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August 29, 2012 Issue
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The Mason National Bank sponsored The Mason County Chamber of Commerce float trip to the 2012 124 th Gillespie County Fair Parade in Fredericksburg. Our beautiful float won Best Parade Entry Visiting Duchesses and received a plaque and blue ribbon. Our Queen’s Court is doing an amazing job representing Mason!!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
With the increasing number of confirmed West Nile Virus cases and fatalities, The City of Mason is requesting all citizens take steps to prevent the exposure of mosquitos. People of all ages and conditions may be affected. Breeding sources consist of standing water. All mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle.
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Mason First United Methodist Church and the Steady Steps Children’s Weekday Ministry Council are pleased to announce that we have hired Jennifer Row as the new director of Steady Steps! Jennifer is married to Patrick Row and they have four beautiful children. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and comes to us with experience in both teaching and in a childcare setting.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
Fredericksburg- Hours prior to an injunction hearing on August 27 in Travis County, LCRA attorneys notified Central Texas Electric Cooperative (CTEC) personnel that LCRA was dropping its pursuit of a temporary injunction. CTEC, along with six other utilities, made a bold move on behalf of its members by notifying LCRA on August 13 that it was terminating an exclusive wholesale power agreement that prevented CTEC from purchasing power on the open market.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
What. What would we do without “what”? What’s new, Pussycat? What’s up, Doc? What’s it all about, Alfie? What’s the problem? What’s happening? Que passa? What’s done is done. What’s a mother to do? What would Jesus do? What do you mean? What do you say? Please. And thank you. What difference does it make?
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At age four, Austin Odette has a baseball fascination that will only deepen when he learns to read. His nursery school buddies already cock their heads, clueless about his chatter of statistical data that’s largely about the Texas Rangers. A year from now, unless his kindergarten teacher is an avid baseball fan, she and Austin may have little to talk about. The lad can even pronounce “S-a-l-t-a-l-a-m-a-c-c-h-i-a,” knows he plays for the ...
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
At age four, Austin Odette has a baseball fascination that will only deepen when he learns to read. His nursery school buddies already cock their heads, clueless about his chatter of statistical data that’s largely about the Texas Rangers. A year from now, unless his kindergarten teacher is an avid baseball fan, she and Austin may have little to talk about. The lad can even pronounce “S-a-l-t-a-l-a-m-a-c-c-h-i-a,” knows he plays for the ...
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
This week marks the start of school and is a busy time for most of our town. Parents have to finish getting school supplies together, football has started for a new year and everyone is out in support of the team, and we all need to be alert for the kids as we drive around town and in particular in the school zones.
, 2012 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
Once upon a time in a part of the world known as Texas was and is a small town known as Mason. Just a few miles southwest of Mason was and is a preserve. This preserve was and is known as The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. On this preserve was and is a cave.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
It is back to school time. Start the day with a good breakfast. Include something with protein – like sausage, egg or even peanut butter. Think about feeding foods that will last your child until lunch time without huge swings in blood sugar. The worst breakfast is one that is too high in sugar and refined grains such as corn or white flour.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
It may be a little wishful thinking, but it felt like a little touch of fall in the air this past week. The temperature for the latter part of this week however, is predicted to get into the 100’s. Some folks around the area received a little well deserved rain last week, so maybe they invited some of their neighbors to church or maybe it was just their turn.
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Committees have been formed, activities are being planned, and everyone is excited that Old Yeller Day will be back this year! Save the date, October 29, and plan on being on the courthouse lawn from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Watch this space—more details to come in the next few weeks. Audiobooks: Home Front by Kristin Hannah Robert B.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
Fresh peaches and apples- what could be better? If you are lucky enough to have some of the delicious apples or peaches grown in our area I wanted to give you a little advice on how to care for them! Apples If you are lucky enough to get some fresh apples from Mason’s own Sonlight Orchard (open for apple picking 8-12 on Saturdays, starting last week) you can count on storing those apples in the fridge for several months before they go bad!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, August 21st, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 36 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Gaylond Thorn was responsible for the program and "Boss" Lion Pat Reardon introduced Sheriff Buster Nixon who spoke about the jail, and the things he and his deputies were responding to in the county.Sheriff Nixon said the jail was over 100 years old; but, it was still passing inspection.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
I’ve been smelling Fall in the air. Not kidding you! It’s that Fall smell. I have no words to describe it, but it’s that Fall smell. Z thinks it’s Winter, as he has on a long sleeve shirt. He’s on the cold side of life and I’m still stuck on the hot side.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
Let’s say you have a bulldog or three, and they’re out in your backyard, minding their own bulldog business, engaged in your typical bulldog-related activities, such as sniffing, when a possum attacks them without warning. That’s the way possums generally attack, you know. They seldom advertise their intentions. But I digress. If you live in Texas, and especially if you live in Brady, you will probably trot to the shed for a shovel, because the possum ain&rsq ...
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
Up in New England, there are a number of small towns that are, or were, company towns. Whether it was the local paper mill, textile factory or shoe manufacturer, many of the small towns based their existence upon a few companies that were located in their immediate area. But, that's not all that makes a community a company town. Over time, the community starts to place its entire existence, its survival, into the hands of the company.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
Editor: Many times after an unexpected event one begins to wonder what if ... What if that propane tanker transport had blown up when it turned over on the Square, what then? I was sitting in the Topaz Bakery having a lively discussion with a friend (solving many of the world’s problems) when that accident occurred.
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MASON UNDERGROUND will be making it’s opening in September. An Event/Party space called UPTOWN 244 (located at 244 McKavitt Street) will be available for your events. Carol Conlee and Bridget Langdale have taken the summer to collaborate and explore creatively for your future enjoyment.
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September 7th is FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK in Mason! Summer 2012 is history, the kids are back in school, dove season is open, and life in Mason, Texas is great. Put it on your calendar and join us at Mason's First Friday Art Walk. Watch for details in next week's paper.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
The Doss Volunteer Fire Department is once again hosting their 29th annual Fish Fry to be held on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at the Doss Community Center and Fire Station. Serving of delicious fried catfish, home made potatoe salad, beans, slaw, tomatoes and well as desserts will be served. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m.
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Hill Country Memorial Hospital, orthopedic surgeons and rehab professionals are teaming up to offer orthopedic and physical therapy evaluations to high school athletes on Saturdays this fall beginning September 1. The Saturday clinics will take place at the hospital in Fredericksburg located at 1020 S. State Hwy. 16. Park in the main lot in front of the hospital and enter through the doors marked “Admissions.” Clinic hours will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
There will be a Mason County Blood Drive on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.The United Blood Services Blood Mobile will be located in the parking lot of the Mason County Fire Department. If you would like to help save lives by donating blood, please go online at www.bloodhero.com and enter the sponsor code: masontx or contact Marla Schooley @ 347.4201 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcomed, but scheduling an appointment in advance he ...
, Chair of Habitat Family Selection Committee
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Mason County Habitat for Humanity, Paul Branch, President, has announced that the Board has authorized construction of the 11th Mason County Habitat home. The partner family selection is scheduled to be made by the Board in October 2012. Mason Habitat for Humanity builds the home and then sells the home to the selected partner family “at cost” with no or low interest rate loans.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
Wonderful Wednesdays at the First United Meethodist Church will be starting up again on September 5th. We are inviting students in 1st-5th grades to join us from 5:00-6:00 p.m. each Wednesday to learn more about the Bible and God’s love for all of us. We will be picking children up from the ACE program again this year, so please contact Deandra if you need more information about a ride.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
The 2012 Mason Band Boosters will meet Tuesday, September 4 at 6:00 pm in the band hall. All parents of band students are invited to attend! Coronation will be a main topic of discussion. The 2012 Coronation is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, with the theme “Southern Plantation.” Coronation is a fundraiser for the Band Boosters organization, requiring many volunteers in a variety of areas.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
The September 18, 2012, meeting of the Hill Country CattleWomen will be hosted by the Fredericksburg/Harper Area members. The meeting will be held at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, located on the corner of San Antonio Street and Highway 16 South, (South Adams) in Fredericksburg. The Social will begin at 10:00 am, with the meeting, guest speaker and lunch to follow.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
On September 13th, 2012 there will be a Private Applicators License training conducted at the Mason AgriLife Extension Office. Registration will start at 8:30 and the training will begin at 9:00 A.M. We will take a break for lunch (lunch on your own). At 3:00 P.M. a representative from TDA will be on hand to administer the test.
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Don Daniels of the Mason County Historical society recently made a presentation to the Wilburn Shearer family in recognition of his interest in and preservation of local history. Family members are granddaughter Shelly Schuessler, daughters Chris Lloyd and Pam Spiller. A room at Fort Mason has been refurbished by the children of Kurt Zesch and is dedicated to Wibby and houses some of his artifacts.
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A few days ago, the Odette family was seated near Texas Ranger star Josh Hamilton in a Southlake, TX, restaurant. Hamilton, far and away four-year-old Autin Odette's favorite player, readily agreed to pose in the photo.
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The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, September 8, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano, Texas. There will be two shows with the matinee to begin at 2:30 PM and the evening show to start at 7:30 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers, Heart of Texas Records Office or by calling (325) 247-5354.
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The American Quarter Horse Journal, Amarillo – Sheila Rhodes of Pontotoc, Texas, captured the reserve world championship and second place Intermediate titles in two-year-old stallions at the 2012 Adequan Select American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show on Sunday, August 26 in Amarillo. Rhodes showed the American Quarter Horse, Entrepreneurs Touch, who is a 2010 sorrel stallion owned by Circle Star Land/Cattle Co.
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Holt Marshall Grote was born on June 11, 2012, in Ft. Worth, Texas. He weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and measured 21 inches in length. His proud parents are Koy and Sarah Grote of Weatherford, Texas; his big sister is Blythe. Paternal grandparents are Jeff and Dorothy Grote of Mason.
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Did you know that a single female cat can produce as many as 100 kittens in her lifetime? And a single dog can have dozens of puppies in her life? In an effort to curb pet overpopulation, Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue recommends spaying or neutering of all pet cats and dogs as part of responsible pet ownership.
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Elizabeth Janice Figert graduated from San Angelo Sate University, San Angelo, at spring commencement ceremonies on May 12, 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the daughter of Dario and Sabrina Figert of San Angelo, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Merton and Julia Pepper, Mason, Texas. She is teaching at the Trinity Lutheran School in San Angelo this year.
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Metalwork has been completed on the Mason Fire Station expansion project. The new 4,365 square foot addition will provide enough space so all fire apparatus can be in the station. Funding for the project was from a loan from the Mason National Bank and an LCRA grant. Local contractors did the slab and metal framing.
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The waiting and the watching is over! After two scrimmages, the Punchers are ready to start their 2012 season in earnest. Thursday evening, the Junior Varsity will travel to Winters for a 6:00 p.m. matchup. On Friday evening, the Varsity will welcome the Blizzards to the Puncherdome for the season opener at 7:30;.m.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
On Tuesday, the 4th of September, we will be remembering the Victory Over Japan Day at the Post on Post Hill Street. This will be at 6:30 p.m. and we will have refreshments. We invite all county veterans to attend. It is time to start turning in your dues for this year.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
ABILENE, TX (08/22/2012)— Korey Zavala of Mason, Texas, will be attending Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, this fall semester. Zavala is a graduate of Mason High School. “We are delighted to have Korey as a part of the Hardin-Simmons University family. Korey is one of about 500 freshmen and transfer students new to HSU this fall.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library’s summer reading programs were very successful, and we are pleased that so many children participated. Thanks to the sponsorship of our local banks, we were able to award great prizes. The winners are listed below. Book Hounds Club Grades K-5 Winner Prize Darli Bauer and Delani Baur tied for top reader Nook Color each Ashlyn Gleghorn 2nd iPod Michael Gleghorn 3rd $25 cash< ...
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One of the goals of the Downtown Revitalization Task Force is to revitalize the downtown area through adding art to create interest using the vacant windows. The process has begun, thanks to the efforts of local artists Nadine Eby and Alan Hartt. Their projects were installed in the windows of Charles Evans’ property at 618 Main Street in time for the homecoming events and Rodeo Parade. Nadine Eby was the first artist to accept the challenge to help create art for empty ...
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
As nearly everyone knows by now, the City pool is closed for public swimming as of August 19th. What many don't know is that the pool is still open for the adult fitness swim from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. We have two adult fitness swimmers who took the time and spent the money to take and pass the tests to qualify as lifeguards so this could happen.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 29, 2012
About 500 Central Texas Electric Co-op members and spouses gathered in the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium on August 21, as CTEC hosted its 65th Annual Members’ Meeting. CEO Robert A. Loth III welcomed them and introduced Board President Gerald Kaspar and the ten other CTEC directors in attendance. Pastor Scott Hofmann of St.
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Hill Country Memorial Hospital (HCM) in Fredericksburg is welcoming podiatry and wound care specialist Angela L. Schladoer, DPM, CWS, to its medical staff. Dr. Schladoer purchased the podiatry office at 307 S. Washington Street in Fredericksburg, and offers a full range of foot and ankle problems and sees patients of all ages.
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Valedictorian Suzanna Marie Ewert, 2012 graduate of Brady High School, recently accepted a scholarship from The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Heart of Texas Chapter. Making the presentation were Chapter President Sheila Van Zant and DRT Member Melanie King. Beaming alongside were her parents, Max and Cathy Ewert. Suzanna plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in Anthropology and Plan II.
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Memorial Services for Michael (Mike) Kent McCollum, 61 of Emory, were held Friday, August 24, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Chapel. Mr. McCollum was born April 6, 1951, in Brady, TX, to David Dewhurst and Willie Mae Gross McCollum. He died Saturday August 18, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs.
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Lorenzo Hernandez of Mason passed away Sunday August 26, 2012, at home surrounded by family at the age of 29. Lorenzo was born on October 22, 1982, in Galveston TX. He grew up as part of a large extended family. Lorenzo enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as floating and kayaking on the river.