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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

By the time we went to press Wednesday afternoon (1/9) it should have been raining or maybe snowing or maybe both. The meteor people in Amarillo have been giving us some confusing forecasts for Wednesday and Thursday. Looks like we will get wet, just don’t know how wet or what kind of wet. It is going to be cold this weekend after temps in the 50s Friday. So they say. Bring a coat.

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Friona elementary school will recognize UIL participants during morning announcements from 7:50-8 a.m. Friday Jan 11. UIL award winners will be presented during the Awards Assembly on this schedule: 2nd grade 9:30 a.m.; 3rd grade 10:10 a.m.; 4th grade 10:50 a.m.; 5th grade 11:30 a.m.

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Former Chiefs in state playoffs. Robert and Marie Saiz’s boy Charlie, an FHS grad, is a coach at Denton Guyer. He was in the booth calling plays for Denton Guyer’s 4A state playoff football game at Cowboy Stadium which Guyer won. Another Friona grad, Jeff Chaney, is a former coach at Allen. He now manages the new $60 million Allen football stadium complex. Allen won the 5A state football title. Way to go former Chiefs.

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My friend Jim Zehner stopped by to visit this week. Jim is a former Bovina resident who moved back to his home state of Minnesota a few years ago. He lives in Evansville, MN. He is a spray pilot and skydiver and motorcycle rider. Before he got to Friona this trip, he went through Arizona where he completed his 1,000th parachute jump.

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In a special meeting December 20, 2012, the Bovina city council hired G.A. “Buster” Poling, Jr. as the new Bovina city manager. He has served as city manager at Texline, Texas for the past several years and was to begin work here January 7. In addition to his city manager experience, Mr. Poling was a bank president in New Mexico for 18 years. He and his wife Kay have two grown children. She has served as a school administrator and bank branch manager.

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I am a pre-approved preferred platinum customer of Credit One Bank. My pre-approved Visa credit card limit is $1,500. The envelope came from Las Vegas. If I am pre-approved why didn’t they just send me the credit card? Oh well, guess I will have to decline the offer. Sounded good though.

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Valentine’s Day, February 14, is on a Thursday this year. Thursday is our Friona Star publish day every week. So we will print your Valentine’s Day Brag Page photos on Valentine’s Day for a change. Get the kids and grandkids photos together. Watch for info next week on our Brag Pages for Valentines.

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Out of the 535 people in Congress, 100 of them are now women. There are 20 women Senators and 80 in the House of Representatives. That is almost 20%. Way to go women.

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The school lunch menu for next week lists Monday lunch as chicken fried steak. I’ll bet it is good. Wonder if I can pass for a junior high student. The week’s breakfast and lunch menu is included in this Star.

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Connie Neelley reports that the Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Project Christmas Card raised $3,381.86 this year. Thanks folks for all of the generous donations during these tough times. The money will be used to purchase air flow mattresses for PMC to be used by patients with skin problems.

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Rena London says her dad Leroy Burnett has retired from Paco Feedyard after almost 15 years. Leroy and Betty moved to Amarillo a few years back but Leroy continued to work as a night watchman at Paco until health concerns sent him into retirement. Rena said her dad is 80-years-old and would still be working if he could. All the best to Leroy and Betty.

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Mark February 5 on your calendar. That is the day IHOP gives a stack of free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. They do ask you leave a donation to benefit Shriner’s Hospitals. If you are in Clovis or Amarillo that day go get some free cakes.

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We have learned of the passing of Clyde Hays on November 20, 2012, in Amarillo. Mr. Hays was the salutatorian of the Friona High School Class of 1954 and received his law degree from the University of Texas in 1961. He practiced in Amarillo for 50+ years and never married. Burial was in the Friona Memorial Cemetery on Highway 60 west of town. I visited with Teddy Fangman about Mr. Hays. Teddy was a classmate and close to the Hays family. Some other classmates from the Class of ’54 you may recognize are Teddy Fangman, Jimmy Norwood, Glenn Reeve, Gaylon Rhodes, Jim Dixon, John Fred White, and Donna Miller Mears. It is interesting to explore Friona history.

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FHS baseball coach Styler Haddock said the baseball team pancake supper is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday January 29 at the high school cafeteria before and during the basketball games with Dimmitt. This is a fundraiser to help with equipment purchase for the baseball teams. Official baseball practice begins January 25. Come on out.

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Flu shots are available at the Friona Rural Health Clinic. They are given from 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. No appointment necessary. Register at the clinic desk. Shots are $29 and insurance is accepted where applicable. I’m getting one this week. You should too. See you next week. Until then!

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