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October 17, 2012 Issue
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The 2012 Mason County Chamber of Commerce Fall Mixer is coming up on October the 18th at Sandstone Cellars from 6-8 p.m. This quarter, it will be a joint event with Songwriters in the Round! They will have great food, wonderful live music, and great fellowship with the community! This is a family event so please feel free to bring the kiddos! For questions please call the Chamber office at 325-347-5758.
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During some football seasons, a squad has a great deal of building and bonding to accomplish. For the Harper Longhorns, with a very young lineup of starters and an untested mix for a team, this has shaped up to be type of year. During Friday night's meeting with the Mason Punchers, Coach Kade Burns evaluated the Harper team very carefully and opted to give many of his players the opportunity to try out their skills at new positions rather than using his first team players to r ...
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Sunday, October 14, 2012, the Mason County 4-H Livestock Judging Team won the State Fair of Texas Senior 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest held in Dallas, Texas. The team consisting of Chama Martin, Sierra Martin, Price Ruffin, and Gabe Jennings competed against 131 other teams with 583 individuals comprising those teams.
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Herbert & Juanita Goff have generously donated an 11.75 karat star cut Mason topaz to the Mason County Cancer Benefit in memory of their late son Stan Goff whom they lost to cancer. A silent auction for the topaz will begin this week at the local banks & conclude during the Light Up Our Town event in November.
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Havana Schmidt, daughter of James Kelly and Mona Lois Schmidt, won the brigade Class of 2014 Soldier of the Quarter title at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Soldier of the Quarter, commonly referred to as SOQ, is a title awarded to the soldier who best exemplifies the characteristics of an Army leader well versed in professional knowledge with outstanding military bearing.
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October. Month of magic. No longer summer. No matter it’s 90 degrees. It’s also cooler nights. And brighter stars. October. The pre-holiday period. A month without pressure. Or plans. A breather. Between summer and holiday madness. Thanksgiving lurks way over yonder. And Christmas is nowhere near the horizon. October is what it is. Trees’ leaves change. An ...
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Looking back on his 100th birthday in July, my Uncle Mort admits it could have been doubly sweet had he known of another 100th anniversary observation this year. “If I had known I shared a birthday year with Dallas’ Adolphus Hotel, I might have swung a deal to have my party there,” he lamented. Had there been that “dual party,” it would have been a study in contrasts—one sedate, the other garish; a melodious Steinway vs.
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We have had some calls from patrons having trouble logging into their online accounts and/or getting into Overdrive’s digital library. As you may remember, we migrated to new circulation software in August, and about the same time, we gave our website a shorter name www.masontexaslibrary.com. So, first, be sure you’re using the new web address; that is where in the middle of the home page, you will see a search box for the catalog.
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Vitamin is a term that applies only to a specific group of organic, or carbon containing compounds that are essential to good health and normal functioning of the body. For a vitamin to be identified as such, its deficiency must result in identifiable and reproducible symptoms of disease. In the early 1900’s, the first vitamins were isolated and identified when some innovative scientists began to believe that certain foods contained “accessory food factors” t ...
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In the wake of all of the West Nile Virus activity, I thought it might be useful to learn a little bit about the different repellent methods that are out there, and what really doesn’t work from a research perspective. Here is some information from Dr. Jim Olson, an entomologist with Texas A&M University.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, October 9th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 33 members and four visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were two Mason High School seniors, Alexa Menchaca and Amber Herrera. Lion Ken Cordero was responsible for the program and introduced Pam Kruse, Superintendent of Mason I.S.D.
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I can now add INSURANCE COMPANIES to my list of, not so pleasant folks! Heavens, I’m insurance poor. The insurance companies tell you that YOU NEED INSURANCE! WHY? If you ask this question they will tell you, that you’re going to die? Okay, I know that. Vehicle insurance, you are REQUIRED by law, to have Liability insurance.
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Maybe it’s the fact that this is an election year, and the presidential candidates have such disparate opinions about what needs to be done to fix America’s problems. Maybe it’s all these insane people who have gone off their rockers lately, like the guy who shot up the movie theater in Colorado.
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For people living in a small town like Mason, there are many hazards that have to be avoided. There is the risk of causing offense to a person or group that can not be forgiven. There is the hazard of losing the trust and respect of the people in the community.
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By Lillie Baker - Democrat On January 21, 2010, five conservative Justices of the United States Supreme Court made one of the worst decisions of the Court’s history. They allowed elections to be bought by the highest bidder. This may be remembered as the day democracy died in America. The flow of money, the disclosure of contributors, and the use of funds in elections had been controlled by nearly sixty years of laws that have created fair use of funds and created tra
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It is time for the Annual Mason Wild Game Dinner! The event will be held November 10th, 2012 at the Mason Community Building (Hwy 87) Gates open at 5:30 p.m. - the Meal will be served at 6:00 p.m. -Meal/Admission tickets are just $15.00 at the gate. Advance tickets will be available at the Chamber office, Mason Feed Store and Mason National Bank starting October 15th for $12.00, with this advance purchase, your ticket will also be added to the prize drawing.
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Mason High School's 56th annual Queen's Coronation, with the theme of "Southern Nights," will be held November 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Mason Park Community Building. Tickets can be purchased in advance for only $8; or, at the door for $10. Advance tickets are available at Mason Gas Company and the Mason High School office.
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Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation is hosting an annual Wills Clinic Monday, November 5, at the Tomforde Learning Center which is located inside Hill County Memorial Hospital, 1020 South State Highway 16, in Fredericksburg. The HCMH Foundation, in conjunction with area attorneys donating their time, is sponsoring the event as a free public service to the community.
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As anyone who has lived in Mason knows, Mason is inexorably linked with Old Yeller, the classic book by Fred Gipson. The beautiful statue in front of the library, the 1957 regional premiere, attended by Walt Disney, of “Old Yeller” (the movie) at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason, and Old Yeller Day all pay tribute to the heart-warming story of the bond between a boy and his dog, set in the Texas Hill Country of long ago. The Friends of the Library are once again ...
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. New acquisitions and programs will be highlighted and light refreshments will be served.
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The National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive sponsored by United Blood Services on Friday, October 26th. The blood drive will be held from 10:00am through 3:30pm. The bus will be parked next to the auditorium at the High School. Donors will receive a Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirt, a Chick-fil-A coupon, and a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card.
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The Public is Welcome! Tuesday, Nov.13, 2012 at 5:30 PM at the Library. Scott Zesch will discuss his latest book, “ The Chinatown War” and talk about what it’s like to be an author. There will be a RECEPTION with refreshments honoring departing Friends of the Library Board Members. In addition there will be a brief business meeting to vote on amending the Friends of the Library Constitution and to elect new Board Members.
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Just a brief reminder that Saturday is our big end of the year cleanup day at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. We are in need of a few volunteers to make the day a success. We will be starting at 8:00 A.M. If you would like to help it would be more than appreciated.
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Citizens for Hill Country Preservation (CFHCP) is having a short, informational meeting followed by a social gathering and barbecue meal. Donations will be accepted to help pay for the meal. We want everyone to stay informed and interested in the proposed happenings in our community, and what better way to do this than a social and catered meal? Please plan on joining us, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 11:00 a.m.
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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 program is aimed at helping residents understand the importance of taking their medications as prescribed; how to properly dispose of discontinued or outdated medicine; the importance of establishing a system for taking meds; and general me ...
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Arlis’ pick of the week is Sugar, a Shepherd/Chow mix, who is update to date on all her shots. Come down to the shelter and meet this sweet girl, maybe even come take her for a walk! Ole’ Yellow is running low on food. Donations to feed these guys would be greatly appreciated, along with helping to get them fixed.
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Dewey Douglas Stockbridge and Shannon Leigh Muro are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage on November 24, 2012, in Mason, Texas. The groom-elect is a 2002 graduate of Mason High School and a 2006 graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.
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Mason County Library Story Time Outreach: Carlene Brollier reads to Little Punchers on Friday, October 12, as part of the Library Outreach Program. This week Carlene read to children at Steady Steps on Thursday as part of the same program.
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Mr. and Mrs. Kelley (Britny Lehmberg) Fowler are exceedingly proud to announce the arrival of their little miracle son, Pierce Isaac Fowler. He was born on Wednesday, August 22, at 11:59 p.m. in Austin. He weighed seven pounds, six ounces; and he was 21 inches long. Even prouder grandparents are Mr.
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Pictured is Teresa Walker, committee member of Mason County Cancer Benefit, along with Theresa Wallace of Brady whom was the lucky winner of the Tobey statue. The Keeper of the Night statue was donated by cancer survivor Rebecca Tobey whom also lost her husband, artist Gene Tobey, to cancer. We would like to thank the Tobey family for all their support through the years.
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Congratulations to Virginia Sine and Kaitlyn Nolte, the winners of the October drawings for a free spay/neuter for a cat and a dog sponsored by Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue! This week’s pet of the week is Isabel, a beautiful female tabby kitten. Isabel is about four months old. She has been spayed and is current on her vaccinations.
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On Tuesday evening, October 9th, The Painted Tree Studio in Mason, Texas was the setting and inspiration for the soon to be number one, top ten hit, “Cheap Red Wine and the Cobalt Blues.” Spider Johnson presented the program in the spirit of a devoted musician by teaching listeners about music theory, 1-4-5 cord groups, tone interpretation, cadence and song construction.
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The 1962 Class of Mason High School had their 50th reunion at the home of K K and George Brannies. The class, who graduated on May 25th 1962, opted for a fall celebration to avoid the heat and avoid the heat they did as the first really cold spell of the fall moved through with temperatures reaching into the lower 40’s that night.
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It was a night of painting at The Painted Tree Studio and the artists choose to paint the ‘cave painting.’ First each person was asked to come up with a story line that they wanted to communicate through their art work. This story was then condensed down to three lines. Each line was translated into symbols.
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First place in the morning scramble, with a -13, was the team of, left to right: Reid Donaldson, Rita Ash, Cynthia Bauer and Larry Smith.
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River of Life Church will be holding their 6th Annual Fall Festival on Wednesday, October 31st from 5 - 8pm. Bring your family and join us for an evening of fun. There will be free food, a variety of fun games; Cake Walk, Giant Inflatable Slide, Bouncy Castle, Obstacle Course, Prize Booth and of course plenty of candy!
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Roberta McMillan (center) is shown with the winners drawn for the two drivers (l-r) Kathy Bradley and Minnie Schmidt.
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Second place was the team of, left to right: Brad Lehmberg, Kathy Bradley and Greg Lange (not pictured, Sammy Crouch).
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The annual Hoppy McMillan Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Comanche Creek Golf Course on Saturday, October 6. The tournament is held in memory of Leo "Hoppy" McMillan, a lifelong Mason resident, avid golfer, and member of the Fort Mason Golf Association. Members of Hoppy's family attended, and generously donated a number of door prizes, including two Taylor Made drivers.
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The MISD Education Foundation Donkey Basketball Fundraiser held on October 6th raised money for the students and teachers. It was an entertaining evening for all who were there. The four teams competed in three games and the Champions were crowned at the end of a hard fought battle. The Champion Team consisted of 5 of our great Mason Puncher Coaches - Michael McLeod, Brian Rasberry, Rick Ragsdale, Kade Burns and Paul Smith.
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Third place team was the group of, left to right: Felix Blackwood, Matt Biggs, Ron Birk, Marshall Frazier and Weldon Tucker.
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WORR OWEN Tankeray Y79D wins Grand Champion Polled Hereford Bull at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. This October 2011 bull calf was raised by Owen Brothers and Worrell Enterprises of Mason, TX.
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Bluebonnet CASA had great results with their pumpkin sale this year, and they thank everyone who stopped by to pick up items. They also remind everyone that Nickie and Ann Nobles in Katemcy can still provide pumpkins for the holiday season!
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Stephenville – Attending the Texas Farm Bureau’s 49th annual Youth Leadership Conference held at Tarleton State University, June 18-22, was Elijah Dickinson, a junior at Mason High School, and grandson of Larry and Sheila Kemp. The student was sponsored by the Mason County Farm Bureau. He joined more than 300 high school juniors and seniors from over 130 counties across the state. The purpose of the conference is to provide the students with a better understanding ...
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The Mason County Grand Jury met in regular session on July 27, 2012. The following indictments were returned: Larry Thomas Loyens - Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Matthew Allen Watkins - Forgery Wendell Chino Fernandez - Theft Lisa Ann McGowan - Possession of methamphetamine, less than one gram. Timothy Paul Brown - Possession with intent to deliver substance in penalty group 1, 4-200 grams Timothy Paul Brown - Possession with intent ...
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The JV Punchers started district off with a bang. They had a dominating win over the Harper Longhorns with a score of 40-12. Offensively, the Punchers rolled for the majority of the night. The offensive line opened up several holes for Sammy Martinez, Levi Hofmann, Garrett Bibb, Sam Dyer, and James Durst.
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The Mason cowgirls and punchers competed in an extremely competitive cross country meet in Zephyr this past Wednesday. The cowgirls and punchers competed well bringing home multiple medals. The results are as follows: Varsity Girls Jacie Rychlik-13:25 (9th) Kayla Guice-14:01 Katie Smith-14:49 Emily Holland-15:03 Khrista Morquecho-15:21 Katy Armstrong-16:04 Jacqueline Drazan-16:38 Lori Ann Drazan-17:21 Sta ...
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The Mason Cowgirls and Punchers hosted The 2012 Mason Invitational Cross Country Meet on Wednesday, October 3rd. The coaches and runners would like to thank everyone who came out to help with the meet as well as those who came to support the kids. The meet wouldn’t have been as successful without you.
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The Union Band Cemetery Memorial Association will have their annual business meeting on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in the Pontotoc Community Center. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
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Katherine Dora Dinsmoor of Granite Shoals, Texas was taken home to her Lord on October 10, 2012. She was born in Mason, Texas, on January 8, 1933. She was preceeded in death by her parents Josie and Jim Slaughter and her husband GW Dinsmoor. She is survived by her large loving family and friends.