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Friday Night Lights and a Little Saturday Ramble

Well I hope that all of you had a good Thanksgiving. We are still going with another turkey to be gobbled up at the Robinett's feed on Saturday afternoon.

It was Black Friday and I had to work so as I drove through Brownwood traffic seemed normal. But the parking lots at Staples, Goodies, Walmart, Home Depot, and Heartland Mall were all filled. I made a short stop at Home Depot to pickup some 99 cent poinsettias that they were already out of at 6:30AM. Typical of what I have seen on most of my Black Friday experiences...

But it is Friday and some are still playing football. The Mountaineers aren't playing roundball until next Tuesday when May comes to Perry Gym.

But before I start on this week let me finish up last week... I ended up going to Jessica and Luke's in Stephenville. Cindy had stayed with them after Luke's surgery on Thursday. I did find time to sneak over and watch the Brady Bulldogs put a whoopin on the Merkel Badgers at Tarleton's Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Badgers by a score of 21-7 and it could have been 45-7. The Badgers had fourteen players over 200 pounds and two over 300 pounds against the little Dogs with only two players over 200 pounds and one of them didn't play any. The speedy Bulldogs played with some heart and put quite a few good hits on the big boys.

I am sort of found of those teams that wear the black and gold and play with some heart. It was sort of nice to see an eleven game for a change too. Speaking of eleven man and black and gold, my home away from home Goldthwaite Eagles ended a good season falling to Shiner in their Regional Championship game last Friday. Class A Goldthwaite's only loss so far this year had come from the Merkel Badgers.

Class 2A Brady (11-1) advances to the Regional round of the playoffs for the first time since 1961 and will take on Idalou at 2 p.m. Saturday at Midland's Grande Communications Stadium.

In six man action last Friday the game to watch for me would have been Garden City and Throckmorton. Garden City beat Throckmorton 70-66 and faces Fort Davis this Friday in what is sure to be a good game. Another good game this week will be Strawn and Gordon in Mineral Wells Saturday night at 7:00PM.

Saturday morning update to this Friday's games: Fort Davis defeats Garden City 63-56. Is the Fort rising again? Number one Abbott also defeated Calvert 38-28 in another good Quarterfinal matchup. Fort Davis will face Follet in the Semifinal this next Friday December fifth in Trent at 7:00PM. Abbot will face the winner of the Strawn and Gordon Quarterfinal still to be determined in Mineral Wells Saturday night. I may just have to hit the road...

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Peltons and!

Bob Rutherford

I was saddened to hear of the passing this week of one of my old neighbors, Bob Rutherford.

Bob lived across the street from us for several years when we first moved to Avenue C back in 1983.

Cindy tells this story better than I do, but we were painting the house, probably about 1989 or so, and the house had been tan with white trim for several years. Cindy picked out a hunter/forest green for the new trim color and one day she was out front painting when Bob was outside, always without a shirt, and he said, "Cindy, is that green or is that green?" Back then it was sort of a new color combination, in fact within a year or so several other houses around town had the same combination.

I know that Mrs. Rutherford and all those Rutherford girls are going to miss Bob.

A complete obituary can be found at

Please remember the Rutherford family in your prayers, especially during the holidays.

Gone but not forgotten, Bob Rutherford.

It has been a while since I have used one of these Attorney General press releases in the News especially since I added the feeds at the bottom but I guess I am getting a little bored... I have been off work this week and it gets dark so early in the evenings. I still get these press releases in my e-mail and this one caught my eye. I have actually considered buying a camera from one of these retailers before and luckily I heard that they had a bad reputation before I bought the camera. The news release describes exactly what I had heard about this company. I ended up buying the camera from Circuit City.

I tell people all the time that it is safe to buy on the Internet, just buy from people you already know like Sears, Wal-Mart, Circuit City, Best Buy, etc. For computers and electronics I also like,, and a new one I just started looking at called They are really competitive on most of their prices but they sometimes want to do the rebate thing, especially TigerDirect. The online auction site is good also, just be sure and review the seller ratings, other items for sale, and previously sold items before bidding on the item you want. Always beware of a price that sounds too good to be true!

Anyhow, here is the press release...

Attorney General Abbott Pursues Enforcement Action Against Two Web-Based Electronics Retailers

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Broadway Photo, Starlight Camera & Video cited for deceiving purchasers

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today charged two online digital camera and electronics retailers with conducting an unlawful bait-and-switch sales scheme. Today’s enforcement action seeks restitution for Texans who suffered financially because of the defendants’ unlawful conduct.

According to state investigators, Broadway Photo, L.L.C. and Starlight Camera & Video Inc., both of Brooklyn, N.Y., attempted to attract customers by offering the lowest retail prices on price-comparison Web sites. Once customers selected merchandise and made credit card purchases via the defendants’ Web sites, customers were notified that their orders had been processed. Despite the order-processing notice, customers were subsequently asked to call a specified telephone number to confirm their orders.

Media links
Attorney General's lawsuit against Broadway Photo, L.L.C.
Attorney General's lawsuit against Starlight Camera and Video Inc.

However, rather than use the calls to confirm customers orders, the defendants instead initiated aggressive, high-pressure sales pitches promoting over-priced accessories, including memory cards and batteries. The defendants’ telemarketers insisted these upgraded accessories were needed in order for the customers’ confirmed merchandise to function normally.

When customers refused these offers, the defendants told the customers the confirmed merchandise was substandard and lacked warranties. The defendants’ telemarketers encouraged customers to purchase different, more expensive products. If customers refused, the defendants canceled the orders, claiming the products were indefinitely back-ordered. When the defendants actually did ship orders, customers who intended to purchase new merchandise often received used or refurbished products.

The Office of the Attorney General is seeking injunctions halting this conduct and civil penalties of up to $20,000 per violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

2008 Christmas in the Heart in the Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coleman County’s Historical Commission Seeking Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Night Lights

For some the stadium lights are still on this Friday. But for many the lights are on in the gym...

Last Friday I went straight from work in Goldthwaite to Hico to watch the District Division I District 9 Champs and Defending Division I Six-Man State Champion Richland Springs Coyotes take on the Strawn Greyhounds. It was a great game to watch despite the strong North wind and cold as Strawn was ranked number five and Richland was number three by Richland was picked to win the Bi-District match up by seven points but the Greyhounds proved too fast for the Coyotes winning by a score of 83-72. The Hounds have actually already played Saint Jo in the Regional game as of this writing and won by a score of 60-8. They will face Gordon, who also played last night and defeated Greenville Phoenix by a score of 66-0.

The Gordon and Strawn game may be the game to watch next week. But where to go this Friday? I usually like to watch someone from our District so I at least know some of the players but the Second place in District Division I District 9 was Robert Lee and they fell last week to Gordon by a score of 56-8.

Cindy, Jessica, and Luke will be coming home from Cook's Children's Hospital Friday to Stephenville so I may have to head that direction. We all went to Fort Worth Thursday for Luke's first, and hopefully last, surgery. He is doing OK but will be in leg casts for six weeks and leg braces for six months. While at Cook's in the surgery waiting area, I noticed a young man wearing a Brady Bulldogs hoody. I asked them if they were from Brady and they said yes... "How about those Brady Bulldogs?" I said! The Dogs will be playing Merkel in the Area Playoff tonight in Stephenville so I must have to head that direction to watch a little eleven man football. There are sure to be a bunch of "Loadcrafters" there!

There are some six-man games around... Abbott and Lometa are playing in Hico, Sidney and Walnut Springs are playing in Dublin, all in my direction to Stephenville but the six-man game to watch is probably Throckmorton and Garden City or Fort Davis and Northside or Valley and Meadow... all way out of my way.

Wherever you go be sure and wear lots of clothes or maybe you are heading for the gym in Newcastle to catch the Mountaineers in the roundball tournament.

SAHS Junior Class Tours Tarleton State University Campus

Submitted by Montie Guthrie - SAHS Counselor

Wednesday, November 19, twenty-three juniors from Santa Anna High School joined over 8000 Tarleton Texans at the Stephenville campus, going from classroom to classroom, dormitory to recreation building, and eating in the college dining hall to sample a slice of college life.

The juniors pulled out from SAHS promptly at 8:00 a.m. to make the 85-mile ride to Stephenville, arriving at the TSU Student Center at 10:00. There they met the tour guides, who took them to a presentation about college in general and Tarleton specifically given by University Admissions and Financial Aid Officers.

From that point, the class split into two groups and began the walking tour of the campus, visiting various buildings and getting a sense of college life in general. The new, multi-million dollar recreation facility with its various courts, exercise equipment, and free weights was a hit with everyone, as was the last stop on the tour - the brand new college dining hall. The SAHS juniors acquitted themselves very well at the all-you-can-eat facility where they enjoyed a sumptuous lunch of their choice of pizza, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, or comfort foods.

The Mountaineers then moved back to the Student Center, where they had a little time to check out the University Store and the ping-pong and pool tables. They enjoyed experiencing a taste of the "social" aspects of college life.

Loading back up on the old "yellow dog", the students excitedly discussed their futures at the colleges or tech schools of their choice all the way back to SA.

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

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

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


This month's COLEMAN COUNTY, "COUNTY- WIDE PRAYER & PRAISE MEETING" will be held on Thursday, November 20th, from 7:00 to 8:00pm, hosted by the First Baptist Church located at 201 S. Lee Street in Santa Anna. This will be the 11th Prayer & Praise gathering we have had in our County. Bruce Hess is the Pastor of the First Baptist Church and he is excited that his church is sponsoring this month's meeting. We have heard good reports of things that are happening in our county as the result of these prayer and praise services.

So Y'all come!! Bring friends and family to pray for our County and Communities, and to sing praise to our wonderful God! All are invited to stay for fellowship and light refreshments in the social hall after the service.

Garrett Dane

Submitted by Jason Dane

Garrett Dane (age 11) of Santa Anna got his first kill this past weekend in Paducah, TX (Cottle County). He killed this pretty bobcat (approx. 25 lbs.) with a .222 Rifle.

He made his Daddy REAL proud!

(Photo taken by Jason Dane)

Long Road Out Of Eden

Cindy and I took the Long Road Out Of Eden that ended up at the American Airlines Center in Dallas back in September.

Of course Long Road Out Of Eden is the title of the tour, latest album, and one of the songs of the Eagles Band.

The Eagles

We have always enjoyed the Eagles music and when I heard they were touring again I knew this would be our only chance to ever see them in concert so I bought Cindy the tickets for her birthday. We had some pretty good floor seats on a center isle with tickets I bought on eBay. All I can say about the show is WOW!

They are back in Dallas again this Saturday, November the 15th for an added show to the tour.

If you are a fan of the Eagles this is a must see show and it is worth ten times whatever you have to pay for a ticket. They played all the old ones we wanted to hear and a lot of new stuff too. These old guys played for over three hours... even this old grandpa was getting tired!

You might have also seen them on the Country Music Awards this last Wednesday night singing one of their new songs titled "Just too Busy Being Fabulous".

Here it is in their music video if you haven't seen it yet...

Eagles Band Website
Mailing List

Football and Basketball

The Mountaineers finished up a long season of football last Friday on a cold night in Rochelle falling to the Hornets. Once again I took a lot of pictures of the game and some of the band and cheerleaders too but most of them aren't too good.

Here are some of my favorites...

#5 Chris Tate gets a big block from #60 Michael Maldonado on his touchdown run

#60 Michael Maldonado catches a touchdown pass while #8 Jordan Whaley looks on

Wide open #25 Fausto Maldonado catches a touchdown pass

The rest can be seen it the game's photo album on the Sports Page...

With the end of the Mountaineer's football season comes the start of basketball season. We get to come in out of the weather and play in the gyms for a while.

The Lady Mountaineers won Tuesday night versus Baird. The Mountaineers will have a scrimmage on Thursday in Gustine at 6PM. The girls have one team playing at Lometa at 5 PM and another at home Friday at 6PM. Jr High starts on Monday with a home game against May. Boys first game is next Tuesday the 18th with the girls in Mullin then both teams travel to Newcastle on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd for a tournament.

So get your high tops on and head for the gym!

Dr. Edgar S. Dass

I was visiting on the telephone with a Microsoft Support Technician from India while working on a problem with a computer at work today and he mentioned that it was Winter in India and he asked if I knew anyone from India. But of course! My college English professor at Howard Payne College, Dr. Edgar Dass.

We went on and fixed my problem and work went on.

Dr. Dass from 1988 HPU Lasso Yearbook

I was shocked when I got home and I had an e-mail in my Inbox from Shanaz Dass, Dr. Dass's widow.

I had mentioned Dr. Dass in a couple of articles in November of 2004 and March of 2005 and apparently she found one of them when searching the Internet for his name.

Here is part of her message:

I was searching for information/articles about my late husband to compile a scrapbook for the kids when I came across your site listing an article. I would like very much to have a copy of this article as I am sure it is about Edgar. He passed away April 2006, Professor Edgar S. Dass, born in India and raised in Pakistan after the countries separated. Birthdate May 12, 1944. He taught at Howard Payne University in Brownwood Texas in the late 1980's and we moved to New York state in 1989. If you would please search your files for articles about him, I would greatly appreciate it. I welcome contact (email preferred) from folks knowing him or any articles about him that would be appropriate for the scrapbook. Thank you so much!

Here is part of my response:

Shanaz Dass,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and your children's father. Yes, that article most certainly does mention Dr. Edgar Dass. He was very encouraging and made a subject interesting that I was admittedly weak in. I took his English I and English II Classes in the Summer of 1987 and then his British Literature Class in the Fall of that year. He was such a great and wonderful teacher and is largely responsible for me staying in school after my first class with him. He was proud of his heritage and he loved what he taught, especially British Lit. I remember when I took my British Lit final... I had made A's in English I and II and had an A grade going in to the British Lit Final but didn't do to well on it. He called me into his office and we discussed the poor final grade and he asked me a few questions and I knew the answers so he corrected my test and saved my A grade.

I am afraid that I was just rambling about myself going to college at Howard Payne in the article that mentions Dr. Dass but I will never forget him or what he did for me.

In fact I was speaking to a Microsoft technician in India today about him. I had called for a problem with a computer I was working on and he mentioned that it was Winter there in India and asked if I knew anyone from India. But of course! My college English professor Dr. Edgar Dass. Your e-mail is so coincidental with me thinking of him today!

I will post another story of his passing and your e-mail to see if anyone in this area has any information.

God bless you and your family,
James Pelton

If you knew Dr. Dass and would like to share a story with Mrs. Dass please send me an e-mail to and I will forward it to Mrs. Dass.

Dr. Edgar Dass, Gone but not forgotten...

Veteran's Day - 2008

Warren Ranch

Speaking of hunting big deer take a look at the Warren Ranch... not only do they have great deer hunting but they also have other types of hunts and fishing available. Located North of Santa Anna, they have several lakes, ponds, and the Jim Ned River on the Ranch as well as a newly built lodge. Check out their web site for more information...

4-H Meeting

The Santa Anna 4-H meeting will be Thursday November 13th at 5:30PM at the Santa Anna Armory.

If you have any questions please call Todd or Sherry @ 348-3559.

Big Buck

Of course the deer season has been going on for a couple of weekends now and there is always some excitement when someone gets a nice one.

I was in Shoppin' Baskit Saturday morning after Martha Pritchard and son Mike, had just finished entering her nice deer in the Shoppin' Baskit Big Buck Contest. I think it was a ten point scoring over fifty and put her into first place in the contest. The Pritchards are avid sportsmen and women taking after the father of the family, the late Don Pritchard. Don and Mike had taught me and several other scouts back in the late seventies in the Texas Hunter Safety Course. Mrs. Pritchard's daughter Gayla Lishka also had her picture on the board with an a buck from earlier.

It was the second big one brought in Saturday as they had a new third place buck brought in earlier that morning.

But Mrs. Pritchard's first place buck soon moved to second and the third place fell out as another big one was brought in less than an hour later. It scored a fifty four, I think, just barely beating out Mrs. Pritchard's. Either way she got a nice one and I know she is tickled.

Having worked at the Baskit for several years and measuring quite few, I know that there is still a lot of season left and some big ones still out there.

Lord’s Acre

The Santa Anna First United Methodist Church Lord’s Acre will be Saturday, November 8, 9-6 at the Santa Anna Armory.


*Silent Auction* *Plants* *County Store* *Crafts*

*Bakery* *Rummage* *Concessions and More*

Please Come!

Friday Night Lights

This will be the last of the Friday night lights for the Mountaineers this year after coming off a 70-0 whoopin from the Defending State Champion Richland Springs Coyotes.

This week the 2-7(1-3 in District) Mountaineers will face their fifth District 9 opponent, the 1-8(3-0 in District) Rochelle Hornets in Rochelle.

Rochelle is picked to finish fifth in Division I District 9 ahead of Veribest and behind Richland Springs, Robert Lee, Eden, and Santa Anna by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine. According to Dave and Granger, "Players to watch are Jeremy Allgood, Billy Rainwater, Brandon Adams, and Travis Rose.

The Hornets are ranked 100th overall and 58th in Division I by and Santa Anna dropped two spots to 71st overall and stayed at 48th in Division I.

Who the Hornets have played:
Lost to Zephyr 60-15
Lost to May 48-0 (Santa Anna lost to May 68-20 in week 2)
Lost to Blanket 70-20 ((Santa Anna lost to Blanket 70-22 in week 4)
Lost to Panther Creek 57-24
Beat Lohn 72-26
Lost to Robert Lee 54-6 (Santa Anna lost to Robert Lee 64-14 in week 8)
Lost to Veribest 78-28 (Santa Anna beat Veribest 57-8 in week 6)
Lost to Richland Springs 62-0 (Santa Anna lost to Richland Springs 70-0 in week 9)
Lost to Eden 63-16 (Santa Anna lost to Eden 80-35 in week 7)

Santa Anna is favored by 32 points and that might be a little generous. I think the Hornets will put up some fight in their last home game and I am not sure the Mountaineers have any left.

Is that a challenge? You bet it is... Mountaineers, "Play with your hearts."

2008 Santa Anna Varsity Mountaineers

Front Row L-R: #5 Chris Tate, #25 Fausto Maldonado, #8 Jordan Whaley,

Second Row: #3 Richard Ramsey, #72 Joe Guerrero, #12 Juan Suarez, #9 Jacob Zapata,

Back Row: #44 Frank Moreno, #6 Vance Rice, #20 Manny Dancy, #60 Michael Maldonado

Lady Mountaineers Volleyball

I heard on the radio, thanks to KOXE, that the Lady Mountaineers were playing a playoff game in Dublin against Gorman last Tuesday. I heard Wednesday morning that they lost the game or match. It sounds like they had a good year. I always enjoyed watching them play but didn't get a chance this year. I was sort of wanting to go but could get off in time and couldn't find anybody to go with... and Jessica was studying for an Algebra test and Cindy and I needed to vote still.

Mountaineers Football

Of course the Mountaineers fell 70-0 last Friday to the Defending State Champion Richland Springs Coyotes. It was painful to watch them run over the Mountaineers. I am not sure how else to describe it so I will leave it at that.

I took a lot of pictures again, most of them not very good. A lot more of the cheerleaders and band this week! See over 200 of them on the Sports Page Richland Springs photo album.

I have enjoyed watching Richland Springs many times over the last few years in playoff games led by standout quarterback Tyler Ethridge. They are a really good, well coached football team, and I wish them well but I don't think they have enough to defend their title against some other really good teams this year.

4-H Record Book Training Opportunity

Saturday, November 8, 2008
2 p.m. - First Coleman National Bank Hospitality Room

On Saturday, November 8, 2008, Beverly Casselberry, 4-H Adult Volunteer, will be presenting a 4-H Record Book Workshop at the First Coleman National Bank Hospitality Room, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to the County Extension Office at 625-4519 so that enough educational materials can be printed. Please bring to the meeting a date book or calendar (something that you'll keep up with all year long). This meeting will last approximately 1 hour.

Keeping records of your 4-H experiences is a great way to hold on to your memories about your project work in 4-H. This is also a great way to develop skills in communication, organize your time, documents, evaluate your own efforts, set goals and keeping track of your 4-H finances and progress. Records are like journals - your progress, your unique story and pictures and an important part of your life.

If you would like to know more about the 4-H Record Book process, please attend this meeting on Saturday, Nov. 8th at 2 pm. at the First Coleman National Bank Hospitality Room. More details regarding record book forms can be found on the Texas 4-H website

Coleman County Historical Commission
Thank You Party On Thursday

Submitted by Tex Wright

Again we would like to remind everyone of the evening of thank you’s for those who have shared their experiences, knowledge, and time with the county during this sesquicentennial year. 150 years, 1858 through 2008, however you say it, it is a long time and lots of changes have come about for Coleman County.

From horses, oxen, and mules pulling plows, row binders, sleds and other farm equipment to the big 10 row plows behind the Big John Deere Tractors, some of our citizens have seen the development of the airplane to rockets taking men to the moon.

Some of these citizens have shared their times with the Coleman County Historical Commission this year.

We will honor those who have told us about the development of communities, those who have told us about communities that used to be and those who have told us about the development of schools, libraries, and businesses.

On Thursday evening, November 6th, starting about 6:30PM a covered dish supper will be put out and lots of Coleman County citizens will say THANKS to the many people who have taken a bit of their time to tell us stories of the past.

We would like for you and yours to come out to Heritage Hall, 400 College in Coleman and help us say thanks to these citizens.

A well known speaker has been asked to do the honors at the podium. I know that a majority of you will enjoy the subject matter of this speaker’s thank you message.

Santa Anna Ex Students Association Scholarship Fund Raiser

The winner of the Santa Anna Ex Students Association wooden glider donated by Gary Patterson of Coleman County Woodshop was Luke Kerr of Stephenville and sometimes Santa Anna. The drawing was held at halftime of the Richland Springs game last Friday.

Over $1100 was raised thanks to the generosity of those that donated especially Mr. Patterson.

One hundred percent of the donations will be used for scholarships awarded to SAHS graduating Seniors.

Circle C Cattlewomen's Ball

Circle C Cattlewomen are asking you to save the date of December 31st!

As our sesquicentennial salute to the past 150 years and an eye to the future in Coleman County, the Cattlewomen have moved the Cattlewomen's Ball to New Year's Eve. As county cattlewomen and property rights backers the ladies are preparing the usual top of the line steak dinner with homemade desserts.

There will also be a silent and live auction so those who have Christmas money can choose a unique item or fill in with gifts still desired! The proceeds of the auction and dinner dance go to county projects, most involving youth in our county.

Two scholarships are given each year to high school gradutes going into the field of agriculture. The Cattlewomen also add a bonus to each steer exhibitor at the county show and add a bonus to each 4-Her preparing a beef recipe at the food show. The group also provides a substantial amount toward beef cook-offs both in Santa Anna and Coleman.

Tickets are limited to 200 and music will be furnished by a dance band from the San Antonio area. The dress will be "western dressy" with an emphasis on western auction items.

Tickets will be available through Cattlewomen members or at Coleman County Chamber of Commerce.

More details will be provided closer to the event. As previously stated, the Cattlewomen are hoping you'll save New Year's Eve for a special ending to the sesquicentennial year.

Santa Anna National Bank

Coleman County Historical Commission

Submitted by Tex Wright

As some of you know, in 2008 Coleman County has been celebrating its 150th birthday. In conjunction with this, the Coleman County Historical Commission has been promoting programs about the different communities located in the community.

One of the first of these programs was a program brought to us by Judy Bryan of Rockwood. She with great effort persuaded several of the older citizens of the community to come and tell the rest of the world what it was like to grow up in Rockwood, Texas. If you missed this program you missed a laugh fest as some of the stories told were comical and worth listening to. Ms. Bryan prompted these speakers and the audience helped by asking questions for an evening of great fun as well as great learning about the southern part of Coleman County.

Another program about the southern part of the county was held in Trickham. Felton Martin, The historian of Trickham, Texas, brought a very interesting program about Trickham, Texas and its beginning before Coleman County was Coleman County. Settlers along Mukewater Creek farmed and provided hay for the original Camp Colorado. The people who settled here had their share of Indian troubles, but the community kept growing and helping with the growth of Coleman County.

The people of Burkett hosted a program in their community center. Many of the older citizens came together to answer questions about the early days of a thriving community on the northeastern edge of Coleman County. Stories were told about rustlers, people who tried to ford the creek in high water, and the many businesses located in Downtown Burkett.

Other stories of Silver Valley, Coleman, the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery, and others have made up the years programs. These were all our benefit and knowledge about our home.

If you missed these speakers this year, you should plan to be at the gathering on Thursday, November 6th, when we pay tribute to those who have made such great effort to educate us about their part of Coleman County.

We plan to have a speaker with us for the evening that will be of interest to all Coleman County citizens who are interested in the past and the future.

All members are being asked to bring a covered dish to supplement the feast.

The evening will start about 6:30PM, come and bring a friend.

Heritage Hall, 400 College, Coleman, Texas

Whon Pictures Wanted

I am looking for pictures of Whon, Texas from back in the 1960's and earlier. If anyone has any they would be willing to share, please email them to me at

I lived at Whon from 1958-1969. I would like to have one of the Whon Baptist Church, the community building that was moved onto the Carter place in the 1960's, and the famous drive-in post office, the old iron bridge that crossed Camp Creek south of Whon, the Whon School etc..

Any pictures of home places: Tom Rutherford's, Lee Abernathy's, Darwin Lovelady's, Walter Yancy's, Avants, Bible's, Morris's, Fitzpatrick's, Deal's, Gordanier's, Turner's, Barns's, etc. would be appreciated.

I lost my pictures a long time ago. Please help me to replace them. Thank you so very much.
- Kathy Roe

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