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August 27, 2014 Issue
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014 • Photos
The Summer Meltdown Challenge wrapped up on Friday, August 15th with a covered dish salad luncheon at River of Life Church. There was much celebrating of the fun we had & congratulations to the 3 top winners who logged the most hours exercising. The 3rd place winner was Jane Lakin.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014 • Photos
The Llano River Bed and Breakfast is open and welcoming visitors, and the Mason County Chamber of Commerce welcomed them with an official ribbon cutting last week. After an unexpected closing of Raye Carrington's bed and breakfast last summer, it is with great pleasure that the owners announce the opening of the Llano River Bed and Breakfast.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014
Where did the summer go? It has been extremely busy this summer at Mason ISD. One of the most important tasks was to complete the hiring of the staff. We have several new teachers and other personnel this year. The response to listing of personnel in the newspaper last year was very positive, so I thought I would do it again.
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Columns
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014
Very, very seldom do I ask my readers to actually do anything. There are several reasons for this. One is that I, like most people, assume others are a lot like me, and if a newspaper columnist asked me to do something, I probably wouldn’t do it. I’m too lazy.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, August 19th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 36 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Thom Canfield was responsible for the program and spoke about the Odeon Preservation Association and the ongoing work at the theater. Thom talked about how a group of concerned citizens came together to purchase and restore the Odeon.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014
The “YELLOW LIMO” is rolling again! Really, too, early for it to be rolling in my opinion. However, I was not, nor have I ever been asked for my expertise in such decision. I have many practical opinions in all sorts of matters. In my opinion, if you find a good product in your grocery store, they need to keep it and not discontinue it without your approval.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014
As I have mentioned in my column several times in the past couple of months, this is always the most challenging time of year for local governments as we all work to project revenues and expenses and arrive at a balanced budget for the next year. We at the City finished our paperwork a couple of weeks ago, and the last time I saw the County Judge he was working on finishing his sixth draft so that he could finalize everything.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014
On Sunday, we rejoiced because of the healing that answered our prayers. We saw Dr. Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Whitebol walk out of the hospital cured of the deadly Ebola virus. Jackie Johnson is doing great after surgery. Doreen Murphy is cured of cancer. Mark Durst is home after his successful operation. School started on Monday and all of the children brought their backpacks with all of their supplies to be blessed for the new school year.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014
One of our patrons had been trying for a while to get me to read the first book in Diane Gabaldon’s Outlander series. She told me STARZ has just begun the new series Outlander, and she thought I’d enjoy the books and the TV series. But she warned me, “You’ll get hooked!” She was right—I’m in the middle of the first book, and I’m loving it!
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014
Seems like summer is just starting to really heat up in Texas, yet it is already time for children to go back to school. My baby girl Brooke will be starting Kindergarten this year! Soon motorists will be sharing the roads with school buses, children walking or on bicycles, and even lots of new teen drivers taking their first car to school.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014
Among my mental gaps are some ludicrous misunderstandings about salt. Generally, I’ve been “buffaloed” about its origin, as well as the subtlety of Morton Salt’s 100-year-old ad. Still, I’ve “soldiered on.” During elementary school, our teacher asked if I knew where salt comes from. “We get ours at Safeway,” I answered.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014
Fleurs. Flores. Fiori. Blumen. Flowers. Something special about them. Fresh flowers, that is. Also called cut flowers. Flower bouquet. Flower arrangement. Flower petals. Or a single flower. Like one red rose. Symbol of love. Buy flowers. Bring flowers. Give flowers. Send flowers. No matter how you do it— Say it with flowers. The Petal Patch can help with that. They’re in with Mason Building Supply. And so can Wild Flowers. They’re where Streigler Florist used to be ...
, Editor
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
I'm not known for long term commitments. The longest I have been in a relationship is nine and a half years. The longest I've had a dog is seven and a half years. And, prior to this job, the longest I stayed with one profession was ten years. On September 1st, I will begin my 14th year with the Mason County News.
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Events
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
Cottonwood Shores/Marble Falls/Horseshoe Bay, TX - The Hill Country Community Theatre announce open auditions for their production of “A Christmas Carol.” Auditions are Monday September 22 and Tuesday September 23 at 7:00 PM at the theatre, 4003 W FM 2147, Cottonwood Shores, TX 78657.  Focusing on Dickens’ powerful language, humor and warmth, this charming version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL simply and directly tells the story of the redemption of a human soul.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
The year’s first meeting of the Menard/Kimble/Mason Retired Teachers for the 2014-2015 year will be Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Menard County Library. The meeting begins at 11:00; lunch will be served ($6.00). Annual yearbooks will be distributed at the meeting. All TRTA members are encouraged to attend. Also, anyone receiving a TRS annuity check is needed to join with us so that we can have a large united voice as we approach this year’s legislature regarding the critical state of our health ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
The Mason County Ministerial Alliance is moving their traditional fifth Sunday worship service to the fourth Sunday of September, due to the Labor Day weekend. The service will be held at First Baptist Church on Sunday, September 28th at 5 p.m. Hot dogs will be served on the lawn of the church followed by an indoor service of music.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
Central Texas Private Property Rights Coalition an organization founded to help rural property owners in the Central Texas area protect their property rights. Their purpose is keep rural property owners informed of local, state and national issues that could affect their property rights. They will be holding their annual meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Beer Garden in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
Don’t miss the Loyal Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s Third Annual “Gun and Crafts Show”, Saturday September 20th from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday September 21st from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive in Fredericksburg. Admission is just $5.00 per person, with kids under 10 admitted free!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
The cookbook, Nonnie’s Kitchen, My Favorite Comfort Foods”, will be available to the public on Friday, August 29, at 1PM in the Mason County Library. The recipes in the cookbook are those from the cooking series held at the Library last Spring. Martha Kothmann, Chef Nonnie, will be there to personally sign each copy and the first 20 people purchasing a cookbook will taste an amazing ice cream cone filled with three different gelatos: Salted Caramel, Chocolate Hazelnut and Strawberry Chees ...
, VFW Post 8554
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014
The day for remembrance of the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom is the 31st of August. The Post will hold a ceremony at 2 p.m. on the 2nd of September to remember those that fell during this conflict. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Ceremony will be held in the Post on Post Hill St.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014
The Fredericksburg Music Club is excited to present their 2014-2015 concert season. As we begin our 77th year as an organization, we are pleased to present eight concerts between September and May. This season is loaded with famous names such as Van Cliburn Finalist Tomoki Sakata, Doug Montgomery, and audience favorite Kay & Friends.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014
The drawing for the 2015 Puncher home game box seat tickets will be held on Wednesday,September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. The drawing will be held at the Administration Office on the north side of the square (200 Ft. McKavitt St.). In order to be entered into the drawing, a check for $240 needs to be delivered to the Administrative office prior to the drawing date.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014
The Harper Community Park Association will be celebrating their ”50th Annual Harper Frontier Days Celebration” Labor Day Weekend, August 29th - 31st. This 3 day event kicks off Friday August 29th at 6 p.m. with Open Draw Pot Team Roping. Draw 3 for $150/Man, and roping will immediately follow barrel race.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014 • Photos
Debbie Armstrong’s gorgeous Lotería quilt will be on display in the Stribling Room of the Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library for the next two months. This amazing quilt was created around 2002-203 and took about a year to complete. Debbie’s inspiration came from a shower curtain that she purchased that had the images of Mexican Lotería cards.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014 • Photos
Youth Art Camp Summer 2014 ended with a community project. Conley Brownds acted as representative of the youth and assisted Bridget Langdale to distribute fourteen FLOWERS IN A BOX. Each vase of flowers were delivered to surprised, delighted and appreciative receivers. Special thanks to Yolanda Garza who introduced us to residences where Lou Lange lives.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014 • Photos
SAMMY – 4-5 Month Old Lynx Point Siamese Kitten Sammy is one easy going kitty! He enjoys play time but he also enjoys just hanging out in whatever room you are in. Sammy doesn’t mind being held, and can turn into quite the purring machine, but he doesn’t necessarily require your undivided attention like some kittens do!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Garden Club met Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Mason County Library Stribling Room. This was the annual membership drive meeting with installation of new officers. Seventeen members were present including three joining the Mason Garden Club during the meeting. New officers installed were Penny Peterson as Secretary and Wendy Hastings as Treasurer.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) invites students interested in attending the military service academies to apply for a nomination. To be considered for appointment to a service academy, an applicant must meet eligibility requirements and be nominated by an authorized person, including a member of the U.S.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014 • Photos
KNEL 95.3FM radio listeners came to the aid of three year old Precious Payton Martinez last week in the amount of $4,100 to help with medical expenses. Precious Payton is battling Undifferentiated Soft Tissue Sarcoma cancer. For the last two and a half years, she has been subject to several surgeries and chemo in an attempt to battle the cancer.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014 • Photos
The Pontotoc Community hosted an Ice Cream Social on August 19th honoring their Postmaster, Carma Halfmann, who is retiring at the end of August 2014. She will be the last Postmaster of Pontotoc, TX. According to the book “Bluebonnets and Rattlesnakes” by H.C. Byler, Jr. the former Postmaster roster, dating back to 1880, includes: Benjamin J.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
Over 500 Central Texas Electric Co-op customers, members and spouses, gathered in the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium on August 19, as CTEC hosted its 67th Annual Members’ Meeting. CEO Robert A. Loth III welcomed them and introduced Board President Gerald Kaspar and the ten other CTEC directors. Joe Brown, CTEC Dispatcher in Fredericksburg, and Elder - Journey Church of Fredericksburg, provided an invocation.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014 • Photos
Elena Ramon has been awarded the Dr. Bob Gallaway ‘42 Endowed Scholarship by the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Honors Challenge Scholarship at Texas A&M University. Both of these scholarships are awarded for excellent academic achievement. Elena is a sophomore civil engineering major with a 3.96 GPA. Her parents wish her and her brother Julio the best of luck at Aggieland this year.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014 • Photos
On Aug. 13, Hill Country Memorial received the 2014 Women’s Choice Award for being voted one of America’s best hospitals for patient experience by women. This distinction is the only award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on female patient satisfaction, quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women. “Hill Country Memorial is honored to be recognized as an America’s Best ...
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News
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
In Texas, the Texas Pesticide Law requires you must be licensed or certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture in order to lawfully use a restricted-use pesticide, state-limited-use pesticide or regulated herbicides. To obtain a license, here are some steps in the process. A private pesticide applicator is someone who uses or supervises the use of restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides to produce an agricultural commodity on the following, on personally own ...
, Mason County Farm Bureau
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
Time is running out for Texas landowners to let the Environmental Protection Agency know it’s time to “Ditch the Rule.” The nationwide campaign started shortly after the EPA announced its proposed changes to the Clean Water Act. “The EPA wants to take the word ‘navigable’ out of the Waters of the U.S.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014
The Mason Community Foundation reminds the community of the grant application deadline on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Nonprofit organizations with worthy projects that benefit the citizens of Mason County are encouraged to apply. The necessary forms are available at the Community Thrift Store, at 206 Moody St, during regular business hours and are to be returned there by close of business on the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014 • Photos
Mason County Queen’s Court had another successful weekend! Friday morning, they participated in the Gillespie County Parade and received yet another blue ribbon. A big thank you to Mason Bank for sponsoring them during this parade! Also, thanks to Wendy Hudson for assisting with float decorations and her expert advice.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014
Felix Velez Jr., of Brady and formerly of Mason, passed away on Friday, August 22, at the age of 54. Visitation was Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7 following the visitation. Funeral services were held graveside at the Crosby Cemetery on Tuesday, August 26, at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 27, 2014 • Photos
Leta Mae (Williams) Durst, 97, of Mason, passed away Wednesday evening, August 20, 2014. She was born Leta Mae Williams on December 19, 1916, to Henry and Ola Williams on the family ranch in Chesser Valley, Mills County. Leta Mae, born and raised, worked and lived near Mullin most of her life.
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Walter H. “Sonny” Durst, age 89, passed away Monday morning August 25, 2014. He was born April 25, 1925 to parents, Walter A. Durst and Erna (Immel) Durst in Fredericksburg, Texas. He was a faithful member of Calvary Lighthouse Assembly of God in Mason, Texas. On September 30, 1943 Walter married Myrtle Mae Crouch in Brady, Texas.
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Sports
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 29, 2014 • Photos
Here are a few pictures from last week's JV and Varsity scrimmages.