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March 21, 2012 Issue
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
The first spring storm of the year rolled into Mason Monday afternoon, one day before the first day of spring. Brief hail, high winds and rain accompanied the storm.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
On Saturday, March 17th, at the Mason Eckert Civic Center, Martha Richardson presented to the “Creative Session” of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country an interesting program on the theme of “HIDDEN.” “Hidden” means something of the unexpected. This idea was used as a potential theme for works of art.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Food, family, and friends, what a great way to spend your Saturday. April 21st will be an exciting time to be in Fredonia. The covered pavilion will have booths of arts and crafts for you to peruse or purchase. Our catered BBQ meal will satisfy your hunger. If you are an artist, carpenter, or a seamstress and have made things you desire to sell, $20.00 will reserve a spot for you.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Austin Garrett, 15, of Mason was killed and three other youngsters critically injured Thursday afternoon in an automobile accident on Highway 29, approximately 11 miles west of Mason. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Garrett was a passenger in a 1987 Toyota Forerunner that appeared to have had a blow-out at 4:35 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
Spring is in the air, and we invite you to join us for the annual spring Steady Steps fundraiser. Please join us this Saturday, March 24th, at Ft. Mason Community Building for a delicious meal (donation only) catered by Willow Creek, followed by the traditional cake auction and silent auction which always proves to be fun and exciting!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
It's Happening at Your Library!!On Saturday afternoon, March 31, 2012 at your library there will be a special story time in Spanish and in English for children, youth and adults! The story schedule is: For preschoolers 1:00 - Kica Berreles will read in Spanish 1:30 - Jr high students will read in English For elementary ages 2:00 - Margaret Persky – English 2:30 - Blanca Torres – Spanish For older students and adults ...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Gerry: I would like you to publish this letter In this week’s paper.I read with interest & some dismay the letter by Diane Eames in last week’s MCN. In it she accuses the Texas state legislature of wanting to restrict access to healthcare for women by requiring a sonogram prior to getting an abortion.
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Columns
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Texas—A Whole Other Country.The Lone Star State.Because it’s a former independent republic.Unlike any other state.Six flags have flown over these 268,820 square miles.Spain.France.Mexico.Republic of Texas.United States of America.Then Texas seceded.And flew the Confederate States of America flag for five years.Then Texas was readmitted to the Union in 1865.And Old Glory has flown ever since.Along with the Lone Star flag.Though many today would prefer to secede again.We’d pr ...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
I have a strong notion that most Americans have deep-down desires to fulfill the Biblical admonition to voluntarily take care of the poor. It’s a conviction painted with a broad brush, with no attempt to define “poor,” which requires an even broader brush.During the Great Depression, most people were “poor”—and unaware of it at the time.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Last Thursday a cloud of sadness was cast upon the normally fun spirited Spring Break week in Mason County. We have been so deeply saddened by the loss of Austin Garrett, 15, and the injuries sustained by the Hanscheck children, Michael, 16, Jessica, 13, and Courtney, 10, in a one-vehicle crash last week.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Spring is upon us, and for some that means spring cleaning. If you stumble across some gently used books that you no longer want, take them to the Cherokee Rose. Carolyn Phillips is heading up the Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale that begins on Saturday March 31.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
I really enjoyed having my two grandsons with me this past week. The 4-wheeler got a good run. A couple of rabbits died. I liked watching the boys from the kitchen window. Having had a good rain the week before, there were mud puddles. I’ve never known a boy who couldn’t resist the power of a mud puddle.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) is an amino acid. It is used by the liver and the lymphocytes to detoxify chemicals and other poisons. It is a powerful detoxifier of alcohol, tobacco smoke, and environmental pollutants all of which are immune suppressors. NAC can boost the levels of protective enzymes in the body, thus slowing some of the cellular damage due to aging.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
The weather is beautiful, fire dangers have subsided a bit, so what better time is there to fire up the grill? I’m sure ya’ll were wishing for me to jump up on my food safety soapbox, it’s been a while! Here are some guidelines to help you keep your family safe…. Shopping • When shopping, choose meat and poultry last, and don’t put them in the trunk.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, March 13th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 34 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Jim Heath was responsible for the program and Boss Lion Kirby Groves introduced Kory Perlichek who spoke about managing wild turkey roost sites.Korey said that there are three species of turkeys in Texas: the Rio Grande that we have in Mason County; the Eastern; and the Merriam.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
As soon as Leret, my 16-year-old son, and I pulled up in front of Zero Gravity and opened our car doors, we heard screaming. This was not your amused, ‘hey, I’m having fun’ type of screaming. This was the kind of screaming reserved for when you’re about to die, and there’s no other way to convey the terror you’re currently experiencing.
, Editor
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
I had already been watching the storms on radar on Monday afternoon, so I knew that the clouds were building, and that they were moving our direction. I saw them intensify over Roosevelt and Junction, and started getting weather alerts on Weatherbug.I started hearing the "chatter" on the scanner as the dispatcher updated emergency personnel to the approaching weather system.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Editor: About two weeks ago, I read an article in the Junnction Eagle by James Murr titled “Do We Need A Watermaster”. In my effort to muster opposition to such an appointment, I was absolutely stunned at the lack of readership of our local papers. I found that about one out of ten read the article and then dismissed the theory because they did wish to really learn what a Watermaster is all about.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Women & Children In Response To The Rambling Article on Children and WomenAfter reading the article on "Children and Women" it is certainly easy to see that the woman with rocks in her head is most definitely confused. And she has all the A, B, C's after her name to prove it.In the beginning "God created the heavens and earth and then "He"
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Events
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
There will be an National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Wednesday, March 28th at 5:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. All parents and community members are invited to attend. The students at Mason High School who qualify for National Honor Society must have a cumulative grade point average of 93, demonstrate good character, strong work ethic, and leadership.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
The Mason Garden Club will be holding a plant sale on Saturday, March 24, 2012, starting at 11 a.m. on the north side of the square. The club will have both commercially grown plants and plants from our members’ gardens for sale. Proceeds from the sale will go toward purchasing plants for the library flowerbeds.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
The Heart of Texas Country Music Association will celebrate its 23th Anniversary on Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th, and Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st in Brady. The festivities will include a Welcome Party on the Friday nights at the Heart of Texas Events Center, an afternoon Matinee Concert at 1:00 PM on the Saturdays followed by a Dance on Saturday night at the Brady Civic Center.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
BRADY – Strategies for drought recovery will be the theme for this year’s Texas AgriLife Extension Service Multi-County Range and Wildlife Workshop set for 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 3 on the Staten Creek Ranch, south of Brady on U.S. Highway 87. “Landowners in the northwest Hill Country area and Central Texas are faced with several issues following the historic drought of 2011,” said Vance Christie, AgriLife Extension agent in McCulloch County.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
A Health and Wellness Program Offered by the Wesley Nurse Health Ministries™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 Snack Attack program is aimed at providing healthy snack options for diabetics.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Texas singer/songwriter Jay Adams will take the stage at the Odeon Theater Saturday April 7 bringing his gift of storytelling with a mixture of blues, rock and roll, country and folk. For two years he was the opening act for ZZ Top and shared concert billing with The Allman Brothers, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne, Marshall Tucker Band, Bonnie Raitt, the Kinks and many others.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
The Gillespie County Historical Society’s popular “What’$ It Worth?” appraisal event returns to the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg April 20 & 21, 2012. Features new event: the Rare Find$ Market NEW! Rare Find$ Market Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 325 W. Main Street Exhibit Space on the Pioneer Museum Grounds, Fredericksburg TX A community-wide “Rare Finds” sale - all in one convenie ...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
Mason has a special quality that it may not be aware of. It is unique among counties in Texas. Mason is the only place in Texas where the state gem is found. Our topaz was designated the Texas state gem in 1969, and the Lone Star cut was designated the state cut in 1979.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
Brittany Brenan, a Junior at Katy Seven Lakes High School, recently won the All Breeds Continental Heavyweight class at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She also serves as President of the Seven Lakes FFA Chapter. Brittany is the granddaughter of Judy and Paul Branch of Mason.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
Cub Scout Pack 281 held a fishing derby and cookout on March 18, 2012 at the Leifeste Campground in Castell. The fish weren’t too hungry and only one scout caught a fish during the derby. Colten Brandenberger caught the biggest fish and a drawing was done for the most fish, which was won by Nicholas Rodriguez.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
Saturday, March17,2012, Brinda Pape was the featured artist at the Mason Artisan Gallery. Brinda and her husband are local wool and mohair producers. Brinda does the “whole nine yards “ by cleaning, combing, dying and spinning the mohair into thread and then weaving it into beautiful scarves and other items.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
Proud grandparents, Randy & Julie Moore of Fredonia, announce the birth of their grandsons, Henry Arthur Hills (at left) and Roan Alan Moore. These sweet boys were born two weeks and an ocean apart!! Henry arrived on October 27, 2011, weighing nine pounds, three ounces, and Roan entered our world on November 10, 2011, weighing seven pounds, thirteen ounces.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
The MHS football program has been on quite a roll over the past four years. Three deep playoff runs in 2008-2009-2010 and Mason’s first State Championship in 2011. The program which has seen more then its share of talented players come through the system is now starting to see more and more players move on to the next level, which has laid the ground work for future MHS players to chase the dream of playing college football.
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News
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
In cooperation with the Texas Forest Service (San Angelo District) and the Placid Communuity VFD in McCulloch Co, we were able to acquire this military 5 ton truck. We will use it for a much needed tanker and it is a welcome addition to our fleet.We are very thankful for the Texas Forest Service and all the great folks at the Placid VFD in helping us acquire this truck. We want to also thank everyone in the surrounding counties for their support in making our department a success.The ...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
Peace-keeper, gifted musician, tradition-keeper, the family’s baby girl, Gloria Faye Hofmann Lehmberg was born in Grit, Texas, on July 27, 1925, and went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2012. She attended the Grit School, graduated from Mason High School, and attended college at Texas Woman’s University for one year and one and one-half years at Trinity University.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
Reuben Lee Capps, 81, long time resident of Snyder, Texas, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012, in Midland, Texas.Memorial Services will be held at a later date in the Clairemont Cemetary under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home, Snyder, Texas.Reuben was born to Walter Eldridge and Sarah Margaret (Durham) Capps on June 26, 1930, in Voca, Texas.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012 • Photos
Austin Garrett, of Mason and Round Rock, passed away on Thursday, March 15, at the age of 15. Austin is survived by his parents Susan Hooten of Mason and Johnny Castillo of Round Rock, along with four sisters; Melissa Garrett, Kaeli Hooten, Abigail Hooten and Brooklyn Garrett, all of Mason and a brother; Urijah Castillo of Round Rock, grandparents Delores Garrett of Mason, Victoria Duarte and husband Ray of Mason and Manuel Castillo and wife Mary of Kerrville and great-grandparents Juan and ...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Cindy Garner Kowalik, formerly of Mason, passed away on Friday, March 16, at the age of 58. Mrs. Kowalik is survived by her husband Virgil Kowalik of San Antonio, a son Justin Meyers of San Antonio, a brother Tommy Garner and wife Lynn of Victoria, two grandchildren Mason and Ross Meyers of San Antonio, a niece Erin Garner of Dallas, nephew Jeffrey Garner of Victoria and numerous cousins.
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Sports
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Austin Trip did all he could to give the Punchers a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past Alpine, as Mason lost 4-3 in seven innings at Sonora on Tuesday. Winston Trip reached base two times in the game for Mason. He also drove in one runner. Austin Trip singled in the second inning.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
The Mason Punchers collected nine hits, but fell 13-6 to Sonora at Sonora on Tuesday. Winston Trip racked up two RBIs on one hit for Mason. Trip doubled in the fifth inning. Luis Castillo looked sharp on the rubber. Sonora managed just three hits off of Castillo, who allowed two earned runs, walked four and struck out one during his 3 1/3 innings of work.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
The Punchers refused to relinquish the lead after grabbing it early against Harper, recording a 10-3 victory on Wednesday at Harper. With nine runs in the first three innings, Mason left no doubt about the eventual outcome. An RBI double by Chance Stockbridge and in the first inning and a sacrifice fly by Jake Newsom and in the second inning fueled the Puncher offense early.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012
Chance Stockbridge had a good game at the plate as he hoisted the Punchers to a 3-1 victory over Johnson City in seven innings at Johnson City on Saturday. Stockbridge racked up two RBIs on two hits for Mason. Stockbridge singled in the first inning and doubled in the third inning.