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November 5, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008 • Photos
On Saturday evening, the students of Mason High School selected their 2008-2009 royal court. Left to right back row: Duke Zach Nash, Duchess Lauren Keith, Duke Bobby Buist, Duchess Jessica Bibb, Queen Denay Baxter, King Jared Hudson,Duchess Madison Stewart, Duke Adam Timms, Duchess Brittany Estes, Duke Mage Hamilton. Front row: Ring and crown bears, Billy George, Caroline Lemke, Catherine Lemke and Preston George.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
On paper, Junction was supposed to beat Mason. The sportswriters, soothsayers of the pigskin realm, had all picked the Eagles to upset Mason's march to the playoffs. Instead, the Punchers downed Junction 20-7 last Friday night, throwing a considerable monkey wrench into the district standings, and providing a night of great football to the fans that made the short journey out west. Mason took the kickoff from Junction to start the game, and for the next four minutes of play, they controlled th ...
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Mason’s Wild Game Dinner is this Saturday, November 8th at 6:00 pm at the City Park Community Building. Tickets for the Dinner are $15 each and include a door prize drawing for a Mossberg Silver Reserve 20-Gauge Shotgun valued at $641.00. You must be present to win the door prize. The grand prize raffle is a 2008 Kawasaki (ATV) Mule with Trailer and tickets are $10 each.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Members of the American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 Ladies Auxiliary will be distributing memorial poppies on Friday, Nov. 7th and Saturday, Nov. 8th, in observance of Veterans Day. Poppies will also be available at area businesses and at the Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11th. According to Unit Poppy Chairman, Mrs.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
For the past week the roads have been clogged with pickups and trailers loaded down with four-wheelers and other hunting paraphernalia. The restaurants were full of people wearing camouflage clothes this past weekend, and there were actually lines of vehicles, a few times, at local gas pumps. The unmistakable signs of fall in the Texas Hill Country are upon us. My wife and I went out to eat Saturday night, and sat at a table adjacent to a group of men and boys wearing camo.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Jenetics or genetics (this is a ‘j’ week) have lots to do with who we are and what our health is like, particularly as we age. We tend to put up with arthritis, high blood pressure, a little weight around the middle, etc. because we see them as symptoms of age as determined by our genes. Scientists are discovering more and more about our genetic makeup – and more importantly, how to control it, or at least limit the worst aspects of it as it applies to our health.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
When You Are Engulfed In Flames By David Sedaris Published by Little, Brown (2008) $25.99 Hardback I’m a little late when it comes to David Sedaris. We’ve carried all of his books at our store at one time or another but I didn’t read one until Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim came out in 2004.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Love. A four-letter word. In English, that is. And a good four-letter word at that. According to trusty Webster, it came out of Old English lufu. And Gothic lubo. Call it what you will. For centuries we have been trying to describe it. To capture it in sonnet and song. Poems and plays. Novels and movies. Yet Love remains elusive. Impossible to explain. Sometimes hard to find. Or hard to hold on to. Love can come and go. Or just grow and grow and grow. Show your love with flower ...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
We have a possibility of 20% rain on Tuesday and then some cool weather on Thursday. Enjoy these beautiful Fall days and the absence of the political ads. The next birthday on my list is the celebration of Traci Leigh Jordan on November 12th. Have a great day Traci. Keep Anna Grace Durst in your prayers.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Do you have trouble getting dinner finished on time? Maybe you just feel that it’s all just too much trouble so you stop by the fast food restaurant and pick up dinner on your way home. Fixing quick and nutritious meals doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are seven ways to make meal planning easier: 1.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Rarely have I heard Uncle Mort so excited. I’m used to my 96-year-old kin from the thicket calling with news from his faraway world where country road lifestyles have changed but little across the years. I thought he’d give me the rundown of “thicket thinking” on the presidential race, but as usual, I was 180 degrees off course. Behold and lo, he was on a technology kick this time.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
“Observations,” is what I experienced this past weekend. The old saying,”Go West Young Man, Go West,” is really true. I was traveling East. Had to go see my new grand-puppies. I really needed a dose of “Puppy Breath!” I pull over for fast traffic, and not one going Eastward, gave a sign of gratitude.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
The following is a narrative written some 65 years after the summer of 1930: ........... ****** I awoke this morning in the same spot where most of my visions of the past seem to germinate and as usual there was a song running through my head. This morning the song was “drinking coffee from an old tin can while riding out on the range” and shucks, I haven’t been on a horse or ridden the range since the summers of 29 and 30. During those summers my oldest brother Bob McGrew (who was my ...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
I want to start off by telling everyone that I haven’t the slightest idea why this is called Real Spanish Bread. In the recipe, it is stated that it comes from a panadero or panaderia, which is Spanish for bakery, but looking at the ingredients, I think it could be called Real Italian Bread, Real American Bread, or Real German Bread and no one would know the difference!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
I've written variations of this column after every major election; but, thought it wouldn't hurt to trot out the ideas for another turn in the sunlight. What, you may ask, is it to which I'm referring? Election results! This morning, your candidates either won or lost. If they won, you are hungover from the euphoria of having seen your favorite be confirmed by the electorate.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008 • Photos
9 year old Hunter and Kade McAdams got their first deer on their family ranch in Mason. The boys and their parents Sheldon and Mary have many more family hunts ahead. Grandparents are Max and Marjorie Hey and J. Roy and Shirley McAdams of Sweetwater.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008 • Photos
9 year old Hunter and Kade McAdams got their first deer on their family ranch in Mason. The boys and their parents Sheldon and Mary have many more family hunts ahead. Grandparents are Max and Marjorie Hey and J. Roy and Shirley McAdams of Sweetwater.
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At the tender age of 62, Judith Barton killed her first deer.
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Petra and Darryl Watson's band, "Hillhouse", was one of the artists featured at Starving Artists on The Square. Petra works for MKM Total Care, and Dary owns Jenco Fabrication and Design.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Fredonia Community Association is having their Fall Fund Raiser November 8th from 8 am until 5 pm. At lunch we will have grilled hamburgers, chips and drinks for sale. Wonderful homemade desserts will be for sale too. Our Rummage Sale shouldn't be missed. We have all kinds of times for sale.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
FREDERICKSBURG, TX — Art shows, gallery openings, artist demonstrations, open studios, an art walk and a benefit for school art programs will showcase the works of over 150 local, regional and nationally recognized artists during the eighth annual Art Past Dark celebration, a two weekend event in Fredericksburg. The first weekend (Oct.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
The Mason County Cancer Relay committee will be having a silent auction beginning Monday, November 20th, for two weeks. Items will be displayed at the Mason National Bank and Commercial Bank.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
The class of 1943 held its 65th reunion on Saturday, October 11th at the Willow Creek Café. From a class of 41, 14 members are still living. Of those, nine attended the reunion. Jack Lee served as Master of Ceremonies. Raymond Kimbriel gave the invocation and Sterling Jordan gave the memorial for those who had died since the last reunion in 1993.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
On the crisp, clear morning of Oct. 25, the gates opened for Live Oak Trade Days. About a dozen booths were set up on a plot of land on the west side of Hwy. 87 S, just north of the Hwy. 71 turnoff to Austin. The monthly trade day events promote the Brady/McCulloch County area and provide a source of wholesome family entertainment, including live music. The annual Biketoberfest was held Oct.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
On the crisp, clear morning of Oct. 25, the gates opened for Live Oak Trade Days. About a dozen booths were set up on a plot of land on the west side of Hwy. 87 S, just north of the Hwy. 71 turnoff to Austin. The monthly trade day events promote the Brady/McCulloch County area and provide a source of wholesome family entertainment, including live music. The annual Biketoberfest was held Oct.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Alpha Beta Psi will be setting up a table outside of The Geistweidt and Whitworth Law office on Friday November 7, for their annual Krispy Kreme Coffee and Donut Fund Raiser. The donut and coffee orders may be picked up starting at 8 a.m. until noon. If there are remaining donuts and coffee, the sorority will set up a table on Saturday the 8th of November as well for those who did not get to pre-purchase donuts and coffee.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, November 8, at the Lantex Theater in Llano. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are available at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354. Darrell McCall will headline the Llano Country Opry this month.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Mason Rodeo Association will be hosting its business meeting tonight, Wednesday, November 5th, at Willow Creek at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
On October 29th, several members of The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country enjoyed a personal visit and gallery tour with Mason’s own resident artist, Kyle L. Martin. Kyle described how he came to create his studio in Mason, how the Warehouse Gallery has come into existence, his work that is on display there, plus, information regarding the visiting Middle of Somewhere exhibit that is open until the end of December.
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Two highway signs were erected October 24 direct tourist to the Mason County Museum. Visitors have had problems for a long time finding the Museum or knowing of its existence. Located off the square, information needed to be made known. Study by the Mason County Museum Committee cumulated into the plan to place signs to promote the Museum.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country invites you to their upcoming “5x7” event which will be held on Saturday, November 15th, at The Northside Café in Mason. The doors open at 11 a.m. and the sale will continue all day or until the items are sold out. All the original art and photography work will be one size: 5x7.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Dear Gerry, I would first like to offer my congratulations to Coach Keller and the Mason boys and girls cross country teams for their outstanding performances at last week’s district meet. Both squads dominated the competition on an individual and team basis. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a little bit with the team and I couldn’t be prouder of this group of young men and women. Secondly, I’d like to encourage the fine citizens of Mason to come out and support the teams at this ...
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
TJ Schmidt was named Regional Volunteer of the year in 2007 for Region 9 of the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards. This area extends from Midland to Mason and is one of the largest regions for the state of Texas. Every county board had the oppurtunity to nominate a person that has gone that extra mile in helping the youth in the county.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, October 28th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 42 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Zac Nash and Stephen Marquez. Lion Lee Graham was responsible for the program and introduced Coach Jeff Guice, the Cowgirls Basketball Coach who spoke about the upcoming girls basketball season.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
The Alamo District of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs held the annual Fall Board Meeting in Refugio on October 24 and 25. Representatives from clubs in Cotulla, Lytle, Pleasanton, Port Lavaca, Refugio, San Antonio, Victoria, and Mason attended. Two clubs in the district did not send representatives. They were Beeville and Rock Springs.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Local Involvement Can Guide South Llano River’s Future Diverse Groups to Hold Free Workshop for Local Residents (AUSTIN, TX – Oct 31, 2008) Because the South Llano River is legendary among outdoor enthusiasts and is critical to cities that depend on its water supplies, residents will benefit from a free day-long workshop discussing how increasing water demands may affect future local water supplies. “In our research we found that many locals are interested in protecting the river, ...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Mason County Soil and Water Conservation District invite the public and any agencies with an interest in conservation issues to participate in a Local Work Group meeting to be held at the Mason County Library in Mason, TX. This meeting will be on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of this meeting is to receive input from a broad range of local agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals that have an inter ...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
On Tuesday, October 28th, the Riata Service Organization met at the home of Tess Geistweidt, with Bobby Frazier serving as co-hostess. Twenty seven members were present. Pat Tucker, Vice President, welcomed and introduced Bill Price and Buster Nixon who are candidates for the Sheriff/Tax Assessor-Collector. Each candidate spoke of his experience, qualifications and plans for running the office if elected.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Oma Faye Merz passed away Saturday, November 1st, at the age of 82. Faye Merz is survived by two sons and their wives, Charlie & Ursula Worrell of Fredericksburg and Tracy and Irene Merz of Cherry Spring; three grandchildren: James Worrell & his wife Shannon of Mason, Charlie Worrell & his wife Erin of Harper, John Merz of Cherry Spring; and one great-grandson, Pecos Worrell. Funeral services for Faye Merz were held Tuesday, November 4th, at 2 p.m., in Fredericksburg Church of Christ, with Re ...
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Thomas D. Brown, 63, of Round Rock, Texas, passed away at his home on October 29, 2008.  He was born on May 14, 1945, in Brady, Texas, to Thomas N. and Josephine (Jacobson) Brown.  Thomas was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Austin and the T. Neal Porter Masonic Lodge No.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
William Abner Davis was born July 28, 1926, in Kimble County Texas, the eleventh child of Robert Henry Davis and Mary Alice Knox Davis. AB went home to the Lord October 29, 2008. "AB" (as he was called by everyone that knew him) attended public school in Segovia and Junction.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
William Abner Davis was born July 28, 1926, in Kimble County Texas, the eleventh child of Robert Henry Davis and Mary Alice Knox Davis. AB went home to the Lord October 29, 2008. "AB" (as he was called by everyone that knew him) attended public school in Segovia and Junction.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Nell Barsch Kidd, a longtime Snyder resident, died Tuesday, October 2, in Cogdell Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Graveside service for Mrs. Kidd, 77, is set for 2 p.m. Friday in the Bethel Cemetery in Katemcy, Texas with Jim Hill, pastor of First Christian Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Wright Colonial Funeral Home.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
The Junction Eagles made the trip over on Thursday night to play against the Punchers in the last district contest for the year. The Punchers proved a formidable adversary as they closed out district competition with a 42-6 victory. The Punchers were obviously very focused and geared up to play their rivals, and executed efficiently in every facet of the game.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Last week, the cross country teams traveled to Bandera for their District 30A Cross Country Meet. Since Mason just dropped from 2A to 1A, we were one of the new teams in the district. By changing districts, we also changed from Region I to Region IV, so we would be competing against teams that we had not run against in the past four years.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
By defeating the Eagles of Junction last week, our Punchers secured a berth in the State Playoffs and put themselves in a position to capture the District 29 Championship. The Punchers' title hopes will hinge on the Junction vs Menard game Friday night. If Junction defeats Menard we will win the District outright.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 • Posted November 5, 2008
Team runners: Khrista Morquecho, Catherine Bjork, Jacie Rychlik, Margaret Lemke, Caitlin Felts, Amber Herrera, Kelly Kothmann, Mari Marquez, Carley Chew, Alyssa Bertrang, Kirsten Shaw, Claudia Canfield, Caroline Hudson, Traci Jordan, Lydia Bierschwale and Breanna Silva. Individual places: 7th GRADE Khrista Morquecho 2nd place Catherine Bjork 4th place Caitlin Felts 6th place Kelly Kothmann 8th place 8th GRADE Margaret Lemke 3rd place Jacie Rychlik 4th place Amber Herrera 5th place 5 ...