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June 25, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
The Hill Country pari-mutuel horse racing season kicks off July 4th at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg with two days of live racing at the Class 3 track on July 4 and 5, 2014. Ten races are scheduled for Friday, July 4, with another 12 races set for Saturday, July 5.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
The Community Thrift Store, on the Mason Square, receives regular donations of items to sell which helps the store continue to ‘give back’ to the community through grants awarded by the Mason Community Foundation. These donations range from everyday household goods and clothing to those of particular value. A recent donation was an unusual item of historic interest, a handmade Signature Quilt from 1941, signed by 30 members of the Fredonia Quilting Club.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
An official ribbon cutting was held last week for Schatzi's at 936 San Antonio Street. Heidi Comey and two of her children were greeted by members of the Mason County Chamber of Commerce and welcomed as one of the newest businesses in the county. Schatzi's has beer, soda, snacks, bread, tortillas and basic groceries, all available via drive-thru.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
Members of Bluebonnet Study Club met Tuesday, June 17th as the regular club meeting. With reluctance and after many comments, members voted to cease as a civic organization in Mason. The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club was formed in 1941 with ten charter members. We are a member of Alamo District of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs (TFWC) which is a part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international service organization headquartered in Washington, DC.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
On Sunday, June 29th at 5:00 PM, the Mason County Ministerial Alliance will hold a Fifth Sunday Sing Service at First United Methodist Church. The service will be held outdoors on the lawn under the big shade trees. As always, there will be praise and worship through music, prayer, and fellowship.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
The kitchen table was the center of activity for the family of six. It filled up the small kitchen even when no one was in there, but when the family ate it seemed they wore the room, instead of entering it. With any company present, any move, even reaching for the salt, had to be planned and carefully executed lest disaster ensue. The two youngest members of the family, twins Stephen and David Bynum, were a couple of my best friends, and I spent as much time as possible in their home during m ...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, June 17th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 32 members in attendance. Lion Gaylon Thorn was responsible for the program and he introduced Matt Kast with the Natural Resources Conservation Service who spoke about the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the "Farm Bill"). Matt showed a PowerPoint presentation detailing all the changes and all the things that remain from the Farm Bill of 2008.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
For years my thermostat was broken. No, they weren’t “Power Surges,” they weren’t MELT DOWNS! There is nothing that can explain the MELT DOWNS! Sometimes I would put my head in the freezer to get relief. The men at the Coop. didn’t ask me why I was doing this. Guess, they knew better.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
Look and listen for God; He is watching you. Happy anniversary wishes go to John and Teresa Koock on June 26th and to Bob and Joanne Davee on June 28th. And happy birthday to Max Jordan on June 30th. Right after worship, there will be a family fellowship meal to welcome Pastor John and his wife, Sharon.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
On June 15 we had a huge influx of female bats visiting the cave to bear their young. Our 1.6 million mothers-to-be already made your mouth drop when they began their nightly bug hunt from the cave. When another 4-6 million joined this colony it made it something of a memory-making spectacle! The mother bats at the Eckert James River Bat Cave have all given birth to their pups at this date.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
D is for density as in bone density – a statistic that many women are concerned with. Bone density is a measure of the quantity of bone, not the quality. I like to make a distinction here, because bone quality is an important concern that is being overlooked by many. Bone quality concerns reduced risk of fracture which should be distinguished from bone quantity as expressed as bone density.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
This next week, if you are a resident of the City of Mason, you should be getting an important piece of mail from us. This is the annual Water Quality Report mandated by the EPA and it addresses the issues that we have with some fairly minor radionuclide contamination in our drinking water.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
We now have a new link on our Overdrive Big Country Library page. About halfway down, you’ll see a bright blue icon that says “Visit the digital collection for KIDS eReading Room.” If you click the icon, the Kids’ Reading Room will open. This room contains only titles for children and teens/young adults.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
The summertime sun can brighten vacations, but it also can bring two unwanted problems: sunburn and heatstroke. Take care outdoors this summer season—keep your skin and body healthy by staying hydrated, cool, and covered. I looked to the University of Florida Extension Service for some tips on beating the summer heat! Keep Covered Damaging UV rays do not need to cause sunburn to hurt your skin—they can cause damage in only 15 minutes.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
Honest-to-goodness columnists who write scatter-shooting accounts on miscellaneous topics often refer to such pieces as “potpourri.” This has always impressed me, since my using the word always requires a visit to Webster or Google—my predictable response to a Spell Check squiggle. I usually call it a “Mother Hubbard” column, which, like the frontier dress so named, covers everything but touches nothing. That’s the current intent, with thoughts and observations all over the map, s ...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
Somewhere it’s five o’clock. And somewhere it’s NOT 90 degrees. Wonder where that is… Possibly the other side of the world. Since it’s Winter in the Southern Hemisphere. June, July, and August. Down under. Australia. New Zealand. In the Andes. Patagonia. Antarctica. Not all of them get snow and ice. Except Antarctica. And that’s year round. Just the thought of it brings relief to the heat.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
An open letter to Representative Mike Conaway,11th District of Texas. Mike, I received your glossy mailer, regarding the need to “Defend the Constitution”...from Abuse of Power by the Executive Branch. I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment, but I wonder about the timing of this heartfelt concern. Where were you, Mike, when your former employer was in the White House, engaged in the most egregious abuse of Executive Power in our history?
, Editor
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
Last Friday, summer officially began. Even though school had already finished and graduation had already occurred, we still hadn't had the solstice yet, so we were only riding on the edge of the summer season. Then, right on cue, people started heading to the coast, to the river, to the mountains and to the parks. Even growing up as a farm kid, summer vacation was a special time.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
For over a year now the Friends of the Library began partnering with the Mason Library to offer Spanish-to-English classes for adults who want to learn to speak English. Since then over 35 Spanish-speaking adults and 25 volunteers have participated in this program. This is remarkable for a community the size of Mason.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
So what is hot on your summer agenda? How about the Summer Meltdown Challenge. There’s a free fitness program waiting for you. Choose from the list below & attend as many as you desire. There is literally something for everyone. Classes are offered at convenient indoor locations that can fit almost any schedule and any level of ability.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
Flexible day or evening schedule at Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library Call 325-347-5446 for more information.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
Carol Tucker will begin an Excel I 2010 class at the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library on July 14. The class will meet for four consecutive Mondays at 6:00 P.M. in the Library. The class is free, and participants will receive a manual. Class size is limited. Please call 325-347-5446 to register.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
We will have a game day at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8 in the Stribling Room. Everyone is welcome!
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Pastor Wade Powell presented his painting of Estes Chapel at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, KY, to seminary president, Dr. Timothy Tennent. The painting hangs in a prominent spot in the office of the president. Prints and greeting cards of the painting will be available through the alumni office and seminary events office.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
SEARCY, AR (06/17/2014)(readMedia)-- Paden Hemphill of Mason (76856) is one of more than 750 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University’s commencement exercises May 10, 2014. Hemphill received a Bachelor of Arts in general studies. Graduates include students from the College of Allied Health, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Ministry, Paul R.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
Paige Ellen Blair, daughter of Martin and Tina Blair of Mason, Texas, and Jeremy Duarte, son of Jr. and Gigi Duarte also of Mason, Texas, were married Saturday, April 19th at five-thirty in the afternoon at Four Point Cellars Winery in Fredericksburg, Texas. Pastor John Benefield officiated. Parents of the bride and groom and the bridal party entered to the song “Ride With Me” by Cody Johnson and the bride made her entrance to “Better Today” by Coffey Anderson.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
Sammy & Paula Crouch of Mason are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Diane Lynne Crouch, to Conlee Wayne Davis, son of Frank & Lisa Davis of San Angelo and Sean & Mickie Rybacki of Austin. Diane received her bachelor’s degree from Hardin Simmons University in 2010 with a major in Public Relations/Advertising.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
Esequiel & Juanita Torrez will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary. The couple married on June 27, 1943, at Pajacuaran, Michoacan, Mexico. A special Blessing will be given during the 12:00 o’clock Spanish Mass on Sunday June 29,2014, at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Burlington, Colorado. The couple reside in Burlington, Colorado.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
Jerry and Julie Sandoval of Beijing, China, became the proud parents of twins on April 25. Joshua Weber weighed four pounds, 15 ounces. His sister, Jubilee Lou, weighed four pounds, seven ounces. They are welcomed by big brother Josiah. The grandparents are Ben and Georgia Draper and Marie Weber. Excited great grandparents are Driscol and Martha Drpaer and Lou Fleming.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
This was Dale Scott's 22nd year to participate in the police games and he won one gold and one silver medal. First place in fighting, and second place in forms. Dale is a fifth degree Black Belt. He has been with the Mason County Sheriff's Department for 15 years.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: In its 34th year, the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition was held June 20th thru 22nd at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco. After judging more than 4,500 wines from around the world, the results have been announced. Becker Vineyards won BEST ROSE, Double Gold Medal 95 points with the 2013 Becker Vineyards Provencal (Mourvedre), Tallent Vineyard. Richard and Bunny Becker, proprietors of Becker Vineyards, own three vineyards but also purchase grapes from ...
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
It was a fun filled week of painting. Our focus, discussion and talk was around each person’s HOPES, DREAMS & ASPIRATIONS. This could have been what makes them happy now….expectations of the summer or long term. The important thing is that everyone had fun. The two younger classes created a book.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
McCulloch County native Chad Taliaferro has been making a name for himself ever since he left his hometown of Brady to embark on a career in law enforcement. That career has spanned 17 years of service with departments in Marble Falls and Burnet County. Now, his vast experience in law enforcement has him on a different hunt—one where he's a featured character in a television series on The History Channel. Currently a Burnet County Deputy, Taliaferro has teamed up with his soon-to-be father- ...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
(Mason, Texas)—Mason County farmers and ranchers should make their voices heard on new and highly burdensome clean water rules, according to Mason County Farm Bureau. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the time available to comment on their “Waters of the U.S.” proposal until Oct. 20, and until July 7 to comment on the accompanying interpretive rule.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
One of Mason's current game wardens, Cody Hatfield (at left), and a former game warden, Jerry Gordon, recently received promotions. Following are their biographies. Jerry D Gordon Is now the Captain over training at the Game Warden Training Center near Star, Tx. After Graduating from Texas A&M University Jerry started his career as a Game Warden in 1986.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
Presenting WELDON HENSON and HAL KETCHUM Our next ROOTS Series, Texas Americana night, is on Saturday, June 28. Our Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting.  While enjoying a concert you can tour the Museum buildings. Gates open at 5:30. The Museum complex is a wonderful setting to sit under the beautiful Texas Hill County skies.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
(Mason, Texas)—It looks like the time is ripe to begin repeal of the estate tax, said Mason County Farm Bureau President, Tim Dockal. More than half of the House of Representatives are cosponsoring Rep. Kevin Brady’s (R-Texas) Death Tax Repeal Act, HR 2429, which would repeal estate taxes and maintain stepped-up basis.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
JUNO - Female Australian Cattle Dog - 3-4 Years Old This sweet girl is a real attention seeker.  She was picked up by animal control and no one has come looking for her.  She has recently had puppies, but appears to be in good health.  Juno just wants to be loved on!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
The Puncher Club is finishing up the football program for the upcoming 2014 fall season. If you would like to purchase an ad in the program and haven’t been contacted, please contact Megan Bierschwale (meganofmason@gmail.com or 347.7666). There are ad sizes ranging from $75 to $500, so we can definitely fit your needs.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014 • Photos
Debbie Armstrong’s incredible “Crazy Quilt” is now on display in the Stribling Room of the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library. Debbie is self-taught and handcrafted the quilt in 1999. This is her first quilt and took about a year to complete. Her process of creating each piece with hand embroidery to depict a certain relevance to her life has resulted in a unique piece of art.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
Stacey Michell Bernal, age 34 of Decatur, TX and formerly of Brady, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Denton, Texas. She was born November 8, 1979 in Brady to Billy Dale Waddill and Dianne (Land) Waddill. She graduated from Brady High School. She married Rodrigo “Rocky” Bernal on December 2, 2006 in Brady.