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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Weather guy John Gurley reported his official rain gauge showed .29” of rain overnight Monday. It was a welcome surprise while it lasted, making some puddles in the parking lot.

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Early voting results: early voting ended Tuesday May 7. There were 211 early votes for mayor and 354 early votes for school board. The election is Saturday May 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 619 Main St. Vote for both mayor and school board at this location.

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There have been a lot of wild rumors floating around. According to sources I spoke with Tuesday, a Friona man, 43 year-old Sergio Acosta, is still missing. Police found his vehicle west of town on Highway 60 after his shift at Cargill on April 24. Searches of the area have been conducted with no success. If you have any information, contact the Friona Police.

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Once again Friona residents came through in grand style at the May 2 blood drive. Coffee Memorial Blood Center reported there were 59 donations. The Noon Lions cooked corn dogs and French fries and all donors received a t-shirt. Donor Galen Jack was the drawing winner of two free meals from Hunan II and Roy Romas won dinner for two at Hernandez Restaurant. Thanks to everyone that participates to make Friona blood drives successful.

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Most everyone here saw on Amarillo news reports about the fire that destroyed the home of Dee and Cindy King in northwest Amarillo’s La Paloma addition last week. The fire was accidental caused by construction workers at the home, reports said. Our thoughts and prayers to the King family on this huge loss.

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Jeremy and Jeana Hardin, former residents now living in Amarillo, welcomed a baby girl into the family on May 4.

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Attended the Friends of the Library annual meeting Sunday. The Library Friends do many projects to help improve our library. They are planning a float in the Maize Days parade and would like some “old story hour kids” to participate. If you were a library story hour kid 30-40 years ago and would ride in the parade, please let the library staff know. Don’t forget about the Book Shoppe on 6th St that offers used books at low prices. Linda White, who has been volunteering at the Book Shoppe for a long time is retiring.

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Hunan II Thai and Chinese Restaurant is offering free ice cream to everyone that comes in. They also donated the meal for the Coffee Memorial Blood Center staff during the Friona blood drive last week.

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The Friona Co-Op Gin held a shrimp boil lunch for customers and friends last Thursday for the official opening of the new 9,000 sq ft barn next to the gin office. It will be used to store module trucks and other gin equipment. Gin manager Matt Lingle told me he needs one more license and will be ready to launch his lawn spraying business.

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A fire call Monday about 9:15 a.m. west of Black turned out to be one railroad crosstie that was smoking. Our volunteer firemen responded Sunday at 1 p.m. to an accident at the Hub intersection. Thanks to our volunteer firemen and EMS for their service to the community.

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The Friona FFA awards banquet is Tuesday May 14 in the high school cafeteria at 7 p.m. We will be attending not just for the meal but to take a few photos of some hard-working kids. “Learning to do, doing to learn. Learning to live, living to serve.”

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Betty Rector called with joy to share. Her twin great-grandsons, born premature, are now out of the hospital and both are home and doing well. The babies’ parents are Tyler and Angie Rector, grandparents are Roy Don and Sherri Jo Rector. They all live in the Austin area. Betty says she is going down there for a week in July to love on them. I’ll bet she does.

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Darlene Case’s mother, Georgia Mount, is now a resident of Friona Heritage Estates. Darlene and Bennie moved her here from Vernon, Texas. Darlene said here mom is adjusting well. Welcome to Friona Mrs. Mount. The new manager at Heritage Estates is Lesly Gama. Heritage Estates now has 9 residents and Prairie Acres has 42 residents.

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The St. Ann’s Catholic Youth Group in Bovina will have a fried chicken dinner for Mother’s Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $8 per plate and the first 200 moms get a carnation. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, salad, dessert, tea or coffee. Worth the drive.

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Congrats to junior high district tennis kids: Matthew Dickson, 7th grade 1st place in singles, Daniel and Ezekiel Grado, 7th grade 1st mixed doubles, Kendall Barnett and Daniel Pena 8th grade 3rd mixed doubles.

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I am going to check out the new milk-based energy and fitness drink called Core Power. They say it does not have to be refrigerated and has a nine month shelf life. Harry DeWit at High Plains Dairy told me Tuesday evening he has a supply out at the dairy. Going to get out there and try it since I am a big milk drinker. It is available at United Supermarkets right now and is distributed by the Coca cola Company. Maybe it will get to Fast Stop soon.

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First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School is June 24-28. A VBS teachers and helpers meeting will be held May 29 in the fellowship hall at 6 p.m.

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Friona high school coach Kamron Lingor has announced his resignation and move to Lake Dallas. Coach Lingor is a Tulia native and has coached in Friona the past two years. He served as head track coach this year and the boys track team was district champions. He was given a nice recognition at Tuesday’s All-Sports banquet.

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Speaking of the All-Sports banquet, a big thanks to Booster Club presidents Brent and Annette Loflin and vice-presidents Britny and Charlie Pope and Booster volunteers for the hard work all year and especially for the banquet. It was held at the high school this year and once again the Boosters did a fantastic job of decorating and serving meals, etc. Hats off to you all.

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Clara Trowbridge of Hereford, celebrated her 90th birthday May 7. Her daughter Teena from Powder Springs, Tennessee and her son Murl May from Del Valle came to celebrate with Clara. Son David May and wife Sandy also attended the reunion. Happy birthday Clara.

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Friona State Bank president Gary Brown was recently honored by the Texas Bankers Foundation with a 50-year Banker Award during a luncheon at their convention in San Antonio. He started his banking career in 1963 as an agriculturalist in loan operations for Friona State Bank. A local reception for Gary is being planned for the summer.

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The hospital auxiliary is holding a luncheon/reception in the hospital conference room Thursday May 16 to honor doctors and hospital staff during Hospital Appreciation Week. Donna Schueler, auxiliary president, asks that if anyone can help by bringing a salad it would be appreciated. Please have your salad there by 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend the event to say thanks to our hospital personnel.

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It has been a busy week but we have survived once again. Thanks for reading and supporting the newspaper. See you next week. Until then!

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