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By RODNEY WHITE

    The Dalhart Athletic department concluded a successful season with an awards banquet at the Rita Blanca Coliseum.  The banquet was a culmination of hard work by all the great student athletes and coaches at Dalhart High School.  All the athletes that received awards were recognized Tuesday night, and it is a tribute to Athletic Director Stephen Young and the great staff that he has put together that allowed everything to go so smoothly and everyone was home before 9:00 p.m.

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By ROBIN SCOTT

     Traveling across the great state of Texas brings back special memories for everyone.  Many of those memories include stopping off at one of the roadside parks and picnic areas, pulling out the picnic basket and cozying up to a picnic table for a sandwich and a break from travel.  The roadside parks offered a chance to take a look at a roadmap, throw out the trash and walk the dog.  Sadly, those memories are less likely to become the memories of today’s children as many of the roadside parks and picnic areas will close in Texas.

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By ROBIN SCOTT

    The XIT Rangers Annual St. Jude’s Hospital Benefit Ride was held on May 15.  The wagon trail got underway at 10:00 a.m.  The Chuck Wagon supper began at 6:00 p.m. at the Rangers’ clubhouse and was provided by C Bar C, Ken Cunningham and Crew.
    Proceeds from the event benefit the doctors and researchers at St. Jude in the efforts to find cures for illnesses such as cancer.  St. Jude’s daily operating cost exceeds $1.5 million and most of that gets paid by the generous donations and public contributions.

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By AARON GRAVES

    A total of 12 tornadoes touched down in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles Tuesday evening, according to a preliminary report from the National Weather Service office in Amarillo. All 12 where rated EF0, most being short-lived and causing little if any damage.  Four tornadoes where spawned by a storm that came close to Dalhart and moved on towards Stratford.

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Some Assembly Required

     I love that phrase.  We got a new shed in our backyard, which required MUCH more than “some” assembly. In fact, after two full days of reading and following each step, we wondered if it would have been smarter to have it “put together” by the construction crew at Sears.  The first day, we were fighting the Panhandle wind, and the second, a day too cold for the middle of May.  By evening the door was able to be shut, and we were amazed that we had used every puzzle piece in the box!

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By ROBIN SCOTT

Burglars hit the Hartley School on May 3.  Several items were taken and vandalized.  Officials from the school contacted the Hartley County Sheriff’s Office and an investigation got underway.

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By NATHAN FRENCH

    The Amarillo Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (ABMTP) consisting of Texas Oncology–Amarillo Cancer Center, Northwest Texas Hospital, and Coffee Memorial Blood Center, received official accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). Amarillo and panhandle area patients now have access to a nationally-recognized program in their local area that provides a one-stop, total-therapy approach to patients with blood cancers.  

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By ROBIN SCOTT

The Dalhart and surrounding area Walk Across Texas program got underway on March 12 and the group of walkers had their first “Don’t give up!” event on Friday, May 14. The 32-week walking program was designed to help communities establish the habit of regular physical activity.

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Can I carry a handgun in my vehicle?

By ROBIN SCOTT

    Question:  Can you solve an argument between my mother and me?  She was concerned that I could be arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon because I travel with a handgun in my vehicle.  I believe that the law changed to allow a person to carry a handgun in their own vehicle.  

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By ROBIN SCOTT

 

    Dr. Jose Espinel and family are leaving Dalhart.  The Espinels arrived in Dalhart five years ago, and Dr. Espinel has been the General Surgeon for Coon Memorial Hospital.  The Espinels departure comes as very sad news for the community who has truly embraced the doctor and his family.

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By NATHAN FRENCH

    From an aide to the main gal, Brandi Miller is no stranger to either dedication or the value of hard work.  Brandi began her career with Coon Memorial over nine years ago as an activity aide and as of April 12 took the reigns as Nursing Home Administrator. 
 

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By ROBIN SCOTT

    The bands from Dalhart Independent School District performed at the DHS Auditorium on Monday, May 10.  Student members of the sixth grade band, junior high band and Golden Wolves high school band had the audience clapping, tapping their toes and singing.

 

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By ROBIN SCOTT

    A community fundraising campaign for the Dallam and Hartley Counties Library Expansion Project, designed to enlarge, improve and update the facility, has been announced by members of the Dalhart Education Foundation. 

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By ROBIN SCOTT

The Hand That Feeds U.S. (THTFU), held a photo contest to promote the Ag business and a Dalhart resident made it into the top 30 photos.  Kayla Ferris, of the Scott Ferris family, entered a photo entitled “Farming For Our Future,” and it was selected, along with 29 other entries, as the top 30. 

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Give them a thumbs up

By ROBIN SCOTT

    In August of 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day.  Parades, open houses, receptions and air shows signified the first Armed Forces Day.  Ten thousand troops of all branches of the military, cadets, and veterans marched passed President Truman that year. 

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By PATSI LOWE

Did you hear about the Polings?  They became movie stars!  Yes, along with a host of area residents and most of the citizens of nearby Roy, New Mexico, the Todd Poling family made their debut on the silver screen in the feature film “Did You Hear About The Morgans?”

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
SPECIAL TO THE TEXAN
Three elected council members and one appointed council member were sworn in by City Secretary Frances Childers at the May 11 Dalhart City Council Meeting.

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By ROBIN SCOTT

    Hartley County has reported a second confirmed case of rabies within the county.  A rabid skunk was discovered.  Suzan Norwood, Public Health Technician with the Texas Department of State Health Services, Zoonosis Control Program in Canyon, provided the warning in an email to all interested persons on Thursday, May 13.    

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Laughter—Good medicine

    I have read many times that a good laugh is better than medicine.  There have been myriads of reports giving laughter top billing in helping people get well.  It has been known to stimulate the heart, reduce stress, lower bad cholesterol and even lower blood pressure. There must be something to it; there is a whole study dedicated to Laughter as medicine called gelotology, the study of humor and its psychological effects on the human body.

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By ROBIN SCOTT
The gusting wind that blew through Dallam and Hartley Counties on Monday caused more than the general annoyances.  A grain elevator owned by Hereford Grain in Hartley was ripped from its foundation by the powerful winds.  It remained nearly in place, having been barricaded in by other undamaged elevators.