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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

The hospital auxiliary canceled its meeting Tuesday February 12 due to the snow and bad weather. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday February 19 at 2 p.m. in the PMC conference room. Hospital administrator Gayla Quillin will speak about updates and new services added to the programs at the hospital. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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We did indeed have some West Texas weather this past week. High winds and dirt storms last Saturday followed by nice wet snow on Tuesday. Started snowing in the morning and by afternoon the sun was shining. Maybe more snow Thursday evening and Friday but clear and warmer for the weekend. We received about 3”.

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The county burn ban was lifted as of the snow day Tuesday only until midnight Friday February 15.

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Congratulations in order to Abe and Carolyn Lane for a 50-year anniversary this week. And to James and Sue Procter who will celebrate 68 years of marriage on February 20. Best wishes to you all. If you or someone you know has an anniversary let us know and we will mention it.

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One morning last week a train was parked on a siding west of town. The railroad has been replacing crossties which slowed train traffic. A transient was passing through and decided to find a warm place to sleep in the engine of the parked train. He was in the engineer’s chair when he was found, arrested, and supposedly given a warm bunk in the Parmer County jail. Sheriff Geries said he was wanted in Kansas.

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The Girl Scout’s were selling cookies at the basketball game last week. Bought a box of chocolate covered peanut butter cookies to take home but they didn’t make it out of the gym thanks to me, Clint Mears, and Danny Campbell.

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When your subscription is due we send a big yellow sheet as a notice. It will say your subscription is due that month. We give you until the end of the month to renew. If renewal is not received we cancel your subscription on the first week of the following month. We hate to lose subscribers so when you get the yellow notice respond by the end of the month. Thanks.

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A couple of folks in town have told me they switched from Dish TV back to our local WT Services. One said his Dish bill went to $90 a month and he only had the basic package. I have always had WT Services. Never felt the need to have over 200 channels. We are way overcommunicated as it is.

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I was in Bi-Wize picking up a prescription last week and noticed a sign that said they now sell laptop computers. Did you know that? Now you do.

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Friona volunteer firemen answered two calls last Sunday morning. One was a grass fire east of Black along the highway and the other was a manure fire at a feedyard. Thanks boys for your service to the community. The fire department has a Facebook page. Search Friona Volunteer Fire Department and “like” the page. And the Friona Police Department is on Facebook. You can “like” them too.

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Friona schools will be closed Monday February 18 for President’s Day. So will the city hall, banks and the Post Office. The Friona Star and most others will be open.

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Lots of Valentine brag photos in this week. Thank you all for showing off your litters. Some of you folks have a lot of grandkids and big families. We appreciate you sharing them all.

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Early voting for the May 11 city and school election will be April 29 to May 7 at city hall and the school administration office. We will keep you up to date on candidates and election news.

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Friona high school choir students delivered about 300 singing valentines Tuesday during the snow which I reckon made it even more romantic. The singing groups brought along a rose and a nice Valentine card for the recipients, one of which was my mother at the hospital. Thank you to whomever sent mom a singing Valentine. The singing Valentine program is a fundraiser for the choir’s spring trip.

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Kyle Grimsley (Joan’s son) is attending DPS Trooper academy in Austin to reach his goal of becoming a state trooper. He should graduate in July. Kyle is a former Clovis police officer and Parmer County Sheriff’s deputy. He and wife Heather have three children and will be moving once he is assigned.

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Sawyer Osborn was 18th place out of 50 entries with his Finewool Cross lamb at the Ft. Worth Stock Show. Also showing were Amy Osborn’s rabbits and Juan Samarron’s York barrow. Dan O’Brian will be showing his gilt and barrow at the San Angelo Stock Show. Attending the San Antonio Show will be Sawyer Osborn, Amy Osborn, Brandon Berend, Dan O’Brian, Jacob Osborn, M’Kenzie Hurst, and Keegan Hurst. Tyler Hough will participate in the calf scramble at the San Antonio Show. All are Friona FFA students. Tracy Blount is the Friona FFA teacher.

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With about 120 people/families transferring to the Cargill Friona plant from Plainview, the company is helping locate rental property. If you have any kind of rental property available in Friona and the area contact Rick White at Cargill, 250-8262. He is collecting information about rental units available.

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Going to the Chamber of Commerce banquet March 5? The local SnackPak4Kids will have a donation box to collect 18 oz jars of peanut butter, boxes of Pop Tarts, and packages of peanut butter crackers. I’ll bet they would also take monetary donations. Banquet tickets are $25 each and only available in advance. No tickets sold at the door. See the Chamber office or any board member.

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Next year, January 20, 2014, Friona’s First Baptist Church will be 100 years old. A Centennial Committee is being formed now to organize a celebration. Any really old photos of First Baptist or related church activities are being sought. Call the church office at 250-3933.

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The monthly Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Tuesday, February 19, at 10 a.m. in the Friona Heritage Estates’ day room. Coffee and donuts will be served. This is a community service sponsored by Bluebonnet Home Health & Hospice and Heritage Estates. For more information call 806-247-0057.

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St. Teresa’s Catholic Church Mexican dinner will be held Sunday March 3 from 11.m. to 2 p.m. A plate of beef enchiladas, tacos, beans, rice, chips salsa, dessert, and tea or coffee will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Come on over to the parish hall for a great lunch and friendly folks. The homemade salsa is worth the trip.

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Enjoy the Valentine photos. Send us any local news of interest and we always consider photos. Thanks for reading the Star. See you next week. Until then!

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