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May 13, 2009 Issue
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Important Update as of May 15th!!! Change of venue! Mason County Habitat for Humanity will heed the threat of rain and is MOVING the Spring Benefit Fundraiser to the Community Building at Mason's City Park! Each aspect of the event that guests are normally accustomed to will carry over to the indoor environment very well...it just will be under roof, instead of the open skies of our central Texas Hill Country! Again, the event will be held this Saturday at the Community Building from ...
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During Monday's regularly scheduled meeting of the Mason County Commissioner's Court, Sheriff Buster Nixon discussed the ongoing problem of having to handle loose livestock around the county. A look at the Sheriff's 911 call report on page 5 of this issue reveals that the Sheriff's department spends an inordinate amount of time putting up livestock that have gotten through fences and on to public roadways. Sheriff Nixon explained that, in many instances, it is the same livestock or same group ...
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This Sunday afternoon, May 17, at 2 p.m., plan to attend the annual historical symposiumsponsored by the Mason County Historical Commission. The subject of this year’s symposium is “German Immigration into the Texas Hill Country”. We are pleased tohave as our speakers this year Paul Burrier, from Leakey, and Billy Mohr, from Menard.
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Texas AgriLife Extension and FSA are partnering to hold regional meetings to explain new programs added by the 2008 Farm Bill. Programs to be presented are the ACRE Program, Payment Eligibility, Adjusted Gross Income provisions, SURE Disaster Program (for yield based crops), Livestock Indemnity Program (for animal death losses), Livestock Forage Program (livestock feed program), NAP, and the annual DCP farm program.
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The Mason County Historical Society is issuing a call for volunteers and donors to help with two new projects at Fort Mason. The first is the construction of a level area to be used for reenactments and other outdoor presentations. The second is the furnishing of a period bedroom. These improvements are intended to make the fort more attractive as a tourist site and more functional for living history events. The society’s plans call for a sandstone retaining wall to be built on Post Hill wes ...
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, May 5th 2009, for its monthly business meeting. There were 34 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Among the visitors were 0 Mason High School Seniors. Lion Gene Gammill was responsible for the program, and the monthly business meeting. He gave the financial report and board meeting minutes.
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Esmeralda who? Obviously Spanish is my second language. Esmeralda is Spanish for emerald. Got that right. But it ain’t the right name for the plant with yellow flowers. That would be Esperanza. Well, they both start with an E. And then an s. Esmeralda Esperanza. What a pretty name. Muy bonita. Except the similarities stop there. Esmeralda is emerald. Esperanza means “hope” or “expectation.” So maybe there’s hope for my Spanish. Best not have any expectation. The plan ...
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To one and all…rich and poor, small and great, young and old, I Vicki Ritter, 2009 Eckert James River Bat Cave Steward, extend warm greetings. Yes, I have the grand privilege of being your host at the greatest event on earth, the emergence of the Eckert James River bats. This event is offered Thursday-Sunday nights from 6-9 p.m., from May 14th through about the middle of October.
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“Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her.” Proverbs 31:28. Hope you had a great Mother’s Day! Summer must be here. It sure feels like it with all of the high temperatures and a small promise for rain.
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Sugary Drink Overload It’s time to address America’s hidden drinking problem - the rivers of sugary soft drinks, juices, and other beverages we guzzle daily. This is something my husband I discuss almost daily- his vice is Dr. Pepper and he doesn’t drink near enough water. The only way I can get him to drink it is by having a pitcher of sugar free drink (like Crystal Light or Kool-Aid, but we use the generic) in the fridge at all times.
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A-Camping We Will Go… Column #315 for Release Saturday, May 9, 2009, or Later Much is heard these days about “faith-based” initiatives. At the risk of tackling a topic that may seem “mighty churchy” to some, I submit to you that an ongoing effort of thousands of churches centers on camps. Most of them focus on children/teen programs that have been around for several decades.
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On my monthly trip to Fredericksburg to satisfy my Wally World craving, I saw a sight that was really a life’s story. There were peddlers, but they were in the marked shoulder of the highway. However, ahead of them was a big John Deere tractor, with its flashers going. With enough room to go around the peddlers and the John Deere, I saw another couple of peddlers just ahead of the BIG John Deere tractor.
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My wife and I recently spent a weekend in Rockport, Texas, which is very similar to regular Texas, except it’s damper and windier, and smells like fish. There is a very good reason for this, but I can’t remember what it is. We go to Rockport as often as we can, which is not really all that often.
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On Monday June 8, the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library will have an open house to kick off the start of student summer reading. Showcased will be dozens of new Junior books purchased with a generous donation from the City of Mason. Watch for more information (a really neat prize is involved). Summer is a busy time at the library.
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Family Values The following thoughts on family values is intended —(hopefully) to direct the thinking of parents toward the importance of home discipline (a course in which my father majored and taught quite forcibly.) ******** One could well believe that as there were changes in family values there were also cultural changes which added their influence to the downfall of the American family.
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Insomnia plagues many of us. With some, it is chronic, with others it is a short term. There are many causes. Among these are stress, indigestion, mineral deficiency, hormone imbalance, too much caffeine, prescription drugs, etc. Restless leg syndrome is a common form of insomnia. In many cases, it is caused by a pH imbalance in the body and can be helped by supplementing a balanced calcium/magnesium formula.
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I've written before about my fascination with gadgets and technology. At that time, I made no bones about my being a big ol' nerd. This last weekend, I proved it once again. Peanut's wife, Rosemary, had run to Lubbock with her mom for the weekend. Since Peanut's mom is in Fort Worth, and my mom is gone, we decided to sneak away on Sunday afternoon and see a movie over in Fredericksburg. Not just any movie, mind you.
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Letter to the Editor An Open Letter to the Citizens of Mason and Visitors, from the Board of Directors, Ft. Mason Golf Association We need your help in two areas related to the Comanche Creek Golf Course. 1) Citizens and visitors to the area are using the golf cart trails on the course as walking paths.
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\Sunday, May 17th, 2 to 4 pm, High School Gym Mason Puncher Youth Football will be holding skills evaluation, weigh in, and registration for the upcoming 2009 TYFL Season on Sunday, May 17th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the High School Gym. All youth wanting to play for the Mason Punchers Youth Football teams and are entering the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades next year are encouraged to be there.
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Pat Ruiz, director of the Mason Puncher Band, has informed the News that they will have their banquet on Monday, May 18, at the MISD cafeteria. The banquet begins at 6:00 p.m., and this year's guest speaker will be Mr. Ken Hall of Fredericksburg. The following information is the bio that will be used to introduce Mr.
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On Thursday, May 14th, The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 will have its regular meeting at 7:00pm, The American Legion Post Hall, 237 Post Hill [behind the Jail]. All members plus friends, family, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend. Officers will be elected and plans for the Memorial Day Ceremony, scheduled for Monday, May 25th, will be discussed.
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Mason Charity Quilting Bee will meet for a work day Thursday May 14 from 9 am- 3 pm at St Paul Fellowship Hall. Bring your sewing machine and a sack lunch and join us. Come when you can leave when you must. For information call Joan Williams at 347-6974.
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The Hill Country Quilt Guild invites you to our 10th biennial Quilt Show, “A Pigment of My Imagination.” Presented at Schreiner University’s brand new Mountaineer Fitness center in Kerrville on May 22 -24, the 2009 show will feature over 200 quilts, many by internationally known and award winning quilt artists.
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The Mason FFA Officers are pleased to announce its first annual "Service Week". Service week is an entire week where the Mason FFA will be giving back to the community. Beginning on Monday 18th, ag students will be collecting clothes to give to the Medina's Children Home and to Hospice, Tuesday May 19th, FFA Students will be washing windows around the square.
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If your child will be attending Pre-Kindergarten NEXT school year (August 2009), please remember to come by the school anytime between 7:45 am and 3:45 pm to register your child. The following are the guidelines for registering your child for Pre-K: · Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st to attend Pre-K.
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Children of all ages One Day Only!! Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 from 9:30-11:30am and 1:00-3:00pm. DSHS Clinic 1004 S. Bridge St Brady, TX 325-597-0550
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The May meeting of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club with be held on the 18th at the Richard Eckert Civic Center at 2:00 p.m. The program will be about the conservation of water resources. Tanya Lamoreaux will be hostess. Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend. The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club was organized in 1941 and is an award winning member of the Alamo District of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs which is a part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs headquartered in ...
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This year’s Llano County Beef & Range Field Day is set for Thursday, June 4, 2009, to be held at Chanas Ranch and the Llano American Legion Hall. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Llano American Legion Hall parking lot; coffee and donuts will be served at this time.
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The Fredericksburg Chorale will present a Spring Concert on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15, in the fellowship hall of Zion Lutheran Church located at 426 W. Main. Both concerts will begin at 7:00 p.m. The concerts are open to the public - reservations are not needed. Donations will be accepted.
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The Hilda Community Club will meet this Friday, May 15th. If you are able, meet at 5:00 p.m. to help with the highway clean-up. We will have our usual covered-dish meal at 6:30 p.m. Connie Witt is host for this month.
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Beth Williams guitar and vocal students each gave a solo performance at the Riata luncheon. Pictured are Faith Ingracia, Haley Burton, Coby Velez, Maddy Anderson, (2nd row) Clairissa Orta, McKenna Johnson, Shelby Comey, (back row) Bailee Everett and Beth Williams. Photo by May Orta.
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The Mason High School junior class travelled to Center Point, Texas, May 6th for an enjoyable afternoon with the authors of the novel Same Kind of Different as Me. The students read the book earlier in the year in Mrs. Glendene Underwood’s English class. At the presentation, the authors, Ron Hall and Denver Moore, discussed the evolution of their life experiences together and how it became a heartfelt bestseller.
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With the closing of the Mason Care Center coming Friday, three of the most faithful visitors and entertainers performed for the residents on April 27. Left to right, Earl and Judy Koch are accompanied by Jerry Carlman. It was Jerry’s birthday, but he made time to play a few of the favorite songs of those who will be relocated in the near future to other facilities.
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4-1-09 @ 10:45pm- Noise complaint- Deputy Feuerbacher responded to the 500 blk of Robin St 4-2-09 @ 12:36am- Open door- Deputy Feuerbacher responded to the 200 blk of E College St @ 6:37am- Grass fire- Chief Deputy Carson and the Fire Dept responded to Centennial Springs Rd @ 9:06am- 911- EMS responded to the 800 blk of Wheeler St @ 1:08pm- Loose cattle- Sheriff Nixon responded to RR 1222 4-3-09 @ 12:34pm- Emergency message- Chief Deputy Carson delivered message @ 8:26pm- Noise comp ...
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A Third Blessing Sent From Above Ashleigh Johanna and Kaelyn DeeAnn Odom adore their new baby sister Rylie Campbell Odom. Rylie was born on January 23, 2009 at 7:04 a.m. in Grapevine, TX. She weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. Rylie is the daughter of Aron and Fritzie Odom of Keller, TX.
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County ballot item to raise the sales/use tax by one half cent, from 0.0775 cents to 0.0825 cents. For 162 Against 35 City, District 1, to fill unexpired term. Jared Carter 50 John Schafft 10 School, Single Member District 4 Shannon Worrell 36 Gigi Duarte 10
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Weston Bauer and Ashlyn Brandenberger traveled to Coleman with Kristy Powell, FCS Extension Agent, to compete in the District 4-H Consumer Decision Making Contest. This is a project where 4-Hers learn more about being wise consumers. Ashlyn was the 7th high individual in the contest, which involved youth from 21 area counties.
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First Grade A Honor Roll Adams, Emma Airheart, Karma Armstrong, Jesse Bailey, Tristen Bauer, Walker Bierschwale, George Whitt Cope, Alexandra Halliburton, Kayla Jordan, Rylan Joy, Brianna Klaerner, Klay Montoya, Kyle Perlichek, Grace Reardon, Aaron Shoemaker, Zane Wartenbach, Jessica AB Honor Roll Ake, Kenzie Balderas, Joel Doss, Kelcey Fisher, Hannah Fluhmann, Annissa Gentry, Tristan Hanscheck, Courtney Hyatt, Clay King, Mitchell Mendoza, Jessie Pinter, Elijah Wi ...
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Head Start Herrington, Annabelle Martinez, Anastasia Olvera, Juan Pre Kindergarten Waite, Jatelyn Kindergarten Haley, Mason Joy, Avery Keller, Tristin Lemke, Caroline Lemke, Catherine Ortiz, Gabriel Ragsdale, Walker Silerio, Kaelee Spencer, Ty Valdez, Jose First Grade Armstrong, Jesse Doss, Kelcey Fisher, Hannah Fluhmann, Annissa Hyatt, Clay Joy, Brianna Perlichek, Grace Shoemaker, Zane Second Grade Baltierra, Victoria Burleson, Jerry Hite Ellebracht, Brianna Gain ...
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The San Saba High School Alumni Association will hold its 5th Annual Meeting at the High School Cafeteria on Saturday, May 16th at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will include reports from several committees as well as the election of directors and officers. The meeting will be followed by a luncheon catered by Boney and Clauds.
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On May 7, Lois Durst celebrated her 96th birthday with a little help from a few friends. With the closing of Mason Care Center, Lois has moved to the Brady West Care Center in Brady. Three of her friends from Mason drove over with birthday cake and gag gifts, and were joined by Betty Meyer who lives at Rochelle.
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Victor Martinez, senior at Lehman High School, could probably choose any career he wants. In high school, the academic and extracurricular accolades abound for him. College holds a bright promise. Victor chooses to be a teacher. He testified to this on Wednesday, in front of Hays CISD’s 20 Teachers of the Year, who were lauded with a banquet sponsored by the Hays CISD Education Foundation. “I have the upmost respect for the hard work that goes into teaching,” he said.
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Mary “Frances” Durst, of Mason, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in San Antonio following a bout with pneumonia. She was born June 30, 1924, in Rosebud, Texas, the second child to Hubert Greenual Johnson and Angie Reagan Johnson. The family was living in London, Texas, when she met her future husband, Homer Durst, and they were married August 31, 1940.
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Richard Eugene Casey was born April 19, 1956, to Loren and Mary Jean Casey in Decatur, Illinois. He passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2009, in Mason, Texas. Services are scheduled for Saturday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m. in the Mason Funeral Home Chapel. He graduated in 1974 from Stephen Decatur High School.
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James Edward Grohman, of Austin, passed away on Thursday, May 7, at the age of 64. James was born in Bastrop, Texas, on December 14, 1944, to Clarence Grohman and Ida Goertz Grohman. He was raised in the Rockne area near Bastrop. On August 9, 1969, he married Patricia Stahl at St.
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Pageland- Mr. Thaxton, 85, died Friday, March 27th, 2009. He was the son of the late Lamar and Ora Ketherine Mattern Thaxton. Mr. Thaxton was predeceased by his son James D. Thaxton. Calvin was an Air Force Veteran and the owner/operator of Thaxton Insurance Agency. He was a past Deacon and Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Pageland and a 50 year member of the Masons.
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Eighteen month old Summer Brianne Holt passed away at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas on Thursday May 7, 2009. A visitation was held from 6-8 Sunday May 10, 2009, at the Gentry Funeral Home Chapel in Mason, Texas. Funeral service was held Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:00am in the Gentry Funeral Home, and at 4:00pm., at Lord's Old Time Gospel Church, of Breckenridge, TX.