Dalhart wins Jr. High UIL Academic Contest
As the sun was setting across the Panhandle, the victory cry for 107 Jr. High academic challengers was, “We Won!” One hundred and seven Jr. High students traveled anxiously to Frank Phillips College in Borger to represent Dalhart in the District 1-AAA UIL Jr. High Academic Contest on Friday, November 6, 2009. Participants got off their buses with teeth gritted for they knew they were about to face approximately 300 junior high students from Borger and Perryton to defend their academic title. Many hours were devoted to practice and competition by both students and teachers to ensure Dalhart was valiantly represented. Congratulations to all!
Santa’s not the only one delivering packages
The U. S. Postal Service rivals Santa Clause for on time holiday delivery of Christmas presents and gifts. USPS expects to deliver 16.6 billions cards, letters and packages all over the United States and abroad in a mere 30-day period. 97 million customers will visit the post office before Christmas to get their holiday fare in the mail.
Eta Upsilon Tour of Homes nearing
Celebrating Christmas is one of the most joyous times of year for many people, including myself. Glistening trees, twinkling lights, and the aroma of warm cinnamon all awaken my soul to the fact that Christmas must be nearing. The lighting of the cities’ Christmas lights around town reaffirmed that, yes, it truly is almost Christmas time. Every year even our little panhandle town somehow undergoes a magic transformation into something much similar to where you would find Santa living. From beautifully decorated homes to festive events, Dalhart is revving up for Christmas.
Santa turns on thousands of lights
Santa Claus rolled up to Memorial Park in a cherry red Mustang on Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:30 p.m. and magically turned on the Christmas lights and decorations display in the park. Ready to greet Santa was a large group of anxious youngsters who endured freezing temperatures and 35-mile-an-hour wind gusts in order to see the red clad, jolly, old man.
Golden Wolves All-District Honors
The Golden Wolves continue to reap the rewards from a great season of hard work with the announcement of the All-District team awards. These awards are not only a tribute to the young men and the team that they played for, but also the coaches and parents that helped develop these young men into successful athletes. Coach Young had this to say about the team, “We felt like we had a great year, and we’re very proud of our young athletes. They made the playoffs four years in a row. That has never been done in Dalhart. A goal is a dream with a date attached to it. Our goal was to make the playoffs four years in a row here in Dalhart, and this was accomplished on November 6, 2009, when we beat Perryton for the third year in a row. This is something they can remember for a lifetime.”
All-District Volleyball awards
The district champion Dalhart Lady Wolves continue to bring in honors. The Lady Wolves took two of the top honors on the all-district squad. Shelby Wilt, a junior, received the district MVP award. Coach Satterfield said, “This is the second year in a row that this young lady has received this award. She makes our offense run smoothly and seamlessly. She has led the team in digs and service aces also. This is her third year on the All-District team.” Marlee Reynolds received the Offensive Player of the Year award. Coach Satterfield said, “Marlee is the most dominating hitter in our district and one of the best in class 3A. This is her third year on the All-District team.” If Marlee wasn’t injured, there is no telling what she would have accomplished.
44 seconds that change Christmas fire awareness
The Christmas Season brings with it many treasured traditions, and decorating a Christmas tree certainly tops the list. The season is meant to bring happiness, and not tragedy. A home fire caused by lights and decorations could more than ruin the holidays. Fortunately, fires caused by holiday decorations are preventable.
Getting a “jump” on a New Year’s Resolution
Can you believe it? 2009 made its debut and “poof” it was gone. Many of us made a New Year’s resolution and vowed that this time we would keep it—to the bitter end! How did you do? I must confess I made some attempts from time to time, but it really kicked in somewhere in October! I’ve given that some thought over the past few days and the decision was obvious; keep on keeping on and I’ll have a jump start for 2010.
Gift Subscription winners named
In our Community Choice Awards section that we recently published, we paid tribute to the best of the best; the people and businesses dedicated to always over delivering, committed to excellence, and never disappointing. As a token of our appreciation to our readers, especially those who participated by voting, we held a drawing for a three-month and a six-month subscription to the Dalhart Texan.
Missing pilot found
A Virginia man, Dr. Kwan Kwok, who traveled to Dalhart on November 22nd to purchase an airplane never made it back to Virginia. Kwok, who purchased the twin-engine Piper PA-30, left Dalhart on November 23rd, and was found in West Virginia on Tuesday, December 2nd, among the wreckage of the aircraft.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: Can you explain the law about deer hunting licenses? I don’t usually go hunting, but I was asked to go this year. Do I have to get a hunting license, what is the cost, and how does it all work? I don’t want to get in trouble if I don’t handle this right.
Santa is waiting
It is Santa season once more, and Mr. Claus is looking forward to receiving letters from all the children, both naughty and nice. He wants to know what you want for Christmas and how your year has been. Santa is very busy getting the reindeer ready for their big journey and has been getting the elves lined out on making toys. However, getting your letter to Santa all the way at the North Pole isn’t easy, so the Texan has set Santa’s mailbox outside the newspaper office, ready and waiting for Santa’s mail. So that we can ensure the letters arrive at the North Pole in time for Santa to read them and get all of the toys gathered for delivery, the Texan will be accepting Santa letters through December 18. We will publish the letters before we send them on to Santa as space permits. So whether you’ve been naughty or nice, get your letter ready, cookies made, and milk poured because Santa will be on his way before you know it!
Three P’s of winter driving
Area residents have had one day of winter weather driving this season, reminding everyone that winter brings with it poor driving conditions. Before ice and snow return, drivers should become familiar with what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the “Three P’s of winter driving. Prepare, protect yourself and prevent crashes.”
City of Dalhart receives highest award
Annette Melius, Finance Director for the City of Dalhart, recently accepted an award for excellence in financial reporting on behalf of the city and its employees. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) was awarded to the City of Dalhart by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
A sobering lesson on consequences
Deputy Chanze Fowler, with the Hartley County Sheriff’s Office, met with high school juniors at Channing High School on Friday, November 20th to talk about the consequences of drinking and driving. The DWI (driving while under the influence) and Traffic Safety Program was conducted in compliance with the STEP grant awarded to the Hartley County Sheriff’s Office.
Council hears report on clean-up progress
Members of the Dalhart City Council heard from Harold Wilkinson at their Tuesday, November 24 meeting about his efforts to bring his Channing Street properties into compliance with city ordinances. He has been making some progress in cleaning up the area, and he is not receiving any new salvage material. He asked the council for more time in continuing his clean-up efforts.
Kids in Dalhart have a new way to exercise
Thanks to Cargill Cares and the never-ending ingenuity of Coach Bridgett Nicholson and Coach Tisha Scott, students at Dalhart Elementary School and Dalhart Intermediate School have a great new and exciting way to exercise, and they’ll believe they’re just having fun. An estimated 800 students will be impacted by GeoMotion Fitness Mats, and may never feel the same way about physical education again.
2009 corn harvest completed quickly despite slow start
Maturity of the Dalhart area’s corn crop was delayed by late season rains and cool weather in the late summer, pushing harvest back from mid-September to early October. Once the 2009 harvest was well underway, it moved quickly and with good overall results.
Choice for protecting our town and people
Margaret Mead, an acclaimed cultural anthropologist, once stated, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Our Community Choice Awards pays tribute to some of those committed citizens, who strive to change both our community and the world for the better. Your votes pay homage to the best of the best; the unwavering Law Enforcement Officer, the dedicated EMT, and the courageous Fireman.
A benevolent spirit
The willingness of people who selflessly take time out of their own busy schedules to help others is an immeasurable benefit to society as a whole. An estimated 61.8 million people volunteer approximately 50 hours per year within the United States, totaling a staggering 309 million volunteer hours annually. The reasons that motivate people to give up their weekends, after work hours or even retirement time vary, but one common thread seems to bond volunteers. They have a strong benevolent spirit.