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September 23, 2009 Issue
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Sept. 17, 2009 - LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) and the staff of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) Wednesday filed a joint motion with the PUC to delay the filing dates of the four Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) priority transmission projects LCRA TSC plans to build in West Texas and the Hill Country.
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Several groups in Mason County offer home tours during the year, and local residents love the opportunity to take a peek inside homes they've only seen from the outside. On October 4th, Mason County Habitat for Humanity will provide the opportunity for Mason folks to get a closer look at the two most recently built Habitat homes, and a chance to find out more about their unique construction. The October 4 open house is being held in conjunction with World Habitat Day (traditionally the first M ...
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The Goldthwaite Eagles always provide a tough matchup for the Mason Punchers, and last Friday was no exception. The Punchers had an exceptional night; but, could not get quite the advantage they needed to put the game in the win column, losing to the Eagles in a tight 13-6 game. Goldthwaite got the psychological advantage to start the game when Jonathan Williams ran in a 90-yard kickoff return to put the Eagles on the scoreboard in the opening seconds.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 15th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 39 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Lion Elliott Courtwright was responsible for the program and introduced Dave Collett, Pastor, First Baptist Church, who spoke about the Mason Food Bank. The Food Bank distributes a box of food items to families that need help meeting their family's nutritional needs.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Rain, rain. Don’t go away. But if you do, please come back some other day. Thank you, thank you. Danke, danke. Muchas gracias. We’re glad to have you. From in town to out in the country. And out to neighboring counties. From six-tenths to eight inches. For some, it was der Gewitterregen. A thunder rain. And der Daurregen too. A continuous rain. Nothing like a good tormenta to break the dry spell. Rainstorm. Long overdue. Most welcome. Most refreshing.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Refs, Zebras Part Ways… “Say it ain’t so, Joe” is an oft-cited quote attributed to a young fan following several Chicago White Sox players’ admission to “rigging” the 1919 World Series. Historians generally consider it a mythical quote directed to “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, whose stock plummeted from greatness to “goatness” with revelation of the scandal. True or not, it is a reminder of baseball fans’ collective gasp of disbelief…. * * * * * Our disdain fails to ...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
As you wander down the cereal aisle at the Super S the number of choices can seem overwhelming. You want to please your kids and buy one they will eat but also make sure it’s a nutritious one. And what about yourself? Cereal is not just for breakfast anymore and it’s certainly not just for kids.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Vacationing in Maine Attention Gerry Gamel Gerry, I have been contemplating for sometime the act of closing my book of memories to the Mason County News and today have made the decision that at the age of 98 I no longer have the will or the energy to continue my weekly columns.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
You are what you eat and do not eliminate. Now that can be a troubling thought when you consider all of the chemicals we take in that are foreign to our body. One great hiding place for toxic waste is our lymphatic system, which is the pathway for cellular waste to leave our tissues to be eliminated from our body. The lymphatic system is a network of nodes, glands and tubes that relies on muscle movement to flow and drain properly.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Mother told me something that has lasted throughout my motherhood. She said,”When they are little they step on your feet. When they grow up them, sometimes Will step on your heart.” I don’t know how many restless nights I had when my boys were teenagers. I often wondered how a father could go to bed and sleep, when he had sons out there driving and doing who knows what.
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Someone asked me a question at the cave the other night and I would like to take the time and space right now to answer that question. He asked me where people were from that came to visit The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. I have thought about it quite a lot and thought that others would benefit from the answer to that question.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Organizing Your Recipe Collection Perhaps you have a drawer full of recipes you’ve clipped from magazines, newspapers, etc. But it takes forever to sort through them when you want to try something new, and you usually go back to your tried and true recipes. Here are some suggestions for getting them organized. Dorothy Lehmkuhl and Delores Cotter Lamping, authors of Organizing for the Creative Person suggest the following for all the recipes we’ve clipped and never used: Put them in an a ...
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Artwork by local artist Al Dreyer is on display in the foyer of the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. As noted in the display, “Al is a charter member of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country. He began painting in 2002 when he enrolled in a New Braunfels community endorsed evening watercolor course.
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Last week, on Monday September 14, the City Commission met for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, and there were several actions from the agenda that affect all of us and I wanted to take a minute to share them with you. We began with two different Public Hearings in which we solicited your input on the annual budget and City property tax rate, and on the route of the new water main to be constructed on the north side of town.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
On this Monday morning, we are waiting for a cold front and a good possibility for rain. It should be here by the time you get your paper. Pray for rain and warm weather. The last week of September is full of birthdays: Maribelle Hoerster and Megan Toone on the 25th, Ken Jordan on the 28th, Samantha Jordan and Treg Hudson on the 29th, Emilie Bibb on the 30th and Mozelle Palmer will be 5 years old on October 1st.
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Until further notice, it’s not safe to fish. It’s not safe to go swimming, or wading, or take a bath. I’m not even sure it’s safe to drink water unless it’s been thoroughly inspected, personally, by the Surgeon General. Our first story comes from James Horton, who forwarded it after he got it from someone else.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
This past weekend, I had to clear my Saturday evening to make sure I was free to watch a football game. I don't usually worry about being "in attendance" for my Texas Longhorns; but, they were playing Texas Tech, and there was a bit more at stake than just bragging rights. One year ago, the game came down to the last two plays of the contest, and Texas went down to the Raiders.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Dear Editor, Remember reading in history books about Paul Revere riding through the streets hollering “The British are coming; The British are coming”?? We need to ride through the streets of every town yelling “THE GOVERNMENT IS COMING; THE GOVERNMENT IS COMING”!! Each morning when we awake, one more of our freedoms are being taken away by this President & his Administration!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Wind energy is renewable, the Texas Hill Country is not. It’s the truth in this statement that has brought landowners, business people, civic leaders and concerned citizens throughout the western Hill Country together to form the Clear View Alliance (CVA). We don’t question the need to bring wind energy from West Texas to populated areas along the I-35 corridor and farther east.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
The Texas Four Step Drill Team has excited audiences around the Hill Country and Central Texas with their display of horsemanship. They are also blessed with members whose equine training skills are unsurpassed. On October 17 and 18, clinician June Scripps will be holding a desensitizing clinic at the Fort Mason Park Arena as a fundraiser for the drill team.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
MASON - The Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s office in Mason County will conduct their Fall Hill Country Expo from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Mason. Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available. “We’ll be addressing some major issues and concerns that our producers need to be familiar with so they can make informed decisions, not if, but when, those issues arise,” said Brent Drennan, AgriLife Extension agent i ...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Time: 5:30 Where: Room #117 (Vondell Jordan’s Classroom) The CIRCLE Assessment: What do I need to know to better understand this test given to Pre-K students? · This session will help parents understand the different tasks that are tested. Parents will also be given an explanation to the report and how to use that to better help students at home.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
We come from different backgrounds, having had different opportunities, challenges, struggles, and experiences; different worship traditions; But Jesus Christ is our common ground. Join us on Common Ground . . . in Cherokee, halfway between Llano & San Saba. Join us on Common Ground . . . in worship, prayer and praise.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
New developments occurred this past week in the considerations for routing new transmission lines from the wind power projects in west Texas to the metropolitan areas of San Antonio. LCRA Transmission Services Corporation and the staff of the Public Utilities Commission recommended a delay in the filing dates and an expansion of the study area for these transmission routes.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
The Marble Falls Opry will be staged on Saturday, September 26, at the Uptown Theater in Marble Falls. The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $15.00 per person. Tickets are available at the Uptown Theater or by calling (830) 693-9996. Darrell McCall will headline the Marble Falls Opry this month.
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A good crowd was on hand for Saturday's Pontotoc Fire Department barbecue. Photo by Donna Nelson.
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Hill Country RC&D is joining with RC&D’s nationwide this week to celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of the RC&D program. We are still going strong in eight counties: Mason, Kimble, Gillespie, Llano, San Saba, Lampasas, Burnet and Blanco. A portion of our funding comes from local sponsors from all eight counties so that we can provide technical and financial assistance to carry out our many projects.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
A 345 kilovolt power line, supported on massive towers twenty stories tall, running through one of the most beautiful towns in Texas, following a route that adds $75 million dollars to the cost of a electrical transmission project. How could this happen? The determined efforts of a group of Kimble County landowners have forced the LCRA to consider a plan they didn’t make and don’t want. Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden will have representatives of the Lower Colorado River Authority present ...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Brady, TX – As part of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up Week, the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce and Hope From the Heart have partnered to host the inaugural Pigskin Pairing at 7pm on September 28th, 2009 at the Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady, Texas. The purpose of the Pigskin Pairing is to highlight the premier restaurants in our region and showcase their exciting menu creations featuring Texas commodities while broadcasting the Monday Nig ...
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The new officers of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country (FAAHC) met Aug. 21 at president Dana Butler’s home for our first work session of the year 2009-10. We have an exciting and varied Calendar of Events and special programs planned for our members. Current membership is at 43 artists, photographers, craftspeople, musicians, dancers/thespians, writers, and others who simply enjoy and support the ARTS in our part of the Hill Country. We invite all who are interested in any/all of ...
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The Mason Chamber of Commerce wants to thank Kevin and Tennille Kothmann at the Mason Building and Supply for hosting such an enjoyable Fall mixer last Thursday. They were the true host and hostess and had just about every kind of food and drink they could think of to make us feel welcomed.
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Five sisters attended their 30th consecutive gala, August 25-29th, on South Padre Island. Opening with a "Hello Sister" brunch, the five sisters sang to the tune of "Hello Dolly" while presenting gifts to revel the name of each one's Secret Sister of the past year. At the Beach House, overlooking the blue waters of the Gulf, lace, china, roses and fans provided the perfect English setting for a Victorian tea.
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Proud grandparents Alfred and Melva Menchaca of Mason along with Wayne and Ramona Smith of Llano are pleased to announce that Jacob and Misty Smith of Llano welcomed the newest member of their family, their daughter Jacelynn LeAnn Smith, on August 19, 2009 at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg at 5:22 P.M..
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Alan and Donna Kothmann, of Castell, would like to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Kayla Mayleen Kothmann, to Jody Ray Webster of Pontotoc. Jody is the son of T. J. and Connie Webster of Pontotoc, and the grandson of Raymond and Ruth Parker of Mason, and the late W.
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Bailey Wright is seen here proudly displaying three saddles she recently won competing all year in the Texas Hill Country Barrel Race Association. Bailey won Champion youth Barrels, Reserve Champion Open Barrels, and Champion Novice Pole Bending. Bailey is a 7th grader at Mason Jr. High and is the daughter of Curtis and Tommi Ann Wright, the granddaughter of Jackie and Carolyn Roddie of Fredonia, Susie Holloway of Brady, and Lloyd and D’ Annis Wright of San Antonio.
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Randy & Julie Moore of Fredonia are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Rodé Alan to Sarita Lynn Gonzalez, daughter of Sal & Johnnie Lee Gonzalez of Eagle Pass. Sarita is the granddaughter of John Harry Hardt, Sr. of Eagle Pass. Rode is the grandson of the late Raymond & Bobbie Moore of Florence, TX and the late Buck & Margy Jones of Lampasas, TX.
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Ryan, Brandon and Jessica Wartenbach are excited to announce the birth of their little brother, Derek Rhys Wartenbach. Derek was born on June 2, 2009, at Llano Memorial Hospital. He weighed seven pounds, five ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are James and Rheannon Wartenbach. Also welcoming Derek home (three months ago!) were his grandparents, Robbie and Rene Robbins and John and Charlotte Wartenbach, all of Mason.
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Theresa and Patrick Weber and Lex Kothman are proud to announce the graduation of their son, Chase, from the AACOG Police Academy in San Antonio. Chase has accepted the position of Deputy Sheriff in Hamilton. Chase also has one brother, Cheyenne Weber.
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Shelby Comey, 11 year old Mason Jr. High student, won the Colgate Country Showdown in Fredericksburg on August 20th. She is now moving on for a chance to win $100,000 and to compete at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. This weekend, she competes at Bayfest in Corpus Christi, then she moves on to the Regional Finals, and finally on to the nationally televised finals in Nashville.
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Mason County Republican Women celebrated our 30th anniversary on Wednesday, September 16th. Marie Loeffler and Florene Hofmann prepared a program touching on the highlights of this organization which include candidate forums, setting up campaign headquarters, participation in Mason’s Round Up parade, silent auctions, home tours and sending delegates to state and national conventions.
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Sixth grader Natalie Hoffman auditioned for Fredericksburg Theater’s Teen Troupe and was recently accepted into the program which will run through January. Natalie is one of the youngest members of the team but has been acting since she was six years old. She has participated in many of Mrs. Dawn Hahn’s musical productions locally and has attended Steven Stoli’s acting camp in San Antonio.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
The Texas Department of State Health will be offering many clinics for the Seasonal Flu vaccine this year. Flu shots are available to Children on Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The charge is $10.00. If you have Medicaid, please bring your card to avoid the charge.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Shannon Medical Center recently received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Achievement Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, Texas’ Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. The award recognizes Shannon’s efforts to improve patient outcomes on select national quality measures. Out of 227 Texas hospitals who voluntary entered the program in January 2008 and committed to improve quality of care, only 27 met the criteria and were presented with the Texas Health Care Quality Imp ...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
JUNCTION, TEXAS (September 18, 2009) – Thanks to the efforts of the Clear View Alliance and its network of like-minded organizations and individuals, the LCRA has taken the first step to protect the Texas Hill Country from the effects of ill-planned energy sprawl. LCRA asked the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to extend the deadline for filing the proposed routes for the high-voltage transmission lines slated to be built in the region.
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Mr. Albert Navarro Sr., of Mason, passed away on Monday, September 14, at the age of 75. Mr. Navarro is survived by his wife, Carmen Navarro of Mason, a daughter Margie Sanchez and husband Raul of Mason, a son Gilbert Navarro of Mason, a brother Ignacio Navarro of Dime Box, and a sister Nestoria Benavidez of Pearsall.
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Roscoe Behrens, of Mason, passed away on Saturday, September 19, at the age of 87. Mr. Behrens is survived by his children Frankie Behrens of Kerrville, David Behrens and wife Barbara of El Dorado, Raymond Behrens and Sharyn Esquell of Kerrville and Barbara Oakes and husband Frank of Kerrville. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
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The road to the State Championship will begin this week as district play kicks off all over the state. You have to finish as one of the top three teams in your district to qualify for the playoffs. District 29 is once again stacked, with Menard and Eldorado both featuring two All-West Texas players and Junction rolling out another.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
Over the Weekend, the Mason cross country teams traveled to San Antonio for the annual UTSA Ricardo Romo Classic. The meet is held at the Brooks-City Base Golf Course, which is also the site of the 2009 Region IV Cross Country Meet. Many teams that will be competing in the Regional meet were on hand. Class 1A ran in the heat of the day with the girls starting at 2:25 PM.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 • Posted September 23, 2009
The JV Punchers traveled to Goldthwaite last Thursday night to take on the Eagles in what turned into a very exciting game despite a significant delay in the start of the game. The Punchers battled hard but could not hold off a strong Eagle rally that ended with a 14-8 Puncher loss. The Punchers took the lead in the first quarter on a short Rio Schmidt touchdown run set up after a 50 yard scamper by Austin Trip a few plays previous.