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May 22, 2013 Issue
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
Last week, the Wibby Shearer Archives Room was dedicated at Fort Mason. A large crowd of friends and family members were on hand to celebrate the opening of this wonderful addition to the Fort. The family of Wibby Shearer assembled in the new archive room for this photo. Back row, left to right: Kris Lloyd, Billy Bob Lloyd and Bill Sheppard.
, The American Legion
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Updated May 23, 2013 11:22 AM
Everyone’s invited to attend the Memorial Day Salute at the Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 27th at 11:00 am. Memorial Day has its roots in the Southern tradition of decorating veterans’ graves that began after the Civil War and eventually became a national holiday. Each year, the members of The American Legion, the VFW, and numerous volunteers place more than 750 American flags on the graves of local veterans throughout Mason County to honor their memory and their service to our beloved c ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
The Mason Community Thrift Store is moving to the Old Post Office building on the southwest corner of the Square. Our current leased site at 330 Ft. McKavitt is no longer available. That building has been sold. We are planning to move before Round-Up weekend in mid-July. Until the move is completed we will continue to operate at our current site. The Mason Community Foundation, which operates the Community Thrift Store, is purchasing the Old Post Office.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
On Monday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 14th, Mason High School, along with many community volunteers and the Student Health Advisory Committee of Mason ISD, presented the Shattered Dreams program. Around 35 student participants attended a retreat on Monday night at the Eckert Civic Center where they listened to TABC Officer Michael Deans and Deputy Sherriff Lewis Herrington as they discussed legal issues involved in alcohol use among teens, true stories of shattered dreams and the importance of ...
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Columns
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013
According to my calculations, which I came up with by reading a story someone sent me, the recent NRA Annual Meeting, held at the Something R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, drew a record 86,228 attendees. But I went in and came out and went back in, so that figure might be off. The convention, as you can imagine, featured a lot of guns, but my friend, Mike Nischalke, of Hunter Outdoor Communications, made an interesting observance.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, May 14th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 33 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Ted Smith was responsible for the program and introduced Carrie Pickering with the law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, who spoke about delinquent tax collection. They work with the Appraisal District in Mason and other towns helping collect the taxes that are delinquent.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
Shopping used to be my middle name. Yes, I loved to shop. However, now most times I find it unpleasant. Getting in and out of a car just about does me in. I use the electric buggies as much as I can. Those buggies can’t hold two eighteen pounds of dog food, 2 jugs of laundry detergent and all the other items that might be on my list.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
Summer has come to town in the last few days with hot weather and clear skies, and even with a small chance of rain it seems that most of the moisture is in the form of humidity. In another couple of weeks the schools will all be out and the kids will be free to explore the different ways that they can enjoy the summer, and one of the best recreational opportunities is the City swimming pool.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
SAMe is a biological compound that is found in every cell in the human body. It is important because it plays a key role in methylation which is a process that activates more than a hundred different processes in the body – from preserving joint health, protecting against heart disease, and producing neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
Please note that I made a mistake on the summer reading times for Read with a Dog. It will be only on Mondays from 1:00-2:00 P.M. Read-to-Swim is on Mondays through Thursdays from 1:00-2:00 P.M. Summer reading programs start on Monday, June 3. NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) DVDs: The Guilt Trip Abel’s Field Women in Love Broken City As I Stand Unconditional Ring the Bell X-Men Origins Wolverine X-Men the Last Stand Lukewarm Silver Linings October Sky ...
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
USDA’S MyPlate symbolizes a simple, personalized approach to remind consumers to make healthy food choices and be active every day. Think of MyPlate as a “calorie salary” guide that helps you get the most health and enjoyment from what you eat. Plan calories the same as major expenses — such as a car, house, or vacation. This is a good visual for me- when I’m doing diabetes education, the easiest way for me to teach people is to think of it like a small carb “allowance” that you ...
, 2013 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
On opening day of the season, Thursday, May 16th, I got to the cave a little early to do some last minute touch ups. I was moving a few rocks out of the parking area when a van drove up. I walked over to greet the visitors and watched as little person after little person emerged from the vehicle, each with a smile as wide as Texas and a sweet hello to me.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
Shallowest minds are quickest to tackle deepest subjects, including one comment heard numerous times in many communities: “What this town needs is a few good funerals.” A stronger cry should be for more “good births” of folks disposed to spend their lives serving others. Classic examples are the late Emmett Whitehead and his widow, Marie.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
Esmeralda who? Obviously Spanish is my second language. Esmeralda is Spanish for emerald. Got that right. But it’s not the right name for the plant with yellow flowers. That would be Esperanza. Well, they both start with an E. And then an s. Esmeralda Esperanza. What a pretty name. Muy bonita. Except the similarities stop there. Esmeralda is emerald. Esperanza means “hope” or “expectation.” So maybe there’s hope for my Spanish. Best not have any expectation. The plan ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
It's been an interesting time of manufactured scandals. The GOP and the press have been hammering the administration about the investigation of journalists by the Justice Department. According to Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC) in an interview on Fox News, the attorney general, among others, was grilled by his committee over national security leaks about a year ago.
, Editor
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
Every year, I like to take a look at the ideas that been rattling around in my head all year. None of them ever quite prompted me to do a full column on them; but, they are things that stay on my mind a good deal of the time. And it begins..... Parking Lots Parking lots have clearly defined parking spaces.
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Events
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013
May 23, 2013 6:30 p.m. Mason ISD Cafeteria
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013 • Photos
The Heart of Texas Records Music Series will continue on Saturday, May 25, with an afternoon concert and an evening dance featuring Landon Dodd and the Dance Hall Drifters with special guest Georgette Jones. The event will be held at the Heart of Texas Events Center at 804 San Angelo Highway in Brady.
, Food Service Manager, Mason ISD
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013
Summer is almost here and Mason ISD will once again offer breakfast and lunch to any child 18 years or younger starting on June 3. We will serve Monday thru Thursday all month. This is free to any child who would like to eat in the cafeteria. Breakfast service will be from 7:15 to 7:50 a.m.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013
The George Bernhard Eckert Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at the Golden Hub, 1009 North Lincoln St., Fredericksburg, Texas. Bar-B-Que, beans and utensils, etc. furnished. You bring the trimmings. See you there. Call 830-669-2468 for more info.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
When – Tuesday, May 28th. Registration 7:30-8:00 a.m. Ends at 12:15. Where - Richard Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley St. *R.S.V.P. With the County Extension Office by May 24th. $15.00 is the cost of the program & includes educational materials and morning refreshments. $20.00 charge after May 24th can be paid at the door on the 28th. 3 Certified Education Units will be available for those that have a Pesticide Applicators License (1 CEU in IPM, 1 in the General Category and 1 in L&R) ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
On Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 12:20 p.m., the Mason FFA Chapter will hold a fish fry in honor of the year's accomplishments and advancements. The Chapter would like to invite the citizens of the Mason community to attend and join in the festive celebration. The fish will be fried up by the Ag teacher, Mr.
, Mason VFW Post 8554
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
The veterans will hold a Memorial Day ceremony on the courthouse square at the veterans memorial. This will take place on Memorial Day, May the 27th at 11:00 am. The public is invited to come and view the ceremony. The local Boy Scout troop will have a flag decommissioning ceremony following the veterans ceremony.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013 • Photos
On April 26-28 the Bluebonnet Runners held their 31st annual Bluebonnet Run with all the proceeds benefitting Bluebonnet CASA of Mason, Menard, Kimble & McCulloch Counties. They were able to make a generous donation in the amount of $2902. A special thanks to Bluebonnet Runners, Iron Horse Motorcycle Club of McCulloch County, John & Bonnie Beam and Stephen & Robin Morris who organized the event; the delicious food that was prepared by James Carr and David Keller; Jerialice Arsenault for the use ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013 • Photos
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013 • Photos
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013 • Photos
The Republican Women of Mason County honored their 2013 scholarship winners , Kenneth (KC) Coleman and Austin Priess at their bi-monthly meeting held on Wednesday May 15th at the Mason County Library. KC is graduating from Grace Christian School and will be attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the fall and Austin ,who is home-schooled will be attending Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013 • Photos
On Monday May 13th, members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country met at the ranch home of Raymond and Judy Uherek to celebrate the end of the association’s year with a pot luck dinner. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather that evening. Dinner tables on the Uherek’s patio gave members miles of unbroken views of Texas Hill Country .
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
I must say this is my favorite Mason County Personality. Why would I choose one over many others? You see I live with him and he has captured my heart with his winning ways. It’s not hard to play favorite with one who always has the coffee brewed and waiting when you choose to arise from the bed.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013 • Photos
Second Chance – Mason Animal Rescue’s pet of the week this week is Gwen. This sweet girl is young, around 1 – 2 years old. Gwen is a Border Collie blend. She was found wandering out by the river and was brought in to the pound.  No one has come to claim her and she is now available for adoption. Gwen gets along fine with other dogs.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
Operation Orphans, Inc. has taken underprivileged kids hunting in the Texas hill country for over 50 years. In 2004, a fishing program was added. To date 466 boys and girls from various child care facilities throughout Texas have come to Camp Gene Ashby and have enjoyed fishing on the banks of area rivers and tanks. On April 13, 39 boys from Big Springs Ranch, Leakey; San Antonio Presbyterian Home, San Antonio; Foster’s Home, Stephenville; Texas Baptist Home, Waxahachie; and Sweeten Home, Br ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
Chel Terrell, St. Paul Lutheran Church president, presents a check for $2,000 to Mason County Child Welfare Board members Laura Keith, Ann Mahnken and Amanda McMillan. The funds were raised through the Lenten season offerings at St. Paul Lutheran to support the Tuition Assistance offering for the Child Welfare Board Dual Credit Scholarship Program.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
Virginia Lemke, a 2010 graduate of Mason High School, graduated from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, on Saturday, May 12, earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in three years. She has enrolled in the Master’s Program at HPU, where she will earn her Master’s in Business Administration.
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News
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013
Mason Community Foundation, Inc. awarded funds to the Mason ISD Student Health Advisory Council for Shattered Dreams, an educational experience designed to remind people of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. The reinactment was held Tuesday, May 14, at the high school. The project is brought to Mason ISD every four years and involves student actors, local emergency and public safety personnel, Air Evac Lifeteam and many others.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013 • Photos
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013 • Photos
The latest Mason City Commission held their first meeting since the May 11th election last week. Left to right: Commissioner William Beaty, City Secretary Pattie Grote, Commissioner John Gammill, Commissioner Sabin Nelson, Mayor Brent Hinckley, Commissioner Anna Velez and City Administrator John Palacio.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
The Kerrville Air Evac Lifeteam crew recently participated in Mason High School’s Shattered Dreams event. The school-based program promotes responsible decisions among high school students, and shows how choices like drinking and driving can shatter a life. Mason County EMS also participated in the annual event. Pictured is Air Evac Lifeteam flight paramedic Terry Fritz.
, Art Teacher, MHS
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
On Friday, May 10th the Lamplight Designs sponsored student art show culminated with a closing reception at the Topaz Confections bakery. The show consisted of 49 students exhibiting 52 works of art. Present at the reception were a handful of students, friends, and family. I would like to acknowledge one particular person in attendance: Linnda Graham.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
Bill Hight, with the assistance of his grandson, Aiden Sharabba of Houston, will conduct Memorial Day Services at the Long Mountain Cemetery, Monday morning at 9 AM, May 27, 2013. The subject will be comparisons of the two Armies in accordance to numbers in service and losses in the Civil War.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
May 8th was an exciting day at Mason Elementary. We had our 1st Annual Leadership Luau. The Leadership Luau was an opportunity for the students at Mason Elementary to show how The Leader in Me program has been put into action throughout our school. As most of the community knows, Mason Elementary received a grant to implement The Leader in Me program, which teaches leadership skills to our students by learning and practicing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
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Sports
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013 • Photos
The Mason Puncher Boys track team competed at the State Meet in Austin two weeks ago in the 2013 State Track and Field Meet. The Punchers qualified a 300hurdler, 4x200 Relay, and the 4x400. Here are the results from the meet: 300 hurdles: 40.9 8 7th place Go Chanriang 4x200 Relay: 1:31.0 8th place Rio Schmidt, Cody Wood, Miguel Castillo, Go Chanriang 4x400 Relay: 3:26.1 9th place Miguel Castillo, Cody Wood, Go Chanriang, Raul Silguero Our kids competed very well and represented the Ma ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 23, 2013
The Jr. High Cowgirls and Punchers competed in the Sonora Invitational last Monday and had a rain out in Llano on Thursday. The Purple team participated in Sonora and the Cowgirls took 3rd place honors. Kym Danz was 4th individual and Margaret Graves placed 3rd. Due to sharing with little league baseball, the Punchers did not have enough players to field a team but Ty Ellebracht , Leonel Blas and Chase Pawvlik did a good job.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013 • Photos
Kaitlin Lumpkins of Junction, granddaughter of Rolly and Gloria Lumpkins of Mason, competed in the UIL State Track and Field Championships, May 10th and 11th. Kaitlin represented Junction High School well, bringing home two medals from the State Meet. On Friday, Kaitlin competed in the class 1A D1 high jump, clearing a height of 5 feet 5 inches to capture the Silver Medal.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013
Questions:call Coach Paul Smith 347-4075 or Coach Salah Smith-Eckert 979-422-3738 May 17-19 Roddick Youth Sanctioned Tournament – (Sgls, Dbls). H.E.B. Municiple Tennis Center, Kerrville. TD#800012413, Deadline – May 12th May 24-26 SATA Memorial Day (Ad/Jr) – (Sgls, Dbls) San Antonio. Must register online with USTA. TD#800030813. Deadline – May 22nd June 1-2 Georgetown Jr Open – Must register online with USTA.