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Some bands just want to have fun - FHS Band Director Chris Rackley, upper row with his new drum sticks, and FHS Class of 2024 band members relax after performing their final concert Tuesday evening. See senior recognition and award photos in our photo section.

Mother Nature's Light Show shines in Texas

Just when Texans had recovered from straining their necks looking up into the heavens at the solar eclipse, they were treated to a light show extravaganza in the sky this past weekend. The month of May usually supplies sky gazers with lightning storms but this time it was a rare geomagnetic storm that brought the Northern Lights to parts of Texas, including the panhandle.

The lights, also known as aurora borealis, were a result of a massive storm on the Sun that sent eruptions of solar material toward Earth that could be seen as far south as Arizona, Alabama, and Texas. The phenomenon, which included a display of greens, purples, reds, and oranges across the night sky, is normally reserved for only the most northern parts of Earth.

The photo at right was captured by Randy & Sarah Geries with their iphone as they were standing outside their home on 10th Street in the Western Addition looking toward the western horizon. The lights were not visible to the naked eye but the camera in the phone is ultra sensitive and can capture light and colors that humans cannot perceive.


Town Talk

Go Fish!!! - Sunday, May 19th is Youth Fishing Day. The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Reeve Lake just south of the Friona Community Center. No pre-registration is required and the event is FREE to participants 16 years of age and under. A registration form must be completed and turned in at the event site. You may bring your own equipment or TJA will provide all the necessary equipment for you. Age categories 6 years and under, 7-11, and 12-16 will be awarded trophies and prizes for 1st and 2nd longest fish. See ad at left.

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Coming Attractions - The FHS Choir will perform on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium. On Friday the FHS Senior Parade will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Main Street. The Friona Ag Banquet is next Tuesday at 6:00 p,m. in the newly remodeled Clarence Monroe Community Center.

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Save the Date - The FHS Graduation Ceremony is at 8:00 p.m. next Friday, May 24th at Chieftain Field. The ceremony is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. In case of severe weather, the ceremony will take place in the FHS Events Center. An Alcohol/Drug Free Graduation Celebration Party will be held for the new graduates later in the evening. Proceeds from the Senior Steak Dinner held earlier in the year are used to fund the event along with donations from area businesses.

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Texas Facts - At the Cadillac Ranch public art installation in Amarillo, Texas, there are 10 art-covered Cadillacs half buried in the ground. The site inspired Bruce Springsteen's song of the same name. Source: funworldfacts.com

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National Days

May 16 - Barbecue Day

May 17 - NASCAR Day

May 18 - Armed Forces Day

May 19 - Devil's Food Cake Day

May 20 - Rescue Dog Day

May 21 - Memo Day

May 22 - Maritime Day

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