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Amarillo building code inspector Scott McDonald, right, addresses the Friona city council Monday evening. The council approved updates to the city’s building codes to current specifications. Friona codes had not been updated since 2000. Clockwise around the table, councilwoman Martha Barker, city manager Patricia Phipps, councilman Jim Atwell, and councilmen Greg Lewellen and Charlie Pope. Atwell presided as mayor pro-tem in the absence of Mayor J.B. Douglas.

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A cotton module truck headed to Farwell Monday accidentally dumped its load along the outside lane on Highway 60. The cotton spread from about Ivy Cottage to the First National Bank, a distance of several blocks. Other trucks were brought in and a city front loader helped clean up the mess.

Town Talk II
by Ron Carr

Early deadline next week. The Friona star will print one day early next week because of Thanksgiving. Deadline for news, photos, announcements, or advertising will be Monday November 19 by 5 p.m. The Star will be printed Tuesday evening and processed Wednesday November 21. The post office will be closed Thursday. Subscribers on CR routes will still receive their paper on Friday November 23.

Also, we will make this announcement again but because of the way Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fall this year on Monday/Tuesday, we will NOT be publishing the Star during Christmas week. (more...)

City adopts updated building codes

The Friona city council met in regular session Monday November 12, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at 619 Main St. Mayor J.B. Douglas and councilman Mark Osborn were absent. Councilman Jim Atwell presided as Mayor Pro-Tem. Council members Martha Barker, Greg Lewellen, Charlie Pope, and city manager Patricia Phipps were present.

The majority of the agenda pertained to updating the city’s building codes, specifically mechanical, plumbing, residential, fire, and electrical codes. The last update of Friona’s building codes was in 2000. Scott McDonald, an Amarillo building code inspector, addressed the council about the updates that pertain to new construction or remodeling of an existing structure. (more...)

Parmer County election results

Here are a few election totals from last week. Parmer County Clerk Colleen Stover said a total of 2,553 ballots were counted. That is more than 50% of the county’s registered voters, a huge percentage compared to past elections.

Voting straight party were 1,126 Republican and 334 Democrat. In the presidential race 2,005 cast ballots for Romney/Ryan and 528 voted Obama/Biden. (more...)

All-district volleyball, Preston is MVP

The undefeated district champion Friona Squaws volleyball team placed eight girls on the 2-2A all district selection.

Senior Kalley Preston was named the District MVP. Senior Maddie Murphree was selected as All District Outstanding Hitter. (more...)