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August 1, 2012 Issue
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Mason’s First Friday Art Walk is this Friday, August 4th. Galleries, Retail stores, artists, studios, wineries, are preparing to host a exciting fun filled evening. The time of the ArtWalk is 6:30-8:30. Check out the various locations for highlighted artists, refreshments, live music, and good conversation. Begin at the Alley entrance on Spring Street for the Name the Elephant Mural Contest! Block 1: (the unnamed Alley) LAMPLIGHT DESIGNS: Vote on one of the pre-selected n ...
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Five members of the Mason FFA Chapter recently attended the 84th Annual State FFA Convention held in Corpus Christi July 9-13, 2012. This event gives students the opportunity to represent their school on a state level with leadership skills. Members are also recognized for their achievements in FFA. Price Ruffin, son of Troy and Cara Ruffin, was recognized for his outstanding achievements in FFA during the Stars of Texas Banquet.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
During a special meeting of the Mason County Commissioners' Court on Monday, some of the final measures necessary for the completion of construction orders were approved by the Court. Representatives of the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the contractor were in attendance to answer questions from the Court. The Court should vote to approve the final orders by the end of this week, clearing the way for construction to begin by next week. If those final orders are approved ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
Rebecca Tobey has donated a ceramic sculpture valued at $1900 to the Mason County Cancer Benefit. They are very thankful for Rebecca and her contribution that helps cancer patients in Mason County with their medical expenses, transportation to distant appointments and lodging during treatment. This is the second year that Rebecca has donated her beautiful statues and we are very blessed with this contribution. Raffle tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
During their July 23 meeting, the Mason I.S.D. Board heard from a large group of students, and several parents, expressing concern about a change in the class schedules. The student group was comprised of members of the Student Council, and Rio Schmidt acted as spokesman for the group. He acknowledged the strengths of the block and traditional schedules; and, discussed their weaknesses.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If y ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
(Note: We are on vacation, but our school administrator daughter, Julie Choate, asked for the space this week. My response: “You have 700 words; make sure they are well-chosen. My readers deserve a refreshing change.”) ***** Often quipped and sometimes true is the adage about apples falling pretty much straight down from trees.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
Well, I’ve got to tell you—we had a tailwagging, big splashing, book finding good time with our summer readers. But everything good thing has its end, and we are on to other things. Carol Tucker will teach one more round of Computer Basics starting on August 9. She has already begun to plan the curriculum for a Beginning Microsoft Word class that will begin in September.
, 2012 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012 • Photos
I was watching television the other night with a friend. The ten o’clock news came on and after about ten minutes, I felt totally disheartened. Killings, robberies, drought, flooding, heat and devastation were thrown at me faster than a baseball at a major league game being thrown across home base.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
The summer has laid claim to Mason and now most days the thermometer easily reaches 100 degrees and we all suffer every time we go outside. The heat has now dried up all the moisture from the spring rains and wildfires are again making their presence felt throughout Texas. In addition, the City water supplies are being strained as everyone tries to keep their landscape fresh and green, and the electric service is reaching the high demands we regularly see in extreme weather.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
Cleansing the body periodically is one of the tenets of natural health. The purpose of cleansing is to assist the body in eliminating harmful toxins which helps the body run more effectively and efficiently which translates to better health. As adults, 80% of our energy goes towards eliminating byproducts of normal metabolism from our bodies.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
The dog days of summer are here, 105 by mid afternoon and I’m back inside looking out at a tough but withering garden. On the positive side, we have not had near as many 100+degree days as last summer and our garden has produced a bountiful harvest. I’m so happy for the wonderful squash, zucchini, and tomatoes that we have enjoyed and been able to share with others.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
Texas AgriLife Extension is again teaming up with the Texans in Motion group, sponsored by Scott and White Hospitals to bring you a Child Safety Seat Check Up event in Mason. We are coordinating with the First United Methodist Church’s Back to School event. Families in need can go to the Methodist Church from 8:30-11a.m.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, July 24th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 37 members and three visitors in attendance. Among the visitors was Sherrilynn Blase, District Governor Tom Blase's wife. Boss Lion Pat Reardon was responsible for the program and introduced District Governor Tom Blase who spoke about the upcoming year in District 2-A1. District Governor Blase's motto this year is "Doing what Lions do"
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
Being a hermit most of the time, I don’t get to people watch as much as I used to. However, it seems when I do watch, I find things that just don’t jive with me. Manners are held by all generations. Just some don’t use them. Gentlemen, You will hold the door open for a female!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
During the late 1960s, a zoologist named Dian Fossey decided to spend the rest of her life studying primates in the mountains of Rwanda. As I understand it, it was either that or become a White House reporter for the Washington times. So, pretty much a toss-up. Dian lived in the jungle over there in Rwanda, sort of like the crew of the SS Minnow after their three hour tour, with no phone, no lights, no motorcar, not a single lux-u-ry.
, Editor
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
Every day, I get offers of untold riches. My email inbox is filled with offers to claim lottery prizes, foreign inheritances or other wonderful cash gifts. I have gotten so accustomed to seeing them, I automatically delete them upon arrival. There have been enough stories in the media, as well as coverage in popular culture, about these "get rich quick"
, Manager, Menard County WCID No. 1
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
Recently the Mason County News ran an ad for a Menard County landowner urging readers to contact the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in support of establishment of a watermaster on the San Saba River. The landowner alleged that the “boys” pumping upstream to “protect their precious grasses and trees” are causing the river to dry up at the far eastern end of Menard County. Let’s sprinkle a few facts on those statements. In Texas the ...
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Events
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library has scheduled a new round of classes. Carol Tucker will be the instructor. The classes are held in the library and will follow the schedule below: Computer Basics I Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 P.M. Computer Basics II Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 P.M. Internet, email, and Facebook Thursday, Aug.
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The West Texas Jazz Orchestra is entering its ninth year as one of the premier big bands in the state and will be in concert at the Odeon Theater in Mason Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 PM. Reservations for the performance are $15 per person. The group is a 17 piece big band, consisting of 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, guitar and drums.
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Second Chance currently has a great need for foster families. Fostering a cat or dog removes the animal from the shelter facility to a stable home environment. The animals have a chance to be socialized and evaluated before being adopted. Someday Second Chance hopes to have their own facility, but until then we have to rely on members of the community to help us give these dogs and cats caring temporary homes.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, August 11. Grammy Award Winners Asleep At The Wheel will headline two shows at the Llano Country Opry with an afternoon concert at 2:30 PM and an evening show at 7:30 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers or by calling (325) 247-5354 or online at http://hillbillyhits.com/Calendar.html. In 1969, Ray Benson and Lucky Oceans (Reuben Gosfield) co-founded Asleep at the Wheel in Pa ...
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Jarett Skero and Quade Beam went fishing last week down on the Llano River. They were both surprised at the two-and-one-half pound perch that Jarrett caught during the trip. He is the grandson of Diane Pence of Mason and was visiting for the summer.
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On July 5th the 28th annual Roy Cooper Junior Calf Roping was held at the Diamond T arena in Denton, Texas. In attendance were cowboys and cowgirls from across six states. Age groups consisted of the 12 and under, 13-15, and 16-19! Events included the breakaway roping and the tie down calf roping.
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The Mason Junior High Cheerleaders attended UCA Cheer Camp in San Angelo July 24-27 and brought home the trophy for Camp Champions 2012 Extreme Routine Junior High Division. Way to go girls! Left to right: Lanie Schmidt, Sara Powell, Shay Lynn Baker, K’Lee Anders, Sandra Duarte, Justyn Tedder, Susan Airheart, Ryli Ruffin, Steeley Smith, Kylar Elliot and Jamie Lee, Cheer Sponsor (not pictured).
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The Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country has once again done well at the Teacher Art Show at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center in Kerrville for 2012. FAAHC members have taken a first, second, and third in the show which runs July 12 through August 5 at the KACC building at 228 Earl Garrett.
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We have so much to be proud of in Mason County and our 2012-2013 Queen’s Court is no exception! The theme for this year’s float is “The Pride of the Hill Country”. We would like to thank John Palacio and the City of Mason for allowing us to use their beautiful Round-Up float to represent many of the natural resources found in the county. The young ladies and their dedicated parents have already been hard at work selecting outfits, planning parade appearances, p ...
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Thanks to the generosity of the Mason National Bank and the help of adult volunteers, the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library was able to continue the Read-to-Swim program. A total of 478 passes were issued during the eight-week program. The children read for thirty minutes to earn a free swim pass or ice cream from the Dairy Queen.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
Forty-seven students joined the Bookhound Club, one of three summer reading programs offered by the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Karli and Delani Bauer tied for the top spot by reading a whopping 150 books each! They tied for Top Reader, so each received a Nook Simple with Glowlight.
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This summer the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library began a new summer reading program—Read to a Dog. Big and Limo and their owner/handler Lenore Newsom, were here every Monday afternoon to hear first and second graders read. Every time a child came, his or her name was entered into the drawing, and a swim pass was awarded for thirty minutes of reading. Sarah Ash won the digital camera; Avery Burns won $25 cash; and Larin Hoksbergen won movie tickets and $10.
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Wade and Wendy Honaker of San Angelo proudly announce the birth of Garrett Rike Honaker on May 23, 2012. He weighed in at nine pounds, nine ounces and was 20 inches long. He is welcomed by: grandfather Monte Munsell of Mason, Janet Doyal of San Angelo, and Rick and Tam Honaker of San Angelo, as well as by great grandmother Mary Munsell of Llano, great grandparents Dub and Lela Riley of San Angelo, and great grandparents Bill and Pat Honaker of Fort Stockton.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
Kaleb Schmidt, 2008 Llano High School graduate and son of Kalyn Kothmann and Sid Schmidt, graduated with honors from Texas Lutheran University in May. While at Texas Lutheran University, Kaleb participated in the TLU Tennis Program, the University Symphonic Ensemble, Bulldog Investment Company and the TLU Honors Program. He was also active in fraternal activities, and was president of the Lambda Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, a national business fraternity, and vice-president of Sigma ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
Allen Eckert won two games and tied two games, coming in second place, at the San Antonio Summer Open held on July 21 and 22. Allen played in the Reserve Section and, along with the two first place winners, were the only three players not to lose a game in the Reserve.
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, CMP
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
This July, more than 500 participants from across the country attended NCJFCJ’s 75th Annual Conference<http://www.ncjfcj.org/ncjfcj-75th-annual-conference> in New Orleans, Louisiana. The three-day training opened with a celebratory reception honoring the organization’s 75-year history. U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Louisiana, spoke of the importance of NCJFCJ’s work supporting children and families along with Justice Greg G.
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The Mason Community Foundation (MCF) wishes to announce the start of the fall grant cycle. The deadline to submit grants is September 4th. Applications may be picked up at the Community Thrift Store during regular business hours (M-F 10-5 and Sat. 10-4). They may be returned to the Community Thrift Store, or to Hinckley’s Country Store.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
July 24, 2012, FREDERICKSBURG, TX- Judge Scott Jenkins of the 53rd Civil District Court in Travis County denied LCRA’s motion for a temporary restraining order against Central Texas Electric Co-op (CTEC) and six other utilities. CTEC, along with the other six utilities, agreed to an expedited hearing, scheduled to begin on August 27, to determine whether a temporary injunction should be granted in LCRA’s favor.
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Sara Joyce (Bode) Kuykendall, 74, of Valley Spring, Texas passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012. She was born April 3, 1938, to Lucille (Hanna) Bode and Ted J. Bode in Cherokee, Texas. She was preceded in death by her father and brother, Richard Clyde Bode. Survivors include her mother, Lucille (Hanna) Bode of Pontotoc, Texas; husband, Randy Kuykendall of Valley Spring, Texas; daughter, Kippi Kenney and Bill Ashabranner of Valley Spring, Texas; sisters, Lugenia Capps of Pontotoc, Texas ...
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Lloyd was born on August 15, 1939 in Mason, Texas and spent his growing up years between Junction and Mason before joining the Army. On October 17, 1960 he married the love of his life Shirley Ryder. Together they lived in several places while Lloyd owned and operated a trucking business.
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Danny Qualls age 76 of Pleasanton, Texas, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in Kerrville, Texas. Mr. Qualls grew up in Atascosa County, the same as his parents, Dan and Lucille Qualls and grandparents Ed and Ida Qualls and lived in Pleasanton with his wife Gretchen. He was a member of St.
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Sports
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
MONDAY, AUGUST 6th Issue Equipment 7:00 a.m. Team Meeting 7:30 a.m. Weight Testing 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Practice (defense first) 8:45 – 12:15 p.m. TUESDAY, AUGUST 7th Weight Testing 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. Workout (offense first) 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Stretching 11:35 – 11:45 a.m. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8th Workout (film team today/defense first) 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. OL-Weights / Skill- ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012
The 23rd annual club championship will be held this Saturday and Sunday (August 4th & 5th) at Comanche Creek Golf Course Individual tournament pre flighted with 8:30 and 1:30 tee times for Saturday. On Sunday, the second day must play with your flight. Entry fee $20 per player and includes meal at Mi Pueblo for the annual meeting Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.