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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Congratulations to the 2016 Miss Friona Sydney Frye and Little Miss Aylen Moreno, crowned Saturday night at the pageant. Sydney was also Little Miss in 2005. Look for them and other candidates in the parade Saturday. Starts at 10:00 a.m.

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This week they were installing some fancy drink machines at Fast Stop. Brenda Fairweather said the Coke machines would offer over 100 different drink selection options. Even going to have smoothies I think. It will probably be too complicated for this old guy but I don’t drink soft drinks anyway. Stop by and see if you are smarter than the machine.

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October 7 is Pink Out Night at the Chieftains vs. River Road district football game. Parmer County Cancer Coalition co-chairpersons Greg and Jamie Lewellen are taking orders for Pink Out Night t-shirts. Call Jamie at 250-3545. We have a photo of the shirt and an order form in this Star. Deadline for ordering is next Wednesday, September 21. Go Pink/Go Big Red.

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The homecoming game is Friday night Sep 16 vs. the Floydada Whirlwinds. Floydada is coached by Friona graduate Todd Bandy, son of Patsy and Eugene Bandy. The homecoming queen festivities will begin about 7:00 p.m. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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Dana Jameson and I went to Bovina Friday night for the game. Enjoyed a big fat hamburger courtesy of Cargill, serving free burgers for the Mustangs’ first home game. Lots of Friona fans were standing room only but the Chiefs lost to the Mustangs 42-14.

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Friona primary school is participating in the Lowe’s Register Tapes for Education program. From now until March 31, 2017, save your Lowe’s register tapes and drop them off at the primary school. The proceeds help the school buy needed equipment and supplies.

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Greetings from the sparkling city by the sea, Corpus Christi. We miss living in Friona. This note came with a subscription renewal from Susie and Sam Perez.

Carolyn Rains of Fort Worth sent along a renewal with this note: “I enjoy reading all the news. I agree with your editorials. Who would of thought America would be in this shape. I miss the plains, but my son and granddaughter are nearby me.”

We appreciate all of our readers and enjoy receiving notes from them. At the moment we still have several renewals that were due in August that have not been renewed. I hate to cancel subscriptions but if we don’t receive your renewal soon we have no choice.

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County commissioners approved a $0.5743 tax rate per $100 valuation at their Monday meeting. That amounts to about a 7.1% increase. County Judge Trey Ellis will be attending a County Judge’s conference in Terlingua this week.

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Did you notice anything different about our last week’s Friona Star? It was all black and white, no color. Just like the old days. We had so many photos we did not want to put some in color and others not so we just went black and white.

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Here at the Star office we have had a front row seat for the Milk House Market building remodeling. Tuesday morning Stephen and Danny Campbell of Campbell Electric were installing a barn light over each of the six windows on the south side of the building and will put four lights on the front Main St. side. Crystal Moroney said they have moved all of their items into the building and hope to have it organized enough for Maize Days. I have to compliment Crystal and the Moroney and Gingg families on the creative use of the old hardware building. Will be a great addition to Main St. and the Friona community.

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Happy 59th anniversary Saturday Sep 17 to Bernie and Lynn Gowens while we all celebrate Maize Days. Lynn said they have a great grandson, 8-year-old Nathan Ferrell who is in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Hospitals of America report. He represents Children’s Miracle Network and was on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last week.

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Here we are at another Maize Days. Weather forecast for Saturday might have rain. Thanks to all of the volunteers that work on the Miss Friona pageant, the Chamber board, the parade, and our Maize Days advertising sponsors. We will see you at the game Friday and the parade Saturday. Until then!

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