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February 2, 2010 Issue
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In November of 2009, then Superintendent Matt Underwood was notified that Mason High School had been nominated as a 2010 Blue Ribbon School. Since that time, the faculty at MHS has been hard at work readying their application due to be submitted to the United States Department of Education in mid-February. The Blue Ribbon Schools program was established in 1982 by the US Department of Education and was redesigned in 2002 under No Child Left Behind to reflect the program’s high ...
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Elected officials and potentially affected landowners were notified this past week of the schedule for Open Houses presented by LCRA Transmission Services to inform the public about the proposed route through Mason County. The Open House in Mason is planned for Wednesday, February 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
DALLAS — Those electing to work for the 2010 Census won’t lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (previously known as the Food Stamp program), thanks to a recent federal interpretation of eligibility rules. The rules interpretation from the Food and Nutrition Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is good news for those seeking employment in tough economic times, and when the Census Bureau is still seeking qualified applicants to help complete th ...
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas –– The Texas Historical Commission (THC) announced Round VI grant recipients of its nationally recognized Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program at its quarterly meeting on Jan. 29 in Austin. Commissioners awarded matching grants totaling more than $20 million to 20 Texas counties to help preserve their historic courthouses. The counties to receive funds in Round VI of the program are: Comal, Colorado, Edwards, Franklin, Fort Bend, Old Glasscock, Ham ...
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, January 26th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 39 members and 7 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Leticia Jaramillo and Treysi Vega. Lion Fritz Landers was responsible for the program and introduced Gabe Jennings who spoke about the 2009 Youth Range Camp.
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Very often the primary focus of conversations that elected officials have is to listen to complaints, suggestions, or general comments about how the city or county works and what the individual would like to see changed. Listening to the input from citizens is one of the primary duties that we have, and I have heard many good and reasonable ideas as well as some unreasonable complaining during the past several years.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Gee whiz. There’s a new science out there. It’s called Gee-Whiz-ology. You heard it here first. (Because I just made it up.) A new science for the New Age. The study of awe. As in "awesome." Or "golly gee whiz." We can say that about so many things in life. The very ordinary becomes extraordinary. Every day. All the time. To be in awe. It’s all in the eye of the b ...
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Winter. Cold. Windy. But at least, we got a great rain. Spring will come with great grass and tremendous blue bonnets. Thank God for this great world He has prepared for us to live in and love. Wishes for a happy birthday go to Peggy Jordan on February 5th and to Judy Kingston on February 6th.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Supermarket Savings Think of supermarkets as giant selling machines, where traffic patterns, product placement, smells, displays, and signs lure you to spend more time cruising the aisles and more money at the checkout. These tips should keep you from falling for the tricks: Look high and low Supermarkets are in the real-estate business, and prime selling space includes the middle or eye-level shelving.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
More Than a Mentor… Born of Retiring in 1990, he was ill for several years prior to his death at age 84 on the final day of 2009. It was standing-room-only at College Station memorial services. Friends and loved ones ran the gamut from tears to laughter—the very way this man met life daily. Junction-born and Ballinger-schooled, Wright cleared a bar set high.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
"GLOBAL WARMING?" I don’t think so, at least not in these parts. However, I’ve noticed a steady warming in Washington, D.C.! Yep, sure is a whole lot of hot air being blown in that part of the nation. Austin, too, is a tad bit warmer than it should be, too! Both my sources for weather told me it would get in the lower fifty’s today.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
People often send me stories about the gooberheads at peta, a group that is, for me, a never-ending source of column material. For over twelve years I’ve been pointing out the stupidity of these human punching bags. It stands to reason I’d get tired of it after a while. I wonder why I don’t. Upbraiding President BO a while back for swatting a fly got peta a lot of attention, and pointed out their knotheadedness to the few people in America who still took them somewh ...
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
The Hanging In going through my files I ran into this letter from Shagnasty dated Oct. 20, 1992, in which he tells me some some of his son’s problems followed by his own thoughts on divorce: Dear Bode, Back during the days of Desert Storm, when we were getting our daily briefings from the head General, I was getting my briefings on my son’s marital conflict from my daughter who received her information from her dear friend — my son’s e ...
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Coenzyme Q10 provides energy for the body’s cell growth and maintenance. It is a valuable antioxidant that is normally produced by all cells in the body, but is much more abundant in the heart, liver and immune system. As we age, our ability to produce Co Q10 seems to decline. Low levels of Co Q10 have been linked to several chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, congestive heart failure, and cardiovascular disease.
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Bret Porter "Naturally Great Loaf of Bread" This recipe comes from the King Arthur Flour Company’s 200th Anniversary Cook Book. It first appeared on their flour bags during the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s. It makes 3 loaves of bread, and the way Mr. Porter suggests that you divide the dough up before you bake it, you wind up with 6 "mini loaves."
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
I have always been a bit short in the attention department. As a child, people politely noticed that I had a tendency to daydream a bit. As I got older, politeness began to wane, and people were prone to notice that I was "drifting." As a fan of James Thurber's iconic daydreamer, Walter Mitty, I don't really mind falling into this category.
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Hi Gerry, I hope everyone is enjoying this Global Warming that we are experiencing. I think Al Gore caused a lot of extra expense to our country with his theory of global warming and all the study that has gone into that subject. If people would only read the Bible they would realize that God is in full control and the weather is exactly as He wants it, not as Scientist think they can change.. Read Genesis 8:22 for yourself...."While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, ...
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
The Public Utility Commission of Texas has chosen to disregard some provisions of Texas district Judge Stephen Yelonosky’s January 15th decision ordering PUC to suspend development of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone transmission line projects pending cost analysis of all CREZ projects. Judge Yelonosky’s ruling, made in response to a suit filed by the City of Garland, forces PUC to reconsider its award of routes to an array of foreign, out of state and untried players in the ...
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
The First United Pentecostal Church of Brady will be offering Bible study classes in Mason. The classes will be on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Mason National Bank Community Room. The first class will be on February 10th. Classes will be conducted by pastor Joe Shaw. The following classes will be on February 17th and 24th. To contact Pastor Shaw, call 325-456-2046 (cell) or 325-597-1693 (home).
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River of Life Church announces the Spring session of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. FPU is a 13-week, life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and experience a "total money makeover". It’s for EVERYONE from the financially secure to the financially distressed. Over 180,000 families and individuals have attended FPU at their workpla ...
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Melvin Adams, a former Harlem Globetrotter, whose passion is to change the total teenage culture in America will be inspiring the youth of FBC Mason on Wednesday, February 10 with basketball, comedy and words of encouragement wrapped up in what God wants for today’s youth. Also, Gifted, a Christian rapper will provide musical entertainment.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Brady’s St. Paul Episcopal Church will be presenting their annual Mardi Gras event Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Brady Middle School cafeteria, on the Menard Hwy. Serving time is 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $8, those for children 12 and under are $5. As in years past, putting your name and phone number on the back of your meal ticket enters you in a drawing for an original Frank Roddie Jr.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
The Central Texas College (CTC) extension campus in Brady, TX will begin testing for admittance to its vocational nursing program in February. A new entrance exam is being administered this year. The Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment (HESI A2) exam replaces the NET exam of year’s past. However, previous passing NET scores will be honored this year. The HESI A2 exam has five sections: anatomy and physiology, biology and chemistry comprise the first section.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
February DSHS Immunization Clinic for children of all ages is Wednesday February 10, 2010 from 8:30 to 11:30 AM and 1:00 to 3:30 PM. Happy Valentine's Day!!! DSHS Clinic, 1004 S. Bridge St., Brady, TX. 325-597-0550
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg and the Hill Country University Center will present an information session on navigating the College Financial Aid process on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Fredericksburg High School at 5:30 p.m. Students planning to attend any college and parents are invited to attend. A session in Spanish will also be held. Additional information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form will be presented.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
The Fine Arts Association of the Hill country will sponsor a workshop entitled Painting, with a Point! Warren Taylor, head of the Midland College Art Department, is offering a short affordable workshop featuring water soluble crayon-pastels and pencils. Warren says these material have much potential, are light fast, very mobile and enjoyable. The two day workshop, offered Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19th 2010, will consist of demos, talks and hands-on teaching.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Building upon the nation’s call to return to the principles that our country was founded upon, the Patriots of Gillespie County will sponsor a seminar for peace officers entitled, "The Constitution for Peace Officers". Former sheriff Richard Mack will facilitate the seminar that is planned for February 9, 2010 and is open to all law enforcement.
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The February meeting of the Hill Country CattleWomen will be held at Hondo’s, 312 W. Main, Fredericksburg on Tuesday the 16th. Coffee and social begins at 10 a.m. and the business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. Extra parking is available behind Hondo’s off of Austin Street. After a successful January meeting and an outstanding legislative speaker, we will begin planning our April 13th Annual Style Show and Luncheon to be held at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville.
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(Kerrville, TX) – The show is set as a radio program and from different locations throughout the USA (The Savoy, The Palomar Ballroom in Hollywood, Billy Rose’s Music Hall in NYC, Cotton Club), they "broadcast" to the audience the highlights from an era where big bands ruled the entertainment market. The show mixes vocal combinations with the big band sounds to the likes of Woody Herman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and Artie Shaw. According to Lou Wasserman, o ...
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Alpha Beta Psi representative Julie Gillespie (at right) presents Pattie Allen (center) and Nancy Holt with a $1,000 check as a sponsor for the Hope for Hearts Gala to be held February 20th at the Old Peanut Mill Steakhouse.
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Award winning author Lisa Wingate will be special guest speaker at the February 15 meeting of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club to be held at the Eckert Center at 2:00 p.m. A favorite of local avid readers, Mrs. Wingate has a new book out in her Daily, Texas series entitled Never Say Never.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold its next meeting on Monday, February 8, in the Striegler Military Complex at the Heart of Texas Historical Museum. The meeting will begin at 3:00 PM and is open to the public. Following the business meeting, Clara Porter, of Menard, will present a program about the Texas Parks and Wildlife, and its renewed activities at the Presidio de San Saba located in Menard, Texas. Many ...
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David K. Langford An Extraordinary Leader The award is named to recognize extraordinary leadership in conservation and efforts to bridge sometimes conflicting interests, which Langford has consistently achieved throughout his career. Langford is Vice President Emeritus of the Texas Wildlife Association, culminating a leadership career since 1986. He is on the Board of the Sand County Foundation and the Hill Country Alliance Advisory Board, represents agricul ...
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
On a crisp winter morning, a truck driver delivers a load of steel to an 80-acre field. It’s one of many trucks that will deliver a total of about 6,000 tons of steel to a handful of transmission material storage sites leased by LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC). These shipments of steel and other transmission materials on four to 10 trucks per day have attracted their share of attention from the communities near the storage sites.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Mason County RSVP and several local business partnered in a MLK Day project to collect money or food for the local Mason Ministerial Alliance Food Bank. MLK Day is a day of service to others and what better way to help someone than to donate money or food to the Ministerial Alliance Food Bank.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Hill Country RSVP volunteer statistics for July 2009 through December 2009 for the RSVP volunteers in Mason County indicated 18235 hours of service to the community in the service categories indicated in the accompanying chart. Contributions based on minimum wage scale @ $7.25 an hour, amounted to $132,203.75 in donated revenue for the county.
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Mason County Habitat for Humanity has selected their newest recipient for their seventh home, and it is Jimie Menchaca. Jimie is a Mason County native, and works at Gems of the Hill Country. She responded to her recent selection: "As a native of Mason County, I am ecstatic to be selected to receive a Habitat for Humanity home.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Fredericksburg, TX. - The Fredericksburg Tea Party will host Congressman Mike Conaway to meet with voters in his district on Monday evening, February 8th. Mr. Conaway has represented Texas’ 11th Congressional District since 2004 and he is running for re-election this year against two challengers in the March 2nd Republican Primary. Serving in his third term in the U.S.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
People have been asking me if it's to late to get the H1N1 flu vaccine to do any good. As a doctor, a father and the commissioner of health, this question concerns me. The answer is no, it is absolutely not to late to get vaccinated. H1N1 is still killing people.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
Funeral services for Terry Joe Thomas 62, of Gainesville were held Tuesday January 26, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the Geo.J Carroll and Son Chapel with burial to follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. Family and friends officated and the family received friends on Monday, January 25, 2010, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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Sports
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 • Posted February 2, 2010
The 2010 Mason Youth Baseball/Softball Registration has begun. The cost of registration is $35.00 per child ($25.00 for each additional child). The 2010 season will start two weeks earlier than in previous years, and registration cutoff is February 22, 2010; so be sure to get your kids registered prior to the deadline. Registration forms are available at: Mason Gas Co., Gigi’s, Ranchland, or from any board member. Representatives at these locations will be collecting re ...