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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

We attended the Bovina Chamber of Commerce banquet last Thursday. It was a very enjoyable evening. The XIT Recreation Center was beautifully decorated with a western theme. The ribeye steak meal was served at the tables by Bovina students. Enjoyed visiting with Mike Beauchamp and Bob Sparks and listening to their stories of growing up in Bovina. Sparks talked about visits to Bovina by the Gatlin brothers in the early 70s. The Gatlins were related to the Carson family.

The Bovina cooking crew cooks the steaks then wraps each one in foil to keep the juice in. That is the way they have always done it. Larry Mitchell warned everybody to be careful unwrapping the steaks to avoid spilling the juice in your lap. I had that experience back in about 1996 at a Bovina sports banquet. Didn't know to be careful and got a lap full of steak juice on my khakis. Some things never change. Thanks to the Bovina folks for a nice evening.

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Made my first visit this year to the Chieftain Ball Park Saturday where the Chiefs hosted Slaton and won both games of a double header, 10-6 and 4-2. They had a nice crowd of fans. The Chiefs have a lot of experience on the diamond this season and should provide some exciting games.Concession stand is open too. Baseball and hot dogs. Hard to beat.

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A few "junior" anniversaries I found this week. Dusty and Melodee Hansard 5 years, Tania (Hand) and Brady Raindl 10 years, Jason and Melissa (Bass) Wright 7 years, and Andrea (Geries) and Rhett King 2 years. Congratulations and long life to you all.

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A sign on the door at Thai City Restaurant says closed temporarily but I guess you might already know that. They recently reopened the Thai City on Brady in Clovis after a fire so guess they are busy over there. Hunan's is still open for your Thai food appetite.

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Sympathies to the family of Mr. Lee Campbell, 88, who passed away Sunday at an Amarillo hospital. He served on the Friona fire department for 60 years. His casket was carried to the Friona Cemetery on a Friona fire truck driven by Bryan Campbell and Stephen Campbell, both former Friona firefighters. They are the grandson and great-nephew of Mr. Campbell.

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All you FHS ex-students put September 19 on your calendar. The all-school reunion will convene at 6:00 p.m. at the community center for a short program and a meal. Tickets are $15.00 per person and available by mail from Marca Herring, P.O. Box 549, Friona, 79035. Make checks payable to Ex-Students Association. Deadline is August 15.

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The Deaf Smith Electric Co-Op annual meeting is Tuesday March 24 at the Bull Barn in Hereford. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Membership Services Manager Steve Horrell said there will not be live music this year. He decided to save a few bucks I guess. There is a business meeting followed by door prizes. The West Texas Rural Telephone Co-op meeting is the following Tuesday March 31 also at the Bull Barn at 6:00 p.m.

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Well, Kitty Gallman and Melanie Braun are having "The Final Garage Sale" of Clydie's Collectibles Saturday March 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at 306 W. 14th. This is the 5th and final sale with all kinds of items available. Go by and check it out.

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Some numbers you might not know: CBS reports that between 2003 and 2010, 1,719 people in the US committed suicide at work. Another news report said that so far this season, 75 people have died in avalanches in the Swiss Alps. Sometimes numbers are dreadful but interesting.

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Chamber of Commerce speaker Brandon Slay will be meeting with Friona students at the First Baptist Church at 4:00 p.m. Thursday March 26. All students are invited to attend.

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An electronic sign is being installed at Main and Hwy 60 on the southeast corner. It is a joint effort of the Amarillo Area Foundation and the Friona Economic Development Corporation (FEDC). Xeriscape landscaping is also in the plans. This is the area next to the post office. Messages shown on the sign will be programmed from the Chamber of Commerce office. They set the pole this week.

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A little bistro with sandwiches and stuff. That is how Mandie Hamilton describes (on Facebook) her new restaurant venture in Friona, located next to Tasty Cream where the donut shop was. She hopes to open by April 1. She is looking for a server.

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Hollis Horton stopped by and reminded me that the Parmer County Historical Museum in Friona is open every Monday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Astute readers might have noticed my regular column is missing from page two this week. It has been a busy week including a visit by my youngest son Zac. He lives in Austin and stopped by on his way to Santa Fe and other points of interest. It is spring break in Austin where he lives. Since I can't write about Hillary Clinton every week until the 2016 elections I decided to take some time off from the column for now.

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Enjoying the needed rain. Don't forget to get your Chamber of Commerce banquet tickets. See you there. Until then!

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