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February 15, 2012 Issue
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Just as people were leaving church and heading to lunch on Sunday, they were greeted with th esight of a rare snowfall in Mason. It did not stay long, but it provided everyone with a reminder that winter is still with us for a while.
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The Mason County Chamber of Commerce presents the 2012 Civic Awards Banquet!February 23rd 2012 at the Mason ISD cafeteria, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Tickets are $15.00 each and are available at the chamber office or at the door, there is limited seating so please purchase tickets ahead of time if possible.This is a family event and we will enjoy a night of honoring Mason’s finest as well as ALL branches of the Military.
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The Mason Punchers Basketball team secured a playoff spot with a win over the Center Point Pirates last Tuesday and clinched the second place seed with the win over Johnson City on Friday, but their business wasn’t over. On Monday the Punchers would travel to Medina to take on the Bobcats and try to avenge their only district loss and win the district championship.The first quarter started with Mason scoring the first basket and looking to take control of the game with good defense.
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The 2012 Mason County Critter Getter Benefit Predator Calling Contest has been scheduled for February 25th and 26th. Sign up will be on Saturday, February 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Final check in will be on Sunday, February 26th, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Both sign up and final check in will be held behind Watson Auto Parts in Mason. Rules for main contest: - $20 per person - 4 per team, maximum - jackpot contests include most racoons, most hogs, heaviest bob ...
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The first grant cycle of 2012 for the Mason Community Foundation is coming soon. Now is the time for groups and organizations to apply for funding. Applications are available at the Community Thrift Store, Mon-Fri form 9:30 – 4pm. Be sure to submit your application for consideration by March 1st.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • Posted February 15, 2012
Rain.Sleet.Snow.Hail.Freezing rain.Icy fog.Icicles.Temperatures below 30.And that was just Sunday.What a day.A typical Winter’s day in the Hill Country.Perhaps a good omen.Perhaps we’ll have a typical Spring.Whatever that is.And a typical Summer.Which is NOT 100+ degrees for 90 days.With no rain.NOT.Spring already feels springier.Wetter.Greener.And it’s not even Spring.Bulbs are blooming anyway.Snowbells.Daffodils.Grape hyacinth.Flowers on the quince.Weeds growing.Still, it ...
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Wolves have gotten generally “bad raps” for the longest time. Alaskan grey wolves were lurking about during the most recent Ice Age, several thousand years ago, and the species—Genus Canis— has been “dogged” by wolves’ behavior. Jackals and coyotes—other members of the species—don’t get as much bad press, and dogs feel their family linkage with any of ‘em is a monumental genetic foul-up.It didn’t help that “were&rd ...
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What a pleasant surprise when we all walked out of church last Sunday and it was snowing! Beautiful, just beautiful, and some of the largest snowflakes I’ve ever seen. The snow may not have lasted very long but it was a welcome sight indeed. Rain, sleet or snow, we’ll take that precipitation any way we can get it.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • Posted February 15, 2012
The past several weeks have been pretty quiet around the City of Mason with no big projects or problems to keep our crews too very busy. They have certainly stayed busy with the regular challenges and maintenance issues, and there have been enough water leaks, electric changes, brush pile shredding, and street cleaning around town to keep all of them working.
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Do you have weight gain around the middle, tiredness, irritability, insomnia, poor mental function and inability to lose weight? If you answered yes, your lifestyle needs an overhaul as you are insulin resistant.Insulin regulates blood sugar levels within the body. We associate insulin with diabetes – but there is a more insidious condition that happens when our blood sugar levels are “considered” normal, but our body quits responding normally to the insulin we produce &nda ...
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Television can bring a lot of joy or a lot of hectic. Things were a lot more simple when there was only one or two channels to watch. Now one can get up to over two hundred channels. WHY? It’s mostly reality stuff or action movies. The only time when you can find a wholesome movie is at Christmas time and then the only romantic movies are at Valentines!
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In leading up to the settlement of the Leon Valley and the Erna area, I found that I needed to go back and review the battles for the Texas Independence as in all accounts of the Ranging Companies, brutality was a part of the encounters on all sides. I found that the term REMEMBER THE ALAMO was the encouragement to fight in all occasions and get revenge, so the following is going back to the battle of San Jacinto.So, as I read the accounts after Santa Anna captured the Alamo and brutalized t ...
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This week I’m sharing with you two of my tried and true “Food Bank” recipes that make great recipe demonstrations and that I also use in my every day life. They have to be pretty good as give them two thumbs up and I am a chocoholic! These are tasty ways to sneak a little extra fruit into your diet. Banana Bread Recipe Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed 1/3 cup melted butter 3/4 cup sugar 1 eg ...
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NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)DVDsNanny McPheeWall-E—3 disc special editionBeethoven’s FifthAUDIOBOOKS:Dear John by Nicholas SparksCold Sassy Tree by Olive BurnsDead Watch by John SanfordPromise Me by Richard Paul EvansFICTION:Love Blooms in Winter by Lori Copeland (F COP)“North Dakota, 1892—Mae Wilkey’s sweet next-door-neighbor Pauline, suffering from old age and dementia, desperately needs family to come help her.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, February 7th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 30 members and one visitor in attendance. "Boss" Lion, Kirby Groves, was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report.The Pancake Supper was a good success, and the two $500 scholarships for community service will again be awarded to two graduating seniors.
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Every four years, America goes through one of the most fantastic and interesting experiences we face as free humans. We add an extra day to February (the month that’s spelled wrong). We also have to, every four years, endure the horrible experience of having our lives totally disrupted by a presidential election.Not that Americans don’t care about the electoral process, they just don’t understand it.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • Posted February 15, 2012
Saturday night, in addition to the Marcia Ball concert at the Odeon Theater, there was also a fundraiser for Bluebonnet CASA out at the Old Peanut Mill. Over 200 attended the Odeon concert, while around 300 were at the CASA event.When I lived in Austin, I also attended various charitable functions and benefit concerts.
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Sometimes we know we have a good thing, but we get so caught up in life we push it to the back burner. Last Saturday I was traveling through your county from San Angelo to Fredericksburg and had a flat tire on the road from Mason to Menard. Being a woman of a certain age I had a general idea of how to change a flat.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • Posted February 15, 2012
Dear Gerry, I am perturbed to learn that at a time our state government is finding it increasingly unlikely that the future of the Texas state retirement system will be able to pay out what it has committed to retiring employees in the future, that our governor (who makes some $150,000.00 a year) is also taking his retirement pay early – that is, before he is ‘retired.’ In addition to his regular pay he is now reported to be taking an additional ‘retirement&rsq ...
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The Mason County Library Board members invite you to the first 2012 Brown Bag Lecture. We are privileged to have as our speaker John L. Davis, PhD., the former Executive Director of Research for the Institute of Texas Cultures. Please join us on Thursday, February 23 in the Stribling Room of the Mason County Library at 11:30 a.m.
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On Sunday February 12 during worship, St. Paul Lutheran Church began observances of its 140th anniversary with a special prayer and recognition of the founding families and their descendants. On February 15, 1872, the following people signed the charter officially organizing St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason: Matilde Christianus nee Bogusch, Karl F.
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Come to Fredonia Peanut Company this Saturday morning (February 18th) at 8:30am to hear Spencer Bierschwale present information regarding Quail Habitat and Preservation. Spencer will be happy to answer questions you might have concerning the quail population on your land. Spencer attended the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade Camp this past summer and has an extensive knowledge of quail, their habits and habitat and how to help preserve them on your land.
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The Fredonia Community association will have a meeting on Feb. 18th at 5p.m. to discuss the Spring Homecoming. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
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The Riata Service Organization has set its Rummage Sale for Saturday, March 3rd, at the American Legion Hall beginning at 8:00 a.m. The American Legion Hall is located on Post Hill Street behind the Mason Jail.The funds received from this sale will be channeled back into the Mason community through various service projects such as Heritage Park, the Odeon Preservation Association, and the Community Kitchen.
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Saturday, February 18th, 2012 Creative Session, 10 a.m. ? 3 p.m. Eckert Civic Center, Mason, Texas Program: “TWIGS” Session leader: Dorrett Townsend.
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The Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church invites you to take part in a free Lunch ‘N Learn program open to all citizens in the Mason area. The focus of the program is “Look Good…Feel Better,” and the goal is to teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
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Call today for reservations for the 10th Annual Champagne and Beer Reception and Silent Auction, benefiting the Menard Public Library. The auction promises to be a showcase for Menard talent and represents the generosity of our citizens.In addition to all the items mentioned earlier, Jane Gainer will donate some of her homegrown, handmade wool items – either coasters or placemats.
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The monthly meeting will be held on the 20th of February at the American Legion Hall at 6:30 p.m. At this time we will hold nominations for officers for the next year.Also at this time we hold a ceremony to remember the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine. Sunk to start the Spanish-American war.
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Melany Canfield will be conducting a Love and Logic Parenting class beginning Monday, February 20th. It is from 5:30 to 6:30 in the High School library. The class will meet again on March 5th at the same time.The class is designed to give parents or caregivers the tools to teach their children responsibility.
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The Heart of Texas Country Music Association is proud to present Tony Booth with Ben Watson and the Hired Guns Band at the Heart of Texas Events Center in Brady on Saturday, February 18. The dance will be held from 8:00 PM until Midnight and is BYOB. Tickets are $10 each and table reservations are available by phoning (325) 597-1895.Booth was born in Tampa, Florida, and attended the University of New Mexico.
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Monday saw the return of the Habitat Care-A-Van group to Mason. It was also their first work day, and Larry and Barbara Brown treated them to lunch at The Square Plate as their way of welcoming them.
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As our 2011-2012 Wounded and Paralyzed Veterans hunting season comes to an end, we want to report the greatest success we have had since the start up of the program.At our “big hunt and meal”, we were most appreciative of the almost three hundred of you who joined us for a super meal and some time to visit with the wounded hunters from Fort Hood and Brooke Army Medical Center.
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Thank you to Mason High School students and the community for buying Wounded Warrior raffle tickets.All money raised was given to Steve Toone with the Wounded Warrior Project in Mason. The winners of the drawing were Coby Velez and Tina Blair, each received a Wounded Warrior Survival Strap. Thank you for supporting our Veterans.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • Posted February 15, 2012
The Loyal Valley Volunteer Fire Department would like to announce it is ready to serve the community. Formed in 2011, we have all of our necessary paperwork filed with the State of Texas as a non-profit organization, and our insurance is in order.Our department consists of a brush truck, pumper, mini-pumper/rescue truck, and tanker.
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In observance of President’s Day, local noted author and public speaker Kendal Hemphill will appear at the Monday, February 20th meeting of the Mason Bluebonnert Study Club to be held at Richard P. Eckert Center beginning at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Hemphill has made a study of the brave men who risked their lives to sign the Declaration of Independence and will relate his findings.Members of the community are welcome to attend.
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Bluebonnet Study Club scholarship chair, Tanya Lamoreaux (at right), presents a check in the amount of $500 to Amanda McMillan, treasurer of the Mason County Child Welfare Board. These funds will be directed to the Child Welfare Board's Dual Credit Scholarship Program, helping Mason High School students get a good start on their college education.
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District 1: Tammy Gardner District 3: John Copeland, Bob Vacek Mayor: Brent Hinckley
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Every year, the local branch of the Hochheim Prairie Mutual Insurance Association receives $5.00 per member to be used for the benefit of the local community. Each policy holder is a member. Mason's branch has 400 members. This year, that amounted to $1810. $200 more was added to this to make the total $2000.
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Johnny Sturdivant, of Ira, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, at the age of 35. Johnny was born in Brady, Texas, on September 27, 1976, to Lonnie Sturdivant and Rebecca Blackwell Sturdivant. He grew up in Katemcy and went to school in Mason. He was a very good artist and once thought of becoming a commercial artist.
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Michael McGee, of Mason, passed away on Monday, February 6, at the age of 69. Mr. McGee is survived by his son Steven L. McGee and wife Veronica of Birmingham, Alabama, a sister Linda Powell Wharton and husband Barry R. Wharton of Mason and a brother Earl McGee Jr. and wife Lori of Millsap, Texas and four grandchildren Austin McGee, Pierce McGee, Kyle McGee and Jack Ryan McGee.
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The 7th grade girls won the Junction Tournament, defeating Junction and Sonora. Pictured back row: Sara Powell, Jazilyn Padilla, Lupe Callejas, Ashley Haley; front row: Jodie Evans, Kenley Stockbridge, Justyn Tedder, Steeley Smith, & Margaret Graves.
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The 8th grade girls basketball team won the Junction Tournament, defeating Junction and Sonora. Pictured: Katy Armstrong, Kirsten Allen, Maddie Anderson, Monaco Schmidt, Kayla Guice, Corinne Perlichek, & Whitney Gainer. Not pictured: Natalie Hoffman.
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Tuesday Feb. 7 Varsity Cowgirls vs. Center Point Mason—16—13—11—15 = 55 CP —14—3—5—11 = 33 Scorers—Amanda Hudson—14, Margaret Lemke—23, Kaitlyn Cavness—13, Star Longoria—3, Alexa Menchaca—2. Rebound Leaders—Amanda Hudson—11, Emily Ellebracht—11, Hannah Haley—9, Margaret Lemke—8. Assist Leaders—Star Longoria—4, Margaret Lemke&mdas ...
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The JV Punchers finish their season with a 9 game win streak and was undefeated in district play. The JV finished 10-4 on the year and 6-0 in district. It was only a matter of time before the JV basketball team got their basketball legs underneath before they started doing what most Punchers do, compete and win.
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The 2012 Mason Tennis Team got its first competition this last weekend here on their home courts as we hosted their Shootout Tournament. This is the first of three consecutive weeks of tournaments here in Mason. The Shootout was an eight team tournament in which everyone participating played were guaranteed four matches.