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February 25, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
Mason’s Cowgirls have gone much further since this picture was made just after their Bi-District win over Evant in Marble Falls on February 17th. On February 20th, the met up with Mart in Lampasas for the area playoffs. They won that game, 57-50, earning a spot in the regional quarterfinals which are being played at press time (Tuesday night) in Llano.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Even as the City of Mason is still taking filing applicants for two seats on the City commission, yet another will come open on March 1st with the resignation of Eloise Burges. During a special called meeting of the City Commission on Monday, Mrs. Burges presented her resignation to the Mayor and other commissioners, and explained that she had been offered a job opportunity in Colorado that she and husband, John, felt was to enticing to ignore.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
During their second regular February meeting, the Mason County Commissioners' Court made the decision to seek an additional half cent in sales tax revenue to help fund EMS and medical services in the county. The Court had discussed the issue at length during their February 9th meeting, so discussion was a bit more limited time.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
The Mason County Historical Commission was established in 1967 and is a member of the Texas State Historical Commission. The Commission is made up of eighteen members and meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Stribling Room. Members of the Historical Commission are appointed by the County Commissioners.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
As you have been hearing on the news, the Astros and Rangers have headed to their respective Spring Training locations to get started on the 2009 season. Well, a lot closer to home, the Mason Punchers had their first official complete team practice Wed., Feb. 18. Coach Smith and Coach Ragsdale have had about 30 players showing an interest in playing baseball.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, February 17th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 31 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Lion Rich Shoemaker was responsible for the program and introduced Sheryl Burleson who spoke about a proposal to build a covered pavilion at the Elementary School for the lower grades to use for their P.E.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
LEASE HEL KEEP THIS PARK LEAN That’s what the sign says. Exactly. Over there at Comanche Creek Park. It’s a sign worth contemplating as one sits at the picnic table. Eating one’s hamburger from Northside Café. Maybe a cheeseburger. Maybe with fries. Or fried pickles. Maybe not. An interesting sign, to be sure. Glancing around, I’d say that park is very lean. So somebody’s been doing their job. Then there’s the signs at Cooper’s BBQ. On the front of the buil ...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
For weeks, I’ve been wondering about the “Pink-Jersey Cow Deer Blind,” that is just before you turn right on Ranch Road 1723! It’s the Feed Store Advertisement! Sure, gets your attention. Thought it could be a little girl's tree house at first. It’s just one of those things that got my attention, but by the time I drove four miles up the road I’d forget to ask Z what it was.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
It is a beautiful, dry Sunday afternoon. Continue to pray for the rain we so desperately need. All of God’s creatures need rain. I missed some birthdays and an anniversary last week. So, a belated happy birthday to Jordan Hoerster on his 2nd birthday on February 22nd. The Sam and Maribelle Hoerster must have had a great party on Sunday.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Supermarket Savings: Tips that Total Big Bucks It's possible to save money shopping for groceries without cooking everything from scratch, packing your purse with coupons, or purchasing foods in season. Here are 16 easy tips that can total big bucks. An example is given for each with the potential savings from: (1) spending less and/or (2) avoiding uneaten food (and lost grocery money).
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
\What Goes Around, Comes Around… Column #304 for Release Saturday, February 21, 2009, or Later William Shakespeare, brilliant playwright who went through enough quills to start a feather duster factory, got it right with his oft-quoted line in King Lear. “Uneasy rests the head that wears the crown,” said the bard of Avon about this time four centuries ago. The line rings the bell of truth yet today.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
My friend, Steve LaMascus, recently sent me a quiz with the title ‘High School Exit Exam’ at the top. It said I needed to correctly answer four of the ten questions to pass. So I took the test, partly because I like a challenge, and partly because I don’t think my local high school principal, Casey Callaghan, wants me back in school.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Days of the Sharecropper One morning at coffee, Ole Whatshisname asked me why I didn’t write something about the days of the sharecropper. “The primary reason I suppose would be that I don’t know enough about that subject to write an intelligent article” I replied. “You do know what a sharecropper is don’t you?” he asked. “Oh sure” I said, “I am familiar with the concept because in the 1920’s and 30’s I had relatives who were sharecroppers.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
The thyroid gland is the body’s internal thermostat, regulating the temperature and controlling how quickly the body burns calories and uses energy. If the thyroid is overactive and secretes too much hormone, the condition is known as hyperthyroid. If the thyroid is underactive and secretes too little hormone, the condition is called hypothryroid. Hypothyroidism affects about 13 million people in the United States.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
I have had quite a few inquiries on bullying lately, so I thought an article or two might be helpful. Bullying has been around, and will be around for a long, long time. Some say that it is just normal pecking order behavior that we see in all other animal species, and it should be left to sort itself out.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
One of the city activities of each spring is the election process for choosing our city leaders. Each year two of the seats for City Commissioner are up for election and this year Commissioners will be elected for District 2 and District 4. This regular election is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, and at this time we are in the middle of the period for filing as a candidate for those seats, with a filing deadline of March 9.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
For over a year now, I've watched as our economy has first slipped, then slid down the tubes. What began as a "downturn" became a precipitous drop. Then, it turned into a free fall. I was amused to read a headline from a neighboring paper that called it a "Perceived Economic Slowdown."
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Dear Editor, Subject: Pet Owner Responibility Eva Tannehill made some very good points in her letter last week. My wife goes for a walk 3 times a week, and she has had to change her walking route 3 times to avoid encounters with unleashed dogs that she percieved to be a threat to her safety. I would like to expand on Ms.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
There will be a benefit held at Mason Community Center at Mason City Park on March 6th, 2009 to raise money to help with medical expenses related to upcoming back surgery for Alyssa Bertrang. Alyssa is the daughter of Cindy Bertrang. Alyssa is a 12 year old 7th grader at Mason Jr.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
Guess what happens in March? The Steady Steps Spring Fundraiser is Saturday, March 21. Please mark your calendars for this special date- it will be fun!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
The annual meeting of Gooch Cemetery Association will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mason National Bank Community Room. The public is invited to attend.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Spiritual Director, Rev. Suzanne Brantley will present a Bible study throughout the season of Lent at Hilda United Methodist Church. The first session will begin Tuesday, March 3rd and will continue each Tuesday, through March 31st, a total of five sessions meeting at 6:30 p.m. The study will begin in Genesis viewing the world as God intended it, and then as it is after the introduction of sin.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
The third and fourth grade classes at Mason Elementary will be taking reading and writing portions of the TAKS test (respectively) on March 3, 2009. To help them prepare, there will be a pep rally on Monday, March 2nd (also Texas Independence Day) in the Elementary/Junior High gymnasium. Festivities begin at 2:30 p.m., and parents (and supporters) are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
The Fredonia Community Association will have their Pot Luck Supper February 28th at 6:30. The meeting will begin at 6:30 followed by the Supper. Those interested will have the opportunity to play forty-two or cards. Be sure and bring your cards or dominoes. Our meeting agenda is: Reading minutes Treasury Report Report of work in progress Plans to dispose of unwanted rummage sale items Set date for election of new directors Discuss revised by By Laws Spring Fund Raiser Please come a ...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
The Mason Country Opry will be held on Thursday, February 26, at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets will be available at the door. Chuck Jennings, from the Tony Douglas and Boxcar Willie Shows will be the featured entertainer. Jennings honed his interest in music by listening to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night after working all week in the family saw mill.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Nationally acclaimed caricature artist Gene Zesch will be on hand at Whistle Pik Galleries Friday, March 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. as part of First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg. An exhibition of his work in wood and bronze will be featured and guests will have an opportunity to visit with Mr.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
The FAAHC is sponsoring a “Classical Chalk” Pastels Workshop in mid-March. The workshop will be given by Mason’s own, Dr. Robin E. Clark, and is scheduled for March 13th and 14th in Mason County. This is the second workshop sponsored by the Hill Country Fine Arts group and it is open to members and non-members. Dr.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
Scrape your knee . . . put a band-aid on it. Cut your finger . . . put a band-aid on it. Get diagnosed with cancer . . . there aren’t band-aids big enough. Treating cancer is a journey of endless doctor visits, painful treatments and what’s considered good days and bad days.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
Barbara Pluenneke was the last Friday's reader at Story Time at the Mason County Library. Story Time is held most Friday's at 10:00 a.m, and all children are welcomed to attend.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
KNEL disc jokey, Tracy Pitcox, was Thursday's guest speaker for the Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Tracy is also well known to Mason because of the Hillbilly Hits radio program, and his country oprys in Mason and Llano.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
The Cub Scouts dropped by the Mason County News last Friday afternoon to learn about how a newspaper is put together. The young men along with leader, Sam Martinez, went through the entire process of taking a photo, pulling it off the camera, editing it, dropping it into the layout software, then finally, converting it to a digital production page.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Mason County Habitat for Humanity volunteers and supporters are gearing up to welcome the return of the RV Care-A-Vanners to Mason! This year, the traveling volunteers, who crisscross the country contributing labor on Habitat houses, will be here in three phases. The first group will arrive this weekend for a three week build; the next two will extend the ‘speed build’ into mid April, at which time Mason’s house #7 will be nearly complete!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
(Austin) Court Appointed Special Advocates™ called on Texas lawmakers for money needed to recruit and train volunteers who will serve an additional 4,000 Texas foster children. CASA leaders say they know money is tight, but in tough economic times, more children are abused and neglected and will enter the foster care system, increasing the need for CASA volunteers to help them. Bluebonnet CASA of Mason, Menard, McCulloch and Kimble Counties and other programs around Texas strive to provide a ...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
Girl Scout Troop #5080 participated in World Thinking Day with other troops from Mason last week at the James P. Eckert Civic Center. Their chosen country was Greece, and the girls demonstrated a native dance to the other troops who participated including D’Ann Stahl’s Daisy Troop who performed “London Bridge is Falling Down”, Julie Gillespie’s Brownie Troop leading in “The Macarena” and Suzanne Bjork's Cadette Troop who taught the popular “Cupid Shuffle.” World Thinking Day ...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
The Mason Jackson black families lived across the Comanche Creek in the Northwest part of town. The following story is from a recollection of Sandy Mason Miller. Grandmother Matt washed everyday for either her own family or for different people in town including Judge McCollum, Earl Waller, Dr. McCollum and other from town who needed their laundry to be done.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
Author Lisa Wingate was special guest speaker at the February 17 meeting of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club held in the home of Mary Hemphill. Surrounded by the beautiful antique book shelves that line one wall of the front room of the building which serves as a bed and breakfast as well as private residence, the author recounted some of the history of her newest series of books set in the Texas hill country fictional town called Daily.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
Chamber of Commerce president, Teresa Walker (at right) presents a special honorary award to Wendy Hudson. Mrs. Hudson is the owner of Marker Square, a former chamber director, and has, for many years, been the sponsor of the Mason County Roundup Court.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
San Antonio, TX – The Junior Market Steer Show selected Limousin Breed Champions February 18, 2009 during the 2008 Stock Show and Rodeo. Sierra Martin, 12, of Mason, Texas and the Mason County 4-H Chapter captured the Breed Champion award with her 1355 pound steer, “Big Red.” She likes to show several other animals and would one day like to attend Texas A&M University. Reserve Breed Champion honors belong to Daylan Brooks, 9, from La Vernia, Texas and his 1339 pound steer, “Bombshell. ...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
Justyn Tedder showed the Reserve Champion American Breed Cross steer at the 2009 San Antonio Livestock Exposition. Being a Reserve Champion, Justyn recieved an $8,000 scholarship. The steer was raised by Beverly and Jay Lee Marek. Seen in the picture are Justyn and Grandad, Jay Lee Marek.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
SEGUIN – Feb. 23, 2009 – Texas Lutheran University student Kaleb Schmidt of Llanowas recently named to the university’s Dean’s List for the fall 2008 semester. Dr. Mark Gilbertson, interim provost, announced the Dean’s List at the conclusion of the fall 2008 term to honor those students who maintained a grade point average of 3.5-3.99 with a minimum of twelve graded hours during the semester. Schmidt, a business major, is the son of Kalyn Winn and Sid Schmidt.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Peaceful Hills Ranch, Art, Texas, has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association® for having 3 registered Angus cows included in the Association’s 2009 Pathfinder® Report. Only 2,284 of the nearly 33,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year’s report, according to Bill Bowman, chief operating officer and director of performance programs of the Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The Pathfinder Program identifies superior A ...
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News
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Governor's Division of Emergency Management Tornadoes can strike day or night any place at any time of the year. Learn the signs and take action. • Tornadoes happen most often in spring and early summer. They often strike in the late afternoon or early evening when temperatures are highest. But they can happen anywhere-any time of day-any season of the year.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
State of Texas Office of the Governor As anyone ever caught in a Texas downpour can tell you, the weather in Texas can change in an instant. These changes can cause unpredictable and severe weather, which can strike anywhere, at any tome and with little to no warning. From thunderstorms to tornadoes to lightning strikes to floods, the spring and summer months are especially prone to severe weather conditions.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
Ida Mae Weyand was called to her eternal home on February 21, 2009 in Brady, Texas. She was born in McCulloch County on June 26, 1919 to Emmett Monroe Bratton and Ida Mae Kidd. She was in the LWML in the Luthern Church, a school teacher and a dorm director at the South West Texas University.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Rudy Martinez, of Mason, passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at the age of 45 after a 15 year battle with cancer. Rudy was born in Mason on December 9, 1963, to Casimiro and Consuelo Martinez, the second of four children and the only son. He graduated from Mason High School with the class of 1983 and was a lifelong Mason Puncher fan.
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Sports
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Goldthwaite 2 0 0 2 0 0 - 4 4 6 Mason 6 2 3 0 2 1 - 14 6 8 Goldthwaite JV: Lara, Melton (3), Parrish (3) and Valencia Mason JV: A. Trip, Hamilton (4), Bjork (5) and Adams 2B: Mason- Adams Comments: The JV Punchers started the 2009 Baseball Season with a big win over the Goldthwaite Eagle JV team 14-4.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
Opponent: Christoval (1/30) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final Mason 13 6 12 6 - 37 Christoval 4 10 9 6 - 29 Statistical Leaders Points Chance Stockbridge – 16 Ethan Hudson - 6 Jake Newsom - 4 Jacob Bibb – 4 Season Record: 18-3 (9-0) * We closed out our season in fine fashion. We played very hard and despite some cold shooting, were able to finish our season with a win. I would like to thank all of the players for all of their hard work and dedication.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
The 8th Grade Boys Basketball team finished out their season this past Monday when they traveled to Miles for a 6:30 tip-off. The Punchers fell behind early in the first period, down 2-7, but battled back before the half with Miles leading 10-17. In period three, Mason tacked on eight more points to the Bulldogs eleven.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Goldthwaite 0 5 0 0 1 - - 6 4 4 Mason 4 11 0 4 - - - 19 14 2 Goldthwaite:Gonzales, Perez (2), Smith (4), Philips (4), and Philips (4), Smith Mason: Villareal, Yonker (2), Kruse (4) and Timms HR: Mason- Yonker and Villareal 2B: Mason- Timms ,and Hudson 2 Comments: The Mason Punchers started the 2009 Baseball Season with a bang beating the Goldthwaite Eagles 19-6.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009 • Photos
This shot of the Cowgirls, just after winning the area championship, came in just as we were heading to press. Top row left to right: Lauren Keith, Madison Stewart, Paige Blair, Ellie Blair, Havana Schmidt, Tantha Lange, Lyndsi Clark and Jaci Draper. Bottom row: Shayla Estes, Hillary Bibb, Courtney Ake and Jessica Bibb.