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June 11, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
Flag Day, June 14th, commemorates the adoption of the Flag of the United States, on this day in 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day. And, in August 1949, National Flag Day, June 14th, was established by Act of Congress. So, on Saturday, June 14th, please fly the Stars & Stripes with pride, because it is a symbol recognized the world over as standing for freedom, justice ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
Mason, Texas, will hold it’s 2nd Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5&10k run on October 4, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. The Lion’s Club sponsored-run will be held in conjunction with other events including an arts and crafts show, Old Yeller Days, and an apple festival. It’s going to be a fun day so bring your families!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
The Mason County Sesquicentennial School Tour/Reunions will be held this Saturday, June 14, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Twelve county schools will be on the tour: Ten Mile, Camp Air, Fredonia, Pontotoc, Long Mountain, Grit, Fly Gap, Art. Bauerville, Grossville, Blue Mountain, Hilda, and Loyal Valley. The first city of Mason school, which now houses the historical museum and the senior center, will also be open as well as the Kothmannville School which has been moved between the old Mason ...
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
Mason. Illuminated. The water tower, that is. High on Post Hill. Towering above the fort. Dark clouds surrounding it. And then there was light. Sun streamed through the clouds. The tower lit up like a huge candle. The word “MASON” glowing. Better than any neon sign. A cosmic reminder of where we are. Mason. Better than anywhere else. Which is why so many want to move here. Friendly people. Clean streets. Low crime rate. Historical buildings. Beautiful countryside. Nice ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
Candy coated popcorn, peanuts and a prize…that’s what you get in Cracker Jacks! Did the memory kick into gear and hit replay in the frontal lobe of your brain as you read the first sentence. Memories and Cracker Jacks….two of life’s great pleasures! Do you remember opening the small box and reaching in for a big handful to pop into your mouth?
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
And the wind blows and blows but the rain stays away. We have a few clouds today but no promise of rain. I guess we can be thankful that we are not having the storms and floods that are occurring from Oklahoma into Indiana. But we need rain. Pray for rain. A very special birthday wish goes to Carlita Jordan on June 17th.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
I hate to pass on information like this because I would never want to discourage the consumption of fruits or vegetables, but it would be worse if someone didn’t know about the danger and got very sick. I expect they’ll get this sorted out quickly and we can get back to eating tomatoes on anything and everything soon, but for now it’s best for you to cook any red Roma, round, or plum tomatoes that you buy from the grocery store, and don’t eat the ones that come on your burgers unless yo ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
With 64.3 million fathers in America, there is no doubt why Father’s Day is such an important day.  That day, June 15th, is just around the corner, and you know what that means!  It’s time to help your kids find that perfect gift for Dad.  So is it going to be a new tie again this year? Instead of a new tie, new shirt or just a simple card, why not treat him to something that will warm his heart and fill his belly?  Fire up the grill and help the kids cook a delicious, unforgettable me ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
That “whooshing” sound you hear has nothing to do with the wind. Rather, it is the collective wheeze of school superintendents exhaling at the same time. (Please, no insensitive questions about whether it’s hot air!) These CEO’s, and bunches of others in the educational enterprise, figure that foul-ups of the 2007-2008 school year now are in their rearview mirrors. Such stalwarts are beaten down by end-of-year turbulence that strikes liken to waves beating against the rocks.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
“Time and Stuff,” that’s what life is about! If you have the time you go get some stuff. Or, like most, you’ll make the time to go get the stuff. Sometimes we get stuff that doesn’t fit and work, and then we have to find or make the time to go back and return the wrong stuff and hope we get the right stuff.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
When I was a kid (1965 – 1978), Jerry Clower was THE comedian. His jokes were clean, loud and, for the most part, funny. I’m convinced most of his jokes would still be funny, if you could find someone in the United States who hadn’t already heard them (statistically unlikely). My favorite Jerry Clower story was the one about some large steel balls his brother gave him.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
Some books in the Young Adult section appeal to those well out of their teens so while you’re looking for new books be sure to browse that section also. NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. Many a River by Elmer Kelton (WF KEL). Western Fiction. “Relocating to western Texas with their sharecropper parents in the mid-nineteenth century, Jeffrey and Todd Barfield are separated by a Comanche attack that leaves their parents dead, and are reunited years later on opposing sides ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
There are those who want me to keep writing about those long ago days but by golly I’ll tell you right now that there are not too many people around who can remember some of the things I write about. For instance: there are few people that I know of who remember the Wagon Yard days or the Bodenhamer Wagon Yard and where it was located.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
X is for antioxidants. Antioxidants help to retard the aging process, lower cholesterol levels, decrease risk of atherosclerosis, protect against heart disease and stroke, reduce risk of all types of cancer, slow progression of Alzheimer’s, suppress tumor growth, detoxify carcinogens, protect eyes from macular degeneration, defend the body from pollutants, and protect against COPD (pulmonary disease). Antioxidants protect against oxidation which occurs as a result of normal metabolism.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
Growing up, one of my least favorite arguments from my parents had to the the "Because I Say So!" It ended any discussion, and provided for no more negotiation. Over. Done. A handful of folks read my weekly columns and misunderstand the intent. They see me arguing for or against something, and then are upset with me for my smugness and sense of superiority.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
There will NOT be an American Legion meeting on Thursday, June 12th or July 10th. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 14th, 7:00 p.m., at which time the new 2008-2009 officers for The American Legion & Ladies Auxiliary will be installed. For information concerning the programs and/or operation of The American Legion Fort Mason Post #285, please contact Sterling Jordan, Post Commander, 347-6778, or Mike Shanley, 347-9016.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008 • Photos
Members of Central Texas Electric Co-op in Board District Three (Mason, McCulloch, Menard, northern Kimble County) met Tuesday night, June 3, in the Mason Junior High School. The members were welcomed by the co-op’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert A. Loth, III. Mr. Loth opened the meeting with the introduction of members of the co-op’s Board of Directors.
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The Llano Country Opry will host two special shows on Saturday, June 14, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. Country Music Hall of Famer and longtime Grand Ole Opry Star Bill Anderson will headline with his Po Folks Band. The shows will be at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
Potential students can earn an entire college degree and become certified to teach elementary school in Fredericksburg by attending Austin Community College for the core curriculum and then transferring to Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg to complete their undergraduate degree. An ACC and TTU College Application Fair will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 9 am to 1 pm behind the Gillespie County Courthouse on Adams Street (Highway 16) in Fredericksburg.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
The Texas Tech Teacher Education Program first cohort will begin classes in Fredericksburg on August 25. This new undergraduate program allows a student to earn a degree and become a teacher without leaving the Hill Country. The expected enrollment at Texas Tech University (TTU) at Fredericksburg for junior and senior level courses is 16 students. In addition, 15 students have begun taking classes at Austin Community College (ACC) in the first summer session with intent to transfer into TTU a ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
SAN ANTONIO – Renowned biologist and speaker/conservation writer Shane P. Mahoney will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Texas Wildlife Association Foundation Luncheon held on Friday, June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. The lunch is sponsored by Capital Farm Credit. The luncheon entitled, “Opportunities for All,” is destined to become one of the highlights of WildLife 2008, the 23rd annual convention of the Texas Wildlife Association.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
Mason youth will have the opportunity to play tackle football this fall via the Texas Youth Football League based in Brownwood, Texas. All boys and girls enrolled in the Mason School System going into the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade for the Fall of 2008 and not turning 13 before September 1st, 2008, are eligible to play. The fee is $65 per child and this covers everything but basically their football cleats and socks. Each child will have to provide a copy of their insurance or notify organi ...
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DENVER (June, 2008)- Lydia Bierschwale, a 6 th grade student at Mason Jr. High School has earned a position on the Texas State Wrangler Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gallup, New Mexico from June 30th thru July 5th to compete at the 4th Annual Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo (WJHFR) in the Pole Bending competition(s). Featuring more than 1000 contestants from 47 states, Canadian provinces and Australia the Wrangler Junior High Finals is the world's larg ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
COLLEGE STATION – Just when the summer heats up and a fresh tomato sliced on a plate whets the palate, consumers are being urged to consider the source. Reports this week of Salmonella linked to tomatoes making people in several states ill are causing food specialists to warn about consumption.
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In the Southwest corner of Mason County lies the remotely located former school district # 14. In those days, the county school district system was used to divide the county. A law from the State in 1884 was written for these divisions to be made and it was common for school numbers to be altered as needs changed. In 1914 a seven-grade school was opened just inside Kimble County on the Howard Smith Ranch.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, June 2008 – Texas A&M University has named its honor students for the spring 2008 semester, recognizing them for outstanding academic performance. The Dean’s Honor Roll recognizes students taking at least 15 semester hours during the fall semester who have maintained a 3.75 or higher grade point ratio (GPR) out of a possible 4.0.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, June 2008 - Diplomas were awarded to 5,484 Texas A&M University graduates during mid-term commencement ceremonies for the 2007-08 academic year. Those receiving degrees: LYNNDI MARIE FUTCH SENIOR MASON, TX BACHELOR OF ARTS - BIOLOGY
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Six students and four sponsors from Grace Christian School attended the Christian Schools Finals Competition at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa May 18 through May 23. The university hosted over 300 students from across the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. Students in seventh through twelfth grades were eligible to compete in various categories of academics, fine arts, and athletics, but each school could enter only one student or team per event.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
The Pioneer Museum celebrates Texas Dance Hall music, with two swinging examples of hot two-stepping acts, for the next Roots Music in the Texas Hill Country concert, coming Saturday, June 28 on Main Street in Fredericksburg. This is the 7th season of the successful Roots Music series, a set of live, open-air concerts featuring emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Texas Dance Hall night featuring... Dale Watson, one of the last authentic country music voices Jess ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
Texas Songwriters in the Round (TSR) was begun in 1999 in Mason County in Art Texas! Since then, we have joined forces with the Dallas Songwriters Association, Austin Songwriters Group and local music producers and performers. This is a non profit group formed to educate, expose and support Texas songwriters and their music!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
Officials from Central Texas College (CTC) recently announced a new initiative that will provide free tuition for spouses of soldiers injured in combat. Through the new “Wounded Warrior” spouse scholarship program, free tuition will be provided for up to 30 semester hours in one year, for spouses of Purple Heart recipients. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Fort Hood Area Community Covenant event, held at CTC on June 6.
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Chester Leo Ellebracht of Mason passed away at his home on Sunday, June 8, 2008, at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 18 days. He was born on November 21, 1929, in Art, Texas, to Daniel Alexander Ellebracht and Annie Fischer Ellebracht. He attended school at Art and Blue Mountain and graduated from Mason High School.
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Hulda Oehler passed away on Tuesday May 27, 2008, in Knopp Assisted Living in Fredericksburg at the age of 93. Hulda Verena Bertha Honig was born in Kimble County on January 23, 1915, the daughter of Ida Kirchoff Honig and Sam Honig. She lived her entire life in the harper community and was a member of St.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008
William Quay McGowan of Fredonia passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at the age of 70. Quay was born on December 17,1947, in Plant City, Florida, to Lynnar McGowan and Eunice Outlaw McGowan. He was raised near Tampa, Florida where he was a member of Salem Primitive Baptist Church.