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The Prize—A Donkey?

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

I enjoyed dreaming up scavenger hunts for teens in my young group at church.  Specific clues were given and the goal was to retrieve the prize and bring it to the base.
There is a scavenger hunt, of sorts, in the Bible.  Jesus was waiting just outside the village of Bethany. He gave instructions to two of His disciples and sent them into town. Their mission was to locate a young donkey tied up near a house. Think about it; there could be a donkey tied up by several houses.  A donkey is a donkey, right? No!

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Central United Methodist Church and Gaskill and Pharis Accounting firm were both burglarized Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Employees from the office of Gaskill and Pharis locked the building and left around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening. Ed Hopkins arrived at the building at approximately 6:25 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2012. When Hopkins arrived, he noticed a light on that would not normally be lit upon arrival. “I walked through and noticed things in a mess,” stated Hopkins. “I backed out and called the police,” Hopkins added.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce will host their annual banquet Thursday, March 29, 2012. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Tail Gate Party,” the chamber has invited Ray Stone to speak as their honored guest for the annual event. Stone has numerous great unpublished stories about the Dallas based football team to entertain the banquet guests. The locker room humor has been heard at many events and has brought laughter to each and every crowd for many years.

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By JILL BEMPONG

It is on the nightly news daily. The country is trying to pull itself out of an economic recession.  Jobs have been lost, credit is harder to obtain than ever before and this generation of young people is among the first that may not do better than its parents financially.   A CNN Money article titled Are You Better Off Than Mom and Dad?,  by Annalyn Censky,  stated that, “About 48% of young adults ages 18 to 34 believe their generation will be worse off than their parents, according to the State of Young America poll. Only 22% think they’ll fare better, and the rest see no change at all.”   Is this the brave, brand new world into which we are sending our children?

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

So, you call up your local party store or florist and order two dozen princess pink helium balloons for your little girl’s birthday party—and there is none available? No, the store didn’t fail to order pink balloons, they’re out of helium. The mad search begins and you find that everyone in town is out of helium.
And that’s the long story, short.

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By RODNEY WHITE

Wayland Baptist University just added to their football program with the signing of Tyler Smith and DaVonte Burks Thursday morning at Dalhart High School.  These two young men have been very instrumental in the success of the Golden Wolves over the last four years.  Both athletes were all district football and basketball players for the Wolves and will be a great addition to the Wayland football program.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

After staying up way too late the other night researching on the internet, I found through a genealogical website the 1920 census taken in Hereford, Texas, of my paternal grandmother Ruth’s family. She was eight years old at the time, in school, and her daddy was listed as a stock farmer and rancher who owned his own home.

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By JILL BEMPONG

A little more than a year ago I wrote an article on this very topic. It was February 2011 and gas prices of regular unleaded were $3.156. And a year before that it was $2.614.  According to AAA the current (as of March 22) national average gas price is $3.881, and here in Texas the average is not far behind at $3.760. Consumers were up in arms then and the anger, along with the prices, continues to increase unabated. But once again people are asking, “Why?”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The regular monthly meting for the Board of Trustees of the Dalhart Independent School District was held March 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda moved quickly and with positive reporting from all departments.

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Cradle to Cross With great Joy

By Rev. JUDI WIEGMAN

I thought I could keep my promise to myself, an avid Nativity collector, not to purchase any more!  I made it through the Christmas season and was about to rejoice when I saw it; a pure white snow globe with the Holy Family surrounded by fluffy snow!  It was a no brainer—I had to have it.  I didn’t even think of packing it way.  Instead, I found the globe a spot in our bedroom and often gave it a shake as I tidied up the room.
Fast forward to March! Spring is in the air and time to bring out the Easter décor.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Lance Corporal Thomas Elbert Creek gave his life for his country and fellow soldiers on February 13, 1969 at 18 years old. Creek, the youngest Texan to receive the Medal of Honor, was severely injured but found it his military duty to save those around him. He was killed after he rolled over on a live hand grenade that landed between him and five of his fellow marines.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dalhart stores can breathe a sigh of relief as Tide laundry detergent is not currently being targeted by thieves — unlike in some other parts of the country.
National news agencies reported late last week that several stores on the East Coast were the target of significant Tide thefts. Some stores have placed electronic anti-theft alarms on its supply of Tide to deter thieves, while many another retail outlets are keeping Tide locked behind glass, much like when cigarettes and baby formula was moved behind the customer service counter in many retail stores years ago.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

The Dalhart City Council voted to draft an ordinance for a new school zone at their regular meeting on March 13. The action was taken at the request of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. The church had asked for a school zone on 13th Street between Scott and Oak Avenues, but after input from Dalhart Police Chief Gary Sinclair, the city will also include Texas Boulevard between Scott and Oak Avenues in the school zone as well.
“They do need one,” Chief Sinclair said. “But we need to do it correctly.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The streets of downtown Dalhart were lined with cars Tuesday, March 13, 2012 until 9:00 p.m. SERVE kicked off with a movie at Hillside Church.
Bright and early, close to 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2012 local staycationers arrived at the ROC for a donut, juice and their first assignment. Robert Ledbetter, Pastor of Hillside Church, explained, “We have six homes, Carenet and a local church on the project list.” Ledbetter continued, “They [participating youth] will be painting, doing yard work and other related jobs.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the United States. Savannah, Georgia dyes the Savannah River green each year since 1961 and has a huge parade; hotels rooms are booked a year in advance. The people who celebrate the Marti Gras style festivities aren’t the only folks to eat corn beef and cabbage.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Local Rancher, Brian Potter, needed to move cattle from a southwest pasture to a northwest pasture. After notifying Dallam County Sheriff, Bruce Scott the move was scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

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The design contest for the Dalhart Police Department vehicles is heating up. Several excellent entries have been received, but there still time to submit your entries. The deadline is March 31, 2012. Entries may be submitted to the Dalhart Texan or to the Dalhart Police Department.

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The Judas Horse

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

While watching an older movie last week I came upon an interesting term, “Judas Horse.’ A little research turned up some surprising information.
Mustang horses freely roamed the plains in the old west and remain even today. They were “free” for the cowboys to round up and sell. Often they were sold to the U.S. Calvary.  At round up time, a tame horse was turned loose near the herd.  His job was to lead the wild horses to the box canyon or holding pen, He was called a “Judas horse.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Last month, Dalhart’s Cuties raised close to $200 for the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center. This month area dogs, cows, cats and birds are lending a paw, hoof and claw to the same cause.
Pictures of the cutest critters in Dalhart have been submitted and now we need area businesses, residents and pet lovers to vote. The winner will be determined by the pet the collects the greatest amount of money.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Spring break began Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. when Dalhart Independent School District (DISD) released students early for the long awaited vacation. Officially, yesterday was the first day the halls of all DISD schools were silent.