Swine Flu deaths in Texas now at 10
On Monday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) has officially classified 52,160 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu. To date, 231 people have died worldwide. The United States has reported 21,449 laboratory confirmed human cases or 41.21 percent of the total cases worldwide. Deaths in the United States have reached 87 or 37.66 percent of the total deaths worldwide. The Phase 6 Alert continues.
Birthday bash begins in style
The 97th birthday bash for Clara Murphy began with a limousine ride from her home on Kiowa to Bar-H Restaurant, where friends and family were waiting to surprise her and celebrate her birthday with her.
Simmons Limousine pulled up to the corner of Apache and Kiowa Saturday evening, June 20th at approximately 6:30 p.m. The entire event was planned from beginning to end, including Susan Clay waiting for the limo to arrive to snap a few photos of the surprise.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I work where I hear teens talking a lot. What they say about alcohol is confusing. The teens that I have heard talking have said everything from it’s okay for them to drink as long as an adult buys the alcohol to they can’t get arrested for driving while intoxicated if they don’t have an open container in their vehicle. None of that sounds right to me. What is the correct law on drinking when it comes to teens?
Beginning Guitar class slated for July
Are you ready to move on from air guitar to the real thing? If so, join Denise Baumert’s Beginning Guitar class slated for Wednesdays in July from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Offered through Community Connect, the class will introduce students ages 8 through adult, to strums, finger and flat picking, and basic chords. The musical fun begins July 1 with an extended class, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., so that students can learn to tune their instruments. Registration is open online at www.dalhartcommunityeducation.org or at DISD Central office, 701 E. 10th Street in Dalhart.
Take a walk on the wild side at Community Connect Nature Camp
Take a few days this summer to learn how the other half lives; the other half being those four-legged or even no-legged creatures with which we share this space we call home. At Nature Camp, June 30 through July 2, 10:00 a.m. to noon, campers ages 8, 9 and 10, will learn about habits and habitats of our fellow critters from fish to fowl, from mammal to reptile.
Dalhart student selected for People to People Program
Waylon Bucher, a student at Dalhart Jr. High School, has been accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Program, an educational travel program founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bucher will explore Japan for 14 days this summer as a member of the Amarillo Area delegation.
80’s theme to kick off the Relay for Life Event
On Friday, June 26th, the Relay for Life event will be held at Memorial Stadium. This event is held to honor and support survivors of cancer. There are many activities planned beginning with an opening ceremony at 7:00 p.m.
Throughout the evening and night until the “rooster crows” at 7:00 a.m., the events will continue. Tickets can be purchased throughout the evening for the quilts that will be raffled off.
U.S. Troop-a-Thon June 25th
Move America Forward, an organization based in Sacramento, CA and dedicated to providing U.S. Troops overseas with care packages, is holding a Troop-A-Thon on June 25th. The event may be viewed online for free. The organization is planning to meet its goal of sending the largest shipment of care packages to U.S. Troops in history.
Lightning strike causes fire that consumes 12 acres
Lightning is blamed for a fire on Wednesday, June 17th. The fire broke out just as thunderstorms began entering the Dallam and Hartley Counties area. The Dalhart Fire Department was dispatched to the scene with three units and the fire was quickly contained.
Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association, Inc. reports year-end results
Sales for Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association, Inc. for the year ending February 28, 2009, were $97,472,370.24 which was a decrease from last year by $10,652,927. Net savings before taxes for the locally owned Cooperative were $3,348,688. Since Dalhart Consumers is owned by its customers, the Cooperative owners benefit from the Cooperative positive financial performance.
Dallam 4-H rifle team competed
The Dallam 4-H rifle team competed at the District 1 4-H rifle match May 23 in Amarillo at the Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club. Competitors were Hayden Wilkerson, Gerret Boer, Glenna Duden and Mitchell McMurry. Kelly McMurry was their coach.
Jersey Worlds Combine in 2009 tour coming to Dalhart
Dairymen and women from across the United States and around the world will be visiting numerous dairy facilities in the Dalhart area on June 23rd and 24th as part of the Jersey Worlds Combine tour.
The tour highlights advancements of Jersey cattle in dairy production and provides a networking venue for Jersey cattle breeders and dairymen.
Cherie Bayer, director of development for the American Jersey Cattle Association said, “We will all celebrate the grand success the Jersey breed has earned in recent years. Here in the U.S.A. and around the world, statistics will show the Jersey has never before been so profitable and so popular with breeders and dairymen alike.”
Premium Standard Farms continues reduction in sow operations
On Friday, June 19th, confirmation came that Premium Standard Farms, through its parent company, Murphy Brown, L.L.C., that PSF is taking measures in Dalhart to continue its sow reduction that began more than a year ago. All other operations at PSF in Dalhart will continue in effect; however the sow herd reduction will lead to job cuts and layoffs.
Water main repaired on Denver
The Dalhart Water Department diligently began repairs to a broken water main on Wednesday at the intersection of Denver and 7th Street. The repairs continued on Thursday, June 18th, and completion is expected before the weekend.
Assistant City Manager James Stroud stated on Thursday that the lines beneath the intersection are several years old. A two-inch water main under the intersection has had several repairs in the past. The city hopes to replace all of the older two-inch lines.
RAC evaluates mass casualty preparedness at CMH
Several staff members of Coon Memorial Hospital and EMS participated in a simulated disaster on Tuesday, June 16th. The drill took place in the emergency room area of the hospital and was overseen by an evaluator for the Regional Advisory Council, RAC. The afternoon simulation was brief, but the skills practiced were invaluable.
Gaskill, Pharis & Pharis sponsored June Senior Meal Hamburger cook-out
Gaskill, Pharis & Pharis sponsored the June Senior Meal Hamburger cook-out. The meal was held during the lunch hour at the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center on Friday, June 12. The afternoon luncheon cook-out was a success with beautiful weather, which made the event a perfect day!
DISD to make a decision on bank for loan next week
The Dalhart Independent School Board has accepted bids from local banks for a $750,000 loan. At Tuesday’s regular school board meeting, June 16th, no decision was made as to which bid to accept. A revision letter will be delivered to each bank specifying the district’s needs more clearly. All banks will be requested to submit new bids and the board will meet again on Monday, June 22nd for a special meeting to make a determination.
Water jetting signals end of the line
The Water Department is near the end of the project that upgrades the city’s water system with a complete overhaul. The upgrade has caused periods of inconvenience for residents on the north side, but in the long run, the new and improved system will be better for everyone.
Three arrested for burglary
The Dalhart Police Department arrested three individuals on Friday, June 12th. The arrests stemmed from two separate burglaries that had occurred in Dalhart just days before.
Silage truck destroyed by fire
A silage truck became engulfed in flames on Saturday, June 6th. The fire that began at approximately 11:30 a.m. was confined to the trailer and occurred near CR O in Hartley. At the time of the fire, the silage truck was empty and not carrying a load.