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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 Brandon Beloat is headed to Iraq for another tour with the National Guard.
Please help me with others by sending their names, photos, or whatever you want to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use this convenient form
LCpl. DeLeon, USMC
aka: Soldier of Christ
Contributed by Sylvia Adams
Kristle DeLeon currently living @ Camp Pendleton, California was called to duty and answer her Country's call. She was deployed on March 15, 2010 to Afghanistan tentatively for one year. Please pray for her and all the brave men and women serving the United States.
Pray for the service members and their families. I pray that God will be near to Kristle and that she will know and experience Gods presence and protection. I pray that she will find peace that surpasses all understandings for her. Pray for the safe return home for her and all men and women serving. Semper Fidelis!
This is her address for anyone that would like to take the time to write her a letter of encouragement. I know she would love to hear from all her extended family, friends & teachers. I thank you!
LCpl. DeLeon, Kristle
Postal det 12
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Sarah Herrod Recieves Honors
Sarah Herrod, a junior at Santa Anna High School has recently been named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-Region team and to the Texas Six Man Coaches Association All-Region first team.
The Lady Mountaineers were district runners-up this past season and have now made the playoffs for four consecutive years.
Saturday almost twenty showed up for the workday at the cemetery.
It started out much slower than last years workday with around forty but this year the wind was blowing about fourty!
Nevertheless, there was a lot of work done trimming trees and brush.
A personal "Thanks! from me to all that showed up and a special thanks to Mrs. Langford and Mrs. Black for the great sandwiches at lunch.
More cemetery stuff later this week.
Santa Anna Youth Association
Santa Anna Youth Association will be having a clean-up workday at the softball/baseball fields on Saturday, March 20 starting at 9:00 a.m.
All coaches and parents are strongly encouraged to help.
We would love to have all the help we can get so please come on over and support our youth and community by working a few hours!
2010 Coleman County Stock Show Donors
Many Thanks to 2010 Coleman County Stock Show Donors:
Coleman County Extension Education Association
Johnson Feed Barn
Mr. & Mrs. Rob Cheaney
Sherman & Tammy Smith
Producers Livestock Auction
L & S Cattle
Liveoak Real Estate
Scott & Myrtie Beaver
Henry & Margie Dodson
Coleman Vet Clinic
Chris & Cindy Jamison
Don & Vicki Allen
Coleman County State Bank
Henderson Funeral Home
Santa Anna National Bank
Davis Farm & Ranch Supply
Jo Ann Allen
F & L Feed Store
Collier Watson, CPA
Nancy & Chuck Baker
Jack & Carole Horne
Mr. & Mrs. Burgess Stewardson
Bill Hightower Family
Johnson Implement Co.
Coleman Co. Special Utility District
Williams Tire Store
Coleman County Electric Cooperative
Sandy & Barbara Neal
Janie Brown Hemphill
Harold & Caroline Skelton
Andy D. Young
Central Texas Farm Credit
Steve & Sarah Beal
David & Betty Watson
Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Avants
Circle C Cattlewomen
Liveoak Land & Real Estate
Central Texas Farm Credit
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Merryman
Randall & Peggy Brown
Heath & Danielle Hemphill
Walker Funeral Home
Earle Smith’s Jewelry
First Coleman National Bank
Taylor-Hetzell Real Estate
Raye King Management
Coleman Livestock Auction
James & Jo Barr
Lost and Found?
I received the following e-mail Tuesday from Sam Kreitner of Austin:
We were traveling back to Austin on Sunday (3/14/2010) from Abilene when we found a black lab running up and down Hwy 183 about 5 miles south of Santa Anna. We picked up the dog and tried a 2-3 houses in the area but no luck. We took him back into town and contacted the vet but she wouldn't keep him. The Coleman or Brownwood Animal Control Center would not keep him either, so we brought him back to Austin. He is a very friendly black lab that is likely around 7 yo and appears to be someone's pet. Ideally, we would like him to be reunited with his owner for he appears he has been taken care of well.
If you know this dog or he is yours send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in touch with Mr. Kreitner.
"The Coleman County Air Force"
Submitted by Tex Wright:
Last Friday we were coming in from Abilene when we spotted a group of old planes flying in a Missing man formation over US84 north of Coleman. I decided that it was part of the war birds from Coleman Field so headed out that way. We got there just as they were landing for the day. I talked to J. D. Daniel, one of the pilots, and found that they were practicing their act for an up coming air show and training a new pilot in their flight patterns etc. J. D. said they would take off again on Saturday morning. I said I would be there.
Saturday morning Sarah Pelton (my Granddaughter) and I, with cameras in hand, showed up at the airport.
About 9:00AM, they started reading the planes. Michelle, the lady of the group, took off and flew to open country near Brownwood to practice her rolls. She said she didn't want any one to see her mess ups.
Then when she returned, they fueled the planes, checked the equipment, and started our private air show. Randy Long, one of the pilots and manager of the Coleman field, was busy with a customer so he missed out on the fun. Randy and John Vance are the Coleman County members of thes group, The Texas Twisters. I have remamed the group though, from now on in this part they will be known as "The Coleman County Air Force" (CCAF).
The following pictures are but a few that we took. All these were taken by Sarah Pelton with a Z-6 Minolta Digital.
We had a good time...
JD Daniel, is in the Thunderbird airplane. His wife, Michele Daniel, is the blue camo and they are from Arlington, TX. Tom Nichols from Amarillo has the siver and blue. The yellow with the PA was just visiting. Randy Long has the one with bright yellow and checkerboard. Johnny Vance has the yellow one with MA on the tail.
Note from James: I had no note on the front door, no missed calls on my cell phone, no e-mail, or messages on my answering machine.... where was my invitation to tag along?
At last year's cemetery workday we got a flyover from some of these guys as they headed back to Coleman from an air show. Randy's wife, Deborah, was at the workday and as we finished up the boulevard in the afternoon this bunch started laying smoke as they flew over the cemetery and it still gives me chills almost a year later... you never know what might happen at one of these workdays... see below for more information...
Out and About
I was kicking around in the Cemetery Sunday afternoon getting ready for the workday, see below, when I noticed the black car come in the Cemetery.
It's not hard to tell when someone from out of town is there. The sleak and clean Mercedes sedan stopped a couple of times at different spots.
I had noticed Bobby Benton putting out new flowers a couple of different places and she wasn't too far from them in Platt IV/ Odd Fellows, but they were still wandering around. That wandering that usually means they are looking for someone.
"Hello, can I help you find someone?" I said as I pulled up beside them.
"Yes," the woman said, "W. W. Hunter".
"Well I don't know for sure and I don't have my book with me but there are some Hunters over here...." I said as I pointed North towards Platt III.
The man said, "...or Fiveash.
"Mrs. Sylvia Herring was a Fiveash, she lives across from the school, but there are some Herrings buried right over there by that angel." I said as I pointed towards Snow and Lori Herring's graves.
"I will run home and get my book if you want to look at those places." I said.
"We hate to trouble you..." they said.
"No trouble at all... I usually have my map and book with me anyhow." I said.
The man had Ralph Terry's website brought up on his Blackberry trying to locate W. W. Hunter.
"It is not alphabetic which makes it hard to find someone unless you know what Platt and Block they are in." I said as he looked throught all the names on the tiny screen.
"I only live a few blocks, let me run get my book." I said.
I ran home and got my book and returned to the Cemetery as they searched.
"Any luck?" I said as I got out of the truck.
"No." they said.
So we opened up the book I had, thanks to Santa Anna Cemetery Historian, Carl Langford.
I opened up the book on the hood of the truck and turned to the H's, thankful that Mr. Langford had gone to the trouble.
W. W. Hunter, right there in Platt II Block 125.
Turned to the map and right there in the far corner I pointed to the North West corner just under the hill.
They were real nice folks, Mr. and Mrs. Hunter of Amarillo, their son John and friendly long haired Dachsund like dog.
I can't remember their first names but they were both complimentary of how good the Cemetery looked.
I had a sick to my stomach feeling as we pulled up near the Hunter lot. This lot is one that I have wanted to work on for a while and probably one of the worst in the Cemetery.
The scrub brush has overgrown several of the headstones including that of W. W. Hunter and his wife Louisa.
The photo above was taken on March 8, 2009 and looks pretty much the same today. This is a rugged part of the cemetery, the fence is in bad shape and the dirt piles are right next to it.
"We had the curb put in several years ago because the road went right by the lot." they told me.
W. W. Hunter was Mr. Hunter's Great Grandfather he told me.
"Louisa was a Fiveash from around Trickham and most of them are buried there.." they told me... "She died in a dentist's chair... from an allergic reaction to Novacaine."
It was getting late and I told them I would let them finish their visit, as they were driving back home to Amarillo.
There are lot of good things happening at our cemetery and I will cover them over the next couple of weeks.
We are still accepting donations for the Texas Historic Cemetery Marker and the memorial flags.
Donations to the the Cemetery, the historical marker project, or the memorial flag fund can be sent to the Santa Anna Cemetery Association at PO Box 97 Santa Anna, TX 76878.
They can also be sent to the Santa Anna Cemetery Restoration Fund at P. O. Box 14 Santa Anna, TX 76878
Either way, please note Historical Marker or Flag Fund if that is what you want your donation to go for.
You can also donate to the Santa Anna Foundation PO Box 3 Santa Anna TX 76878 for the Santa Anna Cemetery Historical Marker project.
Note that donors can not be listed on the historical marker by Texas Historical Commission policy.
WE NEED YOU!
THE SANTA ANNA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION AND RESTORATION COMMITTEE HAVE COMBINED EFFORTS TO MAKE NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS
The Cemetery Association and Restoration Committee need you to come and be a part of the Community Workday:
Saturday March 27, 2010
Santa Anna Cemetery
8:30 A.M. till ????
We ask you bring any of the following yard tools if you have them, if not come anyway. Shovels, Rakes, Weed Eaters, Loppers, Machetes Chain Saws, Hand Saws and any other lawn equipment you might have EXCEPT Mowers. There is no electricity available at the cemetery, so tools must be gas powered or battery powered.
Should you have any questions, please call:
Carl Langford 325-348-3789
James Pelton 325-348-3458
Elaine Black 325-203-3356
All District Basketball Honors
The following girls from Santa Anna High School received District 16A All-District basketball honors for the 2009-2010 season:
Left to right: Loren Pritchard-second team, Kindsey Holland-second team, Heather McMillan-second team, Kaitlyn Krause-first team, Sarah Herrod-Offensive MVP.
March into Spring with a Blood Donation
Don’t Take a Vacation From Donation
Spring Break is approaching but emergencies don’t schedule vacations. Please keep that in mind and find the hero in you by donating blood during Spring Break. In honor of Spring Break and Spring Cleaning, Draco’s Janitorial and Auto Detailing Inc. is giving away two gift cards to two lucky blood donors in the Bronwnwood area the week of March 15th – March 20th. Donate at any of the following blood drives and you could win, either a free home carpet shampoo ($150 value) or a free auto wash and wax. ($50 value).
Tuesday, March 16th, Noon – 4 pm,
Bloodmobile @ Care Nursing Center, 200 County Road 616
Wednesday, March 17th, 1 pm -5 pm
Bloodmobile @ Zephyr ISD, 11625 County Road 281 in Zephyr
Thursday, March 18th, 10 am – 2 pm
Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Outpatient Center, Classrooms 1 & 2 ,
In addition to the drawing entry, donors will earn Hero Rewards points. Every time a donor schedules an appointment, keeps it and donates, points are given. Those points will accumulate and can be redeemed online for items like movie tickets, dvds and ice cream. Every time you donate, you will receive a free cholesterol test. The test is available online about seven days after your donation.
To make an appointment for any of these drives, go to www.bloodhero.com and enter your zip code. You can also call, United Blood Services at 1-800-756-0024.
Spring Forward - Time Change this Weekend!
On Sunday March 14, 2010, at 2:00 AM don't forget to set the clocks ahead one hour.
I had to mow the weeds in my back yard this last weekend and my Chinquapin Oak and Sweetgum tree on the South side of the house are blooming.
SAHS Tennis Tournament Friday and Spring Break next week for Santa Anna ISD.
Are we still in for another Easter snow?
Maybe... Easter is April 4th!
Lot 44 From Mills County , Texas
This story has been going around in e-mails and I have seen it several times, and I still can't read the whole thing, but I received it for the first time with some photos from Dianne and Charles Wetsel, still Santa Anna folks to me, but now from Cisco... and I think this story is worth the reprint...
For three weeks each February, the city decks out in cowboy finery to host the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, complete with top notch entertainment every night in the AT&T Center arena, from bronc riding, to Mutton Bustin’, to Extreme Bulls, followed by concerts from some of the best performers in Country music. Out on the grounds you can find petting zoos, a carnival, unique shopping experiences in the exhibition centers, and every kind of festival food one could hope for. There are plenty of spots to get a drink, listen to some local live music, watch pig races, try some kettle corn or Texas barbeque, or buy some Western art. Voted the number one Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for the past five years in a row by the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association), the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is a first-class entertainment thrill ride with something, literally, for everyone.
However, not as well known is the fact that we are also home to the largest Junior Livestock Auction in the world. The barns overflow with thousands of animals brought by children from around the state, hoping to qualify for a place at the auction. On the last weekend of the rodeo the auction barn fills with the rowdy sounds of buyers bidding, auctioneers calling and the crowds cheering for the kids as they present steers, poultry, pigs, goats, and sheep. The buyers are the business leader “Who’s Who” of San Antonio , wealthy individuals, and representatives of the various committees which raise funds and who believe in and want to support the youth of Texas .
The media likes to buzz about Extreme Bulls, the entertainment line-up and talk about record attendance at the rodeo. They will sometimes mention a piece about the Grand Champion Steer and the amazing price it brought. We wonder, though, if people know that the real purpose of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is educating the youth of Texas , awarding scholarships and providing college funding for these kids. We wonder if while the cowboys are busting broncs and the crowds are loving Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, people know the reason for all of it is right there in the auction barns, where bidders’ awards often provide the sole source of college funding for these Texas youth. The San Antonio Livestock Exhibition website describes our historic contributions to educating the youth of Texas , but stories such as this one, about Lot 44 from Mills County , Texas , usually don’t make the local paper.
On Saturday afternoon, February 20, 2010, a young boy brought his goat to the auction. Dustin Mangus drew Lot #44, slightly less than halfway through the 100 Lots going to auction that night. It was not a particularly advantageous or unlucky draw, but ordinarily might have been a place in the program that wouldn’t have commanded much attention, much less a record purchase price. The auctioneer, however, took time to reign in the frenzied crowd and tell Dustin’s story:
Early in the morning on December 8, 2009, Dustin, his younger brother and sister, and their father, David Mangus, were in a rollover accident near their home in Mullin, Texas. Their truck’s roof was crushed when it crashed into a tree, and David Mangus was killed at the scene. Dustin’s brother and sister suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from the hospital. Dustin, though, was in critical condition from his injuries, and underwent several surgeries to save his life and reconstruct his face. The first surgery was to remove a part of the truck’s dashboard that had lodged in his head, and to reconstruct the eye socket that was damaged as a result.
The little boy who stood before us on the auction block, holding his goat while we heard this story, smiled at us from a beautiful, innocent face that showed little sign of his tragedy or his loss. Had someone not shared his story we never would have been allowed to ponder this young man’s ability to overcome adversity. We never would have had the privilege of comprehending his incredible achievement. To have been able to continue to raise that animal and be ready for a stock show in February, he had to have gotten right back up and kept on living the minute they let him out of the hospital.
The auctioneer asked every bidder who had already pledged funds to this boy to stand, and every top buyer in the room stood. When the bidding opened, the price for Lot #44 was already at $20,000. Then, a true miracle began as the people of San Antonio opened their hearts for Dustin and his family. Corporation after corporation added on another thousand here, another two thousand there, another $5,000, and the price went to $60,000 at record speed. Leaders of San Antonio businesses started making personal contributions out of their own money, and the price kept climbing. Individual spectators and those in the audience began coming down one, by one, giving personal contributions and pledges to this family. It was one heck of an altar call, and the only thing flowing faster than the money was the tears.
Dustin’s little brother joined him on the block and the two of them smiled their sweet smiles while the money kept coming in, and we feel certain they had no idea what those numbers meant. Dustin’s grandpa came down from the audience to stand with the boys and choked back tears, while people in the room who weren’t registered bidders started coming forward to make personal contributions. When the price hit $110,000, one of the top buyers announced he had partnered with another to add on to make it an even $150,000 for Dustin. The gavel came down on the highest priced goat at this year’s Junior Livestock Auction while everyone cheered and cried at the same time. Dustin’s grandpa was openly crying when he took the microphone to thank the crowd in a shaky voice, with no real ability to impart his gratitude more than his tears communicated…. He simply said “Thank you. I don’t know what else to say. Thank you.”
We all know there is no amount of money that heals the pain of losing your Dad. Not one of us gave to this cause imagining there was any way it could ever make up for what Dustin and his family lost. This was our way of reaching out to a family in need, in tragedy, in suffering, and offering them something shining and positive and good to help them on the road that lies ahead. Dustin has already had to overcome more adversity at the age of 10 than some of us will ever face. What the people of San Antonio did for Dustin and his family was truly amazing, but even more amazing is the spirit Dustin embodies, in showing up with his goat to do what he set out to do. With a smile on his face and with his family by his side.
This demonstration of generosity, kindness and support is what the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is really about. We are investing in the future of our country by investing in the lives of our country’s children. We are raising money to help provide educational opportunities for as many children as we can reach. And sometimes, we are witnessing miracles.
You had a part in Dustin’s story, and every other story that came through the auction this year. We hope one day very soon, you will come see it for yourself. Thank you for your contribution to our efforts. You and Dustin are our heroes.
From the bottom our hearts,
The Raffle Committee
Also see "Record Price for Goat at San Antonio Stock Show" below...
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
States, FTC Reach Agreement with ID Theft Protection Provider Over Misleading Advertising and Sales Practices
LifeLock Inc. resolves allegations of exaggerated consumer protections
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, 34 other states and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), today resolved their investigation of a leading provider of identity theft protection services.
Under the terms of today’s agreement, Arizona-based LifeLock Inc. agreed to more accurately describe its ID theft protection services and provide $11 million in restitution to eligible customers. The joint investigation by the states and the FTC revealed that LifeLock unlawfully exaggerated its range of services and ability to prevent ID theft.
LifeLock claimed its services were guaranteed to protect customers’ personal information and prevent criminals from using that sensitive information to open accounts. Thus, customers were given the impression that identity thieves would be absolutely prevented from stealing LifeLock customers’ identifying information.
State and federal authorities were also concerned about LifeLock marketing materials that improperly claimed that customers faced a heightened risk of ID theft – despite the fact that LifeLock had no basis for its claims. Under today’s agreement, LifeLock is prohibited from making false claims about potential customers’ identity theft risk profile. In addition, LifeLock must not misrepresent that it:
• Protects against all forms of ID theft;
• Eliminates the risk of ID theft;
• Constantly monitors activity on each of its customers’ consumer reports;
• Always prompts a call from a potential creditor before a new credit account is opened in the customer’s name.
Texans have a variety of tools at their disposal to protect themselves against ID theft under state and federal laws. Individuals who suspect they could be possible ID theft victims may place free fraud alerts on their credit reports by contacting one of three major credit reporting agencies. In addition, Texans may obtain free copies of their credit reports to review their own credit histories and identify errors. Under the restitution program, the states and the FTC will send letters to eligible LifeLock customers notifying them of the agreement with instructions on how they can opt-in to participate in the settlement.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Consumer Alert: Parents Should Keep Children Away From new Video Chat Web Site Chatroulette.com
An increasingly popular Web site poses a threat to Texas children by giving users – including dangerous sex offenders – an opportunity to conduct live video chats with randomly selected participants.
Armed with only a Web camera and Internet access, www.chatroulette.com users are paired with a random stranger for a video chat. Neither a login nor registration is required before young users can be face-to-face with a total stranger. Worse, users who simply click “next” are shuffled to a new video chat partner.
An undercover investigation by the Cyber Crimes Unit revealed startling results. Nearly half of the randomly selected users encountered by Cyber Crimes investigators immediately exposed themselves and conducted sexually explicit acts on camera.
In light of the serious threat that children will be exposed to graphic sexual conduct, Texas parents should prohibit their children from accessing www.chatroulette.com. Although site users are supposed to be at least 16 years old, the rule is not clearly enforced – which means parents’ preventative role is particularly important.
Attorney General Abbott reminds parents to closely monitor their children’s Internet activities by using the following safety tips:
• Place the computer in a public room at home so that parents can monitor their children’s Internet use. Do not allow computers in a child’s bedroom or permit the use of Web cameras.
• Make sure children know never to agree to a face-to-face meeting with someone they meet online and never to divulge personal information to an Internet stranger.
• Stay informed. Surf the Internet with children or at least talk to them about the Web sites they are visiting.
• Establish ground rules for children’s Internet usage, including the hours they may surf and the kinds of Web sites they may visit. Post the rules near the computer.
Little Dribblers Basketball Tournament
Santa Anna Youth Association hosted a Little Dribblers Basketball Tournament March 4-6, 2010. Twenty-five teams from 3 surrounding counties entered the tournament.
There were 4 divisions: 3rd/4th Grade Girls, 3rd/4th Grade Boys, 5th/6th Grade Girls, and 5th/6th Grade Boys.
The Lady Mountaineers, 5th/6th Grade Girls, played for Consolation and fell short to the Bangs Sting Rays with a final score of 11-6. Our Mountaineers, 5th/6th Grade Boys, played the Brady Bulldogs for 1st place and fell short with a score of 27-18 receiving 2nd place medals.
The tournament was a wonderful fund-raiser for the Youth Association and the money raised will go towards benefiting the youth in our community that are interested in playing fall/spring sports. A special thanks to all of those that helped make the tournament run so smoothly!
The 5th/6th Grade Boys will be playing in the Zephyr Tournament the week of March 22 while the 5th/6th Grade Girls will be playing in the Early Tournament and all four of our teams will finish up the season playing in the Brookesmith Tournament the week of March 29.
Santa Anna Youth Association is now taking registration forms for softball/baseball. All forms are due by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 12 and are to be turned in to Mrs. Darla Perry at Santa Anna Elementary.
The Santa Anna Youth Association has a monthly meeting the first Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the First Baptist Church CLC. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
NOTICE: "FUNDS FOR HAITI" YARD SALE - AGAIN!!!!
(We had SO much donated we could not put everything out!)
TIME: Sunday, March 14, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
LOCATION: The Learning Center, 213 Pecos, Coleman, TX (One block west of the Shoppin' Baskit grocery store at the corner of Pecos St & College Ave.)
ITEMS: Kitchen/Deco-Appliances-Tools-Clothing-Misc Electronics /Printers + MORE
PURPOSE: To raise FUNDS FOR HAITI selling donated items.
LIVING WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Each year, an estimated two million Americans undergo
arthroscopic surgery on their knees, shoulders, and on
many other joints. The results, however, depend to a great
extent on the patient’s observance of certain guidelines,
both before and after surgery. With support from some of
the world’s leading arthroscopy specialists, the American
Arthritis Society has compiled some useful and practical
tips for self-care. Each tip is easy to follow and can be
helpful in preparing for your operation. These and many
more suggestions regarding osteoarthritis can be viewed
online at: www.americanarthritis.org.
Attorney General Abbott Observes National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month
AG warns Texas teens about social and legal dangers of sexting
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today warned Texas teens and parents about the dangers of sexting. Attorney General Abbott’s comments came during a visit to the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH). Based in Austin, NTDAH offers troubled teens the only 24-hour help line in the country where trained teen advocates counsel fellow teens about digital harassment.
Attorney General Abbott also encouraged Texas teens to contact NTDAH when they encounter peer pressure to participate in sexting. Sexting is the emerging practice of teens electronically sending sexually explicit messages or images, primarily between cell phones. Attorney General Abbott, as part of National Teen Dating Violence & Prevention Month, warned young Texans and their families that sexting can lead to embarrassment, regret, and even legal dangers, including possible prison time.
“Fortunately, NTDAH and its trained teen advocates are working to counsel young Texans and help fellow teens learn to avoid the peer pressure, shame and damages associated with sexting,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Young Texans should never send a revealing or explicit picture of themselves. Once an image has been sent, it cannot be controlled. A single instance of bad judgment can lead to long-term regret, embarrassment or worse. Anyone who possesses sexually suggestive pictures of a minor faces criminal investigation and up to 10 years in prison.”
Attorney General Abbott reminded young Texans that a message’s sender cannot control the message’s distribution. A recent survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found that nearly 20 percent of sexting recipients have passed the image to a third person – who the original sender may or may not know. Suggestive photographs also can be transferred to a computer, posted on public Web sites or printed and distributed.
Before pressing “Send,” teens should consider five tips:
• Do not assume anything sent or posted is going to remain private.
• Anything sent or posted in cyberspace will never truly go away.
• Do not give in to the pressure to do something that causes discomfort, even in cyberspace.
• Consider the recipient’s reaction.
• Nothing is truly anonymous.
The attorney general also warned teens that sexting can be a crime. The owner of a computer or cell phone containing images of nude or semi-nude minors can be investigated and prosecuted for possessing and distributing child pornography charges – a felony. Teens in possession of sexually suggestive images of classmates or companions under 18 face up to 10 years in prison.
Attorney General Abbott added: “Growing up can be a difficult learning process, so it is important for parents, counselors and even fellow students to help prevent teenagers from making bad decisions. Often, it helps to remind someone about consequences – which in the case of sexting can range from humiliation to suspension from school, bans on athletic participation, job loss or college scholarship revocation. We’re asking young Texans to think twice before sexting – but don’t take it from us, just ask a fellow teen by calling NTDAH.”
The most important source of prevention and education is active parenting. Texas parents must have frank conversations with their children about the potential for embarrassment and the legal ramifications of sexting. If teens do not want a photo or text message to fall into the wrong hands – including strangers, potential employers, teachers or college admission officers – they should not send it.
Attorney General Abbott concluded: “No teenager should succumb to peer pressure and be convinced that sexting is harmless or okay. It is not. When you are young, it is sometimes hard to understand the lasting implications of your actions, but the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline can provide our children with the positive encouragement and guidance they need to respond to these challenges.”
The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline can be reached at 1-866-331-9474.
March into Spring with a Blood Donation
Spring will arrive in a matter of weeks. March into spring with a blood donation. Your one donation can save up to three lives and will build the blood supply right here in our community. Only five to six percent of the eligible population donates which is why we often face blood shortages. Help increase those percentages and stop blood shortages by making an appointment to donate today.
Blood Drive @ AgMart
Saturday, March 6th
10 am – 1:45 pm
Bloodmobile @ 2400 Hwy 377 South
All donors will get their choice of a travel mug or a ball cap. You’ll also earn Hero Rewards points which can be used for items like movie tickets, dvds and ice cream.
Make your appointment now. Go to www.bloodhero.com. Enter sponsor code: bwrotary or call United Blood Services toll free. That number is 1-800-756-0024.
United Blood Services has been this area’s non-profit community blood provider since 1956 and serves patients in 11 surrounding counties. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB.
Record Price for Goat at San Antonio Stock Show
You may recall my story in December about an auto accident near Mullin that took the life of a Mullin father... well his son recently showed a goat in the San Antonio Stock Show that sold for a record $150,000. I can't hardy type this... read the story about the record sale.
And here is a repeat of my December story:
Mullin Man Killed in Accident
As I headed to work Monday in the cold damp weather I began to pass a number of emergency vehicles, DPS, ambulances, Goldthwaite Fire Department, and other volunteers headed in the opposite direction between Mullin and Goldthwaite.
I have seen this a few times over the nine plus years of driving this road daily and I always selfishly hope that someone I know is not hurt.
I did not know 34 year old David Mangus of Mullin who was taking three of his children to school in Zephyr when he lost control of his big Chevrolet pickup truck a couple of miles West of Mullin on a farm to market road. Just a mile or so from one of my bosses, Shawn Calder, and Cindy's step aunt and uncle Barbara and Bill Grady who live across the road.
Mangus was killed in the accident when the pickup rolled over and hit a tree. His three children, ages 7, 9, and 10, were taken to the Brownwood Hospital and treated and released except for the 10 year old who was taken to Cook's in Fort Worth. See: KXXV News Channel 25's article and BrownwoodNews.com's article for more details of the accident.
My boss, Shawn, is a volunteer fireman in Mullin and one of the first on the scene of the accident just down the road from his house. The father of two about the same age and owner of a similar pickup truck I think he was a little shook up having worked the accident. I work with some really good people.
Cindy called me at work later that morning and asked me about the wreck. She told me that David Mangus was a nephew of Ronnie Hartman's. Cindy works with Ronnie.
One of my friends was concerned about the miles that I drive to work and the danger. The worst part really is the two lane road between Zephyr and Goldthwaite and espcially the other side of Mullin where there are no passing lanes on that section of US HWY 84. That friend now drives to work farther than I do and I worry about him.
Please remember the Mangus family in your prayers.
ORDER OF ELECTION FOR SANTA ANNA ISD
An election is hereby ordered to be held on May 8th, 2010 for the purpose of:
School Trustee Election
Applications for a place on the ballot shall be filed by:
March 8th, 2010
Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at:
701 Bowie Street, Santa Anna, TX 76878
between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm beginning on April 26th, 2010
and ending on May 4th 2010.
Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:
701 Bowie Street
Santa Anna, TX 76878
Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on
April 30th, 2010.
Incumbents Paul Martin, Grady McIver, & Roger Guerrero Jr. have refiled.
Lois Harper has also filed her application for place on the Santa Anna ISD Trustee ballot.
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