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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

When Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler made the game saving interception in the Super Bowl, he also saved each of his teammates $48,000. The winners got $97,000 and the losers $49,000. Lots of money swirls around the Super Bowl. Some folks spend the weekend in Las Vegas where you can bet on every detail of the game, including how long it takes to sing the national anthem. Tickets were expensive. Saw some people that thought they bought a weekend package that included tickets but found out when they got there they had no tickets. Seems that happens every year. It is a big money event and I did my part. I took the Patriots and won one dollar from a friend in Hereford.

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Lazbuddie blood drive. Wednesday February 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Coffee Memorial Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at Lazbuddie High School. You can call 877-574-8800 for an appointment or just show up. Every eligible donor gets a free t-shirt. Give the gift of life.

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DPS troopers had a good year in 2014. A press release says they seized more than $33.3 million in drugs and currency during 219 traffic stops along the I-40 corridor and other Panhandle roadways. Included were 4,161 lbs marijuana, 458 lbs meth, 100 lbs cocaine, 29 lbs hashish, more than half a pound of crack cocaine, and over $1.5 million in cash.

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Plans are underway to form a Pre-K to 5th grade Christian School in Friona. An informational meeting will be held Thursday February 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Calvary Baptist Church fellowship hall. All interested folks are invited to attend.

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Bruce Fleming's ice and water machine is open for business on west Highway 60 across from Subway. He said he opened it in the winter to make sure it is operating well before the warm summer months. Customers can get a 10lb bag of ice for $1.50 or 20lbs for $2.25 or 5 gallons of water for $1.50. One gallon of water is 30-cents. All water and ice are filtered.

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Prairie Acres/Heritage Estates will have a Valentine party February 13. Three Heritage residents, Benny Womble, Mary Peace, and Jeanette Thurman, have moved back to King's Manor in Hereford. They moved to Heritage after the King's Manor fire about a year ago and are just now able to move back.

Resident of the Month at Prairie Acres is Camilla Wilson. Employee of the Month is Kristy Grenko. She is a charge nurse and has been employed since September 2008.

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Get your chocolate fix on for Valentine's. Sandra Berend's Valentine fudge comes in a cute red and white box. A pound of just chocolate fudge is $10 or a pound of chocolate fudge with either pecans or walnuts is $12. Contact Sandra at 806-220-7628 or on her Facebook page.

Master chef Canna Ray, proprietor of The Country Rose, will prepare assorted long stem gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries for $20 per dozen. Call Canna at 817-408-6829.

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Kitty Gallman and her daughter Melanie Braun are organizing a series of garage sales from the estate of Kitty's late mother Clydie Black. Rather than have one humongous garage sale they are organizing items into categories. Saturday February 7 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at 306 W. 14th will be the kitchen sale. They have set up a Facebook page named Clydie's Collectibles. Search it, friend it, and follow along. Like many folks here in the Panhandle, Clydie had a lot of stuff.

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Librarian Darla Bracken reports that someone lost a WTSU college ring in or near the library recently. It has a name engraved inside. A small reward is offered. If found please return it to the library.

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A raffle to win a Ruger 10/22 rifle will be held at the Chamber of Commerce banquet March 26. The raffle proceeds are to assist with medical expenses for Myrna Barraza and her family. Tickets are $10. Do not have to be present to win. For info and tickets call Bobby Tyler at 806-729-7292 or Mitchell Wiseman at 806-265-7953. If you wish to donate money for the family contact the Friona First Baptist Church, 806-250-3933.

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Chiefs/Squaws continue basketball Friday Feb 6 at Muleshoe and here Tuesday Feb 10 vs. Littlefield. The Littlefield game ends the Squaw season and will be senior parents' night and crowning of the basketball King and Queen. Introduction of senior parents and King and Queen will be held before the girls game starts.

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The Milk House Market will host a "Sweet Tea & Cookies, Too" men's shopping day Monday February 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Men are encouraged to shop for their special lady. Crystal is offering free wrapping. The store is at Main & Hwy 60 across from the post office.

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Baseball practice is underway. The head baseball coach is Jesus Quiroz. Scrimmages are scheduled February 14 at Tulia and February 20 at Lockney. First official game is here February 24 vs. River Road. Several key players are still playing basketball and Coach Quiroz is optimistic about this year's team. District baseball opponents are Shallowater, Littlefield, Muleshoe, and Dimmitt.

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Finally a bit of Texas history trivia from the Texas Coop Power magazine. The "Chicken Salad Case" started February 11, 1915 when the Texas legislature passed an appropriations bill to pay for expenses incurred by former Gov. Oscar Branch Colquitt for "chicken salad and punch" among other items.

The attorney general ruled the appropriation invalid but Gov. Jim Ferguson signed the bill anyway.

A legal battle ensued and in June 1916 an appeals court ruled that the legislature could appropriate for fuel, water, lights, and ice necessary for the Governor's Mansion but not for groceries and other personal needs of the governor.

Gov. Ferguson continued to use state funds to buy groceries, an issue that contributed to his impeachment and removal from office in 1917.

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So how are you doing with your New Year's resolutions? See you next week. Don't forget about your Valentine. Until then!

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