Mason County News
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 • Posted April 8, 2015
As a 5th generation descendent of landowners in Mason County, I am extremely concerned about the new trend here in the county toward leasing property for wind power. Both sides of my family have ranched in Mason County for over 100 years: the Brandenberger family on my mother’s side, and the Toeppich family on my father’s side.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 • Posted April 8, 2015
Judge Bearden, Any industrial development that imposes negatively on the community as a whole has no place in Mason County. Or anywhere in the Hill Country for that matter! Aside from the crushing decrease in property values and complete loss of aesthetics, the promoters of a wind turbine farm are infringing on the property rights of the huge majority of Mason county landowners.
, Editor
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 • Posted April 8, 2015
The late Jerry Lyon had a sign at the back of the News office for years that, paraphrased, said, "We don't make mistakes, we intentionally put in those errors to see if our readers can find them!" Every week, we put together 16- 22 pages of newspaper, filled with stories, photos, columns, captions, advertisements and other pieces of literature.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 2, 2015
Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden and Commissioners: This e-mail is to voice our very strong opposition to the Mason County Wind Farm Project/ Enel Green Energy/Mason Mountain Wind Farm as discussed at Commissioners’ Court on March 9, 2015. Raymond hunted on Mason County leases from 1997 until 2000 when we selected and purchased this property off Hungry Hollow Road (located west of Streeter) and we said this would be ‘home’ after retirement.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 2, 2015
Judge Bearden I have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in land on highway 377 in Streeter and would like to buy more. I understand a wind farm is proposed in the area of my property. I would ask that you and the commissioners pass a resolution opposing this project and any others in the County.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 2, 2015
Judge Bearden, Commissioners: This e-mail is to express my opposition, in the strongest possible terms, to the Mason County Wind Farm Project as discussed at Commissioners’ Court on 3/09/2015. I hunted on several leases in Mason County from 1982 until purchasing property here in 2001. Over the years, I had developed a sincere affection for the County and the people of Mason and my wife and I decided it was where we wanted to retire.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 2, 2015
Judge Bearden, Wind Farms anywhere in the Texas Hill Country will be a total disaster. They are an asset only for those who install them, no one else. As a matter of fact, without subsidies, they are of no use to anyone including the installers. Property rights for the few that have leases?
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 2, 2015
Dear Judge Bearden, My wife and I own, manage, and live on 137 acres near the proposed Enel wind energy development in western Mason County. We are very concerned about the likely effects of this project on wildlife, traffic, property values, and habitability of our adopted home here. We urge you and the whole Mason County Commissioners Court to reject any entreaties for tax abatement or other incentives for construction of this or similar projects. Thank you for your sincere attention to th ...
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 2, 2015
County Judge Jerry Bearden, We would like to take this opportunity to voice our opposition to Wind farming in the county of Mason and the Hill Country as a whole. We feel that to allow Wind farming would destroy the natural beauty of our area and the Hill Country. Please assist us in protecting our property rights, we who are against wind farming and not just the rights of those who have wind farm leases.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • Posted April 2, 2015
Gerry, since we all have nice new Garbage cans from the city, we need some clever ideas as to what to do with the old ones we all have standing around lonely. Granted some of them are a little dinged, and have BO, but they have served us well for many years through sun, rain, sleet and snow.
, Editor
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.
, Editor
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.
, Editor
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.