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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

SPRING FORWARD!! Don’t forget to move your time keeping devices forward one hour as of 2:00 a.m. Sunday March 9. Daylight Saving Time will be in effect until November 2 at which time you get the hour back that you lose Sunday. Enjoy the extra daylight.

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The area received snow/sleet mix Sunday and the temp was about 10 degrees all day with wind chills well below zero. Made for some icy driving. Mercedes Williams said the weather didn’t affect the St. Teresa’s Mexican dinner Sunday. She said they thought they actually had more folks than last year. Makes sense. Too bad to go shopping so a nice warm plate of enchiladas on a cold dreary day was a good choice. Thanks for the jar of salsa Mercedes.

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Yikes! Did you see Goldie Hawn at the Oscars? If there was ever a poster girl for not having cosmetic surgery she would be it. Almost didn’t recognize her. I think it’s sad. Poor thing. Do you reckon she thinks she looks better now? Pretty sure her surgeon doesn’t use her in his brochures.

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Congratulations to Jesse and Rocio Hernandez on their 30th anniversary. She has been the manager of our Dairy Queen for most of those years. Might give her a shout-out at the drive-thru window.

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The new, much criticized, $60 million high school stadium in Allen. Texas has developed some cracking and will be closed indefinitely. Friona grad Jeff Chaney, an Allen coach, is the manager of the stadium. Suppose some contractors cut some corners??

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Wade Schueler, Tracy Bunker, Brent Loflin, and Jose Cigarroa are the four candidates to fill two seats on the Friona school board. The election is May 10 at the city council chamber, 619 Main St. Friona has cumulative voting which means you can vote (in this case) two times for one person or one time each for two persons. Looks like there will not be a city election this year. Incumbents Martha Barker, Greg Lewellen, Nancy Davis, and Mayor Rick White have all signed up for re-election.

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Two Bovina graduates have received degrees in December from Southern Methodist University. Hugo Martinez received a Master of Science in systems engineering and Eliseo Salazar Flores also received a Master of Science in systems engineering. SMU is a private university in Dallas with almost 11,000 students. Congratulations Hugo and Eliseo. Quite an accomplishment.

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Prairie Acres/Heritage Estates administrator Billy Ray Johnston says all is well. There are 15 clients in Heritage and others waiting to move in. Some of the residents are temporary from King’s Manor in Hereford and will return when the facility reopens after repair of the fire damage. Dawn Campos, LVN, is the new director at Heritage Estates. Dawn has been around here for a long time and brings a lot of knowledge and experience to Heritage.

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Prairie Acres resident of the month is Avenelle Sherrill. Employee of the month is Kathy Anthony who has worked in the business office since July 2012. Also congratulated for their service are Heritage attendant Gloria Escobedo for 5 years and Mary Reyes for 10 years at Prairie Acres as a nurse aide and medication aide.

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Friona firemen were paged to a small grass fire at Reeve Lake Saturday evening about 6:30 p.m. It was in the area behind the old Sonic building and was quickly extinguished. Continued thanks to our volunteer first responders.

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We received word from family of the death of Friona graduate Brian Paiz, Brian was 34 and died Sunday in Dallas. Our sympathies to the Paiz family.

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Saturday night March 8, Cargill will have its annual Employee Recognition banquet at the Hereford Country Club. Employees with 25 years or more at the company are recognized. Cargill training manager Rick White says there are 65 employees being recognized, one of the largest groups ever. Dana will be there and we will have photo coverage in next week’s Star.

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Don’t forget the benefit dinner for the Caleb and Jennifer Brumley family at 6:00 p.m. Saturday at Veterinary Industries. Admission is by donation to help this young farmer and rancher family with medical expenses. The weather forecast says a possibility of rain Saturday afternoon. We need rain and hope it won’t interfere. I’ll be helping the Noon Lions cook the world famous French fries although what I do may not be considered much help. See you there.

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The Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative annual meeting is March 18 at the Bull Barn in Hereford. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Will Banister’s band from Clovis will entertain, and a sumptuous buffet of fish, chicken, sausage, beans, potato salad and more will be enjoyed by the 1500+ folks that will probably show up. Some folks get checks too. Door prize drawings after the business meeting. If you are a co-op member you should be there. Don’t forget your registration card. If you are a member you know wha that means.

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A week later, March 25, also at the Bull Barn is the annual West Texas Rural Telephone Co-Op meeting. Starts at 6:00 p.m. with a Rafter G BBQ meal followed by a business meeting and door prizes. Employee service awards will be noted. There is so much going on, surely you have a calendar to write stuff down.

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The Chieftain baseball team played in a tournament in Childress last Friday and Saturday. They stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn Express. Baseball moms Sandra Berend, Erin Barnett, and Annette Loflin took over the Holiday Inn laundry room to wash the team uniforms. Took some high pressure laundry equipment to get the uniforms clean and the ladies said the hotel was very accommodating. The team won third place in the tournament.

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World Day of Prayer at the Methodist Church Friday March7 at 12 pm. A meal will be served. All are invited. Keep us in the know with your local news and photos. Thanks. Until then!

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