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June 23, 2010 Issue
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On June 10, Austin Priess represented Mason County in the music competition at the 4-H State Convention held on the A&M campus in College Station. Austin’s piano solo, "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin, won him the 4-H State Music Championship Title. Austin is the son of Cindy and Eddie Priess and the piano student of Dawn Hahn.
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July 10th is the date for the 8th annual Mason Open Car Show, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Heritage Park. Once again it will be a top 20 format, with additional awards for the best of show, and people’s choice. Again this year we are asking for a donation of 2 canned food items for the Mason County Food bank.
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On Saturday, October 2nd, 2010, the Mason Lions Club will sponsor the 4th Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5K/10K walk/ run. The proceeds going to the Lions eye bank, school scholarships and many local nonprofit organizations. The race will take place in front of the Mason Court House and run through town. Now is the time for you to lace up your tennies and start your training.
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Round-Up Rodeo Weekend is just around the corner and that seems to be the focus at the Chamber this month. We have been helping put together the festivities while organizing our own event, The Great American Jackass Race. On July 10th, immediately following the parade, (which starts at 10am) the race will begin to see who the Great American Jackass winner will be.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
Due to the death of Commissioner John Fleming, Pct. 2, Mason County, it has become necessary to appoint someone to fill Comm. Fleming’s unexpired term. According to the Texas Local Government Code, sec. 87.042, the authority to appoint someone to fill the vacancy lies with the County Judge. The individual appointed will serve as commissioner of Precinct 2 until December 31, 2010.
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Twelve students from Grace Christian School attended the Christian School Finals Competition held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Oral Roberts University campus May 23rd through May 28th. About 500 students from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Mexico, Guatemala, Columbia, and El Salvador participated in the events. During the week the students were challenged to "Be the Message by living a life reflective of Jesus’ character."
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
Every year during the summer months the City Commission works with City Staff to establish the goals and budget for the coming year. For the past several years we have begun by discussing and prioritizing goals and objectives for the coming years, and we have recently begun to discuss this again.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
Fiber is essential to good health. It is the bulk that helps move food and waste through our digestive tract. It acts like a broom in sweeping our digestive system clean, and it also acts like a sponge in absorbing toxins, hormones, cholesterol and bile salts so that they will not be reabsorbed by our body. In addition to keeping things moving through our digestive systems, fiber nurtures healthy bacteria in our gut that balances pH, keeps harmful bacteria in check, and detoxifies ch ...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
You scream. I scream We all scream for ice cream. And we all know where to get some too. Willow Creek Café. Or a half gallon of it at Super S. Maybe an ice cream bar from Nu-Way or Short Stop. Or GiGi’s or Town and Country. Blow out all the stops at PJ’s. Hot fudge sundae. Banana split. Malt. Or the classic: an ice cream cone. Enjoy one at Northside Café. ...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
Sssssshhhhhhh....talk quietly, the babies are being born. Each mom-to-be will give birth to a single, tiny bat. It will be pink, hairless, and a quarter of its mother’s weight at the time of its birth. If you have been to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve then you know from my nightly (Thurs.-Sunday) educational presentation, that the moms weigh about what two nickels weigh.
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It’s hot and getting dry in Art. It’s great for baling hay but very dry for growing hay. I have to start hauling some hay soon. Pray for rain. The last birthdays in June are John Mutschink on the 28th and Max Jordan on the 30th. And we have a lot of anniversaries: Keven and Tennille Kothmann on the 25th, John and Teresa Koock on the 26th, Michael and Leslie Cope also on the 26th, and Jerald and Vondell Jordan on the 29th.
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Menard Community Center 2010 Menard County Fair Saturday, June 25 and 26 Menard has a County Fair every two years now, so I thought I’d invite ya’ll out to enjoy it, too! Here is the final line up for the educational demonstrations we’ll have on Saturday- hopefully this will bring you all out to look at the Fair entries! 9am: Leigh Gregg- Scrapbooking (We will have some time for hands-on scrapbooking experience, as Leigh will ...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
‘What If’s’ and an Old Shoe… Uncle Mort, my 97-year-old kin down in the thicket, sometimes goes a "fer piece" on trails where rabbits fear to tread. When his fascination and imagination are revved up, his mind whirls into nooks and crannies not found on maps. "Last week, he was spinning enough cobwebs for a ten-year spider crop, leaving me to do all the chores without a lick of help,"
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
Everyone gets "Junk Mail!" Now, you might be getting, "FREE GIFTS!" This is a so called Charitable Organization, that sends you a trinket and in return wants a donation from you. Think about this! If they need money to continue research, how can they afford to mail out STUFF? There’s the mailing of these items, too!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
Of all the phobias humans possess, probably one of the most common is the fear of flying. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. Hardly anyone is really afraid of flying. What they’re actually afraid of is falling to the ground from a long way up in the air, and being mashed and ground into pulp when they hit the ground, to the point where they could be buried in a standard sized Altoids box, if in fact any of their personal body parts are ever found at all. < ...
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In the main foyer of the library, Carolyn Phillips has set up an interesting display about trains and railroads. She was employed by the MKT RR (Katy) in Denison, TX before it was bought by Union Pacific in 1986. Carolyn’s father, grandfather, uncle and brother also worked for the Katy RR.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, June 15th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 38 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Lion Wibby Shearer was responsible for the program and introduced Don Daniels and Scott Zesch. Scott spoke about the project of the Mason Historical Commission, the picture book, "Images of Mason County".
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Why do you have your friends? What is it about the people that surround you that drew you to them and made you want to make them a part of your life? We are born into our families. For all the dynamics that occur within a family, you cannot choose your parents or your siblings.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
When it comes to the preservation of you and your loved ones and your home in case of a fire, the Mason County Volunteer Fire Department is there for your safety. Know they will be there for you as soon as possible to try and prevent, or retard, total destruction of your home.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
Back in 1999, when no one questioned the global warming farce and states were all forced to go "green," the Texas Legislature created Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) as their solution to solving our supposed man-made crisis by harnessing West Texas wind. Back then, the only concerns anyone raised about wind energy came from the environmentalists who worried about the destruction of birds and bats the 300-foot churning turbines would cause.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
The Mason High School class of 1955 will be holding their 55th reunion on July 10, 2010. They will meet at Willow Creek Cafe from 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. For more information, and to update us on your whereabouts, please send current address info to: Sylvia Buntyn Williams 1708 E FM 243 Bertram, TX 78605 512-355-3216 sylviat@pgrb.com
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
The Mason High School class of 1960 will be holding their 50th anniversary reunion at the old high school (now the River of Life Church) on Saturday, June 26th at 2:30 p.m. All classmates and all of our former schoolmates are invited to stop by and visit from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
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Two time Grammy Award winning band BRAVE COMBO will perform for one night at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas Saturday July 17. Tickets for the 7:00 PM performance are $15 per person. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Brave Combo lives up to their name by using polka music as their jumping board, by crossing polka with jazz, rock, blues and more.
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Philip Hinckley just got his last dental implant after the accident he had in April of 2008. Lots of folks have been asking his parents, Brent & Monica Hinckley, about him recently, so they decided to send in a photo to "show off" how well the procedures have gone. The family also extends its thanks to everyone for their prayers and good wishes, and report that they are feeling truly fortunate for having Philip "all together"
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The new Hilda United Methodist parsonage is just about complete! Thanks to all the folks who came out to our barbecue and open house and helped us celebrate this milestone in the church’s 154 year-old history. We thank you and appreciate your generosity in helping us fund this project. If you haven’t seen the house, it is on RR783, about ½ mile north of the church where the Tilson sign is located.
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There were 7 Eight & Under competitors in the Lilly Joy Gamel Memorial Benefit Barrel Race. These kids are fearless and did a great job. They are L to R: Ruby Magnus, Jesse Armstrong, Sterling Smith, Millie Marquart, Selah Farmer, J. J. Ake and Avery Brooks (We’re sorry Avery missed the picture.) Their prizes were provided by Denise Brandenberger and Mane Attraction.
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Being a public servant, John's one interest was the history of Mason County and he had a love for the old school now known as the Historical Building. Thus he was one of the original workers helping to undertake the restoration of the 1896 building when it was in disrepair, leaking and vermin infested.
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Friday, June 18, several members from the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country traveled to New Braunfels for a tour of Linda Nowell’s studio. Mrs. Nowell is a very well known potter and provided a demonstration of her carving and texturing techniques, answered many questions and allowed unlimited browsing of her pottery inventory! Linda was originally from Oklahoma but lived for nearly 40 years in Pampa.
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Kurt Christopher Hofmann graduated on May 15, 2010 from Tarleton State University in Engineering Physics. His parents, Bruce and Kerry Hofmann, and sister, Deborah Hofmann, were in attendance along with various friends. Kurt is the grandson of Raymond and Odessa Kimbriel and the late Herbert and Verna Lee Hofmann.
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LaRue Hooten retires after 35 years, 15 years at the Mason Post Office and 20 years at the London Post Office. She was presented with a Service Award by Victor H. Benavides, District Manager, Fort Worth, Texas. LaRue and husband Terry plan to travel and spend more time with their grandchildren
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Local resident Mollie Schwertner saw her heifer, win the Grand Champion Bred and Owned title at the American Junior Simbrah Roundup in Wharton, Texas. The heifer was Mollie’s first to show and in addition was named Calf Champion in the overall show at the Roundup. Mollie and her brother, James also competed in the educational contests of livestock judging, cattlemen’s quiz, sales talk, public speaking, oral reasons, skillathon and showmanship.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
Grace Christian School students received academic awards at the graduation and awards ceremony held May 14th. High point elementery student was Sydney Renfroe. High point secondary student was KC Coleman. The math award was received by Kinley Everett, English award recipient was Rylan Jordan, Literature award recipient was Jeff Burton, Social Studies award recipient was Bailee Everett, Science award recipient was Ashlynn Ake, and Spelling award recipient was Kalla Guerrero.
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Manuel Gonzales graduated May 14, 2010 from Texas State University with a Masters Degree in Physical Education in Sports and Leisure Management. May 2007 Manuel graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Manuel is the son of Joe Manuel and Mary Gonzales and brother of Joe Angel, Jesse, Julian and Maria Eloisa Blackburn.
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Matthew Baze Geistweidt graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station during commencement ceremonies held May 15, 2009. While at Texas A&M Matt was active in Chi Epsilon Honor Society for Civil Engineers and received the Deans Honor Award for academic achievement.
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Ashley Carroll McCauley and Matthew Baze Geistweidt were united in marriage June 6, 2009 at MacArthur Park Church of Christ, San Antonio, TX. The Ministers Mr. Mark Abshier and Mr. Rick Shough performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Cliff and Denisa McCauley, granddaughter of Eugene and Loretta Carroll and George and Doris McCauley. The groom is the son of Dale and Kaylyn Geistweidt, grandson of Mary K.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010
The following Grace Christian School students made the A-B honor roll for the 4th quarter; Ashlynn Ake, J.J. Ake, Haylee Burton . Jeff Burton, KC Coleman, Ty Ellebracht, Bailee Everett, Kinley Everett, Selah Farmer, Gabe Jennings, Kinsley Jordan, Rylan Jordan, Caroline Lemke, Catherine Lemke, Colt Lyons, Ashley Piper, Randee Renfroe, and Sydney Renfroe.
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Wanda Hurley Jacques of Camp Air passed away on Friday, June 18, 2010 at the age of 80. Wanda was born in Katemcy on May 8, 1930 to Arthur and Myrtle Hurley. She graduated from Mason High School in 1947 and San Marcos University in 1951 with a degree in music. She is survived by her husband Don Jacques, her three sons - Wayne Jacques of Dripping Springs, Kenneth Jacques, and his wife Terri of San Luis Obispo CA and John Jacques of Camp Air, four grand children - Jessica Jacqu ...
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David Harold Lamm, of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Zesch Lamm, two sons, Gregory Lamm of Simi Valley, California, and Andrew Lamm of Spokane, Washington, one daughter, Susan Lamm Rockwell and husband Ron, of Peoria, Arizona, father-in-law, Harvey Zesch of Mason, two sisters, Barbara Haines and husband Jim of Redding, California and Ruth Bossard and husband Arthur of Lincoln, Nebraska, two brothers, Robert Lamm and wife Barbara o ...