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February 10, 2009 Issue
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
After months of discussion and a great deal of input from the community, the City of Mason finally approved the usage guidelines for the new Richard P. Eckert Civic Center during their February 9th meeting. The contentious point had been over allowing the serving of alcohol at functions held at the Civic Center.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009 • Photos
The Mason County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner Banquet is slated for February 19 at the Mason ISD Cafeteria at 911 W. College. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with an exciting night of awards and the traditional Gerry Gamel slideshow. Mason always looks forward to this night when we review the accomplishments of the last year and honor those who have worked for Mason’s success.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Sheryl Burleson is offereing, at no charge, weight lifting classes at the River of Life Church five days a week. Because of high demand, several days offer two different classes. The schedule is: Monday - 8:00 a.m. Tuesday - 4:00 & 5:15 p.m. Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. Thursday - 4:00 & 5:15 p.m. Saturday - 8:00 & 9:00 a.m. For more information, call Sheryl Burleson at 347-0204 or 347-7707.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
During their first regularly scheduled February meeting, the Mason County Commissioners' Court began making plans for their newly purchased courthouse annex. The annex, formerly the old post office building on the southwest corner of the square, was purchased by the county last month in anticipation of the need for office space if the county gets a courthouse restoration grant.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
On March 19, the Mason Square Museum, on the north side of the courthouse square in Mason, Texas will present a new exhibit, Mapping Texas and the NewWorld 1595-1905. Beginning with maps as early as 1595 by Magini and Porro, the display includes early cartography showing the shores of the new world only a hundred years after its discovery.
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The Mason High School students who are studying Spanish are practicing up their dance steps for the Latin Social to be held on Thursday, February 12th, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Coffee Mug 'n More. For a very nominal $10 donation, there will be Tango and Salsa lessons from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., with the actual dance following from 6:00 till 9:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Zyflamend is a trademarked product made by New Chapter. While I normally do not write about a specific product by a specific maker, Zyflamend is a notable product because of the clinical studies using the product on certain cancers. Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center has tested Zyflamend on early stages of prostate cancer.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, February 3rd, for its business meeting. There were 36 members and no visitors in attendance. "Boss Lion" Denwood Butler was responsible for the program and Sec./Tres. Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. A report on the Pancake Supper was given, and our profit was not as good as usual, but the club will give 2-$500.00 scholarships to two seniors this year as in the past.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Food. To some, a four-letter word. Or mantra. To others, a love-hate relationship. Food. No matter how you cut it, slice it, dice it, or fry it… We just can’t live without it. Like air. And water. And love. But food appears in so many different forms. From frijoles to Fritos. The very word itself gets around, having roamed from Latin. (According to trusty Webster.) Pastor, pabulum, pascere. Meaning, to feed. To pasture cattle. From there it grazed its way from the Bible ( ...
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
The Ad’s the Thing… Column #302 for Release Saturday, February 7, 2009, or Later It takes a monumental event like the Super Bowl to spotlight clever ads. When the TV network can sell a full regimen at $100,000 per second, creative juices at advertising agencies flow like raging rivers roaring down the mountains at spring thaw.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
When was the last time we had a good rain? Well, put on the waders…tennis season is back and that usually guarantees some precipitation. We hosted 7 tournaments last year and had rain delays on each. With the country side being is such dire need of a little moisture, the team anticipates breaking out the squeegies as they kick off the first of six high school and Jr.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
June "teenth" was a time of fun and celebration for the Mason-Jackson black families who lived across the Comanche Creek in the northwest part of town. (The negroes of Texas have always celebrated that date, June 19, as their "Emancipation Day," because word came to Galveston June 19, 1865, that slaves were free.) The following story is from a recollection of Sandy Miller. A big barbecue dinner at noon was to be held.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
There are several places around town that you can see the results of the work and activities of the city crews over the past few weeks. Comanche Creek is much cleaner and the creek bed is cleared so that the next rain will have a clear path through town, and in the future we will work to get all of the debris removed or burned and out of the way.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. Open the eyes of my heart. I want to see you Lord. I want to see your face! I just came home from a beautiful experience on “The Road to Emmaus.” And I saw the face of God in so many fine people. I can’t stop smiling.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
How to Get Quality Sleep: Tips to a Good Night's Sleep Let's face it, sometimes getting enough good, quality sleep can be difficult. A baby awakens you (can you all see why this might be on my mind?); your spouse is snoring; you're caring for others in your home; it's hot and humid; the stress at work is keeping your mind running in circles, etc.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
I started to think on Friday afternoon about what I was going to write about this week. No matter how many times I went to the bathroom, no subject came to mind. But, this all changed when I arrived at the house. Winds were blowing up to thirty-five miles per hour and the house was open.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
“When you take care of yourself, the world is going to function better.” quoted by a world renowned yogi master. What is yoga? Yoga originated 5000 years ago in India and is practiced by more than 40 million Americans today. Yoga does what nothing can. Yes, this is no exaggeration, just a fact.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009 • Photos
My friend, Ray Scott of Alabama, who started the Bass Angler’s Sportsman’s Society, is one of the most lively, fun people I’ve ever met. A couple of years ago he became an honorary Texan at an annual meeting of the Texas Outdoor Writers Assn. This was largely, I think, because of his concept for scattering the ashes of cremated fishermen over their favorite lakes.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
The Front Porch Driving south on China street the other day and passing the house where we lived when I was seven years old I noticed a man and woman sitting in the shade of their front porch and enjoying a cool southern breeze. If my memory serves me correctly the house looks about the same as it did in 1918; however; great changes have been made in the fenced in back yard which at that time consisted of a barn, a cow lot, chicken pens and a garden.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Sweet Potato Biscuits and Honey Butter These little biscuits are good for at least two different meal times: breakfast and supper. If you make them late in the day, they’ll make a great side to whatever the main meal might be. Take ‘em right out of the oven and let each person slather them with butter.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Sometimes, you just feel good about life. Over the last week, for some unexplained reason, I've just been in a pretty good mood. Last weekend, Peanut and I went out to Sean and Terri's on Friday and had a great time with them. Then, on Saturday, I went to the Bluebonnet CASA fundraiser at the Old Peanut Mill.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Dear Gerry, I would like to commend Bluebonnet CASA, it's Board members, volunteers, staff and Texas CASA for all their hard work and dedication that made Saturday night's Gala such a wonderful event. I would also like to commend the communities of Mason, Menard, McCulloch and Kimble counties for their tremendous support.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Dear Gerry, I am writing this letter in response to Tommy Newsom’s letter to the editor printed last week. In his support of his position to keep the new civic center alcohol free, Mr. Newsom lists numerous alcohol related incidents that have occurred in Mason. He then goes on to say that those wanting to partake of alcoholic beverages should do so at the community center or the Old Peanut Mill Steakhouse as there is “plenty of room for drunken brawls in their parking lots.” Given th ...
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Editor: An Open Letter to Dr. Chris Avery, Chairman, Board of Trustees; Dr. Michael Williams, CEO; and Dr. Jose Lopez, Chief of Staff; Hill Country Memorial Health System, Fredericksburg, Texas: As a lifetime resident of the Texas Hill Country, I cannot help but take offense at your organization’s latest advertising campaign in the city of Llano.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
To the Editor: On behalf of the Bluebonnet CASA Board of Directors, I want to extend a huge thank you to Mason County and community for your overwhelming support of Saturday’s Dinner, Auction, and Dance. Your generosity and good spirit are most graciously appreciated! Your gifts along with the work of the BBCASA’s Mason County Friends insure that dozens of abused and neglected children from this area will continue to be served by the wondersul volunteer advocates who give so generously o ...
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Events
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009 • Photos
On Friday, March 6, The Odeon Preservation Association will begin hosting musical concerts once slated for the Willow Creek Ranch House Concert Series. Dennis and Kay Evans have invited back to Mason Tish Hinojosa for the opening of the Odeon Theater Concert Series. So, if you missed her the first time, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
The Mason Charity Quilting Bee will have a work day Thursday February 12 from 9-3 at the St. Paul Fellowship Hall. Bring your sewing machine and a sack lunch and join us. Anyone who quilts or would like to quilt is welcomed. For more information call Joan Williams at 347-6974.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Are you ready to do some home improvements around your home or hunting cabin?? Do you have a shed, garage or barn you have been meaning to clear out of building material clutter?? Mason County Habitat for Humanity is here to help! The local Habitat affiliate is getting ready for the giant home improvement sale of the year!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Llano Main Street, the Llano Chamber of Commerce and the Llano County Journal are sponsoring the 4th annual Desserts of Llano. The event will be held Saturday, February 14 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. They have eleven participants that will be serving their specialty desserts at various business locations in town.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
On Thursday, February 12, 2009 Mason Elementary will have a 3rd grade TAKS Reading parent meeting at 5:15 in the library and a 4th grade TAKS Writing parent meeting at 6:00 in the library. This meeting was originally scheduled for the cafeteria; however, it has been changed to the Elementary/Junior High library.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
The Hill Country University Center partners will present information about earning a bachelor degree here in Fredericksburg. This session given by advisors from Austin Community College (ACC), Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg, and Concordia University will be held on Monday, February 23 at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. at the Fredericksburg High School Library.
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The Llano Country Opry will stage the Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius Reunion Show on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. There will be two shows with the afternoon matinee to begin at 2:30 p.m. and the evening show starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
The City of Mason will be holding a City Officials Election, Saturday, May 9, 2009. City Commissioner positions up for election this year are: City Commissioner, District 2 and City Commissioner, District 4. Residents of the City of Mason who desire to place their name on the ballot for one of these positions may do so beginning February 7, 2009, until Monday, March 9, 2009.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009 • Photos
Thank you, Mason! You helped us make the first annual “For the Love of Books” Chili Lunch a successful fundraising event. We had a wonderful time serving you and appreciate the support that everyone gave us to benefit the library. This will become an annual event and next year we will include delivery of orders, so that everyone will have the opportunity to eat the great chili, cornbread and desserts.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009 • Photos
Coach Paul Smith, Chase Smith and Ramon Enriquez all met up at the tennis courts over the weekend to work on building the new cement block wall which will help keep rain from flooding the courts. Though not in the picture, Amelia Banner, Michele Smith and several of the current members of the tennis team were also on hand to help out with the all-volunteer project.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009 • Photos
Chama Martin, a 4-H member from Mason, exhibited the Grand Champion Wether Goat in the Junior Wether Goat Show at the 2009 legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo on February 1, 2009. Junior show entries totaled 9,698 at this year’s show which ends February 8. Ryli Ruffin, a 4-H member from Mason, exhibited a First Place Light Weight Fine Wool Wether Lamb in the Junior Wether Lamb Show at the 2009 legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo on January 31, 2009.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009 • Photos
Abilene-Zach Nash of Mason High School has been chosen to participate in the 10th annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Myrle Greathouse All-Star Classic, to be held Saturday, June 13, 2009 in Abilene's Shotwell Stadium. Child of Mark and Judy Nash, He was one of 133 area student/athletes selected for the game, which benefits the Big Country Area Office of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
NEVADA, MO---Elisha Wawrzyniak, daughter of Renee Berens of Mason, Texas, and Nick Wawrzyniak of Skidmore, Missouri, has been placed on the Dean's List for her scholastic performance at Cottey College during the fall 2008 semester. In order to be on the Dean's List, the student's grade point average must be between a 3.50 and 3.74 on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Phillip Burton Maddox, known as “Phil”, “P. B”, or “Berry” age 74 of Kingsland passed away on February 4, 2009. Born on December 4, 1934, in Brady, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father Phillip Andrew Maddox and his mother Emily Capps Maddox, as well as an infant sister Velma Fay Maddox.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009 • Photos
L-R Garrett Silva, Damian Del Toro, Michael Hanscheck, Drigo Martinez, Emilio Palacio, Leret Hemphill, Jason Berreles, Cody Wood, Elliot Bibb, Nicholas Dyer, Coby Velez, Gabriel Lingle, Bobby Liimatainen, Logan Taylor.
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L-R Austin Eckert, Kolten Bankston, Kolby Yonker, Rio Schmidt, John Rocha, Matt Clark, Jacoby Patterson, Forrest Lingle, Brandon McGowan, Zane Graves, Dale Cunningham, Zach Bjork
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Opponent: Irion County (2/3/09) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final Mason 9 23 15 2 - 49 Irion County 8 4 5 4 - 21 Statistical Leaders Points Jacob Bibb – 10 Austin Trip – 8 Ethan Hudson – 7 Chance Stockbridge – 5 Dillon Estes – 5 Jake Newsom – 5 Team Record: 14 - 3 Next Opponent: Eldorado (2/6) *We started very sluggish, but eventually warmed up in the 2nd and 3rd quarter to pull away.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009
Opponent: Eldorado (2/6) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final Mason 17 15 14 4 - 50 Eldorado 8 13 6 13 - 40 Statistical Leaders Points Ethan Hudson - 6 Chance Stockbridge - 13 David Mora - 8 Austin Trip - 7 Team Record: 15-3 Next Opponent: Menard (2/10) * This was our 3rd game against Eldorado, and it was definitely our best. We came out strong and had them on their heels from the opening tip.