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Ask The Lawyer
Question: I was curious about the two pawnshops that are now in
Dalhart. Are there certain rules that apply to pawn shops that don’t
apply to other stores?
A bottle's worth of change
Each time a person uses the drive-thru lane at a fast food
restaurant, or stops into a convenience store for a soda or bag of
chips, or darts in and out of the grocery store for an item or two,
they get a handful of change. Most people have a place, either in
their car or somewhere in the house, where they plop all of that
“unwanted” change. A jar on the dresser, a cup in the car, or maybe a
piggy bank on a dusty shelf in a closet all are potential sources for
"I'm a Dalhart Texan Facebook fan!"
As a relatively new resident to Dalhart, Sarah enjoys the Dalhart
Texan. She and husband, Bill, moved to Dalhart in 2008. They both
enjoy how friendly everyone has been and state that it was very
welcoming. The Dalhart Texan has been Sarah’s source for local events
Jessica Barth has fit right into the Dalhart community. Having
been raised in another small Texas town of Quinlan in East Texas, Barth
has enjoyed what small town life offers. One thing Dalhart offered
Barth was the opportunity to intern at High Country Rural Health Clinic
under the supervision of Bruce Schubert.
Happy cows don’t always come from California
We all have seen the dairy commercials, where Lucy or some other
soft-spoken bovine move up in the world by relocating from some frigid
climate to the “green open meadows” of California. The cutesy cows
share with viewers in a northern accent of “just how great life is here
in California.” The ad is then followed by the spokesmen stating,
“Happy cows come from California.”
A blizzard is a severe storm condition characterized by low
temperatures, strong winds, and heavy blowing snow. By definition, the
difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the
wind. Ground blizzards are a variation on the traditional blizzard; in
that ground blizzards require high winds to stir up snow that has
already fallen, rather than fresh snowfall. Regardless of the variety
of blizzard, they can bring near-whiteout conditions, which restrict
visibility to near zero.
City gets back to normal
Thursday’s snowstorm shut down Dalhart and surrounding areas for
the second time in a year. Heavy snowfall throughout Dallam and
Hartley Counties led to road closures and businesses soon followed. By
Friday, most people were hunkered down in their homes, schools were
closed, and the task of digging out of deep snowdrifts began.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Justice of the Peace Challenger Alicia Gomez WIlliams
As a long time member of the Dallam County community, Alicia
“Alice” Gomez Williams believes she is ready for the responsibility of
the office of Dallam County Justice of the Peace. Williams currently
works for the office of Hartley County Justice of the Peace and has a
strong desire to bring her experiences into Dallam County.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Justice of the Peace Incumbent Rita Little
Rita Little announced her candidacy for re-election for Justice of
the Peace for Dallam County. Little took office in January 2003. As a
member of the Dallam County community, Little was employed by the
Dallam County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years prior to taking office.
Stay home, read the paper
As temperatures began to drop late Wednesday evening and snow
flurries began to fill the air in the early morning hours Thursday,
area residents began to ready themselves for the first major storm of
the winter season. Getting ready included extra trips to local stores
to load up on supplies and trying to get work done early Thursday in
order to get home and off of the roadways before the worst part of the
weather settled into the Dallam and Hartley Counties area.
The Music Man arrives in Dalhart
With the recent retirement of Assistant Band Director Allen
Gregory, Dalhart High School was in search of a suitable replacement.
What they found far exceeded everyone’s expectations. The arrival of
Jim Paslay to the band department on January 3rd may be the beginning
of new challenges and accomplishments for all of DISD’s musical groups.
DCA awarded accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International
Accreditation by a well-recognized agency is a seal of quality on
an educational organization. The Association of Christian Schools
International promotes the value and worthiness of accreditation and
encourages each school and early education program to continuously
pursue excellence. They believe that this pursuit matches the biblical
directive of approving “things that are excellent” (Philippians 1:10,
Each year girls all over America set out to sell boxes and boxes of
Girl Scout cookies. They do so to help earn the money that supports
the activities and projects for the all girl club and at the same time,
they learn about teamwork, setting and meeting goals and a few business
skills such as counting change, delivering their product and making
Junior Livestock Show concludes
The County and Bi-County Junior Livestock Show held last week from
January 20th through the 23rd was filled with steers, heifers, goats,
swine, rabbits and lambs at the Rita Blanca Coliseum. The young
exhibitors showed their best animals and earned quite a reward as well.
Phishing scam targets QuickBooks users
If you use any software made by Intuit – makers of QuickBooks, Quicken, TurboTax – you could be targeted for an email scam.
A business here in Dalhart received what looked like an official
email from Intuit, complete with the company’s logo and mailing address
in Arizona. The email stated that effective January 27, users would
have to get a valid Digital Certificate installed on their computer to
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I remember reading in your column that a child can have
a say about which of his or her parents they live with once they are
12. Did the law change?
Facebook Fan of the Day
More than 1,200 people have become fans of the Dalhart Texan’s
Facebook page, and the number grows daily. The Texan updates its page
frequently, especially when something is occurring within the community
that people want to know about right away.
Gifts fit for fitness
Dalhart’s Jump & Jam team showed their benevolent spirit
recently when they made donations to Dalhart Intermediate School and
Dalhart Elementary School. Both donations were of equipment that will
be used for the fitness programs at both campuses.
Real world learning
During the 2009/10 school year students at Dalhart High School have
taken part in opportunities that ready them to enter the workforce upon
graduation. The courses are designed to get students certified or
trained for entry-level positions upon graduation from high school.
Opportunities in many areas of the workforce are available including
pharmacy, food and nutrition and Ag related endeavors.
"I'm a Dalhart Texan Facebook fan!"
Amber is a fan from Houston. She enjoys following what goes on in
the small town of Dalhart via the Facebook page and by following the
links to the online version of the paper. Amber is a graduate of San
Jacinto College in Houston with an Associate of Arts in Paralegal
Studies. She currently works for an attorney in Spring, Texas, dealing
mainly with family law cases.