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Town Talk

Happy Anniversary to Bryan and Allison Johnston. They celebrated 35 years together on Monday, June 19.

Edward and Joann Castillo will be celebrating 34 years of wedded bliss on July 2. Happy Anniversary Edward and Joann.

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West Texas A&M University held graduation ceremonies on May 13 at the First United Bank Center in Canyon with 1,000 students graduating. Among those graduating were Bovina and Friona students.

Bovina graduates were Juan Pinela graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Ivan Emmanuel Ramirez with a BS in Sports/Exercise Science.

Friona graduates were Benjamin James Anthony with a BS in Athletic Training; Dollie Mischel Lookingbill with a MA in English; Teresa Parra with a BS in Health Sciences; and Alexys Gregory Romero with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

Congratulations to these graduates!

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The 2017 WTA&MU Springs Honors list had the following Bovina and Friona students on the Presidents List: Bovina-Itzel Anett Enriquez, sophomore, Mathematics; Friona-Brayan Isai Ayala, sophomore, Pre-Engineering; Maria Del Chacon, senior, Social Work; Jonathan Espinoza, senior, Broadcast Journalism; and Esdras Obed Rodriguez, senior, Pre-Medicine.

Friona students on the Dean’s List were: Benjamin James Anthony, senior, Athletic Training; Holly Claire Johnston, senior, Music; Denise Paige Padilla, sophomore, Interdisciplinary Studies; Gabriela Irene Quintana, senior, Health Sciences; Lesly Elizabeth Serrano, junior, Psychology; and Weston Allen Wyly, senior, Biology.

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Lazbuddie FFA is selling wheat straw bales. This is super nice straw! $4 for small square bales. They will deliver locally for a 100 bale minimum purchase. Call Clint Hurst at 806-265-7518.

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Got news that Clayton Smiley was involved in a one-car rollover Friday evening. He was airlifted to Northwest Texas Hospital with a head laceration, broken ribs and a broken back. He underwent surgery on Sunday morning to insert rods and screws in his back. He is now out of ICU and in lots of pain. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Clayton and his family. We hope you have a speedy recovery.

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Ron finished his first round of chemo and radiation this week. He will start his second round late next week. Thank you for all the calls, texts, cards, and visits.

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The Chamber reports that they have 10 confirmed teams for the Cheeseburger Festival on Saturday, July 15. If you are shying away from signing up because of the heat, the Chamber will be giving out cooling bands to each member of every team. They are headbands that are soaked in cold water and worn during outdoor activities. There is room for 10 more teams. Come on out and share your favorite cheeseburger recipe for a big prize.

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The Friona Public Library has been super busy lately putting on another terrific summer of entertainment for the Summer Reading program. Last week we heard from a Mike Schneider of Pint Size Polka. He was a really great entertainer and kept the audience engaged throughout his program. I enjoyed the Chicken Dance the most.

This week we got a double dose of the Summer Reading Program. The Lazbuddie Robotics Team proved very entertaining on Wednesday and the local 4-H kids will be on hand on Friday. The programs were held at the Friona Junior High Auditorium. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

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Andy and Julia Alexander have had houseguests for the past few weeks. Julia’s teenage nephew and niece, Tripp and Cayelin Edenfield, have been visiting and seeing the sights. They are from South Carolina and will return home this Saturday.

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I got a personal tour of the new Friona Police Department this week. I knew the building was bigger but I just didn’t realize how big it was compared to the old police station. The officers and dispatchers have more space to work with and are more secure. They are still working out a few bugs but they are up and ready to protect the community.

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The Miss Friona steering committee held another in a series of workshops on Tuesday evening. Kathryn Rector and Becky Riethmayer worked with the girls on the subject of colors and full makeup.

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According to Facebook, there are only 27 Fridays left until Christmas. Guess I need to hurry up and get those gifts bought.

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The Driver’s License office will be moving to the new Friona Police Department office some time next week. For now they are still at the old location.

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~John Lubbock