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May 15, 2013 Issue
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Mason High School students will culminate an outstanding literary academic year with a trip to the UIL State Meet. Events will be held on University of Texas campus on May 21st and 22nd. Students advanced to state as a result of placing the top three at the regional meet. Advancing students include: Lorri Ann Drazan in current events and informative speaking, Cassie Benefield in prose reading, and Kristian Dale in literary criticism.
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The Mason Puncher Alumni football players will face the Brady Bulldogs in Puncher Stadium on Friday June 7th with a 7:30 p.m. start. It will feature two fine teams with most of our great ones coming together again one more time. Cost to register this month is $60 and $75.00 in June.
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KERRVILLE— Eighteen high school graduates from the Hill Country have been chosen to receive scholarships from The Cailloux Foundation (the Foundation) of Kerrville, Texas. The Foundation established The Cailloux Foundation Scholarship Program in 2000 to benefit graduating seniors from pre-selected Texas Hill Country high schools. The 2013 recipients have been chosen from high schools in Bandera, Center Point, Fredericksburg, Harper, Ingram, Junction, Kerrville, Mason, Medina, and Rockspring ...
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“Surf and Turf” says it all! This beautiful one-of-a-kind original piece of art will look amazing at your place! Four inspired Mason residents, under the instruction of our own Bridget Langdale…at The Painted Tree Studio/Paint & Sip, painted for hours to create this unique and timeless piece. Kent Bruce’s creative wood working talents put the surf around the turf.
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Why did the Thrift Store cross the road? Read this newspaper next week to find out where the Mason Community Thrift Store is going and why.
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The Mason County Historical Commission’s symposium “Comanches of the Texas Hill Country” will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. at the Odeon Theater (not at the high school auditorium, as previously announced). The speakers will be Glenn Frankel, Daniel J. Gelo, Esther Lehmann, and Donaly E.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 16, 2013
There are certain places that, for one reason or another, I try to avoid at all costs. Houston, Texas is about six of those places. Not only is Houston huge and confusing and full of people who evidently learned to drive by playing the go-cart Wii game, it’s also surrounded by a dense, interwoven net of toll roads.
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I knew there was another reason for Winter that I liked. Snakes are not out roaming around!!!!! My little Rojo dog got snake bitten last Thursday. It was a small one, but never the less it was potent. You see, the dogs are our door bell. So when I heard them barking I went to the back door to see who was there.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, May 7th, for its monthly business meeting. There were 36 members and one visitor in attendance. "Boss" Lion Pat Reardon was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. It was reported that we made about $1,100 on the last hamburger lunch and we would schedule another the 7th of June. The club donated $25 for a pair of eyeglasses for a Mason County citizen.
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The last article I wrote was about early photography and the many changes that were made to the processes before the advent of electronic imaging. Today most “photos” are kept on memory cards or downloaded to computers, and often are not ever printed to be handed around at family gatherings.
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This past weekend was the conclusion of the current Municipal election cycle with Election Day on Saturday. The City of Mason only had one District with a contested race, and Anna Velez won another term as City Commissioner with a strong margin of support from the limited voters of that District.
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Processed food is everywhere. In some ways, we are fortunate to be living in a time when we can process and preserve our food so that our supermarkets are always full and we always have plenty of choice in what we have to eat; but in other ways, we are deprived of “real” food that is naturally tasty and full of nutrients that are good for us. Food processing is a business that has become more and more sophisticated over time.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 15, 2013
“Oh, my aching head.” What hurts when you have a headache? Though it may feel like it, a headache is not a pain in your brain – in fact the bones of the skull and the tissues of the brain never hurt because they lack pain-sensitive nerve fibers. Most headaches happen outside the skull in the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles that cover the head and neck.
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NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) Ready or not, summer is just around the corner. The kids will be looking for something to do, so sign them up for summer reading. They will have chances to win a Kindle Fire, Wal-Mart gift cards up to $125, swim passes, and other prizes.
, 2013 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
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Today, as I sit in front of my computer screen, I contemplate how so many things have given way to change in my lifetime. I learned to type on a manual typewriter and then an electric typewriter, and now a keyboard. There are a lot of advantages to change....not having to retype because of a mistake..
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The world would have been short-changed (okay, in some cases, “long-changed”) had the wheel not been invented many moons ago. Geometry would have been incomplete, wagons could not have been circled and there’d have been no tune called Roll Out the Barrel. We’d have missed “going in circles,” and chariot rides would have been rough even for the toughest gladiators.
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Cinco de Mayo. Mother’s Day. Two well-known May events. Lesser known is Peace Officers Memorial Day. That’s today, May 15. Saturday is Armed Forces Day. Next Wednesday is National Maritime Day. And finally, Memorial Day. And hopefully between now and then, more rain. Let May showers bring June flowers. Or just keep things green. So far, so good. How do you spell relief? R-A-I-N. Beats 2011 by a long shot. So get planting. Get Texas native plants at The Green House. Hardy, d ...
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 15, 2013
Everything in the universe circles around the earth! If you were early man, this wasn't just a guess, it was a fact that could be proven by observing the sun, moon and stars leaving and returning each day in approximately the same location they were in the day before. But, facts change as we gain access to more information and more methods of observation.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 16, 2013
May 23, 2013 6:30 p.m. Mason Cafeteria
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C.H.O.I.C.E camp is having its last session of a four part series this Saturday, May 18 at Richards Park in Brady. Our last session will wrap up with the day campers identifying who they are today and what their goals for their future are. Plans will be made as to how they can achieve their goals, both short term and long term in life no matter what their age.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 16, 2013
Llano County will have a Private Applicator License training on Monday, June 24, 2013, beginning with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the training starting at 8:15 a.m. The training will be held at the Llano County Extension Office, 1447 East State Highway 71-Unit E in Llano. Training will last approximately 4 hours with testing done after lunch.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 16, 2013
The Bluebonnet Study Club will hit the road again on Monday, May 20, 2013, with a trip to Long Mountain Community Club. This program will continue our visits to historical schools and buildings. Plan to meet at the Long Mountain Community Club at 10:30 a.m. on the 20th. Pack a sack lunch and come have fun.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 16, 2013
The Hilda Community Club will meet Friday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the community club house. George & Karen Loftin are the hosts and will be serving King Ranch Chicken. If you can, bring a salad or dessert; drinks will also be provided. We’ll be playing bingo (with prizes!) after a short business meeting.
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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Mason County will be having a Progressive Rancher Workshop on Tuesday, May 28th at the Richard Eckert Civic Center in Mason, located at 1024 McKinley Street. Drs. Bob Lyons and Rick Machen of Texas AgriLife Research will be presenting along with Cory Pence of Texas Department of Agriculture.
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Hello all you Puncher fans that barely survive from football season to football season, you are in luck. Little Puncher football is firing up and getting ready for another great season. Don’t miss the annual hamburger cook-out on Sunday, May 19 from 11am – 1:30pm on the square. A meal deal will be offered with a dessert treat.
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The Mason Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library Stribling Room. The program will be “Landscape Plans for Heritage Park” presented by Dr. Michael Murphy of Mason. Dr. Murphy is a retired professor who taught landscape architecture and horticulture at Texas A&M University.
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Most pet owners spend time and money to make sure their pet is protected. They put up fences, provide vaccinations, provide a good diet and plenty of exercise, and keep pets away from harmful substances. But one area that is sometimes overlooked is pet interactions with wildlife. The results of some interactions with wildlife may only be annoying, such as when an overly curious dog gets sprayed by a skunk.
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At the recent Hill Country Cattle Women style show, Mason was well represented, as both Deborah Hofmann (at left) and Lisa Polk (center) acted as models. Some of the clothing being modeled came from Lisa’s boutique, The Thing Is, and from Southern Britches on the south side of Mason's square.
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Several Mason Bank coworkers gathered on Saturday afternoon for a Paint & Sip. Painting a Bluebonnet was the challenge and opportunity to look up close to the variety of shapes and colors that create one single Bluebonnet flower. Rebecca Schuessler, Cheryl Nail, Debra Schovajsa, Kelly Martin, Jennie Armes….great job ladies!
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Grace Christian School hosted the Hill Country Speech Meet on April 17th. Eighty students from three schools participated in academic, art, and track and field events. Participating schools were Llano Chtistian Academy, Hill Country SDA Kerrville, and Grace Christian. Students from left to right: back row; Randee Renfroe, Alexis Brown, KC Coleman, Gabe Jennings, Quaid Brandenberger, Aaron Alm.
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Six ladies from Brady arrived in Mason for a day of fun on May 9th. They purchased gift certificates from KNEL’s Shopping Show and on ward to Mason they came. Paint brushes aimed and ready, they began to paint for 2 hours at The Painted Tree Studio. It was time for laughter, focus, bonding…did I mention fun?
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After the stormy weather of last week, Saturday, May 11th dawned sunny and warm - perfect weather for the “dynamic duo” of Judy Cordes and Vicki Ritter to put on a demonstration of successful dog training. Reigning Cats & Dogs’ spring obedience class began with six handler/dog pairs, and four pairs graduated (two trainers were not present but still graduated).
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On Saturday May 4th, the Castell School Restoration Committee Hatty Sagebiel and Patty Schneider Pfister unveiled the memorial bench that was given by memorials to the Castell School Restoration Fund in honor of Leroy and Margaret Tatsch Rode. The Castell Community Club hosted the dedication event and Patty Schneider Pfister was the Master of Ceremonies.
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The Mason County Garden Club began planting herbs in the flowerbeds around the Old Yeller statue last Thursday. They were rained out before they could finish, but the finished results will be beautiful! The club adopted the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library as an ongoing project last year.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 16, 2013
Thomas Gabriel Jennings, homeschooled, has been awarded a four year $5,000.00 Youth Livestock Scholarship sponsored by the State Fair of Texas. The $1,250.00 a year scholarship is renewable by maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Since 1992, the State Fair of Texas Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to academically talented students who graduate from high schools in the Dallas State Fair Park area.
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CONWAY, AR (05/13/2013)— Gabriel Ezekiel Gonzales of Mason, Texas, graduated from Hendrix College on Saturday, May 11 at the College’s 129th commencement ceremony. Gonzales received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S.
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Amber Lauren Cooper was valedictorian of her class in Junction back in 2008. Her parents are Mark and Kim Cooper (and brother Chase) of Junction; grandparents are Roy and Sheila Cooper of Mason, and Maxine King of Granbury, Texas. She is so lucky to have her two great grandmothers, Clara Velma Starks and Viletha Cooper of Mason.
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K.C. Coleman will be receiving his high school diploma from Grace Christian School at the GCS Graduation and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2013. K.C. has attended Grace Christian School since first grade. He has completed his education in only eleven years. During those years, K.C. has been on the GCS Honor Roll and has attained the Highest Academic Achievement Award each year.
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Gabe Jennings will receive his high school diploma at the Grace Christian School Graduation and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2013. During his high school career, Gabe has participated in a variety of activities. He has been active at Grace Christian School where he has served as a student council officer.
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The graduation and awards ceremony for Grace Christian School will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the school, located at 516 N. Robin Avenue. Students will be recognized for academics and Christian character development throughout the year. K. C. Coleman and Gabe Jennings will be presented scholarships and Diplomas of Graduation.
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Kate Brintnall and Nick Reeves are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Kate, daughter of Russ and Susan Brintnall, is a 2008 graduate of Baptist Health Systems Nursing School. Kate currently works as a Registered Nurse in the Burn Intensive Care Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center. Nick, son of Kim Dagate and Greg Reeves, is a 2007 graduate of UTSA.
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Tana and Cody Autrey joyfully announce the arrival of their son, William Kase Autrey. Kase was born on March 19, 2013, at the College Station Medical Center, College Station, TX. He weighed seven pounds, five ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. Kase is welcomed by his grandparents, Tim and Helen Dockal and great grandparents Dennie and Emma Gene Jackson.
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Jackson Cole Hood is pleased to announce the arrival of his baby sister, Hailey Reese Hood, who was born November 27, 2012, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, TX. Hailey weighed in at seven pounds, five ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her parents are Andy and Kellie Hood of College Station.
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Last week's hail storm followed a path from Hext, to Streeter, then on to Erna, Hilda and Loyal Valley. These large stones fell at Ray and Judy Uherek's.
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Junior Advanced Placement Class first period heard Dr. John Davis speak about the Texas Rangers on Thursday, May 9, during their class period. In conjunction with the Big Read sponsored by the Mason County Library, the students read the novel True Grit which involves two Texas Rangers. Dr. Davis presented true stories about Texas Rangers to the students.
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Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden (center) was honored as a valued partner to the Adult Protective Services division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services during Monday's Commissioner Court meeting. Making the presentation were Robert Selvera and Rhonda Fuquay.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 16, 2013
Anna E. Velez: 29 John H. Schafft: 5 Total Voters: 34 Early voting: 24 voters Anna-19 John-5 Election Day: 10 voters Anna-10 John-0
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Junior Ashlyn Brandenberger has received two honors this year for her artwork. She returned from the state Visual Art Scholastic Event with a superior rating for her colored pencil drawing titled Stepping Through the Mirror. She also placed fourth in the Texas 11th Congressional District Art Show sponsored by Rep.
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On Friday, May 10th, the Mason 6th Grade Band and Junior High Band traveled to Brownwood to perform at the Howard Payne Band Festival. This festival is a lot like the UIL contest that the high school band attended in April. Each bands’ performance is rated by three judges. Both of these bands received straight division 1 ratings for their performances on Friday.
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Pictured back row left to right: Corrine Wright, Wendy Hastings, Kay Hudler, Pam Scott, Nanci Gibbons. Front row left to right: Jan Strickland, Carolyn Phillips, Nan Larrimore, Patti Grote, and Rosemary Davis. The Mason Friends of the Library presented Librarian Patti Grote with a second donation at their May 7 board meeting.
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Charles Creighton Steapp, 76, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at home in Grapevine, Texas. He was born to the late Edward L. and Eola K. Steapp on July 13, 1936, in Menard, Texas, formerly of Deming, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dudley Steapp, of Mason, Texas. In 1956, he married the late Mary Ruth Bishop.
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Sammye Gray of Cherokee Texas passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the age of 81. She was born to Mary (Brantley) and Sam Williams August 21, 1931 in Brady Texas. She enjoyed reading, hunting arrowheads and visiting with friends. Sammye is survived by her daughter Rebekah McCarty and husband Bart of Cherokee; Sons Martin and wife Shirley of Cherokee and Mark of Gonzales, Louisiana; daughter-in-law Shannon Gray of Alpine; Five grandchildren, Laura, Rachel, Joshua, Heather, and Symantha; Four G ...