Mason County News
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July 29, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
The Mason County News has become aware of an advertising scam involving a classified ad that appeared in our paper; but, has also appeared in numerous other papers around the state and nation. The FAKE ad follows: 2002 JOHN DEERE 5205 Diesel, price $4300, Mower, Loader, 4WD, pictures and details at vex21r@gmail.com, 972-947-3852. The advertiser places in multiple newspapers, pays by credit card and seems legitimate enough at the outset; but, there is NO tractor for sale.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
During the final July meeting of the Mason County Commissioners' Court, Judge Jerry Bearden presented draft copies of the budget to the members of the Court, noting that the version he was offering did not include raises for county employees or elected officials. During discussions of the budget, Judge Bearden pointed out rising costs for indigent healthcare, as well as increased budget requests from the District Attorney's office and the Mason County Appraisal District.
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Don and Karan Watson are pleased to announce that they have purchased the local NAPA dealership. The business will now be known as Watson Auto Parts, and Don and Karan welcome everyone to stop by and say hello, and take a look around the new, locally-owned establishment.
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The Mason Community Foundation has elected three new members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees are: Suzanne Bjork, Patsy Hotard and Pat Reardon. The Mason Community Foundation operates the Community Thrift Shop and provides grants for community projects. September 1st is the deadline for submitting grant applications this year.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
The much anticipated 2009 Mason High School football season has arrived as the Punchers will begin two-a day practice sessions next week. The Punchers will be looking to build on the momentum of last years team, who won the district, marched three deep into the state playoffs and finished the year ranked 17th in the state. The 2009 Punchers will roll out a stellar Senior and Junior class with 14 All-District players returning from last years team.
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Bring your favorite lawn chair and join us for the Steady Steps Summer Social, our new fundraiser, on the Courthouse Lawn on Saturday, August 15th. Starting at 5:00 p.m., the fun begins with games and music provided by John and Bonnie Beam. At 6:00 p.m. we will serve a hot dog supper (by donation), followed by everyone’s favorite food: ice cream.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
On Thursday, July 23, 2009, the employees of Central Texas Electric Co-op achieved one complete year of consecutive hours worked without a lost time accident. This marks the collective effort of four separate offices in an 11-county service area for the 136 employees and managers working at CTEC Board President David D.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, July 21st, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 30 members and 5 visitors in attendance. Lion Chuck Bearden was responsible for the program and he spoke about the Courthouse Restoration. County Judge Bearden said that the legislature had reduced funding for Courthouse Restorations from 64 million dollars to 18 million dollars for the next 2 yrs., so the Mason County Courthouse Restoration was on a temporary hold until the grant application could ...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
El Niño. A familiar term. Even if you don’t speak Spanish. El Niño— “A disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific.” That’s what www.elnino.noaa.gov (the scientific weather website) had to say. Trusty Webster gives us more: “El Niño, Spanish for the (Christ) Child: because it occurs near Christmas.” Webster goes on to say: “A warm inshore current annually flowing south along the coast of Ecuador and, about every seven to ten years, extending dow ...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
Certain Other Duties at the School House… Column #326, for Release Saturday, July 25, 2009, or Later I have always firmly believed, as I do now, that when unsung heroes get their due, school personnel will warrant an ongoing chorus of thanks from the rest of us. They deserve a crescendo of sincere appreciation. The good ones—and most of them are—log service “off the clock,” working into the night, and sometimes into the next day.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
A Mean Looking Old Cuss Readers are undoubtedly aware of the fact that the major portions of my columns are made up of experiences taken from my memories of the past so listen in as I once again use “Old Bill” as the main topic of still another column. ************* As I grow still older I try to avoid looking into a mirror as much as possible.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
Aloe Vera Aloe vera is a wonderful healing herb that is part of the lily family even though most people think it is a cactus. It has been used for centuries and was even found in Egyptian tombs. Aloe is known as a contact healer. It is very useful on burns.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
Before O’Bladder gets his health care package approved, I decided to get my physical self in order. The first step was to get an appointment with an Internist. Okay, I called for an appointment the middle of June and got one for the last part of July. This means, the Doctor is busy with folks thinking like I’m thinking.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
Texas is still dry. Remember that God is the owner of the land and we only possess it (Lev. 25:23). His will will be done in His time schedule - but we meed to ask for rain. Pray. Making the trip from East Texas to visit with Sterling and Carlita Jordan were Gail and Nolan Sholar and their two sons Tyler and Taylor (but don’t quote me on that!).
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
Texas AgriLife Extension Service to Offer Food Manager Certification Training Course Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, 1 in 4 Americans will become sick, 1 in 1,000 will become hospitalized, and 5,000 will die due to a foodborne illness. Under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager on site.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.” —Emily Dickinson “Help your sister’s boat across the water, and yours too will reach the other side.” Kindness can become its own motive.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. Assegai by Wilbur Smith (F SMI Cou.13). Historical Spy Fiction. “On the eve of the World War I, ex-soldier turned professional hunter Leon Courtney is recruited by his uncle Penrod Ballantyne, commander of the British forces in East Africa, to gather information on one of his clients, Count Otto von Meerbach, and soon finds himself left alone to frustrate von Meerbach’s plan to wipe out the British forces in Africa.” Watch the Skies b ...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
During the late 1990s you could hardly turn on a television set without seeing a Taco Bell ad. All these commercials featured an irritating little Chihuahua who claimed, “Yo quiero Taco Bell.” Which may or may not have been true. The dog, a female named Gidget, may have just been in it for the kibble.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
In June, I passed my 10-year milestone. I started at the newspaper on June 23, 1999. I had been doing some freelance work prior to that; but, Scott Wesner convinced me that my life would be so much easier being editor than running my own business. He lied! All in all, I would have to say that it's been a good ten years.
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The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, August 8, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354. Grand Ole Opry Star George Hamilton IV will headline the monthly show.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
The annual meeting of the members of the Long Mountain Improvement Corp. (the Cemetery) and board members will be held Friday, July 31, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. in the Long Mountain Community Center There will be several items for discussion as at the last meeting, we failed to have a quorum, so no business was conducted.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
The Hilda United Methodist Cemetery Association will meet on Sunday, August 2, 2009, at the Hilda United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
Well over 9000 visitors have strolled through the Mason Square Museum to see not only the fossilized remnant of an early ruminate (tusk, tusk, no pun intended), but also the chronological presentation of Mason’s varied and colorful history. Along with adding to this mammoth number of visitors, your visit may result in being the honored 10,000th patron and recipient of Margaret Bierschwale’s book, “History of Mason County”.
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On August 3, the Llano Fine Arts Guild will feature guest artist Betty Bielser. A master of watercolor, Betty will show the new technique of mounting a watercolor on a claybord cradle and treat it so that it does not need to be framed or covered with glass. Betty Biesler has been showing her paintings and teaching watercolor classes in the Highland Lakes area for the past eight years.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
An Open House at the Willow City School is set for Saturday, August 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The School Building/Community Center is located at 2501 Ranch Road 1323, Willow City, Texas. Former school students will greet visitors who wish to view the inside of the building as well as wander around on the school grounds.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
Jesse Hernandez was diagnosed with IGA, a rare immune deficiency that affected his kidneys in 2006. He was on a high dosage steroid therapy for an extended period of time and is now having bilateral hip problems. The treatment that saved his kidneys caused complications some where else. A few months ago an MRI confirmed his left hip has significant necrosis, extending into the neck area and appears to be diffusely involved.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
The annual Brandenberger reunion will be held on Saturday, August 1st, 10:30 a.m. at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center on McKinley Street. A barbecue meal will be served at noon for $10.
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Chloe and Addison Settle, granddaughters of Larry and Dian Willmann of Waco, both were selected as winners in the Miss Firecracker Queen contest in Slaton, Texas, on July 4th. Chloe, at center, back, was selected in the 0-3 year range, while big sister Addisyn, at right, was selected in the 3-6 year range.
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On 1 May 2009, Dustin W. Durst was promoted to the rank of Captain by Lieutenant Colonel Brian W. Gibson. Captain Durst's father, Dusty Durst of Llano, attended the promotion ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas. Dustin is currently serving as the S6 Signal Officer for the 1st Air and Missile Defense Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.
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The class of 1974 “35th” reunion was held on July 11, 2009. Back row, left to right: Bill Willis, Lindell Estes, Bobby Scatlin and Lonnie Sturdivant. Second row: Vickie (Castillo) Montez, Kayla (Kothmann) Davis, Marie (Kirchoff) Marez, Debbie (Zimmerman) Roberts, Sherie (Keller) Clarkson, Mollie (Brown) Borden and Alice (Bennefield) Van Doran.
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The Estes family is excited to announce the newest addition to their family. Jolie Grace Estes joined brother Brock and sister Macie, May 14th, 2009. She was 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20.25 inches long. Parents are Michael and Jennifer Estes of San Angelo. Grandparents are Lindell and Betty Estes and Kent and Mary Shelton of San Angelo.
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The Mason High School Class of 1989 had their 20th Class reunion on July 11th at the home of Jim & Lisa Heath in Camp Air. 23 out of 44 classmates were there, and lots of good times were shared. Dennis Rodriguez, Lisa Keese-Heath, Cindy Jordan-Ashby, Gena Spiller, Debbie Elliott-Lange, Tammy Lumpkins-Leifeste, Sherry Ake, Norma Palacio-Castenada, Sherry Sutton-Brown, Julie Marek-Tedder, Nancy Moneyhon-Torrez, Tracie Roberts-Taylor, Kandace Stevens-Smith, Kelly Ake, Josh Hernandez, Steven Craig, ...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas-John Tom Campbell of Brady has honored his late brother, Edward R. Campbell, with a life estate gift of 6,600 acres of Central Texas ranchland to the Texas A&M Foundation for the benefit of Texas A&M University. Both Campbell brothers graduated from Texas A&M: John in 1945 and Edward in 1939.
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San Angelo – Attending the Texas Farm Bureau’s 46th annual Youth Leadership Conference held at Angelo State University, June 22-26, was Edith Alvarez. She was sponsored by the Mason County Farm Bureau. She joined more than 330 high school juniors and seniors from over 150 counties across the state. The purpose of the conference is to provide the students with a better understanding of their American heritage, the capitalistic free enterprise system, and to inspire leadership development, a ...
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
Many questions have been raised recently by the publicity concerning the San Angelo well field. The San Angelo City Council met on July 7, 2009 to discuss the viability of producing and transporting water from the well fields in McCulloch County. Carollo Engineering, the firm hired by San Angelo, is studying which conveyance method would be the most feasible.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
During the July 20 meeting of the Mason I.S.D. board of trustees, Superintendent Matt Underwood reported to the board that early results from state test results indicated that the Mason schools, once again, would be ranked as exemplary. Mr. Underwood explained that adjustments in the scoring mainly benefitted larger urban schools and "pulled down"
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
On Wednesday, July 29th the City Swimming Pool will be open different hours of operation for this one day only. General swim will be open to the public from 1:30 - 5:30 pm, and the Adults Only Session for the evening will be held from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. To view the regular schedule and fees, see the ad in this week’s paper.
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C. Lance Love, MD, general surgeon, welcomed community members at a recent open house marking his move into a new medical office building at 820 Reuben St., Suite A, south of the Brune Professional Building. Dr. Love is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has been practicing in Fredericksburg since January.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
SONORA – Texas AgriLife Research and the Edwards Plateau Prescribed Burning Association will conduct a field day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. July 30 at the Texas AgriLife Research Station at Sonora. The station is located on State Highway 55 midway between Sonora and Rocksprings. “We’ll be addressing a host of topics that anyone contemplating a prescribed burn should be aware of and thoroughly understand,” said Dr.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
Texas CPAs Give Five Tips for Finding the Right Facility DALLAS – The American population is aging. In fact, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, one in five Americans will be over 65 by the year 2050. As these people grow older, many will choose to continue living on their own or may decide to move in with family.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
The Mason County Grand Jury met on July 27 and returned six indictments, as follows: Douglas Lee Kring, Jr. - Aggravated assault on public servant Douglas Lee Kring, Jr. - Felony criminal mischief Douglas Lee Kring, Jr. - Driving while intoxicated, third offense Douglas Lee Kring, Jr. - Evading arrest Leonard Dukes - Possession of marijuana (more than four ounces, less than fifty pounds) Eduardo Martinez Castillo - Driving while intoxicated, third offense
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009
The Central Texas College (CTC) College for Kids program continues in August with several fun, educational and entertaining classes directed to youngsters three years to high school age. Registration for August classes is underway now. Some of the available classes are: Project Aware (age 8 and older): Students will learn vital information about the escalating problems found in the world’s waters as well as steps to conserve our underwater environments.