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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

A little rain and lightning during the Chieftain game in the 3rd quarter Friday night resulted in about a one hour game delay. We didn't get much rain out of it though. The Chief's game ended around 11:00 p.m. and the Chiefs beat Olton 20-14.

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Friona Class of 2015 graduate and valedictorian Haden Smiley is now safely ensconced in his dorm at Harvard University, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Boston. Haden flew up to school. His parents Mitchell and Kim and brother Clayton drove in Mitchell's Suburban and hauled Haden's stuff for the dorm. Haden chose not to have a vehicle there since public transportation is popular and frequent.

Mitchell said on move in day they had to park about a half mile away to haul Haden's stuff. To make matters worse his dorm room is on the third floor and there were no elevators. He said they were going to open up parking closer on the second day but they toughed it out and got him moved in.

Mitchell, Kim, and Clayton came back through New York City and after sightseeing headed home. Mitchell said about one mile from his house the Suburban clicked on 300,000 miles. I bet most of those miles had something to do with Smiley kids activities.

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Wow, congratulations to Billy and Lillie Baxter on celebrating their 68th anniversary Sept 7. Howard and Pat Fleming will celebrate 59 years Sept 8. Former residents Jerry and Beth Shelton, now of Tulia, will celebrate their 50th anniversary Sept 4. Alan and Nita Clark will observe their 48th anniversary Sept 8. Victor and Socorro Gonzalez celebrated 44 years August 26. Heath and Alryna McElreath joined in the celebration with 11 years. All the best to these fine folks. If you or someone you know are having an anniversary let us know. It's fun to share. Thanks.

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How busy are students in small schools like Friona? Here is an example. On Friday the varsity volleyball Squaws traveled to Denver City for a tournament. They played three matches that day, went 2-1. Then drove back to Friona late. Two of the girls, Taylor Stallings and Courtney Bunker, both cheerleaders, came to the football game in their cheerleader uniforms for the second half. Then the volleyball team left early Saturday back to the tournament in Denver City. Thanks to students like Taylor and Courtney for their dedication and participation.

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Received a new subscription from Samuel and Susana Perez with this note: "Greetings from Corpus Christi, Texas, sparkling city by the sea." Well at least our newspaper gets to go to the beach. We do appreciate our readers, even those who brag a little.

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For you romance novel readers, Amarillo best-selling author Jodi Thomas will be signing her latest western romance novel, Ransom Canyon, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. September 12 at Cavendar's Boot City at 7920 W. I-40 in Amarillo. Nice lady. Met her once at a newspaper convention.

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Happy 80th birthday to Clarence Monroe. Family and friends held a surprise party for Clarence over the weekend out at the Country Rose.

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At Prairie Acres the resident of the month is Vernon McWilliams. Employee of the month is Cynthia Lara. She is a nurse and has been employed since May.

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Some new Texas laws took effect September 1. We have included an article from DPS in this Star about some of the driving laws. There are some new rules for people getting their driver license. Parents with kids about to get their license should check it out.

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The Chieftain/Squaw Booster Club is having a membership campaign. There is an application in this Star in English and Spanish. You do not have to have kids or grandkids in athletics to join. Anyone and everyone can sign up and help as the boosters work hard and contribute a lot more to the athletic program than you might realize. Check out the booster club and join. Thanks.

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A report in the Hereford Brand said the Nazarene Christian Academy has closed due to a drop in enrollment. The private school had been in operation 30 years.

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We are gearing up for the Maize Days activities. Next week we will feature the girls who have entered the Miss Friona and Little Miss pageants then it will be on to Maize Days, homecoming vs. Idalou, and the All-School reunion. We hope you will enjoy the activities and keep reading the Friona Star. Until then!

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