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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. We will print our Christmas paper December 20 and the next paper will be published January 3, 2013.

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Friona high school FFA members are selling fruit until Monday November 19. Fruit packaging and pricing can be viewed at the Friona FFA website, friona.ffanow.org. Look under Chapter Updates. Or you can call FFA teacher Tracy Blount at 250-3072 or email him at tlblount@frionaisd.com, or you can order from an FFA member.

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Food for thought:

The family Thanksgiving dinner at Friona Heritage Estates will be held Thursday November 15 at 6 p.m. Families and friends of residents are invited to attend.

Friday November 16, the high school cafeteria ladies will be serving the students and faculty a turkey Thanksgiving dinner/lunch. They were nice enough to invite me so of course I have to go.

Then Sunday November 18 the Friona Chieftain band will serve up a brisket dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the junior high cafeteria. Advance tickets are $7 adults and $5 kids 10 and under. They cost a dollar more at the door. Support the band and enjoy a nice Sunday dinner.

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Hereford happenings:

Anyone notice the cedar trees and other landscaping going on at the Caviness plant on Highway 60 near Hereford?

It’s official that United will be building a store in Hereford according to the Hereford Brand. The property is located south of Whiteface Ford and along 15th Street as near as I could tell. The acreage will also be utilized for expansion by Whiteface Ford.

The building going up across 25 Mile Ave. from Wal Mart has a sign that says Wash House. Don’t know yet if it will be a laundromat or a car wash. I was told it is a car wash. If so it is a pretty fancy façade for a car wash. Anybody know for sure let me know.

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Speaking of the Hereford Brand: Former Friona resident Dana Jameson, who got her newspaper start here at the Friona Star in 2003, is the general manager of the Hereford Brand. She has announced that the paper will go to a semi-weekly effective December 2. Since the 1970s the Brand has been a 5-day-a-week newspaper. On December 2 it will be a 2-day-a-week paper, published on Wednesday and Sunday. It should be a positive move for the newspaper, the employees, and the community.

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The trailer is still behind city hall during business hours to discard your old electronic equipment. We took three old computer hard drives and monitors, three scanners and three old used printers by there last Thursday. Cell phones and televisions are also accepted. Anything electronic. It is a free service and all the old stuff will be recycled in Amarillo.

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Friona native and graduate Steve Arias is the new Bovina high school principal. Steve was the middle school principal and moves to high school when BHS principal Denise Anderson takes over as superintendent. Steve will serve as both high school and middle school principal for the balance of the school yare effective January 1, 2013.

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Dr. Gary Cash says November 12, 2012 he celebrated 42 years of his veterinary practice in the same building there on Hwy 60. Dr. Cash has overcome a stroke suffered several years ago to continue his practice and has become a better than average nature and wildlife photographer as evidenced by his Facebook postings, many of which we have used in the Friona Star. Congratulations Dr. Gary and here is to many more years.

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The next Friona blood drive will be Thursday December 6 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Every eligible donor who presents will receive a winter themed t-shirt and be entered into a weekly drawing for a one-year supply of milk (52 gallons). A local drawing will be held to win a chicken dinner for two from Chester’s Chicken at Fast Stop. Details and reminders later.

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Congratulations to the junior high one-act play for winning first place in 2A district competition. Director is Candice Geske.

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I visited the Country Market on Saturday. While I was inside about 11 a.m. the dust storm blew in. Once again there were many vendors and a nice crowd for the show. Ingram’s fashion show was another success. Sylvia does such a nice job with her style shows. We took photos of most all the models and are posting them on our website, frionaonline.com. Canna and Jeff Ray kept busy serving brisket plates, chicken salad croissant sandwiches and hefty slices of cakes. Congrats to Kristina Anthony who put it all together.

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Trying to get back into the basketball mode. The Squaws have played three games, lost two and won one, and the Chiefs opened their season Tuesday night by defeating Hartley. A reminder if you are attending a home basketball game during the construction at the high school, you can park in front of the school and get to the gym through the front door. At the concession stand the chicken fajitas sold out Tuesday night before I got one so settled for a Frito pie. Come out and enjoy some basketball. Schedule is in this Star.

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Squaw volleyball coach Bryan Masse was sporting a new look this week. Back in the summer he told the girls they could shave his head if they won two gold balls. They did both. Maybe it will grow back before winter really gets here.

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Olga Correa Seda, FHS Class of 1991, signed on as a Friona Star Facebook Fan. Olga joined the Army in 1993 and plans to retire next year. She has three children and now lives in California, moving there from Florida. During her Army career she has visited France, England, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Korea. Not bad for a small town Friona girl. Her relatives still live here. Always enjoy hearing about the lives of former residents.

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Mark your calendars for Tuesday November 27. Ingram’s and Ivy Cottage will hold their annual open house. December 3 is Christmas in the Park. Plan to attend. And the Empty Stocking Fund is still collecting donations to help needy children for Christmas. Deposit money at Friona State Bank or contact Peggy Monroe.

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There is a rumor floating around that there are plans to re-open Tasty Cream. Nothing is final but the folks are local. Can’t say for sure. That’s why it’s a rumor.

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Hope your Thanksgiving and Christmas plans include family memories, plenty of food and fun, and most of all peace and joy. Thanks for reading the Star and for your news and photos. See you next week. Until then!

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