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By JANELLE GOODELL

Proud parents, family and friends of Dalhart Elementary kindergarteners filled the auditorium at the High School to standing room only on Thursday evening.  The kids were excited about the conclusion of their kindergarten year and ready to move on to first grade.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

CASA 69 (Court Appointed Special Advocate) recently celebrated 25 years in the community with a reception and evening with Dave Pelzer, author of numerous books, including most famously A Child Called It. Mr. Pelzer suffered extreme abuse as a child at the hands of his mentally disturbed, alcoholic mother. Years later, his case was identified as one of the most gruesome and extreme forms of child abuse in California history at the time. However, Dave overcame his childhood of abuse and grew up to be an incredible leader, encourager, and advocate for children.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Dalhart voters are taking advantage of the opportunity to cast their votes prior to the regular Election Day.  There are elections occurring for the school board and the City of Dalhart.  
Early voting polls at the school administration office will be open on Monday and Tuesday until 5:30 p.m.  As of Friday afternoon, 152 ballots had been cast.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Built in 1923, after a local bond issue was passed, the Dallam County Courthouse stands tall and stately in downtown Dalhart, with its ionic columns, denticulated cornices, and cast stone detailing. Courthouses with this kind of detail and beauty are few and far between, especially in a small town like Dalhart.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

School is almost out and the weather is starting to get warmer.  The combination of these two facts has many youngsters thinking about what they want to do this summer.  One of the highlights of summer vacation is spending time at the pool.  Swimmers young and old can mark their calendars for Saturday, May 28 when the pool will open for the summer.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

This year at Mother’s Day, I feel especially blessed.  I am the mother to three wonderful children, 10-year-old Courtney, 7-year-old Mathew, and 5-year-old Dakota.  They take their turns trying my patience, but the majority of the time they show me all the reasons why I love them.  The pictures that they draw decorate my refrigerator.

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Mom, the name that changed me forever!

By JUDI WIEGMAN

February, 1964: I was 22 when the nurse walked into my hospital room, placed a tiny baby boy weighing just under seven pounds in my arms and said, “Mom, here’s your son.” As briskly as she came, she was gone. (I guess she didn’t know I was a “newbie” and didn’t have much training.) In those days, no visitors were allowed when the baby was in the room! So, it was just the two of us!  Only his little round head was visible from the cocoon wrapping and his dark hair stuck out in every direction.  I placed him on the bed in front of me, loosed him from his cage and began to examine him from top to toe, checking for all his parts. Suddenly, his birdlike legs began to flail and his tiny fists waved about indicating I was “doing it wrong!”  Quickly, I tried to wrap him up, but my wrapping was less than perfect. It was at this point I wanted my mother who was 1,000 miles away!  Instinctively, I lifted him from the cold sterile sheets and cradled him close to my heart.  His tiny fingers wrapped around one of mine and as he began making satisfied baby sighs, I became his mother! Thank you, Jeff!

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Dalhart reacts to news

 

Photo by Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer

 

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on Operation Geronimo, a mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Seated, from left to right, are: Vice President Biden, President Obama, Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left to right, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured.


By JANELLE GOODELL

The United States President Barrack Obama announced Sunday night that American troops had carried out a mission in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  The president addressed the nation around 11:00 p.m. CST with the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.  No Americans were harmed.  They took care to avoid civilian casualties.  After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body,” said President Obama.
It is good to know that none of the troops that were involved in the firefight were harmed, and the news of bin Laden’s death should bring closure to some that lost family members on 9/11.

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It seems like only yesterday that the parents of 194 five and six-year-olds were sending their little ones out the door for the first day of kindergarten.  That day many dreams began to blossom, parents looking towards the future and hoping for the best.  Parents trusted their children to the school to help put them on the right track to future success.  The teachers have taught them how to share, read, take turns and have pride in their successes.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

April is drawing to an end and as of yet the Dalhart area has seen little precipitation to help bring out the beautiful May flowers that brighten people’s moods.  During the past few days the weather has cooperated enough to drop a small amount of moisture onto the draught ridden panhandle.  The amount received however is not adequate to make a garden grow.

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By SUSAN CLAY

Firemen were called out early Sunday morning to the home of Doris Fletcher at 1014 Conlen. Her daughter, Mary Campbell, and two children were also home at the time the fire broke out. Even though the house burned to the ground, they escaped unharmed with only the clothes on their backs.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan
Complaints about traffic on the streets around Dalhart Middle School, located at Eighth Street and Oak Avenue, have prompted police to enforce traffic laws more rigorously in this area. Drivers will no longer be allowed to stop, park, or stand in the roadway to pickup or drop off their children. These drivers are advised to park alongside the roadway, and to not block any private driveways.

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On the evening of Sunday, May 1, 2011 information was released that terrorist leader and mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden, had been killed.  The President of the United States, Barack Obama, confirmed this news in a press release announcement as people gathered in front of the White House singing patriotic hymns.  According to the President, the U.S. conducted an operation that killed Bin Laden in Pakistan.

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By JILL BEMPONG
Now that the nearly two-inch thick investigative report from the Department of Public Safety has been given to Hartley County District Attorney David Green, it appears that the case of the car crash that killed Brianna Gomez and involved Colorado State Senator Suzanne Williams will finally go before a grand jury to determine if Williams will face any charges.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

In the 1997 movie Titanic, one scene towards the end shows the footage of the dilapidated remains of the Titanic wreckage underwater. At one point, the camera pans to show the grand staircase of the ship, decaying and covered in what I would describe as some sort of algae.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

It is time for voters to decide who will sit on the school board and the city council.  Election Day, May 14, is just around the corner and now is the time to take advantage of early voting.  This year there are three seats up for grabs on the school board.  Eleven people are trying to win a spot on the board for the upcoming term.  There is only one incumbent for the City Council that has any competition this year.

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By JILL BEMPONG

You probably have seen the massive construction that bears witness to the fact that the “Sowing and Growing Building Project” at St. Anthony’s Church is in full swing. Both the school and the church have been completely gutted and parishioners have adjusted to holding church in the gymnasium. Construction is moving along at a pace that appears to be keeping everyone happy and the dedication date is still yet to be determined.

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Sunday Dinner
Arabic Style

By JUDI WIEGMAN

Easter Sunday service was amazing; the fellowship, the music, and Pastor’s message.  I gave a short sermon for the children, showing them a dry resurrection plant that “comes to life” when put in water, revealing incredible green foliage. It began to unfold before their eyes. It was awesome! Also special, was the fact that our neighbors, Kim and Rose, joined us for the service.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Lions Club hosted its annual queen contest on Monday, April 18.  Area juniors were invited to compete to represent the Dalhart Club.  Dalhart’s club was chartered in 1923.  The queen has several duties to perform during her reign.  She is invited to attend the weekly meetings of the Lions Club and give a school report during the meeting.  She is to help the Lions with various fundraising events in the community also.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department has had several busy weeks over the past months.  Crews have been called out to multiple fires.  These fires have burnt thousands of acres of land in the surrounding area, leaving the ground charred black awaiting regrowth to occur.