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Atmos Energy employees were working both sides of Highway 60 just west of Main to lower their gas lines from 3-feet to 5-feet deep. The work was being done prior to TxDOT’’s major construction project set to begin on Highway 60 in the next couple of weeks. The plan is to replace the asphalt with concrete from Washington to Prospect. The entire south side of Hwy 60 will be closed first. The construction will take four to six months depending on weather conditions, etc.

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The first load of wheat to Friona Wheat Growers was delivered Tuesday afternoon by Michael Rushing, R & R Farms. Alryna McElreath, Friona Wheat Growers employee, said the test weight was 59 pounds and 14% moisture.

Town Talk II

I don’t know or care much about soccer. The one thing I’ve learned from the World Cup is in the event a goal is scored, the player is required to run around the stadium with his arms extended until he is tackled by his own teammates.

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Clovis News Journal reports that a fire did damage to York Tire on W. Seventh St. late Monday night. Fire started in a stack of tires and was put out pretty quickly but there was smoke damage in the building. (more...)

Country Club Closing

The Friona Golf Club will close effective Sunday evening at the conclusion of the H. K. “Pudge” Kendrick Memorial golf tournament. Club owner Dee King said his attempts to sell the country club/golf course had been unsuccessful.

The City of Friona declined to annex the course property to the city and/or take over operation of the club. Club membership has been declining over the years and Mr. King said lack of fees and revenue has forced the permanent closing of the country club.

The Kendrick tournament takes place Saturday and Sunday and the course will be closed once the tournament is concluded Sunday afternoon. (more...)

Cheeseburger Festival planning underway

The 9th Annual Texas Cheeseburger Festival promises to be a great time at the Friona City Park, 700 Main Street, on July 19. The event is sponsored by Friona Chamber of Commerce and Ag and will feature a Cheeseburger Cook-off, Car Show and assorted vendors.

The Cheeseburger Cook-off has something new this year. The Chamber will be selling tickets instead of wristbands. For $7, hungry festivalgoers will receive four tickets. These tickets can be used to buy a whole burger, two half burgers or four quarter burgers.

Cost to compete in the Cook-Off is $100 per team. The entry fee includes meat, cheese, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, buns and ice. (more)