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Town Talk

According to a rain report that official weather guy John Gurley taped to the back door of the Star office, Friona has received a total of 6.77” of rain so far in 2012. In 2010 we received 20.15”, with most of it falling in the May to August period. In 2011 we dropped to 7.21” total for the year. Another inch and we can surpass the 2011 total at least. Keep on praying if you are so inclined.

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The next Friona blood drive is Thursday September 27 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Donors will receive t-shirts and ice cream sandwiches. A drawing will be held for the Friona donors and the winner gets a dinner for two at Hernandez Mexican Restaurant courtesy of owner Luis Hernandez. Look for donor info in this Star.

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Anniversaries we heard about this month. Jon and Laura Field 32 years. Eugene and Patsy Bandy 61 years. Alan and Nita Clark 45 years. Terry and Casey Sharrock 19 years. Howard and Pat Fleming celebrated 56 years. Pat graduated at FHS in 1956 and they got married in 1956. Congratulations to each and every one. If you have an anniversary to report be sure to let us know.

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Babies too! The Jacob Millers welcomed twin boys in Lubbock and Emily Allen Stowers had a baby girl in Amarillo, all born Monday. Congrats to the parents and all of the smiling grandparents. I’m sure we will have more info later won’t we?

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It’s always good to welcome our young folks back to Friona. Betsy Clark graduated FHS in 2003 then went away to West Texas A&M and Oklahoma City University in pursuit of a law career. She achieved that goal in 2011 and has now opened her attorney-at-law office here in Friona at 715 Main St. Her office phone is 250-5345. She is the daughter of Paula and Henry Clark. Glad to have Betsy back and wish her much success.

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I wish to thank Becky Dickson for photographing the Miss Friona contestants and sending their photos to the Star for last week’s edition. Appreciate it Becky.

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The Maize Days week big finale is Saturday with the parade at 10 a.m. and all sorts of stuff to do in the city park. Stormi will be selling pulled pork sandwiches, Andy will have brisket sandwiches and the chocolate covered bacon, the Friona firemen will be selling sausage wraps again, no doubt somebody will have burritos or hamburgers and Mexican food too. You can buy tickets to win a big TV, a 4-wheeler with a trailer and who knows what all. Come have some fun. See you there.

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The homecoming queen candidates for this year are Brenda Arzate, Nohely Juarez, Brianna Miller, Kalley Preston, and Bianca Romero. The homecoming activities will start about 7 p.m. before the 7:30 kickoff vs. River Road. Cargill is serving free hamburgers, chips, and drinks. Should be a fun evening. Stop by the Booster Club table and sign up. Membership is $20 and you get a t-shirt or cap. Go Big Red!

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If you are visiting for Maize Days and one of the class reunions, welcome back. We hope you enjoy the festivities. Look for a bunch of Maize Days photos in next week’s Friona Star.

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Friona volunteer firefighters had a couple of calls the past week. Friday September 7 they dispatched to a hay fire at the old Lone Star Dairy on FM 1172. Then Tuesday September 11 they were called at 6:15 a.m. to a vehicle fire west of Cargill. You can buy $10 tickets at the park Saturday from the firemen to win a 4-wheeler and trailer. Drawing will be at 2 p.m. Thanks for supporting the fire department.

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Better say ‘way to go’ to Friona native Don Carthel. Last week’s West Texas A&M win tied Coach Carthel for the most wins (68) in Buffalo football history. He will no doubt become the winningest coach in WTAMU history this season.

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Kudos to all of the sponsors of the Miss Friona Pageant but especially to Bob Hurst and Clint Hurst and Parmer County Implement Co. for providing a $500 scholarship to the Miss Friona winner. The Case House has given the scholarship for the past several years so give them a pat on the back.

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The Little Miss Friona Pageant was fun again this year. An “attaboy” to Ricky Barnett for serving as master of ceremonies again. He said the first year he emceed the Little Miss Pageant, Amber Roberson was the Little Miss. Now, Amber has graduated from high school (and was present at the pageant) and Ricky is still volunteering.

He asked one young lady who was in first grade what was her favorite part of school. She said, “Going home.” Brought the biggest laugh of the night. Thanks again Ricky and all of the dedicated volunteers who make the Maize Days events possible.

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Clint Mears of Intheden Graphics videoed both pageants. If you would like a copy call Clint at 250-5200. The video of Friday’s homecoming game with River Road will not be shown Saturday morning because of the Maize Days parade etc. You can see it as a doubleheader with the Idalou game on Saturday, September 22.

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It’s been a busy week for everyone around here but a lot of fun involved too. We can slow down next week. We will be taking gobs of photos at the Maize Days activities. They will be posted in albums on our website, frionaonline.com, by next week sometime after we have had time to edit them. You can order prints through the website. Go Big Red! Until then!

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