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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

David Smithers did not appear in court for his sentencing hearing for a DWI offense with endangerment to a child on Tuesday, August 14.  Smithers was out on a bond of $5,000 secured by Best Bail Bond. Local bondsman, “Slick” Countryman of Best Bail Bonds retrieved Smithers and brought him to the sentencing location at the Dallam County Court House. “I brought him in, they (court officials) let him get away,” Countryman told the Texan on Wednesday, August 15.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Monday, August 6, the Dalhart Police Department (DPD) investigated a burglary of habitation at 1401 E. 5th.  Items reported missing in the crime were numerous firearms, televisions, jewelry and personal papers. Later that evening Hartley County Deputy, Chanze Fowler observed a 2000 gold Cadillac Escalade traveling north on Hwy 380.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

The sun comes up in the east and in a set number of hours goes down in the west. It is predicable. Not so with life and death.  No one can predict with assured certainty the amount of time between the two.  Sometimes death follows to close to life making the two indistinguishable.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Monday, August 6, at approximately 3:30p.m., officers of the Dalhart Police Department investigated a burglary of habitation at 1401 E. 5th.  Items reported missing in the crime were numerous firearms, televisions, jewelry and personal papers. At approximately 7:45 p.m. the evening of the alleged crime Hartley County Deputy, Chanze Fowler observed a 2000 gold Cadillac Escalade traveling north on Hwy 380.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The local Crime Stoppers organization was the victim of a theft by former Dalhart Police Officer Javier Gonzales. Gonzales, who was the certified peace officer that was the law enforcement coordinator of Crime Stoppers, did not complete the requirements to have the local organization become a certified unit. Gonzales plead guilty to the theft and is currently paying restitution to Crime Stoppers.  

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

In a special called meeting of the Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District at noon on Friday, August 10, 2012 the board members voted unanimously to lower the tax rate to 18.5. “(The) tax rate is coming down but property values are up,” stated Seito Mellema, President of Hospital Board of Directors.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Friday evening the parade preparations had begun. Side streets adjacent to Denrock Avenue were blocked and ready for the thundering horses hooves, tractor trailer horns, motorcycles and beauty queens to parade down the old brick streets. Pounds of candy, boxes of frozen pops, string cheese and bottles of water had been purchased. Denrock had been officially prepared for the 76th XIT Rodeo and Reunion parade.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

In early years, Texas fiddling evolved at country and western dances, using the repetitious rhythms and limited fingering movements suitable for men and women to swing and glide across a dance floor in perfect time.
A more contemporary, elaborate technique of fiddle playing, by emphasizing the downward bow action and using the entire register of the fiddle, became popular. The contemporary style of fiddling practiced by some is hand-clapping, toe-tapping listening music, heard at many fiddling contests and community gatherings. “Texas Style” fiddling sets the stage each year at the XIT Rodeo and Reunion’s Fiddlers Contest. Some of Dalhart’s youngest and most talented fiddlers competed to the foot-stomping delight of their audience.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN
Several months ago a young couple with two little ones chose to attend our church on Sunday morning.  They didn’t know anyone and had recently moved from Wichita, Kansas.  For some reason I was instantly drawn to them.  We chatted and I directed them to the nursery. Then they headed to the sanctuary for the worship service.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

It was the longest two days of their lives and each of the two young ladies competing for this year’s title waited to enter the arena for the coronation ceremony, Thursday’s events replayed in their minds. This year’s competition was tight. Both contestants bidding for the title were well-deserved.
Cassidy Horn remembers this time last year as she rides her farewell lap, her final duty as XIT Queen. Horn thought about her exciting year and the new queen she and Jimmy Wright, director, were going to crown. Horn and Wright gathered the tools of the trade for crowning the 76th XIT Queen.

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By AARON GRAVES

It was suggested to me earlier today that we should have XIT twice a year. The reason? We double our rain chances. Sure enough, starting Thursday evening, thunderstorms and rain showers made their traditional XIT appearance. The rain returned Friday and Saturday evenings, for an overall total of 0.73”.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Visitors with familiar faces began to appear in Dalhart on Wednesday, August 1 for the commencement of the 76th Annual Rodeo and Reunion.  Loretta and Jack Ginn from Granbury TX, south of Ft Worth married in Houston in 1984 and the couples first XIT together was in 2000. However; Loretta and members of her family have been coming to XIT since 1957. Loretta’s grandmother Lupita Vigil was a long time Dalhart resident as was her father, Ernest Velasquez.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Saturday morning, August 4 Kasey Cover dressed her baby girl, Payton Cover in a family heirloom.  The dress Payton Cover wore to the 76th Annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion parade was worn by her grandmother, Kay (Cody) Cover in 1968 at the 36th Annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion parade.

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By AARON GRAVES

Matt Wing, of Cattleman’s Livestock Commission, sees a lot of cattle move through the sale barn. Cattle from all over Texas. Cattle from as far north as the I-70 corridor that cuts through Kansas. Cattle from as far west as Bakersfield, California. Wing also sees a lot of cow/calf producers and feeders, and he has a front row seat on what two years of drought can do to the cattle industry.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Early voting began Monday, July 23, 2012 for both Dallam and Hartley Counties and the 2012 Republican Primary Run-off Election Day was on Tuesday, July 31. The hot race for Dallam County was the Constable race.
Shane Stevenson, Dallam County Deputy swept the race against Dwayne Dennis with a final vote of 207 to 89. “I appreciate the voters and their confidence in me. I look forward to working with Judge Rita Little, Justice of the Peace and serving the citizens of Dallam County,” stated newly elected Stevenson.

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The XIT clown contest was  held on August 2, 2012 starting at 1:30 p.m. at First State Bank. Children of several age groups were judged on personality, originality, creativity and theme.

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By JUDI WIEGMAN

The phrase, “simply trusting,” has become a conundrum in our society. Everything around us must be scrutinized and examined before it passes the litmus test for trusting.
A couple of weeks ago I was hurrying through the foyer of our church, a few minutes late getting to the Sanctuary. Through the front windows I noticed a large, unmarked white van pulling in under the portico. The doors to the Sanctuary were closed, the greeters gone; I was alone.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The City of Dalhart joins two counties which makes the municipality unique. Dallam and Hartley Counties share several services and the working relationship between both counties and the city make this panhandle town distinctive. We’re small, but don’t let that fool you. Dalhart is the friendliest place in the great state of Texas; we’d venture to say the most hospitable place on earth. We pride ourselves in the manner we treat our friends, neighbors and visitors.

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By CONNIE WILMER

The 2012 XIT Junior Rodeo kicked off the 76th XIT Rodeo & Reunion in grand style.  As expected, young and old gathered at the XIT Rodeo Arena Saturday, July 28, 2012.  Some came to participate, some came to coach, and others simply came out to cheer on and support the cowboys and cowgirls as they gave it their best ‘stuff’!
The Junior Rodeo offered a variety of events.

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By CONNIE WILMER

This year, the XIT Museum will feature Panhandle artist, Garland Weeks, from Lubbock, Texas during the XIT Rodeo & Reunion.  Visitors will be able to meet Weeks and view his sculptures at the XIT Museum August 2-4, 2012, from 9:00-5:00.  The exhibit will be comprised of Bronze Cast Limited Edition sculptures.  A special reception for Weeks will be held, at the museum, Thursday August 2 from 6:00-8:00.