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June 11, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
The nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Sunday, June 15, 2014. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where the person is nominated.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014 • Photos
~ ~ ALOHA ~ ~ ..a bit of Island Attitude in Mason! The ladies at the Mason Community Thrift Store (l to r, Hortencia and Wendy) were seen recently on one of their celebrated Theme Days, where they model items fitting the days theme. As seen here, it was “Hello to Summer” as they arrange the swimsuit and summer wear racks that have come into high demand with the onset of summer time temperatures.
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MASON, TX – America’s largest country music talent search, “Country Showdown,” is coming to the Texas Hill Country and will be hosted by Lone Star 102.5. Throughout the month of June, Lone Star 102.5 welcomes singer-songwriters and musicians to submit music for a chance to compete and perform in the Country Showdown talent show, which will be held at Mason County Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural “Texas Tune-Up,” a three-in-one music event at the Fort Mason City Park Friday, July ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
Saying that Carrie Rodriguez is their trifecta - beautiful singer, soulful songwriter, and kick-ass fiddler - fans and critics alike will always bet that she’s going to win the hearts of everyone in the audience. From barn-burning country to acoustic rock to heart-breaking folk, Carrie has a voice that is beautiful and strong, alluring and defiant. Live at the Cactus and Give Me All You Got are her latest albums and on the them she says “I’m laying out some extreme emotional highs and lo ...
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
There are numerous perks associated with being an outdoor writer. For one thing, I have thousands of proofreaders, who take great delight in pointing out my mistakes and typos, both real and imagined. I can claim deductions on my federal income tax returns for items such as deer corn, fishing worms, ammunition, and even fox urine.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, June 3rd, for its regular monthly business meeting. There were 27 members and five visitors in attendance. "Boss" Lion Fritz Landers was responsible for the program and Secretary/Treasurer Gene Gammill read the minutes and gave the financial report. The Hamburger Lunch was another great success with it being the best we have ever done.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
I really get a kick out of these television commercials. Any commercial with dogs and kids are so cute. However, there are those that really get to me. The commercial about the thingy that senior citizens need to get help in an emergency is a hoot. The lady in distress pushes the button and the man from the command center says, “Are you okay?” Now, it’s for emergencies and this nut asks if she is okay?
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
This week we pray for Pastor Cliff and John Jordan as they attend the Annual Conference. There are many decisions that they must make regarding our church and the Methodist Church in the world. Pray that God will guide them as they do His work. Steve and Karen Toone will celebrate their anniversary on Thur., June 12th.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
Will K., it has finally rained enough on two occasions to obscure the top of Erna Hill from view in the valley below and now the valley is green with vegetation, even if most of it is mesquite and prickly pear, but we will endure. Some interesting events have occurred in the London area over the last 100 plus years.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
I needed to take something for a little get together this weekend, and I remembered that I had purchased some corn on sale a couple of days ago. It is more than Brooke and I will eat by ourselves, so it is an easy choice for taking to the party!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
Iodine is an essential trace mineral that we normally obtain in our diet from iodized salt. Deficiency of iodine results in goiter or enlarged thyroid gland. Goiter is usually accompanied by hypothyroid conditions such as fatigue, coldness, constipation, weight gain and poor memory. In 1924, iodine was added to table salt to remedy the massive iodine deficiency that was occurring in the United States.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) I want to say “Thank you!” to Wendy Hastings and Debra Schovajsa for running the concession for us during the last two astronomy programs at the Odeon. I also want to thank Linda Laury for running the projector last week! She got a crash course from Spider and did a superb job!
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In the season when pomp is exceeded only by circumstance, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute got a “double dose” of flowing robe formality with the inauguration of a new president, followed a few weeks later by commencement exercises. Dr. Gene Wilkes, 26-year pastor at Legacy Church in Plano and former member of the Carroll faculty and Board of Governors, assumed the presidency of the Arlington seminary. Wilkes succeeds the founding president, Dr.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
This week at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve, we saw bats….lots of bats. It was a truly phenomenal experience. I have had the pleasure of watching these emergences for over nine years. It never gets old or boring. It still makes the blood rush in excitement. Every night is unique in its own way.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
The name says it all. So they say. We looked at female names. Exotic, quixotic, quizzical, and creative. Perhaps more extensive than boys’ names. Maybe since boys were named after their fathers. Whereas the daughter could be named after a flower, an instrument, or a state. Violet. Viola. Virginia. But the son was John. Like his father. And his father before him. And his father…well, anyway. Or Biblical names. Paul. Michael. David. Much has changed in the past 50 years. Th ...
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Updated June 12, 2014 1:14 PM
The bright Texas sun can be harsh and glaring. In any photography class, one of the first things you learn is that midday is the worst time to take photographs, as the light comes from directly overhead and washes away all the details in the photos that you would take.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
Barry Kilgore is teaching G.E.D. Test Preparation Class at the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Library. He offers a flexible schedule. Call 325-347-5446 for more information.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
Thursday, 12 June at 6:30 p.m. 237 Post Hill Road, Mason, TX All members encouraged to attend. We will be voting on a new constitution for our post. For more information contact Holly B. Gilmore, Post Adjutant, at (325) 429-6368.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
Members of Central Texas Electric Co-op Board District 3 (Mason/Menard/McCullough, Northern Kimble County), met Tuesday, June 3rd in the Mason Junior High cafeteria. The members were welcomed by the co-op’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert A. Loth III. Mr. Loth opened the meeting with the introduction of members of the co-op’s Board of Directors in attendance.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
The Odeon Preservation Association will continue their monthly screening of independent and documentary films at the historic Odeon Theater in Mason beginning June 18. The indie/doc film night, always on Wednesday, will showcase filmmakers from Texas, expose film enthusiast to alternatives to the regularly scheduled feature films, and perhaps, inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
McCulloch Lodge #273 recently awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship to a graduating Mason High School Senior. This the first time the Lodge has given a Scholarship. The money came from the members of the Lodge and from The Texas Masonic Charity Foundation. Over 500 Lodges across the state participated in this years awards.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
The annual Geistweidt family reunion will be held Saturday, June 14, at the C-I Ranch (the former Edgar Geistweidt ranch in the Salt Branch community), 3648 James River Road, Mason. Hosting the reunion are Kathleen, Dennis and Brenda Crenwelge, Terri and Russell Immel and families. The event begins at 10:30 a.m.
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The Gillespie County Fair & Festival Association is offering a July 4th weekend of pari-mutuel horse racing combined with a Scholarship Fest in Fredericksburg at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5. It will be the first pari-mutuel horse race meet of the Gillespie County summer racing season.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
The Mason Garden Club will have its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 17 at 11 a.m. at the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, Stribling Room. This will be a salad luncheon and everyone is asked to bring their favorite salad. Drinks will be furnished. Members are asked to bring their ideas for the next year’s programs and projects.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
The Long. Mt. community Club will hold their monthly meeting and pot luck supper on Friday eve at 6:30 PM, June 13. This is your lucky Friday so come and join in. Since in the past, June has been a homecoming month, and chicken was the menu, I will bbq.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014 • Photos
The Llano Tea Party announces its 2nd annual “Picnic in the Park,” celebrating our nation’s Declaration of Independence from the British Crown. The event will take place on Friday, July 4 at the pavilion in Robinson City Park (RR 152), beginning at 12:00 noon. Site grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, desserts and tea will be served.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
George & Karen Loftin will be hosting the June meeting of the Hilda Community Club. It will be covered dish supper so please bring a dish to share. They’ve bought a brand new bingo set so we’ll have the world championship bingo games begin after the meeting & there will be prizes too!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
Oaknoll Ranch Hunting Lodge* Menard, TX Sameul and Elizabeth Shellenbarger came to Texas in the late 1840’s. They eventually settled in the Fort McKavett/Menard area. Their children: Henry Louis Shellenbarger; Ellen Eveline wife of Robert Casey; Martha Caroline wife of Denis Kingston and Oscar Otto Splittgarber; Dorothy wife of Patrick Fields; Mary Elizabeth wife of Charles Champie; and Clara wife of Adolph Merganthaler have many descendants. Gather together with cousins you may have nev ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
June the 14th is flag day. Everyone is encouraged to fly your flag on this day. The VFW post will be receiving old worn out flags to be properly retired at the Post. If you have purchased a flag and are wondering what to do with the old one, bring it by the Post.
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Dr. Flake-n-stein will be at the Stribling Room of the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library on Thursday, June 12, at 2:00 P.M. to entertain Mason’s children. Dr. Flake-n-stein, AKA Brett Roberts, will be performing a combination of magic and science experiments as part of the Library’s Summer Reading programming.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
Even though school is dismissed for the summer, there are many people hard at work preparing for next school year. One of the most significant tasks will be to prepare to start construction on the new classroom wing. The projected date to begin construction is mid-September (weather permitting). Prior to that happening portable buildings must be relocated, utilities disconnected and reconnected, etc.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
(Editor's Note: Kelly Schmidt has served his country in World War II, and in the past two weeks, he watched his granddaughter, Havana, graduate from West Point Military Academy. It moved Mr. Schmidt to share the following memories.) In 1939, Hitler ordered his German armies to conquer Europe and take the island nation of England .
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With so many free exercise programs in Mason, it’s not difficult to find something for everyone. For those of you who want to pursue a fitness program this summer, we have just the challenge for you. It’s the Summer Meltdown Challenge. There are at least 13, YES, 13 FREE exercise programs offered in Mason.
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The Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library has named Al Dreyer as the Artist of the Month for June. Al is a native Texan, but former employment with the Department of Defense Air Force resulted in frequent assignments within the United States, Panama, and Germany. Always interested in art, he had myriad opportunities to visit museums, private galleries, and showrooms as well as informal “sidewalk” exhibitions.
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The art work of Ashlyn Brandenberger will be exhibited at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library for the next two weeks. As a senior art student, Ashlyn chose a theme for her art throughout the year. She stated, “Since I have been a big reader most of my life, I thought it would be only natural that my theme be illustrating my favorite stories.
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Riata met at the beautiful home of KK and George Brannies for their end of the Club year party. Husbands were special invited guests. A catered meal was served by Boon Docks in Brady, deserts and appetizers were provided by Club members. A good time was had by all in a beautiful setting around the pool.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
The Hill Country Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Auxiliary announced the Scholarship Recipients, all with agriculture related majors, at the June 2 meeting in Cave Creek. $19,000.00, the money raised at the October Wool and Mohair Luncheon Fashion Show at the YO, Kerrville, has been divided among six college students and ten high school graduates.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
The iconic and historic Premier Ranch, being 1,634 acres in southern Mason County on US Hwy. 87, sold on May 23 to new owners Haverlah Ranches, who have current operations in Archer County, Cherokee and Castell. They plan to continue the existing trophy whitetail hunting operation, as well as expand their ongoing commercial and registered cattle herds. The buyers were represented by Frosty Miller of Frosty Miller Real Estate, and the sellers, Amanda and Lee Lasater, were represented by David C ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
Angelo State University conferred 709 undergraduate and graduate degrees upon 705 graduates during 2014 spring commencement exercises May 10 in San Angelo, Texas. Areas of undergraduate academic study at ASU lead to the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Border Security (B.B.S.), Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Cultural Competence and Security Studies (B.C.C.S.S.), Bachelor of Cultural Fluency and Security Studies (B.C.F.S.S.), Bachelor of Fine A ...
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First United Methodist Church recently had a river baptism followed on Sunday by Confirmation. Mickey Nail, Aaron Reardon, Madelyn Heath, and Megan Canfield were baptized, while Whitt Bierschwale, Klay Klaerner, and Zane Shoemaker reconfirmed their baptisms. Reardon, Heath, and Canfield all joined the church during the Sunday service.
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Mr. & Mrs. Jarrod and Marcy (Lehmberg) Young are excited to announce the birth of their son, Miles Allen Young. He was born Monday, March 31st, at 9:01 a.m. in Houston. Miles weighed six pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 inches long. He is welcomed by big sister Emersyn, proud grandparents Mark & Judy Lehmberg of Mason and Montie & Cynthia Young of Mont Belvieu, as well as great-grandparents Roy Lehmberg of Mason and Augusta Spangler of Baytown.
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The Mason County News is pleased to welcome their newest intern to the staff. As our outgoing intern, Jackie Drazan, departs Mason for the halls of Texas Christian University, Mason High School sophomore Jackson Chapman, son of Shain and Michelle Chapman, has stepped in to pick up the gauntlet. Jackson will be updating the website, working on the "Looking Back"
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Vyror Jean Willingham, age 72, passed away on Tuesday, May 20 2014, at Estrella Oaks Nursing Home in Georgetown, Texas. She was born in Llano, Texas on January 1, 1942. She enjoyed crocheting baby blankets for her family and friends. She enjoyed being on the Llano River and collecting rocks she found.
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Arthur D. Kothmann was born on May 22, 1920, the only child of Floyd Kothmann and Veda Bell Eaker. He grew up in Mason County, living there all his life except for a couple of years when his parents lived in Brady. His only schooling was at the Capps country school where Arthur rode his horse to every day.