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    The residents at Legacy Assisted Living and their guests enjoyed a “Hollywood” Banquet Thursday evening, February 18.  A black stretch limo was parked under the portico, indicating the arrival of VIPs and celebrities.  The living area and dining room were decorated with pictures of movie stars (mostly from the 1940’s and 50’s) and lots of glitter.  Dining tables had silver and gold sprays and vases of beautiful red roses.  There was a “Legacy Wall of Fame” with the name of each resident on a gold star.   The guests entered through the foyer, which resembled a movie theater lobby and had a bright red popcorn wagon, reels of film and colorful posters advertising coming attractions.  One side of the living area represented the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel, with half columns and large silver vases of palm fronds.  The other side had a make believe theater, complete with velvet rope and seats in front of the screen.

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    A weak winter system that spit sleet and a bit of snow at us last weekend also brought something we don’t usually see and hear this time of year: lightning and thunder.

    The Saturday evening sky lit up periodically, reminding us that lightning is a year round danger for those who are caught outside. This past week was declared severe weather awareness week by Governor Perry in an effort to remind Texans about what to do and not do when severe weather approaches. We’ll look at these reminders over the next few weeks. Thanks to Saturday’s light show, we’ll start with lightning safety.

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    Dallam County uses the law firm of Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins and Mott of Amarillo for collections on outstanding warrants and fees.  This year, the law firm is also handling the notice letters for the 2010 Great Texas Warrant Roundup, a statewide effort to bring in offenders who have failed to pay fines and fees.

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    Anyone with an outstanding warrant or unpaid fees and fines owed to Hartley County has an immediate opportunity to take care of all outstanding warrants, fines and fees and avoid arrest.  Beginning on March 6th, the 2010 Great Texas Warrant Roundup gets underway and thousands of law enforcement officers across the entire state of Texas will be going to homes, businesses and known hangouts to “roundup” the offenders.

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    The young woman from Boston who ran all the way to San Diego, CA returned to Dalhart to speak about her journey and reunite with her host family and the friends she made while she was in Dalhart last October.  Katie’s trek began on March 29th and ended as scheduled on December 29th when she arrived in San Diego.  The more than 3,000 mile run took nine months. 

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    The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department’s 104th Annual Supper is just around the corner.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rita Blanca Coliseum.  The supper is an area favorite event.  The firefighters for the Dalhart Fire Department will cook for the community.  The chili and stew they present every year is a long-standing tradition that gets better each year. 

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Old Man Winter

    Settling into the loveseat in front of the window and sharing the warm quilt with my dog, Berkley, I curl my hands around a pretty red mug filled with cinnamon coffee. The warm fireplace gives off its glow, setting the stage for a quiet afternoon watching it snow, again.   I’m sure you must think; how dumb!  Hasn’t she seen enough snow? Surely she knows what it looks like by now!

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    Early morning precipitation in the area led to the development of black ice and hazardous driving conditions.  By early afternoon, reports of motor vehicle accidents on Highway 87 North near Perico, numbered six, keeping the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office, DPS Troopers and EMS very busy.

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    Question:  What is an ad valorem tax?  Do I pay it?  I have heard this term before, but I really don’t understand what it is or how it is assessed.  

Answer:  The question isn’t really what “is” an ad valorem tax, but “what” may be taxed ad valorem.  Ad valorem is a Latin term that means “according to the value,” and for purposes of taxation means “proportionate,” or a “based upon value.”  It is a method of calculating how much tax is assessed or levied against a particular thing.

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    You’re pregnant! And you have just been told by your doctor that your blood pressure is dangerously high!  Or let’s say you are a new breastfeeding mom suffering from postpartum depression, or perhaps it is just a matter of battling a terrible cold that is keeping you from getting the rest you so desperately need to be able to care for your family.  You have just joined a growing number of women whose health and peace of mind is in jeopardy.  Naturally, you are worried that any medication you might take for your condition could endanger your pregnancy or bring harm to your baby through your breast milk.

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    Most people can recall an image of a young boy helping a little old lady across the street.  The young boy wearing a tan shirt with a gold neckerchief held around his neck by a slide in the shape of a wolf or bear, and the little old lady, leaning on a cane in one hand and her other looped through the young man’s arm.  The Boy Scouts do much more than assist those in need.  They also get involved in community events and fundraisers.

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    On December 5, 2009, the local Cub Scout group Pack 46 held their local Pinewood Derby. This is one of the annual events that the Cub Scouts do.  They receive their derby kits in November, which consists of a block of wood, tires and axles.  Along with these items, their talent and help of parents, they create a car. The day of the race, the cars are weighed in, the car has to be 5oz. or less. Two boys set their cars on the track and the race begins.  The first one to the finish line wins. Lots of fun for young and old, the excitement of seeing which car will make it first.

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    The excitement of Election Day is certainly something that is understandable; however, the opportunity to avoid the crowds or wait in a long line is tempting as well.  Early voting provides just such an opportunity, yet many area residents have not taken advantage of the ease of voting that early voting offers.

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    In spring, a young man’s fancy turns to baseball, but this year the weather does not seem to be very conducive to baseball.  Somehow, with over a foot of snow piled up behind home plate, you can’t get very excited about sliding into home.

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    Each day the City of Dalhart looks a little less like a tornado traveled through as the branches and tree limbs that were knocked down during winter storms begin to disappear.  The effort has been twofold:  city employees are busy picking up as much as they can each day for chipping or disposal, and residents are getting the debris cleared away as well.

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    Melinda Clements is an educator and freelance author who lives on a 70,000 acre cattle ranch southwest of Odessa, Texas in the Permian Basin of West Texas.  Holding a Masters Degree in Education, Melinda teaches Technology and English IV at Crane High School in Crane, Texas.  Not only is she involved with the ranch and teaching, she is also a minister, a staff writer for Super Looper Magazine and also writes articles for the Dally Times and The Roping Pen magazines as well.  Additionally, Melinda pens her own monthly article entitled, “Thoughts of a Team Roping Spouse,” published in many team roping and equine magazines.

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    Dalhart area residents have become very familiar with the Wing name and the successes the Wing children have had in the rodeo world.  Stormy, the oldest of the three children, is busy making a name for himself as a pro rodeo bull rider.  Little sister Laramie is busy in her freshman year of goat tying post-high school and little brother Tex stays busy with the Junior Rodeo.

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COLLEGE STATION –Luke Gallegos, a 2004 graduate of Dalhart High School and a dairy science major at Texas A&M University, recently began a spring 2010 internship in  Washington, D.C. Luke will spend the spring as an integral part of Congressman Jeb Hensarlling’s team.

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    Saturday, February 20th will be a great day to eat out.  The Boy Scouts are having their annual Hamburger and Bratwurst Dinner fundraiser beginning at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rita Blanca Coliseum. 

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    The Dallam County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident near Perico on Tuesday, February 16th.   The call was dispatched at approximately 10:50 a.m. and within moments Sheriff Bruce Scott and Chief Deputy Kevin Martin were on their way to the scene.  Sheriff Scott stated, “We arrived at 11:15 a.m. to find the truck had rolled over and the driver was pinned inside.”