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September 29, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010 • Photos
Alyssa Herrera was named Band Sweetheart during half time Friday night. Ethan Hudson (at left) and Tomas Callejas made the presentation.
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Garrett Rice (at left) and Garrett Allen presented Shayla Estes with the bouquet of roses and the title of Football Sweetheart during the halftime of Friday night's homecoming game.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
To the Chihuahuas, Wiener Dogs, Labradors and Terriers ... come one, come all ... Blue Heelers, Border Collies, Mixed Breeds, Beagles, and all canines - bring your humans and come to Old Yeller Day! This Saturday, October 2nd, is the Old Yeller celebration of activities from 10:00 - 2:00 at Heritage Park.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
The Mason County Historical Commission ran out of room at the library for all of their research materials and the Mason County Museum, located in the Historical Building (the old grammar school), was generous in offering a couple of the rooms on the second floor they were not using. After lots of painting and cleaning, the room is now ready for use.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Mason, TX. September 30, 2010 – The next Tea Party meeting in Mason will take place on Thursday, September 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley in Mason.  Featured speaker is Craig Cosgray, Highland Lakes Tea Party Steering Committee; former United States Air Force aircraft commander; writer, film maker, producer of the 2010 documentary "Dream Killers."
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The Mason County Courthouse is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and in honor of this event, the Mason County Historical Commission, in conjunction with the County Commissioners Court, is having a Courthouse Trivia Contest with a $100 prize for first place, and prizes for second and third place. Beginning with today’s edition of the Mason County New,s there will be 15 questions to answer (there will be a copy of these 15 questions in the next 3 editions - through Oct.20t ...
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 21st, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 32 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Lion Michael Cope was responsible for the program and he introduced Spider Johnson who spoke about the Odeon Preservation Association. The O. P. A. is a 501-C-3 non-profit organization that works to preserve and maintain the Odeon Theater, the oldest continually operated movie theater in Texas.
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As a young girl I was a Girl Scout. My scout leader, Della Moneyhon, was diligent about teaching all her young ladies the basic technique of being prepared. I always felt like I was prepared. I was prepared to make a s’more on an open fire; prepared to start a fire with a piece of glass and some leaves; prepared to get water from a cactus leaf; prepared to face life head on. At The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve this last week we had several scenarios that showed preparedness.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
"No News is good News!" This is not the case with this weeks "Down The Drain" No phone service - no email service! No texting features on my cell! Plus, printer isn't working!!! Where does one go for anger control management courses? And will O'Bama care pay for this? P. S. Short visits make long Friends.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
I try very hard to point out the positive things going on around Mason and not dwell on any "bad news" that comes along. However, sometimes it is important to be sure everyone is aware of even some of the unpleasant things that are coming up, and I am afraid that the coming rate increases are in that category.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Sticks and stones may break my bones, But words can never hurt me. Ah, the old childhood chant. And so not true. Words can do a world of hurt. But sticks, for sure, can really be bad. Just ask Buster. He ate one. Just an itty bitty piece of one. The next day he was in big trouble. Physically. Straining to relieve himself. Vomiting. Shaking all over. So off we went. At eight ...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
I’ve been working with the afterschool program on a Spit Tobacco Prevention class series, and it brought it to my attention to the fact that people often have the mindset that spit tobacco isn’t as dangerous as smoking. While it’s great that no one else in your family has to suffer the consequences of secondhand smoke when you dip, dipping is VERY dangerous because the product directly touches your skin.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Don’t Answer the Door… George Dolan, who tickled funny bones daily in his Fort Worth Star-Telegram front-page column for some three decades, was, at the very least, a unique person. Blackie Sherrod, his best man and sportswriter extraordinaire, nailed it squarely in the foreword of one of Dolan’s books: "Before God made George, He broke the mold." Dolan cackled heartily at every opportunity, whether he was the "prank-puller"
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Sixteen-year-old Doreen Garrett was having a bad day. She and her father were slogging through a swamp, trying to get a shot at a huge buck they’d seen several times. It was cold, wet, and nasty. And then Doreen tripped on a submerged root. The first thing into the knee-deep mud was the rifle Doreen was carrying, her grandfather’s Model 94 Winchester.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
The after hours drop box at the library has been moved from the side walk to the front porch. Previously, DVD’s and audio books that could be affected by the heat and cold could not be left in the drop box. Now that the box is in a more protected place, DVD’s and audio books may be left in the box during hours that the library is closed.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Flu – we all want to avoid it. Here are some natural options that will help build your immunity so you do not get it. Olive leaf enhances immune function and helps keep viruses from replicating. I see many people who tell me that they have not been sick since they began taking olive leaf daily.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Though fall officially began last week, the weather waited until Monday morning to make the change. And what a change! Lows have been in the high 40s and low 50s, with high temperatures only barely nearing 80. For Mason, that's weather we don't usually see till late October; but, I'm more than willing to welcome it. Last night, on the drive home, I saw deer running about, a covey of quail running down the road, and lots of critters scurrying about.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Hill Country) is proud to announce that they are the recipient of a $12.2 million Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) Grant/Loan. Funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) which was signed into law in February 2009, RUS and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced 43 awards totaling $518 million.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
The VFW Post 8554, in conjunction with Mason Boy Scouts and The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285, will be sponsoring a Flag Decommissioning Ceremony to be held on Thursday, Nov. 11th, following the Veterans Day Ceremony & Rifle Salute, which starts at 11:30 am. The Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at the Mason County Veterans Memorial, Courthouse Lawn. Mason County residents are asked to give their old flags to any VFW, American Legion or Boy Scout member, or to bring the ...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010 • Photos
"It’s something I never dreamed I could do!" says Karen Mitchell, speaking of her art exhibit to be displayed at The Commercial Bank of Mason during the month of October. Mitchell says she has always loved the Hill Country and the beauty it has to offer…everything from the wild flowers in the spring to the wild life everywhere. "I remember my grandfather, who lived 90 years in the same spot in Llano County, saying the view from his front porch, overlooking the Ll ...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
The Mason Tennis Association is hosting an adult mixer this Sunday afternoon, October 3rd, at 4:00 at the Mason School Courts. It’s going to be lots of fun with several hours of playing with players of the same level. Then at 6:00, a catered fajita supper will be served at Amelia Banner’s home on Old Mill Creek Road. Following the supper, a business meeting will be held for the election of new officers, and discussion on projects for the association.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
In conjunction with Old Yeller Day this Saturday, October 2, the Odeon Theater will be showing a matinee of the Disney movie, Old Yeller, at 2:00. Following the Old Yeller Day event from 10:00 - 2:00 at Heritage Park you can immediately make your way to the theater to see the movie.
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Organizers of the Wild Game Dinner are looking forward to serving a delicious variety of game to a large crowd this Saturday, October 2, at the Blanco County Show Barn in Johnson City. This year’s fare is fried Axis, Sika, Black Buck, wild game chili, whole roasted hog, gumbo, fried alligator, wild boar, fresh homemade sausage, boiled shrimp, wild game stew, brisket, fried rabbit, rabbit stew, fried sweet potatoes, along with bacon wrapped dove and quail.
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Education Foundation Fundraiser Benefits Local Students and Classrooms Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, at the Community Building in Fort Mason Park. The single elimination tournament is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $60 for each two-person team, and don’t worry if you want to pitch and don’t have a partner, we can match you up with one! Chef Lee McMillan will be grilling barbeque for everyone who wants to join in for ...
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The Llano Country Opry will be staged at the Lantex Theater in Llano, on Saturday, October 2. Gene Watson and the Farewell Party Band will headline two performances at the historic theater. Showtimes are 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15.00 and are on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland, KNEL radio or by calling (325) 247-5354. Gene Watson was born in Palestine, Texas, and raised in Paris, Texas, in a musical family.
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The Union Band Cemetery Memorial Association will have their annual business meeting on Saturday, October 9, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. in the Pontotoc Community Center. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
October 7th at 5:00 p.m., come join the Chamber of Commerce and a group of "off the square" businesses for the quarterly celebration to thank all of our members and the community of people who help support the Chamber and our local businesses. Finger foods and beverages will be available.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
The United Methodist Church will once again hold its annual Spaghetti Luncheon, a tradition that began approximately 30 years ago. What started as a United Methodist Women's fund-raiser first held on St. Pactrick's Day, has evolved into a project that involves a large number of church members, including the men, who have proven to be invaluable help. This year's affair has been dubbed the "Fall Spaghetti Fest."
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
"Finger Food Fun" is the theme this year for Mason 4-H club’s Foods and Nutrition Project workday. We will be making lots of healthy snacks, in 6 separate mini-lessons. The fun is set to begin this Sunday afternoon, October 3. We will meet at the Grace Christian School at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010 • Photos
Mason's newest TPWD Game Warden has settled in with his family and is on the job all around the county. Pictured are: Officer Randall Brown, Peggy Bauer Brown, Courtney Brown (15 years old; sophomore at Mason High School), and Colby Brown (7 years old and in the second grade at Mason Elementary).
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Officers of Mason Bluebonnet Study Club for 2010-2011 are left to right: Federation Advisor Tommie Luckenbach, treasurer Mary Ellan Merkel, secretary/reporter Betty Meyer, vice president Tanya Lamoreaux, and president Sabin Nelson.
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The Mason Community Foundation continues to fund projects around town with the profits from the local Thrift Store. Pictured is the equipment on the latest addition to the Volunteer Fire Department, the beloved "Donkey", that was provided from a recent grant. Posing with the re-equipped "new" truck is Earl Kock of the VFD, Joe Martinez a new Board member of the Foundation, and Brent Hinckley, President of the Foundation.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Three local physicians will present an overview of pertussis—also known as whooping cough—during an upcoming free Hill Country Memorial Good Health School. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease, and it is known to last for a duration of approximately six weeks before subsiding. Andrea C. Bray, MD, Jennifer Woerner Dulaney, MD, and Melissa A.
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The Fine Arts Association met at the Eckert Civic Center in Mason on Friday, September 24th, to hear a very educational and interesting program given by Gerry Gamel on tips for great photojournalism. The speaker was introduced by Judy Uherek who shared with members some background information regarding Gerry’s education and fields of employment following graduation from the University of Texas. When Gerry returned to his "roots"
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Mayor Brent Hinkley spoke to members and one guest of Mason Bluebonnet Study Club at the first meeting held following the summer hiatus. The meeting was held in the historic home of Edna Earle Benton on September 20. Mayor Hinkley described some of the daily privileges and problems he encounters as the mayor of a small Texas town, from dealing with State and Federal regulations to small individual problems brought to his attention by local citizens.
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Eva Tannehill models the race t-shirt which each participant and volunteer receives. This coming Saturday, October 2nd, at 8:00 am, the Mason Lions Club’s 4th Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5&10k Run/Walk kicks off (rain or shine) on the south-side of Mason Square next to the Old Jail. You can still register on the day of the race beginning at 6:30am.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade is reminding Texans the deadline is approaching if they need to register for the Nov. 2 general election. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 4. "Registering to vote is easy," says Andrade. "The voter registration application only has nine questions, including one which asks for your name." Voter registration applications are available online at the Secretary of State’s website, www.VOTEXAS.org, or at cou ...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Mark your calendars and make plans to attend! The Mason Rodeo Association has rescheduled its annual Open & Youth Barrel Race Jackpot that was previously rained out. The date is set for October 3rd at the Ft. Mason Park Arena - Exb. 10 – 12:30 $6 each or 3/$15. 8 & U to start @ 1:00 pm $15/run w/ $125 added followed by Youth 3D $25/run w/ $250 added and followed by Open 4D $35/run w/ $1,000 added. Can roll times from the 8 & U to Youth and Open and from the Youth to ...
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Calvin C. (C. C.) Lewis, age 85, Died Sept. 9, 2010, in Mesquite, Texas. He was born March 8, 1925, to George and America Lewis in Wilburton, OK. His family moved to Austin, Texas, when he was 8 years old. He attended school at St. Elmo, Fulmore and Stephen F.
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Billy "Bill" C. Ross, 77, of Comfort, passed from this life at his home, surrounded by his family, on September 22, 2010. Born in Port Lavaca on December 25, 1932, he was the son of Ruben Lenard and Susie Beatrice (Price) Ross. After he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force, serving during the Korean War, from 1952-1956 in the Strategic Air Command as an Airborne Operator. Billy took his love of the Air Force and turned it into a career with the FAA, and ...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Mr. David H. Vargas, of Mason, passed away on Saturday, September 25, at the age of 65. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, September 30 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Mason Funeral Home chapel. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. David was born on August 20, 1945, in Presidio, TX, to David Vargas and Virginia Hernandez Vargas.
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On the evening of Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Donald B. Ziriax, left his earthly bonds and entered into his heavenly life, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 25, at the First United Methodist Church, Mason. Pastor Tim Fahrenthold officiated. He was born at home in Mason, Texas, on September 2, 1926, the second child of John H.
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Genevieve "Gen" Reichenau, 91, went to her heavenly home Friday, September 24, 2010. She died peacefully at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg with her loving family at her side. Visitation was Sunday, September 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Monday, September 27, 2010, at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
William Leonard Frazier, of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, at the age of 91. Mr. Frazier's survivors include two sons Thomas and Jerry Frazier. At Mr. Frazier’s request, his body was cremated and there will not be any services. Private interment of his cremated remains will take place at a later date. Leonard was born on January 26, 1919, in Clovis, New Mexico, to James Henry Frazier and Mary Alice Bruner Frazier.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010 • Photos
Our Punchers proved to all that they are the real deal this past week by knocking off their fourth Class 2A team. The oversized Warriors of Ingram ran into a Homecoming buzz saw that they will soon not forget by falling to Mason 31-0. It is also becoming apparent to everybody that Coach Joy has identified a lethal formula within this extremely talented Junior and Senior class. Our defense is top heavy with nine senior starters who have a, "Do not even think about it swagger".
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
On Thursday September 23, the Mason JV Punchers traveled to Ingram to take on the undefeated Ingram Tom Moore Warriors, a team that just dropped from 3A to 2A, in their 3 rd road game of the young season. The Punchers stood toe-to-toe with a much bigger squad and played like we are used to seeing them play.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
The Puncher 7th Grade packed their bags and headed to Ingram this past Thursday to take on the Warriors. In Period one, the Punchers wasted no time in setting the tone for the game as offensive linemen Pedro Rivera, Jacob Moreno, and Luke Gillespie opened holes for Puncher running backs Garret Bibb and Andy Gilley.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Great defense, well placed blocking, a defensive safety, and great specialty teams all came together in this game to give the Punchers a 6-26 victory over the Ingram Warriors. The Punchers scored first after a 58 yard drive that ended with a Rylee Owen T.D. Miguel Castillo followed the blocking of offensive linemen Kyle Zavala, Darron Del Toro, and J’Angelo Martinez to connect on the bootleg pass to Owen putting the Punchers in front 0-8. The 2nd period was dictated by ...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 29, 2010
Cross Country Results 9-25-10 Varsity Girls—2 miles Time Place Catherine Bjork 14:03 26 Jacie Rychlik 14:06 27 Shayla Estes 14:18 36 Margaret Lemke 14:31 41 Yolanda Gonzalez 14:38 48 Emily Holland 14:49 51 Kelly Kothman 14:50 53 Kaitlyn Cavness 15:26 64 83 Total Runners Team Results—1) Hamlin—42 2) Comanche—44 3) Fredericksburg—48 4) Brownwood—115 5) Abilene Wyl ...