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By ASHLEY ELERICK

After several months of construction, the St. Anthony’s expansion is almost complete. According to St. Anthony’s building committee member and second grade teacher, Stacy Batenhorst, the construction project is expected to be completed in August, just in time for the new school year.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

The water drainage woes for residents living near Jefferson Street and north of First Street came a little closer to being solved. After meeting in executive session during their regular meeting Tuesday to discuss the needed land purchase, the Dalhart City Council reconvened in open session and held the first reading of Resolution 2011-05. This resolution authorizes the Dalhart Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) to provide funding for land acquisition for Jefferson Street Drainage and to provide partial funding for base and paving on Jefferson Street. The second reading of this resolution will be held at the city council’s next meeting on August 9.

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“Give me eight minutes”

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Last night at church, Pastor Brown began his devotional in the fellowship hall with these words; “give me the next eight minutes, and I’ll be done.”  Then, he read Romans 12:1-2; “Dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind He can accept.  When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think.  Then you will learn from your own experience how His ways will really satisfy you.”

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By PAUL HENDERSON

The severe drought conditions in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and eastern New Mexico are, according to authorities, one of the worst, in terms of the depth and expanse of conditions, in decades.  Dan Byrd, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says, “This is an unprecedented drought situation, in terms of how widespread it is and the depth of the drought. We haven’t seen anything like this for the state overall since the early 1900’s.”

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Texas Department of Transportation Highway Project Manager Ofelia Garbalena recently provided an update on the Dalhart Highway 87 project. According to Garbalena, 90 percent of the dirt work on the road base has been completed, and workers are currently in the process of laying hot-mix.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Despite the fact that most Texans are in favor of legislation banning texting while driving, Gov. Rick Perry recently vetoed a bill that would outlaw texting while driving for all Texas residents, calling the legislation “a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults."

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Gene Frische was born and raised in the Dumas/Dalhart area. He graduated from Dalhart High School in 2001. He is employed by LBJ Custom Cattle Feeders, where he helps run the feed yard.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK
Colorado Senator Suzanne Williams is set to appear before the Hartley County Justice of the Peace on July 20 after pleading not guilty to three misdemeanor citations for her involvement in the December 26, 2010 wreck that resulted in the death of Dalhart native, Brianna Gomez.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

According to information provided by Dalhart Assistant City Manger James Stroud, there are several courses of action residents experiencing problems with trash in their alleys may take. While the City of Dalhart governs ordinances concerning city alleys, it is a homeowner’s responsibility to see that alleys are kept clean and free of debris as well.

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David has lived in Dalhart for the past 30 years. He graduated from Dalhart High School in 1987. David has been working in the natural gas industry for 17 years and is currently the Compliance Manager for the West Texas Gas, Dalhart District. David is married to Holly and they have one daughter, Hannah, who is seven-years-old. David is serving his first year on the board, and his duties include Parade, Queens Contest and Assistant Dance.

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By AARON GRAVES
The radar showed it moving down from Cimarron County. The band of heaviest rain stretched from Highway 87 near Texline to Highway 385 at the state line. And it was moving due south.
Sunday’s rain wasn’t the drought buster we all hoped for, but it was a strong, robust storm nonetheless. It brought smiles all around and dropped the temperature 25 degrees as it moved through. The remaining clouds made for a good old fashioned Dalhart sunset.
Officially, Dalhart scored 0.11” from Sunday’s rain, as measured at the airport.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Talk to anyone about Dalhart’s Main Street in the 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s, and they will almost always mention the De Soto Hotel in some part of their memories. It may seem strange to write an article on a building that is no longer standing; in fact, the building hasn’t been a fixture on Main Street for just about fifty years. But count back fifty years prior to the final razing of the De Soto in 1961, and you’ll find a premiere hotel in a burgeoning western town on the plains – a hotel that was the only sweet luxury between Fort Worth and Denver –and a place where cattle deals were made, fine dining was experienced, and the citizens of Dalhart socialized.

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Chris Bell has lived in Dalhart for the past two years. He graduated from Dalhart High School and is the General Manager at Hart Chevrolet. Chris is married to Hope and they have two children, Justin, who is 11, and Liberty, who is 4. Chris is serving his first year as a director.

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One Nation, Under God

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Psalm 91 has long been my favorite!  I love these words, “The one who lives under the protection of the Almighty dwells in the shadow of the Most High. …He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

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Bob Beller

Robert Beller, the Voice of KXIT and The Great High Plains for 49 years, has been named the Parade Marshal for the 75th XIT Parade.
Beller was born in 1927 to Alphonse and Mary Beller in St. Paul, KS. He was one of seven children. He graduated from St. Paul High School in 1944 at the age of 16. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, at the age of 16, in which he served his country in World War II on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet in the Pacific from 1944-1946. During that time, the U.S.S. Hornet was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces in the air, ash, and afloat in the Pacific War arena from 1944 to 1945. In 1946, Beller received his honorable discharge.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Texas parents, Jeanne and Johnny Mac Brown, know all too well the pain that can stem from texting while driving. Just a few short years ago, the couple lost their then 17-year-old daughter, Alex, when she wrecked her truck on the way to school sending a text message. Only parents who have lived through this horror can truly understand the devastating after effects of one momentary lapse in judgment the way the Brown’s do.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Theodore Roosevelt is credited with saying, “A man good enough to shed blood for his country is good enough to receive a fair deal afterwards.” One Texas based organization is working to bring that sentiment to life.
While there are numerous organizations across the country devoted to helping veterans of the United States military injured in the line of duty, one Texas based foundation is dedicated solely to helping injured vets from the Lone Star State.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Historians have long disputed the details surrounding the adoption and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Some believe the document was actually signed a month after its approval during a closed session of Congress on July 2. Some say representatives of the original 13 states began signing the document on July 2, with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin being the last to sign on July 4.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

In 1998, the now retired veteran NBC broadcaster Tom Brokaw wrote a book entitled The Greatest Generation. He coined the term to refer to the generation that grew up during the Great Depression and was old enough to fight in World War II. They follow the Lost Generation of the 1920’s and precede the Silent Generation of the 1930’s who did not turn eighteen until World War II was over. Brokaw said of the Greatest Generation (sometimes referred to as the G.I. Generation) that “it is arguably the greatest generation any society has ever produced.” He contends that this generation, born roughly between 1901 and 1924, turned America into a great superpower after WWII because they fought not for fame and recognition, but rather because it was the right thing to do.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Sunray Co-op in Conlen is open and back in business after the Tuesday, June 28 fire that destroyed the location’s offices, barn and shop.
According to Sunray Co-op manager, Craig Lechner, the fire was determined to be caused by the electrical panel located in the facility’s shop.
The cost of the damage is still being figured, Lechner said Thursday. “The insurance adjuster was here yesterday, and we are still figuring how much the damage from the fire will cost, but we are up and running again.”