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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

The weekend is going to be cooler. High temps in the 60s Saturday and Sunday early reports say. Off and on rain forecasts too. Fall is definitely on the way. In September we have recorded 2.93" of rain in the city.

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A couple of lucky winners from out of town during Maize Days. The fire department ATV was won by a former student in town for the all-school reunion, Don Hoover, Class of '67. Then the Chieftain Band TV raffle was won by the Garcia family of Olton. They were in town for the Chiefs vs. Olton football game and bought band raffle tickets at the game. The Garcia's daughter is drum major of the Olton Band.

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Don't forget to call me to buy tickets for the Noon Lions Club shotgun raffle. They are $10 each and the drawing is in December at our final Noon Lions 2015 meeting. The shotgun is a Browning Citori over and under 20 gauge, brand new in the case.

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Next Thursday October 8 the First National Bank-Friona Banking Center will have their annual sausage wrap sale on the bank parking lot to benefit the Parmer County Cancer Coalition. Donations will be collected. I think it will be from about 11:30 a.m. until they run out. Stop by and have some tasty sausage.

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Tuesday, October 6, is the National Night Out in Farwell sponsored by the Sheriff's Office. It will be held in front of the jail. There should be various vendors there along with a helicopter and free hamburgers cooked and provided by Cargill, plus Noon Lions fries. Runs from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Bring the kids and show your support for our law enforcement and first responders.

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Lillie Baxter donated the big Chief print she won at the all-school reunion to Friona high school.

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FHS drama and speech teacher Katherine Thompson has advised that the fall high school musical presentations will be Saturday November 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday November 15 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets will be $4 adults and $2 students with ID. More information about the musical later.

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Pink Out at the Saturday October 17 Squaws vs. Littlefield volleyball match. The girls will sell pink volleyball cutouts for $5 each to benefit the Parmer County Cancer Coalition. The cutouts can be inscribed "In honor of" or "In memory of" cancer patients or survivors. They will be displayed at the game at 12:00 p.m. Deadline for purchasing a cutout is Monday October 12. For more information and to purchase a cutout, contact Suzanne Bunker at 806-683-5798 or Jamie Lewellen at 806-206-0743. Checks can be made to the Parmer County Cancer Coalition.

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In volleyball state rankings by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, the Friona Squaws were ranked at #18. This week's Tuesday opponent, Denver City, was ranked #3. The Squaws play Post here Saturday at 11:00 a.m./12:30 p.m. They open district play Tuesday October 6 at Dimmitt, 5:00-6:30 p.m. The match scheduled Saturday October with Tulia was moved to Friday October 23 because of ACT tests on Saturday. Watch our booster page for exact times.

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County commissioners met Monday. They heard a report from Veterans Service Officer Bill Dannheim about attending a conference in Houston, approved County Agent Shana Fleming to attend conferences in Lubbock and Waco, passed the county votes for the Parmer County Appraisal District board to Bovina ISD and Lazbuddie ISD, approved the purchase of a road grader for County Precinct 2, approved the current workers compensation coverage, and rescheduled the October 12 meeting to October 13 due to the Columbus Day holiday. County Judge Trey Ellis will be attending a conference in San Marcos.

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The Chieftains travel to Lubbock Roosevelt this week for their last non-district game. District opens October 9 at Dimmitt, then Muleshoe here, River Road and Littlefield there, and ends district November 6 here vs. Childress. Good luck boys and Go Big Red.

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The October school calendar is in this issue of the Star. Better clip it out and stick it on the fridge. October is a busy month. An official announcement has not been made but FISD Superintendent Kenny Austin is planning to retire at the end of this school year. We will be back next week. Until then!

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