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Town Talk

Weatherman John Gurley reported that for the month of August Friona has received 2.83 inches of rain and at press time more rain was expected. On Wednesday, August 9, the area had received .79 in precipitation.

The area is showing the effects of all the rain with everything greening up and Reeve Lake is full on both sides of the dam.

One resident described the current weather like being in the tropics.

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Imogene Smith will be celebrating her 80th birthday on Saturday, August 12 from 5-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Friona. Her children Juanean, Clint and Fontella will be hosting the party. All her friends and family are invited to celebrate with Imogene. Happy Birthday, Imogene!

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Students will be returning to classes on Thursday, August 17. Remember to be watchful when traveling around the different campuses in Friona.

FISD released the following schedule for each campus:

Pre-K: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kindergarten and 1st grade: 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Elementary: 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Junior High: 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

High School: 8:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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Prairie Acres is starting something new…Community Bingo on Saturday, August 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. The community is invited to come and play.

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Friona Police Chief Isidro Jimenez announced this week that the Department of Public Service Driver License Division is now open at their new location at 521 Euclid Avenue in Friona. To contact the office call (806) 247-0077. The Friona PD is no longer able to transfer calls to the Drivers License office.

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Prairie Acres will host an End of Summer Ice Cream Round-up to celebrate the end of summer on Tuesday, August 29 from 2-3:30 p.m.

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Friona Heritage Estates invites the community to stop by on Tuesday’s at 2:30 p.m. for community game day.

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Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Dr. and Mrs. Cash. They are celebrating 51 years of wedded bliss. Congratulations!

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Prairie Acres and Friona Heritage Estates residents and staff celebrating birthdays in August are: Diana Aguilera (8/3), Margaret Parsons (8/6), Alma Norwood (8/7), Dickey Garner (8/10), Mary Johnston (8/12), Rosa Pineda (8/15), Marta Reyes (8/16), Dugan Butler (8/17), Lilandra Herrera (8/17), Anahis Marinelarena (8/18), Lucinda Davila (8/21), Earl Murphy (8/25), and Lacy Hall (8/27).

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The Chamber has raised $4,190 for the Action for an Ambulance Fund.

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Senator Cornyn has been a very busy man lately. Last week alone he had three of his bills pass the Senate.

Kari’s Law, which requires multiline telephone systems to have the ability to directly dial 911 without locating an outside line first. The bill is named after Kari Hunt, who was tragically killed in her East Texas hotel room in 2013 after her daughter was unable to reach emergency personnel because she couldn’t locate an outside line on the multiline phone.

Renaming of Border Patrol Checkpoint after Javier Vega, Jr. On Thursday, August 3, 2017, the Senate passed his bill to honor fallen U.S. Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr. for his service by renaming the Border Patrol checkpoint where he was assigned, along U.S. Highway 77 North in Sarita, after him.

Resolution on the Dallas Police Shooting. On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, the Senate passed his resolution to honor the first anniversary of the tragic attack on Dallas law enforcement on July 7, 2016.

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PMC Physical Therapist Tabitha Carthel was raised in small towns around the area due to the fact that her father, Coach Mitch Lee, was six-man football coach. Coach Lee was recently inducted into the six-man Hall of Fame. He is the third leading winningest coach with over 800 wins. Congratulations to Coach Lee and thank you for sharing your daughter with Friona. We are blessed to have her here.

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I would like to take a moment to thank KNNK and Keeling Cattle Feeders for selecting me as Person of the Day recently. I appreciate the recognition and the coupon for dinner at Leal’s Restaurants.

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Happy 13th anniversary wishes go out to Tyson and Kiri Neill.

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Meet the 2017-18 Chiefs and Squaws Night is set for Monday, August 21 at Chieftain Field starting at 7 p.m.

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Mary Ford’s 11-year-old grandson was involved in a 4-wheeler accident recently and luckily did not have a concussion but he did sustain injuries to his head. At press time, he was in Dallas undergoing plastic surgery to repair the damage. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ford family.

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Mark your calendar to attend the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office National Night Out 2017 on Tuesday, October 3 from 6-8 p.m. in Farwell. Come out and enjoy games and good food with your neighbors from Friona, Bovina, Farwell, Lazbuddie, Rhea, Muleshoe, and Clovis.

If you would like to be a part of the festivities contact Tanya Hunn, Parmer County Sheriff’s Office National Night Out Coordinator, at (806) 481-3303.

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The Chamber is planning for a Petting Zoo at the Maize Days celebration Saturday, September 16. If you have any gentle animals you would like to show please call Sergio Mendez at (806) 265-5344.

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Maize Days is fast approaching and building floats for the parade is encouraged from the community. This year’s theme is Healthy Harvest for Friona. Suggestions for floats are Healthy food, Healthy Community, Healthy Churches, Businesses and Education. Contact the Chamber for more information and to sign up to be in the parade.

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The Dixon 6 & 2 Mile Run/Walk will now be called the “Dixon Memorial Run” in honor of it’s founder Jim Dixon.

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The Miss Friona and Little Miss pageants will be held on Friday, September 8 at 6 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium. Little Miss contestants are needed. Contestants parents are reminded to turn in photos at the same time as they turn in entry forms. This will cut down on confusion.

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Friona Junior High students and parents are reminded that an open house and 6th, 7th & 8th grade orientation will be held Monday, August 14 at 5 p.m. in the Junior High Auditorium. At that time they will meet the new principal, Jesse Galdean, and the staff. The dress code and discipline code will be explained before the students meet their teachers in their classroom. For more information go to jh.frionaisd.com to learn more about the dress code and for school supply lists.

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School supply lists and sports schedules were in the August 3 edition of the Star.

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Junior Varsity and C-team volleyball girls will compete in the Shallowater Tournament this weekend.

Varsity volleyball girls will be competing in the Trinity Tournament in Lubbock this weekend.

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Fedora Theatrix will be presenting “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Drama” at the Bovina Church of Christ on Friday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 12 at 3 p.m.

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Monday is meeting day for the Parmer County Commissioner’s Court (10 a.m. in Farwell), Friona City Council (6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers), and Friona Independent School District Board of Trustees (7 p.m. at FISD Administration building). All meetings are open to the public.

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The Friona Noon Lions will meet at noon on Thursday, August 17 at Headquarters.

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Friona Heritage Estates will host their monthly Aging and Wellness Workshop on Friday, August 18 at 11 a.m. If you plan on staying for lunch, please RSVP.

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The Parmer County Extension Office will have an Open House at the Bovina office on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by and check out the new office while enjoying hot dogs served up by the County Commissioners.

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The Harrington Breast Cancer Mammography Coach will be at Parmer Medical Center on Tuesday, August 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” Ernest Hemingway