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October 27, 2010 Issue
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010 • Photos
The Mason County Courthouse celebrates its 100th birthday on Saturday. Stop by the Courthouse between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for hot dogs, tours, storytelling, and more.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010 • Photos
At the Mason Starving Artists Show on October 30, 2010, Kimble County artist Martha Richardson will be among those showing their work. Martha Richardson and her husband, Scott, live in Kimble County, on 25 acres of land which they purchased in 1983. Much of Martha’s work is inspired by the beauty of the hill country landscape and its individual components.
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On June 16, 2010, a relative reported Mark Shurish as missing to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. It was reported that Shurish was last seen on June 6, 2010 at Fuzzy’s Bar at the intersection of Hwy 29 and RR 1431, Llano County. Llano County Investigators began interviewing potential witnesses and acquaintances and developed information that Shurish may have been murdered.
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Sandstone Cellars Winery will offer four new Mason County wines this Saturday as they celebrate their 6th annual wine release party from 5-9 p.m. All four dry red wines were crafted from grape varietals grown in Mason County including Touriga, Zinfandel, Tempranillo and Syrah. The grapes were sourced from the Pontotoc, Robert Clay, Peters Prairie and Tallent vineyards. Ben Beckendorf will be performing live music at the event.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
The Puncher Dome has seen some big games through the the years, but nothing like what is about to take place Friday night, as Goldthwaite, the 2009 defending State Champions, come calling. The sports writers, ranking services and TV affiliates are calling this the "Dream Game." High school football fans all over the state will be using this game to gauge who will be the odds on favorite to make a deep run in the Class 1A playoffs and ultimately become the State Champion.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Halloween and hunting season are both just around the corner, and the weather seems to change every day from cool to hot to cool again. We continue to be busy around the City, with crews building the restroom/reverse osmosis addition at the Civic Center and a contractor excavating along Pontotoc St.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Art. It’s all around us. It’s also down the road apiece. As in the town: Art, Texas. This coming Saturday it’s gonna be all around the square. Art, that is. The 4th Annual Starving Artist Show. If you like art, don’t miss it. The artists are still starving. Sidewalks will be crowded with their work for sale. Oil and watercolor paintings. Sketches and drawings. Photography a ...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Keeping your Kids Safe on Halloween Did you know that on average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year? Kids will be out while it is dark - making it harder for drivers to see them and because they're excited about getting candy, they may not be watching out for cars. Parents and drivers both need to do their part to help kids stay out of the emergency room on Halloween.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
The brief shower we had on Saturday was just a tease, but hopefully well have some more substantial rain this week. I know the temperatures will be dropping, and I for one, cant wait! My niece Ashley Cerney and her oldest son Noah, came up for the weekend. The last time she was here, we started a cleaning project and it was time to finish it up.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Uncle Mort and Lost Electricity… Anyone stumbling upon my Uncle Mort’s place down in the thicket would be taken aback by ill-arranged clutter in stacks, piles and barrels all over the yard. And the barn is in the same shape, its inventory of Mort’s junk replacing agricultural trappings decades ago. My 98-year-old kin has a sweeping acronym for the whole mess—"PIP"—or, projects in progress.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
My articles have mostly fallen on deaf ears. However, Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, must have read my article. He’s told his players, no more dancing in the end zone! That’s okay, but what about the trashy hair, Jerry?????? Halloween is on Sunday and some will be tricking and some will be treating.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
There are a lot of things I don’t expect to hear when I answer my cell phone. A few of those are "You’ve won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes," and "We’ve decided you’d make a pretty darn good king for England," and "Hey, Dad, I don’t need any money. I just called to say hello."
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The Mason Study club members are passionate about the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library and work tirelessly to support it. In 2010 the Study Club donated $1000 to the library which enabled the purchase of almost sixty books. It’s time to start thinking Fall and of course, cool weather food like chili.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Money impacts every decision that we make. You might wonder why a column on natural health would be about money – I find money to be an important aspect in choosing the right supplements to take. I assume that everyone takes supplements to be healthier – otherwise why bother. But the question I ask is "are your supplements making you healthier?"
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, October 19th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 35 members and 1 visitor in attendance. Lion Nolan Donop was responsible for the program and introduced Linda Finch who spoke about her around the world flight that she made in honor of Amelia Earhart's flight.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
I am occasionally asked by some of our readers if we only put in news stories about "good" things, and avoid the "bad." I believe I'm asked this question because we are fortunate enough to live in a community where the majority of the news is good. But, the bad does happen. We have a front page story this week about a young man who was murdered in Llano County, and whose body was dumped along Ranch Road 1222 and the Voca road.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Dear Gerry I'm worried. There is a serious problem with our congressional elections. I'm not talking about the deficit, border security, financial reform, or health care. It's not about anybody being a Nazi or Muslim. It's about big business buying our elections, and therefore, our government trhough outside non-profit political groups. They have vague names - America's Family First, Crossroads GPS, ReverAmerica.org.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Editor: Ron Crocker’s October 20th editorial, "Transmission Line – Tidbits" misstates the history behind building a Hill Country transmission line in order to provide a stronger Texas grid. In 1999 then-Governor Bush signed legislation deregulating the generation and retail sales of electricity on the ERCOT grid, which services the Hill Country and 22 million Texans.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Editor, It has been around a year and a half since Mason Care Center closed. A lot of our dear grandparents that were shuffled off to other nursing homes have passed away. Not in their hometown, but in cities they never dreamed they'd spend their last days. Let's all pray together that some kind soul will open a nursing home in Mason.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010 • Photos
Alice, the mannequin at The Thing Is, got all decked out for Halloween! The Mason Volunteer Fire Department will be handing out lightsticks to trick or treaters on Sunday evening, starting at dusk, at the fire station. But, not for Alice!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
The Hext Volunteer Fire Department is holding their annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 30th, from noon until it's all gone. There will be a fish fry with all the trimmings, a bake sale and a washer pitching tournament. Entry fee for the washer pitching tournament is $20 a couple. There will be a 40% payout for first, and prizes for second and third. Tickets will be drawn all day for a wide variety of prizes.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
The Mason FCA will be holding a spaghetti dinner on Friday, October 29 at the Community Building. The cost is by donation. This will give Mason fans a chance to enjoy a wonderful meal, support a great cause, and still attend Mason's much-anticipated matchup against the Goldthwaite Eagles.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
MHS Coronation tickets are now available for Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Please come enjoy "A Night in Tuscany" with entertainment by Dawn Hahn. The ticket price per person is $8.00 and can be purchased at Mason National Bank, Commercial Bank, First State Bank, or any of the school offices for your convience. Tickets will also be available at the event.
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Llano Fine Arts Guild is pleased to present Cathy Harding for a "hands on" program, Monday November 1, 2010.Cathy has been painting for over forty years and has won awards in various shows and competitions. Her style is "impressionest", using mostly bristle brushes and finishing with pallete knife for dramatic detail.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Mason Boy Scout Troop 281 will be holding a fajita luncheon fundraiser for Jacob Bibb on Sunday, October 31st. Serving time starts at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
When fall arrives in the Hill Country, the air turns crisp and shades of red, orange, green and gold dapple the landscape. While in the area visit the Williams Creek (Albert) School being featured on the Country School Trail with an open house. The school is open from 11 a.m.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
TEMPLE,TX –The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is proud to announce the completion of its initial survey that identifies soil conditions in Texas. To commemorate this historic event, representatives of the agencies and organizations involved with the Texas Cooperative Soil Survey will host a "Last Acre" Ceremony on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010 • Photos
Kaden Kimbriel, four-year-old son of Wade and Summer Kimbriel of Mason Tx. caught an eight pound channel cat with his Spiderman rod and reel at his great-grandparents place on Maynard Creek in Roosevelt Tx. He has certainly earned his braggin’ rights.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010 • Photos
To the Folks in Mason County: During the two years we planned Historic Fort Stockton’s big 2009 sesquicentennial event, we went to Mason and stayed overnight in May 2008 to witness the sesquicentennial events there. It was great and worth the trip. Later I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy and Brenda Koepke of your wonderful town.
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U. S. Representative Lamar Smith visited with Staff members of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Hill Country) at the Headquarters Office in Ingram on October 15, sharing his positions on the new health care bill, the economy, border security and the National Broadband Plan (NBP). Representative Smith personally commended Hill Country General Manager Delbert Wilson on his testimony before the U.
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We met for an "impromptu" gathering at Warren and Susan Grote’s home on Saturday, October 2. There were 16 classmates who came for the noon meal that was catered by Mike and Barbara Arteaga—delicious homemade tamales, tortillas, rice and beans. Classmates brought desserts. A trivia sheet brought out lots of memories and laughter.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
MASON, TEXAS — This month, cooperative members nationwide will celebrate Co-op Month, an event to commemorate the cooperative movement’s history and achievements. Cooperatives are not-for-profit businesses that provide an effective and viable alternative to more than 130 million members across the United States. They exist to serve their members, meeting the needs of their community that might otherwise not be met. Capital Farm Credit (CFC) is a customer-owned coo ...
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Norma Hagan of The Haven spoke to members of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club at a combination regular meeting and shelter shower at the Eckert Center on October 18. She brought some good news in that funding grants have been secured to keep the shelter running for this year; but some disturbing news in that the shelter has served 470 victims so far this year.
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Twenty-one descendents of Alfred and Ida Kensing gathered Saturday to review and explore our heritage. Our great-great grandparents were massacred by the Indians in 1865. We began our day at the Ray Geistweidt Ranch off Threadgill Road to see the massacre sight. Ray told the group the stories about the event that he learned from his relatives.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
The Mason County Texas Project’s Wounded Warrior Program held its first hunt of the 2010-2011 season the second weekend of October with seventeen hunters enjoying our hospitality. John and Dana Haines hosted the two day dove hunt on the family ranch north of Camp Air. And we all did our best to uphold the national average, that is, a lot of shooting and not a lot of table fare to show for it.
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Dixie Feuerbacher, Mason resident, won honors at a recent quilt show. Dixie placed first in the Contemporary Division with her quilt, "Fall Harvest". She also placed second in the Western Theme Division with "Happy Trails". The quilt show was sponsored by Courthouse Steps Quilters in Goldthwaite.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Below is a summary of last night’s board meeting: 1. The board reviewed and approved the District Improvement Plan. 2. A public hearing was held reviewing the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) report. The district achieved a "superior achievement" rating (the highest rating attainable). 3. The board nominated Treg Hudson and Jeff Durst to be placed on the ballot for election to the Mason County Appraisal District Board. ...
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The Story Behind the Red Ribbon Red Ribbon Week is here, so I wanted to take a moment to talk about what Red Ribbon Week symbolizes. We dress up and do fun activities at school, but I know there must be those out there that wonder what Red Ribbon Week is really all about. The story begins over sixty years ago…. Enrique "Kiki"
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Grace McMillan David died September 14, 2010, in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where she was living with her granddaughter, Cadence Green, and family. She was born October 22, 1914, to Dorman and Anna McMillan in Mason, Texas. Grace graduated from Mason High School and from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She taught school for two years, then married Henry David.
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Viola Franco Martinez, of Mason, passed away on Sunday, October 24, at the age of 79. Mrs. Martinez is survived by her children: Arnold F. Martinez and wife Maria of Mason, Julian Martinez and wife Rosalinda of Mason, Phillip Martinez and wife Ange of Mason, Janie Lopez and husband Baldamar of Plainview and Albert Gatica and wife Jackie of Haltom.
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Sports
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010 • Photos
Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total Mason Punchers 7 20 20 14 61 Reagan County Owls 0 6 0 0 6 Scoring summary Qtr Time Scoring play MHS RC Mason 1 5:24 Mora, David 6 yd run (Schmidt, Rio kick) 7 0 Mason 2 8:22 Mora, David 45 yd run (Schmidt, Rio kick) 14 0 Mason 2 6:00 Mora, David 2 yd run (Schmidt, Rio kick) 21 0 Mason 2 3:23 Mora, David 1 yd run 27 0 Reagan County 2 0:06 Stark, Timothy 12 yd pass to (#88) 27 6 Mason 3 9:48 ...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
The Mason JV Punchers hosted the Owls from Reagan County this past Thursday looking to get back on the winning note after they suffered their first defeat of the year against Albany two weeks ago. A plethora of big plays fueled the Punchers all night long. Mason scored on their first drive when Emilio Palacio pounded in a score from 3 yards out.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
If you bought a ticket for last weeks 8th Grade game you would probably agree it was money well spent. Hopefull you had your popcorn in hand early, because the Owls from Big Lake didn’t waste any time of putting points on the board. After a long kickoff from Go Chanriang, the Owls scored on play two, tacked on the extra point, before anyone had broken a sweat. The Punchers picked up two first downs on their first possession but had to turn the ball over on downs.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
The 7th Grade played host to the visiting boys from Big Lake this past week. Big Lake wasted no time in the first period when they scored on a 36 yard sweep , then tacked on the two point conversion leaving the young Punchers in their dust. Mason struggled to get something going offensively and found the Owls were too big and strong for the Punchers to maintain any type of drive. Big Lake scored again in the 2nd period but failed at their attempt to tack on the PAT.< ...
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Monday, October 18 Goldthwaite Municipal Golf Course Varsity Girls—2 miles Time Place Emily Holland 14:17 46 Catherine Bjork 14:19 47 Jacie Rychlik 14:22 48 Shayla Estes 14:33 53 Kelly Kothman 14:36 54 Kaitlyn Cavness 15:17 78 125 Total Runners (1) Leander Rouse 53, (2) Comanche 54, (3) Bangs 131, (4) Llano 137, (5) Goldthwaite 169, (6) Stephenvi ...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 • Posted October 27, 2010
Wednesday October 13 Creekbend Golf Course Blanket, Texas Varsity Girls—2 miles Time Place Margaret Lemke 12:50 7 Catherine Bjork 13:00 10 Jacie Rychlik 13:05 11 Shayla Estes 13:06 14 Kelly Kothman 13:19 21 Yolanda Gonzalez 13:29 23 Emily Holland 14:04 29 54 Total Runners (1) Brady 17, (2) Mason 62, (3) Bangs 71, (4) Zephyr 100, (5) Priddy 150, (6) Panther Creek 181, (7) Bla ...