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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Howdy! Lot of stuff going on you need to know about. Election day is just under two weeks away. You can early vote next week in Friona on Monday and Thursday at Friona State Bank. Election day is Tuesday November 6. Yes it will finally be over one way or another. I am real tired of all the campaigning. I hope you will vote. Please. Thank you.

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The ladies of the Friona United Methodist Church will host an Election Day Cowboy Stew meal. It will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. November 6 in the fellowship hall. The cost is $5 per person and proceeds will benefit the local SnackPak4Kids program. So go vote and then have a bowl of stew. Nice idea. I bet it will be good.

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CORRECTION: Here is the correct Amarillo address for Tom & Bettye Jarboe: #6 Painted Daisy, Amarillo, TX 79106. Phone is 806-467-7237. The address we had in last week’s Town Talk was incorrect. We listed the street as Painted Lady instead of Painted Daisy. The Jarboes were packing up to move Monday and invite friends to keep in touch. Sorry about the error.

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The Friona high school choir will have a spaghetti supper in the high school cafeteria Friday night, October 26, before the Chiefs vs. Bushland football game. Serving is from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $6 adult, $4 kids 10 and under. At the door tickets are $7/$5. Get a ticket from any choir member. Hope they use some garlic. It will be good so come support the choir and the Chiefs.

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Wednesday, October 31 is Halloween. Trunk or Treat at the Calvary Baptist Church from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Elizabeth Romero says all trick-or-treaters are welcome at Prairie Acres beginning at 6:00 p.m. Also, Victory Family Worship Center will have a free kids coat giveaway on their parking lot at 9th & Washington beginning at 6 p.m. Free coffee and hot chocolate. See details in the ad in this Friona Star.

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Next Thursday November 1 at 7 p.m. gospel singer Curtis Shelburne will give a concert at Friona Heritage Estates. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. Call Heritage manager Sue Rasser at 250-5599 for information.

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My long time friend and acquaintance Denise Anderson has been promoted to serve as Bovina ISD superintendent. When I started visiting Bovina for news in 1995 Denise, a Bovina graduate, was the computer lab teacher and yearbook sponsor. Through diligent effort she has progressed to middle school principal, high school principal, and now superintendent. She takes over the superintendent post in January when current superintendent Dale Fullerton retires. Hats off and kudos to you Denise.

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Chain link fence and a big construction trailer have been moved into place on the high school parking lot. About one-third of the parking lot, on the north end, is blocked off and will remain so for about a year while the new activity center is built and high school renovations are completed. Parking will be tight for the final two home football games this Friday and Friday November 9.

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We made the long journey to Childress last Friday for the Chiefs vs. Bobcats game. Was surprised when before the game a Childress student got on the public address system and recited the Lord’s Prayer. First prayer I have heard at a high school sporting event in many years. Quite a nice surprise.

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The Haile boys, dad Allan and sons Nathan, Mark, Chris, and John David, made the trek to College Station for the Aggie-LSU football game Saturday. John plays for the Chieftains so Allan, John, and Mark left after the game at Childress for the drive to College Station. Chris lives there and Nathan drove up from San Antonio. Long weekend but well worth it Allan said.

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Some local ladies are organizing a big Christmas in the Park event to kickoff the Christmas season in Friona. There is a story with details on the front page. Dana Campbell and others are encouraging Friona organizations, churches, and businesses to make this a big community celebration. I hope many will step up and participate.

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Girl Scouts are having a coat drive, accepting coat donations for both children and adults. Take your coats by the WT Services office during business hours. The coats will be handed out December 3 at the Christmas in the Park celebration.

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If anyone needs a ride to vote November 6 call Dana Campbell at 265-5213 or Becky Dickson at 806-223-6348. They will be happy to drive you to the polls then take you home again. Nice effort. Thanks ladies.

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Anyone else notice the price of groceries these days? Everything costs more at the grocery store. I paid $6.44 for a 40 oz jar of peanut butter this week. Yes I know that is a lot of peanut butter but it is a big part of my snack diet. I buy Jif extra crunchy.

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Monday, October 29 you can early vote here in Friona at the Friona State Bank. I will be voting then. Have waited a long time to cast this vote. Just hope we have a change. Go vote. Every vote counts and you will feel better about yourself.

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The always popular St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bovina turkey and dressing dinner is Sunday November 4 from 11:30 – 2:00 in the parish hall. Donations are $10/$5. That date is also the end of Daylight Savings Time so we turn clocks back an hour. That extra hour of sleep should help your appetite.

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Had a rousing big time Tuesday night as the Squaws wrapped up an 8-0 undefeated district record by beating the Tulia Lady Hornets in four games. Pretty exciting and there was a full house on the home side. Volleyball started in Friona in the 2005 season. This is the first district championship for the Squaws. Lots of photos in this week’s Star. Very proud of the Squaws and Coach Bryan Masse.

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The local Sonic will be selling corn dogs for 50-cents all day on Halloween, Wednesday October 31. A scary good deal they say. Grab a sack full and watch out for trick-or-treaters while you are driving.

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The Friona elementary 5th grade social studies classes are conducting a mock presidential election to allow students to participate in the election process. Voter registration for all staff and students will be conducted Friday, October 26 and the election will be held Tuesday October 30. Great idea.

Then on Wednesday, October 31 Dr. Gary Hogg will be a special guest at Friona elementary. He will be presenting a writing workshop for all students in grades 1-5. Another great idea.

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The Squaws volleyball team and managers gathered around and sang the National Anthem prior to the Squaws vs. Tulia game. They sang a very nice rendition and received a big applause. Several, if not all, of the girls are also in the high school choir. It was senior night and the final home volleyball game for seniors Bianca Romero, Marissa Lozoya, Maddie Murphree, Dakotah Hicks, Kalley Preston, and Brianna Miller.

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There will be a pep rally for the volleyball team Thursday November 1 on the football field after the JV game with Littlefield. The area playoff game is tentatively set for Saturday November 3 at a location to be announced.

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The Chamber of Commerce newsletter says the Arts & Crafts Show will be at the community center Friday-Saturday November 9-10. Hours are Fri 10-6 and Sat 9-4. Ingram’s will sponsor a style show Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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Rehearsals are underway for this year’s high school musical. We will give you details of the performance next week. It will soon be time for Project Christmas Card and the Empty Stocking Fund. In the meantime, enjoy the season and don’t forget to vote. Until then!

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