork their decision, Contreras said.

"He came in during an incredibly difficult situation, but he has been able through his organizational skills, I believe to get the district back on track," he said. "The board sees the changes that have been made, which may not have been the most popular decisions, but things that were needed in the district."

One of the newest accomplishments Hartman was able to brag about was the recent TAKS scores.

"We are proud of the fact that we made significant academic progress in the latest round in the accountability testing," Hartman said. "We increased to 23 of the 27 indicators and we increased in all 13 that were math and science. We are moving in a very positive direction in our student performance and engaging kids in instruction."

Hartman was interviewed by the regional selection committee on Friday and received the announcement on Monday, Contreras said.

"He is now entered into the next level, which they will narrow down to the top five finalists for the state superintendent," he said. "They whittle the 20 regions down to five and then they decide the finalist at the state convention in September."

Along with higher TAKS scores, Contreras added that MISD is also hoping for higher TEA ratings this year. Last year, the district was initially named as Unacceptable but then was raised to the Acceptable level with an exemption.

"Through the efforts of the teachers instruction and Mr. Hartman's leadership, we should be a recognized district," he said. "If everything goes through, with our preliminary reports we should have a Recognized district, but the official results will be released on July 30."


USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE DAY

COLEMAN COUNTY, TEXAS, May 26, 2010 –USDA Rural Development representatives will be holding a Rural Development Office Day for the City of Coleman June 22, 2010, from 10 am to 12 pm to present program information and applications to the public. The office day will be held at the Coleman County Commissioner’s Court Room, 100 West Live Oak. Information will be provided about USDA Rural Development Housing, Community and Business and Cooperative loan and grant programs.

USDA Rural Development works to ensure rural citizens can participate fully in the global economy through technical assistance and programs that help rural Americans build strong economies to improve their quality of life. Rural Development loans and grants assist rural communities meet their basic needs by building water and wastewater systems, financing decent, affordable housing, supporting electric power and rural businesses, including cooperatives and supporting community development with information and technical assistance including broadband initiatives. USDA Rural Development representatives will be available during the office day to answer questions and assist individuals with applications in all program areas.

USDA Rural Development Housing Programs offer loans and grants to families with very low to moderate income levels in towns and cities meeting certain population requirements. Loans are primarily used to help income eligible individuals or households purchase homes in rural areas. Funds can be used to build, repair and renovate a home, or to purchase and prepare sites with water and sewage facilities. For very low income families who own homes in need of repair, the Home Repair Loan and Grant Program offers funding for renovations. Funding has previously been requested to repair a leaking roof, make a home wheelchair accessible, repair damaged or faulty wiring and to install a waste disposal system.

USDA Rural Development Community Programs enhance the quality of life for rural Texans by providing funds to governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and Indian Tribes for essential community facilities and services. Funds may be used for a variety of community projects. Previous funds have been used to enlarge, improve or construct schools, libraries, farmers markets, medical clinics, assisted living centers, public buildings, community centers or fund new and improved water and wastewater facilities. Funds are also available to purchase public safety equipment such as ambulances, firefighting equipment and other required emergency service gear.

Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the economic stability of rural Texas. With USDA Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs, rural businesses can gain access to funds that are normally not available to them. USDA Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs provide the needed capital to expand economic opportunities and development in rural areas throughout Texas by working with banks and community lenders. The Rural Energy for America Program offers grants and guaranteed loans to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficient improvements.

We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about these or any of our programs to come by and visit with us. For more information regarding USDA Rural Development programs, please contact the Brownwood Office at (325) 643-1585, ext. 4 or by visiting our website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tx/.


First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School

Come Join us at the ranch on June 21 to June 25 We will roundin' up questions and drivin' home answers at Santa Anna First Baptist Vacation Bible School.

Worship Rally begins each evening at 6:00 PM, Bible Study, Snacks, Crafts and fun Music will follow as we study the word of God.

Family night will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday June 25.

Hope to see ya'll there.


Santa Anna High School Class of 2010

Valedictorian
Jordan Jewell
Daughter of Shana DeLeon and Michael Jewell
GPA – 4.41/5.0

Salutatorian
Laken Herrod
Daughter of Scotty and Wendy Herrod
GPA – 4.35/5.0

Harlie Anderson

Catherine Brinson

Manny Dancy

Jordan Dean

Sierra Guerrero

Johnathan Holland

Kody Krause

Michael Lopez

Lauren Matthews

Heather McMillan

Peyton Morris

Ashley Smith

Chris Tate

Emily Taylor

Weston Tucker

Jordan Tunnell

Dustin Weiss

Jacob Zapata


Coleman County Historical Commission Meeting

Tex Wright Chairman CCHC

This is YOUR invitation to attend this Texas Historical Commission program.

Ms. Ann Shelton of Austin, Texas, part of the Texas Historical Cemeteries program, will be in Coleman on June 3rd at Heritage Hall ( 400 W College) to present a program about OUR cemeteries.

Recently we have had two of our Coleman County cemeteries designated as Historical Cemeteries. Several more are now in the works.

If you would like to have your Local Cemetery designated as a historical cemetery, Come and visit with Ms Shelton on June 3rd.

The meeting will start at 7:00PM

When I spoke to Ms. Shelton on Friday to confirm the program, she was very excited about coming.

There will be a map of Coleman County for everyone to mark and make sure that all cemeteries are listed. If you know of one that is not listed, please let us know as we have much history in these plots.

If you know of someone who would be interested in this meeting and is not on the mailing list or doesn't get the paper till too late, bring them along or at least tell them about it.



USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE DAY

COLEMAN COUNTY, TEXAS, May 26, 2010 –USDA Rural Development representatives will be holding a Rural Development Office Day for the City of Coleman June 22, 2010, from 10 am to 12 pm to present program information and applications to the public. The office day will be held at the Coleman County Commissioner’s Court Room, 100 West Live Oak. Information will be provided about USDA Rural Development Housing, Community and Business and Cooperative loan and grant programs. USDA Rural Development works to ensure rural citizens can participate fully in the global economy through technical assistance and programs that help rural Americans build strong economies to improve their quality of life. Rural Development loans and grants assist rural communities meet their basic needs by building water and wastewater systems, financing decent, affordable housing, supporting electric power and rural businesses, including cooperatives and supporting community development with information and technical assistance including broadband initiatives. USDA Rural Development representatives will be available during the office day to answer questions and assist individuals with applications in all program areas. USDA Rural Development Housing Programs offer loans and grants to families with very low to moderate income levels in towns and cities meeting certain population requirements. Loans are primarily used to help income eligible individuals or households purchase homes in rural areas. Funds can be used to build, repair and renovate a home, or to purchase and prepare sites with water and sewage facilities. For very low income families who own homes in need of repair, the Home Repair Loan and Grant Program offers funding for renovations. Funding has previously been requested to repair a leaking roof, make a home wheelchair accessible, repair damaged or faulty wiring and to install a waste disposal system.

USDA Rural Development Community Programs enhance the quality of life for rural Texans by providing funds to governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and Indian Tribes for essential community facilities and services. Funds may be used for a variety of community projects. Previous funds have been used to enlarge, improve or construct schools, libraries, farmers markets, medical clinics, assisted living centers, public buildings, community centers or fund new and improved water and wastewater facilities. Funds are also available to purchase public safety equipment such as ambulances, firefighting equipment and other required emergency service gear.

Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the economic stability of rural Texas. With USDA Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs, rural businesses can gain access to funds that are normally not available to them. USDA Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs provide the needed capital to expand economic opportunities and development in rural areas throughout Texas by working with banks and community lenders. The Rural Energy for America Program offers grants and guaranteed loans to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficient improvements.

We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about these or any of our programs to come by and visit with us. For more information regarding USDA Rural Development programs, please contact the Brownwood Office at (325) 643-1585, ext. 4 or by visiting our website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tx/.


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