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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Official weather guy John Gurley reports Friona received 0.41" of rain Monday night. New Friona coach Mike Royal still living in Amarillo says he had 3.5" in his gauge Tuesday morning. I40 in Amarillo was closed both directions at Washington due to flooding. The Channel 10 broadcast from the Bovina city park moved into the Bovina gym for the 10 p.m. news because of wind and rain in Bovina.

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The Friona primary school supply list is now on the frionaisd.com website. There is also a way to order the complete supply list boxed and sent to you. Check the website or call the primary school, 250-3935. Registration for new students at the primary will be August 3-7 from 8-4. You need shot record, birth certificate, proof of income and an ID. Kids in primary last year do not have to register again.

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Thoughts and prayers for Margaret Duggins. She fell Monday and broke her pelvic bone in several places and took a helicopter ride to Northwest Hospital in Amarillo. No surgery scheduled at this point, per her son Phillip.

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Anniversaries to note this week: Greg and Mary Lou Venhaus 48 years, Dean and Heidi Eichenauer 44 years, Anita and Joe Lafuente 36 years, Eric and Candice Geske 12 years. Congratulations to these fine folks and many more. If you or someone you know has an anniversary coming up share it with us and our readers.

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New Lay's Potato Chip flavors suggested by the public are on the market: Southern Biscuit & Gravy and New York Ruben. Biscuit and Gravy chips? I'm pretty sure they will not be a big hit. If I find some I'm going to buy them and test for myself.

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Clint Mears at Intheden Graphics videoed all three summer drama presentations. He is putting all three on one DVD and selling it for $10.00. If you would like copies call Clint at 250-5200.

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Andy Alexander and Laura Ellis Garcia attended the 50th reunion of the musical Texas on Saturday. Past performers from the 50 years were invited and a large contingent attended. Andy was a stage crew member in 1983-84 and Laura was a dancer in 1979.

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KNNK 100.5 in Hereford has opened a studio in Canyon and changed its format from Christian to Classic 50s and 60s. For some reason they will be broadcasting from Hereford and Canyon. At least I think so. There has been no official announcement I have seen other than a couple of postings on Facebook.

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I received a message from a Mr. Raymond White, a great nephew of Uncle John White, the founder and first publisher of the Friona Star. Mr. White said he remembers selling the Friona Star on the streets of Friona every Saturday. He sold them for a nickel and was paid two cents for each. He left Friona in 1957 and is now retired and living in Terry, Mississippi. Always glad to hear from former residents, especially those who lived the history of Friona. Good to hear from you Mr. Raymond White.

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The circus people stopped for one day in Friona last Thursday. Before it arrived they ran all over town plastering posters on windows. Not sure if they got permission in all cases. Now they are gone and many of their posters are still plastered on windows. Would be nice if they had taken them down before they left.

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I got to say hello and welcome some of our new coaches this week at the football camp. We have pretty much a Parmer County staff now Head Coach Jimmy Arias, Fernando Moreno, and new coaches Mike Royal, Fabian Flores, and Daniel Rosales all FHS graduates plus Farwell graduates Daniel Hutchins and David Woods. Coach David Towner, a Perryton graduate returns for his 13th year, the longest serving coach. New junior high coach is Miguel Porchas.

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The St. Ann's Catholic Church in Bovina will hold its annual Jamaica Sunday July 26 beginning about 1:00 p.m. until midnight I believe. The Bull Town Days celebration in Bovina is Saturday August 1 with a parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. and food and fun in the city park following.

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Saturday July 25 is Bordertown Days in Farwell. There is a parade from Texico across the railroad tracks to the Farwell city park, followed by fun, food, and entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend.

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The Cheeseburger Festival Cook-Off appeared to be another success. There were 12 cook teams this year and another big crowd attended. Many out of town visitors came to see what all the excitement was about. I spent most of my time there in the Noon Lions fries booth where we sold out all 400 pounds of potatoes. A BIG thanks to Donna Mears for the freezer of homemade banana nut ice cream she made especially for the Lions workers. *****

Allison Johnston reports that the pie supper Friday evening between the junior high and high school summer drama performances raised $1,239 for the benefit of Friona graduate Andrew Merrell who was seriously injured in a car wreck. Allison said she delivered the money to the family this week and they were very appreciative. Andrew has had 8 surgeries so far and more will be necessary. Thank you everyone for your giving.

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Well the summer is scooting along. Won't be long until football and volleyball practice officially start and school begins for another year. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Until then!

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