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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Charles Steel isn’t your ordinary kind of guy. In fact, he’s extraordinary. A true philanthropist, Charles is a man of integrity, resourcefulness, and fortitude, and thus an authentic model of what Dalhart’s Citizen of the Year award really embodies.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Dean and Gay Graham are long-standing members of the Dalhart community, having given much of their time and resources to area projects and organizations over the years. In this regard, they are Dalhart’s Volunteers of the Year.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Donald and Cheri DeJong have spent their entire careers in the dairy industry. Originally from California, both graduated from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, CA, with Donald two years ahead of Cheri. Donald’s father had migrated from Holland in 1957 to the United States, and after operating several of the “bread and milk” stores that were popular at the time, he finally bought some land and opened a dairy in Chino, CA. Donald went into real estate right out of college, but decided after a few years that the dairy business was where he wanted to be. A dairy opened up in Central Texas, and he and his brothers bought it together in 1987. When Donald and Cheri married in 1989, together they bought the Rising Sun Dairy near Dublin, TX.

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The Focal Point

By  JUDI WIEGMAN

It has been quite a journey since we moved back into our house in the Dallas area.  The magnitude of the task to restore the home to a livable condition has been overwhelming.  As the repair work continued, one project led to another and yet another. Inside, most of the work has been done and we are blessed to have friends who helped in the four months since our journey began.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Now that the weather has decided to turn warmer, at least most days it has, local residents are beginning to clean up their properties and plant their gardens.  By cleaning up their property, residents ensure that their property does not become an eye sore to their neighborhood.

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By RODNEY WHITE

The weather finally cooperated and gave us a beautiful day for a track meet Friday in Dalhart. The results provided some great times, sunburns and a very successful day for the Dalhart Track teams as the Varsity girls, JV and Varsity boys all three won the track meet for Dalhart.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The family of Nicholas Gill spent Saturday, April 2, helping to raise awareness for Autism.  Nicholas’ entire family participated in the walk that has three primary goals; first, to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorders, second, to raise funds locally for education, support, and advocacy of local families impacted by autism spectrum disorders; and finally, to enhance the position of the autism community, enabling us to positively influence local policy and practice.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Dalhart residents are reminded to purchase their tickets to attend the 2011 Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce.  The banquet will be held at the Rita Blanca Coliseum.  The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Last night I was watching the news and the story on at the time made me stop and watch. A family in Dallas, one who thought that they were supporters of American made products, was asked by ABC news to let their reporter in their house to see how many items in their household were actually made in America.

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By JONATHAN SCHERER

It has recently come to light that energy drinks, whose popularity has skyrocketed over the last decade, may have adverse effects.  These are most prominent in minors but are not limited to any age group.  The public outcry demands something change before the problem becomes anymore widespread.

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Dalhart Independent School District school board candidate Reynaldo Encinias

By JANELLE GOODELL

Reynaldo Encinias is seeking election to the Dalhart School Board in the upcoming election.  Encinias was born and raised in Dalhart.  He graduated from Dalhart High School in 1995 and then attended one year of college at Amarillo College.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Not long ago the majestic symbol of the United States of America was an endangered species. Decades of hunting as well as the pesticide DDT that entered the food chain via fish and disrupted and weakened the reproductive cycle contributed to the decline of the American Bald Eagle. However, today, there is a great chance that if you spend time out by Rita Blanca Lake or Buffalo Springs you may have the privilege of glimpsing, firsthand, the power and grace of a bald eagle. Yes, they are back – and in numbers strong enough to remove them from the endangered species list.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that local musician and music teacher, Aaron Graves, will be the featured entertainment during the annual banquet on April 7.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the speaker for the annual Chamber Banquet to be held on Thursday, April 7.  Steve Gilliland, author and inspirational speaker, has been entertaining audiences since 1999.  Gilliland uses audience interaction and comedy to educate audiences on how to achieve success in their careers, relationships and personal lives.

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Dalhart Independent School District school board candidate Mike Thealander

By JANELLE GOODELL

Mike Thealander is seeking a seat on the Dalhart Independent School Board of Trustees.  Thealander moved to Dalhart with his family 27 years ago.  His wife, Kristy, is a third grade teacher at Elementary school.  Together they have four children, three of which are enrolled in the Dalhart School District.

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These are exciting times at Dalhart Independent School District.  Our students are accomplishing some amazing things.  Our Band won Sweepstakes this year for the first time in many years.  Our One Act Play advanced to Area Contest for the second year in a row.  Our FFA and 4-H students have been very successful at the major stock shows.  Our softball, baseball and track teams are off to their best starts in many years.  We are blessed with many outstanding students.

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Authentic vs. Artificial

By JUDI WIEGMAN

Starbucks has come out with a new campaign.  They put a notice on their little brown bag that holds yummy rolls, muffins, and other goodies.  They are on a “roll” to make their food healthier for the consumer. They have removed the artificial trans fat, artificial flavors, artificial dyes, and high-fructose corn syrup.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

The headline in the May 10, 1929 edition of the Dalhart Texan reads: “MISSION INTRODUCES TALKING PICTURES.” At that time, Dalhart was making the jump to “talkies,” or pictures with sound, and thus giving Dalhart a “place with the leading showhouses of Texas.” This seems to be the theme of the Mission Theater, which closed its doors for the last time on March 1, 2011. For a little over one hundred years, the Mission has been the hub of Dalhart’s main street activity, providing a gathering place for children and adults alike, and serving scores of popcorn and cherry limes to its patrons.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The annual health fair was hosted for the first time this year by Accolade Home Care.   The health fair supplied valuable information to area residents of all ages.  The Rita Blanca Coliseum had booths set up for the different venders to enlighten people about issues important to their everyday health.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Two of Dalhart’s oldest and most character-rich homes were mail-order houses in the 1920’s.While they may have been factory ordered right down to the nails and hinges, these houses are not just buildings ordered out of a catalog. They are the family histories of many generations of our beloved Dalhart town.