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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dalhart and Dallam County emergency vehicles responded to a call on Highway 87 which caused minor traffic delays. On Friday, January 20, 2012 an extended cab, dually pick up truck, towing a field cultivator became tangled in overhead lines. The entangled implement snapped a utility pole causing various cables lines to fall onto to several trucks of employees at Green Country the local John Deere dealership.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Friday, January 20, 2012 around 3:00 p.m. welders removed the Bank of America sign from its home.
Several months ago one of the United States largest banking groups announced the closing of many locations, including the Dalhart branch. Consumers procrastinated about what do to with their banking business.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Upon returning from Christmas break, Stratford Independent School District had to deal with terroristic threats made by a former student. Although no one from the school district has acknowledged what brought the former student to make such drastic statements, the SISD handled the situation with swift cautionary measures.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Hillside Christian Church in Dalhart kicked off its Epicenter youth program at its new Denrock location last Wednesday evening, January 18, 2012. Former pro quarterback Keith Null, who is now a full-time minister in Amarillo, shared his testimony with over eighty teens in attendance.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 emergency vehicles were dispatched to a call reporting an accident at the entrance of Cargill Pork on Highway 87.  Dallam County Sheriff’s deputies, DPS Trooper Judy Mitchell and EMS responded to the single vehicle accident.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

So goes the late John Dawson’s sentiment when reminiscing about his boyhood in his book High Plains Yesterdays, published in 1985. In the earliest days of Dalhart, the Rita Blanca Canyon was a veritable goldmine of discovery, and John and his brothers “…explored every foot of that canyon within walking distance of town.” In 1909, Dalhart did not yet have the gymnasium, swimming pool or tennis court that children of our day are accustomed to… unless, according to John, one counts the fire escape that stood on the outside of one corner of the school building.

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By LEANN PACHECO

People are always asking me how is it that firefighters run into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Courage is the answer. ~ Chief Kennedy in Ladder 49
The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) recently recognized four of its members for outstanding achievement in 2011.

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Bumps in the Road

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Starting on January 1, 2012 I set out on a plan to begin reading in Genesis and travel through books of the Bible reading in each the verse found in Chapter 7, verse 11.  This is the month and day of my birthday and I felt I would be an interesting “twist” to other ways I have approached the reading of God’s Word in a new year.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Independent School District (DSID) held a regular monthly meeting Monday, January 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting agenda opened with call to order, prayer and student/teacher presentation. Item number four is slated as an audience with patrons, students and staff.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

In a memo to the Mayor, City Council and Employees of the City of Dalhart, City Manager Greg Duggan announced that he would retire from his position effective June 29. The memo was dated January 12.

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By LEANN PACHECO

The Coon Memorial board of directors met Monday for a special meeting to discuss costs versus benefits of implementing a hospital-run pharmacy for employees and their dependents. Hospital CEO Leroy Schaffner presented a worksheet projecting startup expenses and revenues, as well as projected expense should the hospital decide to establish a full-service pharmacy in the near future.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Members of the Dalhart City Council tackled a particularly prickly issue at their Tuesday, January 10, 2012 meeting. The Council began discussion of ways to pay for the paving of Jefferson Street from Highway 54 to First Street. It would be possible for the city to levy an assessment on the property owners along the street to pay for the cost of paving it. Jefferson Street presents a unique challenge because, unlike residential streets, the biggest property owners own undeveloped property adjoining the street and would benefit the least from the paving, while paying the largest share.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

January is usually somewhat of a slow month, but as the semi’s move round bales through town and cattle trucks ease down the highway the youth of Dalhart are busy.
Local 4-Her’s and FFA members are washing, brushing, trimming and packing up for the Bi-County Livestock show. The Livestock show begins Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Dallam and Hartley county children will exhibit their animals on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The conclusion will be the dinner on Saturday evening. The Special edition of the Livestock section will be in the Wednesday, January 18, 2012 paper, check the inserted section for more details.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Independent School District settled an insurance claim with the district’s insurance carrier in December on damage to the Intermediate School from a storm in July of 2009. An agreement was reached in time to make significant progress during the Christmas and New Year holiday. The project had been worked on during the first semester, but working around students, staff and faculty members made completion a much slower process.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

According to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition prior to the 19th century. Records of the superstition are rarely found before the 20th century, when it became extremely common. Why is Friday the 13th unlucky?  Who said it was unlucky -- it’s all about the attitude. A positive attitude can create a good or lucky day. If one believes doom and gloom and spits out negative comments their Friday the 13th may not be so lucky. It can be what you make it. “See a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck,” just to be on the safe side.

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By RODNEY WHITE

Dalhart started district play against the Perryton Rangerettes on Tuesday night and played one of their best games of the season, but foul trouble at the post position really hindered the Lady Wolves and they lost their first meeting 48-62. The good news is that Dalhart will face Perryton twice more this year with a chance to win two out of three games. The Dalhart defense was stifling, and pressure from Karley White and Courtney White was outstanding on Perryton’s leading scorer Sydney Walton, keeping her in check for three quarters. The Lady Wolves took the early lead; Courtney White had a great outlet pass to Jennifer Quint, who raced down court but was fouled on her shot attempt. Jennifer made both free throws for the Lady Wolves.

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Birds of a Feather

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

My backyard is a haven for many kinds of amazing birds.  Providing a large bird feeder and a huge birdbath insures they will come daily for a visit.  Among the varieties, I have noticed cardinals, robins, finches, blue-jays and many others.  For several weeks now there has been one incredible bird, high up in a tree that sings a heavenly song every morning.  It is usually singing, loudly, while the others enjoy eating so I haven’t seen it in order to identify its species.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Dallam County Commissioners met Monday for a regular meeting at the Dallam County Courthouse. Current bills, minutes from the December meeting, and financial reports were approved early on. Michael Peters with the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) then presented an overview of the county’s 9-1-1 Interlocal Agreement with the PRPC. Local government has previously appointed the commission as administrator of its 9-1-1 program.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As the 2012 Bi-County Junior Livestock Show approaches area youth are in high gear grooming, training and working with potential blue ribbon winners. Hundred’s of animals will be shown by exhibitors who have placed endless time into what they perceive has the perfect species of the breed they will register to show next week.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Local farmers and ranchers consigned more than one hundred items, varying from tractors and trucks to farm implements, to be auctioned on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. United Country/Alliance Auctioneers of Amarillo held the auction to help make way for newer equipment farmers will be purchasing this spring. The innovative style the internet has brought to the field made these items more valuable.