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June 22, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
The public water system of the City of Mason has reached a Critical, Level 2 condition recently, and the City Administrator John Palacio has implemented additional water conservation measures. Many other communities in the Hill Country have already reached Level 3 conditions, and while we do not fear immediate water restrictions, we feel it is necessary to move beyond voluntary measures to protect the water levels for everyone.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
During their meeting on Monday evening, the Mason I.S.D. School Board voted to hire Kade Burns as the new head coach and athletic director. They also hired Julie Burns as a new teacher for the district, and Salah Smith as a new coach/teacher.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
The 47th Annual Mason County Round –up is just around the corner and we have some very exciting events planned for the entire community. We hope that you will bring your family and friends out to enjoy great family fun, children’s activities, live music, rodeo events and so much more!The weekend activities will begin with a performance by the one and only Bellamy Brothers on Friday July 8th, 2011, at the Old Peanut Mill Steakhouse.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
The 9th annual Mason Open Car Show will be held on July 9th at Heritage park. Check in from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., ballots in by noon, and awards at 1:00 p.m. Entry fee is a non perishable food item or a cash donation for the Mason Co. Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Summer is here and with many outdoor activities taking place, now is the time for Mason County citizens to be vigilant and aware of the danger of rabies. The Center for Disease Control report lists Texas as the number one state in 2008 with the most reported cases of rabies, 1022, this number is thought to be a fraction of the real numbers out there.During this time of drought, the incidence of rabies risks in our area are greatly increased.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
From Dickens to Dickinson.From Allen to Alvin.From all parts of Texas.They’re all coming this way.Because nowhere is anywhere like here.And we got our own special sights of summer.Painted Buntings.Pickup loaded with watermelon.Brown grass.Green leaves.Lizard here.Rattlesnake there.Copperhead (shot dead).Fawn.Bales, bought and sold.Bare feet.Or sandals.With painted toes.Dusty dirt roads.Strict blue sky.The river, much lower.The tank, much drier.Electricity off.Then on.Off, then on.Till ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
It was a weekly commitment closest to the hearts of many folks in the 1950’s. We were transfixed—millions of us—on the dramatic hallmark opening by Jack Webb (alias “Joe Friday” on TV’s Dragnet.)He’d always mention the City of Los Angeles, saying “I work here. I’m a cop.”Then, we’d be assured that the story we were about to see was true, with “the names changed to protect the innocent.”We’d adjust the vertica ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
The vacation was great. However, there are always clichés to vacations. Lost/left behind luggage, two of which were mine. Seeing as how one of them included items of importance, like deodorant! Now, I can get by on some items, but having to use Z’s “Old Spice Sport” deodorant would not be cool.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
Well folks, the babies are arriving steadily since the beginning of the past week at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve!!!! Our bat moms are hungrier than ever and are putting on a nightly show that will cause your heart to go rappity-tap-tap!! At the tenth largest maternity colony for bats in the world there are no pitter patter of little feet, since their little feet are holding them tightly to the ceiling of the cave.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Indigestion is big business in the United States. Americans spend more than 7 billion dollars per year on acid suppressing drugs and over 4 billion dollars per year on over-the-counter antacids. Most people assume that too much stomach acid is the cause of acid indigestion and take acid suppressors. Surprisingly, the primary cause of indigestion in over 90 percent of the people is not enough stomach acid – yes, I meant not enough stomach acid.Stomach acid is good and necessary for heal ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
I’m hoping by the time you read this someone will be complaining about how much rain we’ve gotten in a 24 hour span. That’s my hope at least. I’d settle for six hours of slow, constant rain followed second helpings of the same. And then another three days of more of the same.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Hot weather is a great time to enjoy a “cool” book. Come on in and check out one of our new titles. Don’t forget our next Movie Wednesday is June 29 at 3:00 P.M. in the Stribling Room. We’ll be showing Where the Red Fern Grows (Rated G 97 minutes).NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)State of Minds: Texas Culture & Its Discontents by Don Graham (810.9 GRA)“John Steinbeck once famously wrote that ‘Texas is a state of mind.&rsqu ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
I received an email from the American Heart Association, and it mentioned the new hands-only version of CPR. I believe they developed this because most people were not willing to do mouth to mouth resuscitation on a stranger, or they didn’t have CPR training and were not comfortable attempting it.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, June 14th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 32 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Charles Pluenneke was responsible for the program and introduced three representatives from the Texas Forest Service who spoke about the group's dual roles: monitoring and managing the state's forest assets; and, responding to fire incidents across Texas.They mentioned that wildfires this year have burned 2.9 million acres, which is approaching th ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Every time someone gets attacked in the Gulf of Mexico by a shark, or jellyfish, or angry squirrels, or whatever, I make sure my friend, Greg Berlocher of Houston, hears about it. Greg is always giving me a hard time because I won’t wadefish in the gulf. And I always give him a hard time because he does.Once, when my wife and I were fishing with a guide out of Rockport, the fish weren’t biting too well, and our guide said, “I know there’s some fish over around those i ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Water is one of the major news issues around the Hill Country lately: the Water that is not falling as rain, the Water that is keeping many yards green and lush, the need to drink lots of Water when you have to be out in the heat, the Water that some cities are about to run out of to meet their residents critical needs, and even the quality of the Water that the City provides from the wells into the Hickory Aquifer.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
On Monday night, while I was at the school board meeting, I used my Blackberry smartphone to take a photo of Coaches Kade Burns and Salah Smith and new teacher, Julie Burns. Before the board had time to move on to their next agenda item, I had already uploaded the photo to facebook, letting everyone know of the board's decision. In less than a minute, a photo taken by a cellphone was available to everyone on the internet.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Gerry, I am an adult. I am also an American. I smoke...I know that it’s bad for my health, but I have made the choice to continue, in spite of that knowledge. As an American Adult, I reckon that I have the Right to make that choice, whether others agree with it, or not.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Llano, Texas– On June 29th, 2011, a Town Hall meeting with Congressman Mike Conaway is scheduled at 10 am in Mason. Congressman Conaway will speak about issues such as economic development, the budget, the economy, legislation affecting Rural Texas and more. A question and answer period will be on the agenda, so we encourage you to please bring questions.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Descendants of John Adam and Eva Deschinger Schuessler will meet for the annual family reunion on Saturday, June 25th at the historic school/community building in Castell, Texas.A barbecue lunch will be served at noon. Bring a side dish or dessert. Plates, eating utensils and drinks will be provided.Traffic-free play area for outside playthings.Call Ginger Schuessler (325) 347-0045, and leave a message for more information.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
Country Music Legend John Conlee will headline a special “Fourth of July Celebration” on Saturday, July 2, at the Brady Lake Pavilion at Brady Lake. Admission is only $10.00 per person and will feature Conlee’s full show along with our Heart of Texas Records band along with Ben Watson, Jade Cienega, Sammy Geistweidt, Shane Lively, Charley Walton and Benny Fred Kothmann.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
The biennial Kothmann Reunion was held in Mason on Saturday, June 11. Ken and Brenda Kothmann of Mason were co-chairs of this year’s reunion and they did a superb job. Registration and visiting began at 9 a.m. with a wonderful BarBQ lunch following at 11:30 a.m. A short business meeting was held to discuss primarily the maintenance and upkeep of the Kothmann Cemetery in Art as well as the work being done on publishing the next edition of the family genealogy, The Kothmanns of Texas.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
The annual Wilhelm and Johann Heinrich Geistweidt family reunion was held Saturday, June 11, at the Bar E Ranch, northwest of Doss.This year’s reunion was hosted by the Gary Geistweidt family at the former Gordon Geistweidt residence.Nearly 100 descendants were in attendance for the barbecue dinner, business meeting and fellowship.Eli Russell Geistweidt, seven-month-old son of Adam and Megan Geistweidt, was the youngest in attendance at the reunion, while Melrose Leifeste, 89, was the ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
KHLB 102.5 FM, Mason’s Home Town Radio Station, recently hosted the TEXACO COUNTRY SHOWDOWN, at the OLD PEANUT MILL STEAKHOUSE AND FT MCKAVETT SOCIAL CLUB. The Texaco Country Showdown, where many of today’s top country artists have won, is celebrating their thirty year anniversary, in 2011.The top ten finalists took the stage, performing to a full house of country music fans.The audience was overwhelmed and very enthusiastic.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
During this terrible drought, we all need to stop and say a thankful prayer for all our firefighters here in Mason County, and everywhere in Texas.What would Mason, and other counties, do without our Volunteer Fire Department?Mason is very blessed with our small town, volunteer firemen. What would we do without them?
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
Seaman Apprentice Ferd T. Slocum, III, graduated basic training, June 3, 2011, Great Lakes Recruit Training Command, Illinois. Ferd is currently stationed at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, where he is training to become a Hospital Corpsman. Ferd is the son of Lori Slocum and the late Ferd T. Slocum, Jr., of Mason and grandson of Marian Leifeste of Art and Margaret and Dick Smith of Fort Worth.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
Five students from Grace Christian School attended the Christian School Finals Competition held annually in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at Oral Roberts University. During the week of May 22 through May 27, students from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, Mexico, Columbia, and San Salvador participated in the events. Despite rain delays and tornado threats, the students received encouragement from Christian speakers and praise and worship leaders to faithfully serve their Lord and others and ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
(San Antonio, TX) The U. S. Small Business Administration has named First State Bank Central Texas the 2011 Community/Rural Lender of the Year for the San Antonio District. The announcement was made and the award presented at the annual Small Business Week Award celebration hosted by the Omni Hotel in San Antonio.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
BRYAN, Texas –Ten area students recently received a total of $10,000 in scholarships from Capital Farm Credit. Recipients were: Payton Duvall-Freymuller from Blanco High School, Holly Lynn Crenwelge from Fredericksburg High School, Jordan Maner and Kandace Davenport from Harper High School, Jonathan Baggett and Trevor Cole Brawley from Junction High School, Kevin Wessels from Tivu High School, Stacie Henderson from Llano High School, Kristen Kambrey Hudson from Mason High School and Mi ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
Alta Wynell Peel Carruth, Age 83, born to Beatrice (Sockwell) and Irvin Peel on December 1, 1927. She graduated from Rochelle School and married Vernon Waddill in 1946, had four children from this marriage. She then married Charles E. Carruth on September 6, 1997, and they had seven wonderful years before his death on June 7, 2004.She worked for the Brady Clinic for 25 years before she moved to San Angelo and worked several different areas there.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
Minnie Tatsch, of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, at the age of 81. Minnie is survived by her children Patsy Thomas of Gainesville, Sharon Lindemann and husband James of Mason and Larry Tatsch and wife Barbara of Mason, three sisters Clara Kothmann of Fredericksburg, Olga Kothe of Fredericksburg and Elvira Goodwin of Brownwood.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Mr. Kenneth N. Striegler of Fredericksburg formerly of Mason passed away on Monday, June 20th in the Knopp Health Care & Rehab Center at the age of 89 years.Mr. Kenneth N. Striegler is survived by his wife: Dora Jung Striegler of Fredericksburg; Son and spouse: Kenny and Sandra Striegler of Fredericksburg; Son in law and wife: Anthony and Mary Ann Nebgen of Mason; Four Grandchildren: Michael and Laurie Nebgen, Michelle Schmidt, Scott and Emily Striegler, Katy and Matthew Petri; Two Great ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
Willard (Bill) Arnold of Speegleville, Texas, passed away on May 16, 2011. Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 18, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Durham officiating. Burial followed at Waco Memorial Park. Bill Arnold was the son of the late Walter and Mildred Arnold of South China, Maine.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011 • Photos
Billie Lois Arnn Cable, 71, of Amarillo died Tuesday, June 14, 2011.Memorial services were at 10 a.m. Friday in Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel, 4180 Canyon Drive, with Ron Sullivan of First Church of the Nazarene officiating.Billie Lois was born Oct. 3, 1939, in Childress to Elmer and Bessie Arnn.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Maddex Tanner McLeod, infant son of Michael and Kyndel (Howell) McLeod passed away June 15, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas.Also surviving Maddex are Maternal Grandparents; Gary and Joni Howell, of Llano Texas, Olvis and Verna Osbourn of Llano, Texas; Paternal Grandparents, Charlie and Sharon McLeod of Fredonia, Texas; Paternal Great Grandmother, Vyror Jean Willingham of Llano, Texas; Aunt, Kristi Howell of Llano, Texas; Uncle, Dustin McLeod of Llano, Texas.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011
Many of our local tennis players participated in the Mason Summer Swing Tennis Tournament last weekend. The Mason Summer Swing is one of the four Hill Country tournament circuit that was started several years ago to get the summer tennis season off to a great start. Every player is guaranteed two matches in each division.