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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.

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Friday Night Lights - Week 9

In Week 8 the Santa Anna Mountaineers fell 82-33 to the May Tigers in the District opener for both teams. In Week 9 the 2-6 Mountaineers will face the 8-0 Zephyr Bulldogs at Santa Anna Mountaineer Stadium in the second district matchup for both teams at 7:30.

The Bulldogs are ranked 21st in Division I and picked to finish ahead of May, Blanket, and Santa Anna. The Mountaineers moved up a spot to 43rd despite the loss to May. The Bulldogs are picked by 45 so the Mountaineers are gonna need some help.

The players to watch according to Dave Campbell are Greg Fabion, Josh Todd, Kaiden King, Dakota Rogers, and Dalton Fowler.

Who the Bulldogs have played:
Beat Woodson 48-0
Beat Beat Rochelle 36-24
Beat Beat Lometa 61-60
Beat Beat Lohn 96-47
Beat Gustine 39-16
Beat Cherokee 60-24
Beat Robert Lee 68-48 (Santa Anna lost to Robert Lee 72-26 in Week 6)
Beat Blanket 70-28

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 May game photo album.

Spook Night a Howling Success at Santa Anna Elementary

Goblins, ghosts, and ghouls began lining up outside the entrance to SA Elementary by 5:00 Monday for the 5:30 Halloween Read Program. Students dressed as their favorite characters flooded into the building greeted by faculty and staff in full costume.

As students and parents walked the halls amid the eerie, swirling fog on the floor, a bag lady, a referee, witches, and clowns—all welcomed students and parents to a night of reading and fun. After refreshments and prizes in the cafeteria, the students enjoyed a special treat by the faculty and staff as they took to the stage to perform the Michael Jackson Thriller Dance. Jackson might not have recognized the dance, but the audience was truly “thrilled”.

Friday Night Lights - Week 8

In Week 7 the Santa Anna Mountaineers had the week off after falling to the Rising Star Wildats before a Homecoming crowd. In week 8 the 2-5 Mountaineers will take on the 5-2 May Tigers in the District opener for both teams

The Tigers are ranked 24th in Division I and picked to finish ahead of Zephyr, Blanket, and Santa Anna. The Mountaineers moved down three spots to 44th after the week off and losing to Rising Star. The Tigers are picked by 45 so the Mountaineers are gonna need some help to get around former Mountaineer Coach Craig Steele's Tigers.

The players to watch according to Dave Campbell are the whole team but mostly last year's All-District RB/LB Derek Jesko.

Who the Tigers have played:
Beat Eden 54-6 (Santa Anna beat Eden 27-22 in Week 4)
Beat Evant 59-12
Beat Lometa 96-84
Beat Woodson 46-0
Lost to Newcastle 56-28
Beat Rising Star 29-20 (Santa Anna lost to Rising Star 32-25 in Week 6)
Lost to Milford 30-14

Pee Wee Flag Football

The Santa Anna Flag Football team has made it to the playoffs in Zephyr Saturday October 22.

The Santa Anna team will play the team from Strawn starting at 10:00.

PosiPalooza Concert

A PosiPalooza Concert, with 4 award winning singer/songwriters to lift spirits and transform hearts, will be performed at the Paramount Theatre on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 7 pm. This inspiring event is being underwritten by Exodus Metropolitan Community Church, Unity of Abilene and Unity of San Angelo. All proceeds will benefit 3 “empowering” non-profits: Rev. Karen Johnson College Scholarship Fund, Big Country Aids Resources and The New Bridge Family Shelter of San Angelo. Tickets are adult presale - $15, Students, Military and Seniors (if you admit to it!) are $10 and children 12 and under are free. Tickets online and the night of the show are $20. The tickets are available at the Natural Food Center at 2534 S. 7th; at Cassy’s at 141 Ruby St.; Reel Action Video, I-20 Access Road, Clyde, or online at; Come hear the music and the artists who are changing the world, one song at a time.

Contact: Priscilla Gwilt, of Unity of Abilene
(325) 370-3542 or (325) 893.5221

Location: Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St., Abilene, TX

Tickets: $20 at the door, adult presale - $15, Students, Military and Seniors (if you admit to it!) are $10 and children 12 and under are free. They are available at the Natural Food Center, Cassy’s, Reel Action Video (Clyde) and online at

Concert Time: Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 7 p.m.

PosiPalooza Concert:
Four of PosiPalooza’s ”emPower Music and Arts” singers and songwriters, that are coming to Abilene are part of a roster of singers and song writers who dedicate their extraordinary gifts to helping heal the world and spread the message of unity and oneness. Come hear the music and the artists who are changing the world, one song at a time.

The 4 award winning emPower Music and Arts artists are:
Daniel Nahmod, A Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and Humanitarian has performed his profound heart-opening original music for over one million people in 45 US states and Canada. Fifteen of his songs have been recorded by over 50 artists in the past six years and his music features have been on NBC, CNN, PBS, History, IFC, Bravo, and movie theaters across the United States.
Greg Tamblyn, a successful singer, songwriter, speaker, and humorist for over 20 years. He combines outstanding audience rapport with an irreverent sense of humor, and has a special interest in the relationship of music, laughter, and lifestyle to physical and emotional well-being.
Sue K. Riley, vice-president of emPower Music & Arts, has appeared for the Folk Alliance Conference, Agape Music Symposium, Nerfa, Music of the Heart and the Kerrville Folk Festival and has just released her 8th CD.
Richard Mekdeci, president of emPower Music & Arts is spreading the message: “Let everybody know, God is and all is well.”

[AgriLife Today] News sales tax exemption registration for agricultural producers

COLLEGE STATION – Farmers, ranchers and timber operators who produce agricultural and timber products for sale will need a special registration number to claim sales tax exemption on purchased taxable products used for their operations beginning Jan. 1.

The registration number was made a requirement by House Bill 268, which passed in the recent legislative session. The new registration process has implications for agricultural producers.

“While purchases of feed and seed are not subject to sales tax, it is important that agricultural producers obtain an identification number because many of the inputs required for production of crops and livestock are subject to sales tax,” said Dr. Larry Falconer, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist in Corpus Christi. “Being ineligible for the sales tax exemption would cause a sizable increase in cost of production.”

Producers can get a registration number through either a mail-in application or an online application that were initiated Oct. 3.

“Beginning Jan. 1, anyone who wants to claim the agriculture or timber sales tax exemptions for qualifying products will need a registration number to show retailers instead of simply signing an exemption certificate at the time of purchase,” Comptroller Susan Combs said in a statement. “The new registration process takes the burden off retailers to verify whether a purchaser is eligible for exemption. And it narrows the pool of purchasers claiming the sales tax exemption to those actually involved in production of agriculture and timber products for sale.”
For agricultural producers, the new legislation will affect many purchases of particular items used in production of commodities. The new legislation requires a registration number to claim tax exemptions when buying items such as machinery and equipment, fertilizers, insecticides, irrigation equipment, and off-road motor vehicles used for farming and timber production. Those entitled to make tax-free purchases of taxable qualifying products include groups such as:

- farmers and ranchers who raise agricultural products to sell to others;

- fish farmers and beekeepers who sell the products they raise;

- custom harvesters;

- crop dusters;

- commercial nurseries engaged in fostering growth of plants for sale;

- timber producers, including contract lumberjacks.

The primary owner or operator of a farm, ranch or timber operation may receive one registration number that can be used by anyone authorized by the registrant – including family members or employees – to make tax exempt purchases of qualifying products for the business.
The application for a registration number should take less than 10 minutes to complete, according to the comptroller’s office. Online registration is available at, Online applicants will receive a registration number immediately.
A paper application may be downloaded from the website or call 800-252-5555 to receive a form by mail.

Is accepting applications
Maintenance Supervisor
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Must Have or be willing to obtain CDL

Contact: James Bible, Supt.
701 Bowie St. Santa Anna, TX 76878
Phone (325) 348-3136
Fax (325) 348-3141

Fun Run to Benefit Bronte Class of 2014

2011 SAHS Homecoming King

Dylan Sellers named Homecoming King at the pep rally by the Santa Anna High School student body, after voting was held. He is the son of Roger and Stacy Sellers. Throughout Dylan’s years at Santa Anna High School he has participated in athletics, where he played football for two years. He has served on Student Council for four years, where he currently serves as Senior Class Representative. Dylan has enlisted in the US Navy, where he will be serving his country. He will be leaving for basic training, after graduation.

Friday Night Lights

Well the lights and the Mountaineers will be off this week as the Mountaineers are open.

But where to go?

There are no six man games within a 100 miles except for Lohn and Richland Springs in Richland Springs and Mullin vs Brookesmith in Mullin.

May have to stay home and rest myself... to bad the Rangers aren't playing until Saturday... how about them?!

2011 SAHS Homecoming Queen and Court

Kaitlyn Krause was voted as Homecoming Queen by the student body of Santa Anna High School.

Kaitlyn is the daughter of Kim and Cecil Rutherford and Gary Krause. During Kaitlyn’s high school career, she has participated in basketball, tennis, FFA, and UIL academic competition. She participated in Student Council as a sophomore, where she served as Class Representative. Kaitlyn received an American History award as a Junior. Kaitlyn was selected for the All Region basketball team her Junior year. After graduation, Kaitlyn will be attending Tarleton, where she will pursue a career as a Neo-Natal Nurse.

(L to R) Nominee Makaylah Morris, Nominee Bambi Yebra, Homecoming Queen Kaitlyn Krause, Nominee Aspyn Jaylee

Santa Anna vs Rising Star

Well the Mountaineers fell to the Rising Star Wildcats last Friday by a score of 32-25 before a Homecoming crowd. The Mountaineers played a really good game despite the score.

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

I worked these over a little and they aren't too bad...

See the Sports page for the rest in the Rising Star game photo album.

Santa Anna VFD Training

I always get a little worried when I hear and see one of the Air Evac helicopters landing at the football field.

I was sure glad not to see an ambulance and to see all the Santa Anna Volunteer Firemen vehicles on Monday night at about 9:15PM in the parking lot of Mountaineer Stadium.

Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

The Homecoming Parade was one of the best I remember... just needed the Mountaineer Band, but I understand the situation with all the band members already in the parade!

I took a lot of photos of it and here are some of my favorites:

See the rest in the special 2011 Homecoming Parade Photo Album

See the rest in the special 2011 Homecoming Pep Rally Photo Album

2011 SAHS Homecoming Queen

Kaitlyn Krause


Thank the Lord for the wonderful rain.

Tex Wright reports three inches and I also had three in my gauge.

Heard stories and saw pictures of several area waterways running water.

Motocycle Poker Run

October 22 registration 10 am – 11am at Fort Chadbourne. Prizes awared 1:00 pm downtown Bronte. Benifites Bronte Chamber of Commerce, for more information or 325-473-3501.

Friday Night Lights - Week 6

In Week 6 the Santa Anna Mountaineers will take on the Rising Star Wildcats in Santa Anna starting at 7:30. This is Santa Anna's Homecoming so get there early to catch the pregame recognition of Ex Students.

The Wildcats are ranked 31st in Division II and picked to finish behind Gustine amd Sidmey and ahead of Comanche Paradigm. The Mountaineers moved up to 41st despite losing to Robert Lee last week. The Wildcats are picked by 0 but I think it is going to be a better game than that.

The players to watch according to Dave Campbell are Jansen Fox, Kasey Simmons, Alex Agnew, and R.J. Hellmuth.

Who the Wildcats have played:
Lost to Mullin 50-38
Lost to Panther Creek 78-60
Beat Brookesmith 64-18
Beat Moran 57-12
Lost to May 28-20
Lost ot Walnut Springs 44-24

I didn't make it to Robert Lee last week but I did go to the Tail Gate Party at school this week and here are some my favorite photos:

See the rest in the special 2011 Tail Gate Party Photo Album

Santa Anna Pee Wee Football

I took a few photos of the Santa Anna Pee Wee Football teams versus Cherokee and Lometa at Rochelle last Saturday, October the 1st.

Here are some of my favorites:

3rd and 4th

5th and 6th

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

Santa Anna Homecoming Honorees


James C. Bible is the Ex Student of the Year representing the Class of 1961

A long time educator will be honored at the October 7 and 8 Santa Anna Homecoming as the 2011 Ex-Student of the Year. James C. Bible, a graduate of the Class of 1961, will be recognized for the contribution he has made to the education of children.

James is the son of the late Claude and Dorothy Bible. He and his wife Dixie Baugh Bible, have a son, Jamie Joe Bible, and a daughter, Deborah Bible Becker. They have two grandchildren, Kyle and Cole Bible.

James earned a Bachelor of Science from Howard Payne University in 1966. He continued his education at Abilene Christian University earning a Master of Education and Administrative Certification.

James is a member of the Coleman Methodist Church, Texas Association of Community Schools, Texas Association of School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa, and Coleman Masonic Lodge No. 496. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Concho Educators Federal Credit Union, the Texas Teenage Baseball Association. He also served as President of the American Heart Association in Sonora and President of the Krum Chamber of Commerce.

Glenda Taylor Chance is the Coming Home Queen representing the Class of 1991

Glenda Taylor Chance is the daughter of Elwayne and Shirley Taylor. She is married to Roscoe Chance and they have two sons, Justin and Chad and one grandson Brayden.

Glenda graduated from Santa Anna High School in 1991. While in school she participated in Basketball.

After graduating, Glenda moved to Sweetwater. She worked at Kinsey Printing and Office Supplies for 9 1/2 years, Nolan County Sheriffs Office for 7 years and is currently working at Wal-Mart as an Asset Protection Associate.

Glenda makes her home in Sweetwater, Texas with her husband, two sons and grandson.

Jeff Hartman is the Coming Home King representing the Class of 1991

Jeff is the son of Ronnie Hartman and Leanna Jones. He has one brother, Jeremy, who was a 1988 graduate of Santa Anna. Jeff attended Santa Anna schools from kindergarten to graduation and was the valedictorian of the class of 1991. While in high school, Jeff was a two time state tennis qualifier, an All-district guard for the basketball team, and a member of the SAHS band.

After graduation, Jeff attended Texas Tech University and Howard Payne University. He graduated from HPU with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences with a minor in English. While at Howard Payne, Jeff played tennis for the Yellow Jackets and was an All-American candidate and Southwestern Conference singles finalist in 1995. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995.

In 1995-1996, Jeff served as the Head Tennis Coach and Assistant Basketball and Football Coach at Junction High School in Junction, Texas. After that, he moved to Midland, Texas and was Associate Tennis Professional at Midland and Odessa Country Clubs where he received a P2 ranking in the United States Professional Tennis Association.

In 1997, he moved to Pflugerville, Texas to take the Head Tennis Coach position at Pflugerville High School. While at Pflugerville, his teams made school history by being the first ever tennis teams from Pflugerville to qualify for Region. While at Pflugerville, Jeff was a two time District Coach of the Year.

In 2008, Jeff resigned from PHS to pursue two new careers. The first being a full time dad to his new baby daughter Quinn; the second was starting S.M.A.C.K.T.E.C. Tennis, a private tennis foundation in the Round Rock/Pflugerville area where he currently serves as manager and Head Tennis Professional, teaching the sport of tennis to eager elementary, middle school, high school and adult students. In 2010, Jeff received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Coaching from the Pflugerville High School Tennis Team.

Jeff now resides in Round Rock, Texas. He is married to Tanya Roberts, a native of New Zealand, and has four children: Scott, who is a swimmer for Cedar Ridge High School; Rachel, who is a volleyball player for Ridgeview Middle School; Quinn, who is three years old and a future Wimbledon champion; and Jude, a 21 month old who will eventually play rugby for the USA or the New Zealand All Blacks. All are active members of Pflugerville Community Church in Pflugerville, Texas.

Santa Anna Homecoming 2011

Submitted by Tom Guthrie - Santa Anna Ex Student Association President
Every fall since 1953, Santa Anna High School Alumni have gathered in Santa Anna to participate in the annual Homecoming activities and to keep in touch with former classmates and teachers. All Santa Anna Exes, former teachers and administrators are invited to attend the annual Homecoming activities on Friday, October 7 and the Ex Student’s Association annual meeting on Saturday morning, October 8.

This year the Santa Anna Ex Student Association will be honoring those classes ending in a 1 with special recognition of the SAHS class of 1961 celebrating their 50th year out of school and the Class of 1991 celebrating their 20th year. This year’s Homecoming Ex Student of the Year from the Class of 1961 is James C. Bible of Coleman. This year’s Coming Home King representing the Class of 1991 is Jeff Hartman of Round Rock, TX and representing the Class of 1991 as Homecoming Queen is Glenda Taylor Chance. .

Friday, October 7 beginning at 2pm the homecoming parade will be held in downtown Santa Anna and the Pep Rally will follow the parade at the Santa Anna Football Field. The pregame ceremonies beginning at 7pm on Friday will recognize the Ex Student of the Year and the Coming Home King.

The game will feature former 11 man rivals, the hometown Santa Anna Mountaineers against the Rising Star Wildcats. All former Mountaineers are encouraged to come out and root for the Mountaineers. The halftime show will feature the crowning of the 2011 Homecoming Queen. Saturday’s Santa Anna Ex Student Association activities include the annual business meeting and recognition of classes. Registration and coffee begin at 9am in the cafeteria followed by the annual meeting at 10am in the High School auditorium. Following the business meeting will be a BBQ plate lunch served by the Santa Anna Booster Club.

Several reunions are planned for Friday and Saturday.

SAHS Class of 1951 Celebrates Their 60th

On Saturday morning the 8th of October, we will be attending the Coffee provided by the SAHS Ex-Students Association held at the Elementary School Cafeteria at 9 am. We hope you will meet us there so we can visit a little and organize ourselves into a group so we can be seated together in the auditorium for the program.

After the program in the auditorium, lunch will be served in the Elementary School Cafeteria for a nominal sum and the money benefits one of the school's organizations.

After lunch we will all waddle on over to the Methodist Church Annex where we hope people from other classes will also join us for visiting. We plan to visit as much and as long as we can keep going.

We do hope you can join us in Santa Anna, TX for our 60th on October 8, 2011.

Class of 1971

The Class of 1971 will be celebrating 40 years at the Santa Anna Armory Kitchen Area on Saturday Oct 8 beginning at 2 pm for an afternoon of visiting and sharing old memories. Any questions contact Gay Abernathy at 325-348-3124.

SAHS Class of 1961 Hosting 50thClass Reunion October 7&8th

WOW!!! Can’t believe it has been 50 years since we graduated from Santa Anna High.

We would like to invite all former teachers and classmates to come by for a visit at the school library after the football game Friday night and Saturday afternoon around 2:00. Bring all of your ole pictures, newspaper clippings and mementos from our school days at Santa Anna High.

Here are the times for events at Homecoming for the Class of 1961.
1:45 - Need to be in line for our class float, So wear your black and gold and support our Mountaineers “Once a Mountaineer always a Mountaineer”!!!
2:00 - Parade begins
2:30 - Pep Rally
7:00 - Pre Game - Recognition of Ex Student of the year.
7:30 - Game vs. Rising Star
Post game gathering in school library for light snacks and fellowship.
9:00 - Registration and coffee in High School lobby or Library
10:00 Ex Student's Association Meeting
11:30 Lunch at Rockin'R-5 Steakhouse, and then we will return to the school library to visit.

Hope to see you Homecoming!!!

If you need info you can call :
Roberta Tomlinson Ph# 325-348-9146
Jimmy Niell Ph# 325-752-6087
Peggy Hibbs Ph# 325-348-3908

Santa Anna Homecoming 2011

Recently the student body of Santa Anna High School held nominations for Homecoming and elected the following candidates for nominees for Homecoming King and Queen.

Nominees for Homecoming Queen Pictured L to R (Bambi Yebra, Makaylah Morris, Kaitlyn Krause, Aspyn King)

Nominees for Homecoming King Pictured L to R (Dylan Sellers, Matthew Henefey, Ryan Rankin, Sean Eldred, Dustin Walker-Palmour)

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