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October 12, 2011 Issue
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Last week, the Mason County Chamber of Commerce held the formal ribbon cutting for Nacho's Cafe, owned by Nacho and Lisa Ramirez. The family-run business serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open seven days a week. They specialize in Mexican food; but, also offered traditional favorites such as hamburgers, chicken fried steak and other items.
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Johnny Nicholas, bluesman extraodinaire, will perform for one night at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas. The Hill Country icon and our Hilltop Cafe neighbor to the south will bring his show to the Odeon Saturday October 29 at 8:00 PM. Admission for the show is $15 per person. Johnny formed his first R&B cover band in 1963 and lost little time jumping into the fertile blues/R&B scene.
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The Punchers racked up yet another win last Friday, leaving them undefeated as they prepare to take on the Eldorado Eagles on Friday night.During the first quarter of play, Johnson City and Mason fought for control of the field for most of the period. It would not be until over seven minutes into the game that Mason would finally score.
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Stand in the middle of Highway 87.North of the square.Watch out for trucks from the sand plants.Now…swing a cat by its tail.You’ll hit three Mexican restaurants.Zavala’s.A longtime local landmark.Mi Pueblo.Relatively new.Nacho’s Café.Just opened.Make that four.Mexican food is available inside Stripes.Called Laredo Taco Company.They’re across the highway from Nacho’s.Almost next door to Zavala’s.Which is across the highway from Mi Pueblo.And s ...
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When balance prevailed in the world—on the scale of your choosing—folks sought, claimed and ingested daily intakes of humor, whether from media, across the backyard fence or in the workplace. But no more.Now, humor matters least when it should matter most. Remember Will Rogers? His ready wit made a world smile during an era when frowns better expressed its dismal mood.
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We have two out-of-towners that cruise through every so often to buy some of our paperback books. You may not know it, but we have some of the best buys in town. Our paperbacks sell for twenty-five cents to fifty cents, and our hardcovers sell for $3.00 each. Come on in, and see what your pocket change might buy!
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It’s apple season (yay, Fall!) so make sure you stock up on them at their peak and best price! They will keep for months in a cool, dark place. I try and keep the bottom drawer in my refrigerator stocked so we can enjoy them into the winter. Brooke and I love apples with peanut butter!
, 2011 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
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I am writing this on Sunday evening, 10-09-11, at about 8:30 P.M. The air is blowing. Everything smells clean and fresh. Clouds mask any hint of light as the sun sets in the west. I am home earlier than usual tonight. After watching the sky and the weather for Mason on the Internet, I decided to put up the “closed” sign.
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Silver was probably the most powerful antibiotic, antifungal substance known prior to World War II. During this time, silver was ground up into small particles and suspended in a fluid known as colloidal silver. This type of silver was very expensive and only wealthy people could afford silver treatments.During World War II, the methodology for making penicillin on a commercial scale was discovered and silver treatments became a thing of the past.
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Reunions are fun after the age of 50! As a child I didn’t like to go to reunions. Then it was only a family reunion. Wasn’t much fun sitting and hearing stories of others' surgeries and ills!However, going to Z’s Class reunions have always been fun. This “Class of 61” has and will ever be known as the “JEEP DAY CLASS!” Not many of them, but then this class was just small to begin with.
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The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, October 4th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 33 members and two visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were two Mason High School seniors, Bode Adams and Ayla Reyes."Boss" Lion Kirby Groves was responsible for the meeting, and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report.The results of the 5K/10K Walk-Run were announced, and the proceeds were distributed to the various local charities:Mason Cancer Society - ...
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My dad had a great sense of humor, but he could only remember a few jokes. Actually, he could remember several jokes, but he could only remember the punchlines of a few of them. Which is kind of necessary for the ending, but there you go.One of my dad’s favorite jokes, which luckily happened to be one of the ones he could remember the punchline to, was about a sergeant who lined up his troops and told them, “Men, I’ve got good news and bad news.
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The Punchers have had a very exciting early season. Mason fans have been treated to some great football this year, and they are enjoying watching the players, coaches, band, cheerleaders and other supporters work together to make this a stellar season.This Friday night, we finally start playing "for real." We will be meeting up with the Eldorado Eagles, and it's a good bet that many fans will make the trip to watch and enjoy the evening.
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Leaves Fall, and Texas Songwriters in the Round prepare to hibernate for the holidays after a last showcase October 20th. They have been appearing in Mason Texas at the Sandstone Cellars Winery since March of 2011 with a new show each month highlighting a successful Texas songwriter. Organizers are excited about this last show of the season, featuring John Arthur Martinez.
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The Mason Garden Club will hold its meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library Stribling Room, located at 410 Post Hill. The program will be "Growing and Using Herbs," presented by Sherie Clarkson, owner of Ye Olde Thyme Herb Shoppe.The first meeting of the Mason Garden Club was held on September 20, 2011.
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The members of American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 & Ladies Auxiliary invite other veterans, friends and family, and anyone interested in The American Legion are invited to attend our regular October meeting, to be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13th, at the American Legion Post Hall on Post Hill Road (behind the Jail).
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Showtimes: 3:45 P.M. OCT. 17: AN AMERICAN TAIL OCT. 24: BABY: SECRET OF THE LOST LEGEND OCT. 31: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
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Please attend the meeting concerning the Castell Post Office on October 15, 2011 at 10:00 am at the Castell Community Club.As most of you are probably aware by now, the Castell Post Office is one of the many rural post offices under review by the United States Postal Service for closure or some other “alternative”.
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HEXT, TX – The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its proposal to make possible changes in the way postal services are provided in Hext TX. The community meeting will take place at 1:30 PM on October 15, 2011 at the Old Hext School House located at 164 Anderson Ln., Hext TX 76848.
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ART, TX – The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its proposal to make possible changes in the way postal services are provided in Art TX. The community meeting will take place at 11:30 AM on October 15, 2011 at Art Methodist Church located at 7399 Highway 29 E., Art TX 76820.
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Limited tickets are now on sale for a night of gospel, soul, and spirit dancing at the Indoor Encore Gospel Night at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on Saturday, Oct 22.This special Roots Music concert will be held indoors at the Historic Sanctuary of the Pioneer Museum and features three musical acts:7:00-7:15pm Jessica HydeA new singer from Austin making her Fredericksburg debut.7:20-8:10pm Brennen Leigh TrioAustin-based Leigh has been hailed as a dazzling young artist with an authent ...
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Llano, Texas– On Wednesday, October 19th , a member of Congressman Mike Conaway’s (TX-11) staff will be in Mason to visit personally with constituents. This will allow you to share concerns, request help on a federal issue or to ask any questions you may have. What: Constituent Outreach Services Where: County Commissioners Courtroom, Mason County Courthouse When: 10 – 11am October 19th, 2011
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Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country members are scheduled to meet for a “Creative Session” at the Mason Eckert Civic Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday October 15th to discuss their artwork and make plans for the ART SHOW that will be on December 2-3 of this year.
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Kasper Blackwell, a sophmore at Johnson City High School, finished 4th in the World standings for the American Cutting Horse Association Sr. Youth Class for the year 2010-2011 with limited showing. Kasper was also named the Sr. Youth Cutting Champion of the ACHA World Championship Show in Belton, Texas. He is the son of Denver and Denise Blackwell of Mason.
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The Staff and children of Steady Steps Children’s Weekday Ministry showed their Puncher Pride for Homecoming last week. Top, Left to Right: Miss Courtney Newman with Kylie and Kaylee on her lap, Miss Sherry Kusenberger with Derric on her lap, Miss Jordi Tatsch with Brooke on her lap, Miss Tiffany Stidahm with Heidi on her lap, Tyler and Miss Maudie Bergmann.
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WORR Karma took Grand Champion honors at the West Texas Fair and Rodeo in Abilene, TX. She is a January daughter of Purple Milsap and is a horned Hereford. She was bred and exhibited by Jarrett Worrell of Mason, Texas. Jarrett is the son of James and Shannon Worrell.
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Mark your calendars now for Hilda Club highway cleanup on Friday, Oct.21st at 5:00 p.m. We will have a covered dish following cleanup. Drinks and desserts will be provided by hosts Weldon and Pat Tucker.
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Now that the weather has cooled off to some degree, it is beginning to feel like fall in the Hill Country. It’s hard to believe the first six weeks of school has already come and gone! Before we know it, it will be time for the holidays. I thought this would be an appropriate time for some school news.
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The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will observe National Domestic Violence Awareness month at the October 17 meeting to be held at the Richard Eckert Civic Center at 2:00 pm. Judge Rob Hofmann will be special guest speaker. Judge Hofmann is assigned to the Texas Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, a position that he has held since 2002.
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The County Library is seeking a volunteer who would be willing to work with someone who needs help with the mathematics portion of the GED exam. If you are interested, please call 347-5446.
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Angela & Chase Smith are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Landyn Kay Smith. Landyn was born September 20, 2011, at 1:43 p.m. at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg. She weighed eight pounds, six ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. She is welcomed by her big sister Heidi.
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Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sage of Big Spring, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Sage to Blake Fleming, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Fleming of Pontotoc, Texas. Lauren is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to obtain her masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 • Posted October 12, 2011
On Wednesday morning, I had the opportunity to sit down for breakfast with Marc Rowland, CEO of Frac Tech Services, LLC, and Pam Percival, Director of Corporate Communications. It will come as no surprise to regular readers that there were a number of issues that we were unable to find agreement upon concerning the plans for a frac sand facility in Katemcy.Mr.
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The Board of Directors of the Hickory Underground Water District met last Thursday night to consider the request by Proppant Specialists for permits for seven wells at their Katemcy property for a sand mine.A formal hearing preceded the regular meeting. During that hearing, witnesses presented evidence both for and against the permit request.
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The Foundation uses the profits of The Community Thrift Store to fund projects which benefit the people of Mason County.This grant was given to the Mason County Historical Commission which plans to clean up, repair, fence and restore the cemetery. Volunteers are needed. The first clean-up day will be on Saturday, November 12th from 8:30 a.m.
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Bee Ann Binion of Mason, passed away on Saturday, October 08, 2011, at the age of 73. Bee Ann was born on May 30, 1938, in Elk City, Oklahoma, to John R. and Francis Brewster nee Goodrum. Bee worked in the banking industry after her children were older. She also worked as a church secretary at Canyon Creek Baptist in Richardson, TX.
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Doris Jane Knox, of Georgetown, passed away on Thursday, October 06, 2011, at the age of 76. Doris was born on February 8, 1935, at the Capps Ranch in northern Mason County to Alton Bill Capps and Frances Hallmark Capps. She was a 1953 graduate of Mason High School and attended college in San Angelo.
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Nathan D. “Nate” Hooper, 28, of Junction, passed from this life following a job related accident in Georgia on October 6, 2011.Born in Abilene, TX on June 18, 1983, he was the son of Troy Hooper and Holly Tautenhahn. He had lived in Junction for the past 4 years.On June 25, 2010, he married Robin Z.
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Luisa V. Palacio of Mason joined her heavenly father on October 4, 2011, at the age of 72. She was born June 22, 1939, to Geraldo Velasquez and Margarita Pena in Fort Stockton, Texas.She met and married Daniel Cruz. Palacio, September 19, 1957, and soon began their family, residing in Mason and traveling as migrant workers all over Texas.
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Helen Marie Taylor of Fredericksburg passed away Sunday October 9, 2011, in the Knopp Nursing Home at the age of 84. Mrs. Taylor was born February 13, 1927, in Mason, Texas, to John William Kruse and Veda Brown Kruse. She married Garland Taylor in June of 1946 in Mason.She is survived by her children Harry Taylor and wife Cindy of Austin, Robert Taylor and wife Vicki of Austin, Kathy Burton and husband Bill of San Marcos, Jack K.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 • Posted October 12, 2011
The Mason cowgirl and puncher cross country teams competed in Hamilton Wednesday, October 5th, 2011. The results are as follows: Varsity Cowgirls 18th- Kelly Kothmann-14:27 26th- Katie Smith-15:24 36th- Jacie Rychlik-15:40 37th- Khrista Morquecho-15:42 61st- Lorie Ann Drazan-17:03 Varsity Punchers 9th- Pascual Callejas-19:09 8th Grade Cowgirls 3rd- Kayla Guice-14:26 22nd- Whitney Gainer-16:06 ...
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The Punchers hit the road again this past week and traveled to Johnson City to take on the Eagles. Both teams played pretty good defense in the 1st period holding each other in check. Punchers that did a good job during this period were, Caleb Hyatt, Michael Jefferson, Slade Townsend, and James Schwertner.
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The 8th Grade took on the Johnson City boys last Thursday in Johnson City. Both teams were able to move the ball during period one, but neither was able to light up the scoreboard.Several good defensive stands were made by the Punchers just before the half time break. Players to be noted were, Daniel Parker, Seth Brewer, Jonathan Gonzalez, and Samuel Dyer.
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The Punchers have had a great stretch of wins through the middle of the season. They include defeats over Winters, Ingram, Sonora Freshman team, and Johnson City. The JV have really stepped up their level of play even with three starters being moved up to play on Friday nights. The team is being lead by a few lone sophomores including Leret Hemphill, Cody Wood, and Nick Dyer along with a pack of freshman.