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Miss Avery Timms listens intently to steer judge Bill Binder during the steer competition at the Parmer County Junior Livestock Show. She is the daughter of Chris and Jill Timms of Lazbuddie. Complete stock show results are inside. More photos in our photo section.

Grand Champion Steer • Trey Hurst

Grand Champion Goat • Ashton Mason

Grand Champion Lamb • Sloan Osborn

Grand Champion Barrow • Hadley White & his sister Adaline

Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Next Tuesday, January 29, I’ll be heading to the Friona gym early for the Chieftain baseball team’s pancake supper. Should be good on a frosty winter evening. Serving starts at 5:30 p.m. before the Dimmitt basketball games. Cost is $6 for pancakes, sausage, drinks, syrup and butter. I’ll bet you might even get seconds if you know the right person. Coach Haddock and the baseball boosters would appreciate your support as official baseball practice begins this week on Friday Jan 25.

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As a reminder to basketball fans, you can park in front of the high school and enter through the front doors during the construction project at the high school. Make your way through the cafeteria to the gym where Mary Stone and Gayle Murdock will be waiting to collect your money.

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Ordered a couple of new computers about a week ago. Two of our computers are around 10-years-old, more than the life expectancy of any electronic device these days. We have been tracking our new computers on our old computers. So far our new computers have been in El Paso, Ft. Worth, Wichita Falls, and should arrive via FedEx any day now they say. We received a set of computer speakers and QuickBooks Pro 2013 software in a couple of days. (As I was finishing this sentence Tuesday the FedEx guy showed up with them.)

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For more than a year the Friona Star has been on the Department of Labor’s monthly call list to report employee information. They send a postcard telling me what day they will be calling. We are asked about supervisory and management employees and weekly salaries. Needless to say it doesn’t take me long to tell them there are three employees, same number of hours, and same compensation figure. Not sure what they do with the data. Not sure I like the government calling me either. (more...)

Chamber of Commerce needs nominations

The Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Citizen, Man, Woman, Teacher, Boy Student, Girl Student of the Year and Most Courteous Employee. These awards will be given during the Chamber banquet March 5, 2013. (more...)

Hospital sees change in Medicare patient enrollment

Important information regarding Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Drug Benefit

Parmer Medical Center and Friona Rural Health Clinic are experiencing an increase in patients that are coming to the hospital and clinic who are no longer enrolled in traditional Medicare. They are now enrolled in one of the Medicare Advantage Plans. Some may have chosen an Advantage plan not realizing it was not accepted by the local healthcare system. Others may have opted out of the Advantage Plan, but the information has not crossed over and they are still listed in the Advantage Plan system and not traditional Medicare. Others may not be aware that their plan has been changed and are surprised to discover they are now enrolled in an Advantage Plan. (more...)

Squaws/Chiefs vs Muleshoe

Friday January 18 the Squaws and Chiefs swept the Muleshoe Mules and Lady Mules in a district match, winning by almost identical scores.

Squaws 59 Lady Mules 37: The Squaws led the entire game. Scoring: Dakotah Hicks 18, Brianna Miller 11, Maddie Murphree 10, Kendall Kimbrough 9, Nohely Juarez 6, Marisol Posada 5. Three point goals by Kimbrough and Miller. (more...)


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Brianna Miller (25) harasses a Muleshoe Lady Mule along the sideline during Friday night’s 59-37 district win by the Squaws. The teams travel to Olton Friday then host Dimmitt here Tuesday January 29.


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Mason Loflin (3) battles a Muleshoe Mule for a rebound as Jake DeWit (25) and Brad Stowers look on. The Chiefs improved their district record to 2-4 with a 51-37 win over the Mules. They are halfway through district play and travel to Olton Friday night then host Dimmitt next Tuesday here.