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December 17, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Rachel’s Challenge was a huge hit in Mason! All students in grades five through eight were in attendance, and over 200 people attended the evening community event. The audience left the auditorium feeling inspired to accept Rachel’s Challenges: 1. Eliminate prejudice by looking for the best in others. 2. Dare to dream, set a goal, keep a journal.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
The basketball games on Friday (12-19) with Goldthwaite will start at 4:00 p.m.. Both JV games will start at 4:00 with the JVG playing in the JH gym. The varsity girls will start at 5:30 followed by the varsity boys.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Today it really doesn’t feel like Christmas. It’s more like March with a tad of July, but I’m told that it will soon be Christmas weather again. This hot and cold breeds sickness and that’s what we don’t want or need anytime, and not at Christmas! To tell you the truth, sometimes I really believe that the weather personnel is way overpaid.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
While my friend, T.J. Greaney, and I were visiting recently, he mentioned that Australia has a feral camel problem. At first I thought old T.J. was just yanking my chain, which happens frequently. Not that T.J. lies particularly but, like me, he doesn’t make a habit of letting facts get in the way of a good story. T.J.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
X is for detox. Detoxification is a basic principle of natural health. Any program of restoring the health and balance of the body includes getting toxins out of the body. You may wonder why detoxification is so important. A few toxins here and there are not the issue. It is the accumulation of them over time because they tend to store in our fatty tissue because the body cannot eliminate them without some help.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. All around the town. Everywhere you go. It certainly seems so. From a sleigh at Sam’s Antiques to goodies at The Coffee Mug. From Market Square to Mason Garden Market. WhipperWheel to The Cotton Patch. The Mason Jar to Mason County News. Sandstone Cellars Winery. Benjie’s Books & Gifts. At dark, the square lights up. The tree of lights blazes at Heritage Park. Resplendent night. Star light, star bright. Christmas Christmas everyw ...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
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 not be held Friday December 19th, 26th, and January 2 but will return to it’s regular schedule on January 9th. NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. Salvation in Death by J.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
By the time you read this, Christmas will be only a very few days away and all the activities and hectic lists to complete will be nearly over. I hope that you have had a few minutes to pause and enjoy the joys of this season and I pray that in the next few days you have the time and pleasure of creating memories with your family and loved ones.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
It is very cold and still dry on this Monday morning. Continue to pray for rain and rely on God’s grace to supply all of our needs as we come to Christmas day and the end of the year. My daughter, Lisa Howard in Baltimore, will celebrate her birthday on December 21st.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
THE IDLE AMERICAN The More We Change… Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Column #294 for Release Saturday, December 13, 2008, or Later When my mother held strong beliefs, she did so with the tenacity of a bulldog determined to remain in custody of a bone until the final growl. Her approach was better suited to the 20th century, when her reversals of opinion—however few—were accompanied by “wall-eyed fits”—the kind Wall-Eyes throw when snared on the losing end of a rod and reel ...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
From out of the past I hear the gravel voice of Ole Louie “Satchmo” Armstrong singing “Give me a kiss to build a dream on and my imagination will thrive upon that kiss”. I first used that phrase some ten or twelve years ago while writing an article based on recollections of picnicking on the San Saba River during the 1920’s and 30’s.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
CNN recently honored some people that had given of themselves to others. They referred to them as heroes, and justly so. The people they were honoring came from all over the world. They were helping folks in New Orleans rebuild; treating AIDS in Africa; digging irrigation wells in South America.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Deadline Friday, Dec. 19th For E.M.S. Fundraiser! By Judy H. Uherek This Friday, December 19th, is the deadline for making your donation to the annual Mason County E.M.S. fundraiser, called “Operation Christmas Greeting”. A full-page “Community Greeting Card”, with an alphabetical listing of all contributors, will be in this paper’s Christmas edition on December 24th. The “Greeting’s” goal each year is to provide funds for needed equipment for our local E.M.S..
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Don't forget that on Christmas day, the biggest family in town is getting together for a free Christmas meal with all the trimmings. The family of Mason, Texas! That's right! We are all a family here in Mason. River of Life Church invites you to celebrate as a family on Christmas day between the hours of 11 a.m.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
The annual Riata Christmas party was in full swing on Tuesday, December 9th at the home of Joan Whitaker. The social committee served as hostesses for a buffet dinner with members also bringing specialty dishes. Twenty-three members enjoyed the feast. Members also brought a Christmas ornament for the traditional Chinese gift exchange under the direction of Santa’s representative, K.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Attention On-Line Gamers!! Compete: Red Alert 3 Tournament This is a FREE event for all. When: Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008 Where: On YOUR computer Time: 10 a.m. How: Sign up by logging onto: games.hctc.net
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
It’s not everyday that a Nashville recording artist visits the little town of San Saba, but that is exactly what happened Saturday, November 22nd at Harry’s Boot & Hat Store. Saturday Rick Trevino made an unexpected stop at Harry’s when visiting his friend Brad Williams. Harry’s has been undergoing renovations for the last several months and this last month Harry’s revealed its new Boot & Hat Store with food, live entertainment and giveaways.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Are you affected by someone else’s drinking? Dreading the holidays? Does your holiday cheer turn into drama and disaster? Alanon can offer help and support. You may think that excessive drinking is just a fact of life for your husband, wife, father, mother, sister, brother, friend, or relative and nothing can be done about it.
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News
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas - Game wardens in the Special Operations Unit of Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments Law Enforcement Division have arrested six men and executed two search warrants as part of Operation Texas Shuffle, a year-long investigation into the black market deer trade in Texas. Our focus here is stopping two main areas of criminal activity: deer being brought illegally across state lines, and wild deer being illegally laundered into deer breeding facilities, said Col.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Members of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club gathered at Willow Creek Cafe on the square in Mason on the evening of December 8 to celebrate Christmas. Hostess of the event, Julia Pepper, welcomed all in attendance and introduced musicians Petra and Daryl Watson and Don Bradshaw. Each one attending was then asked to introduce himself or herself and tell a little about where they live, etc. Edna Earle Benton distributed bells on cords to hang around each one’s neck.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
A recent visit by Tony Plutino to White’s Crossing brought both discouragement and encouragement. Discouragement as he encountered strewn and piled litter, followed immediately by encouragement as he glanced some anti-litter and stewardship signage that somebody had hand-crafted with TLC and placed in a high visibility location. He then realized that the litter pile had been gathered as part of a large litter pick up and that the signage was likely placed by the same person or persons respo ...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, December 9th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 37 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors was 1 Mason High School Senior, Lydia Bjork. Lion Kendall Hemphill was responsible for the program and Eldon Kothmann introduced Mary Hemphill who spoke about the Mason County Historical Museum.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
(Mason-Llano), Dec. 16, 2008 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that it will conduct a Request for Referendum Dec. 8, 2008, through Jan. 2, 2009, among eligible producers and importers of hogs, pigs, pork, and pork products. This process will determine if producers want a referendum on the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order, commonly known as the Pork Checkoff Program.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
After Dad died, I was encouraged to write a book about him. I finally did. It’s about Heaven, but centers on Dad since he’s currently there. Glimpses of Dad in Heaven will be out this spring. Now I’m working on a second book which will focus on Dad as a coach, teacher, counselor, and encourager.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Many of the female newcomers to Mason County in the past ten years have been welcomed in a manner some of you might not be aware of. I am exposing a kind deed because a “Thank You” is due to those who have provided this “Welcome” and for you to know who some of our newcomers were at this year’s event. Those who have lived here for a while know that Mason County has been ‘gifted’ with two ladies who say they have been friends since the 5th grade and it is these two who have been h ...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Janice M. McBride passed from this life into the next, Friday December 12, 2008. Services were at 10:00 a.m. Graveside at Pioneer Cemetery in Graham, Monday, December 15, 2008, followed by a memorial service at Morningside Baptist Church. Dan McBride, pastor of Morningside Baptist Church officiatee. McMillan - Satterwhite Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Juanita Flores, of Mason, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2008, at the age of 76. Juanita was born December 8, 1932, in Austin, Texas, to Juan and Josephine Rodriguez. She was one of 13 children. She married Juan Flores on April 4, 1969, in Plains, Texas, and they lived there until moving to Mason in September 1982.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Esta Marie Bush Capps, of Pontotoc, passed away on Friday, December 12, at the age of 91. Esta Marie was born on May 8, 1917, in Mason County to Jack Bush and Mary Elizabeth Fergison Bush. She graduated from Hutchison High School in Pontotoc and on January 15, 1938, she married Carlos Capps.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Cathy Jo Haney passed away Thursday, December 11th, at the age of 35. Cathy is survived by her husband, Robert H. Haney; 3 children: R.J., Amber and Brittany Haney, all of Fredericksburg; parents: Jerry and Patsy Baker of San Antonio; brother: James Baker and his wife Terry of Kingwood; mother-in-law: Kay Haney of Fredericksburg; father-in-law: Preston Wagner and wife Cardella of Kerrville; and uncle: Dan McClanahan of McQueeney.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
Addie Lorene Scantlin age 94, born on December 19th, 1913, went home to live with her Lord and Saviour on December 16th, 2008. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leonard Schuessler, her husband Cecil Scantlin and her son, Timothy Scantlin, and a son-in-law Lloyd Allen. She is survived by two sons, Leonard W.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
The Mason Punchers traveled to Cross Plains for a basketball tournament and had a good showing placing second in the tournament. In the first round Mason would face Rising Star who would start the game and finish the game with exceptional full court pressure. Early in the game the Punchers would struggle to break the full court press, but as the game went on and adjustments were made Mason began to score more and more lay ups against the pressure.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
The Punchers traveled to Eldorado Monday to take on the Eagles. Eldorado jumped out in the lead early leaving the Punchers behind in the first period by the score of 5-10. The Punchers finally settled down and started to play some very good defense and by half-time lead 15-11. In the 3rd period, the Eagles took advantage of several Puncher turnovers and once again took the lead 21-23.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008
7th grade girls played Eldorado over there taking a victory 23 to 16. 8th grade girls also with the win 24 to 17. District record: 7th girls 3-1 8th girls 4-0 Last night here at home the Cowgirls defeated Menard. The girls played a great game. The girls were combined last night because Menard only brought one team. Score: 24 to 18 Record standing: 7th girls 4-1 8th girls 5-0 Everyone have a great holiday. Coach Ragsdale