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City hosts back-to-back Grand Openings

Friona EMS hosted a ribbon cutting/open house on Tuesday at its new location at 604 East 11th Street in Friona. Friona EMS provides emergency medical services to all of Parmer County during times of crisis and transports individuals to and from local hospitals. The new facility will house all three ambulances, provide more sleeping quarters and more common space for employees to work. These employees are generally part-time employees who have other employment commitments outside of their work at Friona EMS. Friona EMS functions in partnership with the Parmer Medical Center and the Panhandle Regional Advisory Council. Friona EMS has become an even more vital cornerstone of the county since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

The Parmer Paws Animal Outreach Center also hosted a ribbon cutting/open house Tuesday at its new location at 115 West 11th Street in Friona. Parmer Paws is a non-profit organization created in May 2018 whose mission is to help relocate neglected or homeless pets in Parmer County. The new facility will serve as a transition hub as animals leave local pounds to rescue facilities and is equipped with nine (9) indoor/outdoor dog kennels with two large grass areas. Also included are two (2) cat rooms with patios or "catios" where they can play outside safely.

Town Talk NewsChannel 10 correspondent Taylor Mitchell was in town to produce a report on the two ribbon cutting ceremonies and open houses. Her story featured the new EMS building and Parmer Paws facility and included interviews with EMS Director Nik Baucom, Parmer Paws Board Member Pam Kendrick, and City Manager Lee Davila. The segment aired during the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts with Walt Howard. See more photos in our photo section.

The new Primary School building is beginning to take shape. Construction is pretty well on schedule considering the COVID-19 pandemic. Estimated completion date is July 2021.

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Hospital Administrator Gayla Quillin announced that Parmer Medical Center has been designated by the State of Texas as a COVID-19 vaccine provider for Parmer County. PMC was notified of the designation on Wednesday, November 25th. Vaccines will be available to be administered at the hospital, health clinic, and nursing homes. All vaccine decisions concerning who, when, where, and why will be made by State of Texas officials.


Go by The Farmwife Kitchen this week and pick up an "Angel Tree" which will guide you in the purchase of a gift for a resident at Prairie Acres. Return the gift and "Angel" to the restaurant or to Prairie Acres by Friday, December 11th.


The Friona Local Livestock Show is scheduled for Saturday, December 19th.

The Parmer County Junior Livestock Show is set for January 12th-14th with the sale on Saturday, January 16th. Both events will be conducted at the Friona Community Events Center.


The Friona Vocational Agriculture Association is selling fully-cooked choice briskets (14-16 lbs.) as a Christmas fundraiser to be delivered December 12th-13th. The cost is $100 and the proceeds benefit local 4-H and FFA students. To order, go to www.frionavoag.com, click "FVAA Info" in the top right, then click on "Ham/Brisket order"


The Week in Sports. The Canadian Wildcats will play the Childress Bobcats this week in the Region 1 Championship Game (State Quarterfinals). Both teams are in the same district as Friona and Spearman who were the other two playoff qualifiers from District 3. Tough district!


The Bushland Lady Falcons defeated Goliad 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-10) last Saturday in Garland to earn the title of Class 3A State Volleyball Champions. Bushland and Friona had been in the same district for many years until realignment last year sent Friona south to District 3.


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


National Days

December 3:

Roof Over Your Head Day

December 4:

Cookie Day

December 5:

Bathtub Party Day

December 6:

Microwave Oven Day

December 7:

Pearl Harbor

Remembrance Day

December 8:

Brownie Day

December 9:

Pastry Day



Secretary Hughs commends Texas voters

On Monday, Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs released the following statement commending Texas voters on the November 3rd general election.

"Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, this election was a resounding success, and turnout among registered voters was the highest in 28 years as Texans exercised their right to vote.

We owe our election officials and workers a debt of gratitude-it's because of their continued commitment to ensuring safe, free and fair elections that we were able to successfully operate thousands of County polling locations across our state on Election Day. Thank you for your service and dedication.

I also thank Governor Greg Abbott for his leadership in helping to make available the necessary resources for Counties to run their elections.

Finally, Texas voters deserve praise for their doing their part to make their voices heard and helping to shape the future of the Lone Star State.

On behalf of the State of Texas-thank you."

Jill Timms was honored as a Distinguished Leader at the 63rd Annual 4-H Gold Star Banquet that was held on Monday, November 23rd, in Lubbock. The event consisted of a combination of virtual and in-person formats and featured County Gold Star Winners from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension South Plains District.

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)