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October 13, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
Mason's David Mora makes the final stride across the goal line to clinch Mason's victory over Johnson City last week, 30-24. The Punchers start district play at home this week when they meet up with Eldorado. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
A bit of history Mason County was created on January 22, 1858, and organized on August 2, 1858. The first sheriff, Fritz Kothmann, was appointed and served about 6 months until an election could be held. The first elected sheriff of Mason County was Thomas Milligan who served until his murder in 1860 by Indians.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
At the Mason Starving Artists Show on October 30, 2010, Nan Loeffler is hoping to again show her weird and wonderful art work. A retired art teacher and now a silversmith, Nan works mainly in silver and copper. She loves to play with her art, mix it up, and have fun. She often adds ceramic, glass, rock, beads, plastic, and unique items to make a wearable work of art.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
On October 16th, 25 high school marching bands will converge on the Brady High School Stadium for the annual UIL Region VII Band Marching Competition. Again this year, families and friends of local high school band members who may not be able to attend the competition will be able to listen to their band's performance live on the internet. The entire Band Marching competition will be broadcast live on KNEL radio in Brady at 95.3 FM, and the broadcast will be carried live on t ...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
MHS Coronation-"A Night in Tuscany." Saturday, November 6, 2010 7:30 p.m. Entertainment by Dawn Hahn, James Hudson, and Justin McFarland.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, October 5th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 34 members and 2 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Trey Schwertner and Kason Wood. "Boss Lion" John Gamill was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Buongiorno. Come sta? Va bene, grazie. Mangiamo. Adesso. Oggi. Oggi e‘ mercoledi. Oggi e‘ pranzo de spaghetti. Da la Chiesa United Methodist. Si. Say what? Talk English. Hello. How are you? Fine, thanks. Let’s eat. Now. Today. Today is Wednesday. Today is spaghetti lunch. At the United Methodist Church. Yes.< ...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
This last week has been a complete different experience for me from the prior four that I have served as The Eckert James River Bat Cave steward. Emergences had five bats one night and 500,000 a few nights later. Yes, we still have emergences, but the number we don’t know until the night in question.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
It's been a beautiful week with all the sunshine and cool nights, now all is need is a little rain to make it perfect. Daddy is scheduled for surgery today, October 13; theyre taking a tumor out of his bladder and taking care of a kidney stone at the same time.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Easy Additions for Fun Halloween Meals It's Halloween! With just a few little changes or additions to things that you might already make, you can put the spirit of Halloween on your table. Scary Eyeballs - Lay a black olive into the middle of the creamy center. You can do the same thing with mini- cheeseballs.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Information Overload… On a recent Saturday, the morning newspaper TV schedule bulged with college football game listings from mid-morning non-stop until the wee hours Sunday. I planned to watch a couple of games intently, clicking in and out of others to check scores during commercial breaks. It was not my plan to spend the better part of a half-hour with a "live"
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Let's talk "Football!" I really didn’t know the game that well back in the late 70s and 80s, but I took many a good Sunday afternoon nap with the Houston Oilers and the Dallas Cowboys. That’s when football was FOOTBALL. Howard Cosell could put me to sleep in mere seconds.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
A while back my middle son, Paden, who is seventeen, told me he wanted to shoot an alligator with his bow. Now, anytime one of my kids has ever shown an interest in hunting something, I’ve tried to accommodate him. There’s no more wholesome activity than hunting, and any time a kid is hunting he’s not getting into trouble.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Synchronicities- Learn, laugh, wonder at it all. Then watch what happens. NEW ARRIVALS – Quotes are from the publishers summary. The 7 Secrets of Synchronicity: Your Guide to Finding Meaning in Signs Big and Small by Trish and Rob MacGregor (158 MAC). Nonfiction. Don’t Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (F PAT). Suspense Fiction.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The thyroid gland is the body’s internal thermostat, regulating the temperature and controlling how quickly the body burns calories and uses energy. If the thyroid is overactive and secretes too much hormone, the condition is known as hyperthyroid. If the thyroid is underactive and secretes too little hormone, the condition is called hypothyroid. Hypothyroidism affects about 13 million people in the United States.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
For months, much of the debate over power lines and windmill turbines has been mostly theoretical for me on a personal basis. Since I live in Katemcy, in the far northern end of the county, I knew that the windmills might be visible on the distant horizon; but, the power lines I would only see during my time spent in town. Did the possibility of having either near me cause any concern?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Dear Gerry, I'm writing this letter in the hope that I can reach out to a lot of people at one time. In 2008, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and my husband, Don, was later diagnosed with colon cancer. Since then, I have been overwhelmed by the number of people being diagnosed with cancer in Mason County.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
LINE UP FOR FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP! Steady Steps Children’s Weekday Ministry is celebrating Children’s Sabbath with a roast beef dinner Sunday, October 17 at 12:00 p.m. The community of Mason is invited to join us in the Social Hall of First United Methodist Church this Sunday. Cost of the meal is by donation only.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
Granite Rock B&B will host the third annual Fall Watercolor Workshop on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, 2010. The classes will begin at 9 a.m. at Rancho Rimar, in the beautiful hill country of Mason, Texas. Ginger Test, of Novice, Texas will again instruct the watercolor workshop. She is an avid photographer and has photographed scenes from Hawaii to Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The Fredonia Community Association is planning their rummage sale and bake sale for November 12th and 13th. This will be a success only with your help. Please donate your items that are too good to throw away. Call Peggy Lohn at 429-6231, or contact the Postmaster in Fredonia for any further information. Thanks for your generosity and helpfulness.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
In June of this year, we honored our military by featuring photos of people with a Mason County connection to service for their country. That feature ran until the July 4 edition. When it ended, we received another stack of photos. We have decided to start the feature once more on October 20 and run it through the November 10 edition, just in time for Veterans Day.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The Hilda Community Club will meet this Friday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m. We will NOT have the highway clean-up this month as the grass it too high at this time. We will plan to do this at a later date. Danny and Florence Smith are hosts. It will be a covered dish supper and the hosts will provide drinks and dessert.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Mason Game Wardens Cody Hatfield and Randall Brown will be offering a hunter education course on October 16 and 17. The two day course will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days, and will be conducted in the Courthouse Annex (the old Post Office building on the southwest corner of the sqaure). A hunter education course is mandatory for all hunters born on or after September 2, 1971.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The members of American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 & Ladies Auxiliary invite other veterans, friends and family, and anyone interested in The American Legion are invited to attend our regular October meeting, to be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14th, at the American Legion Post Hall on Post Hill Road (behind the Jail).
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The VFW Post 8554 will hold the regular monthly meeting October the 18th at 6:30 p.m. at the American legion hall. This is on Post Hill street behind the jail. The plans for the Veterans day program will be finalized at this time. All members are encouraged to attend. Membership drive going well.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
If your family trees include members to these families, or if you have a general interest in early Texas History, you are invited to a dedication scheduled at 12 o’clock on October 30th to honor the Banta’s, McDonalds, Taylor’s and others related to these families that served in the Texas Rangers on the Frontier during the latter part of the 19th century.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
The West Texas Book & Music Festival, which was held this year on September 25 in Abilene, featured Mason County resident Scott Zesch as a featured author at the festival; and he spoke during a panel discussion that day and also at an Author Reception the evening before at Frontier Texas!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
The bow season got off to a great start for Justin Bounds of Fairfield, Texas, during his weekend hunt at the Reardon Ranch. He took this beautiful 10-point buck that scored 156 7/8 points, gross. He then returned this last weekend and bagged this beautiful 11-point buck that has not yet been scored.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 18, 2010 during their regularly scheduled meeting at the Eckert Center beginning at 2:00 p.m. A representative from The Haven, a shelter serving McCulloch, Mason, and Menard Counties will be guest speaker. Each attendee is asked to bring items to donate for the use of those seeking shelter, such as small personal hygiene items, non perishable foods, baby care products, etc.
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Members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country met at the Eckert Civic Center at 1024 McKinley in Mason, Texas on Friday October 8th to enjoy working on personal creative projects. Citizens of Mason, McCulloch, Menard, and Kimbel counties are invited to join this nonprofit organization. Besides having monthly programs and field trips that support the arts, members meet twice a month from 9 a.m.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The largemouth bass fishing team of Chuck Bradley and Denwood Butler took a first place finish this past Saturday in the Bud Light Trail tournament on Hubbard Creek Reservoir located outside of Breckenridge, Texas. Although Team Mason generally finishes in the top 10, this is their first time to finish in the number one position.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
We had 13 4-Hers cook with us at our foods and nutrition project on October 3. The leaders who volunteered their time to teach were D’Lynn Brandenberger, Connie Witt, Leslie Cope, Gay Renfroe, and Letty Velez. Teen leaders who assisted were Courtney Brown and Coby Velez. The community service project for the Food n’ Fun Day was making no- bake cookies for the Food Bank.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
Bobby and Donna Ziriax of San Angelo are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Diane. This precious gift from God arrived on September 7, 2010. She weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and was 20 inches long. Lizzie is also welcomed by her proud grandparents, James Estes of Brady, Ann Estes of San Angelo, and Pat and Lisa Ziriax of Hext.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
Creed Martin (at left) congratulates his 8-year-old brother, Caden, after he made two touchdowns. "Watch out, NFL," the Martin boys are tough and fast according to their Grammie Carlene Brollier. Creed Vaughn Martin and Caden Lowell Martin are the sons of Stacey and Cody Lowell Martin of Abilene. Cody is the son of Carlene Brollier and Carl Martin, and the grandson of Ailene and the late August Martin.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
This self portrait was the overall winner at the West Texas Fair of Abilene, and artist Halle Cooley received "Best of Show" in the Fine Arts Youth, Junior division. Art work from Taylor County schools was entered into the competition and covered all grade levels. Halle is a sixth grade student at Jim Ned Junior High.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Ellie Michele Blair, a 2010 graduate of Mason High School, has been awarded a scholarship by the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation. Blair received the TILF Honorary Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, payable for the first year of higher education. The TILF Honorary Scholarship is awarded to students who have participated in the University Interscholastic League Academic State Meet and have compiled an outstanding record of academic and extracurricular achievement. Thi ...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Rachel Leah Collett, a 2010 graduate of Mason High School, has been awarded a scholarship by the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation. Collett received the Houston Endowment Inc. Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, payable the first year of higher education. This year the Houston Endowment awarded a total of 24 grants to students who have participated in the University Interscholastic League Academic State Meet and who have compiled an outstanding record of academic and extracurr ...
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010 • Photos
What was supposed to be a final tune up game prior to District play for Mason and Johnson City, turned into a West Texas shoot out last Friday. It was a game that came down to the last couple of seconds with Mason prevailing 30-24, pushing their record to (6-0) (0-0). Mason’s approach to the game was to once again be conservative in their play calling and not show to much before District play.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The 7th Grade football team was a little lost this past Thursday. The season is half over and they had never really played at home. They were also a little lost when the game began because the visiting Johnson City Eagles returned the opening kick-off 73 yards for a touchdown.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The Mason JV hosted Johnson City last Thursday in only their second game in the Puncherdome this season. The Punchers did not disappoint the home crowd. The Eagles received the opening kickoff and marched down the field to take an early 8-0 lead on Mason. The Punchers responded by forcing four turnovers and scoring 40 unanswered points to finish off the shellackin’.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
The 8th Grade Punchers hit the field this past Thursday with scoring on their mind. It didn’t take long for the offensive line to open up some running lanes for backs, Owen, Castillo, Castillo, and Martinez. Kyle Zavala, Steven Morquecho, J’Angelo Martinez, and Zane Haley took control of the line of scrimmage and Miguel Castillo crossed into the end zone for the first score of the evening.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total Mason Punchers 3 14 0 13 30 Johnson City Eagles 0 6 10 8 24 Scoring summary Qtr Time Scoring play MHS JHS Mason 1 6:56 Schmidt, Rio 23 yd FG 3 0 Mason 2 11:19 Mora, David 11 yd run (Schmidt, Rio kick) 10 0 Johnson City 2 1:20 Smith, Cody 29 yd pass to Mcdonald, Kris 10 6 Mason 2 0:00 Martinez, AJ 1 yd run (Schmidt, Rio kick) 17 6 Johnson City 3 10:00 Smith, Cody 4 yd pass to Humphrey, Aaron (Robles ...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
We had a beautiful day loaded with good friendship that made for a great day of golf. Every hole at Comanche Creek Golf Course was turned into a par 3. The new distances ranged from 33 yards to 212 yards with just a few obstacles added to the mix. With the help from Mike and Sheila Innis, we were able to transform our little course into a challenging afternoon of fun and torment.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010
Wednesday October 6 Creekbend Golf Course Blanket, Texas Varsity Girls—2.25 miles Time Place Margaret Lemke 15:08 8 Jacie Rychlik 15:09 9 Catherine Bjork 15:20 10 Shayla Estes 15:21 11 Emily Holland 15:57 18 Kelly Kothman 16:11 20 Yolanda Gonzalez 16:40 27 Kaitlyn Cavness 16:44 28 55 Total Runners (1) Comanche 19, (2) Mason 56, (3) Zephyr 90, (4) Coleman 113, (5) Priddy 133, ...