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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.

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By LEANN PACHECO

The Dallam-Hartley Counties Hospital District Board of Directors met Tuesday evening, June 5 at Coon Memorial Hospital. Regular agenda items included: financial reports; CEO reports; discuss, review, take action on hospital, nursing home, Dalhart Family Medicine Clinic, and assisted living; new business; old business; Executive Session.

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By AARON GRAVES

Dalhart has already accumulated an inch of rain for June, a wonderful start considering June is one of the wettest months for our area. Not counting last year, June has received over 1.70” since 2007, with 2010 seeing almost 3” of rain.  During last year’s drought, however, we only received 0.21”.

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By JONATHAN SCHERER

It may come as a surprise even to some long-time locals that center-pivot irrigation is a relatively new practice in the Texas Panhandle area.  On the contrary, up until the early 1970’s such irrigation was all but unheard of. The size and shape of fields was dictated by older practices, meaning a traditional rectangular patchwork checkered the landscape.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN
I rose early wanting to enjoy as much of the day as possible taking in all the sights and sounds during my short visit to Lancaster county, PA.  The rain had stopped and the rolling pasture land around the house was a lush green that only the Master Creator could have painted.  The peace was indescribable.  With all of this beauty around me, I marveled at the Scripture that says, “No eye has seen…no mind conceived…what God has prepared for them that love Him.” (I Cor. 2:9) How beautiful heaven must be!

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dalhart’s city pool opened Sunday, June 3 at noon and none too soon for the local sun and water worshippers.
“Sixteen times eight,” stated newly appointed city manager James Stroud, “That’s how many pickles those children ate yesterday.” Picklesicles is one of the most popular items on the menu at the concession stand along with Funyuns, Laffy Taffy, and flaming hot cheetos. “They [children] like anything hot or salty.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Les Jones stopped a 2005 Chevrolet silver SUV for speeding at the intersection of Highway 102 and US Highway 87.  The driver’s 20 year old John Sylvester exhibited nervous behavior, and Jones asked for consent to search and Sylvester refused.

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The Dalhart High School class of 2012 graduated on Friday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The outcome from the Republican primary held Tuesday, May 29 resulted in Shane Stevenson and Dewayne Dennis in a run off for the Dallam County Constable position. Stevenson received 37.74 percent of the votes and Dennis received 23.32 percent of the votes. A total of 417 votes were cast in the race. Stevenson led with 157 votes, Dennis came in second with 97 votes, Roy Smith held the heat on Dennis with 96 votes and Sides claimed 67 votes. The run off election will take place on July 31, information regarding absentee ballots and early voting will be available in the Texan in the middle of July.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Snack Pack 4 Kids is a grassroots organization aimed at ending weekend hunger for children living in the Texas Panhandle. Through the program, food insecure children will be provided with a backpack filled with snacks each Friday of the school year.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Texas Parks and Wildlife recently responded to two independent bear sightings in the northwest Panhandle. The first bear was reported on a Hartley County farm near the New Mexico border. A young bear was observed by several people during a period of two days. It appears that the bear was eventually scared off the property and left the area.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN
I know!  I said I was going to talk about buggies and bridges this week but all night this topic has run through my mind so I will lay aside the former and tackle the one on my heart.  It is, after all, the privilege of a writer.
I’m quite certain I cut my teeth on the church pew hymnal as my parents were regular church-goers, rarely missing a service. (A wonderful training, I might add.) But never, in all those many years, nor even in Bible College did we celebrate, Ascension Day.  That is, until my recent trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.