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Town Talk

Friona was rocked this week with the tragic death of one of our beloved teachers and friends, Jenny Riethmayer. Jenny was loved by all who knew her and we will miss her terribly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

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Peggy Padilla won the Guess That Man Contest in last week’s Friona Star. She correctly guessed Andy Alexander as being the man in the picture. She wins a free one-year subscription to the Friona Star. We had a number of guesses from Alan Humberg to Brett Hoyle to Ron Carr. Kip Frye (who has a subscription) called in early Friday morning but was not eligible for the subscription. He said he couldn’t have missed that it was Alexander. They went to school together. Congratulations Peggy!

If you liked this promotion, give me a call and I will see what I can come up with for the next free subscription.

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The Friona Ambulance Fund still needs donations to meet their goal of $220,000 to purchase a new ambulance for Friona. Contact Kitty Gallman, Sharon White or Kathryn Goddard for more information on how to donate to this worthy cause.

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Time is ticking down to get your tickets from the Friona Noon Lions for a chance at three great prizes. They will be drawing for a Browning 20 gauge Over/under shotgun, a Ruger Birds Head .357/9 mm, and a Custom Built Tomahawk. All of the prizes are from Tyler Gun Works. The drawing is Thursday, December 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Headquarters Restaurant. Tickets are just $10 each and available from any Noon Lions Club member.

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The Friona Star will be closed for Christmas from December 22 until January 2. We take off for one week each year to recharge our batteries and jump into a new year.

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Remember that Santa letters will be in next week’s paper.

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If you haven’t signed up for the Chieftain Choices Program on February 9, call Allison Johnston at Friona High School. She can get you set up to be a part of this day to help local students looking to the future.

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Have you been by any of the Ho! Ho! Ho! for the Holidays participating businesses? It is not too late to be entered in the drawings for Friona Bucks on Monday, December 18.

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Go by the Friona Public Library this Sunday, December 17 to wish Darla Bracken well as she retires. The party will be 3-5 p.m. She has been with the library for 35 years and done a wonderful job building the library into what it has become. Miss Darla will be missed but she leaves the library in the capable hands of Miss Lucy.

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Retiring City Manager Patricia Phipps will be honored with a Come and Go retirement reception on Friday, December 29 at City Hall. Stop by and wish her well in this new phase of her life. The reception will be from noon to 4:30 p.m.

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The Friends of the Library Book Shoppe will be open Wednesday, December 20 for your last minute Christmas presents. Nothing is much better than a book for Christmas.

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Prairie Acres Family Bingo Night is Tuesday, November 19 starting at 7 p.m. Stop by and check it out.

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The Parmer County Commissioners had to do a little shuffling recently. Their next meeting was supposed to be on Monday, December 25 but none of the commissioners wanted to meet on Christmas. They moved the meeting to Thursday, December 21. All meetings are open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend.

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The January Friona Independent School District meeting was shuffled as well. Their meeting was set for Monday, January 8, 2018 but was moved due to not being back from Christmas vacation until that Monday. They moved the meeting to Thursday, January 11.

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Remember the Caregivers Coffee Break every first Friday of the month at the First National Bank community room. The next meeting is Friday, January 5, 2018 at 9:30. Stop in for a donut and stay for the comfort.

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The Aging and Wellness Workshop for December is Friday, December 15 at Friona Heritage Estates at 11 a.m.

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First Baptist Church will be caroling on Sunday, December 17 starting at 6 p.m.

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I was told a week or so ago about a number of break-ins in the Western Addition but when I called the Friona Police Department was told that they only had a call of criminal trespass.

Residents are reminded to lock your doors and when you are away from home make sure your home looks lived in. Have a neighbor, relative or friend check your home in you absence. Don’t post that you are going out of town on social media…thieves can read too. Keep your home safe while you are home and away by thinking smart. Contact the Friona Police Department or the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office for tips on keeping your home safe.

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“On the day after Christmas, some store or another will always take out an ad saying there are only 364 shopping days to Christmas. No one is amused.” ~ Gerard Del Re