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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Monday and Tuesday we had what could be described as heavy downpours but no hail included. Official weather guy John Gurley reports 2.83" total. Sunday night .33", Monday 2.12", and Tuesday .38". Lots of rain, up to 11" down south at Lubbock, Seagraves, Post, etc. Big rains caused some flooding in Clovis too.

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Well so far this week is Teacher Appreciation Week, National Small Business Week, National Hospital Week, and National Corrections Officers Week. So thanks to all of our teachers (listed in the ad in this week's Star), thanks to all of our corrections officers at the Parmer Detention Center in Farwell (otherwise known as the county jail), and thanks to our local small businesses that keep our town humming along. We say thanks and are thankful for our top notch Parmer Medical Center hospital. What a great facility for our little town.

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The Friona Texas Federal Credit Union held a groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday at the location of their new building adjacent to AgTexas on Austin Street. Construction is set to begin immediately. The present credit union building will eventually be the Friona police department.

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Friona firefighters were called out to a small fire in the trailer park on W. 5th St. last Thursday evening. A fence and tire burned but no damage to any structures.

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We went over for the Bovina Cinco de Mayo celebration last Saturday. They had a small colorful parade, some cute folkloric dancers, arts and crafts booths, and lots of food and music. A local elderly gentleman who apparently pressed on the gas pedal instead of his brakes damaged three other vehicles just as the parade was ending on 3rd St. Luckily there were no serious injuries. The gentleman was transported to PMC by the Bovina EMS.

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Congratulations to Chieftain Alvaro Gardea. He placed second in the 800m run at the regional track competition in Abilene and will be going to the state track meet the weekend of May 15-16.

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Received a subscription renewal from Mal & Pat Manchee in Hereford with this note included: "Ron, this will make 53 years we have had a subscription. Don't always agree with you but really enjoy the paper. Keep up the good job." Since we only accept subscriptions from people who agree with us I will be canceling Mal's subscription unless he agrees to agree with me. Thank you Mal & Pat. Always appreciate our subscribers, especially those who have subscribed for 53 years.

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KidFish Day will be held on Saturday May 16 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Reeve Lake. Fishing gear and bait furnished or bring your own. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes for winners in various age categories. Sponsored by Junior Anglers and the Friona Economic Development Corporation (FEDC).

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Next Thursday May 14 is cemetery clean-up day. Gather at 5:00 p.m. and help the cemetery association pick up old flowers, trash, etc. Refreshments will be available. Also May 14 the FHS band concert in the city park at 6:00 p.m. with senior recognition.

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The annual Chieftain Challenge obstacle course competition will be held Friday May 15. FHS teams will be competing around the city.

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A parents meeting for this year's 7th grade class (next year's 8th graders) will be held Tuesday May 12 in the junior high cafeteria. The school district plans to issue each 8th grade student next year an iPad and this meeting will be about the procedures of the program. Each student will be issued an iPad to use throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Sounds like a pretty important parent meeting to me.

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From the Prairie Acres newsletter, the resident of the month is Camilla Wilson and the employee of the month is Elizabeth Romero, the activity director who has been employed since November 1991.

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Saturday May 16 is the FHS prom at the Hereford Country Club. They will start arriving at 6:00 p.m. all pretty and proud we are sure. Be safe and have fun.

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The Harrington Cancer Center mammogram mobile coach will be in Friona Tuesday May 26. Appointments can be scheduled. See the ad in this Star for more details.

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Sunday is Mother's Day. Hope you already know that. Send mom some flowers and hug her neck or give her a call. (Ivy Cottage is open 9-2 on Saturday.) My mom died in March 2013. She loved to get flowers. She would have been 96 on May 29. Yes I miss her often. Many of us will enjoy special memories Sunday. All the best to all the moms. See the rest of you next week. Until then!

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