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By ASHLEY ELERICK

While most kids cannot wait until summer vacation to be able to relax and play, for many of those kids, the long summer break can be detrimental to their educational development. Although relaxing and unwinding over summer break is important, spending a little time on the more challenging topics while there is no pressure during the summer can help kids greatly improve their academic ability.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Five months ago we were humming “Up, Up and Away,” when contemplating the prices we were paying at the pump ($3.07 and $3.09 in Dalhart and Amarillo, respectively) and that was BEFORE we hit the national high average price of $3.98 back in May. According to the June 21, 2011 AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the national average  price for regular gas is $3.637, down five cents from the previous week; further, down 22 cents from the previous month and down 32 cents from that outrageous high in May.

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By DON WHITE

It is certainly cheaper than cigarettes! During the Tuesday, June 22, School Board meeting, Jeff Lloyd presented a mandate from the USDA Child Nutrition Division requiring an increase in student lunches. Superintendant David Foote pointed out that this was the first time in nine years that there was a mandated price increase. In an attempt to make the cost of student lunches more uniform across the nation, the USDA Child Nutrition Division has implemented the mandate, Equity in School Lunch Pricing, requiring each school district in the country to increase student lunch prices based on the current prices.

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Cassidy Horn

By ASHLEY ELERICK

Cassidy Horn is the 16-year-old daughter of Powder and Amy horn, and sister to Emory Horn. Cassidy lives on the ranch where she grew up working cattle with her dad.

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Saige Casey-Pritchett

By ASHLEY ELERICK

Saige Casey-Pritchett is also in the running for the 2011 XIT Queen. Saige is the 15-year-old daughter of Mickie and Snuffy Pritchett, and is a junior in high school.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

A person can’t discuss the history of the main street of Dalhart without including that corner building on the northeast side of Second and Main, first known as the Cozy Corner Café, but better known later as the B and B Café. The anecdotes of life here on this corner are as rich as the memories of the courthouse or the folklore of the Felton.  Where the courthouse may have been the scene of a town becoming official, and the Felton might have been an early day cultural arts center, the Cozy Corner/B and B Café was one of the hubs of this small town, feeding countless residents and travelers and serving as a gathering place for the community for many years.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

With advances in modern technology come serious concerns about the consequences some of these modern innovations may pose to youth in the United States.
The ever-growing texting phenomenon is one aspect of technological advancement that has parents and behavioral experts worried.

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The Guest(s)

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

For weeks I schemed to make sure everything would be perfect when my friend, Dianne, would come to spend a few days.  I hung my best sheets out to dry so they would have that amazing “dried outside” smell.  I added candles and knick-knacks to the guest room to give that “ah” feeling.  I planned menus, outings and chose girl flicks.  I picked out special praise music for my “outdoor paradise.” I was prepared.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Local real estate agents have noticed a really good trend: sales of existing homes, with prices in the range of $100,000 to $150,000, have grown significantly over the last three months. Glen Cummings of Cummings Real Estate said that his brokerage has seen more homes sold in the last three months than sold in the last six months, combined.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

As the 2011 XIT Rodeo and Reunion draws near, 2010-2011 XIT Queen Danae Parman prepares to pass on her title. “It will be sad to pass on the title of Queen,” said Parman Tuesday, June 21. “Serving as XIT Queen has been a lot of fun working with the directors and getting to know them all, but at the same time, I know the next queen will have a great time too."

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Everyone who lives in the Texas Panhandle is aware that we share the region with venomous snakes. The state of Texas is home to 15 potentially venomous snakes or subspecies, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. In this area, rattlesnakes are the main concern.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

People who wait to pay until the day their water service will be disconnected for non-payment will find that doing so is going to cost them more money. The Dalhart City Council voted to approve the new policy at their regular meeting Tuesday, and it will take effect of August 1. Following is a summary of the new policy:
All delinquent accounts will have a $25.00 Administrative Fee added to the account. This fee must be paid, whether the services were disconnected or not.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

XIT Directors and rodeo queen contestants spent Friday, June 17, 2011 “Plastering Dalhart” with posters announcing the upcoming festivities. The event will take place August 4, 5 and 6; and marks the 75th anniversary for the annual rodeo and reunion.

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By BAILEY NAUGLE

Wednesday marked the beginning of what will likely be an unimpressive wheat harvest for the Dalhart area.
Jim Turner, General Manager for Dalhart Consumers, on Thursday, reported that Consumers had been receiving wheat, but that it was still too early in harvest to determine yields.

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By JILL BEMPONG

The National Junior High Finals Rodeo, which has more than 1,000 contestants from the United States, Canada and Australia and takes place in Gallup, NM, really only has one truly important contestant as far as the Wilkerson family  is concerned.  That would be Cassi Wilkerson, a seventh grader from Turlock, CA, who has earned a place on the California National Junior High Rodeo team and will compete in Pole Bending. Cassi is the granddaughter of Larry and Carla Wilkerson, long time residents of Dalhart; and daughter of Robert, who graduated from Dalhart High in 1985, and Melodie. Robert’s siblings, Todd Wilkerson and Amy Garner, are Dalhart residents as well. Interestingly, Turlock, CA is about 11 miles from Hilmar, CA where Hilmar Cheese is based.

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To save money on utility bills

By AARON GRAVES

One thing is for sure, Dalhart is hot!
For 14 of the first 15 days of the month, Dalhart’s temperature has been above 90 degrees. Most of those days we reached the upper 90s, and four of those days it rose to 100 degrees or more. Yesterday’s high, the 16th of June, was expected to hit 105.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

With our present-day communications being less and less of the letter-writing origin, and more often that of quick, abbreviated email and texting, it might be hard to imagine that at one time, the mark of validity for a town was to have its very own post office. But for Dalhart, the post office was a vital requirement for a town forming at the turn of the twentieth century. Robert Edgell, the very first editor of the newspaper at that time, then called The Denrock Sun, printed his own advertisement in which he listed several businesses needed in the fledgling community, ending with this declaration: “My kingdom for a post office."

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Dalhart resident and area cattleman Tom Jessop recently earned his fourth trip to the B.A.S.S. Federation’s National Championship Tournament. At the National Championship tournament, Jessop has the opportunity to qualify to continue on to the Bassmaster Classic.

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By JUDI WIEGMAN

Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day.  It never seems to receive the notoriety as Mother’s Day.  Could it be partly because America has allowed the image we once had of “good ole dad” to be distorted by the more popular role of him being a clueless klutz on TV?  You only need to watch sitcoms and commercials for a brief time to find dad in a role as the underdog; a man who just can’t seem to do anything right.  (I, for one, love the mute button on my remote!)

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The Carpenter’s Daughter
(A tribute to my two fathers)

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

He’s gone now, my earthly father, but I can picture him as he bent over the workbench in his shop behind the house. His weathered hands drew out a design on a fine piece of wood. Sometimes he gave me a “scrap of wood” so I could fashion a small wooden “boat” to sail in a puddle. He was a carpenter and I am his daughter.