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Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward this weekend for Daylight Savings Time. The time will change on Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 a.m.

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Spring Break is next week, a time that I am sure many of you anticipate. I live in a household with three ISD employees, so I know they are pretty excited. With that, please keep in mind a few safety tips to make sure your Spring Break goes smoothly. Do not drink and drive, this is reckless behavior and automatically puts you and others in danger—make alternative travel plans if you intend to consume alcohol. Slow down, especially in bad weather, construction areas, unfamiliar areas, etc., as there will be more people and children present. Drive defensively, not aggressively. Don’t drive fatigued. Move over for emergency vehicles and other drives parked on the side of roadways. Be a courteous driver, be safe, and have a great Spring Break.

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There will be a Friona ISD Title 1 Parent Involvement Meeting taking place on Monday, March 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the Friona ISD Boardroom. Review and planning for Title programs will be discussed, and the community is welcome to attend. A formal announcement will be posted in next week’s paper.

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A few home sports events are happening over the weekend that you won’t want to miss. Thursday evening is the Junior High track meet in Friona, followed by the High School track meet on Friday evening. The first home game for baseball is this Saturday, March 10 against Littlefield with JV playing at 10:00 a.m. and the Varsity playing at noon. Be there or be square!

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The Pope Boys BBQ food truck will be out this Saturday, March 10, at 11:30 a.m. They will be serving from their menu posted on the Facebook page, and will be in the parking lot next to Veterinary Industries. All the tasty meat and sides you could want, and the perfect time to grab some food before the baseball game!

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Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is going on from February 27-March 18 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. It is the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo event in the world, with the record total of attendees being last year (2017) with 2,611,176 people. I haven’t caught word on if any of our local residents are attending, but if they are, I’d love to hear about it!

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Congratulations to the FCCLA students who competed at Regionals this past weekend in Odessa. Many of the students who participated will be advancing to State in Dallas next month. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence and career exploration. It is the only in-school student organization with family as its focus. See the list of award-winning students on Page 2 of this publication.

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Gayle Murdock, former FCCLA teacher in Friona is now teaching FCCLA in Shallowater. She was coming home from Odessa with a student and was rear-ended by an intoxicated driver in Lubock. She is currently in the hospital with minor injuries including broken bones. Please keep Gayle in your thoughts and prayers as she recovers.

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Friona High School theater department students will be traveling to Shallowater on Thursday, March 8 to compete in the UIL District One Act Play performances. The group will be performing a play called ‘Moon Over Buffalo,’ written by Kevin Ludwig. This play, set in Buffalo, New York in 1953, is a comedy that opened on Broadway in October of 1995. It also marked the return of Carol Burnett to the Broadway stage after a 30-year absence. Directors Katherine Thompson and Zac Carr, my brother, have been working diligently at nightly rehearsals to prepare for competition, hoping to advance. Good luck to you all!

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Prairie Acres and Heritage Estates ‘Resident of the Month’ for March is Lavelle Lillard, and ‘Employee of the Month’ is Diana Aguilera, who has been an employee since March of 2017. We cherish and respect our nursing home residents and employees, and we thank you Diana, for all of the compassion and care that you give.

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I have started a Friona Star Instagram page. This is a new endeavor meant to try to reach more people in the community and to highlight moments of everyday life in Friona. But most of all it is for fun! It will be a trial while we work on establishing it more, but in the meantime, if you are on Instagram and would like to follow the page, it is @frionastar.

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“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

-Maya Angelou