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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

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.

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That’s not all. Last Wednesday evening I dropped a couple of letters and a bank deposit in the post office outside mail box. Retrieved the bank deposit next day and dropped it off at the drive thru. Didn’t wait for a receipt. A short while later Jessica called from the bank. We had made a slight $1,100 error in the deposit amount. Yes, had a run of bad luck last week but moving on.

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Yes it is busy around here this week. It is Maize Days I reckon. Big night at the ball game Friday. Cargill will give free hamburgers, chips, and drink to everyone at the football game. They will be serving before and during the game until they run out or get tired. The Homecoming Queen celebration will commence about 7 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff vs. Idalou. See you there.

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Then for sure will see you at the Saturday parade. It starts at 10:00 a.m. along Main St. Then the park will be a flurry of sights, sounds, and smells as vendors peddle their wares. You can buy a $10 ticket from the fire department to win a 4-wheeler and trailer. The firemen will be selling their tasty sausage wraps too. The Band Boosters will be selling tickets for a TV. There will be plenty of food and fun followed by the Chamber of Commerce golf tournament that starts at 1:00 p.m. The firemen will give away the 4-wheeler about 2 p.m. See you around town.

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Some babies the past few days: Kristen (Butman) and Casey Meeks welcomed Bronson Case at 6 lbs 10 oz and 19 ¼ inches. Likewise Andy and Tabitha Carthel got to say hello to Colt Andrew, 6 lbs 12 oz and 19 ½ inches. It was the Meeks’ second and the Carthels’ first. Congratulations all around.

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Last week we received .22” of rain. It rained this week too but not much. We are grateful for every drop. Feels like it is close to jacket weather too with cooler temperatures staying longer. Might think about a jacket for the homecoming game.

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The junior high and JV cheerleaders are traveling to the out of town football games this year. Word is they are pretty excited.

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The Chieftain/Squaw Boosters are selling tickets to win a t-shirt quilt made of past and present Chieftain/FHS t-shirts. Tickets will be available along the way. I think they are giving it away sometime during basketball season. You can see it on the Chieftain/Squaw Boosters Facebook page.

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Anniversary: Lynn and Bernie Gowens chalked up 56 years this week. Congratulations. Call or email if you or someone you know has an anniversary. Our readers enjoy sharing anniversaries.

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Joe Mann, World War II veteran, and his son, Joe Bob Mann, a Vietnam Navy veteran, left this week on the Veterans Honor Flight to Washington. This organization provides free flights to our aging veteran population. They will visit the World War II and Vietnam Memorials while there.

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After 39 years, Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative president Steve Louder is retiring. They are holding a reception for Steve October 3 at the Hereford Country Club. Happy retirement young man.

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I visited with Deon Harkey this week. He grew up in the Lazbuddie area on the family farm. He graduated from W.T. then spent 28 years flying for the U.S. Navy and another 10 years working for Boeing before finally retiring. Along the way he married Marilyn Jones. They have two daughters and recently moved back to Melbourne, Florida from McKinney, Texas. Deon and Marilyn were in town because of the passing of Marilyn’s mother Wanda Jones. Our sympathies to the family and enjoyed visiting with Deon.

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Had an email from Ray White. He was born in Friona but left in 1957 he said. His parents were E.S. and Fern White. John W. “Uncle John” White, the founder of the Friona Star was his great uncle. Mr. White now has an eStar subscription. He lives in Terry, Mississippi. Good to hear from you Ray.

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Atmos Energy donated a dump truck to the city. Should be a photo on this page. It has only 27,000 miles. The city is going to modify it with higher sideboards and will be able to utilize it for city work. City manager Patricia Phipps said, “We are excited to add this truck to our city fleet and are grateful to Atmos for donating it to the city.”

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It is Farm Safety Week. Great Plains Ag Credit will observe the week with a sausage wrap Friday, September 20, from noon until they are all gone. Great Plains would also like you to get acquainted with Matt Groetken, an addition to their Friona staff.

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It was a good second half of the week. Found apricot fried pies at Fast Stop Wednesday. Bought three of them because they are always the first to go. Looking forward to seeing you around during the Maize Days activities. Come out and enjoy meeting visitors and visiting friends. Until then!

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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.