Mason County News
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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 ...
, Editor
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.
, Editor
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 • Posted February 4, 2015
Mason's economy is built on a myriad of businesses and services. Though we think of ourselves as a cattle town, we cannot discount the role that sheep and goats have played in our economic survival. At various times, hogs were also a vital part of the equation. At various times, peanuts, watermelons, cantaloupes and hay have been at the economic forefront for Mason County growers.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 28, 2015
Dear Gerry, I’ll bet other people notice this: “...Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Obviously, we’re not telling God to shake a leg and get things done according to His standards right now, right here. So we must be talking to ourselves, acknowledging by our verbalization the understanding that we all have a very high purpose in life, to get God’s will, God’s standards, accomplished so that earth reflects heavenly standards.
, Editor
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 28, 2015
I've been watching a Netflix series that originated on the History Channel called "How the States Got Their Shapes." It's a wonderful show that explains the strange, sad, tumultuous histories of how our nation was shaped. I've learned the stories behind Oklahoma's panhandle, California's odd bend; and, Pennsylvania's strange northern nub. Borders are important.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 • Posted January 21, 2015
Those of you who have not had the pleasure of attending a music event at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas should make the effort to get there for one. It is a remarkable venue right on one of the most classic Courthouse Squares in a Texas town. Get there early, walk the square, eat at one of the restaurants, spend some money in the galleries and mercantiles and shops. Then go attend an event at the Odeon. Last night it was Jay Boy Adams[officially now just Jay Adams] and Zenobia and the drum ...
, Editor
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 • Posted January 21, 2015
One of the most beautiful things about living in a remote area is the ability to step outside on a clear night and to be able to see millions of stars. Here in Mason County, there are very few sources of light pollution, which means that we can enjoy seeing entire star systems that urban dwellers may never see if they don't leave their city homes. When we live here, we sometimes forget that, even if we live in town, we can still see more stars from our backyards than many people visiting Peder ...
, County Judge
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 14, 2015
Courthouse Christmas Decorations On behalf of the Commissioners Court, I would like to respond to questions concerning the Christmas lights on the County Courthouse. When Mason County entered the Texas Courthouse Preservations Grant Program, the Court was told by the Texas Historical Commission that we could not put any type of additional lighting on the building after the completion of the project.
, Editor
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 14, 2015
I teach the high school Sunday school class at First United Methodist Church every week. There are times that I think I probably learn more from the kids than they learn from me; but, there are also times that we will be going over a passage of scripture or repeating a lesson and I see on their faces that they really "get it." This last Sunday, I was going over the problems and travails of the early church, and how the leaders taught their members about God, Christ, and fellowship.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 7, 2015
Dear Gerry: Thanks for having the courage to tackle the thorny subject of ‘entitlement’ in your weekly column! You definitely ‘hit a number of nails directly on the head’ in your discussion. Unfortunately, what you had to say may prove to be very unpopular and/or misinterpreted by some of your readers.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 7, 2015
I also would like to comment about how sad it was for our beautiful Courthouse to be in the dark. The people passing through our town had to be as shocked as I was,driving around the square and no lights on the building, which I was told that wasn't going to be any more, to save defacing the new paint job.
, Editor
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 7, 2015
After a rather icy start to 2015, the year is off to a great start. Most of us had to either postpone or completely abandon our New Year's Eve plans. My friends and I simply moved them from Wednesday night to Saturday night. Of course, we were all at home by 10:30; but, there really wasn't much reason to wait around for midnight! On Friday and Saturday, families all around the area were dealing with cabin fever.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 • Posted January 3, 2015
Back in the mid 1990's, when our family moved to Mason, it wasn't long when our children mentioned that Mason had the prettiest square compared to neighboring counties. I have to agree with them until it comes to Christmas. When we went to watch the MASON PUNCHERS during the play-offs, we saw many squares decorated with Christmas lights, The Nativity, and lots of other holiday decorations.
, Editor
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 • Posted January 3, 2015
It's difficult to buy gifts for me. Part of the problem is that if I want something, I tend to go ahead and buy it for myself. How do you buy a great gift for someone if they've already bought all the things they want? Once I became an adult, I reached the conclusion that if I wanted or needed something, and I had the financial means to obtain it, I could go ahead and purchase it.