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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

The big topic this week has to be the weather. It was 80 degrees Monday and the Wednesday morning wind chill was -3. Tuesday’s cold front blew in around noon and the wind blew 20-30 mph. The Chiefs baseball teams, varsity and JV, played Tuesday afternoon and evening in the dusty windy weather. Both teams won but I wimped out on going to take photos. Too cold for these old bones.

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The Friona Cemetery Association will meet Thursday April 18 at 3 p.m. at Friona city hall. The association helps maintain our local cemetery.

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Congratulations to Troy and Mona Sharrock on occasion of their 54th wedding anniversary April 4. Also John and Kathryn Gurley celebrated a 24th anniversary this week.

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JeDon Gallman is still recovering in a Dallas hospital from surgery for esophageal cancer. He is making progress but it is slow.

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Former Bovina resident Jim Russell has died. Services were this week in Hereford. Jim and his wife Earlene “Scooter” Russell were longtime Bovina residents. Scooter helped me ease into the newspaper business back in 1995 when she was the editor of the Bovina Blade. They have lived in Spearman for many years. Our sympathies to the family.

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The Hacienda Home Store in Clovis is closing. Also closed are the Long John Silver’s and Quirk’s Feed A Lot in Hereford. There is a for sale sign at the Quirk’s place.

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Local veterinarian and outdoorsman Dr. Gary Cash attended the world’s largest gun show in Tulsa over the weekend. He said he watched some professional pool players play for $500 a game and saw an 1800s snooker table worth about $100,000.There were 5,000 booths at the gun show he said.

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The first week winners in the Friona Library’s e-reader drawings were 2nd grader Anthony Guerrero and Julio Nava. The library will give away Kindle e-readers each Friday in April. You have to visit the library each week to sign up for that week’s drawing.

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See you at the Class of 2013 senior steak dinner Sunday at the junior high cafeteria. Tickets at the door are $13/$11. Takeouts available. Delivery to shut-ins also available. For home delivery call Rhonda Murphree 250-2512. You might even see some seniors working and serving. Proceeds benefit the all night drug free party after graduation. Serving is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Heard someone say “You darned tootin’” last week. Had not heard that phrase in a long time. Wonder where it originated? I know, I could Google it. Maybe I will when I get time.

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Former Chieftain head coach Bob Ferguson and his wife Deidre left Friona for Paradise, Texas about 5 years ago. Deidre said they thought they would retire there but God had other plans. The Fergusons are returning to the Panhandle. They will be coaching and teaching in Spearman. So if you need a home in Paradise they have one for sale. Coach Bob was one of my favorite coaches to work with over the years and we welcome them back to the Panhandle, where the last couple of days have not exactly been Paradise.

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The FHS one-act play did not advance out of area competition held this week in Plainview. It was a good play and a good job by our thespians. Tyler Etue was named to all-star cast again and Haden Smiley and Holly Johnston were named honorable mention all-star cast. Good job Erika Montana and your talented thespians.

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Mentioned Hal Ratcliff last week as being honored at Cowboy Stadium during an NCAA semi-final basketball game. Hal called and said the 1968 TCU basketball team that won the Southwest Conference championship was being honored and he was an assistant coach on the team. It was a nice recognition.

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Shara Hamilton asked me to mention that the dishes, bowls, or pans that folks brought to her home on the death of her husband Tommy, can be picked up at Suds and Scissors on Main St.

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Boomtown! I saw a report from Austin this week that Texas has 7,400 oil and gas rigs operating and 54% of those are in the Permian Basin (Midland-Odessa area). It was said that 20,000 new people have moved to that area the past two years. Growth is good except housing has become a major concern down there.

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The city council meeting Monday night was interesting. The city approved the purchase of almost a full city block (10 lots) bordered by 6th and 7th Streets and Ashland and Woodland. Apparently a developer is planning construction of a two-story apartment complex on the property. There are a few old buildings to be torn down which the city will do. More on the progress as it develops.

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The Church of Christ senior banquet will be held Monday April 15 for the Class of 2013. Then Tuesday will be senior parents day for the baseball team. They play Bushland here at 4:30 p.m. Not sure when the senior parents and players will be recognized, before, during, or after the game. The Chiefs look sure to get into the baseball playoffs after winning two games over Boys Ranch and one from Sanford-Fritch.

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The public forum for the mayoral and school board candidates will be next Thursday April 18 at 6 p.m. in the junior high cafeteria. Come out and participate. Guess that is all for this week. Send us your news and photos. It is going to be back into the 80s this weekend. I’ll be watching The Masters golf tournament. And Monday is the deadline to file your income tax. Have fun. Until then!

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