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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

It was in the 40s and raining Monday morning. I put on a long sleeve shirt and a jacket to head to work. The first person I saw was a young man in a short sleeve t-shirt. Guess I am just getting older and colder. Official weather guy John Gurley said we received 0.12" of rain overnight Sunday/Monday. Any amount is always good.

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This week, April 12-18, is National Library Week. Hats off to the ladies at the Friona Public Library. It is a great asset to our community and offers many resources for kids through adults. For $5 you can join the Friends of the Library and support library activities. Thanks to librarian Darla Bracken for her Library Corner often published in the Star to keep us up to date on library happenings.

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A two vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy 214 and FM 145 at Clay's Corner Friday about 11:30 a.m. resulted in several injuries. David Davila Sr. and wife Emma and two passengers were southbound when a pickup driven by Marilyn Engelking of Lazbuddie pulled out in front of them causing a collision. Mrs. Davila was transported to Lubbock by AeroCare where she underwent surgery for a jaw injury. As of Tuesday Mrs. Davila and her brother were still in the hospital in Lubbock. Friona EMS, Friona firemen, and Lazbuddie fire and EMS were on the scene. Friona police assisted Sheriff's deputies with traffic control.

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Mary Reed of Lubbock sent a note with her subscription renewal. It read: "I share my paper with a friend and she thinks you have a good paper and loves your editorials."

Likewise former residents Harold and Trell Taylor renewed and sent this note: "We enjoy the news from Friona every week." We appreciate our out-of-town readers and appreciate their support. Thank you Mary, Trell, and Harold.

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A few weeks back I had a couple of visits to the Friona clinic. Received a bill later for what Medicare didn't cover. One of the charges was for a "clinic encounter." Guess that is the current politically correct term for an office visit.

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The Friona city swimming pool is set to open June 1. City manager Patricia Phipps said she was still accepting applications for lifeguards. Contact the city at 250-2761 for information.

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Gabriel Chico won the district singles tennis championship. He will be advancing to regional tennis competition. Briana Campos and Samantha Davila will also advance to tennis regionals.

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Haden Smiley, Dan O'Brian, Josh Barnett, Dallin Woods, and Seth Fothergill won 1st place in district UIL Science competition and will advance to regional UIL April 25 in Abilene.

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Doris Barnett won a 2nd place at the Ogallala Quilt Show held in Dimmitt last weekend. Check out Doris' Facebook page for a photo of Doris and her winning quilt.

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Last Saturday about 1:15 p.m. Friona EMS received a call to the Cottonwood Apartments for a woman in labor. Friona police officer Adrian Suarez responded as the police do for every EMS call. He arrived just in time to help deliver the baby. EMS arrived to take mother and baby to PMC then they were later transferred to Amarillo. Everyone is reported to be doing fine.

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The Chieftains resume the second round of district baseball Saturday April 18 in Shallowater. The Chiefs are tied with Muleshoe for 3rd place in district with a 2-2 record. They beat Dimmitt (0-4) 9-1 last Saturday. Muleshoe comes to town Tuesday April 21 at 4:30 p.m. Dallin Woods pitched a complete game at Dimmitt and Mason Loflin had a three run home run. Come out and support the Chiefs as they aim for the playoffs.

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County commissioners met Monday in Farwell. CHS manager Randy McCasland discussed possibly paving CR 17 from Hwy 60 to the CHS facility. Extension Agent James Graves gave an Extension Office update. The janitorial contract for the courthouse and jail was awarded to Becca's Quality Home and Commercial Cleaning in Farwell. Discussed a two-year lease of an industrial grade dishwasher for the jail. Commissioners will hold a special meeting Friday April 24 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss wind farm issues. All meetings are open to the public.

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County Judge Trey Ellis says the county has a new webmaster for the county website which has now been upgraded. Go to parmercounty.org for info on all county offices including photos and records of jail inmates. Go to the home page and use the pull down menu for county offices and click on Sheriff.

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Enjoyed the annual senior class steak dinner Sunday. I went early and took a few photos then got a carryout before the big rush came. The cooking crew grilled about 1,400 steaks. They sold approximately 1,390 tickets. On Saturday they sliced 1,700 steaks at Roddy Berend's American Canvas shop.The extra 300 steaks were sold to individuals at the dinner.

I've been to the last 15-16 senior steak dinners and I believe this one set a record for the number of homemade desserts. I never saw so many sweets all in one place.

This year they did away with the little salad and substituted green beans and they did not wrap the baked potatoes in foil. In other words they streamlined the serving operation by getting rid of all of the salad dressing bottles and the time it takes to un-foil a baked potato. Thanks once again to the senior parents, sponsors, and the seniors for all of the work involved in bringing this mammoth effort together. I heard several say it was the best steak they have had at the senior dinners.

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Don't forget the FHS one-act play public performance Sunday April 19 at 3:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The next senior class banquet is Monday April 20 at the 6th St. Church of Christ. Check out other stuff in our Community Calendar on page two.

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So long for this week. We are beginning work on our special edition graduation paper featuring the Class of 2015. It will be published either May 21 or May 28. Until then!

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