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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Summer got here in hot fashion. Our days have been in the 90s and bumping 100 temps. I decided to leave my Tahoe windows rolled down during the day. I know flies and dust can get in but I figured if the flies get in they can get back out too. Bought some ArmorAll wipes so I can take care of the dust around the dashboard stuff. Just got tired of climbing into a 150-degree vehicle.

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Chieftain football coach/English teacher Mike Royal has resigned and taken a coaching job in Brownfield. He and his wife will be moving to Lubbock where he will commute to Brownfield. They have a son who coaches at Lubbock Monterey and a grandson that plays for Monterey so it is a positive move and we wish them well.

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Marion and Ruth Fite celebrated their 70th anniversary June 7 with their children. Marion said, “We enjoy the paper. We wait every week for the paper to come.” The Fites live in Lubbock. Thanks for being a Star reader and congratulations on your milestone.

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July 30-31 is the 8th Annual HK Kendrick Memorial Golf Tournament. It is a two-person scramble with a $250 per team entry fee, played at John Pitman Golf Club in Hereford. You can sign-up and get details by calling the pro shop at 806-363-7139. This is a popular tournament so sign-up early. Proceeds benefit the Parmer County Cancer Coalition.

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Parmer Medical Center administrator Gayla Quillin says they are changing management companies at Prairie Acres/Heritage Estates. The Diakonos Group’s last day is August 23. The new management is a consulting group from Austin. One member of the new group is originally from the Lazbuddie area. Gayla also said she is close to hiring a permanent administrator for Prairie/Heritage.

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Fireworks sales are allowed from June 24 to July 4. They must close at 10 p.m. each day except they can stay open until midnight July 4. I noticed the yellow TNT stand on Hwy 60 and the Geries family has their stand buildings set up at 4-Way Pump. The Geries will have a fireworks stand in Bovina this year at Hwy 60 and 3rd St. They also provide the fireworks for the Chamber’s July 4 display.

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Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The Honorable Richard R. Brownfield holds this lofty position. I’m always intrigued by the verbose length of government job descriptions. Wonder what he does when he goes to work every day.

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Some folks got excited about one of those “lists” that are common on Facebook. It listed Friona as the 18th safest city in Texas. One person got a bit aggravated when I said I might mention it. They thought it should be front page stuff. We do use info/photos from Facebook but there is a lot of meaningless bogus crap on Facebook too, such as ‘if you were a dog what kind of dog would you be.’ People actually fill those surveys out then giggle at the results. Be careful about what you share and what you believe.

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Class of 2016 graduate Dallin Woods made the All Star All State Team for the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association. Dallin played in an all-star game in Round Rock, TX last weekend and will be attending Eastern New Mexico University in the fall where he plans to play baseball.

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Parmer County AgriLife Extension Agent James Graves has been hired as a new ag teacher at Farwell ISD. With his departure the County AgriLife Extension Office will be staffed by the secretary until agents can be hired.

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Annette Frye and Beverly Ingram invite eager readers to come to Reeve Lake June 27 from 6:00-6:45 p.m. for the first summer Books, Family, & Fun literacy event. It is for primary and elementary students and a parent or guardian must accompany. The ladies are also offering a mobile lending library for kids summer reading. Tuesday June 28 they will be on the corner of Walnut and 13th at 4:30 p.m. then on 5th St. at the trailer park entrance at 5:00 p.m.

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A construction company in Wisconsin sent an envelope to a person in another Wisconsin town and it ended up in my mailbox June 20. Nothing on the envelope had anything to do with Texas and how it ended up in Friona is a mystery to me. Our local post office folks weren’t surprised. They said it happens all the time. I sent it on its way back to Wisconsin and hope it makes it this time.

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Received a Chieftain 2016 football schedule from Coach Arias. After scrimmaging at Abernathy and Sundown the 2016 Chieftains open the season here August 26 vs. Farwell. The next game is on Saturday September 3 vs. Booker at Pampa. We have printed the schedule in this Star. Coach Arias called this his tentative schedule. We will print all schedules for 7th grade through varsity later in the summer. The Chieftain football camp is July 26-28.

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My daughter Kirsten and granddaughter Hannah are in New York and were outside the Today Show Wednesday morning. My oldest daughter Candee and husband Walt were in Kauai, Hawaii for a week then flew back to a meeting in Orlando. Walt is an Exec VP with Interstate Batteries. My son Casey and his girlfriend Jen spent a week on an Alaskan cruise week before last and are headed to Jamaica in July. In October my son Casey and youngest daughter Megan are taking a week-long trip to Europe. My son Zac spent a week in South Bend, Indiana with his girlfriend and her family. I went to Bovina for a haircut and am planning a trip to Hereford Wal Mart soon. Have a great summer. Until then!

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