Ask The Lawyer
Question: I went through a divorce about one-and-a-half years ago and I kept my married name. Now I want to go back to using my maiden name. When I went to change my driver’s license, I was told I need a court order that changes my name or it can’t be changed on my license, which I need in order to change other things. Do I have to reopen my divorce case so that I can get my name changed back to my maiden name, and if so, how do I do that? My ex-husband told me that I can’t change my name now unless I get remarried because of our child, and that if I try to he will contest the change and tell the judge that my name should stay as his last name. Is that true?
The Timeout Chair
It is common practice for parents to place their child in a “timeout chair” as a form of discipline. They designate a certain corner of the room or have a small chair or stool that the offending little culprit is sent to, to “think over his actions.” Some parents set a timer and the child can return to family activities when the timer rings.
No injuries in house fire
The Dalhart Fire Department quickly responded to a report of a house fire in the 200 block of Peach Avenue on Thursday afternoon just before 2:00 p.m. The fire was contained to the kitchen and began as a grease fire when food cooking on the stove was left unattended.
A favorite fall tradition
Dallam and Hartley Counties area residents flock to Oktoberfest each year at Rita Blanca Coliseum. This year, hundreds upon hundreds of hungry guests poured into the coliseum on Sunday, October 25th to enjoy sausage, sauerkraut, German-style mashed potatoes, green beans and scrumptious desserts. The Sunday meal began at 11:30 a.m. and people ate to capacity until 2:30 p.m.
Halloween safety tips and fun memories
Halloween is a time for trick-or-treating, costume parties, braving haunted houses and carving jack-o-lanterns. With all of the fun it is easy to forget the importance of incorporating safety in the festivities. Keeping safe adds to the fun. Here are some safety tips, mixed in with a little fun memories from area residents.
The second time around
Once each year an opportunity arises to recapture an hour; go back in time, and relive a sole hour all over again. This year’s annual time change occurs on Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 a.m., when 2:00 a.m. becomes 1:00 a.m. again.
Youth shoots himself in face with stolen gun
Officers with the Dalhart Police Department were dispatched to the 200 block of Osceola on Tuesday, October 27th at approximately 5:00 p.m. The call was in reference to a home burglary in which guns were stolen from the homeowner. According to police, “Several guns were taken in the burglary.”
St. Anthony Catholic Church celebrates Groundbreaking
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 10:15 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church and School gave thanks to a generous God in a celebration for the Sowing & Growing Groundbreaking Ceremony, led by Bishop Patrick J. Zurek and Father Scott L. Raef, Pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church. The ceremony began with the St. Anthony’s school children singing “I Rejoiced,” followed by prayer and readings. Representatives of the church and school used shovels to break ground while school children released balloons. The ceremony was followed by the long-time Oktoberfest tradition of eating an authentic sausage dinner. In order to help raise funds for the new addition to the school, silent and live auctions were also held to great success during the event.
Red is the color of the week
Children all across the Dallam and Hartley Counties area are in the middle of Red Ribbon Week and learning about staying drug free. Activities designed to encourage children to say no to drugs are the highlight of the week and brings a great deal of fun and excitement to school campuses.
Committed actors entertain crowd at La Rita Theatre
This year’s October play at the La Rita Performing Arts Theatre was “Larceny and Old Lace,” a classic retold with a twist. The play, directed by Mary Jo Ondracek and performed by 16 community members, was well received and continued the October tradition with a mystery.
Winner of the Week
Reynaldo Encinias receives his prize money as the winning contestant of the ninth week’s football contest. He got nine out of ten correct with the tie breaker of 46. 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.
DISD board makes nominations to appraisal district boards
The Dalhart Independent School Board met Tuesday evening, October 20th. A topic of particular importance was the nomination of candidates to both the Dallam and Hartley County appraisal districts board. The school board trustees have been discussing the nomination for several months and unanimously made their choices at the meeting.
Illness closes Texline schools through Tuesday
Schools in Texline are closed due to several illnesses that have caused attendance to drop below the acceptable baseline measure. TISD Superintendent Gary Laramore made the decision on Thursday after 20 percent of students were out sick. The schools were closed Friday, Monday and will remain closed on Tuesday. School is expected to reopen as usual on Wednesday.
A Weekend Greataway
We all dream of escape: just disappearing on occasion without cause to some far removed fantasy locale. However, with most that escape is a dream, smashed by hectic schedules and ever tightening finances. We simply give up on a break away; we all can create excuses of “I don’t have the time or the money,” or “I have too much on my plate to even think of a vacation.” In my quest to still be able to feel the tar beneath my wheels and the ability to simply break away, I have come up with the weekend road warrior.
Wolves dominate the Lobos
The Golden Wolves finally had a night where almost everything went their way, and the result was a resounding thumping of the Levelland Lobos, that kept the Wolves in second place in the district race. The Dalhart team won 48-0 over an outmanned Levelland team, and are now 2-1 in district play with a 5-3 overall record. The Wolves only loss was to the number 1 Borger Bulldogs, and they are now tied with Thursday nights opponent the Estacado Matadors, who blew out Cooper 54-21 Friday night.
Proposition 11 limits governments’ right to take private property
Constitutional amendments on a Texas ballot are nothing new. This year’s election, scheduled for November 3rd is no exception; however, one proposed amendment has created a great deal of chatter and excitement. Texas Proposition 11, also known as House Joint Resolution 14-1 (HJR 14-1) deals with eminent domain and the government’s right to take land for non-public use.
Road Kill and Rolaids a welcome tradition in Dalhart
Dalhart’s Rotary Club succeeded in holding its well received Road Kill and Rolaids Chili Cook Off on Saturday, October 17th. Each year contestants vie to get recognized for having the best red chili, green chili, beans and hot sauce, and area residents look forward to tasting all of the entries. A huge turnout only had the disadvantage of causing contestants to run out of their savory food.
Lady Wolves claim District Championship
The Lady Wolves showed why they are ranked as the number four team in the state as they never let the pressure get to them as a great Borger team challenged them. They fought back for a three game sweep of the Lady Bulldogs 25-11, 28-26, 26-24, to claim the district championship for the second year in a row! Borger really made Dalhart work for the victory, as the defense was constantly out of position and really struggled to make the great plays that our passing game usually provides. It was senior recognition night, and the senior leadership is one of the big reasons why this team never quits, and their leadership and team chemistry is so fantastic. Seniors are Halle Stone who is the manager and so much more, Kelly Simpson, Katelyn Albers, Molly Moore, Mallory Jeffers, Marlee Reynolds, and Riley Dunham.
Tearing open vehicles a good thing in training
Members of five area fire departments visited Dalhart on Saturday, October 17th for a training in automobile extrication. The Dalhart Fire Department hosted the event that took place at the People’s Salvage Yard located off of Truck Line Road.