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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Quiet holiday weekend in Friona. We attended the 4th of July parade in Bovina and the neighborhood parade on 10th street in Friona. Friday night we and several hundred others gathered around the Reeve Lake neighborhood for the Friona fireworks show. In spite of the “no fireworks in the city limits” law, you could hear (and see) fireworks all over town until well after midnight. Thanks to the Friona fire department for managing the fireworks show.

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Friona firemen were called out Monday morning about 11:30 a.m. to an address on 4th St. Some French fries caught on fire. Also Friday evening just as the fireworks were ending the firemen were dispatched to CR19 where some fireworks set an old pile of rubbish on fire. Busy few days for our firemen.

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Received word from former Friona coach Rex Cumpton that his mom, Bobbi Cumpton, passed away in Grapevine Monday morning. A memorial service is planned in Bovina at the XIT Recreation Center. She was 90 and had lived in Grapevine for several years.

Rex is retired in Amarillo and working part time at a “big man” clothing store called Casual Male on I-40 West. He said they have men’s clothes from size 1X to 5X and can order even larger.

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Mike and Reta Martin’s grandchildren will be visiting again and they will be selling lemonade and homemade jewelry items at their stand at A-1 Service Center beginning Thursday July 17 from 1:00 p.m. Stop by the Cousin Camp lemonade stand and visit. And buy something.

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Our online photo albums are no longer available. For many years we made photos available for family and friends to order print copies of the many photos we posted from high school athletics, thespians, parades, jamaicas, Maize Days, Cheeseburger cook off, etc. Many folks ordered photo prints for scrapbooks but over the last few years the photo print sales dropped to near zero so we have discontinued that service from our website.

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We found out this week that a few weeks back vandals broke all six windows on the back of the Girl Scout House. They took a few items inside but fortunately did no further vandalism to the property. If you know who did it I’m sure the police and the Girl Scout leaders would like to know too.

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The Hereford city wide garage sale is this Saturday, July 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Maps will be available at the Chamber of Commerce and in the Hereford Brand. Or you can just drive around town and look for the sales.

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According to the Castro County newspaper, the City of Dimmitt has purchased the Dimmitt Country Club property and will lease it to a group of local businessmen who will operate and manage the course.

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Countdown is on for the Cheeseburger Festival Cook Off and Car Show. It will be Saturday July 19 in the Friona city park. Setup for cook teams starts at 8:00 a.m. Judging starts at 11:00 a.m. For $7.00 you get four tickets and a pack of chips. Each ticket is good for one-fourth of a cheeseburger. Spend all four at one place or sample four different cheeseburgers. Many other vendors will be on display in the park. Friona Interbank will be giving free slices of watermelon.

Luis Hernandez of Hernandez Restaurant will be the DJ to provide music for the day. At our press time the following teams have entered to cook cheeseburgers: Xcel Energy, Atmos Energy, Cargill Sweet Bran, Best Maid Pickles, Cargill Meat Solutions, Shain Rhodes’ Road Kill, Hot Mamas, and First National Bank-Friona Banking Center.

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Allison Johnston reports summer drama workshop has started with 50 elementary kids, 21 junior high kids, and 18 high school kids. Allison will direct the elementary show, Joy Morton and Sara Widner will direct the junior high show, and Deirdre Long directs the high school production. Public performances will be Friday July 18 and Saturday July 19. Watch the Friona Star next week or our Facebook page for more detailed information. It is always amazing to me how Allison takes 50 little energetic kids and pulls them together for the elementary show. Good luck to all of the summer drama participants, directors, volunteers, and helpers.

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Coming and going: Chieftain coaches Styler Haddock and Chris Ruckman have resigned to accept positions in other cities. Styler will be coaching in Canyon. Not sure about Chris. Former Friona coach Victor Soliz and Martha left about two years ago for jobs in Post. Now they have resigned Post and will be moving to Sundown. The Chiefs scrimmage at Sundown August 22. A new coach at Friona junior high is Jake Eberling. He comes from Dimmitt. Supt. Kenny Austin says most teaching positions have been filled. Still need a couple, like high school math and science. He said they may not have automotive/industrial arts this school year. No instructor and not many students signed up. School starts August 25. Official football and volleyball practice begins August 4.

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Happy 57th anniversary to Clarence and Peggy Monroe. Nice folks. Here’s to many more.

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Work continues on cementing Hwy 60. Main and Hwy 60 has been closed off for a couple of weeks now. For those of us on Main St. it has been kind of nice. They are working on the right turn lane of Hwy 60. That is going to be nice too. Hope you have a nice week. Until then!

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