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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

As we went to press Wednesday afternoon a couple of days of freezing temps were predicted for Wednesday night and Thursday. Spring weather is struggling along at this point.

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The monthly grief and bereavement support meeting will be held Friday April 26 at 5 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Home Health office. Anyone needing information or guidance in dealing with the loss of a loved one is welcome to attend.

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The next Friona blood drive will be Thursday May 2 at Calvary Baptist fellowship hall from noon to 7 p.m. The Noon Lions will furnish corn dogs and fries for donors. Each donor will be entered in a drawing for dinner for two at Hunan’s Restaurant, plus receive a t-shirt. Previous winners are Daisy Delgadillo, Gloria Aragon, and Renee Jameson. More details in a later Star.

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Kids Inc parents, players, and coaches are asked to be at the baseball fields Saturday April 20 at 9 a.m. for a clean-up day. Bring rakes, hoes, weedeaters, and shovels.

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First Baptist Church is hosting a revival April 21-24. Sunday morning at 10:40 a.m. and Sunday-Wednesday 7 p.m. Led by Pastor Jeff Anders and music by Greg Peck of Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Free steak dinner Sunday night at 6 p.m. and free family meal Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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Dr. Jeff and Becky Dickson attended a medical conference in Las Vegas last week. Dr. Jeff received a big lipstick kiss on the forehead from Marie Osborn and Donnie gave Becky a hug. I think there is a photo somewhere in today’s Star.

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A tragedy last Thursday when an employee at J.D. Heiskell fell about 40-feet to his death in one of the warehouse buildings. He was Ronny Clifton, Jr., 37, of Dimmitt.

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Charlie Pope, a Cargill maintenance manager, was part of a two-man team that drove the Cargill kitchen/grill down to Ft. Worth for the NASCAR race. Cargill sponsors a car in the race. Charlie said they enjoyed access to the suite and the pit during the race.

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The Taylor brothers, John and Jim, along with Ab Hendley and Eldon Reeb, and a few senior dads, cooked 1,400 steaks for the Class of 2013 senior steak dinner Sunday. As usual the fundraiser drew a big crowd and the steaks were excellent. Hats off to the senior parents and the seniors for their work in putting the event together.

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Connie Willard’s brother was a victim of the tornadoes that struck Arkansas last week. He operates a tomato farm and it was destroyed as was a barn across the road. Fortunately their home received only minor damage.

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Doug Kelley and 2nd grader Kimberly Martinez were winners in last week’s library drawing for a Kindle e-reader. There are still a couple of weeks of the Kindle drawing giveaway but you have to go by the library to sign up. Check out the literary baskets that will be given away at the library annual meeting. Tickets are $1 each.

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The new manager at CHS is Randy McCaslin (hope I spelled that right) from Altus, Oklahoma. He starts April 29. Bryan Harris is a new assistant manager. Former manager Caleb Stephenson moved to Canyon.

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Saturday, April 20, might want to hop over to Sonic for half-price cheeseburgers, and 50-cent tots, drinks, and coneys. Plus, see the big Sonic ad in today’s Star and sign-up for a gift card.

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TxDOT sent this information in a press release: in 2012, 16,687 crashes occurred in construction zones in Texas resulting in 134 fatalities. That is a lot of accidents, most of which could probably have been prevented by slowing down in the construction zones. Be aware and don’t become a statistic.

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The Chieftain baseball team has clinched a spot in the playoffs and second place in district. The bi-district playoff game is likely to be against either Tulia or Abernathy at a location to be advised. The first playoff round will be May 3-4, same time as the Shattered Dreams program at the high school and the prom is May 4. It is a busy spring around here.

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I had the opportunity to meet a true American legend this week. Bob Woodward, of Woodward/Bernstein Watergate fame, gave a lecture at West Texas A&M Monday evening. Clint Mears and I attended. Had a quick repast at Feldman’s diner. The lecture was in the Event Center. Lots of senior citizens there, not many college students. Read more about the evening in my Out Here column this week.

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Remember, if you have news or photos of interest please send them along. The credit union annual meeting is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Methodist Church senior class banquet is Monday at 6:30 p.m. See you around. Until then!