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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.

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Friends of the Library are adding a GED class at the Redeemer Center, 1304 Virginia. Registration and placement testing Wednesday October 10 beginning at 6 p.m. Those interested must attend the meeting. Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. Instructor is Karen Renner. Classes will begin October 15.

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Band Booster meeting Sunday October 7 at 2 p.m. in the high school band hall. All parents are encouraged to attend and lend support to the Chieftain Band.

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We noted an obituary in the Hereford Brand newspaper for Martin Henry Drager, formerly of Friona. Mr. Drager, 75, died Sunday September 23, 2012, in Hereford. Graveside services and burial was in the Bovina Cemetery September 27, 2012.

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You can get involved in the Friona Snack Pak 4 Kids program through monetary donations and/or volunteer help in packing the sacks every week. We have agreed to collect donation checks here at the Friona Star and pass them on to the Snack Pak committee. See the story on the front page and get involved in feeding hungry kids.

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Official weather guy John Gurley reports Friona received 1.44” of rain in September. He was in San Angelo last weekend for a wedding and that area received over 6” of rain. He said it rained steadily for two days and they had to move the wedding reception indoors.

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Teddy Jones has a novel published. Halfwide is a story about Dorothy Faye Bell and her adventures on the road with her husband. The novel is available on Amazon.com as of last week. Check out her website at tjoneswrites.com.

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Monday, October 8, is Columbus Day. City offices, the banks and post office will be closed. Our Friona Star office will be open.

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About 11 a.m. last Thursday our EMS and firefighters were dispatched to a one vehicle rollover north on CR 19 (Cemetery Road). A van belonging to Victor’s Plumbing in Hereford slid and rolled on the slick road. It was raining at the time. No injuries though.

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The Friona blood drive last Thursday had 59 donations, once again a great job by Friona residents. Gloria Aragon was the winner of the local blood donor drawing for a dinner for two at Carniceria Hernandez Mexican Restaurant.

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Friona graduate Kimberlee Jones graduates from the Lubbock Police Academy Friday October 5. She will be a probationary police officer in Lubbock for one year. Parents are Donice Jones Strickland and the late Steve Jones. She was the only female in the graduating class. Good luck Kimmie. We are all proud of you.

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Well I got wet Friday night at the football game. A few minutes before kickoff, after I had set up my folding chairs, bought water and peanut M & Ms, and got out my camera, it came a downpour. I gathered all the stuff and walked fast to my Tahoe where I waited out the rain for about an hour. Play resumed about 8:30 p.m. and it was a pleasant night the rest of the time. Especially since the Chiefs scored their first win with a 35-14 whipping of the Lubbock Roosevelt Eagles.

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We will be headed to Dalhart Friday night for the game. Watch video replay Saturday at 10 a.m. on WT Services channel 76. Looks like I will be assisting Clint Mears with the broadcast video this week. I know you can hardly wait for my excellent country commentary. The Dalhart Wolves are going to be tough. Go Big Red!

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Congratulations to Lindsey and Brett Hoyle on the birth of baby daughter Hannah Lynn. She was born in Amarillo Monday at 7:23 a.m. at 9 lbs 5 oz and 21 inches. Brett is the First Baptist pastor. They have three boys and finally now a baby sister.

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The local caregiver support group meeting is held monthly by Bluebonnet Home Health and Hospice and hosted by Friona Heritage Estates. This month’s meeting is at Friona Heritage Estates at 10 a.m. Tuesday October 16. The motto of the meeting is to care, share, and learn. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 806-247-0057.

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The FHS cheerleaders will be selling luminaries which will be placed around the football field during the Pink Out night football game vs. Muleshoe October 12. Orders accepted through October 11 by calling Brandi Surman at 806-236-0338 or any of the varsity cheerleaders. They are $1.00.

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Nice crowd attended the first National Night Out at the community center Tuesday evening. I managed to get one of the free Cargill hamburgers and enjoyed shooting a few photos. The LifeStar helicopter was a big hit as usual. Thanks to all the law enforcement folks, EMS, and other volunteers there distributing information.

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Have to admit I don’t care for political debates. Seems not much is ever solved except for those who wait for one or the other candidate to embarrass themselves with a gaffe or zinger. I am not among the undecided voters and will be participating in early voting as soon as possible.

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Congrats to the Friona Squaws. They beat Dimmitt Tuesday and are 3-0 in district. Talented group of girls. Fun to watch. You should plan to get out to a game and support the Squaws. See you next week. Until then!

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