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By CONNIE WILMER

“It found us!” the girls giggled. ”We were driving by, saw the ‘For Sale’ sign, and thought, this might be a good idea.  It just came out of nowhere.”
If you drive by the corner of Hwy 87 and Tennessee, you will see that The Hula Hut is getting a face-lift.  It is currently being painted a bright turquoise blue.  When it is completed, it will have big, colorful polka dots all over it.  Why the change?   The Hula Hut was owned and operated be Mary Lou and Curtis Ritchey for 14 years.  When Casey Cover, age 19 and sister, Jennifer, age 21 noticed the ‘For Sale” sign; they knew right away that this could be a great opportunity for them.  The girls have recently purchased The Hula Hut, and are working hard to make to make their grand opening date of May 1, 2012.  The Cover sisters may be the youngest business owners in Dalhart.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Ever wish you could remember what it’s like to think the way a child does? Or wonder what you really wanted to be when you grew up? Don’t miss the chance to have your children and grandchildren’s thoughts and dreams in print forever.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Early rattlesnake sightings are raising some concerns for local farmers and ranchers.
The most likely reason for this early activity, according to local Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist Achi Treptow, is above normal temperatures the past few months. Treptow explained that as temperatures warm and consistently stay warm, rattlesnakes and many other reptiles in our area will continue to become more active.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Voting for school board members is a simple but powerful way to support student success and strengthen the community, and Dalhart voters will soon have the opportunity to decide who will fill two at-large seats on the Dalhart Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Election Day is May 12. The Texan introduced candidates Doug Claborn (incumbent) and Mario Gomez on Tuesday, April 10. The remaining two candidates are Boyd Barrow and Reynaldo Encinias.

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Breaking Free

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

On Easter Sunday the Pastor of the church I was visiting, explained that he invited an interpretive dancer to portray just what Calvary really did for us.  He could use whatever—to make his point.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Four month old Colten Allan Hernandez Melton was found unresponsive by his mother on Monday, March 19, 2012 in their family home. Dallam-Hartley County 911 dispatched Dalhart Police officers, who in turned called department detectives and Rita Little, Dallam County Justice of the Peace.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

New information emerging from the Dalhart Police Department investigation into the Saturday, March 31 shooting of a dog has prompted policy changes according to DPD Investigator Sgt. David Conner.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

One in three young people have experienced online cyber threats, one in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or sexually explicit pictures taken of themselves without permission (using cell phone cameras), and one in three teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others. The madness must stop. “The dangers that our children face today are greater than any generation to this point. The damage that is perpetrated upon their hearts and minds is almost completely undetectable until it’s too late,” stated Pastor John Hunter of People’s Church.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Friday, April 6 the Dalhart Police Department answered a call regarding the burglary of a habitation and an automobile burglary. And on Monday, April 9 The Cow Feed Company and an additional motor vehicle were burglarized. “All of the incidents are under investigation,” stated investigator Sgt. David Conner of the Dalhart Police Department.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD
Fransisco “Frankie Joe” Jose Fuentes was arrested on April 5, 2012 at approximately 6:00 p.m. for the March 5,  2012 burglaries of R & R Machine, XIT Ford and the March 25, 2012 burglary of Central United Methodist Church. The Dalhart Police Department [DPD] charged Fuentes on three counts of burglary of a building and jailers booked him into the Dallam Hartley County Jail. “He [Fuentes] was a suspect from the beginning,” stated Dalhart Police Chief, Gary Sinclair. Fuentes is known as a “frequent flyer” at the Dallam Hartley county jail. His criminal record began with arrests dating back to 2000 for similar crimes.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

According to information provided by the Dalhart Police Department (DPD) Thursday, April 12, 2012, the March 30 shooting of a local family’s dog has been under investigation since Thursday, April 5, 2012.
On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, The Dalhart Texan spoke with Desiree` Humphries, who corroborated witness Crystal Woods’ account of the incident which ended in the fatal shooting of the trained agility dog, Smokey.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Former Dalhart police officer, Javier Gonzalez, was sentenced on Wednesday, April 5, 2012 after pleading guilty to stealing over $700 from the Dallam-Hartley County Crimestoppers Fund, stated Gary Sinclair, Dalhart Chief of Police. Following a November investigation by the Texas Rangers Gonzalez turned himself in and was charged with theft by a public servant.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Dalhart’s Community Connect and Texas Parks and Wildlife will be co-sponsoring a Lake Rita Blanca clean up day April 21, 2012.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

The Dalhart City Council received requests for funding from organizations that provide events and services that are enjoyed by the community at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 10. The source of the funding is the voluntary $1.00 fee paid by city water customers.

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Tornado Emergency

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

One short week ago, the morning began as a bright sunshiny day. My cell phone showed the possibility of showers but for all practical purposes the weather appeared fine. I was enjoying my backyard sanctuary, listening to praise music, playing words with friends and watching the many colorful birds stuffing their tummies at my birdfeeder. I was clueless that shortly, this would change and for many this day would go down in infamy.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

A routine animal control call resulted in the fatal shooting of a local family’s eight-year-old Australian Shepherd and Blue Healer mix dog Saturday, March 31, 2012.

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Dalhart High School competed in the UIL Academic Team District Meet in Pampa on Wednesday, March 21.

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By LEANN PACHECO
Our local school board makes the decisions that determine how Dalhart’s children are educated and how our tax dollars are spent. The decisions made by the school board affect virtually every important aspect of local schools, from boundaries to bus schedules, curriculum to clubs, funding to field trips.
Voting for school board members is a simple but powerful way to support student success and strengthen the community, and Dalhart voters will soon have the opportunity to decide who will fill two at-large seats on the Dalhart Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Election Day is May 12. The 2012 field of four candidates includes: Mario Gomez, Doug Claborn, Boyd Barrow, and Reynaldo Encinias.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As each week eliminated more and more contenders the wild card teams managed to hang on through the National Championship Game. This year a few of the teams were not purchased in the contest to win free advertising in the Dalhart Texan. Texan staff scrambled and decided to make wild card teams out of the teams that remained after the drawing.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

United States Congressman Mac Thornberry held a coffee for Dalhart area residents on Monday, April 2, as part of a Panhandle road rally. Thornberry is seeking a fifth term in his current U.S. Congressional position. One of the questions asked of the Congressman was his position on term limits for Senators and Representatives. Thornberry acknowledged the question posed and stated that he was for setting term limits on these positions.