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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

During the 2011 Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Chief Gary Sinclair of the Dalhart Police Department launched a house watch program. The program enabled area residents who were traveling out-of-town to breathe easier knowing someone responsible would check on their house while they were away visiting family. The program was a huge success and well utilized by the residents of Dalhart.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The deadline for nominations for the Citizens of the Year, the Agriculture Family/Individual of the Year and the Volunteer of the Year is Friday, March 2, 2012. The Annual Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012 and the winners will be announced during the evening.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

After deliberating in an executive session at Tuesday night’s special called meeting, the Dalhart City Council reconvened in open session and voted to hire Assistant City Manager James Stroud as their new City Manager. Mr. Stroud will replace long-time City Manager Greg Duggan, who announced that he is retiring.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

The historic La Rita Theater has officially purchased the building next door belonging to the Rock Island Masonic Lodge #869-AF & AM. The La Rita closed on the property about a month ago, says Tammy Schniederjan, La Rita board member and multi-talented director of the stage. “We are excited to have this addition to our facility and plan on using it for set work on our upcoming performances, as well as storage for props and other necessary items for production.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Megan’s Law is a federal law passed in 1996 authorizing all local law enforcement agencies to notify the public about convicted sex offenders living, working or visiting their communities. Megan’s Law was an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children’s Act. The law required every state to develop and implement a uniformed procedure to notify the public if and when a sex offender or sexual predator is released or moves into their community.

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The Bitter Cup

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Sometimes I alter my normal morning routine, forgo the Java and choose to savor a steaming hot cup of tea. It gives me a chance to select from one of the many teabags in my pretty, black lacquer box; a gift from my daughter, Autumn. Recently, I rearranged the compartments and added some teas given to me as Christmas gifts.

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By RODNEY WHITE

A fast start by the Lady Wolves produced a victory as they defeated the Midland Greenwood Rangerettes 60-48 to claim the area championship trophy and move into the regional quarterfinal game against Lubbock Cooper.  The Cooper Lady Pirates are the number seven ranked team in the state.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Police Chief, Gary Sinclair in conjunction with the Dalhart Texan is launching a graphic arts contest.
Recently the Dalhart Police Department has purchased two new black Chevrolet Tahoes. The vehicles will be driven by Chief Sinclair and Captain Robert Stout. The new vehicles have not been “rigged out,” that’s police talk for adding radios, lights and other components needed for law enforcement vehicles, nor have the vehicles been “stripped,” this means identifying logos have been placed on the vehicles that denotes them as emergency response personnel.

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By JIM RAY

Recently I stumbled upon the writings of Amy Schniederjan, entitled “And We Had Rita Blanca Canyon.”  Wow, did that bring back memories.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Earlier this month, Colorado Senator Suzanne Williams pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor citation of driving on the wrong side of the road. Potter County Justice of the Peace, Debbie Horn signed the paperwork accepting the plea on February 9, 2012.  In most cases of child restraint citations, a defendant would be able to meet the burden of proof for the affirmative defense. The Potter County Justice of the Peace agreed to dismiss the charges in exchange for the defendant’s completion of a safety restraint education course.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The United States Postal service could be calculating financial losses at over 18 billion dollars a year by 2015. The USPS wants to charge more for postage, more for services, and to suspend Saturday delivery, all of these have been hashed over prior to the recent release of information and the January 2012 postage increase. The 50 cent stamp would represent an 11 percent increase in postal rates.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Texan launched a photo contest for area children to benefit the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center. Parents and grandparents were encouraged to submit photos of their children and grandchildren. While all of the children are absolutely adorable, only one could win.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

What started out as a stolen vehicle report on Saturday, February 12, 2012 turned into a high speed chase on Valentine’s Day.

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By RODNEY WHITE

The Lady Wolves played nearly flawless basketball in the first quarter racing out to a 20-10 lead on their way to a dominating 63-39 victory to claim a bi-district championship trophy.  
The team eliminated their turnovers in the first quarter and Karley White was deadly from the three point line as she made three- three point shots without a miss to ignite the Dalhart crowd.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Members of the Dalhart City Council approved measures that could save the city approximately $160,000 over the next 10 years by calling in the bonds from 2002 used to finance upgrades to Dalhart’s sewer and water system. The plan is to replace the original Certificate of Obligation Bonds with Texas General Obligation Refunding Bonds.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

St. James Episcopal Church will host its 34th Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 21 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Hall at 801 Denver Avenue.
The very first crowd pleasing pancake event was February 27, 1978, and the event just keeps getting bigger and better every year. Old tales have it that in the beginning the annual suppers were a little rough, but you would never believe it once you’ve tasted this culinary delight. The ECW money-making secret recipe helps fund local projects and missionary work throughout the Diocese and the world. That’s what makes it so successful. When you combine the very best pancakes you’ll ever put in your mouth with a great cause, well, there you go—instant success.

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He’s still workin’ on me

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

With the dawn of January 1, 2012, I did what many Americans do on that day; I made a New Year’s resolution.  My plan was to get organized.  My husband snickered each time I stated my 2012 goal.  I mean, just because I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl, why couldn’t I pull this off?  Could it be that since we have lived here a year already and I complain about not being able to find things, he might be skeptical?

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By RODNEY WHITE

The Golden Wolves wasted no time in asserting their dominance over Perryton, taking the lead early.
In the first three minutes James Harris had two blocks. Perryton had no one that could match up with the “Dalhart Big Men.”  On the negative side, DaVonte Burks picked up two fouls with only three minutes passed in the game.  Channing Allen gave the Wolves the first lead of 6-4 while Zach Richardson added a long two point shot for the Wolves, who were off to a good start.  Dalhart led 15 -13 at the end of the first quarter.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Valentine’s Day notoriety is love, rose, romance and rendezvous, but it’s Black Friday to the floral industry. Local florists will sell thousands of roses in one single day, and the poor fellows that forgot or didn’t order in time were scrambling around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Valentine’s Day is the most economically vibrant for all florists across the country.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Dallam County Commissioners’ Court met at the courthouse on Monday, February 13 for a regular meeting. Agenda items included: Current bills; Minutes of previous meeting; financial reports; Reports and requests from personnel; Appoint two board members to Dallam-Hartley Counties Hospital District; Bi-county bills.