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After midnight Sunday June 16 a storm with straight line winds blew through the area, derailing at least 70 cars of a BNSF train in Summerfield (Castro County) along Hwy 60. Crews were on scene Monday morning starting the clean-up process. One report said the tracks should be re-opened by midnight Monday. The mishap closed the south side of the tracks, limiting the usual heavy train traffic through Parmer County.

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This wide-load wind turbine truck was allowed to pass through the BNSF accident scene Monday morning. It crossed Hwy 60 en route to the Wildorado/Vega area.

Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

They say we had wind, thunder, and lightning blow through Friona Sunday night after midnight. I didn’t hear it but had to reset some clocks after the electricity went off for a bit. Straight line winds further north near Summerfield (in Castro County) derailed 70 train cars. I drove there mid-morning and took a few photos of the clean-up operation. It was a busy scene with BNSF employees, cranes, front loaders, etc. A TV report said they should have it cleaned up and reopened by midnight. Don’t see how that could be possible. Bet there will be some rail cars lying around for quite a while. (more...)

Shingle dumping fee is set

With the many damaged roofs in Friona destined to be replaced, roofers will have to make arrangements for disposing of the old shingles. There is no disposal site provided by the City of Friona. (more...)

Gary Brown honored by Texas Bankers

The Texas Bankers Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Texas Bankers Association, honored Gary E. Brown of Friona with the 50-Year Banker Award during a special luncheon held at the 129th annual TBA convention in San Antonio. The prestigious award honors bankers with a half century or more of service and dedication to the banking industry. (more...)