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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.

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The Chamber banquet is March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Citizen award nominations are needed. Nominate a deserving citizen (see front page). Donations to the live auction will be accepted through March 1. Gold tables are available for $500, one table with 8 tickets plus recognition in the program and news coverage. Tickets are $25 in advance only at the Chamber office.

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The St. Ann’s German sausage dinner is this Sunday, January 29 at the church in Bovina. German sausage, creamed potatoes and gravy, green beans, homemade sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, homemade desserts, and drink all for only $10 a plate and $5 for children under six. Takeouts are available and extra sausage will be available to buy. It is a very popular event so head on over between 11: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Thank you Donna Schueler for once again providing the newspaper with photos from the livestock show. Many of the photos you find in this weeks Star were furnished by Donna, including the Grand and Reserve Champions. She has been taking livestock photos for many years and we appreciate her more each year. Thanks Donna. Or should I say Momma Doc, which is what she is known by among her grandkids and certain friends. (Husband Dale is a veterinarian, i.e. Momma Doc).

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We are running a classified for KNNK radio station in Hereford for employees. I spoke with the new owner of the station, Monty Spearman last week. He purchased the station from Elva Lee Peeler, widow of the late Buddy Peeler who owned and operated the station. Mr. Spearman owns several stations in the area including one in Littlefield. He is looking for a person to sell advertising and cover local events in the area. Good luck Mr. Spearman and KNNK.

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Anniversary wishes to Margret and Harry DeWit for 21 years and Ed and Doris White celebrating 57 years January 25. Happy anniversary and best wishes to you all. Let us know if you or someone you know will be celebrating an anniversary.

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A post on Facebook and story in the Amarillo paper said FHS graduate and WTA&M defensive coordinator Colby Carthel will be accepting the head football coach job at Texas A&M Commerce. Good luck and congratulations Colby.

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Tonight, January 24, at 6:30 p.m. senior parents will meet in the high school cafeteria to start planning the senior steak dinner and the after graduation drug-free party. My goodness is it that time already? Did I mention that the Methodist Church senior banquet is set for April 22 at 6:30 p.m. The Class of 2013 is almost ready to venture into the real world.

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According to his daughter Rena London, Leroy Burnett had colon surgery at BSA in Amarillo Friday January 18. She reports the operation was a success and they await a biopsy report. Wishes to the family for a good report and full recovery.

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The Chamber of Commerce advises that Greg Clarke of Premier Map Company will be contacting local businesses for advertising on a county map.

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Cargill Friona general manager Jon Surman told me that he expects about 150-200 hourly workers from the closed Plainview plant will transfer here along with about a dozen management personnel. Plainview workers will be paid through March after the February 1 closing. Arrangements will be made to run buses from Plainview to Friona for the workers that transfer. The Friona plant will take over supplying product to United Supermarkets.

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The KLLR spraying operation west of Bovina on the north side of US 60 has been sold to Top of Texas. They operates the trucks that will be hauling from the Sweet Bran facility currently under construction.

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Saw Precinct 1 Commissioner Kirk Frye at the post office Wednesday morning. He was on the way out north on CR 19 (Cemetery Road) to investigate a bunch of trash someone dumped in a bar ditch, including a dresser and other large items. He hoped to find a clue in the rubble to determine who dumped the stuff. Dumping trash on county roads is against the law but some folks don’t seem to care.

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For you folks who fly on Southwest, now you can pay $40 more and board in that first group. Guess that is Southwest’s version of first class. Remember, if you don’t fly first class your kids will. Enjoy the weather but pray for rain. Until then!

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