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February 5, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014 • Photos
Mason artist and local celebrity, Spider Johnson, will give a demonstration on Fine Art Wood Marquetry on Tuesday, February 11 at 1 PM. The public is invited to attend the event in the Eckert Civic Center in Mason. Viewers will learn what goes into creating a finished piece of this unique discipline.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
The Mason Youth Baseball and Softball league is having their annual Hamburger Fundraiser and Registration kickoff at 11:00 am on Sunday, February 9th at the west end of the Courthouse. The grilled burger combo includes chips and a drink for only $7. Come out to support our local baseball and softball teams and register your kids to play.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
TUPELO, Miss., January 22, 2014/PRNewswire -- BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE: BXS), the parent company of BancorpSouth Bank (collectively referred to as “BancorpSouth”), announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement with Central Community Corporation, headquartered in Temple, Texas, whereby Central Community Corporation will be merged with and into BancorpSouth, Inc.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
Come join us for the second annual Valentine’s Date Night at the Odeon Theater. The cost is $24 which includes 2 admission tickets, 2 drinks and 1 medium popcorn. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the movie night will benefit the Odeon Theater and help 20 high school students attend Young Life camp in June 2014.
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The Mason County, M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is proudly sponsoring a special concert featuring cellist Evan Drachman, and pianist Jeffrey Grossman from the Piatigorsky Foundation. The concert will be held on Friday, February 7, at 6:30 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church. Admission is free. Mr. Drachman is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
I’m constantly on the lookout for new recipes, and one of my favorite sources is the little catalog King Arthur Flour sends me on a regular basis. While their recipes are quite good, since they sell flour and just about anything else a baker could ever use, they tend to sprinkle their recipes liberally with King Arthur Flour products.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
This past Saturday I was ‘professor Kendal Hemphill,’ authoritative expert commentor on TJ Greaney’s Outdoor Zone radio program (104.9 The Horn, Austin). The Outdoor Zone should in no way be judged by that, though, because me being a professor was obviously a joke. The personna TJ gave me went well with the subject of the day, which was Sasquatch.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
I’m about to embark on a MeMaw journey. Yep, I’m going to take care of my Lady Bug and Jitter Bug. Or maybe they will have to take care of me! My MeMaw Mobile will cart them to and from school. To and from soccer practice and of course McDonalds!
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
Last Thursday evening we had an open house type meeting at the Eckert Civic Center to discuss and answer questions regarding the proposed bridge projects in the City of Mason. Representatives of TxDOT were present to provide detailed information since they are the ones who are providing the designs and will oversee construction, and several City elected officials and staff were present to provide practical explanations and hear the concerns that citizens and neighbors might have.
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, January 28th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 37 members and four visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were two Mason High School seniors, Drigo Martinez and Leret Hemphill. Lion Mike Murphy was responsible for the program and introduced Cliff Krcha who spoke about his time in the U.S.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
Indigestion is big business in the United States. Americans spend more than 7 billion dollars per year on acid suppressing drugs and over 4 billion dollars per year on over-the-counter antacids. Most people assume that too much stomach acid is the cause of acid indigestion and take acid suppressors. Surprisingly, the primary cause of indigestion in over 90 percent of the people is not enough stomach acid – yes, I meant not enough stomach acid. Stomach acid is good and necessary for health.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
This article is inspired by a close call a friend of mine experienced recently. He and his family were spending the night in their RV and their little girl woke them up in the middle of the night feeling sick. She started seizing uncontrollably and so the whole family rushed to the hospital, where they were all diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
We will be having a Sunday dinner on Feb. 16th with the meal being prepared and served by all of the men of the church. The women will provide the desserts. Be ready for a Valentine treat! Next Sunday, there will be meeting of the trustees just after the service. The plans for the new ramp will be discussed and approved. Pastor Cliff’s message was titled “What does God require of you?” He based the message on the Gospel scripture from Matthew 5:1-12 and the Old Testament reading from Mi ...
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
The library started off the new year with a bang! We had new carpet installed in the Stribling Room in January, and now we have new computers. Come in and try them out! NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) Non-Fiction: The Maker’s Diet Revolution by Jordan Rubin (613.2 RUB) Things that Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics by Charles Krauthammer (814 KRA) Fiction: First Love by James Patterson (YA PAT) “When Axi Moore spontaneously invites h ...
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
When this column first saw day’s light almost 11 years ago, the handful of editors running it decided “commentary” would be an apt description of the weekly ramblings. I could have held out for “satirist,” I guess, but in either case, when readers go “comment-hunting”--or seeking satire--they’re apt to find one or the other. Frequently, writings include the goings-on of relatives--some blood kin, others imagined, the latter living in mythical places. This piece centers on my 1 ...
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
Greetings, February. Brrrrrrr. We see you’re following January’s lead. Ice. Cold. Two words that sound good on a hot Summer day. Ice cold. Alas. ‘Tis Winter instead. And all of you is it. Not just part of you, like December. Or March. Just you. And January. Winter. Full blast. 24/7. Start to finish. Through and through. And Winter it has been. Frozen birdbath. Frozen pond. Frozen pipes. And then 80 degrees. Nature’s gone schizophrenic on us. Bluebonnets don’t ...
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
As many of you know, our peaceful lives were turned upside down after we lost our home to a fire in December. It is with profound humbleness that we find ourselves writing this thank you letter. Our family is safe, and that is certainly the most important part of this ordeal.
, Editor
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
When we are young, we are encouraged by all those around us to "dream big." Every little kid is asked repeatedly, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Kids, being kids, answer with "fireman," "cowboy," "ballerina," "doctor." Their answers tend to change on a daily basis as they see new people doing new things that they think would be fun to do themselves.
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Events
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014 • Photos
The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, February 8, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano, Texas. The show will begin at 7:30 PM and admission is $15.00 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354. Barbara Fairchild and Roy Morris will headline the Llano Country Opry Show.
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The Heart of Texas Country Music Association is pleased to present an afternoon of Gospel Music with the Legendary Chuck Wagon Gang on Sunday, February 9, at 3:00 PM at the Heart of Texas Events Center in Brady. The Chuck Wagon Gand is one of the most prolific gospel groups, and long-running radio show, formed in 1935 by D.P.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
The Oak Initiative of Mason invites the public to hear freelance editor, publisher, and advocate of the pro-American Law for American Courts, Dorrie O’Brien . The meeting is set for Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley in Mason. Contact: Vicki Enrigue, vjenrigue@yahoo.com About Dorrie O’Brien Dorrie O’Brien has had the honor of working with Brigitte Gabriel since 2007, a national mentor since 2009, and Co-Director for the State of Texas for ACT!
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
Hunting for a Valentine’s gift? The Rack Pack Cancer Team will be dipping strawberries for your Valentine!!! Cost is $10.00 Boxed Dozen or $5.00 for 6 Heart Shaped Boxed Chocolate Covered Strawberries. They will be delivered February 14, 2014. Last day to place orders in February 7, 2014. Please call 325-248-4998 or Facebook The Rack Pack to place orders.
, Fredonia Community Association
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
Where: W.T. and Peggy Lohn residence on Church St. in Fredonia When: Saturday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. The Fredonia Community Association wants to express a big Thank You to Duke and Joan Harlow for letting the association use their building for nearly eight years at no cost to us. We are now looking into purchasing the old Methodist church building on Church St.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
Due to conflicting schedules, Bill Hight announces a change in the meeting night from the 2nd Friday to the first Friday night of February, which is February 7th at 6:30 PM of the Long Mountain Community Club. The bill of fare is to be pot luck, cause we can’t go wrong with coconut pie????
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
The Mason County Cancer Benefit team, Kancer Kickers, have three bake sales planned. Please mark your calendars for February 14, March 15 and April 18 (Good Friday) in front of Lowes Market. We also really have some great raffle items this year. A Mason County topaz necklace, 6.65 carats, set in sterling silver, valued at over $735, donated by Warren and Susan Grote.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
The February meeting of the Hill Country Cattle Women will be hosted by the Comfort/Boerne members. The meeting is going to be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 217 E. Rosewood, Boerne, TX, on February 18th. Social begins at 10:00, meeting 10:30, with the guest speaker and lunch to follow. The cost of the meal will be $18.00 and you are ask to have your reservations in to Dianne Staudt 830-997-4729, or Janis Stiefel 325-622-4327 on or before February 11, 2014. Tickets for our Spring Round ...
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
Carmen Goldthwaite will be the guest speaker at the coming meeting of the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas next Monday, February 10, 2014. Her presentation will be drawn from her latest book, “TEXAS DAMES … Sassy & Savvy Women throughout Lone Star History”, which will be available for sale and signing.
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The Care-A-Vanners have arrived and they’ve already begun work on the next Habitat House for Mason County. The Square Plate fed them their first Mason meal, a delicious meatloaf lunch special. Thank you, to Larry and Barbara Brown of the Mason Square Plate. If you would be interested in providing lunch for one of the Care-A-Van groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays please contact Megan Bierschwale (325-347-7666 or meganofmason@gmail.com).
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
All luncehons begin at noon. March 5 - Hilda UMC hosted at St. Paul Lutheran March 12 - River of Life March 19 - St. Martin’s Epicopal (hosted at FUMC) March 26 - Art UMC hosted at First Baptist April 2 - St. Joseph’s Catholic April 9 - St. Paul Lutheran
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014 • Photos
2014 saw Mason’s Scarlet Punchers unite for food, fun, and fellowship at the Willow Creek Cafe. Seventeen fun-loving women enjoyed lunch and prizes. February 10th, the Scarlet Punchers will meet at Nacho’s Restaurant to continue the fun. Bring a friend and meet us at 11:30 AM. We will meet at Lenore Newsom’s in March instead.
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Riata met Tuesday February 28th in the home of Nonie Stringer. Mary Catherine Holley gave a very interest and informative program complete with a slide presentation on “The Hope Factory”, a project she was and is very much a contributor located in Nairobi , South Africa. The program’s aim is to save as many children as possible by providing safe living conditions, medical attention, and water.
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Our FREE SPAY AND NEUTER CAMPAIGN continues and here are a few statistics from 2012. Second Chance has spayed 25 female cats and kittens. Now this may not seem like a huge number but here are the facts. One pair of cats can produce 3 litters each year and, for the sake of this article, we will say that each litter consists of 4 kittens, two of which are female.
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Mason Junior High is so proud of our 7th and 8th grade Gifted & Talented students that competed in the Area 15 Robotics Inventions Contest in Robert Lee, Texas. We had ten students from four teams travel to compete in the Inventions Division of the Area 15 Robotics Competition. The goal of the Robotics Inventions division is to create and program a robot to do a specific job or task.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
Residents in the College/Moody Street area were dealing with the death of Jerry Estes, 30, of Brady on January 26. The area was closed off as a crime scene while law enforcement investigated his death. Sheriff Buster Nixon informed the News on Monday that, even though they are still finishing up the details of the investigation, there was no evidence of foul play in Mr.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
The spring grant application deadline for Mason Community Foundation is Mon. March 3rd. Non-profit groups and organizations desiring funds for projects that benefit the Mason community may pick up an application at the Community Thrift Store. Please remember that we are in our new location-206 Moody St. (the old Post Office).
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On January 21, residents of the entire town of Fredonia, and those living in the area, were surprised to learn they were being evacuated. The precautionary move was in response to a propane tanker that had overturned while turning around on the shoulder of Highway 71 at the Fredonia road.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
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 an Alzheimer’s disease and dementia support group open to all citizens in the Mason area. The purpose of this support group is to provide an open forum wherein caregivers and those afflicted with either Alzheimer’s or dementia or any other illness which has placed immense responsibility on the family/caregivers to meet their medical ne ...
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 5, 2014
The Mason County Cancer Benefit Team meeting date has been changed from February 3rd to Monday, February 10th. The meeting will be held in the MISD cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. Please help spread the word and we are looking forward to seeing you there!
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Don Stuart Keller, age 78 of Bigfoot, Texas, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014, in Pearsall, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry W. Keller, Jr. and Gladys Keller; and daughter, Peggy Ann Keller. He is survived by his wife, Angela Keller of Bigfoot, Texas; sons, Ron Keller and wife Julie of Brady, Texas, Wes Keller and wife Kerry of Albany, Texas, and James Keller and wife Cristy of Bigfoot, Texas; daughter, Darby Howell and husband Bill of Burnet, Texas; brothers, Wayne Ke ...
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Sports
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
Football District 14 Center Point Harper Johnson City LBJ Junction Mason Brackettville Brackett Sabinal Basketball District 27 Center Point Harper Johnson City LBJ Junction Mason San Saba
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Varsity Cowgirls vs. Medina Tuesday, Jan. 28 Mason 4—12—8—12 = 36 CP 1—2—11—9 = 23 Scoring—Katie Smith—4, Caroline Hudson—6, Kelly Kothmann—7, Kayla Guice—11, Hannah Haley—8. Rebound Leaders—Caroline Hudson—13, Hannah Haley—7, Lydia Bierschwale—5. Blocks, Steals & Deflections—Caroline Hudson—7, Kayla Guice—9 Assists—Kelly Kothmann—4, Monaco Schmidt—3. Varsity Cowgirls vs. Nueces Canyon Friday, Jan. 31 Mason 14—16—19—17 = 66 NC 9
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Punchers had two big wins over Medina and Nueces Canyon that puts them in second place. The Punchers next home game will be against Harper on Tuesday February 11th. Please come out and support the boys in their last home game and Senior Night. Mason vs. Medina PLAYER POINTS REBOUNDS ASSIST STEALS HANSCHECK 0 2 1 1 KUNC 12 2 0 1 M. CASTILLO 11 4 5 4 L. CASTILLO 12 4 2 4 G.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
The Mason Cowgirls are headed to the playoffs! If you are interested in purchasing a playoff t-shirt, you can use this link and order online: https://masonpc.itemorder.com/ or you can come by the school offices and fill out an order form. Written orders and money are due by February 6th at 3:30 pm, online orders are due by midnight on the 6th.