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Warm Fuzzy February!
February is “home” to St. Valentines Day; the day when
“hearts” turn toward fiery friendships in our lives that give us a
“warm fuzzy” feeling. There are those who think big, rent billboards,
go to “Jared’s,” or buy time on a radio station to surprise that
“special someone” in their life. Companies like Hallmark Cards and
Russell Stover love the month of February! Chocolate in abundance; who
can beat that?
Facebook Fan of the Day
Dalhart resident Shelly Ferrel Coleman is originally from Memphis,
Texas. She and her family have resided in Dalhart for 15 years. She
and husband Chett married in August 1991. The Coleman’s have three
daughters, Allissa, KaLeigh and Alliebeth.
King and Queen of hearts
On Monday, February 15th, Coon Memorial Home named this year’s King
and Queen of Hearts: Everett and Myrtle Riggs. The couple met at the
Baptist Church in Beaver, Oklahoma. Everett was working on a farm and
Myrtle was a schoolteacher. The couple enjoyed an old fashioned
courtship, dating for about two years before they married in Goodwell,
Oklahoma. The pastor that married the couple had teased Myrtle that
she would become an old maid. She promised him that if she ever
married, he could perform the ceremony.
Wolves battle Estacado
The Wolves traveled to Lubbock Friday for their last game of the
season. A win would keep their playoff hopes alive, but the number
four ranked team in the state would have something to say about that.
Estacado got off to a great start as they used their speed and
quickness to shut down the passing lanes for the Wolves and force a lot
of turnovers, which resulted in fast break points for the Matadors.
Estacado took an early 13-0 lead before Thomas Allen scored with five
minutes left in the first quarter. Coach Walker used a time out with
the Wolves trailing 17-2, but the Estacado speed was just too much for
Dalhart. Thomas Allen made a three-foot jump shot to end the first
quarter at 4-21.
Early voting underway
Dallam and Hartley Counties early voting has begun and remains open
until February 26th. The primary election is scheduled for March 2nd.
Early voters in Dallam County may visit the Dallam County Clerk’s
office located at the Dallam County Courthouse on weekdays from 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To vote early in Hartley County, voters have two
choices. In Dalhart, voters may vote early at 701 Texas Boulevard from
8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In Channing, voters may
vote at the Courthouse beginning at 8:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00
p.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Fridays when the poll will close at 3:30 p.m.
35 years of dedication
Donald Kendall was once quoted as saying, “The only place where
success comes before work is in the dictionary.” I, as a writer,
interviewing many people, have come to the conclusion that everyone has
a story, but not all are interesting. However, once in a great while
you hear something profound from someone, something that resonates over
and over in your mind.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Commissioner Precinct 4 unopposed candidate Floyd French
As a lifelong resident of Dallam County and high school graduate
from Texline, Floyd French has a lot of local experience to offer the
residents in the county. After graduating high school in 1976, Floyd
attended TSTI in Amarillo. He earned a Fine Arts Degree in Livestock
Operations. He then went onto West Texas University.
Vehicle flips on icy roadway
A pickup truck driven by a Dalhart resident was involved in a
one-vehicle accident on Monday, February 15th at approximately 6:00
p.m. The vehicle flipped onto its side after hitting a snow
embankment. The truck came to a rest on its side and on the side of
Local girls bring in the loot
Several students, members of both FFA and 4-H, traveled to Fort
Worth in January and February for the 2010 legendary Fort Worth Stock
Show & Rodeo. The entire event was as exciting as anticipated, and
truly one of the best stock show experiences for the youngsters for
many reasons, including the historic nature of the arena in Fort Worth.
No Ag Appreciation Day for 2010
The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce would like to let the public
know that they have decided not to hold the 2010 Ag Appreciation Day
that had been scheduled for Tuesday, February 16, 2010. After some
serious consideration and discussion surrounding the situation they
were facing with this year’s event, the Ag Committee decided to cancel
the event completely for 2010.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Commissioner Precinct 2 newcomer Ted Zieman
Ted Zieman and his wife, Deide, reside on their ranch near Conlen.
Zieman is originally from Wisconsin where his father was a game warden
and his mother a school teacher. He attended the University of
Wisconsin at Madison for one year before moving to Denton, Texas. He
earned his degree in Business from the University of North Texas.
Meet the candidates
Dallam Commissioner Precinct 2
newcomer Corey Crabtree
Corey Crabtree is a member of a family who has been in Dallam
County for generations. For the past 23 years he has been farming and
ranching in the county. His experience as a farmer and lifelong
resident of the county give him a unique perspective on the needs of
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Commissioner Precinct 2 newcomer David Moore
David Moore is a native of Dalhart, having been born and raised in
Dalhart. He graduated from Dalhart High School in 1979. Following
graduation, he attended Texas Tech University and earned his Bachelor
of Science in Agricultural Economics. In 1983, he returned to Dalhart
to join his father, Billy Moore, on the family farm in Dallam County.
He continues to remain involved in ownership and management of the
2,800-acre family farm.
Local Honored at Panhandle Hall of Fame
Bennie L. “Chip” Woolley Jr. is a local who is an American
Thoroughbred horse racing trainer best known for conditioning the 2009
winner of the Kentucky Derby, Mine That Bird. One of the five children
of Ann and Bennie Woolley, Sr., he grew up in Dalhart where his parents
still reside. At age twenty he moved back to New Mexico to pursue a
career in the horse racing industry.
Dalhart's cutest baby
According to great grandmother Jean Womble, little Legend Isaiah
Stone is the cutest baby on earth. It seems area residents agree with
Jean, as Legend was just announced as the winner of the cutest baby
contest in Dalhart.
Beta Sigma Phi announces 2010 sweethearts
Laureate Gamma’s Valentine girl has been a member of Beta Sigma Phi since 1982. She has served as Treasurer of our chapter for many years keeping us within our budget, balancing our checkbook and always encouraging us to give back to our community.
She was born in Olney, to William and Mary Kelley. She is the fourth child of eight siblings (five sisters and three brothers). She graduated from Olney High School and received her college degree from West Texas State University.
She has been married to her husband Kenneth for 33 years. He operates an outdoor sign painting business and does taxidermy work. She is the mother of three children, Megan, Zack and Zeb, and the Meme of 14 month old Tatum. Tatum is definitely the apple of her Meme’s eye.
She has worked for the 69th Judicial District Community Supervision and Corrections Department for 18 years. She is currently the director of that department.
She looks forward to her annual sisters trip that she takes each year with her sisters. They are very close and I’m sure a good time is had by all. You know what they say, “What happens on the sisters trip stays on the sisters trip.”
Her hobbies are reading and playing with her grandbaby. She likes to ride 4-wheelers, go to the lake and the mountains and just loves the outdoors.
Our Valentine girl is Katherine Sadau.
Preceptor Lambda’s Valentine Girl is one of our newer members. She was born on January 5, 1981 in Grand Island Nebraska to Steve and Pat Consbruck. When she was a little girl, her parents moved to Dalhart. She attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School, Dalhart Junior High and graduated from Dalhart High School in 1999. After high school, she attended college at Kansas Weslyan in Salina, Kansas where she received her degree as an Athletic Trainer.
She is employed at Hilmar Cheese Company in the whey lab as a lab tech. She is a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and is serving as our Corresponding Secretary.
Denise Clayton presented Preceptor Lambda’s Valentine Girl, Stephanie Consbruck.
Our sweetheart nominee is going on her second year as being a part of our wonderful group. When she arrived at our social for the pledges she blended in right away. She jumped right in there and played our silly games like a real trooper. I don’t believe the word shy fits in her vocabulary what so ever. That is just one of the reasons she is so fun to be around. On occasions she is known to play a good joke on someone but in return she is a good sport if a joke is played on her as well.
Our Xi Delta Gamma sweetheart might be known as being that sweet little Georgia peach. She met Jim, the love of her life, while he was in the service. With a smile, Jim recalls, they met in a bar and it’s been great ever since. Because of the service they did a lot of moving around. They finally settled down in Dalhart in 1995. When she isn’t busy doing hair and making people beautiful she is spending quality time with the family. She has three children, which she is very proud of; Sara, Justin and Tori.
So let me finally introduce to you and congratulate the 2010 Xi Delta Gamma Valentine Sweetheart, Donna Gaddy.
Groundhog Day! It was no surprise that both Punxsutawney Phil
and Rita Blanca Rocky agreed there would be six more weeks of winter. I
don’t know Phil, but Rocky is a sensible little fella and smart enough
to run back inside to snuggle himself down for a nap when presented
with the alternative; unbelievable piles of snow!
Romance, Roses and Rendezvous
Every year area residents have an opportunity to share some of
their precious memories of their loved ones as a Valentine to that
special someone. No one knows who they are from or to, except the
author and the recipient. Stories of love, disappointment, triumph and
fond memories are shared here. Enjoy!
Council passes no right turn ordinance
The Dalhart City Council met in a whirlwind session on Tuesday,
February 9. Council members passed two ordinances and set a date and
time to call for bids all in the space of about 21 minutes.
One good turn deserves another
The numerous bouts with winter weather have created havoc in Dallam
and Hartley Counties. From huge snowdrifts, to fallen trees, to icy
front porch steps, the storms have made a mess for everyone. Along
with the anticipated problems with too much snow were a few additional
ones that have caused trouble for area residents. Where to park was
high on the list of nuisances that had to be contended with. Whether
in front of houses, businesses or in large parking lots, more parking
has been available for piles and piles of snow than vehicles.