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Remember Those Who Serve

The list of those serving our country continues to grow.

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, Misti Graves, Bobby Hale, Patrick Kerr, Heather LaChance, Truman Matthews, Jeff Rivera, Josh Rivera, Michael Ruth, Marty Siller, Allen Tucker, Lance Vasquez, Scott Watson, Shane Watson, and Seth Wickson.

Special thanks also to Montie Guthrie for helping me out with this list.

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



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Send me your organization's meeting, family, or class reunion notices and reports, your births and weddings, and your favorite Santa Anna sports team write ups or pictures or whatever is on your mind.

Send your news items to news@santaannanews.com or use our convenient form!

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Glenn's Car Sales


More Rain

I poured another inch or so on Thursday evening the 30th.

Tex Wright reports, "I poured 1.00 from the guage on Wednesday morning and another .95 in the guage on Thursday morning for a 1.95 total of much needed rain."

My gauges aren't as accurate as Tex's!


Rain

Last week one day I poured out a half inch or so from several days of small showers... one day I think the shower evaporated before I could look in the gauge... I could have sworn one day it was so hot that the little dab of water evaporated before it hit the ground!

But on Wednesday the 29th, I poured out an inch or so from the really nice shower that passed though the Central Texas area in the mid morning.


HARTMANS GATHER FOR 38TH REUNION

"And a fun time was had by all" was the sentiment of all those in attendance at the 38th annual Hartman Reunion held July 18th in Bangs, Texas. The descendents of I. E. and Reba Hartman gathered with three of I. E. and Reba’s children present this year: Edd Hartman, Winnie Blanscett, and J. B. Hartman. Also present were grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great, grandchildren. A total of 45 attended the reunion this year.

Registration began at 10:00 with visiting and games taking up most of the morning. After a "bring your own" lunch, there was a short business meeting. It was decided to donate $200.00 to the Santa Anna Cemetery Association again this year.

A "white elephant" auction was held with the proceeds going toward reunion expenses. Auctioneer Dale Reeves, with Randall Blanscett and Mike Hartman assisting, keep the bidding lively. $950.00 was raised.

The ever-popular Candy Guessing Contests were back this year. Winners were Dale Reeves and Terry Mach. The "Box Game", as usual, was a big hit again this year. Stephanie Edwards and Javin Walker were the big winners.

Prizes were also awarded as follows: Oldest in Attendance- Ruby Hartman; Youngest in Attendance-Caden Boyle; and Traveled the fartherest- Atchley sisters, Hallee and Chloe. Door prizes went to Sandra Walker, Beth Hartman, Hannah Hartman, Randy Blanscett and Scott Walker.

Grandpa’s Catering (aka Ronnie Hartman, Stan Hartman, Terry Mach, and Jordan Mach) prepared the meat for the evening meal, which consisted of grilled pork tenderloin, sausage, and chicken tenders with all the trimmings. Cherry cobbler topped off the evening meal.

Those in attendance were:
Austin: Dale and Carol Reeves, Fred Reeves, Bobby Blanscett
Bangs: Sandra and Harry Walker
Brownwood: Eddie and Mary Ann Hartman, Ronnie and Beth Hartman
Burkett: Cindy and Daryl Boyle
Canyon: Hallee and Chloe Atchley
Early: Peyton and Raemi Walker
Euless: Matt, Jonna, Taylor, Baylee, Mattie, and Caden Boyle
Fort Worth: Shannon Boyle
Midland: Randy and Randall Blanscett, Winnie Blanscett, Tonya Spain
Midlothian: Robin, Terry and Jordan Mach
New Braunfels: Scotty, June, Javin, Jayce, and Jenna Walker, Debra Hough
Odessa: J. B. and Sandra Hartman
Santa Anna: Edd and Ruby Hartman, Stan and Judy Hartman, Hannah Hartman, Stephanie Edwards
Snyder: Mike Hartman


UNLOCKING REVELATION'S MYSTERIES
Answers for You and Your Future

Submitted by: Janet Chastain

A "Power Points of Prophecy Seminar" is being held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Santa Anna, Texas. The meetings are 7 PM to 8:30 PM, Thursday JULY 23 thru Saturday AUGUST 22, 2009, with no meetings on Sundays or Wednesdays.

Lynnwood Spangler is the presenter for this Seminar. Lynnwood has shared this "Power Points of Prophecy Seminar" around the world: in Africa, Asia, South America, the Philippines and Europe, as well as throughout the USA. He presents this seminar as a thought-provoking study of the Bible prophecies affecting our world today. Lynnwood's dynamic illustrated presentations are easy to follow, helping thousands obtain a clearer understanding of world events from a Biblical perspective. Those attending will gain new insights to life's most pressing questions.

The Bible alone will be the only textbook used. In fact all who attend will be offered a King James Version Bible to use during the Seminar, which will be a gift to them at the close of the meetings on August 22nd. There will be free study materials handed out to assist in more in-depth studies of each night's presentation. All are welcome to attend, none are excluded; we all need to be well informed and to prepare for the events that are overtaking our world today.

Drawing for free gifts are held nightly. We encourage you to come early so you can participate in the free gifts that are given each evening.

Please feel free to bring your children with you: Free Nursery care will be provided for children 0-3 years of age and a free "Kids' Time" program will be held for children 4-12 years of age, each night of the Seminar. Presenters for the "Kids' Time" programs will be Lyle & Carol Linscott from Cisco, Texas. Carol was the director of our recent "Crocodile Dock" Vacation Bible School, so you know it will be a great experience for your children!

Seminar is located at the church on Santa Anna Mountain:
142 CR 106, Santa Anna, Texas 76878.
Be sure to visit our website at http://www.santaannachurch.com/


SAVFD Dons New Uniforms

Submitted by: Judy Meister
On Monday, July 20th, the Santa Anna Volunteer Fire Department met for their monthly drill training night. On this night however, training did not take place outside the station. This was the first night that firefighters were able to utilized their new powerpoint equipment with a presentation being given on "Forcible Entry."

According to Training Officer, Terry Taylor, the system will help in basic firefighting, interior search, ladders, hose and ventilation training.

Taylor said that the equipment will be very useful, especially on those training days when it is raining outside.

The powerpoint equipment was made possible because of a grant provided by RISC, Inc. And Fireman’s Fund Insurance.

The grant also allowed for the purchase of gas masks that include regulators and bottles at the cost of around $800 each.

Also on Monday, some of the volunteers were able to "show off" the department’s new uniforms, or as they're called in firefighting terminology "bunker gear" or "turnouts".

The 14 uniforms were purchased with the help of an $8,000 grant provided by the Texas Forest Service under the direction of Texas A & M. The SAVFD then supplemented the expenditures with an additional $5,000.

The suites are constructed in three layers, an outer layer, thermal liner which acts as a moisture barrier and interior lining.

Harold Fahrlender noted that the jackets are extremely heavy and can become very uncomfortable at times, but are able to withstand around 800 degrees for a short period of time.

Each of the uniforms cost around $1,100 and includes helmets and steel toed boots with steel inserted into the soles.

Proud models of the uniforms, volunteers Romero Guerrero, Zack Taylor and Jeremy McGee agreed that it should take them approximately two minutes to suit up for an emergency.

Pictured above from left to right:
Romero Guerrero, Harold Fahrlender, Jeremy McGee, Zack Carter, Earl Ellis and Eddie York. Also present was Terry Taylor


More Old Santa Anna News

A couple of more articles from the Santa Anna News archives at the Santa Anna Library.

These two images are from the January 14th, 1955 edition of the Santa Anna News.

The articles show the Coleman County Telephone Coop early days, Santa Anna National Bank, Mountaineer basketball success, and more...

I found them interesting and hope you do too.




Coleman County Telephone Cooperative


2009-2010 Santa Anna School Supply Lists

Pre K

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th & 6th Grade

7th & 8th Grade



Santa Anna ISD


School Supplies?

Is it really time to go back to school? Maybe not! But it is time to start thinking about and get those Summer vacations in.

Two a day work outs start August 3rd for football and volleyball. That's only two more weeks!

There are scrimmages on the 15th and 22nd and the first game is a JV game on the 27th and a Varsity game on the 28th.

According to the school calendar the first day of school is August 24th.


Sales Tax Holiday

Clothing Sales Tax Holiday, August 21-23, 2009

August 21 - 23, 2009

Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 21, 22 and 23 - the state's annual tax holiday. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Backpacks under $100 and used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt. A backpack is a pack with straps one wears on the back. The exemption during the sales tax holiday includes backpacks with wheels, provided they can also be worn on the back like a traditional backpack, and messenger bags. The exemption does not include items that are reasonably defined as luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks. Ten or fewer backpacks can be purchased tax-free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller.

School Supplies - New in 2009!

The 81st Texas Legislature recently passed HB 1801 (2009) expanding the list of items qualifying for exemption from Texas state and local sales and use taxes during the annual sales tax holiday in August. Effective this year, in addition to clothes, footwear and some backpacks, Texas families also get a sales tax break on most school supplies priced at less than $100 purchased for use by a student in an elementary or secondary school.

The following is an all-inclusive list of qualifying school supplies (if priced less than $100):

  1. Binders
  2. Book bags
  3. Calculators
  4. Cellophane tape
  5. Blackboard chalk
  6. Compasses
  7. Composition books
  8. Crayons
  9. Erasers
  10. Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
  11. Glue, paste and paste sticks
  12. Highlighters
  13. Index cards
  14. Index card boxes
  15. Legal pads
  1. Lunch boxes
  2. Markers
  3. Notebooks
  4. Paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
  5. Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  6. Pencil sharpeners
  7. Pencils
  8. Pens
  9. Protractors
  10. Rulers
  11. Scissors
  12. Writing tablets

No exemption certificate is required - with one exception. If the purchaser is buying the supplies under a business account, the retailer must obtain an exemption certificate from the purchaser certifying that the items are purchased for use by an elementary or secondary school student. “Under a business account” means the purchaser is using a business credit card or business check rather than a personal credit card or personal check; being billed under a business account maintained at the retailer; or is using a business membership at a retailer that is membership based.

List of Clothing, Footwear and Backpacks, and Their Exempton Status

TAX-FREE

TAXED

  • Baby clothes
  • Backpacks for use by elementary and secondary students
  • Belts with attached buckles
  • Boots - cowboy, hiking
  • Caps/hats - baseball, fishing, golf, knitted
  • Coats and wraps
  • Diapers - adult and baby
  • Dresses
  • Gloves (generally)
  • Gym suits and uniforms
  • Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
  • Hosiery
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Jerseys - baseball and football
  • Jogging apparel
  • Neckwear and ties
  • Pajamas
  • Pants and trousers
  • Raincoats and ponchos
  • Robes
  • Shirts
  • Shoes - sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking
  • Socks (including athletic)
  • Shorts
  • Suits, slacks, and jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweat suits
  • Sweaters
  • Swimsuits
  • Underclothes
  • Work clothes and uniforms
  • Accessories (generally) - barrettes, elastic ponytail holders, wallets, watches
  • Backpacks - unless for use by elementary and secondary students
  • Baseball cleats and pants
  • Belt buckles (without belt)
  • Boots - climbing, fishing, rubber work boots, ski, waders
  • Buttons and zippers
  • Cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics
  • Dry cleaning services
  • Football pants
  • Golf gloves
  • Handbags and purses
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Hard hats
  • Helmets - bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports
  • Ice skates
  • Jewelry
  • Laundering services
  • Leather goods - except belts with buckles and wearing apparel
  • Pads - football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear, and costumes)
  • Roller blades and skates
  • Safety clothing, glasses
  • Shoes - bicycle (cleated), bowling, golf

A word of caution: If you sell items that do not qualify for the exemption, you may not advertise or promise that you will pay your customers' sales tax. Additionally, you are prohibited from advertising that you will not collect sales tax on items that do not qualify. You may advertise that tax is included in the sales price of the taxable items that you sell, however.

For information on how to report tax on these sales, please visit Reporting Sales Tax on Tax-Free Items or call us toll free at (800) 252-5555.

[ Extended List of Clothing and Footwear ]



Santa Anna Historical Development Organization


More Old Santa Anna News

A couple more ads... I remember Harrel Cupps coming to fix our TV's...

The Queen Theatre had a benefit for the Cemetery sponsored by the Mountain City Garden Club... how about those prices?


Santa Anna News

I know some of you don't want "old news" but I can't help myself and the news flow is still a little slow with school out. I could spend hours, no... days, looking at the old Santa Anna News papers at the Santa Anna Library.

This front page article about the Boy Scouts selling tickets caught my eye from the same edition as the article about the Armory below and has several names of local interest still.

Harry Crews was the Scoutmaster and the Wylie boys, Robert Pritchard, Emitt Stiles, a Wardlow, and even one of those Hartman Brothers, Eddie, was involved.

Still good advice from a 1955 Santa Anna National Bank ad



Santa Anna National Bank


Runnels County Forage Tour

News Release
By: Marty Gibbs
CEA-AG
Runnels County

The Runnels County Ag & Natural Resources Committee will host at Forage Tour at the Glen Halfmann Farm in Miles on Thursday, July 23rd beginning at 8:00 a.m. near Miles. The program will begin with a tour of the Forage Sorghum Variety Test Plot on Hwy 67 North. Dr Ricky Rice will discuss the varieties and lead the tour of the forages. At approximately 9:00 a.m., the tour will move to Wetherby Hall in Miles where several guest speakers will talk including: Dr David Drake, AgriLife Extension Agronomist, “Nitrate Toxicitiy and Prussic Acid Poisoning”, Dr Alan McGinty, AgriLife Extension Range Specialist, “Chemical Brush Control options for Mesquite and Pricklypear”, and Jan Hatler, Texas Department of Agriculture, “Laws and Regulations for Pesticide Applicators”. A complimentary noon meal will be provided by B&H Seed Services beginning at approximately 11:00 am. Three hours of continuing education credits will be given to pesticide applicators in attendance. For more information or to register for the meal, call the Runnels County Extension Office at (325)365-2219.

Agenda
Runnels County Forage Tour

8:00 Meet at Glen Halfmann Farm - Hwy 67 north out of Miles

8:15 Forage Sorghum Variety Test Plot - Ricky Rice

9:00 Meet at Wetherby Hall in Miles

Nitrate Toxicity and Prussic Acid Poisoning
Dr David Drake
Chemical Brush Control Techniques for Mesquite and Prickly Pear
Dr Alan McGinty
Laws and Regulations for Pesticide Applications
Jan Hatler
11:00 Complimentary Noon Meal
provided by B & H Services


Small World

While going to visit Jessica and Luke in Stephenville Sunday, Cindy and I stopped by the Allsup's in Comanche to get cold drink.

As we walked up to check out standing if front of us was none other than Brother Gary and Linda Lawrence. Brother Gary was the long time pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Santa Anna. He was my minor league baseball coach a long, long time ago.

Now living around Abilene, He and Linda were headed to Livingston to visit grand kids.


Santa Anna National Bank Receives National Recognition

Submitted by: Judy Meister
The Santa Anna National Bank received national recognition recently, as it was honored in the Independent Community Bankers of America magazine’s June 12th issue.

The bank was flaunted as an "ICBA 400 Top Performer" in the magazine’s listing of top earning members.

According to ICBA, the Santa Anna National Bank posted one of the best year-end earnings performances in 2008 of community banks with less than $50 million in assets.

ICBA senior vice president of communications noted that, "Community banks are integral parts of the economic and civic fabric of thousand of towns and cities across America. In addition to offering the quality financial products and services their customers need, community banks like The Santa Anna National Bank spend countless hours and resources helping their communities thrive.'

SANB president, Rob Cheaney says that they contribute the bank’s success to "conservative management trying to behave carefully during our country’s current economic environment."


Friday Ramble

A couple have mentioned that the text on the left hand side of each article has been cut off this last several weeks.

I think that some of the Dictionary.com stuff is causing the problem so I moved it all down to the bottom to see if that fixes it.

I will try to move it back as I test it out.

Thanks for coming by SantaAnnaNews.com and come back soon!


Historical Santa Anna - Armory

I want to revisit and add to the historical significance of the Santa Anna Armory and the 36th Division T-Patchers.

The Armory was started long after the battles of World War II but was no doubt built on the foundation that those T-Patchers from Texas laid in those battles.

The copy of the Santa Anna News article below tells about the Armory and is from the Santa Anna News archives of the Santa Anna Library:

Santa Anna News - March 25, 1955

The history of the World War II 36th Division is well documented on the Texas Military Forces Museum web site.

The Division is also honored with a monument, pictured below in front of the Brownwood Coliseum.


Michael Jackson

The talk of the day has been the funeral of Michael Jackson. I found myself watching and reading on TV and the Internet.

Needless to say, I grew up with Michael Jackson. Watched him on TV and listened to some of his music, not so much because I was a fan but because he was very popular especially in the old days.

He really was bigger than life but as we all must face death, so did he.

It is sad seeing his children in pain, wherever they may have come from.

You realize some of the pain he felt being a star, that money really can't buy happiness, and in the end it really is your family that matters.

Michael Jackson, gone but certainly never to be forgotten ... Keep his family in your prayers.


More July Rain

Is it really July?

I think that we are having July every other day and maybe April one day a week!

Tex Wright reports 2.8 inches and I poured out about the same on this Monday, July the sixth.


Santa Anna VFD receives Donation

Submitted by: Judy Meister

The Santa Anna Volunteer Fire Department was one of six area fire departments that received a donation for their efforts in controlling a fire which nearly overtook a home in February on County Road FM503.

Roy and Kay Poage made a generous gift of $1,000 to the SAVFD after a fire caused by a neighboring welder began billowing toward the couple’s house.

"On a day when things have been uneventful, to look up and see a wall of fire with flames twenty foot in the air coming toward your home at break neck speed, is a frightful and traumatic experience." wrote Mr. Poage in a letter of appreciation to the department.

According to Harold Fahrlender of the SAVFD, the department is truly grateful as it often relies on the generosity of those such as the Poages’.


Out and About

I was in Coleman Saturday morning and I thought I saw Lance Armstrong. I had heard on the radio that he was training or riding in the Tour de' France. Armstrong lives in Austin, but I didn't realize that he was training in Coleman... Oh, never mind, that isn't Lance on that bicycle... That is my old buddy Marvin Hale. Brother Marvin to some, as he is the pastor of Northside Baptist in Santa Anna. He keeps the wheels greased at the Coleman Hospital as the maintenance man with old Lee Moore of WTU fame as his sidekick.

I just hope Marvin's wife Kathy doesn't find out about him riding his bike around with that woman... oh wait, that is Kathy!

They sure are getting in good shape.

Speaking of getting in shape I saw my neighbor, Todd McMillan, racing down the street last Friday. Todd is still recovering from an auto accident a couple of months ago and it was good to see him out walking. Keep it up Todd!

Cindy and I drove down to Trickham Saturday night for the fireworks hosted by The Feed Store at the Trickham Community Center. There was quite a crowd. Ben McIver, Micah, and Jacob Pritchard did a good job setting off the fireworks. We played it safe sitting by the Santa Anna VFD truck manned by Zach Carter and Jeramy McGee.


Independence Day

Happy Birthday America!

I can not believe it is already July.

What happened to all the other months this year?

I can't seem to catch up with everything I want to do with the News this year and the year is half gone.

I heard that happens when you get on this side of the hill...

I think it is going to get too hot outside to do anything else so maybe I will have a good excuse to catch up.


Gouldbusk Team Roping Bash

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

#9 #11 #13

3 for $50 Team/$25 Man Enter UP

*All ropings run together with separate short rounds

*Producer has the right to classify you, if you do not have a USTRC number

Books open 5:00 til 5:45

Rope at 6:00

Buckles to champion header and heeler of each roping

***********Concession Stand on Site******************

For more information contact:

Jake Stephenson (325) 214-1798

Aaron Loyd (325) 669-3467


Rain

I poured out an inch and a half or so out of my gauges on Tuesday evening of June 30.



Cen-Tex Land Co.


Correction: Please note the dates for this VBS are in July!

Coleman County Seventh Day Adventist Church
in Santa Anna Invites Children to
Crocodile Dock Vacation Bible School:
Where Fearless Kids Shine God’s Light

Santa Anna, TX - A summer kids’ event called Crocodile Dock will be hosted at the Coleman County Seventh Day Adventist Church [142 CR 106, on the east side of Santa Anna Mountain] from July 6, 2009 to July 10, 2009 with a kids and parents program the morning of July 11, 2009.

Kids jump into bayou fun at Crocodile Dock with Bible-learning activities, songs, teamwork-building games, yummy treats, Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddy cards to remind them of God’s Word, and create Bible Point crafts.

Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence daily of God all around them through practicing “God Sightings”.

Each day ends with Firefly Finale—a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they've learned.

Family members & friends are encouraged to join in with their kids each week day, for this special time 8:35 PM.

Crocodile Dock is for kids entering Kindergarten to entering 7th grade [ages 4-13 years old; 3 year olds may attend with an older brother or sister.] and will run from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM each day.

Visit our New Web Site at http://www.SantaAnnaChurch.com/ and click on VBS for more information



2009 Gouldbusk Rodeo Association
Ranch Rodeo

Gouldbusk, TX

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Events Include:

1. Trailer Loading

2. Doctoring

3. Wild Cow Milking

4. Branding

5. Mugging

TEAMS ENTER FOR $500

**BONUS JACKPOT HIDE RACE**

ENTRIES DUE BY AUGUST 1ST

For more information contact

Aaron Loyd (325)669-3467



That Santa Anna Store


2009 Gouldbusk Rodeo Association
OPEN RODEO

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Events include:

Steer Riding ($20 a ride – 13 & under only)

Barrels ($15 - 11 & up, $10 - 10 & under)

Poles ($15 – 11 & up, $10 – 10 & under)

Flags ($15 – 11 & up, $10 – 10 & under)

Ribbon Roping ($25 – 11 & up, $20 – 10 & under)

Breakaway Roping ($25 – 11 & up, $20 – 10 & under)

Tie-Down Roping ($25 – 11& up, $20 – 10 & under)

Exhibition runs will be done before each event

(3 runs for $10)

Books Open at 7:00

Rodeo starts at 8:00

For more information contact Aaron or Whitney Loyd at (325)669-5967 or (325)669-3467



Santa Anna Texas web site


Gouldbusk Rodeo Association

Submitted by Sarah Beal
The Gouldbusk Rodeo Association has several upcoming events scheduled. Association members met and held a planning meeting on June 7th at the rodeo arena in Gouldbusk. Plans were made to make improvements to the facilities. Members have been working on the improvements, when time permits. Volunteers are needed to help with painting at the arena.

Scheduled events include the following: Team Roping to be held on Saturday, July 11th at 6:00 p.m., Open Rodeo for all ages on Saturday, July 25th at 8:00 p.m.( steer riding, barrels, poles, flags, ribbon roping, breakaway roping and tie-down roping), and a Ranch Rodeo (trailer loading, doctoring, wild cow milking, branding and mugging, with a bonus jackpot hide race) on Saturday, August 8th.

Watch for more information on these events.



Web-Access


Texas Department of Transportation

The nine county Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Brownwood District, will begin summer mowing operations in early July. This year begins an initiative to reduce the number of times and the number of acres that are mowed statewide.

TxDOT’s budget has been scrubbed several times in the last year with an eye toward reducing expenses while maintaining the high level of safety that the public expects. With less money and an aging system, maintaining the pavement structure is critical. Maintenance on pavement structures will be given priority over all other maintenance functions.

In the past, the Brownwood district has scheduled three mowing cycles annually but this year, there will be only two. One during mid-summer and the second after the first frost in late fall. All U.S. and State Highways will get a double width mow which amounts to about 30 ft. and FM roads will get a one width mow of 15 ft. Mowing will not be reduced in areas where sight distance is a concern such as intersections or on ramps and off ramps. Those areas will be mowed as often as necessary.

The Brownwood District does not depend solely on mowing to manage the right of way. Each maintenance office maintains a herbicide program to control invasive plants along pavement edges and eradicate noxious unwanted plants in the 30 ft. clear zone to make way for more desirable ones.

The lack of money is not the only motivation for reducing mowing cycles across the state. Habitat degradation and loss is the most significant problem associated with maintaining a healthy population of wildlife and plant resources. The 800,000 acres of right-of-way along Texas highways is a natural, protected habitat for more than 900 species of wildlife and 5,500 species of vascular plants including 2,000 different wildflowers.

There is a worry - especially in rural areas -that reduced mowing will increase the number of vehicle collisions involving wildlife. Studies show that roadside management practices have very little influence on road kill. Animals typically use an established corridor which has nothing to do with whether the roadside is mowed or not. The main factors that do influence wildlife movement patterns are based on available cover and access to favored habitats on adjacent lands.

Thru its vegetation management program, TxDOT is committed to providing a safe and comfortable road network for the traveling public, enhancing environmental protection by developing roadside wildlife habitats, reducing erosion losses and providing cost-efficient maintenance activities.



M-Bar-H Lodge


Homecoming Date Set

The date for the 2009 Homecoming will be October 9th for the Homecoming Parade and football game and Saturday the 10th for the Santa Anna Ex Student's Association Annual Meeting.

It will be here before we know it so be sure and get all those class reunion plans started right now!

Connie Culpepper Massey of Abilene and the SAHS Class of 1984 are already working on getting their class together for a 25 year reunion. She emailed me 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 web site 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 news@santaannanews.com and I will put you in touch with Connie.

Any others having reunions are welcome to get them started right here too!



Santa Anna ISD


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!


Ag News From the Texas A"&"M University System

Ag News From the Texas A


News From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


News From The White House and President Barack Obama

Barack Obama - President of the United States


News From Texas Governor Rick Perry

Texas Governor Rick Perry


News From Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott


Consumer Alerts From Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott


Weekly News from the Office of Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

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Weekly News from the Office of Texas Senator John Cornyn

Texas Senator John Cornyn


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