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July 28, 2010 Issue
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gIn its annual fundraiser, the Mason County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsored the Billy Bingo contest. This year’s Billy Bingo awarded six winners: Connie Stockbridge, Brenda Reagor, Diana Reyes, Mike Dail, Tim Underwood, and Lee MicMillan. Congratulations to this year’s winners! Pictured above is Billy Bingo winner Connie Stockbridge (right) and SWCD treasurer Shari Clark (left).
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The Commercial Bank recently honored two of its long-time employees with a dinner in recognition of their combined 70 years of service. Bobbie McMillan has been with the bank for 40 years, while Brenda Comer has tallied up 30 years of service.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
The MHS football team will report to their preseason training camp on Monday, August 3rd which signals the start of yet another football season. As always, camp is open to the public and will run from 6:30AM to 1:00PM, Monday through Friday. Last years MHS football training camp was a little uneventful.
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Piper Perlichek has been hired as the new Director of the Steady Steps Children’s Weekday Ministry. Perlichek was selected during interviews of several qualified applicants by a joint committee of the Steady Steps Council and FUMCs Staff Parish Relations Committee. She replaces Nancy Wooldridge, who served as director since January 2008.
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Garrett Rice a six foot-one inch tall, 192 pound defensive back and wide receiver from Mason High School, has been selected as a First Team Defensive Back on the 2010 Texas Academic All-State Football Team. All candidates were nominated by their Head Coach and High School Counselor. Over 500 players who epitomize the consummate student athlete were evaluated by a committee that was under the direction of Randy Rodgers, recruiting analyst for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
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Former Mason resident, Steve Hemphill, will be signing copies of his book, "My Search for the Real Heaven" following a presentation to the members of First United Methodist Church on Sunday, August 1st. Hemphill, a resident of Longview, TX, and son of Mary and the late Jamie Hemphill, will be available to sign copies of his Biblical Studies book, My Search for the Real Heaven. What do you see in your mind’s eye when you hear the word ‘heaven’?
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Bats here, bats there, bats ‘purt’ near everywhere! (see attached photo). From the parking area the waterfall sound gave rise to a quick trip up the 1500 foot trail to the seating area. Were we visiting Niagara Falls? No, this sound was coming from the sky at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve on Saturday, July 24th.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
The day that this paper comes out, Wednesday, July 28 will be the same day that LCRA presents their preferred route for the transmission lines through this part of the Hill Country to the PUC Commissioners. Until then we will not know just how their decision will affect Mason County, but there are many citizens that are anxious about this and have been doing all they can and generously donating their hard earned money to protect our scenic beauty.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, July 20th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 39 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Lion Gaylen Thorn was responsible for the program and introduced our new Game Warden, Randall Brown, who spoke about his 17 year career as a game warden. He and his family have just moved to Mason after living in Coleman the past 10 years.
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I say "toMAYtoe." You say "toMAHtoe." Tomato. Tomahto. I call it ketchup. You call it catsup. According to trusty Webster, "ketchup" is the correct name. Derived from Malay kechap. A fish sauce. And Chinese ketsiap. A sauce for meat, fish, etc. Especially a thick sauce. Which appeared in Europe in the 1600s when Dutch and British seamen brought some home with them. From there, the Brits ad ...
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If you were not in church on Sunday, you missed it. Bill Cotter presented a very special Christian music program which included a series of hymns and songs of praise to God and His glory. He began with "I Can Hear My Savior Calling". He followed that with "Because He Lives"
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Mandarin Orange Salad Prep Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: * 24 ounces cottage cheese * 2- 4 ounce boxes orange gelatin * 2 - 11 ounce cans Mandarin oranges, drained * 8 ounce whipped topping, defrosted * 1/2 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted (optional) Preparation: In mixing bowl sprinkle gelatin granules over cottage cheese. Mix in oranges. Add whipped topping and completely combine.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
Doctors Have a ‘Word’ to Say… Most hunters are so gung-ho, they’ll hunt anything that’ll run from ‘em. Similarly, TV news folks salivate at the prospect of all-out chases to pluck credible opinions on controversial topics. That was the case recently when a neurosurgeon was questioned by a Dallas TV reporter. The query concerned the ongoing debate about whether a helmet law should be enacted for motorcyclists.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
Camp MeMaw just finished its third session! So far these sessions have consumed 31 two liter A&W Root Beers and 7 gallons of Vanilla ice cream. Four safe-healthy and frisky troops have been to camp and completed the camp's goals. No Fussing, No Fighting and No accidents! Can’t say for the kiddos but MeMaw had herself a good time. Leave it to Jitter Bug, AKA, Casen.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
"A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money." ~ Senator Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., Senate Minority Leader. My wife and I were on our way to Austin recently to attend a party celebrating Country Line Magazine’s fifteenth anniversary. TJ Greaney, who owns and operates Country Line, has been a good friend for most of that time, and he runs my columns in the magazine, so we figured it would be nice to go to the party.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
Zip, zest, and zeal are signs of health. If you feel that you are lacking these on a regular basis, you may be depressed. Many people do not believe in depression; however, it is one of the most common health problems in the United States affecting an estimated 17 million Americans each year. Depression is a whole-body condition that affects the body, nervous system, moods, thoughts and behavior.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
CREZ lines. Windmills. LCRA, PUC, easements, imminent domain. During the last six months, every issue has contained something relating to those topics. Sometimes, it contained lots of articles, taking up the bulk of several pages. I'm tired of hearing about it. Or at least, that's what I hear on a regular basis.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
Editor: I love the passion Mayor Hinckley brings to his article in the Mason News. I have reprinted it for Facebook and email dissemination in hopes that it might go viral. These governmental entities have grown out of their borders and become monoliths against the will of the people. They put a soft-spoken and attractive face on their endeavors and utilize public meetings to lull us into believing they care.
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July 24, 2010 To: Barry Smitherman, Chairman Public Utility Commission of Texas Re: Docket # 37049 LCRA/CREZ Transmission line Chairman Smitherman, This does not feel like America to me. Can the State allow taking land without compensation, building monolithic metal towers across 56,000 acres preserved for agriculture/wildlife/recreation and then exacting tribute from the victims to pay for the ruination of t ...
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P – Line Intervention Association PO BOX 1640 Mason, Texas 76856 July 22, 2010 Barry Smitherman, Chairman Public Utilities Commission of Texas 1701 N. Congress Avenue PO BOX 13326 Austin, Texas 78711-3326 RE: Docket # 37049 / 38354 Highway 277 / IH-10 endorsement by the P- Line Intervention Association We the "P-line Intervention Association" comprised of individual landow ...
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
Editor, I would like to dedicate this song to Destructionest Everywhere. Daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away The coal company came with the world's largest shovel They tortured the timber and stripped all the land They dug for their coal till the land was forsaken< ...
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
The new Mason Puncher football season is fast approaching and you are going to want tickets for this great season! The Mason ISD Education Foundation is selling tickets to raffle off the 50 Yard Line Box Seat. The tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. You can purchase tickets from any Foundation Board Member but they are also at the Mason National Bank, The Commercial Bank and the Hill Country Veterinary Hospital. The drawing for the box seat will be held on Wednesday, Aug ...
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Registration for this year's Cheer Camp for aspiring young cheerleaders will be on August 1st from 5-7. Cost of camp will be $30. Anyone from 4 years to 6th grade is eligible. Camp will begin August 2nd and run through the 4th from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
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A bit of Austin, Chicago, and New Orleans comes to Fredericksburg on Saturday, July 31 as the Pioneer Museum presents the blues at the next Roots Music concert. The Little Elmore Reed Blues Band - a group of Austin’s best blues musicians - starts the evening with Chicago blues, Texas style.
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Plans are underway for the Llano County Heritage Festival this fall, on and around the courthouse square sponsored by Llano Main Street. This year the event will be held October 15, 16 and 17. The Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-off will be at that time in Badu Park, on the north side of the Llano River Bridge.
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Llano Fine Arts Guilld is pleased to present Peggy Marlow as our guest artist on Monday, August 2nd.The demo begins at 10 AM. This will be a "hands on" program using oils as Peggy’s medium of choice. Peggy Marlow is a native Texan from Houston. She has been painting for more than thirty years Peggy has won many awards in Texas, Florida and across the USA.
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The Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation (TDASF) is coming. In just a few days, Texas dentists, dental professionals and volunteers from all over the state will be converging on our city to help those of us in need of charity dental care. Smiles on Wheels is a travelling dental program which will be setting up locally, bringing ~14 portable dental operatories to Mason on Saturday, July 31st.
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Adelita Cantu (left) and Lina Williams (center) hand out the first smoke/carbon monoxide detector to Cindy Kothmann during last week's distribution. The EMS has gotten 27 of the units through a special grant and they were all gone in less than two hours.
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During the recent retirement party for Reuben Geistweidt, there were a number of officials from the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers, as well as law enforcement officials and other friends helping Mr. Geistweidt celebrate his 37+ years of being the "brand inspector" in Mason County. Pictured here, left to right: Max Hartmann, Special Ranger Jack Andrews, Larry Gray, Mr.
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Jane Hoerster with a Confederate re-enactor at Ft. Stanton in New Mexico. She and Jan Appleby traveled to Ruidoso for the annual Wild West Historical Association meeting from July 19-22. They visited several area museums and the places where the Lincoln County War took place and where Pat Garrett killed Billy the Kid in 1881.
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July 12-16, 2010 Bible Baptist Church had 12 youth attend Pot O’ Gold Church Camp in Comfort, Tx. The youth attended church services 3x a day, went to a 30 minute study class, and had an evening devotional daily. Steve Piggot was the guest speaker for the week and his messages on God’s word were awesome.
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Mason Summer Tennis Camp held at Mason High School Tennis courts June 7-18. The youngest nearly 3 and the oldest nearly 90! Pictured Salah, Coach Paul Smith, Granddaughter Gracee Cooley (age 3), Susan Grote, and Granddaddy Bill Brollier (age 90).
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
Even though the vehicles may not look like the traditional used school buses that so many churches use in ministering to the youth of their community, The Reverend Pastor Ernest Kirk does have a real bus ministry. And it has been operating for some time now. Pastor Kirk lives in Brownwood, Tx., picks up youth from the Early, Brownwood and surrounding areas and travels 50 miles to Mr.
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They started growing grapes in Voca back in 1997, and the fruits of their labor are starting to shine through. For viticulturists Alphonse and Martha Dotson, the owners of Certenberg Vineyards and the Wines of Dotson-Cervantes, their first-ever private label wine is making a name for itself in the Texas wine community.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
The Board of Directors of Operation Orphans, Inc. has selected five dates for doe hunts during the forthcoming whitetail season. They are the following Saturdays: October 30, November 20, December 4, December 11 and January 8. The November date will be an all girl's hunt, while the remaining dates will be all boy's hunts. This is the 51st year of the "Take a Child Hunting"
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James Purlichek attended the 2010 Bass Brigade on Warren Ranch in Santa Anna. The week long workshop is held annually to recognize outstanding Texas youth and to provide them with an opportunity to learn about aquatic ecosystems and natural resources management. The Texas Brigades are wildlife-focused leadership development programs for high-school youth.
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Mary Lou Farias is pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Cassandra Farias to Clayton Wills son of Gene and Gail Wills of Grand Prairie. Cassandra is the granddaughter of Amanda and the late Agustin Oropze of Mason, Tx. Clayton is the grandson of Evelyn and the late John Dorsett of Grand Prairie.
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Terry and Sharon Wicker of Fredonia, Tx., along with Ricky and Dorrie Cooper of Streeter, Tx. and Greg and Wendy Cornell of Franklin, Pa. are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Amanda Aileen Dunlap and Chad Gregory Cornell. A June 2011 wedding is planned in Erie, Pa. Chad is employed at Mercyhurst College in Northeast, Pa.
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Tiny yawns and sleepy sighs, nursery rhymes and lullabies… We are pleased to announce the arrival of Ethan Zane Beam, born Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 6:21pm. He weighed 6lb. 6oz and was 19 in. long. Proud parents are Travis & Christina Beam; smiling siblings are Elizabeth & Bradley Beam; grinning grandparents are Robert and Sandra Beam and Dena Porter all of Junction; gitty great grandparents are Marie Beam of London, Rubin (Juny) and Eva Lang of Mason, and Linda Sparks Solomon o ...
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Five local gymnasts competed for Hill Country Gymnastics out of Fredericksburg on Saturday. The "Fun in the Sun Invite" was held at the Boerne Gymnastic Center. Competing compulsories in Level 2 were Jenna Evans (6) and Kate Shoemaker (5), while Brooklyn Doss (10) and Tristin Keller (7) were Level 4 and Alana Evan (10) at Level 5. These young ladies helped HCG, along with the other eight teammates, take home a second place finish and two championship team trophies.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
The Dean's List for the 2010 Spring Semester has been announced at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The honorees include the following from the Mason area: Denay A Baxter, Ashley J.
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Mason High School student recognized for superior academic achievement by The National Society of High School Scholars ATLANTA, GA - July 16, 2010 - The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) today announced that Mason High School student Bodie W. Adams from Mason, TX, has been selected for membership. The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence.
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Two 4-H'ers have moved into Mason County and they raise rabbits. Courtney Brown is 14 years old and Colby is 7. They are bringing their rabbit farm with them. Courtney has been showing rabbits for about 6 years through Coleman County 4-H and has had good luck with her rabbits in shows in Coleman, Abilene, San Angelo and Austin.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010
Barry Zombro Jr., of Mason, TX, and Pottsville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, July 21, at the age of 37 after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. Mr. Zombro is survived by his father Barry Zombro Sr. of Pottsville, PA, his grandfather Harvey Zombro Sr. of Mason, his uncle Harvey Zombro Jr.
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Kenneth Kidd passed away peacefully at his home in Fredericksburg on July 18, 2010, at the age of 94. He was born on April 29, 1916, in Mason to Reuben and Eulah Nichols Kidd. Kenneth joined the Army Air Force after Pearl Harbor and served in the South Pacific. He flew a C-47 transport plane landing on dirt runways in the jungles, being one of the first planes into a combat zone carrying much needed troops, supplies and equipment.