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December 30, 2009 Issue
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Early Tuesday morning, snow began falling in Mason and was forecast to continue through the day. Temperatures were just above freezing; but, were expected to drop later in the day.
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First State Bank- Central Texas president Rick Tisdale, at center, joins Mason High School principal and acting superintendent Pam Kruse (far left) to present them with a plaque honoring thier most recent academic achievements.
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Plaques were also presented by, left to right: Thom Canfield, president of Mason National Bank; Randy Beckmann of Mason Funeral Home(at center); and Michael Cope, vice president of The Commercial Bank (at right). Pam Kruse and Tammy Parrish, Mason Junior High School principal, accepted on behalf of the school.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
The 85th Mason County Livestock Show will be held the week end of January 8 and 9, 2010. On Thursday evening all hog, sheep, meat goat and Angoras will we weighed and checked, beginning with the hog weigh in at 4:30 p.m., followed by sheep, meat goat and Angora goat.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
Members of the Mason County Texas Project hosted the first hunt of the season, with an emphasis toward bringing some of the more severe cases to the county in order to provide more support than is possible during the Annual Big Hunt in January. Overall, we had seven hunters, assisted locally by Ken and Sarah Stahl, Logan and Steve Toone, and several of Steve’s hunters.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
Finding goods and services can always be a bit of a challenge. In a small, rural town, that can be compounded by the remoteness of our location, and of the inability to get everything we need in a timely fashion. The Mason City Commission is also finding that it can be difficult to find qualified candidates for city administrator, for many of the same reasons. During their December 14 meeting, the City Commission voted to extend an offer to Scooter Radcliffe, who until May of this ye ...
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
As the old year draws to a close and we all look toward a fresh calendar and new opportunities, I hope you can look back and see a pleasant and memorable Christmas season and a year full of good memories and hopeful situations. The City of Mason has many good things to look back on this past year, and even more possibilities to look forward to in the New Year.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
Delicious Dips Using Common Ingredients Need a quick dip recipe for unexpected company? How about a dip that doubles as a nutritious snack or perhaps... even a mini-meal? Enjoy these five dip recipes made from items commonly found in your fridge or cupboards. They're filled with nutrient-rich foods such as beans, fish, peanut butter, cheese, yogurt and salsa.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
Hold the Phone… It was Moments after gift opening, tons of discarded wrapping, ribbons and boxes are asunder. Had tiny tornados gained entry, they could have caused millions of dollars worth of improvement. In one Texas home, a phone rang at dead center of the debris…. * * * * * The family Ringing seemed endless and grew louder. A 10-year-old summed it up: "You’d think with so ...
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
According to Z., my title has been changed to "JANE THE PAIN!" I’m also, Bossy, too! Now imagine that, I’ve never considered myself bossy or a pain! He’s just tired of all the extra stuff that I’ve done in the past that I’m no longer able to do, that he’s now having to do.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
The Christmas season is a time for giving. It seems easier, during this time of year, to give than it does at other times. Even if we can’t really afford to be all that generous. Sometimes even if we don’t know who we’re giving to. There was a story in the news a couple of weeks ago about a couple who were paying for their meal at a restaurant, and decided to pay for another couple’s meal.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
The library will be closed for renovations in January. During regular library business hours in January, a paperback exchange will be set up outside the library kitchen back door so that paperback books may be picked up and returned there. The paperback exchange will work on the honor system with no need for official check out. For patrons needing to use a computer during January: computers will be available for use at the Mason High School Library Monday-Friday 4:00-5:30 for patrons ...
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
Green Super Foods such as Spirulina, Chlorella, and Blue-Green Algae all contain chlorophyll, protein, vitamin B-12, essential fatty acid GLA, trace minerals and other nutrients in a form that is easily assimilated by the human body. These green foods are one of the four basic supplements that I recommend for health. Green cleans.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
It’s another great day in Art. The sun is bright and we wait for the rain, snow and sleet that is going to be here on Tuesday. And by the time you read the paper, the sun will be shining again. I hope you had a merry Christmas and will have a great New Year. Happy birthday wishes go to Anna Grace Durst on January 3rd and to Clara Cochran, Marian Leifeste’s great granddaughter, on her second birthday on January 3rd.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
As holidays go, New Year's Eve and New Year's day (siblings that always travel together) are two of the most interesting. Technically, it is nothing more than an artificial date, created as part of a calendar, which is man's attempt at regulating and tracking the passage of time. There are more than 40 calendars in use around the world.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
The city of Mason affectionately refers to (and markets) our town as the "Gem of the Texas Hill Country." It’s based on the stunning blue topaz that can be found around here in the beautiful creek beds that feed the winding Llano River. As many know, blue topaz is truly a treasure and it’s even recognized as the official Texas state gemstone. Mason is a treasure.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
The Hill Country Memorial Hospital Passport 55 program has 20 seats available to see Tim McGraw at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo on Saturday, Feb. 6. Passport 55 offers people over the age of 55 the opportunity to travel on both one-day excursions and far-away vacations with a group. Tim McGraw is a three-time Grammy award-winning country and western singer.
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(Kerrville, TX) – January 21st and 22nd, KPAS will feature the colorful, brilliant, rich in tradition, 55-member dance company accompanied by 15 musicians as one of the largest companies to perform in the history of the Cailloux Theater. This production highlights the zest for rich Mexican tradition and folklore and has been performed over 5,000 times throughout the world by this company that is permanently housed at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. The ...
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"Santa" helped Mason National Bank president, Thom Canfield, draw the names of the winners in the bank's Bonus Bucks- Shop ar Home promotion on Christmas eve. The winners will be identified in next week's issue. Photo: Amanda MCMillan
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Dale Adkins and Bill Brollier of Mason at The Mason Gallery. Dale Adkins is a nationally known illustrator most famous for his covers for Louis L’Amour western novels. He has some artwork at the Mason Gallery and heard of Bill Brollier’s service in a B-24 bomber during World War II.
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Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors join Michael A. Codiga, MS, MD, along with his family and employees, as he prepares to cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of his new internal medicine clinic Dec. 10 at 820 Reuben St., suite B. Dr. Codiga is a member of the Hill Country Memorial medical staff.
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Just a reminder that the Mason County Library will be closed the month of January to replace carpeting and to repaint. Everything has to be moved out to get ready. The Mason Country Historical Commission’s Archives Room also has to be cleared out and commission members Jan Appleby, Bob and Linda Laury, Jane Hoerster, and Margaret Brown have been busy boxing up all their materials and moving them.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
Due to the deadline required for the paper’s Christmas edition, the following names were not included on the 2009 "Community Greeting Card": Dorothy Brannies Odessa Dannheim Robin Lee David Schwappach Jody Wallace The final total for 2009’s "Operation Christmas Greeting" project is now: $6,835.00! The Mason County E.M.S. Association extends their most heartfelt and appreciative "Thank You"
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Three voting delegates from Mason County Farm Bureau recently participated in the 76th annual Texas Farm Bureau convention December 5 - 7 held in Fort Worth. They were: Joshua Leamons, Dorothy Grote and Jeff Grote. Policies directing the state’s largest farm organization were adopted by more than 1200 delegates from 207 organized Farm Bureaus.
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Editor's Note: Julie Nobles got this in before the deadline last week; but, we just didn't have enough room to get everything in. Enjoy it as it was intended. Everyone attending the Peter’s Prairie Community Christmas Party last weekend was pleasantly surprised. Folks were in awe and delighted in the renovation of the neglected old schoolhouse.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
San Angelo State University conferred degrees upon 366 students during 2009 fall commencement exercises Dec. 12 in San Angelo, Texas. 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. ...
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
NEW YEARS HOLIDAY: Friday, January 1, 2010-Trash collection will be Thursday, December 31, 2009 **If your trash day is on the day that is not a holiday then your trash collection will be as usual. Please have your trash out early as the city will be running two trucks and the schedules times will vary.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
On December 22nd, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the San Saba County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Ranger Dewayne Goll to serve a Felony warrant on Sammy Martinez for failure to appear for injury to a Child after being indicted. Sammy had jumped bond and been on the run since 2008.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
INGRAM—The Hill Country Arts Foundation has announced its 2010 theatre season with an exciting lineup of Broadway hits and comedies. The visual and performing arts colony, located on 13 acres on the banks of the Guadalupe River, enters its 51 "Most of the shows on stage at The Point this season will be new to the area.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
Most people think of April 15 as the time to file their taxes. For families applying for financial aid for a child going to college, January is the month to remember. That’s the best time to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA. The form can be procured through the organization website, via phone and in many high schools. The FAFSA is used by the federal government to calculate the minimum amount your family is expected to contribute to you ...
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
Recently, the Order of Saint Luke, began holding Vespers services on the first Wednesday of each month in the sanctuary. So, what exactly is a vespers service? The term "vespers" simply means evening. It is a daily prayer service that is part of an ancient tradition of services or offices that occur at different times each day.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
STONEWALL, TX: Governor Rick Perry visited Becker Vineyards after participating in the Grand Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting of the National Museum of the Pacific War’s George H W Bush Gallery on Monday, Dec. 7. "He purchased wine for his son’s rehearsal dinner," said Dr. Richard Becker, co-proprietor (of Becker Vineyards) with his wife Bunny.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Posted December 30, 2009
H. Dean Moore was born December 7, 1926, in Pontotoc, Texas, to V. W. and Ruby Simpson Moore. He served in WWII in both the 808th and the 872nd in the Pacific theater; both in Okinawa and later Tokyo, Japan. After military service he owned and operated several restaurants and automobile dealerships in West Texas; and eventually married Jean Ann Williams of Arbala, TX, and moved to East Texas. Mr.