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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

2013, 2013, 2013. Practicing writing the correct year. Hope the date of this first 2013 edition of the Star is correct on the pages. Happy New Year everyone.

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White Christmas indeed. The area received snow Christmas Eve night and into Christmas day. I stayed home warm all day. The scanner was busy as DPS troopers, Sheriff deputies, Bovina firemen and EMS were called to a variety of wrecks along Hwy 60 and Hwy 214. The local K3 wrecker service was in big demand on Christmas day as well. Thanks to all of the first responders in the county for your 24/7 service.

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Karen Renner will be instructing a GED class beginning January 9, 2013 at the Redeemer Center, 1304 Virginia. Classes are from 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration and testing is Monday January 7 at 6 p.m. Those interested must attend the Monday meeting.

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Former resident Andy Hurst has moved from Lubbock to an assisted living facility in Nacogdoches where he will be living near his son Rick and family.

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Congratulations to Clarence and Peggy Monroe. They are the winners of the Chamber of Commerce Christmas decoration judging. The Monroes are neighbors of mine and their home was really well decorated this Christmas season, a deserved prize.

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On Friday, December 21, Friona first graders went to the Methodist Church to ring the church bell 26 times in memory of the 26 people killed in the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. They were participating in a nationwide bell ringing remembrance.

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The 83rd Texas Legislature convenes January 8 for the biennial 140-day session. What are the odds something good will be accomplished? They typically introduce over 1,500 new laws to be passed. Don’t we have enough laws already? Anything of interest happens we will let you know.

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Floyd Reeve had a heart transplant in Dallas. They received the call Christmas Eve and the operation began at 10:20 p.m. that evening. It lasted about 6 hours. At this time Floyd is reported to be recovering well, has walked a few steps and doctors are tending to his kidneys. He is on dialysis for now but that is expected to be temporary. Floyd will be in the hospital for a few more days then has to stay in the Dallas area for 4-6 weeks. His transplant was the 4th of 5 transplants doctors performed during that period. Here’s to a good full recovery and our thoughts remain with the Reeve family.

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Anniversaries to report. Jeff and Monica Procter 16 years, Kirk and Annette Frye 28 years, and Kirby and Jonnie (Hand) Williams 52 years. Congratulations to all. We find some anniversaries on Facebook but if you have one upcoming let us know.

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The Amarillo newspaper did not make it to Friona last Saturday due to a fire in the Globe-News offices late Friday evening. It did finally arrive a day late though.

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Adriana Stowers was shopping at Dillard’s in Amarillo before Christmas. She laid her cell phone down and someone stole it. The iPhones have a tracker in them. She was able to track her phone to an address in River Road in Amarillo. She called the Amarillo police who in turn called the residence and told them if they have it better turn it in. Sure enough a day later it was dropped off with the police and Adriana now has it back. My daughter Megan had a similar experience in Denton and got her phone back. The lesson is don’t steal an iPhone. On second thought, don’t steal period.

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Shaylee Anderson, daughter of Denise Anderson of Bovina, is a 6’1” senior on the Texico basketball team. She has been a volleyball and basketball standout for the Lady Wolverines for four years. The Clovis News Journal reported that Shaylee suffered a season-ending knee injury before Christmas and will miss the rest of her senior year. Always hate to see something like that happen to our high school athletes. Keep smiling Shaylee, there is a big future ahead.

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School starts back on Monday Jan 7. The Chiefs and Squaws travel to Dimmitt Friday Jan 4 to resume district play. They host Littlefield here Tuesday Jan 8. Game time is 5 p.m. for JV, 6:30 p.m. for Squaws and 8 p.m. for the Chiefs. Been some real good food at the concession stand so come out and support Chiefs and Squaws basketball.

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The Parmer County Junior Livestock Show is coming up January 16, 17, and 19 at the community center. A dairy show is Jan 15, weigh-in and classing is Jan 16, the show starts at 8 a.m. Jan 17 and the sale starts at 1 p.m. Jan 19. Good luck to all the youngsters competing in the 2012 livestock show. The local Friona livestock show is Sunday January 13, also at the community center.

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At Prairie Acres, the resident of the month is Virgie Wikle and the employee of the month is Lupe Cordova. The staff sends thanks for everyone who adopted a resident for Christmas. The Christmas party was a success with the Methodist Bell Choir entertaining, and Sharon White and Allison Johnston leading Christmas carols. The Prairie Acres Santa was Devin Black. Administrator Billy Ray Johnston says there will be a community work day in the near future to paint a hall of rooms.

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Peggy Monroe and her group of Empty Stocking Fund volunteers went shopping in Amarillo and provided 54 children with needed clothing from Santa. The USDA inspectors at Cargill provided toys and food to the Empty Stocking Fund program for distribution to the children. The goods were delivered to the school and the parents were notified to come and pick up the gifts for Santa. Nice job folks. Bless you all.

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Holly Campbell has been recovering at home after foot surgery Dec 27. Holly usually proofs our newspaper every week so if there is a glaring error in this week’s Star it is all Holly’s fault. Take it easy and get back on your “foot” real soon Holly. We miss you around here.

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Okay, well, here we are in 2013. No choice but to make the best of it. This is the first of 52 Stars coming your way this year. We hope you will come along. Until then!

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