Friona High School senior Juan Diego Salinas was selected as a member of the Padilla Poll Coaches 2020 All-State Team for Class 3A, Division II. Juan was honored as a 1st Team All-State defensive back. The Chieftain standout was the leading tackler for the team with a total of 107, of which 44 were unassisted. Friona's #8 also had three interceptions and a fumble recovery.
In December, Juan was named 1st team Academic All-State by the Texas Army National Guard and Texas High School Coaches Association.
The Padilla Poll knows football. Carl Padilla is Texas high school football's most highly-respected rankings expert. "The Godfather of Texas High School Football" works closely with Dave Campbell's Texas Football to predict Top 25's and district finishes for its annual publication. Carl is also an acclaimed pundit and prognosticator. Check out the website at www.thepadillapoll.com to learn more.
City Manager Lee Davila has been accepted into Texas Tech's Certified Public Manager (CPM) program. The CPM program focuses on practical management skills, taught primarily through example and group exercises. The program draws on local and national faculty resources for training. The entire program consists of 21 total sessions spread over a year's period. In addition, a final written project designed to tie together the principal elements of the training is required.
The program is administered by the Center for Public Service at Texas Tech University. Upon successful completion of the CPM program, participants are entitled to use nationally recognized Certified Public Manager designation in recognition of their achievement and are eligible to become Fellows of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers. A statewide graduation ceremony is also held in Austin.
The Parmer County Hospital Auxiliary announced this week that their 2020 Project Christmas Card collected $2,867.78 in donations. The proceeds will be used to enhance and upgrade the "COVID-19 Wing" at the hospital.
Happy 21st Anniversary to Wayne and Tammy Odell. They will celebrate 21 years of marriage on Friday, February 12th. Congratulations!!!
The Prairie Acres "Resident of Month" for February is Walter Glass. The February "Employee of the Month" is Elvira Carrasco. Elvira works at Friona Heritage Estates and has been there since December of 2019. Congratulations to both!
Senior Citizens lunches will restart on Monday, February 15th. Meals are served on Monday and Thursday of each week. Please call Susie at 806-626-8602 or 250-2713 a day or so in advance so she will know how many to cook for. Curbside pick-up is available. Masks are recommended but not mandatory except around the food center.
Thursday is "Thank a Mail Carrier Day" and the Friona Star would like to thank our local "Pony Express". Friona mail carriers are; Joann McDonald, Dee Sifuentes, Jan Box, Jeremy Hart, and Vickie Vasquez. The motto of the Pony Express riders, who were the most famous early American mailmen, was "Neither rain, or snow, nor death of night, can keep us from our duty." The most popular variation of this motto is "Through rain or snow, or sleet or hail, we'll carry the mail. We will not fail."
National Wear Red Day, on Tuesday, February 5th, is an annual campaign to raise awareness about heart disease in women. Heart disease and strokes kill one in three women. These diseases are 80 percent preventable according to Go Red for Women's official website. Go to www.goredforwomen.org for more information.
There are changes for our local radio station. KGRW 94.7 is now "Positive Radio" and is a simulcast with their sister station KNNK 100.5 in Hereford. They will continue to cover Friona sports events. Catch "Good Morning Texas" Monday-Friday with host Jeri Wells to stay updated on local events. Both radio stations are part of the HPRN radio network.
Johnny Alvarez, and crew. have been refurbishing the Depot the past few weeks. Birds had found their way in but could not get out and therefore caused quite a bit a damage. The outside of the Depot will also get a facelift as soon as the inside repairs are finished and warmer weather arrives. Courtesy photo. If you would like to make a donation to help with repairs you can contact Jeri Lynn White.
David Martinez and Kambree Kimbrough were crowned Basketball King and Queen Tuesday night at the 2021 Basketball Senior Recognition Night ceremony.
Miss Friona contestants (l-r) Kambree Kimbrough, Esperanza Santiago, Anahi Gonzalez, Rebecca Schlenker, and Emma Schueler are preparing for the Miss Friona Pageant which will be broadcast from Milk House Market at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9th via a live feed from the Friona Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. See more details on page 10.
Health Protocols for Voters and Elections (English)
County Disaster Declaration (English)
Friona Community Helpline (English)
2-1-1 Texas Social Services Hotline (English)
County Clerk PSA (English)
Chamber of Commerce Letter to Businesses (English)
FISD Emergency Resolution (English)
Covid Risk Chart (English)