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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, Jarod Jones, Bobby Hale, Patrick Kerr, Heather LaChance, Truman Matthews, Jeff Rivera, Josh Rivera, Michael Ruth, Marty Siller, Chris Tate, Allen Tucker, Lance Vasquez, Austin Voss, Scott Watson, Shane Watson, and Jacob Zapata.

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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 Jr. High Football

Santa Anna Jr. High football had a successful evening (9-29-2011) with their victory over the Robert Lee Doggies, 32-12. The doggies trailed the mountaineers the whole game. Colton Enriquez had two touchdown runs of 17 & 18 yards. While Jacob Herrod added 3 touchdown runs of 2, 2 & 17 yards. A interception in the 2nd half, made by Jacob Gibson added more drive to the mountaineer club. Followed by Jordan Washington causing a fumble and recovered by mountaineer Colton Enriquez. The mountaineers are getting better each game, improving their teamwork and record to 2-2.

1st Q 2nd Q 3rd Q 4th Q Final
SA 14 12 0 6 32
RL 6 0 0 6 12

Santa Anna Pee Wee Football

This Saturday October 1st the games are all in Rochelle starting with Flags vs Cherokee at 12:15, 3rd and 4th vs Cherokee at 1:00, and 5th and 6th vs Lometa at 2:15.

I took a few photos of the Santa Anna Pee Wee Football teams versus Richland Springs and Rochelle at Cherokee last Saturday.

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.

Friday Night Lights - Week 5

In Week 5 the Santa Anna Mountaineers will take on the Robert Lee Steers in Robert Lee starting at 7:30.

The Steers are ranked 33rd in Division I and picked to finish behind Water Valley and ahead of Veribest and Eden. The Mountaineers moved up to 42nd after beating Eden last week. The Steers are picked by 34 but I think it is going to be a better game than that.

The players to watch according to Dave Campbell are Justin Gartman, Zach Skinner,Bailey Smith, and Will Howard.

Who the Steers have played:
Lost to Fort Davis 56-54
Beat Paint Rock 46-12 (Santa Anna beat Paint Rock 57-24 in week 2)
Beat Loraine 54-36
Beat Blackwell 54-8
Lost to Sterling City 62-16 (Sterling City beat Santa Anna 56-8 in week 0)

Get your Black and Gold on and head on over to Robert Lee.

Santa Anna vs. Water Valley

The Mountaineers played a good game last Friday against the Eden Bulldogs and won by a score of 27-22.

The Mountaineers came out fast and played a really good game but they let the Bulldogs get into the second half of their Homecoming and almost let it slip away at the end. The Bulldogs were huge but the Mountaineers teamed up on tackling and it was the great tackling that led the Mountaineers to victory even on the last play that stopped the Dogs just short of the goal line and a Homecoming win.

I took over 800 photos at the game and most of them aren't very good. I am still trying to get my camera set right... here are some of my favorites.

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

Friday Night Lights - Week 4

In Week 4 the Santa Anna Mountaineers will take on the Eden Bulldogs in Eden starting at 7:30.

The Bulldogs are ranked 56th in Division I and picked to finish last in District 8 behind Water Valley, Robert Lee, and Veribest. The Mountaineers jumped up to 43rd even after falling to Water Valley last week. The Mountaineers are picked by 31.

The players to watch according to Dave Campbell are Chase Churchwell at quarterback and Austin Torres at running back.

Who the Bulldogs have played:
Lost to Paint Rock 36-0 (Santa Anna beat Paint Rock 57-24 in week 2)
No score or game for week 2
Lost to Blanket 42-24 (Santa Anna and Blanket will play each other in District November 4th)
Beat Buena Vista 52-20

Get on your black and gold and head over to Eden.

Santa Anna Pee Wee Football

This Saturday the 24th the games are all in Cherokee starting with Flags vs Rochelle at 12:15, 5th and 6th vs Rochelle at 1:00, and 3rd and 4th vs Richland Springs at 2:15.

I took a few photos of the Santa Anna Pee Wee Football teams versus Richland Springs at Santa Anna last Saturday.

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 vs. Water Valley

The Mountaineers played a good game last Friday against the Water Valley Wildcats.

The Mountaineers fell to the Wildcats by score of 60-14 but I am really proud of the way they are playing and I am impressed with Coach Norris and the way he coaches.

I took almost 500 photos at the game and most of them aren't very good. I am still pretty rusty... here are some of my favorites.

See the Sports page for the rest in the Water Valley game photo album.

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)

Laura Keeney

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of Laura Keeney.

Laura was a good customer of mine and Cindy's when we were in the service station business here in Santa Anna back in the Eighties.

She worked at Phillip's Drug for over thirty years and the mother of one of our friends, Sharon Guthrie.

For a complete obituary see

Please remember the Keeney family in your prayers.


Tex Wright reports .25 inch of rain and I had the same in my gauges.

Thank the Lord!

Friday Night Lights - Week 3

In Week 3 the Santa Anna Mountaineers will take on the Water Valley Wildcats in Santa Anna starting at 7:30.

The Wildcats are ranked number seven in Division I and picked to finish first in District 8 ahead of Robert Lee, Veribest, and Eden. The Mountaineers jumped up to 45th after their big win last week over Paint Rock. The Wildcats are picked by 45.

The player to watch according to Dave Campbell is last years' Second Team All State Defensive Player and District Defensive MVP, Zach Glass.

Who they have played:
Beat Blackwell 78-6
Beat Klondike 56-0
Beat Sterling City 64-34 (Santa Anna lost to Sterling City 56-8 in Week 0)

It sounds like the Mountaineers will need your support so get on your black and gold and head over to Mountaineer Stadium.

Heart of Texas Porcelain Art Club

The Heart of Texas Porcelain Art Club will meet Saturday, Sept 24 at the Santa Anna fire hall. Our own Alma Graves will present our program beginning at 9:00 am. A featured artist in the International Porcelain Art Magazine in 2010, Alma is planning to share some of her painting techniques and hints. Our monthly luncheon and meeting will follow.

Santa Anna Pee Wee Football

Don't forget about the Pee Wee Football games all day on Saturday September the 17th with several visiting teams playing at Mountaineer Stadium. The Mountaineers will play Richland Springs starting with the flags at 9:00, 3rd and 4th at 9:45, and 5th and 6th at 11:00.

I took a few photos of the 3rd and 4th vs Brookesmith and the 5th and 6th vs Brookesmith at Lometa last Saturday.

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.

President Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer

Posted by Colleen Curtis on September 15, 2011 at 01:30 PM EDT
President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Sept. 15, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama today awarded the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal from Kentucky. Sergeant Meyer was recognized for his courageous actions at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on September 8, 2009. He is the third living recipient - and the first Marine - to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. And at 23, he is also one of the youngest recipients in decades.

The President, who first met Meyer when they shared a beer at the White House on Wednesday evening, said that, “in Sergeant Dakota Meyer, we see the best of a generation that has served through a decade of war. “

Meyer saved 36 lives during a Taliban ambush in repeated acts of bravery, tales of which the President noted, “will be told for generations:”  

I want you to imagine it’s September 8, 2009, just before dawn. A patrol of Afghan forces and their American trainers is on foot, making their way up a narrow valley, heading into a village to meet with elders. And suddenly, all over the village, the lights go out. And that’s when it happens. About a mile away, Dakota, who was then a corporal, and Staff Sergeant Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, could hear the ambush over the radio. It was as if the whole valley was exploding. Taliban fighters were unleashing a firestorm from the hills, from the stone houses, even from the local school.

And soon, the patrol was pinned down, taking ferocious fire from three sides. Men were being wounded and killed, and four Americans -- Dakota’s friends -- were surrounded.  Four times, Dakota and Juan asked permission to go in; four times they were denied.  It was, they were told, too dangerous. But one of the teachers in his high school once said, “When you tell Dakota he can’t do something, he’s is going to do it.” And as Dakota said of his trapped teammates, “Those were my brothers, and I couldn’t just sit back and watch.”  

The story of what Dakota did next will be told for generations. He told Juan they were going in. Juan jumped into a Humvee and took the wheel; Dakota climbed into the turret and manned the gun. They were defying orders, but they were doing what they thought was right. So they drove straight into a killing zone, Dakota’s upper body and head exposed to a blizzard of fire from AK-47s and machine guns, from mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.  

Coming upon wounded Afghan soldiers, Dakota jumped out and loaded each of the wounded into the Humvee, each time exposing himself to all that enemy fire. They turned around and drove those wounded back to safety. Those who were there called it the most intense combat they’d ever seen. Dakota and Juan would have been forgiven for not going back in.  But as Dakota says, you don’t leave anyone behind.

For a second time, they went back -- back into the inferno; Juan at the wheel, swerving to avoid the explosions all around them; Dakota up in the turret -- when one gun jammed, grabbing another, going through gun after gun. Again they came across wounded Afghans. Again Dakota jumped out, loaded them up and brought them back to safety.  

For a third time, they went back -- insurgents running right up to the Humvee, Dakota fighting them off.  Up ahead, a group of Americans, some wounded, were desperately trying to escape the bullets raining down. Juan wedged the Humvee right into the line of fire, using the vehicle as a shield. With Dakota on the guns, they helped those Americans back to safety as well.  

For a fourth time, they went back. Dakota was now wounded in the arm. Their vehicle was riddled with bullets and shrapnel. Dakota later confessed, “I didn’t think I was going to die.  I knew I was.” But still they pushed on, finding the wounded, delivering them to safety. 

And then, for a fifth time, they went back -- into the fury of that village, under fire that seemed to come from every window, every doorway, every alley.  And when they finally got to those trapped Americans, Dakota jumped out.  And he ran toward them. Drawing all those enemy guns on himself.  Bullets kicking up the dirt all around him. He kept going until he came upon those four Americans, laying where they fell, together as one team.  

Dakota and the others who had joined him knelt down, picked up their comrades and -- through all those bullets, all the smoke, all the chaos -- carried them out, one by one. Because, as Dakota says, “That’s what you do for a brother.” 

Dakota says he’ll accept this medal in their name. So today, we remember the husband who loved the outdoors --Lieutenant Michael Johnson. The husband and father they called “Gunny J” -- Gunnery Sergeant Edwin Johnson. The determined Marine who fought to get on that team -- Staff Sergeant Aaron Kenefick. The medic who gave his life tending to his teammates -- Hospitalman Third Class James Layton. And a soldier wounded in that battle who never recovered -- Sergeant First Class Kenneth Westbrook.  

Santa Anna vs. Paint Rock

The Mountaineers came out swinging and knocked the Paint Rock Indians out cold with a 57-24 victory.

I took almost 500 photos at the game and most of them aren't very good. I am pretty rusty and had some camera problems but here are some of my favorites.

See the Sports page for the rest in the Paint Rock game photo album.

Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Inc. Settles EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Allsup’s Fired Managerial Employee After Learning of His Cooperation with the EEOC on Co-Worker’s Claim of Discrimination, Federal Agency Charged

DALLAS – New Mexico-based Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Inc., which operates over 300 stores in Texas and New Mexico, will pay a former employee $37,000 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit (Civil Action No. 6:10-CV-023-C) filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Las Cruces Division and subsequently transferred to the Northern District of Texas, San Angelo Division, Orvel Pape, a manager-in-training who had worked for the company for almost ten years, was fired because he cooperated with an EEOC investigation of another employee’s charge of disability discrimination. The EEOC charged that Allsup’s fired Pape from its store in Santa Anna, Texas, shortly after the company was notified that Pape’s statements led to an EEOC finding of violation in connection with the other employee’s charge of discrimination. That charge was filed under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

The suit was brought pursuant to the ADA, which includes a section prohibiting discrimination against any individual based on that individual’s testimony, assistance, or participation in any manner in an investigation into an alleged ADA violation. The Commission filed suit after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement.

“Mr. Pape, a dedicated ten-year employee, was asked by Allsup’s to speak with an EEOC Investigator about his co-worker’s allegations of discrimination, and was dealt the ultimate punishment for simply following those instructions,” said EEOC Trial Attorney Meaghan Shepard. “No employee should fear that cooperating with the EEOC will result in the end of their employment.”

In addition to the payment to Pape, the consent decree settling the suit requires the company to train its managers on retaliation and the company’s procedures for reporting complaints of discrimination, as well as how to properly handle an employee’s discrimination complaint. Allsup’s will also post a notice of non-discrimination and distribute that document to supervisors at the company’s annual training.

“We will always be willing to aggressively pursue the claim of an employee who we believe is punished for providing honest testimony in a federal investigation,” said Regional Attorney Robert A. Canino of the EEOC’s Dallas District Office. “It is of overriding importance to our agency to thaw the chilling effect of such retaliation, and thereby ensure the freedom and motivation of co-workers to do the right thing. The company’s agreement to re-train its large workforce will go a long way in establishing a more positive climate.”

In fiscal year 2010, retaliation charges filed with the EEOC nationwide accounted for 36.3% of all filings, at 36,258.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at

Santa Anna vs. Paint Rock

Santa Anna Jr. High and JV teams traveled to Paint Rock Thursday, 9-8-2011. The Mountaineer teams competed against two impressive Paint Rock teams.

Jr. High lost 13-33. Jacob Herrod made two long touchdown runs for the Mountaineers. Overall, they played better the second half offensively and defensively.

JV Lost 20-26. The Mountaineers were down 0-20 at the half, but came back for an exciting second half and had a chance to win at the end. Scoring for the Mountaineers with touchdown runs were Devan Denton and Michael Dancy. Michael Dancy also had a nice touchdown pass to Malcolm Smith.

I am proud of both teams. Keep up the good work.

Coach Norris

Friday Night Lights - Week 2

In Week 1 the Santa Anna Mountaineers lost to Brownwood Victory Life by a score of 68-31.

In Week 2 the Mountaineers will face the Paint Rock Indians and once again the young Mountaineers are picked to fall by 45.

The Indians are ranked 28th in Division II and the Mountaineers climbed a few spots to 54th in Division I despite last week's loss.

The Indians are picked to finish second to Panther Creek in District 8 Division II and ahead of Novice and Blackwell.

Dave Campbell's players to watch are Kaleb Keeney, Jonathan Santiago, and Dustyn Hurt.

Who Paint Rock has played:
Lost to Robert Lee 12-46
Beat Hermleigh 37-36

This will be the Mountaineer's first home game so get your black and gold on and head over to the stadium for kickoff at 7:30!

Friday Night Lights

The Santa Anna Mountaineers will take on Brownwood Victory Life this Friday night, September 2nd, in Brownwood with kickoff set for 7:30.

The Mountaineers are picked to fall by 45. Victory Life lost to the Mountaineers last year by a score of 58-33.

Victory Life ranked #7 in TAPPS Division I. The Mountaineers fell three spots this week to come in at 60th in Division I UIL.

Dave Campbell's 2011 picks Victory Life to finish at the top of their district ahead of Denton Calvary, Wichita Falls Notre Dame, Lubbock Christ The King, Granbury Happy Hill Farm, Wichita Christian, Wichita Falls Christ Academy, and Lubbock Kingdom Prep. The player to watch is Tyler McDaniel who rushed for almost 5000 yards and over 80 touchdowns last year.

Get your Black and Gold on and head over to Brownwood to support the Mountaineers.

Former Santa Anna residents enjoy Reunion a long time coming.

On July 1st in Santa Anna, two school chums from the 1938-39 school year at Mukewater School, Pete Trinidad of Grand Prarie and his wife Carmen and Joe England of British Columbia, Canada and his wife Lyne enjoyed lunch together at the Steak House Restaurant in Santa Anna. Folks, that’s 72 years !

Last year Joe was reading the Coleman County New online and noticed in the Obituaries one with the name Trinidad and as he read more, discovered it was the name of one of Pete’s younger brothers. Since the obituary listed the names and cities of the deceased’s family Joe was able to write to Pete and two of his brothers and set up the meeting. The use of email and cell phones helped at every step !

Mukewater School (now non-existent) was located on Texas1176 where it intersected with County Road 216 just a few miles north of Trickham. Although there were two rooms, it was being used at that time as a “One Room” School with eight rows of desks for Grades one through eight. There were two Outhouses at opposite ends of the schoolyard and a ‘Water Fountain” at the rear of the building. The only teacher was Miss Winnie Cathey, Later Mrs. Winnie McQueen who also later taught at Santa Anna H.S. and still later, in the Ballenger S.D.

Pictured below is the Mukewater Rhythm Band and those names as remembered are below:

Back Row Left to right: Miss. Cathey, Juanita Williams, Dwayne Calloway, Marilyn England, Herbert Gans, Reba Faye Haynes, Cecil Williams, Mary Lou Clark
Front Row Left to right: Evelyn Zenor, Ray Trinidad, Lois Haynes, Joe England, Marcy Trinidad, Pete Trinidad, Kathleen Hibbets, L.J. Clark, EvaNell Hibbets

Miss Cathey was able to get funds from the School District for the material for the uniforms to participate in the Inter Scholastic League Competition and they were sewn by the mothers of the students in the picture.



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