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Library announces plans for a new book shop

The Friona Public Library will be soliciting bids for the new Library Book Shop. The nine hundred square foot facility will be located on the site of the current library garden. The new Book Shop will be accessible from inside the Friona Public Library and via the store front on Euclid Avenue.

"This new location will be close to 3-times as large as the current book shop and give visitors, students, and other local groups the opportunity to gather in a larger space," said City Manager Lee Davila. "I've met with our city staff, library team, Friends of the Library President, and Library Board President to assure we took everyone's needs into consideration." Those interested in placing a construction bid, can visit the City's website at: https://www.cityoffriona.com/bidsrfps.

Artist's rendition of the new Library Book Shop (courtesy of Friona Public Library)

Friona High School Important Events

Parent Meeting at Chieftain Field

August 10th at 7 p.m.

Discuss Covid-19 information,

Title I, and Open House

Students can pick up their

schedules in the FHS library

on the following dates and times:


August 11th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


August 11th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


August 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Freshman Orientation and Title 1 Meeting

August 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

at FHS Varsity Gym

If you would like to have FHS provide remote, at-home, virtual learning please notify Erika Montana, Friona High School Principal, to set up a meeting to discuss what home, virtual learning will entail. Please call 250-3951 to set up a meeting by August 14, 2020

FISD announces new Ag teachers

Meet the new Ag teachers (l-r): Mark Edens, Maggie Roque, and Tyler Hatley

Friona ISD announced the addition of three new Ag teachers for the upcoming school year. Mark Edens has 39 years of teaching experience with 19 years in agriculture. He has a Masters Degree from Texas Tech University and is a native of Clint, Texas which is south of El Paso. Mark will oversee the Ag Department. Tyler Hatley is a native of Shallowater and has three years of teaching experience. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University and his specialty is welding. Maggie Roque is a native of Amherst and is starting her "rookie" year in the education field. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and her specialty is Floriculture. All three agreed that their goal is to build a "World Class" ag program at FHS.

The 2020 Friona Chieftain football team will feature three of the fastest athletes in the area. Running backs Malachi Torres (left), Jacob Bautista (right) and quarterback Bryan Chavira (center) will give defensive coordinators a lot to think about when trying to develop a game plan. All three, along with Eduardo Chavez, were on the 4x100M relay team last spring. Friona is scheduled to scrimmage Bushland on Thursday, August 20th in Bushland.


Town Talk

The Prairie Acres "Resident of the Month" for August is Lorraine Jarecki. The "Employee of the Month" is Esmeralda Rangel. Esmeralda works in the housekeeping department and has been with Prairie Acres since June 2020. Also, Larry Kelly celebrated a birthday on August 1st and Zaylin Campos on August 5th. Prarie Acres is still under visitor restrictions and screens all employees for symptoms before they enter the building. Also, aggressive infection control techniques are being utilized and all new (or hospitalized) residents must undergo a quarantine for 2 weeks.


Don't Forget! You can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state's sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 7th-9th. The law exempts sales tax on qualified items such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks that are priced below $100. Online shopping is included and supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller's website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.


In the original 10 month Roman calendar, August was the sixth month with 30 days and was originally named Sextilis. In 8 BC, the Roman Senate rewarded Octavian Augustus a month in his honor. The founder and first emperor of the Roman Empire selected Sextilis, which under the Julian calendar was the eighth month with the addition of January and February. Renamed to Augustus, there remained the issue of the month having fewer days than Julius (July). Whether Octavian adjusted the number of days to match that of July is uncertain, but the result left February with 28 days except in a leap year and September and November each gave up a day to October and December to avoid a trifecta of 31 days in a row. For hubris or pride or both, the Julian calendar came to be. Today, August is the eighth month of the modern calendar with 31 days.


August birthdays celebrate with the gladiolus and poppy. Other flowers coming into bloom in August include goldenrod and salvia. Peridot and spinel are the birthstones of those born in August. Peridot is a semi-precious olive or lime-green stone found in lava flows and veins from the United States to Finland and Pakistan, among others. Found in shades of pink, red, blue, violet, and lavender; spinel is a more recent addition to the August birthstones.


Amarillo College is taking part in a one-year project using a $287,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to help businesses hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. The training will be offered to businesses and employees within Potter, Randall, Deaf Smith, Moore, Carson, Castro, Oldham, Parmer, and Swisher counties and Amarillo College can provide up to $2,000 per trainee. Amarillo College is offering welding, wind energy, machining and electromechanical courses as well as health science. If you feel you can take advantage of this program, call (806) 335-4309 for manufacturing and energy, or (806) 356-3650 for health sciences.


National Days

August 6:

Root Beer Float Day

August 7:

Purple Heart Day

August 8:

Garage Sale Day

August 9:

Book Lovers Day

August 10:

S'mores Day

August 11:

Kinetic Sand Day

August 12:

Vinyl Record Day


Friona Rural Health Clinic Offering Vaccinations

If your child needs updated on their vaccinations, Friona Rural Health Clinic will be open on Saturday August 1st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If this date does not work for you, please feel free to make an appointment with the clinic and you will be taken care of that way, as well. The child must present their shot records at the time of vaccination for them to be seen.

Vaccinations and physicals are a part of the requirements for "back to school". We at Friona Rural Health Clinic are ready to assist you in meeting those needs. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please call Friona Rural Health Clinic at 806-250-2781.

COVID-19 News

As of August 4, 2020

Texas Panhandle:
8,470 cases, 137 deaths
6,858 recoveries
Armstrong County: 8
Briscoe County: 11
Carson County: 13
Castro County: 170
Childress County: 34
Collingsworth County: 7
Cottle County: 14
Dallam County: 183
Deaf Smith County: 677
Donley County: 43
Gray County: 187
Hall County: 8
Hansford County: 59
Hartley County: 91
Hemphill County: 41
Hutchinson County: 114
Lipscomb County: 15
Moore County: 1,013
Motley County: 4
Ochiltree County: 84
Oldham County: 13
Parmer County: 311
Potter County: 3,571
Randall County: 1,646
Roberts County: 7
Sherman County: 37
Swisher County: 75
Wheeler County: 34

Eastern New Mexico:
685 cases, 4 deaths
Curry County: 483
Quay County: 33
Roosevelt County: 142
Union County: 27

Oklahoma Panhandle:
1,073 cases, 7 deaths, 1,039 recoveries
Beaver County: 36
Cimarron County: 1
Texas County: 1,036

471,000 cases
7,948 deaths

United States:
4,870,000 cases
160,000 deaths
2,390,000 recoveries

18,600,000 cases 701,000 deaths
11,200,000 recoveries

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)