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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Been a slow news week. Not a lot of news in this issue of the Star. It is mid-summer and sometimes news is slow. People go on vacation, visit out-of-town, or stay inside and stay cool. We have published lists and schedules this week. School supply lists, football and volleyball schedules, and a Maize Days schedule are included. Might clip them out and save.

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Congratulations to Erika Montana, the new assistant principal at Friona High School. Erika has been English, UIL, speech/drama teacher for the past several years. She moves to assistant principal on the departure of Nick Kongmanach who moved here last year from Rockwall and has returned to the Dallas area.

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The Parmer County Implement Facebook page announced that the new Case IH service manager at the dealership is Chad Coomer.

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Anniversaries gathered from here and there: Fred and Amy Cook 25 years, Mark and Sandy (Spring) Fuentes 22 years, Charlie and Britny Pope 17 years, Randy and Sarah Geries 31 years, Wayne and Mary Stone 42 years, and Don and Gladys Spring of Bovina 54 years.

Received an email from 1981 Friona graduate Larry Paiz. He and wife Carolyn, who live in Springdale, Arkansas, will celebrate their 25th anniversary later in August. Let us know if you or someone you know is celebrating an anniversary. We like to share them and our readers enjoy them.

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On the passing of Michele Scott in Abilene, wife of former Friona head coach Mike Scott. Friends can leave messages online at www.pbfuneraldirectors.com. Donations for the children’s college fund can be mailed to First Financial Bank, c/o Mike Scott, 2150 Elmwood Dr., Abilene, Tx 79605. Our condolences to the Scott family.

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We are told that due to health concerns Freeman and Rosemary Melton will be moving to Amarillo to be near their daughter and Amarillo doctors. We send blessings to the Meltons and wish them well.

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Monday, August 5, two-a-day practice starts for football and volleyball. Cross country practice also begins. Coach Cindy Moreno asks cross country runners to meet at the school at 6 a.m. Summer band starts Monday also. Details from Allison Johnston. Looks like we are off and running for another year.

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The St. Teresa’s Catholic Church jamaica will be held Sunday on the church grounds from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Plenty of food, fun, games, and entertainment will be available. Come out and enjoy this fundraiser festival. See you there.

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The Parmer County youth water fair is Tuesday August 6 in Farwell from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is a $25 charge and lunch is provided. For info and RSVP call the Extension office at 481-3619.

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Vanessa O’Neal is the new freshman/JV volleyball/basketball coach. She is a Clovis High and ENMU graduate. Vanessa played for Coach Darrell Ray when he coached in Clovis. Welcome to Friona Coach O’Neal.

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Prayers and thoughts for Bruce Graham and family. Bruce, manager of Cargill Cattle Feeders, is seriously battling cancer.

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The big hail storm hit Friona June 5, about two months ago. After many insurance adjusters came to town now the roofing is picking up steam. Lot of roofers around town these days. Many vehicles were also totaled by the hail. Those cars and trucks behind the Farm Bureau office are waiting to be hauled off to auction. Rain is nice but hail not so much. At least it creates some jobs.

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Parents, sorry but the school supply lists say “No Trapper Keepers” again this year. I believe the reason is they won’t fit in the lockers.

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Congratulations to Patty Haile. On Friday (Aug 2) she will become Dr. Patty Haile when she receives her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in Phoenix. The entire family will be there to help celebrate. Patty is one of our favorite persons and we know she has worked hard and long to receive her degree.

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The Chieftain/Squaw Booster Club will meet Monday August 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the Friona Interbank community room. All boosters and fans are urged to attend as another school year is set to begin.

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Here is a quote from President Obama’s July 24, 2013 speech to a group in Galesburg, Illinois. “I care about one thing and one thing only, and that’s how to use every minute of the 1,276 days remaining in my term to make this country work for working Americans again.” We shall see. I’m of the opinion that if you later asked those people who attend Obama’s speeches what he said they couldn’t tell you.

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If you have news and photos of local interest to share, please send it along. It is a community newspaper with community and regional news. We are easy to find. See you next week. Until then!

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