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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Want to buy some chiles? Cold weather might be coming soon. It was 35 degrees Tuesday morning. The Friona High School FCCLA is selling chiles as a fundraiser. Jars of red chile sauce, bags of cut green chile, and jars of jalapeno jelly are available. Check out the letter to the editor from Emily Stowers on page 2 for details.

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Need a few extra bucks? The Amarillo Globe-News is looking for a newspaper carrier in Friona. Anyone interested can call Darren at 806-678-0647 or Crystal at 806-676-7378. Linda Smith has done an excellent job of delivering the Amarillo paper but is forced to give it up due to some health issues.

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A reminder to applicants seeking funds from the Friona United Way. You are asked to attend a meeting Tuesday October 21 at 7:00 a.m. at the Friona Interbank community room. Local residents can make donations to the United Way at Friona Interbank.

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Congratulations to a couple of Friona high school boys recognized in the Amarillo Globe-News this week. Haden Smiley, a senior, was featured in the newspaper's Academic Spotlight. He was nominated by teacher Sandra Berend. Mrs. Berend's nomination said Haden has been ranked first in his class from the beginning and is the first student at Friona High School to do independent study. When asked about his hidden talent, Haden said, "While I can't whistle, I can wiggle my ears."

Chieftain running back Gabriel Chico, a junior, was named the 4A-3A Player of the Week by the Amarillo Globe-News. Gabriel carried the ball six times against Dimmitt, scored four touchdowns and gained 298 yards rushing. His longest run was 89 yards. The Chiefs beat Dimmitt 53-0.

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Food opportunities: The FHS choir will be serving a spaghetti supper before the October 24 football game vs. River Road. That is also Pink Out Night so dress pink. On November 2 the St. Ann's Catholic Church's annual turkey and dressing dinner in Bovina will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets are $10 for adults. It is a very popular dinner and really delicious.

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Would like to welcome a couple of new residents to Friona. John Gurley's parents, Lee B. and Thelma Alexander are new residents at Friona Heritage Estates. Lee is 96 and Thelma is 94. They have moved here from Sherman, Texas. Lee is retired Air Force.

Patty Haile's mother, Helen Pharis, has moved here from Georgia and will be living with Allan and Patty. We send along a big Friona welcome to these folks.

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St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hereford came to the Star office this week and picked up a pickup load of old newspapers. We had accumulated about eight four foot stacks of old newspapers and they were taking up a lot of space so Dana called and Mr. John Lozoya and his son John Jr. came to pick up our old papers. The church sells paper and cardboard to recyclers and uses the money for youth activities and to help out church youth with extra needed money. We are glad to donate the papers for a worthy cause.

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Early voting starts Monday. The Texas Voter ID law has been on again off again depending on which court makes a ruling. As of Tuesday an appeals court said the Voter ID law would be used in this upcoming election. You will need a photo ID to vote. I spoke with County Clerk Colleen Stover and she said they would use any law in effect. If a voter has no registration and/or ID they can fill out what is called a provisional ballot which is set aside and may or may not be counted by election officials. Early voting runs through October 31. You can early vote in Friona at Interbank on October 21, 23, & 30 and in Bovina October 24 & 30.

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The Parmer County Cancer Coalition has scheduled its annual cancer survivor dinner for Thursday November 13 at the XIT Recreation Center in Bovina. All cancer survivors are invited to attend. Ali Allison, Channel 10 personality, will be the featured speaker. More details closer to the date.

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The Book Shoppe has reopened on 6ht St. in the old VFW building. The Book Shoppe sells used books from the Friona Public Library. If you visited to Book Shoppe in the past you will not believe the changes in store for you.

Connie Slagle and daughter Jamie Lewellen have sorted and organized the inventory. Now all the books are on shelves instead of on tables and the floor. Jamie decorated to front window and sign. Hours for now are 1 - 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Additional days and hours may be added if enough volunteers are found..

The Book Shoppe is sponsored by the Friends of the Friona Public Library. If you have used books to donate they should be taken to the library, not to the Book Shoppe. Even if you are not going to buy some books you should stop by and see what they have done. They are on Facebook at Friona Friends of the Library Book Shoppe.

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Thanks for all the birthday wishes this week. I celebrated 75 years on Wednesday. Must admit there were times when reaching that milestone was in doubt but I came through relatively unscathed. This birthday made my trip back to Hillsboro over the weekend more meaningful and a little bit creepy. Glad to be here. See you next week. Until then!