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June 30, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010 • Photos
The Mason church of Christ welcomes Mark and Bretta Kirby and their son Thaddeus to Mason. Mark attended the Brown Trail School of Preaching in Bedford, Texas, and has more than 14 years experience as a gospel minister. He has worked with churches in Pelham, Alabama, Bellevue and Evant, Texas, and Keflavik, Iceland.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010 • Photos
High on the agenda for the new Riata cookbook, Reflections in Time . . . Celebrating 60 Years, is the selection of Mason County photographs to be used. May we whet your appetite, not only with great recipes, but also with beautiful scenes from Mason County. Many of these cookbooks go beyond Mason; many are sold as souvenirs from Texas and the Hill Country.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010 • Photos
This year, Independence Day falls on a Sunday, and Mason residents are encouraged to take time out of their celebrations to remember the basis for the observance. Carl Keith stopped by the News office last week to let everyone know that his annual fireworks display at the corner of Highway 377/87 and 29 would be held on Saturday evening at twilight, which, according to the sunset calendar, should be around 8:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Our special tribute to those who have served comes to an end this week after a for-week run. During that time, we have featured more than 170 photographs, with more than 190 service members. It has been our honor to participate in this show of appreciation to the many men and women with Mason County connections that have served our country.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Voluntary water conservation continues to be in effect for the residents of the City of Mason. Limit any watering from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. If your house faces North or East watering will be on even numbered calendar days. If your house faces South or West, watering will be on odd numbered calendar days.
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The members of the Llano County Prairie Mountain EEA visited Mason last Wednesday to view the Mason Square Museum, and to view the display about the Rev. C. A. Grote, early Methodist circuit rider. Don Daniels arranged to have the musem open for them, and for docents to be on hand to assist them during their tour.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
With the upcoming 4th of July holiday, many folks will be out celebrating with family and friends. The Mason Fire Department hope you have a happy and safe time. Please observe all safety precautions including the following: • Fire works are a lot of fun, but with the extremely dry conditions, they can be very dangerous and those that use them are liable for any damages that they cause.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
It is officially Summer now, and the hot and dry weather bears witness to that fact. The longer term weather forecasts indicate that we can expect continued hot, dry days for many weeks to come, and we at the City have already seen the water usage increase. As you can read elsewhere in this paper, we have begun the first phase of our water conservation plan and are now are asking for your voluntary assistance in conserving our water supplies.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Fourth of July. Just around the corner. This coming Sunday, in fact. Rain predicted. Hot and dry and 95 degrees also predicted. That’s Texas weather for ya. Probably get both. All at the same time. One part of the county will take the hit. The other will take the heat. Either way is appropriate for the Fourth. Thunder-and-lightning fits right in. Nature’s own fireworks. Hot-and ...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010 • Photos
With storm clouds brewing heavily in the northwest I doubted that I would be able to open on Sunday evening. We had already been closed on Thursday night because of heavy rainfall right over the cave and close lying areas. It was almost 8:30 p.m. when I headed down to close since no one had shown up.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Sunday was hot and windy but now, on Monday morning, we have clouds and a chance for rain during the week. Keep praying for the rain. Daniel Victor Durst will be seven years old on July 1st and Susie Jordan will celebrate her birthday on July 3rd. Bill and Lois Koock are celebrating their anniversary on July 5th and Terry and Michelle Burdette will have their anniversary party on July 8th.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
These tips are written specifically for those going off to college, but there are some helpful hints that can be useful for saving money no matter your stage in life. Going to college is an awesome experience, but a few money tips can help college students get more for their money.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
The world applauds folks who are masters of spontaneous verbal come-backs. Somehow, they are "right-worded" in facing tenuous situations with grace. Never seen sweating, they are unflappable rarities. Their words flow effortlessly while the rest of us melt to mush at binding times, our facial expressions and skin tones dead giveaways that our goats have been gotten. We can make long lists of times that "duh"
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
I’ve been dealing with the phone company for about 47 years of my life. Calling them is worse than going to the dentist! First of all you never know what part of the country you’re getting. Could be Rooster Poot, Montana! Too, it never fails to get my hackles up. It all starts with that obnoxious automated lady who says she can help you.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
By now just about everyone in America who is currently alive has heard about Governor Rick Perry’s run-in with a coyote while jogging a few months ago. Perry, who has a Concealed Handgun License, carries a Ruger .380 semi-automatic pistol called an LCP, which evidently stands for ‘lethal coyote popper.’ Or something.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Royal Jelly is an old folk remedy that is often overlooked. It is also known as bee’s milk, and is a concentrated super food that is a powerful anti-aging tonic. Royal Jelly contains many essential nutrients for humans. These include B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, E and K, 12 important minerals, 18 amino acids, collagen, and lecithin. Royal Jelly is the milky fluid made of digested pollen and honey nectar that is mixed with a chemical secreted from a gland in the nurser bee&rsqu ...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, June 22nd, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 30 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Lion Larry Smith was responsible for the program but was unable to attend, so there was no program. The Club members told a few nice jokes and the meeting was adjourned.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
All of us, in our respective jobs, have to deal with others telling us what we've done wrong, what we could have done better, and what might have been done just a bit differently. Down here at the News, we are in an extremely public situation, and thus have a legion of folks who let us (mostly me) know what should have been done differently in that week's edition. Some times, the comments have to do with what we chose to feature on the front page.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Dear Gerry, Ten months ago Don Rutz, Dale Brandenburger and I wrote letters to the News warning of a move by the Kimble County Commissioners Court and ClearView Alliance, a Junction based activist group, to have a massive electrical line planned for their county moved to Mason instead. By extensive lobbying of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and other state officials they succeeded in having the study area for the Lower Coloraco River Authority CREZ line expanded to include Ma ...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
From: George Brannies Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:41 AM To: Barry T. Smitherman (barry.smitherman@puc.state.tx.us) Subject: Re: PUC Docket 37049 Menard-Mason-Gillespie Route Chairman Smitherman, I am a fifth generation rancher and a banker in Mason. The rich heritage and pride in one's County is unparalleled in Mason County. Many of our citizen's livelihood depends on the serene beauty of our countryside. These unsightly and so called green transmis ...
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Mason Rodeo Association will once again have the Mason County Youth Barrel Race on Saturday, July 10th at 7:30 p.m., prior to the rodeo. The barrel race is open to Mason County youth 14 and and under who are enrolled in Mason Schools. The buckle is being sponsored by Lex Lehmberg Goats. To enter, please go by Mason National Bank and speak to Denise Blackwell for entry forms.
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The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, August 28, at the Brady Civic Center in Brady, Texas. The event will be highlighted with an afternoon concert and an evening dance along with an open house at the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum. Entertainment will be provided by Heart of Texas Recording Artists including The Survivors: Darrell McCall, Tony Booth and Curtis Potter with special guests including Georgette Jones, Pretty Miss Nor ...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Celebrate the Independence Day weekend in Fredericksburg on Saturday and Sunday, July 3rd & 4th, with live pari-mutuel horse racing at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day July Fourth Racing Festival kicks off the eight-day 2010 summer racing season at the Fairgrounds. Featured will be thoroughbred and quarter horse racing on Saturday and Sunday on the five-eighths mile oval at the Class III track. ...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
The Mason High School class of 1975 will gather for a reunion on Saturday, July 24th, 3:00 p.m. Tentative plans are for the group to gather at Joel Allen’s "Miss Alma’s Bed and Breakfast" located on Highway 87 as you enter Mason from Fredericksburg. The event will be planned by Joel Allen, Teresa Kimbriel, Susan Martin, and Casey Zesch.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010 • Photos
Two Mason ISD teachers are part of a summer production in Fredericksburg. The Fredericksburg Theater Company proudly presents "Willy Wonka", the fantastic Roald Dahl tale of spoiled children who receive their just desserts along with their enabling parents, and of course the true reward for honesty and truth in the hero, Charlie Bucket who ultimately takes Willy Wonka’s place as the Candy Man. Dawn Hahn, Mason ISD music teacher is a member of the sound crew backstage and keeps ...
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You are welcomed to join us on our next outing which will be Wednesday, July 14th. We’ll meet at 10:30 AM in the Methodist parking lot then carpool to the Vintage Tablecloth in Brady Please bring a friend or two to join in on the fun. Call if you have questions: Lynn Hedges, 347-0152 or Mary Carlman, 347-9605.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
The first-ever Joyful Noise Celebration sparked such enthusiasm within the community that organizers have decided to make it a yearly event. This year’s beneficiaries were Casa Care after school program and The Haven, which provides a refuge for those suffering domestic abuse or sexual assault. Those offering their talents included Crystal Lyons, Jerialice Arsenault, Bill Cotter and Jenny Taylor; familiar to many in Mason and the surrounding area. The lyrics of a number ...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010 • Photos
St. Paul Lutheran Church Park offers a lovely place for kids to play and adults to relax under a canopy of trees and in the privacy of the Church grounds. In these sweltering days of summer, most people would rather stay inside or at least find the protection that trees provide.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Nearly 100 members of the Wilhelm and Johann Heinrich Geistweidt families gathered Saturday, June 12. This year’s reunion was held at the C-I Ranch, on the Salt Branch northwest of Doss, and was hosted by Kathleen Crenwelge, Terri and Russell Immel, Dennis and Brenda Crenwelge and their families. Barbecue was served for the noon meal, along with side dishes and desserts provided by family members. During the afternoon business meeting, Melrose Geistweidt Leifest ...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
I mentioned in my last article that the Mason City Pool was built a long time ago but appeared structurally sound. I recently learned that the pool was a W.P.A. project & as such would have been built in the 1930's. I was also told that originally the pool was spring fed but was converted some 30 years ago to a contemporary closed system design.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Washington, D. C. (June 14, 2010) - ICBA Independent Banker, the national magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), highlighted The Commercial Bank, Mason, TX, as an outstanding "ICBA 400" community bank performer. The magazine recognized The Commercial Bank for posting one of the best year-end earnings in 2009 for ICBA member community banks with less than $50 million in assets.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
The Mason County Grand Jury met on June 25 and issued three indictements. One indictment is listed below; but, the other two are currently sealed awaiting apprehension of the individuals. Rafael Galegas Hernandez, DWI third offense
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010 • Photos
Dick Polk of Mason passed away on Monday June 21, 2010, at the age of 82. Dick was born in Mason on March 21, 1928, to Ned and Bessie Polk. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1949. On September 16, 1950, he married Lila Jo Chew. He worked at the Union Stock Yard in San Antonio before serving his country in the Army.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Elroy Brown of Mason passed away on Tuesday June 22, 2010, at the age of 73. Elroy was born in Mason on November 1, 1936, to C.L. and Annie Brown. He married Sarah Atchley. Elroy could build anything from kitchen cabinets to stepping stones. He enjoyed hunting, golf, fishing and hunting for arrowheads.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 • Posted June 30, 2010
Mrs. Wanda Hurley Jacques, of Camp Air, passed away on Friday, June 18 at the age of 80. Visitation with the family will be on Friday, July 2 from 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 3 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mason.