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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

The weather prognosticators on Amarillo TV tell us there is cooler and rainy weather coming to the Panhandle later this week. Are we in for a wet Friday night football game? As usual we will have to wait and see. Hope we can report rainfall next week.

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Darrell Bartlett was the winner of the big screen TV raffle held by the Friona Band Boosters. Eddie McBride of Amarillo won the fire department 4-wheeler. He works for Allied Waste in Amarillo and on a trip through Friona he saw the 4-wheeler displayed at 4-Way Pump and stopped in to buy a ticket. Turned out to be his lucky day.

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Our sympathies to the families of Jose Trevino, Granny Strickland, and Alicia Widner. All three of these folks passed away during the past week. Miss Widner died in Houston. Her arrangements were pending at our press time. Mr. Trevino and Mrs. Strickland services were Tuesday in Friona.

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Around 4 a.m. Sunday morning, Parmer County Sheriff deputies, Farwell police, DPS Troopers, and Bailey County and Curry County law enforcement were in a car chase that wound from Farwell out to the Cal Maine egg farm area then back to Farwell and into Curry County before the Muleshoe man was finally stopped and arrested. Fabian Febela, 29, of Muleshoe was charged with evading arrest, deadly conduct, driving with invalid license, and having a prohibited substance in a correctional facility. Not a recommended way to start a Sunday morning.

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Recently retired Dr. Bob Alexander celebrated his 75th birthday September 25. His son Robert and his dad also share the same birthday.

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Nathan and April Haile welcomed baby girl Harper on September 19 in San Antonio. She was 6 ½ lbs and 18 inches. Happy grandparents are Allan and Patty Haile who have a girl in the family finally.

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Tim and Charlotte (Procter) Bynum are proud parents of baby girl Kortlyn who weighed in at 7 lbs and 19 ½ inches. Grandparents are Ted and Glenda Procter and great grands are James and Sue Procter and Joe and Helen McWhorter.

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Friona city hall will be closed Friday Sep 28 for yearend procedures. The city’s fiscal year ends September 30.

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The Amarillo College Hereford Campus Training and Development Center has received a $1 million grant to help purchase equipment. The project will support students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic fields. A new multi-million dollar campus is currently under construction in Hereford.

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Heard on TV: Maryland is the richest state in the nation and Mississippi is the poorest. Thought it was worth a mention.

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Our media crew stopped off at McAlister’s Deli in Lubbock on the way to the Idalou football game. Clint Mears’ nephew and Friona grad Ryan Geries joined us. He is currently working on his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering at Texas Tech and spending long hours in the lab he said.

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October has become Pinktober! Pink Out Week in Friona is October 8-13 with all Chieftain fans urged to wear pink to the October 12 Muleshoe football game. The Noon Lions will be selling burgers and fries at that game also. You can order your pink t-shirts from Jamie Lewellen and the Cancer Coalition. Her number is 806-250-3545.

The FHS students in FCCLA and FCS will be selling “C’s for Cancer”, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and chocolate suckers, and Chieftain chow during the pink out week to raise money for the Cancer Coalition. You can preorder or they will be selling at the football and volleyball games. See the full story on the front page this week.

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October 9 is the last day to register to vote. Voter registration applications are available at the Friona Chamber of Commerce office.

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The Booster Club says the bonfire at Reeve Lake behind Sonic will be held Thursday October 11 around 8 p.m. prior to the district opener with Muleshoe on Friday October 12. They do not need any more limbs, pallets, etc. on the wood pile. Please take your limbs etc to the city rolloff box. Check with city hall. And don’t forget the Booster Club breakfasts every Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. at Headquarters Restaurant.

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The October Friona ISD school calendar is included this week. Better cut it out and stick it on the fridge so you will know where your kids are supposed to be. Thanks to Kathy Sandoval in the administration office for putting it together from the campuses.

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It appears that Sam Mears and Bill Ellis will be coming home from the Kindred Rehab Hospital in Amarillo within a few days. Bill may already be home and Sam could return home next week. These two guys have had a rough go of it for a long while. Let’s hope they are close to recovery and remember them and their families in your thoughts. Also Misty Frye had an appendectomy this week.

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Enjoyed touring the new clinic building in Bovina Monday. Dr. Mindy Neal and Kim McArthur, FNP-C, have located at 1100 Hwy 86 in what was the old Bovina Pump building but you wouldn’t recognize it now. The makeover is amazing. They are having an open house October 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch and drinks. It is a very impressive clinic facility. Folks in Bovina and the area should be proud.

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Football Friday night and volleyball Saturday here. One more month of Daylight Savings Time. Days are getting shorter already. If you have news for us send it along. Until then!

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