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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Dalhart Police Chief Tom Sanford has announced that he will retire from his position effective August 1.
“It was a tough decision, I went back and forth on it for several weeks,” Chief Sanford said at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “After 40 years, I’m ready to do something else. I appreciate the support I’ve received out of the city manager and the city council."

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN
Standing two stories tall, with a grand exterior complete with carved Victorian details is the Felton Opera House on the corner of Third and Main (Denrock Ave). While the first floor has consistently stayed open to various businesses over the years, the second floor has remained closed and the windows boarded up for many years. However, the stories and memories of this building are still alive today.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Fire Department has determined the cause of the fire that completely destroyed the home of Doris Fletcher and Mary Campbell.  Fire Chief Curtis Brown stated that the fire was started by a minor child.  The family, although unharmed, lost all of their possessions during the fire.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Saturday is the final day to cast your vote in the election for school board, city council and mayor.  Voters will need to come to the City Hall located at 205 Rock Island to cast their ballot on Election Day.  Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m.

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I said “No God” but
He heard “Yes!”

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Sitting on the floor in my office between the waste basket and the shredder, I kept hearing that gentle voice saying, “That would be good to use in teaching…you might need to save that one also…good bulletin board piece…”  The voice continued!  I began making piles on the floor. The shredder and waste basket were not being used.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Twenty-three Dalhart students each received $2,000 scholarships from the Cleo Jenkins Scholarship Fund and the Bonnie DeJarnett Scholarship Fund. The students were informed of their scholarships at the Dalhart High School Academic Awards Ceremony held Tuesday evening.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Cruizers hosted their eighth annual muscle car weekend May 6 and 7 at Rita Blanca Lake.  Hot cars, good music and tons of fun were had by everyone that participated during the weekend.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Intermediate School fourth grade students have been busy for the past several weeks studying the life of cowboys.  This year marks the sixth year that the classes have walked to the museum to enjoy a presentation on cowboys and their jobs.  The classes learned about the articles of clothing that the cowboys wear and the reasons behind needing each item.  They also learned where cowboys originated from.

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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.