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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Spring is definitely here. Heard this suggestion this week: Spring is here and people are warned to lock their car doors. It is the best way to keep people from giving you squash.

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Our sympathies to the families of Tommy Jones and Jeannette Thurman. Tommy passed away last week in Amarillo. Jeanette died Friday April 22 in Hereford. Their obituaries are printed in this week’s Star.

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Mickey Griffin had quadruple bypass surgery at BSA in Amarillo last week. David Grimsley is back in Parmer Medical Center recovering from a staph infection after a hip replacement operation earlier. Dale Hart had hip replacement surgery at BSA Monday after suffering a broken femur in a fall over the weekend. Folks encourage your elderly family members and friends to be vigilant in avoiding a fall. Too often we have seen our elderly citizens suffer from broken bones when they fall.

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Last week during my daily visit to the post office a lady said, “Hi Ron.” I replied, Hi Melanie.” A few minutes later when I got to the office it dawned on me that she was not Melanie. She was Melissa. Does that ever happen to you? So I apologize to her and to everyone from now on whose name I might get confused. Thanks for your patience.

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Mayor Rick White and the city council honored our firemen and families last Thursday with a nice steak dinner at the fire station in observance of Friona Volunteer Firemen Appreciation Week.

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Jake Ebeling is the new Chieftain head basketball coach. Jake was junior high coach last year and assisted with varsity football. Now he will be moving over to the high school. Jake is a nice young man and very energetic as I have witnessed. I believe he will do well with the varsity boys basketball. Coach Daniel Hutchins has left coaching and will be the assistant principal at Friona junior high beginning next school year. Hartley ISD principal Danny Finch has been hired as assistant principal for Friona high school.

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The FHS senior academic awards assembly will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday May 1 in the high school auditorium. Scholarships and top graduates will be announced. Everyone is welcome.

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The Friona Noon Lions met Thursday April 21 with 12 members and club sweetheart Courtney Bunker present. It was decided to contribute to our John Cook scholarship for this year. We did not have a program just a short business meeting. The next Noon Lions meeting is Thursday May 5 at Headquarters Restaurant. Come join us.

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Parmer County commissioners met Monday April 25 in Farwell. They approved a tax abatement and road use agreement with Scandia Wind Southwest. Construction on the Scandia wind farm project is proposed to begin in July or August. The quarterly treasurer’s report was discussed and approved. The treasurer’s quarterly report is included in this Friona Star. The next commissioners meeting was changed from May 9 to May 16.

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I attended the Class of 2016 senior dinner at the 6th Street Church of Christ Monday evening. Thanks to church members and minister Jeff Procter for the Mexican pile-on meal and a super-sized piece of cake. The seniors are on the countdown, about 26 days away from graduation. The Victory Family Worship Center’s senior class dinner will be Monday May 9.

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Enjoyed the Friends of the Friona Public Library annual meeting Sunday afternoon. Thanks to this dedicated group for their support of our first class library. After a short business meeting and committee reports, new officers were appointed for the next two years. President is Jeri Lynn White, vice-president Katie Gilley, secretary Candice Geske, and treasurer Darla Bracken. Others serve as various committee chairmen.

The basket drawings were held. Here are the winners and their baskets: primary school, Lane Ellis; junior high, Janice Richards; Milk House Market, Sue Wells; Frio Draw Driving School, Nate Rushing; Book Shoppe, Riley Davidson; Larry Johnston, Ethan Rushing; Hi-Pro, Kathy Rector; elementary school, Robert Osborn; Vet Industries, Ellen Gallman; Friends of the Library, John Jarecki.

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Ladies don’t forget about the Ladies Spring luncheon Saturday, 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. Admission is a salad or dessert. I believe there will be a style show too. This is for ladies but if any of you guys get up Saturday identifying as a woman I guess you can go too. Only kidding folks. Don’t send me any ugly Facebook posts.

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We received word of the passing of Steve Louder, general manager of Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative from 1992 until he retired in 2014. Steve passed away in Lubbock with services and burial there Thursday April 28. Arrangements by Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers in Lubbock.

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At Sunday’s Class of 2016 senior awards as sembly, the community has donated almost $30,000 in scholarships to support our seniors. FHS principal Erika Montana sends thanks to everyone for the support. See you next week! Until then!