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Town Talk

By Megan Carr

Sunday is Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate not only the woman who gave you life, but all of the strong, nurturing women you have known in your life. Mothers are special, and though we are born with only one biological mother, we are not limited to the number of mother figures we gain along the way. Take time to appreciate all of the mothers in your life, including yourself, if you are able. To those who struggle with this holiday because of loss, I am right there with you, and hope that you’ll be able to find peace in celebrating ones life. Happy Mother’s Day.

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A beef raffle is being held to benefit the Parmer County 4-H Shotgun Shooting Sports. The top prizewinner for this raffle will take home two beef rib eye rolls, and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th prizewinners will receive one rib eye roll each. Meat for this raffle is generously donated by Cargill Meat Solutions of Friona, Texas. Receive 1 ticket with a $10 donation or 10 tickets with a $50 donation. Tickets are available at the AgTexas office at 1602 W Hwy 60 in Friona. The drawing will be held on May 31, 2018, and participants need not be present to win. Good luck!

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There is a Dual-Credit Parent Meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. in the high school library. This is for those interested in their child taking dual-credit courses in the fall of 2018. JimAnn Batenhorst from South Plains College will present the current information, and Student Academic Services Coordinator Angela Hochstein will be explaining the processes and procedures.

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Students will enjoy some fun and dancing this weekend with the Junior High Spring Dance on Friday night, May 11 and Prom on Saturday, May 12. Hope the students and teachers all have a great time and stay safe!

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Don’t forget, athletic screenings will be held this Saturday, May 12, at the Friona High School Gymnasium. Every athlete is required to have a yearly physical in order to participate in school athletics. Female screenings will take place from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. and male screenings will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The cost of the physical is $15 per athlete.

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Friona schools will be holding their academic award ceremonies in the next couple of weeks, starting with High School on Friday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the FHS Auditorium. Primary School ceremony will be Monday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. in the JH Auditorium. Elementary School ceremony will be Monday, May 21 at the JH Auditorium at 12:00 p.m. for 2nd and 3rd grade and 2:00 p.m. for 4th and 5th grade. Lastly, the Junior High ceremony will be Tuesday, May 22 at 11 a.m. in the JH Auditorium.

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America’s Run for the Fallen will be arriving in our area on Wednesday, May 16, and will be departing the next morning, Thursday May 17. Friona and surrounding areas have come together to schedule events and aid for this group, as we are honored to be their first overnight stop in Texas. Details on what has been planned for them are on the front page of this week’s paper, with a schedule of events and a bit of background on the organization and their tribute. Come out to one or all of these events and share in honoring our fallen heroes.

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The Class of ’88 will be celebrating their 30th Reunion during the Cheeseburger Festival on July 21. Coordinators for the reunion are hoping to get as many people from the class as possible. See the ad in this week’s paper for where to send your contact info so that you may be included in the group!

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With the hurricane season less than one month away, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) urges all Texans to use Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12) to learn how to protect themselves and their families from hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricane season starts June 1 and continues through November 30.

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The City of Friona has a used oil recycling container from a solid waste grant program through the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission. The recycle container was purchased to help Friona and all Parmer County citizens properly dispose of used motor oil. The container is located at the City of Friona barn at 8th and Jackson and is a free service by the City of Friona. Please contact the City at (806) 250-2761 to make arrangements to dispose of used oil.

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May is a very busy, yet exciting time around Friona. Summer plans are starting to develop, the weather is getting warmer, and school events seem to be one after the other. While it’s easy to be caught up in the whirlwind, let’s not forget to stop and cherish the moments we have, while we have them. Until next week!