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July 27, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011 • Photos
The 21st Cavalry Brigade will be conducting training of Apache helicopter units from July 25 through August 10 in the Mason County and surrounding area.The training will consist of numerous helicopter flights at various altitudes, and will be conducted during both day and night. The commanders of the exercise have assured local authorities that every effort will be made to avoid buildings, livestock, etc., during the conduct of their training.Most of the training will be in Mills, Brown, McC ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, the Mason County Clerk's office will begin the processing of brand renewals.The recording fee will be $15 per brand, per location. Please understand that more than one person can have the same brand, just not in the same location. In the state of Texas, all brands have to be registered every 10 years.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
The Mason Community Foundation that manages the Community Thrift Store is again looking for organizations and groups that need funds to complete a worthwhile project that will benefit the community of Mason. Because of your donations and support during the past several years, the profits of the Community Thrift Store have been used to provide over $130,000 of grants to improve and support our local projects.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
Wednesday.July 27.2011.Just another ordinary day.Perhaps.Going back in time…July 27 wasn’t always an ordinary day.Many significant things happened on that date.In 1713, Russia and Turkey signed a peace treaty.In 1795, Spain and France signed a peace treaty.Alas, it’s been war and strife ever since.All over the world.In 1837, the U.S. Mint opened in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 27.In 1844, the same U.S.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
Lying is not what it used to be, or maybe it’s so far ahead of the truth these days, the novelty of whopper-telling has worn off—right down to the nub.Still, any contest conducted in the bright light of the law for 82 consecutive years is worthy of examination.Officers of the Burlington, WI, Liars Club would have us believe they are “squeaky-clean” in the “truth department.” Since their tongues seem forever alternating between cheeks, however, we fear that ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
The City of Mason takes care of a very wide variety of services and projects including water and sewer, garbage and recycling, electric service, parks and streets, just to name a few. Each week around the City brings a new problem, and it always seems to be something that none of us ever thought about before.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011 • Photos
All of the baby bats (pups) are flying with a fair amount of skill now. They will be strong enough to return to Mexico once a significant cold front hits the area. It appears that some of the visiting mothers and their young have already headed back to their own homes to live until their return to Mexico.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
Serotonin is the brain chemical that makes us feel happy and content. When we eat a wholesome meal, the body is notified through the release of serotonin that we are well fed, helping us feel content and satisfied. A lack of serotonin causes depression, anxiety, and food cravings. From a nutritional standpoint, a lack of serotonin is frequently a result of food reactions.
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The alarm goes off, you pound the snooze button four times only to be forced out of bed by your dog that wants breakfast. Ever had one of those mornings? Once you make it to the coffee pot you whiff the intoxicating aroma, sip the energizing concoction and before you know it you’re not only instantly becoming energized and productive but you’re actually smiling.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
Before there was push button telephones. Even, before there was dial phones. Even before there were the automatic, “Press one for English!” There were the “Crank Phones!” Every one had their ring. Except for the ones who lived in town and weren’t on a party line. The ring we had at Hilda was a long and a short.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
The rain did come-very scattered and not enough but welcome none the less! We’ve noticed the trees are showing more stress even the mesquites. I’m not positive but there seems to be less bugs, all except the grasshoppers which are still plaguing my garden. They give my pepper plants the fits, gnawing on the leaves and even the peppers themselves.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
I’ve had a wonderful time meeting so many of our youngsters as they came in for our summer programs, and I hope they will continue to visit after school starts. Book Hounds Larin Hoksbergen and Kylar Elliott each won an iPod and a $15 iTunes gift card in our drawings last Friday.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011 • Photos
The “Pink” Event was a Success!We were so pleased to have 47 beautiful ladies attend our breast cancer awareness “Pink” Event last Wednesday, July 20. Staff from both the Llano and Fredericksburg hospitals were on hand to help give information, along with Department of Health and Human Services staff. We learned about several specialized programs for low income groups, and we want to remind you if you don’t have insurance but are not on Medicaid, and are over 40 ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, July 12th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 32 members and eight visitors in attendance. Lion Will Slaughter was responsible for the program and he introduced Spencer Bierschwale who spoke about the Texas Bobwhite Brigade.Spencer attended the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade on June 19-22, in Talpa, Texas.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, you owned a bunch of sheep. I can’t imagine why you would want to do that, since I’ve owned sheep, and they’re a lot of trouble, but just pretend for a moment.Now, let’s say you looked out your window one day, and saw someone on your property, with a sheep under every arm, packing them off.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
It has been said that you never want to see people making sausage or laws. The last few weeks have proven that truism over and over again, particularly as it applies to the legislative process.Congress has been hammering out the details which go into addressing the debt facing our government.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
Walt Disney's "Dinosaur" Rated PG Run Time: 82 minutes Wed., July 27, 3:00 P.M. Stribling Rm. of Mason Co. Library
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
It’s that time again! Parents of Mason High School students will receive a packet in the mail next week, which includes high school registration information and necessary forms which need to be completed and returned to school on the day of registration. If there are any questions, staff members will be available to help you on the day of registration.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
The VFW Post 8554 of Mason starts off a new fiscal year. We have programs for students that can turn into some big money for education. They give students a chance to compete on the local, district, state and national levels. Savings bond awards will be presented at each level.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
A called meeting of the Long Mt. Improvement Corporation(the cemetery) was held Saturday, June 18 for the purpose of meeting date change and changing the methods and cost of the plot purchases by Bill Hight, President.The by-laws called for the annual meeting to be held on the last Friday of July at 8 PM.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
It has become tradition in recent years at Hilda United Methodist Church to allow the youth of our congregation to lead worship on the fifth Sunday of each month. Sunday, July 31st will be Youth Sunday, and we are excited to have Jacob Bibb filling the pulpit. Jacob has been fighting leukemia for about a year, and winning.
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The Marble Falls Opry will present a Tribute To Marty Robbins with Rollie Stevens on Saturday, July 30th at the Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls. The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $12.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale by calling our Heart of Texas office at (325) 597-1895 or the Uptown Theater at (830) 693-9996.
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Larin Hockberge and Kyler Elliott each won an iPod, a $15 iTunes gift card, and a backpack on July 22. The drawings concluded the Book Hounds Summer Reading Club program. A total of fifty-six students participated. Each student received a certificate of participation signed by Governor Rick Perry, and the top readers in each age group received $20 cash awards.
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Colby Padgett has been spending this summer touring with the Madison Scouts Drum Corp. He is the grandson of Jane and Ronny Zesch of Mason. His love of music began at Mason Junior High and will continue at North Texas State University in the fall. The Madison Scouts enter their 74th season of continuous operations and are one of the most recognized drum corps throughout the world having been a DCI Finalist 35 times and twice DCI World Champions having won in 1975 and 1988.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries around the world. Students come with an enthusiasm to practice their English and experience American culture — food, sports, shopping and more. They will also share their own culture with host families.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011 • Photos
Heather Porter and Ben Vines, both of Lubbock, were united in marriage May 21, 2011. The ceremony took place at four o’clock in the afternoon at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. The Reverend Walt Marcum officiated.The bride is the daughter of Brian and Darlene Porter of Richardson. Heather is the granddaughter of Robert and Dorothy Porter of Dallas and the late William S.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
The Postmaster General released a list on Tuesday of rural post offices that may potentially be shut down as part of cost cutting measures.In the Mason County and surround area, those on the list include: Art, Hext, Fredonia, Pontotoc, Voca, Doss and Castell.Hearings will be scheduled soon to allow for public input on which offices will be closed and which will remain open.
, Mike Innis
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
BRADY – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a drought management program from 9 a.m.- noon July 29 at the Brady Housing Authority meeting room located at 405 E. Main Street in Brady.“We’re so dry, about the only thing flowing around here are the calls flooding into our office about dying lawns, saving trees, finding livestock feed and whether or not to keep or cull livestock,” said Vance Christie, AgriLife Extension agent in McCulloch County.“How t ...
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Josephine Brown of Mason, Texas passed away on July 24, 2011, after spending almost two years at Trinity Care Center in Round Rock, Texas. She was 89 years old in June.Josephine Jacobson was born in 1922 and lived her early life in Brady, TX, with her parents, seven sisters and two brothers.
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Patricia Ann Hurley, 75, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.Born in San Antonio, Texas, on October 23, 1935, Patricia was the daughter of Edna Estelle (Taylor) and Loyd Comer McMahan. She was a 1953 graduate of John Reagan High School in Houston. She married Ray Hurley in December, 1970.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011
Jon L. Eckert, of Abilene, passed away on Sunday, July 17, at the age of 59. Jon was born in Mason on December 31, 1951, to Ed E. Eckert and Vernelle Radetsky Eckert. He was raised in Mason and graduated from Mason High School in 1970, where he played football and showed livestock.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011 • Photos
The Mason Dr Pepper Open Tennis Tournament was held last weekend with players coming from all over the state and nation. We had players from Arkansas and South Carolina making the journey to Mason to play in one of the most well-known tournaments anywhere around. About 700 Texan entries from Abilene, Austin, Brownwood, Boerne, Ft.