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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Boy Scouts Troop 56 are having a garage sale tomorrow, Friday August 8, beginning at 8:00 a.m. until whenever. The sale will be at the Scout House located west of the community center. If you have some items to donate take them by Friday or call Becky Dickson 223-6348 or Jenny Riethmayer 231-6045.

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The Texas Tech football season tickets have been distributed. The Rigler family, Nathan, Mandy, Nash, and Noah are pictured on the OU game tickets and one of the boys is on the Texas game tickets. Mandy is the daughter of Randy and Sarah Geries. Needless to say the Riglers are staunch Tech fans.

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Recent anniversary greetings to Buddy and Betty Wiseman 63 years; George and Aundrea Frye 55 years; Fabiola and Frank Dominguez 35 years; Courtney and Hollis “Trip” Horton 35 years; Kevin and Linda Welch 33 years; Lynn and Roger Nelson 30 years; and V’Laura and Justin Sundlie 8 years. Congratulations to you all.

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From the Castro County newspaper, the Sisters Restaurant in Dimmitt has closed after five years of operation. It was in the former K-Bob’s Steakhouse location.

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Jamie Lewellen has announced that the Pink Out football game will be October 24 vs. River Road. The Parmer County Cancer Coalition will again be selling pink t-shirts for everyone to wear to the game in support of breast cancer. It is a ways off yet so we will bring you the details later on.

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The Chamber of Commerce has announced plans to combine the Miss Friona and Little Miss pageants into one pageant. The competition will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday September 26 in the high school auditorium. That is the Chieftain football open date. Tickets will be $10 adults and $8 students. See the big story on the front page for more info. Maize Days will be September 26 to October 4, with the homecoming game Friday October 3 vs. River Road.

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I went to the Bovina Bull Town Days event Saturday. They had a nice short parade, lots of food and fun in the city park, and a car show. Organizers hope to make Bull Town Days a big annual event. I talked with Gaylon Rhodes about the Bull Town Days back in the 60s and 70s when it was a three day celebration starting on Thursday night and ending with a big free BBQ on Main St. He said they cooked big roasts on grills over coals they made from wood gathered on a nearby ranch and setting a big bonfire. They fed 3,000 people and the meal was free. Lot of work. The local ladies cooked the beans and made the potato salad at home. He said it was quite a celebration that lasted about 14 years until it got too expensive and the volunteers got older and worn out.

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I made it out to the St. Teresa’s jamaica for a while Sunday. I think I got there before the big crowd showed up later in the afternoon but there were plenty of people and music and food and games going on. Luis Hernandez was playing his DJ music and live bands were scheduled for later in the afternoon. Met a young man named Augustine Villa, He is from Iowa and is here as a mechanical engineering intern at the Sweet Bran plant in Bovina. He said he would be going back to Iowa in December and attending Iowa State University for two more years to get his engineering degree. He just came out to the jamaica and volunteered to help.

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The Parmer County Sheriff’s Office, DPS from Amarillo, Friona Police, and a small SWAT team coordinated an early Monday morning drug bust this week at two Friona locations. Six individuals were arrested, five men and one woman. Officers found methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana. Sheriff Geries said there was an ongoing investigation and more information would be released later.

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Holly Johnston’s graduation gift was a trip to New York. Her sisters Katherine and Deirdre and Jamie Lewellen went along. They took a carriage ride in Central Park, visited the 9/11 memorial, visited the Today Show and Good Morning America where they were on TV, and saw Broadway shows Wicked and Les Miserables.

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New coaches on the FHS staff are Fernando Moreno, Jake Ebeling, Mike Hankins, and Dannon Wafer. Fernando is an FHS grad and Chieftain football star; Jake comes from Dimmitt and will coach in junior high and assist varsity; Mike is married to Friona grad Gena Wright Hankins and coached many years in Clovis; and Dannon is from Clovis and an ENMU graduate and basketball star. Welcome to Friona ISD.

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Katherine Thompson, Friona High School Class of 2002, has been hired as the new speech and drama coach at FHS. She comes back to Friona from Pampa. I remember Katherine’s high school days. She was very active in thespian activities. Her mom is Kristina Anthony and grandmother is Kathryn Woodard.

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At Prairie Acres, the resident of the month is Cindy Smith. Employee of the month is Thania Garcia. Thania works in the dietary department and has been employed since July 2013. Administrator Billy Ray Johnston reminds families that extension cords, electrical plug extenders, and surge protectors are not allowed in the facility. Mr. Johnston says they need family support for the family council. Next meeting is Thursday August 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Heritage Estates manager Dawn Campos, LVN, invites anyone in the community to come play games on Tuesdays for community game day. Assisted living residents welcome company.

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KNNK Radio, FM 100.5, in Hereford is still searching for a Chieftain football game announcer. KNNK carries Chieftain sports live. They will furnish equipment, expenses and compensation. I don’t know all the details but if you are interested call Victor Holguin at 806-444-6920 or Cody West at 806-598-2261, or email to knnk@wtrt.net.

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We’ve been by the football and volleyball practices this week. Everyone seems to be working hard. Coach Masse said the volleyball girls had a good summer competing in Portales, Roswell, and the University of New Mexico. They are in a dual scrimmage Monday in Amarillo with Holy Cross and West Texas High.

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Senior Chieftain quarterback Mason Loflin is not expected to be back for football after shattering his left ankle sliding into a base in a Chieftain baseball game in May. We hope he can return by district maybe. He was on the practice field this week supporting his teammates. Tough blow for a kid in his senior season. Hang in there Mason.

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We mailed August subscription renewals over the weekend. If you received a big yellow sheet it is time to renew. Thanks to everyone for renewing and reading and supporting the Friona Star. We try to bring you good stuff every week. Until then!

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