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Local Honored at Panhandle Hall of Fame
Bennie L. “Chip” Woolley Jr. is a local who is an American
Thoroughbred horse racing trainer best known for conditioning the 2009
winner of the Kentucky Derby, Mine That Bird. One of the five children
of Ann and Bennie Woolley, Sr., he grew up in Dalhart where his parents
still reside. At age twenty he moved back to New Mexico to pursue a
career in the horse racing industry.
Dalhart's cutest baby
According to great grandmother Jean Womble, little Legend Isaiah
Stone is the cutest baby on earth. It seems area residents agree with
Jean, as Legend was just announced as the winner of the cutest baby
contest in Dalhart.
Beta Sigma Phi announces 2010 sweethearts
Laureate Gamma’s Valentine girl has been a member of Beta Sigma Phi since 1982. She has served as Treasurer of our chapter for many years keeping us within our budget, balancing our checkbook and always encouraging us to give back to our community.
She was born in Olney, to William and Mary Kelley. She is the fourth child of eight siblings (five sisters and three brothers). She graduated from Olney High School and received her college degree from West Texas State University.
She has been married to her husband Kenneth for 33 years. He operates an outdoor sign painting business and does taxidermy work. She is the mother of three children, Megan, Zack and Zeb, and the Meme of 14 month old Tatum. Tatum is definitely the apple of her Meme’s eye.
She has worked for the 69th Judicial District Community Supervision and Corrections Department for 18 years. She is currently the director of that department.
She looks forward to her annual sisters trip that she takes each year with her sisters. They are very close and I’m sure a good time is had by all. You know what they say, “What happens on the sisters trip stays on the sisters trip.”
Her hobbies are reading and playing with her grandbaby. She likes to ride 4-wheelers, go to the lake and the mountains and just loves the outdoors.
Our Valentine girl is Katherine Sadau.
Preceptor Lambda’s Valentine Girl is one of our newer members. She was born on January 5, 1981 in Grand Island Nebraska to Steve and Pat Consbruck. When she was a little girl, her parents moved to Dalhart. She attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School, Dalhart Junior High and graduated from Dalhart High School in 1999. After high school, she attended college at Kansas Weslyan in Salina, Kansas where she received her degree as an Athletic Trainer.
She is employed at Hilmar Cheese Company in the whey lab as a lab tech. She is a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and is serving as our Corresponding Secretary.
Denise Clayton presented Preceptor Lambda’s Valentine Girl, Stephanie Consbruck.
Our sweetheart nominee is going on her second year as being a part of our wonderful group. When she arrived at our social for the pledges she blended in right away. She jumped right in there and played our silly games like a real trooper. I don’t believe the word shy fits in her vocabulary what so ever. That is just one of the reasons she is so fun to be around. On occasions she is known to play a good joke on someone but in return she is a good sport if a joke is played on her as well.
Our Xi Delta Gamma sweetheart might be known as being that sweet little Georgia peach. She met Jim, the love of her life, while he was in the service. With a smile, Jim recalls, they met in a bar and it’s been great ever since. Because of the service they did a lot of moving around. They finally settled down in Dalhart in 1995. When she isn’t busy doing hair and making people beautiful she is spending quality time with the family. She has three children, which she is very proud of; Sara, Justin and Tori.
So let me finally introduce to you and congratulate the 2010 Xi Delta Gamma Valentine Sweetheart, Donna Gaddy.
Groundhog Day! It was no surprise that both Punxsutawney Phil
and Rita Blanca Rocky agreed there would be six more weeks of winter. I
don’t know Phil, but Rocky is a sensible little fella and smart enough
to run back inside to snuggle himself down for a nap when presented
with the alternative; unbelievable piles of snow!
Romance, Roses and Rendezvous
Every year area residents have an opportunity to share some of
their precious memories of their loved ones as a Valentine to that
special someone. No one knows who they are from or to, except the
author and the recipient. Stories of love, disappointment, triumph and
fond memories are shared here. Enjoy!
Council passes no right turn ordinance
The Dalhart City Council met in a whirlwind session on Tuesday,
February 9. Council members passed two ordinances and set a date and
time to call for bids all in the space of about 21 minutes.
One good turn deserves another
The numerous bouts with winter weather have created havoc in Dallam
and Hartley Counties. From huge snowdrifts, to fallen trees, to icy
front porch steps, the storms have made a mess for everyone. Along
with the anticipated problems with too much snow were a few additional
ones that have caused trouble for area residents. Where to park was
high on the list of nuisances that had to be contended with. Whether
in front of houses, businesses or in large parking lots, more parking
has been available for piles and piles of snow than vehicles.
Ask The Lawyer
What if someone is harassing me that I’m not
related to and I am really scared I’m going to be hurt?
Question: I have heard that the only way a person may get a
protective order against another person is if they have some sort of
family relationship with one another. What if someone is harassing me
that I’m not related to and I am really scared I’m going to be hurt?
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Treasurer
Incumbent Wes Ritchey
As a lifelong resident of Dalhart, Wes Ritchey graduated from
Dalhart High School in 1981 before going on to Texas Tech University
where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1986.
Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
St. James Episcopal Church will have their 32nd annual Shrove
Tuesday Pancake Supper in the Parish Hall at 801 Denver Avenue,
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Please use the
WEST entrance to the Educational wing on Denver Avenue.
Lady Wolves survive slugfest
In what I thought was one of the roughest games I have ever seen
(at least until the boys game which was much worse), the Lady Wolves
used a smothering defense limiting Lubbock Cooper to 18 percent
shooting, combined with a lot of trips to the free throw line to
overpower Cooper 42-37. The Lady Wolves who trailed Cooper by as much
as nine points in the third period, made nine out of 12 free throws in
the fourth quarter (75 percent) and outscored Cooper 16-6, to seal the
victory and maintain their third place standing in district play.
Estacado, 4-5, maintained their margin behind Dalhart with a victory
over Perryton, but the Lady Wolves have a 5-4 record in district with
one game left, Tuesday night against Perryton, while Estacado has to
play top ranked Levelland.
Wolves make Cooper walk the plank
If there was ever an attempt at mutiny, it was certainly Friday
night during the last home game by the Wolves. In a very fast paced
game that was up and down the court, the officials struggled to keep up
with the action, and there was plenty of action as both teams were very
aggressive. Neither of the coaches were very happy, and both teams
became very frustrated. In the end it was the Golden Wolves who kept
their composure and pulled out a big victory over the Lubbock Cooper
Pirates, 75-57. Believe me, the game was not as close as the score.
Dalhart is now16-6 for the year and 4-4 in district play.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Judge
Incumbent David D. Field
On the bench since 1986, David D. Field is one of the senior
members of the judiciary in Dallam County. Field’s background is in
engineering, having graduated with his Bachelor of Science and Master’s
of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in
1975. Before going to college, Field graduated from Dalhart High
School and is a member of the class of 1968.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County/District Clerk
Incumbent Terri Banks
Terri Banks has held the office of Dallam County District and
County Clerk since January 2007. She has worked with the office since
May 2000. This is Banks’ first re-election run for an office she has
come to thoroughly enjoy.
Tree limb disposal
The City of Dalhart will allow residents to dispose of tree limbs
at 200 Olive Street, outside the fenced area by the municipal garage,
rather than going out to the landfill. The opportunity is open from
now through March 6th. The recent weather storms have led to many
downed tree limbs and branches causing the need for a place to put all
of them. City employees will continue to pick up limbs from curbs and
in the alleys, but due to the massive amount, the process may take
Care packages for those in harm's way
Many residents of the Dalhart area are currently deployed to
Afghanistan and Iraq. The brave young men and women who are halfway
around the world are in large part why Americans experience great
freedom. Several United States military members have found themselves
deployed overseas more than once. An effort to show them the support
of their hometown continues, and a request for assistance goes out to
everyone who has the benefit of staying here at home.
Weather systems continue
The year 2010 may go down as the winter of stormy weather for the
Dallam and Hartley Counties area. The first snowfall of the winter
season came just after Christmas and was light enough to be called
pleasant. It added that special something for the Holiday Season. The
second major system hit the area in late January and caused many
closures for area businesses and schools, but everyone remained a bit
light-hearted and enjoyed a couple of days away from regular routines.
The third bout with snow knocked branches off of nearly every tree in
town, and by then any desire for snowfall was gone.
Romancing the Bean
Nothing has “perked” the interest of my readers more than my
recent jottings on coffee. Apparently, it has caused quite a “stir.”
Suddenly, messages have been arriving by phone, fax and
face-to-face encounters on the street. I even had a discussion on my
return flight home from Houston on Saturday about coffee. The lady
shared with me that the best coffee she has found is Dunkin Donuts
brand. Since I’ve never tried that blend, I will make it the next
coffee to tantalize my taste buds.
Covered in snow and tree limbs
Wednesday’s winter storm dumped more than six inches of heavy wet
snow over Dallam and Hartley Counties. The storm that began early
Wednesday with a light rain turned to snow by early afternoon. By
midnight, several inches of snow and ice covered the area, causing
numerous motor vehicle accidents and fender benders.
Weekly Weather (Snow) Review
Welcome to the new arctic frontier, Dalhart, Texas. We’ve got snow,
snow, snow. Polar bears and penguins freely roam the streets of
Denrock. Tourists are flocking in from Colorado to ski down the boat
ramp at Lake Rita Blanca. The 2010 Winter Olympics are set to start
next week at the XIT Rodeo Arena.