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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

It got cold in Dalhart last Friday night. We took the mediamobile from Amarillo to Dumas to Dalhart, not the most scenic drive in Texas. Dalhart has a new stadium with field turf and just great facilities for a high school football game. Since I helped Clint Mears video the game from the visitor’s press box the photos I took of the game are from that perspective not on the sideline.

There will be plenty of photo ops this Friday night as we have Pink Out night at the Muleshoe game here. Rain chances are predicted but hope we can stay dry at Chieftain Field. Come out and support the players, cheerleaders, and the band. Go Big Red!

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Lon Outland, a 1989 FHS graduate and 1993 graduate of McMurry University has been honored with the 2012 Spirit of McMurry award given by the McMurry Alumni Association. Lon is an attorney in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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Lots of family and friends welcomed Andrew Stowers home last week from a one-year deployment to Africa with his National Guard unit. He got to see his wife Emily at the airport and meet daughter Rylee for the first time. She was born September 12 I believe. Good to have Andrew back home and thanks young man for your service to the country.

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Congratulations to Dale and Laura Hart on the occasion of their 58th wedding anniversary this week. Also happy birthday to Gertie Murphree who turned 88 this week.

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I’ll be heading over to Bovina for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Sweet Bran facility Tuesday October 16 and then lunch at the XIT Recreation Center in Bovina. The Sweet Bran plant will be built west of Bovina in the area of the Hwy 60/86 cutoff and the old roadside park. Should take about a year to complete.

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Friona firefighters were paged to a fire Saturday afternoon about 5:40 p.m. The caller said a truck was on fire east of Friona on Hwy 60. The firemen rushed to the station and headed out only to be told that the truck was having a mechanical problem and no fire. So they headed back to the station with their Saturday afternoon not completely ruined. Thanks guys for your service to our community.

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Glad to note that the heaters at home and at the office are working. The Panhandle had its first freeze this week. Temps have been cooler all around. For sure it is coat weather at night. If you haven’t checked out your home heaters you might want to do so while it is not freezing cold.

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Carroll Cook and Mike Beauchamp are running for a seat on the board of the High Plains Water District to represent Precinct 3, which is Castro, Bailey, and Parmer Counties. They will be on the November 6 ballot, on the back of the ballot so when you go vote be sure to turn the ballot over and vote for Carroll or Mike.

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We will publish a sample ballot on next week’s Friona Star. Early voting begins October 22 to November 2. Early vote dates in Friona at the Friona State Bank are October 29 and November 2. In Bovina early vote dates are October 23 and 30 at the bank. Otherwise you can early vote at the County Clerk’s office in Farwell.

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Wesley Methodist Church in Hereford will have its annual Festival of Arts and Crafts December 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hereford Community Center. A limited number of booths are available. Applications are screened. Booth rental is $10. Call Jane Eggen at 806-364-5789 or the church at 806-364-4419 and leave a message.

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More than 10 years ago a local John Deere dealer named Texas Equipment Company went out of business and filed for bankruptcy. They had multiple locations around the area. They owed the Friona Star a few dollars so we became a “creditor” although a very minor one. Bill and Carol Ellis owned the paper at the time. Over the years we would receive a notice from the bankruptcy court about the Texas Equipment case.

This week, all these years later, we received a nine page packet from the US Bankruptcy Court labeled as the Trustees Final report. What a joke, especially for the large secured creditors. More than 10 years the case has dragged on and nobody got any money to speak of. Ought to be a better way.

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My mother had a pacemaker replacement Monday October 1 at BSA in Amarillo. This week she is in the hospital here with pneumonia. Somewhere along the way, in some doctor’s office, I picked up a brochure for the Medical Center League House, a facility in Amarillo near BSA which provides hotel-like rooms to immediate family members of patients who reside outside the Amarillo city limits. Each room has two queen size beds and private bath. Cost is $35 per night per room. A small kitchen is available too. Call 806-358-3759 for info or website is www.leaguehouse.org.

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The police department is tightening the rules if you are caught driving without a license or insurance. They will issue you a citation and tow your car. The fine could be $250-$300 plus vehicle storage fees, according to Police Chief Mooney. The full story is on the front page this week. Better think twice before letting your youngster drive around without a license.

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The annual Trunk or Treat Halloween candy giveaway will be held on the Calvary Baptist parking lot October 31 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Bring your little goblins and make the rounds.

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If you have news to share send it to us. Appreciate your reading the Friona Star and a big thanks to our advertisers for their support. See you Friday at Pink Out night and again next week. Until then!

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