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May 4, 2011 Issue
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The Mason County Historical Commission presents its annual historical symposium on Sunday, May 15 Barbara Barton has written several books including one called Pistol-Packin’ Preachers. Other books include Den of Outlaws; Ben Ficklin; Saber, Shield & Spurs; Ruckus Along the Rivers; Secrets of the Sherwood Courthouse; and Head ‘em Up, Move ‘em Out. She graduated from Mertzon High School and Hardin-Simons University.
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Mason National Bank Chairman, George Brannies, and President, Thom Canfield, proudly announced last week that Connie Stockbridge has been named Senior Loan Officer and Executive Vice President; and, has been elected to the bank’s Board of Directors. Connie Gamel began her distinguished career at the bank in 1972, shortly before her marriage to her high school sweetheart, Randy Stockbridge.
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Parents and community members are invited to join Mason High School for a Blue Ribbon School Celebration Friday, May 6th from 11:20-3:30. Festivities will begin in the High School Auditorium at 11:20, with an opening address from Mason High School Principal Chris Habecker. Students will then team up with Mayor Brent Hinckley, Judge Jerry Bearden, and attorney Shain Chapman for a game of "Are you smarter than a Mason High School student."
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The Mason County Ministerial Alliance will host the National Day of Prayer this Thursday May 5 from Noon ‘til 1:00 p.m. on the south side of the Courthouse Lawn. You are asked to bring a lawn chair with you for the event. Please come ready to pray for our nation and its leaders.
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The Mason High School FFA organization is selling the barbecue pit that students made earlier in the school year. The students exhibited this barbecue pit at the San Angelo Stock Show & were awarded a blue ribbon for their work. The pit has a 7 ft. by 3ft. grill, with a separate 3ft.
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After the last article I submitted about the gloom and doom of our budget problems, I wanted to write an article that highlighted some of the things we have to celebrate here at Mason ISD. As I say every chance I get to every person who will listen, we have great kids!
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Kiddos. Baby ones. Little ones. Pre-teen. Lots and lots of kiddos. Maybe it’s "kiddoes." Similar to "does" for doe. Do-si-do. Swing your partner round and round. Oops. Veering off the subject. Don’t go down a pig’s trail. (As my mother used to say.) Kids. Children. Infants. Lots of ‘em here. And apparently they all need day care. ...
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Brad Nieder, MD, faced directional decisions for his life when this century was just a baby. He’d completed 21 years of formal education, including degrees from Stanford and the University of Colorado Medical School, then an emergency medicine internship in Virginia. Immersed in emergency room medicine, he somehow couldn’t stay "dunked."
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Maintaining weight-loss can be very challenging. However, it is not hopeless. About one in twenty individuals who lose weight will keep the weight off. Ever wonder why some who ‘diet’ are successful while others are not? What is their secret? The National Weight Control Registry is a database of over 6,000 successful weight-loss maintainers.
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Insomnia plagues many of us. With some, it is chronic, with others it is a short term. There are many causes. Among these are stress, indigestion, mineral deficiency, vitamin deficiency, hormone imbalance, too much caffeine, prescription drugs, etc. Restless leg syndrome is a common form of insomnia. In many cases, it is caused by a pH imbalance in the body and can be helped by supplementing a balanced calcium/magnesium formula.
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Thank God for the rain received!!! And Junction got some rain too! Hope that helps finish the fire off. The column this week is another partnership, this time between Tad and myself. Thank you Tad! Lisa and William were travelling. E. Wayne and I went to the memorial service in Austin for Rev.
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One reason I’m truly enjoying my job is that each week brings something different. This past week Richard Kensing, a New Braunfels resident with familial roots in Mason, visited the library and generously donated author Celia Hayes’s Adelsverein trilogy: The Gathering, The Sowing, and The Harvesting. About 7,000 settlers left for Texas during the early 1800s when the Adelsverein, a society of German noblemen, offered a chance at a new life.
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In the late Eighties and early Nineties, banks were being shut down and then bought out. Seems like some banks changed their names more times than I’ve changed mine. Now, I’m going through this with my Internet server. My server has now sold out twice. I’m no electronic guru and these changes really interrupt my system.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, April 26th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 33 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Roger Luckenbach was responsible for the program and he had Mark Lehmberg introduce Pam Kruse, Superintendent of Mason I.S.D., who spoke about the Mason I.S.D. budget situation for the coming year. Pam started off by hnonoring all students, teachers and administrators, along with the families and community of Mason for making the ...
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The cooler weather and the rain during the past couple of days have been a welcome relief and should help to put a little more green in the landscape. Because of the hot and dry weeks we have had recently it does not seem like spring around Mason, but if you look at the calendar of events you know what time of year it is. Last weekend the Mason Cancer Benefit was a great success at the Heritage Park, and although it was hot and sunny on Saturday with a very full schedule for many of ...
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"He was born in the summer of his twenty-seventh year, coming home to a place he’d never been before." ~ John Denver, ‘Rocky Mountain High’ 1972 The first time I heard ‘Rocky Mountain High’ by John Denver, I thought it sounded nice, but didn’t make much sense. How can you come home to a place you’ve never been?
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I bought an old cookbook at the Friends of the Library fundraiser, and this was one of the first recipes in it. Like most good cooks, Ms. Kauffman didn’t go into a great deal of detail about exactly HOW to whip this bread up. (Good cooks assume the reader knows how to make basic bread.) Therefore, I took some liberties with the process just so I could understand how to convey it to the readers!
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When the news broke on Sunday evening, I remember not being that surprised. Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 911 attacks, had been killed in a raid in Pakistan. bin Laden had not been hiding in a cave; but, was in a "mansion" in a remote neighborhood. The intelligence had indicated that the residents of the house burned their trash rather than having it pick up; and, that they had no phone line or internet service.
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Letter to the Editor In all communities you witness both the positive and the negative. Now I have witnessed first hand the negative here in Mason. As a fifth year Mason County Habitat for Humanity Care-A-Vanner, my husband and I have returned each time to help build a home for one of your own families in this very community.
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Dear Editor What a day to rejoice & give thanks: for the demise of Osama bin Laden - a tribute to our military - and, in gratitude to God for His continued protection over us, as a country, from drastic terrorism as see on 911. This week is also National Day of Prayer, a day observed across our nation, from prayers & reading of the Word at the nation's capitol, to planes flying over each & every state with prayer warriors "fervently at work,"
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We want to thank the people of Mason, Tx. for the hospitality shown the RV Care-A-Vanners during the recent Habitat for Humanity build in your town and county. From our accommodations at the Fort Mason City park to the meals prepared and served to us by numerous individuals and groups we thank you.
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May 6-7, 8:00 a.m. - Noon in downtown Fredonia. Wonderful home-baked items will be for sale, as well as plants, dishes, furniture, toys, clothes, Avon and many other items for sale. If you have good items you still want to donate, call Peggy Lohn at 429-6231, or bring them to Fredonia and the Postmaster will tell you where you may leave your items.
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Hill Country Memorial’s (HCM) single patient room renovations are a step closer to fruition as the gala underwriting committee, led by Jim Partin, MD, a Fredericksburg internal medicine physician, has begun raising funds to meet the needs of patients. He is joined in this volunteer effort by committee members Jerry Bane, MD, Jody Donovan, Cindy Gallagher, Dan Kemp, Tony Klein, Amanda Stevens and Ray Tolson. "Single patient rooms have been the industry standard for new hospital ...
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McKenna Johnson will be performing in the production of "Some of my Best Friends are Smiths," written by David Compton and directed by Kerry Goff. The name "Smith" becomes the focal point of all things negative, with prejudice and discrimination encountered at every turn. The strength to stand up for one's self is found despite the intolerance of others. The show runs May 6th and 7th, 7:00 p.m., at Fredericksburg Theater Company.
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Are you ready for a Big Jungle Adventure? There will be one at the First United Methodist Church this summer during the week of July 25-29! St. Paul Lutheran Church, Art United Methodist Church, and First United Methodist Church are excited to invite you to join us for a week of music, crafts, games, making new friends, and learning about God’s love for us. Children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2011, all the way up through the completion of 5th grade, are welcome to ...
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The Mason ISD ACE Program will be hosting a "Families Together Night" on Tuesday, May 10th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Mason Elementary and JH Book Fair. The event will begin in the cafeteria with a short welcome and Title 1 Parent meeting where hot dogs will be served and families will have the opportunity to take part in the Lions Club vision screening, a 5th grade Growth and Development Parent review with Jennifer Moneyhon the school nurse and the Book Fair whi ...
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Mason Elementary/Jr. High School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Monday, May 9th to Thursday, May 12th in our Library. We will be open from 8:00-11:00 and 12:30-3:00 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; on Thursday we will close at 11:00. There will also be a special opportunity to select books at our Family Night on Tuesday, May 10th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. We invite the community to participate by visiting us during Book Fair week.
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WHEN: May 7, 2011 TIME: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. WHERE: Lazy S Western Wear, 226 W. Main St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624 WHAT: Bierschwale, a resident of Harper, TX, will be available to sign copies of her Children’s book, Charlie Horse Down by the River. When a young girl and her horse, Charlie Horse, follow a rocky trail along the river they discover the exciting wonders of nature.
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The Hill Country CattleWomen will be holding their May meeting in Fredericksburg on Tuesday, May 17th at the Inn on Barron’s Creek in the Walch Conference Center. The location of the Inn on Barron’s Creek is two blocks south of Main St. (Hwy. 87) at 308 S. Washington Street. We will begin with coffee and registration at 10A.M.
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LLANO, Texas — Calling all music lovers and book worms: Mike Blakely’s 9th Annual TexAmericana Fandango will be held May 13-14 at Robinson Park in Llano, Texas, on the banks of the Llano River. This music and book festival highlights some of the best singer/songwriters in Texas along with Texas authors of fine books. This year’s musical line-up includes: Davin James & The Bullnettle Band, Josh Grider, Adam Carroll, Susan Gibson, Walt & Tina Wilkins, ...
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Alpha Beta Psi met at the home of Lisa Heath on April 4, 2011. Officers were nominated and voted on. The following ladies accepted officer positions for 2011 - 2013: President - Rene Ince; Vice-President - Deandra Palacio; Treasurer - Jennie Armes; Recording Secretary - Melissa Renfroe; Corresponding Secretary - Kristy Powell; and Reporter - Michelle Ingracia. On May 2, 2011, ABP met at the home of Rebekah Whitworth.
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Beth Williams will offer guitar, voice and performance lessons to children of all ages at 341 Ft. McKavitt this summer. There will be group, semi-private and private lessons during the summer break and classes will run one hour. Lessons begin the week of June 13th and run weekly for 6 weeks.
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Riata Service Organization met April 25th at the home of Cindy Thinnes with Judy Cordes as co-hostess. Twenty three Riata members were present. The guest speaker, Janet Schmidt, spoke about her exciting trip to Hulhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. President Pat Tucker called the meeting to order. Reports were given by the officers and committee chairpersons. Civic Chairperson, Doris Courtright, reported on the finalized plans for the luncheon on May ...
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Ginger Test, of Novice, Texas, held her 4th Annual Spring Watercolor Workshop (April 14, 15, and 16) in Mason, Texas at the Granite Rock B&B. Twelve participants from all over Texas shared three days of intense painting, fun, food and exploration. Oak trees in a Texas landscape were their major focus on Friday followed by a Llano River scene on Saturday, complete with high cliffs and rocks. The group begins the workshop with a 3 course dinner on Thursday evening; relaxed time to ...
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Some members of the Mason Study Club enjoyed a "girls’ day out" recently in Menard. After enjoying a delicious lunch at Side Oats, they visited the beautiful Menard Public Library and then "shopped till we dropped"! Pictured are L-R: Jean Dudney, Barbara Brunken, Jan Appleby, Mary Eastes, Gerry Daniel, Florence Smith, and Diane Evans.
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Quality Texas Foundation named Hill Country Memorial (HCM) as an Achievement Level recipient, the second highest honor within the five-tier recognition program. The foundation reports that Achievement Level recipients execute well-deployed, effective, systematic approaches to organizational management, with good performance levels and trends evaluated against industry standards. HCM Chief Strategy Officer Debbye Wallace said HCM applied for the award as part of a vision to be ...
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Libby and Mick Kissko of Wall, TX are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lindsay Anne, to Mr. Russell Thomas Carr, son of Janice and Mike Carr of Hereford, TX. Lindsay is the granddaughter of Shirley Beth Lyles and William Lyles, both of Mason, TX and the late Mary Frances Kissko and the late Mike Kissko, both of San Angelo, TX.
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The parents of Amber King and Chad Zenner announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children on June 25, 2011, in Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg. Miss King is the daughter of Lisa Goehmann and Ronny Arnold of Mason and Gary and Lisa King of Fredericksburg. She is a 2004 graduate of Mason High School and a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical science.
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Hayden Morris and Walker Bartlett of Wellington finished second in boys doubles at the Region 1-1A tennis tournament in Levelland last week, earning them a berth at the state Tournament in Austin. They will meet Mason’s Paydon Hemphill and Andrew Willis in the first round of State Play on May 9th at Lakeway. Kacy Bartlett has advanced with her team to the UIL State Accounting Competition in Austin on May 7th.
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J. D. (John Driskell) Jordan, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Fredericksburg, Texas. He was born December 30, 1920, in Plehweville (known as Art today), in Mason County to Frank and Ella (Eckert) Jordan. He was grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jordan and Mr. and Mrs. J. D.
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Doris Faye Watson Bode passed away in Junction on Sunday, April 24 at the age of 81. Mrs. Bode is survived by her children Robert Bode and wife Tanzee of Pontotoc, Sarah Hornsby and husband Jimmy of Junction, and Donnie Ray Bode and wife Trish of Marble Falls, one brother Ealy Stanley Watson of Mason, a very special family member Vicki Enrique of Mason,11 grandchildren Robin Hooper (Nathan) of Junction, Jimmy Howard Hornsby (Cheryl) of San Antonio, Jason Ray Bode (Amber) of LaVernia, ...
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Mr. Kenneth Ray Metzger, age 69, of Fouke, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at his residence. Mr. Metzger was born May 13, 1941, in Mason, Texas. He was a retired professional truck driver and was a veteran of the United States Army, Korea. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Metzger. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Metzger, of Fouke, Arkansas, one son, Thomas Metzger of Texarkana, Arkansas, one daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Lloyd Segroves of Fouke ...
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After an extremely short preseason, (2 Games) due to the great run of the basketball team, the Punchers Baseball team headed straight into District play. With the first 2 games against play-off hopeful Medina and the play-off bound Johnson City, the Punchers struggled to get the basketball players in baseball mindset and wasn’t until the third game of the season against Center Point that the team was complete. The Punchers were able to secure their first win against Center Poin ...