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By RODNEY WHITE
The Friday night lights are in place for the new football field, but they looked down on an empty turf as bleachers and concessions stands are starting to arrive in anticipation of the new season.  With the new facilities comes even more excitement.  The Wolves return with a lot of momentum from last year’s very successful team and look to rebuild for an even better team this year.  The Wolves have been practicing in the cooler part of the day as they show up for practice at 7:00 a.m.  No contact is allowed until Friday, but the players can still put on their helmets and learn what the coaches are expecting from them this season.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Nothing says “Texas” like cowboy boots and buckles, good friends and country music, bar-b-que on the grill and a three-day long celebration. Nothing says “Texas” like the annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion. After the party is over, the visitors prepare to head home, locals go back to work and the awards are stowed away, the 75th anniversary of the XIT Rodeo and Reunion surely provided enough good time memories to last everyone for the next year.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Swimmers have one more weekend to enjoy the cool, refreshing water of Dalhart’s pool before it closes for the summer. The last day of fun in the sun will be Sunday, August 14.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

It has been the longest two days of their lives. As each of the four young ladies competing for this year’s title waited to enter the arena for the coronation, Thursday’s events replayed in their minds. This year’s competition was tight. All of the contestants bidding for the title were well-deserved.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Wilder siblings met in Dalhart for the XIT Rodeo and Reunion. The four were the children of Clarence “Happy” Marion Wilder, Sr. and Ella “Sister” Beatrice Wilder. The couple leased and managed The Bray Hotel located on 3rd Street, The Royal Hotel and Happy Café located on Liberal Street from 1944 to 1952.

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By CONNIE WILMER

The XIT Committee of the Friends of NRA is set to host their 3rd annual banquet and fundraiser on Friday, August 12 at Rita Blanca Coliseum.

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By CONNIE WILMER

The 2011 XIT Junior Rodeo kicked off the 75th XIT Rodeo & Reunion in grand style.  As expected, young and old gathered at the XIT Rodeo Arena Saturday, July 30, 2011.  Some came to participate, some came to coach, and others simply came out to cheer on and support the cowboys and cowgirls as they gave it their best ‘stuff’!

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By AARON GRAVES

It was a year ago, same time, same day of the week. The family all headed out to catch the steer roping slack on Wednesday evening, the evening before the XIT Rodeo and Reunion officially kicked off. Up from the southwest moved one of the nastiest looking storms, blowing the hats from off our heads and the lawn chairs out from underneath us.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD
Academically unacceptable, there’s a phrase. What does academically unacceptable really mean? Should you rush to put your house on the market, pack up, move your family to another school district? Why no! Let’s talk about academically unacceptable.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Residents of Coon Memorial Nursing Home, Felipe Munoz and Jean Summers, were crowned king and queen at the coronation August 2, 2011. A reception was held in keeping with the XIT rodeo events. This is an activity enjoyed by all participants and residents. All residents received a bolo tie or corsage from the XIT directors and reigning XIT royalty.

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Be Specific

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

There was a missionary serving in a country where he had to walk everywhere to share the gospel.  He often prayed for a bike, but the answer never came.  One night as he was praying, he felt impressed to pray more specifically about the bike.  Knowing the roughness of the terrain, he asked for a men’s mountain bike with multiple gears.  At the end of his prayer, he tacked on one more request, “…and God, I like red, could it be red please.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dalhart serves as the county seat for both Dallam and Hartley counties. We’re small, but don’t let that fool you. Dalhart is the friendliest place in the great state of Texas; we’d venture to say the most hospitable place on earth. We pride ourselves in the manner we treat our friends, neighbors and visitors.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

A Tuesday, July 19 reckless driver call resulted in the seizure of $12,800 worth of suspected drug money.  Hartley County Sheriff Deputy Chanze Fowler responded to the call, locating the vehicle reported on Highway 385 south of Hartley. Fowler proceeded to execute a two-vehicle traffic stop for speeding, pulling over both the vehicle called in for reckless driving and another following behind.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

The 7th Court of Appeals in Amarillo has upheld the conviction of Dumas native, Rufus Sito Nanez, III. The 32-year-old was convicted on two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault and one count of Burglary of a Habitation with intent to commit sexual assault after he attacked and raped a Dumas woman in her own backyard.
Nanez, who plead not guilty to all three charges at his December 2008 trial, was convicted on all three counts and received a life sentence for each. He recently appealed the conviction to the 7th Court of Appeals in Amarillo where it was upheld.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

A special souvenir section devoted to the 2011 XIT Rodeo and Reunion is included inside today’s paper. This year marks the 75th anniversary for the event. Today’s special section includes information such as  the history of the XIT Rodeo, introductions of the Directors and Parade Marshal for 2011, this year’s list of XIT Rodeo Queen contestants and much more. A biography on the 2011 XIT featured artist, Manuel Franco, is also included in the special section.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As the Luke Bryan song conveys, “Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey.” The lack of rain has local farmers feeling the pinch in their pockets which will be passed to the consumer by driving up the cost of corn-based products.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“More than 500 persons trooped into Dalhart Hi Auditorium to see this old-fashion melodrama with new-fangled trimmin’s and virtually to laugh themselves into the aisles,” The Dalhart Texan, August 4, 1961.
Fifty years have passed and the names are still familiar to many of us. When we reminisce about days gone by, it’s the major events that we talk about. The day-to-day happenings we misplace in our mental file cabinet. Following are facts reported in the Dalhart Texan the week of XIT in 1961.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Judy Heiskell is no stranger to the XIT Rodeo and Reunion. The Dalhart native has a history of being involved with the event since she was in elementary school and was selected as the Best Girl Rider in the XIT parade and received a check for five dollars. A few years later, in 1965, she was chosen as an XIT Queen candidate. As far as Judy can remember, she thinks 1965 was the first year the XIT Queen candidates competed on horseback.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan
Citing concerns for residents’ safety, the Dalhart City Council rejected a request for a variance to Ordinance 2002-04, which would allow a resident to keep a bobcat in the city limits. Julie Kirkpatrick, who had been keeping a bobcat on her property at 1910 Shawnee for about two years on the approval of a city employee, requested that she be allowed to keep the declawed wild cat. The bobcat got loose during the annual Trail of Sales, and it took about an hour to capture it.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As the projected completion date nears for the Dalhart football stadium, questions continue to arise. Will the first home game against Brownfield be played in the new stadium or will the first game be a tried and true homecoming? Will the Brownfield game actually be the last homecoming game played on the old field? And last but not least on many residents’ minds, is the project over budget?