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April 16, 2014 Issue
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Brandy Neece, President of the Chamber of Commerce, is excited to welcome the new Executive Director, Nikki Sills. There are a lot of great things happening at the Chamber and the board as a whole feels that Nikki is going to be a huge asset. If you missed the Open House, please stop by the office and meet her.
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Sacrifice and commitment by Mason High School students and academic coaches earned MHS the 2014 academic championship. Competing against 11 district schools Mason High captured the District 29-A Spring Meet title. When points from all academic events and one act play were awarded MHS scored 395 points well ahead of second place Harper with 317 points.
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Hilda United Methodist Church’s annual sunrise service will take place Easter morning at approximately 7 a.m. Special music by Matthew Gideon will round out the unforgettable drama of the Easter sunrise. This event is Hilda Church’s gift to our friends and families. Seating is not provided, so it is advisable to bring chairs or blankets. The church will serve a continental breakfast at the new fellowship hall immediately following the service.
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St. Paul Lutheran Church welcomes you to join us for our Holy Week services. We will have a special service of Holy Communion on Maunday Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Good Friday services begin at 7 p.m. on April 18 with a final summation by the state’s attorney to conclude our dramatic Lenten series, “Why Did Jesus Die?
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
“No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe, while Congress is in session.” ~ Mark Twain April 2014 will probably be remembered, mostly, for the showdown in Nevada between the federal government and Cliven Bundy, cattle rancher. At this writing the conflict is far from over, although the Bureau of Land Management has, for the time being, backed down. It’s difficult for Texans to grasp exactly what is happening in Nevada, and some other states in the southwestern United States, since ...
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I must be mellowing! There are the bicycle peddlers that use to really get on my nerves. Now, I’m just grateful that none of them are mine. If they don’t know how ridiculous they look in their spandex and the Tupper Wear hats, then who am I to spoil their grandeur!
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The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, April 8th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 34 members and one visitor in attendance. Lion Charles Reichenau was responsible for the program and presented a program about Adolph 'Ad' Topperwein. He said Mr. Topperwein always loved shooting his single shot 22 caliber rifle his dad gave him when he was ten years old.
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I am once again going to help with a Healthy Cooking School in Brownwood on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Brown County Youth Fair Home Economics Building. The cost is $25 at the door and it includes food samples, a cookbook and goodie bag.
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Diabetes is a condition marked by too much glucose, or sugar in the blood. There are 2 types of diabetes. The first is called type 1, or insulin dependent diabetes, which occurs when the pancreas quits producing insulin. Type 2 diabetes is non-insulin dependent and results when the cells of the body become insulin resistant, meaning that they no longer respond to the insulin produced.
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Today is the last day of the Friends of the Library Annual Book and Bake Sale. Be sure to come by—all sales benefit the library. Thank you, Carolyn Phillips, for organizing the sale again. You did a wonderful job, as always, and thank you other FOL members who helped. And thank you, everyone who came and bought books or baked goods!
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When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. (Matthew chapter 27 verses 26-31) We have been hearing of tanks getting ready to roll through Ukraine, almost at the same time we are reducing our M-1 tank divisions in Germany and Western Mass shootings, missing Malaysian Airline flight, devastating mud slides, wars continuing in Syria, Afghanistan and too many other places, Ebola disease rearing it ...
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Some aspect of time steals quietly into our psyche in all conscious moments, and our use or abuse of it is central to much poetry, lyrics, scripts, conversations—you name it. Time, we’ve long claimed, is—or is not—on our side. It marches on, but sometimes seems to stand still. Though it deserves unending respect, its import is easily kicked to the side, like a soft drink can on life’s highway. Timing, some claim, is everything…. ***** A poet—and much more—challenged us to m ...
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Totipalmate. A village in the tropics. A tropical drink. An actress (Toti Palmate?) A lotion. Or toothpaste. Or dish soap. Nope. None of the above. Totipalmate. Pray you don’t have it. Or anyone else you know. Yep. Webbed feet. Something only a mother duck could love. The song rings true: “Be kind to your fine feathered friends For a duck could be somebody’s mother…” Or a goose. Or a pelican. In any case, it can happen. A person can be born totipalmate. Surgery u ...
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Dear Gerry: I would like to take a moment to thank the people of Mason County for the opportunity and the honor to serve as your County Attorney for the past twelve years. As most of you are aware, I was required to resign from the County Attorney position to run for 452nd District Attorney.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
Hi Gerry, Let the hunger games begin. The House GOP just passed Paul Ryan’s Budget last week. They are cutting food stamps of course. They couldn’t care less that a vast majority of food stamp recipients are children. I guess Ryan wants them to work in factories just like they do in China if they want to eat.
, Editor
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
The Easter season this year comes much later than usual. In true Hill Country tradition, that did not stop the temperature from dropping below freezing on Tuesday morning, send folks in the vineyards and peach orchards scurrying to deal with the threat. For we Christians, this is the holiest of weeks.
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Be one of the first 6 to find a white Bluebonnet in Mason County and win a prize from one of the following contest sponsors. This is a first attempt at what we hope will become an annual event, so please bear with any glitches or oversights. Your feedback is welcomed on how we can make this contest better in future years. Here’s what to do to enter: Find a White Bluebonnet in Mason County that has not yet been reported. Take a picture and note the date, time and location. Go to the FaceBo ...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library is sponsoring a blood drive to be held in the Stribling Room on Monday, April 21, from 2:00-6:00 P.M. This drive is an opportunity for people to give back to the community by giving the gift of life. About 25% of all blood is transfused to save the lives of cancer patients!
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St. Joseph parishioners are preparing for their 9th Annual Springfest Fundraiser which serves the public an overflowing plate of delicious BBQ Chicken with all the trimmings. Sunday, April 27th, is the date and serving begins at 11 AM in St. Joseph’s Hall located on the church grounds. The price per plate remains at $10.
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The public is invited to attend an Open House celebration for the new Shannon Dialysis Clinic, located inside Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital in Brady. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 2008 Nine Road, Brady. A late lunch will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to visit with Clinic physicians and staff. Shannon Dialysis Services offers a convenient, hospital-based choice for patients newly diagnosed with end stage renal disease and those in n ...
, President, Hext Community Center, Inc.
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What: Annual Hext Homecoming and Reunion When: Saturday, APRIL 26 10:00 AM until the last person leaves Where: Hext, Tx School House Goings On! Registration: 10 AM+ Fellowship: 10 AM until Lunch BBQ Lunch Served $10 per plate 12:30 PM Please RSVP your lunch attendees to Terri McWilliams so we will make sure to have enough for ALL that attend!
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Now that spring is in full swing (if you ignore the cold fronts) Texas Songwriters in the Round is preparing the next showcase at Sandstone Cellars Winery in Mason Texas. These showcases are every third Thursday from 6-10 in front of the wine bar. This month the show is on April 17th featuring Steve Brooks, a favorite of TSR, since 1999, is not new to music and song.
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Spring is in the air, and the time is here again for the annual spring Steady Steps fundraiser. Please join us Saturday, April 26th, at Ft. Mason Community Building for a delicious meal (donation only) catered by Willow Creek, followed by the traditional cake auction and silent auction, which always proves to be fun and exciting!  You may view and bid on the silent auction items starting at 5:00 p.m., and the meal will begin at 6:00 p.m.
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Monday April 14th thru Sunday April 20th, 2014 TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK-- 10:30am-- Chrism Mass @ St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Austin, with Bishop Joe S. Vasquez. Fr. Melvin will bring the Holy Oils for the Offertory Presentation at our Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday. THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK-- Conclusion of the Lenten Season/ Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper-- 4:15pm [Washing of the disciples’ feet-- 6 “chosen servants” Transfer of the Holy Eucharist with Adorati ...
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We will have our regular monthly meeting on April 21st at 630 p.m. At this time will elect officers for next year and delegates for the conventions in Dallas and St. Louis. Please make plans to attend. All questions about the VFW post in Mason can be directed to Lawrence Spell Post Commander at 325-429-6224.
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AUSTIN – Fifty Rio Grande wild turkeys sporting shiny and colored leg bracelets are roaming the woods this spring in Llano and Mason counties. Some have designer backpacks and state-of-the-art electronics. They are not trying to be fashion statements; they are participants in a high-tech information exchange. Earlier this year, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists working closely with local landowners trapped, tagged and outfitted these birds with GPS tracking devices for Rio Grand ...
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Patsy Ziriax has been kind enough to bring Crazy Quilt to the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library for display. This beautiful quilt belonged to her aunt, Ruby Kettner. Patsy doesn’t think that her aunt made the quilt, but she remembers it being displayed on the bed in her aunt’s guest bedroom.
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Twenty-one members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country will be showing their art work at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center in May. This exhibit, entitled “Stepping Out” will open on May 1 and will feature paintings, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, gourds and more. It will be held in the Avery Gallery and is free to the public.
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The weather was perfect and the bluebonnets by the Mason County Library and the blooming Spanish Lavender by the statue of Old Yeller drew the attention of the many visitors Saturday. The Mason Garden Club members offered many plants and herbs for sale along with some homemade soaps, shampoos, & lotions.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
The Llano Tea Party encourages all registered voters to exercise your privilege to vote in the Texas Run-off Elections on May 27th which includes candidates for US Senate, statewide, district and local races. Candidates from both Democrat and Republican parties have been invited to participate in a May 1st forum hosted by the Llano Tea Party.
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Five senior college students from Chapingo University near Mexico City, Mexico, have been studying in the U.S. for the past three months. The Noble Foundation, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, accepted the responsibility for providing training and field exercises on the latest range and wildlife technologies available. Homer Sanchez, a recently retired conservationist, from Mason, previously served as a consultant trainer for the group in Oklahoma, and last week coordinated a trip to Mason County so tha ...
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Operation Orphans, Inc. which has its base camp located on the Llano River in Mason county hosted 53 boys from 6 residential children and foster homes April 11th and 12th. The boys traveled to Camp Gene Ashby from Big Springs Ranch for Children, Leakey; Foster’s Children’s Home, Stephenville; Collard Foster Home, Glen Rose; West Texas Boy’s Ranch, San Angelo; Texas Baptist Home, Round Rock, and Sweeten Children’s Home, Brownwood.
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While enjoying a fine day of kayaking on the Llano River this past Friday, members of SEPM, Society for Sedimentary Geology took time to pose on top of the “Turtle Carapace”, a Stromatolitic dome (bioherm) some 500 million years old. SEPM was conducting this field trip in conjunction with the American Association of Petroleum Geologist’s Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.
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The Riata Service Organization recently purchased a new Electrocardiogram machine for the Mason Clinic. This type of equipment is used often at the Clinic and Riata is pleased to be able to donate a new one. Shown displaying the EKG at the Mason Clinic are Suzan Brown, Dr. David Hoerster and Sherry Alexander PA-C.
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On Monday afternoon, Rebekah Whitworth was sworn in as Mason Conty Attorney, filling the unexpired term left by Shain Chapman's resignation to run for District Attorney. Mrs. Whitworth was joined at the ceremony by her family, and by many of the staff and elected officials of Mason County.
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On March 10, the Hill Country Memorial (HCM) Medical Group welcomed Kristina Crawford, P.A., to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Robertson’s team. As a Physician Assistant, Crawford can perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, prescribe medications, perform injections and procedures and assist in surgery. She will assist Dr.
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Mason County Judge, Jerry Bearden, has been honored by the Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile to be prepared to handle his duties as county judge. Judge Bearden was inducted, again, as a Fellow in the Texas Judicial Academy March 20, 2014, at a reception in Lubbock, the Overton Hotel, during the 2014 Spring Judicial Education Session. The Academy, a partnership between the Texas Tech University School of Law and the Texas Association of Counties, names as Fellows each year those ...
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Sara Peyton and Jade Dospapas gladly announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their mommy, Erika Velez to Ryan Schmidt. Erika is the daughter of Valentin and Letty Velez of Mason, the granddaughter of Ray and Janie Garza of Fredonia, Roman Velez, Sr. of Mason and the late Lupe Bermea.
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Three generations of McAdams ran their first 10K race together recently when they competed together in Austin's Capitol 10K. Ranging in age from 14 to 80ish, they are, left to right: Kade, Grandpa J. Roy, cousin Will, Shel and Hunter. All did what they planned for months,,, they finished. Kade and Hunter are the grandsons of Max Hey and Marjorie Hey of Mason.
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Virginia Marie Grote, daughter of Don and Pattie Grote of Mason, Texas, and Clifton Douglas Barlow, son of Doug and Connie Barlow of Beaumont, Texas, were married Saturday, January 11th, at two o’clock in the afternoon at the Smith Family Chapel at Riverbend in Austin, Texas. Pastor John Patterson officiated. Music was performed by Stacy Arnold of Dallas, Texas, on the classical guitar.
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The Texas State University mascot team got 3rd at USA (United Spirit Association) Collegiate Nationals in California a few weeks ago. This is the first time Texas State University has sent Boko the Bobcat to compete in seven years. Mason High School graduate, Lorri Ann Drazan, is a member of the team.
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Mr. and Mrs. James Taylor Virdell, Sr., of Llano, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on April 5, 2014. Close friends and family joined them at their home in Llano to congratulate them on this momentous occasion. Taylor and Annelle (Lehmberg) were married at First United Methodist Church in Austin, while Taylor was serving as an aerial engineer in the United States Air Force during World War II and Annelle was working at Bergstrom Field in Austin. Their first home was Marfa, Texas, but ...
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A large group of Mason tennis youth recently attended an exhibition and training session by the professional duo known as The Bryan Brothers. The two tennis professionals spent a great deal of time with the kids, and were warmly welcomed by the young players in return.
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Stephanie Sparks became the owner of the 12th home built by Habitat for Humanity during a dedication ceremony last week.
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On March 24th, Mason Elementary School along with Alpha Beta Psi presented a training session on the book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. The goal was to have at least 10% of the families of Mason Elementary Students attend the training, and that goal was achieved! All families present received a copy of the book, thanks to Alpha Beta Psi.
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The Mason Study Club Silent Auction Items are on the move! In this photograph, Mary Carlman is wheeling the wheelbarrow full of garden necessities to its next location, The Commercial Bank. Along with the wheelbarrow, the other three items have also been moved. These include a bluebonnet painting by Sue Kaan, a colorful quilt by Pam Scott, and a Christian Fish made from a horseshoe in a limestone base by Penny Ruthven.
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Second Chance - Mason Animal Rescue is offering free spay/neuter for any dog or cat in Mason County (feral cats not eligible). Please call either of the following numbers to register your dog or cat. 325-347-6929, or, 325-347-5598.
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Three FAAHC artists still had jolly faces after a LONG day judging State VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event) on April 4th. The event was held at the high school in Bryan, Texas. On Saturday, April 5th, the teachers and students arrived to view the show and enjoy the medal presentations. Nan Loeffler and Marcy Holmes-Wheeler judged 3D work and Dayna Fowler Haines judged 2D drawing and painting.
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Tickets are now on sale for the annual Habitat for Humanity Spring Benefit. This year’s event will be held at the beautiful home of Judy Cordes and family on the banks of the Llano River on Saturday, May 17. The wine selection committee is hard at work selecting some of the top wines in Texas for tasting and the food committee has developed another outstanding menu of delicious dishes. This year’s live and silent auction will be one of the best ever, highlighted by a week’s stay in a wo ...
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
Each year in May throughout the U.S.A., veterans organizations like The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 place flags on the graves of deceased veterans, to honor their memories and the legacy of their brave defense of our beloved country. This tradition of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers began with Southern women who decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers even before the end of the Civil War.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
Why Denim? In 1998, a teenage girl in Italy was raped by her driving instructor.  The girl was held down on the ground by the instructor and was threatened with harm to herself and her brothers.  He was tried and convicted and sentenced to jail, and his case went to the Supreme Court of Appeals in Rome.  The court overturned the original ruling stating that because the victim wore very tight jeans she must have had to help remove them, thereby giving consent to have sex. The case made inte ...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
WorldStrides has extended the date for early bird registration to June 5, 2014! This means it is not too late to register for the June 2015 Washington, DC trip and save $125. There will be one meeting on April 15, 2014 at 6 pm in the Brady Elementary School Cafeteria.
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Sandra Kay Fredrick, 61, of Texarkana, Texas, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at her home. Ms. Frederick was born March 12, 1953, in Childress, Texas. She was retired from the Barry Telford Unit, New Boston, Texas, and a Christian. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Ashley and Casey Martin of Texarkana; one stepdaughter, Lanisha Giddnes of Texarkana; one son, Bradley Frederick of Madisonville, Ky.; one stepson, Nicholas Pace Sr.
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Crystle Keyser, of Mason, passed away on Sunday, April 13, at the age of 94. Mrs. Keyser is survived by her daughter, Priscilla Martin and husband Bill, of Mason, two grandchildren Kim Metcalf and husband Harvey of Center Point and Lori Allen and husband Skeet of Mason, three great-grandchildren; Kassie Potter and husband Luke, Garrett Allen and Kristen Allen and one great-great-grandchild Keagan Potter. Funeral services for Crystle Keyser will be held on Friday, April 18, at 11:00 a.m.
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Sports
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
On Friday April 4th, the Cowgirls took on Center Point. The Cowgirls played extremely well but came up short for the win. The Cowgirls came out strong in the 1st inning and played with intensity the entire game. The girls held their own against the number 2 team in our District.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
The Mason Punchers had a BIG 11-7 win on Friday of last week against Harper. Hunter Kunc pitched a full 7 innings with 5 strike outs and only 3 earned runs. It was backed by a great defensive efforts to hold them to 7 runs. The Punchers combined for 16 hits in the game that would put 11 runs on the board.
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Varsity Girls Track Results @ Harper Area Meet Districts 27/28 4 x 100M Relay—4th Kelly Kothmann, Madison Anderson, Khrista Morquecho, Cassie Benefield—52.75. 4 x 200m Relay—3rd Kelly Kothmann, Kayla Guice, Khrista Morquecho, Cassie Benefield—1:53.30 4 x 400m Relay—5th Angelica Ramirez, Khrista Morquecho, Kayla Guice, Madison Anderson—4:21.76 800m—2nd Angelica Ramirez—2:26.73 400m—1st Angelica Ramirez—1:03.61 100m—5th Cassie Benefield—13.30 Triple Jump—4th Kelly ...
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Since our last update, the Mason Junior High Tennis team has been extremely busy. We have participated in the local tennis-a-thon, a four team dual with Fredericksburg, Boerne North, and Boerne South, and competed in the Fredericksburg Invitational tournament. In Fredericksburg, Mason took 25 players to compete in the invitational on April 5th.