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Town Talk

If you see Clyde Renner this week, wish him a Happy 80th Birthday. His birthday is Friday, August 18. Happy Birthday, Clyde!

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With school back in session, the Friona Police Department wishes to remind everyone of the following:

Be prepared for increased traffic and ACTIVE school zones.

Expect traffic congestion in the area of the schools.

Drivers cannot stop, stand, or park a vehicle on the roadway.

Be alert for children crossing streets.

SCHOOL ZONES: 100 to 300 Block of W. 11th Street/Hwy. 60; All streets around the Friona High School-Grand Avenue, W. 7th Street, Etta Avenue, and W. 9th Street.

The school zone speed limit is 20 mph.

Passing a school bus stopped to pick up or discharge passengers is a TRAFFIC OFFENSE. Watch for flashing red signals on a stopped bus.

Friona Police Department officers will be working to monitor traffic.

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The Friona Chamber of Commerce reminds all Friona girls that the Miss Friona and Little Miss pageants are fast approaching. Deadline for signing up is Friday, August 25.

Pageant coordinator Kathryn Rector will be at Friona High School on Wednesday, August 23 to meet with sophomore through senior girls to talk about the pageant and to sign up anyone that would like to participate in this year’s pageant.

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Meet the Chieftains and Squaws on Monday, August 21 at 7 p.m. at Chieftain Field.

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FHS Band Boosters are selling t-shirts for parents and band supporters for $20 each. Orders are due Monday, August 21. To place an order call or text Jeri Lynn White at (806) 265-7737.

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The Parmer County Extension Office in Bovina will hold their Open House on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by, check out their new digs and enjoy a hot dog.

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The Texas Girls Coaches Association released the 2017 Volleyball Poll on Monday and the Friona Squaws are ranked #7 in Class 3A. Way to go Squaws!

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Local Lowe’s manager Marisela Padilla got a promotion last week. She is now the only manager of two Lowe’s stores. She has taken the position of manager in Bovina and will still be the manager in Friona. She will be in Bovina-Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and in Friona-Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Congratulations Marisela!

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Water was an issue for Dusty Hansard on Tuesday. He had to find an alternative route to the Friona Cemetery after the deluge of rain the area received left the road to the cemetery flooded.

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Come out to Chieftain Field Friday evening to see the 2017 Chieftains scrimmage the Abernathy Antelopes starting at 5 p.m.

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An Aging and Wellness Workshop will be held at Friona Heritage Estates on Friday, August 18 starting at 11 a.m. If you would like to stay and have lunch please RSVP to Heritage Estates on Thursday, August 17.

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The Varsity Volleyball team will be competing in the Levelland Tournament this weekend. The Varsity, JV and C-team will be playing at home on Tuesday, August 22 with games at 4 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

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The Parmer County Extension Office will be hosting an Open House Showcase on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. I am told that the County Commissioners will be on hand serving up grilled hot dogs. Enjoy a hot dog while learning all the activities the Extension office offers.

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The Friona Blood Drive is Thursday, August 24 from noon to 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. The Friona Noon Lions will be grilling hamburgers, Subway is providing the condiments & veggies and top off your meal with homemade cobbler.

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According to Friona’s Official Weatherman John Gurley, the area has received 9.52” of rain since August 1. The numbers for August are:

Tuesday, August 1: 1.44”

Friday, August 4: .53”

Tuesday, August 8: .52”

Wednesday, August 9: .34”

Thursday, August 10: .46”

Saturday, August 12: .96”

Sunday, August 13: .15”

Monday, August 14: 1.58”

Tuesday, August 15: 2.69”

Wednesday, August 16: .85”

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I spoke with Friona Farmer’s Coop Gin manager Duncan Welch this week and he was optimistic about the cotton crop this year.

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

-Nelson Mandela