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Paws reps visit City Hall

In the photo — Ashley Rivera, Monica Perez, Lupe Salinas, Jackie Salinas, Sofia Salinas, Arianna Rocha, Mercedes Williams, Audrey Rivera, Pam Kendrick, Jackie Padilla.

Parmer Paws Animal Outreach volunteers visited the Friona City Council Monday evening to showcase the work that has been done over the past 4+ years. Since 2018, approximately 1,185 animals have been saved and over 200 have been saved this year alone.

Parmer Paws is a non-profit organization. Its volunteers are dedicated to saving distressed animals in Parmer County and rely on donations to keep the doors open. You can contact them at Parmer Paws Animal Outreach, P.O. Box 333, 115 W. 11th Street, Friona, Texas 79035. Visit parmerpaws@yahoo.com or call (806) 240-2211.

City Council awards contract for housing project

The Friona City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 8, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 617 Main in Friona, Texas. The meeting began with roll call, an invocation, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

There were no public comments. A public hearing regarding a residential development project for the block of land west of Legacy Pointe was conducted. There were no public comments.

The Minutes of the July 11, 2022 regular meeting, the July 12, 2022 joint special meeting with the FEDC, and the July 21, 2022 special called meeting were approved.

Representatives from Parmer Paws Animal Outreach were invited to give a presentation to highlight the work they have been doing involving animal welfare. Council members were asked to consider a new pound and stricter enforcement of animal control ordinances.

Council members voted unanimously to call for a city special local option election to legalize the sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages. The motion to hold the election on November 8, 2022 also passed unanimously.

The Council voted unanimously, with one abstention, to award TW&M, LLC the contract for a residential development project. The new housing project will be located on the city-owned block between 15th & 16th streets and between Main & Euclid streets. The estimated cost of the project is $2,770,000 and will feature the construction of twelve new homes when completed.

Council members unanimously approved setting the proposed tax rate for 2022 at .4657 per $100. This rate would generate the same amount of revenue as last year. Last year's rate was .6626 per $100. Higher tax valuations and an increased tax base allowed for the lower tax rate. A public hearing for the proposed tax rate was scheduled for Friday, August 19th.

In other business, the accounts payable for July 2022 and the financial statement for July 2022 were approved. A budget workshop was scheduled for Tuesday, August 30th.

All meetings are open to the public. Information in this article is only a summary. Visit cityoffriona.com to find agendas and minutes for council meetings.

New look — Fans got their first look at the updated graphics on the Friona High School gym floor last Friday evening. New features include a huge arrowhead in the center and a darker shade of stain on the wood. The annual Alumni game was the first competition to be held on the new surface.

Town Talk

Amigos ad inserts — United Supermarkets has made the decision to move to digital advertising for the weekly Amigos ad. This week will mark the end their printed ad distribution.


What's so funny? — Tuesday is National Tell a Joke Day. Here are three rib ticklers from parade.com to get you started. (1) There's a fine line between a numerator and a denominator. Only a fraction of readers will get this! (2) What do dentists call their x-rays? Tooth pics! (3) Did you hear about the first restaurant to open on the moon? It had great food, but no atmosphere!


Coming soon — The next Friona Community Blood Drive is on Thursday, August 18th from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Calvary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located at 1500 Cleveland. Donors will receive a Boots & Badges T-Shirt, a $10 Cinergy Bonus Play Card, and a Dunkin' Coupon for a Free Medium Coffee & Donut. To schedule an appointment, call 1-806-331-8833 or visit yourbloodinstitute.org.


Save the date — "Meet the Chiefs" is at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22nd at Chieftain Field. Come out and get introduced to all the Chieftains and Squaws who will participating in the Fall Sports programs at Friona High School.


More power — some residents in the "Western Addition" were without power last week. There are multiple crews around town replacing poles, installing fiber, etc. To report an outage you can contact Xcel Energy representative Dru Chidester at (806) 228-0155 or (806) 351-8215. Also call the City at (806) 250-2761 to let them know.


Cafeteria News — FISD cafeterias will now operate like they did in Pre-Covid times. High school and junior high will be taking cafeteria applications. Primary and Elementary are CEP campuses. They will complete an Eco Dis form. Even though all of the FISD campuses eat for free, the forms will help in lots of other areas in the district such as accountability, Eco Dis percentages, and programs that FISD may qualify for.


National Days

August 11:

Son's & Daughter's Day

August 12:

Vinyl Record Day

August 13:

Left Handers Day

August 14:

V-J Day

August 15:

Relaxation Day

August 16:

Tell a Joke Day

August 17:

Nonprofit Day



In Town Transportation Press Release

Friona ISD is excited to offer in town transportation for the 2022-2023 school year. This will be a free (no cost) service available to all students attending Friona ISD. Friona ISD will have 10 in town stops to pick students up. The stops are listed below:

Stop 1: Arrah Ave and 5th St.

Stop 2: Beach Ave and 4th St.

Stop 3: Jay Ave and 4th St.

Stop 4: Prospect Ave and 4th St.

Stop 5: Columbia Ave and 8th St.

Stop 6: Walnut Ave and 13th St.

Stop 7: Pierce Ave and 13th St.

Stop 8: James Ave and 15th St.

Stop 9: Etta Ave. and 11th St.

Stop 10: Baylor Ave and 10th St.

The bus route will begin at 7:00 am in the mornings and will leave after high school gets out at 3:45 pm. The times may vary depending on the number of students riding the bus. To be able to ride the bus please call Serapio Cabezuela at 806-206-6760 to add your child to a bus stop. Your child will not be able to ride the bus until they have been added to the list due to safety concerns. At this time these will be the only stops for in town transportation. For any questions please contact Serapio Cabezuela or the administration building.

Comunicado de prensa de transporte en la ciudad

Friona ISD se complace en ofrecer transporte en la ciudad para el año escolar 2022-2023. Este será (servicio gratuito) un servicio disponible para todos los estudiantes que asisten a Friona ISD. Friona ISD tendrá 10 paradas en la ciudad para recoger a los estudiantes. Las paradas se enumeran a continuación:

Parada 1: Arrah Ave y 5th St.

Parada 2: Beach Ave y 4th St.

Parada 3: Jay Ave y 4th St.

Parada 4: Prospect Ave y 4th St.

Parada 5: Columbia Ave y 8th St.

Parada 6: Walnut Ave y 13th St.

Parada 7: Pierce Ave y 13th St.

Parada 8: James Ave y 15th St.

Parada 9: Etta Ave. y 11th St.

Parada 10: Baylor Ave y 10th St.

La ruta del autobús comenzará a las 7:00 am por las mañanas y saldrá después de la salida de la escuela secundaria a las 3:45 pm. Los tiempos pueden variar dependiendo de la cantidad de estudiantes que viajen en el autobús. Para poder viajar en el autobús, llame a Serapio Cabezuela al 806-206-6760 para agregar a su hijo a una parada de autobús. Su hijo no podrá viajar en el autobús hasta que se haya agregado a la lista debido a problemas de seguridad. En este momento, estas serán las únicas paradas para el transporte en la ciudad. Para cualquier consulta por favor contactar a Serapio Cabezuela o al edificio de administración.