Mason County News
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 2, 2015
It's not often we actually have a press date that falls on April 1st. When it happened a few years ago, I wrote a column detailing my pending nuptials. Even though I mentioned the date several times in the column, there were still several folks that either called or emailed me to wish me congratulations.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 • Posted March 27, 2015
Dear Gerald, Just a quick reminder of the “Living Last Supper” on Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7:00pm at St. Paul Lutheran presented jointly by St. Paul, First United Methodist and Mason Community Choir. We want to invite all Mason people to join us in this communion service. I so appreciate you and the other guys who are portraying the 12 disciples and Christ.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 • Posted March 27, 2015
Editor: My family and I were in town for an event at Katemcey Rocks just outside of Mason. This was our 12th year to attend the event put on by the Lone Star Land Cruisers out of the DFW area. There were people attending this event from all over the country.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 • Posted March 27, 2015
Thus far this month, we’ve had 3.54 inches of rain. And, since the beginning of the year, we’ve totaled 5.79 inches. As it goes for winter moving into spring, those are very good numbers. During this last rain period, I've heard numbers that go from 1.5 inches all the way up to 3.5 inches.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 • Posted March 18, 2015
I've been watching the HBO special documentary series, "The Jinx," for the last six weeks. The show tells the story of real estate heir Robert Durst, and the twisted life he has led for three decades. For most of us in central Texas, we first became aware of Durst in 2001 when he was arrested for the bizarre murder and dismemberment of his neighbor, Morris Black.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 • Posted March 11, 2015
I was surprised and pleased to see Mr. Hemphill’s enjoyable article on rugby in the February 18th issue of the Mason County News. To see it there was, to say the least, a surprise. I have played rugby for 40 years or more and well into my mid-60s. But before I go on about the game itself I should say that we have called Mason County home since about 2001 and the Hill Country since the mid-’90s.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 • Posted March 11, 2015
If many of you will remember, about 6 months to a year ago, the TCEQ came into the area and supposedly, declared many dry ditches as a navigable streams and ordered dams removed from creeks. This is still a threat from the EPA and Army Corp of Engineers but recently, the house cut funding for much of the so called regulations, but don’t think that the issue is dead, as there are greenies who work 24/7 to think up ways to take what you have, or at least, TAKE away your use of the land but let ...
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 • Posted March 11, 2015
Last Sunday, I only had two kids in my Sunday school class. I was actually surprised that even they were there considering the time change and the beginning of spring break. I asked the two young ladies what their plans were for the break. One was leaving on Monday with her family to visit old friends in north Texas.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 • Posted March 5, 2015
There was a time that stoicism was something to be admired. We admired people for being in control of their emotions and their actions. We weren't without emotions, we simply knew that there were appropriate times and places to express ourselves, and we knew that in some situations, it was best to say nothing at all. And then came social media.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 • Posted February 25, 2015
On The Teaching of History There’s a riot quietly ongoing around something called “Advanced Placement History”. Folks on the Right want to revisit what is taught in schools about Our History. This seems to involve a lot of Revision, and Omission of many things that really happened that they, for whatever reason, find uncomfortable.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 • Posted February 25, 2015
We've had a cold winter this year. We've had very light snow, small amounts of ice, and several days that barely creeped above the freezing mark all day long. Yesterday, for the first time in quite a while, we even had a "snow day," and the kids stayed home from school. Texas winters, especially here on the north end of the Hill Country, can be very unpredictable.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 • Posted February 21, 2015
During Monday night's school board meeting, one of the topics involved coverage of sporting events by either KHLB or KNEL. One of the supporting arguments for KHLB was that it was "local," as opposed to KNEL which is located in Brady. Until only recently, KNEL was considered our local radion station, since Mason didn't actually have a radio station located here until KHLB opened their studio just off the square.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 • Posted February 11, 2015
Research and recent communications regarding natural gas pipelines in Texas have caused me to question “Is Texas a private property rights state?” The answer seems to be NO with regard to the oil and gas industry and what they “want” or say they “need”. It seems private pipeline companies, like the one planning to acquire land across Mason County, have been allowed to twist the power of eminent domain to their benefit.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 • Posted February 11, 2015
Our ‘GEM of the Hill Country’ Has A Hidden Heartache Brewing! Dear Gerry, It has been brought to my family’s attention that ‘our beautiful unspoiled countryside’, as you correctly described Mason County in last week’s Editorial piece, has a secret growing behind closed doors. It appears that there are several land owners who have renewed their earlier contracts with an “XYZ Company” to develop a Wind Farm project in the western area of the county. We heard that this project w ...
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 • Posted February 11, 2015
Last weekend, some friends and I made a weekend getaway to Austin. There was lots of good food, a trip to the theater, and music on South Congress Avenue. All in all, it was a great weekend. We had made our plans several months earlier, so were a bit distressed to learn that we had selected the same weekend as the Bluebonnet CASA Hearts for Hope gala.