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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Fireman Terry Sharrock and I were talking at the baseball game Saturday about how we have been fortunate to not have any fires lately. Guess we jinxed it because a few minutes later the firemen were paged out. There was a loader/hay fire at Cattle Town. Friona and Hereford fire departments responded. Terry said the loader burned up and they pushed a few hay bales into a hole and covered it up. It is being dry and hot so be careful. The county burn ban is still in effect.

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The Clovis News Journal reported that Clovis will be getting a Chipotle Restaurant. The newspaper did not know the location but construction should begin soon. I'm told that Hereford will be getting a Domino's Pizza, Burger King, and a Carl's Jr. The Carl's is said to be in the new Love's Truck Stop that is planned on Hwy 60 across from the Best Western. No word on where the Domino's and Burger King will be. Will let you know when we find out.

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Mike and Tammie White are moving to Lubbock. They are having a garage sale Saturday April 9 at 1110 Etta. Starts at 7:30 a.m. until…..? Mike says they have a fridge, stove, twin beds, entertainment center, and lots of household items. Many years ago Tammie worked here at the Friona Star before taking a job at Hi-Pro where she has been for 16 years. Two of their kids and grandkids are in Lubbock so should be a happy move. All the best to Mike and Tammie.

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There was a three vehicle accident at the Cargill plant entrance Tuesday about 2:30 p.m. during shift change. It is just one of many accidents we have covered there over the years. A pickup turning into the plant pulled in front of an east bound car that plowed into the pickup's passenger side. A third east bound vehicle almost collided with the other two. No serious injuries thankfully.

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April 15 is the deadline to submit your property tax rendering form to the Parmer County Appraisal District. I might have mispronounced the actual form but you get the idea. Any questions better call the Parmer CAD at 806-251-1405.

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Received a subscription renewal from the Swaffords in Bovina with this note: "Thank you for all your Bovina coverage. We appreciate it." Thank you too Kay and Jim.

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Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host a Junior Preview Day on Saturday April 16. The event gives high school juniors a chance to learn all about ENMU. Door prizes including two $500 scholarships will be given away. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Music Building.

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At Prairie Acres the Resident of the Month is Bob Prather. The Employee of the Month is Jennifer Baize. She has been a nurse at Prairie Acres since August 1997.

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The baseball Chieftains beat Muleshoe Saturday 13-9 and beat Littlefield there Tuesday 8-2. The Chiefs are now 2-1 in district and host Dimmitt here Saturday April 9 at 12:00 p.m. I've been to a few games and these boys play with a lot of enthusiasm and are getting the bat on the ball often.

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It has been determined that Freddy Walker suffered a stroke over the weekend. He is still in the hospital in Amarillo and will be doing rehab in Amarillo. Our positive thoughts go out to Freddy and his family for a full recovery.

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You might remember I upgraded to a smarter-than-me phone a few weeks back. Tuesday I had a doctor's appointment at the clinic. I discovered my new phone was handy for passing time while waiting on the doctor. Got an allergy shot and some non-itchy crème. It is always allergy time out here. This was my first visit to the clinic since they completed the remodeling. Looks very nice and efficient now. I continue to realize how fortunate we are to have such a nice medical facility and staff here in our little town.

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The Hailes, Allan, Patty, John David, and Nathan attended the Final Four basketball games in Houston over the weekend. They all had an exciting time and enjoyed being together.

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Our Friona Star Fan Page on Facebook went over 2,500 friends this week. We have 2,507 to be exact that follow our page. Thanks you for that. If you are not our friend go find the Friona Star and "like" us. We like to be liked.

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Sunday April 10 is the big annual senior steak dinner at the junior high cafeteria. Get a ribeye, baked potato, green beans, roll, drink, and loads of homemade desserts for $15 in advance or $16 at the door. Proceeds help finance the all-night drug free party after graduation. The weather should be good so come on out and enjoy Sunday dinner. I will see you there. Until then!

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