Christmas Is — A National Holiday
We just returned from a few days in the Dallas area and coming through Amarillo we heard it; clerks saying, “Happy Holidays,” or faintly whispering, “Merry Christmas,” when you say it first!
The Christmas Holiday is an unusual time of year because it brings with it many stresses that, on their own, are difficult to handle, but combined could spell disaster. Managing the stresses that come with the holidays may be as easy as writing out a schedule or even saying “no.” Each family’s needs are different, so the various suggestions to follow may work for some, all or none. But one thing is for certain; everyone will be affected to some degree by the stresses that the holidays bring, so attempts to manage them should be worth their effort.
Man convicted of stabbing Cactus woman
A Moore County jury took less than an hour to convict a habitual criminal of assaulting a woman from Cactus last November. The ending to the bizarre circumstances surrounding the felon’s arrest may bring some relief for the victim.
“An Evening in December”
This year’s Christmas performance at the La Rita Theatre is scheduled for Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th. Both shows begin at 8:00 p.m. Guests also have an opportunity to enjoy a turkey and dressing holiday feast prior to the Saturday evening performance. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening at the Loose Caboose Restaurant located next door to the La Rita Theatre. Tickets for both shows may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce in advance, or at the door. Tickets for the dinner should be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce prior to Saturday.
Eta Upsilon Tour of Homes nearing
Celebrating Christmas is one of the most joyous times of year for many people, including myself. Glistening trees, twinkling lights, and the aroma of warm cinnamon all awaken my soul to the fact that Christmas must be nearing. The lighting of the cities’ Christmas lights around town reaffirmed that, yes, it truly is almost Christmas time. Every year even our little panhandle town somehow undergoes a magic transformation into something much similar to where you would find Santa living. From beautifully decorated homes to festive events, Dalhart is revving up for Christmas.
Santa’s not the only one delivering packages
The U. S. Postal Service rivals Santa Clause for on time holiday delivery of Christmas presents and gifts. USPS expects to deliver 16.6 billions cards, letters and packages all over the United States and abroad in a mere 30-day period. 97 million customers will visit the post office before Christmas to get their holiday fare in the mail.
Dalhart wins Jr. High UIL Academic Contest
As the sun was setting across the Panhandle, the victory cry for 107 Jr. High academic challengers was, “We Won!” One hundred and seven Jr. High students traveled anxiously to Frank Phillips College in Borger to represent Dalhart in the District 1-AAA UIL Jr. High Academic Contest on Friday, November 6, 2009. Participants got off their buses with teeth gritted for they knew they were about to face approximately 300 junior high students from Borger and Perryton to defend their academic title. Many hours were devoted to practice and competition by both students and teachers to ensure Dalhart was valiantly represented. Congratulations to all!
Ask The Lawyer
Question: My wife and I have been married for three years and I just found out that she has been having an affair with someone she works with. When I confronted her, she left to be with this guy from her work. I feel like this guy has really taken advantage of my wife and has been working on her, talking bad about me and making her feel like I’m the problem. My wife is young and impressionable, and I believe in my heart that he persuaded her to get involved with him, but that if he had just been the gentleman that she thought he was that our marriage would still be okay. What I want to know is can I sue the boyfriend for screwing up my marriage?
H1N1 Vaccine available in Dalhart
Hearing about the swine flu has become somewhat commonplace; however, the threat is still quite high and people in “high risk” categories are encouraged to take whatever steps necessary and available to avoid contracting the potentially deadly virus, including getting vaccinated.
All-District Volleyball awards
The district champion Dalhart Lady Wolves continue to bring in honors. The Lady Wolves took two of the top honors on the all-district squad. Shelby Wilt, a junior, received the district MVP award. Coach Satterfield said, “This is the second year in a row that this young lady has received this award. She makes our offense run smoothly and seamlessly. She has led the team in digs and service aces also. This is her third year on the All-District team.” Marlee Reynolds received the Offensive Player of the Year award. Coach Satterfield said, “Marlee is the most dominating hitter in our district and one of the best in class 3A. This is her third year on the All-District team.” If Marlee wasn’t injured, there is no telling what she would have accomplished.
Golden Wolves All-District Honors
The Golden Wolves continue to reap the rewards from a great season of hard work with the announcement of the All-District team awards. These awards are not only a tribute to the young men and the team that they played for, but also the coaches and parents that helped develop these young men into successful athletes. Coach Young had this to say about the team, “We felt like we had a great year, and we’re very proud of our young athletes. They made the playoffs four years in a row. That has never been done in Dalhart. A goal is a dream with a date attached to it. Our goal was to make the playoffs four years in a row here in Dalhart, and this was accomplished on November 6, 2009, when we beat Perryton for the third year in a row. This is something they can remember for a lifetime.”
Santa turns on thousands of lights
Santa Claus rolled up to Memorial Park in a cherry red Mustang on Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:30 p.m. and magically turned on the Christmas lights and decorations display in the park. Ready to greet Santa was a large group of anxious youngsters who endured freezing temperatures and 35-mile-an-hour wind gusts in order to see the red clad, jolly, old man.
Missing pilot found
A Virginia man, Dr. Kwan Kwok, who traveled to Dalhart on November 22nd to purchase an airplane never made it back to Virginia. Kwok, who purchased the twin-engine Piper PA-30, left Dalhart on November 23rd, and was found in West Virginia on Tuesday, December 2nd, among the wreckage of the aircraft.
Gift Subscription winners named
In our Community Choice Awards section that we recently published, we paid tribute to the best of the best; the people and businesses dedicated to always over delivering, committed to excellence, and never disappointing. As a token of our appreciation to our readers, especially those who participated by voting, we held a drawing for a three-month and a six-month subscription to the Dalhart Texan.
Getting a “jump” on a New Year’s Resolution
Can you believe it? 2009 made its debut and “poof” it was gone. Many of us made a New Year’s resolution and vowed that this time we would keep it—to the bitter end! How did you do? I must confess I made some attempts from time to time, but it really kicked in somewhere in October! I’ve given that some thought over the past few days and the decision was obvious; keep on keeping on and I’ll have a jump start for 2010.
44 seconds that change Christmas fire awareness
The Christmas Season brings with it many treasured traditions, and decorating a Christmas tree certainly tops the list. The season is meant to bring happiness, and not tragedy. A home fire caused by lights and decorations could more than ruin the holidays. Fortunately, fires caused by holiday decorations are preventable.
A sobering lesson on consequences
Deputy Chanze Fowler, with the Hartley County Sheriff’s Office, met with high school juniors at Channing High School on Friday, November 20th to talk about the consequences of drinking and driving. The DWI (driving while under the influence) and Traffic Safety Program was conducted in compliance with the STEP grant awarded to the Hartley County Sheriff’s Office.
City of Dalhart receives highest award
Annette Melius, Finance Director for the City of Dalhart, recently accepted an award for excellence in financial reporting on behalf of the city and its employees. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) was awarded to the City of Dalhart by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
Three P’s of winter driving
Area residents have had one day of winter weather driving this season, reminding everyone that winter brings with it poor driving conditions. Before ice and snow return, drivers should become familiar with what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the “Three P’s of winter driving. Prepare, protect yourself and prevent crashes.”
Santa is waiting
It is Santa season once more, and Mr. Claus is looking forward to receiving letters from all the children, both naughty and nice. He wants to know what you want for Christmas and how your year has been. Santa is very busy getting the reindeer ready for their big journey and has been getting the elves lined out on making toys. However, getting your letter to Santa all the way at the North Pole isn’t easy, so the Texan has set Santa’s mailbox outside the newspaper office, ready and waiting for Santa’s mail. So that we can ensure the letters arrive at the North Pole in time for Santa to read them and get all of the toys gathered for delivery, the Texan will be accepting Santa letters through December 18. We will publish the letters before we send them on to Santa as space permits. So whether you’ve been naughty or nice, get your letter ready, cookies made, and milk poured because Santa will be on his way before you know it!