Swine Flu confirmed in Dalhart
DISD has confirmed that at least one student who attends Dalhart Junior High School has been confirmed with a case of swine flu. Symptoms to be mindful of include chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort. The strain of the current outbreak of swine flu is said to cause only mild symptoms and the infected persons should recover within a few days. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women and young children are at greatest risk of contracting the illness and having complications due to the illness. If you suspect you or a family member are ill with the swine flu, contact your doctor’s office by telephone first before going into their office.
Jose Abel Cancino remains at large
A massive manhunt got underway late Wednesday evening, October 14th. Area law enforcement agencies began a search for a man accused of shooting his wife in the apartment they shared together then fleeing the scene on foot. The incident occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m. and officers from the Dalhart Police Department quickly responded to the scene. Sadly, they discovered that the woman was killed from a gunshot wound to the face.
All School Reunion is here
A famous quote on the topic of forgetting by Friedrich Nietzsche goes “The advantage of a bad memory and forgetting a lot is that every experience is a new one.” As for me, forgetting is a daily occurrence. Whether it be where I placed the car keys, or what time I am supposed to be where, forgetting is commonplace for me. I often see others who also forget; whether it is forgetting to wear matching shoes or letting a nearing event slip their mind, and employing the “I simply forgot” excuse. Well fellow connoisseur of convenient forgetting, our excuse will not work this year for the All School Reunion because this piece is serving as a reminder.
Murder suspect wanted
On Wednesday, October 14, at approximately 8:45 p.m. Dalhart police and EMS responded to the 700 block of Peach St. regarding a shots fired call. Upon law enforcement arrival Elva Perez Cancino, age 63, was found mortally wounded at the scene. Her husband, Jose Abel Cancino age 78, was observed running away from the scene on foot and is the primary suspect in this homicide. Jose Cancino is still at large and a Dallam County Murder warrant has been issued for his arrest.
JOSE ABEL CANCINO IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS.
If anyone has information on the location of Jose Abel Cancino please contact the Dalhart Police Dept at 806-244-5546.
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.