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Project Christmas Card

The Parmer County Hospital Auxiliary is accepting donations for its 2020 Project Christmas Card. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser help purchase needed medical equipment. Canisters have been placed around town in various businesses for the collection of donations. The names of donors will be included in a special Christmas Greeting Card in the Friona Star newspaper. Please make sure you put your name with ALL donations. The deadline for donations is Saturday, December 19th.

Empty Stocking Fund

Donations are being accepted for the Empty Stocking Fund which provides clothing and a toy to local needy children. School officials are consulted to determine the recipients. Donations may be made at Friona InterBank or given to project co-chairs Holly Campbell and Jyl Grimsley.

Trevino Welding & Millwright employees Raul Licerio (above) and Pedro Gomez (below) are shown installing banners and lighting on Main Street last week. TW&M LLC donated the manpower, time, and equipment for the annual holiday installation.

New Housing returns to Friona

After a near 30-year absence, new housing has returned to Friona. Phase 1 of the new residential development project at Ashland Avenue and 7th Street is completed and is ready for tenants. The Friona Economic Development Corporation and the City of Friona awarded the contract to Sea Scrolls, LLC earlier in the year.

Sea Scrolls owner Josh McDonald said, "Phase 1 was completed on time, on budget, and with no construction related injuries." The last time new homes were built in Friona was in the early 1990s on Springfield Avenue west of Reeve Lake. McDonald continued, "Financing was provided by Friona Interbank and local subcontractors and vendors were utilized as much as possible."

Phase 1 features one (1) triplex residential property and one (1) quadplex residential property. Each unit in the triplex will feature approximately 908 square feet of living space which will include 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry, kitchen, dining room, living room, garage, yard, and potentially a patio. Each unit in the quadplex will feature approximately 631 square feet of living space which includes bedroom, bathroom, laundry, kitchen, dining room, living room, garage, yard, and potentially a patio. Preliminary work has already begun on Phase 2.

Those attending the final home inspection were (l-r): Josh & Kristen McDonald, Owners: Salvador Garcia, Public Work Director, Andy Alexander, FEDC VP; Lee Davila, City Manager; Alan Monroe, Alderman; Ricky White, Mayor; Elaine Cain, InterBank Sr. VP; and Dan Brooks, Contractor.

FHS students Adrian Legaretta (senior) and his younger sister Yvonne (freshman) traveled to Round Rock to compete at the State Cross Country Meet on Monday.

TX UIL 3A State Championship

Cross Country

Monday, November 23, 2020

Old Settlers Park

Round Rock, Texas


3,200 Meters 3A

1. Yierra Flemings Cameron Yoe 11:48.49

2. Finley Hunting San Antonio Cole 11:52.97

3. Braylen Rusby Spearman 12:01.49

4. Hannah Spears Holliday 12:07.65

5. Addison Sykora Lorena 12:14.86

6. Makayla Pavelka West 12:18.01

7. Sydney Hornbuckle Redwater 12:18.81

8. Yvonne Legarreta Friona 12:19.90

9. They Lang Callisburg 12:20.25

10. Aly Wray Lago Vista 12:20.84


5,000 Meters 3A

1. William Boyce Onalaska 15:38.72

2. Marco Rey Presidio 15:51.78

3. Wyatt Hoover Poth 15:52.40

4. Cooper Bryant Keene Smith 15:55.80

5. Emilio Rios Presidio 16:04.92

6. Angel Torres Tornillo 16:06.03

7. Crawford Kiser River Road 16:06.14

8. Osvaldo Melchor Whitesboro 16:06.21

9. Eddie Dominguez McGregor 16:10.41

10. Hayden Moussa Ponder 16:11.57

11. Trenton Porte Eustace 16:18.14

12. Obi Landeros Valley View 16:20.88

13. Adrian Legarreta Friona 16:20.92

Commissioners approve extension of lease

The Parmer County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, November 23rd, 2020 at 10 a.m. in the County Courtroom of the Parmer County Courthouse in Farwell, Texas. The meeting began with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and Texas Flag.

There were no public comments. Minutes from the November 9th meeting were read and approved. Commissioners approved the payment of the accounts payables as presented by County Treasurer Sharon May. The Treasurer's Report was also approved.

Commissioners approved a 1 (one) year extension to the Permanent School Fund lease with Mason Oil & Gas Company. The 13,000+ acre property is located in Gaines & Andrews counties in Texas. Mason Oil & Gas requested the extension in order to complete a seismic mapping of the property. Results of the mapping will be available only to Mason Oil & Gas and Parmer County. Under the lease extension agreement, the information cannot be sold to a third party. There is also a continuous exploration clause that allows the lease agreement to be automatically extended in 6 (six) month increments if new wells are added to the property. The lease agreement pays $150 per acre.

A resolution passed unanimously to authorize the execution of an agreement to contribute funds, and to designate TXDOT as the agency responsible for the development of US Highway 60 and appropriation of funds.

Commissioners approved a request from Farwell ISD for $90,113.07 from their portion of the Permanent School Fund. Approval was also given to the request by Bovina ISD for $110,114.38 from their portion of the same fund.

The next scheduled meeting is Monday, December 14th.

All meetings are open to the public. The Commissioner's Court reserves the right to go into Executive Session at any time. The agenda may be found on the Parmer County website. Information in this article is only a summary. Any questions concerning specific actions should be directed to the Commissioners Court.


Town Talk

Christmas in the Park has been cancelled due to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.


Friona EMS will host an Open House at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1st at its new building located at Highway 60 and Virginia Avenue.


Parmer Paws Animal Outreach Center will host its Open House at noon on Tuesday, December 1st at its new location at Highway 60 and Euclid Avenue.


Congratulations to Adrian and Yvonne Legarreta for the outstanding year they had in Cross Country. The brother/sister duo both won first in district and both qualified for the state meet. The Legarreta Family scored a hat trick as three siblings, Jacqueline,, Adrian, & Yvonne, have qualified for state in Cross Country. Awesome! See page 11 for final results.


Maize Day, on the day after Thanksgiving, recognizes the importance of a plant common across the Americas. The day is set aside for all Americans, regardless of heritage, to celebrate corn's traditional role on the North American continent. While other plant life was transplanted and imported, corn was common across the Americas. It was a central food source used by all the nations and an essential part of their everyday diet. The day also celebrates the traditional crops and foods of Native Americans. There are many varieties of maize. Depending on the kind of maize, it may make delicious corn tortillas. Others are best roasted and eaten on the cob. And of course, some kinds of maize make perfect popping corn.


Monday is Mason Jar Day. While food preservation has existed for centuries, John Landis Mason from New Jersey made home canning safe. The young tinsmith's patent #22186 for an "Improvement in screwneck bottles" issued a revolutionary design. Simply by opening a jar of fruit preserves or spicy salsa, we enjoy the flavors of summer in the midst of winter. For those who love to pickle, the Mason jar rescues fruits and veggies from the garden. From green beans to watermelon, we make them sweet or spicy! Mason jars pull double duty as beautiful DIY projects in shabby chic vases or as an artfully painted desk caddy.


The name December comes from the Latin word 'decem' meaning ten. On the Roman Calendar, December was the 10th month. However, Numa Pompilius adjusted the calendar when January and February were added. December became the twelfth month, and the calendar more accurately reflected the length of a year on Earth. During December, the winter solstice tips the Northern hemisphere the furthest distance from the sun. Through most of the month, Northern hemisphere inhabitants lose about 2 minutes of sunlight per day until the winter solstice. The winter solstice ushers in the astrological mark for winter and the shortest day on the calendar. However, from that day forward, the days will slowly lengthen. They may not be warmer, but the Earth is tilting on its axis back toward the sun.


National Days

November 26


November 27

Maize Day

November 28

French Toast Day

November 29

Electronic Greeting Day

November 30

Mason Jar Day

December 1

Eat a Red Apple Day

December 2

Special Education Day


COVID-19 Resources:

Health Protocols for Voters and Elections (English)

County Disaster Declaration (English)

March 16 FISD Letter (English) (Spanish)

March 31 FISD Letter (English) (Spanish)

Letter from City Manager (English) (Spanish)

Friona Community Helpline (English)

2-1-1 Texas Social Services Hotline (English)

Share The Facts about COVID-19 (English) (Spanish)

What You Need To Know (English) (Spanish)

What To Do If You Are Sick (English) (Spanish)

County Clerk PSA (English)

Chamber of Commerce Letter to Businesses (English)

FISD Emergency Resolution (English)

Covid Risk Chart (English)