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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Short week, big paper. This week’s Star graduation special is one of our largest papers each year. Because we switched printers a few weeks ago they asked us to try and get our graduation pages to them early. Seems that every paper they print will have a big graduation edition. So, instead of finishing our pages and sending them Wednesday we were scheduled to print on Tuesday so we had to lay out the pages a day early. We did some over the weekend work to meet the deadline. Hope you enjoy our efforts.

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Went out to the cemetery cleanup day last Thursday. Did not have as many volunteers show up as in the past but we managed to pick up and cleanup and enjoy those great chocolate chip cookies Jan Chesher always brings. Monday is Memorial Day. Flags will be out on our veterans’ graves. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a short Memorial Day program at the cemetery. Everyone is invited to attend and honor our veterans past and present. This is the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. See you there.

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Friona Noon Lions met Thursday May 19 with 13 members and club sweetheart Courtney Bunker present. The club will provide corn dogs and cobbler for the June 2 blood drive. We also discussed plans for cooking our world famous French fries at the July 16 Cheeseburger Festival. Next meeting of the Noon Lions will be Thursday June 2 at Headquarters Restaurant.

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The Friona Methodist Church Bible School will be May 31 to June 3 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Children who have finished Pre-K through 5th grade, are invited to attend. For information call the church office at 250-3045.

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Maybe you saw in last week’s Star that the Hereford Hospital is no longer performing mammograms. The Harrington Mobile Mammogram bus will be visiting Hereford once a month and will still come to Friona too I reckon. Also, my brother Rick has been going to rehab here for his rotator cuff surgery and he said that Dr. Ryan who works with Dr. Parker’s patients will not be visiting Friona after the end of June. Ryan is moving to Canadian to practice.

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Have you followed that lady from Grand Prairie with the Star Wars mask that went crazy on the Internet? If you saw the video of the Kohl’s people showing up at her house with a bunch of Star Wars stuff, our Class of 2001 graduate Mike Ortiz was shooting the video. He is a photojournalist with a Dallas TV station.

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On your mark, get set, READ. The Friona Library’s summer reading program begins June 1-30. The program is for all ages. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Register beginning June 1. For info call the library at 250-3200. Contests and fun for all.

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Official weather guy John Gurley says his gauge showed 0.35” in this latest rain and 0.93” for the month. That was Monday. Supposed to get more maybe Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Former Prairie Acres administrator Billy Ray Johnston moved back to Clarendon and recently fell and broke a hip. Then had a blood clot. Been in and out of Amarillo hospital a couple of times. Keep Billy Ray in your thoughts for a full recovery. And Hugh Moseley is a resident at Prairie Acres now I’m told.

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At the county commissioners meeting Monday, Lazbuddie was approved to draw funds from the Parmer County Permanent School Fund to use for roof repair. Cargill and TxDOT will discuss a plan for installing plant entrance warning signs. Commissioners will apply for a Texas Association of Counties grant to use for first aid and CPR certification, safety shoes and other safety related equipment.

They approved the use of the courthouse lawn for Farwell’s Bordertown Days July 30, 2016. Sheriff Geries reported they broke up a theft ring that was stealing motorcycles and 4-wheelers in other areas of the Panhandle and bringing them to the Farwell area where they were stored, stripped and/or sold.

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Lots of excitement about the wind turbines finally going up. We will be bringing you some photos and updates in June and the summer once school and graduation is over and our pace slows down. Glad to have the Mortenson workers in the community.

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This Town Talk is shorter than normal. Been busy on graduation stuff. If you have any news to share please send it to us. Or call us. Or pass it along if I see you at Fast Stop, the Donut Shop, or the Post Office. Look forward to seeing you in the summer. Until then!

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