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September 16, 2009 Issue
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During the halftime activities of last Friday night's game (held under the stands due to the rain) Jaci Draper was named as the 2009 Football Sweetheart. She was presented her award by, clockwise from front: Joaquin Mejia, Ethan Holland and Justin Yonker.
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Ellie Blair was named as the 2009 Band Sweetheart during Friday night's homecoming ceremonies. She was presented her bouquet by, left to right: Jorge Morales and Michael Vargas. Eloy Rico also made the presentation; but, the crowded sidewalk of the bleachers prevented him from being able to navigate into a position where he could be in the photo.
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Sandra Arrott was the lucky winner of the topaz in the Mason County Apple Fest Topaz Treasure Hunt. Don Durflinger presented her with the lovely Texas Star Cut stone last week.
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gAfter Thursday night's junior high and junior varsity games were called on account of the welcome rain, the biggest question going into Friday night's homecoming game against Johnson City was,,, will it happen? It did! Rain is an equalizer of teams, and for the first quarter of the matchup, Mason and Johnson City both struggled to keep their footing, their grip, and their composure.
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The Mason County Commissioners' Court had a three hour meeting on Monday, and the Mason City Commission was only fifteen minutes shorter. A topic that took up much of the discussion at both meetings was the possible routing of an LCRA transmission line through Mason County, skirting the city before heading south to Kendal County. The original study route for the transmission line, and the one that LCRA had announced as its preferred route, went from Schleicher County (just north of Eldorado), ...
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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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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 8th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 36 members and 0 visitors in attendance. Lion John Copeland was responsible for the program and he spoke about his "Forty Years In Alaska-In One Night." John told of the many changes his life and career took from being stationed at Ellmendorf Air Base to working there and other places in the area as a civilian.
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Five inches. Eight inches. Some counties had more than fourteen. And some saw less than two. We must be living right. When it rains, it pours. And pours and pours. And we got our goodly share. Now for a breather. Sunshine. Warmer temperatures (again). And, if we’re lucky, another round of rain. Weather unifies. And unites. You can’t be in it and be separate. Though your roof may leak and mine doesn’t. Or my yard might flood and yours doesn’t. Rain, rain, heavenly rain. ...
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Birthday Party: A Chicken Way Out… It was something of a hybrid event, partly “connived” by loving relatives and the rest perhaps attributable to a perfect alignment of the stars—or at least a coincidence of the calendar. Now, several days removed from Labor Day, on which fell my 72nd birthday, I can better objectify the observance.
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To Seattle and Back by Amtrak Late in July of 82 my wife and I, together with David and Deryl Bishop, took an Amtrak trip from San Antonio to Seattle, to Chicago and back to San Antonio. Because of a shortage of planning time (David had to get back for planting) our plans for the trip were formulated in a hurry and we were advised that sleeping facilities from Los Angeles to Seattle would not be available to us. Undaunted by the idea of having to sleep upright in a coach seat for one night ...
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Flu – we all want to avoid it. Here are some natural options that will help build your immunity so you do not get it. Olive leaf enhances immune function and fights all types ofa infections, including the flu virus. I see many people who tell me that they have not been sick since they began taking olive leaf daily.
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I guess all the pessimists who were saying, “It’s just not going to rain anymore.” Are now saying, “I sure wish it would stop raining.” You just can’t please some folks, no matter what! Here Z and I are with 52 channels of television to choose from and all he wants to watch is Fox News.
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Happiness Is a Big Fish And it rained, good rain, great rain, a slow gentle rain, a blessing from God. Thank God for the rain. We are always ready for more. Wishing a happy birthday to Charlie Thigpen on September 19th, to both Kim Jordan and Herman Hitzfelder on September 21st and to Michael Don Durst on September 24th.
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Click… the power button on my computer has initialized a beginning to a vast knowledge of subjects that I can use to manage my day. Click.. Click…. I am now zeroing in on the Internet which displays countless ways in which to direct my thoughts. Click… I am now in my FAVORITES, a composite list of things I regularly use that is only that one click away.
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The first ever Mason Apple Fest was a big success! It was very nice to see so many people out supporting the Mason schools and having a great time. The 4-H club helped me with a booth where people could try free apple snacks. We made apple smiles, where we covered an apple wedge with peanut butter and used almond slivers to make the teeth.
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Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that your senators, John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, voted against Cass Sunstein’s appointment to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as the ‘Regulatory Czar.’ The bad news is that there weren’t enough other senators smart enough to come in out of the rain, and Sunstein got in anyway. Sunstein was appointed by president BO and had to be confirmed by the Senate.
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I'm flattered to know that people read my column, and pleased that they are interested enough to make comments about some of the topics I've touched on in my ramblings. Occasionally, I get a different type of comment - a suggested topic for the column. I guess I should say that it's not occasionally that such a thing happens, for it occurs on a regular basis. "You should write about....." "I wish you would do a column concerning...." "Why don't you tell people to...." The suggestions are a ...
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To: Public Utility Commission of Texas P.O. Box 13326 Austin TX 78711-3326 Re: Docket # 37049 LCRA/CREZ Transmission Line Commissioners: This letter is a protest to the actions of the Kimble County Commissioners Court and a landowners group called “Clear View Alliance”, to have the new LCRA/CREZ power transmission lines and support towers routed away from the originally designated Junction area, and instead moved to and through Mason County. The Kimble County Commissioners Court pa ...
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New Mason resident, Carol Conlee, will be speaking to the Mason Study Club on Tuesday, September 22nd at 10 a.m. Carol Conlee moved to Mason in 2007 after she and her adventurous husband fell in love with a rugged piece of land in Loyal Valley, about 18 miles south of town.
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The 59th annual Llano River Valley German Hymnfest, featuring songs of faith and inspiration used by immigrant families, will be held Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m. at the Hilda United Methodist Church. The annual German Hymnfest is sponsored by four Methodist churches: Art United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist in Castell, Hilda United Methodist and First United Methodist, Mason.
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Junction … The Edwards Plateau Historical Association has announced plans to hold its Fall meeting on Saturday, October3, 2009, at the City Limits Café in Eden, Texas. The meeting will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at 10:00 o'clock. Three historical papers pertaining to Concho County history will be presented.
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Llano Fine Art Guild proudly presents Rosemary Davis as guest artist for our September program. Rosemary taught in the public school system and at UTSA until she retired and she and her husband moved to Mason. An out-building was refitted as a studio for Rosemary and she now spends much time painting and working in computer graphics.
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Gene & Judy Zela will be hosts at this Friday night’s Hilda Community Club meeting. They will provide a roast beef dinner and will provide everything but desserts, so if you can, bring a dessert. Supper will be served around 6:45 and afterwards we will hold our monthly meeting.
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Jeff Weber, Nashville recording artist, and the T-6-Texans will be performing at the Hill Top Ballroom on September 19th. The concert/dance will be from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Weber started his career at an early age because of his love for Texas music. Through much hard work, he has progressed forward, never forgetting his Texas roots.
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The Texas Department of State Health will be offering many clinics for the Seasonal Flu vaccine this year. Flu shots are available to Adults on Thursday, September 17, 2009 from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM and Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The charge is $10.00. If you have Medicare, please bring your card to avoid the charge.
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Cajun, Zydeco music on stage for next Roots Music concert Music fans can enjoy Cajun music, Cajun cooking, and nonstop Cajun kicking at the next Roots Music concert at Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum on Saturday, Sept 26, 2009. Three top Cajun and Zydeco acts make a rare stop in the Hill Country Music scene for this final 2009 concert. The Gulf Coast Playboys Trio start off the evening at 6 p.m.
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Enjoy the cooler temperatures and join us for a day of refreshments, prizes, and beautiful properties! On Saturday the 26th of September, Homestead Real Estate will host a tour of each exclusive home they have listed for sale in Mason Texas. The tour will begin 9 a.m. with Coffee and doughnuts at a very neat and tidy starter/retirement home located at 525 Lee Street.
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Mark your calendar to attend the Rainwater Harvest Seminar in San Saba. This seminar is scheduled for Thursday, October 8 at the San Saba Civic Center, 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m. Billy Kniffen, Water Resource Specialist with the Menard AgriLife Extension Office, will discuss watershed management on rangeland acreage, run-off reduction in the landscape, rainwater collection for home and livestock use, and build a wildlife guzzler. Registration is $15.00 per person, (lunch and handouts included).
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The bass fishing team of Chuck Bradley and Denwood Butler finished in the top 10 in the West Texas Team Trail for the 2009 season. Following the regular season tournaments at Lake Amistad, OH Ivie, Brownwood and Hubbard Creek, Mason’s bass fishing duo took 4th place (out of 78 teams) along with a free entry to the Championship Tournament at Lake Amistad this past weekend.
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Four cyclists left Mason at 8:00 a.m. Monday, heading west. Destination, Ft. Davis. The four day, Sept. 14 - Sept. 21, 526 mile trip, will include overnight stays in Eldorado, Iraan, Sanderson, and Alpine. They will reach Ft. Davis on Friday, Sept. 18, where they will then ride to Balmorhea State Park.
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Amarillo, Texas—Sheila Rhodes of Mason, Texas and Ladys Magic Touch, a 2005 Sorrell American Quarter Horse Mare, placed in the Top-10 in aged mares 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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Betty Bielser is a well-known Texas watercolorist and author of two books on watercolor techniques. Betty’s work has won Best of Show in several juried competions. Her art is on display at galleries in the Hill Country and in San Antonio. Betty gave a demo of one of her methods on Friday, Sept.
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Here are the winners of the Apple Baking Contest. Four of the seven winners were from out of town, a sign that this was truly a regional event. GRAND PRIZE - PERFECT SCORE Karen Chesky - Kerrville County Fair Caramel Apple Cake APPLE PIE CATEGORY 1st Place Tara Roy - Mason ‘Caramel Apple’ Apple Pie 2nd Place Dennis Gaines - Kerrville The Apple Pie That God Would Eat 3rd Place Ginny Patterson - Horseshoe Bay Fool Proof Apple Pie OTHER DESSERT CATEGORY 1st Place M ...
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Baby is finally here! Sabrina Muñoz and Kristopher Carrillo are proud to announce the birth of their son, Kristopher Ryad Carrillo. Kristopher was born @ 4:42 p.m. August 31st 2009 at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg weighing six pounds, four ounces and measuring 20 1/4 inches long. He is welcomed home by his grandparents Billy and Sylvia Muñoz of Mason, John Robert Carrillo of Laredo and Anne Ramirez of Belton.
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Beth Palmers music students performed Saturday live on Fredericksburg’s KNAF/KFAN radio. Pictured left to right are Faith Ingracia, Clarissa Orta, Haylee Burton and McKenna Johnson. Photo by Terry Johnson
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Dr. and Mrs. Thomas McDonald, Hays, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Emily Jane to Thomas Vance Decker, London, Texas. Thomas is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Decker, Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Laake, London, Texas. Grandparents of the couple are Betty McDonald, Smith Center, the late Myron McDonald, the late Mark and Dorothy Palmer, Peggy Decker, Bertram,TX and the late Dennis Decker, Harlan and Charlene Hight, London. The bride-elect is a graduate ...
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Kaden Kimbriel would like to announce the birth of his baby sister, Kydie Brooke Kimbriel. Kydie was born August 30th at 8:39 p.m. at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg. She weighed 7lbs. and was 19 1/2 inches long. Parents are Wade and Summer Kimbriel of Mason. She is also welcomed by her grandparents Hank and Teresa Kimbriel of Mason, Jeffery and Ronda Stuart of Ozona, and by great grandparents Raymond and Odessa Kimbriel, Rosa and Lindy Lange both of Mason and Jerry and Jackie ...
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Marie Garner, great-grandmother, proudly announces the arrival of her second great-grandson, Chase Garner Brodhead. Chase was born July 16th. He weighed 9 lbs. 1oz. and measured 21 1/2 inches. His parents are Cole and Jeannie Brodhead and brother Hayes. Grandparents are Gene and Elizabeth Brodhead and Terry and Sharon Mullin all of Austin.
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Rev. Mark Krause shows off a Choke Canyon trophy!
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Hill Country Memorial Hospital welcomed dermatologist Cynthia Olfers Clegg, MD, to its medical staff. Dr. Clegg is associated with Michael W. Braden, MD, and Michael J. Majors, MD, at Hill Country Dermatology. She graduated valedictorian from Fredericksburg High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University. She received her doctorate in 1997 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School of Dallas.
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Hill Country Memorial Hospital is welcoming internal medicine physician Michael A. Codiga, MS, MD, to its medical staff. Dr. Codiga is a Diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine. He received his master of science in exercise physiology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 1985. He received his doctorate of medicine from St.
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Cristi Lee Slocum, a graduate of Mason High School, has been awarded a scholarship by the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation. Slocum received the Spalding Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, payable for the first year of higher education. The Spalding Sports award was awarded to 37 students who have participated in the University Interscholastic League Academic State Meet and who have compiled an outstanding record of academic and extracurricular achievement. This year the TILF awarded ...
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Meagan Brown, 18, daughter of David and Janna Brown of Austin and granddaughter of Frank and Margaret Brown of Hilda, recently earned the Girl Scouts Gold Award, the highest level of recognition in the Girls Scouts of America. Only 5.4% of girls in grades 10-12 last year earned this recognition.
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This is a time to say to our 60+ Grandparents of our community, we thank you and love you for the example you are in our lives. You are invited to a meal at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 26 at the Mason School Lunchroom. Come visit with friends, maybe win a door prize and let the youth of Mason Gospel Church show you how very special you are.
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The Kerrville Soil Survey Office would like to welcome a new employee, Brady Jones. Brady is originally from Bellevue, Texas. He has been hired as a Soil Scientist and will be working in conjunction with existing Soil Scientists, Julia McCormick and Amanda Bragg. He is a 2009 graduate of Tarleton State University and majored in Agronomy and Range Management with a concentration on Soil Science.
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Trying to predict the district’s enrollment the last ten years has been an extremely daunting task. From 2001 until 2006 Mason ISD experienced numerous ups and downs in terms of total enrollment. There was basically no trend available to help predict future declines or increases in enrollment. Our neighbors didn’t provide much help either except in areas to the west who were trending downward until the recent slight oil boom.
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The Mason NRCS Office, AgriLIFE Extension and the Hill Country RC&D Area will be hosting a very informative seminar on October 1, 2009. The Expo will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church with registration beginning at 8:30. The program will kick off with an update on animal health issues, such as Trichinosis in beef cattle, by Dr.
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Florence Anna Lee Leifeste Blake was born February 26, 1923, on the family ranch near Art, Texas to Ernest F. C. and Nellie Louise Kothmann Leifeste. Florence was the youngest of nine children and enjoyed her time with her large family raising cattle in the Texas hill country. She had three brothers: Sam, Roy, Dietrich (DC), and five sisters: Bessie and Dessie (twins), Esther, Myrtle, and Vernelle.
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Edgar Lange Edmiston, Sr. passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2009, at the age of 99. The only child of William Edgar Edmiston and Elsie Lange Edmiston, he was born August 26, 1910, in his grandmother’s home at the Lange Ranch near Katemcy, Texas. Except for the last few years, he lived within three miles of his birthplace the rest of his life.
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Michael David Rode, of Castell, passed away at his home on Friday, September 11, at the age of 51. Michael was born on February 1, 1958, in San Antonio, the only child of David Eli Rode and Opal Schmidt Rode. He was raised in Mason and was a 1976 graduate of Mason High School.
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Marjorie Elizabeth Ward Nicholson, 83, passed away Monday, September 7, 2009, in Kerrville, Texas. She was born on January 2, 1926, at Henderson Branch, Kerr County, the youngest child of William and Lizzie Ann Masters Ward. Her early education years were spent at Ingram Elementary School, transferring to Tivy Junior High and High School which was located in the Joseph A.
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Albert Navarro Sr. passed away at his home on Monday, September 14, at the age of 75. Survivors include his wife Carmen Navarro of Mason, a son Gilbert Navarro of Mason, Margie Sanchez and husband Raul of Mason a brother Ignacio Navarro a sister Nestria Benavidez, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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Bob Kruse passed away peacefully at his home on September 11, 2009. He will be missed by his three children and their families, Mark and DeDe Kruse of Abilene; David and Kim Massey of Abilene, and Bryan and Beth Horner of San Angelo. He had eight grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law in Colorado, Charlie and Virginia Mae Green.
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Editor's Note: The following was received too late for the September 9 edition of the paper. The September 10 Junior High and Junior Varsity games were cancelled due to the heavy rainfall. The JV Punchers played their first game of the season last Thursday night and fell in a close game 12 – 8 to the visiting San Saba Armadillos.
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At the beginning of the year the football web-sites and regional newspapers were calling the Mason vs Goldthwaite game one of the top three dream games in Class1A this year. Fox Sports Southwest called it a can’t miss showdown of two State ranked power house programs! Both teams have held firm in the statewide top twenty polls, however, our Punchers will go into Friday nights contest a slight underdog, with our Punchers ranked 14th and Goldthwaite ranked 3rd. Goldthwaite has been one of the ...