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Remember Those Who Serve

The list of those serving our country continues to grow.

One of my old classmates, Elvia Salazar Rivera, told me that her husband, SSG Jeff Rivera, just returned from a 15 month deployment in Iraq, and her their son, Pv2 Josh Rivera, is getting ready to deploy to Iraq.

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.

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, Patrick Kerr, Truman Matthews, Jeff Rivera, Josh Rivera, Michael Ruth, Marty Siller, Allen Tucker, 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 or use this convenient form

We Love Our Marine

Where has the time gone? It just seems just like yesterday we can remember you playing outside at grandmas house with all your cousins giving them all wedgies and playing in the rain & mud puddles. Then all your sports and activities that you participated in junior high and high school. Time goes by too fast. Look at you now. You've accomplished alot these last few months! You've always had a big heart and desire to do well in all that you do ... we've had you in our prayers while you were in boot camp at Paris Island, North Carolina and now stationed in South Carolina. We'll continue our prayers for your safety and pray for those who also serve and protect our country... we are so proud of you. We miss you very much and love you very much. May God continue blessing you in the Marine Corp!!!
Your whole family, the Valencia's, the Beall's, the Guererro's, and the Castillo's


Santa Anna National Bank

What is going on around here?

Something is going on around here.

Is it just me or did you notice it too?

Maybe I shouldn't say anything. Some might not like it.

I don't want to start any trouble and I don't want to make anybody mad but something is going on and I am going to find out what it is all about.

The economy is bad, people are out of work, why would somebody do it?

Maybe it is the new Mayor's fault...

Maybe it is the old Mayor's fault...

Maybe it is the City's fault... the County... the State...

I think it is the President's fault.

No, I am not talking about George or Barack.

The President of the Santa Anna National Bank is to blame.

No, not my buddy Rob either, but he can have some of the credit if I can have some too!

But I think it is Eddie Hedge's fault and I am going to prove it to you.

Let's start with getting to the bottom of the latest event in town.

Welcome to Santa Anna?

This sign had been taken down a couple of years ago from in front of the Texas Ranger Motel.

It is what started the Stuff Page.

I could not understand why a business built around visitors to Santa Anna would have it taken down.

As I was driving home from work in Goldthwaite on Wednesday night, I noticed Corky McGee and Terry Taylor welding the sign back.

So what is going on?

The motel had been for sale. Did someone buy it?

A phone call to the Motel later and I was told it hadn't changed owners but it has changed management.

So once again "Welcome to Santa Anna" and welcome to the Texas Ranger Motel!

SAHS Class of 2009

Submitted by Sandra Guthrie

The Class of 2009 of Santa Anna High School was honored Thursday, May 21, 2009, with a special senior recognition assembly, The Order of the Rose. Senior students were recognized for their achievements during the past year. Those honored included Layken DeLeon and James Ellerbe-- Class Favorites; Layken DeLeon and Lance Vasquez--Most Beautiful and Most Handsome;Kendra Coleman and Fausto Maldonado--Runners Up Most Beautiful and Most Handsome; Adelaida Dean and Lance Vasquez.--Most Likely to SucceedMaria Segura and Kolby Moon--Runners-Up Most Likely to Succeed ;Kendra Coleman and Frank Moreno.--Most Friendly;Marina Benge and Brandon Tate--Runners-Up Most Friendly; Molly Pritchard and Lance Vasquez--Miss and Mr. S.A.H.S.

National Honor Society members recognized were Marina Benge, Adelaida Dean, Molly Pritchard, Caylie Robinett, Maria Segura, and Lance Vasquez.

The honor graduates are Valedictorian Adelaida Dean and Salutatorian Maria Segura. In addition, Adelaida received the English and Science Department Awards, while Maria received the Social Studies and Math Department Awards.

Individual class awards went to Kolby Moon and Dustin Ruth:--Ag Mechanics; Layken DeLeon-- Government/Economics; James Ellerbe--English IV-R; Kendra Coleman--Envivonmental Science and Spring Communication Applications; Maria Benge--Most Improved Speech and Pre-Calculus; Maria Segura--Pre-Calculus; Joanie Dean--Most Improved in Speech; Caylie Robinett--Fall Speech Award.

Kendra Coleman was recognized as DAR representative.

Student Council members recognized were Adelaida Dean, President; Lance Vasquez, vice-President; Caylie Robinett, Secretary; Frank Moreno, Treasurer; Layken DeLeon and Jimmie Ellerbe, Class Representatives.

Receiving awards as class officers were Jessica Reece, President; Kendra Coleman, Vice-President; and Maria Segura, Secretary.

Perfect Attendance Awards went to Kendra Coleman, Joanie Dean, Caylie Robinett, and Lance Vasquez.

UIL Awards went to
· Marina Benge: Mathematics, Number Sense, Calculator Applications, where she was 5th in district.
· Kendra Coleman: One Act Play
· Adelaida Dean: Readywriting, Science, CX Debate and OAP. Adelaida was a member of the 2nd place speech team.
· James Ellerbe: Mathematics, Number Sense, Calculator Applications
· Frank Moreno: Mathematics, Number Sense, Calculator Applications
· Caylie Robinett: CX Debate and One Act Play. Caylie was also a member of the second place speech team.
· Molly Pritchard: Prose and OAP. Molly was a member of the second place speech team, 3nd in district in poetry, and at regional competition was the alternate to State.
· Maria Segura Mathematics, Number Sense, Calculator Applications
· Derek Tabner: Literary Criticism . Derek placed 6th at the district meet.

All A-B Honor Roll recognition was given to Adelaida Dean, James Ellerbe, Caylie Robinett, Dustin Ruth, and.Maria Segura

After the senior video played, each senior received two roses. One rose represented the senior’s place in the Class of 2009; the second rose was given to a junior signifying the change from being a junior to a senior.

After the senior recessional, the classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 each moved into the position in the auditorium that they will occupy for the 2009-2010 school year.

Following the assembly, the seniors were honored at a luncheon held at the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

SAHS Class of 2009 Graduation

According to the school calendar this year's graduation ceremony will be held at Mountaineer Stadium on Saturday, May 30th at 8:00 PM.

Vacation Bible School!

Join an archaeological expedition through the Egyptian desert and experience a great adventure with Santa Anna First Baptist Church Club VBS: Truth Trek. Santa Anna First Baptist Church invites all children age 4 through grade 6 for our annual Club VBS. The trekkers(kids, that is) will participate in a journey filled with exciting Bible stores, cool crafts and snacks. We are happy to offer this fun-filled adventure to the children in our community and surrounding areas. We have a fine team of trek guides(teachers, that is) for this incredible experience
Club VBS Santa Anna First Baptist Church
June 1 to June 5
We begin each day at 6:oo PM to 8:00 PM
Van Service is available in Santa Anna Call Church Office 325-348-3725

Relay for Life Fundraiser

The Redmon's Hungry Indian Bar-B-Q restaurant and the Mary Ann and Billy Baker family in coordination with the Bangs Nursing Home is sponsoring a fundraiser for Relay for Life for Cancer research. We are having the fundraiser on May 30th at the Hungry Indian at 200 Wallis Ave. starting at 10:00am to 3:00pm. We are offering meal deals (including chopped barbecue beef sandwiches (cooked by Pat Redmon, chef for the Hungry Indian), chips, and a drink for $5.00. All proceeds going to the Cancer Society.

Jason Watson

Jason Watson of Coleman is starting a really interesting Blog featuring a Western Cowboy theme.

Take a look at

Memorial Weekend Rain

I kept hoping our cemetery workday would get rained out but the rains came later.

Carl Langford got out early and had several piles of brush ready to haul when I got there.

I got to haul brush with Mr. Black and my old coach Dean Bass. It was all we could do to keep up with Mr. Langford and Mr. Hipsher on the chain saws.

It was especially nice to see Terrance Jackson out helping Manuel Salazar.

There were probably fifteen or so in all and all are appreciated. Special thanks to Dickie Horner for letting me borrow his trailer and to Mr. Fahrlander for bringing out his backhoe.

The showers did come.

Tex Wright reports 1.8 inches of rain over Saturday and Sunday.

I poured out an inch and a half or so Sunday evening.

Memorial Day looks to be hot and steamy with 90 degree temperatures forecast.

I Need You Too!

I wanted to take a minute of your time to say thanks. Especially to those of you that have been sending news items to me. I really do appreciate it. You are the reason that I still do this.

Several have asked me lately, if I was, "... doing pretty good" or "making some money" with the News.

Fact of the matter is it costs me money to do this. It is a trivial amount especially since I get a lot of satisfaction from it and it keeps me out of trouble... sometimes. I have only been threatened with lawsuits a couple of times!

If you see an advertisement here it is free gratis and always has been.

I do this for the good my hometown and it's people... just as I have done from the start.

I want to shift gears for a minute to this weekend. I moved the Cemetery Workday Notice back up here to the top... see it below. I know that it is a short notice but what better way to start the Memorial Day weekend than taking care of our Cemetery?

According to Carl Langford, the Santa Anna Cemetery Association Historian, the Santa Anna Cemetery has 280 veterans buried in the cemetery. Of those 280, 28 are Veterans of the Confederate States Army (Confederate States of America), 3 are veterans of the Spanish American War, 69 are veterans of World War I, 122 are veterans of World War II, 19 are veterans of the Korean War, 6 are veterans of the Vietnam War, and several others that have served our country including 2 Texas Rangers. At least two were killed in action. It is difficult to tell how old some of them are or when they died because some of the older stones did not have any dates. The oldest dated veteran stone is of George Williams of the Tennessee Cavalry CSA born Oct 1 1848 and died May 22 1897.

All branches of service are represented including the Merchant Marines and except for the Coast Guard. The lowest ranking is of course a Private and the highest ranking are three Captains, four Lieutenant Colonels, two Colonels.

I am really excited about the work being done at the Cemetery. We still have a long way to go and it will never end until we are out there too and then it will be up to those we leave behind to take care of us. We hope to get the fence lines cleared at this workday. I am just about finished photographing and cataloging the monuments has been finished by Mr. Langford. I hope to get them both online soon. We also want to start soon restoring some of the over 20 broken, over 50 fallen, and over 300 leaning stones. If you are interested in this project let Mr. Langford or I know.

I also recently presented the Santa Anna Cemetery Association Board of Directors with an application for a Texas Historical Commission Historic Cemetery designation which is a first step to getting a historic cemetery marker and participating in the RIP (Record, Investigate and Protect) program. The RIP program will provide us with more help and information from THC experts about preserving our cemetery.

Come and spend your Memorial Day Saturday doing something at the Santa Anna Cemetery that makes you feel good.

I will see you there!


The Cemetery Association and Restoration Committee need you to come and be a part of the Community Workday:
Saturday May 23, 2009
Santa Anna Cemetery
8:30 A.M. till ????

We ask you bring any of the following yard tools if you have them, if not come anyway. Shovels, Rakes, Weed Eaters, Loppers, Machetes Chain Saws, Hand Saws and any other lawn equipment you might have EXCEPT Mowers. There is no electricity available at the cemetery, so tools must be gas powered or battery powered.

Should you have any questions, please call:

Carl Langford 325-348-3789

James Pelton 325-348-3458

Elaine Black 325-641-9314


Slammers Schedule

Coaches - Ray Jones & William Loyd

Friday, May 22 Slammers @ Goldthwaite vs Goldthwaite 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 30 Slammers @ Goldthwaite vs Goldthwaite 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 2 Slammers @ Santa Anna vs Early 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 4 Slammers @ Santa Anna vs Goldthwaite 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 13 Slammers @ Santa Anna vs Early 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 16 Slammers @ Early vs Early 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 18 Slammers @ Goldthwaite vs Goldthwaite 7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 22 Slammers @ Early vs Early 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 23 Slammers @ Santa Anna vs Early 7:00 p.m

Coleman County Telephone Cooperative

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Santa Anna Athletic Banquet

Tuesday May 19th
School Cafeteria
$7 per plate (athletes eat free)
Brisket, potato salad, beans,tea & dessert
Please come support our athletes and congratulate them on a Great year!

15th Annual World Championship Bison Cookoff is on the Books

Submitted by Montie Guthrie

And it was one for the record books! Santa Anna’s 15th Annual World Championship Bison Cookoff saw forty teams throw down their best efforts on Saturday, May 16. They came from west of Odessa and east of Waco, from Sonora, Granbury and from south of San Antonio, making the air heavy with the smell of mesquite smoke as they grilled everything from chicken to buffalo. And, as one of the cookers from Stamford said, "The wolves are here." The friendly competition was fierce until the camaraderie of the awards ceremony wrapped up the World Championship Bison Cook-off under threatening skies late Saturday afternoon.

Rod Musick presents Kirk Joy of Sonora as the World Championship Bison Cooker - photo by

For all their efforts, the forty teams split $4500 in prize money. $500 First Place money for Bison Brisket went to Sonora’s Kirk Joy, edging out Gene Pruett of Granbury, who also boasted second place beef brisket and third place chicken. Sonora’s Joy also cooked the second place pork spare ribs.

Local wood-burners Doug Tucker, Ross Bradley, and Tim Perry all took home placing ribbons, with "Boss Hog", David Huggins, taking local bragging rights for Best Beef Brisket in Coleman County. The Circle C Cattlewomen of Coleman County sponsored the 3-foot tall trophy and the $200 prize money for best county beef brisket.

Kim Stewardson Hubbard presents David Huggins with the Circle C Cattlewomen Trophy for Best Beef Brisket Coleman County - photo by

Coming in from Midland, Joe Crawford won the beef brisket category and placed third in ribs, garnering enough points to edge out Granbury’s Pruett and seize the Overall Points Championship and an extra $200. In addition, since the event is an official State Championship, Joe is eligible for an invitation to the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City and the Jack Daniel’s Invitational in Tennessee.

Several other familiar faces made the walk to the winner’s table. Dickie Cooper from Stamford made the trip in all four categories, taking third-place in brisket and sixth place beef brisket. Gary Shook of Lamesa came forward twice, as did Don Campbell of Rule and Robert Bredemeyer’s team from Sweetwater, "We Don’t Cook Sheep". Robert Webb of Sonora was bested by his father Wayne for fifth and fourth place chicken.

The large crowd, estimated at over 4000, benefited from the efforts of some of the best cookers in the Southwest, passing through a serving line at lunch set up under the Armory oaks. Visitors were dished up plate lunches of buffalo brisket and all the trimmings, while all around, Gary James Memorial Park played host to everything from arts and crafts vendors to horseshoe pitching and softball.

Winners are listed below:
May 16, 2009 World Championship Bison Cookoff, Santa Anna, TX
Head Judge: Bill Carol of Odessa 40 teams

1. $400 Joe Crawford, Midland
2. $250 Gene Pruett, Granbury
3. $150 Dickie Cooper, Stamford
4. $100 Trini Banda, Sonora
5. $50 Gary Shook, Lamesa

Brisket Winners in no order - photo by

1. $400 John Naumann, Bruceville
2. $250 Richard Lett, Abilene
3. $150 Gene Pruett, Granbury
4. $100 Wayne Webb, Sonora
5. $50 Robert Webb, Sonora

Chicken Winners in no order - photo by

1. $400 Don Campbell, Rule
2. $250 Kirk Joy, Sonora
3. $150 Joe Crawford, Midland
4. $100 Tim Perry, Santa Anna
5. $50 Kemper Croft, Brownwood

Rib Winners in no order - photo by

1. $500 Kirk Joy, Sonora
2. $300 Gene Pruett, Granbury
3. $150 Don Campbell, Rule
4. $100 Robert Bredemeyer, Sweetwater
5. $50 Gary Maske, Somerset

Bison Winners in no order - photo by

$200 Overall Points Champion: Joe Crawford, Midland with Montie Guthrie, Santa Anna Historical Development Organization - photo by Tex Wright

Reception to Honor Roger Walker

The Santa Anna ISD Board of Trustees will be hosting a reception honoring Roger Walker for his service to Santa Anna ISD.

Mr. Walker served as superintendent for Santa Anna ISD from 2001 to 2008.

The reception will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2009 in the Library of the Santa Anna Independent School District Administration Building located at 701 Bowie, Santa Anna Texas.

The public is cordially invited to attend.

Service Interruptions for
Coleman County Telephone Customers

On Tuesday, May 19th and Wednesday, May 20th, Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc. will be performing some equipment upgrades in the Mozelle (357) exchange. Customers in this exchange could experience interruptions in their telephone service during these two days.

The areas that will be specifically affected are Elm Creek and Concho Park. Customers in these areas will experience periodic interruptions of service, which could last up to 4 hours. When the upgrades are complete the service should return to normal.

If you have any questions, or your service is out for longer than 4 hours, please contact Coleman County Telephone at 348-3124.

Customers in the other exchanges serviced by CCTC should not experience any outages due to these upgrades.

2009 Order of the Rose

The Class of 2009 of Santa Anna High School will be honored Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 10:30 A.M. with a special senior assembly, The Order of the Rose.

Senior students will be recognized for their achievements during the past year.

The public is invited to attend.

Funtier Day and World Championship Bison Cookoff

Can you smell the smoke yet?

Let's bring all the Funtier Day stuff up here to the top

The 2009 edition of Funtier Day and World Championship Bison Cookoff is just around the corner, and plans are fully underway for Santa Anna’s premier yearly event. Entries have begun rolling in from cookers across Texas seeking to claim a piece of the $4000 prize money. Booth reservations are also coming in at a rapid clip for the arts and crafts show and sale. Interested vendors can reserve spaces inside the civic center or outside in the City Park, where events from volleyball competition to the favorite Santa Anna Fire Department water polo will also take place.

Entertainment will be going all day Saturday, May 16th. The Texas Tornadoes, Mariachi band, and Ballet Folklorico from San Angelo are already on tap. If you are a friend of yours likes to ‘pick-and-grin’, why not contact 325.348.3535 and get on the playlist.

Coordinators of the ever-popular annual event are looking for help from the community for someone to oversee the Horseshoe Pitch and the volleyball tourney. There is also some discussion of the possibility of a softball tournament for the weekend.

If you seek a booth entry, please call (325) 348-3535. To enter the cookoff call (325) 348-3826. If you would like to help with the event, planning, coordinating, or just picking up trash after the event, call either of these numbers. Come help Santa Anna strut its stuff!

Funtier Day
Schedule of Events

9 A.M.

10 A.M.

11 A.M

12:00 NOON

1:00 P.M.

2:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.

4:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M.

Funtier Day Ice Cream Freeze Off

Funtier Day Jr Bake Off and Pie Contest

Santa Anna Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations on winning the Gold

Submitted by Nora Valencia

Michael Valencia and Michael Dancy won the gold medal Tuesday afternoon at the District tennis meet held in Santa Anna

Awesome team work,way to go guys!

Click It or Ticket

TxDot begins work in Santa Anna

Work is expected to begin in Coleman early next week (May 5 or 6) to upgrade ADA ramps. In 2008, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), with direction from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), began an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) project to bring all ADA facilities up to current standards statewide.

Five of the nine counties in the Brownwood district will have ADA ramps built. Coleman County is scheduled for 133 ramps in all - 108 in Coleman on SH 206 and 25 in Santa Anna on US 67 and FM 1176. In some locations, existing ramps will be removed and replaced with ramps that are compliant with current standards.

Lampasas Area Engineer, Tom Dahl, explains, "ADA ramps that were installed some years ago no longer meet federal standards and we will replace them with ones that do. TxDOT strongly supports the ADA. Our mission is to work cooperatively to provide safe, effective and efficient movement of people and goods. We are committed to creating an open and accessible environment that benefits everyone."

With specific guidelines to follow, TxDOT is required by law to remove all barriers that impede access and provide ADA compliant entries on all its facilities. ADA ramps are primarily found at road intersections and in many cases are not attached to a sidewalk. Ramps are required in areas where any pedestrian traffic has been observed or where significant potential exists for pedestrian traffic. Some observers call these “ramps to nowhere”, however, the intent is to provide a refuge area where pedestrians can get out of the roadway. The ramp removes obstacles for pedestrians who may not otherwise be able to maneuver past the curb.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a landmark law that protects civil rights and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. It is designed to ensure that all Americans have the same access to facilities and services. It requires that pedestrian facilities, used by a wide range of people, be planned, constructed and maintained to accommodate everyone.

TxDOT is a strong supporter of ADA. With approximately 54 million disabled Americans in the United States, removing barriers and providing access to all facilities allows more opportunity for participation in every aspect of society.

Lampasas area office will oversee the Brownwood district project. Interstate Improvement, Inc., of Fairbault, MN., was awarded the $1.2 million contract that is expected to be complete during the summer of 2009.

For more information regarding this article, contact Sandra Parker-Public Information Officer-Texas Department of Transportation-Brownwood District - (325) 643-0413 Fax (325) 643-0306 email

Wild Blue Photography by Stephanie Dane


You never can say too much good stuff about your Mother...

My mom, Pat Wright, in a round about way is the reason I moved to and certainly at least one of the reasons I still live in Santa Anna.

My mom has worked as long as I can remember. In fact she was working at least two jobs, one which was selling Avon products, and the other taking care of us kids, when she met my step-dad, Tex Wright, who is whole other story that I will get to one of these days...

He was from Santa Anna... born and raised here.

I think Mom was the first or maybe the second ever Avon Lady. We lived in Garland at the time and Mom was going door to door when she ran across this tall, skinny truck driver in one of the apartment complexes. He bought something from her... some aftershave I think. I think on the next visit he asked her out... Mom must have felt sorry for him because he obviously needed somebody to take care of him and feed him! All of this subject to correction of course.

Truthfully he ended up taking care of us just like we were his own and I hope that he knows that I am forever grateful.

We of course moved here in the Summer of 1975... to get us out of the big city.

Mom has continued to work, mostly in the insurance business, and take care of us too.

Many have told me before that my Mom "looks good for her age" and I am smart enough not to go there... but I will agree that she looks good...

She is back in the cosmetic and beauty business as a BeautiControl Certified Independent Consultant. Take a look at her BeautiControl website and check out some of her really cool products and give her a call. She is really excited about it and I am too.

Patsy Wright - Certified Independent Consultant

Softball and a Little Friday Ramble

I was mowing the front yard Thursday night and noticed a lot of traffic headed East on Avenue C... must be a game at the baseball fields.

I got the water started after mowing. Jessica's dog, Chloe, and I were watching the cars go by and we noticed a lot of cheering coming from the park.

Chloe had wanted to go for a ride for a while so I loaded her in the back of the truck and we headed down the street to see what we could see.

What a crowd... cars and kids were everywhere!

Time to move the sprinkler so we made a loop around the armory and headed back home.

I got out and let Chloe out of the back. Cindy had bought some dog food earlier so I opened up the door to get it out and Chloe jumped in and then up to the front passenger seat.

She would not get out!

So I left her there for a while and took the dog food into the house. I opened up a can and took it back out to the truck. "Are you hungry?", I said as she licked the can.

She never budged from the seat. About that time my neighbor, Stephanie Fitzpatrick, pulled into her driveway. "Will you take my dog for a ride?", I said half serious. "Sure", Stephanie replied with curious hesitation. "She won't get out." I said. Stephanie laughed and went on.

I got back in the truck and Chloe and I went out for another ride. Past the baseball fields as they turned off the lights. There was Ray Jones, coach of the Slammers. "How did you do?, I hollered out the window to Ray. "We did good... especially that last inning.", Ray replied.

I knew the girls from Early were going to be good. One of the ladies I work with has a daughter on the Goldthwaite team and told me earlier this week that the Early girls were good.

That should make the Santa Anna Slammers and Goldthwaite game Friday night a pretty good game.

Back to Chloe, asleep by now with her head on the arm rest. I headed out past the Cemetery with the windows down... she never moved. I think she might have been snoring by now. We headed back home and pulled into the drive and there was Cindy on the front porch wondering where we had been.

"I took Chloe for a ride... she jumped in and won't get out...", I said half irritated by now... "see if you can get her out..."

A little sweet talk later, Chloe was out of the truck wanting to be fed and put to bed.

Leave the dog at home, load up your lawn chairs, head over to the baseball fields this Friday night, and give the Santa Anna Slammers some support. I will see you at the game!

Cen-Tex Land Co.

Where's Mozelle, Texas? - Part II

I think that my old buddy James Allen might be able to answer that question... He just might be the last one still living in Mozelle proper! I think he may even own Mozelle...

Cindy and I drove through Mozelle and by the old Mozelle School the other day on a round trip loop to Gouldbusk. The old school is about gone. I remember playing basketball in their gym. The gym at Lohn reminds me a lot of the old Mozelle gym.

Cindy's Great Aunt, Maxine Cope, adds, "Terry Nanny is our main speaker for the Historical Commission program tomorrow (Thursday) night at Heritage Hall. Her name was left off and she has done a lot of research preparing for this program on the town of Mozelle. I hope you will be able to attend also."

That Santa Anna Store

Pond Management Seminar 2009

Submitted by Luther Dunlap CEA-Ag/NR Coleman County
Thursday, May 21, 2009 - Coleman City Park
3 CEU’s Offered

The Annual Pond Management Seminar will be held on Thursday, May 21st at the City Park in Coleman. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9:00 a.m. A noon fish fry for participants will conclude the program. Three (3) hours of Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) will be awarded to private applicator license holders with 1 hour being in Integrated Pest Management, 1 hour in Laws & Regulations, and 1 hour in General.

Luther Dunlap, with Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Coleman County will begin the program with welcome and announcements. Presenters for the program include: Michael Masser Extension Fisheries Specialist, Pond Ecology Why We Don’t Want Plants to Take Over Our Ponds, Harrell Arms with Arms Fish Farm, Stocking Rates, Managing for Big Bass, and Pond Clean out, Cheryl Howerton with Texas Department of Agriculture, Laws and Regulations, and Curtis Garrett County Executive Director with Farm Service Agency, Farm Bill Update and FSA Programs

This year’s seminar could not be possible without the cooperation and sponsorship of area businesses and organizations. Sponsors include: Johnson’s Feed Barn, Purina, Central Texas Farm Credit, First Coleman National Bank, Santa Anna National Bank, Coleman County State Bank, Central Colorado Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Davis Farm and Ranch, Coleman Grain, Dubar Seed and Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Please R.S.V.P. to the Coleman County Extension Office at (325-625-4519) by 5:00 p.m. , Tuesday, May 19th so an accurate head count can be made for the meal.

May Ag Programs in McCulloch County

Submitted by Luther Dunlap CEA-Ag/NR Coleman County

May 7th - 2009 Concho/McCulloch County Wheat Tour

May 13th - Coping with Feral Hogs

May 14th - Farm Program Training

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 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.

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

Coleman County Historical Commission

Where's Mozelle, Texas?

Submitted by Tex Wright - Coleman County Historical Commission Chairman

Come to Heritage Hall on Thursday Night and hear Virginia Jamison and others from the Mozelle Community tell about the origin and history of the Community.

As most of you know Mrs. Jamison has been in that area for many years ( i won't give numbers because I might get in trouble),

We will offer snacks and conversation starting at about 6:30PM the program will start abouy 7:00PM.

We invite all Coleman County residents, their friends and neighbors to come enjoy this program.

Remember - 6:30PM - Heritage Hall - 400 College Ave - Coleman Texas - May 7, 2009.

Santa Anna Historical Development Organization

Softball, Baseball & T-Ball Schedules

8U Diamond Dolls Schedule

10U X-Treme Attitude Schedule

15U Santa Anna Slammers

The Slammers will play a week to week schedule with teams from Early and Goldthwaite

Thursday May 7th at 7:30 in Santa Anna vs Early

Friday May 8th at 8:30 in Santa Anna vs Goldthwaite

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Farm Program Training set for May 7

Submitted by Luther Dunlap

A new optional farm program, Average Crop Revenue Election, (or ACRE) may present producers with more questions than answers. That is why AgriLife Extension is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency to hold a regional meeting to explain the new program added by the 2008 Farm Bill. This meeting will be held on May 7 at 9:00 A.M. at the Taylor County Extension Office which is located on the ground of the Taylor County Expo Center. Producers from Fisher, Jones, Shackelford, Nolan, Taylor, Callahan, Coleman and Runnels counties are encouraged to attend. The Farm Service Agency will provide information and details on new Pay Limits, Adjusted Gross Income thresholds, and the SURE program which the new permanent disaster program.

Extension will then visit with producers about ACRE, the revenue-based safety net alternative to counter-cyclical payments beginning with the 2009 crop year. Careful consideration needs to be given before making a decision. A decision to elect ACRE may be made in any of the crop years 2009-2012, but once made is irrevocable for the remainder of the farm bill. Each farm number will need to make this election.

That is why AgriLife Extension and the Farm Service Agency are holding the meeting.

Producers who choose to sign up for the ACRE program need to understand they will be giving up all of their counter-cyclical payment, as well as 20 percent of their direct payment, and a 30 percent reduction in their marketing loan rate. A

CRE payments will be made only when two conditions are met. The first condition is met when the Actual State Revenue (price x yield) falls below the State ACRE Guarantee. The second is met when the Actual Farm Revenue falls below the Farm ACRE Guarantee.

The Texas A&M Agricultural and Food Policy Center has developed an online software decision-aid program that will allow producers to enter all the necessary data to compare the possible benefits of ACRE with the possible costs of signing into the program.

At the meeting, AgriLife Extension personnel will discuss the ACRE program, demonstrating the online decision-aid software tool and the data necessary to run the program.

The online program will enable a producer to enter his own data by the Farm Service Agency farm number, along with planting and price expectations. With the data entered, the program will calculate the expected benefits of ACRE compared with what the producer has to give up to get those benefits.

Each producer should leave the meeting knowing how to access the program online and understand what data is needed and how to interpret the results.

There are many factors that determine whether the ACRE program will be beneficial to area producers and using the online software will help in the understanding of this complicated decision.

For more information contact your local County Extension Office or Farm Service Agency.

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Regional Track Qualifiers

Several Santa Anna track students will be advancing to the Regional Track meet on May 1 & 2 at Abilene Christian University.

Pictured below in no particular order are those advancing to the Regional Meet:
Kendra Coleman 1st 100 m dash 12.67
Manny Dancy 4th Long Jump 19'4"
Chris Tate 2nd 400 m dash 51.86
Vance Rice 3rd 110 m hurdles 16.29
4x100 m relay 4th 53.77--Layken Deleon, Sarah Herrod, Stevie Van Voast, Kendra Coleman
Not Pictured: Vance Rice 2nd 300 m hurdles 41.93


Santa Anna ISD Election

The Santa Anna Independent School District will hold an election on Saturday, May 9, 2009 to elect to the school board (2) two members for at-large positions. Dates pertaining to election as follows:
February 9, 2009 - First day to file an application for a place on the ballot
March 9, 2009 - Deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot
April 9, 2009 - Last day to register to vote for May 9TH election
April 27, 2009 - First day of early voting
May 5, 2009 - Last day of early voting

Applications for a place on the Santa Anna ISD School Board Election ballot are available from the Santa Anna ISD Administration Office at 701 Bowie Street, Santa Anna, TX 76878 from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00am-3:00pm on Friday’s.

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