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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Looks like plenty of food will be available at Reeve Lake Saturday for the community's 4th of July celebration. Noon Lions will be cooking hamburgers (no fries this time), the firemen will be selling sausage wraps, there will be Frito pie, and more. The fireworks will be at dark, probably around 9:30 p.m. managed by our firemen. Lots of activity around the lake so come out and enjoy. P.S. The city will fog the area for mosquitos early Saturday morning.

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I went over to Bovina Monday evening to see Friona and Bovina play 7 on 7 football. Looks like Chris Alvarez will be the Chieftain quarterback this year. Enjoyed visiting with Coach Arias and Coach Guevara. The Chieftains open the season August 28 at home vs. Olton. That first game will be senior parents night instead of the last home game. Coach Arias said several parents had asked if the parents night could be earlier to avoid the cold weather at the end of the season. School starts August 24. It will all be here before we know it.

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Beer and alcohol sales are open in Bovina. Allsup's and the Cattle Guard in Bovina opened this week. The Bovina city council denied a request by Lowe's Supermarket in Bovina to sell beer because of its proximity to the schools.

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Our firemen and EMS were called to a two vehicle accident Sunday morning June 28 on Hwy 214 south at Del Rio Dairy. A passenger car exiting the dairy pulled onto the highway in front of a milk tanker truck. The truck struck the car and then overturned. Both drivers were transported to PMC. It took a while to clear the scene as the milk was transferred to another truck.

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Children playing with fireworks set a wheat field on fire across from the Cottonwoods Apartments along Cemetery Road. Rex Wells spotted the fire and used his tractor to cut a fire break while the Friona firemen were on the way. The wheat field was being farmed by Raymond Hamilton. Everyone should use caution with fireworks this July 4 weekend to avoid fires like this.

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Anniversaries to mention: Sharon and Teddy White 49 years, Jo Beth and Bruce Gipson 31 years, Stacy and Andre Duran 19 years, Kyle and Krista Wheeler 5 years. Give us a call if you want an anniversary mentioned in our Town Talk.

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Former Friona resident Jennie Bailey lost her battle with cancer and passed away this week. We also noted the passing of former resident Leon Coffey on Monday. Allison Johnston's dad also passed away in a Houston hospital after a long illness.

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Chieftain Dallin Woods was selected to 3rd team all-state baseball as a utility player, a combination of all positions. He is the son of Chieftain coach David Woods.

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Another former Chieftain, Fabian Flores, has joined the Chieftain coaching staff. Fabian coached on James Morton's staff in Midland and most recently in Andrews. He is a 2002 FHS graduate.

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The Hereford Meat Market has closed. Gilbert and Ermelinda Tijerina closed the business after 40 years. Actually the market was purchased by Amigos in Hereford and Gilbert is working for Amigos at this time. So you can still find a friendly cut of meat or smoked brisket. He plans to retire after about six months.

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The Friona city council approved sidewalk sale permits for Milk House Market this weekend and for all local businesses on July 18 which is Cheeseburger Festival Day. The Chamber of Commerce is taking care of the permit fees. If you are a local business you can have a sidewalk sale on July 18 free.

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Mary Johnston told us she took a helicopter trip to BSA in Amarillo last week and spent a couple of days in the hospital being treated for an internal bleeding issue. She was back in action this week.

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Plans are still in the works for transferring ownership and operation of Prairie Acres to Parmer Medical Center. City manager Patricia Phipps gave the current operating company, Transition Health Services, a 60-day termination notice. The new management company provided by PMC will be Senior Health Strategies, a division of Diakonos Group, LLC. That is the plan for now.

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Thanks to Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller, soda machines and deep fat fryers are now allowed back in Texas schools. I saw a post on Facebook this week that Cokes were back at the high school. I asked about it and sent a couple of school officials into a mild panic. Coke Zero and Sprite Zero have always been on campus but no plans at this time I am told to put back real Coke. The school sold their deep fryers long ago and spent a lot of money on new ovens to bake stuff instead of frying. No decision yet on any of this for Friona but they say students throw away a lot of the non-tasty Michelle Obama food.

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One-half of 2015 is history already. Hard to believe. Let's make the best of the second half. Thanks for continuing to support the Friona Star. We appreciate seeing you every week. Until then!

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