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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Fire departments and EMS from both Stratford and Dalhart were called to a fire at the Sunray Co-op offices in Conlen at about 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28. According to Sunray Co-op General Manager Craig Lechner, the fire started in the facility’s shop located behind the office and then spread to the front office and a barn located nearby.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Monday morning at approximately 8:45,  24-year-old Matthew Hillyer rolled his Saturn as he was traveling west on Highway 54, between mile marker 14 and 15, heading home to California. Hillyer was driving alone, having recently served as best man at his friend’s wedding in Minnesota. While the newlyweds honeymooned in Mexico, the best man generously volunteered to drive their car, filled to the brim with wedding gifts, back to California.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Thursday, June 30, the XIT Museum will be hosting the opening of a new dairy exhibit sponsored by Dairy Management and Co., and in partnership with Hilmar Cheese Company and the Southwest Dairy Museum. Interactive kiosks, videos and other activities and panels characterize the exhibit, teaching various educational points on the origin of milk, the responsibilities of a dairy farmer, and the general value of dairy in our lives.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Advancing technology seems to have our society in a strangle-hold. Although people across the country are slowly realizing the dangers surrounding technological advances, there are still devastating effects from some of them. One of the most problematic advances our society has encountered is the overwhelming surge in the number of people who text while driving.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

For many people who have lost loved ones, the cemetery is more than just where their loved ones are buried. It is also where they can go spend time with those who have passed on, as well as a place to memorialize them.

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Cassidie Coke

By ASHLEY ELERICK

Cassidie Coke is the 16-year-old daughter of Brandie Parker and Jason Coke, and sister to Emma Parker and Landon Coke.

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Erin Wilkins

By ASHLEY ELERICK

Erin Wilkins is the 16-year-old daughter of Barbara and Clayton Wilkins. She is a junior in high school and enjoys participating in 4-H and FFA. Erin has served in4-H for nine years and FFA for two. She has also served as County Council Secretary and Vet-Science Club Secretary.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

While most kids cannot wait until summer vacation to be able to relax and play, for many of those kids, the long summer break can be detrimental to their educational development. Although relaxing and unwinding over summer break is important, spending a little time on the more challenging topics while there is no pressure during the summer can help kids greatly improve their academic ability.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Five months ago we were humming “Up, Up and Away,” when contemplating the prices we were paying at the pump ($3.07 and $3.09 in Dalhart and Amarillo, respectively) and that was BEFORE we hit the national high average price of $3.98 back in May. According to the June 21, 2011 AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the national average  price for regular gas is $3.637, down five cents from the previous week; further, down 22 cents from the previous month and down 32 cents from that outrageous high in May.

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By DON WHITE

It is certainly cheaper than cigarettes! During the Tuesday, June 22, School Board meeting, Jeff Lloyd presented a mandate from the USDA Child Nutrition Division requiring an increase in student lunches. Superintendant David Foote pointed out that this was the first time in nine years that there was a mandated price increase. In an attempt to make the cost of student lunches more uniform across the nation, the USDA Child Nutrition Division has implemented the mandate, Equity in School Lunch Pricing, requiring each school district in the country to increase student lunch prices based on the current prices.

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Cassidy Horn

By ASHLEY ELERICK

Cassidy Horn is the 16-year-old daughter of Powder and Amy horn, and sister to Emory Horn. Cassidy lives on the ranch where she grew up working cattle with her dad.

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Saige Casey-Pritchett

By ASHLEY ELERICK

Saige Casey-Pritchett is also in the running for the 2011 XIT Queen. Saige is the 15-year-old daughter of Mickie and Snuffy Pritchett, and is a junior in high school.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

A person can’t discuss the history of the main street of Dalhart without including that corner building on the northeast side of Second and Main, first known as the Cozy Corner Café, but better known later as the B and B Café. The anecdotes of life here on this corner are as rich as the memories of the courthouse or the folklore of the Felton.  Where the courthouse may have been the scene of a town becoming official, and the Felton might have been an early day cultural arts center, the Cozy Corner/B and B Café was one of the hubs of this small town, feeding countless residents and travelers and serving as a gathering place for the community for many years.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

With advances in modern technology come serious concerns about the consequences some of these modern innovations may pose to youth in the United States.
The ever-growing texting phenomenon is one aspect of technological advancement that has parents and behavioral experts worried.

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The Guest(s)

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

For weeks I schemed to make sure everything would be perfect when my friend, Dianne, would come to spend a few days.  I hung my best sheets out to dry so they would have that amazing “dried outside” smell.  I added candles and knick-knacks to the guest room to give that “ah” feeling.  I planned menus, outings and chose girl flicks.  I picked out special praise music for my “outdoor paradise.” I was prepared.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Local real estate agents have noticed a really good trend: sales of existing homes, with prices in the range of $100,000 to $150,000, have grown significantly over the last three months. Glen Cummings of Cummings Real Estate said that his brokerage has seen more homes sold in the last three months than sold in the last six months, combined.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

As the 2011 XIT Rodeo and Reunion draws near, 2010-2011 XIT Queen Danae Parman prepares to pass on her title. “It will be sad to pass on the title of Queen,” said Parman Tuesday, June 21. “Serving as XIT Queen has been a lot of fun working with the directors and getting to know them all, but at the same time, I know the next queen will have a great time too."

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Everyone who lives in the Texas Panhandle is aware that we share the region with venomous snakes. The state of Texas is home to 15 potentially venomous snakes or subspecies, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. In this area, rattlesnakes are the main concern.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

People who wait to pay until the day their water service will be disconnected for non-payment will find that doing so is going to cost them more money. The Dalhart City Council voted to approve the new policy at their regular meeting Tuesday, and it will take effect of August 1. Following is a summary of the new policy:
All delinquent accounts will have a $25.00 Administrative Fee added to the account. This fee must be paid, whether the services were disconnected or not.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

XIT Directors and rodeo queen contestants spent Friday, June 17, 2011 “Plastering Dalhart” with posters announcing the upcoming festivities. The event will take place August 4, 5 and 6; and marks the 75th anniversary for the annual rodeo and reunion.