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August 6, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
All players who with to participate in the Fall 2008 soccer season must have applications turned in on or before Friday, August 8th. At this time we do not have enough players signed up in each age bracket to play a full season. Applications and dues may be turned in at Mason Building Supply during regular business hours. Please come out and support your local soccer league.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
The Mason High School Puncher Band is ready to start "tuning up," and they will take the first step with band camp. Freshman Band Camp will be held on August 11 and 12, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the band hall. After getting our newest Punchers up to speed, the full band camp will commence.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Be sure to come visit Mason’s two wonderful historic museums this Saturday, August 9th. Both museums will be open from10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. and both will have special events during the day. The Mason County Historical Museum is located in the old grammar school building on the second floor.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Accountability ratings were released for all Texas school districts last Friday. Out of thirty-five high schools MHS was the first high school in Region XV to receive the distinction of Exemplary since the TAKS testing system began in 2003 and the only secondary school to receive the honor this year.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
It’s that time again! Parents of Mason High School students will receive a packet in the mail in the next couple of weeks which includes high school registration information and necessary forms which need to be completed and returned to school on the day of registration. Please complete the registration packet to the best of your ability.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008 • Photos
The artifact pictured was recently given to the Mason Square Museum. It was found by Brandon Bailey in the Camp Holland area in Mason County. It will be displayed at the Museum on the Square Saturday, August 9.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Editor's Note: Renee is attending a class reunion, so we offer one of her archival columns. Last week Mason County News published the School Supply List for Mason Elementary and Mason Junior High. You can probably find most of these items at Hinckley’s General Store. Anyway, I was so intrigued I just couldn’t put it down.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
“One bit, two bits, three bits, a dollar….all for the Punchers stand up and hollear!” As a young girl I remember hearing these words yelled by multitudes while cheering on the mighty Mason football team. As a grown woman…alright, as an older granny, I still find this type of cheering at the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve each Thursday-Sunday evening from 6-9 P.M.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
And we wait for the rain, watching the sky, listening to the weather report, wondering when the next storm will come. We pray for rain and each day we are one day closer to that rain. Pray, watch and wait; God will provide. Happy birthday wishes go to Michelle Burdette on August 9th, to Beth Palmer on August 10, and to three great people on August 12th: Andrew Kothmann, Aunt Melrose Leifeste and John Ceynowa.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
A few new things are going on around the city, and I thought you might like to know about them. For starters, you may have noticed if you are driving around town after dark that there are new blue reflectors in the middle of the street at various places. These are being placed in the streets to mark the location of the nearest fire hydrant for the aid of the fire department in locating water sources in case of a fire.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
By this time of the year, Americans have turned to the tradition of backyard cookouts. You may be thinking of barbeque, hamburgers or hot dogs. But what about bringing vegetables and fruits to the forefront of outdoor cooking fun to WOW your family and friends? The American Cancer Society and American Institute for Cancer Research promote limiting intake of grilled meats due to harmful chemicals that are formed when meat is exposed to high temperatures and charring associated with grilling.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
We have no way of knowing how many “Hal Rowes” there are on the planet. Hopefully, there are more than might be guessed. Had his recent donation been made a couple of millennia earlier, it might have made the Bible as an example of Jesus’ “Love Thy Neighbor” admonition. In this case, the donee is a long-time casual friend—a retired music minister named Randy Parsons.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Last week was “Camp MeMaw” week. I had three of five grandkids with me for a whole week. We spent all week up at the Rock House, with no television! There was no Sponge Bob and no Bugs Bunny! We did watch some movies in the heat of the day and at night.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008 • Photos
A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but it’s not worth diddly when you’re trying to convey the grandeur, the majesty, the sheer bigness of a place like Yosemite National Park. Unless you’re Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984), you’d do about as well to leave your camera at home and buy some postcards at one of the visitor centers.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Last week I mistakenly identified the leader of the Children’s Summer Activity Program and the reader in the photo with the children as Judye Oden. She is actually Judye’s daughter, Becky Bauer. While Judye did recruit Becky and they make a great team, Becky was the driving force behind the very successful 2008 Program.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
I woke up one morning (a long time ago) singing an old Eddie Arnold song about a boy who said “I wish I had a nickel, I know what I would do, I’d spend it all on candy and I’d give it all to you.” The first two lines to that song stayed with me throughout the day but I could not, for the life of me, remember the words that came next.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
I get many questions from people. Here are some of them with brief answers. What is all of this about food allergies? Many times I find that the basic problem is that people are eating food that doesn’t agree with them. Food allergies tend to cause reactions in the intestinal tract and interfere with digestion.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
On Sunday, it was just an area of disturbed weather. By 1:00 p.m., it was a named Tropical Depression, and by 5:00 p.m., it was Edouard. This morning (Tuesday), it came ashore near the Texas/Louisiana border. And normally, for those of us in the Hill Country, that would be the end of the story. Except for the high pressure that sitting over the middle of the country.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Mason Band Boosters will have it’s first regular meeting on Tuesday, August 12th at 5:30 p.m. in the band hall. With Coronation,Varsity football concessions, marching contests and numerous other events on the fall agenda, we need all the help that we can get. We invite all band parents/guardians and anyone else interested in supporting the Mason Band Boosters to plan to attend.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008 • Photos
Katherine Koock enjoyed participating in an 80 mile backpacking trip in the wilderness of the southern Appalachian Trial. She was joined with other teens from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas in the backpacking interest group from June 14 to June 27, 2008. The girls hiked the portion of the trail in North Carolina and had a wonderful time enjoying the scenery and meeting people along the way.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
To all community members, the Mason Puncher Band will be having a make-up car wash for the tickets that were sold in May. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Band Car Wash (Make-up) Saturday, August 9, 2008 9am to 1 pm Location: Courthouse square across from Mason National Bank Band students please come by the band hall on Wednesday or Thursday, 8-4, to sign up for a time you can work.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
All members of Central Texas Electric Co-op are encouraged to make plans to attend their annual membership meeting on Tuesday, August 19, at 7:00 p.m. This year the meeting will be held at the Mason High School Auditorium located at 1105 West College Avenue in Mason, Texas. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. Three Directors will be elected to the Board during the business session.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
This year's drawing for the home game box seat tickets will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21st, at the Mason I.S.D. administration office (911 W. College). The cost for box seats this year will be $192 per box ($8.00 per seat for 6 seats =192.00). The four home games, and their dates, are: San Saba-September 5 Menard-September 26 Christoval-October 10 Rocksprings-October 24 Those wishing to participate in the drawing will need to have a check at the school office prior to the ...
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
On Sunday August 10, 2008 the Mason County Queen’s Court will be having their fundraiser on the west side of the courthouse square. Brisket sandwiches, chips and a drink will be provided for a $5 donation. There will also be a dessert by donation table. The BBQ will be cooked by Mr.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
On Sunday August 10, 2008 the Mason County Queen’s Court will be having their fundraiser on the west side of the courthouse square. Brisket sandwiches, chips and a drink will be provided for a $5 donation. There will also be a dessert by donation table. The BBQ will be cooked by Mr.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
The Hilda Community Club will meet on Friday, August 15th for their annual ice cream social at 7:00 p.m. Hosts are Don and Gerry Daniel and Frank and Margaret Brown. Bring you favorite home-made ice cream, and if you can’t bring home-made, then bring a gallon of your favorite store-bought.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Scrapbooking 101 will be held on Monday, August 11, 2008. It is open to all girls from second Grade to twelfth Grade. Second Grade through sixth grades will meet 9:00 a.m. till noon, and seventh grade through twelfth grade will meet 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. The class will be held at the Girl Scout House (124 East Mesquite St.) You must complete a registration form at the event with a parent’s signature. Come learn the basics of scrapbooking while having fun with friends.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008 • Photos
The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, August 9, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano, Texas. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano and Kingsland Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, KNEL radio or by calling (325) 247-5354.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
The Ft. Mason Golf Association is having their annual Members Club Championship Tournament this weekend, August 9 and 10. All members are encouraged to sign up for the Tournament by calling the clubhouse: 347-5798. Following the play on Saturday, all members are invited to get together for a meal at Zavala’s, which will start at 6:30, and will be followed by a short business meeting.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
The All Stars were organized in the 1930's as a men's black baseball team. The members of the original Mason All Stars are as follows: Al Marley, Frank Mason Sr., Blunt Bridges, and his brothers Arthur and Richard, Frank (Bill) Mason Jr., Alfred Jakson, Velma Revada, Albert Pen, Dudley Mason and Lawrence Buckner.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008 • Photos
Enjoying time with her sisters, Nea Young cruised the bay of South Padre Island on the new "Black Dragon" Pirate ship. This year marked the 27th consecutive year the sisters have had a fun time being together, reminiscing their childhood and building new memories. Left to right: Bobbie Lightfoot, Anthony, Florida; Ella Mae Smith, Alice, Texas; Bettie Sanford, Ravenna, Texas; Nea Young, Mason Texas; and Janice Mumford, McAllen, Texas.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008 • Photos
Gross Sisters Emma & Ida cooking melon preserves (meloner schemer)
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008 • Photos
Mason All Stars- 1940's and 1950's Left to Right- Jessie Fillmore, unknown, Jr. Hay's, unknown, Jake Miller, Buddy Mason, unknown, Tony Morquecho, J. N. Revada, Lawrence Buckner, Bill Mason, Martin Randle.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
7-13-08@ 11:01pm- Criminal mischief- Deputy Price responded to the 400 blk of Ft McKavitt 7-14-08@ 5:51pm- Blocked traffic- Chief Deputy Carson and Deputy Zapata responded to the 700 block of Balsam @ 6:33pm- Child molestation- Chief Deputy Carson responded to the 900 blk of Ft McKavitt @ 6:00am- Deputy Price responded to the 400 blk of Ft McKavitt @ 9:30am- MHMR assistance- Chief Deputy Carson responded 7-15-08@ 11:11am- Grass fire-Chief Deputy Carson, Trooper Herrington, and the Fi ...
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Jerry, We would like to congratulate the Mason Rodeo Association, Dennis and Jeannie Smith, Riding for the Brand Ministries, and all the others that gave of their time and money to support the successful MRA play days that they have had this summer. These events are a great opportunity for children and parents to spend quality time together and develop their interest in riding events. We really enjoyed the Ranch Rodeo, as well.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Three area young women have been awarded $18,720 in Texas Cottey College Scholarship Funds to partially finance their education at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. Vanessa Syring, Fredericksburg, a Cottey sophomore majoring in Music Education, was awarded $6,240 as was Elisha Wawrzyniak of Mason, a Cottey sophomore majoring in Art.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
One of the first rules of using computers to manage your data is to always have current backups. Unfortunately, that is one of the most frequently overlooked tasks that managers of data perform. On Monday, July 28, the News office found out just how reliant they are on computers when the out-of-town mailing list database crashed.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Puncher Club Kicks Off Membership Drive Paul Rice The Puncher Club mission statement is simple, “ Supplement the Cowgirl and Puncher athletic programs through a variety of fund raising efforts in order to give our student athletes the best possible experience we can.” As the Puncher Club prepared to kick off this year's membership drive we were all extremely cognizant of the price of gas and the fact that the economy is in the toilet.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
All families are encouraged to complete the application for free and reduced meals. Students who meet the guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals and other programs. Mason parents or guardians are urged to complete only one applications per family. The application will be distributed to all students with their school packets.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Roy Beckmann, of Fredericksburg, passed away on Monday, July 28, at the age of 75. Roy was born in Fredericksburg on September 27, 1932, the only child of Max H. and Julia Zirjack Beckmann. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church. After graduating from Fredericksburg High School in 1950 he attended Tarleton State and graduated from Texas Tech University (then college) in 1955 with a degree in agriculture education.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
Russell Edward Barrett, a resident of Austin for thirty-two years, coming from San Antonio, passed away June 9, 2008, in Austin, Texas at the age of 55. He was born on April 7, 1953 to Mildred (Capps) and John Perry Barrett in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Barrett worked most of his live in the Nursing Field as a LVN.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008
R. O. Ake was called home to be with the Lord, August 1, 2008, at 10:15 P.M. He was born October 3, 1931, in Sterling City, Texas. He moved to Mason County shortly thereafter and lived most of his life here, except for a few years he spent in California.