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The 2013 Friona High School Homecoming Queen court, l-r, Rebecca Bailey, Cindy Chavez, Kendall Kimbrough, Tai Strohmayer, and Mariza Mendoza. One of these young ladies will be crowned 2013 Homecoming Queen prior to Friday night’s homecoming game with Idalou. The crowning festivities will start about 7:00 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Free hamburgers chips and drinks will be provided by Cargill before and during the game.

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The 2013 Little Miss Friona is Madison Tyler, center. The first runner-up is Audree Ri’Anne Reyes, left, and the second runner-up was Dannelle Arguelles. Michael Johnston was the master of ceremonies. Congratulations to Madison and all of the Little Miss contestants. More photos from the Little Miss Pageant in our photo section.

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City employees and Atmos Energy employees gathered Wednesday morning as Atmos donated a dump truck to the city. City manager Patricia Phipps accepts the truck keys from local Atmos serviceman Anthony Ramirez. Mayor Rick White praised Atmos for their generous donation to the city’s vehicle fleet.

Town Talk II

One way to find out if people read the newspaper is to throw in a few mistakes. We do our share of errors, none intentional I assure you. Last week I said Jon and Brandi Surman (he’s Cargill Friona general manager) were transferring to Garden City, Kansas. They are moving to Dodge City, Kansas.

Then I said Mary Joyce Barnett was coordinating the Class of 1963 reunion and they were inviting the Class of 1964. I was only off by about 10 years. They are holding the Class of 1953 reunion this weekend and have invited the Class of 1952 to join them. Plus we got a couple of classifieds wrong and misspelled a name in an ad. Haste still makes waste. So much for perfection. We apologize for the errors. (more...)

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A groundbreaking ceremony for a major apartment construction project was held Monday September 16. The apartment units are planned for the block bordered by 6th and 7th and Ashland and Woodland. Three apartment buildings containing 72 apartments are proposed. The builder is Jillian Homes from Clovis. From left are Chris Alexander, FEDC executive director; Jon Surman, Cargill general manager; Patricia Phipps, Friona city manager; Ruben Lucio, building contractor; Wayne Berry, president of Jillian Homes in Clovis; Alicia Brand, Jillian Homes; Rick White, Friona mayor; Henry Bromberg, Jillian Homes; Bill Stovell, Friona FEDC board member; and Cargill employees Casey Conrad, Scott Pohlman, and Jamin Phipps.

Clovis builder plans new apartments for Friona

As in all small towns, Friona has long been lacking in rental housing. Over the years Excel/Cargill has lobbied for rental housing to accommodate some of their 2,000 employees. It has been a challenge to teachers and coaches who accept positions with Friona ISD. Investors have been reluctant to commit to new construction. (more...)

Chiefs lose at River Road

The Friona Chieftains traveled to Amarillo River Road for their second game of the season. The Wildcats are a 3A team and both teams were looking for their first win. (more...)

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Squaws Tai Strohmayer (3) and Aubrey Williams (5) chase the ball on defense in the game with Plainview Christian Saturday. The Squaws won in three games. More action photos in our photo section