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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

About this time last weekend's 6" wet snow has finally melted they are forecasting another rain/snow event Friday night and Saturday this weekend. Last week's paper was sent out a day late. We print in Clovis and couldn't get over there until later Thursday so it was mailed and distributed Friday. We had a couple of phone calls Friday from people who didn't get their paper. Always nice to know that our readers look forward to getting the weekly Star.

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The Clovis News Journal has reported that two new restaurants are coming to Clovis. Denny's will open on North Prince where Golden Corral was located and Wingstop will open across the street where the Quiznos was. No definite time for opening was given.

A Clovis business is closing because they have too much business. Eye Associates will be closing March 1. They claim that Obamacare has generated more customers and they don't have the doctors to handle the increase. Some patients have to wait two to three months for an appointment so they are closing the doors.

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St. Ann's Catholic Church in Bovina's German sausage dinner is Sunday Feb 1 serving from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids under six. Takeouts will be available and extra German sausage will be available by the pound. It is a hefty menu and a chance to get your sauerkraut fix.

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First Baptist Church in Friona will host a Valentine's Banquet Saturday February 14 at 6:00 p.m. It is a romantic evening for married couples. For $40 per couple you get a romantic table for two, a meal catered by Canna Ray, entertainment, a photo, on-site childcare, and encouragement for your marriage. Space is limited so get your ticket at the church office or call 806-250-3933.

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At Littlefield last Friday the Squaws lost 64-44 and the Chiefs won 53-50 in an exciting finish. The Chiefs were behind 50-48 with 29 seconds left in the game when Cole Stowers was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. He made all three free throws to put the Chiefs ahead 51-50, the first time the Chiefs had the lead in the game. Then a technical foul was called on a Wildcat player and Cole made two more free throws with 8 seconds left for the 53-50 victory. You can follow Chiefs/Squaws basketball on KNNK 100.5 FM, WT Services channel 6, or online at knnkradio.com.

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The teams hosted Tulia here Tuesday and travel to Shallowater Friday January 30. They will host Dimmitt here Tuesday February 3. They have some pretty good chow in the concession stand so come out and support the teams as district winds down.

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The Friona Chamber is accepting nominations for the annual citizen awards. You can nominate a deserving person for Man, Woman, Citizen, Teacher, Boy & Girl Student, and Most Courteous Employee of the Year. Recipients will be honored at the Chamber banquet March 26. Nomination forms at the Chamber office or at frionachamber.com. Deadline is Friday March 6.

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January is School Board Recognition Month. School board members are elected and serve without pay to assure our students and teachers have a high quality education experience. The Friona School Board members are Ricky Barnett, Andy Montana, Antonio Rocha, Becky Riethmayer, Wade Schueler, Mitchell Smiley, and Jose Cigarroa. Thank you for your service to the school district and the community.

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We have received word of the passing on January 21 of Bobby Glen "Joe" McIntosh, Jr., 60, of New Tazewell, Tennessee and a former Friona resident. He is the brother of Sam McIntosh of Friona and former resident Daniel Mullins.

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Driving along Main St. this week and noticed that Adriana Stowers' business, Creative Chaos and Chaotic Tees, will be moving a couple of doors south. She will be moving her shop into the larger space once occupied by Prairie Insurance. Prairie has moved to a new location on Hwy 60 next door to Hunan's. The signs on the door say she will be reopening in the new space by March 1.

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Our annual Friona Star Valentine issue will be printed Thursday February 12. Time to brag about your kids, grandkids, and sweethearts. Photos with a short message are $10 with 1-2 people and $20 with 3 or more. Deadline is Monday February 9 but if you could get them to us next week it would be appreciated. We will be here Mon - Wed from 9 to 5. Or you can email photos to frionastar@wtrt.net and mail payment to PO Box 789. Time to brag and make history.

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Everybody's favorite algebra teacher Sandra Berend will be cooking fudge for Valentine's Day. She was handing out samples at Tuesday's basketball games. How evil is that. Her Valentine's fudge comes in a cute box. Chocolate is $10/lb. Chocolate with pecans or walnuts is $12/lb. I and many others can vouch for its deliciousness. Contact Sandra at 806-220-7628 or leave her a post on Facebook. Get your order in now and she will have it ready on whatever day you choose. Valentine's Day is Saturday February 14.

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Jamie Lewellen won $100 and a bag of White's Beef Jerky at Tuesday night's basketball games. Her name was drawn in the putting contest at half time of the boys' game. You get three tries to putt down the gym floor and land the golf ball on a mat. She did it on the second try. Then her name was drawn again to win the beef jerky.

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A poster on the door at the West Allsup's says the Rudy Soliz, Jr. family of Friona won $30,000 in a contest sponsored by Allsup's, Dr. Pepper, and Pepsi.

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Monday February 2 is Groundhog Day, one of America's dumbest celebrations but we do it anyway.

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Congratulations to all of the kids, adults, volunteers, parents, grandparents, and workers who made this year's Parmer County Junior Livestock Show another success. This issue of the Star spotlights many of the hardworking young people and their animals. Special thanks also to the buyers at the premium sale. Thanks to Donna Schueler for the winner photos.

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Sunday is Super Bowl Day in America. Many of us watch for the game, the commercials, or the half time show. Hope I can understand some of the words this year. The winning team players and coaches, etc. will receive $97,000 each. Losing team gets $49,000 each. Including other playoff game money, the winners will have collected $165,000 each. Pull up a couch, grab some guacamole, and enjoy. I'll be cheering for the Patriots. How about you? Until then!