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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there. I sure love my kids and know you do too.

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Nice to have more rain over the weekend. The area has received over five inches of rain during the last month. Saturday night’s rain brought along some hail and tornado sirens. There was crop damage according to local insurance agents. But no damage to roofs and vehicles this time. Firefighters and law enforcement were out late Saturday as weather observers.

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The rain was enough for the county commissioners to lift the burn ban. At their Monday Meeting they lifted the burn ban indefinitely. In other business the commissioners approved a resolution to support New Mexico Counties Association to sue regarding the lesser prairie chicken listing decision.

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On May 19 Ruby Hassenpflug celebrated her 94th birthday. She had a party and 23 people attended from Amarillo, Canyon, and Phoenix. Ruby has four children (two living) nine grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and nine great-great grandchildren. She has been staying with her daughter in Hereford for a couple of months recovering from a broken foot but is back home now. Happy birthday Ruby.

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On June 17 Clay and Tamela Bandy will celebrate their 36th anniversary. Tamela came in this week with a photo of her newest grandbaby, a daughter born to her son Joe. Her baby announcement is in this Star. Hard to believe Joe Bandy is 33 now and I remember him as one of my favorite Chieftain football players. Joe and his family live in Red River, NM.

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Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church is next week, June 16-20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Completed kindergarten through completed fifth grade are invited. A bus will be available. Register Monday at 8:30 a.m. or call the church at 250-3933.

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Cindy Blake Carr, my former wife and mother to our kids Zac and Megan, died peacefully early Tuesday morning at Denton’s Presbyterian Hospital. Cindy suffered a long time with diabetes and other related problems. She had been in a rehab facility and the hospital for several weeks and had been on dialysis for years. A kidney transplant a couple of years ago failed. She was a positive person that fought a long battle but has now found peace.

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The Methodist youth choir, Spirit Wind, will perform at the Methodist Church Tuesday June 17 at 8:00 p.m. The choir is made up of youth from around the area. Our own Holly Johnston is a member. Everyone is invited.

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A little bird told me Jody and Dee Lewellen celebrated their 25th anniversary. Actually it wasn’t a little bird, I spotted the news on Facebook. Congrats Jody and Dee.

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Friona police chief Frank Mooney announced his resignation to the city council Monday Night. Chief Mooney said he is retiring and moving to Paris, Texas, where his wife Nita has a home.

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Former Friona resident and graduate Rory Brito was injured in a motorcycle accident and is recovering in Odessa. Compound fracture of left leg above ankle and road rash. Take care and get well Rory.

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Parmer County Judge Trey Ellis attended a probate school in Galveston last week. He and wife Tracy stopped in Ft. Worth on the way to visit kids and grandkids. County veterinarian Dale Schueler attended an Emergency Management Conference for Hoof and Mouth Disease at Texas A&M.

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It was noted at the city council meeting that the city swimming pool has been busy. They said that 179 kids visited the pool the first day it was open and another 134 the second day.

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Found this interesting: for the George Strait concert at the Cowboy’s AT&T stadium, they put up a bunch of extra cell phone towers inside to handle all of the Smartphone texts, photos, etc. They said 105,000 people attended. Some folks I know around here that were going to the Paul McCartney concert Saturday in Lubbock got some disappointing news. Sir Paul postponed his Lubbock concert until October 2. He got sick and postponed several US concert dates.

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Received a subscription renewal from former residents Joy Graham in Lubbock and Virginia & Dub Cleveland of Mesquite. Thank you all for renewing and keeping up with Friona town.

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Gigi Spring called to say she received a scam letter supposedly from Publisher’s Clearing House, that she had won some big money. A “check” was enclosed which she as supposed to cash and send some of it to a fictitious address. She took it to a local bank which determined it was a fake and a scam. Good time to remind folks, especially our elderly, to beware of people making big promises and asking for your personal financial information. If it walks like a duck it’s probably a duck.

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Thursday June 19 is the next Friona Blood Drive at Calvary Baptist Church. Noon Lions will be serving burgers and fries for donors. We are told that Dairy Max will be there and give each donor a gallon of milk, plus you get a t-shirt and entered in a drawing for local restaurant gift cards. Details are in the ad elsewhere in this Star. Give the gift of life. Thanks.

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The H.K. ‘Pudge’ Kendrick Memorial golf tournament still has a few openings but not many. The tournament is June 21-22 at Friona Golf Club. Call 250-6310 to sign-up.

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Congratulations to young Mr. Haden Smiley who was named Outstanding Soloist at the UIL State Solo & Ensemble contest for the 2nd year in a row. His parents are Kim and Mitchell Smiley. Haden will be an FHS senior next year so he will be going for a threepeat. Allison Johnston sent us this Haden blurb. Thanks!

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A lot of folks like to send us ‘blurbs’ and we appreciate them. If you have meetings coming up send us details. Awards, vacations, anniversaries, and local events are most always printed in the Star. Help us keep up with life in this small town. With any luck we will be back next week. Until then!

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