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The March Friona ISD school calendar is in this Star. You might want to clip it out and stick it on the fridge. Spring always brings a busy calendar of activities. For example, look at March 21, a Tuesday. Here is what is happening that day: baseball here vs. San Jacinto, golf at River Road, tennis at Sundown, the Bovina Chamber of Commerce banquet, and the annual meeting of Deaf Smith Electric Co-Op.

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The Chieftain/Squaw Boosters will meet Monday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Interbank. The senior steak dinner and graduation are just ahead so boosters are urged to attend.

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The baseball Chieftains went 3-0 in the Roosevelt tournament. They beat Abernathy, Ralls, and Lubbock High JV. The next four games will be played here in Friona. Check the Friona ISD calendar in this issue for dates and times.

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I realized that no one was coming around selling Girl Scout Cookies this year. I checked with a friend who was involved last year and she said there were no Girl Scout Cookies in Friona this year because there were no scout leaders this year. Bummer.

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If you are looking for a nice meal and a good show, make plans to attend the St. Teresa’s Annual Mexican dinner in Friona on March 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then head on over to the FHS auditorium to enjoy “Anatomy of Gray” presented by the FHS Thespians. This is a dress rehearsal and the public is invited.

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Happy 31st anniversary to Tonya and Kelly Lookingbill.

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Got news this week that First Baptist Church of Friona will have a Youth Fundraiser on Sunday, March 26. There were not any details but the fundraiser will help kids with the cost of Youth Camp 2017 July 25-29 in Glorieta, NM. Stay tuned for more details.

In other FBC news:

The Youth are still selling decals. The cost for the decals is $10 for one and $15 for two.

Movie Night is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m.

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 4-8. This year they will be “Exploring the Coolest Book in the World”. VBS will change this year and be held from 1-4 p.m. and go from Sunday to Thursday.

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TxDOT announced this week they will be doing scrub seal improvements at various locations. The list included 70/84 in Parmer County. This improvement will begin March 1 and completed by early April. Keep an eye out for these crews and remember to slow down and give them room.

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We are proud of the FHS Powerlifting boys for finishing in first place at the Bovina meet last Saturday. These boys have worked hard this year. They will travel to Sundown on March 11 for the regional meet. Way to go boys!

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Friends of the Library announced this week they have applications for the Founders Memorial Scholarship. They are available in Allison Johnston’s office at Friona High School and at the Friona Public Library. They are due by 4 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017.

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The World Day of Prayer service will be held Friday, March 3 at noon at the Friona United Methodist Church. Rev. Joe Schulte, Friona Congregational Church pastor, will be giving the devotional. FUMC Rev. Skip Hodges will lead a time of prayer before lunch is served in the Fellowship Hall.

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Many thanks to our Mayor Rick White and the City of Friona for a very enjoyable evening last Thursday. The City of Friona employees and their families were treated to a delicious steak dinner at the Senior Citizen Center. Mayor White thanked them all for their hard work in a heartfelt speech after the meal.

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FISD Superintendent Dr. Pam Ray released the following statement:

An incident occurred Thursday afternoon, February 23, at approximately 3:20 p.m. at Friona High School resulting in a lockdown. Law enforcement did take a student into custody. Buses were delayed at the Elementary until the incident was resolved. We do not believe students were in any danger, but wanted to take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

According to law enforcement officials, the occurrence is still under investigation. The lockdown resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old student on charges of unlawfully carrying of a weapon in a prohibited place and terroristic threats against a public servant.

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The wind played havoc with everything on Tuesday. Richard Samarron received a call from his wife, Vicki, after the neighbor’s tree crashed into their home at 906 Prospect. (See the picture on page 1) Vicki said she and her daughter, Cassie, were talking in the living room when they heard a rumbling and felt the house shake. “We thought it was a tornado!”

Richard had commented last week that he probably needed to stay close to home just in case there was some tree work to be done. Looks like he got his wish.

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Richard and Monica Bermea also felt the brunt of the wind on Tuesday. One of two trees they planted when their children were born was blown over during the 60-70 mph winds. Other tree damage and destruction could be found throughout Friona after the big blow.

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In other Windy Tuesday news, the cities of Tulia and Sundown were threatened by fire and citizens were asked to evacuate. Former Friona alumni Amy Murphree Hand is a coach in Sundown. We hope they are safe and sound.

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No election for the City but FISD will hold an election to fill two seats on the Board of Trustees. There are two at-large School Board Trustee positions open. Wade Schueler will be running for his seat once again while Maria Monreal, Jamie Lewellen and Corbin Reithmayer will be vying for the other open seat vacated by Jose Cigarroa who has chosen not to run for election again. The election will be held May 6, 2017. Good luck to all the candidates.

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Friona Kids Inc. representative Greg Lewellen announced they are extending the deadline for registration of T-Ball and Coach Pitch players to Wednesday, March 22. They are also looking for team sponsors. Sponsorship is $100. The sign-up form can be found in the Star this week.

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The Chamber reminds businesses that if you want to promote your business at this year’s banquet on Tuesday, March 7, you may do so by dropping off your logo items at the Chamber office, 621 Main, or call (806) 250-3491 to schedule a pick-up no later than Monday, March 6. Items will be place on the tables at the banquet.

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If you are celebrating a special anniversary or just have news to share with the community give us a call at (806) 250-2211. We will be glad to include your news in Town Talk.

Have a great weekend!

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