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February 26, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
An old fashioned barber’s chair sits in a corner near the main entrance to the Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge, a silent testament to the fact that staying longer than you’d planned is a distinct possibility. The rustic log building in rural southern Alabama is the kind of place you hear about, and read about, and sometimes see pictures of, but almost never find.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, February 18th, for a regular weekly meeting. There were 32 members in attendance. Lion Wilford McCann was responsible for the program and he spoke about his work as an Administrative Law Judge. Wilford said his main cases had to do with workman's compensation, and being a retired commander in the Navy, he had a lot of experience in being lied to.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
I usually sound like a “broken record”, but things are going very good for the City of Mason recently. Construction at the waste water plant is moving ahead and most of the major dirt work has been completed and now we will be looking to get all of the plumbing done so that water flows where we expect it to go.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
I’m not a gardener, nor have I ever been. I don’t mourn the fact that growing plants and flowers will never come my way. I think flowers are pretty, but the care of such just takes that special touch, that I don’t have. In fact, I can kill an ivy plant.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
As you know, the Friends of the Library hold a Book and Bake sale every spring. This year’s sale begins on April 11, so mark your calendars! In the meantime, if you have used books in good condition that you’d like to donate for the sale, you may drop them off at the Cherokee Rose or bring them into the library with our thanks! NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) Non-fiction: Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of the Redwing Operation and the Lost Heroes of Sea ...
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
Power outages can bring about many questions about the safety of the food in refrigerators and freezers. Following are points that can help determine what to keep and what to throw out as well as precautions if power fails. If the temperature of the refrigerator reaches above 40 degrees for more than two hours, then some foods will need to be thrown away.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
Detoxification is a basic natural health solution. It is particularly important in this day and age when toxic chemicals are in our homes, our food, our air and our water – and of course, spring is a great time to think about cleaning. A toxin is a substance that creates irritating and/or harmful effects to the body.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
In this 7th week after the Epiphany, Pastor Cliff continues to do God’s work at the “Mission de Candellila” in San Miguel, Mexico. Pray for his safety and strength as he uses his skills as a carpenter to build and repair the churches and schools and as he teaches the wonderful words of God to the people in Mexico’s interior.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
For the longest time, “round-up time in Texas” meant “headin’ up and movin’ out” cattle. Cowboys atop horses undertook the massive undertaking. They paid special heed to the “young ‘uns”--“little dogies,” if the song lyrics are to be trusted. (NOT doggies, “dogies,” long “o.”) Whoops, hollers and thundering hooves were sounds of excitement, all of this happening “when the bloom was on the sage,” harmonized by the Sons of the Pioneers.… ***** In Sweetwate ...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
This is it. This is the end. Time’s up. Visit’s over. February’s leaving. Gotta go. Spring’s on its way. Arctic air will soon retreat. It’s just got to. And things will soon heat up. And so it goes. To everything, there is a season. Just exactly when is the question. And no one ever really knows. Not in Texas anyway. Meantime, bulbs are coming up. Fruit trees are blooming. Bluebonnets are fixin’ to burst. And behold the quintessential quince. And yet… February ...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
Primaries, Ballot Access and One Party Rule. I get my back up every two years, around this time. In Mason, as well as in many other places in Texas, Local Elections are effectively decided in the Republican Primary. So, in order to enjoy my Constitutional Right to have some small say in who Represents me, in everything from District Attorney to State Senator, State Representative, to the US Congress...in order to at least feel like I have a say in such matters...I find that I must hold my n ...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
You know if you’re running for office of Attorney General , you should think twice about having an idiot campaigning for you, who called President Obama a subhuman mongrel. That’s a phrase right out of the Nazi playbook justifying the genocide of the Jews along with anyone else that didn’t fit their idea of the Aryan ideal.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
Many years ago, I worked for Garry Mauro when he was the Texas Land Commissioner. I was in the Veterans Land Board, so my job was very fulfilling and I was able to see that I was making a real contribution to helping Texas veterans qualify and obtain the things that had been earned by their service. There came a time, however, when I found my job to be less than enjoyable.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
The Hilda United Methodist Church has completed construction of a new fellowship hall. There will be a special service of consecration on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:00 AM. We will begin with our traditional worship service in the sanctuary with our special guest preacher Rev. Larry Altman, the San Angelo District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 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 the rescheduled Lunch ‘N Learn program on Health Aging open to all citizens in the Mason area. (Due to illness, the first offering of this program was cancelled.) According to research, the older population in 2030 is projected to be twice as large as it was in 2000.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
The annual Book and Bake Sale held by the Friends of the Library supporting the M. Bevan Eckert Memorial Library will be held April 11-16. Friends of the Library members will have a special preview on Friday, April 11 from 3-6 p.m. On Saturday, April 12, the sale will be from 10 a.m.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
Due to the fact that last month’s meeting was cancelled because of weather the Oak Initiative of Mason is once again inviting the public to hear freelance editor, publisher, and advocate of the pro-American Law for American Courts, Dorrie O’Brien. We have a second speaker this month and that is Amil Imani.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 26, 2014
The MCCB will be having a team meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 3, 2014 in the MISD cafeteria. Please bring any completed team registration or raffle forms. Also, don’t forget to bring canned items.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 26, 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 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
Mrs. Halamicek’s 4th and 5th grade science classes took a local educational field trip to Mason Greenstar last week. Mason Greenstar creates building materials for homes and buildings from recycled paper. Our local students have been collecting paper since October to donate in order to see the paper to block process.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of the Concho Valley Council of Governments will be visiting Sutton County to provide information about benefits that may be available for Medicare recipients and/or 60 years of age or older persons. Felicia Lindsey will be presenting “Millions are Losing Billions in Benefits” as it relates to seniors who are not taking advantage of resources they qualify for. The “Answer Van” will be at the Mason County Senior Historical Building at 505 Moody St, Mason, ...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
On December 31,2013, Reuben Geistweidt announced his retirement from Director of the Mason County Soil and Water Conservation District. Reuben has served on this board for over 37 years. The SWCD is dedicated to the protection and conservation of natural resources including soil, water, animals, plants and air. Through the years Reuben assisted with countless activities including setting priorities for the District and promoting conservation through education projects such as field days and sch ...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 26, 2014
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 104 Magnolia, will hold a “Grand Jury Investigation” into the death of Jesus Christ as a part of their Lenten services beginning on Wednesday March 5 at 7:00 p.m. The dramatic series, entitled “Why Did Jesus Die? A Grand Jury Investigation into the Death of Jesus of Nazareth” will take place every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 26, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Garden Club met February 18th, Tuesday, at 2 p.m. at the Mason Library. An interesting and informative program of “People, Pets, & Plants” was given by Margaret Durst, who along with her husband, Jeff, own The Green House. The Green House is an organic nursery and natural health store here in Mason.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
On February 20, Hochheim Branch 160 awarded a number of gifts/grants to local organizations. Recipients were, back row, left to right: J. W. Harle - Young Life; Jennifer Row - Steady Steps Weekday Ministry; and, Shanna Price - Senior Nutrition Center. Middle row: Carolyn Phillips - Friends of the Library.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
San Antonio – The Supreme Champion Market Steer Drive was held February 21st at the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo. Over the course of 3 days over 1,419 steers were exhibited and narrowed down to fifteen Breed Champions and fifteen Reserve Breed Champions. Each exhibitor in the Grand Drive received a $10,000 scholarship. Sierra Jade Martin of Mason, Texas, was Reserve Champion Charolais with her steer “The Great Bambino.” Martin is a member of the Mason County 4-H club.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
Gracie Belle is a little over a year old, and beautiful girl.  She is housebroken and crate trained.  She gets along well with other dogs, and is very gentle with her foster kitties!  Gracie would do well in an active home, or a home with other dogs that she can run and play with.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
San Marcos, Texas (Grassroots Newswire) February 24, 2014 - Texas State University has announced that the following students have been named to the dean’s list for the 2013 fall semester: Kelsey Elizabeth McBee of Brady (76825) April M Craig of Junction (76849) Travis C Trimble of Junction (76849) Ellie Michele Blair of Mason (76856) Lorri Ann E Drazan of Mason (76856) Shayla Estes of Mason (76856) Amber J Herrera of Mason (76856) Estrellita Longoria of Mason (76856) To be named to the Dea ...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
Kirsten Shaw won Reserve Grand Champion with her goat in San Antonio. She won the heavy weight division; but, after that, she went back into the ring and won the overall Reserve Grand. At the sale Thursday, her goat sold for $40,000! That is in addition to the $10,000 scholarship that she won.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
San Marcos, Texas - February 24, 2014 -- Jonathan Martin a resident of Mason (76856) was one of the graduates during the 2013 fall commencement ceremonies at Texas State University. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Geography. Texas State is an emerging research university located in the Austin-San Antonio corridor on the edge of the Texas Hill Country.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
There will be a special "thank you" reception to honor Second Chance Mason Animal Rescue on Saturday, March 15th, 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (a come-and-go affair). Complimentary cappuccino and cake balls for every donation made to Second Chance Mason Animal Rescue. Door prize drawings will be held every hour. Gift baskets will be raffled off during the day.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
In observance of Arbor Day, the Mason Garden Club presented the Mason Riata Service Organization with a check toward the planting and maintenance of trees at Heritage Park during their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 18 in the Stribling Room, Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Heritage Park is one of the community projects that the Riata Club has been involved in for many years.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
Noon, 2-18-14, I am summoned by my front door bell. “Excuse me, but our rocket seems to have landed on your property. May we have your permission to retrieve it?” Always a pushover for aliens with impeccable manners, I consented, of course. An hour later, their mission accomplished, I learned that their native galaxy was a bit closer than I’d originally thought, namely Eldorado High School, Eldorado, TX.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
The first class in “Chef” Martha Kothmann’s series of five Nonnie’s Kitchen: My Favorite Comfort Foods filled quickly and was hugely successful! Delightful aromas and sounds of laughter wafted from the Stribling Room, and at the end of the luncheon a hearty round of applause could be heard. Mason County Library staff were also allowed to sample and can attest that the food was delicious!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club held its annual 42 tournament for the community on Monday, February 17 from 1-4 p.m. in the Stribling Room of the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Door prizes were awarded for high point. Refreshments were served by the members and a fun afternoon was had by all.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
The March meeting of the Hill Country CattleWomen will be hosted by the Mason and Llano County members. The meeting will be held on March 18, 2014 at Nacho’s Restaurant in Mason. Nacho’s is located on US Hwy. 87 North (also 804 Fort McKavitt) on the right after you pass the Courthouse Square.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
On February 28th at 6 p.m., we will hold a meeting to remember Operation Desert Storm. The place will be the Post on Post Hill St. This is an open meeting, and all interested parties are invited to attend. All questions about the VFW can be directed to Lawrence Spell, Post Commander, at 325 429 6224
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
Habitat for Humanity of Mason County is looking for families or individuals to apply for the 2014 Habitat Home. You must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status. You cannot own a home now or any time in the past 5 years unless the home is unsafe. You must attend at least 2 of the 3 application meetings that will be held at the Eckert Community Center at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is offering a free Spanish class beginning on March 11. The class will run from 5:00-6:30 P.M. on Tuesdays and will be held in the Stribling Room. Carmen Griffith will be teaching the class, and class size is limited. Please call 325-347-5446 to register.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
The 2nd Annual Lee Graham Relays will be March 15th. Field events will begin at 10 a.m. and the running finals will begin at approximately 2 p.m.; or, 1 hour after field events are over. Anyone interested in working the meet can contact Coach Burns at 325.347.1122 ext 229. Hope to see you at the track.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
What are we: We are a camp to help kids 7-18 year olds, deal with real life struggles in a positive/non-aggressive manner. We teach life lessons and coping skills to all kids who attend. We expose campers to fun activities in a outdoor setting, fun can be had right in your hometown.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014 • Photos
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014
If you didn’t get to go to the boys’ playoff game or listen to it on the radio (which by the way everyone said that Justin made it sound as if they were there) you should know that the players did an excellent job of representing Mason. The Punchers jumped out to an early lead shooting the ball extremely well and playing some great defense.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 26, 2014
After winning the district title against tough opponents, Harper, Junction, and Nueces Canyon, the Area title against Thrall (46-40), the Regional Quarterfinals title against Junction (42-38), the Cowgirls earned a berth to the Regional Tournament held in New Braunfels. They played a hard-fought battle against the Weimer Lady Cats, tying up the game with two minutes left before falling short 57-50.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 26, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Cowgirls defeated Junction for the third time this year, earning the Regional Quarterfinals Champion title. Pictured LR: Mgr. Seir’re Morris, Katie Smith, Amber McGowan, Avery Gibbs, Monaco Schmidt, Kelly Kothmann, Hannah Haley, Caroline Hudson, Lydia Bierschwale, Kirsten Allen, Katy Armstrong, Kayla Guice, Jayde Witt, and Paris Jones. Varsity Cowgirls vs.