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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Parents of the students at Dalhart Elementary School began receiving calls around 8:30 a.m. to pick their children up because a portion of the school was without electricity. When staff of DES arrived Friday morning at 5:30 a.m. seventy-five percent of the electricity was off, the third grade students were moved over to the city park located across the street from the school.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Wild animals are finding their way into yards, garages and storage buildings of many homes in the area due to the extended drought.  It is thought they are coming around higher populated areas, in search of food and water.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The normal August rainfall fell short of average at 1.65 inches; the record low was 1.44 inches in 1977; normally averaging 2.85 inches of rain in August in the area. However, the year-to-date rainfall is still extremely behind, 3.50 inches as of press time Thursday, September 15, 2011.

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The Carriage House

By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

At the turn of the 20th century, carriage houses were buildings or barns that housed horses and carriages and everything else to do with transportation. So it seemed natural when the car worked its way into society, around 1912 or so, it was also stored inside a carriage house – right next to the horses and the hay.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

The tax rate for the City of Dalhart will remain the same as last year -- $0.3333 per $100 valuation of taxable property. The Dalhart City Council took this action at their Tuesday, September 13 meeting. The council also passed three ordinances related to the tax rate. Ordinance 2011-11 gives the city the authority to levy taxes for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The budget for the upcoming fiscal year was adopted with the passage of Ordinance 2011-12, while Ordinance 2011-13 allows for penalties on delinquent taxes.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD
The reopening of the facility has brought thirty new employment positions to the community. “As we bring more of the facility online, we will be increasing employment opportunities,” stated Mike Martin, Cargill Director of Communications. The addition of job opportunities is a plus point to the area; also, full time employees have the positive feature of access to insurance and benefits.

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Family, Friends and Cheesecake

Labor Day weekend ushers in a new season; schools are in full swing, temperatures finally drop; fall is in the air. Along with it came the announcement from my husband that he finally had a few days off from his busy schedule driving passengers to Paradise Springs, the new water feature at the Gaylord Texan resort.
I lost no time suggesting we take a trip. His smile assured me; he knew full well what I had in mind. He knew Dalhart would be the destination. I was scheduled to speak at a church in Denton, TX, on Sunday morning, which fit nicely into our plans, giving us an hour’s start in the right direction. One phone call announced our coming to family, and we began organizing the trip. While packing I tucked in the insulated grocery bag. (The reason will come later.)

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Saturday, September 10, was the perfect setting for the hundreds of people attending the public open house and dedication service of the recently remodeled church, school and the addition of the Parish Life Center of St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The 11th annual block party hosted by the City of Dalhart and the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce is in full swing. The hosts of the family favorite event have set the date for Saturday, September 17, 2011, beginning a 6:00 p.m. The street party takes place on Denrock Avenue from Second to Fifth Street.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Monday’s Commissioners’ Court at the Dallam County Courthouse was a busy affair lasting well into the afternoon. Special guests included 4H youths from Dallam and Hartley Counties, who presented National 4H Week proclamations to judges and commissioners of both counties. The documents were signed, effectively proclaiming the week of October 2 – 8 as a time for special recognition for the programs.

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Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson receives his prize money as the winning contestant of the second week’s football contest. He got nine out of ten correct with the tie breaker of 45.

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By RODNEY WHITE

On a crisp fall evening the Golden Wolves opened their new stadium, and they must have felt right at home as they scored at will against the Brownfield Cubs.  The homecoming queen was Tessa Ballard and the homecoming king, Davonte Burks, was definitely a fitting king as he passed for 58 yards on the first play of the game, and then rushed for 147 yards on 14 carries while scoring three touchdowns.  Davonte even had two long touchdown runs called back, or he would have easily had over 200 yards rushing.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The glimmer of Friday night lights were brightened by the spit shine of the new Dalhart Golden Wolves Memorial Stadium, the roaring crowd, and the  anticipation of the 2011 crowning of the Homecoming king and queen. The candidates were escorted across the field at the fifty yard line as the announcer introduced each member of the royal court and their escorts. The crowded home side stands applauded and cheered for the entire selected group of seniors.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

The public got its final chance to speak about the City of Dalhart’s tax rate at a special meeting held on September 6. City Manager Greg Duggan presented information from a Texas Municipal League (TML) survey about tax rates across the state. Of the 81 cities in the survey, whose population is between 5,000 and 10,000, Dalhart ranked 68th in this group. The town with the highest tax rate in this group is Breckenridge, with a tax rate of 0.93, which is nearly triple Dalhart’s tax rate. Compared to other towns in this group for water and sewer rates, Dalhart residents again enjoy some of the lowest rates, ranking 92nd out of 96 cities for water rates, and 89th out of 93 cities for sewer rates.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Police Department and the Dallam-Hartley County Dispatch Center have their sites set on holding the First Annual Red Ribbon Week in October.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“9-11 changed everything.” “Where were you when the world stopped turning?” These are coined phrases following the catastrophe of that September day in 2001. This is an event compared only to Pearl Harbor. The conspiracy theories, the missed warnings and all the speculation does not begin to describe the way the average citizen felt, watching the replays of the day, all day and for weeks to come. Do you remember what you were doing when you heard the reports of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the tragic crash in a field in Pennsylvania?

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The gingerbread house

By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

“My dad and I wondered the same thing,” chuckles Doyle Hanbury when asked about the rolled roof edges of the house known around Dalhart as “the gingerbread house.” Doyle’s parents, Burton and Dessie Hanbury, bought the house in 1947, and one of the first things investigated was how in the world the house got that fairytale look. “Best we can figure is that the edges were made of some sort of metal containers that had flour or something in them….we re-roofed the house several years later, and those columns were most surely made of metal.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Golden Wolves brought home the last district title in 1979. In keeping with the spirit of homecoming, the Texan would like to take you on a trip down Memory Lane. Just where are our 1979 district champs and what are they doing?

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Texan’s 3rd annual Dalhart Community Choice Awards has become an event that promotes spirited community activity. The candidates have been known to purchase the newspaper, clip out the entry form and hand them out in local restaurants, stores and numerous places of business. There’s no rule saying they can’t request your vote, it’s just good politics.

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By AARON GRAVES

Finally, autumn is approaching. In fact, the fall equinox is officially set to happen on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 9:49 a.m. Central Time. We all know that autumn usually begins around September 21 or 22, but why do reference works list such a precise time?