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August 27, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Need an escape? Place to put up guests and visitors? An intimate retreat from city stress? The Sesquicentennial Bed & Breakfast 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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Beginning September 1, 2008, the fee for a marriage license will increase to $71.00 However, there is a way to get part of that fee waived. The legislature passed HB 2685 last session which authorizes a statewide initiative to promote “Healthy Marriages.” The healthy marriage initiative in Texas promotes free, skills-based marriage education and provides couples with the tools they need to manage the challenges inherent to relationships.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
The Mason ISD Education Foundation will host a barbecue and washer-pitching tournament as a fun fundraiser on Saturday, September 13. The event will once again be held at the Art ranch of Lee and Bobbie McMillan. Head east on Hwy 29, go south on Lower Willow Creek Rd. and look for the signs and balloons. Registration for the tournament begins at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Friends and family will be hosting a benefit barbecue for Tina Carter at the Mason Community Building on Saturday, September 6th. Food will be served at 6:00p.m., followed by an item and cake auction and a dance. BBQ Dinner and dance are by donation. Tina has been diagnosed with recurring cervical cancer.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Goodbye. Zai jian. (To those who read, write, and speak Mandarin, this computer does not allow me to place accent marks over the proper letters—what’s a white girl in Texas to do.) Yi han (sorry). The 2008 Summer Olympics are over. Song bie. Americans bring home the Gold. And Silver. And Bronze. And China leaves its mark on the world. In a big Beijing way. As Edgar Cayce predicted: China, a sleeping giant, would one day awake and be an ally of the United States. We better hope ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
This year’s budgeting process has been slightly more complicated than in years past. The timeline that was required to call an early rollback election pushed our budget approval back into July rather than August. I have had many questions asking why we are having the election approximately a month ahead of the scheduled November election.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
The harsh, dry days have somehow vanished from before us, and wonderfully green pastures and cooler weather stretches out before us like welcoming arms. We are glad to be greeted by this turn of events which is quite strange for this time of the year. The bats at the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve are just as stunned, but quite excited about the prospect of more juicy bugs on the menu.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Pray for rain. Eliza Cope will observe her third birthday on August 31st, Monica Hinckley will have her happy party on September 1st, and Frances Toeppich will celebrate on September 4th. Have a great happy birthday celebration. And wishes for a happy anniversary go to Clinton and Anna Grace Durst on August 29th.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
The rain we have been having this past week and the clouds that have broken the “heat” of summer have been a blessing to us all. It looks so very green around town that it seems impossible that this is the end of August. In addition, the rains have helped to reduce the demands on the city water supply to take care of watering the yards and so that is another relief at City Hall.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
My youngest son, Leret, recently turned 13, which means I now have three teenage boys in my house. I think my wife and I now understand why, during biblical times, parents were allowed to stone their children. Leret decided that, for his birthday, he wanted to get some friends together and go on an overnight kayaking trip down the Llano River.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
I’ve been really into gum lately because it helps a little with my nausea (in case you didn’t know, I am a little over 6 months pregnant!), so I thought I’d share with you all how gum chewing can be a good habit (but please, no smacking!). This info comes from the American Dietetic Association. Chewing gum was named the number one snack choice by Americans in 2005. Most consumers know that chewing sugarfree gum can help prevent tooth decay and freshen breath.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
The aura of a special day added to the enchantment of a special place, beautiful Bryant Park in Manhattan. The weather was made to order, unseasonably cool, and a few thousand people—most of them visiting gawkers like me—adorned the grassy pallet of green. Soon, theirs would be a chorus of screams that only teenagers can make when rock star idols, uh, well, rock! Invigorated by a brisk four-block walk from the hotel, I wilted upon seeing this sea of youthful humanity, quiet—ever so quie ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Most of us answer the telephone with a, “Hello!” Actually that needs to be changed to, “WHAT DO YOU WANT?” When someone calls you they want something. Sure, some want to know how you are. But, these calls are few and far apart. Most callers want you to do something for them.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
September is “Library Card Sign-Up” month and the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library would like to invite anyone who doesn’t have a library card to come by the library and get one. The process is very simple - just fill out a short form and a few minutes later you are ready to check out books, movies, audio books, and magazines.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Strange as it may seem people do pick up phrases or sayings from songs and movies that become expressions occasionally used in everyday talk while others are used quite often in their family life. For instance: The expression “meaner than a junk yard dog” used quite often by men referring to a particularly rough and tough guy is taken from a song about Le Roy Brown, the meanest man in the whole damn town. Expressions such as “Don’t worry ‘bout me” and “Why do you treat me like y ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Taurine, tryptophan and tyrosine are three amino acids that begin with the letter ‘T’. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are classified as essential if they cannot be made by the body on its own and must be acquired through the diet. They are classified as non-essential if the body can make them.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
L'aissez Le Bon Temps Roulez! Assuming you don't speak or read French (and I don't do either very well), you may be wondering about the title. It means, roughly translated, "Let the Good Times Roll!" And, it's the unofficial motto of New Orleans. Last week, I took some time off and went with friends to New Orleans for a few days.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
During pre-game activities at the first home game of the 2008 football season, the team of 1958 will be recognized for their winning season. The 1958 Mason Punchers went to the state semifinals scoring 433 points to their opponents 62 points in the 14 games they played that season. Eleven players were elected to all-district honors and four were all-state.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
The Central Texas Electric Cooperative (CTEC) annual membership meeting began on an unseasonably cool August afternoon in Mason. The membership, enjoying the 80-degree weather, flooded the Mason High School auditorium to elect three directors, hear the annual report and try their chances at winning a few door prizes from CTEC and its vendors and suppliers. CEO Bob Loth welcomed the members.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
DPS is stepping up enforcement Labor Day weekend in an effort to make the roads of Texas safer. All available troopers will be on duty Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1 looking for drunk drivers, speeders and seat belt violators. “Alcohol is a big concern this time of year, because this is the last big recreational weekend of the summer,” said DPS Director Col.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Country Music Entertainer Fiddlin Frenchie Burke will headline the Mason Country Opry on Thursday, August 28 . The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Odeon Theater in Mason. Admission is $10.00 per person and tickets can be reserved by calling (325)597-2119. The Mason Country Opry Band will be featured with special guests Justin Trevino, Kelly Weiershausen, Kelsey Behrens, Sammy Geistweidt, Shane Lively, and Benny Fred Kothmann.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
The KNEL/Lubke’s GM Cars and Trucks Listener Appreciation Dance will be held on Friday, August 30, at the Richards Park Pavillion in Brady. The dance will be held from 8:00 PM until Midnight and is free to the public. Amber Digby and Midnight Flyer from Houston will headline the dance.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Mason High School graduate, Michael McLeod, is beginning his senior year at Angelo State University. He is also beginning his fourth year of play for the Angelo State Rams football team. There are a number of Mason fans that enjoy attending the Rams games so that they can cheer on their local player.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Miss Lynn Ellen Williams and Mr. Christopher Adam Patrick were united in marriage on Saturday, August 9, 2008, at A&M United Methodist Church , College Station Texas. The Reverand Lucenda Kwaitkowski officiated at the ceremony. A reception followed at Pebble Creek Country Club. On the eve of the wedding the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Republic.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
The Raggedy Cats will once again be giving a free summer concert at the Marktplatz Kinder Halle Pavilion in Fredericksburg on Saturday, August 30, from 5 - 7pm. The public is cordially invited to come bring their lawn chairs, some refreshments, and listen to the music of the “good ole days”.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum will host a special booksigning for “Willie Nelson-An Epic Life” on Saturday, August 30, at the museum located at 1701 South Bridge Street in Brady. Author Joe Nick Patoski and Country Music Entertainer Darrell McCall will be on hand to autograph the 500 plus page “ultimate” book about Nelson.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
2008 yearbooks have arrived. If you pre-ordered your copy, please come by the high school office. We also have extra copies of the 2008 yearbook for $60.00 and the 2007 yearbook for $10.00.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 19th for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 41 members and 9 visitors in attendance. Lion Pat Reardon was responsible for the program and introduced Robert Edmonson who spoke about The Texas Forest Service. Robert is a staff forester with the T.F.S.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
I come from the generation where it was un “hip” to be (or say) “hep” (that was an old fogy’s term). I come from the generation who in the ‘70’s considered a song from the ‘60’s to be a “moldy oldie.” I come from the generation whose rallying cry was “Don’t trust anyone over thirty!” (who would have ever thought we of that generation would get “old”)! The common theme in the above statements is that there is something wrong with anything “old.” If it is old, ...
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
8-1-08 @11:30am- 911-EMS responded to the 200 blk of E. College Street @12:12pm- 911-EMS responded to the 800 blk of Blue Bonnet Street @1:15pm- Minor vehicle accident- Chief Deputy Carson responded to the 100 blk of Ft McKavitt @2:05pm- Welfare concern- Chief Deputy Carson responded to the 100 blk of Ft McKavitt @2:46pm- 911-EMS responded to the 100 blk of Ft McKavitt @2:48pm- Fire-Fire Department responded to Mill Crk Rd @ Kimble County line @5:10pm- Fire- Fire Department r ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
August John Kaderka of Mason, Texas went to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, August 17, 2008, in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 60. Gus was born September 17, 1947, in Georgetown, Texas, to August Albert Kaderka and Vlasta Svehlak Kaderka. Gus grew up in Granger, Texas, the oldest of four children.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Christopher Roy Estes-Krenek passed away Friday morning in Brady Texas on August 22, 2008. He is survived by his parents, Mary Estes-Krenek and Roy Krenek, sister Shalla Raenae McBee, brother Michael Gordon Porter, both of Mason. Grandparents Mary Gail Estes of Mason, Phil Douglas Schaer and Kim Diane Schaer of Bay City, Texas.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Billy Joe Ince passed away on August 18th, 2008 in Brady at the age of 72. Billy was born on July 25, 1936 in Mason, Texas to Alfred and Margarette (WarteBach) Ince. He was baptised at the First Baptist Church in Mason March 22, 1970. He was touched by the son being played "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008 • Posted August 27, 2008
Over the next two months the Puncher Dome will once again become the social mecca and main attraction in Mason as our MHS Punchers flip the switch on the brightlights of Friday night. This year due to an expanded district alignment the Punchers will only play four games at home.