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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Do you have any new or gently used baby items to donate? The Parmer County Healthy Baby Coalition will accept them in conjunction with their free pre-natal classes. They are registering expectant mothers Saturday February 9 in the hospital conference room from 9 – 11 a.m. and will accept your items at that time. More info about the classes on the front page.

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Local elections, if necessary, will be held May 11, 2013. That’s a Saturday. Voting will be at the city council chambers, 619 Main St. Filing for a seat on the school board or city council is open now until March 1st. Applications at city hall or the school admin office. Three council seats, the Mayor’s chair, and two school board seats will be up for election.

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Anniversaries: Norman and Gay Taylor celebrating 55 years. Misty and Kip Frye been married 17 years this week. Mike and Bonnie Pope celebrated 36 years this week. On February 11 Vernell and James Cunningham are celebrating their 70th anniversary by shelling 500 pounds of pecans with a new pecan sheller they ordered. Vernell is 87 and James is 92. Happy anniversary to all and God bless.

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In hospitals: my mother Hannah Lookingbill is still in PMC with a vertebrae fracture and lots of pain. Took her for a bone scan in Amarillo Wednesday to see where we proceed from here. E. G. Phipps is in Northwest Texas Hospital. He was here in PMC for pneumonia when other concerns developed. Tom Parson was in BSA in Amarillo for some continuing health issues. Wanda Jones is in Plano seeing a specialist for some heart procedures. Betty Lewellen has been in PMC recovering from surgery but went home Wednesday. Jim Zorns was transferred from PMC to the VA Hospital in Amarillo. We wish all a restful recovery.

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Sherry (Walker) Zehner’s daughter Tomi was the victim of a domestic violence attack by her ex-husband down in the Dallas area. On January 18 he ran a truck into the house where Tomi was staying with a friend. She was seriously injured and airlifted to a Plano hospital. Has subsequently had surgery with more planned. Sherry says she went back to work this week and the ex- was in jail on a $150,000 bond. A tragic circumstance.

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We heard a rumor that Peggy Monroe went to school with Waylon Jennings. Might ask her about it when you see her around town.

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The man that robbed the Friona Credit Union last August, John Michael Garibay, was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months is federal prison and fined $6,541 restitution.

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Congratulations to local FHS grad Pedro Ramos. He received his U.S. citizenship recently. Pedro is a graduate of West Texas A&M. He works in management at Cargill and was helped along on his road to citizenship by Dennis and Connie Slagle. Way to go Pedro.

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Another FHS graduate, Trent Hudson, earned his degree from West Texas A&M last August and was hired as a junior high football and wrestling coach in Hereford ISD. Trent was a standout baseball player at Friona High and is also coaching the Hereford freshman baseball team. They scrimmaged the Chiefs here this week. He lives in Hereford and is engaged to be married soon. Always nice to follow the lives and successes of our Friona graduates.

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Guess you watched the Super Bowl. We had Fast Stop pizza at the hospital in my mom’s room and ordered pizza for the hospital staff too. Does that qualify as a Super Bowl party? She was tired so we went home at the half. Rush Limbaugh said it took Alicia Keyes 2 minutes and 35 seconds to sing the National Anthem (I missed that part.) He says it shouldn’t take more than 45 seconds to sing it. I’m afraid I agree. I dislike the long, slow, dramatic, drawn-out versions of our National Anthem. Sing it and be done with it. (Large one-topping thin crust pizza at Fast Stop for $7.99.)

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Spring activities are in full swing around the school campuses. District CX debate, Region 1 FCCLA, ACT testing in the cafeteria, baseball season is here, so is track. The Friona junior high track meet is February 28 and the Friona varsity meet is March 1. Not to forget the one-act play competition, science bowl in Canyon, solo and ensemble competition, high school open house, and boys and girls golf. Monday February 18 is a holiday (President’s Day) so there is no school.

Before you know it there will be spring break, prom, all-sports banquet, and graduation for the Class of 2013. Stick around, we’ll try to keep you up-to-date on the happenings.

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Friona elementary school students received a thank you card from the Ronald McDonald House in Amarillo for collecting aluminum can pull tabs for the House. Mrs. Hamilton took the donation to Amarillo and said the people were so delighted and grateful for the donation.

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Singing valentines will be all around town next Tuesday February 12. The high school choir is taking orders to deliver a singing valentine to your sweetheart. It is still just $10. Any choir member or Allison Johnston can take your order.

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Tuesday night February 12 at 7:30 p.m. you can catch music by Flamenco guitarist Ronald Radford, sponsored by the Friona Public Library. Concert will be in junior high auditorium. Admission is free.

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The final boys basketball game here will be Friday February 8 vs. Abernathy. JV and varsity boys only. Game times are 5p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tune in Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to WT Services channel 76 for video replay of Chieftain/Squaw basketball. The boys end their season Tuesday February 12 at Muleshoe.

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The next meeting of the Prairie Acres Family council will be Thursday February 21at 7 p.m. in the board room. The nursing home will be scheduling a work day to paint some of the rooms and will need volunteers. The Prairie Acres Valentine party will be Thursday February 14 at 3 p.m. The resident-of-the-month is Dickey Garner and the employee-of-the-month is Tina Eddins. Your participation and support of our elderly is appreciated.

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The post office will stop delivering mail on Saturday effective August 1. You folks who get your Friona Star on Saturday will get it on Monday I reckon. We’ll get used to it and if it saves them money that is a good thing. We need our post office. Have a great week and don’t forget your valentine next Thursday. Until then!

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