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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.

Construction begins on Hwy. 60

Motorists traveling on US 60, in Parmer County, over the next few months can expect various lane closures on a portion of the roadway as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) begins work on a $2.1 million project in the city of Friona.

“The lane closures will give work crews the space needed to make full-depth road repairs to US 60,” said Stevan Perez, P.E., TxDOT’s Littlefield Area engineer. “The project will make needed improvements and repairs to the pavement, but is also expected to enhance the overall safety of the roadway.”

“Beginning this week, traffic between Summit and Washington Avenues, will be reduced to one-lane in each direction,” Perez said. “Motorists should expect brief delays, drive with caution through the work zone, be on the lookout for workers and avoid distractions for their own safety and the safety of the workers.” (more...)

Town Talk II

“The Washington Redskins are removing that embarrassing demeaning word from their team name. From now on they will just be called the Redskins!” This came from Ruth Buzzi, the funny lady of Laugh-In fame. Many of you are too young to remember the TV show Laugh-In but it was a very popular and funny show for many years.

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I hung out for a while at the Kendrick Golf Tournament Saturday afternoon. The tournament ended Sunday afternoon and the country club course is now closed. Some of the golfers I talked with said the course was in pretty rough shape for this final go around. The country club has been an integral part of the community for many years. Sad to see it go. (more...)

July 4th fireworks

Chamber of Commerce executive director Chris Alexander says there will be a public fireworks display Friday July 4 at dusk at Reeve Lake. Friona firefighters will manage the fireworks. There should be good viewing points in a wide area in neighborhoods around the lake.

City swaps water rights

For years, the City of Friona has been looking at ways to secure water for its current and future citizens and local businesses. Water is the foundation of any community’s future. Friona and Parmer County are no different. Every business looking to relocate or start up in the Texas Panhandle or South Plains asks the same question – How is the Water?

After Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation closed its Plainview plant in February 2013, a meeting was held with Cargill Representatives, the City of Friona, the City of Hereford, the City of Bovina, the City of Clovis, N.M., the Friona Economic Development Board, the County and the Friona School District. John Keating stressed the fact that Cargill was facing increasing water stress, but that Cargill wanted to be part of the solution for securing available water for Cargill and Friona’s future.

Following this meeting, numerous meetings were held with engineers and other professionals to assess options. The City of Friona talked with their engineer about different options that could help Cargill with their water needs without compromising the future water needs of its citizens and businesses. Several different preliminary plans were looked at by the City Council over the next year. (more...)