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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Three areas of Dallam County totaling 961,703 acres are not currently part of a groundwater conservation district. The question posed is will these land owners be required or forced to join North Plains Groundwater Conservation District? This was a topic discussed by members of the board at their Tuesday, June 19 meeting.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On April 13, 2012 the Dalhart Texan reported that investigators Sgt. David Connor and Lt. Mike Ford confirmed enough evidence to arrest Fransisco “Frankie Joe” Jose Fuentes.  Fuentes was arrested by members of the Dalhart Police Department and booked in the Dallam Hartley County jail on April 5, 2012. Fuentes was charged with the March 5, 2012 burglaries of R & R Machine, XIT Ford and the March 25, 2012 burglary of Central United Methodist Church.  At that time Dalhart Police Chief, Gary Sinclair stated, “He [Fuentes] was a suspect from the beginning.” Fuentes is known as a “frequent flyer” at the Dallam Hartley county jail. His criminal record began with arrests dating back to 2000 for similar crimes.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Curtis Brown, Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief stated, “We responded to a call for a structure fire at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19. Upon arrival one bedroom was on fire, but it was quickly contained.” The home involved in the fire is located at #17 South Park in Dalhart. The residence is occupied, but it is not known at this time if anyone was home.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The 2011-2012 Reigning XIT Rodeo Queen Channing native, Cassidy Horn began last week to fulfill her final duties as the 75th XIT Rodeo Queen.  
Horn is the 17 year old daughter of Powder and Amy Horn and the granddaughter of Tom and Fran Fletcher of Claude, Texas, Don Horn of Chelsea, OK, and Ralene Hall of Port Arthur, Texas.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Recent drug related arrests and seizures have netted local law enforcement agencies thousands of dollars and several vehicles to sell. The money and property seized can be legally used by the agency that took possession of the items in the initial arrest. The procedure to legally retain the property and the funds is orchestrated by the District Attorney, David Green.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Board of Trustees of the Dalhart Independent School District (DISD) held their regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the DISD Central Office at 701 East 10th Street. The subjects discussed, considered or formally acted upon were the update on School Improvement Plans for Dalhart High School and Dalhart Junior High School, the Superintendent’s Report and Update on Goals, the First Reading TASB Policy Update 94,

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By JONATHAN SCHERER

It is tempting fate to be dissatisfied with any one aspect of your life. Most of us are unhappy on more than one front. It is best to remember that should we lack contentment with what we have, change will happen; even if it’s not how we intended.  Sometimes that change comes in the form of loss, where as we have less than we started out with. There we are faced with reality. What we had suddenly wasn’t so bad after all, and fearing change for better or worse, we cling to disbelief, wanting it back desperately.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

It’s Tuesday night and with a deadline of twelve noon on Wednesday I have struggled with what to share in this column.  Having given my attention to an uncooperative tooth situation since last Friday, I haven’t felt much like tackling Jotting Judi. I posted a quick note on my Facebook page, mentioning my dilemma, asking for someone to pray for me and retreated to my backyard swing to think and watch Chalmer pull weeds.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The 75th XIT Rodeo and Reunion Queen Cassidy Horn, the XIT Directors and the 76th XIT Rodeo and Reunion Queen Candidates dust off their best hats, shined their boots, starched their symbolic white western shirts and began the annual plaster the town. By 10:00 a.m. local businesses windows were plastered with the new posters advertising this year’s 76th Annual Rodeo and Reunion and sold the new t-shirts promoting the legendary event

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Twenty-eight United States Marine Corps aviators landed in Dalhart on Sunday, June 17, Father’s Day around 1:15 p.m. The refueling stop was the fourth since the group of aviators began their return flight home to North Carolina.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Hartley County Sheriff, Franky Scott placed a request to receive two Humvees from DLA Disposition Services on June 4. Scott’s request for the Humvees was granted and the vehicles were received on June 14.  The vehicles that were awarded to the Hartley County Sheriff’s Department were used by the United States Army and were located at Fort Riley, Kansas.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Curtis Brown, Chief Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department and Shane Stevenson, Deputy Dallam County Sheriff’s Department were the first to respond to a call on June 2, 2012 at 12:10 p.m. at the Airport Café. DVFD responded with three fire trucks, one rescue vehicle and a command unit, in addition Deputy Penny Loudder, Hartley County Sheriff’s Department and Department of Public Safety Trooper Les Jones were also on the scene to provide assistance.  Misty Matthews was at the café when grease that had been over heated caught fire. In an attempt to put the fire out local business owner B. J. Ward deployed two separate fire extinguishers. Ward was successful in knocking down the fire, but due to the temperature of the grease the fire reignited.

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By KARLI HENDERSON

Tuesday’s rain storm brought some relief to Dalhart residents, and it isn’t the first rain of the summer season, either, but it still might not be enough to get out of the drought the Panhandle, and Texas as a whole, has been facing for the past two years.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

The Jefferson Street paving project moved one step closer to reality this past Tuesday night. The Dalhart City Council voted to open bids for paving, base and curb and gutter for the roadway from Highway 54 East to First Street. The bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m. on June 26.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

I remember the days of years gone by.  You know the ones; when we could say, “Shut the front door,” or “hook someone up.”  They are gone now.  I’m all for being polite and considerate but find it difficult to be forced to censor words for fear the meaning has changed or that I might be politically incorrect. (If you aren’t acquainted with the mentioned terms; ask a teenager! I’m just too embarrassed to tell you.)

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dallam County Deputy Jonathan Meachum stopped a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee for a speeding violation on Saturday, June 9. According to Meachum, the driver, 48 year old Bradley Wilson, appeared extremely nervous. The officer stated, “I asked him why he was so nervous,” Meachum explained the driver verbalized he did not like to be pulled over. Meachum explained to Wilson he would be receiving a verbal warning for his speeding offense. However; this did not appear to ease the driver’s nervousness and was an indicator that the driver may have had other issues he was hiding from the officer.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Deputy Jonathan Meachum a uniformed K-9 Patrol Deputy for the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office received a call for motorist assistance on May 20, 2012 at approximately 1:13 p.m. While in route Meachum observed a blue Subaru driving 94 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone north bound on US Highway 87 towards Texline.  

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By Karly Henderson

Of all the ceremonies and events that mark the coming of summer, none is more special than each year’s senior class finally graduating high school. After 13 years of hard work and countless exams and field trips, sports games and meals in the cafeteria, each senior prepares to don their caps and gowns and walk across the stage, receiving their diplomas and embracing the next stage of their lives. For some, that means military time. For others, it means joining the workforce head-on. But for many young high school graduates, it means leaving one school for another by attending college and seeking a higher education. For these students, it will mean at least four more years of school and countless more exams, long hours doing homework and more sports events, until at last they will have reached their goal and will once again don a cap and gown, this time to walk across a stage and receive their degrees. Many young students dream of going to college and taking the time to develop the skills they will need to lead successful careers. What they do not dream of is how much it will cost to achieve that goal.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Local children who have private health care insurance can no longer receive vaccinations that are funded by the State of Texas. “We have to have storage for state vaccines and separate storage for private pay vaccines,” explained Sabra Patterson, Dalhart Family Medicine Clinic. The cost to the Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District is approximately $22,500 per month.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Accolade Home Care and West Texas Cancer Survivors Network will host a Cancer Survivors Workshop On Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 9:00 a. m. at the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center located at 610 Denrock.