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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Holy hades it has been hot. Where did all of that nice rain go? For now we will be bumping 100 degrees every day into next week. When you come to the Cheeseburger Festival Saturday you might want to bring your folding chairs and find a shady spot cause it is going to be hot. Be sure to stop by the Noon Lions booth for a boatload of world famous French fries too.

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If you are bringing a pie to the pie supper at the high school Friday night Allison Johnston asks that you have the pie at the FHS cafeteria by 5:00 p.m. Thank you!

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There are a lot of grandkids in town for the summer drama workshops. Good to see so many out-of-town kids here sharpening their thespian skills but most of all having a bundle of fun. The junior high and high school plays will be Friday July 17 at 6:00 p.m. and the elementary play is Saturday July 18 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students.

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Tommy Brockman has sold his Brockman Sales business. Someone local has bought the building and a parts business in Spearman has bought his inventory. More on the use of the building later on. His closing date is July 31.

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At the city council meeting Monday night Alan Monroe said his son-in-law J'Lond Jarecki was seriously injured with burns to his hands, arms, and face in a fireworks accident July 4. He was in the burn unit in Lubbock for treatment. We wish J'Lond and family a speedy and full recovery.

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The very first issue of the Friona Star was published on July 31, 1925, by then editor John W. "Uncle John" White. In a couple of weeks, on July 31, 2015, the Friona Star will be 90 years-old. Uncle John was the editor and writer for many years. He passed away in 1965. Local residents John Fred and Linda White are descendants of Uncle John and still had many of his original typed stories and columns stored away. This week Linda brought me a box of Uncle John's original columns, typed on the original paper. I am excited, and reverent, to get to look though his writings and experience Friona history first hand. Thank you, thank you Linda. What a treat. I will be reprinting some of Uncle John's columns in the days ahead.

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Calvary Baptist Vacation Bible School is July 20-23 from 9:00 a.m. to noon for children in grades K - 6. All children are welcome to attend.

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I scooped up some anniversaries. How about Clarence & Peggy Monroe 57 years, Celia & Earl Quintana 40 years, David & Emma Davila 31 years, Deirdre & Mark Osborn 30 years, Chuck & Susan Teague 26 years, Stephanie & Billy Williams 11 years, Jim & Briana Anderson 5 years. Don't be left out. If you or someone you know has an anniversary coming up let us know. Congratulations to all of these folks.

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About 8:30 p.m. Thursday July 9 just west of town on Highway 60 a westbound truck headed to Cargill jackknifed, crossed the median and slammed into the trailer of an eastbound truck. The impact knocked the axle off the trailer and turned it on its side in the south bar ditch. It was loaded with toilet paper. Friona firemen and EMS plus Sheriff's deputies and DPS troopers worked the scene, closing eastbound Hwy 60 and diverting traffic. One of the drivers was transported to PMC by Friona EMS. The overturned trailer was not moved until the next afternoon by K3 Towing. Could have been a lot worse if it had hit a passenger car. Photo on this page.

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We have been advised that counterfeit $10 bills have been found at the local banks this week. Be vigilant when receiving cash money.

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Friona's football camp starts Monday. The boys can register the first day or get a form at the high school office. Also Monday, News Channel 10 from Amarillo will be broadcasting from the Bovina city park. There will be live newscasts, games, and food for anyone that attends.

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During his report to the city council Monday night Police Chief Isidro Jimenez told of finding a three year old child at Lowe's unaccompanied. Investigation showed the child had made its way to the store from an address in the 600 block of Grand. A citation was issued for child abandonment. It is summer, kids are out and about so drive carefully.

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In looking through some old Friona Stars back in the 1960s we found an interesting article. The very first Miss Friona was crowned in 1948. Her name was Jean Schultz, better known today as Jean Terry. Mrs. Terry was married to the late John Terry. Lunell McFarland Horton was also an entrant in the first contest. Planning will soon be underway to crown Miss Friona of 2015. Info about entering is available at the Chamber of Commerce.

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Looking forward to the weekend. Camera battery is charged. Hope everyone has fun. See you soon. Until then!

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