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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Is it raining yet? The weather people say it is going to maybe rain for several days. Let’s hope they are correct. The first day of summer is not until June 21.

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We hope you like this week’s Class of 2014 Graduation Issue. We have featured the 77 graduates of the Class of 2014 and hope that all of their goals and dreams come true. They will embark into the real world following commencement ceremonies at 8:00 p.m. Friday May 30 at Chieftain Field.

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Darla Bracken’s grandson Morgan Paul Davidson was a cast member of the Seminole one-act play, “The Golden Boy”, that won the 3A state one-act play competition Monday.

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Clara Rector Trowbridge of Hereford celebrated her 91st birthday May 7. Her son Murl May from Del Valle, daughter Teena Zavattieri of Powder Springs, Tennessee , and son David May and wife Sandy of Amarillo all attended her birthday. Clara says she likes to work the Texas Crossword puzzles in the Friona Star. Happy birthday Clara.

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Kim DeWit, daughter of Harry and Margret DeWit, has plans to spend the summer in Holland helping her grandparents on their asparagus farm. Margret said her parents harvest asparagus and sell it from a barn on their property. The DeWits own Blue Sky Farms/High Plains Dairy. Have a great summer Kim.

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The Friona swimming pool has a new paint job and maintenance thanks to the city employees. The pool will open in early June. Kendall Kimbrough will be the manager. We will try to have more pool details next week.

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Andy Montana is moving his insurance office to John Mars’ building on Hwy 60 next door to Blackburn Hardware. The move is official June 1.

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Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Smiley celebrated 33 years of marital bliss last week. Congratulations to Mitchell and Kim and all of their Smiley family.

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The 2014 Friona High School yearbook is being dedicated to Gayle Murdock, Gayle is retiring after 39 years as an FCCLA teacher/coach for Friona ISD. She was also inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor Sunday. See the neat photo I took of Gayle on the front page with a cake, flowers, strawberries, and punch. Enjoy your retirement Gayle and thanks for your years of service to the kids of Friona.

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A short Memorial Day service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday at Friona Cemetery. The service is sponsored by the American Legion and everyone is invited to attend to remember our veterans. The cemetery always looks great on Memorial Day with the flags flying.

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Over in Bovina, Alice Stone is retiring after 34 years at Bovina ISD. Been friends with Alice and Jessie since 1995 when I visited Bovina every week when we published the Bovina Blade. She is a fine lady and I wish her well.

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Former Friona teachers Terry Hunt and Stephanie Barrett will be teaching in Bovina next school year. Terry is a half-day teacher for dyslexic students and Stephanie will teach math.

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According to the Castro County News the Dimmitt Country Club and Golf Course will close July 15. The owners have attempted to find a buyer but have not been successful, plus there are water and maintenance expenses. Lack of revenue and memberships were cited as causes of the closure.

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Let’s hear it for former resident and Friona grad Justin Boyd. He graduated from law school in Oklahoma City after three years of study and is now free to get back to Texas. He follows in his dad Byron’s lawyer footsteps. Good job and much success Justin.

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They gathered the aluminum cans from the senior class trailer there on the south side of Kendrick’s Farm Store. People had been donating cans for most of the year. They hauled them to a recycler in Clovis and made $596.00. The money is used for the all-night drug free party held after graduation. So thanks to all who pitched in a can.

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Don’t forget the teacher retirement reception next Wednesday May 28 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the FISD administration building as six of our teachers hang up the chalk and erasers. (Yes I know that is old fashioned.) Everyone is invited to drop by and have a cookie and say bye and good luck to our retiring teachers.

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I write a lot of words every week but at times words fail. Our sympathies to the Osborn family on the tragic loss of Mark and Deirdre’s son Aaron. He died in a traffic accident in Lubbock last Sunday afternoon. Aaron was 22 years old, a 2011 FHS graduate. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday May 22 at First Methodist Church.

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If you have any news or events taking place in the summer let us know. We have to work hard to find news in the lazy days of summer so help us out. Send us your favorite vacation photo or any other news/photos that would be interesting to your neighbors.

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I did not write my weekly Out Here column this week. We ran out of time and space trying to put together this graduation edition. If you were wondering what I might have written about, watch the national and cable TV news about how the Obama Democrats are still misleading the American people, now screwing up the Veteran’s Hospital system. That is just one issue plaguing the Democrats. Do not see how an informed voter could vote for the Dems this year. No doubt I will return to my column next week. See you there. Until then!

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