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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

They call it a dusting. That’s all we had for snow Monday morning. Didn’t add up to any moisture but caused some slick roads around the county. Several accidents Monday morning of the “sliding into the ditch” variety. A couple of accidents Monday afternoon west of town near Cargill had nothing to do with the snow, which was gone by then. No moisture in the forecast for the next several days.

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The First Baptist Church adult choir will present the Christmas Musical “Jesus, There’s Something About That Name” on Sunday evening December 16 at 6 p.m. The musical will be followed by the Candlelight Service and Lottie Moon ingathering. Everyone is invited.

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We send thanks to Mitch Terry and his automotive class from last year for building the many lighted stars that are shining on Main St. If you haven’t been down Main St. after dark take a ride and enjoy. The stars are very nice and present a consistent image along the street. Uncle John White would be proud. Thanks Mitch and students.

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Friona Heritage Estates will have their Christmas open house at 5 p.m. Tuesday December 18. Everyone is invited to stop by and see the festive decorations and enjoy a cup of refreshments. Heritage Estates is a very nice facility. Stop by and visit the friendly folks.

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The FHS choir Christmas Concert will be held Monday December 17 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for the SnackPak4Kids program.

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I stopped by the Friona blood drive last Thursday. Jim Murphree was hooked up giving blood and had time to tell this story: Three vampires went into a bar. The waitress came over and said ‘what’ll you have’. The first vampire said he would have a glass of blood. The second said he would have a glass of blood. The third vampire said he would have a glass of plasma. The waitress turned and yelled to the bartender, “two bloods and a blood lite”. Thanks for the material Jim and thanks to all who donated the 60 units of blood at the blood drive.

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School dismisses at noon on Friday December 21, which is also the end of the 3rd six weeks. Also on the 21st is an elementary AR party in the gym, junior high semester exams and the JV and varsity boys and girls play Olton here. Classes resume Monday January 7, 2013.

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Friona junior high is hosting an award ceremony Friday, December 21 at 11:45 a.m. to present medals and ribbons to junior high students who placed in the One-Act Play and UIL competition. The ceremony will be held in the junior high auditorium.

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Tuesday December 18 the JV and varsity boys and girls host Nazareth at Friona gym. JV starts at 5 p.m. Squaws at 6:30 and Chiefs at 8 p.m. Reminder that with the construction messing up the parking lot, the front door to the high school is open so fans can park in front of the school and enter through the cafeteria.

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Also on Tuesday December 18, the caregiver support group will meet at 10 a.m. at Friona Heritage Estates. All caregivers in the community are invited to come share, care, and learn. Refreshments will be provided and Bluebonnet Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a door prize. This is a community service and open to the public. For more info call Bluebonnet at 247-0057.

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The re-opening of Tasty Cream by Luis and Janet Hernandez is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday December 17. They are also the owners of Hernandez Carniceria Mexican Restaurant. Am told they plan to have the same basic Tasty Cream menu as in the past. Good luck and we’ll be calling you to compare your cheeseburgers.

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Did you notice some info included with your bank statement this month? Effective January 1, 2013, all of your accounts together are insured by the FDIC for a maximum total of $250,000. Up to now each separate account was insured for $250,000. Now your accounts are added together and only insured for an aggregate total of $250,000. Confused? Call your banker.

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The county burn ban is still in effect. NO outdoor burning is authorized and violators are subject to citations and fines. For any questions contact the County Judge’s office or the Sheriff’s Department.

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Don’t forget Project Christmas Card sponsored by the hospital auxiliary. Donations benefit Parmer Medical Center and a list of donors will be included in the December 20 Friona Star. Donations can be made at Friona State Bank or various business locations around Friona, including the Friona Star office.

Donations to the Empty Stocking Fund are still needed. Can deposit to the ESF at Friona State Bank or call Peggy Monroe. Do it soon because they are already shopping for clothes, shoes, socks and toys for needy children. Thank you Friona for your generosity.

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Big noisy wreck Monday about 5 p.m. west of Cargill in the westbound lanes. Friona firemen and EMS were dispatched. A Buick passenger car tried to pass between an SUV and semi-, clipped the SUV on the left rear, bounded into the right rear of the semi- then cartwheeled and landed on its top on the right shoulder of Hwy 60. The New Mexico couple were extracted by the Friona firemen and transported to PMC by Friona EMS. The Sheriff’s department was on the scene and DPS Trooper Izzy Carrasco investigated the wreck.

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The drawings for the Chamber of Commerce’s Ho! Ho! Home for the Holidays promotion will be Monday December 17. When you shop local with a participating merchant you can sign up for the drawings which will award $25 Friona Bucks to individual winners and $100 Friona Bucks to an overall winner.

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The Friona United Way campaign is ongoing. Donations can be made at Friona State Bank or mailed to United Way of Friona c/o Larry Knowles, 801 Arrah, Friona 79035.The local United Way provides funds for such diverse groups as Kids Inc to Meals on Wheels. The 2012 budget goal is $66,250.

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Friona firemen were paged to a gas leak call about 12:30 noon Sunday. Monday they were called to the wreck on Hwy 60 west of Friona. I keep a scanner in the office and our building is about two blocks from the fire station. I’m always amazed how quick the firemen respond. From the time of the page until the first truck rolls is often 2-3 minutes or less. We are thankful for a great group of volunteers.

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The conference between referees and school officials at halftime during the Squaws basketball game with Abernathy had to do with a district rule that only two officials are hired for basketball games. There were three officials at the game. One of the refs told me they didn’t know about the rule until halftime. Coaches agreed to continue with three refs but future games will only have two. Superintendent Austin said our district voted to have two officials to save money.

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We have a ton of Santa letters. Some are in this week’s paper and the rest will be in our Christmas paper next week. As the end of the year approaches we send thanks to all of our readers and advertisers and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. See you next week. Until then!

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