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Discs flew at grand opening of Rita Blanca Disc Golf
Last Saturday, November 7th, a beautiful clear warm day, brought out scores of people anxious to throw a disc at the brand new Rita Blanca Disc Golf Course. The lunchtime opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was a welcomed event for “Frisbee” enthusiasts.
Marlee Reynolds signs with CSU
Marlee Reynolds gave her Dad one of the best birthday presents ever when she signed to play volleyball for the Colorado State Rams in a ceremony held at Dalhart High School. The signing took place in the high school auditorium on Thursday, November 12th. Marlee’s parents are Jim Bob, and Thedra Reynolds, her grandparents are Theo and LaRue Mayo and Jimmy Reynolds. Marlee also has a sister, Alexan, who is a sophomore at Texas A&M University. Alexan was also a good basketball player for the Lady Wolves.
Council awards bed tax funds
Six local entities will share funds from the City of Dalhart’s Occupancy Tax. The tax is commonly referred to as a “bed tax” because it is collected by motel operators from their customers and sent in to the Texas Comptroller. The comptroller then sends the cities their part of the tax. The money can only be spent on projects that bring in people from out of town. The six entities that will receive funding are LaRita Theatre, Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce, XIT Museum, Dalhart Senior Citizens Center, XIT Rangers and XIT Rodeo and Reunion. The action was taken at the council’s meeting on Tuesday, November 10. Each entity had a representative speak to the council about how the funds would be spent and provided budgets for the expenditure of the funds.
Dalhart area community education on the rise
By Robin Scott
The 44th Annual National Community Education Day is Tuesday, November 17th. This year’s theme is “Community Education on the Rise,” and a four-day long conference is scheduled in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference allows community education colleagues to connect with one another and share information and resources.
Community Connect, the source for community education in Dalhart, is definitely on the rise and is offering several classes that begin soon, all designed to facilitate the learning and participation of adults and children. Education through Community Connect includes both traditional classroom settings and classes offered online.
The Community Connect program began as enrichment then added a G.E.D. and English as a Second Language course. This past year, they also began to offer online classes. Participants may enroll in everything from knitting to software application instruction. Sylvia Renick, Director of Community Connect in Dalhart, noted, “There truly is something for every person.”
Community education in the Dalhart area is sponsored by the City of Dalhart, Dallam and Hartley Counties, the Dallam/Hartley Counties Hospital District and DISD. Everyone living in Dallam and Hartley Counties are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Another great advantage of community education in Dalhart is that DISD provides classrooms, resources, such as copiers, and utilities. DISD is always more than willing to assist Ms. Renick each semester. Coon Memorial Hospital allows groups to use the Legacy living room for knitting. Some courses have been held at the Senior Center as well.
One exciting new course coming soon will teach participants more about using Facebook. The course will be taught by Robin Scott, columnist and writer for the Dalhart Texan. Renick stated, “Ms. Scott realized that she was answering a lot of questions about Facebook for area residents and thought that teaching a course might be well received and beneficial.”
For online courses, Community Connect has contracted with ed2go, an online course provider for community education. Each course lasts for eight weeks, providing participants with the opportunity to complete weekly lessons via the Internet. The addition of the ed2go course this past year has opened up the amount and the variety of classes that are available to people.
During this same week is the 88th annual American Education Week (AEW) which begins Sunday, November 15th and runs through Saturday, November 21st. The week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great. The National Education Association’s annual tagline, Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility, reflects the Association’s calling upon America to provide students with quality public schools so that they can grow, prosper, and achieve in the 21st century.
Visit www.ncea.com for more information about community education. To register for a course or for more information, visit www.dalhartcommunityeducation.org. Questions may be emailed to Ms. Renick at email@example.com or call 244-7818 and leave a voice mail. Information about ed2go may be found at www.ed2go.com. For more information about daily activities during American Education Week visit www.nea.org.
Pink scooter soon to scoot through town
The United Supermarket’s raffle in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month was drawn on November 1st and one very excited Dalhart resident was the lucky recipient. Patrons of United had the opportunity to fill out raffle tickets throughout the month of October and also to get a close up look at the scooter, which was on display at the market as well.
Monahans ends Lady Wolves season
The number two ranked Lady Loboes have been to the regional tournament six out of the last seven years, and that lone miss was due to the Lady Wolves knocking them out of the playoffs last year. This year, Monahans knew they had to get past Dalhart to keep their playoff goals alive. After a thrilling five-game match the Lady Loboes will make it to the tournament one more time. The Lady Wolves played very strong, and after Monahans took the first game, Dalhart fought back with two victories, putting the pressure back on Monahans. The Lady Loboes never let up and the Lady Wolves had a couple of hitting errors that kept Monahans in the game.
Feed a friend, receive a pie
Leaves are turning yellow, orange and red and falling from the trees, and snow has already flurried through the area. Pumpkins rest on porches and the fast approaching holiday season has become more evident. In less than a fortnight, turkeys will bring friends and family together. Tables will bear turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole and all of the trimmings that make family holiday gatherings special. One local business has found a way to add to the festivities while helping others who are not quite so fortunate during the holiday season.
And the trumpet played
The flashing lights of Hartley County’s new Sheriff’s K-9 vehicle set the Annual Veterans Day parade in motion on Wednesday, November 11th. Hartley County Sheriff Franky Scott and Deputy Chanz Fowler, along with K-9 Ella were just the beginning of an exciting parade.
The XIT Rangers organize the parade each year, which travels down Denrock from 2nd Street across 7th Street and ends at Veterans Memorial Park. The Rangers ride in the parade as well and are always a welcome presence in parades and ceremonies in the area. The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce assisted the Rangers in making this year’s event successful.
Changing the world one student at a time
People to People is an organization whose mission is to send out ordinary people around the world to promote cultural understanding and world peace. The organization began when President Dwight D. Eisenhower saw a need to heal relationships with the Japanese after World War II. He recognized that the military occupation only served to threaten and inhibit people, but by asking American civilian citizens to spend time in Japan, the two cultures could discover their similarities and work toward a lasting peaceful relationship.
Winner of the Week
Riley Dunham & Thomas Allen received their prize money as the winning contestants of the eleventh week’s football contest. They got eight out of ten correct with the tie breaker of 42. The annual contest that lasts through the football season is sponsored by First National Bank. Entrants are reminded to print their name on the form and include their daytime phone number so that they can be notified if they win.
Hilmar Named Dairy Exporter of the Year
Hilmar, CA: November 2, 2009 – Hilmar Ingredients was named 2009 Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Dairy Export Council and co-sponsor Dairy Foods magazine. The award recognized Hilmar Ingredients’ leadership in driving global demand for U.S. dairy products.
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