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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Crystal Moroney, proprietress of Milk House Market, is going to organize a Farmers Market for Saturday August 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1017 Main at Hwy 60. The success depends on your participation. If you have items such as eggs, fruit, vegetables, honey, jams, jellies, cheese, baked goods, local produce, or artisan crafts, this will be a good time to sell. For more info call Crystal at 602-739-0813.

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Carolyn Wiseman brought this to our attention. Insurance is available in the event you or a family member require emergency Life Star helicopter transfer to Amarillo. The cost is only $65 per year for the family. A helicopter transfer can be quite expensive and this seems like a great deal. Brochures on the service are available at the hospital lobby or online at joinmedtrans.com.

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Winners of the American Legion Post 206 raffle at Bovina Bull Town Days were: 1st prize, Vietnam soldier statue, Dale Gallman of Bovina; 2nd prize, 32” TV, David Dannheim of Hereford; 3rd prize, fax/printer/copy machine, Josh McDonald of Muleshoe; 4th prize, afghan quilt, Daniel O’Brian of Friona. The American Legion post thanks everyone for participating.

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The Friona Methodist Church is planning a member directory and they need member photos to include. If you are a member call the church office at 250-3045 for a photo appointment. This info was found on Facebook but not everyone reads Facebook.

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Anniversaries lately: Dr. Gary and Mrs. Cash 48 years, Glenda and Ted Procter 41 years, Tyson and Kiri Neill 10 years, and Greg and Jamie Lewellen 8 years. Let us know if you or someone you know is celebrating an anniversary and we will give it a mention. Congratulations to these nice folks.

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Friona Farmers Co-Op Gin is holding its 52nd annual stockholders meeting Tuesday, August 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the junior high cafeteria. There will be a catered meal, door prizes, and a director election. The terms of Cris Ingram and Luke Steelman will expire.

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Chieftain/Squaw Booster Club will meet Monday August 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Friona Interbank community room. Listen up! If you have a student participating in Friona high school athletics, boys and girls, you should support the Booster Club and volunteer your time to help. I’m told there were five people that attended the last meeting. That’s pitiful. Get with it parents. Show up and support your kids. That’s why they call it a “booster” club.

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The Parmer County Tax Assessor’s office at the courthouse in Farwell will be closed Thursday August 28 for training. Tax Assessor Bobbie Pierson said that farm tags renewal was no longer available at the Chamber office in Friona. If you have a farm tag vehicle or trailer you have to renew in Farwell and be sure to take your Ag Timber # with you.

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We received a subscription renewal from Floyd and Patricia Wilkins in Paducah, Texas with a note that said “We enjoy news from our hometown.” Thanks. We enjoy having you as one of our loyal readers.

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I want to compliment the construction crew that is working on our Hwy 60 improvement. I drive through or around the construction every day and the men have been very efficient and orderly it seems. The large piles of dirt and concrete are hauled away quickly and the work area is orderly. This week they are laying the rebar for the cement pouring to begin. The entire project has been less disruptive than many thought in the beginning.

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I’m mentioning this here and on the front page because it is important. The highway construction crew will begin to pour the cement next week on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday. The cement trucks will be traveling on Hwy 60 from the cement plant at the east city limits. They are asking local residents to avoid driving on Hwy 60 during that time if at all possible.

The intersection at Cleveland by Friona Interbank will be closed to traffic and the traffic light will be blinking yellow. You will not be able to access Hwy 60 from southbound Cleveland. They need to keep the cement trucks moving and pouring.

They told the city they were pouring half of the project next week and will pour the rest the next week. It is a big job, there will be a lot of cement trucks, so your cooperation in avoiding Hwy 60 through the construction zone will be appreciated by all.

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This is the time of year when the city, county, school district, and hospital district begin working on the next fiscal budget which is from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. You have seen notices of tax rates in the Star. This week there are notices from the city and county about public hearings on proposed tax increases. The increases are small but if you want to discuss them you can appear at one of the public hearings.

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I went to the first volleyball game Tuesday evening. The Squaws dismantled the West Texas High girls. Our Squaws looked pretty solid at this point. Coach Bryan Masse is a top notch volleyball coach in my opinion and look forward to a great season for the Squaws. They are competing in a four team district with Dimmitt, Tulia, and Littlefield. Come out and enjoy some fast action Squaw volleyball.

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Friona firemen are selling tickets to win a 4-wheeler and trailer. The unit is parked in front of 4-Way Pump Service every day. Stop and take a look. Tickets are $10 each and the drawing will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday October 4 during the Maize Days celebration in the city park. Tickets are available from any fireman and will be sold at the city park on October 4.

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The school district and Friona police department are still working out a traffic plan for junior high, elementary, and primary schools when school starts. The Euclid intersection at Highway 60 will continue to be closed throughout the construction. Hopefully we will be able to tell you next week what the traffic plan will be.

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Look for our annual football contest to begin September 4. Hope you will join the competition. Thanks for reading the Star. Look forward to all the events coming up this fall. Stay with us. Until then!

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