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Remember Those Who Serve

The list of those serving our country continues to grow. Special thanks to Montie Guthrie for helping me out with this list.

It has been a while since I have mentioned those serving our country but I was reminded recently while listening to KOXE on the way to work when they mentioned that several National Guardsmen from Camp Bowie in Brownwood were going back to Iraq including Eddie Dawson, who started this for me back in August of 2004.

Add to our list of Santa Anna folks serving our country, Zach Tobin. Zach is the husband of Lee Ann Musick Tobin, who is the daughter of Rodney and Patti Musick of Abilene and always from Santa Anna.. Zach is currently stationed in Hawaii at Wheeler Army Airfield and a Chief Warrant Officer and a Chinook Pilot with the 25th ID. His unit will deploy to Iraq in August of 2009. Lee Ann also added, "We rarely get to visit Santa Anna but your website helps me keep up with what is going on so I still feel connected."

Please remember these Santa Anna folks that are serving our country in combat, training, or support: Brandon Beloat, James Culpepper, Eddie Dawson, Chaplin Delarosa, Kristle Deleon, Glen Donham, Reuben Frausto, Bobby Hale, Truman Matthews, Michael Ruth, Marty Siller, Zach Tobin, Allen Tucker, Scott Watson, and Shane Watson.

Please help me with others by sending their names, photos, or whatever you want to me at or use this convenient form

I received the following from James Culpepper's wife, Karyn:

What do you know about Christmas?

By: Tabitha Culpepper

When most people think about Christmas one picture comes to mind. That picture happens to be Santa Clause in a sled being led by nine reindeer. The ninth reindeer is Rudolph. When they land on your roof top Santa comes down the chimney or through your front door. Then he puts our gifts in stockings and under the tree. Then he leaves without a trace other then an empty plate of cookies and an empty glass of milk.

Then there are some who believe another story. The story I'm talking about is told in the bible. It starts when the angle Gabriel came to visit a young girl, Mary. She was a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph. She was told she was to have a son as a virgin and name him Jesus. Before their marriage Joseph considered divorcing Mary quietly after they got married because he assumed wrong doing on her half, but Gabriel fixed that with a dream. Later that year they would go to Bethlehem to register for the censuses. In that time Jesus was born in the stable of an inn. It was all that was available. Later three wise men would come by following the North Star. Then shepherds would come also, for angles visited them with the good news. Yes this is the birth of our savior.

Now, those are the two most common Christmas stories known, but which one do you believe. By the way did you ever notice that Christmas has the word Christ in it? Is that coincidence or not?
That's up for you to decide.

Homecoming 2009

Two thousand and nine... sounds sort of far away still even though it starts in a couple of days...

With families all getting together for the Holidays and seeing old friends around town it is a great time to start thinking about Homecoming.

I guarantee for those planning reunions and activities it is never too early!

Connie Culpepper Massey of Abilene and the SAHS Class of 1984 is already working on getting her class together for a 25 year reunion. She emailed me this week and here is what she had to say:
I am already making plans to have the SAHS Class of 1984 25th reunion in 2009. Therefore, would you please post on your website that any graduates from 1984 please contact me by mail or email. I am hoping for a Summer 2009 get together, and then as many that can attend homecoming weekend in the Fall as well. Thanks for any help. Connie (Culpepper) Massey

Send an e-mail to and I will put you in touch with Connie.

Amber Alert

Presidential Message

Christmas 2008

"'I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'"

Luke 2:10-12

Each year, Christmas brings together families, friends, and communities to rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ and celebrate the wonderful gifts God has bestowed upon us. During this season, we remember Jesus' birth from the Virgin Mary, His justice and mercy that changed the world, and His ultimate sacrifice for all people. Though Jesus was born humbly in a manger, He was destined to be the Savior of the world. The light He brought into the world continues to break through darkness and change people's lives two thousand years later.

This holiday season, as you rejoice in the good news of Jesus' love, forgiveness, acceptance, and peace, I encourage you to show grace to those less fortunate, just as God showed it to us. By serving those in need and through other acts of love and compassion, we can honor God's goodness and affirm the immeasurable value God places on the sanctity of life. We remember the members of our Armed Forces serving to protect our country and secure God's gift of freedom for others around the globe. All Americans are indebted to these men and women and their families for their sacrifice, devotion to duty, and patriotism.

Laura and I send our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas. May you be surrounded by loved ones and blessed by the Author of Life during this joyous holiday and throughout the New Year.


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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Last chance to see Santa is tonight.. Tuesday night..

I hope you have been as good as I have!

Because Santa will be at 205 North Pole Street, also known as North 8th Street and the home of Ray and Jean Findley, on Saturday December 20th, Monday the 22nd, and Tuesday the 23rd between the hours of 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

Ray and Jean Findley's Home on North Pole Street

Create Lasting Memories For Your Children During the Holiday Season By Paying Your Child Support

By Greg Abbott - Attorney General of Texas

Children of all ages look forward to celebrating the holiday season. For some, this time of year represents family traditions, large meals and new toys. For others, it can mean disappointment and going without. Make sure the holidays are a memorable and joyful time of year for your children by paying your child support.

Child support enables parents to put a roof over their children's heads, clothes on their backs and food on the table. During the holidays these challenges are compounded as parents also try to put gifts under the tree, a special meal on the table or gas in their car for a long trip to grandma's house. That is why we are giving parents this special reminder to pay their child support.

The Attorney General's Child Support Division extends a heartfelt thank you to those parents who regularly pay their child support in full and on time. Your faithfulness will reap great rewards as you help your children remember the holidays as a time of provision rather than hardship.

Sometimes circumstances arise, such as losing a job, that make it difficult to meet one's child support obligation. For parents who are in a situation like this, contact the Child Support Division so we can work together to determine a course of action. As an additional service, the Attorney General's Office partners with the Texas Workforce Commission and workforce development boards across the state to help low-income parents find good-paying jobs so they can meet their child support obligations.

Ultimately, what children need most is to know their parents care about them. For unmarried parents, this begins with establishing paternity. When paternity is established, a child has a legal connection to his or her father that protects the child's access to a range of benefits fathers can provide, starting with having dad's name on the birth certificate. Through the Paternity Opportunity Program, the Attorney General's Office trains and certifies employees of hospitals and birthing centers to assist parents with the process of acknowledging paternity just after their child's birth. The Child Support Division also can facilitate DNA tests to scientifically and legally establish fatherhood. As children grow up, our office encourages parents to stay involved in their lives beyond paying child support.

The Office of the Attorney General also helps parents who are having trouble getting access to their children. This year, we administered more than $550,000 in federal grants to 15 organizations across Texas that facilitate parents' access to and visitation with their children. One organization, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, operates a statewide Access and Visitation Hotline. The hotline is staffed by attorneys who provide legal information and assistance with child custody and visitation matters. Parents can call the hotline's toll-free number, (866) 292-4636, Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Please, help create joyful memories for your children this holiday season by being there for them and paying your child support. The Office of the Attorney General wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!


Points to Remember Child Support and the Holidays

Because family expenses usually increase during the holidays.
To show their children they are loved.
Because it is their legal duty to do so.

Helps establish a child's paternity.
Establishes and enforces child support orders.
Reviews and adjusts child support payments.
Collects and distributes payments.
Partners with other agencies to help parents find jobs to meet their child support obligations.
Works with groups that facilitate parental access and visitation.
Encourages parental involvement in their children's lives.

Visiting Child Support Interactive on the main Attorney General Web site at
Calling the 24-hour voice response system at (800) 252-8014

Friday Night Lights - Monday Morning Quarterback

Well I figured I better stay at home and go to Mom's for Christmas instead of going to Waco and watching the Cisco Loboes in the Class 2A Division II State Championship against Daingerfield Saturday.

Probably just as well, the Loboes fell to the Tigers 26-8.

But I did get to watch the Cowbloys play Saturday night with my brother-in-laws. What a waste of our time that was... I mean the game of course and not spending time with my brother-in-laws! But we had fun I guess.

We would probably have had more fun going to see Santa at the Findley's. I think the girls all forgot about that too... one more chance to see him!

I had wondered about the Wetsels of Cisco being fans of the Loboes and sure enough got an e-mail from Mrs. Wetsel:

Charles has not missed a game this year! I stay home and listen to the game on the radio. The Loboes are a great bunch of young men. Whether they win or lose Saturday, the town is very proud of them. This is their 3rd championship game!

Charles was the local WTU manager and Diane was the high school science teacher here for several years in the late seventies and early eighties before moving to Cisco.

Friday Night Lights

Well for sure this Friday, most of the lights are just on in the gym as most of the State Championship games are being played on Saturday as were the Six-man Championships last week.

Of course if you care, you know by now, but the Strawn Greyhounds defeated the Follett Panthers 58-29 in the Division I Six-Man State Championship played at Lubbock's Lowry Field last Saturday and in the Division II title game played in Wolfforth Frenship between Borden County and Woodson was won by Borden County 54-8.

Most of the bigger schools play in the big time stadiums and I think the only school still playing from our area is Cisco. They will play in the Class 2A Division II State Championship against Daingerfield Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium which is also a real nice stadium. If I didn't have Christmas at Mom's Saturday I might have to go watch the Black and Gold Lobos. I wonder if Charles and Diane Wetsel are Lobo fans?

Christmas Serenade in Coleman


December County Wide Prayer and Praise Service

Submitted by Pastor Jerry Chastain
Thursday, December the 18th, at 7:00 PM will be this month's County wide prayer and praise service. It will be hosted by St Mark's Episcopal Church located at 609 S. Neches Street in Coleman.

Songs that celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ will be the theme of praise. The needs of Coleman County and our nation will be the theme of prayer.

It may be cold outside but the fellowship, love and encouragement will warm the hearts of all that attend and participate in this event. Since this is the season to reflect on the birth of Christ, let us all make a special effort to attend to bring honor to the Lord.

Special thanks go out to Judy Terry for all of her work in putting this month's service together.

If you have any questions you may call 325-348-6025 for more information.

M-Bar-H Lodge

Mountaineer Basketball

Speaking of Mountaineer Basketball, my old friend and co-worker from Goldthwaite, Terry Thompson, former Coleman Bluecat, sometimes Goldthwaite Eagle, Priddy Pirate, or Dillon Panther fan, and webmaster of sent me some photos of the Santa Anna Boys vs Gustine in the Rochelle tournament. Terry's daughter plays for the Lady Pirates who were also playing in the tournament at Rochelle. I believe that Coach Ramsey coached at Gustine before Cotton Center and Santa Anna.

Thanks Terry!

Mountaineers Win Lohn Tournament

Submitted by Coach Ramsey
Santa Anna Mountaineers won the Lohn Basketball Tournament over the weekend.

The Mountaineers have now won 6 of their last 7 as they also finished 3rd in the Rochelle tournament the previous weekend. In winning the Lohn Tournament they defeated Rochelle 59 -33, Zephyr 44-34 and in the Championship Game Panther Creek 55-32.

Jordan Whaley and Fausto Maldonado were named to the all-tournament team.

Over the 7 game stretch the Mountaineers have shot 33 percent from the field. The leading scorer has been Jordan Whaley averaging 17 points a game. With Fausto Maldonado and Juan Suarez averaging 8 points a game. Jacob Zapata follows with 6 and Vance Rice 5.

Whaley also leads the Mountaineers averaging 14 rebounds a game while Maldonado pulls in 8, Rice 7, and Zapata 6 and Anthony Shephard 4. Leading 3 point shooter is Juan Suarez averaging 2 a game from behind the arc. Richard Ramsey leads the team in assist averaging 4 per game. While strong defense from Chris Tate and Jacob Zapata have limited the opposing teams top scorers to only 8 points a game.

Santa Anna is 1-0 in District after defeating Blanket last Tuesday 49-48. They face Sidney on Tuesday in Sidney finishing their district play before the break.

M&M Brittanys & Hunting Guide Service, LLC

Santa Anna Community Library Gets Digital Database of Old Santa Anna News

Submitted by Montie Guthrie
The Santa Anna Community Library holds the archive of almost all of the editions of the old Santa Anna News, one of the earliest businesses our city, which was published from 1887 to 1998. It holds that archive both on the original newsprint and on microfilm. The celluloid of the microfilm rolls has deteriorated rapidly, in danger of total loss, to say nothing of the original newsprint. On questioning of experts at the Texas State Archive in Austin, Santa Anna librarians learned about a process for transferring data on existing microfilm to digital CD format. The librarians thought this would be a good way to preserve a local treasure and celebrate our County’s sesquicentennial in 2008.

Reduction - In the background is one of two large steel cabinets used for storing the original Santa Anna News papers, in the blue and white boxes are the microfilm of the original News papers.
Sitting on the microfilm boxes in the small round container is the entire collection of the Santa Anna News reduced to digital for use on the new computer at the Santa Anna Library. This collection of the News was donated to the Santa Anna Library for use in historical research of the area by O. D. and Polly Warnock, former (and last) owners of the Santa Anna paper.

Volunteers at the library began searching for companies that did this process and secured some cost estimates. In order to do this, the library had to ship a roll of the microfilm to the agent that processes them to digital format, where in turn, they processed the sample and provided a cost estimate-- $4300, a staggering sum for our local library to secure. At this point the volunteers at the library approached the Santa Anna Foundation, a non-profit 501C-3 organization that works to develop the community of Santa Anna in the areas of historic preservation, economic development, and education. Since receiving its IRS designation in 1994, the Santa Anna Foundation has accomplished several projects, most notably the awarding of over $10,000 in scholarships to Coleman County students. Additionally, with the help of Coleman County Foundation, the Santa Anna Foundation (SAF) has stabilized, restored, and enhanced the Civic Center and the surrounding City Park. Efforts such as these have presented our community with the opportunity to attract tourism dollars, increasing our economic development resources, which, in turn allows us to further develop our local economic structure.

Having worked with Coleman County Foundation successfully in the past, SAF proposed another partnership on the Library project with the Coleman County Foundation, using matching funds to create a work-carrel at the library with its own computer and printer. This provides genealogy buffs, historians, and other interested citizens ready access to a treasure trove of Santa Anna history---all free!

Carol Herring giving instructions to Jim Spillman on how to retrieve articles from the old Santa Anna News.

The original microfilm and the state-of-the-art digital format Santa Anna News arrived back at home in the Library in late October. Everyone involved has expressed gratitude to the Coleman County Foundation for its generous contribution to this worthwhile project affecting the history of the Santa Anna area.

The Santa Anna Library Board, funded by the Bill Gates Foundation through the Texas State Library, obtained a new Computer and Laser printer to use for the viewing and printing of articles from the old Santa Anna News. James Pelton of Central Texas Communications in Goldthwaite assisted in acquiring and assembling the new system.
Carol Herring is pictured here again with Library volunteer Tex Wright.

Miss you Dad

One of my heroes, my Dad, Dan Pelton, who passed away earlier this year would have been seventy-seven today. He passed away in Tyler on August 14th of this year.

Born December 16, 1931 at home in Liberty Grove to William N. and Pearl Williford. was the youngest of six and was preceeded in death by his mother in 1983, his father in 1965, his sisters: Ethel, and Ruby, and his brothers: Melvin, Lester, and J.D.

He was a 1950 graduate of Garland High School and was always proud of being a Garland Owl. In the photo below he wears his Owl letter jacket he was awarded for being a manager of the football team.

He was also proud to have served his country in the United States Navy as a SeaBee stationed in Japan during the Korean War.

Friday Night Lights and a Little Ramble

Sometimes I wonder why I write this stuff, if anybody reads it, and why if you do. Then I realize that I write it because you read it... as always thanks for your kind words and words of support and encouragement.

Well its the middle of December and almost everybody is playing inside the nice, warm, and cozy gym, except the best of the best. Several classifications are playing finals this week and some next week. Almost every team I care about is playing basketball by now.

In the Division I Six-Man State Championship, the newly number one ranked Strawn Greyhounds will face the number six ranked Follett Panthers. This will be the first time, I think, that the State Champion will not have been a District Champion as neither Strawn nor Follett won their District. Last week both teams were underdogs in their semifinals game with Strawn pulling off a 102-70 upset of then number one Abbott and Follett defeating Fort Davis 63-56.

The game will be played at 7:00PM Saturday the 13th in Lubbock at Lowry Field which is where the Six-Man All-Stars games have been for several years and it is a really nice field. The Division II title game will be played in Wolfforth Frenship between Borden County and Woodson Saturday at 2:00.

The six-man playoffs have drawn some attention in Coleman County...

From Judy Hartman:
This is a bit of trivia after-the fact, but thought it might be of interest after reading your write-up about 6 man playoffs (you might already know this). The game between Strawn and Abbott was of interest to us because the coaches of these teams are brothers--twins, in fact. Brent and Kile Dawson are the sons of Billy Jack (Jack's Garage in Coleman) and Janie Dawson. Janie teaches, and this year is coaching at Panther Creek. Brent and Kile were both outstanding athletes at Panther Creek and went to college at Angelo State. Their younger brother, Travis is teaching/coaching at Westbrook. The Dawsons from here went to the Strawn-Abbott game in Glen Rose--sitting on each side half of the game.
Pardon the rambling. We are good friends with the Dawsons and are very proud of these young men.

It's OK to ramble Mrs. Hartman... I do too!

I told Mrs. Hartman that I knew the Dawson's were coaching those two teams and had read it on but that I didn't realize Janie Dawson was coaching at Panther Creek.

Mrs. Dawson was my first One-Act Play director and we did really good that year with a mostly Freshman play.. We advanced to the District Contest and I was named Zone Best Actor... maybe I should have stayed with acting!

Montie Guthrie also had this to add:
Speaking of Gordon High School-- Sandra Guthrie taught English there in the late 60's while her husband was finishing college. It was a very pleasant experience and it left her with an enduring affection for the area and the wonderful people who lived there and made her feel at home in completely unfamiliar surroundings.

When she started the job it took a while to get used to the names. Many of the families who live there today came to the area when neighboring Thurber (home of the Smokestack Restaurant on I-20) was a boom town due to the mining of the high-quality coal found there around the turn of the twentieth century. They were mostly of Italian and Polish heritage. A small-town west Texas girl, Sandra was not at all accustomed to names such as Solignanni, Andreatta, and Wegenke, and she struggled for quite some time getting her Texas tongue to work correctly on the unusual monnikers. Looking at the list of players from Gordon, it appears likely that some of the grandchildren of her students from that fabled past are still there and doing their school proud.

If you ever have a few minutes to spare as you travel along I-20 going east, turn off to the north at the Strawn exit, drive five miles north and eat one of Texas' best chicken fried steaks at Mary's Cafe and buy some wonderful homemade soap at the Soap Factory. Then drive four miles east to Mingus, Texas, where if it's late enough in the afternoon you might stop in for a brewski at the Trio Club or at Maw Tibbs'. Then head six more miles east to Gordon where you can see local art at the Gordon Gallery in the old Gordon Picture Show building. A quick five miles south from Gordon takes you back to I-20, having, for just a while, stepped back into a quieter, more pastoral time in Texas.

I had told Mrs. Hartman that Mrs. Dawson was my Freshman English teacher but I think it was Mrs. Guthrie. Either way I sure did like them both!

For you round ball fans the Santa Anna Varsity Boys are playing in the Lohn tournament Thursday, Friday, and Saturday according to the schedule I see. The Varsity Girls will play Panther Creek Friday the 12th at 6:30 in Perry Gym.

Benefit for Gillian Sapp






Speaking of Christmas...

I almost forgot about 2 Nights of Christmas in a Small Town...

I took a few pictures as I walked around...


Lane and Charlotte spread some Christmas Cheer!

Big Crowd at The Feed Store's outdoor theater

Even some story telling

Frau Meister hands out the sugar plums

Wasn't it nice to see everyone?

I also received this message:
When my husband and I arrived in Santa Anna December 6th, and saw the hustle and bustle it did my heart good. It was delightful to see your community alive and well.

Now to thank all those involved in the 'Two Nights of Christmas in a Small Texas Town.' It was delightful, impressive, entertaining and fun. You did a great job with all the festivities! Thanks to all the merchants for the refreshments, lovely stores and warm Christmas greetings. The city looks so nice and congratulations and a special thanks to The Feedstore.

We plan to return next year and bring all our kids and their kids.

Alpha Anthamatten
Abilene, TX

Credit Fix and Debt Elimination Scams

By Greg Abbott - Attorney General of Texas
Texans with mounting consumer debt or bad credit ratings may be tempted by quick fixes during difficult economic times. Unfortunately, there are no easy ways to remedy bad credit. So, if a credit repair or debt relief offer sounds too good to be true - it usually is just that.

Rebuilding a good credit rating takes time and good financial management. Legitimate credit counseling services and debt repayment plans can offer long-term, practical solutions to debt management. It is critical, though, that debtors distinguish between lawful assistance programs and fraudulent schemes that attempt to take advantage of struggling debtors.

Unfortunately, many fraudulent "debt elimination" and "credit repair" scams charge customers hefty fees for "quick fixes" that never materialize. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has aggressively cracked down on these unlawful scams.

Last year, our Consumer Protection and Public Health Division stopped two Austin-based operations from falsely claiming they could remove "negative" items from clients' credit reports. Only inaccurate or obsolete items can be legally removed from a debtor's credit report, while items that reflect negatively on a person's credit must remain on this report until they expire with the passing of a set amount of time. The companies, Austin Credit Doctor and America's Credit Doctor, charged customers several hundred dollars in advance fees for their unlawful "credit repair" services.

Texans with inaccurate or obsolete information on their credit reports can work directly with credit reporting companies to remove information that should not be included. They don't need to pay a "credit repair" service to remove the items for them.

A related scheme, "debt elimination" scams, falsely promise to eliminate consumer debt within just a few short months.

Frequently, these scams charge large, up-front fees and then fail to deliver any valuable services to customers. For example, the OAG stopped a fraudulent "debt elimination" operation that falsely promised to quickly and completely eliminate customers' debt.

To become enrolled in the program, customers were required to wire a one-time $5,000 deposit to an unidentified "bank." The scam's operators claimed the bank would initiate a debt elimination process and use the deposit to defray the costs of that process. Once all the customers' cumulative debt reached $100 million, the bank promised to make loans that would pay off individual customers' debts.

However, the $5,000 fee was actually deposited to an account that our investigators traced to Panama. The operation's owner never offered any evidence that a "bank" even existed. In truth, the scam was simply trying to cash in on the vulnerability of overwhelmed debtors. As a result, sadly, the already struggling customers lost their $5,000 deposits.

Legitimate financial assistance for customers facing seemingly impossible debt is available. Texans with problems paying their debts should immediately contact their creditors and seek alternate payment arrangements. Creditors are generally willing to negotiate terms directly with customers, so a debt management company is frequently unnecessary. Debtors should ask whether alternate arrangements would affect their credit history. Even if creditors reduce the payments and give debtors more time to pay a debt, doing so may show up for several years on debtors' credit reports.

Texans seeking debt management services should do their research before hiring one of these firms. It's important to check with the Better Business Bureau - and even the OAG - to see whether other customers have filed complaints. It may also prove helpful to consult with an attorney about debt relief options. Ultimately, creditors must decide whether to accept a debtor's restructuring offer. Even if the creditor accepts the offer, the debtor may face credit and tax-related implications.

There are seldom quick fixes to a consumer's credit history if it reflects legitimate debts the consumer failed to repay. The key to rebuilding credit is to manage debt and to consistently pay bills on time.


Points To Remember

Be diligent in paying bills and debts today to ensure good credit in the future. For assistance with credit problems, education and counseling:
(800) 388-2227 .

To obtain a free copy of your credit report:
(877) 322-8228

To contact the three major credit bureaus:
(888) 397-3742 .
(800) 685-1111 .
(800) 916-8800 .

Information on this and other topics is available on the Attorney General's Web site at

Historical Santa Anna Part II of a Series

Santa Anna's First Christian Church is the second of my Historical Santa Anna Series and part of the Historical Page of

I actually began covering the Church's roof replacement that started in January of this year(2008).

KTAB TV interviewed longtime church member Mrs. Juanita Naron out in front of the Church in February. See: KTAB's web site for the video and article titled "Historical Church Endangered". The online article mentions the Church was listed on the Preservation Texas, Inc,'s Most Endangered Places 2008

Mrs. Naron being interviewed by KTAB

Church with old "D" Lock Shingles

The Church, located on the corner of South First Street and Avenue C, is one of Santa Anna's Texas Historic Landmarks and bears a Texas Historical Commission Official Historical Medallion which reads:

Founded in 1894, this congregation worshiped in various places until members purchased this lot in 1900 and began construction of their own building. The Rev. E. M. Douthit and the Rev. B. B. Sanders led the dedication ceremonies in April 1901. A solid brass bell hangs in the off-center entry tower and spire that dominates this frame church. The interior has original beaded ceiling and wainscoting. The kerosene lamp in the vestibule has been converted to electricity. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1976

Wild Blue Photography by Stephanie Dane


Christmas is about giving and I wanted to start it off with a donation to the Salvation Army. I donated and started my own kettle above so that you can give too if you want.

I also found a couple of other ways to give if you aren't sure how including the Red Cross's Holiday Mail for Heroes good until December 10th...

This really started on Sunday night when I watched another episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and I absolutely hate the show. This show really makes me realize how fortunate I am. Every time I watch it I end up crying most of the way through. It really started before the show when they had the top ten Makeover moments or something like that and luckily I only got in on the last couple... but that was enough to get me going. Once I start watching I can't ever stop... and I was just flipping the channels during Sunday Night Football!

Anyhow they have started a new deal with Sears for Christmas. I have always been a fan of Sears and they are a major sponsor of the show.

I remember when I was a little kid growing up I could not wait for the Sears Wishbook to come in the mail. I would wear the pages out looking at the toys!

The deal is they are donating Sears gift cards based on donations to military families for Christmas to make wishes come true called "Heroes at Home Wish Registry". If you are searching for a reason to help someone else that is really in need consider this one... Thanks, James.

Coleman County Historical Commission

We reported last week that Coleman County’s Historical Commission (CCHC) needs active commission members to serve for the 2009-2010 term beginning in January 2009. This is a follow-up giving more info about why you should be interested.

If you find this of interest, and would like to be a part of the action, come to the next CCHC business meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday the 11th, in the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce meeting room. Be a part of Coleman County’s past that could be its future.

Last week’s article noted the financial advantages to attracting cultural and heritage travelers. But, folks have been asking what historical assets Coleman County has that would attract tourists.

Following is a list of a few of our ‘attractions’. But, as we mentioned last week, without your help, these undeveloped resources are at best wasted and at worst, will disappear. Resources such as:
-Camp Colorado on Jim Ned Creek (1857) One of the original structures exists, in a modified form, and there is a great deal of Texas history that deals with the camp. A plus is that it was later purchased by a former Texas Ranger named Sackett (a natural draw to fans of Louis Lamour novels).

-Chronicle & Democrat Voice Newspaper Printing Shop (1881). This is a fantastic opportunity. 19th and 20th century printing equipment fills the room. It is a complete example of how newspapers were printed before the advent of computers. The Autry family has offered the use of this facility as a museum. But we need help in making this an operating reality.

-Second oldest, still operating, county jail in the state (1890).

-Coleman High School Building (1926) In addition to its pure historic value, this building offers a complete auditorium and lots of room for parking. A great event center for plays, films, corporate events and more. It’s a solid building with very little asbestos.

-WWII Flight Training School. Although it opened October 7, 1941 – two months exactly before Pearl Harbor, and trained thousands of WWII pilots, the majority of Coleman County citizens don't know that it existed.

-Brick Streets (1920’s) Communities all across America recognize the value of maintaining or, in some cases, building back brick streets to add to the heritage attraction of their communities. Several of our brick streets need rebuilding where they have been damaged, usually by underlying utilities. One brick street needs exposing. Commercial Avenue is brick covered by asphalt. There now exists a process that can be used to remove and recover this needed hot mix for use on other city streets here.

-Santa Anna ‘Mountains’ (sometime after The Creation). Shown, un-named, on many early maps, these ‘mountains’ have a rich history going back to when the only inhabitants of the area were Indians. They were also used by soldiers, Texas Rangers and others as a lookout and signaling post. Later they were mined for their sand (Santa Anna Silica Sand Mine in Santa Anna) and rock. Sitting at the foot of one of the mountains is the Texas Ranger Park which was a depression-era National Youth Adm. (NYA) project constructed for use by retired Texas Rangers in 1938.

-Numerous architectural attractions such as:
-Soon to be rebuilt (hopefully) 1884 Courthouse
-the Overall (1923) and Morris (1935) Hospital Buildings
-Coleman Power Plant (1930’s)
-Downtown buildings in all communities (Santa Anna is doing a great job on several)
-Martin Brick Co. plant
-Downtown Coleman ‘Coca Cola’ sign painted on ‘Jesse Penney’ building
-Coleman Depot (1915?)
-Old Coleman pump stations on Hord’s Creek (1895)
-Sealy Hospital Building in Santa Anna (not much left) (1917)
-Rock Wall at Coleman High’s ‘Hufford Field’ (1940, another NYA Project)
-Small Iron Bridges in county
-Waldrip Bridge over Colorado River (1895, 1910, & 1936 [using an 1893 main span])
-Old school buildings: Centennial (1940), Shields (1918), Talpa (1935), Santa Anna (1941)
-Many Historic County Residences
- Rockwell Bros. Lumber Co. (not many of these old wood lumber companies around).
-and many more

Don't Delay!
Cattlewomen’s New Year’s Eve Gala
Ticket Sales End December 15th

For the perfect Christmas gift, give tickets to the Circle C Cattlewomen’s New Year’s Eve Gala, to be held at the Bill Franklin Center on December 31, 2008. As a finale to Coleman County’s Sesquicentennial year, this "cowboy chic" event will include an outstanding steak dinner provided by Home Creek Cookin’ and will be followed by dancing to the music of the Metheny Brothers, who bring some of the best country dancing music you will ever find.

There will also be silent and live auctions, with an emphasis on very special western items. The auctions will benefit Circle C Cattlewomen’s "Excellence in Agriculture" scholarships, as well as premiums for beef exhibitors at the Coleman County Junior Livestock Show and beef entries in the 4-H Food Show.

To properly assure good luck in the New Year, Cattlewomen members will be providing a "Black-Eyed Pea Buffet" at midnight, with members preparing an array of special recipes. There will also be fun party favors.

Tickets are $30.00 per person and are available at the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, at the Lone Star Steak House in Santa Anna, or from any Circle C Cattlewomen member. Tickets are limited and sales end December 15th, so do not delay! This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the New Year in a great atmosphere with family and friends and stay right here in Coleman. Any questions may be directed to the Chamber of Commerce at (325) 625-2163.

Cen-Tex Land Co.



Friday Ramble

Well I didn't get to go to Mineral Wells last Friday to watch the six-man football game of the week. Billed as the "Battle of Palo Pinto County" the Gordon Longhorns and the Strawn Greyhounds played in a rare Quarterfinals rematch game between two teams from the same district. Gordon won the Divison I District 10 game against Strawn in week 9 by a score of 60-30 giving the Greyhounds their only loss this year and the Longhorns the District Championship. The Greyhounds won the Quarterfinals rematch last week against the Longhorns by a reversed thirty point plus spread 89-58.

I listened to the game on a Mineral Wells radio station on the Internet. It was supposed to be raining and cold so I decided to stay in the comfort of home. It sounded like a good game. Both teams had a long history as they are only eight miles apart. While listening to the game I ran across the which had interesting reading including this to say about the rivalry:

The Gordon and Strawn rivalry has been noted as one of the biggest in the state of Texas. Most years the game decides either district champions or playoff implications between these two schools only eight miles apart. The Horns and the Hounds have faced each other 56 times in a series that began in 1923, back in eleven-man days. The two teams have faced each other continuously since 1957, with the exception of 1963.

Strawn switched to the six-man format in 1957, Gordon did so in 1955. Strawn was 6-0 versus Gordon in eleven-man action (1923-1946). The overall series is tied at 27-27-3 as of 11/3/2008. Gordon leads the record in six-man play 27-21-3.

The Strawn Greyhounds ranked number three will face the number one team from Abbott in this week's game of the week and State Semifinal to be played in Glen Rose at 7:30PM. Abbott defeated number two Calvert last week 38-28 in what some say was the State Championship... we will see. Abbott is picked by two points so it should be a good game to watch. In the other Division I State Semifinal number six ranked Fort Davis will take on number ten ranked Follett in Trent Friday at 7:00PM. Fort Davis is picked by 21 by

I may just have to stick around Santa Anna for the first night of "Two Nights Christmas in a Small Town"... see below.

Don't forget about the "2008 Christmas in the Heart in the Park" in Brady on Saturday and Sunday... see below for more information.

The Santa Anna Mountaineers and Lady Mountaineers are also playing in the Rochelle Tournament this Thursday through Saturday. I think the girls played Priddy Thursday night.

I will be heading to a Christmas party at work in Goldthwaite on Saturday night. I may have to go early and catch the Mills County lighted Christmas parade. Who knows? I may get see old Tom Guthrie dressed up as Santa on a float!

Santa Anna Chamber of Commerce


Santa Anna Retail Merchants Assoc.

Proudly Presents its 5th Annual

“2 Nights of Christmas in a Small Town”

Fri. and Sat. Dec. 5th and 6th


Fri. & Sat. 4 to 7 pm Texas Wine Tasting at Sunny’s

Extended Shopping in our historically unique town

Fine dining

Performances at the courtyard next to The Feedstore

Friday - 6:00 p.m. worship dance team from Nashville

 “Nu Ways O Praze”

6:30 p.m. Gospel Singer/Songwriter, Danny Chambers

Saturday - 6:00 p.m. “Nu Ways O Praze”

6:30 p.m. Christian singer, Rachael Lampa

Saturday Night Dance at The Armory


Ponty Bone & The Squeezetones

From Austin, Texas

9 to 12 p.m.

Santa Anna Texas website

2008 Christmas in the Heart in the Park

The Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce will host Christmas in the Heart December 6th and 7th. The celebration kicks-off the Christmas season with family entertainment, holiday cheer, Santa Claus and a live nativity.

With the courthouse under restoration and renovation, the Chamber is working with the City of Brady and McCulloch County to provide residents and visitors a unique holiday event unlike anything we’ve had before.

Kick-off of the event begins Saturday morning with the Live Oak Trade Days Arts and Crafts Fair and Christmas Bazaar at the Ed Davenport Civic Center. The show will feature vendors from around the region offering their merchandise in a nice, warm indoor setting. Along with shopping opportunities, there will be live entertainment from local groups throughout the day and an opportunity for children to visit with Santa! Come have a picture with jolly old St. Nick from 10am- 12pm and again from 1-3pm. Saturday’s shopping hours are 10am until 5pm. If you can’t make it Saturday, the show will reopen on Sunday at 12 noon and will feature a luncheon served until 2pm. Once you’ve had your fill, stroll about the vendors to get some shopping done. The show will close at 5pm on Sunday.

Saturday evening, head to Richards Park for Brady’s first-ever lighted trail. We will "flip the switch" at 6pm and bring the park to life with sparkling lights, dancing displays and holiday spirit. Santa will once again be on hand for photo opportunities for children. We will also have a new attraction for picture enthusiasts, a live nativity scene. Stop by and don angel wings or a shepherd’s staff to pose with Mary and Joseph.

Festivities in the park will also include hot chocolate, carolers, and carriage rides. Rides will be available from 6pm until 8pm and will run from the VFW Hall through the lighted trail and back.

The Chamber is excited about this new event and hopes everyone in the community will come out to see the park transformed into a lighted wonderland. The display will be up throughout the entire month of December, so visit early and often.

For more information regarding the scheduled events, please call the chamber office at 597-3491 or email

Santa Anna ISD


Santa Anna High School will host a college financial aid orientation on December 4, 2008, at 6:30 pm in the school Library. The program should last about an hour and will cover the steps in completing the general application form (FAFSA), stress the importance of grants and scholarships, explain the nature of student and parent loans, and instruct on avoiding scholarship scams. Refreshments will be served.

The program will be presented by Jim Glossbrenner, financial aid expert with Panhandle-Plains Student Loan Corporation. Jim’s career in education includes sixteen years of work connected to financial aid at Angelo State University. A drawing will be held for a Panhandle-Plains $100 scholarship for attending seniors or those represented by a parent.

For more information, call Montie Guthrie at 325.348.3136.

That Santa Anna Store

Research Your Holiday Shopping Options

By Greg Abbott - Attorney General of Texas
With the holiday season approaching, manufacturers and retailers are offering a variety of payment, rebate, and discount options as they strive to attract shoppers during difficult economic times. Though these offers can be especially attractive to families facing tight budgets, it is critical that buyers understand the details - and consequences of any financial arrangement.

Many retailers are advertising items for sale on layaway. Under this arrangement, customers agree to purchase an item, but do not immediately leave the store with their purchase. Instead, the store retains an item while the purchaser pays for it over an established period of time. Because the store retains possession of the purchase, no credit is required. As a result, layaway purchases may be increasingly prevalent in a credit-strapped economy.

Layaway can be particularly appealing to purchasers who do not have checking accounts or credit cards. Unlike credit cards, layaway programs usually charge no interest on purchases.

Most layaway programs charge a fee for holding the purchase and require customers to pay the full purchase price within a certain time - which may last from 30 days to a year or more. If a customer is ultimately unable to afford the item, retailers will usually give a full refund, minus the layaway fee.

Since the purchases will be held at the store, layaway can also be useful to parents who want to keep their children from discovering Christmas gifts early.

Texans should carefully collect and save all records of their layaway or payment plan.

Manufacturers and retailers also are using mail-in rebates to entice shoppers. Under Texas law, a company offering a rebate must mail the rebate to the purchaser within a stated time period. If no time period is specified, the company must pay the rebate 30 days after receiving the rebate request. If a purchaser submits an improperly completed rebate request within the appropriate time period, the company must either process the rebate as if it was properly completed or notify the purchaser that the rebate request was improperly submitted.

Texans seeking mail-in rebates should keep complete purchase records. Purchasers must follow the instructions on the rebate form carefully and submit all required documentation on time. In the event problems arise, purchasers seeking a rebate should keep a copy of all documents sent to the manufacturer or retailer.

Customers who do not receive their rebates or are otherwise concerned that a retailer has failed to fulfill a promise can file a complaint with the OAG. Complaints should include all relevant information about the vendor and should specifically state any concerns about misleading terms or conditions on rebate forms. Texans also can file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission.


Points To Remember

When considering layaway:
Be aware of any fees and payment deadlines.
Read and keep records of any contracts.

To successfully claim a mail-in rebate:
Keep close track of the date of purchase, the expiration date of the rebate offer, and the expiration date on the rebate check.
Submit required paperwork in a timely fashion.
Keep copies of the transaction for your own records.

To file a complaint:
(800) 252-8011


(877) 382-4357

For more information about this and other consumer topics, visit the Office of the Attorney General online at

Santa Anna Grocery

No more bakery or donuts but now they have made to order pizza and sub sandwiches and they are good!

Be sure and tell James at sent you...

Santa Anna Grocery

County Stockshow Meeting

Coleman County Livestock Show committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 9th at 5:30 at the Bill Franklin Center to discuss the upcoming livestock show in January.

All interested persons are encouraged to attend.

For more information contact Sarah Beal at 325-785-4291 or

Something I have wanted to do for a long time... this is the first of a series set to become part of the Historical Page of

Historic Santa Anna

This first in the series is regarding the historical marker placed by the Texas Historical Survey Committee in 1965. The marker is located downtown next to Santa Anna City Hall on Wallis Ave (US 67/84).

The marker reads:
Santa Anna, C.S.A.
Mountain and town named in honor of man in power here in 1840's, a Comanche chief friendly to Texans. Santa Anna in 1846 visited President Polk in Washington during U.S. negotiations to annex Texas. Also signed and kept until his death of cholera in 1849 peace treaties that allowed the German Emigration Company to settle lands north of the Llano River. Comanches used Santa Anna peaks as signal points. Early surveyors, travelers, explorers and settlers took them as guide points. In 1857, nearby United States Cavalry at Camp Colorado kept lookouts here. In the Civil War, 1861-65, frontier kept lookouts here. At foot of mountain, with sentries on heights watching at the pass the military road from San Antonio northeastward to Fort Belknap, a strategic outpost guarding Texas from invasion by Indians and Federal troops. During the 1870's thousands of longhorns went through the gap, over the western cattle trail. In 1879, "The Gap" had a store and post office to supply the cattle drives. When Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe built here in 1886, settlers moved from The Gap to the railroad, starting the present town. Quarries in the mountain yield fine sands for the manufacturing of glass. (1965)

I actually took these pictures of the marker which is between City Hall and what was Noreta's back in November of 2005

Santa Anna Historical Development Organization

Coleman County’s Historical Commission Seeking Members

Coleman County’s Historical Commission (CCHC) needs active commission members to serve for the 2009-2010 term beginning in January 2009. The commission must meet a minimum of four times per year and works with community members to "protect and preserve the state’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations". Don’t quit reading yet. You need to know why you should be interested.

This is not a demanding duty, but it is serious business. Commission members should serve as leaders and coordinators. Texas Historical Commission staff in Austin is always there to help and sponsors an annual conference with great workshops. The 2009 conference will be held April 15-17 at the Lakeway Hotel and Conference Center on Lake Travis. Texas ranks second in the U.S. in the number of cultural and heritage travelers visiting the state and local economies benefit from these tourists who spend almost $30 more per day and stay longer than the average traveler.

Why do we need a local commission? What does it mean to the people of Coleman County? We have historic/prehistoric resources in the county that could draw in more tourism dollars. Tourists buy gas, groceries and restaurant meals. They buy gifts and medicine and auto parts. They stay in local motels and Bed & Breakfasts.

All these businesses employ people and advertise. The businesses and their employees buy gas, groceries, meals, gifts, medicine, auto parts, hardware, automobiles and houses. They buy clothes and get their clothes cleaned and their oil changed, their hurts fixed, their taxes done, and they insure their houses, buy natural gas, electricity, phone service and television reception. In short, when we get more tourism, we all benefit. When you help make your commission effective, you help your business.

We have a rich and exciting history with Indian attacks, floods, train robberies, cattle drives, hangings, shootings, and more. We have many interesting and diverse historic/prehistoric resources that, if developed, could draw visitors to the county. But, without your help, these resources are at best wasted and at worst, will disappear.

If you want to make a difference, contact one of the CCHC nominating committee members: Maxine Cope, Roger Nelson or James Winstead.

Santa Anna National Bank

Ring in the New Year!
Circle C Cattlewomen’s New Year’s Eve Gala

As a finale to Coleman County’s Sesquicentennial year, the Circle C Cattlewomen are hosting their New Year’s Eve Gala at the Bill Franklin Center on December 31, 2008. The event will include an outstanding steak dinner provided by Home Creek Cookin’ and will be followed by dancing to the music of the Metheny Brothers. The Metheny Brothers are icons in the south Texas area, bringing the best in western swing dance music in the style of Ray Price and Johnny Bush. They are elite pickers with plenty of fiddle and steel guitar. There will also be silent and live auctions, with an emphasis on very special western items. The auctions will benefit Circle C Cattlewomen’s "Excellence in Agriculture" scholarships, as well as premiums for beef exhibitors at the Coleman County Junior Livestock Show and beef entries in the 4-H Food Show.

Tickets are $30.00 per person and are available at the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce or from any Circle C Cattlewomen member. Tickets are limited, so do not delay! This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the New Year in a great atmosphere with family and friends and stay right here in Coleman. Any questions may be directed to the Chamber of Commerce at (325) 625-2163.

Sunkissed Tanning Salon

Time to start working on that tan!

Sunkissed Tanning Salon @ 302 S. 5th and Avenue C, right south of the Presbyterian Church. Contact Amber at 325-636-3973 or 325-357-4515 to get started.

*All new bulbs
*$27 per month
*Refer a friend as a new customer and get $5 off your next month!
*Couples discount--$50 per month
*Off-season special rate--September 1 thru January 31--tan for only $20 per month!

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