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September 21, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
During their regular meeting of September 12, 2011, the Mason County Commissioners' Court addressed the ongoing drought affecting Mason County and the state of Texas.The burn ban for the county was renewed for an additional 90 days. The county can cancel a burn ban at any time, should conditions change.The Court then addressed the Declaration of Disaster, which was also set to automatically expire and voted to renew the Declaration, which will remain in effect until such time as the County d ...
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
"Jesus and Me" is the new and free Wednesday night Bible-structured children's program at the First Baptist Church.We will be meeting each Wednesday evening from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., starting September 28, 2011. JAM is for children ages three years (must be potty trained) through the fifth grade. We will be having Bible stories, Bible memory verses, songs, and recreation each week in a different and exciting format.We invite any and all children in the Mason area to come to "Jesus and Me."
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011 • Photos
This Saturday, September 24, The Starving Artist Art Sale will take place around the square. Joining us this year is the Texas Nature Project, a Mason-based organization. As well as ceramics and nature photography by Sherra Theisen, this space will have a special event for children; an opportunity to design and print their own original t shirt.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011 • Photos
AUSTIN – The Board of Directors and Members of the Texas Bed & Breakfast Association, TBBA, recently appointed Carol Conlee, of Tres Lunas Resort, as the new Vice-President of Membership at the 27th Annual Convention and Trade Show held at the Wyndam Hotel and Conference Center in Austin.Conlee participated in the ‘Convergence On The Capital’ in February, speaking directly with State Representative Harvey Hilderbran and State Senator Troy Fraser in an appeal to limit th ...
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Come join us for our 4th BROWN BAG LUNCH. Our speaker will be Catherine Fleischmann Bonner, doctor of chiropractic, licensed acupuncturist, and applied clinical nutritionist. She is owner of Bonner Farm and Bluebonnet Wellness Center near Valley Spring, Texas.By using a combination of western and eastern medicine, as well as nutritional advice and wholesome foods, Catherine can often aid people in attaining their health goals.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Hickory Underground Water Conservation District #1 held its regular meeting at its Brady office on Thursday, September 15. Unlike many of their hearings, a large group packed the meeting room to participate in the board's discussion of Proppant Specialists, LLC's request to permit seven wells at their proposed Katemcy sand mining operation.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
O Beautiful.O Morning Star.O bacon frying in the pan.And toast and butter.And scrambled eggs.Or bowls of milk and cereal.Wake up, sleepyheads.Yawn and stretch.Working men with trucks and trailers.On the move.Early risers.Working women getting ready.Feed the kids.Throw clothes in dryer.Hurryhurryhurry.Tres Caminos.The OPEN sign beckoning.Breakfast tacos.The moon fading.Sun’s coming up.Birds break camp.It’s near the time.The time.O majesty.O miracle.The darkness dissolves.Eighteen- ...
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
In life’s literary waters, words are endangered, and half of the world’s languages are circling the drain. Caught up in digital overload, we are victims in the rush that favors speed over accuracy, as well as ever-shortening messages.Some people—perhaps the same ones who think this would be a questionable time for the meek to inherit the earth—refuse to line up with the “need for speed” crowd.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Now that football season, cross-country, and many other school activities are in full swing, I hope you will still encourage your children (or even take a few minutes yourself!) to read just for the fun of it each day. The library is also hosting several programs this week that I hope you can make.
, 2011 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011 • Photos
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly....R. Buckminster Fuller I contemplated this statement after the Early Morning Return of the bats on Saturday, September 18TH. Sometimes the unexpected truly happens. The visitors that arrived that morning were anticipating millions of returning bats but after waiting and waiting, only a few thousand made their appearance.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
I’m cooking more with both 4-H kids and afterschool programs now that Fall is here, and most of what we make are healthy options that they can make themselves or with a little help. A friend asked me for this granola recipe that I make with the kids, and it’s always a hit.
, ND
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Natural Health is almost anything but natural to most of us. How can taking supplements be natural? And why does is matter what brand you buy? And do I really have to change the way I eat?But, you have to ask yourself – what is natural about our lifestyle today?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
A week ago the City Commission met and approved several items that will have an impact on all of our residents, and I would like to take a few minutes to inform you and provide some of the reasoning behind those decisions. One of those decisions affects most everyone in Mason as I explained in last week’s column, and reflects some changes in the Water Conservation and Drought Plan.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Sure thought we were going to get rain last evening, but that is what I get for thinking! However, it’s been cooler!Seems Z’s dog Cousin Louie has been running around. He has been trying to spark this little dog of Glen and Ray Ann’s. So, Z took Louie to Dr.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Hello all. Bits of Art for the 14th of September ended up in cyberspace not in Gerry’s computer. Thus this week is a combination. Thank you for putting up with this very human constructor of the column. The season is changing ever so slightly. Even though the 100 degree days will not be completely gone according to the weather people, there is a sense of transformation in the air.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 13th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 38 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Glenn Ruthven was responsible for the program, and introduced Jane Shoemaker and John Gillespie who spoke about the the Mason I.S.D. Education Foundation.The Foundation raises money to return to the teachers through a grant procedure, for teaching materials, supplies and other aids that are not purchased through the school district's budget.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Charlie said, “What happened?”I said, “I killed him.”Charlie said, “No you didn’t. You barely caught him at the bottom of his chin. Shoot him again.”This was not your average, everyday kind of conversation, especially since Charlie was Charles Derrick, Chief of Police of Brady, Texas. We were talking about a bad guy who was holding a hostage about ten feet in front of me.
, Editor
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
The last couple of months have been an interesting time for me, and for many others in our community. The axiom states that "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," ; but, personally, I've begun to feel that, given enough patience, even the oldest dogs can learn a few things.Every day of every week, I attend any number of meetings around the area.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
It isn’t often that we get new neighbors where I live, in the rolling countryside with privacy, peace and quiet. The loudest thing we hear is the occasional reassuring sound of someone expressing his 2nd Amendment Rights.But, when I found out there were folks that wanted to share the countryside and be our new “good neighbors” I felt we could welcome them to Katemcy, once the home of the Comanche Indians and their Chief, Ketemoczy.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Dear Editors, Those in control of planning for our future energy needs are making all the wrong decisions.Since all the decisions made by the President and Congress favor the oil & gas industry, it’s my guess that they just follow orders.A more powerful group must be giving those orders.The BP blowout in the Gulf illustrates how disastrous deep-water drilling can be.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Citizens of Mason County:You need to be aware of a CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER to our physical health, our economic security and our current conditions of life as we know it. The Proppant Specialists LLC has started the process of getting government authorization to build an industrial sand plant right here in Mason County.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Dear Gerry, Most of us like to think we’re halfway objective, open to information, capable of weighing and measuring data. However, most of us would be wrong about that; we humans just aren’t built that way.Since at least 2000, many research projects have demonstrated that new information, even verifiable facts, contrary to our mindset do not alter our views.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
What jumped out at me from Gerry’s article on the coming Sand Mine, in Katemcy, was the revelation that this “industry” is almost totally Unregulated.Here is the much vaunted Free Market, at work. This Corporate Person has bought up all that land, and are Free to do as they will….no matter what the neighbors think.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Dear Mr. Conaway, You’ve sent a representative to Mason, and I’m giving this letter to her to carry to you, as you don’t seem to read my Emails. I’ve sent you hundreds of Emails. Sometimes my husband teases me about all those Emails over the last couple of years; sometimes he tells me he’s proud of me and my persistence.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
On Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., the 61st Annual Llano River Valley German Hymnfest will be held at the Art United Methodist Church, located on Texas Highway 29, 7 miles east of Mason, Texas. The service is held annually to celebrate the faith of the early German settlers in the Llano River Valley, and to preserve the inspiration of German hymns.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
On Saturday, September 24th, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center will host “Doing the Right Thing,” a special event via webcast featuring Chuck Colson. The program will explore the ethical crisis in our nation and how we, as a society can do what is right even in the face of powerful temptations and incentive to do what is wrong.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011 • Photos
The Annual Fritze Reunion will be held Saturday, October 1, at the historic Castell School Community Center, between 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. The meat and drinks are provided, so family and friends, please bring your favorite side dishes and dessert. The picture of Hulda Fritze, the oldest daughter of Wilhelm Fritze, was taken in 1899, by Ankenman & Butlers of Mason, Tx.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
In 2003 a group of people from London got together and formed London Community Auxiliary. The goal initially was to help people in the community, who were in need, whether it be help with utilities, transportation cost for health care, etc.We’ve had benefits for fire victim and ones to offset medical expenses.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
The Wesley Nurse is proud to announce another free bilingual community event at First United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Mason, Thursday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. This program’s purpose is to help the public better understand hospice services. This event will offer participants an opportunity to get the most up-to-date information on the Medicare hospice benefit, the new crisis care program offered by VistaCare, palliative care & eligibility of those seeking hospice.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Junction, TX (Sept. 12, 2011) – The Kimble County Hospital District Board (KCHD) and Kimble Hospital Open House Committee have set the date for the Open House Celebration of the New Kimble Hospital and Junction Medical Clinic. The event will be held on Monday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the new hospital.“We’re really excited for Kimble County to be able to celebrate the opening of the new hospital and be able to tour the new facilities.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011 • Photos
The Community Foundation board of directors enjoyed the Open House held by Chamber of commerce on Wednesday September 14th. This event was held to recognize them for their generous grant that enabled a much needed face lift to the Chamber office, many compliments have been given from both the community and tourists, a big thank you to Chris Dyer, as he completed the project with great professionalism.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011 • Photos
The 2011-2012 Grace Christian School Student Council anticipates a great school year. Each of the students in grades 7 through 12 will again be preparing throughout the year for the Christian Schools Finals Competition at Oral Roberts University at the end of the school year. With the assistance of several new adult volunteers, the students will be entering additional events in academics, art, music, athletics, and drama.Beginning September 15th, all students at GCS will be selling Fresh Cou ...
, Box Tops for Education Coordinator, Mason Elementary School
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Every school out there needs all the help they can get in these tough economic times. With the Box Tops for Education program, the community has a chance to lend a little help to our school without dontating any extra money. How is that possible? Just cut those little Box Tops for Education rectangles out you seen on many of the items you already buy and drop them off at the drop box inside Lowes/ Super S.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011 • Photos
The Scarth family are pleased to announce the arrival of Emily Viola (left) & Ana Elise (right). At birth, Emily weighed four pounds, 13 ounces, and Ana weighed three pounds, 11 ounces. They were born on July 2, 2011. At two months of age, when these photos were made, Emily weighed eight pounds, six ounces, and Ana weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Forty-eight wine industry professionals convened at San Francisco’s Hotel Nikko to evaluate 4,184 wines from over 1,200 wineries (including 392 new winery participants) from 29 countries and 20 states. This was the 31st year for America’s largest and most prestigious wine competition. Director Anthony Dias Blue, renowned food and wine authority, coordinated one of the most important and comprehensive wine competitions in the world, known both for the quality of wines entered and ...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Five men have been arrested on first degree felony theft charges involving 6,000 lambs worth an estimated $1 million taken from a feedlot in Gillespie County. The final arrest was made on August 22nd.TSCRA Special Ranger, Max Martmann, and Texas Rangers Wayne Matthews and Jess Ramos arrested Jose Martinez Hernandez of Mason; Emilio Rodriguez Lopez, Francisco Rodriguez Lopez and Cipriano Rodriguez Lopez, all of Marble Falls; and Angel Gonzalez-Cortez of Round Mountain.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
Congressman K. Michael Conaway invites area high school seniors interested in attending one of the United States’ military service academies to apply for nominations through his San Angelo Regional office. The Nomination Process to be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements established by law and be nominated by an authorized person including a Member of the United States Senate or the House of Representatives.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011 • Photos
Marylin Fae Wisseman Hitt was born on October 31, 1932, in Dallas, Texas, to Paul Harry Conrad Wisseman and Lillie Mathilda Kothmann Wisseman. On August 16, 1957, she married Dr. Rankin Virgle Hitt, Jr., in Dallas, Texas, and spent much of their married life in Beaumont, Texas, where Dr. Hitt had a private practice.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011 • Photos
Cheering on the 7th and 8th Grade Punchers during their 2011 season are the Mason Junior High Cheerleaders. Back row, left to right: Shelby Comey, Monaco Schmidt, Heather Shaw, Kirsten Allen and Madison Anderson. Front row: Lanie Schmidt, Steeley Smith, Sara Powell, Justyn Tedder and Mikaela Crocker.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
The 7th Grade football team had their first full-fledged, “ coming out” game this past Thursday evening as they entertained the visiting Billies from Fredericksburg. Last week the Punchers took on Comfort in a scrimmage, but this evening everyone was pretty much on their own.In the first period, both teams did a good job of holding the other in check, as they moved the ball up and down the field but neither was able to penetrate any deeper down the field than their opponent&rsquo ...
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011
The Mason Punchers took on the visiting Billies from Fredericksburg this past Thursday evening at the Puncherdome. The Punchers scored twice in the first half and put together several great defensive stands to keep the Billies off of the score board. On the second drive of the game the Punchers launched a 57 yard drive that would result in the first score of the game when Seth Hudson pushed across the goal line on the sneak then tapped on the PAT making the score 0-8.