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Remember Those Who Serve

Please remember these Santa Anna folks that are serving our country in combat, training, or support: Brandon Beloat, James Culpepper, Eddie Dawson, Dustin Deleon, 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, Shane Watson, and Jacob Zapata.

Special thanks 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 or use this convenient form

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Benefit for William Heath

The youth of First Baptist Church Santa Anna will be hosting a luncheon to benefit William Heath, husband of SAHS science teacher Jan Heath, on Sunday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m. at the C.L.C. at the First Baptist Church. The menu is chopped brisket sandwiches, beans, potato salad, chips and dessert. The cost is by donation and everyone is encouraged to support the Heath family in this event.

Allsup's Cats

Contributed by Jennifer Brown:

The new manager at Allsups has demanded that the Santa Anna residents remove ALL of the stray cats or she will have them EUTHENIZED.

Please spread the word ASAP to help find homes for these cats. Some of these cats have been members of this community longer than we have and many of us have their descendants living in our homes.

On a personal note, though I am not a great lover of cats I do know that they take care of any pest problems, snake problems, and eat the excess food particles and trash from the Allsups property so that the rest of us living nearby do not have to smell the containers. In addition to all of the health hazards that the animals are preventing, they are an attraction to passersby who feed them and find enjoyment in their presence.

Once again this is an URGENT matter.

Donnie Findley

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of former Santa Anna Grocery owner Donnie Findley. Donnie and his wife Barbara of Bangs ran the grocery store here several years ago and have owned the Bangs Thrift Mart in Bangs for a number of years. Donnie is the brother of Ray Findley of Santa Anna.

According to the Brownwood Bulletin web site:
Funeral services for Cyril Findley Jr., 69, of Bangs will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Bangs. Burial will follow in Bangs Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Please remember the Findleys in your thoughts and prayers.

All District Football

Nate Salazar, Lucas Diaz, and Michael Valencia received the 2011 Santa Anna High School All District Football Honors

All District Volleyball

SAHS Juniors Kindsey Holland and Hannah Hartman were named to the 2011 District 10A All District Second Team and Senior Aspyn King was Honorable Mention.

Christmas in Bronte

December 3rd.
A day full of fun in Bronte
Fun Run, Golf Tournament, Arts & Crafts and Santa
Main Street Market ½ price sale.

Bronte Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring
A drawing for a T.V. sign up at local merchants starting
November 25 drawing will be December 22 at 12:00 p.m.
In the Bronte Mini Park.

For more information
or (325) 473-3501

Santa Anna High School Veteran's Day Program Friday Morning

Students at Santa Anna High School would like to invite Veteran’s and the community to their annual Veteran’s Day program that will be held in the auditorium Friday November 11th at 10am. The Mountaineer band will perform in honor of the Veteran’s. There will be a slide show, and a roll call of area Veteran’s.

Santa Anna Student Council Activities

Santa Anna Student Council spent Monday afternoon placing flags to honor Santa Anna’s Veterans.

Pictured L to R: (Kindsey Holland, Matthew Henefey, Heather Wetsel, Genia Jones, Dylan Sellers, Zack Diaz, Carlee Coats, Amber Musick, Bambi Yebra, Nate Salazar, and Slater Isbell) Student Council members not pictured, but participated by placing flags are Kelsie Tobin, Kendra Sanchez, Dakota Enriquez, and Hannah Hartman.

Friday Night Lights

In Week 10 the Santa Anna Mountaineers fell 48-39 to the Blanket Tigers.

I am really proud of the way these Mountaineers played their season.

I took a lot over 900 photos of the game last week and here are some of my favorites:

See the Sports page for the rest in the Zephyr game photo album.

Santa Anna Book Fair

The Santa Anna ISD will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair November 15th-19th, 2011 in the school library. The Book Fair will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It will be closed daily from 11:30 -12:35 for lunch. On Friday November 18th, the fair will close at 12:00 noon. There will be no sales after this time.

Parents are welcome to attend the Book Fair Monday-Thursday from 3:00-3:40 P.M. Daily! We will be having a Family Night on Wednesday November 16th from3:30 P.M till 5:30 P.M. Parents will not be allowed to take students out of class to go over to the Book Fair during school hours.

If you choose to write a check and send it with your child please make checks payable to "SANTA ANNA ISD".

All proceeds from the book fair will go towards the purchase of books for the Santa Anna ISD library.


A Circle is a Ring is a Circle


No one even knew the ring was missing. After all, the original owner graduated from Santa Anna High School in 1927—the year the “new” high school building was dedicated and occupied. She had long since passed away and the girls’ class ring was lost in the shuffle.

Maybe she wore it all her life, with her wedding ring and her jewelry. Maybe, as with so many high school rings, it got dropped in a jewelry box and eventually disappeared.

Whatever the story, the years passed and the memory of the little ring was lost. At this point a Good Samaritan named Marilyn Roberts from Brady, Texas entered the story-- purely by chance at an antique and collectible auction somewhere in central Texas.

Ms. Roberts bought a box of “junque”, random articles of paper, cloth, and metal. And down at the bottom in one corner of the box, she found a treasure--- a 1927 Santa Anna High School Senior ring, with the letters “O M” engraved inside.

Good person that she is, Ms. Roberts knew that were this a ring that had belonged to her grandmother, she would want it. Resolving to return the ring was no problem. The problem was finding the family to whom it belonged.

Several more years pass while the ring lay in Ms. Roberts’ jewelry box. Occasionally, as she dressed and put on her own jewelry, she picked up the ring and pondered the long lost owner and her family, wishing by some stoke of fortune to encounter someone who could help her return it.

Finally, one day the idea comes: “Contact Santa Anna School.” So she wrote a little note with the gist of the tale and mailed it to the school. As luck would have it, the Superintendent is a local boy who returned to his Alma Mater, and he cares deeply about history and tradition. In addition, his mother-in-law, Ms. Carmilla Baugh, is one of the elders of the area, and it seems she remembers everything.

But not this. Having graduated from Santa Anna herself in 1934, she had little or no knowledge of someone graduating seven years earlier, especially of a maiden name. Hitting a dead end, the Superintendent passed the note from Ms. Roberts to the school counselor so he could ask M.L. Guthrie, another of the elders of the area.

When asked about the initials “O M”, Guthrie drew a blank. Similar to Ms. Baugh, it was nine years before him and again, a maiden name. So he made his way slowly to his desk, opened a desk drawer and pulled a large envelop from a drawer and withdrew the contents.

Guthrie, at 92, is a founding member of the Santa Anna Ex-Students Association. He has compiled and kept lists of every graduating class roster all the way back to 1914. A quick look through this treasure of information at the class of 1927 finds one name, Ora Martin, later Ms. Joe Stacy of Brookesmith, Texas.

Recognizing the name Stacy from Brookesmith a phone call is placed to Gene Rice, in Duncanville, whose best buddy is Del Ray Stacy in California. Del was raised in Trickham, just a short four miles from Brookesmith. He immediately recognized the name Joe Stacy and called his cousin, Zonell, Joe’s daughter.

Zonell confirmed that her mother’s maiden name was Ora Martin and gladly agreed to call Ms. Roberts in Brady. The little ring was going to go home.

This story demonstrates yet again the interconnectedness of small communities, and the care and concern that small-town folks have for each other. After all, with the price of gold as it is today, who could have blamed Ms. Roberts had she sold the ring for scrap. John Walter Wayland's "The True Gentleman," applies as well to Ms. Roberts: “the (person) whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety ... whose deed follows (her) word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than (her) own ... ."

A postscript: the Superintendent’s mother-in-law, Ms. Baugh, was married to Dick Stacy Baugh.
You guessed it: Zonell Stacy Hultz’s cousin.

Santa Anna 8th grade Reading

Congratulations to Santa Anna 8th grade student Zackary Clements for winning the 8th grade Accelerated Reading drawing held at the end of the second six weeks. Zackary will be enjoying a personal pizza thank you to Santa Anna Grocery.

Friday Night Lights - Week 10

In Week 9 the Santa Anna Mountaineers fell 49-0 to the Zepyr Bulldogs. In Week 10 the 2-7 Mountaineers will face the 8-0 Blanket Tigers in Blanket at 7:30.

The Tigers are ranked 37th in Division I and picked to finish ahead of Santa Anna and behind Zephyr and May. The Mountaineers stayed at 43rd despite the loss to Zephyr. The Tigers are picked by 10 so the Mountaineers are gonna need some help to finish the season with a win.

The players to watch according to Dave Campbell are Tyler Martinez, Joseph Meeks, Rafael Marquez and Jaime Mares.

Who the Tigers have played:
Lost to May 54-22 (Santa Anna Lost to May 82-33 in Week 8)
Lost to Zephyr 70-28 (Santa Anna Lost to Zephyr 49-0 in Week 9)
Lost to Lometa 49-46
Beat Evant 40-14
Beat Sidney 58-30
Beat Comanche Paradigm Charter 40-6
Lost to Rochelle 48-36
Beat Eden 42-24 (Santa Anna Beat Eden 27-22 in Week 4)
Lost to Panther Creek 72-32

I took a lot of photos of the game last week and here are some of my favorites:

See the Sports page for the rest in the Zephyr game photo album.

November Santa Anna School Lunch Menu

November Santa Anna School Lunch Menu

Santa Anna Pee Wee Football

I took a few photos of the Santa Anna Pee Wee Flag Football team versus Strawn in the playoffs at Zephyr Saturday, October the 22nd.

Here are some of my favorites:

See the Sports page for the rest in the Pee Wee Football photo albums.

Fun Run to Benefit Bronte Class of 2014

Santa Anna ISD

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