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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

A happy, prosperous, peaceful New Year in 2015. This is the first of 51 Friona Stars that will take us through the year, recording events, births, deaths, and whatever business the year might bring. We hope you will continue to read and participate with us by sending along your news and photos to share. Thanks!

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Tough as nails and a heart of gold. That would be Mary Stone who is retiring after 29 years with Friona ISD. Mary is one of the nicest people I know. It has been my privilege to know and work with Mary for many years at various school activities. She has served as chief custodian, bus driver, ticket taker, and a motivator for school staff and students. All the best to Mary and Wayne. Enjoy your retirement years.

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Winners in the Chamber of Commerce's Christmas lighting contest were: 1st place, Andy and Julia Alexander, 502 Etta and 2nd place Roberta Rocha, 1205 Walnut. First place prize was $100 Friona Bucks and second place was $50 Friona Bucks.

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The January 2015 Friona ISD school calendar is in this Star. You might want to clip it out and stick it on your bulletin board or fridge. From January through May school activities increase in frequency. In short, these next five months will be a flurry of student activities. I know it sounds cruel but graduation for the Class of 2015 is fast approaching. Check out the Star each week for the latest in old news.

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Roger Nelson was the winner of the shotgun in the Noon Lions raffle. Club sweetheart Aubrey Williams drew Roger's name at the December 18 Lions meeting. Ten other names were drawn for $100 Wal Mart gift cards. Justin St. Clair won two of the cards and Roger Nelson also won a $100 card. Winners are listed in the Lions Club News in this Star.

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Some December anniversaries I found during the holidays. Elwanda and Lee Campbell 64 years, Doris and Wesley Barnett 55 years, Gary and Karen Renner 48 years, Jim and Sherry Atwell 48 years, Gary and Suzy Mingus 35 years, Kirk and Annette Frye 30 years, Rachel and James Clark 27 years, John and Evelyn Mars 25 years, and Mandy (Geries) and Nathan Rigler 9 years. Congratulations and Happy New Year to you all.

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Received a subscription renewal from the Larry Crow family down in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Appreciate them and all of our Star subscribers. Guess the Crows can sit out on the deck and enjoy the Star and the view. Thanks.

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The next Friona blood drive is Thursday January 15 from noon to 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Friona residents consistently give 50 to 70 donations. By comparison, the recent blood drive in Hereford had 46 donations. Hereford is over three times the population of Friona. Watch for blood drive details in the January 8 Friona Star. Thanks for your 2014 blood donations. Keep it up in 2015.

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Band Booster meeting Monday January 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the band hall. Discussion includes review brisket dinner and solo and ensemble event, spring concert, and senior appreciation. All band parents and boosters are encouraged to attend.

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Couple of big farm auctions coming in mid-January. A Friona Farmers auction January 14 out at the Friona co-op gin. January 15 an auction south of Bovina for the Gary Gober estate. More details in the Star next week. Until Then!

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