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February 9, 2011 Issue
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Renowned radio personality and speaker, Tumbleweed Smith, will be the guest speaker at the annual awards banquet of the Mason County Chamber of Commerce. The banquet is scheduled for Thursday, February 24th at the Mason I.S.D. cafeteria. The Sound of Texas is one of the longest running syndicated radio programs in Texas.
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I am sure you have all been hearing about the devastating budget cuts being made in Austin ISD. It has been a top story on all the news stations. After being in Austin at the Texas Association of School Administrators Mid-Winter Conference, I learned it seems almost all Texas school districts are in a similar situation.
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(Austin, TX - January 27, 2011) The National Center or Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., released its 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List for Texas on its public website www.nc4ea.org this week. The list identifies NCEA Higher Performing Schools - those elementary, middle and high schools that have consistently outperformed their peers that serve similar student populations - and recognizes their achievement in bringing more students to college and career readin ...
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Please join the Friends of the Library and the Library Board at a reception on Thursday, February 17 from 5 to 7 PM in the Stribling Room of the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Library. We will also hear from John Pecoraro of the Big Country Library System which provides many centralized services and makes resources available to libraries in 32 West Texas counties.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011 • Posted February 9, 2011
It was SO cold. How cold was it? From below zero up. And nobody could do a dang thing about it. That’s Mother Nature for ya. She’s the Boss. A humbling one at that. Phones quit working. Water pipes burst. Propane tanks emptied. Even the fax machine froze. And that was here. Not north. Not the Northeast. Not the North Pole. Here. Mother Nature riding high ...
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On Monday a week ago, just before the weather turned bitter cold and no one wanted to be outside unless it was absolutely necessary, Mason benefitted from an extraordinary gift of community service by our high school students. You may have seen some of the photos in last week’s paper, but the pictures could not do justice to the amazing amount of energy and value these young men and women contributed to our town.
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Winter sure showed us that it still had some teeth; I almost forgot where I was! The groundhog didnt see his shadow so I guess that means spring should be right around the corner. Hopefully rain won't be too far behind! Celebrating birthdays this week are Turner Ashby on the 10th and Garret Bibb on the 15th.
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New Dietary Guidelines Released This week, the USDA sent out the new dietary guidelines in a 112 page document. To save you a bit of trouble, here is the short version. This is pretty much common sense stuff but it just because we know it’s true doesn’t mean we follow it!
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Aunt Maude Puts Foot Down… Thanks to timely intervention of Aunt Maude, Homeland Security was able to cross off a potential problem at Super Bowl XLV. Oh, Uncle Mort, her 98-year-old hubby, meant no harm. But, if he’d carried out his scheme, probability of gumming up the works loomed large. Maude said Mort had been acting strangely for several weeks.
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Z and I went to Buda this past weekend. There was a surprise birthday party for Shannon. Seems she’s now on the down hill slide. I can remember being her age. It’s the short term memory that gets me. Z and I seem to repeat things. It’s one way of making sure you get the message across.
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As an American, you have certain rights. These rights are pretty much spelled out in the Constitution, or else some other important, yellowed document. These rights you have include things like getting a speedy trial, and free chips and salsa appetizers, and not having to house government troops in your home and let them put their muddy boots on your ottoman. At the very beginning of the constitution is a line that says you have the right to light, liberty, and the pursuit o ...
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We all know that economic times are hard. Many of us are prepared to accept some cuts in government programs to reduce deficit spending. Nevertheless, spending for some programs are good values for tax dollars, and state funding for our local library is a prime example and should not be drastically reduced. The first draft of the State’s budget proposal for 2012 -2013 affects every statewide library program and would definitely impact our library.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, February 1st, for its monthly business meeting. There were 36 members and 4 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School seniors, Myles Banner and Alexanderia Martinez. "Boss" Lion John Gammill was responsible for the program, and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report.
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Joint Pain or arthritis is the number one chronic illness in America. One person in 7 suffers from it. Many people are successfully using glucosamine, chondroitins and MSM to manage pain and to supply building materials for joint repair. While these are very helpful, particularly with osteoarthritis, I would like to mention some other natural remedies for arthritis. Devils Claw and Yucca have both been used traditionally for arthritic and rheumatic conditions.
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Bettye B.’s Crescent Rolls Courtesy, Bettye Burnett Russell These have got to be some of the best dinner rolls I’ve ever made (and eaten!). They’re not hard to make, the recipe makes up a BUNCH of rolls, and they freeze and reheat in the microwave very well. I just about guarantee you that you and your family will love these buttery, flaky rolls.
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Authors. Painters. Sculptors. Singers. Dancers. Story tellers. Runners. Drivers. I recently had a conversation about some of the many skills of people who live in Mason County. We all know about Fred Gipson, Gene Zesch, Bill Worrell, Dewey Martin and Matt Hey. There are so many folks who have already made their mark in the world, in a variety of fields and disciplines. But, we have so many others with incredible talents and skills.
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The Menardville Museum will be open from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on February 11 to celebrate the Frisco Railroad train arriving in Menardville 100 years ago. A program with comments from local families will be at 3:00 p.m. To assist visitors, Menard Historical Society members will be stationed in the two waiting rooms, the main room, and the freight room of the railroad depot.
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"The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective," James 5:16. Trinity United Methodist Church in Castell would like to invite everyone to join us in a prayer service focused on the elimination of cancer, Saturday, February 12th at 6:00 p.m. Cancer is truly the plague of our time. As Christians, we would be remiss is we did not make an effort to join our voices together in prayer to ask for God’s mercy. The communities of Llano and Mason each have cancer ...
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Hill Country University Center, with its partners Texas Tech University (TTU) at Fredericksburg and Austin Community College (ACC), will present the information session: "Navigating the College Financial Aid Process" on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Hill Country University Center, 2818 E. US HWY 290 in Fredericksburg at 5:30 p.m. High school students and their parents as well as adults who are planning to attend any college are invited to participate in this session. Financial aid advisor ...
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On Wednesday, February 16th, there will be a meeting for all parents of third graders at Mason Elementary. The meeting will be held in the Elementary/Jr. High Library at 5:00 p.m. This will be an informative meeting explaining the expectations for students taking TAKS tests in reading and math. Examples of test questions as well as test-taking strategies will be demonstrated.
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The Llano Country Opry will stage the Jim Ed Brown show on Saturday, February 12, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 PM. Admission is $15.00 per person and tickets are now on sale at the Llano and Kingsland Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354. Jim Ed Brown came to fame as a member of the ’50s vocal group the Browns where he was the band’s lead vocalist.
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The Heart of Texas Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold its next meeting on Monday, February 14, in the Striegler Military Complex (Old Curtis Field Control Tower) of the Heart of Texas Museum. The business meeting will begin at 4:00 pm. At 5:00 PM, refreshments will be served followed by a program.
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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas high school seniors who care about the environment have the chance to win a college scholarship. The 8th annual Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship, sponsored by Dow Chemical Company in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, is accepting essays February 1 through March 28, 2011. The first-place winner will receive $3,000.
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Mason Elementary is having its annual PK/HeadStart/Kinder Roundup (pre-registration) on Thursday, February 17, 2011 in the Elementary/Junior High Library from 2:30—5:30 pm. If your child will be attending Pre-Kindergarten, HeadStart, or Kindergarten NEXT school year (August 2011), please come anytime between 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm to the library to register your child. The following are the guidelines for registering your child for PK/Kinder: · Your child must be 3 ...
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You could be one of 100 high school students from across the nation to win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, on June 4-8, 2011. All you have to do is put on your creative thinking cap and enter the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour sponsored by Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
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The Hill Country CattleWomen will hold their February meeting in Fredericksburg on Tuesday, Feb. 15 Reservations for the luncheon are necessary at the cost of $15.00. Members should make their reservation by calling their reservation chairwomen listed in their yearbook or contact Marsha Kothmann at 325-347-5511 or by email at bkr@ctesc.net.
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The KAC (Kids Against Cancer) Team is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Mason County Cancer Benefit. This fundraiser is called Coins Against Cancer, it will be held Feb 14th- Feb 19th at Mason Elementary and JH campuses. Parents can send money to school with their child. Each homeroom teacher will be collecting the money and at the end of the week, the homeroom with the most money raised will win a pizza party!
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Once again is time for our cancer benefit. We are all excited to begin our fundraising. We will be having a silent auction at The Commercial Bank on February 10th-11th; at First State Bank of Central Texas February 14th-15th; and at the Mason National Bank February 16th-17th. We are also selling cookie dough.
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Returning to a role that she is very familiar with, Donnie Coleman was sworn in on Monday as the new assistant district attorney in the 198th Judicial District. Coleman served over thirteen years in the assistant’s position under former DA Ron Sutton before running unsuccessfully for the office in 2004. Coleman, a practicing attorney in the State of Texas since 1979, spent the interim as the first assistant district attorney in the 63rd and 83rd judicial districts prosecuting c ...
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FORT WORTH, TEXAS - ASPEN MARTIN a 4H member from MASON, TX, exhibited the GRAND CHAMPION WETHER GOAT in the Junior WETHER GOAT Show at the 2011 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo on JANUARY 29, 2011. The 2011 Show is proud to be hosting nearly 10,000 junior exhibitors from across Texas, competing for prizes and $91,585 in premiums. Since 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has remained a prominent figure in the livestock industry.
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On Friday, February 4th, volunteer docent Alberta Birk welcomed the 15,000th visitor to the Mason Square Museum. Larry and Elaine Allen of Sandwich, Illinois visited the museum while visiting their friends, Dorene and Fred Cardenas of Mason. They were presented with a copy of the newest Mason publication, Mason County - Images of America. The Mason Square Museum opened its doors in April 2007.
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Students from St. Joseph Catholic Church participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring for the seventh consecutive year. They collected money in a soup pot as parishioners left Mass the weekend of the Super Bowl. All money collected this year was given to the Mason County Ministerial Alliance Food Bank. A simple prayer: "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat"
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DENVER - Aspen Martin of Mason sold a Champion Junior Market Goat for $2250 at the National Western Stock Show's Auction of Junior Livestock Champions on January 21st. The winner bidder of the animal was Peerless, Inc. Aspen's sister, Sierra Jade Martin, sold a Grand Champion Junior Market Goat for $11,000 at the show.
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Riata Service Organization met January 25, 2011, at the home of Lola Hohn with Beth Reardon as co-hostess. 25 members were present. Vice President Joan Whitaker introduced the guest speaker, Jim Morris. Mr. Morris' topic was The Hill Country University in Fredericksburg. Students may complete first and second year basic courses through Austin Community College.
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Dustin Dwayne Laqua graduated Magna Cum Laude from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Special Education on December 11, 2010. He is the son of Dwayne and Mollie Laqua. Dustin was a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Fraternity, Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society, president of the Council for Exceptional Children, and a 2010 recipient of Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities for Angelo State.
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James and Kim Thompson of Blanco, Texas announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Nicole, to Brian Kirby Groves, son of Kevin and LynDee Groves of Graham, Texas and grandson to Kirby and Katherine Groves of Mason. Lauren is a graduate of Blanco High School in 2004 and recently graduated from Texas State University in August 2010.
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Lacey Beth Laqua graduated Summa Cum Laude, with highest honors from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education on May 8, 2010. She is the daughter of Dwayne and Mollie Laqua. Lacey was a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society where she served as Historian, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Student Government Representative, and Senior Adult Ministry Leader for Baptist Student Ministry.
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We are so blessed to announce our miracle, Caleb Raymond Martinez, who was born January 16, 2011 at 10:03 a.m. in Peterson Hospital in Kerrville. He weighed nine pounds, 15 ounces and was 22 inches long. Caleb is the son of Hiram and Dana Hofmann Martinez who live in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
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Earns straight-As for Fall 2010 semester CONWAY, Ark. (February 1, 2011) — Gabriel Gonzales of Mason, a junior at Hendrix College, was selected to the college’s Dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester. The Dean’s List includes "students who, completing no fewer than four whole credit courses in the semester for a letter grade, have received no grade other than A."
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  There will NOT be an American Legion meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10th. Our next scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, March 10th. 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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There is still time to complete an application for the Spring grant deadline for the Mason Community Foundation. The last day grant requests will be accepted is March 1, but the application is simple with less than a dozen questions. The Foundation has funds available from the profits of the Thrift Store for projects sponsored by non-profit organizations that will benefit the Mason community.
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Joanne Bradley, of Mason, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2011, at the age of 49. Joanne was born on September 25, 1961, in Lorain, Ohio, to John William Winn Sr. and Barbara Joanne Winn. Joanne is survived by her mother, Barbara Weeks of Las Vegas, NV, her husband, Chuck Bradley of Mason, sons James Fraser and wife Maybellene of Marble Falls, Josh Bradley and wife Kim of Mason, and Charles Bradley Jr.
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Sports
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The Mason Jr. High 8th Grade girls A Team received first place in the District Tournament held in Mason last Saturday.
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The Mason Punchers would show great fortitude in their game against Medina after a tough loss to Johnson City at home. The Punchers would start the game with lots of energy and hustle, but despite their efforts they would trail early to Medina 12-2 after several three point attempts were made by the Bobcats. Despite the early success by Medina the Punchers would stay true to their defensive efforts and it would begin to pay off in the second quarter as they closed in ...