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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Official weather guy John Gurley reported we received 3” of snow (.19” of moisture) last weekend. May get some kind of wet stuff this weekend according to the weather forecasters. John and wife Kathryn will be attending the Inaugural festivities next week. Daughter Hollis lives in DC and works in the Capitol Bldg. so she arranged tickets.

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I’ve covered city council meetings for a long time. The Monday night meeting this week lasted about 15 minutes, the shortest I can remember. During the police department report by Chief Jimenez, the subject of vehicles doing donuts and other damage at the cemetery was discussed. The city manager instructed Chief Jimenez to lock the cemetery at dark and open it after sunrise, also to run patrol to the cemetery three times a day. Can we assume it is kids or teenagers on 4-wheelers disrespecting the cemetery? Whoever it is we hope they stop or get caught.

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The local FFA/4-H livestock show is Sunday January 15 starting about 1:00 p.m. at the community center. The FHS ag instructor is Brian Reed. He is assisted by Catie Parish who is also the FCCLA instructor. The public is invited. We will be out there taking photos. There will be a concession stand.

The county show begins Tuesday, January 17 with the buyers’ lunch/premium sale on Saturday January 21.

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Sunday January 28 is the date for the St. Ann’s Catholic Church German sausage dinner in Bovina. We don’t have exact details yet but will have later on.

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Monday, January 16, the banks, post office, city hall and the Friona schools will be closed for Martin Luther King Day.

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While we are at it, mark your calendar for March 7 Chamber of Commerce banquet. Tickets will be for sale at the Chamber office. Nominations for the citizen awards are being accepted. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office. For info call 250-3491.

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The Eastern New Mexico News, formerly the Clovis News Journal, reports that the Joe’s Boot Shop building on Mabry has been sold to Traci Franklin, owner of Traci’s Greenhouse. Her husband Clay Franklin will operate his feed additive business Feed Works USA out of the 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse behind the building. She sells home décor, metal yard art, clothing, jewelry and plants and nursery supplies. She hopes to be open in the new location by late February.

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Friona Friends of the Library has a 2017 membership drive going. Here are some of the Friend projects: book shoppe, garden, fundraising, hospitality, literacy, publicity, scrapbook, scholarship. Veterans breakfast, and summer reading programs. The annual dues are: $1 students, $5 individual, $10 family, $25 business, $200 lifetime, senior citizens age 65+ are half-rate. Go by the library and join up.

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Not sure this still applies but if you decorated a tree at Christmas in the Park the Chamber would like for you to take your decorations down now please.

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Congratulations are in order for Andy and Julia Alexander’s 20th anniversary. Many happy more.

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Coach Quiroz says official baseball practice will begin January 27. He will be assisted by Coach Adam Nix. He only lost three seniors from last year’s team so should have some good experience back. Will print the baseball schedule later.

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The Texas Legislature began their 140 session Tuesday. Should be some interesting stuff coming from there. Be glad when Trump is sworn in so everybody will stop calling him “Prez lect” Trump. Have you noticed how they run the words President-Elect together?

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Keep an eye on the weather this weekend. Predictions for ice or snow or freezing rain are in the forecast. We will see you next week, Livestock Show Week. Until then!

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