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Brazen robber threatens bank, schools
It was about 10:45 a.m. on Friday morning when as yet
unidentified man, estimated to be in his early 30s handed a teller at
The First State Bank of Boise City a note demanding money.
The note, as of yet unreleased, purportedly threatened to set
off bombs in the bank and the Boise City Elementary and High Schools if
the teller didn’t empty her money drawer. The teller complied and the
man, visible on security cameras exited the bank.
Send a cookie overseas
Buying Girl Scout cookies is pretty easy to do because they are so
enjoyable. Each year when Girl Scouts all over the United States begin
to make the rounds to family, friends, neighbors and businesses,
everyone waits with great anticipation for a bite of their favorite
cookie. The cookies conjure up all sorts of great memories for those
who eagerly await their annual arrival.
Hooray for Hollywood
The residents at Legacy Assisted Living and their guests enjoyed
a “Hollywood” Banquet Thursday evening, February 18. A black stretch
limo was parked under the portico, indicating the arrival of VIPs and
celebrities. The living area and dining room were decorated with
pictures of movie stars (mostly from the 1940’s and 50’s) and lots of
glitter. Dining tables had silver and gold sprays and vases of
beautiful red roses. There was a “Legacy Wall of Fame” with the name
of each resident on a gold star. The guests entered through the
foyer, which resembled a movie theater lobby and had a bright red
popcorn wagon, reels of film and colorful posters advertising coming
attractions. One side of the living area represented the lobby of the
Beverly Hills Hotel, with half columns and large silver vases of palm
fronds. The other side had a make believe theater, complete with
velvet rope and seats in front of the screen.
Weekly Weather Review
A weak winter system that spit sleet and a bit of snow at us
last weekend also brought something we don’t usually see and hear this
time of year: lightning and thunder.
The Saturday evening sky lit up periodically, reminding us that
lightning is a year round danger for those who are caught outside. This
past week was declared severe weather awareness week by Governor Perry
in an effort to remind Texans about what to do and not do when severe
weather approaches. We’ll look at these reminders over the next few
weeks. Thanks to Saturday’s light show, we’ll start with lightning
Offenders may get a break
Dallam County uses the law firm of Perdue, Brandon, Fielder,
Collins and Mott of Amarillo for collections on outstanding warrants
and fees. This year, the law firm is also handling the notice letters
for the 2010 Great Texas Warrant Roundup, a statewide effort to bring
in offenders who have failed to pay fines and fees.
2010 Great Texas Warrant Roundup
Anyone with an outstanding warrant or unpaid fees and fines owed to
Hartley County has an immediate opportunity to take care of all
outstanding warrants, fines and fees and avoid arrest. Beginning on
March 6th, the 2010 Great Texas Warrant Roundup gets underway and
thousands of law enforcement officers across the entire state of Texas
will be going to homes, businesses and known hangouts to “roundup” the
Katie Visco returned to Dalhart
The young woman from Boston who ran all the way to San Diego, CA
returned to Dalhart to speak about her journey and reunite with her
host family and the friends she made while she was in Dalhart last
October. Katie’s trek began on March 29th and ended as scheduled on
December 29th when she arrived in San Diego. The more than 3,000 mile
run took nine months.
104th Dalhart Fire Department’s Annual Supper fast approaching
The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department’s 104th
Annual Supper is just around the corner. The event is scheduled for
Saturday, March 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rita Blanca
Coliseum. The supper is an area favorite event. The firefighters for
the Dalhart Fire Department will cook for the community. The chili and
stew they present every year is a long-standing tradition that gets
better each year.
Old Man Winter
Settling into the loveseat in front of the window and sharing
the warm quilt with my dog, Berkley, I curl my hands around a pretty
red mug filled with cinnamon coffee. The warm fireplace gives off its
glow, setting the stage for a quiet afternoon watching it snow,
again. I’m sure you must think; how dumb! Hasn’t she seen enough
snow? Surely she knows what it looks like by now!
Black ice makes a mess of traffic
Early morning precipitation in the area led to the development of
black ice and hazardous driving conditions. By early afternoon,
reports of motor vehicle accidents on Highway 87 North near Perico,
numbered six, keeping the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office, DPS Troopers
and EMS very busy.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: What is an ad valorem tax? Do I pay it? I have heard
this term before, but I really don’t understand what it is or how it is
Answer: The question isn’t really what “is” an ad valorem tax, but
“what” may be taxed ad valorem. Ad valorem is a Latin term that means
“according to the value,” and for purposes of taxation means
“proportionate,” or a “based upon value.” It is a method of
calculating how much tax is assessed or levied against a particular
New center provides peace of mind for mothers
You’re pregnant! And you have just been told by your doctor that
your blood pressure is dangerously high! Or let’s say you are a new
breastfeeding mom suffering from postpartum depression, or perhaps it
is just a matter of battling a terrible cold that is keeping you from
getting the rest you so desperately need to be able to care for your
family. You have just joined a growing number of women whose health
and peace of mind is in jeopardy. Naturally, you are worried that any
medication you might take for your condition could endanger your
pregnancy or bring harm to your baby through your breast milk.
Good deeds and hamburgers
Most people can recall an image of a young boy helping a little old
lady across the street. The young boy wearing a tan shirt with a gold
neckerchief held around his neck by a slide in the shape of a wolf or
bear, and the little old lady, leaning on a cane in one hand and her
other looped through the young man’s arm. The Boy Scouts do much more
than assist those in need. They also get involved in community events
Kelso takes championship in Pinewood Derby
On December 5, 2009, the local Cub Scout group Pack 46 held their
local Pinewood Derby. This is one of the annual events that the Cub
Scouts do. They receive their derby kits in November, which consists
of a block of wood, tires and axles. Along with these items, their
talent and help of parents, they create a car. The day of the race, the
cars are weighed in, the car has to be 5oz. or less. Two boys set their
cars on the track and the race begins. The first one to the finish
line wins. Lots of fun for young and old, the excitement of seeing
which car will make it first.
Early voting a bit slow
The excitement of Election Day is certainly something that is
understandable; however, the opportunity to avoid the crowds or wait in
a long line is tempting as well. Early voting provides just such an
opportunity, yet many area residents have not taken advantage of the
ease of voting that early voting offers.
Baseball season is here?
In spring, a young man’s fancy turns to baseball, but this year the
weather does not seem to be very conducive to baseball. Somehow, with
over a foot of snow piled up behind home plate, you can’t get very
excited about sliding into home.
Digging out from debris, dirt and snow
Each day the City of Dalhart looks a little less like a tornado
traveled through as the branches and tree limbs that were knocked down
during winter storms begin to disappear. The effort has been twofold:
city employees are busy picking up as much as they can each day for
chipping or disposal, and residents are getting the debris cleared away
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Melinda Clements is an educator and freelance author who lives
on a 70,000 acre cattle ranch southwest of Odessa, Texas in the Permian
Basin of West Texas. Holding a Masters Degree in Education, Melinda
teaches Technology and English IV at Crane High School in Crane,
Texas. Not only is she involved with the ranch and teaching, she is
also a minister, a staff writer for Super Looper Magazine and also
writes articles for the Dally Times and The Roping Pen magazines as
well. Additionally, Melinda pens her own monthly article entitled,
“Thoughts of a Team Roping Spouse,” published in many team roping and
Hanging on for the win
Dalhart area residents have become very familiar with the Wing name
and the successes the Wing children have had in the rodeo world.
Stormy, the oldest of the three children, is busy making a name for
himself as a pro rodeo bull rider. Little sister Laramie is busy in
her freshman year of goat tying post-high school and little brother Tex
stays busy with the Junior Rodeo.
Dalhart High School graduate chosen to work in D.C.
COLLEGE STATION –Luke Gallegos, a 2004 graduate of Dalhart High School
and a dairy science major at Texas A&M University, recently began a
spring 2010 internship in Washington, D.C. Luke will spend the spring
as an integral part of Congressman Jeb Hensarlling’s team.