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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Holy moly! The WT Services local cable channel Tuesday morning reported the wind chill was -7 degrees as I left for the office. That was after a high temp of 80+ on Monday. Winds blew in Monday night gusting to 50 mph. Near Vega in Oldham County they set up a tent for the Spinning Spur Wind Farm groundbreaking on Wednesday but the wind blew it down, proving, I suppose, it was a good spot for a wind farm.

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Early voting for the mayor and school board election starts Monday April 29 to Tuesday May 7. Vote for mayor at city hall and for school board at the administration office. Election day is Saturday May 11 at 619 Main St.

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At junior high band competition last weekend, Hadley White earned a 1 for his trumpet solo and Lydia Alexander got a 1 for her saxophone. The band earned ones for concert and sight reading.

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Congratulations to Rondee and Tonda Clark on the occasion of their 32nd anniversary celebrated this week.

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A couple of county officials had new grandkids the past week. Sheriff Randy and Sarah Geries were in North Carolina for the birth of their first granddaughter. The little girl was born to their daughter Amy and was 7 lb 9 oz and 20 inches. Daughter Mandy has two boys. County Judge Trey and Tracy Ellis were in Ft. Worth when Quint and Ivy Ellis welcomed their third son, baby boy Lane Totta Ellis at 7 lb 13 oz and 20 ½ inches. Lane has two older brothers, Drew 5, and Reid 2 (almost 3). Congratulations all around.

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Troy Crutchfield had a visit from his granddaughter Christina Mueller from Waldsassen, Germany. He had not seen her in 26 years. His daughter-in-law Inge Mueller, Christina’s mother made the trip and Troy’s brother Jerry Crutchfield came from North Carolina for the reunion.

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FHS sports physicals are scheduled May 4 in the high school gym. Cost is $15. Physical forms are available from coaches and must be completed before the physical. High school girls at 8:30 a.m., 6th grade and junior high girls at 9 a.m., high school boys at 9:30 a.m. and 6th grade and junior high boys at 10 a.m.

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Open house at Ceta Canyon Camp and Retreat Center Sunday May 5 from 2-4 p.m. Free food and activities and a chance to sign up for summer camp at a reduced rate. Summer youth camp is for grades 2-12. RSVP to Kathy@cetacanyon.org or call 806-488-2268.

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Texas Tech student and Friona graduate Lucy Mendez is a senior at Tech and is currently serving as a congressional intern in Austin for Representative Ryan Guillen. She is the daughter of Jorge and Rosa Mendez.

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We have begun planning our special graduation edition for the Class of 2013. It will be published May 23. We have a list of the seniors and will be happy to fax a copy to any local business that might want to honor graduates in an ad. We will also begin contacting businesses about participating in this annual tribute to our graduating seniors. If you need more info give us a call.

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Chieftain baseball player Brad Stowers got accidentally bonked on the head during a batting drill in the gym Tuesday. The team was practicing indoors because of the cold. A trip to the ER and three staples and a big white bandage later he was told to rest and recover.

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Attended the Friona Credit Union meeting Tuesday evening at the junior high cafeteria. River Smith’s from Lubbock provided fish and chicken and all the trimmings. After a short business meeting several uncirculated coin sets were given as door prizes. Saw Kay Venable from Bovina there. She is recovering from West Nile Virus. Also good to see Sam Mears out and about again. Looks like he has his appetite back after a long bout with infections.

Sandra Berend and Judy Potts were named new members of the Credit Union board. Bruce Fleming is board chairman and Nancy Davis is president.

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As mentioned last week, a clean-up group from Cargill and the Chamber of Commerce will meet at the community center at 10 a.m. Saturday morning and will welcome all volunteers to help clean-up around the lake and RV park.

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Two birthdays to note this week, both on Wednesday April 24. My oldest daughter Candee Holmes in Coppell, Texas and my part-time ad sales/bookkeeper employee Evelyn (Hart) Romero. Hope you both had a fun day.

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Next week, May 2-3-4 are going to be busy days. Thursday May 2 is the Friona blood drive and the first day of the Shattered Dreams program at the high school. Friday is the conclusion of the Shattered Dreams program and a 5:30 p.m. Chieftain baseball playoff game at Canyon High School. Saturday the second baseball playoff game is at 12:30 p.m. followed by a third game if necessary. The Bovina Cinco de Mayo celebration starts with a parade Saturday morning and food and fun at the XIT Center. The FHS prom is also Saturday evening at the Country Rose in Summerfield. Sunday May 5 is the annual Friends of the Library meeting. Details next week.

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Mark your calendar for Mother’s Day Sunday May 12. We will be back next week. Until then!

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