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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Here we sit at another Thanksgiving table. Then the Christmas frenzy starts next week. Hope you all have a thankful Thanksgiving holiday.

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About 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning another wreck at the Cargill plant entrance. Sheriff Geries said a pickup stalled on the train track and it was struck by a passing train. No injuries reported.

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The annual Project Christmas Card and the Empty Stocking Fund are accepting donations. The hospital auxiliary sponsors Project Christmas Card and proceeds go to our hospital to purchase special equipment. Canisters are available at local businesses to donate or you can deposit direct at Interbank.

The Empty Stocking Fund benefits local needy children with clothes, shoes, and a toy. Children that benefit from the Empty Stocking Fund are selected by school officials. Donations to the fund can also be made at Interbank. Jyl Grimsley and Holly Campbell are co-chairmen of the Empty Stocking Fund. I believe volunteers go to J.C. Penney in Amarillo to purchase items for the children. For donations or more info see Jyl or Holly.

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I went to Bovina last Thursday evening for the Parmer County Cancer Coalition (PCCC) cancer survivor dinner. Greg and Jamie Lewellen, co-chairpersons of the PCCC welcomed guests. A Mexican pile-on dinner was served and those attending enjoyed the meal and visiting with each other. The PCCC provides monetary assistance to cancer patients for expenses such as transportation to Amarillo or medications, etc. Donations are always accepted.

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Varla Wilcox says they are still accepting items or donations for the bags they are putting together for our soldiers in Kuwait, including local graduate Gavin Douglas. They are also looking for BIGS volunteers. Call Varla for any information, 250-6820.

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Friona on Parade is a hardback book about the size of a school yearbook that was researched and written by the late Bill Ellis, longtime Friona Star owner/publisher after his retirement. The book chronicles the academic and athletic history of Friona ISD from 1908-2005. Bill’s widow Carol recently found many copies of Friona on Parade in her basement. She is making them available for a donation or for $1.00. We have a few copies here at the Star office and will have more later on. If interested come by or call.

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Effective November Cargill Cattle Feeders in Bovina were officially acquired by Friona Industries L.P. The name if the feedyard is now Bovina Cattle Company, a division of Friona Industries L.P. Same mailing address and phone number but different email addresses. Same employees too at this time. They are running a couple of help wanted ads with us the next couple of weeks.

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Prairie Acres’ is calling their annual Christmas event Adopt a Grandparent this year instead of Adopt a Resident. Many of the elderly residents have no family nearby and the Adopt program assures they will receive gifts for Christmas. To Adopt a Grandparent this Christmas contact the Prairie Acres activity department at 806-250-3922.

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There is a lighted Christmas Parade this year on December 5 during the Christmas in the Park evening. String lights on your vehicles or parade floats. Staging will be on the east side of the Methodist Church and begin at 5:30 p.m. The parade will begin at sundown. No fee to enter. Deadline for entry is Friday, December 2. For more info contact Ross Paiz at 806-481-3303 or the Chamber office at 250-3491.

The Chamber can help you pick your tree to decorate in the park. When you come to Christmas in the Park bring a canned good to vote for your favorite tree. Proceeds will go to Senior Meals in Friona.

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Lynn Gowens reports that Michael Winchester, the man killed at the Oklahoma City Airport last week, was her cousin. She said 1,400 people attended the funeral. He had a wife, two little girls, and four grown children. His son kicks for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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If I might make a suggestion to the Red Stone Pizza truck. The next time you come over to sell your pizzas bring enough pizza dough, or whatever it is you sell out of. I went over Saturday about 1:00 p.m. to get a pizza to take home and they said “sold out.” The same thing happened the last time they were here. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving feast and happy Thanksgiving weekend. Until then!

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