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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Fall weather is slowly arriving. The mornings have been in the 40s and 50s but highs still in the 80s. We did wear a jacket a couple of mornings the past week. Don’t forget about the Noon Lions Club hamburger and fries tailgate party for the Chieftains vs. Dalhart game Friday night. We will be cooking kind of early and should start serving by at least 6:30 p.m. Burgers and world famous fries for $6.00. Drinks not included. The Boosters will be selling drinks and other stuff. Come out and cheer on the Chiefs and support the Lions.

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The First Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday October 5 from 10 - 11 a.m. Free gently used clothing for kids and grownups.

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Mariah Rivera is a 6th grader. She hopes to join a student group for a trip to Europe in the summer of 2014. She is working hard on different fundraisers. Right now she is taking orders for poinsettias. They come in five different colors in 6” pots. They are $12.50 each and will be delivered between November 26 to December 3. You will need to pay when ordered. To place an order call Mariah’s mom Alma Rivera at 806-441-6401. They have a brochure showing the different colors.

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The Chieftain/Squaw t-shirt quilt made a stop at the Star office this week. Nice solid quilt about 5’ x 7’ made from Chieftain/Squaw t-shirts. There is a photo on the back page. Doris Barnett pieced it and Kathy Rector quilted it. Tickets are $5 and the drawing is December 17 at the basketball games. The quilt will be on display at the home football, volleyball, and basketball games. You can also get tickets from Annette at WT Services or Britny at Friona Interbank. Sponsored by the Chieftain/Squaw Booster Club.

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Friona elementary principal Ben Kirton asked us to remind parents of the parent/teacher conferences coming up on October 11, 14, 15, & 16. These dates were included on the Friona ISD calendar in last week’s Friona Star.

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Local farmers may have received an invitation to the Ag Tour 2013. If not, here is the info: the Ag Tour is Tuesday, October 8 starting at the Farwell Community Center. Registration from 9 - 9:30 a.m. tour starts at 9:30 a.m. The agenda includes cotton work, silage harvest, crops in Parmer County area, with presenters Michael Clawson and Joe Outlaw. The fee is $40 per person and includes lunch. RSVP October 4 806-481-3619 or email parmer@ag.tamu.edu.

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Texas state senator Kel Seliger emailed that 63% of lottery sales are awarded in prizes and in the last fiscal year the lottery contributed $1 billion to public education in Texas. But, the annual education budget is $53 billion the next two years. He says the lottery contribution is a small part of the education budget.

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Visited with Friona grad Jered Cunningham last week. He was in town visiting with family. Jared lives in Ft. Worth, is married, and they have five boys. The last two were twin boys born about a month ago. Jared works in the oil field business on drilling rigs. He named a bunch of places around the country where his job has taken him. Always great to talk with former “kids” we covered when they were in high school when they come back to visit.

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Victory Family Worship Center is planning another kids coat giveaway October 30. Pastor Robert Kerby said they need all the help they can get with donations. This is a well organized effort by the church to see that less fortunate children are warm for winter. Call the church office 250-2207 or check their website at www. thevictory.tv if you can help.

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Erin Austin, RN. The daughter of Kenny and Lori Austin, Erin has earned her nurse’s degree and is employed in the neonatal ICU at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. Another Friona grad pursuing positive dreams. Way to go Erin. Friona is proud.

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Have you noticed Blackwell-Mullins Funeral Home’s new sign? Very classy with a brick base and new lighted sign. Eva and Mike Mullins have been a definite asset to Friona, along with funeral directors Dusty Hansard and Ron Smiley. Grateful to have them here.

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A new business called City Lube is having a grand opening Saturday October 5, according to a message on WT Services community channel. I believe it is located on the north side of Hwy 60 at Hwy 214. The new sign says “Fast Oil Change.”

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Employees of Parmer Medical Center are having a Walk for Cystic Fibrosis on Saturday October 12 beginning at 9:00 a.m. from the hospital then north on Hwy 214. You can pledge to help. Contact Glendora Jordan or Tonya Lookingbill to donate.

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Clarence Martin stopped by this week to talk about the Class of 1948 reunion. He said Wynona fell on their back porch a couple of weeks ago and broke a femur. She is still recovering in the Friona hospital. He said she would likely be there a few more weeks. The Martins hosted the class reunion at their home and Wynona was there in a wheelchair. The photo is in today’s Star.

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Prairie Acres news: Jonell Sims is the resident-of-the-month and Marie Saiz is the employee-of-the-month. Marie works in the medication department and has been with Prairie Acres since October of 1996. Also Director of Nursing Tricia Rocha has 5 years of service and Lucilla Trevino has 20 years of service as a nurse’s aide. I haven’t been by lately but I imagine Prairie Acres and Heritage Estates are working on their fall decorations.

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A group of Target employees from Amarillo were in Friona Tuesday night for the National Night Out. They gave out candy and scarves and talked to people who stopped by their booth. A couple of them were store security employees that spend their time catching shoplifters. They had some interesting stories to tell. I took their photo. Should be on this page. Thanks for coming down.

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And many thanks to the Friona fire department for volunteering to cook the free hamburgers everyone enjoyed at the National Night Out. They had a bit of a problem because the hamburger patties were frozen solid which made cooking them a challenge. Thank you firemen.

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Anyone remember woodburning kits? Today they would be considered dangerous yet in my youth we plugged in that hot iron rod and burned all sorts of designs into wood. Don’t guess the adults were too worried we would burn ourselves. Times have certainly changed. See you at the game Friday night. Until then!

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