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July 1, 2009 Issue
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Mason County Habitat for Humanity president, Paul Branch, presents house #7 homeowner, Wendy Fisher, with a Bible, or the "owner's manual" during dedication ceremonies Sunday.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
The Great American Jackass Race t-shirts are now on sale! You may purchase your shirt at the Mason County Chamber of Commerce on the northeast side of the Mason square for $15.00 each. The tee shirt style that was sold last year will be available again this year. The Great American Jackass Race will be held on Saturday, July 11th during Mason’s 45th Annual Roundup Weekend.
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When most Americans think of the 4th of July, they think of hot dogs, fireworks, patriotic songs and going to the lake or beach. Few of us, probably, take time to reflect on the sacrifics made over two centuries ago that have enabled us to live our widely-envied “American Way of Life.” The United States of America began as thirteen different English colonies established along the eastern seaboard during the 17th & early 18th centuries.
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The Mason County Livestock and Wildlife Protection Association had a drawing for a Savage 22-250 rifle with a custom camo scope. All members who had paid their dues by April 1st were eligible for the drawing. Winning the rifle was Willeda Rea, from Art. Willeda has been a member of the association since 2003.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Come join us for Independence Day on Saturday, July 4th from 12:00 - 6:00 at the City Pool. Even though this is a regular swim session time, water games will be included for an afternoon of fun. There will still be times of “free swim” and all kids are welcome to participate in the games.
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LONGVIEW, TX – Steve Hemphill, son of former Mason Mayor Jamie Hemphill, will be at the Mason Puncher football stadium on Saturday, July 11 beginning at 2:30 pm for a pre-release event for his new book, My Search for the Real Heaven. Compelled by the untimely death of Mayor Hemphill in August of 2000, Steve began an intense study of his father’s new home.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
This year’s Fair will be held on Saturday, July 11th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn. There will be many outstanding, quality craft booths with items such as children’s clothes, flip flops, hand bags, T-shirts, jewelry, western art and furniture, iron art, candles, sensy candles, paintings, pottery, birdhouses, rifle/ fishing rod/guitar stands, mesquite items, stained glass, computer bags, notebooks, chairs, etc, etc, etc.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
The weather continues to be hot and dry and there seems to be no end in sight. I want to thank all of our city residents that have voluntarily adopted the alternating days for watering your yards and landscaping. The willingness you have shown has been noticed, and although we continue to monitor and have concerns about the capacity of our local water system, we have only occasionally seen the radical demands that can occur when too many people all need water at one time.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, June 23rd, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 30 members and 6 visitors in attendance. Lion Curtis Schulze as responsible for the program and introduced Vickie Ritter, the Bat Steward, who spoke about the Eckert James River Bat Cave. Vickie said the Bat Cave is not the largest cave in Texas, but evidently it is one of the most popular.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Welcome, July. Pant, gasp, whew. You are one HOT month. This could explain your birthstone. The red-as-fire ruby. Maybe that’s why your flower is the water lily. To put out the fire. Others hold the larkspur to be July’s flower. A tall stalk of blue blooming late Spring to late Summer. Bumblebees and butterflies prefer it. As an herb, larkspur was used for diseases of the eye. And to ward off lightning. Legend has it larkspur kept witches out of the stables in Transylvania. Sup ...
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
I found out this week just how important it is to some people to see the emergence of The Eckert James River Bat Cave bats. One young man gave up a party at the pool with his relatives….and this was as the Texas heat blasted out sizzling encores. Another family called the bat hotline (325-347-5970) to discover that the bats were not coming out late in the evening but were actually emerging at 6:01 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
After a really hot June with record high temperatures, we can only hope that July will be more normal and some rain will fall on this dry land. Keep praying for rain. Happy birthday wishes go to Susie Jordan on July 3rd and to John Wayne Sanders on July 9th when he will be 7 years old.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Texas Has a New Child Safety Seat Law Effective September 1, 2009, Texas will have a new child safety seat law. The law states that children under 8 years of age - unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches - will need to be in a child safety seat system (this includes traditional child safety seats with harnesses and booster seats).
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Uncle Mort on Greening… Column #322 for Release Saturday, June 27, 2009, or Later I heard a story once about a yard man who sheepishly thanked his employer for a gift of whiskey. He described it as “just right whiskey.” “What does that mean?” the donor questioned. He repeated the “just right” description, adding, “If it had been any better, you wouldn’t have given it to me, and if it had been any worse, I couldn’t have swallowed it.”… * * * * * I feel such ambi ...
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
When I was younger we had Beatniks, Hippies and Flower Children. When my boys were growing up they had the Preppies and the Kickers. Now there are Bloggers, Tweeters and Tweets! So, when they get to be my age will they be know as Old Preppies, Old Kickers and Old Bloggers/Tweeters?
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
“We have room in this country for but one flag, the Stars and Stripes. We have room for but one loyalty, loyalty to the United States.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt Every Independence Day, when the flags go up on just about every home and business in just about every town in America, I remember a scene from the late 1960s.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
What Happened to the Art of Conversation? Quite some time ago while talking with Shagnasty I asked him when he thought the decay of family conversation as it was in the days of our youth first began. Then, in tones he loves to use in order to impress his listeners, he said “In the oft used words of Bob Dole, I will say that in my view the art of family conversation began to disappear with the emergence of radio.” “Long gone” he continued, “are the days when families welcomed frie ...
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Amino Acids are critical to the formation and functioning of neurotransmitters which regulate the levels of our brain chemicals and are closely linked with mood. What we eat has a tremendous effect on our levels of neurotransmitters and therefore on our mood. Stress and nutritional deficiencies alter our brain chemistries and are common precursors to many illnesses and disorders including depression.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
We at the News office were a bit taken aback when we realized that this issue would mark the halfway point for the year. I had always been warned that, as I got older, time would move faster, and now I can confirm that this is true. The first half of the year has been filled with good and bad.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Dear Editor I would like to take this opportunity to thank Superintendent Matt Underwood for answering the request from myself and other concerned citizens, to publicly submit the adopted budget for the future Mason ISD Daycare Facility. Furthermore, Mr. Underwood has been very accommodating in answering all questions in reference to this project, which was passed by a unanimous 7-0 vote of the Mason ISD Board of Trustees. However, the information submitted substantiates my concern as a taxpa ...
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
The Mason Square Museum is making plans to honor its 10,000th visitor, since opening in April of 2007. With well over 9,000 visitors to date, the Museum anticipates that sometime in August, a history buff will sign the visitor guest book. Will the person be from Mason? Bells and whistles are possible, but the prize is a copy of Margaret Bierschwale’s book, “History of Mason County.” The 702 page, hardbound book is a highly sought after work and contains the history of Fort Mason and M ...
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Designs by Deborah, located at 113 E. Main on the Brady Square, will continue to host Fiber Arts Fridays through the summer. The come-and-go affair runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and features light refreshments. Browsers are more than welcome and crafters are invited to bring a project. There are several regulars, some of whom have been hooking rugs, knitting or doing crotchet for a number of years.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
ROBY– Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s office in Fisher County will conduct a predator awareness program from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. July 21 in the community center in Roby. Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units (one general and two integrated pest management) will be offered. Dr. Dale Rollins, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo and Rick Gilliland, Texas Wildlife Services district supervisor at Canyon, will be the day’s speakers.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Will Taylor and Strings Attached, an Austin based string ensemble, will perform for the Mason, Texas, Odeon Theaters’ fifth concert of their season. The concert series is a fund raising project to help the Odeon Preservation Association raise money for improvements and renovations to the old 1928 theater. Performing July 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Celebrate the Independence Day weekend in Fredericksburg on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 & 5, with live pari-mutuel horse racing and dancing under the stars at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day July 4th Racing Festival will feature thoroughbred and quarter horse racing on Saturday and Sunday at the five-eighths mile oval at the Class III track.
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The Texas Four Step Drill Team, formerly known as Mason Co. Drill Team, will be performing July 4 at the G.Rollie White Complex in Brady, TX. They will be performing in conjunction with the annual July Jubilee Celebration. The team has been quite busy practicing and performing. They have performed at CTYRA Complex in Mcgregor, TX, and also at the AJRA rodeos held in Mason.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
C. Lance Love, MD, general surgeon, will meet community citizens at an open house July 14, 2009, from 5 to 7 p.m., to mark his move into the new medical office building at 820 Reuben St., suite A, south of the Brune Professional Building. Hill Country Memorial Health System CEO Michael Williams, DO, MBA, commended Dr.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
With some 53 years already in the making (give or take).... The James River Cowboys put together another very successful fish fry on the weekend of June 12 & 13 at the Gene Zesch James River Camphouse, with all members present and some 25 people of the immediate family, along with close friends. Although age is creeping in on the group somewhat; and the ranks are thinning out also, the delight of the event is always greatly anticipated from year to year. Postscript: fishing secrets and catch ...
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Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, July 8th, at 11:30 a.m. We’ll meet at the lovely home of Pam Scott located at 904 Post Oak in Mason for a salad luncheon. All ladies are welcomed with dress attire sometimes strictly enforced. Those matured at 50 + years wear red hats & purple outfits; those younger wear pink hats & lavender.
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Charlie and Dana Grosse are proud to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of thier daughter Nancy Jo Grosse to Danny Sallers. A July 18th wedding is planned on the San Saba River at Fort McKavett.
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Denise Brandenberger donated and presented the 8 & Under Prizes at the Lilly Joy Gamel Memorial Benefit Barrel Race.  Denise is shown above with the competitors from left to right: Marshall Marquart, Whitt Bierschwale, J.J. Ake, Bradley Ake, Jesse Armstrong, Kolton Frazier, Sterling Smith, Selah Farmer, Shanna Marquart, Millie Marquart and Kaylee Kramer. 
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Morgan McMillan and Merlina Gamel present Amy Behrends of Stonewall with the Lilly Joy Gamel Memorial Benefit Barrel Race buckle.  Amy won the 1D with a time of 15.63.
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Mr. and Mrs. Robby and Kim Simon of Mason are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Tina Simon to Brendon Jordan the son of Mr and Mrs. Ronald and Karen Jordan of Kansas. Tina is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude and Doris Simon of Mason, and Mr.
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Kristen Miller received a Master of Music Degree in Music Theatre/Vocal Performance with a GPA of 3.975 from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in NYC. Graduation dates were May 11, 2009, at Radio City Music Hall for the NYU Steinhardt School and May 13, 2009, at Yankee Stadium for the 177th All-University Commencement Exercises.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Kyle Eppler has been placed on the President’s List and the Dean’s List for the Spring 2009 Semester at Texas Tech University. This is the second semester that Kyle was placed on the President’s List and Kyle was also placed on the Dean’s List in four previous semesters. The Dean’s List is accorded to those students who have attained a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
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Ridin’ For The Brand Ministries is sponsoring the Mason Playday Series this summer. On June 27th, the youth came together to compete and play! Cowboy Church was held prior to the activities with Jay Tedder of Llano, Texas ministering! The service was great! Here are the results from the playday: Barrels 8 & Under Boys: 1st Marshall Marquart; 2nd J.J.Ake; 3rd Brody Baker; Honorable Mention: Bradley Ake 8 & Under Girls: 1st McKenzie Striegler; 2nd Shanna Marquart; 3rd Selah Farmer; Honorab ...
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Ceremony recognizes Texans who have held land in the family for generations AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and the Texas Department of Agriculture today recognized 78 farms and ranches in 60 Texas counties at the 34th annual Family Land Heritage (FLH) ceremony. The ceremony was held in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
The June term of the Mason County Grand Jury began its service on Monday, and returned three indictments. Clay Taylor - Injury to the elderly Mario Mendoza - DWI with child passenger Samuel Christopher Martinez - Failure to appear
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The Summer Swing Tennis Circuit heated up in Mason last weekend as 100+ players played in 100+ temputures. Several Mason players played in the third leg of the Summer Swing Circuit Saturday and Sunday. The Summer Swing Circuit starts in Wimberley, then moves to Fredericksburg and Mason before ending in Hondo.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Texas drivers are urged to drive safely during the July 4 holiday weekend. Starting Friday and going through midnight on Sunday, Texas Highway Patrol troopers will be out in force, looking for people who are driving drunk, speeding or not wearing safety belts. “Texans can avoid jail by driving sober. Designate a sober driver before the drinking starts and make sure the driver stays sober,” said Highway Patrol chief David Baker.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Mason County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that applications will soon be open for another family to partner with the affiliate in owning their own home.  The next build will be the eighth Habitat home to be built in the Mason community, which is considered an exemplary feat, given the size of the community and that the local affiliate has just passed the seventh anniversary of affiliation! The schedule for the application workshops is as follows:                ...
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Damon A. Simon, age 78 years of Bay City, Michigan, died June 25, 2009, at Brian’s House-Bay. He was born in Mason, TX, on October 8, 1930, to the late Frank and Mary (Gerdes) Simon. Damon attended Southwest Texas State University, graduated from Eastern Michigan University and attained a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009
Maudell Holt McDonald passed away on Sunday, June 28, at the age of 87. Maudell is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Ann Grote and husband Jeff of Mason, Mary Lou Smith and husband James Wayne of Fredericksburg and Deborah June Mrushe’ of Abilene, a son Bobby Doak McDonald and wife Karen of Big Lake, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren and 3 step great-great-grandchildren.