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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

In a special called meeting of the Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District at noon on Friday, August 10, 2012 the board members voted unanimously to lower the tax rate to 18.5. “(The) tax rate is coming down but property values are up,” stated Seito Mellema, President of Hospital Board of Directors.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Friday evening the parade preparations had begun. Side streets adjacent to Denrock Avenue were blocked and ready for the thundering horses hooves, tractor trailer horns, motorcycles and beauty queens to parade down the old brick streets. Pounds of candy, boxes of frozen pops, string cheese and bottles of water had been purchased. Denrock had been officially prepared for the 76th XIT Rodeo and Reunion parade.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

In early years, Texas fiddling evolved at country and western dances, using the repetitious rhythms and limited fingering movements suitable for men and women to swing and glide across a dance floor in perfect time.
A more contemporary, elaborate technique of fiddle playing, by emphasizing the downward bow action and using the entire register of the fiddle, became popular. The contemporary style of fiddling practiced by some is hand-clapping, toe-tapping listening music, heard at many fiddling contests and community gatherings. “Texas Style” fiddling sets the stage each year at the XIT Rodeo and Reunion’s Fiddlers Contest. Some of Dalhart’s youngest and most talented fiddlers competed to the foot-stomping delight of their audience.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN
Several months ago a young couple with two little ones chose to attend our church on Sunday morning.  They didn’t know anyone and had recently moved from Wichita, Kansas.  For some reason I was instantly drawn to them.  We chatted and I directed them to the nursery. Then they headed to the sanctuary for the worship service.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

It was the longest two days of their lives and each of the two young ladies competing for this year’s title waited to enter the arena for the coronation ceremony, Thursday’s events replayed in their minds. This year’s competition was tight. Both contestants bidding for the title were well-deserved.
Cassidy Horn remembers this time last year as she rides her farewell lap, her final duty as XIT Queen. Horn thought about her exciting year and the new queen she and Jimmy Wright, director, were going to crown. Horn and Wright gathered the tools of the trade for crowning the 76th XIT Queen.

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By AARON GRAVES

It was suggested to me earlier today that we should have XIT twice a year. The reason? We double our rain chances. Sure enough, starting Thursday evening, thunderstorms and rain showers made their traditional XIT appearance. The rain returned Friday and Saturday evenings, for an overall total of 0.73”.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Visitors with familiar faces began to appear in Dalhart on Wednesday, August 1 for the commencement of the 76th Annual Rodeo and Reunion.  Loretta and Jack Ginn from Granbury TX, south of Ft Worth married in Houston in 1984 and the couples first XIT together was in 2000. However; Loretta and members of her family have been coming to XIT since 1957. Loretta’s grandmother Lupita Vigil was a long time Dalhart resident as was her father, Ernest Velasquez.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Saturday morning, August 4 Kasey Cover dressed her baby girl, Payton Cover in a family heirloom.  The dress Payton Cover wore to the 76th Annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion parade was worn by her grandmother, Kay (Cody) Cover in 1968 at the 36th Annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion parade.

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By AARON GRAVES

Matt Wing, of Cattleman’s Livestock Commission, sees a lot of cattle move through the sale barn. Cattle from all over Texas. Cattle from as far north as the I-70 corridor that cuts through Kansas. Cattle from as far west as Bakersfield, California. Wing also sees a lot of cow/calf producers and feeders, and he has a front row seat on what two years of drought can do to the cattle industry.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Early voting began Monday, July 23, 2012 for both Dallam and Hartley Counties and the 2012 Republican Primary Run-off Election Day was on Tuesday, July 31. The hot race for Dallam County was the Constable race.
Shane Stevenson, Dallam County Deputy swept the race against Dwayne Dennis with a final vote of 207 to 89. “I appreciate the voters and their confidence in me. I look forward to working with Judge Rita Little, Justice of the Peace and serving the citizens of Dallam County,” stated newly elected Stevenson.

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The XIT clown contest was  held on August 2, 2012 starting at 1:30 p.m. at First State Bank. Children of several age groups were judged on personality, originality, creativity and theme.

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By JUDI WIEGMAN

The phrase, “simply trusting,” has become a conundrum in our society. Everything around us must be scrutinized and examined before it passes the litmus test for trusting.
A couple of weeks ago I was hurrying through the foyer of our church, a few minutes late getting to the Sanctuary. Through the front windows I noticed a large, unmarked white van pulling in under the portico. The doors to the Sanctuary were closed, the greeters gone; I was alone.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The City of Dalhart joins two counties which makes the municipality unique. Dallam and Hartley Counties share several services and the working relationship between both counties and the city make this panhandle town distinctive. We’re small, but don’t let that fool you. Dalhart is the friendliest place in the great state of Texas; we’d venture to say the most hospitable place on earth. We pride ourselves in the manner we treat our friends, neighbors and visitors.

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By CONNIE WILMER

The 2012 XIT Junior Rodeo kicked off the 76th XIT Rodeo & Reunion in grand style.  As expected, young and old gathered at the XIT Rodeo Arena Saturday, July 28, 2012.  Some came to participate, some came to coach, and others simply came out to cheer on and support the cowboys and cowgirls as they gave it their best ‘stuff’!
The Junior Rodeo offered a variety of events.

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By CONNIE WILMER

This year, the XIT Museum will feature Panhandle artist, Garland Weeks, from Lubbock, Texas during the XIT Rodeo & Reunion.  Visitors will be able to meet Weeks and view his sculptures at the XIT Museum August 2-4, 2012, from 9:00-5:00.  The exhibit will be comprised of Bronze Cast Limited Edition sculptures.  A special reception for Weeks will be held, at the museum, Thursday August 2 from 6:00-8:00.

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By LEANN PACHECO

A July 26 meeting of the DHCHD Board of Directors included an audience with Sylvia Renick of Dalhart Area Community Education and Enrichment, and Shannon Degenhart, Ph.D., of Frank Phillips College; a budget hearing at which the operating budget for fiscal year 2013 was approved; and further discussion of the district’s tax rate.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Independent School District held their monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order at 6:19 p.m. by Board President Jeff Lloyd,
DISD staff member Trevor Scott updated the board on their districts Facebook and twitter account status. XIT School Principal, Kevin Douglas explained a new program being implemented to enhance the students social skills. This vital program will teach the students how to set goals, build relationships and techniques on controlling their emotions. Scott Hand provided documentation regarding E-rate for the schools communication systems.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Gary Sinclair, Police Chief of the Dalhart Police Department took command on November 7, 2011. With his acceptance of the position he promised the City Council and the citizens of Dalhart upgrades, positive changes and in short a more modern and approachable department and staff.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

The Dalhart City Council took no action on a proposal to place three-way stop signs at the intersection of Harbour and Sioux. The council wants to consider other options, such as stop signs on Sioux where it intersects with Seminole. The stop signs are being considered to address residents’ concerns about the speeding and traffic in this area. The concerns were expressed to the Dalhart Police Department when they held a town hall-type meeting for residents in that part of town.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

There is an amazing song I love to sing. “It’s time we as Christians stand up for what is right. It’s time to square our shoulders back and take our swords and fight. For the Bible is our weapon, the Spirit is our shield. The Church needs more of its members to be workers in the field.”