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January 28, 2009 Issue
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On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, members of Mason's Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 160 held their yearly meeting at the Mason National Bank. They were joined by Hochheim District Director, Randy Leifeste, Hochheim underwriter, Kristin Marak, and Jocelynn & Kendal Hemphill of Hemphill Insurance. Current officers and directors for Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Branch 160 are President Mary Hemphill, Vice President Arleene Gammill, Secretary Thom Canfield, Director Jan Appleby, & Director Al Dr ...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
The Odeon Preservation Association Board of Directors hosted the first in a series of mixers in November, during the busy Thanksgiving weekend, to announce to the community, the upcoming plans for the new improvements slated for the treasured 80 year old Odeon Theater. Around 65 community members were able to break away from their Holiday commitments to join the board at The Square Plate for wines generously donated by Sandstone Cellars and heavy hors d’ oeuvres donated by Tres Lunas Catering ...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
During the regularly scheduled January 19th meeting of the City of Mason, several guests offered their comments about proposed rules for the use of the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center. More specifically, they were offering comment on allowing the serving of alochol at events held at the facility. Several speakers suggested that many of the events at the Civic Center were wine and cheese type events, and banning alcohol would eliminate its use for those functions.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Last year, approximately $20,000 was raised by the local relay events. Since that time, the group has helped numerous Mason residents fighting cancer. The funds have helped with medications, gas, hotel costs, vehicle maintenance, electric bills, dental costs and groceries. All of the money raised by the Mason Cancer Relay goes directly to help Mason residents, except for a 10% tithe to the American Cancer Society.
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The Mason Study Club will host a Chili Lunch fundraiser on Friday, February 6. The event will be held on the south side of the courthouse lawn between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. We have lots of great cooks that will be preparing homemade chili, cornbread, cookies and brownies. The food will be wonderful, the chili will be warm and the desserts will be delicious.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Bluebonnet CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mason, Menard, McCulloch and Kimble counties is having their first annual “Hearts for Hope” dinner and dance on February 7, 2009. The event will be held at the Old Peanut Mill Steakhouse located on Hwy 87 in Mason. The ticket price for the event is $50.00.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle By David Wroblewski Published by Eccobooks (2008) $25.95 Hardback I think I could kill a person much more easily than a dog. But I work in retail. And I’m not really a good dog owner. I don’t mean that I’m neglectful or abusive I just mean that I spoil my dogs and am a terrible trainer and disciplinarian.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Currey’s Fabrics. Even the sign is made of fabric and hand-sewn. R. Grosse & Sons. Mason National Bank. The Commercial Bank. Donop’s Feed Store. Oldies but goodies. Been around forever. Or so it seems. And all of ‘em still going strong. The United Methodist Church. St. Paul Lutheran Church. St. Joseph Catholic Church. Art Methodist Church. Both church and buildings prevail. After decades and decades. Then there’s Mason Church of Christ. Not a new church by any means. ...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
They wore ragged coats, this pair of college administrators, poring over the ledger as the final flickering minutes of the fiscal year faded away. Weary of cost-cutting measures, they’d turned off the heat to save money. The cold north wind whistled through crack-plagued walls. Feverishly, the business officer made final entries before shouting the good news to the little school’s president.
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Born in the Indian Territory that was to become Oklahoma, Will Rogers was raised as the only surviving son of a wealthy rancher. However, Will didn’t want to be tied down to ranch life so he worked some as a cowboy, entered rodeos, broke horses, joined a Wild West circus and wound up on the stage of the Ziegfeld Follies with his roping act.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Mental Clarity and Memory are two things that most people assume that they will lose with age. Many people suffer memory loss due to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain. The brain along with every other cell in the body is fed by our blood, the “life” of the body.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Born in the Indian Territory that was to become Oklahoma, Will Rogers was raised as the only surviving son of a wealthy rancher. However, Will didn’t want to be tied down to ranch life so he worked some as a cowboy, entered rodeos, broke horses, joined a Wild West circus and wound up on the stage of the Ziegfeld Follies with his roping act.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
For a two person household, Z and I are really “Trashy!” Z told me, “I think that trash comes in during the night, after we go to bed.” It’s really in all the packaging of “Stuff!” Food, comes in boxes, that have bags inside of them. However, to get them home, you have them stuffed into bags.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
How do we catch salmonella? Food Safety Basics I am back to work in Mason and Menard Counties (after 2 months off on maternity leave- baby Brooke and I are doing wonderfully!), so if you have a question or concern or you need a program, you can find me back at the Extension office.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
The cold weather has changed to warm for a few days and it sure is nice. The heavy fog in San Antonio this Monday morning makes us hopeful that rain will come soon with spring. Continue to pray for rain. There are three birthdays for Art people on the first day of February: Nea Young, Tina Sanders and Marian Leifeste.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Like every other family in America, we got a Wii for Christmas. A Wii, for those who have managed to avoid the trend, is a video game machine that allows you to engage in traditional outdoor activities, such as golf, tennis, bowling, boxing, etc., in your living room, provided your living room is the size of a regulation gymnasium. The way this works is you have these handheld remote control devices, and you swing them around as if they were the handles of traditional game items, such as gol ...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Let's ignore the fact that I worked marketing software for years. Ignore, also, the years I spent with my own technology company. Strip all that away, and the sad picture that remains is that I'm a big old nerd. In Sunday school two weeks ago, we learned that we were short several of the study Bibles we were using because response to the class had been so good.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Editor: Yesterday, to help a friend settle an estate, I spend several hours in Mason trying find someone who had moved from there 5 years ago. Although the task was not easy the time spent there was wonderful. I thank everyone I came in contact with for their gracious hospitality and generous help. From the gals at the county clerk’s office to the gals in the Chamber and the employees and customers at Willow Creek Cafe and employees and customers at almost every shop around the square, ev ...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Dear Gerry, We are well aware that Mason is fortunate to have an excellent school system. We have many outstanding teachers and administrators that truly care about their students. The mentor program works directly with Jeff Grote, a counsellor that we would like to recognize. He does an outstanding job of working with students that are being mentored as well as many other students at Mason ISD.
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Events
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
The Mason County Cancer Relay will hold its preliminary team meetings on Thursday, January 29th at the Coffee Mug at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this meeting if they would like to have a team at the Cancer Relay, or if they are simply interested in learning more about the organization and the annual event.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
The Foundation for Rural Service is hosting the 2009 Youth Tour of Washington, D.C., on May 30 – June 3, 2009. This year Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HCTC) will sponsor two (2) participants on this tour. As a sponsor, the Cooperative will pay all travel expenses (airfare, lodging and meals). Youth tour participants will receive a first-hand glimpse on the critical role that telecommunications plays in rural America as well as how the legislative and regulatory decisions made i ...
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(Kerrville, TX) – When Cupid shoots his arrow for a romantic evening with the someone special in your life…Cupid is always looking for ways to make the event passionate, tender, and affectionate. The phrase “It takes two to tango” might be your answer to making this Valentine’s Day an exceptionally good occasion. The tango evokes intrigue, fascination, and passion…the raw energy and knife-edge precision of one of the most powerful dances from Buenos Aires.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Lambda Omega Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society will meet February 2nd at 5:00 p.m., Monday, in the homemaking lab at Mason High School. Members and guests are invited to a friendship tea, and fellowship information about the organization. Former members and interested teachers are welcome.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Annual Gulf Coast Grape Growers’ Field Day on Feb. 6 in Cat Spring, about 75 miles west of Houston. The field day will be held at the Cat Spring Agriculture Society Hall, located at 13035 Hall Rd. It will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. with activities taking place from 9 a.m.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
BROWNWOOD – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Brown County will conduct a free Advanced Rainwater Harvesting Program at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Brown County Fairgrounds Home Economics Building on U.S. Hwy 377 South in Brownwood. Topics will include designing rainwater-harvesting systems for wildlife, landscapes, livestock and home use.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
The Fredericksburg Chorale Mid-Winter concert will be held at St. Joseph’s Hall located at 212 W. San Antonio St. on Saturday, February 7 at 3:00 and 7:30. The Concert, “Festival of Psalms” will feature the League of David, Rainbow Sounds - the children’s choir of Zion Lutheran Church and the Fredericksburg Chorale.
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The Home Economics class taught by Mrs. Jennifer Brinlee made quilts for the children of Bluebonnet CASA. Shown presenting them to CASA director, Nancy Holt, are Leticia Jaramillo, Bianka Martinez and Tiffany Martinez.
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Rosemary Davis was the reader at last Friday's Story Time at the Mason County Library.
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The Mason County Democrats sponsored an inaugaral gala at the Coffee Mug n' More on January 20 which was well attended by Mason County residents, including, left to right: Manny Silerio, Christina Landsborough, Debbie Owen, James Morris, Cindy Morris, Gene Zesch, and Thomas Fikes.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, January 20th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 37 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Lion Lyle Johansen was responsible for the program and introduced Buster Nixon, Sheriff of Mason County, who spoke about his first few days in office. Buster said that he had been very busy since taking office the 1st of January.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009 • Photos
Anyone who has been into Market Square or Coffee Mug n' More and looked through their selection of 2009 calendars could not help but notice the beautiful offering from the Hill Country Alliance. What they may not have known is that two of the photos on the calendar are by local resident, Lawrie Airheart. One image is of a barn and wildflowers taken on Red Lane, while the other is of a sunset and windmill overlooking the north side of town. There were over 400 entries in the contest to be se ...
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Reggie and Cindy Loeffler would like to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Shanna Loeffler to Zak Price. Zak is the son of Tom and Holly Price of Montgomery, Texas. Shanna is employed with Hill Country Community Action on Aging and Zak is employed with Jordan Cattle Auction. The couple is planning an April 11th wedding.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
The Dean's List for the 2008 fall semester has been announced at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The honorees include the following from the Mason area: Ashley N.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Cahan Felts, Mason High School graduate, has been named a Distinguished Student for the Fall 2008 semester at Tarleton State University. The distinction is the university's way of honoring academic achievements and recognizing the student's importance to the campus. Felts is the son of Rusty and Cathy Felts of Mason.
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Michael G. Campbell, M.D., has joined the medical staff of Hill Country Memorial Hospital. Dr. Campbell is a part of Pedernales Medical Group where he is associated with Pamela Cantu, M.D.; Nancy Thompson, M.D.; James Partin, M.D.; and Felice Howard, M.D. Dr. Campbell’s specialty is OB/GYN, including post-menopausal management, hysteroscopy, larparoscopic procedures, surgical and non-surgical treatment for urinary incontinence, gynecological evaluation and surgery, and high-risk obstetric ...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late yesterday, Ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee Frank Lucas (OK-03) named Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) Ranking Republican on the Specialty Crops, Rural Development, and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee. “I am pleased to announce these new leadership posts for the Committee. All of the Subcommittee Ranking Republicans are seasoned members and strong advocates for American agriculture.
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Local artesans John and Welda Armour presented an interesting and eye opening program at the January 19 meeting of Mason Bluebonnet Study Club held at the Mason County Library Stribling Room. The couple displayed small furnishings and pieces of art created from “scrounged” wood and old furniture that was being discarded by the owner.
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J.C. Rumbaugh, 79 of Georgetown, was received unto the Lord on January 12, 2009, at his home. Rev. Don Ledbetter and Rev. Joel Rumbaugh officiated at the funeral service at Heritage Baptist Church, 1601 FM 971 in Georgetown, at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 16, 2009. Interment followed with full military honors in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Jean Horton was called to home to be with her Lord on January 22, 2009 at the age of 78. She was born on September 22, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas to Roy Charles Clarence Leifeste and Martha Katherine Tadlock Leifeste. Jean graduated from Brackenridge High School and went on to become a Registered Nurse from Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.
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Sports
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Lots of basketball for the 8th Grade Punchers this past week. Mason traveled to Llano last weekend for the Llano Invitational. The Punchers took on the Llano team for the first game. Llano’s victory sent the Punchers to take on St. Andrews in the second game. Llano won the first game 9 to 54, and the Punchers were defeated in the second game 20-42.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
With two games left in district play, the 8th grade girls are undefeated. Mari, Alexa, Margaret, Amber, Michaela, Catherine, Jacie, Karina, Heather,Kristin, and Cayla are having a great season. Last night at home, the Cowgirls beat Irion Co. for the second time 25 to 6. This week we have the district tournament with all the teams split into a pool play situation which will determine the first place team over all.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Opponent: Eldorado (1/20) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final Mason 9 11 14 10 - 44 Eldorado 8 8 8 18 - 39 Statistical Leaders Points Jacob Bibb - 10 Ethan Hudson - 9 Chance Stockbridge - 8 David Mora - 6 Austin Trip - 5 Team Record: 11-3 Next Opponent: Menard (1/23) * A good rematch with Eldorado, as we played them earlier in the year in their tournament. They always play hard and have good athletes, but our offensive execution and defensive pressure ended up being the di ...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 • Posted January 28, 2009
Opponent: Menard (1/23) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final Mason 11 12 12 4 - 39 Menard 2 5 4 6 - 17 Statistical Leaders Points Ethan Hudson - 7 Jake Newsom - 5 David Mora - 5 Team Record: 12-3 Next Opponent: Miles (1/27) * We played well from the beginning, capitalizing off turnovers. We also shot better from the outside, which helped against the zone defense of Menard. Another good win in which everyone contributed.