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September 2, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009 • Photos
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009 • Photos
In the first test of the #11 ranked Mason Punchers, they proved their reputation, while also getting some kinks out of their system prior to beginning regular season play. The two teams met up at the Angelo State University stadium, and fans made the trek from both towns to cheer on their teams.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
The Mason ISD Education Foundation will host a barbecue and washer-pitching tournament as a fun fundraiser on Saturday, September 12.  The event will once again be held at the Art ranch of Lee and Bobbie McMillan. Head east on Hwy 29, go south on Lower Willow Creek Rd. and look for the signs and balloons. Registration for the tournament begins at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Mentors are needed for this school year. If you are interested in helping a child that could use some extra support, consider mentoring a child at Mason ISD. It takes about one hour each week to meet during their lunch period. We provide the training needed. Please contact Barbara Pluenneke at 347-5581for more information.
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This sterling silver pendant, “Nativity”, designed and handcrafted by Nan Loeffler was a top winner at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center Teacher Art Show in Kerrville on August 1, 2009. Nan Loeffler is a member of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country and she invites all interested persons to come and join the group.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 25th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 40 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Lion Michael Cope was responsible for the program and introduced Kelly Schmidt who spoke about his life growing up in Mason County. Kelly's talk focused mainly on his service during World War II.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Color. What a word. And what a world it would be without it. Rainbow. Blue sky. Green grass. Butterfly. Just think. A black-and-white world would be, well… A horse of a different color. Buildings around town sport new hues. Lorene’s house on Live Oak: Gone (nearly) is the Pepto-Bismol pink. In its place, a well-mannered tan. Don’s office on Ft. McKavitt: Coffee latte brown. Trimmed in fresh cream and pippin green. You can get all colors of paint at Mason Building Supply. ...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Deck Walks and Talks… Uncle Mort would have called it a “Kodak moment,” had he been aboard Carnival’s Miracle cruise ship on that beautiful July afternoon. I’ll update his predictable observation by a few decades and label it a “digital moment.” Cameras hung from straps around the necks of the gawkers, and photos snapped as we chugged toward the Atlantic were many. My wife and I were among a crowd of folks, mostly New Yorkers, waving good-bye to the always breath-taking sk ...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Do you follow the rules? I’m not really talking about playing games or even filling out government forms, I am mostly concerned here with whether you follow the rules we have for living together in a community. Now certainly there are some pretty silly rules about living with neighbors, and perhaps some of the funniest are here in Texas.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
The Thoughts of Others - Part Two Last week I submitted a multitude of gloomy opinions submitted by a group of Syndicated Editorial writers (including some of my own) decrying the conditions of our society. If those were not enough to depress the average American try the following which is a continuation of the “Thoughts of Others” who are regretting that this is a country and a society:—— “Where our schools appear ready to collapse under the weight of imposed secularism and an a ...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Chronic inflammation is a common symptom in most degenerative diseases. These include certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, chronic obesity, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation is a natural response of the body to injury. Think of inflammation in relation to the swelling around a sprained ankle.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
There is nothing sweeter than a little puppy and old dogs are best. Goobers is just so cute and gives me puppy kisses on my neck. Earl and Pearl are like teenagers and are not as cuddly as they were when they were puppies. Now, Natcha is like a 30 year old.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Some of you got rain and some of us did not get anything. Continue to pray for rain. Some Post Oak trees are beginning to turn brown and drop leaves and the grass is getting short. People with birthdays during the first week of September are Frances Toeppich on the 4th, Scott Zesch on the 5th, Don Boyd on the 6th, Cheryl Fritze on the 7th and Carolyn Vater on the 10th.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
“Around the corner and down the street there lives a dog with great big feet.” This is a line of a book that Mrs. Windecker used to read to our class to show us different parts of sentence structure. I loved her class. She took the time to explain everything and I have very fond memories of that.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
How to Make Your Meals Last Using Fruits & Vegetables Cabbage: Use the head to make coleslaw; Use the other half in Cabbage Rolls. Carrots: Cut half the carrots in the bag to use as carrot sticks for snacks. Use the other half for Carrot Salad or in a stir-fry. Sweet potatoes and potatoes: One pound will provide about 4 servings.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Story Time will start again on Friday September 25 at 10:00 in the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library Stribling Room. All the children will be able to easily see the books being read now that the library has a visual presenter to magnify the pages onto a wide screen television.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Pretty much all the time I get emails from companies or representatives telling me about new outdoor products they want to sell. I appreciate this but, quite frankly, a lot of the products are either junk or are too expensive for me to buy, so the emails don’t do me much good.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
One of my roles as editor of the News is to try to provide content to our readers that I feel will be informative, enlightening, helpful, or just plain fun. I edit submissions, look over copy, correct glaring errors, and try to make sure the content we're presenting is indicative of the many types and varieties of people that make up Mason. This is especially true when it comes to our many columnists.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Dear Gerry: The Congress is considering a proposal to create a new mega-regulator designed to address abusive financial practices.  Not only would this approach undermine small community banks and cause more harm than good, but it also misses the best opportunity to protect consumers: namely, addressing the too-big-to-fail concentration risks among our nation’s biggest banks that have cost Americans over $7 trillion in economic worth. No one disagrees that consumers need to be protected fr ...
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Civil Air Patrol, the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is recruiting members for the Cadet program in Fredericksburg.  The Fredericksburg Cadet Squadron started in October 2005, and another Basic Cadet Training class is now forming. Young men and women from the ages of 12 to 18 receive training in leadership, aerospace, emergency services, basic military drill and discipline.  There will be an orientation session for interested youth and parents at Zion Luther ...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009 • Photos
Story Time starts again Friday September 25 at 10:00 a.m. An exciting addition is the new visual presenter that will put the books on the tv! Now the kids can easily see the book the reader is using that day, while the reader will not have to continually turn the book, or their head, at odd angles to share the books with the kids.
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The Raggedy Cats will be performing an end of summer concert at Marktplatz Kinder Halle Pavilion in Fredericksburg on Saturday, Sept 5. The concert is set for 5:30pm until 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free of charge. The public is cordially invited to come bring their lawn chairs, a picnic supper, and enjoy some great music from the “good old days.” This is the second year that the Raggedy Cats have performed free concerts at Marktplatz Kinder Halle.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Eight of Texas most noted and successful authors will be signing books and greeting people at Luckenbach, Texas, on Sunday afternoon, September 13 between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.. This major autograph party is part of the Mike Blakely Tex-Americana Fandango, a music and literary festival featuring some of the Lone Star State’s most famous songwriters and performers.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Mike Mecke, Kerrville water resources specialist, will speak on “Rainwater Harvesting on Landscapes: Saving Water for those Not-So-Rainy Days” on September 8 at the Gillespie County Agricultural Extension Building, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg beginning at 7:00PM. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center as part of their nature series programs held monthly during the school year.
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Mason Study Club members have been working long hours pulling together a fine collection of used books, including first editions, to sell at the Apple Festival on Saturday, September 5th. Many catagories will be represented: HISTORY, BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, RELIGION, NOVELS, NONFICTION, TRAVEL, FIELD GUIDE BIRD BOOKS, DRAMA, and ART to list a few.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009 • Photos
The Llano Country Opry will feature Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson on Saturday, September 12. The show will be held at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano, and begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano National Bank, Llano Chamber of Commerce, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354. Wanda Jackson was only halfway through high school when, in 1954, country singer Hank Thompson heard her on an Oklahoma City radio show ...
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Teresa & Brooks Walker and Joel & Pattie Allen are proud to announce their daughter, Shelby Allen graduated from Central Texas College Vocational Nursing Program (Brady Extension) on August 22, 2009. Pictured left to right are: Teresa Walker, Shelby Allen and Joel Allen.
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Lacey Shea Nobles & Jason Glen Robertson were joined in matrimony August 15th at the First United Methodist Church in Lubbock with Reverend Doug Chapman presiding. Parents of the bride are Jimmy & Barby Nobles of San Angelo. Grandparents of the bride are Melrita Allen, the late Lloyd Allen, and the late Babe and Gladys Nobles all of Mason.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
At the end of the 2009 Summer term, 164 students completed degree requirements at San Angelo State University and received their diplomas. Areas of undergraduate academic study at ASU lead to the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.), Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Science Nursing (B.S.N.), As ...
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Texas Nature Project is proud to announce that H-E-B Environmental Affairs is once again sponsoring our Sustainable Leadership Program this Fall, with a generous grant that allows us to host 25 urban college students for each of eight, 6-hour workshops throughout the fall semester. Our first program, on Saturday, September 12, will focus on “Food.” George and KK Brannies will host students at his Ranch to learn about how cattle ranching practices affect the cattle, the beef, the consumer, ...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
HB 2730 and HB 339, enacted recently by the 81st Texas Legislature, restrict all drivers under the age of 18 from using a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle. This new restriction applies to licenses issued after September 1, 2009, to applicants who are under 18. All drivers under 18 who were issued an original driver license before September 1, 2009 are still restricted from using a wireless communication device during the six-month period following the issuance of ...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009 • Photos
The 22nd-Annual Haby, Lockhart, Ross, Speck Production sale was held July 11 at the Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center in Kerrville, beginning at 2 p.m. Mark Tillman of Junction served as auctioneer. This year the goats were offered by Ross and Speck. Seventy-one lots of yearling bucks and does grossed $25,100 averaging $353.52.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Patients at Hill Country Memorial Hospital can be comforted knowing that as of July their medications are verified by computer before they are administered—as part of the Bedside Medication Verification (BMV) system. The San Antonio Express-News reported in the August 10 edition, in a story called, “Dead by Mistake,” that the “Institute of Medicine recommended 10 years ago that hospitals take a number of steps that would prevent mistakes.” The story goes on to say, “Progress has be ...
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Melvin Burns, of Mason, passed away on Saturday, August 29, at the age of 70. Mr. Burns is survived by his wife Sandra Burns, of Mason; and their four sons: Kevin Burns and wife Melissa of Bronte, Kyle Burns and wife Kayla of Kerrville, Kerry Burns of Abilene and Kade Burns and wife Julie of Thorndale.
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Eddie Sanders, of Mason, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, at the age of 60. Eddie was born in Austin, Texas on September 6, 1948, to John and Ella Small. She was one of four girls. She married Howard Sanders and they made their home in Mason where they raised three sons and Eddie worked at the Dairy Queen for many years.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Cecil Darald Hight, of London, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at the age of 58. Darald was born January 14, 1951, in Mason, Texas, to Cecil Milton and Johnnie Hight. He graduated from Menard High School and then moved to Lubbock where he learned to be a plumber.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
Each year year I look at the schedule and try to gauge the difficulty. Picking out the tough games is a no brainer. It is the sleeper games that always intrigue me. Those teams that you should probably beat, but scare you a bit. In my opinion this year's sleeper game is San Saba and I will give you five reasons why. 1.) The slight tremor that you will feel when the Dillos hit the field are two of the best linemen that you will see all year.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
The Texas Jr Gelbvieh Association will be hosting the 2010 National Jr Heifer Show in College Station, Texas, next summer. Therefore, we are having a FUNdraiser on September 17th, next month. It is a golf tourney, dinner and raffle. We are trying to get a head count for golf and dinner.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 • Posted September 2, 2009
The Puncher Junior Varsity will play San Saba at the Puncherdome on Thursday at 6:00 p.m., not 7:30 as had been published on prior schedules.