44 seconds that change Christmas fire awareness
The Christmas Season brings with it many treasured traditions, and decorating a Christmas tree certainly tops the list. The season is meant to bring happiness, and not tragedy. A home fire caused by lights and decorations could more than ruin the holidays. Fortunately, fires caused by holiday decorations are preventable.
Getting a “jump” on a New Year’s Resolution
Can you believe it? 2009 made its debut and “poof” it was gone. Many of us made a New Year’s resolution and vowed that this time we would keep it—to the bitter end! How did you do? I must confess I made some attempts from time to time, but it really kicked in somewhere in October! I’ve given that some thought over the past few days and the decision was obvious; keep on keeping on and I’ll have a jump start for 2010.
Gift Subscription winners named
In our Community Choice Awards section that we recently published, we paid tribute to the best of the best; the people and businesses dedicated to always over delivering, committed to excellence, and never disappointing. As a token of our appreciation to our readers, especially those who participated by voting, we held a drawing for a three-month and a six-month subscription to the Dalhart Texan.
Missing pilot found
A Virginia man, Dr. Kwan Kwok, who traveled to Dalhart on November 22nd to purchase an airplane never made it back to Virginia. Kwok, who purchased the twin-engine Piper PA-30, left Dalhart on November 23rd, and was found in West Virginia on Tuesday, December 2nd, among the wreckage of the aircraft.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: Can you explain the law about deer hunting licenses? I don’t usually go hunting, but I was asked to go this year. Do I have to get a hunting license, what is the cost, and how does it all work? I don’t want to get in trouble if I don’t handle this right.
Santa is waiting
It is Santa season once more, and Mr. Claus is looking forward to receiving letters from all the children, both naughty and nice. He wants to know what you want for Christmas and how your year has been. Santa is very busy getting the reindeer ready for their big journey and has been getting the elves lined out on making toys. However, getting your letter to Santa all the way at the North Pole isn’t easy, so the Texan has set Santa’s mailbox outside the newspaper office, ready and waiting for Santa’s mail. So that we can ensure the letters arrive at the North Pole in time for Santa to read them and get all of the toys gathered for delivery, the Texan will be accepting Santa letters through December 18. We will publish the letters before we send them on to Santa as space permits. So whether you’ve been naughty or nice, get your letter ready, cookies made, and milk poured because Santa will be on his way before you know it!
Three P’s of winter driving
Area residents have had one day of winter weather driving this season, reminding everyone that winter brings with it poor driving conditions. Before ice and snow return, drivers should become familiar with what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the “Three P’s of winter driving. Prepare, protect yourself and prevent crashes.”
City of Dalhart receives highest award
Annette Melius, Finance Director for the City of Dalhart, recently accepted an award for excellence in financial reporting on behalf of the city and its employees. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) was awarded to the City of Dalhart by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
A sobering lesson on consequences
Deputy Chanze Fowler, with the Hartley County Sheriff’s Office, met with high school juniors at Channing High School on Friday, November 20th to talk about the consequences of drinking and driving. The DWI (driving while under the influence) and Traffic Safety Program was conducted in compliance with the STEP grant awarded to the Hartley County Sheriff’s Office.
Council hears report on clean-up progress
Members of the Dalhart City Council heard from Harold Wilkinson at their Tuesday, November 24 meeting about his efforts to bring his Channing Street properties into compliance with city ordinances. He has been making some progress in cleaning up the area, and he is not receiving any new salvage material. He asked the council for more time in continuing his clean-up efforts.
Kids in Dalhart have a new way to exercise
Thanks to Cargill Cares and the never-ending ingenuity of Coach Bridgett Nicholson and Coach Tisha Scott, students at Dalhart Elementary School and Dalhart Intermediate School have a great new and exciting way to exercise, and they’ll believe they’re just having fun. An estimated 800 students will be impacted by GeoMotion Fitness Mats, and may never feel the same way about physical education again.
2009 corn harvest completed quickly despite slow start
Maturity of the Dalhart area’s corn crop was delayed by late season rains and cool weather in the late summer, pushing harvest back from mid-September to early October. Once the 2009 harvest was well underway, it moved quickly and with good overall results.
Choice for protecting our town and people
Margaret Mead, an acclaimed cultural anthropologist, once stated, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Our Community Choice Awards pays tribute to some of those committed citizens, who strive to change both our community and the world for the better. Your votes pay homage to the best of the best; the unwavering Law Enforcement Officer, the dedicated EMT, and the courageous Fireman.
A benevolent spirit
The willingness of people who selflessly take time out of their own busy schedules to help others is an immeasurable benefit to society as a whole. An estimated 61.8 million people volunteer approximately 50 hours per year within the United States, totaling a staggering 309 million volunteer hours annually. The reasons that motivate people to give up their weekends, after work hours or even retirement time vary, but one common thread seems to bond volunteers. They have a strong benevolent spirit.
Hours of meal planning, organizing recipes, shopping for ingredients, the arrival of guests, table settings, laughter, football and late night turkey sandwiches; these are a few of my favorite things! Now, they are once again tucked away in the memory bank and some day will be relived when we hear “remember that Thanksgiving when…”
Stormy Wing wins Horizon Series Springtown
Fort Worth, Texas (November 23, 2009) On a sunny, Sunday afternoon, Springtown, Texas was the place to be as over 1,500 people turned out for the Munden Invitational to witness outstanding bull riding as well as a surprising aerobatic display by stunt airman Joe Croswell.
Coveted Wolf given to true victor
Champion is defined as one that is clearly superior or has the attributes of a winner. This year’s Fearless Foursome has come to an end and a champion has been named. While each of the foursome did very well, a victor rose above and has claimed the prize of the Golden Wolf. Paige Davis left the competitors in the dust; as her speculations proved the she was the true champ.
Keeping the shelves fully stocked
Sixty families in the Dalhart area received a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings just in time for Thanksgiving. The dinner was provided by the Lincoln Street Food Pantry through the donations of hundreds of benevolent citizens.
Say the words
The Thanksgiving holiday offers many different opportunities. A day off from work, turkey dinners with scrumptious side dishes, an afternoon of football, and time spent with family and friends. Another opportunity is the chance to reflect on things to be thankful for, but more importantly, the chance to tell loved ones what those things are and let them hear the words, “thank you.”
Area residents took the pie
This year’s United Supermarkets “Feed a Friend” campaign was a huge success. Patrons who made a small donation to Meals on Wheels received a fresh-baked apple or pumpkin pie from United’s in-store bakery. Pies were aplenty, and so was the generosity of area residents.