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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

United States Congressman Mac Thornberry held a coffee for Dalhart area residents on Monday, April 2, as part of a Panhandle road rally. Thornberry is seeking a fifth term in his current U.S. Congressional position. One of the questions asked of the Congressman was his position on term limits for Senators and Representatives. Thornberry acknowledged the question posed and stated that he was for setting term limits on these positions.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Story Time in Dalhart was full of surprises on Wednesday. Because the weather turned out cool and damp, the children of CUMC’s pre-school program did not make their usual trek across the street to the Dallam-Hartley County Library, which hosts the bi-weekly event. Instead, Story Time came to the church.

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His Last Pulpit

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Baby Jesus’ first pulpit was the most unlikely of places, a manger!  A host of angels directed the shepherds to His lowly crib. His message spoke volumes to the shepherds as they gazed on this tiny human form of God. They must have wondered how He could fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Thursday, March 29 at the monthly Dalhart Rotary Club luncheon, Texas Senator Kel Seliger fielded questions from members of the community. Seliger has served on several committees and is a leader in advocating for education.
Seliger is running for his third, four-year term in November of 2012 and is anticipating an appointment as chairman of one of the education committees.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Over 250 people attended the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce “Pride of Texas” Community Tailgate Party last Thursday evening, March 29, at Rita Blanca Coliseum. The banquet offered 21 raffle packages, door prizes, a silent auction, food and beverages, entertainment and awards. The dress code was casual, with most guests dressed in a favorite team jersey or t-shirt.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“Every Child Needs a Hero…Abused Children Need Super Heroes”
CASA 69 (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will host their First Annual CASA Super Hero 5K run on April 21, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. The Super Hero 5K run/walk is being held in conjunction with the designation of April as Child Abuse and Prevention Awareness Month and many other 5K events around the state.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The March Madness championship game is over, but at press time on Monday we weren’t sure if our  “Texan Wild Card” team would win.

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By LEANN PACHECO

The Dallam-Hartley Counties Hospital District Board of Directors met Thursday evening, March 29 at Coon Memorial Hospital. Agenda items included: financial reports; CEO reports; discuss, review, take action on hospital, nursing home, Dalhart Family Medicine Clinic, and assisted living; new business; old business; Executive Session.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Dalhart City Manager and long-time resident Greg Duggan was recognized as the city’s 2011 Outstanding Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held Thursday night at Rita Blanca Coliseum.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Carol and Doug Lathem and their 9-year-old daughter Emma, of Lathem Farms, received the 2011 Agriculture Family of the Year award at the annual Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce banquet held Thursday evening at Rita Blanca Coliseum.

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By LEANN PACHECO

The importance of volunteerism within a community cannot be overestimated. That’s why the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the dedication and service of one truly outstanding volunteer annually with the Volunteer of the Year award. The 2011 award was presented at the Chamber’s “Pride of Texas” themed banquet Thursday evening to long-standing Dalhart community member David Bierbaum.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

More apartments in Dalhart are on the way as the Dalhart City Council voted at their Tuesday, March 27 meeting to award a bid for the sale of 16.58 acres of land to Sandy Ridge Ranch, LLC, for the purpose of constructing apartments. Damon Admire, representing Sandy Ridge Ranch, said if the sale closes smoothly, his company would be able to begin construction of 64 units and a clubhouse on May 1. The city sold the land to Sandy Ridge, LLC for $12,000 an acre.

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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?”