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Congratulations Dennis Absher!

Dennis Absher of Santa Anna is the winner of the United Blood Services mobile one territory April promotion. Absher’s daughter Delaynee is a 3rd grader at Santa Anna Elementary. She asked her father to donate blood as part of the Be A Hero program on April 10, 2008. Dennis donated blood, making him eligible for the drawing and at the end of the month his name was drawn. Dennis won two tickets to Country Thunder and a $150 Visa card.

Dennis and Delaynee Absher

To all blood drive donors and coordinators, we appreciate you. On behalf of the hospitals and patients we serve in eleven counties, United Blood Services says thank you.

Look for more great mobile blood drive promotions all year.

May 1st-May 18th-Tickets to the Pro Bull Riding Challenge
May 19th-May 31st-Tickets to Fiesta, Texas
June 2008- BBQ Grill and a Side of Beef
July 2008-$500 Visa Card

For more information on these promotions and blood drives in your area, contact Donor Recruitment Representative Sabrina Forse. The number is (325) 223-7502.


"Help Wanted"

New board members were welcomed and committee heads appointed at the Coleman County Historical Commission (CCHC) meeting last Thursday evening at Heritage Hall. Eric Joffrion, chairman of the Coleman County Historical Commission, welcomed four new interim board members: Maxine Cope, Sue Frizzell, Roger Nelson and James Winstead to the board. They join Ron Owens, D. D. "Tex" Wright and Joffrion.

New board members L-R: Roger Nelson, Sue Frizzell, Maxine Cope & James Winstead

Tex Wright, a long time and valued member, was elected as vice-chairman of the local commission.

Following this vote, Joffrion gave a report on the Annual Historic Preservation Conference he attended May 1-3 in Corpus Christi. The conference focus was on Heritage Tourism and the trends toward traveling closer to home, a trend which has grown rapidly due to rising gas costs. Goals stressed were: identifying your local heritage assets, then developing and marketing those assets.

Possible changes to the local commission's bylaws to keep them current with the state commission's mission were discussed, but the commission took no immediate action.

Committee assignments were made as follows: 'History Appreciation', Tex Wright; 'Research & Markers', Ron Owens (he already has one marker in progress for the Centennial School); 'Finance & Budget', Maxine Cope; 'Endangered Properties', James Winstead; 'Publicity', Sue Frizzell; 'Heritage Tourism', Roger Nelson; and 'Executive', Eric Joffrion.

Joffrion asked each of the committee heads to review their committee requirements and goals, then use those to both put the bylaws into perspective and to help develop a 5-year plan for the local commission.

Other items discussed were: the 2007 Annual Report and how the committees would relate to the 2008 report, finances, Coleman County and its relationship to the Texas Historical Commission (THC) trail maps, local archeology, local Black history, local Hispanic History, and more.

Silver Valley history will be the subject of the next program on June 5, location to be determined.

The next CCHC scheduled business meeting will be 7 p.m., June 17, at Heritage Hall.

Your local commission is asking for your help. It is trying to identify all of the heritage assets in the county so that it can do its part to fulfill the THC's statewide mission "To protect and preserve the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future generations". If you know of a local heritage asset that is not being recognized or utilized or that is in danger of being lost, please go to the next business meeting and tell them about it.

2008 Funtier Day

I almost forgot to share the Funtier Day Photo Album with you.

Here are some high lights...

Some "Cook" in'

Some sittin'

Some starein' down

Some shootin'

Some ridin' around havin' fun

Some pitchin'

Some more cookin'

Some more sittin'

Some more starein' down

Some more shootin'

Some more ridin' around havin' fun

Some more pitchin'

And even a little jumpin'

Be sure and check out some more 2008 Funtier Day photos in the Funtier Day Photo Album.

2008 Funtier Day World Championship Bison Cook Off Results

BRISKET - Top Five (L-R)

1. $400 Dickie Cooper, Cooper & Co., Stamford
2. $250 Zanna Anderson, Bayou Pub Grub, Lake Brownwood
3. $150 Johnny Murray, Murray’s Smokin’ Grill, Odessa
4. $100 David Huggins, Paw Paw Hog’s BBQ, Santa Anna
5. $50 Jason Bell, The Ringers, San Angelo
6. James Evans, Lonesome Dove, Rising Star
7. John Naumann, Little Big John, Bruceville
8. Colby Caton, No Butts, Abilene
9. Kemper Croft, Lucky Penny, Brownwood
10. J. D. Garcia, Five Point, Eden

CHICKEN - Top Five (L-R)

1. $400 Johnny Murray, Murray’s Smokin’ Grill, Odessa
2. $250 John Naumann, Little Big John, Bruceville
3. $150 Ross Bradley, Four Guys BBQ, Santa Anna
4. $100 Bobby Sanders, B & D Cooker, Forest Hill
5. $50 Mel Pollock, Santa Anna
6. Tim Perry, Young Guns, Santa Anna
7. J. D. Garcia, Five Point, Eden
8. Jack Bennie, Rebel Rouzers, Brownwood
9. Jason Bell, The Ringers, San Angelo
10. Glenda Cook, 80 Proof Smoke, Early

RIBS - Top Five (L-R)

1. $400 Colby Caton, No Butts, Abilene
2. $250 Bobby Sanders, B & D Cooker, Forest Hill
3. $150 Johnny Murray, Murray’s Smokin’ Grill, Odessa
4. $100 John Naumann, Little Big John, Bruceville
5. $50 Tim Perry, Young Guns, Santa Anna
6. Dickie Cooper, Cooper & Co., Stamford
7. J. D. Garcia, Five Point, Eden
8. David Huggins, Paw Paw Hog’s BBQ, Santa Anna
9. James Evans, Lonesome Dove, Rising Star
10. Albert Dominguez, Miles

BISON - Top Five (L-R)

1. $500 Jason Bell, The Ringers, San Angelo
2. $300 John Naumann, Little Big John, Bruceville
3. $150 Dickie Cooper, Cooper & Co., Stamford
4. $100 Bobby Sanders, B & D Cooker, Forest Hill
5. $50 Johnny Murray, Murray’s Smokin’ Grill, Odessa
6. Albert Canon, Circle C Cooking Team, Snyder
7. David Huggins, Paw Paw Hog’s BBQ, Santa Anna
8. Marilyn Huggins, Santa Anna
9. Colby Caton, No Butts, Abilene
10. Zanna Anderson, Bayou Pub Grub, Lake Brownwood

Overall Points Champion

$200 Overall Points Champion: Johnny Murray, Murray’s Smokin’ Grill, Odessa

Circle C Cattle Women Beef Cooker Award

L-R: Coleman County Cattle Women representative, Gayle Stewardson, this year's winner, Marilyn Huggins of Santa Anna, last years winner, Henry Valencia of Santa Anna, and Sadie Wood also representing the Coleman County Cattle Women. Traveling trophy is awarded each year to the top Coleman County cooker of beef brisket.

4H Dance

Focus on the Family

Children’s Christian Daycare

In conjunction with

Wild Blue Photography

is hosting a

"Focus on the Family" Photo Shoot on

May 23, 2008 from 8am until 10pm.

Stephanie Dane of Wild Blue Photography will be available with full studio equipment at CCDC located at 300 S Houston. You are welcome to bring your children, your family, your friends, or whoever is special to you and have your portrait taken. We will be scheduling 14 appointments.

All session fees are waived for this special event!

If you are interested in participating, please call 325-998-3612 to schedule your appointment time.

Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits!

See you there!

Funtier Day

Well another Funtier Day has come and gone.

Fun was had by most. Ole Bud's BarBQ cooked some more good BarBQ... but it wasn't good enough. At least we had fun. I was thinking about retirement late Saturday but Sunday I was already thinking about new recipes. Time will tell and we will see. Maybe Lane will let me cook with him again! The cooking did leave me pretty tired and not much time for wandering around taking pictures. But I did take a few. I hope to have more Funtier Day results, photos, and reports as the week goes by and I have time.

I heard of some vandalism, including a stolen purse, two stolen coolers, and some merchandise, mostly pocket knives, valued at $3,000, stolen late Friday night or early Saturday morning from one of the vendors inside the armory. I also heard reports of one trailer and one travel trailer that were vandalized and one fight at Saturday night's dance. It is a shame. My first thought is to shoot first...

Trying to keep it fun, check out my video of the San Angelo Central High School Mariachi Band... I always love to listen to them and they are much better than my bad video... also featuring Raymond Deleon taking up a collection for the band...

San Angelo Central High School Mariachi Band


This month's COLEMAN COUNTY, "COUNTY- WIDE PRAYER & PRAISE MEETING" will be held on Thursday, May 22nd, at 7pm, hosted by Pastor J.D. Fry at the Santa Anna Assembly of God Church, on the Brady Highway (Hwy 283), south of Hwy 84(67).

Come pray for our County and Communities!


Tex Wright reports two tenths of "sprinkles" and I poured out a couple of tenths, not that I usually count that as rain either!

Luther McCrary

Luther McCrary passed away late Sunday at the Coleman hospital.

Luther was what I have called one of those "John Deere men"... a man that had ridden an old John Deere tractor for so long that his body was worn out.

Ninety-one years old and I am certain that he probably worked harder than most every day of his life providing for his family and doing the work God had meant for him to do.

Luther was a patriarch of his family, his Church, and of Santa Anna. He had owned and operated a Fina service station on the East end of town for many years. His station, located in front of his home, just showed how much he must have taken care of folks for many years. Not only did he serve his fellow man, but he served the Lord and loved his church. I am pretty sure that I have heard my friend Brother Marvin Hale, the pastor of Northside Baptist, say before on one of my visits to their church that Luther was a charter member of the Church. If I am wrong, well he should have been.

Luther had retired from the service station many years ago, if you can call it that, to farm his place North of town. He was one of those old timers that was just as comfortable, if not more so, with a fishing pole as he was fixing flats, pumping gas, or plowing his fields. I have heard a few stories about catfish and alligators from Luther and his fishing buddy, Robert Robinett. I am sure that they will be told a few more times over the next few days as Luther is remembered.

Gone but not forgotten, Luther McCrary.

Please pray for the McCrary family during this time of need.

Coleman County Historical Commission

Members of the Coleman County Historical Commission will conduct a business meeting 7 p.m. Thursday May 15, 2008 at Heritage Hall, 400 W. College in Coleman.

Four new interim board members: Maxine Cope, Sue Frizzell, Roger Nelson and James Winstead will be welcomed to the board. They are joining Ron Owens, D. D. (Tex) Wright and Eric Joffrion, who currently serve, to address several agenda items.

Joffrion, who chairs the local commission, will be reporting on the Annual Historic Preservation Conference he attended May 1-3 in Corpus Christi that was sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission and Friends of the Texas Historical Commission in association with Preservation Texas.

Other agenda items include election of a Vice-Chairman, possible changes to the local commission's bylaws and the formation of a preservation master plan for the county.

All interested persons are invited to attend.

State Track Meet

Kendra Coleman, gold medal winner and now two time State Champion won the Class 1A Girls 100 Meter Run at the UIL State Track Meet held at Mike Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Campus in Austin last Saturday. This was Kendra's third trip to the state meet and she was the defending State Champion. She ran a 12.18 to edge out Rochelle's Bonnie Richardson by one one-hundredth of a second.

Two time State Champion and gold medalist, Kendra Coleman of Santa Anna, Second Place - Bonnie Richardson of Rochelle, and Third Place - Ashley Collier of Seagraves

Since my action shots haven't worked out too good lately, I used my camera to video the race instead, not that it was all that good either with the wind blowing and my shaking... and then I uploaded it to YouTube to share with you. Kendra is in lane one on the far right. Bonnie is in lane six. The stadium announcer announced Bonnie in the lead halfway through the race and the photo in Sunday's Abilene Reporter News showed that Kendra might have been behind two including Bonnie, who beat Kendra at Regional. Amazingly, Bonnie a sophomore was competing in five events and placed second in the 100, first in the 200, second in the long jump, first in the high jump, third in the discus and won the team title for Rochelle even though she was the only one from Rochelle competing at the meet.

The Santa Anna Boys Sprint Relay team, didn't fair as well as they placed 6th.

Results of all events, including the photo finish, are available at the UIL website.

Two time State Champion Kendra Coleman with her coaches, Shannon Herrod on the left and Kristi Herrod on the right.

Congratulations to Kendra, the boys, and their coaches on a great track year!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom, Pat Wright, my mother-in-laws, Linda White and her mom, Maggie Robinett, Davida Pierce and her mom, and Louella Pierce, the mother of my children, Cindy, and the mother's of my grand children, Jennifer and Jessica, and of course the rest of you that are called "mom".

I hope you all have a great day.

State Track Meet

Kendra Coleman will be attending the state track meet, May 9th in Austin. Kendra placed 2nd in the 100m dash at the Regional meet. This will be Kendra's 3rd year to participate at the state meet.

The Santa Anna Boys Sprint Relay team, pictured below, will be making a trip to Austin as well. They finished first Regional.

According to the UIL website, the boys will run at 12:10 on Saturday the 10th and Kendra will run at 1:05 also on Saturday afternoon.

Good luck!

Boys 4 X 100M Relay (Left to right): Rex Jones, Demitrus Reece, Terrance Jackson, and Jordan Whaley)

Know the Source of Online Health Information

By Greg Abbott
Attorney General of Texas

When it comes to something as important as health and wellness, Texans seeking more information should always consult their doctor or licensed health care professional. According to a recent Pew Internet and American Life Project study, every day an estimated eight million Americans search the Internet for health care information. But Texans should never solely rely on a Web site to diagnose or treat a serious illness. Equally important, Internet users should always pay close attention to their information source.

Although many Web sites offer informative, helpful information about a variety of health and lifestyle issues, not every site can be trusted for accurate, factual material. Texans who consult the Internet for health care information should always pay close attention to the entity operating the site.

In some cases, what appears to be medically-oriented Web site may actually be an advertising tool for a third party with a financial incentive to exaggerate or downplay a product’s benefits or dangers. For example, Web-based law firm advertising is particularly common among Web sites that are dedicated to certain specific illnesses or prescription medications. The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest recently noted that Internet searches for medical information produced results that were "dominated by Web sites paid for and sponsored by either class action law firms or legal marketing sites searching for plaintiff referrals."

Similarly, Web sites that promote alternative therapies and treatments also may have financial interests that seek to influence a patient’s decision.

Texans also should be leery of information they discover in online forums, where patients, physicians and others discuss prescription medications and treatments. It is nearly impossible to verify the credibility of individuals who participate in interactive patient forums. A participant who claims to be a medical professional may actually be an attorney trying to solicit business or a vendor trying to sell products. Anecdotal stories about prescription drugs or treatments, whether positive or negative, may not be based on sound science.

To distinguish unbiased online information sources, Texans should look for broader content and objective data sources. For example, Web sites created by reputable organizations like the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association often feature peer-reviewed medical journals and other impartial research sources. In addition, many government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, impose similarly rigorous standards upon any research included on their Web sites.

But even trusted, verifiable online information cannot be relied upon to treat serious ailments or answer critical medical questions. Texans should always contact a licensed medical professional whenever their health is at risk. An in-person visit to a doctor’s office or local clinic is the best way to ensure patients are getting accurate information that is tailored to their unique health needs.

Texans who have encountered misleading or deceptive medically-oriented Web sites may file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General by calling (800) 252-8011 or visiting our Web site at


Online Health Sources

Texans who research illnesses and prescription medications online should carefully consider the financial self-interests of online sources

Trusted sources may include: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

American Heart Association

American Cancer Society

To report a deceptive medically-oriented Web site, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or file a complaint online at

State Tennis Meet

Karen Wetsel Smith shared this with me on Tuesday:

"I wanted to send you a pic of Cody with his grandparents at State on Monday. This was before his match. He was supposed to play at 10:15 but we had rain so didn't play until close to 4. They lost 6-0, 6-2 but he repeated his dad's historic first trip by losing to the eventual state champs from Waco Robinson. Our girls' doubles made it to the finals but lost a heartbreaker to a team from Abilene Wylie."

Cody Smith (Center) and Proud Grandparents Pat and RC Smith (Left) and Diane and Charles Wetsel (Right)

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my wife Cindy and I.

May 1st, 1982. Twenty six years of putting up with each other. Seems like yesterday and forever at the same time.

She's my girlfriend for life.

Cindy, I love you... Happy Anniversary!

Mills County Goat Cook-Off

Last weekend Lane Guthrie and I went down to Goldthwaite and cooked at the Mills County Goat Cook-off along with the Young Guns cooking team, sometimes from Santa Anna, to get a warm up for Funtier Days.

Lane and I had to come up with a name for our cooking team... to go along with the Young Guns we came up with "Ole Buds' Bar-BQ". Lane cooked with David Huggins for a number of years in the infamous "Twin Peaks".

Ole Buds' Bar-BQ - James Pelton and Lane Guthrie

The Young Guns, lead by Tom Guthrie and Timmy Perry, did pretty good... lets just say Lane and I cooked and had fun.

Mills County Goat Cook Off - 10th chicken, 2nd ribs, Mills County Bragging Right Champions because their entry was under Tom's address, all out of 59 teams

Left to Right: Dakota Enriquez, Mylee Guthrie, Briana Guthrie, Tom Guthrie, Cason Guthrie, Jayton Perry, Timmy Perry, Darla Perry, Colton Enriquez, Chris Cheaney, not present for photo was Aaron Guthrie

I asked young Tom for some more information and here is what he shared:

Our first ever cookoff was in 1995 when I was a senior in high school. It was at Funtier Days. We got our start because we spent all year building a BBQ pit in our Ag mechanics class in high school, when Gary York was our advisor. This was a big project and he allowed us to work most of the school year on it because our goal was to have it done in order to cook in the Bison Cookoff. There were several of us that did most of the work mainly being Tom Guthrie, Timmy Perry, Lee Keeney, and David Herrod, and others such as William Loyd and Robert Murray pitched in too. People such as Lane Guthrie and David Huggins helped us out with some ideas and material. The frame came from an old spray rig from Decker Seales. A lot of the pipe that was used in building was recycled from all of the old playground equipment that used to be on the elementary playground. The Ag Shop got a plasma cutter in 1995 and we were able to do some writing cutouts and such in the metal. We named it “The Party Wagon” and it has our names on it. This pit now sits at my parent’s house behind the barn. It has gone through a small remodel because of being wrecked in 1996. Now I just like to keep it for the memories. I am not sure that we cooked in 1996. Timmy owns the pit we use now and has done work on it from time to time to upgrade it. It is very nice. For some reason Timmy, Chris, and I just continued cooking mainly to provide us an opportunity to get together and have fun during the Funtier Days Bison Cookoff. A couple years ago Aaron started helping us out. We continue to cook at Funtier Days every year. It gives us a good excuse to come home and have fun. When Bri and I moved to Goldthwaite in 2003 we started cooking in the Mills County Goat Cookoff where we have done fairly well. In the last four cookoffs at Goldthwaite we have had one 1st and two 2nd places in the ribs and have qualified to cook at Meridian at the National Cookoff.

As far as the name Young Guns BBQ, well one year we needed to enter the Bison Cookoff and that was the name that Timmy turned in for us. We always have had a friendly competition with Lane and David, and we were a lot younger and of course we have always thought we had pretty big guns (ha). Who knows we may need to change our name as the years go by.

So to answer your question, we have been cooking about 14 years. It is fun and we all enjoy getting together. Whether it is in Goldthwaite or Santa Anna, we have a crowd of people that like to come hang out and have a good time.

Coleman County Historical Commission - Updated

Submitted by Tex Wright

I stated that the CCHC meeting would be at the 1st Coleman National Bank. When I went to pick up the key, I found that the workmen had not finished the renovation of the Club Room. SO--- The Coleman County Historical Commission meeting will be tomorrow, May 1st at Heritage Hall located at 400 College Coleman.

Do you know where the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery is located in Coleman County?

Do you know when it was first started?

Do you know the name of the community it served?

I knew where it was and how to get there, BUT I would be at a loss to tell you anything more than that. Pastor Jerry Chastain of the local Seventh-Day Adventist Church has been doing a study on these and other questions and will be at the Coleman County Historical Commission Meeting on Thursday, May 1st to tell us about this historic Coleman County location.

CCHC meetings usually start at 7:00PM and we try to have a snack table prepared around 6:30PM. We usually meet on the 1st Thursday of the month. You will notice that I seem to dodge on times and dates. That is because some things sometimes happen, so come prepared for a good time (which we always have) and an education on Historic Coleman County.

We are still looking for a person or persons who would like to tell us about your part of this 150 year old county. From Gouldbusk, White Chapel, Voss, Brown Ranch, Ned, Eureka, or any of the other fascinating places in Coleman County. We would even like to have the history of the city of Coleman.

You do not have to be a member of the CCHC to attend these meetings; we would like to see YOU there

Grand Opening!

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Santa Anna, TX
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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.

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