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Town Talk

Friona’s official weather guy, John Gurley, reported that Friona received .46 of rain on Monday evening and .54 for the first five days. “So exactly an inch for the month, so far!” Thanks John.

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Two-a-days are just around the corner for FHS football, volleyball and cross country. Volleyball and cross country start next Tuesday, August 1 and football begins Monday, August 7.

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If you need trees limbs hauled off, light bulbs replaced, something hauled off to the roll-off boxes, remember to call Teena Hughs to book a time during Friona Youth Dayz on Saturday, August 5. Call her at (806) 250-2377 to reserve a time.

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Ron has been spending time at Parmer Medical Center while he was awaiting kyphoplasty scheduled for today, July 27, in Amarillo. He had a compression fracture to his spine that was causing him extreme pain. Kyphoplasty is a procedure to insert cement between the compressed vertebrae to relieve the pain. He will be back in Friona on Friday. Please keep him in your prayers.

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New Friona Primary students and parents need to remember to register Monday, July 31 or Tuesday, August 1. If your child was registered in April 2016 or your child is a returning student there is no need to register again.

New enrollees are asked to bring their child’s Social Security card, birth certificate, shot record, parent or guardian identification, proof of address and, if registering for Pre-K, last year’s W-2 or proof of income.

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If you are looking for something to fill your weekend, head on over to Farwell for Border Town Days on Saturday or St. Ann’s Jamaica in Bovina on Sunday.

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If you are a caregiver, make plans to attend the next Caregiver Coffee Break on Friday, August 4 at the First National Bank Community Room. The break starts at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts followed by encouragement at 10 a.m. All area caregivers are invited to take a break!

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Keep the Action for an Ambulance Fund in mind. They are collecting funds for a new ambulance to service this area. Contact Kitty Gallman, Kathryn Gurley or Sharon White for more information.

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The County Historical Commission will have tours of the Parmer County Courthouse at Border Town Days on Saturday. The tour begins at 1:30 p.m. and you must be signed up to be on the tour. The courthouse is officially 100 years old this year.

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Harvest Days in Dimmitt is coming up Saturday, September 9. If you want a booth contact Donna at (806) 647-2243.

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If you are junior high or high school age, head on over to the Friona Swimming Pool from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 29 for Shark Week Teen Night. For $5, you get to swim, enjoy a hot dog, coke and watch the epic shark movie “Jaws”. Sounds like a fun time.

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The Friends of the Library Book Shoppe is having a Christmas in July event. Any book related to Christmas is free during the event. The Book Shoppe is open on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They will be closed Thursday, August 10. If you are looking for a book or a gift, stop by and check out the selection. Books are sold for $1 a bag.

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I would like to take a moment and thank all the contributing writers to the Friona Star. They are doing an awesome job with their columns and additions to the Star. Thank you!

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The mammography coach from Harrington Breast Center in Amarillo will be in Friona at Parmer Medical Center, 1307 Cleveland Ave. on Tuesday, August 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 1-800-377-4673 to schedule your mammography.

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According to AgriLife Extension Service, farmers need to be ever vigilant in their hunt for bollworms. I have never seen a bollworm but they are a pretty tough customer when it comes to the destruction of cotton.

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Last week at the Senior Health Fair, Parmer Medical Center was giving out brains. They were small and blue squeeze balls shaped like brains. They were also handing out adult coloring books and map colors to exercise my brain.

PMC will be offering an Exercise Your Brain seminar on Monday, August 14 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Speech Language Pathologist Lynsie Cleavinger will be conducting the seminar.

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Last Thursday afternoon, I received a call from a supposed government agency that offered to give me a Federal Grant for $9,500. No charge and I didn’t have to pay it back. I figured it was fishy but took down the information the foreign sounding man gave me. I was to call a phone number to have my number activated. Still sounded fishy.

So I called the number and got a foreign sounding woman that told me I needed to go to a Moneygram location and purchase a $250 gift card to be turned over and I would receive my $9,500 plus my $250 would be returned. I did not have a spare $250 to blow, so I told her I needed to pass. She assured me that they could keep my account open until I came up with the money. FISHY!

After a brief discussion, I hung up and went to the Friona Police Department. Sure enough I was right, it was fishy and a scam.

Beware of strangers offering you free money…it isn’t free.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain