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August 13, 2008 Issue
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Firefighters from around the area responded to a 480 acre fire on Art/Hedwig's Hill Road on Sunday. The Mason County Commissioner's Court opted to ot put a burn ban in to effect noting that rainfall was forecast for the area, and conditions appeared to be improving.
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After two gruelling weeks of two a day practices, the MHS Punchers will finally get a chance to guage their progress as they tangle with Ozona at the Puncherdome Saturday the 16th of August. The JV will play first at 9:00 a.m. with the Varsity to follow at 10:30 a.m. KNEL 95.3 FM, the voice of the Punchers, will once again broadcast live from the Mason Puncher Club (MPC) booth, where they will also conduct coaches' interviews and tape sound bites of the players, to be aired in future broadcast ...
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The first annual Mason Country Music Festival will be held on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, August 30th. If all goes well we hope to include the event every year at this time since Mason does not offer a large event for Labor Day weekend. The festival is presented by KNEL Radio featuring Mack Abernathy.
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Your chance to be a hero is now. By donating blood just one time, you can save up to three lives. This August, one of those lives could be someone you know . . . Tina Carter. Country Home Health and Schooley Saddlery are sponsoring a blood drive to help the Mason resident.
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Mason Community Foundation officials have announced that September 15th is the last day to apply for a grant from the Foundation in 2008. Since May 2007, the foundation has awarded $38,000 to support 18 projects. Mason Community Foundation grants are available to non-profit organizations working on projects to benefit citizens of Mason.
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When you read this, I’ll be in sunny, HOT/HUMID Florida. Yep, taking a well earned vacation????? A,”Well Earned” vacation! So, what did I do to earn the stress of getting everything ready to go on vacation for! Getting everything done, so you can go on a vacation isn’t all that pleasant.
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Liar, liar. Pants on fire. Uh-oh. Call the Mason Volunteer Fire Department. (The key word here being VOLUNTEER.) These people put their lives on the line for no pay. Nuthin.’ Nada. And they sure have been on the run. Fires here. Fires there. Fire, fire, everywhere. Ever since the big ‘un on New Year’s Eve, seems there’s been no rest for the weary…or for our VFD. Hats off to one and all. Charlie Grosse of R.
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And we wait for rain. And we pray. And we get promises that Monday evening and Tuesday, we have a chance. Happy birthday wishes go to Barbara Foster on August 15th, to Annette Ashby who will be 6 years old on August 15th, to Danny Mac Jordan on August 17th, to Susan Ceynowa on August 18th and to Brandy Lewis on August 19th.
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I know I’ve featured information about this topic before, but with this heat I don’t think it will hurt anyone to “refresh” about the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do about them. It could save you a trip to the hospital! I’m always worrying about my husband in the heat and I feel so bad for construction crews and all the people who have to work in the hot sun.
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By this date, I had hoped to write a piece about recent audience participation at David Letterman’s Late Show in New York City, but it’ll have to wait. Letterman—in general—and Rupert, in particular—are hereby pre-empted by a pair of pie-baking teachers in Glen Rose, Texas. (Now cut out the “head-scratching” about Rupert.
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On our way home from California, Courtland and I planned to swing by Grand Canyon and see the new Skywalk. So we crossed the Mojave Desert, again, narrowly avoided Death Valley, and headed for Kingman, Arizona. On the way there we drove within 21 miles of London Bridge. Really. About 40 years ago a rich developer bought London Bridge, the one over the River Thames in England, which was falling down anyway.
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Memorial and honorarium brick orders are being taken for the next installation. The bricks cost $40.00 each and the proceeds benefit the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. The library is also taking orders for Junior classics and favorites that are worn and need replacing. Select from the list at the front desk and order a book in memory or honor of a friend or loved one.
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AUTHOR’S NOTE: In telling stories from memories dating back to the 1920’s and 30’s I recognize that few readers, unless they are in their 70’s and 80’s, will know anything about the picnic spots I am referring to in the following article. Picnicking on the San Saba ************************** Once again in the early morning hours lying abed in that cozy spot which is just between drowsiness and slumber I find myself drifting into the land of remembrances accompanied, as always, by ...
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There are many myths about food and nutrition today. Those about fats are some of the most confusing. Myth: Saturated fat clogs the arteries. Truth: 74 percent of the fats found in artery clogs are unsaturated with 41 percent polyunsaturated. Myth: Optimal serum cholesterol levels should be less than 180 mg/dl for good health.
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Everyone already knows that I'm a computer nerd. Though I haven't been in the computer business for almost ten years, I still get calls from people who are having trouble with their email, with their network, with their printer. I try to politely refer them to one of the folks who are actively providing such services. But, even though I'm not providing computer services, it doesn't keep me from staying up to date with the latest technological innovations.
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First Place Team Ranch Rodeo, Combination Ranch: Shane Criswell, Ty McMillian, Denver Blackwell, Bo Powell and Welman Bauer.
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Madison Stewart, Lauren Keith, and Lydia Bjork would like to invite the community to their Mexican pile on and Bingo fund-raiser on behalf of the MHS Cheerleaders. Come enjoy a meal and on evening of fun. September 13th at the Mason ISD Cafeteria. Dinner will begin at 5:00 followed by bingo at 6:00.
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On Saturday the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library hosted the library’s first ever Summer Teen Event. The teens enjoyed good company, games, and refreshments. Congratulations to Leret Hemphill for winning the IPod Shuffle! The library is grateful to Lisa and David Collett for organizing the event.
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Second Place Tea in Ranch Rodeo-llano Cowboy Cleaners, with Ben Henigin, Rick Morgan, Daniel Cuteraz, Denis Townsend and Lance Perry.
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The MHS Class of 1958 met on June 14th, 2008 at Billy and Marsha Kothmann’s farm home to celebrate. A catered Fajita Lunch was served by Zavala’s Restaurant to those present. The class shared ‘memories of the good old days’ and related their comments on events they had experienced since those days.
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Third Place Team in Ranch Rodeo, La Leche Bandits: Garret Bounds, Hunter Geistweidt, Reagan Bounds, Jim Bob Smith and Casey Callahan.
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The 2008 Mason County Queen’s court is off to a fast start. These young ladies began their reign in mid July and were busy getting ready for their first official event of the year. This past Saturday the young ladies attended a parade in Junction and brought back a 1st place blue ribbon in the out of town civic float division.
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In July, Robin Gallagher, daughter of Garland and Joy Gallagher, competed in the National Baton Twirling Contest. This contest is called America’s Youth on Parade. It incorporates everything from team competitions to voice, ballet, drum corps, pomp on, cheer, one baton, 2 baton, 3 baton, drum major and modeling. The Contest is held on the campus of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.
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Warrior Ministries is hosting free Karate Lessons at Comanche Creek Park across from Northside Cafe. We are focusing on the youth ,but all are welcome. Our heart is to help the youth of Mason become a positive influence in their community and to live victorious lives. Although the lessons are free, we would like the students to attend a church of their choice, and help with community projects that Warrior Ministries will be involved in.
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Austin, Texas, August 5—The Girl Scouts of Central Texas has opportunities for volunteers who are committed to helping girls develop courage, confidence and character. Adult volunteers are a vital component to Girl Scouting as they act as role models, leaders and mentors to girls. Without passionate volunteers, Girl Scout programs cannot reach their full potential. Volunteer opportunities are available in great variety.
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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.
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School is just around the corner, and the teachers at Mason Elementary School are excited about meeting their students! Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, and Second grades will be having “Meet the Teacher” on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Please come and meet your teacher. Also, please bring school supplies and completed school paperwork.
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Mason Rodeo Association will hosts its regular business meeting at Zavala’s on Wednesday, August 20th, at 6 p.m.
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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 ...
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Due to several conflicting events, Mason Band Booster’s first regular meeting has been changed to August 19th, 5:30 p.m. in the band hall. A coronation meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. Concession stand clean-up is scheduled for Thursday, August 14th at 6:00 p.m. If you are able to help prepare the concesion stand for the upcoming season, please plan to join us at the concession stand. For more info, please contact Marla Schooley at 347-4201.
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Tabitha Zant, a Senior at Mason High School, was selected to participate in the National Rifle Association’s annual National Youth Education Summit (YES). YES is a 7-day, all expense paid educational experience in Washington, D.C. for outstanding high school students. While at the Nations capital, Tabitha learned the significance of US Constitution and the Bill of Rights while developing an understanding of government and the importance of actively participating in it.
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The Sheep & Goat Predator Management Board (S&GPMB) is busy preparing for another bi-ennial election to elect one director from each of their three districts. Directors whose terms expire in 2008 are: Bill Tullos from District One, W.B. Patterson III from District Two, and Dwight Nanny from District Three. Start thinking about who you would like to see as a director to represent your District.
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American Legion Installs New Officers Mike Shanley, Finance Officer On Thursday, August 14th, at 7:00pm, The American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 along with the Ladies Auxiliary Unit #285 will install new officers for 2009. Billy Rollwitz, The American Legion 21st District Commander, will be in attendance to install The American Legion’s officers. After the program is completed, the Ladies Auxiliary will provide refreshments.
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Llano, Texas- On Wednesday, August 20th, a member of Congressman Mike Conaway's (TX-11) staff will be in Mason to visit personally with constituents. This will allow you to share concerns, request help on a federal issue or to ask any questions you may have. What: Constituent Outreach Services Where: Mason County Court House When: 9:00-11:00am Wednesday, 8-20-08
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Plans for the 35th Annual World Championship Barbeque Goat Cook-Off and Arts & Crafts Fair are underway in Brady, Texas. The Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite all vendors to be a part of the 35th Anniversary of the event on Labor Day weekend. The fair is Saturday, August 30th from 9 am to 5 pm.
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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.
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The Pipeline Group's annual "Public Education-Excavator Awareness Program" will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2008, at the American Legion, 200 Legion Drive, in Llano, Texas. The program will be sponsored by a group of companies with a common goal of preventing accidents and damages to underground pipeline and utilities.
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Mason Charity Quilting Bee will meet for a work day on August 16th from 9-5 at the St. Paul's Fellowship Hall. Bring your sewing machines and a sack lunch and join us. For more information please call Joan Williams at 325-347-6974.
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All athletes that intend to play football are encouraged to attend a short meeting with their parents and coaches in the Junior High Cafeteria, Tuesday August 19th at 6:00 p.m. Any athlete entering the 7th grade or new to Mason must have a current physical on file. A reminder to athletes that game dress will consist of khaki pants, dress shirt and tie.
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Seated: Albert C. & Emma Schmidt Loeffler. Row 1: Ike Murchison, Pamela Cox (ER) held by Meta Loeffler Murchison, Walter S. Durst, Jo Ann Durst (E), Tommy Durst (E), Jimmy Cox (ER), Michael Loeffler (K) held by Carolyn Loeffler (K), Judith Kothmann (A), Elfrieda Loeffler Durst, Norris Loeffler (S) holding Lisa Loeffler (N), Rudy Loeffler, Lynn Loeffler (N) in front, Kenneth Loeffler (M).
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Top row- left to right Silas Brandenberger- Emil Wiesmann- Alfred Kothmann - Charley Wiesmann- Willie Loeffler- Dan Eckert- Wesley Schulze- Teacher Leanard Pasmore- Next second row- Eugene Geistweidt, Carrie Geistweidt, Rode-Pearlie Geistweidt- Hattie Geistweidt, Jordan Ervin Brandenberger-Milton Brandenberger- Dan Schulze- Elgin Pluenneke/ 3rd Row Oskar Geistweidt- Olivia Geistweidt, Lange-Elife Pluenneke, Haskel-Lilllie Kothmann, Weismann- Gertrude Geistweidt, Brandenberger-Lizzie Gwistweidt ...
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Jackson and Caliegh are proud to introduce their baby brother Lincoln Jordan Calhoun. Born August 4, 2008 at 2:59pm. He was 9 lbs; 21 inches long. His parents are Joshua and Lorien Calhoun of NAF El Centro, CA. Also blessed by his arrival are his grandparents E. Wayne & Kathryn Jordan of Art.
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The Mason County Volunteer Fire Department and the Maosn County Commissioners' Court remind everyone that, in spite of the rains the last few days, there is still a lot of combustible fuel in the pastures and fields of Mason County. Care should be taken any outdoor burning, and in performing any work that might produce sparks.
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The Mason Rodeo Association welcomed the Heart of the Hills Barrel Racing Association to Mason recently. The highlight of the weekend was the awarding of a saddle to one of the winners in the 4D Open Barrel Race. The Mason National Bank donated the Double J saddle complete with a Puncher purple seat!
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Wallace Boston, Howard Smith, Alf Kelso. Sitting in front of the Drug Store.
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Mr.Editor: I have been waiting for some of our big thinkers to come up with ideas that would solve our high price gasoline problem but I fear they think the problem is so large that the forest cannot be seen because of the trees.The thinking now seems to be drill here , drill there and drill now.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The following students from Mason graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi during the 2008 Summer Commencement Saturday, August 9: Piper Jane Boies, College of Education, Master of Science. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the Colleges of Business Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Sciences and Science and Technology.
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August 05, 2008—Navy Seaman Recruit Edward A. Davis, son of Wanda E. and Gerald C. Davis of Mason, Texas, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Davis completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.
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Kambrey Hudson with the Mason FFA Chapter recently placed fifth in the Junior Prepared Public Speaking event during the Texas FFA Convention. The State Public Speaking Events were held in conjunction with the Texas FFA Association's 80th Annual State Convention on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
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Seven members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country enjoyed an evening in Brownwood on August 2nd. They attended the Photography Art Exhibit and Reception hosted by Mason artist and fellow FAAHC member, Robin E. Clark, and Brownwood artist, Julie Mize. The show was titled “Two Towns: Brownwood and Mason”.
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Llano Memorial Healthcare System is going tobacco-free on November 20, 2008, the date designated by the American Cancer Society for their nationwide campaign known as “The Great American Smokeout”. As of that date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted – inside or outside – on hospital and all related health system property.
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Need an escape? Place to put up guests and visitors? An intimate retreat from city stress? The Sesquicentennial B&B Tour, scheduled Saturday, September 13, offers getaway seekers a preview of ten Mason area lodgings. The tour, sponsored by the Mason County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., plenty of time to see each of the unique, historical B&B’s and guest houses.
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On Aug. 7th, members of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit #285 met to discuss their plans for the upcoming year. In attendance were Gail Coldiron, Leta Durst, Sherry Alm, Carlita Jordan, Fae Danz and the Auxiliary’s newest member, Nancy Laycock. The business discussed included the plans for The American Legion’s Veterans Poppy distribution on the second weekend of November, a review of educational materials provided by The American Legion for school age children, and the Auxiliary ...
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 5th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 40 members and 1 visitor in attendance. "Boss Lion" Denwood Butler was responsible for the meeting and Secretary/Treasure Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. Denwood gave a report on the District Cabinet meeting that was held in Mason on Saturday, May 26th.
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Amanda Arhelger Zesch,of Mason, passed away on Monday, August 11, at the age of 98. Amanda was bom January 4,1910, in Mason to Richard Arhelger and Mathilda Schmidt Arhelger. She attended school in Mason County and graduated from Mason High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Women’s University and her master’s degree from Southwest Texas State Teacher’s College (now Texas State University). For many years Amanda worked in South Texas with a government program that taug ...