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May 20, 2009 Issue
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Mason tennis increased its number of state championships to sixty-seven, more than double the next closest school. The team traveled to Austin with six entries in the tournament. They came home with four championships, one second place, and one third place. The first championship was brought home in boys’ singles by freshman, Matt Banner.
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The 2nd Annual Mason Country Music Fest presented by KNEL is scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd during Memorial Day weekend. The event is sponsored by Mason National Bank, Country Home Health, Tina Hoffman/ReMax, Ben E. Keith, and the Mason County Chamber of Commerce. New to the event this year is the Hill Country Rising Star competition.
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Mayor Brent Hinckley swears in newly elected District 1 City Commissioner, Jared Carter. District 2 Commissioner Anna Velez, and District 4 Commissioner William Beaty take their oaths of office.
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An era in Mason County history is about to be resurrected. 'The Rounders: A country music band born and bred in Mason, will be returning to the stage on Saturday, May 30th, at the Ft. Mason Park Community Building from 8:00pm-12:00pm for the Rounders Reunion II Dance. Come reminisce with 'The Rounders'.
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Mason High School will be sending six students to the state’s top academic competition. Ellie Blair was the gold medalist at regional and will compete in poetry, Silver medalists Havana Schmidt in ready writing and Cristi Slocum in literary criticism along with second place literary criticism team members Bobby Buist, Rachel Collett, and Amanda Hudson will be in Austin on Monday and Tuesday.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, May 12th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 35 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Lion John Copeland was responsible for the program and introduced Nancy Holt, Exec. Director of CASA, who spoke about Bluebonnet C.A.S.A.. C.A.S.A. stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate.
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Cool breeze. Sunday’s blessing. Made itself comfortable and stayed overnight. A welcome guest. Fleeting as it is. Coolness. Mornings. Beginnings. Spring itself. Gone before you know it. Maybe it’ll rain all summer. Though things are green. And growing. And color’s coming on. On the oleander and gaillardia. The persimmon and the pink evening primrose. Winecups and rose bush. Huisache daisy. Red yucca and salvia. Painted bunting. Well, they’re colorful all the time. R ...
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If memories were money, then I would be a billionaire! Others who visit the cave often feel the same. This week there were three generations of a family who showed up and there were smiles on every single face. Grandpa was a retired science teacher who was exhibiting as much enthusiasm as his very young grandson.
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We missed out on the rain but the nights are cool and the days are great. Continue to pray for rain. Wishes for a happy 5th anniversary go to Andy and Brooke Rosberg on May 22nd and happy 15th anniversary go to William and Lisa Howard on May 28th. Have a great celebration on your special day. Continue to pray for Monica Cotter, Anna Grace Durst, Carlita Jordan, Etta Marie Mutschink, Florence Blake, Pearl Leifeste and Jatelyn Waite. Lisa and I went to San Antonio on Friday, picked up her hus ...
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Dinner Tonight What do you have planned for dinner tonight? If you’re all out of ideas, check out this really cool resource that some of my coworkers put together at http://healthyliving.tamu.edu/ . It’s a website put together by Texas AgriLife Extension Service with great meal ideas, demonstrated just for you! You can watch the video and print out the recipe, and even read the agents’ blog with more “tips and tricks” about cooking meals for your family that are heathy and fast, ...
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Murphy’s Law Looms… Column #316 for Release Saturday, May 16, 2009 Years ago, a mayor scurried around the city, reaching hither and yon points with precision-like scheduling. An aura of a “man in charge” fairly glowed as he performed mayoral duties. A morning ceremonial highlight seemed ever so simple. He was to press the button to activate the wrecking ball.
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It’s all about the, “STUFF!” I’ve continued to try to rid myself of STUFF. However, when I weed out the unused and not wanted STUFF, I just go and get more STUFF. I make list after list of STUFF that I want or think I need. Then, when I don’t get the STUFF I want, I get upset.
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This column is intended as a heads up to those Americans who are involved with horses and/or Chihuahuas. Warning: the content of this column is graphic and disturbing, and is not recommended for readers under the age of six, or over the age of one hundred and three. So, basically, it’s not all that graphic.
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The community of Mason is interesting in that it seems to remain the same, and yet we all know that there are constant changes happening all around. Looking around the square you see many buildings that have been standing and occupied for more than a hundred years, and there are a number of businesses that have been serving generations of customers from the same location.
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The Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library will have an Open House at the library on Monday, June 8 beginning at 10:30. Showcased will be many new Junior Classic books purchased with a donation by the City of Mason. Refreshments will be served and a drawing for 4 free tickets to Schlitterbahn Water Park will be held.
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A Conversation With Higgins Blackie Sherrod of the Dallas Morning News once wrote an article about “mind-reading computers” that might one day become realistic. He proposed however, that before using them to read people’s minds that they first be tested on dogs. Now I think Blackie has a good idea there — but where he would test that computer on dogs — I would liked to have tested it our cat Higgins who lived with us most of his lifetime. I wished for such a computer when Higgins ...
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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.
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During Monday night's City Commission meeting, Sheriff Buster Nixon spoke to the group about Sunday evening's robbery of the Dollar General Store. He explained that the incident appeared linked to a series of robberies around Central Texas, all targeting similar stores, and all following the same pattern. The bad news - we had an armed robbery in Mason.
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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was founded as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. The practice of decorating veterans’ graves began during the Civil War and Decoration Day was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic on May 5, 1868.
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Country Music Entertainer Fiddlin Frenchie Burke will headline the Marble Falls Opry on Saturday, May 23. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Theater in Marble Falls. Admission is $10.00 per person and tickets can be reserved by calling (830) 693-9996 or visit www.uptownmarble.com. Frenchie Burke was born in the small Louisiana town of Kaplan, not far from Lafayette.
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Mason’s summer tennis camp has been scheduled for June 15th through June 26th at the Mason School courts. This camp will be for players of all ages and there will be three 1 ½ hour time blocks. Beginners will meet from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., intermediates from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., and advanced from 11:00 a.m.
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INGRAM—Theatre patrons have until May 30 to purchase Point Theatre Summer Season Passes. They are only $30 for three admissions to your choice of “Treasure Island,” “Beauty and the Beast,” or “Greater Tuna.” Customers will save $15 over regular ticket prices with the purchase of Summer Season Passes. New this year is The Point Theatre Children’s Series.
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The Fifth Annual Lamplight Designs Art Competition exhibition opens Thursday at the Coffee Mug ‘n More on the Square. All Mason High School art students will be exhibiting works reflecting a range of medium including painting, drawing, ceramic and collage. The exhibition will run for one week with a reception and awards presentation open to the public on Wednesday, May 27 from 5:30 – 7:30.
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The 2009 Mason Youth Baseball program has enjoyed another successful season. The MYB Board of Directors would like to thank all of the volunteers from the opening Day BarBQue, the coaches, concession stand workers and everyone else who helped throughout the season to make this program possible. The Board would especially like to thank our local businesses for their generous contributions for team sponsorships and banner purchases.
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Deborah Neslage, owner of Designs by Deborah, is announcing the grand opening of her new shop located at 113 E. Main, Brady, on the courthouse square. The ribbon cutting will be May 21st at 10:00 a.m. Deborah and her husband moved to Brady in May 2008. She is a retired insurance agent after investing 26 year in the business.
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Cristi Slocum, Bobby Buist, Rachel Collett, and Amanda Hudson-Literary Criticism; Havana Schmidt-Ready Writing; Ellie Blair-Poetry. Literary Criticism is coached by Glendene Underwood, Ready Writing coached by Kelly Guice, and Poetry is coached by Dawn Hahn.
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A new survey states that Judges rely heavily on the opinions of Court Appointed Special Advocates™ (CASA) when hearing cases about abused and neglected children. “I am gratified but not surprised at the results, said Nancy Holt, Executive Director of Bluebonnet CASA of Mason, Menard, McCulloch & Kimble Counties. “CASA volunteers represent the best interest of foster children in court, added Holt.
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“This place rocks!” These were the words of one of the students as he toured the Mason County Museum. This event took place at the annual mentor picnic which was held Saturday, May 9. Approximately 50 students and mentors learned about Mason county history. The group was welcomed by Delores Keller, who directed the students through several rooms of interesting displays and exhibits.
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“It’s Everyone’s Business” May is Elder Abuse Prevention month and Older Americans Month, and Adult Protective Services (APS) is reminding Texans that stopping elder abuse is truly everyone’s responsibility.  No one knows exactly how many older Texans are being abused, neglected, or financially exploited. Many victims are too embarrassed to ask for help, and their suffering can be shrouded by secrecy. As our population ages, statistics show the problem is a growing concern: nati ...
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Freshmen awarded the Academic Excellence Award were: Row 1 Gideon Gonzales, Jake Newsom, Dyllan Hofmann, Briggs Jones, Matt Banner, Clay Walker, Brodey Taylor. Row 2 Bianka Martinez, Ayla Reyes, Star Longoria, Samantha Jordan, Amanda Hudson, Emily Ellebracht, Kaitlyn Cavness, Caitlin Beam. Not pictured: Bodie Adams, Jacob Bibb, Chance Stockbridge.
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Sophomores awarded the Academic Excellence Award were: Row 1 Lucas Haley, Kason Wood, Paden Hemphill, Garrett Rice, Zach Graves, Matt Hyden, Garrett Allen, Ethan Hudson. Row 2 Jenny Smith, Celeste Hamilton, Yolanda Gonzalez, Makenzie Mitchell, Alex Martinez, Edith Alvarez, Miriah Kidd, Shayla Estes. Not pictured: Tomas Callejas, Kendra Patterson.
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Juniors awarded the Academic Excellence Award were: Row 1 Justin Yonker, Jorge Morales, Joaquin Mejia, Michael McGowan. Row 2 Havana Schmidt, Shayna Myrick, Ellie Blair, Rachel Collett, Hillary Bibb. Not pictured: Virginia Lemke, Gerardo Perez, Michael Vargas.
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Seniors awarded the Academic Excellence Award were: Row 1: Mage Hamilton, Gabe Gonzales, Ryan Schuessler, Orlando Jaquez, Stephen Marquez, Zach Nash, Eugene Martinez, Bobby Buist, Courtland Hemphill. Row 2: Madison Stewart, Shaye Shults, Cristi Slocum, Bekah Caffey, Emily Ruiz, Paige Blair, Jessica Bibb, Lydia Bjork, Amanda Henrich, Denay Baxter. Not Pictured: Rowdy Ake, Madison Burney, Cathleen Castillo, Brittany Estes, Jessica Hoag, John Parker, Adam Timms, Tabitha Zant.
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J.D. and Tami Sanders and Larry and Barbara Brown are proud to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Sabrina Nicole Peacock to Taylor Brandon Brown. The wedding is planned for August 1, 2009 at Bible Baptist Church in Mason, Texas.
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Linsey Ziriax Balmos received her Master’s of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Angelo State University on May 16, 2009. She graduated from Mason High School in 2000 and Texas Tech University in 2004. She and her husband, Scott, live in Blanco where they teach and coach. Linsey is the daughter of Pat and Lisa Ziriax, and the granddaughter of Donald and Patsy Ziriax of Mason and Robert and JoAnn Hooten of Fredericksburg.
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This years Mason County Cinco De Mayo Queens: Duchess- Emily Ortiz, daughter of Alex and Lupe Ortiz. Queen-Jovana Rodriquez, daughter of Ramiro and Raquel Rodriquez and duchess- Kaci Sanchez daughter of Steve Sanchez and Zelma V. and Frank Guerrero. These young ladies and their families raised funds by having bake sales, sock hops, dances, raffles and donations and the girls with the most money raised was crowned Miss Cinco de May at the Cinco de Mayo festival held at Heritage Park on May 2, 20 ...
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Miss Corrie Schulze, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Schulze, became the bride of Mr. Shane Dyson, son of Mr. and Mrs.. Phillip Dyson, on Saturday, May second, at twilight in the historic First United Methodist Church in San Saba. Stuart Beckwith officiated the ceremony. Arriving guests were registered at matching white tables by friends of the bride, Brandy Hyatt Brown and Paige Steenerson.
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Spencer Hemphill is the 3rd generation of the Jamie Hemphill family to graduate from Abilene Christian University. Jamie graduated in 1955; Steven graduated in 1979 and Spencer in 2009. Spencer finished with highest honors. Spencer received the Dean's Award for Community Leadership and also the Honor Man Award. This award is given by the Student Life Committee for exemplary character, outstanding academic achievement and behavior epitomizing the ideal student.
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Six members of the Mason FFA Chapter attended the Hill District FFA Banquet on Thursday, May 14, 2009. The district banquet is designed to promote leadership through participation in public speaking and local chapter representation. Each FFA Chapter is also recognized for accomplishments during the 2008-2009 school year. Mason High School was represented by four chapter members competing in the public speaking event and one in the talent competition.
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KERRVILLE— Sixteen high school graduates from the Hill Country have been chosen to receive scholarships from the Floyd A. and Kathleen C. Cailloux Foundation (the Foundation) of Kerrville, Texas. The Foundation established The Cailloux Foundation Scholarship Program in 2000 to benefit graduating seniors from selected Texas Hill Country high schools.
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TEMPLE, TX—Daniel Haverlah, a member of the Ingram FFA chapter earned high point individual in the FFA division at the State Wildlife Career Development Event held April 14. The event was held at the 7,800- acre Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation and Refuge located near Sinton, Texas. Haverlah earned a total score of 135 out of a possible mean score of 135-150 points.
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San Antonio, TX – Jacob Bibb and Zach Hudson of Mason County, will participate in the Texas Brigades program this summer. They were selected based on their academic records, interest in wildlife and natural resources, and leadership abilities. The Texas Brigades’ mission is to empower high school youth with the necessary skills and knowledge in wildlife and fisheries, habitat conservation, land and water stewardship, team-building, communication, and leadership to become ambassadors for co ...
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With the pending transition of Tarleton State University-Central Texas to the Texas A&M University system, Central Texas College (CTC) will continue to serve students and the community in much the same way it does today once that transition is complete. CTC is not currently a part of Tarleton-Central Texas and will not become a part of Texas A&M-Central Texas (TAMU-CT).
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COLLEGE STATION – The 55th Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled Aug. 3-5 at Texas A&M University in College Station. “Planning committee members from around the state have met with us and helped us put together another outstanding program,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator.
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William Vaughn Armes of Fredonia/Denton, Texas, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2009, in Denton, Texas at the age of 64. William Vaughn was born September 24, 1944, to Roy Armes and Fannie Taylor Armes in Corpus Christi, Texas. He married Janie Thomas on October 16, 1999. He was raised in Fredonia and graduated from Mason High School in 1962.
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The Jr. High Golf Teams traveled last Monday to San Saba to compete in the “Dillo” Invitational Golf Tournament. The Jr. Punchers placed 4th and were lead by Woody Watson who placed 8th, Nick Dyer placed 11th and Rio Schmidt who placed 14th. The other fighting Punchers who participated were Colby Valez, Leret Hemphill, Logan Davel and Michael Hanscheck. The Jr.