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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Turn your clocks back one hour by 2 a.m. Sunday November 4, 2012, as Daylight Saving Time ends. Fall back until we spring forward next year. I’ll be turning my clocks back Saturday afternoon. Lighter mornings and earlier dark is just ahead.

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The St. Ann’s Catholic Church of Bovina will serve their popular annual turkey and dressing dinner Sunday November 4 in the parish hall. Serving time is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Turkey, dressing, creamed potatoes and gravy, green beans, homemade bread, cranberry sauce, relish plate, desserts, tea and coffee make up the sumptuous menu. Donations are $10 adults and $5 children under six years. Takeout plates are available and a quilt raffle will be held.

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New officials in Bovina. It is reported that the Bovina city council has hired Katrina Bryant of Texico as their new city manager and Jesus Garcia of Hereford as the new police chief. Both will begin their duties on November 1, 2012.

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A memorial service for Mary Lee Talley will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday November 3 at the 6th Street Church of Christ.

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Leon and Nelda Talley are making plans to move to Lubbock, probably sometime in November. They have a contract on their home here and have found one in Lubbock. Leon and Nelda will be missed. He has been an asset to this community for many years during his ministry at the 6th St. Church of Christ and serving others throughout the area.

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Sydney Frye, daughter of Misty and Kip Frye, got to shake hands with Mitt Romney Monday in Davenport, Iowa. She made the trip with grandparents George and Aundrea Frye. Romney’s rally in Davenport was held at a sod farm operation owned by relatives of the Frye family. Do they still have show and tell in junior high?

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Friends of the Friona Library’s membership drive is underway. Individual membership is $5, family is $10, business/organization is $25, and a lifetime membership is only $200. The Friends rely on membership fees for their many projects. Even if you do not use the library, we should all support it as a valuable asset to our community. See page 2 for a membership application form. Pitch in and support the library.

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A reminder that Blackburn Hardware is the local representative for UPS shipping. Need to send a package via UPS, Mike Blackburn is the guy to see. He is next door to Sonic.

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Chieftain Armando Flores will participate in the regional cross country meet. Armando is the only Friona runner to qualify out of the district meet held last week.

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First Baptist Church pastor Brett Hoyle surprised the crowd at the Chieftain football game Friday night. He booted a 42-yard field goal during the halftime Punt, Pass, and Kick challenge sponsored by the Booster Club. His reward was $250 paid by Bunker Trucking as a Booster Club sponsor. Some say it would have been good from 50-yards. Nice boot Reverend.

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Former resident news. Rex and Connie Cumpton celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary this week. Jan Parker, now a resident of Dublin, Texas, fell recently and broke both arms and dislocated both thumbs. On the first trip to the hospital they told her she had broken one arm. Still in pain in the other arm she went back to the hospital later and they found she had broken both arms.

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The Victory Family Worship Center has purchased the Friona Star building from Bill and Carol Ellis, so VFWC is our new landlord. They plan to eventually use the south half of the building space for their church office. I might add that Victory Family members worked the concession stand at Friday night’s football game to give Booster Club parents a break. I do know they sold out of coffee. It was a “real cold night.” They say Dusty Hansard stayed close to the popcorn machine, which was the warmest spot in the building. Thanks to Victory Family for your labor and thoughtfulness.

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Elizabeth McLellan and Sharon White were working the early voting location at Friona State Bank Monday. Once again I caused a small problem because when I cut out my voter registration card I did not leave the barcode on it. I’ll know better next time. They let me vote anyway. There were 235 early voters in Friona Monday. County Clerk Colleen Stover reports about 275 people have voted early in Farwell and her office has mailed out about 175 ballots. All of those numbers are good totals for Parmer County. Must be an important election.

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The high school choir’s spaghetti supper Friday night before the football game was quite good. It appeared a big crowd showed up to eat. I saw a bunch of carryout plates being carried away. Director Allison Johnston says THANK YOU to all who came to eat spaghetti and support the choir.

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Yes, it was cold during the football game. I layered on about three sets of shirts and pants and a big coat and gloves and a toboggan. Managed to get some nice photos at the game. The volleyball Squaws were introduced at halftime along with the school’s first ‘gold ball’ as district champions. The Chiefs played hard but lost 28-0. Chieftain Omar Ramos suffered a dislocated elbow in the second half and was transported by Friona EMS to the local hospital. He is up and around with his left arm in a sling and will be out for the last two games. Photos from the game are available on our website, frionaonline.com.

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Girl Scout coat drive. Please take new or gently used coats to W.T. Services during business hours. The Girl Scouts are accepting both children and adult coats to be given away to the needy folks of our community at the Christmas in the Park December 3.

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Needing a ride to the polls? Give Dana Campbell 250-5213, or Becky Dickson 223-6348 a call. They will gladly pick you up and give you a ride if you are unable to drive. Exercise your right to vote. And don’t forget the Methodist Church ladies will be serving an election day cowboy stew meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the fellowship hall. Cost is $5 per person and proceeds will benefit the SnackPak4Kids program.

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Have any used Christmas decorations you are not using? Drop them off at the Friona city hall to donate to local organizations to use to light up the park at Christmas.

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Call now to reserve your spot in the park to “Light Up The Night” for Christmas this year. Areas in the park are being assigned to churches, businesses, and organizations. The plan is to have each group decorate a small area in the park for the December 3rd celebration. Prizes will be given to the best decorated area. Booths are free so call Dana Campbell at 265-5213 for information or to reserve a booth area.

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It is Empty Stocking Fund time. The fund buys clothing items for needy children that otherwise would not have a Christmas. Clothes are the main focus but each child is often given a toy also. Give donations to Peggy Monroe or make deposits at Friona State Bank. Thank you in advance.

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Gayle Murdock and the high school Veterans Day committee would like to have names of any FHS graduate currently serving in the military. Call the high school office at 250-3951 or Gayle at 265-5101. The Veterans Day program at the high school is next Thursday, November 8, beginning at 9 a.m. All veterans and families and the public are invited to attend.

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Parmer County Retired Teachers and School Personnel will meet Monday November 5 at 2 p.m. in the Friona State Bank community room. Legislative and health care issues will be discussed and 4-H members will present some of their projects.

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By this time next week the election will be over. Hallelujah! Until then!

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