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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

I talked with some of the Dunnick workers on Monday as they started paving the south side of Hwy 60. They said it would take a couple of days to finish this side since they could not use their big smoothing machine because of the poles along the highway. They used a smaller but slower machine for smoothing and many of the workers did smoothing by hand. They said they would be moving to the north side of Hwy 60 about September 15.

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Received word of the passing of Durward Bell of Bovina. He lived in Clovis now but was a long time Bovina resident and farmer. Services were held his week.

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As posted on Facebook, Adrienne Osborn and Andrea Geries King both welcomed baby boys during the past week. Proud grandparents are Mark and Deirdre Osborn and Randy and Sarah Geries. And Mike Ortiz got married. His mom Mary works at the high school. Kimberlee Jones got married too. She is a Lubbock police officer. Her mom is Donice Jones Strickland. Kalley Preston got married a couple of weeks back and will reside in Dalhart. Her parents are Butch and Renee. Lots of good wishes to all.

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Lillie and Billy Baxter will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary September 7.

Howard and Pat Fleming will be celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary on Sept. 8.

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At Prairie Acres the census is about 37 residents. Administrator Billy Ray Johnston said Heritage Estates is full and they are getting a new kitchen range. Dawn Campos, Heritage Estates manager sends thanks to everyone who brought them fresh vegetables.

Resident of the Month at Prairie Acres is Joe McWhorter. Employee of the Month is Sharmaine Jackson who works in the housekeeping department. She has been an employee since June 2013. Johnny Carrasco, a certified nurse aide, was recognized for 15 years of service at Prairie Acres.

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At the Friona blood drive last Thursday they saw 68 individuals and were able to collect a total of 62 blood donations. The winners of two Thai City gift cards were Feller Hughes and Alejandra Acosta. Special thanks to Clint Mears and the Noon Lions for cooking and providing corn dogs. The next blood drive is November 6. Special thanks to Bessie Holt and Mary Ford for their dedication in coordinating the blood drive and registering donors.

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Rachel Clark sent a family update. Jamie Clark Nieman completed her Master’s in Education from Liberty University and is teaching 3rd grade in Lubbock. Her husband Tyler received his Bachelor’s in Biology from Lubbock Christian and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. He goes to Ft. Benning in October to complete officer training.

James Clark has expanded his business, Tascosa Pump & Supply and is busier than ever. The new location is across I-40 from Gander Mountain. Galen had back surgery in July. He is a junior Ag Business & Economics major and serve s as Ag Ambassador at West Texas A&M.

Garrett is living and farming the family land west of Friona and has a cow/calf operation. Holly is a high school junior this year, being home schooled and taking two college classes. She is co-captain for the home school cheer team, is in Noteworthy choir and serves on her church’s youth council.

Rachel is in charge of Holly’ schooling and helping James at the office. She is also teaching a high school literature class for homeschoolers. Thanks for sharing your busy family Rachel.

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Cason Stallings, a Friona 5th grader, son of Trista and Tommy Stallings, recently attended the Dallas Mavericks Hoop Camp at Collin County Junior College in Plano, TX. Campers competed at the American Airlines Center in a skills challenge broken down by age: 8-9, 10-12, and 13+.

Out of 250 campers in the 10-12 age bracket, Cason received first place and was the only camper in any age group to place in the top 10 of each challenge which included free throws, jump shots, 3-pointers, layups, dribbling, passing, and ball handling. For winning Cason has been invited to a Mavericks home game in November where he will be recognized on the court during halftime along with two additional winners from other divisions. He will also receive court-side seats and a meet and greet with the Mavericks during pre-game. Cason was most recently a member of the Hereford Hustlers select basketball team. A photo with Dirk’s champ ring is on this page. Way to go Cason.

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As is their first home game tradition, Cargill will provide free burgers, chips, and drinks at the Chieftain vs. Tulia game next Friday September 12. Serving will start about 6:30 p.m. Come out and support the Chiefs in their home opener.

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Darla Bracken’s mom Marie Perkins fell and broke her arm in two places. She is recovering in rehab at PMC. Al Kerby of Bovina had a pacemaker put in last week in Lubbock. Both are resting well and recovering. Just found out that Margaret Duggins fell and broke an ankle back in June. After a couple of weeks in Amarillo and Friona hospitals she is well on the road to recovery.

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The annual football contest starts in this week’s paper. Look forward to the competition. It is fun to watch as our local football experts sometimes are not so expert. The contest is open to everyone so join in. You might win some spending money. See you next week. Until then!

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