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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Happy Father’s Day to you fellows. My dad died in 1971 but I send along a special wish to all of you dads and grandads. Have a great day and enjoy your families.

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June is National Dairy Month. Several years ago a bunch of milk cow folks came to our area, bought land, built dairies, operate farms, and made our community better. Our local dairy owners have become involved good citizens

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The city swimming pool is trying to put together a water aerobics session from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday for any ages. The cost is only $2.00. For info call the pool at 250-5279.

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There is a new Domino’s Pizza place open in Hereford. It is out in the strip center by Wal Mart. By my count that is four pizza joints in Hereford: Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Little Caesar’s and Joe’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant. I haven’t been there but lots of good reviews about Joe’s Pizza.

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Becky’s Burritos is expanding. Becky is building on to the little building on Hwy 60. She told me once she wanted to expand so her trucker customers could come inside to eat.

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Anniversaries: saying congratulations this week to Becky and Pat Upton 22 years, Dee and Jody Lewellen 27 years, as noted elsewhere in the paper Sharon and Teddy White 50 years, Floyd and Eva Rector 68 years, and Clarence and Wynona Martin win the grand prize for 69 years. All the best and happiness to each of you guys. Let us know if you or someone in the family have an anniversary coming up. Floyd and Eva got married in the Congregational church which is now the museum. He said their picture is hanging in the museum.

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The city-wide garage sale in Hereford will be Saturday July 9. Make room in your SUV or hitch up your trailer and mark your calendar.

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On the list of things I do not understand: the entomologist bug people have named a praying mantis after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If I was her I’m sure I would be thrilled. The bug is named illomantis ginsburgae. What a nice tribute.

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The owners of Blackwell-Mullins Funeral Home in Friona, Eva Mendez Mullins and husband Mike Mullins, purchased the former Rix Funeral Home in Hereford. It has been remodeled and is open for business under the name Mendez-Mullins Family Funeral Home.

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July 4th is on Monday this year making a long weekend. The 3rd annual neighborhood parade will be held starting at 9:00 a.m. at 1606 W. 10th. It is for the kids mostly but everyone is invited to decorate their bikes, buggies, four wheelers, pickup trucks, etc. Later in the day the parade will start at Prairie Acres for the residents and go down 15th St. to Reeve Lake where our local activities and fireworks will take place. Join in and celebrate America’s Independence Day.

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Sunday is June 19 known in Texas as Juneteenth, the day the slaves in Texas received word of the Emancipation Proclamation setting the slaves free. It is also my daughter Kirsten McCurry’s 41st birthday. She lives in Prosper, Texas. I call her Cooter. Happy birthday Cooter.

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Congratulations Rhett and Andrea (Geries) King on the birth Monday of their daughter August Anne King. She joins big brother Ronin. Andrea is the daughter of Randy and Sarah Geries and granddaughter of Sam and Donna Mears. That makes six grandchildren for Randy and Sarah, three boys and three girls.

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I guess local fireworks should go on sale next week for the July 4 weekend. The Geries family is planning to sell fireworks again and we ran a help wanted ad recently for the TNT fireworks stand. The Chamber of Commerce is still accepting donations to help with the fireworks show on July 4. If you are willing to donate call the Chamber at 250-3491.

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Received an eStar subscription renewal from Gary McLaughlin, FHS Class of 1959, with this note: “I will always have a special place in my heart about Friona. The whole community helped raise me. Keeping up on the latest thru the Star is my lifeline back to the old city. Thanks for keeping the news coming.” Well, we appreciate you keeping up with us Gary. Thanks.

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Homer Haile and son Marc have purchased and completely remodeled a home + barn on acres on FM 3140. Homer says they have posted photos on Zillow.com and type in our zip code. They are having open house the next two Saturdays. It is for sale. See the ad on the classified page. And happy birthday to Patty Haile this week.

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Another accident at the Hub 86/214 intersection Tuesday afternoon. Our volunteer EMS and firemen responded as did DPS. A pickup vs. a pickup pulling a 5th wheel trailer. The pickup driver, Jerry Rocha, went to PMC with facial cuts. The lady driving the 5th wheel stopped but pulled away from the stop sign claiming she did not see the southbound pickup. The lady driver was not injured.

Then EMS and fire were called out again Tuesday about 5:30 p.m. for a two-vehicle collision at the East Allsup’s. Nobody hurt in that one. As always we appreciate our first responders and volunteers.

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Managing Editor Dana Jameson had a busy day Tuesday as you will see from her work in this week’s Star. She hustled from the air conditioned junior high auditorium taking photos of KornPop the clown to the wreck at Hub. She took photos of the Highway 60 construction west of town then went to an anniversary celebration at Prairie Acres. And still had time to do some writing and proofing. And we thought summer was going to be slow.

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In Deaf Smith County the Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative had eight 65’ transmission poles knocked down by straight line winds last Thursday. Member services manager Steve Horrell said they transferred service to another line substation and worked long to reset the eight poles and get back in service.

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Hey garage sale people, once your sale is over go pick up your signs you stick all over the place. If you have any news for us send it along. Thanks and we will see you next week. Until then!