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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

As I start scribbling on Town Talk Tuesday morning it is raining again. Supposed to rain on and off the next few days. And the temps are in the “really nice” range for July. We have been blessed. Official weather guy John Gurley said as of Wednesday we have recorded 4.32” of rain in July.

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Janice Clement of Parmer County Crime Stoppers said they made about $630 with their dunk tank and Jumbo Dog sales during Farwell’s Border Town Days celebration last Saturday. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that relies on donations and support from businesses and the public. Mrs. Clement says thanks to everyone who came out to Border Town Days.

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On July 16 some hoodlums drove onto the Friona Golf Course property and drove across some greens and made donuts in the grass. It is a criminal mischief violation on private property. If you have any information about it call Crime Stoppers at 806-481-9178. You can be anonymous and might get some cash.

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DPS is now requiring ten fingerprints when renewing or obtaining a new driver license. They say it will help prevent fraud and identity theft and keep terrorists from getting a license. Some folks are calling it an invasion of privacy.

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We have an article in today’s Star about the sales tax holiday August 8-10. It is mainly for parents to save money on back-to-school clothes and supplies. A big list of items will be tax exempt, meaning that you save $8.00 for each $100.00 you spend. One item on the list caught my attention. Adult diapers. Not sure what that has to do with back-to-school. Must be some really old teachers in Texas.

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John and Evelyn Mars, 1619 W. 10th, garage/moving sale Friday and Saturday this weekend. See the ad on the classified page. One of these days they are moving to the Houston area so Evelyn is selling a bunch of stuff.

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Anniversaries last week and next: Holly and Danny Campbell 37 years. Leslee and Jason Floyd 20 years. Leslee’s kidney transplant was five months ago and she is doing well. Annette and Brent Loflin 21 years. Britny and Charlie Pope 18 years. Wayne and Liz Drager Jesko will celebrate 47 years on August 5. Sheriff Randy Geries and Sarah observed 32 years on July 30 by attending a Sheriff’s conference.

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Dusty Hansard and son Brady motored to McLean over the weekend to a Jason Crabb concert. Crabb is a Christian music singer and guitarist and speaker. Dusty said it was well worth the trip.

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Don and Gladys Spring have spent a big chunk of the summer in Wellington. Don is a retired pharmacist who fills in at pharmacies in the Panhandle. That is what they were doing in Wellington during May, June, and July. Don ran the pharmacy there until they found a full time pharmacist. Gladys said they lived in the local assisted living facility during the week and came home to Bovina on weekends.

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Katherine, Deirdre, and Holly Johnston and Jamie Lewellen visited New York City this week. They were on TV at Good Morning America Monday morning (we all saw them on Facebook) and attended the Broadway play “Wicked” Monday evening. Looked like they were having fun.

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Tonda Clark will be returning to the classroom this year. She will be teaching 3rd grade after a few years’ hiatus from teaching. She has been serving as church secretary for Victory Family Worship Center. We will try and catch up with other new teachers and coaches in the weeks ahead.

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According to his mom Margret, Cody DeWit broke the tibia and fibula on his left leg playing soccer last week. He had surgery Monday and is recovering at home now. We hope for a full recovery for young Cody.

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Coach Mike Prokop says about 35 varsity boys will start football practice at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. Practices will be in the mornings for two weeks then switch to the afternoons. The Chiefs first scrimmage will be here Saturday August 16 at 10 a.m. with Panhandle.

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There is a nice photo in this Star of the Class of 1964’s 50-year reunion held during the Cheeseburger Festival. The group convened at the home of Margie Herring on Saturday evening. You will note in the photo that the women are standing and the tired old geezers had to sit down. Twenty two class members showed up, a nice turnout after 50 years.

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St. Teresa’s jamaica will be Sunday August 3 at the church from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. I’ve been most years to take some photos and eat some good food. Will be going again this year. Everyone is welcome. They have a raffle giving away five $500 cash prizes. Lots of activities, bands, games, and food. Hope the Catholic ladies make some of their world class salsa. See you there maybe.

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County Judge Trey Ellis had back surgery in Amarillo on Monday July 21 and is recovering well. All those years climbing in and out of a DPS patrol car took its toll. Of course age might factor in too. All the best Trey. Here’s to a total recovery.

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We will be saying goodbye soon to a nice young couple, Scott and Emily Siegmund. Scott has resigned from Cargill and accepted a position with a company in his hometown of Giddings. Emily was employed at Heritage Estates and also Cargill before becoming a stay at home mom. They are expecting their second child. Good luck to Scott and Emily. Enjoyed knowing you.

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Some random thoughts to end with: Rick Perry should not run for president; gun control will not work in America; don’t understand the fascination with vampires and zombies; and Sarah Palin should not be invited to speak anywhere. See you next week. Until then!

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