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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Freezing wind chill in September? If you were outside last Friday, at the football game like we were, you enjoyed temps in the 40s and wind chills in the 30s. It was a one day winter as temps were back in the 70s and 80s over the weekend. First day of fall is next Monday.

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Thanks to the Cargill Meat Solutions cooking crew who braved the cold weather to provide free hamburgers to football fans at Friday night’s game. Even though it was cold the fans still enjoyed the burgers.

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At the beginning of this week our Friona Star Facebook page has 1,960 likes. I can remember a couple of years ago we were stretching to get up to 400. It has proven to be a nice quick way to post reminders of local events, photos, and pass along news of life in Friona to many who live out of town, past graduates, and probably a few nosy folks. Glad you are all aboard. Facebook is all you get. Sorry we don’t tweet, twit, Instagram, or any of the other seemingly zillions of ways to communicate these days.

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We apologize for an error last week. In the photo of Sandra Randall as PMC Employee-of-the-Month we misidentified PMC administrator Gayla Quillin as Heidi Eichenauer. Our apologies ladies.

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The Friona Band Boosters will raffle a 50” flat screen TV donated by Bi-Wize. Tickets are $1.00 available from any Band Booster. The band will have a booth in the city park during the October 4 Maize Days celebration. Drawing will be at 1:00 p.m. in the park October 4.

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December 13 this year is on a Saturday. I’m told it is going to be a popular wedding day since it will be 12-13-14. The babies born that day will have an easy birthday to remember too.

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Friday September 19 is the deadline to sign up for the Little Miss Friona pageant. September 26 is the deadline for vendors to sign up for an October 4 Maize Days booth. All sign-up forms are available online at frionachamber.com. Twenty-one girls have signed up for the Miss Friona pageant.

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We have learned that FHS senior Chieftain Cole Stowers was selected to be on the cover of the Top of Texas basketball magazine (it is actually a pretty big book) and was selected as one of five players on the Panhandle-Plains Basketball Super Team. Congratulations Cole. Looking forward to basketball season.

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About 15 local folks attended State Senator Kel Seliger’s town hall meeting Monday at the Old Depot. He was accompanied by our State House Representative John Smithee. Seliger said the major topic when the 84th Legislature convenes in January will be the budget. He said 40% of the state budget is spent on education and 30% is spent on Medicaid and healthcare. Other topics discussed were immigration, border security, and increasing costs of health physicals for CDL licenses, and stiffer regulations for EMS certification that is affecting EMS volunteers in rural counties.

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Volunteer firemen were called out Monday about 4:00 p.m. to a broken gas meter here in the city. Good time to caution folks about running over gas meters.

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Tickets for the Miss Friona/Little Miss pageant Friday September 26 are now available at the Chamber of Commerce office. Adults are $10, students $8, and children under 10 are $4. This is the first year the two pageants will be held on the same night. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. Pedro Ramos will be the Master of Ceremonies.

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Happy 57th anniversary to Bernie and Lynn Gowens. They recently spent some time in Minnesota with their son Daniel.

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Local veterinarian Dr. Gary Cash came by in his million mile Land Rover to pick up some of our old leftover newspapers. He uses them at his clinic for animal bedding. It reminded me to remind you that if you need newspapers for packing, painting, a parade float or any other reason, come by the back door Monday-Wednesday and we will load you up. Dr. Cash was headed to the All-American Rodeo at the Tri-State Fair Wednesday night. We will look forward to his rodeo photos on his Facebook page.

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Friona’s Mayor Rick White has been asked to become a board member of the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC). The PRPC provides various services to 26 counties in the Texas Panhandle.

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Good luck to the Chieftains Friday night in Idalou. The game will be broadcast on KNNK 100.5 FM, WT Services channel 6, or online at KNNK.com. And don’t forget the Farmers Market Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at Hwy 60 and Main. Maize Days will soon be here. Until then!

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