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Selso Ramirez receives his prize money as the winning contestant of the first week’s football contest. He got nine out of ten correct with the tie breaker of 37.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

New safety changes have been put in place for all public school athletes across the state of Texas. As of August 22, there are new concussion rules mandated for all participants in sports.  Recently passed “Natasha’s Law” says the new rules will protect Texas children from needless sports injuries and assure their recovery from withstanding such injuries.

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The Pink House on Denrock

By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Built in 1907 by a Chicago lawyer for his bride, bought by a prominent ranching family in 1915, known later as the Jacques family house prior to WWII, and lived in for thirty-two years by a former POW from that Second Great War, the pink house on Denrock has been a landmark of Dalhart for 104 years – and with this house comes poignant memories of the lives spent here.

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Leann Pacheco has recently joined the Texan writing staff. She and her family relocated to Dalhart this summer from Russellville, AR with Cargill Pork, where her husband, Scott, is an accounting manager. Leann holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and previously worked in healthcare marketing and community relations. Leann and Scott have two young children, Jordan and Ella, who attend Dalhart Elementary and Dalhart Area Childcare Center, respectively.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Andy Gross is one of the most exciting entertainers currently performing. He has mastered stand-up comedy, magic and the art of ventriloquism, leaving his audiences in amazement. The La Rita is excited to have him perform in what is expected to be a stellar event, evident by his previous record of sell out appearances and devoted following.

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Keep Walking

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

There are times when I hit the key sending a Jotting Judi on its way to the Dalhart Texan and another idea flows on top of the sent one.  I am comfortable with that!  Those are the times JJ arrives in the office on Monday.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The DISD school board members met Monday, August 29, 2011, in a special called meeting. The agenda included the proposed tax rate, policies on the current grading system, and the update on the insurance claim regarding the roof repairs.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Captain Stout’s “Watch Out for the Children” campaign proved successful in the first week of school. “There were no tickets and no accidents during the first week,” stated Stout.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Effective September 1, 2011, Texas’ new top speed limit becomes 85 mph. Motorists will no longer have a lower night time speed limit, and there will no longer be exclusive speed limits for semi-trucks. The 85 mph speed limit will be applied only to Texas roads deemed suitable by state officials. Most other roads currently posted at 70 mph will be increased to 75 mph with no lower limit for night driving, per Texas House Bill 1201.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Dallam County Commissioners Glenn Reagan, Corey Crabtree, Don Bowers and Floyd French met Monday morning with Judge David Field for a County Commissioners’ Court special meeting. Also present were County Clerk Terri Banks, Treasurer Wes Ritchie, and Sherriff Bruce Scott.

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By RODNEY WHITE

Sanford Fritch took the opening kickoff and moved sharply down the field to open the season, but after picking up four first downs, Coach Young and his staff made some adjustments that shut down the Fritch offense and allowed the Wolves to win their season opener.  Dalhart is 6-0 in opening games since Coach Young came to Dalhart, and Friday night’s outcome was never in doubt as the Dalhart defense controlled the game.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Landon Mullican, former Dalhart Police Officer and Hartley County
Deputy, was involved in a motorcycle accident Friday, August 26, 2011, at approximately 2:15 a.m.
Mullican, 22, received life threatening injuries according to the report provided by Amarillo Police Department information personnel, Tammy Chervenka. Mullican was not wearing a helmet.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Saturday, August 20, 2011, traffic was held up to allow the relocation of utility poles in anticipation of the new spur. “It’s going to be nice.” Judge Field continued, “The project will be a two-lane highway with wide shoulders, just like 385.”

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The Texan’s annual football contest

By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

It’s as simple as mark, clip and submit. This week’s annual football contest entry form can be found on page 7, and each week’s entry form will be published in the Monday edition of the Dalhart Texan.  Completed entry forms may be mailed in to 410 Denrock Ave., faxed to 806-244-2395, or you are welcome to drop them by our office. Entry forms must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. each Friday.
Each week’s contest will consist of 10 games, pro, college and high school football. The entry with the most correct predicted wins is the winner. In the event of a tie, there is a tie breaker. The tie breaker is the entry that is the closest actual score of one selected game. The official rules of the contest can be found on the football pages printed each week.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Coon Memorial Hospital board met Thursday, August 25, 2011 to discuss financial reports. “A plan is being developed to increase our reserves,” stated Leroy Schaffner, Hospital Administrator. The hospital is expecting funds from the state for the upgrades to their IT system required by Medicaid in the amount of $310,000. In addition, they will receive approximately five hundred to six hundred thousand dollars in March of 2012.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

The Dalhart City Council held the first of two public hearings on the proposed tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year. The council has proposed keeping this year’s rate the same as it was last year: $0.3333 per $100 of taxable property valuation. The Dallam County Tax Assessor’s Office calculates the effective tax rate at $0.3252. The effective tax rate is the rate necessary to generate the same amount of tax revenue as last year. The proposed tax rate of $0.3333 will generate an additional $24,000 more than last year, but this still would leave the proposed budget short by about $26,000. The difference will be made up from the city’s monetary reserves.

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The Pigman House

By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN
Described as an “eclectic, Mediterranean style” house, the home of Wes and Melissa Ritchey at 822 Denver has a long and interesting history as one of the early premier houses built in the late 1920’s by Dalhart pioneer, J.W. Pigman.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The St. Anthony’s October 2009 groundbreaking construction is set for completion September 10, 2011. “The one original item remaining are the rafters in the church, they are there to remind us of where we came from and where we are going,” commented Melissa Menesses. The church underwent a complete and extensive renovation.

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In the Hard Times

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

It is much easier to trust God when a drive through the countryside reveals a look at lush rolling pastures dotted with satisfied cattle resting comfortably; their stomachs full. The sight of bright green stalks hanging with fat ears paints a picture worth a thousand words.  This harvest will be different; the picture bleak. Many crops, usually irrigated, have been abandoned; left to dry in the intense heat with wells turned off.  The challenges of an intense drought year will be far reaching; affecting every facet of life.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

There were no stars added to the red, white and blue American flag from 1912 until 1959. Anxious designers submitted over 1500 versions to President Eisenhower for the additions of Alaska and Hawaii into the union, and the additional stars needed to represent them on flags that would replace the forty-eight star banner. A young man named Robert G. Heft designed the flag as we know it now as a school project. Heft received a B minus from his teacher. When Heft protested the grade, his teacher agreed if Congress accepted his version, the grade would be reconsidered.