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September 9, 2009 Issue
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The first Mason County Apple Fest was a great success, and the downtown area was filled with visitors on Saturday enjoying many activites of the event, including this youngster who loved his colorful balloons. Photo courtesy of Willeda Rea.
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Last week, the Mason vs San Saba game was everything that it was billed to be. Mason, a 1A program on the rise, and San Saba, a 2A program experiencing a turnaround. The contest was far more physical than week one with our Punchers falling just short 21-13. The Mason faithful got so caught up in the battle they even poured onto the field at half time and formed an alleyway from the locker room to the Super Tunnel in support of our boys.
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The Mason County Republican Women will be celebrating their thirty year anniversary on September 16, 2009. Marie Loeffler and Jimmie Landers are two charter members who are still active today. Capy Alexander from Kerrville will be the guest speaker. The luncheon begins at noon in the Stribling Room at the Mason County Library.
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Eight members of the Mason FFA Chapter attended the 2009 Texas FFA Convention. The convention is held annually during the summer, giving each chapter an opportunity to be represented on the state level. This year’s event was held in Dallas, Texas during the month of July. According to Lance Rasch, Agriculture Science Teacher, “the Texas FFA Convention provides a great learning experience for FFA members.
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October 24, in conjunction with the timing of the annual all-day ‘Starving Artist Sidewalk Sale’ The Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas will host its first annual Independent Film Festival featuring short Independent Films made primarily by Texas artists. The festival will combine a collection of films, some of which are less than 10 minutes and will show a group of short, artistic films twice in the afternoon.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 1st, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 31 members and 0 visitors in attendance. "Boss" Lion Chris Dyer was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasure. Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. County Judge Jerry Bearden informed the club that L.C.R.A.
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Sapphire. September’s birthstone. Blue sapphire, that is. Scholars believe the tradition of birthstones comes from the Breastplate of Aaron (Exodus 28, 15-30). The breastplate, a ceremonial religious garment, was set with 12 stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel. And corresponding with the 12 signs of the Zodiac. And the 12 months of the year. Sapphires were believed to protect against envy. And even against poisoning. Ground up, it was used to treat colic, rheumatism, and ment ...
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Remembering Septembers… We may as well have had the words “tourist” tattooed on our foreheads, my wife and I, during our first visit to New York City, 40 years ago this September. There was an extra jolt of excitement as we strolled Times Square where throngs of people were talking of nothing but Apollo 11’s successful moon landing and of mankind’s first footprints on the lunar surface. Too, we thought it neat to attend Sunday services at Marble Collegiate Church, where a res ...
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08/01/09@1334 - Medical Emergency – EMS responded to a medical emergency on RR 1723. 08/01/09@1411 - Incident – Deputy Feuerbacher responded to an incident on Hwy 386. 08/01/09@1853 - Loose Livestock – Sgt. Zapata responded to a loose livestock call on HWY 87 S. 08/01/09@1924 - Loose Livestock – Sgt. Zapata responded to a loose livestock call on E.
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will begin a new club year on Monday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center. A very special guest speaker, Dolores Keller, will lead the group in a study of the early history of Mason County. Ms. Keller has personal knowledge which was passed down through generations of her own family and will share it with those in attendance. A business meeting will be conducted by club president Mary Hemphill following the presentation by Ms.
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Wake Up Rip Like Rip Van Winkle who slept for 100 years The Brady Standard Herald has awakened from its slumber to find that it does have a voice that can explore an issue of great interest to our nation. And we found that voice in the Editorial “You say racial, I say patriotism” of May 5, 2006, written by James Stewart, the young Editor of the Brady Standard Herald.
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K is for klotting – which doesn’t really start with a ‘k’, but it’s what I want to write about. Many people take an aspirin a day to prevent stroke and heart attack based on aspirin’s ability to thin the blood and prevent blood clots. Most alternative doctors have been against aspirin for a long time because it damages the stomach lining and causes kidney and liver damage.
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Seems folks are always hacked off about something, these days. Okay, I was really hacked off last week, but being hacked off isn’t a very good state to be in. It will raise your blood pressure and then you’ll get hacked off again because you have to pay for blood pressure medicines.
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Labor Day has come and gone and we still need a good rain. Last week brought some scattered showers. Pray. Wishes for a happy birthday go to Carolyn Vater on September 10th, to James Toeppich on September 12th, to Barbara Krause on September 13th, to Don Baxter on September 15th and to Robert Hall on September 17th.
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Our family loves the ocean. The sunrises that fill the entire Texas sky with color that bursts forth with more drama than the most famous of paintings is something that we always look forward to. As we stand on the edge of the beach with our toes in the salty water, our imagination goes crazy.
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New Traffic Safety Laws Just wanted to make you all aware of the new laws that went into effect on September 1, 2009. Here is a quick summary: Kids under 8 have to be belted into a Booster Seat, until they are 4 feet, 9 inches in height. This will help their seatbelts fit them properly.
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This Friday is the eighth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack to ever strike on American soil, and if you do not fly a flag at other times of the year, this would be a particularly meaningful day to fly Old Glory. We can all be proud of the way America has pulled together, not letting political differences separate us, but all working toward what is best for our country and protecting democracy here and abroad from those who would destroy what we hold dear.
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One rainy Sunday afternoon in about 1976 my friend Britt Pounds and I decided to spend the day cutting golf balls open. We didn’t have anything better to do, and we each had a pocketknife, and my dad had thoughtlessly left a feed sack half full of golf balls where we could find it. If you’ve never cut a golf ball open, you might not realize what’s inside of one.
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Flax Seed Bread First, I read an article about the benefits of flax seed in your diet: Benefits of Flax seed (HealthCastle.com) Its high content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become our modern miracle food. Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) is a type of plant-derived omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon.
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Passing the Torch I applaud the Chamber of Commerce hiring committee for selecting Missy Gibbs as the new office manager. She is intelligent, eager to learn, and simply a pleasure to visit with. Welcome to the business community, Missy! Best Regards, Sherry Alm
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It's the Tuesday morning after Labor Day, and I sit facing a blank computer screen, waiting for inspiration to come so that I can finish my column, the final piece of writing I do every Tuesday for the new issue. During the last week, we finished the final aspects of our move to the new office.
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The Lower Colorado River Authority has applied to the Public Utilities Commission for permission to build a 345-kilovolt transmission line (18 stories tall, 180 feet wide right of way) from in Schleicher County, through Menard, Sutton, Kimble and Kerr county-a part of the CREZ project. The citizens of Kimble County understandability would prefer the line go through Mason County.
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NOTICE TO MASON COUNTY TAXPAYERS ABOUT THE TAX RATE AND BUDGET FOR MASON COUNTY FOR 2010 The Mason County Commissioners Court is in the process of adopting a budget for 2010 and setting a tax rate for the same period. Due to some of the conflicting and ambiguous wording requirements issued by the Legislature, the Court feels an explanation of these notices would be helpful. Property owners and taxpayers need to be aware that the tax rate for the county is based on the values provided by the ...
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Few Americans will ever forget where they were when they heard the news of the first airplane strike on the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. In a space of less than two hours, almost three thousand individuals, Americans as well as citizens from more than 90 countries, had died; the Twin Towers had collapsed, the Pentagon was on fire and a group of heroic citizens had brought down the fourth airplane, probably headed for the White House, in a tranquil pasture near Shanksville, PA.
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Our first campaign drive for the Box Tops For Education program began Tuesday, September 2nd. So gather all your Box Top coupons and drop them off at any of the collection sites. Collection boxes are located at Super S Foods, Mane Attraction, and the Elementary/Jr. High School office. Box Top coupons are about the size of a postage stamp and can be found on many grocery items you purchase everyday, including General Mills & Betty Crocker foods.
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On Tuesday, September 15th, Terry Lockhart and Lynne Carlson will be available to discuss the many services offered by the Area Agency for seniors through its various programs to include Care Coordination, Benefits Counseling, Caregiver Support, Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion Services, Nursing Facility Ombudsman, and The Community Outreach Program for all ages. "Answers on Aging and Community Outreach"
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The Mason Charity Quilters will meet Sept. 10th from 9-5 for a work day at the St. Paul Fellowship Hall. Come and join us. We will be doing quilts for the children in our community and we could use your help. For information call Joan Williams at 347-6947 or Doreen Cardenas at 265-4302.
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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 September meeting, to be held at 7:00 pm, Thursday, Sept. 10th, at the American Legion Post Hall on Post Hill Road (behind the Jail).
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The Mason FFA would like to remind everyone of our annual fundraiser which is going on from August 28th thru Sept. 9th. The Mason Ag. students will have their meat sales packet with them this week and through Labor day weekend. The FFA officers would like to truly like to thank you for your continued support of the Mason Ag.
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A biography of Adolph A. Reichenau and facts concerning the landmark mountain gap bearing his name in Kimble County will be featured when an official Texas historical marker is dedicated Sunday afternoon, September 20, at 2:00 o’clock in the Community Hall in London. Following the program, the marker will be unveiled at its location south of London on Highway 377.
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BRADY - Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s office in McCulloch County will conduct a training Sept. 10 for those needing a Texas Department of Agriculture private applicators license. The training is set from 8-11:30 a.m. at the AgriLife Extension office in McCulloch County, located at 114 W. Main in downtown Brady.
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At 8:00 a.m., on Saturday October 3, 2009, the Mason Lion’s Club’s 3rd Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5 & 10k Run/Walk will take place. Starting on the south side of the Mason County Courthouse next to the old Jail, participants will wend their way around the south side of town on a course which includes hill and dale, and one of the most beautiful scenic views in the hill country.
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Calling all golfers and SMU graduates to the House of Faith annual benefit golf tournament with the opportunity to meet and spend time with one of football’s living legends – Jerry LeVias. Golf tournament is Saturday, September 12, Quicksand Golf Course in San Angelo, 8:30 a.m. tee time. $80 per person for green fee, cart, lunch, mulligans and raffle tickets.
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The Chamber of Commerce Fall Mixer will be held on Thursday, September 17, 5:00 p.m., at Mason Building Supply with Keven and Tennile Kothmann as the hosts.
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We kicked off the first of the Mason playday series on august 29th. It was a huge success with over 30 contestants and many more spectators. The daddy pole bending was hilarious and very competitve. We also had barrels, poles, flags, goat tying. The contestants ranged from beginner to advanced.
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Mason Study Club sells hundreds of books at the Apple Festival! All proceeds go to the Mason County Library.
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Commencement ceremonies were held at Reed Arena on the Texas A&M University campus August 14, 2009. Tana Dockal received her BS in Animal Science, minor in Agricultural Economics. She will be continuing her education at A&M Graduate School to obtain her master's degree. Tana is the daughter of Tim and Helen Dockal of Mason and a 2006 graduate of Mason High School.
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Gloria Lehmberg won the "Best of Show Crochet - Nursing Home Division" during the recent Gillespie County Fair.
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Mason is well known for being a community of active and energetic seniors, and two more joined their ranks over the weekend. Scott Zesch (at right) celebrated his 50th on Saturday and was the recipient of an aluminum walker to help him maintain his independence and mobility. Being the kind-hearted man that he is, Scott reciprocated the generosity on Sunday when he gifted the walker to Terry Shanks, also celebrating his 50th!
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Tina Simon graduated form Texas State University on Aug. 14, 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. She plans to continue her education and apply for physical therapy school. Tina is the daughter of Robby and Kim Simon of Mason. Grandparents are Ernest and Opal Morris of Tow, Tx. and Claude and Doris Simon of Mason.
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Mason 4-H’s annual Enrollment Night/Pool Party was a great success! Members and their parents attended to enroll in 4-H, elect club officers, and enjoy games and fellowship, a meal, and some fun in our local pool! Several new families became involved in our 4-H program. Donations were also collected for the Mason Food Bank, and plans were made for several community service projects to be held in the upcoming 4-H year.
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Texas law requires all children younger than eight years to be in the appropriate carseat or booster seat. The law went into effect on September 1, 2009. Children are exempt if they are at least four feet, nine inches tall. The Mason EMS will be holding a booster seat checkup event on September 19, 2009, at the Mason National Bank from noon until 2:00 p.m.
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Past and present officers of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country met for lunch on Wednesday, September 2nd, at The Cat’s Meow. Riley Kothmann went over the 501(c)(3) application to see if any changes were needed before sending it off for approval. This will make the FAAHC a non profit organization, opening doors to opportunities for people in the four counties that it represents: Kimble, Mason, Menard, and McCulloch.
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AMARILLO, TEXAS -- SHEILA RHODES of MASON, TEXAS and HEZA PERPETUAL KID, a 2006 SORREL American Quarter Horse GELDING, placed in the Top-10 in THREE-YEAR-OLD GELDINGS at the 2009 Bayer Select World Championship Show, August 31 - September 6 in Amarillo, Texas. Qualifying and competing in the Bayer Select World Championship Show is a great honor,"
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BALLINGER – The Lake Ivie Baptist Association purchased 10,000 multimedia gospel compact discs to help area churches move forward with Texas Hope 2010 in the seven-county area. The churches then can purchase CDs from the association to use in individual city and county outreach efforts. The CD, which is on evangelism tool promoted by the Texas Hope 2010 campaign that is focused on helping Texas Baptists share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010, includes gospel presentations and a lin ...
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Austin, Texas - Thieves who steal cattle will face harsher penalties starting last week. Persons who steal less than 10 head of cattle, horses, exotic wildlife or fowl could be convicted of a third degree felony and face up to 10 years in prison, according to a law passed by the Texas Legislature in May that went into effect last Tuesday.
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The Mason County Grand Jury met on August 21, 2009, and returned three indictements. Two were announced in the August 26, 2009, edition. The third indictment was sealed awaiting the apprehension of the targeted individual. That task has been completed. Jeff R. Dutton, Theft of More than $20,000 but less than $100,000.
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On Sunday, August 30, 2009, Carl Wayne Sawyers, 85, passed from this life to be with his Lord and Savior. He was born on December 14, 1923, in Amarillo, TX, to Wayne and Cathleen Cook Sawyers. Carl graduated from Rice University with a degree in Civil Engineering and spent many years with the Holiday Inn Corporation.
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Melvin Burns of Mason passed away on Saturday, August 29, at the age of 70 in the home of his youngest son in Thorndale. He passed peacefully, surrounded by loved one, after fulfilling his goal of supporting his son in his first game as a head coach. Melvin 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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3rd-4th Grade: first row, left to right: Cade Bindseil, Hite Burleson, Fernando Torres, Tyson Keller, Corbin Norris, Josh Fulhmann. Second row: Xzavier Muniz, Jake Comey, Ty Ellebracht, Kason Silerio, Connor Davel, Manuel Martinez, Ethan Powell. Third row: Cal Rasch, Colin Hyatt, Austin Trimble, Alex Arellanio, Americo Alvarez, Sebastian Burke.
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5th-6th Grade: first row, left to right; Tanner Jordan, Jacob Harris, Chase Pawvlik, Riley Pape, Michael Jefferson, Josh Herrera, Quaid Brandenberger, Haddon Hudson, Brayden Waite, Randel Torres. Second row: Coleman Swafford, Spencer Bierschwale, Garret Bibb, Caleb Hyatt, Baylee Owen, Marshail Estrada, Dawson Lee, Levi Hofmann, Grant Sanders. Third row: Jacob Moreno, James Durst, Tyler Mayfield, Elijah Timms, Tyler Pawvlik, Seth Hudson, Luke Gillespie, Sam Dyer, Weslon Bauer.
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It has been a highly anticipated wait for the 2009 cross country team. It has been a nine month wait for the returning runners to get a chance to compete again. After such success in the 2008 season, they were anxious to get out there on the course and see what the new season had in store. The Punchers and Cowgirls traveled to Abilene to compete in the first ever Hardin-Simmons University Invitational.
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The first game of the season for the Mason Punchers began with a delay. A 19-hour delay. Lightening storms moving into San Saba on Friday night, followed by heavy rains, forced the rescheduling of the game to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Schedules were shuffled, plans were altered, and on Saturday, the Punchers met up with the Armadillos to kick off the 2009 season. San Saba, fresh off an upset defeat of DeLeon, proved that they have a promising season ahead of them, as they gave the Punchers a tou ...