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August 12, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009 • Photos
On August 27th and 28th, Mason County News will be moving its offices from the current location at 110 S Live Oak to our new home at 122 S Live Oak. The new building is the beautiful rock house, built in 1873, and twice given as a wedding present to newlyweds, that sits between R.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
The sale of Mason Puncher Football Box Seats for the ’09 Season will be on Thursday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. Box seats will be sold on that date. Persons who desire box seats should have a check for $240.00 at the Administration Office, 911 W. College Ave., before 9:00 o’clock that morning.
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We are serving Blue Bell Ice Cream with all your favorite toppings at the Steady Steps Summer Social! Join us this Saturday, August 15 on the Courthouse Lawn. Starting at 5:00 p.m., the fun begins with games and music, followed by a hot dog supper at 6:00 p.m., then later the best part: ice cream!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
During a very long session of the Mason County Commissioners' Court on Monday, the group discussed the cost of law enforcement with Mason County Sheriff Buster Nixon. The session touched on many of the other budget concerns currently facing the county, and on the attempt by the county to keep their budget as tightly controlled as possible. During the discussion on the upcoming budget, the Sheriff's portion of that budget received a great deal of scrutiny from the commissioners.
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All families are encouraged to complete the application for free or reduced price school meals. Parents may come in at any time the week of August 10 – 14 and August 17-22 between the hours of 9am – 2 pm. Students who meet the guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals may be eligible for other programs for the 2009-10 school year.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
The Mason ISD Educational Foundation will be raffling tickets for the 50 yard line box seat again this year. Tickets may be purchased for $1.00 each and six for $5.00 can be purchased at the Commercial Bank, Mason National Bank, Hill Country Veterinary Hospital, and school district office or from any foundation board member.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Mason High School registration will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2009. Students should be in compliance with all dress code regulations in order to register. Students should should have received information packets in the mail by the end of the first week of August (August 7th or 8th). Please bring completed forms to registration.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
The members of American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 & Ladies Auxiliary invite other veterans, friends and family, and anyone interested in the American Legion are invited to attend our regular August meeting, to be held at 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 12th, at the American Legion Post Hall on Post Hill Road (behind the Jail).
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Welcome back to the 2009-10 school year! Mason Elementary students and their families are invited to “Meet the Teachers” on Wednesday, August 19, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. There will be a Back to School Fair where your children will pick up the school supplies they ordered last school year.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Due to the passing of Tina Carter, mother of Commissioner Jared Carter, the regularly scheduled meeting of the City Commission of Monday, August 10th, has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 13th at 5:00 p.m. at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
07/01/09@10:25am-Verbal Disturbance-Sheriff Nixon and Deputy Herrington responded to a verbal Disturbance 07/01/09@ 4:34pm-Medical Emergency-EMS responded on Austin Street 07/02/09@12:56am-911 Hang up- Deputy Feuerbacher responded to a 911 hang up on Coopers Lane. 07/02/09@11:42am-Reckless Driver-Deputy Herrington responded to a reckless driver report on Hwy 87 S 07/02/09@4:32pm-Arrest-Depty Herrington responded to an arrest at the jail 07/02/09@8:12pm-Welfare Check-Sheriff Nixon, Chief De ...
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 4th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 33 members and 1 visitor in attendance. "Boss Lion" Chris Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. At the directors meeting, they voted to buy the eye screening device that was demonstrated last week.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Gladiolus. Peridot. Both belong to August. Just like the heat. Gladiolus. The official flower for August. Also known as gladiola. Or sword lily. Symbolizing sincerity and strength of character. You gotta have that to be born on a hot day. Peridot. Pronounced “perry-dough.” The August birthstone. Found in rocks spewed from volcanoes. Another source of heat. How appropriate. 100 degrees is nothing compared to a volcano. Yesterday we had 89 degrees. And a breeze. Almost felt ...
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Accounts of Red Faces… Column #328 for Release Saturday, August 8, 2009 The demeanor of most civic clubs more resembles a sleep-fest than the zany conduct condoned—and sometimes even encouraged—at such meetings a couple of generations ago. Goings-on at some of them included tie-snipping and biscuit throwing, with speakers praying for deliverance and the good fortune to exit the place with all limbs intact. It’s as if some have taken sobriety oaths, with new regard for propriety ...
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Living In the Past I have perhaps said in earlier columns that an older person when writing about memories is apt to carry you down the same trails he has travelled previously. Repeating memories from days long past has always seemed to be a prerogative of the elderly even though it is oft times a source of irritation when imposed upon the young.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Blood Pressure High blood pressure is one of the most common health concerns in America, affecting over 50% of those over the age of 65. Because high blood pressure usually causes no symptoms until complications develop, it is known as the “silent killer”. High blood pressure triples your risk of having heart attacks.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
You just thought I was through with the O’Bladder Heath Care Bill. Why, I’m just warming up. However, my two bits worth is a whole lot less than his two trillion worth. There’s more in your seventy-five cent news paper investment than his two + trillion. Last week I mentioned where the Canadians were coming to the USA for treatment and we’re going to Canada for our medicines.
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It’s hot and dry our there. Continue to pray for rain. Happy birthday wishes go to Barbara Foster on August 15th, to Annette Ashby who will be seven years old on August 15th, to Danny Mac Jordan on August 17th and to Susan Ceynowa on August 18th. And, three couples, Mark and Barbara Krause, Sam and Maribelle Hoerster and John D.
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“Build it and they will come.”….this quote from a movie became a reality at The Eckert James River Bat Cave. A road was built a number of years ago up to the parking area at this preserve. Over the years an average of 1,200 persons did come each season. Already this season more than 481 persons have visited.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Great Website: Quick and Healthy Recipes to Try Recently I came across a website, which is great for people who are trying to eat heathier, and wonderful for diabetics. It even gives you a grocery list for each meal. Not too long ago I had a huge amount of cabbage to use up because of a meeting that got canceled.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
The summer heat continues and we are all suffering from the hot dry days. It is bad enough to have to put up with the heat every time we walk outside, but we also have to pay for the electricity to cool us down whenever we are inside. Last week electric bills came out and if yours was anything like mine they were among the highest I have ever had in any of my businesses or at home.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
About the time I first heard about the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ government giveaway program, my New York librarian friend, Gretchen Holzhauer, sent me a link to a story about a car dealer in Butler, Missouri, who was implementing his own incentive program to help him sell cars – with every vehicle he sold, Mark Muller was giving away a voucher, redeemable at gun stores, for an AK-47. In case you’re one of the three people on Earth who have never heard of an AK-47, it is a Russian assault st ...
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Buttermilk Breads I don’t want anyone out there rushing to the conclusion that I sit around the house and drink buttermilk by the gallon. Buttermilk and I don’t get along too well as a drink; it tastes nasty and the condition it leaves the glass in is just disgusting. However, it works beautifully when added to recipes.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
A few weeks ago, I celebrated my tenth anniversary as editor, and discussed the many changes I've seen in the News during that decade. I noted that we had made a physical move nine years ago into our current location, and was relieved there had only been one move. Now there will be another. By month's end, we will leave our location here at 110 Live Oak and move down the street to the south.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Dear Gerry, Our fine Mayor & City Council are to be commended for their splendid work in not only keeping our Mason City Swimming Pool open this summer, but for improving it dramatically! The contrast from last year's BLACK LAGOON to the sparkling jewel in the topaz crown of this Gem of the Hill Country into which it has been transformed is astounding! A special THANK YOU to Sherry Alm, Sherri Jordan and the host of citizens who got behind the renewal of the pool is also in order.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
On Thursday, August 20th, at 6:30 pm the South Llano Watershed Alliance (SLWA) will host an educational program at the dining hall of the Texas Tech Center in Junction. The purpose of the program is to inform landowners and the public of the roles groundwater management areas, local groundwater districts, research stations, and prescribed burn associations all play in addressing the growing water issues in Texas. Caroline Runge, Menard County Groundwater Conservation District (GCD) manager, wi ...
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Back by popular demand, the Raggedy Cats will be performing summer concerts at the Marktplatz Kinder Halle Pavilion in Fredericksburg on Saturday, August 15, and again on Saturday, September 5. The public is cordially invited to come bring their lawn chairs, a picnic supper, and enjoy great music from the”good ole days”.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
The Community Health Center will offer walk-in immunizations for uninsured school children Wednesday, Aug. 12 and Thursday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. “We normally receive many children here the first day of school who have not received the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended immunizations,” Veronica Sanchez, LVN, breast and cervical cancer screening case manager.
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Classic country and western swing will have fans dancing at the next Roots Music concert at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, set for Saturday, August 29, 2009. Amber Digby & Midnight Flyer open the show at 6 p.m. playing classic country in the style of Loretta Lynn and Connie Smith. Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys finish the evening from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
The Mason Charity Quilters will have a work day August 13th from 9-5 at St. Paul Lutheran fellowship hall. Bring your machines, a sack lunch and join us. Come when you can and help tie the quilts. For information call Joan Williams 347-6974
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These three groups of smiling children recently completed swimming lessons at the city pool. Lessons were given by Mrs. Sheri Jordan assisted by Mrs. Courtney Newman. Some children learned to put their whole face in the water while others learned to float. Everyone worked hard on their kicking and the swim “veterans” even learned the elementary back stroke!
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Lori and Cody Holubec are excited to announce their marriage on June 6, 2009. The wedding was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason, Texas. The parents of the bride are Dawn and Mark Hahn of Mason, Texas. The parents of the groom are Jane and Frankie Holubec of Melvin, TX.
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Mr. and Mrs. David Willmann of Llano are delighted to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jordan Willmann, to John David Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Baker of Lubbock. Jordan is the granddaughter of Delana Hoerster and the late Dr. Dan Hoerster of Llano, and Willie Ray and Ethel Willman of Mason.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Residents of the Concho Valley can access information about health and human services by dialing these three numbers: 2-1-1. With 2-1-1 Texas, residents from the Concho Valley can find information, free of charge, on utility bill assistance, child care, programs for the elderly, substance abuse intervention, mental health assistance, and job training as easily as they can get emergency assistance by calling 9-1-1 or a phone number by dialing 4-1-1.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
HB 2730 is the DPS’s Sunset Legislation, and many of the DPS-related bills this session were included in HB 2730. Notable traffic and criminal laws that go into effect on Sept. 1 (unless otherwise indicated) include*: Seatbelts: HB 537 requires all occupants of a vehicle, no matter their age, to be secured by a safety belt, no matter where they are seated in the vehicle; changes the definition of a passenger vehicle to include a passenger van designed to transport 15 or fewer passengers in ...
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
Temple, Texas, August 10, 2009 – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) state conservationist for Texas, Don Gohmert, announced a sign-up beginning on Aug. 10, 2009, for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to assist agricultural and forestry producers. CSP is a new program authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. “Farmers and ranchers actively engaged in conservation land stewardship have the opportunity to earn conservation rewards through CSP,” Gohmert said.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
The Fredericksburg Chorale under the direction of Mark Hierholzer will be starting its 24th season this month. A workshop will be held on Saturday, August 22, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 426 W. Main. Music for the year will be discussed and worked on but the workshop is open to all and there is no requirement to join the Chorale in order to participate.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
SONORA - Texas AgriLife Extension Service is conducting a multi-county rangeland restoration workshop from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Aug. 26 in the Sutton County Civic Center in Sonora. Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered in the general, integrated pest management and laws and regulations categories.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
TDHCA expects to see increased jobs for Texans, increased affordability for homeowners through reduced energy demand (AUSTIN) — Understanding the enormously positive and cost-effective impact weatherization can have on a home, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has announced major awards to the City of Georgetown and two regional nonprofit organizations designed to generate a wide array of jobs that will help jump start the state’s construction industry, while ...
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LaVerne Wolf, 78, of Abilene died Monday at a local hospital. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in Fredericksburg. Local arrangements are being handled by North’s Funeral Home. Born Jan. 7, 1931, in Cudahy, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of Loyd and Hazel Prey and grew up in Dubuque, Iowa. She married the Rev.
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Tina Carter, of Mason, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2009, at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston at the age of 56. Tina was born October 29, 1952 in Eunice, New Mexico, to Ernest and Olive Jones. The family lived in various towns across Texas and Tina graduated from Bridge City High School in 1971.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009
The Mason Puncher Varsity and Junior Varsity football teams will jump on the yellow dog Saturday morning August 15th and head to Ozona to participate in their first controlled scrimmage. The start time is 9:30 a.m. After two long weeks of two-a-day practice sessions the Punchers are looking forward to bumping heads with somebody other then their teammates.