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September 30, 2009 Issue
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The LCRA met with the Mason County Commissioners' Court on Monday morning, then returned that afternoon for an open house with the City. Both meetings drew large crowds, and lots of questions, as Mason residents expressed their concern about the possibility of high voltage transmission lines being built through the county. Steve Dyer, Public Affairs Representative for LCRA, and Sara Morgenroth, Sr.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009 • Photos
The Chamber held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday for Texas Home-Land Realty to celebrate the opening of their agency at 237 San Antonio St. This agency consists of Realtors with a wide range of experience and personality to suit your specific real estate needs. If you are looking to buy or sell ranch, commercial, or residential property, Texas Home-Land Realty can make sure your transaction goes as smoothly as possible.
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Much had been made of Menard's 4-0 season going into Friday night's matchup against the Mason Punchers; but, no one could have expected the game that fans were treated to for the evening. From the kickoff, it was apparent that Mason was keeping their eye on Menard's John Zamora, a speedster with incredible moves.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Affordable Computer Services is now part of the iFix Technical Support Team. Hill Country Telecommunications, LLC (a subsidiary of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc.) is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Affordable Computer Services. This exciting acquisition brings together two companies whose reputations have been built on innovation, customer service, and flexibility.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The major source of discussion and concerns around Mason for past couple of weeks has been the possibility of a large transmission line being planned through Mason County and its effects on our community. On Thursday last week the PUC formally approved the extension of the study area and a delay in the filing dates for the study, due to the large number of comments and concerns about other routing suggestions.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
This is the end. September. Gone before you know it. Over and done. Kaput. A September to remember. Because it rained. Finally. Banishing the burn ban. And raising our spirits. And the grass under our feet, too. Farewell, 100-degree days. Even if we do hit 90. It ain’t a hundred. Time for the Texas Weather Two-Step. Wear a jacket. Take off the vest. Put on a sweater. Pull it off. Find the t-shirt. Find the sweatshirt. Cotton or wool. Light or heavy. One layer or two. C ...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The long, slender fingers of sunshine pulled back into the deepening shadows below the hill. Night sounds erupted into full harmony but the ear could never get its fill. Where the curious lizard scurried away to, I cannot say. I will watch fervently for him on another day. The sweet little cottontail sat silently as we walked past her on the trail.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
It’s pretty hot on this Sunday afternoon and I am ready for more rain. The purple Gay Feathers on Eaton Cemetery Road in Andrew Kothmann’s pasture are short in height because of the lack of rain but they are sending up spikes that grow every day. Pray for rain. October starts with a lot of birthdays: Mozelle Palmer on the 1st, Carl Sanders on the 4th, Ray Jordan on the 5th, Denis Cano on the 5th, Todd Ashby on the 6th, and on the 8th of October E.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
This has been on my mind this week, since our good friend suffered a stroke recently. Best wishes for her complete recovery! I thought this might be a good time to make sure you all know what exactly a stroke is, and what symptoms to look out for. Remember- it’s better to be safe than sorry when you’re concerned that you might be having a stroke or heart attack.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Folks who have experienced both eras feel that while “Depression” and “recession” rhyme with each other and share many of the same letters, the former lays justifiable claim to describing a tougher time for the masses. And only one is capitalized. For the better part of two decades, tens of millions of Americans scrounged, stretched, saved and shared, calling on resourcefulness and prayer to make it to the next day. Indeed, life handed lemons to the masses.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
This has been a week of ducking the curve balls of life. I was definitely the bug this week and not the windshield. Mother always said that things happen in threes. So, I’ve had my three bad things and now I’m looking for the three good things. When I was young and living at home in that two story house, Daddy would say to me when we were downstairs, “Would you do me a flavor?” This meant, he needed something that was upstairs and I had younger legs than he did.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
When I was in high school there was still a drive-in theater in Brady. The fence around the property was in bad shape, and people started driving in through the rear without paying. So the owners hired a teenager to stand back there where the fence was down, and keep people from getting in. The only problem was that this was an enterprising youth, and he knew opportunity when he saw it.
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NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary. Guardian of Lies by Steve Martini (F MAR Mad.10). Mystery Fiction. “Defense attorney Paul Madriani gets caught in a web of deceit and murder involving Cold War secrets, a rare coin dealer who once worked for the CIA, and a furious assassin in one of the most entertaining novels yet in this New York Times bestselling series.” Fugitive by Phillip Margolin (F MAR Jaf.4).
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
1. Eat breakfast. How many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? It is, especially if you have low energy, headaches, and are stressed. What you eat for breakfast is important. Skip products made with white flour and white sugar – they will make you tired and more stressed.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 22nd, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 38 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Virginia Lemke and Jaci Draper. Lion Nolan Donop was responsible for the program and he spoke about his time in service during World War II.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
In the last few weeks, the paper has been full of stories about the LCRA CREZ line and the attempts by our neighbors to the southwest to have the route moved out of Kimble County and into Mason County. This week is no exception, and I would venture to guess that we will continue to see this as a topic of interest through July of 2010 when the permit application if finally filed with the PUC. During meetings on Monday with community members, LCRA representatives explained that it was necessary ...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Dear Gerry, This is a little overdue, but I wanted to pass along some thanks to a couple of people, Scott Spencer and Andy Delcuze, who did something really nice for me for no other reason than, well, they’re nice. Lately, it seems we’re very quick to report on the negative but we let the positives in life go by without notice.
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Eva Tannehill, race director for the Mason Lion’s Club 3rd Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5K/10K, models the T-Shirt that will be given out to all volunteers and participants. The run will take place Saturday, October 3, 2009, at 8 a.m. sharp and start next to the old County Jail on the south side of the Square.
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The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, October 3, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computer in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354. Country singer/songwriter/guitarist Tony Booth will headline the monthly show.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The United Methodist Church will once again hold its annual Spaghetti Luncheon, a tradition that began approximately thirty years ago. What started as a fund raiser for the United Methodist Women has evolved into a church wide project including the men, who have proven to be invaluable help. For only $7 one may feast on an all-you-can eat meal of spaghetti and meat sauces, salad with cheese dressing, hot bread, ice tea or coffee, and one slice of pie.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Come out and Support your Mason High School Cheerleaders on October 10, 2009. We will be serving dinner in the High School Cafeteria at 5:00 p.m., followed by Bingo at 6:00. Prizes will be distributed to the winners after every game. The cost will be $12 per person; this includes the dinner and 2 cards to play Bingo.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Plans are going well for Johnny and Carla Castillo's benefit to be held on Saturday, October 3rd, at Club Victoria in Menard. There has been a good response from friends and family. Donations for briskets, covered dishes and cakes are still being accepted. To donate a brisket, please call Cary Rambo at 456-8747, to donate a covered dish, call Yolanda Florez at 456-6838 and to donate a cake, call Vicki Hill at 396-3333. A special account has been set up for Carla and Johnny at the Menard Natio ...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Organizers of the Wild Game Dinner are looking forward to serving a delicious variety of game to a large crowd this Saturday, October 3, at the Blanco County Show Barn in Johnson City. This year’s fare is fried axis, fallow, wild game chili, whole roasted hog, gumbo, fried alligator, wild boar, fresh homemade sausage, boiled shrimp, possum balls, Melvin’s wild game stew, brisket, fried sweet potatoes, along with bacon wrapped dove, quail, pork, axis, shrimp and jalapenos stuffed with chee ...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009 • Photos
(Kerrville, TX) – The Kerrville Performing Arts Society (KPAS) will open their 26th season with the world-famous Yamato Drummers from Japan with two full-blown productions Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd. After two sold out performances by this phenomenal group in 2007, KPAS has received numerous requests for these artists to return to the KPAS series, and are thrilled to be opening their season with a show that is so electrifying, stimulating, invigorating, and an all arou ...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The sound of oompah, the aroma of sizzling bratwurst, and the cries of Prosit! once again herald the arrival of Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas, October 2, 3, & 4, 2009. For three full days, the whole world is invited to sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite festivals, celebrating its 29th Anniversary!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The Union Band Cemetery Memorial Association will have their annual business meeting on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Pontotoc Community Center. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
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Rita Service Organization met September 22, 2009 at the home of Lola Hohn with Jodie Kingston as co-hostess for a delicious salad luncheon. The meeting was called to order by President, Pat Tucker. Minutes were read by Secretary, Carolyn Toeppich. Vice President, Joan Whirtaker gave out the new yearbooks for 2009-2010, she discussed the up coming programs for the year.
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Complete Count Committees (CCC) are forming across the country to spread the word about the importance of the 2010 Census and to motivate every resident in their community to complete and return their 2010 Census questionnaire. Made up of state, local and tribal governments, and/or community leaders, CCCs are one of the core strategic elements of the 2010 Census.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009 • Photos
Fans of the beautiful Texas Hill Country will admire the way that Renee’ Walker brings that beauty to life in print. In sharing her talent through the print medium, she brings a smile to the faces of those who either are listening to her read or reading her work themselves.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
“Fear dominated my life. Denial clouded my perception. I ignored reality because it hurt when I thought about it. When painful thoughts emerged, as they inevitably did, I quickly and anxiously shoved them away. It was as if my thoughts were my enemies, and as they approached, I turned and ran as fast as possible in the opposite direction.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Greetings American Patriots, The City of Granite Shoals, will once again host the highly acclaimed, Annual Veterans Parade and Celebration, and you are invited to participate in the November 7, 2009, event. We will again be honored by the participation of the 1st Cavalry Horse detachment from Ft.Hood. This will be the 4th annual event and we are reaching out beyond Burnet County to the Texas Hill Country to include; Blanco, Burnet, Lampasas, Llano, Mason and San Saba Counties. Our goal is to ...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association (HCLRA) along with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service-Llano County, will be hosting a Wildlife Management Program on Friday, October 16, 2009. The program will be held at the American Legion Hall in Llano with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the program starting at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
On October 5, Llano Fine Arts Guild will present Jean Hensley of the Mid-West Texas Fine Arts Group based in Ballinger as our guest artist for October. Accomplished in all media, Jean frequently chooses to “push the button” in her oil paintings, particularly miniatures, and will share her knowledge and techniques and her special method of creating a small painting.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Women of the Land is a land stewardship training program designed specifically for women landowners, land managers, and wildlife enthusiasts. The program combines information on land management and skill-based outdoor recreation in a venue that encourages women to ask questions, improve outdoor skills, and network with women of similar interests.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009 • Photos
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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Mr. Thomas A. Wilton, Jr. of Richland Springs and Mrs. Becky Haak of Marlin, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jana Rebecca Wilton to Mathew Michael Farquhar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Farquhar of Whitney. Jana is the granddaughter of the late Bennie and Isobel Polk of Pontotoc and the late Thomas and Florence Wilton of Brady.
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Adolph Albert von Reichenau, adventuresome youth, soldier, Indian fighter, Texas Ranger, rancher, friend, father, and citizen of Texas was born in the Frankfurt, Dillenburg, Nassau area of Germany November 16,1822 or 1824. St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mason shows his birth as November 16, 1822 which I think is the right date. His father was in the military, probably in the Prussian Army, and when he died his mother remarried.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Mason County Girl Scout Troop 5240 is tying up work to complete our Silver Award. We wanted to say a special Thank You to all who have contributed towards our goal. We greatly appreciate everyones help for making our project a success. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the second highest award that a Girl Scout may earn.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) now has more time to study additional possible transmission line routes it plans to build in West Texas and the Hill Country. This comes after the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) today granted LCRA TSC a motion to delay. LCRA TSC now will be able to delay the filing dates of its four Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) priority transmission projects.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Donnell Buntyn of Fredonia passed away on Sunday morning September 27, 2009, at the age of 74. Born to Nathan and Florence Caples in Newton, Texas, on July 23, 1936. Donell loved crafts especially painting, sewing and quilting. She loved to cook and prepare meals for her family. She is survived by her husband Harold Buntyn of Fredonia, Sons Jesse Jackson of Round Rock TX, Richard Jackson and his wife Linda of Tow TX; daughter Kathleen Calarco of Round Rock TX, brothers; Ray Caples of Fredonia ...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Mrs. Fanny Voyer, of Mason and Fredericksburg, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at the age of 92. She is survived by one daughter Mrs. Doris Miller and five grandchildren: Amanda McMillan of Mason, Vanya Keyser of Fredericksburg, Robert Grant Feaster III of Ralls, Carlos Gonzalez of California and Zolen McFadden of Dallas, Texas..
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Vernell (Birk) Flint, age 76, of Llano, Texas passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2009 in Llano. She was born February 8, 1933 to Bernice (Nixon) and Albert Birk in Llano County Texas where she lived all of her life. She was of the Lutheran faith and a member of St.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The News received this message this morning from columnist Bill Bodenhamer. This is to advise you that my 98 year old sweetheart and wife for 40 years passed away on Sunday night and left me to spend the rest of my days without her comforting presence. May she rest in peace. Bill P.S.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
It was a delayed ‘opening day’, but the Punchers packed their bags and traveled to Goldwaite for an exciting night of Junior High football. Last week the first game of the season was cancelled due to rain and flooding, so the Junior High boys were double loaded for their first game. In the 7th grade game, both teams played well in the first period.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The 7th Grade Punchers had a split schedule this past week. They traveled to Harper and the 8th Grade stayed at home to take on the visiting Menard Yellow-jackets. In the Harper game the Punchers were playing a mixed 7th and 8th team, with the majority of the players being 8th graders.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Wow, hold on to your hat, the Punchers came to play ball this past Thursday evening against the visiting Yellow-Jackets from Menard. The Punchers didn’t waste any time, because after a good return into Yellow-Jacket territory on the opening kick-off, Raul Silguero scored on a trap play from the Jacket 22 yard-line, then QB Cody Wood hooked up on the throw-back to Leret Hemphill for a nice point after.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
Saturday, October 26th, the Mason Cross Country teams traveled to Llano for the Annual Llano Invitational Meet held at Llano High School. The meet consisted of over 100 individual runners in both varsity divisions, as well as fourteen teams of all classifications. The Punchers and Cowgirls were tough competitors among the advanced runners they faced. The Cowgirls started things off with an outstanding performance by all.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009
The Mason JV Punchers made the trek to Harper Thursday night to take on the Longhorn JV. The Punchers controlled the action from the opening kickoff and were able to bring home their first victory of the season. The Puncher defense continued its dominance over opposing offenses, and was the catalyst for an increase in offensive efficiency.
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Each year Coach Joy stacks the non-district portion of the schedule with some of the toughest kids on the block, with the thought process being that it will better prepare his team for district play. It works! Our Punchers came out of the lockerroom for their first district game so well prepared on both sides of the ball last week that the Yellow Jackets did not stand a chance.