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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

I am still reeling a bit because of the time change. Moving forward just one hour can throw off your routine. Don't like the dark morning when folks are on the way to school or work. Do like the later daylight but I'm sure it is harder to get the kids in bed. Someone in Austin has introduced a bill to keep Texas off of Daylight Saving Time. Hope it passes.

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Spring arrives March 20 and Easter is April 5. Mark your calendars. After a few reader suggestions we have decided to add a Calendar of Events to the paper. We will try to include all upcoming events in the community. If your church or organization has a meeting or event scheduled let us know and we will add it to the list. We will stick it on page two and update it as needed.

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A few anniversaries I found out about: Allan and Patty Haile 35 years, Doug and Ann Kelly 30 years, Jyl and Jayson Grimsley 39 years, Gary and Barbara Brown 56 years, April (Pope) and Kenton Guidry 8 years, and Trent and Kelly Cook 7 years. You don't have to be married for a long time to get a mention here. Congratulations to each and all.

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Laura Bracken is a Canyon High School student. She is on the school bowling team. Laura will be competing in the state bowling tournament in both individual and team events. Congratulations to Miss Laura, daughter of Lana and Cody Bracken, granddaughter of Teddy Fangman and Darla and Rex Bracken. Bowling in high school. Interesting.

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The All-School Reunion committee will meet Sunday March 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the Friends of the Library Book Shoppe, 119 W. 6th St. It is a planning meeting for the reunion which is scheduled for Saturday, September 19 during the Maize Days celebration. More info later I am sure. I do know that each class will be asked to contact its members.

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Thursday March 26 is turning out to be a busy day here. Blood drive from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. at Calvary, a Physician's Appreciation reception at PMC, and the Chamber banquet starts at 6:30 p.m. Get next week's Star for more details.

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The Chiefs will host Slaton Saturday at the baseball field. Weather should be fine so come out and see what the boys are all about this season. Play ball time is 12 noon. I'll be around for a few innings snapping some home run photos I hope.

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The County Commissioners met Monday. They had some routine items on the agenda. Judge Ellis said they passed about eight resolutions on various issues about the state's mandates on the counties in Texas. Many Texas counties banded together to send their resolutions to the state legislature protesting unfunded mandates being considered.

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I met Charlie Teague 20 years ago when I came here and went to work for the Star and the Bovina Blade. My weekly job was go to Bovina and find news. I spent a lot of time around the Bovina school and out in the bus maintenance shop talking to Charlie. He was always helpful. We were about the same age and he became a friend. Charlie was a boisterous fellow, went straight to the point, and was loved and respected by everyone at the school, kids and staff alike. Charlie passed away on Monday after a long battle with health issues. I am glad I knew Charlie and send my sympathies to Chuck and Susie and the Teague family. RIP Charlie.

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Hugh Moseley called the newspaper this week to tell me he still reads and enjoys the Star. The long time Parmer County historian and tax assessor is 88 now and lives in Sweeny, Texas. He still sounded strong on the phone. Thanks for the call Hugh. Always good to hear from you and all of our readers.

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In addition to the new Community Calendar we are tinkering around with our front page layout and some inside changes. Most of you probably won't notice the changes so that's why I am telling you about them. Every now and then we get bored and do some tinkering. Thinking about throwing in a few issues in black and white, no color, like the old days. We'll see.

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Shelby Lewellen went with her mother to a Brad Paisley concert in Lubbock. At the end of the concert Paisley came over in front of Shelby who was on her mother's shoulders. When he finished the song he took his hat off and put it on Shelby's head, smiled and walked off. She got to keep it. On the inside band it says "Made by Stetson especially for Brad Paisley." Shelby says it was her best night ever. Her photo in the hat is on this page.

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Superintendent Kenny Austin told me this week he has received more than 80 applications for the athletic director/head coach position. He said the applications are from places like Florida, Massachusetts, and California. He thinks many of the applicants probably do not know where Friona is. They just go on a website and start pumping out resumes to a whole bunch of school districts. Kenny said they could probably narrow the list down to 10 viable applications pretty quick.

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Two years ago Tuesday March 10 is the day our mother died. Doesn't seem like two years have passed. Sometimes death gets too close but we continue on with a bag full of memories. Wish I could give my mom a hug. I wouldn't even mind if she griped at me. I still talk to her often. You probably know how that is. See you next week I hope. Until then!

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Shelby Lewellen is wearing a hat but not just any old hat. Shelby scored Brad Paisley's hat when she went to a concert in Lubbock with her mom Jamie Lewellen. After Paisley's final song he put his hat on Shelby's head while she was perched on Jamie's shoulders in front of the stage. Shelby said it was her best night ever. The band inside the hat says "Made by Stetson especially for Brad Paisley."