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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Most important news this week: Central Standard Time begins Sunday November 6. Turn your clocks back an hour. We get that extra hour of sleep back.

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Ten visitors from Argentina were in town last week. They visited Becky and Mike Riethmayer’s feedlot/cattle operation. Becky said they were curious about the wind farm operation, irrigation, and cattle rations.

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Congratulations to FHS cross country runner Jackie Legarreta. She has qualified for state cross country. Cindy Moreno is the cross country coach.

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Ever hear the term “jump the shark.” I final decided to look it up because I never knew exactly what if meant. Wikipedia says this: “it is a pejorative idiom referring to the opinion that something has peaked in quality or value and is now in a downward trend.” I will wait a few days to look up the definition of pejorative idiom. We hope to keep the Friona Star from jumping the shark.

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Friday November 11 is Veterans Day. There will be a Veterans Day breakfast for veterans and their families from 7-9 a.m. at the Redeemer Center, 13th and Virginia. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Looking forward to some biscuits and gravy.

Then at 10:00 a.m. the annual Veterans Day program will be held in the high school gym. The public is invited. Veterans will be introduced and are asked to arrive early to register. Also, if you know of any area veterans that have died in the past year please call the high school, 250-3951, so their names can be read at the program.

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The community Thanksgiving service will be Sunday November 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Friona Methodist Church.

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Saturday November 5 the Muleshoe Merry Market will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Bailey County Coliseum. Admission is free. Crafts, candles, metal art, and more on display, plus breakfast burritos, BBQ, cappuccino, and Kettle Corn.

We are told the Country Market Craft Show in Friona will not be held this year. Usually it is held about this time in November. A check with the city said they do not have the community center reserved.

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Basketball season is near. Right now the Squaws are in the volleyball playoffs and the boys have one more football game. We are in an 8-team basketball district this year. Our district opponents are Idalou, Shallowater, Lubbock Roosevelt, Littlefield, Muleshoe, Dimmitt, and Slaton. We have new varsity coaches this year. Jake Ebeling will coach the Chiefs and Walter Nix is the new Squaws coach.

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The Squaws will play the Alpine Lady Bucks in the area round of the volleyball playoffs at 6:00 p.m. Saturday November 5 in Seminole. Admission will be $4.00 adults and $2.00 students. If the Squaws win they will play the winner of the Littlefield/Wall area match.

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Official weather guy John Gurley stopped by the office. So far in 2016 we have received 14.69” of rain. In 2015 total rainfall was 35.76” but that includes the big blizzard last December. At our press deadline Wednesday we were receiving some cold sprinkles of rain. I believe fall weather might finally be here.

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The new interim administrator at Prairie Acres/Heritage Estates is Wally Johnson from the Dallas area. He will serve in that capacity while Crystal Carrasco completes her license requirements to resume the administrator position. Crystal is from Dimmitt. She is married to AJ Carrasco and they have three children. Crystal is currently the community liaison/administrator in training at Prairie Acres/Heritage.

The resident of the month for November is Dora Parson. The employee of the month is Marta Reyes. She works in the dietary department and has been employed since June 2013.

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Thanksgiving and Christmas are just ahead. We will continue to provide local and community news so if you have any events or news for us send it along. Thanks for reading. Until then!

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