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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan
Last night’s School Board Candidate Forum was a learning experience for the 11 candidates, the approximately 50 members from the public in attendance, and the countless number of citizens listening on the radio. One lesson the public will take away from the forum: it is going to be a difficult choice to fill the three available seats from such a large field of bright, dedicated candidates. By listening to the questions posed from those in attendance, the candidates learned that citizens are concerned about fiscal responsibility, teacher retention, and student performance improvement.

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By JANELLE GOODELL
Area fire departments responded to a fire at the Pritchard Ranch.  According to Dalhart Fire Chief Curtis Brown, the fire started due to a downed power line.  It burnt from the headquarters to FM 1879.  Although no structures were damaged due to the blaze, it burnt 11,009 acres of farm and range land.  At the widest place, the damage is estimated to be 14 miles across.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

There’s a song by the Christian recording group Selah that never fails to hit me right between the eyes when it comes time for it to play in my car CD player. The title is Unredeemed, and it summarizes all the trials and hurts of this life we live and how they will not go “unredeemed.”

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The Stone that Rolled Away

By JUDI WIEGMAN
We wanted something wonderful to bring in families from the neighborhood to celebrate Easter, get acquainted and perhaps make our church their church.
We met as a Sunday school board and settled on a wonderful afternoon of events for Palm Sunday. We set the wheels in action to make the event successful; flyers were handed out, posters went up and we invited friends and neighbors to come.

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By DEAN CRUZ

Every college basketball fan was waiting to see what excitement the championship game would bring to end the 2010-2011 season. Much to everyone’s surprise, Duke or Kansas did not make the championship game. It was the Huskies of the University of Connecticut who would reign as the champions on the evening of Monday, April 4, 2011. The Huskies defeated Butler Bulldogs, 53-41, to become reigning champions.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Imagine that you are a young man, happily married with young twin girls. Some folks talk about the “itch” that occurs in the seventh year of a marriage, but there is nothing to scratch in your world. You are content. Life is good. And then the unimaginable happens. Your wife becomes ill and you wake up one morning, a single father of two four-year-old girls. Your life is forever altered, but yours is no hard luck, cry me a river story. The story of Rusty Hammett and his twin daughters, Sarah and Sadye, is a story of commitment: a father’s commitment to raise his children as best he can; a community’s commitment to help one of its own. And, the commitment of two families determined to honor the memory of their beloved by helping Rusty raise his girls.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

With the construction of the new high school football stadium well underway, plans are being made to construct a new Veterans Memorial statue at the entrance of the new stadium. Just like Veterans Memorial Park, the Dallam-Hartley County Veterans Memorial Committee is spearheading this cause as a grassroots project funded by donations from the community.

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Scandia Wind Southwest, LLC has recently made moves that put it closer to bringing its Mariah Project, a large scale wind development project, to fruition.  Scandia signed a term sheet agreement with Tres Amigas, LLC to provide transmission services to Scandia to become an anchor customer in the first phase of the Tres Amigas superstation. As an anchor customer, Scandia will utilize 50 percent of the initial capacity of Tres Amigas in order to enable Scandia to move 375 MW (megawatts) of electric renewable wind power to the west.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Spring time and bicycling seem to go hand in hand.  Due to the generosity of Kohl’s and the volunteers from North West Texas Hospital, thousands of children in the panhandle will be much safer riding this year.  The group is giving away a total of 3,000 helmets during the spring this year and plans to give another 2,000 away during the fall.  Students at Dalhart Elementary School and St. Anthony’s Catholic School received helmets.  Other communities that have benefited from this program are Channing, Amarillo and Pampa.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

CASA 69 is celebrating 25 years serving 700 abused and neglected children by hosting a special evening with speaker Dave Pelzer on Friday, April 29, at the Dumas High School Auditorium in Dumas. Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is a nonprofit organization that believes a child’s right to a safe and permanent home should be acted upon by the court in a sensitive, expedient manner. CASA 69, Inc. provides trained community volunteers to represent the child’s best interest in the court and serves children in the 69th Judicial District, which includes Dallam, Hartley, Sherman, and Moore Counties.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

The Dalhart Texan has reason to celebrate. Last week, the Texan was honored with three press awards at the Panhandle Press Association 101st Convention held in Amarillo on April 7-9. Among the awards, the Texan earned first place for their special section covering the XIT Rodeo and Reunion, and third place for their special section on the Kindergarten Class of 2022. Furthermore, the Texan won third place in the category Best Website.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The track season has ended for the Dalhart Junior High track team.  The team competed in the district track meet held in Pampa on Saturday, April 9.  All of the young athletes have worked hard during the season to decrease their time in races and increase the measurements in the field events.  Three of the athletes broke records in the pole vaulting event and many others set personal best times.  The seventh grade girls team finished in seventh place out of the nine teams that competed at the meet.

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The Dalhart Texan and KXIT Radio are sponsoring a school board candidate forum.  This year there are 11 people competing for three seats on the DISD School Board.  Candidates are John Cover, Tim Jones, Mike Thelander, Mark McKay, Russell Routon, Boyd Barrow, Janet Banks, Peter Baumert, Reynaldo Encinias, Randy Sherrill and Seth Simmons.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

A number of organizations were at Tuesday’s Dalhart City Council meeting to request funding from the city’s Community Development Fund. Money from this fund comes from the voluntary $1.00 charge that is added on to each customer’s water bill. To receive funding, an organization must demonstrate that its project is something that can be used or enjoyed by a large number of Dalhart citizens.

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“Knock yer socks off”

By JUDI WIEGMAN

I am constantly reminded of God’s gracious gift, laughter!  There are references in His Word where He laughs.  I can only imagine the God who made heaven and earth, leaning back in His chair, giving a hearty, “deep from His gut” laugh.   I believe it would “knock yer socks off!"

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Weather played an important role in the fires that occurred this weekend.  High winds helped to stoke the fires that raced across the open fields in Hartley County.  The initial cause of the fire was a lightening strike that occurred at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.  The resulting fire that burned 13,434 acres was a rekindling of hot spots.  Fire Chief Curtis Brown reported that no injuries and no structural damage occurred as a result of the fire.  The fire department was able to save three houses and five other structures.  Units remained on scene until Sunday at noon.

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Dr. Albert S. Abdullah from Dalhart was one of five Outstanding Alumni that was recently honored by the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.  The reception and dinner was held at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, TX on Friday evening, April 1st, 2011.  Other honorees included Dr. H. Richard Adams of College Station, Dr. Glenn P. Blodgett of Guthrie, Dr. Dwight D. King of Wharton and Dr. Eugene T. Skidmore of Hilltop Lakes.

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By JANELLE GOODELL
The Bi-County Commissioners Court met on Monday, April 11 in the Dallam County Courthouse.  During the meeting the commissioners agreed to purchase new software that will allow the jail to communicate more readily with the courthouse and sheriff’s departments.  The new software will allow for immediate access to bookings and inmate data at the different offices.  In addition to agreeing to purchase the new software the commissioners approved the bi-county bills for the month of March.

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Dalhart Independent School District
school board candidate Mike Thelander

Mike Thelander, local business man, is seeking a seat on the Dalhart Independent School Board of Trustees this spring.  Mike is the manager for Hydro Resources, one of the largest water well services in the nation.  He has worked for Hydro, locally known as Taylor Pump, for 15 years. Mike is also a partner in several farms around this area.

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Dalhart Independent School District
school board candidate Peter Baumert

Peter C. Baumert was raised on a farm in Nebraska, where, “[he] learned the value of hard work and education.”  Baumert and his wife, Denise, moved to Dalhart more than 16 years ago.  He stated, “We have been happily married for 21 years.”  The Baumerts have four children.  Their oldest is Jonathan, age 16, followed by Lea who is 15.  Josef is 12-years-old and Caleb is 11.  All of the Baumert kids attend school in DISD.