I have been challenged by readers to go a step further with the respect issue. Other issues of respect, or should I say disrespect, have come to my attention. What about graffiti all over town, deliberate trashing of our parks and the blatant disrespect of young people for older citizens? These are common and degrade our community.
Hero returns home for last time
Even those who have not been personally affected by the loss of a loved one to war have been moved to show their appreciation for a debt that may never be repaid. The City of Dalhart mourns the loss of a young man born and raised here, who graduated from Dalhart High School and who has tragically lost his life serving his country as a member of the United States Army. His loss occurred on Saturday, September 19th, as he lay sleeping in his bunk in Afghanistan, halfway around the world.
Six-year-old boy rescues younger sister, but mother dies
The mother of two young children was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident just three-quarters of a mile from the family farm. The heroic and miraculous actions of her six-year-old boy just moments after the accident likely saved his younger sister’s life.
Boston woman to run through Dalhart
On her way from Boston, Massachusetts to San Diego, California is 23-year-old Katy Visco. Katy’s trek began on March 29th and is scheduled to end in December when Katy arrives in San Diego. The more than 3,000-mile run brings Katy right through Dalhart on September 28th, and she’ll meet with local kids and members of track teams while she’s in Dalhart.
Council to pursue property purchase
The Dalhart City Council deliberated in executive session on two items at their Tuesday, September 22 meeting. The council then reconvened in open session to take action on these two items.
Council members voted to pursue the purchase of the Homfield property, and voted to allow the city attorney and city manager to retain counsel in the matter of DeMots vs. the City of Dalhart.
Dalhart Christian Academy - See You at the Pole
We had “See You at the Pole” Wednesday, September 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. in the courtyard of First Baptist Church. Wayne Porter came and talked to the students and prayed with them as well. He reminded them about the freedom that we get to have in this country, the flag stands for freedom, and he also told them a little bit of background on the flag and what the stars and stripes stand for. He read to them the words of the Star Spangle Banner and went over who wrote the song and what was going on during the writing of the song. He then led them in a prayer praying for our families, schools, country and freedom.
XIT Secondary School offers far more than discipline
The XIT Secondary School has often been labeled the school for troubled or disobedient students. And it is true that students do attend the XIT Secondary School after attempts to cure behavioral problems at DHS or DJHS have failed. Students also attend the XIT Secondary School once they are involved in a criminal case. But what the school offers is more than policing of students who do not attend Dalhart’s other schools. The XIT Secondary School offers students the opportunity for success in many areas that they have previously or consistently failed.
Booths, food, fun, and did I mention food?
Saturday’s Annual “Keep the Shine on Denrock” Downtown Block Party was a huge success. Attendance for the event was impressive, with a myriad of booths and vendors to provide something for everybody. Children also had plenty of things to keep them occupied from pony rides to gaming booths complete with prizes. Bouncers provided enjoyment for the younger attendees, and for the older kid in all of us there was a water polo challenge.
2009 Hartley County 4-H Achievement Banquet
The Hartley County 4-H Achievement Banquet was held on Friday, August the 28th, at the Rita Blanca Coliseum. Kids from all over Hartley County attended the 80’s themed achievement banquet and lock-in. The members, and even adults, dressed up to the past and awards were given for the best 80’s costume. Kristen Schniederjan was voted best dressed followed by Bailey Been, and Breeley Elliott.
Alliance Irrigation held their ribbon cutting
Generosity saves treasured Merry-Go-Round
In a recent article, Dalhart City Manager Greg Duggan sadly spoke of vandalism that has diminished the value of Dalhart’s beautiful parks. Many of the parks have been built or upgraded during Duggan’s 21-year tenure over the city.
After the article ran that detailed the damage done to several pieces of playground equipment, picnic tables and the pier at the fishing pond, one Dalhart based company responded with vigor. Les Taylor Drilling, a hydro resources company, contacted Duggan to say that while business was a little sluggish, they would be very happy to pick up the broken Merry-Go-Round from Veterans Memorial Park, also called the 7th Street Park, for repairs and at their own expense.
Hartley home provides comfort in last days
Hartley is the home for a new and innovative facility that provides end of life care. The home strives to create an environment for patients and their families that include both medical and spiritual aspects. The home is sponsored by Holy Family Ministry Center and is made possible due to the generous donations of time, materials, labor and money from the community. The Holy Family Ministry Center sits adjacent to the home and both are within sight of the Divine Mercy Prayer Gardens.
Caprock kicks the Wolves
Friday night was another incredible night of football at Memorial Stadium with both teams trading punches. In the end Caprock kicked a 28-yard field goal with 11 seconds left on the clock to break a 20-20 tie and win the game 23-20 over the Golden Wolves.
Johnson girls take honors
Courtney Johnson is the 2010 Kiowa County Fair Queen in Eads, Colorado. Reagen Johnson is the 2010 Kiowa County Fair Junior Princess. The girls were crowned on Saturday, September 12. The girls are the daughters of Mike and Martha Johnson of Eads, Colorado. They are the grand-daughters of Mike and Debra Ford of Dalhart and Loyd and Lucy Johnson of Hartley. Their great-grandparents are Zelda Beth Lang of Dalhart, Phyliss Ames of Dumas and Twilla Johnson of Hartley.
Fall schedule available at block party
The Community Connect Fall Schedule of classes will be available this Saturday, Sept. 19, at the “Put the Shine on Denrock” downtown block party. The Community Connect Booth will be located in front of the First National Bank at Third St. and Denrock.
Mrs. Bornemeier’s 2nd grade class meets two Dalhart football players
Mrs. Bornemeier’s 2nd grade class at Dalhart Elementary had the opportunity to meet two Dalhart football players. Chase Pope and John Peoples took time out of their busy homecoming schedule to come and visit. The students had letters and pictures for the player. Both Chase and John signed “autographs” for each student.
Stephen Ministers commissioned
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church recently commissioned nine new Stephen Ministers bringing the total to 25.
The commissioning ceremony took place on Saturday, August 29, 2009. These new lay caregivers join other Stephen Ministers already commissioned and are serving at St. Anthony’s. According to St. Anthony’s pastor, Father Scott Raef, “We are pleased to expand our caring ministry. These additional trained laypersons will be a big help to our congregation and community.”
What happened to Respect?
We traveled to the Dallas area to spend a few quiet days with family over the Labor Day weekend. As it turned out, we spent our time “laboring” to clean up the mess left by renters who chose to skip out on their lease and leave our home a total mess. We were greeted by broken ceiling fans, shredded carpet, a sink pulled off the wall, drinks spilled all over the carpets, and red marker drawings on the dining room walls; just to name a few of the disasters. We carried out broken furniture and putrid trash. I am trying to figure out how so many in the next generation missed out on learning respect.
A new twist!
On Sunday, August 23rd two Southern Baptist churches in Louisville, Kentucky; one black and one white merged. With the recession upon them, the two churches decided to join hands and become one. One of the churches needed some younger members and the other needed more space.
As It Turns Out
By now we’ve all heard about the heckling and outburst shouted at President Obama by Representative Joe Wilson. Most of us have also heard about Kanye West’s latest public tirade at the MTV Video awards Sunday night. Driving to Liberal yesterday, I listened to a CNN news anchor replay the audio from both of the above, and then put this question to the listening audience, “Is civility dead?”