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Remember Those Who Serve

The list of those serving our country continues to grow.

Please remember these Santa Anna folks that are serving our country in combat, training, or support: Brandon Beloat, James Culpepper, Eddie Dawson, Chaplin Delarosa, Kristle Deleon, Glen Donham, Reuben Frausto, Misti Graves, Bobby Hale, Patrick Kerr, Heather LaChance, Truman Matthews, Jeff Rivera, Josh Rivera, Michael Ruth, Marty Siller, Allen Tucker, Lance Vasquez, Scott Watson, and Shane Watson.

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

Dawson and Beloat Return Home

SSG Eddie Dawson and SPC Brandon Beloat returned home this past weekend after being deployed in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard, 36th Infantry Division, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, FSC 111th Engineer Brigade which is home based in Stephenville.

Welcome Home!

SPC Brandon Beloat and SSG Eddie Dawson

Patsy Wright - Certified Independent Consultant

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Classes of 90's Homecoming Plans

The classes of '92-'97 will be having a Homecoming get together on Saturday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Chad and Kyra Neff Langley's house. Please bring your favorite snack, drink of choice, picture of your family and a chair. We respectfully ask that adults only attend.

For questions/directions please contact Kyra Neff Langley at or Betsy McIver Jones at

FFA Greeenhand Camp

Photo by SAHS Annual Staff

Students from the Santa Anna FFA attended the annual Area IV Greeenhand Camp in Graham, Texas on the 22nd of September. Over 1200 Greenhands, first year students in FFA, were on hand for motivational talks from Dean Smith, a noted “Horse Whisperer”, former National FFA Vice President Andy McCall, and Jerry Overton, former Dallas Cowboy. The featured speaker of the event was Michael Johnson, from Ada, Oklahoma. He is an author, cowboy, and noted motivational speaker who chronicles his journey from failure in high school to a doctorial degree. The day was topped off with a hamburger lunch for all. This event is designed to start the new FFA members on a positive note and meet other new members from around the area.

Front Row-Left to Right: Mickey Rhoades, Kindsey Holland, Kourtney Guerrero, Michael Dancy, Kendra Sanchez, Kaitlyn Krause
Back Row-Left to Right: Dakota Enriquez, Joshua Perez, Hunter Musick, Kelsey Tobin

New Tea Room in Santa Anna

Submitted by: Judy Meister

Photos taken by: David Justice It’s not just antiques anymore. That’s right, Santana Antiques in downtown Santa Anna just went foodie on us.

Barbara & Ray Hannaman

Barbara and Ray Hannaman, owners of that wonderful store filled with nostalgia and memories have just added a tea room to the mix.

On Monday, September 28th, the Hannamans welcomed around 45 of Santa Anna’s finest to dine from the lunch menu that flaunts homemade sandwiches such as chicken, tuna and egg salad, pimiento, smoked turkey, as well as turkey, bacon and avocado.

And according to the Hannamans, their homemade fried pies were all consumed after Monday’s open house.

The tea room will be open from Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. Till 2 p.m., with Barbara and employee Cindi Holton in the kitchen preparing each delectable dish.

The daily specials will include a mix of casseroles, quiches and roasts. And from Monday through Friday, a different soup will be offered by Soup Chef, Robbi Lambert.

Friend, David Justice has stepped in to assist in recipes ranging from his popular chicken salad, lasagna and spectacular desserts.

Another added enticement will be the variety of gourmet coffees and flavored teas the Hannamans are offering.

After being asked if Barbara always had a love for cooking, her reply was, “Cooking is something I had to do to survive. If I couldn’t cook, I wouldn’t have produced the ten healthy, happy kids that I did.”

And you would not know it by looking at the spry mother of ten, but she says that her children range in ages from 45 to 21.

Barbara and Ray were both born and raised in Brownwood. Barbara went on to receive Degrees in English and Interior Design with a Minor in Home Economics from the University of Houston. And Ray, a Viet Nam Veteran retired from Verizon after 30 years of service.

The couple eventually moved to Lake Ivie from the Metroplex and decided to go into the antique business in Santa Anna just under four years ago.

The Hannamans’ store has been a welcome addition to Santa Anna, as this area attracts many an antique shopper. The prediction is that the new bistro will be embraced as well, for the palate will always have its way and have one searching for the variety of flavors that make food consumption a pleasure.

The new tea room is located downtown Santa Anna, inside Santana Antiques next door to the Quilter’s Patch.

SAHS Homecoming Representatives Announced

Photos by SAHS Annual Staff

The 2009 Santa Anna High School Homecoming Queen and King nominees have been selected and the royalty will be crowned during halftime ceremonies at Mountaineer Stadium on Friday, October 9th.

2009 Santa Anna Homecoming Queen Representatives:
Left to Right-Emily Taylor, Heather McMillan, Peyton Morris, Layken Herrod

2009 Santa Anna Homecoming King Representatives:
Left to Right-Manny Dancy, Chris Tate, Jacob Zapata, Jordon Tunnell

Coleman County Historical Commission Meeting

Submitted by: Tex Wright - CCHC Chairman

I think this is going to be the tail twister of the year. The story of the J. P. Morris family, ranch, and the decendents there of. If the subject matter was not enough, Doodie Taylor - Knox will be telling the story. Now the cap to the evening is -- The program will be held in the old "Morris - Taylor" home at the west end of College Ave (near the intersection of College and 5th Ave)

Now just tell me that is not a piece of Coleman History coming out.

We will start gathering about 6:30 on the evening of Oct. 1st. A very short business meeting will be held and then the PROGRAM.


Are you a “mover & shaker” in your community? Do you fill a local leadership role?

Community leaders throughout the region are invited and encouraged to attend the 16th Annual Texas Midwest Conference, Oct. 14, at the Abilene Civic Center.

“TEAM WORK for Rural Success” is the conference theme. Presentations at the conference will address community development, tourism, economic development and importance of local team work. Features of the annual conference include solution seminars, information expo, luncheon catered by Perini Ranch Steakhouse and community awards.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is the featured speaker for the opening session. Headliner for the awards luncheon is Marcus Hill, President of Ag Workers Mutual, For complete details on solution seminar topics and speakers go to the Texas Midwest website at

State agencies participating in the Info Expo include Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA), Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPW) and Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). Also participating are USDA Rural Development, Small Business Development Center- Texas Tech, Big Country Area Health Education Center, Hendrick Health System, West Central Texas Council of Governments, Jacob & Martin Consulting Engineers,, Social Media Expertz, Journal Communications and 2010 Census.

Pre-registration for the conference is $40, which covers all activities and the conference luncheon. Walk-in registration is $50. A discount for 5 or more from one community or organization is also available. For information call 325-795-8626 or e-mail

TMCN member cities include Abilene, Albany, Anson, Aspermont, Baird, Ballinger, Brady, Breckenridge, Bronte, Brownwood, Buffalo Gap, Cisco, Clyde, Coleman, Colorado City, Comanche, Cross Plains, De Leon, Dublin, Early, Eastland, Eden, Goldthwaite, Gorman, Gustine, Hamilton, Hamlin, Haskell, Knox City, Merkel, Menard, Munday, Ranger, Rising Star, Robert Lee, Roscoe, Rotan, San Angelo, Santa Anna, Snyder, Stamford, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Tye, and Winters.

Homecoming - SAHS Class of 1989

Searching for all old classmates!

The SAHS Class of 89 is planning an "Awesome 80s" brisket and pot luck supper on Saturday October 10 at 6:30pm. All Santa Anna class of 89 graduates and ex-classmates can RSVP, get the address, get a copy of the invite and get general information from Christy (Casey) Gunter at

In addition to the Pot Luck, members of the Class of 89 are also planning to attend the Homecoming Parade at 2:30 on Friday Oct 9, followed by the Pep Rally and then the football game/ homecoming ceremonies at 7pm. On Saturday Oct 10 we hope to see everyone at the Class Reunion at 2pm at the Feedstore Church downtown (contact Rachel (Phillips) Cox for details at

If you are a member of the SAHS class of 89 and you have not yet received an invite to the pot luck, please send your contact info to Christy (

SAHS Class of 49 - Fifth Grade

Shared by Imogene Powers

5th grade class at Santa Anna Elementary (Santa Anna Ward School as it was called then), the school year 1941-42. It would be the 1949 graduating class who will be celebrating their 60th reunion this year.

Miss Eunice Wheeler, the teacher married Dick Longbrake during the Christmas holidays in 1941. Therefore, when school resumed the students were told to call her Mrs. Longbrake.

Friday Night Lights

The 2-2 Santa Anna Mountaineers will take on the 1-2 Blanket Tigers Friday the 25th at Mountaineer Stadium.

The Tigers are ranked 66th overall and 37th in Division I and the Mountaineers fell to 86th overall and 46th in Division I this week.

The Tigers are favored by 15 points by and I am not even going to prognosticate this week after last weeks blowout at the new Zephyr stadium. The turf sure was nice but I sure did hate for the Mountaineers to have to chew on it. Check out the Sports Page for the game photo album.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine picks the Tigers to finish fifth in Division I -District 10 behind Strawn, Rising Star, May, Gordon, and ahead of Gustine.

Campbell has this to say: "The Tigers do not have the depth of their district counterparts and will need some newer players to step up this season to compete."

Players to watch are: Corey Wetzel, Darrell Greenwood, and Sam Boyd

Who they've played:
Lost to Panther Creek 60-14
Lost to Rochelle 51-16
Beat Comanche Paradigm Charter 70-20 (The Mountaineers beat Charter 40-20 in week 1 with the game shortened by lightning storm)

I will see you at the game maybe! .

Zephyr Pep Rally

Photos by SAHS Annual Staff

Glenn's Car Sales

Heart of Texas Range Tour and Workshop

Submitted by: Luther Dunlap Coleman County CEA-Ag/NR

Lohn - Landowners and hunters alike will want to attend an educational tour and workshop sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The multi-topic educational event will be held on Monday, October 5, 2009 at the Phillips Ranch north of Lohn. Registration will begin at the ranch headquarters at 8:00 am and the program should conclude around 4:00 that afternoon. McCulloch County AgriLife Extension Agent for Ag and Natural Resources, Vance Christie says, “The program will present numerous options that will help land stewards manage property to improve habitat for wildlife while also including options that allow the sustainability of livestock operations.” The agenda includes Brush Busters methods of individual plant treatments for mesquite, prickly pear, yucca and other brush species while revisiting the Brush Sculpting concept that allows desirable plants to be left for wildlife cover and feed sources. A rainwater harvesting station to provide supplemental water for wildlife has been set up on the ranch, and Billy Kniffen will be on hand to discuss rainwater capture options for livestock and wildlife. In addition identification of beneficial range plants for livestock and wildlife will be discussed by Kniffen and Dr. Allan McGinty.

Dr. Rick Machen will present a discussion on utilizing goats and cattle in a rotational system to improve habitat and maximize grazing on native and improved pastures. Christie also states,” that ranch owner Guy Phillips does a great job with his livestock and wildlife management plans, blending improved coastal, klien and Wilmuth Love Grass pastures with his native pastures. Mr. Phillips has several pastures with varied plant populations that allow him to rotate his cattle, protect against overgrazing and maintain grass, forbs and browse for wildlife at the same time” The tour portion of the day will wrap up at noon, and the group will travel to the Lohn Tabernacle for a sponsored lunch catered by Mac’s Barbeque. Following Lunch, sponsors will be given an opportunity to discuss new products and technologies that landowners can utilize in their operations. John Newman and Bobby Schmidt will present brief updates on NRCS and FSA programs. Dr. Machen will then address the group on blending livestock production and wildlife management for the benefit of landowners and hunters alike. Concluding the program will be Cory Pence, TDA Inspector to discuss Laws and Regulations that affect Pesticide Applicators. 5 continuing education units (CEU’s) will be offered for participants holding their Applicator’s License.

To get to the ranch, from Brady, take US 87 North to US 283 North, go past the Lohn cut-off to County Road 314. Turn right on CR 314 and follow it approximately 2 ½ miles and it will terminate at the ranch headquarters for registration.

Due to meal and space limitations, only 80 participants will be allowed to register. Participants must RSVP to the McCulloch County AgriLife Extension Office before at 5:00 pm, Thursday October 1 and again only the first 80 registrants will be accepted. For more information or to confirm your registration, call 325-597-1295.


I had another half an inch of rain from the Sunday and Monday night of 20th and 21st showers.

Tex Wright reports, ".30" and ".02. No this is not a typo. Two hundredths of an inch."

I still want to see that gauge... mine is not quite that accurate!

Santa Anna ISD Receives Legacy

Alton Henry Diserens graduated from Santa Anna High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1936. At his death, along with a number of other generous gifts to various beneficiaries, Mr. Diserens honored his alma mater with a total gift of $700,000: $200,000 for a fund to be used for repair and improvement of school facilities and $500,000 in trust for students graduating from Santa Anna High School who enroll in a four year degree program at a college or university.

Mr. Diserens was born in Killeen, Texas, July 26, 1918, to Alice and George Diserens. Later his parents owned and operated Diserens Grocery Store in Santa Anna. He had one sister and two brothers. He was married to Mary Kathryn Bonner for forty-eight years. His wife, parents, and siblings preceded him in death.

After graduation from Santa Anna, Mr. Diserens served in the Army during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster for Meritorious Service with the 104th Infantry Division in Europe and was a Major in the Retired Reserves, AUS. After WWII, "Diz" (as he was known to his friends) earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas followed by an MS in Industrial Hygiene Engineering from Harvard University.

Clearly Mr. Diserens’ love for education is shown by his generous bequests to a number of educational facilities: two nurse training programs and two universities in addition to Santa Anna ISD. Both the high school and the elementary school of SAISD have recently been renovated. Mr. Diserens’ gift will help maintain those improvements.

The scholarship trust will provide $5,000 for the chosen student for each of four years leading to a degree. The school superintendent will select three finalists. A high school math teacher and a high school history teacher will make the final choice.

Santa Anna ISD is extremely appreciative to the late Mr. Diserens as well as to his surviving family for their help in carrying out his final wishes.

Rockin' R-5 Steak House

Submitted by: Judy Meister

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Santa Anna Retail Merchants Association took place at the Rockin' R-5 Steak House.

Owner, Cheryl Brooks alongside mother/hostess, Noreta Fenton is pictured with employees and community members.

Pictured from left to right front row: Beth Worley, Shanna DeLeon, Noreta Fenton, Cheryl Brooks, Leanna Jones, Mayor Nancy Wylie, Denise McGowan, Rob Cheaney, Gay Abernathy, Sandi Watson Murray and Erica Camocho
Left to Right back row: Ray Hannaman, Barbara Hannaman, Shirley Mobley, Wanda Campbell, Sage Brooks, Michael Cantu and Lupe Lopez

Coleman County Youth Activity Center News

Submitted by Sarah Beal

The Coleman County Youth Activity Center has been a busy place for the past few months. It has been the venue for the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce Banquet, Coleman Rodeo and Dance, Farm Bureau Ag Day, 4-H Club meetings, a sanctioned lamb sale, Drug Free After Prom party, Exceptional Kids Rodeo, wedding receptions, class and family reunions, Coleman County Livestock Show Association meetings, Coleman Rodeo Association meetings and Ladies Night, 4-H Club Shooting Sports & Vet Science meetings, Aggie Muster, District 4-H Consumer Decision Contest etc… The Goree Expo Center was dedicated with a reception on Sunday, May 3rd. The CCYAC is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The facilities are for rent and may be booked through the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce at 325-625-2163. Donations and memorials are a great way to invest in the future of the facility. Donor tiles are still for sale in the Goree Expo Center and come in three different sizes. To purchase a tile, contact Sarah Beal @ (325) 785-4291 or or Henry Dodson @ (325) 382-4693. Donations can be sent to Coleman County Youth Activity Center, P. O. Box 766, Coleman, TX 76834. The funds from donations go to the ongoing expenses, upkeep and improvements to the facilities.

Coleman County Farm Bureau

In honor of All The Animals @ The T Bone Ranch c/o Travis & Millie Goree by Coleman Veterinary Clinic, Dr. & Mrs. R.M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham

In memory of Bobbie Dodson by Cole Dodson DVM, Loweta Pope, Toby & Nancy Weber, Sandra & Carl Prater, Charlotte Hickman, Dr. & Mrs. R.M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham, Alma L. Wright, Juanita Cross, Pat Bynum, Sherman & Tammy Smith, Dr. J. P. & Alice Hemphill
In memory of Bruce Sonnenberg by Cole Dodson DVM
In memory of Carolyn Bartley by Bowen Drug Store/James C. Stokes, Danny & Lindi Armstrong
In memory of Evelyn Elkins by Bowen Drug Store/James C. Stokes
In memory of Amie Rambo by Bowen Drug Store/James C. Stokes
In memory of Bryan Phenix (Steve’s uncle) by Steve & Sarah Beal
In memory of Joe Riley Caldwell by Jim & Linda Caldwell-tile in Expo
In memory of Lena Wallis by Dr. & Mrs. R.M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham, Mark & Mary Griffis
In memory of Doris Matthews by Dr. & Mrs. R.M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham
In memory of Bobbie McMinn by Dr. & Mrs. R.M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham, Berva Dawn & Dan Taylor, Dr. J. P. & Alice Hemphill, Lynn & Trisha Owens, Ben & Debbie Scott, Mr. & Mrs. Sandy Neal, Bill & Ginger Sneed
In memory of Ann Clearman by Dr. & Mrs. R.M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham
In memory of Billie Puckett by Dr. & Mrs. R.M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham, Danny & Lindi Armstrong
In memory of LaVerne Parrott by Dr. & Mrs. R.M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham, Tommy & Kathy Saunders, Lynn & Trisha Owens, Curtis & Joy Skelton, Berva Dawn & Dan Taylor, Henry & Margie Dodson, Billie Wheat, Carl & Sandra Prather, Ben & Debbie Scott, Mr. & Mrs. Sandy Neal
In memory of Bobby Kirkpatrick by Dr. & Mrs. R.M. Edington, Dr. & Mrs. Mark Swening, Dr. Sharilyn & James Nall, Dr. & Mrs. Johnny Needham
In memory of Joyce Elrod by Lynn & Trisha Owens
In memory of Dr. Duke by Don & Marian Johnson
In memory of James H. Berry (father of Alice Hemphill) by Raye King & Mitzi Mays, Ben & Debbie Scott, Bill & Ginger Sneed, Janie Hemphill, Trisha & Lynn Owens, Stan & Alana Brudney, Berva Dawn Taylor, Mr. & Mrs Travis Goree, Tommy & Kathy Saunders, Arlon Baize, Mr. & Mrs. Neal Hudson, Henry & Margie Dodson, Steve & Sarah Beal, Jerry K. & Ruth Ann Taylor, Jay & Tammy Davis, Kent & Carla Finley, Dr. & Mrs. John Bill Oman, Town & Country Garden Club, Harold & Caroline Skelton, Dianna Watson, Skip & Susan Casey, Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture and Tourist Bureau
In memory of John Wiginton by Ben & Debbie Scott
In memory of Juanelle Hagler by Stan & Alana Brudney, Lynn & Trisha Owens, Bowen Drug Store/James C. Stokes
In memory of Ann Turner by Stan & Alana Brudney, Sherman & Tammy Smith, Steve & Sarah Beal, Don & Marian Johnson, Bowen Drug Store/James C. Stokes, Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture and Tourist Bureau, Mark & Mary Griffis, Jim & Connie Whitney
In memory of Tony McMillan (father of Brent McMillan) by Mike & Synda Smith, Janet Barker, Stan & Alana Brudney, James & Wanda Dieterich, Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture and Tourist Bureau, Mark & Mary Griffis
In memory of Dorothy Watson by Sherman & Tammy Smith, Steve & Sarah Beal
In memory of Mozelle High School by Sarah Jamison Beal, Class of 1977
In memory of Billie Maurine Mercer by Steve & Sarah Beal, Stan & Alana Brudney, Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture and Tourist Bureau, Mark & Mary Griffis
In memory of Jackson Mac Beal (infant son of Rob & Candice Chastain Beal) by Steve & Sarah Beal
In memory of Rena Payne by Bowen Drug Store/ James C. Stokes
In memory of Jake Hausenfluke by Mark & Mary Griffis, Dr. Matthew & Jodie Hausenfluke, Mike & Wendy Romano & Children

Santa Anna Livestock Association

Submitted by: Judy Meister

The Santa Anna Livestock Association made some significant decisions during their last meeting.

One of the items on their agenda that was unanimously approved was to allow the reorganization of a Junior FFA. The students who decide to join up can not be younger than eight years of age, and must be at least in the third grade.

A Junior FFA has not been in existence for the past four years, and since previous Ag teacher, Don Ed Eddleman was at Santa Anna.

Current Agriculture teacher, David Henderson says that he is only acting in an advisory capacity to SALA, but that he welcomes the new program which will allow this age group to take part in showing livestock.

Also on the agenda was to initiate a raffle for a show pig. Tickets are currently on sale for $5 each or 5 for $20. The pig weighs around 60 pounds and was donated by Olsen Spot Farms in Iowa.

The money raised from the raffle will go toward purchasing livestock exhibits at the County Livestock Show and Sale and for maintenance on the local show barn and fund the local Livestock Show.

The group also worked on preparing mail-outs that were sent to county residents and businesses asking for donations in order to keep up with costs incurred for showing animals.

Lifetime Santa Anna resident, Montie Guthrie Jr. Recalls being a part of SALA during the 1940’s. He also remembers attending meetings with folks like Tom Kingsbery, Jake McCreary, O.L. Cheaney and A.D. Pettit.

"We would raise a lot of money and some animals sold pretty good." said Guthrie.

90 year old Guthrie says that he couldn’t remember who initially started up the organization, but that he could remember his father being involved with either this particular association or one similar.

He also recalled buying his sons’ animals as well as his grandkids‘.

Son, Lane Guthrie said he and his older brother Montie Guthrie III, both started raising animals for 4-H around the age of eight or nine.

He said back then he raised lambs, calves, hogs and chickens.

"It teaches a kid how to handle money and responsibilities. They know they have to get up every morning and feed. 4-H and FFA are good for kids." said Lane.

Santa Anna National Bank President, Rob Cheaney says that he first became involved with SALA in 1973. He said that was when Quinton Daniel helped the organization obtain a tax number.

Cheaney was an active member of the association for over 30 years.

He said that the association enabled a way for all local kids regardless of age to show their livestock in Santa Anna and sell animals in Coleman.

The association paved the way for kids from all over, including Rockwood, Trickham, Whon, and Cleveland to show and sell animals, Cheaney added.

Cheaney recalls that the association began serving meals during the shows in Santa Anna and everyone contributed. Businesses would donate the food and all the townspeople would prepare and serve up deer, pork and chicken and fun was had by all.

He added that also during the shows, an event would take place allowing the Home Economics class to display their cooking and sewing skills.

According to Cheaney, school busses back then had fold down beds and the kids would be able to attend a stock show in Fort Worth for sometimes ten days at a time.

Cheaney said that Santa Anna always had great Ag teachers such as A.D. Petit, "a great molder of young minds." Scott Patterson, Bill Hightower, Mr. York and Don Ed Eddleman.

The association would help purchase projects such as hogs, lambs, goats and cows for the kids to show, according to Cheaney.

"It’s a great learning experience since they are taught valuable skills, such as how to castrate pigs or shear sheep and the different cuts of meat." said Cheaney.

"I’ve always asked how many pro athletes will come out of the community as opposed to the number of graduates who will be able to go on and make their way in a livestock related business." concluded Cheaney.

Friday Night Lights

The 2-1 Santa Anna Mountaineers will take on the 0-3 Zephyr Bulldogs Friday the 18th at the new stadium in Zephyr. The new stadium sure is nice with it's artificial turf... one of two six-man stadiums with artificial turf... the other is Trent.

I may be wrong, but I think the visitor's stands may be a little small if we bring a crowd so you might want to bring a lawn chair just in case.

The Bulldogs are ranked 57th overall and 14th in Division II and the Mountaineers are ranked 64th overall and jumped up to 39th in Division I. The Bulldogs are favored by 4 points by and I think they are wrong for the second week in a row.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine picks the Bulldogs to finish second in Division II -District 13 behind Panther Creek and ahead of Cherokee, PAint Rock, Brookesmith, and Lohn.

Campbell has this to say: "The Bulldogs will have to replace two all-state players in Hughes and Hart, but two others are ready to take over with WR Wallin and LB Culpepper."

Players to watch are: Cody Wallin, Lacy Culpepper, Ryan Martin, Haustin Simmons, and Jake Stanley.

That Culpepper should sound familiar as it is the son of Jerry Don Culpepper who was a standout athlete in Santa Anna back when we were in school.

The Bulldogs will be starving for a win as they have lost their first three games and have yet to win on their new home field.

Who they've played:
Lost to Rochelle 62-41
Lost to Lometa 28-20

Lost to Strawn 52-0

I will see you at the game maybe... it is on my way home from work!

And I finally got the game pictures up and the Sports page updated.

Sorry to take so long... I caught a cold and haven't felt real good the last couple of days... probably from sitting in the rain watching a football game! I sat in the stands most of the game and took pictures from under my umbrella... cameras don't do too good when wet. Kind of hard to hold an umbrella and make too many adjustments too.

Here are a few...

See the rest on the Sports Page


The Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers’ Association presented awards to the following individuals at the 94th Annual Convention in Kerrville Friday, July 31, 2009.

The 2009 Winner of the Outstanding County Extension Agent - Agriculture is Tom Guthrie of Mills County.

Tom Guthrie was born in Coleman, Texas and raised in Santa Anna and is the son of Lane and Sharon Guthrie of Santa Anna. He grew up participating in 4-H and FFA programs and showed market lambs and raised Rambouillet and Delaine sheep. He graduated from Santa Anna High School prior to going to Angelo State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2000 and a Master of Science in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State University in 2007.

He began his career with Texas AgriLife Extension in 2000 as an Assistant County Extension Agent in Runnels County. He was transferred to his current position as an Agriculture/Natural Resources Agent in Mills County in 2003. Guthrie has received the Texas County Agriculture Agents Association Early Career Award and currently serves as District 7 secretary of that group.

Tom and his wife, Briana, have a son, Cason, and a daughter, Mylee, and they live in Goldthwaite.

Other award winners were:
The Winner of the Outstanding County Extension Agent - Family & Consumer Sciences is Jan Yanez of Sterling County.
The Winner of the Outstanding Agriculture Science Teacher Award is Greg Hogg of Brownfield High School.
The Winner of the Outstanding Trapper of the Year Award is Travis Parker of Val Verde County, Uvalde District.
The Outstanding News Reporting Award was presented to Ben Taylor of the Devil’s River News in Sonora.
Winner of the first of two Special Achievement Awards was Stephen J. Salmon of Coke County, who was recognized for his dedicated service to the sheep and goat industry in the area of natural resources and environmental rights.
Zane Willard of Uvalde, TX. was named as winner of the second Special Achievement Award for his outstanding efforts in the promotion of Angora goats and Mohair.


Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) will host the 16th Annual Texas Midwest Conference, Oct. 14, at the Abilene Civic Center.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs will be the keynote speaker at the opening session of the conference. In light of today’s concerns about how government functions, Combs has spearheaded unprecedented efforts to give taxpayers a transparent look at how their dollars are spent. She posted the expenses of the Comptroller’s office online her third day on the job and took transparency in government spending to new heights by launching the Where the Money Goes Web site.

Considered a model by many other states and open government advocates, the Comptroller’s website features a virtual check register that gives the public online access to detailed and up-to-date expenditure information for all state entities. At the conference, Combs will give her perspective on the current and future economic situation for the West Texas region as well as the State.

The Texas Midwest Conference brings community leaders together from more than 25 counties in the Abilene and San Angelo trade areas. City & county officials, economic development professionals and board members, chamber of commerce volunteers and student leaders are invited to attend to experience first hand how to help communities grow and prosper.

This year’s conference theme is "Team Up for Rural Success". Conference sessions will offer community leaders information related to community and economic development,. Features of the annual conference include solution seminars, information exhibits, luncheon catered by Perini Ranch Steakhouse and community awards.

For complete details on solution seminar topics and speakers offered at the conference go to the Texas Midwest website at

Pre-registration for the conference is $40, which covers all activities and the conference luncheon. Walk-in registration is $50. A discount for 5 or more from one community or organization is also available. For information call 325-795-8626 or e-mail

TMCN member cities include Abilene, Albany, Anson, Aspermont, Baird, Ballinger, Brady, Breckenridge, Bronte, Brownwood, Buffalo Gap, Cisco, Clyde, Coleman, Colorado City, Comanche, Cross Plains, De Leon, Dublin, Early, Eastland, Eden, Goldthwaite, Gorman, Gustine, Hamilton, Hamlin, Haskell, Knox City, Merkel, Menard, Munday, Ranger, Rising Star, Robert Lee, Roscoe, Rotan, San Angelo, Santa Anna, Snyder, Stamford, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Tye, and Winters.


The clouds parted and the Sun showed through on Monday.

I had total for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of about three inches.

Tex Wright reports 3.15...

Friday Night Lights

The lights shined and the rain came down as the Santa Anna Mountaineers defeated the May Tigers 45-0 in Friday night football action at Mountaineer Stadium.

With 4:54 left in the fourth quarter the game ended with the 45 point rule.

I will try to get the rain soaked pictures up later this week when they dry out!

Laurie Powers

Laurie Powers, graduate of SAHS Class of 89 and daughter of Sammie and Imogene Powers of Santa Anna, is back home after spending almost a year in Massachusetts working on visual effects for the film "Surrogates".

This futuristic thriller, starring Bruce Willis, is due for wide release in theatres September 25. The film is rated PG-13.

For more info on the film, watch for the promotional trailers now playing on TV or check out the official website at:

For more details on Laurie's work, or to see samples, you can check out

Where Were You?

Alan Jackson's "Where Were You? (When the World Stopped Turning)"

Friday Night Lights

The 1-1 Santa Anna Mountaineers will take on the 0-2 May Tigers Friday the 11th at Mountaineer Stadium. The Tigers are favored by 18 points by

Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine picks the Tigers to finish third in Division I -District 10 behind defending State Champion Strawn and Rising Star.

Campbell has this to say about the Tigers: "After you lose 11 seniors, including first team all-state Nathan Howard, "rebuilding year" is an understatement. The Tigers will have their hands full but should be building for the future."

Players to watch are: Jeremy O'Briant, Tony Rodriguez, Harold Waddle, and Cody Lancaster.

Former Santa Anna assistant, Coach Craig Steele's Tigers will be hungry for a win after coming off two tough losses.

Who they've played:
Lost to Woodson 46-0
Lost to Rochelle 53-8

Maybe I will make it to the game this week!

61st Annual Parson Reunion

Saturday September 12, 2009
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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505 Cordell Street
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I had a half inch in my gauges from the Wednesday night the 9th shower.

Tex Wright reports, "I got 1/2 inch of rain last night(Wednesday). the first 4/10 came down in about 20 minutes. the rest was slow sprinkles. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did."


I have heard several reports or rattlesnakes around town.

I have always been of the opinion that the best snake was a dead one... and I still am!

I heard one report of a flip flop snake bite in a garden.

Several of the reports have been from the Avenue A and B area and several others around the school.

Over the last several years there have been reports around the South part of the football field and I am sure the removal of the track and fence from the South and West side of the school property has probably stirred up those rattlers to say the least... so be careful as you move about town on foot.

Santa Anna Booster Club

Dear Friends and Supporters of Santa Anna ISD,
The Santa Anna Booster Club is made up of volunteers in our community that want to support and encourage our students in all they do - be it football, volleyball, basketball, tennis, track, band, or UIL Academic events. As we all know, most of our students are involved in more than one of these activities and in order to have these activities in a small community such as ours, it takes active students. Likewise, it takes active supporters. We want to invite you to become involved with us and show your support. The Santa Anna Booster Club has monthly meetings on the second Sunday of each month at 1:30 at the football field. We want you to join us to share ideas, be informed of what all the Booster Club is doing to support our school and find out what you can do to help. The biggest task at hand currently is lining up volunteers to help run the concession stand at home football games. Please come join us on Sunday, September 13th at 1:30. Remember, you don’t have to have a student in jr. high or high school to be involved with the Santa Anna Booster Club - you just need a desire to support these students and our school!

Don’t forget to purchase your Booster Club Memberships!!! The Booster Club Membership Card is a punch card that is good for 10 free drinks from the Santa Anna Booster Club concession stand during football season. These memberships are only $10.00 per household. See any Booster Club officer or come by the concession stand at any home game to purchase yours!

Friday Night Rainfall

Well my Friday Night plans got wet to say the least.

I had planned on going to the game but I had a blowout on the way home from work between Zephyr and Mullin. Two hundred and six thousand miles on my Ford Taurus and the first time I had to use my spare tire and jack.

Anyhow I was late getting home and by the time I headed out the door with my camera, it was starting to rain.

I have taken pictures during the rain but I don't think my camera liked it. Tex Wright reported .55 inches of slow rain. My rain gauges are not that accurate so I only had half an inch with some mud on the bottom.

I think the game was called at the half due to lightning with the score Santa Anna 40 - Paradigm Charter 20.

Friday Night Lights

Well the lights will shine at Mountaineer Stadium for the first home game this season on Friday the fourth of September.

The 0-1 Mountaineers will take on 1-0 Paradigm Charter with kickoff set for 7:30. Shown as Comanche Paradigm Charter by the team is favored to win by three after coming off a 70-40 win over Fort Worth Nazarene.

The Mountaineers are recovering from a 14-59 loss and long trip home from Sterling City last Friday.

I am still getting cranked up but I hope to see you at the game... Go Get'em Mountaineers!

Santa Anna Athletics

Photos by SAHS Annual Staff


Double Team Volleyball


Serve it up



Open House for Santa Anna ISD

Thursday Sept. 3rd

Parents are encouraged to attend.

Elementary 6:00 pm

Jr High and High School 7:00 pm

Historical Meeting Cancelled

Submited by Tex Wright CCHC Chairman

The September meeting of the Coleman County Historical Commission has been cancelled.

The next meeting will be the October meeting which will be held at the "Old Taylor Home" located at the west end of College Ave in Coleman.

Doodie Knox will talk about the Morris family, the old Morris ranch, the Morris family involvment in the Coleman Hospital, and the decending families from these early day settlers, but, just the fact that Doodie Knox is doing the program in the old family home should be encouragement enough so that we see you there.

The program on "Coleman County Authors" will be postponed until the March 2010 meeting.

10,000 Texas Hope 2010 gospel CDs land at the Lake Ivie Baptist Association

By Kaitlin Chapman
August 29, 2009
BGCT Communications

BALLINGER - The Lake Ivie Baptist Association purchased 10,000 multimedia gospel compact discs to help area churches move forward with Texas Hope 2010 in the seven-county area. The churches then can purchase CDs from the association to use in individual city and county outreach efforts.

The CD, which is on evangelism tool promoted by the Texas Hope 2010 campaign that is focused on helping Texas Baptists share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010, includes gospel presentations and a link to download the New Testament in more than 300 languages. Texas Baptists are attempting to place Scripture into all 8.8 million homes in Texas through this endeavor.

"In our association, there are 17,139 households within seven counties," said Barry Taylor, director of missions for the Lake Ivie Baptist Association. "We have been going county-to-county having meetings with our pastors. We voted to at least have an initial purchase of 10,000 CDs to make available to the churches in our association."

Taylor already delivered CDs to seven churches that have purchased CDs from the association. These churches are First Baptist Church of Brady, First Baptist church of Rochelle, Mercury Baptist Church in Mercury, First Baptist Church of Santa Anna, First Baptist Church of Mason and First Baptist Church of Menard. These churches and the association sit within Coke, Coleman, Concho, Mason, McCullough, Menard and Waddles counties.

First Baptist Church in Ballinger as well as others in the area are in the process of purchasing CDs to use in outreach ministry taking place later this year.

Gregg Fletcher, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brady, distributed CDs to some of his church members last week, telling the congregation to share them with their friends and neighbors.

"We hope people will respond whether it is a salvation or it is just getting into contact with them," Fletcher said.

The church is assembling packets that include the CD, a New Testament, a tract and information on their church. In September, the church hopes to launch a door-to-door endeavor so that all the people in their county will receive a visit.

"There are a lot of churches working together to make sure that our county is covered with the gospel," Fletcher said. "It’s a joint effort. We had a countywide meeting Aug. 10 and had great feedback. It was great to hear that they were excited."

Bobby Broyles, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ballinger and second vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, said his church voted to purchase 1,000 CDs to use in their Texas Hope 2010 efforts. First Baptist is partnering with Hopewell Baptist Church and Seventh Street Baptist Church, both in Ballinger, to deliver a CD to every home in their area. The three churches are discussing the best method of delivery at this time, but will begin distribution in coming months.

"We’re hoping we’ll get prospects for church and have evangelism opportunities," Broyles said. "As we deliver, we’ll ask if they have prayer needs to find ministry opportunities in the area. Then we can help with that."

Although these churches are hoping to complete their CD distributions by Easter Sunday 2010, Fletcher feels that the delivery should not be rushed.

"It’s important that we have a well-planned, meticulous effort so we have a positive influence for Christ," he said. "It’s important that we have clear communication of the gospel."

"If we get into this and realize that we can’t get to every home by Easter Sunday, we will make this Texas Hope 2011 or Texas Hope 2012. We will continue on until we finish the task. I just keep telling the church that it is important that we do a good job and properly represent Christ as we go door-to-door and deliver these CDs."

For more information about Texas Hope 2010 or to order CDs, visit

Livestock Association Elects New Officers

Submitted by: Ross Guerrero

The Santa Anna Livestock Association met on 8/25/09.

New officers were elected as follows for 2009 - 2011: John Morris - President, Wesley Dockery - Vice President, Josh Daniels - Treasure, Ross Guerrero - Reporter and Belinda Washington - Secretary.

Items discussed were fund raisers, date for local stockshow, and ideas on how get more of youth and community involved.

Next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2009 @ 7:30 @ Ag. classroom, anyone welcome to attend.

SAHS Class of 1989 Plans Reunion

The Santa Anna Class of 1989 will be having a reunion this year during Homecoming week end on Saturday, October 10 at 2pm at The Feedstore on Main Street in Santa Anna. All ex-students from the class of 1989 are invited to attend.

For questions, please contact Rachel (Phillips) Cox at

Porcelain Art Event in Santa Anna

Submitted by: Judy Meister

Sylvia Herring will be hosting a three day program for around 30 Texas porcelain art club painters and teachers beginning Wednesday, September 9th at the Santa Anna Armory.

Herring is a member of the State Federation Porcelain Art Clubs of Texas, and has been a porcelain artist for over 37 years.

The club’s intention is "to stimulate interest, appreciation and skill in the decoration of fine porcelain." They also tout the motto, "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."

The PAC of Texas was formed in 1958 and currently has 1,087 Club members.

Porcelain art, or China was first conceived during the Tang dynasty around 618. Eventually the art spread through Korea, Japan and finally into European nations.

For centuries this art has withstood destruction of civilizations, catastrophic earth shaking events and the rise and fall of societies, and has remained venerated and cherished world wide.

According to Herring, this years line up will feature Hallmark Cards artist, Julia Cranier along with activities that will include a porcelain art viewing, dinner and music, a Parade of Homes and of course, porcelain painting.

The event will kick off with guests arriving at the Sikes Hunting Lodge and Ranger Park Inn, and afterward dinner at the Armory with music being performed by The Denton Family.

On Thursday’s agenda is porcelain painting and a road trip to Brownwood for a visit to the home of Alma Graves, who has been involved in porcelain arts for over 56 years.

The day will wind up at Underwood’s for dinner, and will be the final day for the guests to fellowship and paint.

For more information, you may contact Sylvia Herring at 325-348-3651.

SAHS Class of 1984 Plans Reunion

The Class of 1984 will be holding it's 25 year reunion on Saturday, October 10, 2009, from 2-5pm at the Housing Authority meeting room. The meeting room is located at the high rise apartments, across from Santa Anna National Bank.

The reunion is open to any other's wishing to attend.

We had a small class, so would like to see other's that we went to school with as well. Should you have any questions, please contact Connie Culpepper Massey, at 325-201-2036.

Santa Anna Historical Development Organization

Homecoming Date Set

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

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

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

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

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

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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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