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December 10, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Growing up, I remember my mom talking about Ernie Pyle, and the impact he had on Americans during World War II. Pyle came along at a time when communication was a slow and chancy thing, and news from the war in Europe was a month old by the time the folks at home heard it.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
B is for blood type. There are four basic blood types – O, A, B, and AB. These are determined by chemical markers called antigens. Antigens are in every cell of the body and are a key part of the immune system. When your immune system senses a foreign element, it looks to the blood type antigen to determine if the element is good or bad.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
The library will be closed from 12:00-1:00 for lunch several days in December. Please call ahead if you are making a special trip into town to visit the library. The library will be closed December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1 for Christmas and New Year’s. Story Time will be held this Friday the 12th.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Time. It passes. It flies. It stops still. Or it marches on. Time heals all. Give it time. Tap your foot and keep time. We take time to make clocks. And watches. And stopwatches. So we can measure time. Or watch the clock. Inevitably time passes. It doesn’t care. Most clocks are digital these days. Still, there is Switzerland. And the cuckoo clock. A timeless timepiece. China makes clocks now. Like nearly everything else. Times change. Time knows no boundaries. Has no p ...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving and are now ready for an even greater and busier Christmas. I spent my holiday with my daughter Lisa and her family and friends in Baltimore. We have had a lot of good food, shopped for food only, traveled one day to Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
Folks at the Guinness Book of World Records may want to consider adding a new category. How about one for convalescent centers with the most residents listed in the revered book? Were there such a category, Heritage House Convalescent Center of rural Shelbyville, IN, would claim the honors. For three decades, it was much like thousands of other care centers across the land.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Old Santa is making his list and checking it twice. However, old Down the Drain Jane has made a list and remade the list and now has lost it. I’m truly trying to be organized, but the hurrier I go the behinder I get. Some say, “Gift cards are impersonal.” I say they’re great!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
People have said to me “Bill, you sound more intelligent when you write than when you talk. Why is that?” I tell them “The answer is quite simple. When I am talking I am by myself and am like an actor without a script, I have to find the words that I use from a very small vocabulary and I am without helpers.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Since, so I’ve been told, there are one or two people of German descent out there in the readership of the News, I thought I’d offer up a classic recipe for everyone to consider as the Christmas season approaches. Also, since there are a couple of Hispanics in our area, many of whom trace their ancestors to back before the “German Invasion,” I wanted to give all you folks a Mexican Fruit Cake recipe to try.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
11-01-08 @ 12:50am- Request for extra drive bys- Sgt Parker responded to the 1100 blk of Doole St @ 1:07am- Prowler- Sgt Parker responded to the 1100 blk of Doole St @ 1:50am- Noise disturbance- Sgt Parker responded to the 900 blk of Ischar St @ 2:55am- Juvenile mischief- Sgt Parker responded @ 8:27am- Loose animals- Deputy Scott responded to the 400 blk of Robinson St @ 10:46am- Minor vehicle accident- Deputy Scott responded to 87 S @ 10:50pm- Noise disturbance- Sgt Parker re ...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Those who know me understand that scheduling is an obsession for me. I have calendars on my computers at work and home, calendars on the wall, calendars in the car and calendars on my watch. I'm not really that obsessed with time, and couldn't actually be called a clock watcher; however, I do value punctuality.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
And the winner is.... Miss Grace Chapman of Mason! This new homeowner is obviously very tickled to be the recipient of the 2008 Dollhouse Fundraiser. Donated by craftpersons Fred and Doreen Cardenas, this elaborate Victorian dollhouse was displayed in the front window of Fort Mason Real Estate on the Square, with all proceeds benefiting the affiliate.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
This quilt, made by the Mason Quilt Bee, was won by Cynthia Bauer of Mason. The matching “throw” was won by Diana Schuetze (no picture) of San Antonio. Chances on this quilt were sold at Hinckley’s County Store. Both ladies were thrilled with their quilts. The dollhouse, from Habitat for Humanity, was won by Grace Chapman of Mason.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
Aeron Dayton, a kindergartner in Ms. Toone’s class, won the iPod Shuffle raffled at the close of the “Gadgets for Green” Fundraiser. The Mason PTO recently held this fundraiser to encourage the community to donate electronic items and to raise awareness of the importance of recycling to the Mason students.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
We invite you to support “Operation Christmas Greeting”, the annual fundraiser for the Mason County EMS. Here’s how it works! A donation is made to the “Greeting” fund and your name is listed on a full page Greeting Card that appears in this paper’s Christmas edition on December 24th. Friday, December 19th, is the deadline this year to make your donation.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Don't want to spend two days in the kitchen for something consumed in fifteen minutes? Tired of leftovers for three days after Christmas? Come and help us celebrate a new tradition with the family of Mason on Christmas day! River of Life Church will be hosting a free Christmas dinner on Christmas day from 11 a.m.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
Fourteen Mason FFA Chapter members recently competed at the Area VII Leadership Development Events on November 19, 2008. The contest was held at Blanco High School in Blanco, Texas. Mason had qualified three teams to Area contest by placing first or second at the Hill District competitions. Leadership Development Events are designed to teach FFA members the importance of teamwork, leadership, public speaking, and life skills development.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Llano, Texas– On Wednesday, December 17th, 2008, 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 – 11:00 am Wednesday, 12/17/08
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
The Youth Group of St. Paul Lutheran Church is sponsoring this event again. This is a shopping experience for the children of Mason. Children in Pre-K thru 4th grade will be allowed to purchase two items for $.25-$2.00. The items will be for parents or adult family members. Even though the gifts available will be more valuable, no more than $2.00 per gift will be charged.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
The culmination of the Angel Tree project has been set for Monday December 15th. This deadline is for all gifts to be wrapped, tagged and returned to the Tree, located at Hinckley’s Country Store. A special force of Santa’s helpers will then collect them all to ensure prompt delivery in time for the Center’s Christmas Party. Each angel tag on the tree is dedicated to a resident of Mason Care Center and by choosing one to sponsor, the community, singly or as a group, has an opportunity to ...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
Come help celebrate the Chamber’s Christmas Gala Mixer. The Chamber of Commerce welcomes Mason friends and neighbors to its Chamber of Commerce Christmas Gala Mixer Thursday, Dec. 11th, 5:30 p.m. The location is the new City facility: the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center on McKinley Street.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Howdy ya’ll. Texas Songwriters in the Round will be at The Hard Eight Pit BBQ in Brady ( THE heart of Texas) Texas on Dec 12th, 2008. Our star for this month is Donnie Blanz, who has a new CD out! If you are a member please join us, and if you're not, come by and enjoy the fun. The showcase starts at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
"Please make plans to join St. Paul Lutheran Church for the annual presentation of The Journey to Bethlehem Drive Thru Christmas Luminary on December 14, 6:30-7:30pm at the Fort Mason City Park. There is no admission fee. We are reserving December 21st as an alternate date. We welcome everyone to be with us for this beautiful and peaceful production."
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Case manager Dolores Menchaca was recognized by the Llano County Commissioners Court Monday. She stands with, from left, Precinct 1 Commissioner Johnnie Heck, Precinct 2 Commissioner Henry Parker, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Don Moss, County Judge Wayne Brascom, and Precinct 3 Commissioner Duane Stuevens. Menchaca received the Excellence in Service and Employee of the Year awards from the Hill Country Community MHMR Center.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Gerry, As of Dec. 2, 2008, I will no longer be affiliated with the Mason Co. Ministerial Food Bank. My many thanks to everyone who has donated or helped in the past 4 1/2 years. You will always be in my heart. If you need assistance or information, please call your local minister or First Baptist Church - David Collett - 347-5219. D'Ann Stahl
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
The Mason City Commission met for its last regular meeting of 2008, and at the top of the agenda was discussion about problems with the new water tower that has been built on the west end of town. Jim Blackwell, engineer for the City, presented a slide show showing the construction progress, and pointing out flaws that he and the city staff had observed.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
The "Take a Child Hunting" program enjoyed another successful weekend of introducing youngsters to the outdoors. Seven children's homes brought boys, aged 11 to 17, to Camp Gene Ashby eager to learn the art of hunting and to enjoy being around caring individuals dedicated to making a positive difference in young lives.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
“O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie...” Since the day the Magi set out from their various lands in the East, the question has been posed, “How far is it to Bethlehem?” The answer may lie in the question, “How far are you from Brady, Texas?” Brady has been the site of a charming tradition for more than 30 years; the live Nativity scene presented by the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
Reprinted by permission from www.kxii.com CALERA, Okla. After a family-owned restaurant went up in flames on Sunday, the owners of Angus Pit Stop are now left without their business and home. The fire happened Sunday afternoon during business hours at the barbecue restaurant off Highway 69-75. Calera fire marshals say that it started in the northeast part of the restaurant in the kitchen.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, December 13, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354. Buddy Alan Owens will headline the monthly show in December.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
Although the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club’s Go Texan Style Show held in the Mason ISD Auditorium on December 4 drew a much smaller audience than in years past, those in attendance were grandly entertained. Master of Ceremonies Julie Harrison kept a running commentary of descriptions of clothing modeled by students as well as furnishing a good many laughs when things did not go exactly as planned.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008 • Photos
At the last meeting the Mason Study Club was fortunate to hear storytelling by Mason’s famous storyteller, Rosemary Davis. Rosemary started actively pursuing her storytelling in 1981 at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, where her husband served as curator. She is presently the President of the Tejas Storytelling Region.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, December 2nd, for its monthly business meeting. There were 43 members and 1 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors was 1 Mason High School senior, Orlando Jaquez. "Boss Lion" Denwood Butler was responsible for the program and Sec./Tres. Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
The Mason Punchers traveled to Eldorado on Thursday and Saturday for a JV basketball tournament that involved several area teams. The Punchers took two teams to compete, a Mason Purple team and a Mason White team, with both playing competitively throughout. The Mason Purple team consisting of Tomas Callejas, Jansen Rychlik, Trey Schwertner, Zen Steward, Cristian Orta, Dakota Wawryzaniak, Jared Tatsch, and Kason Wood competed early Thursday morning in which they lost a hard fought game to event ...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 10, 2008
The 8th Grade Punchers saddled up and hit the road this past Monday on their way to Mertzon to take on the Hornets of Irion County. The Punchers jumped to a quick lead with a score of 12-3 then finished up the half 14-6. In the third period each team scored two points and in the final period Mason outscored their opponent 10-5.