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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Congratulations to the Chieftain baseball team on reaching the area round of the playoffs. They lost two games to the Alpine Bucks but for the first time in Chieftain baseball history they won a playoff. The Chiefs beat Childress two out of three to claim the bi-district Golden Glove for the school trophy case. Chieftain senior Dallin Woods signed Tuesday to play baseball at Eastern New Mexico University.

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A couple of anniversaries. Richie and Blaire Herring celebrated 13 years. Kim and Mitchell Smiley marked their 35th anniversary. Mitchell said it was 35 years of dreaded bliss but I’m sure he was only kidding and Kim has probably heard that before. Congratulations to you all.

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The Parmer County burn ban has been lifted until further notice.

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Friona graduate Jose Armando Flores made the 2016 spring semester President’s List at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. To be named to the President’s List students must make all A’s in 12 or more hours per semester. It was interesting to note from the press release a total of 47 students from Saudi Arabia were included on the President’s and Dean’s lists. Many other countries were represented as well.

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Clara Trowbridge of Hereford celebrated her 93rd birthday May 7. Her daughter Teena Zavattieri of Powder Springs, Tennessee and son Murl May of Del Valle, Texas came to celebrate. Clara says she has five generations in her family now and is in good health for her age,

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Totally enjoyed the piano and voice concert Sunday at the First Baptist Church presented by Aristo Sham and Haden Smiley. Aristo is a professional pianist with an impressive resume. He and Haden are Harvard University roommates. Haden has just completed his first year at Harvard where he performed with the Harvard Glee Club. Aristo was raised in Hong Kong and has performed in London so Friona was quite a change for him but he seemed to enjoy the visit and the Smiley/Frye families. Friona was well represented at the concert as a large crowd attended. Afterwards folks were invited to a reception and enjoyed some tasty Linda Smith cookies.

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For you folks that go to Lubbock I saw where In-N-Out Burger is coming to the West End Center in Lubbock. No opening date known at this time. Stay tuned.

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A homeowner south of Bovina was awakened Saturday night when a couple of burglars broke into his house. The burglars had been there earlier and came back thinking no one was home. He lives in Dallas but stays in the family place when he comes to Parmer County. The guy heard them trying to steal a washer/dryer and took the opportunity to run them off in a hail of bullets. He missed them but bet they won’t be back.

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We had our blood council meeting last week. Local blood drive council members meet prior to the next blood drive with our Coffee Memorial Blood Center coordinator. Members attending were me, Clint Mears, Teena Hughs, and John Gurley. We had lunch at Headquarters to discuss the June 2 Friona blood drive. Every donor will receive a t-shirt and be eligible for a drawing for a year’s supply of milk. The Noon Lions will be cooking corn dogs too I think. June is National Dairy Month. More information about the blood drive in next week’s Star.

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Pork ribs and a car wash. Saturday May 28 the volleyball girls are having a car wash and selling sausage wraps for $2.00 at the Interbank parking lot. They are taking orders for smoked pork ribs for $35 per rack too. Need to order by May 24. For info on that you can get in touch with Britny Pope by text or call 806-346-3001. If Charlie Pope is cooking them you know they are good.

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We did enjoy the All-Sports banquet Monday evening. Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, tea, carrot cake or banana pudding. I do not know what Canna Ray puts in the green beans but they are outstanding if you can say that about green beans. Good idea the Booster Club had hiring Canna to cater. Then there was the plus of having those 8th grade students serve on the buffet line. What a great polite smiley face bunch of kids. Awards in all the sports, a round of applause to the coaches, and ending the evening with the cheerleaders leading the school fight song. Another good day in Friona town. Thank you Booster Club and all who volunteered for another successful sports banquet.

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The Friona city swimming pool will open Monday June 6. Kelci Osborn will be the pool manager. Hours and prices later.

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Monday May 30 is Memorial Day. The American Legion is coordinating ceremonies that will start in Farwell at 9:00 a.m., Bovina at 11:00 a.m., and Friona Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. sixth Street Church of Christ minister Jeff Procter will speak at the Friona Cemetery. Everybody is welcome to attend.

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Congratulations and many good wishes to Doyce and Mary Joyce Barnett who will be celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary Sunday May 22. They got married in 1953 at the First Baptist Church in Friona. Mary Joyce said the building was only a couple of years old at the time. They are still active members of the church today.

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Saw a newsfeed this week that down in my hometown of Hillsboro, Texas 200 high school students walked out in protest when a transgender girl was changing clothes in the girl’s locker room. It was on TV where they interviewed some students and the transgender girl who said she did not want to be put in the gender neutral restroom. Oh my!

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This week we salute the Bovina graduates. Next week will be our big Class of 2016 special graduation edition. Congratulations and best of luck to all of the graduates. Be sure to look for the Star next week. Until then!

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