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May 25, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
Mason High School Principal Chris Habecker welcomed the attendees to the Scholarship Awards Ceremony honoring the Mason High School Class of 2011 with the following statement:“To the organizations and individuals who make the scholarship opportunities available, the students, parents, teachers, and community are forever grateful. Thank you for caring enough to make a difference in the lives of our students.I would like to say a word about these students you see before you.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was founded as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. The practice of decorating veterans’ graves began during the Civil War and Decoration Day was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic on May 5, 1868.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
Texas stories – lies, legends, and the absolute truth – will be served up during the next Brown Bag Library Lunch, Thursday, June 9, at 12:00 noon in the Stribling Room of the Eckert Library in Mason. Bring a lunch from home, or pick up something at one of Mason’s fine restaurants, but don’t miss this chance for a stimulating break in the ordinary business of the day.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Drive-thru banking.We all do it.Last week it turned deadly at Commercial Bank.A freak accident.Somewhere around twelve noon.The driver apparently had a seizure.Or passed out.And his pick-up kept on going, across the road, over the curbs, and through the rock wall of the bank.Right into Bobbie McMillan’s office.As luck would have it…Or karma, Divine Plan, fluke, whatever…Bobbie was eating lunch at Northside Café.And Kim Jordan wasn’t at her desk either.Or both ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Most folks flunk daily opportunities to live “in the moment.” Maybe that’s why coaches get raspy throats pleading with their charges to focus—not “rat” like a mouse but “rat now.”We are more prone—athletes and others—to dredge up golden moments from bygone years, or to dream about such euphoria anticipated well up the road.Sometimes, though, we are buoyed by folks who handle the present deftly, always gleaning the joy hidden in the ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
04/01/11@0925 - Suspicious person – Deputy Zapata investigated a suspicious person on Westmoreland.04/01/11@1310 - EMS – EMS responded to the clinic for a patient having trouble breathing.04/01/11@1421 - EMS – EMS responded to FtMckavitt and a woman who had fallen and struck her head.04/01/11@1514 - Unattended death - Deputy Zapata investigated an unattended death on Brazos St.04/01/11@1650 - Loose livestock – Deputy Feuerbacher put up loose livestock on 87 N.04/01/11 ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Thursday night at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve proved to be another of those memory making times. Nolan Donop, his daughter, Rebecca Meyer, Melvin Leifeste, and a guest of Nolan’s, Mr. Richard Rade from Omaha, Nebraska, joined us at the cave for what proved to be a very informative evening.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Acidophilus and other probiotics are familiar to many. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that inhabit our gut. The average healthy person has 4-5 pounds of these critters in their intestinal tract. The word “probiotic” means “for life”. Probiotics have several functions that enhance our lives and are essential to good health.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
There have been some news articles during the past couple of weeks that have again stirred up the issues regarding the quality of the local drinking water and the radionuclide contamination. The news reports did not mention Mason specifically, but did talk about problems in the Hickory Aquifer that provides our local water supply, and most of these are problems we are very aware here at the City.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Well, we have had another week of sprinkles with some areas actually getting rain. We came in from out of town Saturday and the pavement was wet! It wasn’t measurable but we were still happy. We all didn’t need the hail and winds that folks further east of us received.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Those of you who use the library’s computers may be excited to know that we now have two new Dell laptops available for use here in the library. Two older laptops are being upgraded and will soon be available as well. To check out a laptop, you will need your library card and a picture ID (which is returned when you turn the laptop back in).
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
This weekend marks the beginning of summer time. Graduations, class reunions and family reunions! Summer time is no longer the, “LAZY HAZY DAYS OF SUMMER!”Personally, I will see my oldest grandson, Colby, graduate from Jack C. Hays High School. Yep, in good old Rebel land! The last time I was on Rebel ground was when my youngest son graduadated, that being sixteen years ago.However, sixteen years ago, I had more energy.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
10 Tips to Cut Back On Added Sugars This is something that I struggle with every day. Both my daughter and I have a sweet tooth! My summer clothes are now fitting a bit tight, so a friend and I have pledged to try and eat better and exercise more. I always try and keep a fairly healthy diet, but I do confess to having a chocolate “stash” that I hide from Brooke.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, May 17th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 33 members and one visitor in attendance. Lion Melvin McCallum was responsible for the program and he gave a short, very interesting program about the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag.He said that Francis Bellamy wrote the original in 1892, and that it has had four changes since then.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
All over the country at this time of year there are graduation ceremonies, for high school and college seniors, and at just about every one of these ceremonies a guest speaker will address the crowd. At the great majority of these ceremonies the guest speaker will not be me. OK, I won’t be speaking at any of them.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
With summer around the corner and the temperatures climbing, people all across Texas are getting ready for the hot months ahead. Watering lawns and gardens keeps plants perky, but what about you? Are you getting enough water?Water is essential for good health – in fact, our bodies are 60% water!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
For several years now, the News has had interns to help us with our website updates and other tasks. Amber Frey was our first, followed by Kinsey Utter, Marissa Ramirez, and Trey Schwertner. For the last two years, our intern has been Amanda Hahn, and on Friday, she will graduate from Mason High School.When Amanda began, she was finishing up her sophomore year, heading into her junior year at Mason High School.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Tammye Waldon ShippMemories, memories. Thanks for your article. It did bring back so many memories.I always enjoyed your father’s articles in the Mason County News. Betty Jean and I played together as children. The two of us, along with my sister, Joan, and Bernard and CW Capps would ride in a two wheel cart pulled by an old mare named Knee High.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Dear Editor: The campaign for District 4 City Counsel is over. The incumbent won. I congratulate him and wish him well. As a first time candidate I thoroughly enjoyed my door-to-door efforts. I met an amazing variety of folks. In the process I gained a deeper appreciation for the city as well as the county.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Jerry, I am emailing to let you know that I will pick up my campaign picture as soon as I can. Please, don’t get rid of it.Some campaign—it never even got off the ground. Worrying about my job took up most of my time, and then before I knew it, it was May 14th.It doesn’t bother me that I didn’t win or that I only got 6 votes (there’s always another election).
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
During their meeting of May 23rd, the Mason County Commissioners' Court voted to renew the burn ban for Mason County. Burn bans only stay in effect for 90 days, so it was necessary for the Court to either allow the current ban to expire or to issue a new ban for another 90 days.After examining rainfall in the county and talking to emergency responders for the area, the Commissioners decided to lift the Declaration of Emergency that had been in effect since March; but, to issue a new burn ban ...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
TEMPLE, TEXAS – May 18, 2011 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) invite the public and any agencies with an interest in conservation issues to participate in Local Work Group (LWG) meetings taking place across Texas during the months of May and June.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Mason Youth Football is gearing up for the 2011 season. This Sunday, May 29th, MYF will be holding their annual hamburger fundraiser and registration drive on the west side of the courthouse from 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.The cost of the meal is $6, which includes a hamburger made with all natural longhorn beef (generously donated by Streeter Longhorn Beef), chips and a drink.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Bill Hight, along with the help of his grandson, Aiden Sharabba of Houston, will conduct a brief Memorial Day Evening Service at the Long Mountain Cemetery Monday, May 30 at 8 p.m.The story line will be the service of a couple of Civil War veterans, one of which is buried here at Long Mountain.The view from the hillside offers something spectacular at, or near sundown, as it was the main attraction while sipping on ice water and generally visiting last year.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Texas Ranger George Oliver Chew will be honored with a ceremony at the Chew Cemetery on Saturday, June 11 at 2:00 P.M. Chew was born in 1832 and died in 1901. Ranger Chew served in Fayette County and on the Mexican border.Chew lived in the Esbon community and deeded the land for the cemetery in which he is buried.The public is invited to the ceremony.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
Bridget Langdale presented the FAAHC’s $1,000 Art Scholarship for 2011 to Mason High School senior Myles Banner during the Scholarship Awards Assembly on May 16, 2011. Mason High School art teacher, Cindy Morris, has reason to smile as her student has proven herself worthy of the award by her work ethic, leadership, character, attitude, creativity and ability.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Are you looking for a safe, fun and enriching summer program for your kids who will be in K-8th grade in the fall? The ACE program offers all this and more! We will meet concurrent with summer school – May 31st through June 23rd, Monday through Thursday (except the first week which will be Tuesday through Friday) from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
Local historian and author Jane Hoerster was guest speaker at the May 16 meeting of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club held at the Richard Eckert Civic Center. The subject explored by the speaker was pre Civil War migration to the area by slave owners. Copies of documents from that time period on display showed that people with black skin were listed on tax forms as personal property with a monetary value shown.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
On Friday, May 20th, the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country held their annual installation of new officers for the 2011-2012 year at Ranchito de Venado, home of Dana and Denwood Butler. The event was celebrated with a bountiful pot luck meal that included many delicious Mexican flavored dishes.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
The Mason Puncher 6th Grade band won the award for “Best in the Class” at the Schlitterbahn Sound Waves Music Festival held in New Braunfels on May 14. The Band received 1st Division ratings from all three judges and was chosen as the “Best” band for Class C Beginner Bands.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
Co-authors, Phyllis Whitt Almond and Sarah Oatman Franklin are pictured here seated next to the boxes of their book, “Cobwebs and Cornerstones”, that had just been picked up from the printing company in 1976. The book was written for and sold during Llano’s bi-centennial, and was originally a project of the Junior Woman’s Culture Club.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
Sheila Van Zant accepted the gavel as the new president of the local Heart of Texas Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT). She and other new officers were installed by the out-going president, Sharon Purcell. The installation took place at a ceremony and dinner on May 23 hosted by Purcell in honor of the officers who have served with her during the past three formative years as a new DRT chapter.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Tyger Tuff Lyons, son of Ms. Crystal Lyons of Mason, TX and Mr. Ray Lyons of Fredericksburg, TX, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, May 21. Lyons graduated from Grace Christian School, Mason, TX in 2007. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in International Relations.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011
The art work of six high school art students will be on display at the Artisan Gallery Thursday, May 26-28 and June 2-4. Students exhibiting their works are seniors Andrea Balderas, Myles Banner, Ben Bjork, Amanda Hahn, Ethan Hudson and Julio Ramon. There will be a reception with the young artists present Saturday, May 28th from 2-4.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
BRYAN, Texas — Customers of Capital Farm Credit, the state’s largest cooperative rural lender, will soon receive an important “thank you” in the mail from their lender. Last week Capital Farm Credit mailed patronage checks totaling $32 million to its customers.“This payment reinforces our commitment to the cooperative principle of sharing our earnings with our customers,” said Ben Novosad, chief executive officer.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
Imogene (Brandy) Lucille Brandenberger Loftin was born on December 29, 1920, in Mason County, Texas, the first child of Wesley John and Esther Schulze Brandenberger. She died on May 20, 2011. As a child, she attended school in the Hilda community and graduated from Mason High School. Hers was a pioneer ranching family, and she and her siblings had full responsibility for chores as they grew up.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
A.J. Probst joined the Lord in his heavenly home on May 18, 2011. A.J., son of Adolph Julius and Bertha Pauline Probst, was born in Roosevelt, Texas on February 12, 1926. At the age of 5, his family moved to a ranch in the Long Mountain Community in Mason County which is still owned and operated by A.J.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011 • Photos
The Jr. High golf team ended their season in Kerrville last week. The Punchers finished in third place by one shot behind Brady’s 1 team. It always seems that you can find at least one shot out there that you gave away. I this case two shots. The Cowgirls took first place honors, twelve shots over Ingram and Brady.