Mason band moves on after being spurned by first choice

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Mason’s newly appointed marching band director decided this job would not be his forte. The Mason City Schools Board of Education approved Greg Benson on March 14. Just a few weeks later Benson quit the job through an email, saying that he will stay at Grove City where he is an assistant band director. He […]

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OPINION: Advantages do not excuse laziness

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer We have had it easy. We go to the kindest school in America, a National Blue Ribbon winner located in the seventh best place to live in the United States, according to Money Magazine. Our median household income was $94,758 in 2015, almost double Ohio’s median household income of $51,075. This is our normal. It is […]

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Opinion: The Telecom industry bought a law

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Big Brother is always watching and he just invited a friend to watch along with him. On April 4, Donald Trump wiped away landmark online privacy protections by signing a measure into law which repealed Obama-Era Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations. The Obama Era rules required internet service providers (ISP’s) – companies like Comcast, Verizon, […]

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Urban Exploring takes danger to new level

Ryan D’Souza | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Places that were once visited by thousands are now being explored by a few. Urban exploring is the exploration of man made-structures that are typically abandoned. This includes locations like old houses and deserted amusement parks and subway systems. The hobby is especially popular among photographers and documentary filmmakers. Junior Yogesh […]

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Kansakar earns Mason’s first state championship in 20 years

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Americanism is not exclusive to families born in America. For the first time in 20 years, a Mason student has been named a state champion for the American Legion Americanism and Government Test. Junior Puran Kansakar is one of 18 state winners who have earned a week-long trip to Washington, D.C, and to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. […]

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OPINION: Nation can’t afford to ward off fact

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” That quote from George Orwell’s “1984” is more relevant today that it ever has been, as we can no longer decipher between which facts are real and which are alternative. During an interview with Chris […]

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Comets defeat Thunderhawks in 59-44 thriller

Eric Michael | Staff Writer The Mason Comets defeated the Lakota East Thunderhawks 59-44 on Tuesday night in a showdown between two Greater Miami Conference basketball powerhouses. After the Comets won the tip off, senior Ben Schutte quickly put the first two points up on the board for Mason. Seconds later, Schutte intercepted a Lakota East pass and dished it […]

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Drain the swamp

Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Rain drop, drop top, GOP flip-flop. The new Republican-led U.S. Congress had a controversial start in its first session when massive public outcry, as well as criticism from President Trump, forced House Republicans to backtrack on a proposal to gut an independent ethics committee. The proposal would have significantly weakened the Office of Congressional Ethics, […]

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School district under pressure to meet state requirements

Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer The Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 with strong bipartisan support in Congress, replaced No Child Left Behind and decreased the role of federal government in determining education policy. No Child Left Behind required states to develop high standards and allowed the federal government to take control on […]

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Comets defeat Fairfield 56-45 after battle in first half

Charlie Mackenzie | Staff Writer After fighting an uphill battle until seconds before the half, the Comets were able to outlast the Fairfield Indians on Friday night with a final score of 56-45. In Mason’s previous match-up against the Indians, the Comets lead at the end of each quarter. History did not seem to repeat itself, as the Indians came […]

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Prestigious Scripps School coming to MHS January 11

High School Journalism and Media program will host Scripps Day at MHS   Students from around the nation attend the 2015 O.U. Journalism Camp. Photos by Lucas Reilly. Jessica Sommerville | Editor-in-Chief Mason High School media will host faculty from Ohio University in ‘Scripps Day at MHS’ on January 11. Guest speakers will come from the E.W. Scripps School of […]

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Teachers pay high price for high achievement

The Cost of Greatness Part 1 of a series – Teacher Overload Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer They come to school early, stay late and have hours of homework every night – but they’re not students, they’re teachers. A 2016 research brief from Pennsylvania State University found that 46 percent of teachers responded “yes” to […]

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OPINION: Trump purposely misdirects nation from valid concerns with absurd actions

Don’t fall for the trick Jonathan McCollough | Staff Writer Donald Trump is playing Magician-In-Chief, and we are letting him get away with it. On November 27, the New York Times published a thorough, high quality article entitled “Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President.” It presented details, country by country, about the plethora of business interests that […]

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