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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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SAHS Favorites

Submitted by SAHS Annual Staff

Mr. & Miss SAHS--Loren Pritchard and Shawn Robertson

Most Handsome Boy and Most Beautiful Girl--Jacob Zapata and Laken Herrod

Most Likely To Succeed: Wes Tucker and Laken Herrod

Most Friendly Girl and Boy: Michael Lopez and Laken Herrod


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/.


Santa Anna Sports Banquet

Submitted by SAHS Annual Staff

Football Awards: Left to Right: Most Improved--Joe Guerrero, Defensive MVP--Manny Dancy, Fighting Heart--Christian Washington, Offensive MVP--Chris Tate

Volleyball Awards: Left to Right-Offensive MVP--Laken Herrod, Leadership Award--Heather McMillan, Fighting Heart Award--Loren Pritchard, Most Improved --Aspyn King, MVP--Sarah Herrod, Most Improved--Kindsey Holland

Boys Basketball: Most Improved--Kennenth McMillan, Fighting Heart--Jacob Zapata, MVP--Manny Dancy

Girls Basketball Awards: Left to Right--Defensive MVP--Sarah Herrod, Offensive MVP--Kaitlyn Krause, Figthing Heart --Heather McMillan, Most Improved Player--Kindsey Holland, Sportsmanship--Loren Pritchard

Track Award: Left to Right--Outstanding Boy Runner--Chris Tate, Girls Fighting Heart Award--Saydie Bradley, Boys Fighting Heart Award-Nate Salazar, Outstanding Girl Runner--Hannah Hartman


Brittany Sparks Graduates from Texas Tech

Brittany Diane (Smith)Sparks graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education Degree on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

Brittany graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 2006 and has been attending Texas Tech University since August 2006. Brittany is married to Kyle E. Sparks of Fredericksburg, a FHS 2002 graduate and they reside in Lubbock, Texas. Brittany is looking for a teaching position in the Lubbock area.

Brittany is the daughter of William (Bill) and Danna Smith, formerly of Fredericksburg and now of San Antonio, and grandduagher of Tex and Patsy Wright of Santa Anna.


Funtier Day Winners

Santa Anna Park and Armory Committee is proud to announce winners of the following events that were held during the Santa Anna Funtier Day on Saturday May 15.

Noretta Fenton of Santa Anna with Her "Big Red" homemade ice cream was top winner in the Ice Cream Freeze Off. Noretta received 250.00 prize money for her delicious entry. The winner of second place and claiming $150.00 in prize money was Ruth Martin of Brownwood with her Banana Nut ice cream. Melvin Lawrence of Coleman claimed 3rd place and $100.00 with Strawberry-Banana Nut.

We had 28 pies entered in our "Funtier Day Pie Contest", and what a job the judges had picking out the top three.

The bragging rights for "Best Pie in Coleman County" went to Misty Bradley of Santa Anna . Her entry was Tropical Delight Pie. Misty received $75.00 for her efforts. Amanda Ellerbe of Santa Anna won 2nd prize of $50.00 with her Buttermilk Pie. The 3rd place winner was Becky Hathcock of Brownwood with her Apple Pie. Becky was presented $25.00.

Once again we saw more entries in our Jr Division Bake Off. This contest is for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. First place winner and claiming a prize of $50.00 was Cailey Perkins from Novice with her Pineapple Coconut Cream Cake. Madilyn Ellerbe of Cross Plains with her Treasure Chest Cake won 2nd prize and $35.00 Kynedi Bradley of Santa Anna claimed 3rd Place and $25.00 with her Crescent Delight Cake.

After the contest, slices of cakes and pies, and cups of homemade ice cream were sold to the public. These funds are used for maintence on playground equipment at the park. The Santa Anna Park and Armory Committee and Committee for Santa Anna Funtier Days wish to express our sincere thanks for the people who came out and entered our contest. We especially wish to thank our sponsors of these events - Jackie Smith, Hensley Family Health Clinic and Coleman County Telephone Cooperative

A plastic lid for ice cream freezer was found after competition. It can be picked up at Coleman County Telephone Cooperative.


PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANTS

Seeking caring and dependable people to work in the homes of elderly and disabled clients in your area. Will assist with preparing meals, shopping, personal care, errands, light housekeeping, and other assigned duties. We offer flexible day, evening, and weekend shifts. Must be at least 18 yrs of age with a clean criminal background. MUST have reliable transportation. No certifications or prior experience required.

Fax Resume referencing Ad # 10454 to 325-646-2278
For an application, call 800-665-4471
Apply online at www.girling.com
Or apply in-person at P.O. Box 1849 Brownwood, TX 76804
E.O.E / M.F.D.V.


Tailgate Benefit and BBQ

A Tailgate Benefit and BBQ will be held Sunday, May 23 at the Armory in Santa Anna for Leann Simmons. Please note that this is a change in location from what has previously been announced. BBQ plates with all the fixings will be served from 4 to 8 p.m.

Other activities planned include a volleyball tournament, horseshoes and washers.

Leann was been diagnosed with a type of brain cancer on April 26 after a large mass was removed. She is currently in Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth undergoing treatments and it is anticipated Leann and her family will be in Fort Worth for some time.

Leann is 10 years old and a fourth grade student at Santa Anna Elementary School. She is the daughter of Mike and Keribeth Simmons, sister of Dillan Whitley and granddaughter of Barbara Simmons, all of Santa Anna.

An account has also been setup at the Santa Anna National Bank.

All proceeds will be be used to help offset the medical expenses and transportation costs to Fort Worth.


16th Annual World Championship Bison Cookoff is on the Books

It was one for the record books! And in more ways than one!

Santa Anna’s 16th Annual World Championship Bison Cookoff saw fifty teams of the top barbecuers in Texas throw down their best efforts on Saturday, May 15. They came from south of Sonora and from north of Fort Worth, from west of Lamesa, and from south of San Antonio, permeating the air with the smell of mesquite smoke as they grilled everything from chicken to buffalo. And, as one of the cookers from Stamford said, “The wolves are here.”

For all their efforts, even a one-inch drenching Friday night and another shower late Saturday afternoon didn’t keep the fifty teams from the $4500 in prize money. $500 First Place Bison Brisket money went to Donnie Glatter from Comanche, edging out Harvey Gebhard from Burnet, and Kevin Hohertz from Priddy. Numerous positive comments were overheard from the competitors about the superior quality of the fifty bison briskets supplied by Wenzel’s Lone Star Meats of Hamilton. Wenzel handles exclusively grass-fat organic Texas bison.

Local wood-burners acquitted themselves well going head-to-head with a dozen of Texas’s top barbecue cookers. Josh Daniel had third Beef Brisket and fourth Chicken and Doug Tucker, David Huggins, and Tim Perry all took home placing certificates, with Marilyn Huggins reprising her performance for Best Beef Brisket in Coleman County. The Circle C Cattlewomen of Coleman County sponsored the 3-foot tall trophy and the $200 prize money for best county beef brisket.

In addition to second Bison, Harvey Gebhard boasted fourth in beef brisket and fifth in chicken, pushing him to the top of the heap and garnering him Overall Points Champion and an additional $200 prize money. He narrowly edged out Johnny Campbell from Meadowlakes in the Overall. Also, since the event is an official State Championship as well as hosting fifty cooking teams, Harvey is eligible for an invitation to the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City and the Jack Daniel’s Invitational in Tennessee.

Several other familiar faces made the walk to the winner’s table. Dickie Cooper from Stamford made the trip in all four categories, taking fourth in Beef Brisket. Gary Shook of Lamesa came up three times, and Zanna Anderson of Lake Brownwood and Lynn Tucker of Goldthwaite both made the winner’s walk twice.

But the competition was only half the story. At the suggestion of local cooker Lane Guthrie, an appeal was made to the cabal of cookers at the cook’s meeting Friday evening to donate their excess meat-- brisket, chicken and ribs—to the organizers of next weekend’s tailgate benefit for Leann Simmons. On hearing Leann’s story, these gruff, bewhiskered, sun-browned faces turned magically soft, and wallets began to open. When the counting was done, event organizers were astonished at over $600 donated to help Santa Anna’s little fourth grader. Then, during the awards ceremony Saturday, Kirk Joy, cooker from Sonora, brought a $50 tub of his award-winning rub to be auctioned. After some fierce bidding, Donnie Glatter from Comanche stood up and bid the $150 third place Chicken check he had just received-- proving yet again that Texas barbecue competitors are the best people anyone can hang around!

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May 15, 2010 World Championship Bison Cookoff, Santa Anna, TX

Head Judge: Tracy Miles, Goldthwaite, Texas 50 teams

BRISKET
1. $400 Richard Lett, Abilene
2. $250 Johnny Campbell, Meadowlakes
3. $150 Josh Daniel, Santa Anna
4. $100 Harvey Gebhard, Burnet
5. $50 Kevin Hohertz, Priddy
CHICKEN
1. $400 James Farek, White Settlement
2. $250 Gary Shook, Lamesa
3. $150 Donnie Glatter, Comanche
4. $100 Josh Daniel, Santa Anna
5. $50 Harvey Gebhard, Burnet
RIBS
1. $400 Colby Caton, Abilene
2. $250 Kirk Joy, Sonora
3. $150 Johnny Campbell Meadowlakes
4. $100 Mark Hamilton, San Angelo
5. $50 Gary Shook, Lamesa
BISON
1. $500 Donnie Glatter, Comanche
2. $300 Harvey Gebhard, Burnet
3. $150 Kevin Hohertz, Priddy
4. $100 Dickie Cooper, Stamford
5. $50 Lynn Tucker, Goldthwaite

$200 Overall Points Champion: Harvey Gebhard, Burnet

First Place Winners - Photo courtesy of Tex Wright


2010 Funtier Day and World Championship Bison Cookoff

The 2010 edition of Funtier Day and World Championship Bison Cookoff is just around the corner, and plans are full steam ahead for Santa Anna’s premier annual event. This year promises to be better than ever.

Entries have begun rolling in from cookers across Texas seeking to claim a piece of the $4000 prize money in the Fifteenth Annual World Championship Bison Cookoff. This year the event is sanctioned by Texas Bison Association and Lone Star Barbecue Society. Check us out on Facebook events!

Booth reservations are also coming in at a rapid clip for the arts and crafts show and sale. Interested vendors can reserve spaces inside the civic center or outside in the City Park, where events from volleyball competition to the favorite Santa Anna Fire Department water polo will also take place. Coordinators of the ever-popular annual event are looking for help from the community for someone to handle the Horseshoe Pitch.

Entertainment will be going all day Saturday, May 15th. The Texas Tornadoes from Abilene and local musicians Last Call are already on tap. If you or a friend of yours likes to ‘pick-and-grin’, why not contact 325.348.3535 and get on the playlist.

If you want a booth entry, please call Gay at (325) 348-3124 or Teri at 348-3535. To enter the cookoff call (325) 348-3826. If you would like to help with the event, planning, coordinating, or just picking up trash afterwards, call either of these numbers. Come see Santa Anna strut its stuff!


Cookoff Entry Form


Funtier Day Pie Contest and Jr Cake Bake

FUNTIER DAYS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10 A.M.
---SIGN IN VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
---SIGN IN HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT
---ENTERTAINMENT BEGINS “LAST CALL”

11 A.M
--- TURN IN BISON BRISKET (WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BISON COOKOFF)
---ICE CREAM FREEZE OFF--BACK OF ARMORY (NO LATE ENTRIES)
--- JUDGING OF JR DIVISION CAKE BAKE OFF (ENTRIES DUE 10:00)
---JUDGING OF PIE CONTEST --OPEN (ENTRIES DUE 10:00 )
---ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS OF ICE CREAM, JR DIVISION AND PIE CONTEST
---ENTERTAINMENT TEXAS TORNADOS DANCE TEAM

12:00 NOON
---BUFFALO MEAL $5 PER PLATE, DESSERT EXTRA
---TURN IN CHICKEN (WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BISON COOKOFF)

1:00 P.M.
---TURN IN PORK SPARE RIBS (WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BISON COOKOFF)
---ENTERTAINMENT “LAST CALL”

2:00 P.M.
---TURN IN BEEF BRISKET (WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BISON COOKOFF

4:00 P.M.
---AWARDS CEREMONY FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BISON COOKOFF AT THE CONCRETE PAVILLION IN CENTER OF PARK


Brenda Lynn Brown

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of Brenda Brown. If you have followed SantaAnnaNews.com very long you know that I don't usually have obituaries mostly because I don't want to mess them up and I can get pretty emotional when they are close to home. Anyone that went to school in Santa Anna during the Seventies certainly knew at least one if not all of the Browns. Rhonda was a little older than I... most of the rest were younger with Melissa (Lisa) in Cindy's class and Brenda was in my sister Alys's class. Please remember the Brown Family in your thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Lynn Brown, 42,formerly of Rising Star passed away Sunday May 9, 2010 in Newport TN.

Brenda was born October 9, 1967 to Thomas Edward Brown and Neva Ann Cornett Brown in Houston, TX.

Brenda graduated from Rising Star High School in 1986. She also attended schools in Santa Anna & Coleman. The past 20 years she has lived in Monticello, AR and Newport TN.

She is preceded in death by her mother and grandparents Elmer & Mabel Cornett of Rising Star and William & Mary Brown of Dallas, TX

Brenda is survived by her father, Thomas Brown of Monticello, AR, 4 sisters, Wanda & husband Tim Chapman of Monticello, AR, Sandy Craig of Monticello, AR, Rhonda and husband Jody Brusenhan of Beaumont, TX, Melissa (Lisa) Brown of The Colony, TX and 2 brothers, Robby and wife Karen Brown of The Colony, TX and Jerry and wife Judy Brown of Monticello, AR. She is also survived by her boyfriend, James Sisk and his two sons whom she loved as her own, Dakota & Tyler of Newport, TN, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews & cousins and friends.

A memorial will be held Sunday, May 16 at Rising Star First Baptist Church, Rising Star, TX at 3:30 p.m to be officiated by Bro. Ed Etheridge of Carrollton, TX.


Happy Birthday LCpl. Kristle DeLeon!

On 5-10-2010
To: LCpl. Kristle DeLeon who is currently stationed in Afghanistan since March 15.

You are a special daughter who means the world to me. One of the happiest days of my life was when God blessed me with you. I place you in the hands of our Creator. Remember, your life is a gift from him so your gift back to the creator is what you do with your life. You were born a person who loves, who cares. Someone who takes each life she enters & makes a difference in the world.

You have a heart of gold & beauty that shines through your wonderful smile. We are so proud of you & all that you have accomplished so far. I am wishing you all the great things in life. Side by side or many, many miles apart, a Daughter like you Kristle is always close to the heart!

I LOVE YOU, I MISS YOU & Happy 21st Birthday!!
Love, Mom, & your sisters, Layken & Kindsey.
p.s. all your other family wishes you a blessed happy birthday also & they send their love.
The Castillo's, Guerrero's, Beal's & Valencia's



SAISD Board Election Results

Roger Guerrero Jr 80

Paul Martin 76

Cindy Cozart 50

Grady McIver 45

Lois Harper 26


Seconday Awards and Rose Ceremony

The annual secondary awards day for grades 7-11 will be next Thursday, May 13, at 1 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The annual Rose Ceremony for seniors will be Thursday, May 20, at 10:30 in the auditorium.

In both cases, the community is invited to attend.


Texas Seniors Should Beware of Identity Theft Scams, Health Care Fraud

Texas Seniors Should Beware of Identity Theft Scams, Health Care Fraud
by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

At the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Texas’ senior citizens are a top priority year round. This month they are getting heightened attention nationwide because it is Older Americans Month.

Like all law enforcement agencies, we rely on our fellow Texans to help deter crime. So this month, we are focusing on educating Texans about scams that target their senior friends and family members. Fraud against seniors is more widespread than most people realize, but well-informed and vigilant citizens can help prevent all fraudulent schemes, including two new ploys that have emerged in recent weeks.

Identity Theft Scams
With the arrival of April, the 2010 U.S. Census is officially underway. Texans should quickly complete and return the forms to the Census Bureau. When doing so, residents should be cautious of con artists who are using the program as an opportunity to swindle people out of their hard-earned money – and even their identities.

Recently, we heard from a concerned Texan who received a letter that appeared to be a Census form. The recipient said that the form asked for her Social Security number, which she provided on her completed form.

A few days later, the woman received another Census form – but this form did not ask for her Social Security number. She realized that the first letter was likely a fraudulent attempt to obtain her personal information and steal her identity.

Texans should remember that the official 2010 Census questionnaire asks 10 questions – none of which request personal financial information such as bank or credit card numbers or Social Security numbers.

No official census information will be collected via e-mail, so anyone who receives an e-mail that appears to come from the U.S. Census should be cautious. These are very likely fraudulent e-mails unlawfully seeking recipients’ personal information.

In the coming weeks, Census workers will begin walking door-to-door in residential areas in order to verify certain Census information. Participants should always look for identification from Census takers before opening the door and agreeing to provide personal information. Census Bureau employees will be clearly identified with a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice.

Some Texans may receive an American Community Survey, a legitimate questionnaire that collects statistical data for federal and state government programs. Recipients who have questions about the survey should visit https://ask.census.gov.

Texans who think they may have completed and returned fraudulent census forms should immediately take steps to prevent their identities from getting stolen. Victims should file a report with local law enforcement and contact the credit bureaus to secure a fraud alert. They should also visit the attorney general’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011 for a copy of the Identity Theft Victim’s Kit.

Health Care Scams
Last month, the president signed a sweeping new health care law that will have an unprecedented impact on individual Texans. There are a lot of problems with this legislation. I have joined multiple attorneys general and challenged the new law’s constitutionality.

Another problem we have seen has nothing to do with the law itself. Although the law is less than a month old, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has already had to warn state officials about scam artists taking advantage about the confusion surrounding the new law by hawking phony health insurance policies. Apparently, hustlers are going door-to-door claiming there is a time-limited open-enrollment period and urging seniors to buy insurance immediately. Some con artists have even set up 1-800 numbers to sell fake health care coverage.

Texas seniors also should be cautious of unsolicited, official-looking documents claiming that Medicare and Social Security benefits will be terminated. While many programs are undoubtedly going to change under the new law – the Medicare and Social Security programs have absolutely not been eliminated. Any documents making that claim are fraudulent and should be ignored.

Seniors should not be tricked into unwittingly providing personal information or purchasing unnecessary services after receiving a mail solicitation. All Texans with concerns about how the new health care law will affect either them or their elderly loved ones should consult a reputable source – and ignore unsolicited direct mail.

This month, I hope you will join me and countless others who will take a moment to express our gratitude for the greatest generations. We are proud of our senior Texans, their tremendous sacrifices and their remarkable contributions they have made to our great nation.


Coleman County Historical Commission Meeting

Tex Wright Chairman CCHC

Since there were not enough members of the Coleman County Historical Commission present at last months meeting, there will be another business meeting on Thursday May 6, 2010. It will be held at the Heritage Hall, 400 College, Coleman, Texas. The meeting will start at 7:00PM .

On the agenda will be the replacement of some of the officers who have found themselves too busy to carry out the duties of their office.

We will also be looking into programs for the rest of 2010.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this meeting


Fourth Grade Class Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

The Fourth grade class of Santa Anna Elementary celebrated Cinco de Mayo. The 4th graders learned about the significance of Cinco de Mayo and hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration for Pre-Kindergarten. During the celebration the 4th graders had an arts and craft center where they made red chilli's, a corn grinding center, a dip tasting center and photo opt center to make a Cinco de Mayo photo keepsake.

All of the students had a wonderful time.


Leann Simmons

Cindy forwarded this message from work to me and I had her check with Mike to make sure it would be OK to post to SantaAnnaNews.com. Please keep Leann and the Simmons Family in your prayers...

On April 26th 2010 Leann Simmons underwent Brain Surgery to remove " softball size " Tumor located in the right Frontal Lobe of her

Brain. The Tumor named " Toomy the Tumor " by Leann, was successfully removed after an approximately 7-1/2 hour Operation. The Surgeon who preformed this operation , Dr. Honeycut, is a leading Pediatric Neurological Surgeon in the Southern United States . We feel extremely fortunate to have such a gifted individual on our Team. He is only one of the fine people with which we have had the honor of getting to know in the short time our family has been on this frightening, new journey.

To catch some people up I will explain. For the last 6 or 7 months my Precious little girl, Leann, has been plagued with headaches which we were told, and believed to be migraines. After seeing the migraine medication go from moderately effective to not very effective, and watching our daughter suffer more than be well, Keribeth decided it was time to look for another cause for these ,what had now become debilitating headaches. It was this intuition,this gut feeling, that I honestly believed saved our daughter's life. Keribeth made on appointment to see Dr. Kramer, an Optometrist, in Brownwood , to have Leann's eyesight examined again. Feeling the eye exam from 8 months earlier had been incorrect. It was during this exam that Dr. Kramer noticed that there was something behind the eyes creating significant pressure on the eyes and thereby causing the migraines. He immediately set up an appointment with Dr. Carol Boran, an Ophthalmologist, an MD eye Dr.,. Within an hour of seeing Dr. Kramer

Leann was being examined by Dr Boran. Within 2 hrs of that, we were at Brownwood Regional Hospital having a CT scan. 2 hrs after that we were at Brownwood Pediatrics seeing Dr. Morris who within 1-1/2 hrs was informing Leann, Keribeth and I that Leann had a Tumor the size of a softball and an appointment with Dr honeycutt at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth at 10:00 the next morning.

As I have stated the operation was a success. However the Dr. are relatively certain that the Tumor is malignant, meaning cancerous. They won't know for sure until the Pathology tests come back. This will take a couple of days.

Monday Morning the day of the surgery, Leann was being herself. She had all the Dr.'s , Nurse's , Pastor's, family and anyone who passed buy laughing until it hurt. When she came out of sedation, barely able to talk from being intubated, barely able to move her mouth and smile because they had removed a large portion of skull from the top of her ear to the top of her head, and put it back before sewing her up. She was still trying to ease everyone else by making them laugh and smile.

I would like to thank everyone for keeping my Daughter, Leann and my family in their Prayers. I wish I could say that it was over, but it isn't, not yet anyway. If the Dr.'s here are right we will soon be starting our next fight. We arn't sure what that may be, Chemo, radiation, or possibly both I'm not sure, but I do know that with your prayers and Leanns unbelievable strength, just like her mothers, Keribeth , We will beat this, I am sure of it!

I am Gratefull
and in Your debt,
Michael Simmons

Fund Established for Leann Simmons

Leann Simmons, a fourth grader at Santa Anna Elementary, has been diagnosed with a large mass on her brain. She underwent surgery on Monday morning at Cook’s Children Hospital in Fort Worth.

A fund to help the family with medical expenses has been set up at Santa Anna National Bank.

Leann is the daughter of Mike and Keribeth Simmons of Santa Anna and granddaughter of Barbara Simmons, also of Santa Anna.


SAHS Athletic Banquet Change

Dear Family, Friends and Supporters of Santa Anna High School Athletics:

In an effort to have the most family and community support for our High School Athletic Banquet, we have decided to change things up this year. We will be holding the SAHS Athletic Recognition Assembly on Tuesday, May 11th at 6:30 in the High School Auditorium. The Athletic Assembly will be followed by a reception on the front lawn of the High School. The Athletic Assembly is free of charge and open to all supporters of SAHS athletics.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change of plans might cause. Mrs. Shannon Herrod in the High School office has kept a list of those who already purchased a ticket for the Athletic Banquet and we will refund your money. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you all at the SAHS Athletic Assembly!

Santa Anna Booster Club


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2010 SAHS Homecoming

According to school officials the 2010 SAHS Homecoming will be September 24th Vs. Eden.

Start planning those reunions and get togethers today!


Santa Anna School Board Election


Santa Anna ISD Election Information


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:
Katrina Guerrero
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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