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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

If you keep a calendar of such things, the Dimmitt city-wide garage sale is June 6. I think this is one of the more popular garage sales in the area. I've been a couple of times years ago when I took my mother and her friend Martha over there. We worked it by the block. I was the designated driver. Would drop them off then drive to the end of the block and wait for them to make their way crisscrossing the street. I would walk back, carry a load of stuff to the vehicle, and repeat again. It was a long fun day watching the ladies work.

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A love fund is established at Friona Interbank for former EMS director Brandi Magee. She passed away Monday morning at M.D. Anderson hospice in Houston after a long battle with cancer. Brandi leaves behind four young children. The family could use the assistance with medical and funeral expenses. Thank you.

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The FHS National Honor Society & Student Council will have a blood drive Thursday April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the high school library. Donors need a photo ID and must be 17 years-old (16 year-olds can donate with signed parental consent).

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The Hi-Pro Feeds benefit dinner and auction Saturday night was a huge success. About 200 people attended, including Friona Star managing editor Dana Jameson. It was held at the Country Rose and catered by top chef Canna Ray. Money raised will benefit our local SnackPak4Kids program. Hats off especially to Hi-Pro Feeds for organizing the event and to all those that contributed their time, money, and talents. See Dana's story on page one.

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Kids Inc. baseball is set to begin Monday May 4, Coaches and teams have been organized and we will have some kind of schedule in the paper next week.

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A few anniversaries plucked from Facebook: Natasha (Lafuente) and Jarrett Butler 3 years, Michael and Andrea Johnston 6 years, Ashley (Smiley) and Jason Gutierrez 8 years, and Tonda and Rondee Clark 34 years. Happy anniversary to each and all.

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Some weeks are easier than others. Deaths reported this week were former Parmer Medical Center employee Becky Landrum of Farwell, Friona EMS director Brandi Magee, and Friona native, Class of 1954, and farmer Teddy Fangman. Landrum and Magee died after long battles with cancer. Teddy apparently had a heart attack while driving his pickup on a county road on the way to check his farm and the pickup ran off the road into a neighbor's field. Over the years I have had dealings with each of these folks at the newspaper and as friends. Our sympathies to the families.

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Lot of remodeling and renovating happening at the Friona Rural Health Clinic. The new exam rooms are complete and ready to move in. The check-in desk and lobby area are now being worked on. One of the girls at the check-in desk told me it would take at least six weeks to finish the clinic lobby so be patient which is hard to do when you are sick.

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Glad to see my former boss and Friona Star publisher Carol Ellis come out of retirement to write a few nostalgic articles again. Her first effort is in this Star about her early experience with original Town Talk writer June Floyd. Spent many a day with Momma Carol and Bill here at the Star office before I bought the paper in 2003. Thanks Carol. We've been missing you.

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Happy birthday to my oldest daughter Candee Holmes on Friday April 24. She and husband Walt have three kids, all in college. They live in Coppell, Tx. No, I better not tell you how old she is.

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Bluebonnet Home Health & Hospice will begin a four week grief workshop May 5. The meetings will be at the Bluebonnet offices on Highway 60 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information call Bluebonnet at 247-0057.

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Congratulations to Allison Johnston and the FHS varsity choir who made all 1's and the Sweepstakes at Tuesday's UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest at W.T. in Canyon. It was a first in FHS choir history according to Allison.

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I will be attending the Friends of the Friona Library annual meeting Sunday April 26. It begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Redeemer Center, 13th & Virginia. The many literary baskets will be drawn for and I'm sure there will be some refreshments. Anyone interested in our library should attend. It is not usually a long meeting but interesting and fun. See you there.

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On May 2 at 2:00 p.m. all next year's sophomore, junior, and senior girls are invited to attend a Miss Friona Tea in the First Baptist Church fellowship hall. The gathering is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce to discuss the Miss Friona Pageant. Refreshments will be served.

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Deirdre Osborn and her daughters Amy and Adrienne have purchased the Main Street Market in Hereford. They will be taking over June 1 and are looking for vendors. For more info on booth space call 806-346-1735 or email to mainstreet markethereford@gmail.com.

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A little over one month from now the Class of 2015 will begin a new life adventure. Graduation is at 8:00 p.m. Friday May 29 at Chieftain Field. Last year the wind and rain drove the graduation inside at the junior high auditorium. Let's hope for a better result this year. Until then!

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