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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Official weather guy John Gurley gave me a rain chart that dates back to 2010. So far in 2016 (through July) we have received 7.61” of rain. During the same period of January-July in 2015 we had received 20.00”. Altogether in 2015 we received 35.76”. Maybe some rain this weekend they say.

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Another good blood drive last Thursday. Coffee Memorial said they collected 64 units of blood. Another 12 potential donors were deferred due to low iron or blood pressure issues. Melody Drake won the $50 Parmer County Implement gift certificate. Bonnie Pope and Marca Herring each won a Yeti Colster. Thank you to all of the faithful Friona donors who support the blood drive.

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Did I mention that the Noon Lions cooked French fries and sausage on a stick for all donors and the Coffee Memorial staff. Lions John Gurley and Clint Mears put out the blood drive signs around town. This was the annual Boots and Badges blood drive where donors vote for either the firemen or policemen as their favorite. There was a firetruck and police car parked at Hwy 60 and Cleveland on the Interbank parking lot. Danny and Holly Campbell brought their old vintage firetruck and parked it at Calvary Baptist across from the blood drive location. Each donor received a Boots and Badges t-shirt.

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My daughter Megan was released from the hospital Monday and will continue therapy and rehab at home. She is recovering very well and should be back to normal in a couple of months. Thanks to everyone who has asked about Megan and sent their well-wishes. I appreciate it.

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Hey Carolyn and Kevin Wiseman. Happy 40th anniversary. Many more. Received a note from Larry and Carolyn Paiz who will celebrate their 28th anniversary August 27. They are former Friona residents now living in Springdale, Arkansas.

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The Cato Institute sold copies of the Declaration of Independence & Constitution of the United States, at a nice rate of 10 for $10.00. I ordered 10 and have copies here in the office. They are a small pocket size book. If you would like a free copy come by and we will give you one. Free. Otherwise I will donate them to the library or the school.

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We are reinstating our annual Friona Star Football Contest this year. It will begin September 1 and run 10 weeks. First prize will be $35 and 2nd place will be $25. Top prize at the end of contest for the player with the highest score will be $100. More details in the story on the front page and on our website, frionaonline.com. We hope you will play and join the competition.

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Lupe Taylor at Headquarters Restaurant says that Headquarters will start opening again on Friday nights beginning this week. Serving hours will be 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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The Chieftains open the football season Friday August 26 here vs. Farwell. It will be senior parent night plus free Cargill hamburgers and Noon Lions world famous French fries. Come out and support the Chiefs. Join the Booster Club. Good luck and Go Big Red.

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Doris Barnett stopped by the office this week with a photo and info about her great grand twins. Look for their photo and info on another page. If you have family additions, engagements, weddings or other family events for the paper please send them in. Our readers enjoy knowing about your family events.

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Greg O’Brian, Friona Wheat Growers manager, said the elevators took in about 700,000 bushels of wheat this harvest season. He said barley is becoming a good crop too. Wheat is a food crop while barley is more of a feed crop. Not the best wheat year ever but not a bad one either.

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Bill Loafman, Friona Class of 1960, passed away last week. Services were held in Decatur last Thursday.

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Henry and Paula Clark, owners of Bob’s Pump, purchased Stevick Sales and have combined the two entities into Legacy Pump and Irrigation. Lot of people probably already knew that but thought I would pass it along anyway.

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At the former Hometown Hardware building, being remodeled for the Gingg family and Milk House Market, Crystal Moroney said workers are about to start cutting through the brick on the south wall to install six 8’x6’ windows. That should shine the light inside the building.

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School starts Monday so it is time to watch carefully for students crossing streets and walking home from school. Drive safely and watch for school zones. See you back here soon. Until then!

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