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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Have we had weather? If you call 40mph gusts and blowing dust weather then we have had it. Official Friona weather guy John Gurley has not been very busy. We have received only 0.07” of moisture in March. The junior high track meet in Olton last Thursday was canceled because of the blowing dirt. They will try again Saturday April 5 at the junior high district track meet in Abernathy.

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The farewell performance of the FHS one-act play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, will be presented Sunday April 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Everyone is invited. There is no admission charge.

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Lynette Jubay Smith and husband Eddie welcomed baby boy Jaxon Trace Smith on March 25. He was 6 lbs 6 oz and 18.5 inches. Grandparents are Dr. Felipe and Dita Jubay.

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On Sunday, April 6, Clyde and Ruth Renner will celebrate their 42nd anniversary. I have a unique little apparatus to separate coffee filters that Clyde gave me several years ago. Still use it almost every day. Happy anniversary to the Renners.

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The Chiefs beat Boys Ranch 14-2 on Saturday at Boys Ranch. Saturday April 5 Boys Ranch will be here for a game starting at 12 noon. Sanford Fritch will come to the Chieftain Ball Park for a 4 p.m. game Monday April 7. The Chiefs district record is 1-2 after losing the first two district games to Bushland. Friona is in a four team baseball district with Bushland, Boys Ranch, and Sanford Fritch. They play each team three times.

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The Austin city council banned plastic bags. The Dallas city council considered banning plastic bags but decided that merchants have to charge 5-cents per plastic bag. Not sure how they are going to know who is charging for bags or how many bags they used. Guess it is on the honor system.

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Monday we mailed April subscription renewal notices. A big yellow notice by first class mail. Renewal is due by the end of April. Sometimes people overlook even a big yellow sheet of paper. We appreciate our readers and subscribers and hope you will renew when the yellow sheet arrives.

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It seems teachers and staff spend time trying to motivate the kids taking the STAAR tests. (I am opposed to standard testing until there are standard kids.) Elementary students were given t-shirts with a motivational message to wear. I ran into one teacher at Wal Mart last Saturday. She was gathering items for sweet snacks for her students to relieve some of the tension associated with these ridiculous tests. Similar events took place all across the state. It is a frustrating situation that benefits no one except the company that sells the tests.

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A Jennie Bailey Brain Cancer Benefit will be held Saturday, April 12, in Lubbock at the Texas Tech Frazier Alumni Pavilion. Doors open to the public at 8:00 p.m. Country music artist Billy Dawson, a native of Sunray, will perform. No tickets. A $10 cash donation recommended at the door. Or you can mail a contribution to First Capital Bank, Jennie Bailey Fund, PO Box 94008, Lubbock, Texas 79493.

Jennie Scott Bailey is a Friona graduate that has worked for the Texas Tech athletic department for 28 years. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2013 and is currently in the midst of her tenth round of chemotherapy. The treatments require trips to Dallas for at least another year. Proceeds will assist Jennie with medical expenses.

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Don’t forget the Class of 2014 senior steak dinner Sunday April 13 at the junior high cafeteria. Steak, baked potato, green beans, drink and hundreds of homemade desserts. Tickets available from any senior, cost is $12 adults and $10 kids under 10. A dollar more at the door. Takeouts available. For info and also tickets contact Allison Johnston or Kim Kimbrough. See you there.

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The Friona library annual meeting is coming up Sunday April 27. Stop by the library between now and then to see the baskets being donated for raffle at the meeting. Tickets are $1 for the basket of your choice. More info on this later.

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Pre-K pre-registration begins Monday April 14. Kindergarten pre-registration begins Monday April 21. More info is available from the primary school.

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Janie & Joel Rejino are operating the concession stand at home baseball games. For the Boys Ranch game this Saturday Cargill has donated hamburger meat so they will cook hamburgers and offer chips, drink, and candy for $7.00. The Rejinos will be operating the baseball concession stand at all home games. Proceeds from the concession stand benefit the Friona Boxing Club. The Rejinos have a son on the JV baseball team and a son that competes with the boxing club. Even if you don’t stay for the game hop on down to the ball park and take home a sack of burgers.

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A Friona blood drive is set for next Thursday April 10 from noon to 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist. See the big ad elsewhere in this Star for details. Give the gift of life. Friona folks have always been generous with blood donations and Coffee Memorial Blood Center thanks you each and every one.

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The census at Prairie Acres is now 50 residents and 15 at Heritage Estates. Administrator Billy Ray Johnston says there will be some vacancies at Heritage when Kings Manor in Hereford reopens after their fire. He says they have a waiting list for admissions. The resident of the month at Prairie Acres is Ova Borel. Employee of the Month is Eneida Rodriguez. She works at Heritage and has been employed since June 2012.

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Another week has gone by and the government continues to lie. Pretty sure you won’t find any lies in the Friona Star. If you do let me know. In the meantime keep sending along your local news and photos. Appreciate you all. Going to be a busy two months. Until then!

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