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Screams fill the room as students huddle around Mrs. Ziegler. The Yearbook Yearbook is in and the Channing yearbook has gone national again. “Holy cow!  It felt wonderful to get into the Yearbook Yearbook,” Junior Mackenzie McLain said. “Last year we got a mention in it, but this time we got our work put in it. Everyone can see what we did and it’s great. It means that we did a good enough job that it gets to join the group that’s considered the best.”

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    The Dalhart area was blanketed in snow by numerous winter storms that dropped more than thirty inches of the white stuff throughout Dallam and Hartley Counties over the past month.

For the first time since 2007, the Texas Panhandle has left behind its drought status. In fact, weather experts are reporting that only seven percent of the country – an abnormally low percentage – is still facing drought conditions.

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    Dallam and Hartley Counties are ready for Tuesday’s Republican Primary.  Three candidates in the Governor’s race hope to become the Republican choice for the November election.  Governor Rick Perry, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Tea Party Activist Debra Medina have been campaigning heavily for months and in recent days, television commercials for Perry and Hutchison have run nearly non-stop.

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69th Judicial District Judge
unopposed incumbent Ron Enns

    The sitting Judge for the 69th Judicial District, Ron Enns, is a lifelong resident of Dalhart.  He has served as District Judge for nearly 20 years.  This year he is running unopposed in the Republican Primary and General Election.   

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    This month marked an important event for panhandle residents that also offered an opportunity to have a little fun while making a real difference in the lives of women throughout the world.  The Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza was the setting for the first annual “Power of the Purse” or (“POP”), fundraiser.  Hosted by Community Connections, a group of advocates for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, this fundraiser was held to benefit the new national Infant Risk Center being established in Amarillo.

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    It was about 10:45 a.m. on Friday morning when as yet unidentified man, estimated to be in his early 30s handed a teller at The First State Bank of Boise City a note demanding money.

    The note, as of yet unreleased, purportedly threatened to set off bombs in the bank and the Boise City Elementary and High Schools if the teller didn’t empty her money drawer. The teller complied and the man, visible on security cameras exited the bank.

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    Buying Girl Scout cookies is pretty easy to do because they are so enjoyable.  Each year when Girl Scouts all over the United States begin to make the rounds to family, friends, neighbors and businesses, everyone waits with great anticipation for a bite of their favorite cookie.  The cookies conjure up all sorts of great memories for those who eagerly await their annual arrival.

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    The residents at Legacy Assisted Living and their guests enjoyed a “Hollywood” Banquet Thursday evening, February 18.  A black stretch limo was parked under the portico, indicating the arrival of VIPs and celebrities.  The living area and dining room were decorated with pictures of movie stars (mostly from the 1940’s and 50’s) and lots of glitter.  Dining tables had silver and gold sprays and vases of beautiful red roses.  There was a “Legacy Wall of Fame” with the name of each resident on a gold star.   The guests entered through the foyer, which resembled a movie theater lobby and had a bright red popcorn wagon, reels of film and colorful posters advertising coming attractions.  One side of the living area represented the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel, with half columns and large silver vases of palm fronds.  The other side had a make believe theater, complete with velvet rope and seats in front of the screen.

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    A weak winter system that spit sleet and a bit of snow at us last weekend also brought something we don’t usually see and hear this time of year: lightning and thunder.

    The Saturday evening sky lit up periodically, reminding us that lightning is a year round danger for those who are caught outside. This past week was declared severe weather awareness week by Governor Perry in an effort to remind Texans about what to do and not do when severe weather approaches. We’ll look at these reminders over the next few weeks. Thanks to Saturday’s light show, we’ll start with lightning safety.

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    Dallam County uses the law firm of Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins and Mott of Amarillo for collections on outstanding warrants and fees.  This year, the law firm is also handling the notice letters for the 2010 Great Texas Warrant Roundup, a statewide effort to bring in offenders who have failed to pay fines and fees.

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    Anyone with an outstanding warrant or unpaid fees and fines owed to Hartley County has an immediate opportunity to take care of all outstanding warrants, fines and fees and avoid arrest.  Beginning on March 6th, the 2010 Great Texas Warrant Roundup gets underway and thousands of law enforcement officers across the entire state of Texas will be going to homes, businesses and known hangouts to “roundup” the offenders.

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    The young woman from Boston who ran all the way to San Diego, CA returned to Dalhart to speak about her journey and reunite with her host family and the friends she made while she was in Dalhart last October.  Katie’s trek began on March 29th and ended as scheduled on December 29th when she arrived in San Diego.  The more than 3,000 mile run took nine months. 

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    The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department’s 104th Annual Supper is just around the corner.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rita Blanca Coliseum.  The supper is an area favorite event.  The firefighters for the Dalhart Fire Department will cook for the community.  The chili and stew they present every year is a long-standing tradition that gets better each year. 

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Old Man Winter

    Settling into the loveseat in front of the window and sharing the warm quilt with my dog, Berkley, I curl my hands around a pretty red mug filled with cinnamon coffee. The warm fireplace gives off its glow, setting the stage for a quiet afternoon watching it snow, again.   I’m sure you must think; how dumb!  Hasn’t she seen enough snow? Surely she knows what it looks like by now!

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    Early morning precipitation in the area led to the development of black ice and hazardous driving conditions.  By early afternoon, reports of motor vehicle accidents on Highway 87 North near Perico, numbered six, keeping the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office, DPS Troopers and EMS very busy.

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    Question:  What is an ad valorem tax?  Do I pay it?  I have heard this term before, but I really don’t understand what it is or how it is assessed.  

Answer:  The question isn’t really what “is” an ad valorem tax, but “what” may be taxed ad valorem.  Ad valorem is a Latin term that means “according to the value,” and for purposes of taxation means “proportionate,” or a “based upon value.”  It is a method of calculating how much tax is assessed or levied against a particular thing.

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    You’re pregnant! And you have just been told by your doctor that your blood pressure is dangerously high!  Or let’s say you are a new breastfeeding mom suffering from postpartum depression, or perhaps it is just a matter of battling a terrible cold that is keeping you from getting the rest you so desperately need to be able to care for your family.  You have just joined a growing number of women whose health and peace of mind is in jeopardy.  Naturally, you are worried that any medication you might take for your condition could endanger your pregnancy or bring harm to your baby through your breast milk.

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    Most people can recall an image of a young boy helping a little old lady across the street.  The young boy wearing a tan shirt with a gold neckerchief held around his neck by a slide in the shape of a wolf or bear, and the little old lady, leaning on a cane in one hand and her other looped through the young man’s arm.  The Boy Scouts do much more than assist those in need.  They also get involved in community events and fundraisers.

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    On December 5, 2009, the local Cub Scout group Pack 46 held their local Pinewood Derby. This is one of the annual events that the Cub Scouts do.  They receive their derby kits in November, which consists of a block of wood, tires and axles.  Along with these items, their talent and help of parents, they create a car. The day of the race, the cars are weighed in, the car has to be 5oz. or less. Two boys set their cars on the track and the race begins.  The first one to the finish line wins. Lots of fun for young and old, the excitement of seeing which car will make it first.

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    The excitement of Election Day is certainly something that is understandable; however, the opportunity to avoid the crowds or wait in a long line is tempting as well.  Early voting provides just such an opportunity, yet many area residents have not taken advantage of the ease of voting that early voting offers.