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The Dalhart Texan, area businesses and local residence have contributed to the special edition to wish each and every reader a very Merry Christmas.

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By LEANN PACHECO

The Dallam-Hartley County Hospital District board met Thursday, December 16 to determine which direction it will take on proposed renovations to Coon Memorial Nursing Home. A motion was approved to move forward on a project that will add rooms to the courtyard wing of the home and permanently close the west wing for residence. Pending financing, the renovation will begin in the first quarter of 2012 and could take up to eighteen months or longer to complete.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Is holiday stress catching up with you yet?
The holidays are a time for family, fun, festivities, and inevitably, added stress.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Is your boss lacking in good humor and holiday cheer this season?  Has the Christmas party been locked in their bottom desk draw, where they keep the checkbook as well? Time to become creative and employ your devastating powers of persuasion to pounce on the opportunity to make things happen. This is strictly at your own risk and within reason, of course!

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Andrew Porter was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, December 13, 2011. During his appearance he pled guilty to two counts of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance. He received fifteen years in prison which will be served through the Texas Department of Corrections.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors a holiday lighting contest each year. The 2011 contest was spectacular. The light show produced by the all the participants was stunning.  


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By LEANN PACHECO

It’s Christmastime, so it stands to reason that December is designated “National Fruit Cake Month.” It is a time to honor the fruit cake in all its fruity, dense, nutty, chewy glory. And whether you like it or not, the oft-mocked concoction is here to stay.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

In a town that is known for its cold winters, one would think that Dalhart’s police officers would be clad accordingly. That thinking, however, would be incorrect – that is, until Tuesday night’s Dalhart City Council meeting. In an effort to boost morale and the officer retention rate, Police Chief Gary Sinclair offered to spend this year’s uniform budget on winter coats for his officers, but his officers said they would rather have new – and more uniform – uniforms. At his request, a police uniform company sent Chief Sinclair a sample uniform.

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Joseph - the Man God trusted

As families gather around the table or a warm fire their thoughts are turned to their father; no longer with them.  Fond memories are shared, along with many “father-isms” recalled. We can all hear our dad saying, “Go ask you mother.” “Don’t make me get up.” “Do you think I’m made of money?” “Because I said so.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On December 7, 2011 Chad Combs was charged with numerous offenses in three jurisdictions. The City of Dalhart has charged Combs with operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to maintain financial responsibility. Combs is also under investigation for additional charges in the City of Dalhart according to Police Chief Gary Sinclair.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Police Department answered a call around 3:00 a.m. on Monday, December 12 at Mazzio’s/Express Lane. A driver had gone into the store and left the vehicle running; Raul Javier Reyes took the vehicle and proceeded up Highway 87. DPD officers spotted the vehicle and proceeded through town in pursuit of Reyes.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

It’s seldom I write an editorial but these little treats have me in a whirlwind. Some people says it’s the swirl on the top that has me hooked, other’s say it’s the vivid colors that fascinate me. My long time Georgia friends call me “the Cupcake Princess” therefore on Thursday, December 15, 2011 everyone may address me as “Your Royal Highness,” because it’s National Cupcake Day.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Dallam County commissioners met Monday morning at the courthouse for December’s regular Commissioners’ Court. A motion to approve current invoices was passed, as well as motions to approve minutes from the November regular meeting and a special hearing on a Texas Capital Fund grant.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

With Dalhart gearing up for Christmas, our high school mascot received an early Christmas present. A new mascot costume has been purchased in the name of school spirit. The furry faced, friendly wolf came equipped with a fan to cool the wearer, more vents to allow air to circulate and a friendlier face. “We’re in hope the new face won’t be as scary for young children,” stated Brandy Carranza, cheerleader sponsor.

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By RODNEY WHITE

The Wolves got off to a good start in the opening game of the Clarendon tournament, which ran December 8 – 10, as they defeated Highland Park. The Wolves won 75-21. Davonte Burks led the way with 14 points, and five of the Wolves scored double figures.

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Jonathan Baumert met with the Golden Eagle/Quanah Parker Eagle Board of Review Committee in Amarillo on November 17, 2011. The Committee reviewed Baumert’s achievements and awarded him the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

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Kids, Santa and his helpers need your help this holiday season! They have some questions, and have asked The Texan to gather your good ideas.

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The Dalhart Ministerial Alliance is pleased to announce that the Edna’s Light Christmas Basket Adoption Program is in full swing.  The program benefits families in the community that feel they will need help with Christmas gifts for their children.
If you are interested in adopting a family for the Christmas season simply choose a number from the roster below and call 884-5933 to receive the information about the family you have chosen.  The roster will be updated in the Dalhart Texan every Monday through the end of the program.  The last day to adopt a family will be Sunday, December 11th.

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By LEANN PACHECO
One of Dalhart’s favorite holiday traditions, Mary Bell’s Christmas, is gearing up for its fifth year of delighting children and the elderly of Dallam and Hartley Counties. Christmas is a joyous and memorable occasion for most, but there are some families and individuals without the means to participate in traditional gift-giving.

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Twenty-seven 4-H members from the Panhandle area were honored for their outstanding contributions to the 4-H program at the 54th annual Gold Star Banquet on Saturday, December 3 at the Alumni Banquet Facility of West Texas A&M University in Canyon.