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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

We observed the 74th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor on Monday. A 94-year-pld veteran who was present during the attack was interviewed on TV Monday. He had a Japanese flag framed that he took from one of the Japanese planes that was shot down that day. During my travel agent career I visited Hawaii many times, including the Arizona Memorial. You can stand on the memorial and look down and see the USS Arizona where it sank. It is quite the experience.

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Rex and Chuck Blackburn's grandson Clayton Blackburn has made the 40-man roster of the San Francisco Giants. He is a pitcher.

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Monday December 14 at 5:00 p.m. there will be a drug prevention program in the FHS auditorium for parents. The program will be presented earlier in the day for the students.

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Sandra Berend is offering her delicious fudge again. You can order up to December 23. Chocolate is $12. With pecans or walnuts $14. That is a pound of the best fudge you've ever tried. She has a Facebook page you can place an order on. Search Sandra Berend and 'like' her page. Or I guess you could just call her.

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LeAnn Gallman has been named city manager in Muleshoe. She is the sister of Susan Kerby of Bovina. They grew up in the Lazbuddie/Muleshoe area. LeAnn is married to David Gallman, JeDon Gallman's brother. LeAnn has been employed by the city of Muleshoe for 35+ years and was most recently the city secretary.

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My brother Rick, Clint Mears, our friend Rick Castenada of Hereford, and I went to Amarillo Saturday for the Canadian vs. Stratford playoff game at Dick Bivins stadium. We loaded up with coats and gloves but didn't need them as the day was sunny and about 60 degrees. Brother Rick is a salesman for Becknell and has friends and clients in both Stratford and Canadian. We mainly wanted to see Canadian play on their way to a second state championship. Canadian won 31-0 so it wasn't a real exciting game.

Afterwards we stopped off at Green Chile Willy's Restaurant on I-27 to try the chicken fried steak voted Best in Amarillo. Willy's is a lively noisy place in a not-so-good location but we enjoyed it once we finally got there. P.S. The chicken fried steak was good but not the best I have ever had. I like the one at Feldman's in Canyon better.

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Monday was the deadline for Santa letters from the schools and we have a bunch of them. Dana has been typing them today (and probably tomorrow). They will be printed in our big Christmas paper next week. Thanks to the teachers and staff at the primary and elementary for assisting in collecting them.

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Christmas in the Park was fun Monday night. Lots of kids got to see Santa, some were not too happy about it. Since not many little kids read Town Talk I guess I can safely reveal that Santa was Danny Allen from the Rhea community. Several people asked me about it. He did a great job for an endless line of children. Thanks to the Methodist youth choir and the FHS choir for the carols and Clint Mears of Intheden Graphics for the sound system.

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The tree sponsors in the park are Cargill (gazebo), FHS National English Honor Society, Parmer Medical Center, Friona Interbank (Depot), Bi-Wize, Andy Alexander family, FHS student council, Methodist Church, and Friona junior high. Enjoy the lights and Merry Christmas.

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Raquel Trevino is the new administrative assistant at the Friona Chamber of Commerce. Longtime employee Betty Lamb will be retiring at the end of December. Betty, thanks for your service and assistance to us here at the Star over the years. All the best. We look forward to working with Raquel.

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Graveside services were held Friday December 4 in Bovina for longtime Bovina resident Veda McKay. She was 93 and passed away in Huntsville, Alabama November 22.

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Parmer County Tax Assessor Bobbie Pierson was nominated for being the top tax assessor in the Amarillo District and is also nominated for the state contest. Mrs. Pierson has filed for re-election to the county tax assessor position. Also filing were Precinct 1 county commissioner Kenny White, Precinct 3 county commissioner Kirk Frye, and Sheriff Randy Geries. District Attorney Kathryn Gurley has filed with the state Republican Party for re-election. So far no one has filed on the Democrat side. Deadline for filing is December 15.

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Saturday morning December 12 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. free pancake breakfast at the Bovina XIT Recreation Center. It is worth the drive. Everyone is invited.

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The Friona high school choir Christmas Concert is Sunday December 13 at 3:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

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Someone called and requested that we remind you about the Republican debate December 15 on Fox. You have been reminded. I know you will want to tune in and watch Donald Trump and maybe even to other debaters.

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Next week will be our annual Christmas edition of the Friona Star. We have been working on Santa photos and Santa letters and Merry Christmas greetings from our area businesses. We will not publish a Star during Christmas week but will be back in the office Monday December 28 to start a New Year. We hope you will continue with us. Thanks. Until then!

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