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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Spring forward one hour this weekend. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday March 13. Next week is spring break too. Might be the only quiet week we have between now and graduation. Churches let us know the date of your senior banquets please or we will be calling you.

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Sure enjoyed the St. Teresa's Mexican dinner Sunday. Enchiladas, taco, beans, rice, homemade dessert, chips, salsa, and iced tea. Sunday dinner doesn't get much better. They were selling jars of the homemade salsa too. It is the best salsa in town and I took home a jar. Always enjoy the politeness and efficiency of the volunteers, especially the youth. Their smiling service picking up plates and refilling glasses and helping an old guy pick out a dessert makes for an even more pleasing experience. Thank you all for a great meal.

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Congratulations to Mia and Buddy, a/k/a, Jyl and Jayson Grimsley on the occasion of their 40th anniversary. Hope you have many more.

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Hi-Pro Feeds is again raising money for the Friona SnackPak4Kids program. They hope to expand the service this year to all of Parmer County. This is their 2nd annual dinner and auction fundraiser. It will be Saturday April 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Country Rose on FM 1057 in Summerfield. Individual tickets are $25 each and available at the Hi-Pro front desk or from Hi-Pro employees. You can sponsor a table for $400 and receive 8 tickets or you can make a straight donation. Go by Hi-Pro and participate. Make checks payable to Snack Pak Friona. Questions call 806-250-6820 or 250-6831.

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The city is expanding the RV Park at Reeve Lake. They will be adding 10 more spaces for a total of 20. Sewer lines are installed and it should be done soon. City manager Phipps says TxDOT contractors will soon begin US Highway 60 repair from Fast Stop in Friona to Farwell. Wind turbine crews will also be starting work soon. The extra RV spaces will no doubt be filled for quite a while as all of these workers will need housing.

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I'm told by Sharon White that a Texas Historical Marker has been approved for Friona's first barber shop. The marker will not be available until early 2017 and will be placed at the location of Chuck's Barbershop on Main St. It is noted that Jack Anderson is believed to be Friona's first barber back in the early 1900s. He sold the shop later to the late Lee Gibson and it is now owned by Chuck Mills. More info as it is available.

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Congratulations to Erika Montana who has been named as the Friona High School principal. She has been serving as assistant principal. She will assume the duties after the May graduation when current principal Dr. Pam Ray assumes the superintendent duties. Karen Barnes, assistant junior high principal, will be taking over As Special Programs Director and move to the administrative office. As of now the district will be looking to hire two assistant principals and two coaches. Chieftain head basketball coach David Woods will be giving up his coaching positions. He was also assistant football and baseball coach.

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We have begun working on our Class of 2016 graduation special edition which we plan to publish Thursday May 26, the day before graduation. We have a list of the seniors. This year there will be 77 graduates. The senior banquets sponsored by local churches will begin Monday March 28 at St. Teresa's Catholic Church at 6:30 p.m.

The senior steak dinner will be Sunday April 10. Details later. The trailer to collect aluminum cans is there in its usual place on Main St. by the police department and Kendrick. Proceeds from the dinner and the cans go toward the all-night drug free party after graduation.

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Official weather guy John Gurley says a Basic Spotter Training program presented by the National Weather Service Meteorologists from Lubbock is offering this free course. It will be held Tuesday March 15 at 7:00 p.m. upstairs at the XIT Recreation Building in Bovina. All interested weather spotters are invited to attend.

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Another great time at the Chamber of Commerce banquet Tuesday evening. Thanks to Charlie Pope and his Cargill crew for cooking the prime rib. Girls from the Squaws athletics served the plates and the Boy Scouts posted the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Chris and Raquel for coordinating the event. Many, many volunteers worked hard to decorate and coordinate. Thank you Chamber, Chamber board, volunteers, award winners and special thanks to everyone that bought a ticket or auction item and all who attended the banquet.

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Spring break next week. If you are traveling please be careful. Another reminder to spring forward an hour before going to bed Saturday night. Until then!

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