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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On June 21, 2012 with a 64-35 vote, the United States Senate adopted a five year Farm Bill that they consider their version of a major overhaul of farm policy and saving over 24 billion dollars in the next ten years.  The draft of the 2012 farm bill that recently passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee has committee members optimistic about the bill’s chances, but agriculture officials from Texas and the South are not entirely enthused with the Senate’s version of what they consider to be good news.

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Wright was raised in Stratford, Texas and graduated from Stratford High School in 1979. He met and later married his wife Bevilyn of 31 years. They have two daughters, Deanna Young and Lacy Copeland, both of Elkhart, KS. They also have four grandchildren. The Wright’s have lived in Dalhart for over eight years.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The 76th Annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion Board of Directors have announced Charles Steel as the Parade Marshal for the 76th Annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion. Steel has served on various boards, including Dalhart Country Club, XIT Museum, Dalhart Community Theatre, and the Chamber of Commerce during his residency in Dalhart. Steel has dedicated endless hours of service on the boards of various banking institutions that span over 60 years. Steel was also involved in numerous farms and feedlots in the area, including Nortex, Northern Feeders, Terranorte, Texlan Farms, and Steel & Watkins.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Dalhart Police Department (DPD) arrested Elmer Lee Talvitie at his home at 1006 Peach. Talvitie was holding weapons, that he had fired eight rounds from into the vacant house across the street from his home stated several eye witnesses.  

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The Annual July 4th Community Fireworks celebration held on Wednesday by the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dalhart was a beautiful display of pyrotechnics. Not only were the fireworks a spectacular light show, but the full moon was red as it rose on the horizon as if it too was joining in the festivities.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Sparklynn Beverly Rust is the 17 year old daughter of Cody Rust and Ronnie Patterson. Rust is a senior at Randall High. She began showing in 4-H when she was nine years old and has competed in several ranch rodeos. When Rust isn’t helping her dad, Ronnie, she enjoys jumping, working cattle and speed events.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Psalm 91 has long been my favorite!  I love these words, “The one who lives under the protection of the Almighty dwells in the shadow of the Most High. …He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”    
God’s Word, my guide and instruction book for life has yet to let me down.  In times of indecision, I return to its pages to find just exactly what I need.  Over and over again He calls from my memory bank the Word’s I have memorized and hidden in my heart to give me substance for my day, light for my path.

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By LEANN PACHECO

In a DHCHD board meeting Thursday evening, June 28, CEO Leroy Schaffner explained that it is “difficult to know what to do” at this point with regards to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to uphold the most controversial part of the Affordable Care Act, the individual mandate to purchase health insurance. Approximately 4.1 million Texans are currently without health coverage, he shared, “but we are still unsure how the ruling will affect us. We can’t plan based on the ruling, as there may soon be a new Congress or new president.”

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

In his 1986 fourth of July speech, Ronald Reagan spoke eloquently about those men long ago who signed the Declaration of Independence, saying, “…We do know for certain that 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Some gave their lives in the war that followed, most gave their fortunes, and all preserved their sacred honor. What manner of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.”

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The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dalhart cordially invite you to come celebrate Independence Day with us.  The Annual July 4th Community Fireworks display is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the Rita Blanca Lake after dark.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Shelby Victoria Spielman who will be celebrating her 15th birthday on July 4th is the daughter of Michele and Gary Spielman. She was born in Dumas and lived in Boise City until she was 18 months old at which time she and her family returned to Dalhart.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dallam Hartley County 911 dispatchers received a call on Friday, June 22, at 12:00 p.m. Captain Robert Stout, Officer Logan Fry and Sgt. David Conner of the Dalhart Police Department along with Dalhart EMS responded to 808 W. 7th; Apt. #13 in regards to an unconscious, unresponsive male subject.  Sgt. David R. Conner arrived on scene and initiated an investigation.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

From life’s first cry until our final breath we all live with no promise of tomorrow. Bill Hunter opened the vigil for the three men lost to the Goodwell tragedy. A vigil was held in memory of John Hall, Dan Hall and Brian Stone at Hillside Christian Church on Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Robyn Gail Richardson is the 14 year old daughter of Susie and Steve Richardson and sister to Rebecca and brother to Rem. Richardson lives on a ranch and has been around horses her entire life. Richardson is a living legacy of the XIT Ranch as her great-great grandfather and great- great uncle worked for the XIT Ranch.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

The Dalhart City Council had the first readings of franchise agreements with Atmos Energy and West Texas Gas. Both companies provide natural gas service to the residents of Dalhart. The new agreements are necessary as the old agreements have expired or are about to expire. The proposed agreements are for 10 years and would lower the franchise fee being charged to Atmos customers from five percent to three percent, which is the same rate as the rest of the city’s franchise agreements. The agreement with West Texas Gas would stay at the current three percent. The agreements are referred to as Ordinance 2012-10 and Ordinance 2012-11. One council member abstained from voting on Ordinance 2012-10.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Several comments on last week’s entry all had to do with that one amazing word; patience.  Remember the Heinz ketchup commercial?  A kid sits with the ketchup bottle poised over his pile of fries “patiently” waiting for that first drop to roll out of the bottle.  The announcer says, “The taste is worth the wait.”  That sums it up!  For Chalmer, when each section of the lawn has been worked over and there is more grass than weeds, his patience has paid off.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“I saw Dan Hall sitting at this depot this morning and we heckled each other before leaving, those were the last words I said to my friend,” stated a Union Pacific Engineer.
Dan Hall is believed to be one of the three men that were unaccounted for in a head on train collision in Goodwell, Oklahoma Sunday, June 24. According to railroad official spokes person Tom Lange.  Two cargo trains collided just east of Goodwell about 10:08 a.m. “The east bound train was coming from Los Angeles east bound to Chicago, the west bound train was on its way to Chicago from Kansas City,” said Lange,  “The cause of the accident is unknown and an investigation is under way.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Three areas of Dallam County totaling 961,703 acres are not currently part of a groundwater conservation district. The question posed is will these land owners be required or forced to join North Plains Groundwater Conservation District? This was a topic discussed by members of the board at their Tuesday, June 19 meeting.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On April 13, 2012 the Dalhart Texan reported that investigators Sgt. David Connor and Lt. Mike Ford confirmed enough evidence to arrest Fransisco “Frankie Joe” Jose Fuentes.  Fuentes was arrested by members of the Dalhart Police Department and booked in the Dallam Hartley County jail on April 5, 2012. Fuentes was charged with the March 5, 2012 burglaries of R & R Machine, XIT Ford and the March 25, 2012 burglary of Central United Methodist Church.  At that time Dalhart Police Chief, Gary Sinclair stated, “He [Fuentes] was a suspect from the beginning.” Fuentes is known as a “frequent flyer” at the Dallam Hartley county jail. His criminal record began with arrests dating back to 2000 for similar crimes.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Curtis Brown, Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief stated, “We responded to a call for a structure fire at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19. Upon arrival one bedroom was on fire, but it was quickly contained.” The home involved in the fire is located at #17 South Park in Dalhart. The residence is occupied, but it is not known at this time if anyone was home.