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Town Talk

The Friona Country Market Arts & Crafts Show is being planned for November 9-10. If anyone is interested in a booth contact Kristina Anthony at 295-6951 or email frionacraftshow@gmail.com. Admission will be free, drawings for door prizes at each booth, and Canna Ray will be catering at the concession stand again this year.

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The Parmer County Tax Assessor’s office in Farwell will be closed Tuesday September 25 for staff training in Amarillo.

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Likewise the Friona city offices will be closed Friday, September 28 for year-end procedures. The city fiscal year ends September 30.

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Friona Police Chief Frank Mooney is planning a National Night Out October 2 from 7-9 p.m. at the community center. Other law enforcement agencies and emergency agencies will be involved. The public is encouraged to attend. See the Chief’s Corner in this Star for more details.

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Congratulations to Lynn and Bernie Gowens who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on September 17. If you or someone you know are celebrating a special anniversary let us know. Be happy to mention it.

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The winner of the fire department 4-wheeler raffle was Eddie McBride. The drawing was held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the city park. The firefighters say thank you to everyone who bought tickets and sausage wraps to support our local fire volunteers.

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Cub Scout sign-up and registration will be held Monday September 24 at 7 p.m. at the Scout House, next door to the community center. Boys in 1st to 5th grade are invited to attend and consider becoming a Cub Scout.

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J.T. Hammonds has lived in Bovina for 90-years. Now he is moving to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to be near his daughter. He has also been a member of the Bovina Methodist Church for 72 years. Sunday, September 23, Mr. Hammonds will speak at the Bovina Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Afterward there will be a pot luck dinner. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Friona grad Dianna Tirado Hernandez has left her newspaper job at the Clovis News Journal and joined the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico as a marketing specialist and grant writer. For a brief period Dianna worked here at the Friona Star (more than 10 years ago) but I am taking some credit for her success. She is a hard working and talented young lady and we wish her well at the Food Bank.

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On Saturday September 15 about 4:30 a.m. on Hwy 70/84 between Muleshoe and Farwell, a 14-year-old boy from the Round Rock area died in a one-vehicle rollover accident. Sheriff Geries said there were six people in the Chevy Trail Blazer when the driver, the boys mother, fell asleep, ran into the median, overcorrected and rolled several times. The boy was ejected and the SUV rolled over him. The other five people had only minor injuries.

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A huge crowd was present at the homecoming game Friday. The new concession stand was operated for the first time. Nice new restrooms too. Cargill gave away about 1,000 hamburgers and several classes held reunions. Congratulations to Bianca Romero, the 2012 homecoming queen, crowned in pre-game ceremonies. Photos from the game and Maize Days activities Saturday are posted on our website, frionaonline.com.

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Friona Star production manager Nathan Parson has redesigned our website to upgrade the graphics and make it easier to navigate. We post several articles from each week’s paper on the site along with lots of photos and links to other local websites. (It is not the entire newspaper.) Check it out. frionaonline.com.

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Former Friona coach Paul Hodge has returned to the Friona ISD coaching staff. He will be coaching junior high and assisting with varsity. Hodge returned to Friona when Rex Cumpton decided not to continue as a coach. Paul still lives in Vega and commutes. Welcome Coach Hodge.

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Our sympathies to the families of Butch Fairchild and James Pope. Both men passed away during the last week. Mr. Fairchild is Tammy Gammon’s dad and Mr. Pope is Mike Pope’s dad.

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A ribbon cutting at 8:30 a.m. Monday September 24 in Bovina will welcome Family Healthcare and the Bone Joint Chiropractic Clinic to their new facility at 1100 Highway 86. Kim McArthur, FNP-C will be seeing patients at the Family Healthcare Clinic. Dr. Mindy Neal and Bone Joint have moved to the new location also.

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It is always inspiring for me to attend the annual Cancer Survivor dinner. It was last Thursday at the 6th St. Church of Christ. A young man from Muleshoe named Garrison Meyers spoke encouraging words to honor his mother who has been treated for breast cancer. There was a fajita pile-on meal and a lot of positive energy from the survivors and caregivers in attendance. Thank you to Greg and Jamie Lewellen and the Parmer County Cancer Coalition for this worthy project.

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Bovina ISD superintendent Dale Fullerton has resigned effective January 7, 2013. He has served as superintendent for 2 ½ years. He was Bovina high school principal before the superintendent position. The Bovina school board is in the process of interviewing for superintendent.

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State representative John Smithee will have a town hall meeting in Bovina Monday September 24 at 1 p.m. at the Bovina XIT Recreation Center. All interested citizens are urged to attend.

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Victory Family Church pastor Robert Kerby was witness to a major accident at the Caviness plant west of Hereford Tuesday afternoon. A passenger car headed west slammed into a pickup that was exiting the plant and turning east. A semi- that was turning into the plant obstructed the pickup’s view and it pulled into the path of the car. Pastor Kerby saw the collision and stopped to assist the victims until emergency help arrived. Three helicopters were called to the scene and took the injured to UMC hospital in Lubbock.

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Junior high principal Mark Sundre reports that a 2012 class ring with the name Dale Hall in it and the word Bryan, a blue stone, and a picture of a bulldog on it has been found near the junior high gym. It is at the junior high office.

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If you are a runner, the Greater Amarillo Race for the Cure will be held Saturday, September 29, in downtown Amarillo. More than 6,000 are expected to participate in the Komen Race to promote early detection of breast cancer. Visit www.komenanarillo.org to register online and for additional information.

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Our Friona Star Facebook page now has over 1,000 ‘likes’. Not bad for a small country weekly newspaper. You can follow us on the Friona Star Fan Page on Facebook, check out our newly designed website, frionaonline.com, or you can buy a paper. Still only 50-cents. Go Big Red. See you next week. Until then!