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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

A Mexican pile-on dinner will be held Sunday May 17 in the junior high cafeteria starting at 11:00 a.m. The dinner is being held by the Correa family to help with expenses toward a heart transplant for Javier Correa. Cost is $8.00 per person for all ages. For more information contact Lourdes Benavides at 806-240-5341.

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It was a crazy weekend for the Chieftains baseball team. They were to open bi-district play here Friday vs. River Road at 5:00 p.m. but a Friday morning rain made the field too muddy. The game was then moved to Muleshoe at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday they were to play at noon at River Road but that game was moved to West Texas High (Stinnett) at 3:00 p.m. The games were supposed to be broadcast on KNNK radio but their tower was struck by lightning and they were off the air for a long while.

The Chieftains lost two games to River Road 13-1 and 9-4 eliminating them from the playoffs.

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The Friona Teachers Organization will host a retirement reception Wednesday May 27 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the Friona ISD administration building board room. Being honored are Vickie Field, Donna Black, Mary Stone, Melvin Smith, Karen Langford, and Sue Wells. The public is invited to attend and wish them all well in their retirement.

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The annual Chieftain Challenge this year will take place all on campus. In past years the students ran around the area on city streets, climbed hay bales, had a mud crawl, and other activities. Teams of students will participate in various running and academic activities at Chieftain Field and inside the high school. It all gets started around 9:00 a.m. and ends in the afternoon with flag football contests.

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July 4 is on Saturday this year. Here is an excerpt from the latest Chamber of Commerce newsletter about potential plans: "The Chamber Board of Directors is making some exciting plans for this year's 4th of July celebration. Along with the fantastic fireworks display they are considering ideas for a parade, 5K run, sand volleyball, music, a train for the kids, and possibly food vendors. They are planning these activities for the Reeve Lake area. We need volunteers and participants. " If you can help call the Chamber at 250-3491.

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The Gary Moore Amusements Carnival will be at the community center area June 23-27.

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Bovina and Muleshoe voters approved off premises alcohol in Saturday's election. The vote in Bovina was close with 100 for and 94 against. The Muleshoe vote was 534 for and 372 against. Regulations prohibit alcohol sales within 300 feet of churches and schools. No word on any plans for alcohol sales locations in Bovina yet.

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Love's is planning to build a Love's Truck Stop in Hereford, according to the Hereford Brand. I'm told it will be in the area across from McDonald's. More info as we find it out.

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Congratulations to Raul and Terry Braillif on their 33rd anniversary.

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The Friona high school choir will present the annual Choir Follies Tuesday May 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Tickets are $5.00 and include all the desserts you can eat and tea or coffee. Tickets are available from Allison Johnston, any choir member, or at the door.

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All ministers and youth ministers are reminded of a meeting Sunday May 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Depot in the city park. The purpose is to plan for a youth rally and community service. For questions or more info contact Teena Hughs at 250-2377 or 265-7661. If you cannot attend but want to be a part of the August activities let her know.

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At Monday's city council meeting I learned that at the Reeve Lake RV Park the first night is free, each additional night is $15, and stay is limited to a max of 30 days. City manager Phipps said the RV Park should be full soon as the wheat harvesters arrive.

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The city will have a police car for sale at the big surplus auction in Hereford at the Bull Barn Saturday May 16 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Being auctioned is surplus equipment from the cities of Friona, Dimmitt, and Hereford plus the Hereford ISD and Deaf Smith County. Lots of stuff for sale. See the ad in this Star for more details.

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Not too long after I came to work at the Star (and the Bovina Blade) I went to Bovina to write a story about a little girl being treated for leukemia. I think it was in 1996 when she was in kindergarten. Her name was Sydney Sorley. I interviewed her mother Terri Sorley. Little Sydney was undergoing chemo treatments at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock.

This week I saw a story in the Clovis News Journal's Lifestyles section featuring little Sydney who certainly is no longer little. She graduated last week from nursing school at Clovis Community College and will begin her nursing career as an oncology registered nurse at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock.

Sydney is now 24. She attended Clovis Christian grade school, graduated from Texico high school in 2009 and Texas Tech in 2013. What a nice story and a nice result.

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My granddaughter Hayley Holmes graduated from the University of Arkansas last Saturday. She will be moving back to the Dallas/Coppell area and interning at a local TV station I believe. Love you Hayley and all the best in your future endeavors.

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The DPS says there will be stepped up enforcement of seat belt violations from May 18 - 31. That includes the Memorial Day weekend when you might be on the road. You best buckle up. Click it or ticket.

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As we get ready to go to press here on Wednesday it is raining and cool out there. Today's rain should put us well over 4" for the month with more coming. This week, we are blessed. See you next week. Until then!

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