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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Nice big crowd at Monday evening’s Christmas in the Park celebration. Thanks to Dana Campbell for the idea and a whole slew of volunteers that decorated and participated. There were booths of food and drink, lots of nice lighting displays, and a long, long line of kids to see Santa. I heard that Mike Pope was influential in getting Santa to attend. Thank you everyone for the great effort.

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The Friona high school FCCLA is collecting gently used clothes, toys, and stuffed animals to help the less fortunate children and teens in our community. Donations can be brought to the high school during the day or to the home basketball games December 11 and December 18. For more info contact Patsy Allen.

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The Friona United Way budget for 2012 is $66,250. Cargill has made a $12,000 donation. Solicitation letters have been sent to past donors. You can help by making a donation at Friona State Bank or mailing a check , payable to the United Way of Friona, to Larry Knowles, 801 Arrah, Friona, Tx 79035. Larry is the treasurer of the local United Way. Some of the organizations helped by the United Way are Scouts, Kid’s Inc., 4-H, Meals on Wheels, Senior citizens, Child Welfare, and the Empty Stocking Fund.

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Congratulations of Friona’s own Don Carthel, head coach at West Texas A&M, for being named Division II Region 4 Coach of the Year. The Buffs are playing this weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the Division II semi-finals. There was a big crowd of fans last weekend in Pueblo, Colorado as WT beat the number one seed, Colorado State University at Pueblo, including several from Friona. Go Buffs.

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The Prairie Acres Christmas party is December 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Christmas open house at Friona Heritage Estates is December 18 at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited. The Prairie Acres resident of the month is Johnny Jones and the employee of the month is Kaye Funk.

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Saw this in a recent FB posting about a new electronic magazine: “Symbolia is a tablet magazine of illustrated journalism that pairs incendiary reporting with thoughtful illustration and comics.” Have no idea what it means, proving once again that I am an old coot who is losing the digital race. But I hardly care.

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One year ago this week the Friona Star had a photo on the front page of Joe DeBons at Bi-Wize scraping snow and ice away from his front door. What a difference a year makes. We’ve had great warm weather but could use some of that snow now.

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Reminder that the Book Shoppe, with many good used books, is open on Mondays from 10 – 5. It is on 6th St. in the old VFW building. Stop by and browse and buy a sack of books. They make great decorations and who knows, you might even read one.

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The Parmer County Junior Livestock Show dates are January 15-19, 2013 at the community center. Dairy heifer show is Tuesday the 15th, weigh-in and registration Wednesday the 16th, the show starts at 8 a.m. Thursday the 17th and the sale begins at 1 p.m. Saturday the 19th.

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I attended the fire department’s Christmas Saturday evening at the community center. The meal was catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ from Amarillo. Santa made an appearance. Fire Chief Jim Taylor presented service awards to Lee Campbell 60 years, Chuck Teague 20 years, Ty Potts and Jason Brawley 5 years. Heath McElreath was named the Fireman of the Year. Thanks to all of our volunteer firemen for their service to the community.

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Marca Herring had foot surgery in Lubbock last Friday and was recuperating this week. The Friona State Bank annual Christmas open house will be held next Wednesday, December 13, from 9 to 3. Stop by for some Christmas goodies. Might pick up some dollar bill scratch pads while you’re there. Make nice stocking stuffers.

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The Friona FFA Radio Broadcasting team of Sawyer Osborn, Coke Capshaw, and Brady Hansard won 3rd in the state competition last weekend in Huntsville. Ag teacher is Tracy Blount. Congratulations boys. Good job.

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My Tahoe battery conked out this week. Thanks to Joe Reeve at Mr. Service, he had me up and running again in a couple of hours. Good news is the battery was still under warranty. Glad it decided to die after I get home from the trip to Denton over Thanksgiving.

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Happy anniversary to Ron and Melba Smiley. They will celebrate 55 years Saturday December 8 by traveling to Perryton for the 1st birthday party of great granddaughter Jayden Gayle Morgan. Congrats Ron and Melba.

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Friona firemen answered an accident call about 5:45 p.m. Monday on Etta, a fire call at 10:15 p.m. Monday to a fire under a carport on Pierce St., then to a two truck accident about 12 noon Tuesday at the intersection of FM 1172 and FM 2397. No injuries reported. EMS also responded to the two accident scenes. Thank you to our first responders.

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On November 28 Floyd Reeve received a call that a heart was available for his transplant. He and the family headed for Dallas. Unfortunately the heart was clogged and unusable so he came home the next day and remains on the heart transplant list. We hope for a positive outcome soon for Floyd.

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The Chamber of Commerce will award $100 Friona Bucks to the winner of their annual Christmas lighting contest. You do not need to list your home with them this year. Judges will tour the town Thursday December 20 to pick a winner. I drove around town Sunday night and there are some very nicely decorated homes.

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A reminder that the Friona Star will not publish a paper the week of Christmas. The December 20 Friona Star will be our Christmas issue and the next Star will be printed January 3, 2013. We are taking some time off to enjoy the holidays. We hope you will miss us.

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Friday December 7 at 10:45 a.m. is the dedication ceremony for the Quanah Parker Trail arrow at the museum. Several school classes will be there. From 12 – 1 p.m. a sausage wrap lunch will be available at the museum. Everyone is invited.

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Lou and Skip Keith moved to Surprise, Arizona several months ago. Lou said that Debi Goodwin came to visit over Thanksgiving weekend. They went antique shopping, had lunch at the Copper Mine Café, and went to an outlet mall in Tanger, AZ, which has the tallest Christmas tree in the U.S., so Lou says.

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Santa Letters are due Monday. Two more Friona Stars before Christmas. Happy shopping and thanks for reading the Star. Keep us in the loop for news and photos. Until then!

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