Standstill on Highway 87 North coming to end
This past April area residents learned that the portion of Highway 87 North out of Dalhart that was slated for widening and an upgrade was at an indefinite standstill. In a meeting of the Dalhart Area Rotary Club held on April 2nd, Donald “Don” Drickey, Area Engineer for the Dumas/Amarillo District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot), addressed issues about road and bridge construction, including Phase IV of the construction on Highway 87.
Ice on the roadway cause of two accidents
Along with the rain and cold weather last weekend came ice, which became the reason for two motor vehicle accidents on Highway 54 West. The two accidents involved ice which covered bridges in Hartley County. The accidents are a reminder that winter weather is fast approaching and drivers should take the time to refresh their defensive driving safety skills before winter is in full swing.
Dalhart Lady Wolves defeat Levelland Loboetts
The Lady Wolves Freshmen, JV, and Varsity teams played host to the Levelland Lady Loboetts on Saturday. Unfortunately for Levelland, Dalhart was not a very good host as all three Dalhart teams came away with wins and did not lose a single game in the three matches played. The freshmen won 25-13, 25-8 and the JV 25-11, 25-7. The varsity followed suit with a three game win in their match, 25-10, 25-11, 25-6.
Stamp purchase lands dinner and a murder mystery
When Dalhart Post Master Traci Yanke decided to come up with an idea that would boost sales toward the end of the Post Office’s fiscal year, she did so in style. She announced to patrons that if they purchased a book of stamps, their name would get put into a drawing. The prize was dinner at Hodie’s Restaurant and an evening at La Rita Theatre for a murder mystery.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I had a car loan with my bank that I defaulted on. I was laid off from my job and I just couldn’t keep up with the payments. I signed the car back over to my bank and I even took my car to them rather than having it repossessed. That was almost a year ago. I never changed my bank to any other. I went back to work and I started putting extra money into my savings account so that I could save up for another car. I just found out that the bank took all of the money in my savings account and applied it to the deficit I owed on the car that I defaulted on. How can my bank, without my permission, take my hard earned savings? Is that legal? They told me that not only did they have the right to do it but that I gave them permission in my banking contract with them. I do not ever remember signing a banking contract with my bank and now I’m out nearly $3,000 that was in my savings account.
Winner of the Week
Josie Ramirez receives her prize money as the winning contestant of the seventh week’s football contest. She got eight out of nine correct with the tie breaker of 38. The annual contest that lasts through the football season is sponsored by First National Bank. Entrants are reminded to print their name on the form and include their daytime phone number so that they can be notified if they win.
Winner of gift subscription announced
The Dalhart Texan couldn’t miss the Keep the Shine on Denrock Block Party and was there in full force with a glimmering booth. The Dalhart Texan’s themed booth was “A Dalhart Texan Affair” with all table décor fitting of a black tie affair.
Two area Veterans treated to historical flight to D.C.
By Robin Scott
The 2nd annual Texas Panhandle Honor Flight left Amarillo on October 7th with 151 passengers on board. About half of those were 80-somethings who had served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II and the Korean War. The Veterans were invited to travel to Washington, D.C. on an all expenses paid visit to the nation’s Capitol. The three days and two nights trip included visiting the War Memorials honoring service members.
The American Airlines “Flagship Liberty,” a 737 aircraft bearing a large yellow ribbon on its tail, has the honor each year of flying the vets and guardian volunteers from Amarillo directly to Washington Reagan Airport, Washington, DC.
While Janda was here from Portland we made a trip down memory lane; well, Sagebrush Road, where she lived and played as a child.
As we turned the corner in front of the home where she grew up, I caught the look of surprise on her face. When we moved there, the house was plain and naked without a shrub or tree in sight.
Mild summer weather leads to slow start for corn harvest
Relatively cool temperatures throughout the summer months have slowed the maturity of area corn crops, leading to a late start on harvest this year.
National Breast Cancer awareness month
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older and breast cancer deaths have declined. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month educates women about the importance of early detection. More and more women are getting mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. As a result, breast cancer deaths are on the decline. All women should be encouraged to get mammograms on a regular basis.
A passion for running
Dalhart residents recently had the opportunity to meet a woman running from Boston, Massachusetts to San Diego, California and perhaps become a part of record book history. Katy Visco, who turned 24-years-old during her 9-month long trek, is the youngest woman ever to begin a cross-America run. If she decides to run back across the country, she will also become the first person in history to do so.
Dalhart Fire Department educates with puppet show
National Fire Prevention Week began on Sunday, October 4th. The Dalhart Fire Department took the opportunity to visit with more than 700 children throughout the week and talk about fire safety.
Fire Chief Curtis Brown of the Dalhart Fire Department was busy traveling to area schools, churches and day care centers with Fred the Firemen and Spot the Dalmatian, two puppets clad in firefighter gear. The volunteer firefighters who work for the Dalhart Fire Department spent some of their “down” time building a puppet show stage, which they transport with them when they visit with kids. Throughout the week, the firefighters met with area youngsters and introduced Fred and Spot, who assisted in the message of fire safety.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I was served with papers recently. The man who served me was not a Deputy Sheriff or wearing a uniform. I thought that only the Sheriff’s Office could serve people with civil papers. Have I been legally served or is the service invalid because it wasn’t a Deputy Sheriff that served the papers on me?
Winner of the Week
Gary Messer receives his prize money as the winning contestant of the sixth week’s football contest. He got eight out of nine correct with the tie breaker of 50. The annual contest that lasts through the football season is sponsored by First National Bank. Entrants are reminded to print their name on the form and include their daytime phone number so that they can be notified if they win.
Dallam County Judge signs proclamation
Judge David Field, Dallam County Judge, honored the 4-H Youth Development Program of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service by signing a Proclamation on October 1, 2009. The honor recognized 102 years that 4-H has provided experience-based education to youngsters throughout the Lone Star State.
Man fails to sneak marijuana through town
Early Saturday evening, October 3rd, officers with the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office made a large dent in the amount of drugs trafficked through Dalhart. Deputy Jack Reynolds pulled over a vehicle on Highway 54 East. The vehicle had Arizona license plates and was traveling at nearly 100 miles per hour. The stop occurred just after members of the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office had driven to Conlen to check on a Trooper who hadn’t responded to his radio.
Reminiscing time near
Reminisce is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “to recall the past.” We all from time to time reminisce of past days regardless of our age. We recall people, places, and events from our past; those objects, places, and individuals who helped us define who we are today. Reminiscing serves as an avenue for us to not forget the past; but rather let it linger in our mind, celebrating those joyous past occasions and the people who had a great impact in who we are today.
Cargill Cares Committee Supports St. Anthony School Science Program
The Cargill Cares Committee (CCC) has made a grant to St. Anthony’s Catholic School to help build their science program through equipment and resources. The CCC grant will boost science instruction for students with emphasis on local applications such as agriculture- and dairy-related experiments. Experiments and science education would be coupled with field trips to local dairies and agriculture sites such as feedyards. This expanded effort will couple nicely with new science texts purchased for the current school year.
United Supermarkets supports 2009 Sponsors for Education Excellence Program
AMARILLO - Communication skills are central to a successful life and can affect the well-being of many Americans. One in six Americans is known to have a communication disability with the numbers doubling in the last 30 years.