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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Food insecurity is often one of those problems thought of as affecting other people, but no one we know. A new study released by “Feeding America” tells a much different story. According to this study, over 72,000 people in the Texas Panhandle region suffer from food insecurity, meaning they don’t know when, or where, their next meal will come from.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

The Dalhart Texan is now publishing the series Salute to Hometown Heroes. The series begins today and will run through June 29. This series will feature profiles on local men and women serving in the military who are currently deployed. Please contact the Texan with information on anyone you might know of from the area who is currently serving overseas.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

In a press release dated Wednesday, May 09, 2012, from the Dalhart Independent School District, Superintendent David Foote stated, ‘On or about May 1, 2012, the District received a report of alleged educator misconduct by one of its employees. The District immediately began a preliminary investigation into the allegations and placed the employee on paid administrative leave pursuant to District policy. The District is pursuing this matter diligently, but cannot say how long it will take to complete the investigation. If the investigation reveals that misconduct has occurred, the District will take corrective action as appropriate.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The sun was bright, hooks were baited and spectators had placed their lawn chairs to witness the 12th Annual Fishing Derby. “There were about 120 people present,” stated newly appointed City Manager James Stroud.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Lucas Auto Parts was burglarized and sustained extensive damage to their computer system on Monday, April 23, 2012. During the burglary the store safe also suffered significant damage, allowing the thief to obtain the deposits from the weekend.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The 2012 presidential election is nearing and Texas voters are encouraged to get out and vote. The deadline to register to vote or change the address on your voter registration was last month, but there is still time to register for the November elections.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

More apartments being constructed in Dalhart moved another step closer to reality. The Dalhart City Council held a public hearing on rezoning a 10.32-acre tract in the area of FM 281 and Spirit Trail from Agricultural Open to Apartment, titled as Ordinance 2012-09. Receiving no comments during the public hearing, the council voted to close the hearing, then held the second reading of the ordinance and adopted it.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMEN

Webster’s Encyclopedia Dictionary lists some fascinating meanings attached to the word Mother.  One says “Mother; to create and care for, to watch over, nourish and protect.” A second one states, “Mother; the capacity to love selflessly.” The third one, a more general term, describes a mother this way; “Mother; a female that has borne offspring.”  Following is a glimpse of all three!

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

TxDOT began preparation to open the south bound lanes of Highway 87 on Friday, May 4, 2012 around 8:00 a.m. The south bound lanes had been closed since the early fall and traffic had been routed over the south bound lane without yielding the right of way to the north bound lane.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Local truck driver James Howard was arrested in his company vehicle by DPS Trooper Gavin Moore on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Howard was booked in the Dallam-Hartley County Jail for possession of a controlled substance over 4 grams and under 200 grams and money laundering over $1,500 under $20,000.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Channing native Elizabeth Davis received a nomination for her Broadway debut role in the play “Once” Tuesday, May 1. With the influence of parents Frank and Melody Davis, Elizabeth developed a strong passion for music and acting. Father, Frank Davis taught and served as the Channing Independent School District Superintendent for 33 years, while Elizabeth’s mother taught English.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Lucas Auto Parts was burglarized on Monday, April 23, 2012, according to Sgt David Conner, Investigator for Dalhart Police Department (DPD). Conner stated the local burglary may be connected to the burglary of NAPA Auto Parts locations in Guymon and Texhoma. “We are looking for a connection at this time,” Conner explained.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Mayor Kevin Caddell placed ink to paper by signing The National Prayer Day Proclamation on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Dalhart City Hall. The Proclamation also contained a new prayer initiative for the City of Dalhart to be launched Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Presidential election is closing in on Texas voters and the recent deadline to register to vote in the May primary was Monday, April 30, 2012. If you missed this deadline to register to vote or change the address on your voter’s registration, there is still time to do so for the November elections, but Dallam County is gearing up for the May primaries.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMEN

The house is painfully quiet as the days turn into weeks and we seek to adjust to the loss of our faithful little buddy, Berkley.  Each morning I plan for it to be better and then I hear the distant bark of a Schnauzer and wonder if he has returned.  (I know better but it is all part of the grief!) I thought I had picked up all his things but I still find them; a toy I needed to mend, his travel dish for water and his toenail clippers.  Each causes tears to flow and I welcome the healing they bring.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has designed a voter’s identification card. The newly released card meets the requirements for registered voters not in possession of a current Texas Driver’s License or a Texas Photo Identification Card issued by DPS. The new law requires voter’s to have a photo ID to vote. The voters’ registration card is no longer considered a valid identification at the polls or during early voting.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On April 17, 2012 the Dalhart Independent School District (DISD) unanimously voted to refinance a bond obligation. The terms of the obligation remain the same; however, the refinancing of the obligation will save local tax payers in the school district $ 1,587,797.86 over the remaining term of the bonds.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

The second annual Lake Rita Blanca Clean-Up Day turned out to be a big success according to local Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Biologist Achi Treptow.

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Indianapolis – Kip Frates, a 2012 graduate of Dalhart HS FFA, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by XIT Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.  Frates’ parents are Kelly Frates and Keli An Frates of Dalhart.  Frates plans to study Agricultural Engineering at University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

It seems like only yesterday the parents of the almost 200 local five and six-year-olds were sending their little ones out the door for their first day of kindergarten. That day many dreams began to blossom, with parents looking towards the future, imagining what their children might become. Parents trusted their children to their schools, believing together, they would put their children on the path to future success.

NOTICE: This is a preliminary story on the special section. It will be in the paper on Friday, May 4.