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Friona’s first National Night Out was held Tuesday evening at the community center. There were games, free hamburgers, information booths, and the LifeStar helicopter. The event was sponsored by the Friona Police Department and area law enforcement agencies.

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Cargill donated $8,000 towards the purchase of a new football scoreboard for Bovina. From left are Bruce Graham, Cargill Cattle Feeders manager; Jon Surman, Cargill beef general manager in Friona; Hector Guevara, Bovina athletic director and head football coach; and Matt Melandi, Cargill Sweet Bran manger in Bovina.

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Chieftain Sawyer Osborn scores a touchdown on a pass from Mason Loflin in the 4th quarter of Friday’s game with Lubbock Roosevelt. The Chiefs won 35-14. Others are Stephen Albarado (11), Brad Stowers (15), and Sebastian Santiago (58). More photos from the game in our photo section.

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Brianna Miller slams the ball over the net against Grady last Saturday. The Squaws swept the match 3-0. Teammates are. From left, Dakotah Hicks, Kalley Preston, Kendall Kimbrough, and Bianca Romero.

Town Talk II
by Ron Carr

Prairie Acres residents (some of them) have been attending the FHS home pep rallies. They had an outing to feed the ducks at a Hereford Park. The next meeting of the Prairie Acres family council is October 18 at 7 p.m. The resident-of-the-month is Kenneth Johnson and the employee-of-the-month is Natalia Costas.

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A company called Leading Edge in Amarillo was chosen to paint Mitt Romney’s campaign jet airplane. It is an MD83 passenger jet that once belonged to the rock group U2. Took about a week. They have painted other VIP jets. (more...)

Snack Pak 4 Kids program underway

By Jo Beth Gipson

Way to go Friona! Snack Pak 4 Kids is well on the way to meeting needs for children from food-insecure homes because of your generosity.

Following the Gospel Gathering during Maize Days almost $1,000 was donated and 34 volunteers signed on to help. That is awesome. 4-H will be sponsoring a peanut butter and Pop Tart drive the first two weeks in October so be on the lookout for donation boxes in churches and businesses around town. Buy a 16 oz jar of peanut butter and a box of any flavor Pop Tarts next time you go to the grocery and be ready to put them in the boxes.

We are still in need of corporate sponsors, churches, and individual donations. Please make this a one-time donation, a monthly donation, or even a yearly budgeted donation. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and will go a long way in nourishing at-risk kids.

Make checks payable to Snack Pak 4 Kids and mail to the Friona Star, PO Box 789, Friona, Texas 79035 or bring by the Friona Star office. Donations will be given to the local committee then sent to Amarillo so we can be sure they are credited to the Friona Snack Pak account.

The Senior Citizens have graciously donated the use of their building for food storage and a place to meet to distribute food into paks. Our first food drop will come from Lubbock on October 23. Volunteers will meet October 25 at 5:45 p.m. at the Senior Citizen building at 1410 Washington for orientation and packing of the paks. Food will be delivered on October 26. (more...)

Cheerleaders selling luminaries for Pink Out football game

The Friona high school varsity cheerleaders and their sponsor Brandi Surman are now taking orders for luminaries to honor the memory of a friend or loved one who has battled cancer. The luminaries will be displayed at the Pink Out football game October 12 vs. Muleshoe.

For a donation of $1 the cheerleaders will light luminaries in honor, memory, or prayer of your friend or family member at the 2:35 p.m. pep rally and again at 7:30 p.m. at the football game. The luminaries will be placed around the track and be displayed throughout the night lighting the way towards a cure for cancer. Half of the profits will be donated to the Parmer County Cancer coalition to raise awareness of breast cancer and cancer in general. (more...)

Chiefs score first win, beat Roosevelt 35-14

It was wet. A few minutes before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff time the rain pelted Friona as fans scampered for cover to wait out the downpour.

The game began in the rain as Friona kicked off to the Lubbock Roosevelt Eagles. About 8 minutes into the first quarter the teams were sent to the locker rooms under a lightning delay. Play resumed after about 40 minutes.

On the first play after the delay, Chieftain Omar Ramos took a handoff and rambled 59 yards to score the Chiefs first touchdown of the night. Offensive coordinator Coach Daniel Hutchins said they drew the play up in the locker room during the delay.

Ramos was the top rusher with 89 yards on 9 carries. Sawyer Osborn had 4 carries for 65 yards, one being a 34-yard touchdown run. (more...)

Squaws beat Dimmitt, 3-0 in district
From Coach Bryan Masse

Saturday, September 29, the Squaws C and varsity teams played host to the Grady Lady Broncos. The JV Squaws played Hobbs, NM in the solver bracket championship match at the Portales JV tournament. All three teams were victorious.

The junior varsity team finished tied for fourth place in pool play on Friday and lost out on points, seeding them into the silver bracket where they defeated Roswell’s C team in the first round. On Saturday the girl’s stepped up their play and won a tight 3-game contest with the Hobbs Lady Eagles, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13, to claim the silver bracket championship.

The C team finished off the Grady JV in two games, 25-11, 25-20. (more...)