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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

The Parmer County Tax Assessor’s office at the courthouse in Farwell will close Monday January 9 at 11:30 a.m. for equipment repairs.

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Found this on Facebook. Reminded me that such a prayer might have been uttered at the First Baptist Church in Hillsboro during my youth in the 1950s.

One Sunday morning in a small Southern church the new pastor called on one of his older deacons to lead the opening prayer. The deacon stood up, bowed his head and said, “Lord, I hate buttermilk.”

The pastor opened one eye and wondered where this was going. The deacon continued, “Lord I hate Lard.” Now the pastor was totally perplexed. The deacon continued, “Lord I ain’t too crazy about plain flour. But after you mix them all together and bake them in a hot oven, I just love biscuits.”

“Lord help us to realize when life gets hard, when things come up that we don’t like, whenever we don’t understand what You are doing, that we need to wait and see what you are making. After you get through mixing and baking, it’ll probably be something better than biscuits.”

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Several members of the First Baptist Church are leaving this week on a mission trip to Lesotho, South Africa. To get there I’m told they will have a 15-hour flight from Atlanta then a 10-hour drive to reach their destination. They will return January 17.

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The local livestock show will be held Sunday January 15 with registration at 1:30 p.m. and the show will start about 2:00 p.m. The FFA will have a concession stand. Everyone is invited to attend. The county show is January 19 and the premium sale is January 21.

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Prairie Acres’ newsletter, The Prairie Times, for January says the resident of the month is Joaquin Rueda and the employee of the month is Dawn Campos. Dawn is the assisted living manager of Heritage Estates. There was also some big news mentioned: Marie Saiz 20 years of service, Carol Jackson 21 years of service, and Elizabeth Romero 25 years of service. Thank you ladies for your loyal service to our elderly residents and the community.

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A passing motorist on Euclid saw smoke coming from a portable classroom building and reported it about 8:00 a.m. Sunday, New Year’s Day. Friona firefighters responded and extinguished the blaze but the building was a total loss. It contained a computer lab and classroom. Cause was probably electrical. Friona ISD classes resume Monday January 9.

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Some anniversaries to mention that happened during the holidays. Delton and Betty Lewellen observed 63 years. Steve and Tonja Horrell 37 years. Steve is the member services manager at Deaf Smith Electric Co-Op. Kirk and Annette Frye counted 32 years, and Daniel and Darla Hutchins celebrated 23 years. Congratulations to you all.

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Our Friona Mayor Rick White is at home recovering from bypass surgery in Amarillo last week. He got home Monday and is feeling pretty well. It takes time to recover from bypass surgery Mayor White so take it easy and don’t overdo it.

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John Aguirre, FHS Class of 1985, was in town during the holidays and caught me at the office. He purchased four of the Friona on Parade books. He lives in Mansfield. We still have a supply of the Friona on Parade books, researched and written by the late Bill Ellis, Friona Star publisher. We are selling them for $5.00.

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Have you seen the advertisement for a product called Teloyears. It costs $89.00 and they will tell you how well you are aging. In the commercial a 42-year-old woman got her results back that she is actually 21. I don’t think this is something I will be purchasing. Sounds pretty suspicious to me. You can just send me about $50.00 and I will tell you how old you look. On second thought, maybe not.

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The Congregational Church has a new permanent pastor. His name is Joe Schulte and his wife is Beth. He preached his first service last Sunday. We welcome the Schultes to Friona.

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The junior high basketball tournament is next weekend, January 12-14. We have included the 7th and 8th grade brackets in this Star. Also, this Saturday January 7 is the Friona powerlifting meet. Come out and watch some of the grunt and groan competition. They will have a concession stand too.

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We had our Coffee Memorial Blood Center council meeting this week at Headquarters. The next blood drive is January 26 at Calvary Baptist. Each donor will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt courtesy of several local sponsors. Plans are to have a Mexican pile-on for donors. More details later in the Star.

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The new year is here so let’s make the best of it. If you have news, announcements, anniversaries, keep sending them to us. Thanks for your support. Until then!

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