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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.
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.