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September 28, 2011 Issue
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
MASON, Texas — Proppant Specialists (Proppant) invites citizens who would like to learn more about the company’s proposed new Mason County sand operation to a come-and-go open house on Oct. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, 410 Post Hill, in Mason.“Experts who are working on this project, and who work at Proppant’s similar facility located in nearby Voca, Texas, will be available to visit with members of the community and discuss ...
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Remember a loved one, or an ancestor, a pet or a special occasion. Consider giving your grandchild a visible record of her or his connection to Mason. Buy a paving brick for the sidewalk of the Mason Library. A special section of the walkway has been set aside for honoring military personnel, past or present.Each brick will also provide the Mason County Library with needed funds.
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After a restful week off, the Mason Punchers returned to play last Friday, heading down to Ingram to take on the Warriors. From the opening minutes of the game, it all belonged to the Punchers.Less than half a minute into the game, Austin Trip brought the crowd to its feet with a 73-yard touchdown run.
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Angelo State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present a free event for rural small business owners and for anyone contemplating starting their own business. An Evening with the SBDC Rural Business Advisor will include information about starting or growing a business, advice on business plan best practices, the five things small business owners need to know before talking to a lender as well as an opportunity to network with small business owners and Rural Business Adv ...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Eeeeeee HAAA.Ki-yi-yippity-i-ay.Fall has fallen.So long, September.Look out, October.Here we come.Set us free.We’re your tired, your suffering…Your hot, huddled masses… Yearning for rain.Have mercy on us.Drop into the 80s already.C’mon.Be a sport.Be October.Not an August wannabe. Not summer.Not hot.Not dry.October.Remember cool nights.Pleasantly warm days.Cool breezes.Rain.As in, R-A-I-N.Snap out of it.Perform your duty.Cool us down.Color the leaves.Dazzle us.We&rsq ...
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Great baseballer Nolan Ryan is the picture of organizational efficiency. He’s the captain of his ship and a bona fide American sports hero with impressive “on-the-mound and off-the-mound” victories for almost 50 years.With a laid-back personality and a Texas drawl that re-defines “folksy,” he projects the “one big happy family” image of OUR Texas Rangers.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Good news for Kindlefolk! If you go to our webpage and go to the Overdrive link to check out an eBook, you will notice that Kindle format is now available. I called Big Country Library System last Friday, and they told that it is working. So, you Kindlefolk should be able to check out our eBooks, download them to your computer, and sideload to your Kindles now.
, 2011 Texas nature Conservancy Steward
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Learning Makes a Man Fit Company for Himself.—Young. The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve is the perfect environment for learning about life’s little lessons. Sitting quietly as the day fades into darkness a person can eaves drop on birds saying their last good nights to their mates; hear the flapping of the wings of the bats as they head out into the evening; smell the pungent odor of the guano that follows the bats out of the cave; and see the evident struggle for li ...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Everyone loves recipes, so I’ll share a few more healthy, interesting ones! Happy cooking, and don’t forget to email me with your reviews/suggestions if you try them! kmpowell@tamu.edu Grilled Eggs Grilled eggs- now I have your attention! Eggs are one of my favorite foods –you’ve heard me talk about eggs and beans as nutritious, low cost and easy sources of protein time and time again.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Although I refer to the local area as Erna, the area remained unnamed for some time. As I stated earlier, a post office was recorded as being called Independence in 1890 but it seems to have vanished after that date.Sometime around 1900, a request was made to the P. O.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Our residents of Mason have done a remarkably good job of being good citizens, and I would like to take a few minutes and say a big “Thank You” for all you do. For starters, with the continuing drought and lack of rain, we have had to institute restrictions on watering, and virtually all of our residents are cooperating and following the watering schedule we have set out.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
According to the calendar, it’s “FALL!” However, according to Mother Nature, it’s SUMMER! So, don’t go thinking your utility bill will be going down! Z wasn’t so happy that I wrote about Cousin Louie’s part, or the lack of. Okay, he’s not been too happy about me writing other things, like what CLOROX can do!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Now that we are officially into Autumn, here is hoping and praying we can cool down enough for it to rain. Of course we have had two days of over 100 but this is Texas. Oh Lord, we and the land and the creatures of it ask: let it rain.Celebrating birthdays this week are Ken Jordan on the 28th, Samantha Jordan and Treg Hudson on the 29th, Emilie Bibb on the 30th, in October Mozelle Palmer on the 1st (go girl!), and Carl Sanders on the 4th.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, September 20th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 37 members and four visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were two Mason High School seniors, Kaitlyn Cavness and Korey Zavala.Lion Thom Canfield was responsible for the program, and introduced Kade Burns, Head Coach and Athletic Director for Mason I.S.D.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
When Linda Powell said, “There are hogs under the feeder,” I thought she might be kidding or something. Linda and I had been sitting in fairly cushy desk chairs in a box blind for two hours, and hadn’t seen hog one. Part of that might have been because it was pitch black outside, since it was about ten o’clock at night at the time, but we’d been taking turns looking through a Bushnell night vision monocular every so often, and once in a while, if we thought we s ...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
The first wave of deer hunters will start arriving this week as the bow season kicks into gear. As the trailers arrive, loaded with 4-wheelers, corn, blinds and stands, the county braces itself for another deer season.In Mason County, hunters enjoy not just the experience of seeking out the best deer, they also arrive seeking to carry on traditions they've established after years of returning again and again with their friends and family.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Gerry, I wanted to take the time to praise the citizens of Mason County for their generosity. As most of you know, areas around Austin, such as Spicewood, Steiner Ranch, and Bastop County have been destroyed by wildfires. The devastation is something most people cannot imagine. The number of people who “lost it all” is overwhelming to me.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
GERRY, THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CITIZENS TO EXPRESS AN OPINION. I MUST AGREE WITH THE WRITER OF SEPT 21 MCN. OFTEN THE VENOM, HATEMONGERING, AND NAME CALLING OVERSHADOWS ANY MEANINGFUL STATEMENT THAT OTHERWISE MIGHT HAVE BEEN MADE.I AM SOMEWHAT AMMUSED BY WHAT I SEE AS CONTRADICTORY STATEMENTS. INCREASING TAXES ON CORPORATE AMERICA WOULD HARDLY SERVE AS AN INCENTIVE TO HIRE ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL, AND THUS HELP REDUCE THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.WE SEE MORE VALUE IN OUR ENTERTAINMEN ...
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Dear Gerry, Objective scientific research, researchers and test results? Ms. Liston, have you ever considered using good old common sense and not mucking up the brain waters with all that research garbage? Most of us think for ourselves very well,thank you. We can actually have our feathers ruffled and make a good decision atthe same time!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Since I have done most all of the research on George Washington, it’s appropriate that I respond to Helen Liston’s so-called “well-attested fact by his contemporaries that George Washington never took communion.” Whenever anyone writing about the Founding fathers can be as grossly in error about this singular matter, one cannot help but seriously question all other such observations and sources of information.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
As many of you have been reading over the past weeks and months, the spread of sand mining and processing is on the rise and will continue to spread unless the people of Mason County educate themselves on the pros and cons of this industry on our community. These are a few of the things to consider as you form your opinion on whether this industry is good or bad for the people of Mason County.Pros:Brings jobs to the community.Brings tax revenue to the community.In some instances they bring d ...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011 • Photos
Spencer Bierschwale will be presenting information on the Bobwhite Quail from his experience at the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigades Camp this summer on Saturday morning October 1st, at 8:00 am at the Mason Feed Store. He will be available to answer questions about quail, their habitats and other concerns you might have regarding the quail population on your ranch.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Local author Kendal Hemphill will be signing copies of The Buck Never Got Here at the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Library from 1:00-3:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 1. Kendal lives here in Mason, where he writes a weekly outdoor humor column for the Mason County News and other local newspapers and a monthly political commentary column for Texas Fish & Game magazine.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
On October 22, 2011, Menard Public Library will provide the community with an exceptional opportunity to hear one of the world’s leading World War II scholars. Dr. Thomas M. Hatfield became interested in WWII as a child and has carried this interest through his life and his life’s work. His recent book, Rudder: From Leader to Legend, focuses on the life and career of our native son, WWII hero of Normandy, General Earl Rudder.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Showtimes: 3:45 P.M. OCT. 3: MARY POPPINS OCT. 17: AN AMERICAN TAIL OCT. 24: BABY: SECRET OF THE LOST LEGEND OCT. 31: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Oompah at it’s Best, the aroma of sizzling bratwurst, and the cries of prosit once again herald the arrival of Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas, September 30, October 1, & 2, 2011. For three full days, the whole world is invited to sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite festivals, celebrating its 31 years of Texas gemütlichkeit (cosiness)!Adding to the fun, there will be an OktubaFest on Friday afternoon.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Don’t miss out on Story Time at the Mason County Library at 10:00 A.M. on Fridays!! This week’s reader is John Palacio All pre-schoolers are welcome!
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Last year, the Mason High School community wanted to do something to show our appreciation to the supportive community who helped make the 2010 National Blue Ribbon School Award a reality for us. The students and staff members took part in a “Blue Ribbon Service Project.” We spent the day cleaning up what needs to be cleaned and sprucing up what needs to be “spruced!” It was such a huge success that we are going to do it again this year.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
The Mason County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Tanenbaum on the square, this year in conjunction with Alpha Beta Psi’s “Light up our town.” This will be an amazing evening of ushering in the Christmas spirit, time with family, a visit from Santa, Christmas shopping on the square, great food, and entertainment.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 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 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011 • Photos
The Grand Champion Quilt honors at the Gillespie County Fair went to Geraldine L. Geistweidt of the Hilda community in Mason County. The trophy was presented by GCFFA Duchess Jordan Grobe of the Fredericksburg Fair. The quilt contains 4,440 small pieces and took six years of work to finish. It is paper machine pieced.
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Mason School Counselor Melanie Canfield was guest speaker at the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club meeting on September 19. Her subject was dual credit classes. She explained that Mason High School students have the opportunity of getting a head start on college credits by taking Central Texas College courses at the High School which satisfy both high school curriculum requirements and college curriculum requirements.
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These happy dogs were adopted from our City dog pound this week. The City will be starting a Pet of the Week program, when pets are available for adoption, pictures of these willing family members will be in the paper on Wednesday, and on our web site at www.mason.tx.citygovt.org .
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
As you visit Super S Foods, the Mason Courthouse Square and other locations over the next few weeks, you’ll see representatives of The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 displaying the Fall Fundraiser prize and taking donations for raffle tickets. This year’s raffle prize is a Remington .270 Bolt Action Rifle with a Bushnell 3x9 – 40mm scope.
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Bobby and Kaylee Halamicek are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Brynlee Jan Halamicek. Brynlee was born on September 11, 2011, weighing seven pounds, and measuring 19 inches long. Brynlee was welcomed with open arms by her grandparents Brent and Mitzi Drennan of Mason and Forrester and Mary Ellen Halamicek of Llano, and great-grandparents Buck and Jan Owens of Barnhart, Glenda Drennan of Wolfforth, Marilyn Perry of Llano, Richard Perry and Ella Mae Halamicek both of Fredericksburg ...
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
Mason, TX – September 17, 2011– Ag 1 Source, the most trusted and reliable recruiting firm in the agriculture industry, today announced that Shannon Worrell will join the Livestock & Animal Health/Nutrition industry practice team.“We are thrilled to have Shannon join the Ag 1 Source Recruiting Team. Shannon brings a lifetime of experience to Ag 1 Source as a fourth generation rancher,” says Rick Rupp, Partner and Livestock Industry Division Lead.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
The Mason Band Booster Organization regrets to inform our loyal community supporters that the band calendars will not be published this school year. There were technical difficulties that led to our inability to meet the deadline for print. This decision was reached after much discussion between the Band Booster Board and the calendar committee.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
On September 26, 2011, Oliver Stengel Grote went to the big ranch in the sky where the pastures are green, the cattle are fat, the corn is cooking, cockscombs are blooming, and he greets family and friends with a twinkle in his eye…and if practical jokes are allowed in heaven, a good time will be had by all.
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Sports
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
It was a slow go for the 7th Punchers last Thursday evening when they took on the visiting Junior High from Ingram. The “effort” was there and the,” want to”, was there but it seemed as though the Punchers were running in mud.The Warriors scored early in the first period when a Grant Sanders pass was picked off after he was hit on a pass attempt.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
If you only judge a team by its physical appearance, you would probably have bet against the Punchers as the visiting Warriors took the field. Ingram fielded a rather large group of players, but as the coaching staff commented at the end of the game, this never entered the minds of the Mason Punchers.On the opening kick-off, Seth Hudson reached the return wall of blockers and advanced the line of scrimmage to the Warrior 21 yard line.
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This Saturday, October 1st, the Mason Youth Football League will host their only home games this season at the Puncher Dome.Kick off for the 3rd & 4th Grade squad is at 9:00 a.m., followed by the 5th & 6th grade at 10:30 a.m. The Punchers will be playing the Brady Bulldogs.This is the fourth year for the youth football program in Mason.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011
October 1st, Hoppy McMillan Memorial One of Hoppy McMillan’s fine qualities was the enjoyment of golf and fellowship with kindred spirits. Come join us this Saturday as we get together our golfing families in remembering Hoppy and those friends who have moved on to happier places. Entry fee is $20.00 for an ABCD scramble in the morning 8:00 and $20.00 for a 2-person 1-lowball tournament in the afternoon 1:30.