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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

So far this month Friona has received about 0.30” of rain. The brief shower on Sunday was nice but we need more than five minutes of rain. Forecasts said might get more later in the week.

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It appears the Chieftains will play Littlefield in the baseball playoffs. First playoff games the May 2 weekend. Will probably be a 2 out of 3 series. Don’t know anything for sure yet. Will let you know. Watch our Facebook page for specific details.

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A happy anniversary wish to Tonda and Rondee Clark on celebrating 33 years. Yay, best wishes to you both.

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Friona United Methodist Church pastor Kurt Borden will be leaving Friona to accept a pastor position in Midland.

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Friona First Baptist Church will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with activities this weekend. They expect many former members and staff to be here for the observance. Long time FBC members Dale and Donna Schueler will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday April 26 along with the church’s centennial.

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Post office mail carrier Jackie Smith will be parking her mail vehicle for the last time as of April 30. Jackie is retiring after 27 years with the post office. Enjoy life Jackie.

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Pat Upton has joined Robbie Barrett and Juan Rivera in the parts department out at Parmer County Implement Co.

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I had occasion to phone Millard Refrigerated Warehouse this week. The lady answered the phone “Lineage Logistics.” Thought for a moment I had the wrong number. She said they had a name change. On further inquiry the manager referred me to a communications contact person at Lineage Logistics. The area code given was in New Jersey. Further research online revealed that the nationwide Millard cold storage operation was acquired by Lineage Logistics this year. We are still waiting for a reply to our email to Lineage.

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In reading Darla’s Library Corner I became curious about the Book Shoppe on 6th St. The used book location was manned by volunteers for a long time, open each Monday and one Wednesday a month. Darla said the American Legion building had the water turned off and there was no air conditioning and not much heat which became an issue for volunteers. So for now the Book Shoppe is closed but there are still many books in the building. The library donates used books to Heritage Estates and the senior citizens center. If you have any ideas on what to do with the Book Shoppe I bet Darla would like to hear from you.

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Babies: Tania Hand Raindl had twin boys last week. Grandparents are Gail and Gary Hand. This week Lafawnda Mays Kubacak had a baby boy, her second. Grandmother Becky Mays and great-grandma Elizabeth McLellan.

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The Pudge Kendrick Memorial Golf Tournament will be played in Friona after all. It was announced to be held in Dimmitt due to the condition of the Friona golf course. Mayor Rick White says some details have been worked out for the upkeep of the Friona course and the Kendrick tournament will be held here June 21-22. Cost and sign-up information is in this Star. Tournament limited to 54 teams. Contact is Greg Lewellen at 250-6310.

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Our sympathies to Patty Haile and her family on the passing Tuesday of her dad Allen Pharis in Columbus, Georgia. Mr. Pharis was 89, a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Patty had been in Columbus with her parents for about a week. Mr. Pharis suffered a stroke last week and was in hospice care at the time of his death.

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Lynn and Bernie Gowens’ great-grandson Nathan Ferrell, 6, has been chosen as the Florida Champion poster child this year for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Florida. Nathan suffers from mitochondrial disease. He is the son of Amber and Jay Ferrell.

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This year there will be no Kid Fish at Reeve Lake. The event is usually in May around Mother’s Day but city manager Patricia Phipps says the lake level is too low to fish unless we get a monsoon in the next few days. Sorry kids. Maybe later.

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This is National Lab Week. A word of praise to our Parmer Medical Center lab employees and their boss Tonya Lookingbill. I continue to be thankful for our hospital and medical facilities here in Friona. Not many towns with 4,000 population can match what we have. A special thanks Tonya and her lab rats for all you do.

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Enjoyed some River Smith’s fish and hush puppies at the credit union annual meeting Tuesday evening. Board chairman Bruce Fleming announced that the credit union will be building a new building for the credit union here in town. He cited security and traffic concerns with the present building. The credit union was robbed about 18 months ago. No word on where the new building will be or when construction might start. Randy Dickson and Sandra Berend were re-elected to the credit union board.

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Check out the upcoming activities in our event calendar. Our annual senior class special graduation issue will be published May 22 (we hope). If you have a graduate and want to place a congratulations ad come see us. We are open Mon-Tue-Wed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanks for reading the Star. We’ll be back next week. Until then!

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