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March 4, 2009 Issue
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At last week's Mason County Cancer Relay meeting, one of the new street signs was displayed. There are two of them now and they will hang on Highway 87 coming into town from Fredricksburg and on Highway 29 coming from Brady. The Relay is Saturday, April 25th from 10:00 a.m.
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On Friday, March 6 The Odeon Preservation Association in Mason will bring back 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. Tish is coming all the way from Germany for only a few engagements in Texas before returning to her new home in Germany.
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Mason's Commercial Bank will be showing in March, the weird and wonderful art of Nan Loeffler. Meet and visit during a reception March 12 from 12:00 to 3:00. This exhibit includes mixed media, ceramics, collage and etc. in addition to her art metal and jewelry. Please keep in mind that she taught in middle school and considers a hammer torch a great way to de-stress.
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The Odeon Theater will begin hosting a series of musical concerts as part of its fundraising campaign starting this Friday at 7:00 p.m. with renowned performer Tish Hinojosa. There will NOT be a movie performance that evening. Guests may reserve a seat for a $15 donation to “Concert” and send it to PO Box 1599, Mason, TX, 76856.
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Sometimes, the easiest things to do are the ones that have the problems! Such as the case with the two photos from last week's coverage of the Chamber Awards Banquet. We are rerunning these two corrected versions, and hope they are entirely accurate this time.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, February 24th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 32, members and 1 visitor in attendance. Lion Bruce Lehmburg, was responsible for the program and he spoke about some interesting facts about the 1500's that he had collected off the internet. These facts explained the origin of such savings as "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water", "Raining cats and dogs", also the reason a bride carries a bouquet of flowers, why a class of people ...
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The Theory of Light & Matter By Andrew Porter Published by University of Georgia Press (2008) $24.95 Hardback Back in the day, junior high to be exact, a sort of traveling museum came to our school. This particular display of artifacts and whatnot apparently had something to do with science for it was during science class that we got to partake in the ogling of these really old things.
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March marches in. And time marches on. This coming Sunday we spring forward. And turn our clocks ahead. Seems like we just turned them back. Seems like I just got used to it too. March. Its birthstone is aquamarine. If you’re modern. If you’re traditional, it’s bloodstone. Sounds ominous. Turns out, it’s green jasper with bright red spots. Once called the martyr’s stone. Legend had it Christ’s blood dripped on the stone beneath the cross. Thus, bloodstone. In India, ...
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Happenings in Vegas… Column #305 for Release Saturday, February 28, 2009, or Later It was an attention-getter for sure, the headline about the convention and visitors authority flying a “small town” to Las Vegas for a stress-relieving vacation. Sure, thought I, envisioning make-believe communities like Broadway’s Brigadoon, Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, or perhaps Mr.
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Will Rogers the Cowboy Philosopher In the past few months I have given you three columns with Will Rogers as my main attraction. Today’s column will carry the last of my Rogers commentary as I download (computer palaver) the balance of data I have gathered on this rather remarkable man. William Penn Adair Rogers was born to Clem Rogers, a successful rancher, on November 4, 1879, in the Indian Territory that would later become the state of Oklahoma.
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By our simple definition of bullying (behaviors that consist of intentional torment of another, over time, in an attempt to dominate that person), we could all agree that it is wrong. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, or how old you are, it would still be wrong.
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The thought of parasites tends to make most of us queasy. However, they are one of the most commonly overlooked causes of health problems today. Parasites are actually very common in nature and more common in humans than we would like to think. Approximately one half of the population of the world carries at least one form of parasite.
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There’s an old saying, “Getting the ox out of the ditch!” This was when folks didn’t go to church on Sunday, due to the fact that they pushed the ox in the ditch on Saturday! Another saying, “When the cat’s away the mice will play.” Well, the ox in the ditch was in there for maybe two weeks and the only time I can actually get things done around the house is when Z’s gone.
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These cold mornings make it nice to stand by the wood stove and wish that you did not have a thing to do. And then, the warm afternoons come and you remember all of the things that you need to do. So, get busy. Spring is just around the corner and surely that rain will come.
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Saving $ on Groceries, Part 2 Staple food stock up. Invest in staple foods when they're on sale. Buying a boatload of bananas (and other perishable foods) isn't a very good long-term investment. Stocking up on staple items such as reduced-price canned tuna or tomato sauce can be. Remember to check expiration dates.
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Last week, I received a letter in the mail from the San Antonio Express-News. The letter explained that their costs had risen considerably, and they would be raising subscription prices. Two days later, the daily newsrack price went up to $1, and the Sunday edition went up to $3. By the end of last week, the Express-News had cut 30% of its staff in an effort to staunch the red ink that has become part and parcel of the daily newspaper industry.
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Last weeks paper carried a letter about too many pets. How about one on too many deer? I live not far from the street that carries a lost of traffic, especially school children. Everyday about dusty dark the deer start coming in from the West. South there are 2 vacant lots, as it gets darker more deer stand waiting.
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Dear Editor, It appears that the topic of pet owner responsibility really struck a chord with several residents. It’s Saturday, and I’ve already gotten letters, phone calls and email messages in which many instances of thoughtless pet owners are detailed. In each instance, the pet owner has been contacted and some attempt has been made to get the owner to step up to their responsibilities, and in each instance, the request has been ignored. In an attempt to learn more about what City Ordi ...
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Dear Gerry, This is an edited and abridged version of a letter I have sent to our City’s Commission, Administrator, and Attorney. I sent the letter after reading of the recent, physical injuries suffered by Eva Tannehill during an attack by a loose dog. Many times in the past we have called to report nuisance dogs.
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Steady Steps provides full day, year-round care for infants and young children. The center is open to all families and depends on support from caring persons to operate. Upcoming fundraisers are: March 7 Charity Golf Tournament and March 21 Donation BBQ Dinner & Auction.
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The City of Mason will begin accepting applications for early ballot by mail beginning March 10, 2009. Applications for ballot by mail may be made to Pattie Grote, P.O. Box 68, Mason, Texas 76856. The applicant must state in which district he/she resides and at least one of the following reasons: 65 years of age or older, disability, religious belief, confinement in jail or expected absence from the city on Election Day, Saturday, May 9, 2009.
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The U.S. Census Bureau will offer people the opportunity to receive part-time employment through jobs available with the 2010 census on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009. The Census Bureau will offer a session involving a test to serve a position to help take the population count for Mason County next year.
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Mason ISD is accepting nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program. Mason ISD provides a program for gifted and talented students that will enable them to have opportunities to: A. Explore their own unique abilities; B. Develop creative and cognitive thinking processes; C. Make a positive contribution to their own education and to society; D. Fulfill their learning potential. If you are interested in having your child nominated for the screening and identification process for the Gif ...
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Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours will headline the Llano Country Opry, on Saturday, March 7, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are available at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Llano or by calling (325) 247-5354. If Ernest Tubb is the King of Honky Tonk music, then Lucky Tubb is surely the Prince.
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The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold its next meeting on Monday, March 9, in the Striegler Military Complex at the Heart of Texas Historical Museum. The meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. Julie Harrison of Mason will present a special program.
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On Tuesday, February 24th, the Riata Service Organization met at the home of Barbara Young with Beth Reardon serving as co-hostess. Mayor Brent Hinkley welcomed and spoke about present and future projects for the City. Questions from members were graciously answered. After enjoying refreshments, the business meeting was called to order.
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Dedicated to the many unanswered questions from too many forgotten Victims A young man spoke to me today Asking me why he had to die this way. Lying on the ground covered in his own blood A mother and fathers bundle of love. The young man was dead when I arrived But his voice from beyond beckoned “ Why Trooper Why?” I searched for an answer one was not to be found, What could I say to this boy on the ground? “Why can’t I move?” “Why am I so cold?” “Why can’t I li ...
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The board of trustees of Mason I.S.D. held their regular meeting for February on Wednesday, February 25. The following agenda items were covered during that meeting. Mason ISD Daycare - Brooke Rosberg and Amy Brooks presented a needs assessment for a school sponsored daycare. Information from their recent visit to Lago Vista ISD was shared.
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Joe David Parks is pleased to announce the birth of his little sister, Lindsey Cate Garner, born on Friday, February 20th at the Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg. She weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and was 20 inches long. Her proud parents are Barry and Angie Garner of Brady.
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Gene and Linda Geistweidt are proud to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Sherry Nell Geistweidt to Mattson Lee Schmidt, son of Richard and Debra Schmidt of Mason. Sherry is a graduate of Mason High School and will graduate from Texas Tech University in May. After graduation she will continue her education to obtain a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
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Amanda Marie Riley and Landon Arlis Loeffler wish to announce their upcoming wedding which will be held on March 21, 2009, at the Hilda Methodist Church in Hilda at 3 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following at the Hilda Community Center. Friends and Family are welcomed to attend.
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Major Larry Brown (United States Marine Corps), at right, has been notified of a promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is the son of Larry and Barbara Brown of Mason, shown with him during a recent flight to Corpus Christi. Larry pilots the MV-22 Osprey and will deploy out of New River, NC, this May for the Middle East.
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Mason High School graduate, Tana Dockal, recently received the following otification from Texas A&M. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hereby congratulate, Tana Campbell Dockal as a recipient of the Distinguished Student Award in recognition of academic excellence for the Fall 2008 Semester. This is reserved only for those students who achieve a GPR of 3.50 or better.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 • Posted March 4, 2009
During their February 26, 2009, meeting, the Mason County Grand Jury returned thirteen indictements. Hugo Balderas - 3 counts of sexual assault of a child John Lance Bailey - 2 counts of burglary of a habitation, 4 counts of burglary of a building Steven James Byrd - 2 counts of burglary of a habitation, 4 counts of burglary of a building
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Grace Cavaness, of Kerrville, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2009, at the age of 84. Mrs. Cavaness is survived by four children: Clifton Cavaness of Lockhart, Larry Cavaness of Mason, Betty Andacrews of Kerrville and Velma Gierisch of Mason as well as by one sister, Ruby Head, of Florida.
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Tahama Robbins, of Mason, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2009, at the age of 85. She was born July 29, 1923, in Fort Worth, Texas, to William and Oma Keith. She married Byron Robbins on August 29, 1940. Byron worked in the oil industry and they moved a lot with his job before settling in Midland.