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Many of our readers have noticed that Ron has been missing from the day-to-day operations of the Friona Star. Ron was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago and has been going to many doctor appointments both here and in Amarillo. He was first diagnosed with a tumor in his left lung, which is inoperable. After a PET scan it was determined the cancer had not spread to other areas. He will endure another biopsy this week. I will try to keep you up-to-date on his condition. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

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Got news last week that Mildred Welch fell and broke her hip. She was taken to Northwest Texas Hospital but surgery was not required. She is now back in Friona at the Parmer Medical Center Swing Bed unit. We hope Mildred is on the road to recovery.

We also got news that Sarah Geries underwent surgery last Thursday for Melanoma cancer in her lymph nodes. She will begin the long road of treatments. Her husband, Randy, posted on Facebook that Sarah is appreciative of her role model, Jana Barnett, and her testimony of faith and strength.

Our thoughts and prayers are with these two ladies as they recover.

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Friona Heritage Estates has a new Assisted Living Manager. She is Tonya Yankee from Clovis, New Mexico. She has three children and looks forward to getting to know all the families and residents at Heritage Estates.

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Prairie Acres is still working on the remodeling construction. They have completed two halls, the therapy room, dining room and nurse’s station. If everything goes as planned, the remodel should be finished by the end of May.

Crystal Carrasco, Community Liaison/Administrator in Training, took her federal exam on March 30 and her state exam on March 31 to make her the official administrator at Prairie Acres. Good Luck to Crystal!

Prairie Acres Resident of the Month is Melinda Brownlow and the Employee of the Month is Nina Trevino. Nina has worked in the nursing department and has been with Prairie Acres since 2011.

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Congratulations to James and Pauline Wyly for 57 years spent in love. Their anniversary is April 8 and they live in Shallowater. James, thanks for coming by and sharing your happiness!

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The Friona Community Blood Drive will be Thursday, April 13 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1500 Cleveland. The Friona Noon Lions Club will be serving up chili dogs and their World Famous fries.

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Jesse Galdean has been named the new Friona Junior High Principal. He is replacing the retiring Mark Sundre.

Galdean has been an educator over 19 years. He graduated from Dalhart High School and continued his education at Texas Tech University. He earned a Bachelor of Science and followed with a Masters in Educational Leadership from Wayland Baptist University.

He taught technology and coached at Estacado High School for ten years. He taught in Florida for a year and half before returning to Texas to teach outside Austin for three and a half years at Hays and Lehman High Schools.

Galdean was an administrator at Estacado High School for one year before continuing as an Assistant Principal at Lamesa Middle and High School.

He is married and has one son, Alec. His wife, Anna, is also an educator.

We welcome Mr. Galdean and his family and wish Mr. Sundre a restful retirement. Mark, you will be missed.

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Bobby Thompson announced this week that he will be closing his business and will be going to work for Parmer County Precinct 1. He has had few health issues and this move will be a good one for him. He will still be offering print jobs through Thompson Ink, LLC and will continue repairing rock chip and crack repair after hours and on weekends. He will now come to the customer to do the repairs.

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The 2017 Baptist Senior Banquet will take place at the First Baptist Church at 404 W. 5th Street on Monday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Seniors are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts and join the fun. This banquet is sponsored by the First Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Grace Baptist Church and Templo Bautista.

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I made a mistake on the early voting article last week. The FISD School Board May 6 election will be at the Friona Council Chambers, 619 Main Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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K-3 Towing was busy this last weekend with a truck accident that spilled corn dogs across the highway near Lariat. The pictures on Facebook drew many comments but my favorite was someone asking for two corn dogs on sticks with a cup of mustard.

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Remember to get your 50 for 50 tickets from any Friona Volunteer Fireman. The proceeds from this drawing will benefit the Friona Volunteer Fire Department. The drawing of all 50 guns will be held at the Fire Station on July 4, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. Rules and regulations are available from Jim Taylor (806) 265-7264 or Randy McCasland (580) 649-1437.

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Don’t forget the Friona Cemetery Association meeting on Thursday, April 13 at 3 p.m. at the Friona City Hall Council Chambers. The will be electing board members and making plans for the annual cleanup workday on Thursday, May 18 at 5 p.m.

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Mark your calendar: The cleanup workday for the Parmer County Memorial Cemetery Park is set for Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. Anyone that can help cleanup is asked to bring hoes, rakes and weedeaters. For more information contact Randie Hamilton at (806) 250-3933 or Mary Joyce Barnett at (806) 265-3583.

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Local weather guru John Gurley reported that the area officially received 1.61 inches of rain Wednesday, March 29. For the month of March, the area had received less than two inches total. Thanks John for keeping up with the rainfall amounts.

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It is Senior season again. If you would like to honor your senior with an ad in the Senior edition of the Star in May, give us a call.

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The 2017-18 Friona High School Squaw Volleyball players are doing a fundraiser selling smoked pork ribs for Easter Sunday. They will be out taking orders from now until April 12. The ribs will be delivered to you on Saturday, April 15. Cost per rack is $35.00 and proceeds will go to help the girls attend camps this summer.

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Saw where Tony Romo has decided to retire and go into broadcasting. Sounds like a good idea…no more broken bones, muscle tears, and really, big guys hitting you for fun!

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The Panhandle Press Association sent out emails this week announcing the possibility of the Friona Star bringing home at least one plaque at the convention awards lunch on Saturday, April 22 in Amarillo. We will see how we did against the competition and share with our readers in the April 27 Star.

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If you have news for Town Talk give us a call at (806) 250-2211 (Office) or text (806) 206-9524 (Dana’s cell phone) or (806) 250-5127 (Fax) or frionastar@wtrt.net.

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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.—Albert Einstein. See you next week!