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Memorial Day Program

Santa Anna High School will be hosting a Memorial Day program at 10:00 am on Monday morning. The program will take place at the entrance to the Santa Anna Cemetery. Everyone is invited to attend. Veterans will be honored guests. A flag raising ceremony will take place at the beginning of the program. The Santa Anna High School band will be presenting patriotic music and speakers will pay tribute to those who have given their lives in service to our country.

19th Annual World Championship Bison Cookoff is one for the Record Books

It's over. It's done. And it’s another one for the record books. The best wood-burners in Texas came to Santa Anna and showed the rest of the civilized world how shabby their barbecue really is. Forty seven cookers from all across the great state of Texas got their bison on in an epic way, taking $4,000 in prize money to all corners of the Lone Star State.

They came from east of Dallas and west of Odessa. They came from south of San Antonio and from north of Lubbock. They came to make the air heavy with the smell of mesquite smoke as they grilled everything from chicken to buffalo.

As one of the perennial favorites from Stamford said, “The wolves are here.” The premier barbecuers in Texas threw down their best efforts for the $4000 prize money. The friendly competition was fierce until the camaraderie of the awards ceremony wrapped up the World Championship Bison Cook-off under a hot, west Texas sun late Saturday afternoon.

$500 First Place money for Bison Brisket went to Glen Rose’s Billy Overton, edging out David Strobridge of Burleson, who also boasted first place beef brisket and sixth place pork spare ribs. Overton also cooked the third place pork spare ribs and eighth beef brisket. Strobridge and Overton were neck-and-neck for the Overall Points Champion, but Strobridge secured the $200 award and the automatic invitation to the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City and the Jack Daniel’s Invitational in Tennessee.

Overall Points Champion, David Strobridge, and Rod Musick with the Santa Anna HDO

Several familiar faces made the winner’s walk. Dickie Cooper from Stamford made the trip twice, taking fifth in bison and winning pork ribs outright. John Naumann of Bruceville also came up twice, third in beef brisket and tenth in bison. Newcomer Jason Hidalgo of Lampasas made the trip three times, in bison, chicken, and ribs.

Local wood-burner Tim Perry and the Young-ish Guns came to the winners’ table twice, ninth in ribs and in chicken. First-timer Johnny Diaz and Los Hometown Boys placed fourth in ribs and seventh in chicken. Newcomer Steve Lara can cook him some beef brisket, placing ninth in the category and taking local bragging rights for Best Beef Brisket in Coleman County. Circle C Cattlewomen of Coleman County sponsored the 3-foot tall trophy and the $200 prize money for best county beef brisket.

Circle C Cattlewomen Coleman County Beef Brisket Winner
Steve Lara, Circle C Cattlewomen representative, and Rod Musick with the Santa Anna HDO

The large crowd, estimated at over 4000, benefited from the cookers efforts, passing through a lunch serving line under the Armory oaks. Visitors were dished up plate lunches of buffalo brisket and all the trimmings, while all around, Gary James Memorial Park played host to everything from arts and crafts vendors to horseshoe pitching and volleyball.

Winners are listed below:

May 18, 2013 World Championship Bison Cookoff, Santa Anna, TX

Head Judge: Teresa Fraley of Rising Star 47 teams

Top Five - Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket
1. David Strowbridge-Burleson, Tx
2. John Truesdell-Georgetown, Tx
3. John Naumann-Bruceville-Eddy, Tx
4. Richard Lett-Abilene, Tx
5. Robby Pettigrew-Arlington, Tx
6. Sonny Bade-San Antonio, Tx
7. James Evans-Rising Star, Tx
8. Billy Overton-Glen Rose, Tx
9. Steve Lara-Santa Anna, Tx
10.David Strickland-Santa Anna, Tx

Top Five - Pork Spare Ribs

Pork Spare Ribs
1. Dickie Cooper-Stamford, Tx
2. Sonny Bade-San Antonio, Tx
3. Billy Overton-Glen Rose, Tx
4. Johnny Diaz-Santa Anna, Tx
5. Roddy Kuentsler-Stamford, Tx
6. David Strowbridge-Burleson, Tx
7. Jason Hidalgo-Lampasas, Tx
8. Kemper Croft-Brownwood, Tx
9. Tim Perry-Santa Anna, Tx
10.Clay Stewardson-Stephenville, Tx

Top Five - Chicken

1. Richard Lett-Abilene, Tx
2. Jason Hidalgo-Lampasas, Tx
3. Guy Leverett-Goldthwaite
4. Mack Coppic-Brownwood, Tx
5. Lance Carlson-Winters, Tx
6. James Farek-White Settlement, Tx
7. Johnny Diaz-Santa Anna, Tx
8. Mike Fraley-Rising Star, Tx
9. Tim Perry-Santa Anna, Tx
10.Royce Williams-Paradise, Tx

Top Five - Bison

1. Billy Overton-Glen Rose, Tx
2. David Strowbridge-Burleson, Tx
3. Jason Hidalgo-Lampasas, Tx
4. Daniel Jarrell-Midland, Tx
5. Dickie Cooper-Stamford, Tx
6. John Truesdell-Georgetown, Tx
7. Robby Pettigrew-Arlington, Tx
8. Lane Guthrie-Santa Anna, Tx
9. Mike Fraley-Rising Star, Tx
10.John Naumann-Bruceville-Eddy, Tx

Funtier Day

I missed out on the Ice Cream, Pies, and Cakes but I did catch a few volleyball and horseshoe games and other goings on. Here are some of my favorite pictures:

The rest can be seen in the Funtier Day 2013 Album

Class of 2014 Raffle

The Class of 2014 at Santa Anna High School is having a raffle. Raffle tickets will cost $1 each and are available from any student belonging to the class or from the class sponsors at the high school.

Thanks to donations from That Santa Anna Store and the Coleman Veterinary Clinic, funds raised will go to support the Class of 2014. The prizes awarded will be a leopard print tote bag with neon green handle (1st prize), a leopard print bag set (2nd prize), and a 5 pound bag of Science Diet Small Bites dog food (3rd prize).

Tickets will be sold until 12:00 P.M. on Friday, and the drawing will be held at 3:00 P.M.

The winners will be notified by phone and/or email.

Open House for One Source Health Center

Join us on Friday, May 17 from 2-5pm as we celebrate the Open House for One Source Health Center Santa Anna (formerly Family Health Clinic) 105 N. Second St.

The staff of One Source would like to welcome you to the clinic and invite you to join in. Several health fair screenings will be offered from 2-4pm in the clinic. Free Cholesterol and Glucose screening, blood pressure screening and Oximeter checks will be offered to the first 40 participants.

So mark your calendar for this event to kick off Funtier Days (weekend) in Santa Anna, Texas.

Santa Anna Students to be Recognized

The annual Order of the Rose, Senior Recognition Ceremony, will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 10:30 AM in the high school auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The 7-11th Grade Awards Assembly and 8th Grade Recognition will be Friday, May 24, at 1:00 PM in the high school auditorium. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Hannah Hartman Brings Home Two Medals

Santa Anna's Hannah Hartman brought home two medals in her two events at the 2013 UIL State Track Meet at the University of Texas Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin this past Friday May 10th.

The morning started off with a two hour rain delay before the clouds broke and the field events began. The field quickly narrowed down to Hannah and Celsey Randolph from Water Valley. Both of them put on quite a show for the crowd as they dueled. Both cleared 11 foot 6 inches setting a new Class A State Record according to the announcer but Randolph had one fewer missed attempts giving her the Gold and Hannah the Silver Medal.

Hannah wasn't finished yet as she had a 100 Meter Hurdles race scheduled for Friday evening. Hannah finished in third place and earned a Bronze Medal after running a 16.37 in a race that she led most of the way and finished only one tenth of a second behind the leader.

Way to go Hannah! We are proud of you!

I was there and took a couple hundred photos and here are some of my favorites:

The rest can be seen in the 2013 State Track Meet Album

Here is a video of the race:

Watch more video of UIL Texas State Championship Track and Field Meet 2013 on

Hannah Hartman Advances to State for the Second Straight Year

Editor's Note Updated: Please note that Hannah will be competing in Class A Division 2 and both her events are on Friday. Please accept my apologies for any confusion and see the corrected times below.
According to the UIL State Track Meet Schedule the Class A Division 2 Girls Pole Vault will be at 8:30 AM this Friday May 10th at Pit 2 and the 100M hurdles will be at 6:45 PM also on Friday May 10th with both at the University of Texas Mike Myers Stadium in Austin.

Senior Hannah Hartman from Santa Anna High School will be advancing to state in not one, but two events this year. At the Region II Track Meet, she placed second in the pole vault with a vault of 10’6, and placed second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.3. Hannah placed third last year in pole vault at the State Meet, and is very pleased to be competing again this year!

Hannah has worked extremely hard for the four years of her high school career, and we could not think of a better student athlete to represent our school than her. She has consistently displayed great character, leadership, and work ethic. There is no doubt that she has left her mark on this high school and its’ athletic program.

Congratulations Hannah!

Lady Mountaineers softball awards


District 2-1A Softball Honors.

Second Team All District
Rightfield Kourtney Guerrero
Designated Player Jordan Deleon
Leftfield Christina Diaz

First Team All District
3rd Base Taylor Hogue
1st Base Caitlyn Murray
Centerfield Destiny Clements
Shortstop Briannah Sosa

All District Defensive Player of the Year & First Team
Kindsey Holland

All District Pitcher of the Year & First Team
Genia Jones

Congratulations to the entire softball team for being Back to Back Bi District Champions.
Coach David Garcia
Santa Anna ISD

Santa Anna Softball Back 2 Back Bi-District Champs

Santa Anna's playoffs run ended this past weekend with two loses against a very experienced and talented Westbrook team. The Mountaineers however have accomplished what many said they could not do….Back to Back Bi District Champions.

"It didn’t end the way I wish it would have, but that does not take away of how extremely proud I am of the girls. We did so much more than just play softball this year. The girls in maturity and came together as a FAMILY, and it showed all season long. The girls sacrificed time, position changes, batting order and so much more to make the team better. As a coach, you cannot be happier. I am very proud of the softball team," said 3rd year coach, David Garcia.

The Mountaineers will lose a few athletes to graduation, but a young group of up coming freshman will make a splash next year.

"It should be pretty exciting to see how the team can handle the changes that are coming. I have no doubt in my mind that the girls will compete and give it all they got next year.

District 2-1A Softball Honors
2nd Team
Kourtney Guerrero, Jordan Deleon, Christina Diaz

1st Team
Caitlyn Murray, Genia Jones, Kindsey Holland, Taylor Hogue, Destiny Clements, Briannah Sosa

Defensive Player of the Year
Kindsey Holland

Pitcher of the Year
Genia Jones


The 2013 edition of Funtier Day and World Championship Bison Cookoff is just around the corner, and plans are fully underway for Santa Anna’s premier yearly event. Entries have begun rolling in from cookers across Texas seeking to claim a piece of the $4000 prize money. Booth reservations for the arts and crafts sale are also coming in at a rapid clip. Interested vendors can reserve spaces inside the civic center or outside in the City Park, where events from volleyball competition to horseshoe pitching will also take place.

Homemade Ice-cream Freeze off with money prizes at 11:00 AM.

Entertainment will be going all day Saturday, May 18th. The Texas Tornadoes, from the Abilene area are already on tap..

Downtown Santa Anna you will find unique shops and enjoy the sidewalk sales and get a map of the city wide garage sales being held during the day.

An Art exhibit and Quilt Show at the Santa Anna Museum and Vistors Center is a must see -Come over to Santa Anna and spend the day-its the place to be on May 18 Santa Anna Funtier Day.

If you would like a booth entry, please call (325) 348-3535 and leave mesage To enter the cookoff call (325) 348-3826 and leave a message. If you would like to help with the event, planning, coordinating, or just picking up trash after the event, call either of these numbers.

Dear friends of Santa Anna

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you the city of Santa Anna has closed & are in the process of leasing out the north lake (lake Sealy) to a private land owner for grazing & is currently trying to sell off the property around the south lake (lake SanTana) our two reserve water sources. We are a small community & have limited resources for our community to enjoy & be proud of then it is taken a way from us like it does not matter. We tell our kids to go out & enjoy the outdoors, we take them out at the lakes to teach them how to enjoy the outdoors, show them how to protect our environment & preserve our natural resources for the next generation. Then we take it away from them like it does not matter. We tell the elderly who use the lake for a supplemental food source during hard times or use it for enjoyment during their retirement years that they have to go somewhere else to fish. That they don’t matter. We tell vacationing people who fish the lakes for recreation to go somewhere else & spend their money in other towns like it does not matter. I am here to tell you it does matter it matters to me. if it matters to you be at the next city council meeting on May 13 at 05:00 pm at city hall. If it matters to you tell our city council members when you see them in town that it matters. if it matters to you voice your opinion "KEEP OUR LAKES OPEN & NOT FOR SALE" Earl Ellis

Bison Cookoff

For two days, on the third weekend in May, cookers from all over the Lone Star State test their recipes and their reputations not just on beef, chicken, and pork but on buffalo. Recent cook-offs have seen more than 40 cookers from all over the Southwest put together some great sizzle, rub, and sauce on their delicious products beneath the twin mesas called Santa Anna’s Peaks.

The Comanche war chief and his people used the peaks above the town as welcome landmarks in their historical journeys across the state. The twin peaks served as visual guides for Texas Rangers who trailed the American Indians who trailed the great herds of buffalo that once roamed the “short-grass country.” In the heart of Texas Forts Trail, Santa Anna’s peaks were also the historic training ground for the Comanches’ fiercest warriors.

Celebrating this special history, the Santa Anna Historical Development Organization put together the first Bison Cookoff at Funtier Day, a local festival, in 1994, with eighteen cookers participating. The Texas Bison Association Board of Directors sanctions and oversees the judging of the bison cook-off, encouraging cookers to treat bison meat as a specialty, not just another beef brisket. Winners’ secrets make for some delicious meat. Sanctioning by the Lone Star Barbecue Society was also secured so competitive cookers’ points would accumulate toward invitations to the Nationals in Kansas City or the Jack Daniel’s Cook-off in Memphis. The Texas State Senate declared the event the Official State Championship Bison Cook-off in 2004.

Bison is naturally flavorful and tender and can be prepared much the same as beef. The meat is naturally leaner, since buffalo are typically grazed on open range and not raised in a feedlot. Comparing bison to beef, the numbers are impressive: 2.4 grams of fat to 9.28, 143 calories to 211, and 82 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams of cooked lean meat to 86 for beef. Scientifically, the term “buffalo” is not correct for the North American species; its proper Latin name is Bison bison. However, common usage has made the term “buffalo” an acceptable synonym for the American bison. A mature bison bull will weigh approximately 2000 pounds, while a mature bison cow will weigh approximately 1100 pounds---and cows as well as bulls have horns.


The first Funtier Day in 1983 was an effort by local businessman Jim Laubhan to publicize his local advertising business. Laubhan did not repeat the effort the following year, and subsequently turned over Funtier Day to the Santa Anna Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber held the event all but one year since---thus the “sometimes annual”—till it reorganized as The Park and Armory Committee in 2007.Currently sponsored by the Santa Anna Park and Armory Committee, the 2013 edition is the twenty-ninth "sometimes annual" festival.

Funtier Day has evolved over the years, but a few things have been consistent. It has always involved promoting and selling arts and crafts, especially locally produced items. Games such as horseshoe pitching and beach volleyball entertain young and old alike. Several of the events featured dancing and crafts of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma. Specialty foods have also attracted samplers of funnel cakes, roasted corn, Cajun crawfish, and the like. Then nineteen years ago the Santa Anna Historical Development Organization introduced the World Championship Bison Cookoff, which quickly became a focal point of Funtier Day.

Over the years, Funtier Day has featured local musicians, car shows, antique tractor shows, and other special events. In 2011, organizers added a 5K early-morning run and an antique tractor pull competition, bringing even more to participate in the “fun-tier”. Media-related attendees have consistently estimated crowds at the festival at over 5000 people.

The Park and Armory Committee uses funds raised by the festival in their efforts to maintain the "Old Armory" Civic Center and upgrade Gary James Memorial Park. Those efforts are obvious in all the wonderful improvements to the park and civic center. Trees, RV hook-ups, covered concrete pavilions, grass-covered pavilions, crepe myrtles, and playground equipment make Gary James Memorial Park an attractive adjunct to the Old Armory Civic Center.

If you would like to help by volunteering, donating, or joining the Park and Armory Committee, contact any of the directors you see working around the park, or call 325-348-3124 and ask for Gay Abernathy. If you know of memorabilia of the 36th Division, 142nd Infantry, the Santa Anna National Guard Unit, or Gary James, please let the PAC know so that they can honor these heroes with displays.

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