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Early voting a bit slow
The excitement of Election Day is certainly something that is
understandable; however, the opportunity to avoid the crowds or wait in
a long line is tempting as well. Early voting provides just such an
opportunity, yet many area residents have not taken advantage of the
ease of voting that early voting offers.
Baseball season is here?
In spring, a young man’s fancy turns to baseball, but this year the
weather does not seem to be very conducive to baseball. Somehow, with
over a foot of snow piled up behind home plate, you can’t get very
excited about sliding into home.
Digging out from debris, dirt and snow
Each day the City of Dalhart looks a little less like a tornado
traveled through as the branches and tree limbs that were knocked down
during winter storms begin to disappear. The effort has been twofold:
city employees are busy picking up as much as they can each day for
chipping or disposal, and residents are getting the debris cleared away
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Melinda Clements is an educator and freelance author who lives
on a 70,000 acre cattle ranch southwest of Odessa, Texas in the Permian
Basin of West Texas. Holding a Masters Degree in Education, Melinda
teaches Technology and English IV at Crane High School in Crane,
Texas. Not only is she involved with the ranch and teaching, she is
also a minister, a staff writer for Super Looper Magazine and also
writes articles for the Dally Times and The Roping Pen magazines as
well. Additionally, Melinda pens her own monthly article entitled,
“Thoughts of a Team Roping Spouse,” published in many team roping and
Hanging on for the win
Dalhart area residents have become very familiar with the Wing name
and the successes the Wing children have had in the rodeo world.
Stormy, the oldest of the three children, is busy making a name for
himself as a pro rodeo bull rider. Little sister Laramie is busy in
her freshman year of goat tying post-high school and little brother Tex
stays busy with the Junior Rodeo.
Dalhart High School graduate chosen to work in D.C.
COLLEGE STATION –Luke Gallegos, a 2004 graduate of Dalhart High School
and a dairy science major at Texas A&M University, recently began a
spring 2010 internship in Washington, D.C. Luke will spend the spring
as an integral part of Congressman Jeb Hensarlling’s team.
Good food from good kids
Saturday, February 20th will be a great day to eat out. The Boy
Scouts are having their annual Hamburger and Bratwurst Dinner
fundraiser beginning at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rita Blanca
Liquid fertilizer semi involved in rollover accident
The Dallam County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a
one-vehicle accident near Perico on Tuesday, February 16th. The call
was dispatched at approximately 10:50 a.m. and within moments Sheriff
Bruce Scott and Chief Deputy Kevin Martin were on their way to the
scene. Sheriff Scott stated, “We arrived at 11:15 a.m. to find the
truck had rolled over and the driver was pinned inside.”
Meet the candidates
Hartley County Commissioner Precinct 4
challenger John C. Beckman
Hartley County resident, John C. Beckman, has put his bid in for
County Commissioner of Precinct 4. He has a vast amount of different
experiences that will assist him in handling the office of County
Meet the candidates
Hartley County Commission Precinct 4
incumbent Robert “Butch” Owens
Robert “Butch” Owens first took the oath of
office for Hartley County Commissioner in January 2003. In the past
seven years serving as Commissioner he noted, “I have learned that
serving the citizens is a team effort with the other elected officials
of Hartley County.” He also stated that having the discernment to work
with the other elected officials and county employees “is a must.”
Ask The Lawyer
“Is there a way for me to see
my wife’s banking records?”
Question: My wife and I are going through a divorce. We are
trying to handle it without attorneys, but my wife has not provided me
with anything showing how much money she has in her bank accounts, or
if she had gotten any new bank accounts. When I ask her about it, she
is evasive, and it has me thinking that she is either spending money in
a manner she doesn’t want me to know about or she has accounts that I
don’t know about. Is there a way for me to see my wife’s banking
Floyd French Correction
The Dalhart Texan wishes to correct a mistake in the article
about Floyd French in the paper on Wednesday, February 17th. Floyd is
running unopposed for Dallam County Commissioner, Precinct 4 for the
first time. Floyd has not held this office before as the prior article
indicated. Floyd is excited about taking on the tasks of the office,
but wants everyone to know that this will be his first term. He noted
on Thursday, “Thanks so much for the article, but I do want to make
sure that people realize that this is the first time I’ve run for this
Warm Fuzzy February!
February is “home” to St. Valentines Day; the day when
“hearts” turn toward fiery friendships in our lives that give us a
“warm fuzzy” feeling. There are those who think big, rent billboards,
go to “Jared’s,” or buy time on a radio station to surprise that
“special someone” in their life. Companies like Hallmark Cards and
Russell Stover love the month of February! Chocolate in abundance; who
can beat that?
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Dalhart resident Shelly Ferrel Coleman is originally from Memphis,
Texas. She and her family have resided in Dalhart for 15 years. She
and husband Chett married in August 1991. The Coleman’s have three
daughters, Allissa, KaLeigh and Alliebeth.
King and Queen of hearts
On Monday, February 15th, Coon Memorial Home named this year’s King
and Queen of Hearts: Everett and Myrtle Riggs. The couple met at the
Baptist Church in Beaver, Oklahoma. Everett was working on a farm and
Myrtle was a schoolteacher. The couple enjoyed an old fashioned
courtship, dating for about two years before they married in Goodwell,
Oklahoma. The pastor that married the couple had teased Myrtle that
she would become an old maid. She promised him that if she ever
married, he could perform the ceremony.
Wolves battle Estacado
The Wolves traveled to Lubbock Friday for their last game of the
season. A win would keep their playoff hopes alive, but the number
four ranked team in the state would have something to say about that.
Estacado got off to a great start as they used their speed and
quickness to shut down the passing lanes for the Wolves and force a lot
of turnovers, which resulted in fast break points for the Matadors.
Estacado took an early 13-0 lead before Thomas Allen scored with five
minutes left in the first quarter. Coach Walker used a time out with
the Wolves trailing 17-2, but the Estacado speed was just too much for
Dalhart. Thomas Allen made a three-foot jump shot to end the first
quarter at 4-21.
Early voting underway
Dallam and Hartley Counties early voting has begun and remains open
until February 26th. The primary election is scheduled for March 2nd.
Early voters in Dallam County may visit the Dallam County Clerk’s
office located at the Dallam County Courthouse on weekdays from 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To vote early in Hartley County, voters have two
choices. In Dalhart, voters may vote early at 701 Texas Boulevard from
8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In Channing, voters may
vote at the Courthouse beginning at 8:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00
p.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Fridays when the poll will close at 3:30 p.m.
35 years of dedication
Donald Kendall was once quoted as saying, “The only place where
success comes before work is in the dictionary.” I, as a writer,
interviewing many people, have come to the conclusion that everyone has
a story, but not all are interesting. However, once in a great while
you hear something profound from someone, something that resonates over
and over in your mind.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Commissioner Precinct 4 unopposed candidate Floyd French
As a lifelong resident of Dallam County and high school graduate
from Texline, Floyd French has a lot of local experience to offer the
residents in the county. After graduating high school in 1976, Floyd
attended TSTI in Amarillo. He earned a Fine Arts Degree in Livestock
Operations. He then went onto West Texas University.
Vehicle flips on icy roadway
A pickup truck driven by a Dalhart resident was involved in a
one-vehicle accident on Monday, February 15th at approximately 6:00
p.m. The vehicle flipped onto its side after hitting a snow
embankment. The truck came to a rest on its side and on the side of