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Officials from Cargill Sweet Bran headquarters, construction managers, and local residents attended a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the Sweet Bran facility being built west of Bovina. From left are Mike Lewis, Ph.D., vice president Cargill Corn Milling, Ross Wilson, President and CEO of Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Bovina Mayor Frank Gonzales, Alan Willits, President Cargill Corn Milling, Matt Meland, Cargill manager, and Matt Williams from Texas Ag Commissioner Todd Staples’ office.

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Undefeated district champions. The 8th grade A team Maidens had a 13-0 season. Back row, l-r, Coach Amy Hand, Kaitlin Santiago, Nastassia Luna, Raquel Davila, Hailey Ortiz, Sydney Frye, Kim DeWit, Aspen Fleming; front, l-r, Sabrina Barraza, Kendall Barnett, Paige Upton, Briana Alvarado. Congratulations Coach Hand and Maidens.

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Kalley Preston (1) lobs a soft shot over two Littlefield defenders in last Saturday’s match. Teammates Marissa Lozoya (9), Kendall Kimbrough (2), and Bianca Romero look on. The Squaws won the match to remain undefeated in district at 6-0. They travel to Dimmitt Saturday then end the regular season at home Tuesday October 23 vs. Tulia. It will be senior night for players and parents prior to the varsity match.

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Chieftain quarterback Mason Loflin (3) turns up the field and tries to avoid several Mule tacklers. The Chiefs lost to the Mules 52-13 and travel to Childress Friday October 19. More action photos at frionaonline.com.


Town Talk II
by Ron Carr

Early voting begins October 22 through November 2. Election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. A sample ballot is included in this Star along with an election notice from the County Clerk listing polling locations. Voters will kindly note there are votes to fill in on both sides of the ballot.

Two early voting dates in Friona at Friona State Bank are October 29 and November 1. Early vote dates at the Bank in Bovina are October 23 and October 30. Otherwise early voting is available any business day at the County Clerk’s office in the Farwell courthouse.


Larry and Brenda Taylor celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary October 13, 2012.


The end? The ancient and long-lived burger joint Tasty Cream closed its doors this week. Owner Lory Tannahill, who lives in Plano, Texas, said it was too difficult to manage the business long distance. She plans to offer the location for sale through the end of November with all equipment intact. She does not own the building. It is owned by Lee and Sylvia Gibson. If she doesn’t find a buyer she plans to sell all of the equipment. If you are interested or know someone who is, call Lory at 214-477-6013.


The Friona High School band scored a “1” at the marching contest in Amarillo Saturday. Schools in Division 2A do not advance this year. We have a top notch group of about 90 band members. I want to salute them on their playing of the National Anthem at the home football games. We hear other bands at out-of-town football games. Some are quite out of tune and out of sync. Our band’s rendition is way above average. Check out our photo album of the band at last week’s halftime show—frionaonline.com.


It appears the construction of the new high school activity center might be getting ready to start. (more...)

Christmas in the Park planning underway

Plans are underway for a citywide celebration in the park for this Christmas season. City officials and several volunteers are making plans to “Light Up The Park.”

Details are still being worked out but they are planning to map out the park into many different areas. Local organizations, businesses, school groups, and churches are encouraged to be thinking about how to decorate your area in the park. Cash prizes will be given to the best decorated areas.

If you have any Christmas lights or other Christmas decorations you would be willing to donate to this effort please take them by city hall. Some organizations, such as the scouts, might need some help in obtaining decorations for their booth area. (more...)

Squaws are 6-0 in district, headed to playoffs
From Coach Bryan Masse

On Saturday the Squaws JV and varsity volleyball teams played host to the Littlefield Lady Cats.

The JV Squaws used good serving to start things off and finished with some good passes, sets, and hits to a 25-14 win. The second game was a little closer but there was never any doubt that the Squaws were the better team, winning game two 25-17. The JV team has yet to lose a match or game in district play. Good job ladies and Coach Ray.

The varsity made it nine matches in a row with a 3-0 sweep of Littlefield. In the first game the Squaws pulled away from the Lady Cats with good serving runs and smart hitting, which allowed the Squaws to keep the momentum going for a 25-12 victory.

Game two was a lot like game one in that the ladies continued to serve well hitting the open spots on Littlefield’s serve receive. The Lady Cats tried to rally but the Squaws responded to a 25-17 victory.

In game three Littlefield knew that their backs were against the wall and they made a last stand, however the Squaws were up for the challenge and finished off the game 25-22 to win the match. The Squaws are 22-11 and 6-0. (more...)

Mules kick the Chiefs 52-13

The Muleshoe Mules, ranked 6th in the state in 2A Division I in the Harris polls, visited Friona Friday October 12, 2012, and went home with a 52-13 victory over the Chiefs. It was the first district game for both schools.

The Mules rolled out 485 yards of offense, 161 rushing and 324 passing. Friona managed 193 offensive yards, 146 rushing and 47 passing. Muleshoe led 41-7 at the half.

Omar Ramos was the leading rusher for Friona with 61 yards on 9 carries, his longest was 48 yards. Brad Stowers carried 9 times for 55 yards and Francisco Martinez carried 5 times for 24 yards.

Quarterback Mason Loflin completed 3 of 7 passes before suffering a concussion in the second quarter. Officials say he will be out for one to two weeks. Brad Stowers took over and completed 2 of 7 passes for 22 yards. Loflin had a touchdown pass to Sebastian Santiago and Stowers threw a TD to Sawyer Osborn. (more...)