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January 12, 2011 Issue
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The 86th Annual Mason County Livestock Show was held Friday and Saturday at the Fort Mason Park Community building. The show began with the showing of market lambs, Angora and meat goats and market hogs, then continued Saturday with market steers. The show weekend wrapped up with the premium sale and dinner Saturday evening. In the 2011 Mason Livestock Show, Chama Martin exhibited the Grand Champion Steer, while her sister, Aspen, was the exhibitor of the Reserve Grand Champi ...
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We’re all giving thanks for the wonderful rain! Even though the weather is to turn cold and perhaps icy, we have a good beginning to spring. Y’all just be careful out there. The Art UMW meeting scheduled for Jan. 11th is being postponed until Tuesday, January 18th due to the weather.
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Blank. Blank. Blankety-blank. What a funny word. Blank. Rhymes with bank, sank, and tank. But its history isn’t blank. The word originally was "blanc" ("white"). Comes from Middle English and Old French. According to trusty Webster. From there it went to Frankish "blank." (Frankish? Is there a Fredish?) The Frankish word means: white, gleaming, akin to Old English "blanca" (meaning " ...
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Snack "Attack!" Did you snack yesterday? If you are like most Americans the answer is yes. According to research by Dr. Barry Popkin 97% of adults snack and snacks account for about 25% of total calorie intake. Some research suggests that snacking can help with satiety and is associated with lower body weight.
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An Extraordinary Tom… When December of the old year surrendered to January of the new one, media folks in the Metroplex faced the daunting task of condensing the contributions of a public servant to "fit" newspaper columns and radio/tv news slots. Media could but "hit the high spots" of this true Christian statesman. The death of Tom Vandergriff, a beloved figure for more than a half century and a respected patriarch for decades, triggered immediate t ...
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My Nacha dog, is under the care of Dr. Dave. So, each morning, I take my pills, Z takes his and Nacha takes hers. Really glad Z doesn’t have to cram my pills down my throat! Dr. Dave is so sweet when he’s checking her. He calls her Sweetie! I’ve thought, maybe I’ll have him to check out my left foot.
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There has been one, and only one, honorary veteran of the United States Armed Forces. In 1996 congress voted to present that title to Bob Hope, in appreciation for the 50 years of service he gave our troops all over the world, entertaining and boosting morale by performing in almost 200 USO shows.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, January 4th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 32 members and 1 visitors in attendance. "Boss" Lion John Gammill was responsible for the program, and due to the fact that Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill was in the Fredericksburg Hospital, there were no minutes or financial report. "Boss"
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Regular Blood Work Ranges for blood chemistry are good indicators of our health. Regular blood work is beneficial in that it is a good screen for diseases and it records health markers at given times so that a history is established. Blood work can also help indicate nutritional and functional status. I like to use blood work preventively.
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This past week, a troubled and unstable young man in Arizona killed innocent people at a public gathering. Strengthened gun laws would not have stopped him. Increased security would not have dissuaded him. He planned this attack in advance, and he was not going to be deterred. An innocent 9-year-old girl is now dead.
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"If I ran my business the way you people operate your schools, I wouldn’t be in business very long!" I stood before an auditorium filled with outraged teachers who were becoming angrier by the minute. My speech had entirely consumed their precious 90 minutes of in-service. Their initial icy glares had turned to restless agitation.
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As we begin 2011, I thought it would be appropriate to update everyone on things going on at your school. I would like to begin by reflecting on what has been accomplished the first semester of the 2010-11 school year. Our district has once again received the rating of exemplary based on data from the 2009-10 school year with the elementary and high school being exemplary campuses and the junior high being a recognized campus.
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A judge overseeing the fate of a child who has been removed from an unsafe home won’t always have all the information he or she needs. There can be tragic — even fatal — consequences to the child if the judge, lacking some crucial detail, sends the child back to a place where harm continues. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are volunteers appointed by judges to fill in the blanks so judges can make the best decisions for foster children.
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Are you looking for a safe, fun and enriching afterschool program for your K-8th grade students? The ACE program offers all this and more and began on January 10th! ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) is the Texas component of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grant program which provides a FREE afterschool program for grant recipients. We meet immediately after school Monday through Thursday (at 3:15 for K-4th and at 3:30 for 5th -8th ) and the program ends at 6 ...
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There will NOT be an American Legion meeting on Thursday, January 13th. For information concerning the programs and/or operation of The American Legion Fort Mason Post #285, please contact Lawrence Spell, 1st Vice Commander, 429-6224, or Mike Shanley, 347-9016. For information on the Ladies Auxiliary, please contact Gail Coldiron, 347-9016.
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On Tuesday, January 18th, Kristi Nunez, current director of the Mason Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting to Mason’s Guest House & B&B Owners group. The meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Bickenbach Guest Haus located at 421 Fuchsia (off of Hwy. 29, one block east of St.
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The annual meeting will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Education building. Officers and directors will be elected, and dues will be set. There will also be a report on 2010 activity. Please come support your organization.
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Judge Jerry Bearden will be discussing his recent meeting with the PUC in reference to the transmission lines, and in addition, his meeting with the architect in charge of the courthouse restoration project. MCRW is inviting everyone who is interested in learning more about their organization to please join them on January 19th.
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The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country is excited to host Potter/Sculptor Jaime Dominguez for a presentation and demonstration of the Mata Ortiz clay technique. Sr. Dominguez lives and works in Junction, and gets his clay from the hills in and around the Junction area. His pottery-making and firing technique is the result of the rediscovery of pottery methods used by the ancient Casas Grandes Indian tribes of Northern Mexico.
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Reminder: Community Education classes will be offered soon, and your feedback is needed! Take the Community Education Survey at www.masonisd.net.
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The Hill Country CattleWomen will be holding their annual legislative meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway in Kerrville. The public is invited to join members and guests to hear our speaker, Steven Salmon from San Angelo. Mr.
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Highway 29's "Miss Piggy" has departed! The large ceramic pig at the entrance to Sheryl Soderstorm's property west of Double Knobs became a land mark for many; but, Sheryl has moved on and taken the porcine lady with her. The new owners of the property stopped by the News two weeks ago, and they have already indicatied that they plan on replacing the bejewled and decorated pig when they arrive later this year.
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San Angelo, TX — For 31 years, National Blood Donor Month has honored the heroes among us who give the gift of life: blood. While many are trying to synthesize blood or reproduce its effects, today there is no substitute. And every two seconds, someone needs blood. This year alone, more than five million patients will require blood transfusions as they recover from accidents or surgery or receive treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases. "At United Blood Services, we e ...
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A choir from Teen Challenge of Texas will present a selection of songs at Mason Community Church at the regular Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. on January 16th. Teen Challenge is recognized by the United States government as America's largest and most successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Four centers located across south Texas accommodate about 200 persons and several families.
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On Wednesday January 5th, the Mason Study Club launched the "Book Buddies" project designed to assist the first and second grade teachers and students with their reading process. The Study Club members will listen/read to the 1st and 2nd grade classes on Monday-Thursday for an hour. The goals of this project are to help students become better readers, instill in the children a joy for reading and books, and acquaint the children and their parents to the Eckert County Library.
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The Elementary District Academic UIL meet was held in Medina on December 8th. Students in first through fifth grades competed against schools from Center Point, Medina, Hunt, and Harmony (a charter school in the San Antonio area). Mason won the meet with 535.5 points! Our students were complimented on their academic skills, appearance, and behavior.
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The Mason Twirlers, grades 5th, 6th, 7th 8th and 9th grades, were invited to perform at the 2011 All-American Middle School Bowl Games. The Football University, a division of the US Army ALL American Bowl Games, was presenting the third annual All American Middle School Football Bowl Games, Sunday January 9, 2011.
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For the last six years, Mason ISD has been a recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grant. For the first five years, the program served the elementary and junior high schools. Last year, we began including the high school level – but with a twist! With so many of our high school students involved in afterschool activities, we decided to have a BEFORE school program for them.
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Who couldn’t use a few extra bucks? Each time you make a purchase with your Commercial Bank debit card between January 1 and March 31, 2011, you will automatically be entered for a chance to put some extra money in your pocket! The campaign features the following prize categories. Grand Prize: $500 Cash Card First Place Prize: $300 Cash Card Monthly Winners: $50 Cash Card, Six per month The more you use your debit card, the more c ...
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will hold the first meeting of 2011 on January 17 at the Richard P. Eckert Building beginning at 2:00 pm. Since February is Black History month, only a few days away, the subject to be explored is a historical perspective of early black settlers in the area.
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"I sing for joy at the works of Your hands." – Psalm 92:4 Jared & Rebekah Whitworth, along with big sister, Anna Marie, are happy to announce the birth of the newest member of their family. Elizabeth Melane Whitworth was born October 7, 2010, weighing eight pounds and measuring 20 ¾ inches.
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Last week, Mason National Bank rewarded local shoppers by gifting them with prizes for having shopped locally during the Christmas season. The News caught up with one of the winners, Michelle Chapman, when she stopped by to pick up her prize and was greeted by the staff. Left to right: Amanda McMillan, Michelle Chapman, Thom Canfield and Sheri Simon.
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Michael and Rachel Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Isabella Grace Martinez. Isabella Grace was born December 26th at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida. She weighed six pounds, 12 ounces and was 19" long. Isabella is welcomed by her grandparents David and Maria Martinez, Aunt Dianna Martinez and great grandparents Juan and Maria Vasquez, all of Mason.
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Michael Eckert of Brownwood took this 17-point trophy in northwest Mason County just a few days before Christmas.
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Mr. & Mrs. Gregg and Cristy Whitaker of Mason are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Candice Laine Whitaker, to Will Ernest Simpson, son of Mr. & Mrs. Bill and Dianne Simpson of San Angelo.  The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Joan Whitaker and the late Mr.
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SEGUIN, TX - January 4, 2011 - More than 300 Texas Lutheran University (TLU) students were named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List and Provost’s Academic Honor List for the 2010 fall semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.
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The Mason County Chamber of Commerce held a formal ribbon cutting last week for The "Shooting Star" on the east side of the square. The business was recently purchased by Carolyn Copeland, who explains more about what they offer: "For a very long timer it has been my dream to have a shop on the square in Mason.
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Individuals facing extreme life-threatening health consequences as a result of their obesity experience real life change in a new original series HEAVY, premiering Monday, January 17 at 10/9c on A&E. It is not a matter of money but yet a documentary of people fighting to save their lives. The eleven episode one-hour series follows two participants per episode documenting their incredible transformations during a six month treatment program.
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The Mason County Commissioners and the Board of the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Library are pleased to introduce our new Librarian, Patti Grote, a new resident of the county. Mrs. Grote has worked as a high school English teacher, covering AP classes to remedial reading at Wall High School for the past 18 years.
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During Monday nights City of Mason Commission meeting, it appeared that the group was at a stalemate in selecting a designee to replace Jared Carter's vacated District 1 seat. After having hit an impasse during their December meeting, during which Jimmie Lange was nominated; but, the 2-2 vote split prevented his approval, the Commission had decided to try once more.
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FORT WORTH — Annas Elizabeth Leach Hunter died peacefully at home Friday morning, Jan. 7, 2011, during her 85th year. Service: 11 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at Robertson Mueller Harper with the Rev. Verne Fuqua and the Rev. Lynn Moore officiating. She will be laid to rest at 4 p.m.
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Elizabeth Ann Ward Robertson was born September 23, 1922, in Decatur, Texas, to Elizabeth Penn Dixon Ward and Jesse Lawrence Ward. She departed this world on January 3, 2011, at Denison, Texas, and is with her father and all others that preceded her. She attended Decatur public schools and several colleges and universities.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 • Posted January 12, 2011
The Punchers made their way back to Mason to play the first game at home of the season against the 20th ranked Goldthwaite Eagles. The Punchers were looking for revenge after falling to the Eagles last year in a nail biter (and of course a little revenge for football as well). The game was close from the first to the fourth quarter with no team extending a lead to more than six points.