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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

At Tuesday night's basketball games Tonya Lookingbill was the winner of the iPad raffle sponsored by the volleyball boosters.

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It took FHS senior Brandon Berend three tries but he managed to putt a golf ball across the gym floor and stop it on a mat at the other end and win $100 courtesy of AgTexas. Fans can buy a ticket for $1.00 and a chance to putt during the halftime of the boys game. A couple of years ago I bought a ticket but I didn't want to putt so I put Clint Mears Name on the ticket. They drew his name, he putted, and won $100. My luck hasn't changed much.

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Bought gas in Friona for $1.89 this week. Who would have thought it a year or so ago. I know it is a little less in some other cities but I don't live in other cities. Enjoy it while it lasts. No doubt it will go back up sooner or later then we will be griping again. That's just the way we are. P.S. I don't think Obama has anything to do with the price of gasoline, high or low.

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Former resident Darlene (and Bennie) Case called to say her mother, Georgia Mount, will celebrate her 102nd birthday January 22. Georgia is a former Prairie Acres resident now in an assisted living facility in Bridgeport. Darlene and Bennie live in Decatur.

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Congratulations to Debbie and Victor Leal on their 28th wedding anniversary. Victor is considering a run for Amarillo mayor and has recently been appointed to a state citizens advisory board by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. Victor once posted on Facebook about his wife Debbie: "If she ever leaves me I'm going with her." Just make sure there is plenty of salsa and enchiladas left for us.

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Also congratulations to former Friona resident Patricia and Floyd Wilkins celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on January 30. They now live in Paducah and are loyal Friona Star readers.

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Primary school parents remember the Book Fair at the school January 26-30. It is open from 7:40 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Family night is Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday 4:00 - 6:00p.m. It is located in the workroom in the primary building and they accept all major credit cards, cash, and personal checks. It is the primary school's only fundraiser and a great opportunity to get your kids into reading. I hope you will take time to participate.

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Ricky Barnett was one of a group of 14 guys that went dove hunting in Argentina recently. He said in five days the group killed almost 40,000 doves. Sound incredible? Google Argentina dove hunting and see for yourself. Or you can ask Ricky.

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Senior class parents remind you that the trailer for collecting aluminum cans is parked just behind the police station on Main St next to the Kendrick Farm Store where it has been located the past several years. Bring your aluminum cans and deposit them in the trailer. The cans are sold and recycled and the money is used toward the all-night drug free party after graduation.

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The Bovina Chamber of Commerce banquet has been set for March 12, probably in the school cafeteria. The last two years it has been in the XIT Center but that location has some logistical problems for transporting food from the cafeteria. Cost will be $15 for a steak dinner. More details later I'm sure.

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The Friona Chamber banquet is March 26 at the community center. The Chamber needs your nomination for the citizen awards: Man, Woman, Courteous employee, boy and girl student of the year. Forms available on the chamber website or at their office.

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The sign-up period for vacancies on the city council and school board starts next Wednesday January 28 through February 27. Three seats are available on both the school board and city council. Applications available at city hall and the school admin building. Election is Saturday May 9.

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Linda Smith has once again taken over the local Amarillo Globe newspaper route. Linda is a reliable carrier for the paper. Those of us that are friends with Linda on Facebook enjoy her entertaining posts about the daily newspaper delivery adventure.

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Chiefs/Squaws basketball teams travel to Littlefield Friday January 23 and host Tulia here Tuesday the 27th. District is in full swing. Track and baseball will be picking up steam too. We will try to keep up with it all. You can listen to the basketball games on KNNK 100.5 FM, WT Services channel 6, or knnkradio.com. We rely on the coaches and teachers to send us sports and UIL information. Please and thank you.

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Parmer Medical Center will soon become the owner/operators of Prairie Acres and Heritage Estates, currently owned by the City of Friona. For some time now the city has wanted to divest itself of the facilities. The hospital district board has voted to take over operations of the two facilities. Board president Danny Kendrick said it would take about six months to complete the transaction.

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A big thanks to the local Subway for providing sandwiches for the Friona blood drive donors last Thursday. A total of 68 people came to donate and they were able to collect 57 blood donations, another great showing by the citizens of Friona. Thank you Subway for your generosity.

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An accident Tuesday evening south of Clay's Corner took the life of Mr. Albert Garcia. He was working under a vehicle when the jack slipped and the vehicle fell on him. He was a long time farm hand in the area. Arrangements will be pending in Muleshoe. Our condolences to his friends and family.

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Miss Paige Upton was scheduled to have knee surgery in Lubbock Wednesday morning this week. Paige is a sophomore at FHS and valuable member of the Squaws basketball and volleyball teams. She tore her knee during an earlier basketball game and will be missed the rest of the season. The good news is she still has her junior and senior years ahead. Here's to a speedy recovery Miss Paige.

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In Tuesday's games vs. Muleshoe the Squaws lost 43-24 and the Chiefs won 60-52. The girls are now 0-4 in district and the boys are 1-1.

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You may or may not have received this issue of the Star on time. As we went to press Wednesday afternoon the weather folks were predicting anywhere from 2" to 12" of snow overnight into Thursday. We drive to Clovis on Thursday mornings to pick up the paper. It is about a 70-mile roundtrip. Don't know if we were able to make it this week because of the weather. We may have had to wait until late Thursday or Friday to go get it, depending on the condition of the roads. Hope we made it okay. Until then!

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